Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
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Genoa City for the Week of June 1 – 5:
“Y&R” had a lackluster sweeps period and few viewers are satisfied with the current state of affairs. The acting, as always, has been excellent. Thoughts:
Don’t be Adam.
While Adam and Chelsea remain one of the most natural pairings on the show, things are definitely dragging. They are firmly in that soap rut where characters get stuck having variations of the same conversation repeatedly. Needless to say it’s boring. Also, why was Chelsea working in the Jabot lab when she has her own design studio? Grumble… Anyway, the real bone to pick regarding Adam is how out-of-character it was for him to go into panic mode, first over Victor thinking he was Jack’s son, and then over Sage being in the hospital. Adam, even when he’s not in control, believes that he is. He is shrewd, cool, calculating, and even if he’s sweating, he’s not one to show it – so what was that all about?
Oh the scenes with Jack begging and pleading to get off that cargo ship have gone on too long. Someone on social media questioned why Marisa didn’t speak to the man she believes to be Marco in Spanish. Good question!
Many commented on Dylan doing the talking for Sharon at the custody mediation. Later, he coached her on giving a confident job interview. Please. Way over-the-top on the caped hero/damsel-in-distress routine. Nick meanwhile, acted like a jerk because he was ‘stressed out’ over Sage being in the hospital. If you weren’t already rolling your eyes over Sage feeling the baby kicking three weeks after discovering she was pregnant, the trumped-up appendicitis crisis probably did it. Sage is a spitfire when matching Adam threat for threat, but in the relationship with Nick she’s a dud. Sage will become another damsel begging Nick for forgiveness when he discovers that either the baby isn’t his and/or that she lied about Adam’s identity. Whee. Side note: Why does Faith see Sage as an obstacle to her parents being together but not Dylan? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Sage and Nick.
Things took an unappealing turn with Avery and Joe this week. Avery was on fire when confronting him about being able to walk, but the development of Joe threatening to tell the authorities she pushed him off the balcony if she refused to 'make love' to him was a sleazy dead-end way to go. Eck.
Obstruction of justice.
It's great that Detective Harding is back, and it was cute how Mariah blurted out that she loves Kevin - that's all I've got for the interminable Scooby Doo cabin mystery.
Nikki may be pushing away Victor for the sake of her sobriety, but that leaves Neil as her main support, and that's a concern. He may be capable of giving her good advice, but he's newly sober himself and clearly still unstable - not usually the first choice in a 'sponsor'. I'd also like to see Nikki 'talking' to Katherine more, as she was always her 'go to' person when she was struggling.
The Hilary/Devon thing is hardly the first cheating scandal in the Winters family, so it feels off for Neil to have violent fantasies of revenge. It's just too much considering his own past transgressions. It makes sense for there to be some anger, from Neil and Lily too, but always/only being angry seems too 'one note'. As for Lily lashing out at Lauren, it wasn't unexpected given that the seed was planted in her mind about Lauren being a threat, however, Cane and Lauren kissing in the park right after vehemently denying Lily's accusations was all wrong timing-wise. Had they come close to kissing a few times previously and then finally given in, it might have made sense. If they had looked into one another's eyes and realized Lily might be right about their growing attraction but stopped themselves from kissing, we might have felt something. As it was, it just felt odd and fell flat. Hilary and Devon ended the week engaged. Nice for them, but it felt like the writers rushed it by having Devon just whip out the ring in bed instead of using his billions to give Hilary an unforgettable romantic proposal.
Why isn't Jill there for Lauren, interacting with Billy, and weighing in on the Newman/Abbott merger? Arghhhh! As mentioned in the previous Restless Rant, she's not the only one MIA.
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- Candace Young