Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Another victim. (CBS)
Genoa City for the Week of March 9 – 13:
The cabin kids mystery dominated this week with more revelations that happened off screen. While some are enjoying the action and pace, others are feeling frustrated and ‘over it’. Thoughts:
May the best man win.
As mentioned in last week’s Restless Rant, the Adam/Sage/Chelsea/Billy situation has gone on in the same manner for too long. Chelsea and Billy’s engagement did nothing to change that (unless Adam happens to blurt out something huge and life-altering while drunk at the party). It makes zero sense for Sage, who doesn’t even have a job, to be so keen to give up on her share of the Bingham fortune for Nick, whom she’s known all of five minutes, and it was even more ludicrous for Billy to ask ‘Gabriel’ to be his best man and for Adam to accept. What happened to the cocky, crafty Adam who was always two steps ahead of everyone else? Another downside in this story is that presumably we’re supposed to be feeling that Billy and Victoria belong together, but the ‘opposites attract’ thing that made that pairing appealing no longer exists. Billy, the jaunty bad boy whose teasing humor made the more serious Victoria relaxed and fun, is now buttoned-up and dry as toast. He’s pretty starchy with Chelsea now too, so what’s missing is the element of viewers being torn over the drama of who will end up with who. The anticipation of Adam’s identity being revealed is really the only draw here.
Another story that’s dragged on is the Phyllis/Jack/Kelly saga. While it was fun seeing Christine’s face when she realized the charges must be dropped against Phyllis, the result – Phyllis being free to marry Jack – didn’t exactly constitute a payoff. Instead of revving us up about the couple, Jack’s flowery speech about marrying Phyllis by April’s end only served to illustrate that he is too old-fashioned for someone like her. Anyway, with Kelly having confessed as per Victor’s instructions, the interest has shifted to discovering what Victor has in mind next and whether he’s actually screwing Kelly over. Meanwhile, he continues to meet with someone unseen in the hospital confessional (an unlikely place to hang out) regarding a plan to take everything from Jack. Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Who is Victor talking to in the confessional?
Auditioning my replacement.
I’m not sure how long it’s been since Lauren found out Michael has cancer, but it seems like they’ve had variations on the same scenes ever since – Michael complains/worries about his future as a man and Lauren reassures him. The repetitiveness is beginning to ruin the emotion of it, and is less than these characters deserve.
Why aren’t we seeing Jill back at the helm of Chancellor shaking up the business world, working with Cane, bantering with Colin, or even interacting with her son, Billy? Disappointing.
The wedding dress.
Grandma Harriet's wedding dress was the subject of this week's round of 'Joe tries to bait Dylan and get to Avery'. Yawn. Viewers can barely muster up the energy to care if Avery still wants to marry Dylan or if her finicky self will cheat with Joe. Honestly there was more concern expressed over why Joe would have had her wedding dress in the first place. The one bit of fun to come out of all this was Phyllis denouncing the dress as cursed and burning it.
Directly to jail, do not pass go.
Well Neil must have been well and truly hammered to let Devon drive him home from the Club. Haha, such an obvious set up for them to run into Hilary at Neil's. This provided the opportunity for Hilary to get an earful on Neil's baby killing activities since he couldn't shut up about it. I have to say drunk 'talky' Neil provided the most entertaining scenes of the week. Hilary let down her guard for a moment and touched Devon's chest and left many wondering what will happen next now that they share Neil's secret. So much for Neil keeping quiet as Nikki instructed - a bit of a farce anyway since Victor was easily able to guess what they were hiding, he just can't prove it yet.
Well, the cabin kids storyline claimed another victim this week and I don't mean Abby. Ben got sucked in by revealing that Austin had come to him regarding his big expose on the Newmans and Abbotts. Why on earth would Austin go to Stitch, who is living with Victoria Newman, to get an opinion for his expose? And why would Stitch not tell Victoria and Ashley about this? Now he's hugging Abby and keeping her secret. For reasons only understood by soap opera characters who do such frustrating things, Stitch will no doubt allow this secret to wreak havoc on his relationship with Victoria. Over at Crimson Lights, there was more crying and shouting from Summer at the reveal of Austin's video in which he sported dark shadows under his eyes and an attitude so bitter he was all but spitting nails. Made you wonder how he could stand to bed both Summer and Abby when he hated their families so desperately. Oh well. On the mystery goes, and it's not exactly winning fans along the way. For fun, who are you eyeballing as the culprit this week? Courtney seemed to glare intimidatingly at Abby in the hospital and insisted on staying in the room while she gave her statement. She could have jumped on Austin's 'steppers' bandwagon after Noah, a Newman, said he had no plans to marry her... just thinking out loud.
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- Candace Young