Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the Week of December 15 – 19:
The words ‘filler’ and ‘boring’ were being thrown around this week, but Adam’s shenanigans definitely spiced things up and there were numerous other scenes that got viewers’ attention. Some scenes are just bang on and riveting while others seem so dragged out and dull – it might help if overall the pace was snappier. Thoughts:
Favorite ‘Christmas-y’ moment.
Kevin tossing the mistletoe and moving in for a kiss with Mariah. Loved it!
Mariah getting in Nick’s face was fun for a minute, but alas, she didn’t change his mind. He kept justifying his reasons for the custody bid, at least until his ‘angel of mercy’ returned and he realized he was at risk of coming off like a jackass. He was in full battle mode with Sharon when he spotted Sage – it was kind of amusing to see him transition into damage control mode. He even managed to ignore the glares long enough to throw a little lopsided grin Sage’s way and invite her to come back again. At this point, Nick only has a few supporters in his bid to take Faith from Sharon. One is Avery, who just got Nick’s blessing to marry Dylan, who unbeknownst to either of them, has coached Sharon to fight back. That could cause a little tension if it comes out, but in the meantime, Faith has gone missing following conversations with both Santa and her father that didn’t go her way. This will either bring Nick and Sharon together or will give Sharon and David Sherman ammunition to use against Nick in court.
Jumping the gun.
Paul’s happiness about Christine’s pregnancy is downright infectious. There has been plenty of grumbling about him being a ‘deadbeat dad’ in the past, which is indeed Paul’s history, although to many it made little sense to write him as such. In any case, he’ll get another chance at raising a child, unless Chris still turns out to be in menopause or something. That was an odd scene in which Paul told Nikki they were having a baby and he had her to thank for it. Huh?
A restart for everyone.
The domesticity and ‘making nice’ is sweet, but has sucked the heat out of the Chelsea/Billy and Victoria/Ben pairings and the story now centers on an endless stream of characters pushing the idea that Billy and Victoria will reunite. This week, Anita warned Chelsea about holding on to her man (again) and Jill tried to manipulate the situation while visiting Katie. Usually Jill’s edginess spices up scenes and her jabs are clever, but the way she treated Ben in Victoria’s house didn’t come off that way. At this point, unless you happen to be in a frenzy about the possibility of Billy and Victoria getting back together, this is all pretty humdrum.
Come to the party.
Genoa City players continued to align themselves on either side of the debate over Joe’s proposed development plan on behalf of his client, Gerolomo. For some reason that name brought Tucker to mind; not sure why. Anyway, despite Lily’s vocal opposition to Cane becoming involved, Cane was intrigued enough to dip his toe in the big business waters at least long enough to bring Joe’s party to Victor’s attention. Victor being onside with the development would pit him against not only Nick, but Nikki’s son, Dylan, which could make for a few dust-ups at the ranch. Joe, meanwhile, continued to make time to bug Avery, who gets agitated by virtually everything he says. Here’s hoping this story keeps moving along with the rally and party coming up.
Steal your thunder.
Phyllis was so nice about Avery's engagement that she and Jack were shocked. Cute. Phyllis also had another brief go 'round with Sharon this week about her job at Jabot. Phyllis correctly predicted that Jack wouldn't side with Sharon over her, and Sharon gave Phyllis a reminder about her own track record. Sharon later went to Jack and made an appeal about what was fair and right. Jack wasn't inclined to see things Sharon's way so soon after the DNA debacle, but did offer up a good recommendation. Where should Sharon work next? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
Kelly, once again, did not let Jack get away with a single thing when they ran into each other and he tried to 'explain' Phyllis to her. Kelly called Phyllis as she sees her and put Jack on notice that she has no plans to be a victim of Phyllis' bullying. As Phyllis had also warned Jack that she would fight to protect their relationship, it's a safe bet there will be more clashes between those two.
It's time for Neil to get that miracle cure for his vision, which will hopefully also restore his other senses and intuition, make him quit smiling inanely, and stop him from telling everyone how hot his wife is. This story has had highs and lows, but it quite possibly hit rock bottom with the 'Neil agonizes over reading kids books in braille' scenes. We know Lily wasn't the only one to doze off. Neil also confessed to Lily that he'd been tempted to drink, which may have resonated more if viewers had been privy to his struggle. In any case, this news bumped Hilary's guilt up to a level where she is now apparently prepared to sacrifice Devon to Gwen. The addition of Gwen has made for a good twist. When Hilary complained to Devon about seeing him with her, he reminded Hil she goes home with his father every night. This is where it gets unreal for some - is she actually having sex with Neil, or still putting him off? Ack. Something has to give soon. Maybe Neil's vision is already starting to come back. It was kinda' strange how he 'sensed' Devon's presence at Crimson Lights, right? Hmm.
Some had a hard time understanding why Michael seemed so concerned about his sex life, but he's in shock and panicking; trying to come to terms with the possibility that the treatments that could save his life, could also diminish his quality of life to an unacceptable degree. It's heartbreaking, as was Fen finding out the truth, and Michael attempting to get his family to set their sadness and fear aside to celebrate the holiday.
Adam's encounters with Victor, and with Chelsea and Connor, were riveting and he hung back with a quiet intensity, so it was unexpected and kind of amazing when he chose to boldly reveal himself to Jack. Loved this! It seemed he did it because that harpie Sage kept hollering at him that she was the only one he could trust and she was the only one for whom he existed. Well, Adam trusts Jack, and now he exists for him too. But what a bomb to drop on Jack! He's threatening to call Billy, but will Adam convince him to keep mum? The idea of Jack knowing Adam is alive and Victor not knowing is fun. I can't wait to see what Jack is going to do with this... Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: What should Jack do?
In last week's Y&R Restless Rant I talked about whether or not Ashley would confront Tobias after catching him red-handed, but this week the storyline wasn't even on! Boo.
- Candace Young