Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the Week of April 13 – 17:
Well it was a big week in Genoa City on a couple of fronts. Jack’s doppelganger’s existence was confirmed, which was not well received by viewers, and Adam got to do the deed with Chelsea, which got a much better reception by fans. Essentially, viewers are responding positively to interactions between characters that feel genuine, and negatively to interactions and plot points that feel gimmicky, cliche, forced or manipulative. Thoughts:
With Michael maneuvering himself into having to camp out at Sharon’s place, Lauren’s fears that he was pulling away from her were confirmed. She shared her concerns with Cane. First, the twist with Michael being Sharon’s guardian was appreciated if only because we didn’t see it coming – I was sure he was going to suggest Dylan move in with her. Second, it feels natural for Cane to talk to Lauren about dealing with the cancer, so even though they’re being pushed together, it’s not as over-the-top as the Stitch/Abby debacle. That said, Cane is a devoted family man and Lauren loves Michael, so the writers certainly have their work cut out for them if they’re considering taking this to the romance level.
I’ve been drawn into the Avery/Joe dynamic here and there, mostly when he’s being sexy, but it’s dull too much of the time. Hangman? Really? Avery is a hot blonde attorney and by all rights should be an exciting character, so why do they insist on writing her like a school marm? As for Paul being all crusty and grilling Avery about the incident – please – Paul is one of the most compassionate men on the show and to have him taking such a hard line with people is truly out-of-character.
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While there’s a ripple of interest whenever Dylan gets manly and determined about helping Sharon, otherwise, I’m well and truly over the mystery mess. We know Sharon isn’t the killer and yet still can’t really muster up the energy to care who is actually behind it all.
As mentioned in last week's Restless Rant, Abby and Stitch have been smacked together like two sides of a sandwich. Life-experienced Stitch falling for vapid, immature Abby - nope, just not buying it. Most would much rather see him with a foxy woman like Ashley. Noah is doing a good job of portraying grief, while Summer, who was previously hysterical over so much as a look between Austin and Mariah, seems to have become some sort of zombie in the wake of her husband's and best friend's deaths. It's good that they toned Summer down, but now she's as bland as semi-creepy NuKyle - is it any wonder the pairing isn't appealing to viewers? As for Sharon going to court, the last-minute save by Dylan and Michael was good, but why did they have Abby and Stitch show up, and none of the other involved parties, particularly Noah and Mariah? Details...
The Billy/Victoria/Chelsea/Adam quadrangle caught on fire this week. Billy and Victoria have been drawing closer and giving in to the inevitable kiss was something we could understand and feel. We could also understand Chelsea's need to react as she did, though what was really driving our emotions during her passion with 'Gabe' was knowing what Adam was experiencing inside - that Chelsea was totally unaware of...gah. Anyway, somehow she didn't realize she was getting busy with her own husband's body (and what a body it is!), and later, when Billy came clean, she decided to jump back on the marriage bandwagon and entrust 'Gabe' with their secret. Yeah, that won't end well. As for Sage, I don't mind her with Nick, but her little rants to and about Adam/Gabe are annoying. It was satisfying to see him sign the divorce papers and send her on her way. Good thing Nick got to come to her rescue at the Club - he loves that!
Go with the ghost.
While 'real' Jack and Phyllis' wedding ceremony with the Swedish minister provided a giggle, the result was Phyllis consummating the marriage with 'Yack' the lookalike, which let's face it, is more nasty than fun. It's also ludicrous that she wouldn't realize he's different, but that's one thing we have to let go of with doppelganger stories. Kelly has real Jack tied up and drugged and she is apparently more loony than ever thought possible. I liked her better as a grieving woman who was a bit of a loose cannon, but that ship's sailed. Yack will no doubt return to town with Phyllis, where he is likely supposed to agree to sell Victor Jabot in return for not pressing charges for the cyber-theft. Just so nuts and out there. Genoa City has had way more than its fair share of lookalikes, to the point where it's extra super-duper unbelievable now, and not only that, this plot device has just been done too many times to be considered clever anymore. Anyway, it's anyone's guess if this will go off as Victor hopes - one thing that has been entertaining is Victor's chuckling confidence as his plan has progressed. Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Jack and Yack.
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- Candace Young