Deconstructing Y&R: The final break was fraught with emotion
Restless Rant for June 22 – 26:
On the plus side, a lot happened in Genoa City this week. Action is certainly preferable to being bored silly. Unfortunately, all of the negatives we’ve discussed recently still apply. Recycled, plot-driven stories, inattention to detail, and unexplained or straight-up stupid plot points persist. Many long for character-driven stories that use the show’s rich history to maximum effect.
Follow the trail.
Summer turned Kyle in for setting up her grandpa…ugh. Like we needed more reasons to find her unlikable. As noted in last week’s Deconstructing Y&R, whatever they’re trying to do with Summer and Kyle isn’t coming across.
How convenient that just as Ashley decided not to blindly follow ‘Jack’ anymore, and sharp, shrewd Phyllis finally bought a clue about her imposter husband, Jack and Marisa returned to Genoa City. Adam nearly giving himself away to Phyllis was a nice beat, and if you could forget about how dumb the whole doppelganger tale was to begin with, Jack’s return to his house made for a ‘lump in the throat’ moment. One couldn’t help but wonder how he and Marisa managed to get back to town though. Sigh. The Jack/Phyllis reunion provided another ‘moment’, but many couldn’t believe he left again to take care of business without telling her she’d been living and sleeping with a South American crime lord! In any case, the highlight of it all has been Peter Bergman’s portrayal of these two different men. The tension built nicely as the week wrapped up, with Adam outing Marco and the shooting in Chancellor Park. Naturally, both Marco and Jack headed to the park in virtually the same outfit, which resulted in a decent Friday cliffhanger not knowing if Victor shot Jack or Marco.
How they got to this point aside, the scenes in which Lauren made the final break with Michael were fraught with emotion on both sides. It’s because of their long history that we were able to feel so much regardless of the questionable story.
Mini-bar or me?
Lily surprised some this week by jumping to conclusions after seeing footage of Lauren visiting Cane’s room and then, well, jumping on Joe. The whole bit with Cane being offended about Lily ‘checking up on him’ rather than explaining why Lauren was at his suite was clearly geared toward escalating the argument so as to provide some sort of grounds for what Lily did next – sleeping with Joe. Whatever you feel about her doing it, there’s no denying that in the moment it was hot. Lily certainly put Joe’s newly-recovered back to the test. In any case, this development changed the dynamic, as Lily so handily pointed out by berating herself out loud about being a hypocrite. Jeeze…
Lily is now entwined in the Joe/Avery drama because she was with Joe when one of the stalking episodes took place, and Paul now knows...risky business for Lily, who doesn't want Cane to find out about her indiscretion. As for Avery's story, the inconsistencies have been maddening. She was shaking and nearly paralyzed with fear in her apartment thinking Joe was outside, yet called him up to come over so she could confront him over Lily? He asked to meet in a public place instead. Why would she go and meet someone she is supposedly terrified of and has a restraining order against, in a park, alone, at night? Anyway, they argued in the park and went their separate ways. Avery was later attacked, and said Joe raped her. He certainly appears to be the guilty party but I'm expecting that there will be some sort of twist. While Joe is undeniably sporting a sleazy new persona, it remains to be seen if he's capable of rape. Despite their recent arguments deteriorating to the point of him being physical in his frustration, the underlying theme was him wanting her to care about him and not see him as a bad person. He wouldn't have sex with her in her apartment when she ripped her blouse off because she wasn't genuinely feeling anything for him. Also, his reaction when Paul told him Avery had been raped seemed to hint that he may not be the culprit. If it wasn't him, he's been set up, as the attacker's cologne and clothes matched his. But by who? Many have speculated that it could be Austin, who previously had it in for Avery, and had a couple of nasty exchanges with Joe too. But he's dead right? Hmm... Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Did Joe rape Avery?
Scooby Doo gang.
Um, why don't any of the Scooby Doo gang members or even Paul seem to have any concern about this dangerous killer on the loose anymore? Viewers know that Marco may have been responsible for Courtney and Austin's deaths, but they don't know that! The murder mystery ball was dropped, and Mariah, for one, seems to have moved on to worrying about more important things - like whether Dylan's over Avery. Sigh.
Sharon and Dylan told their families about the pregnancy this week to mixed reactions. It was nice that Paul was able to be happy for Dylan, and Nikki did her best to get along...at least until Dylan left and the gloves came off. Sharon and Nikki going toe-to-toe is always good fun, but it's awkward that Noah has to break up the domestic disputes. Having Mariah put the stink-eye on Dylan is an odd choice too. Shouldn't these twenty-somethings be in big sexy summer stories instead of babysitting their parents?
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- Candace Young