Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of October 13 – 17:
There was plenty of drama in Genoa City (and New York!) this week, so on with thoughts:
Our first date…and our last.
Something tells me this wasn’t the ‘nice memory’ Devon wanted to create. Yipe. Suddenly it’s more difficult to sympathize with Devon and Hilary’s predicament, however much they are in love. Neil and Cane arriving in New York and interrupting Hevon’s two day love-fest introduced an ick factor even they couldn’t ignore. In fact, it left many wondering, once again, what the writers are hoping to achieve with this storyline – who or what are we supposed to be rooting for here? Anyway, Cane’s reaction was pretty bang on, but Neil’s obliviousness didn’t really fly with many viewers. Considering his other senses are supposed to be heightened now that he can’t see, Neil likely would have had a pretty good idea what was going on, from the delay in answering the door, to the smells, to sensing another person in the room. Not to mention Devon and Cane argued right outside the door. Yeeps. It’s possible Neil suspects or knows, but is feigning ignorance. If so, why? One interesting angle to this is that the end result of Hilary bedding father and son and causing Cane to keep secrets from Lily and Neil could be a torn-apart Winters family, which was Hilary’s original goal. Could she be doing this on purpose after all or does she genuinely care for both men, making the consequences of her actions unintentional and ironic? Hmm.
An excuse to end things.
The Billy and Chelsea argument left many scratching their heads. Billy came out with all of these declarations as to how he really feels about dating the widow of Delia’s killer and being in the killer’s house etc., and then seconds after his tirade decides none of it matters after all and they kiss. Huh? Those are pretty huge negative sentiments to carry into a relationship and the fact that Chelsea was happy to proceed despite him saying all of that was puzzling. In any case, it appears they got the go ahead from Delia’s ghost, so there’s that. But there could be many more hurdles for this relationship including Victoria’s baby could be Billy’s, Adam’s return, and…
It was amazing to see a Chloe return for the anniversary of Delia’s death, and what many suspected was proven to be true – Chloe was sporting a baby bump. The question, of course, being, “Who’s the daddy?” Kevin and Billy would seem to be the obvious candidates. Chloe and Kevin’s scene at the roadside memorial was very good, by the way, very realistic and providing closure…for now at least. A bit scary was Kevin typing later about giving in to what he has become. Cryptic. Yike.
What I know for sure.
The scenes related to the anniversary of Delia’s death definitely had me tearing up at times, but was never over the top. Billy/Victoria, Billy/Delia’s ghost, Jill/Esther, the reading of Delia’s schoolwork, ‘Adam’ placing a flower by the roadside, and Chloe telling Delia the emptiness would soon be filled (kinda skeery); all these scenes added up to a feeling that it was handled just right.
On the outside looking in.
Victoria and Ben being drawn back together was good, and him pulling her into a passionate kiss in the office was hot, but there’s an overhanging question about her feelings for him (beyond attraction) – are they sincere or a reaction to Billy moving on? She still seems a bit all over the place. Also, Ashley is bound to have designs on Ben at work, so how will that come into play? And what’s up with Ben’s mother, Maureen? If it’s true she let Ben take the rap for murdering his father when it was actually her, then her attitude toward it all is astoundingly cold – she essentially told him, “Sorry your life was ruined and your son’s on the other side of the world, but suck it up and move on.” Wow!
What an awkward moment with a capital 'A' for Kelly when she saw the engagement ring and assumed Jack wanted to marry her, only to realize that it was for Phyllis. As for Jack's predicament, if only he knew Phyllis had been to the house and was upstairs. Clearly she saw another woman's belongings, figured out he'd moved on, and is now just playing him like a fiddle. Every time she asks him to tell her what she missed, it's like a dare.
Give her time.
Argh. All this tiptoeing around Phyllis is giving many a headache. Considering the reaction Summer and Austin got when they tried to ease into the truth, they might as well have just bitten the bullet and revealed all. The same goes with everything else people are keeping from her - just rip off the band-aid already. In light of how tough Phyllis was to make her way home on her own, she's not that delicate. Also, how convenient that no one inadvertently gave away anyone else's 'truths' - it was like they all telepathically knew what to keep a secret. Hurray for Ashley in the preview for Monday, who will get the reveal ball rolling by referring to Austin as Phyllis' son-in-law. Hehe. In last week's Restless Rant we couldn’t wait for Victor to return and visit Phyllis. He did and it was entertaining. Not only did he mock Jack as per tradition ("Oh, he suffered terribly."), but he also didn't pussyfoot around. Vic came clean about the experimental trial (although he dressed it up a bit) and made no bones about Phyllis now owing him one. That she can respect! Looking forward to the rest of their conversation, and perhaps to them teaming up to put the pieces of the puzzle together so we can finally get this secret (drink!) out in the open. What do you think about Phyllis' lost year? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Should Phyllis be told everything?
The little chat between Mariah and Victor, who have a bit of a mutual admiration thing going on, was thoroughly enjoyable. It was odd, however, that they didn't get to wondering - if Faith wasn't the 'she' Sharon was muttering about in her sleep, then who was?
First, what is going on with Kevin using terms such as 'vanquish' and 'reckoning'? Second, why must Ian Ward always be a step ahead of the Keystone, er Genoa City cops? It occurred to no one that he might have bugged the phone he planted in Nikki's car? Anyway, it looks like it will be Super Dylan to the rescue via the Club's trap door that only he can find. In the meantime, how funny was it when Maureen showed up at the suite hollering that she'd brought the vodka? Nikki's face though!
Take care of yourself, Mr. Baldwin.
While the psychic seems like a fun idea, her words to Michael were just chilling on the heels of his doctor not liking the levels he was seeing, and wanting Michael to come back in. There's a lot of speculation out there about what will happen to Michael - dreadful to think he could be this year's Delia.
- Candace Young