The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of June 1 – 5:
This week it was a mixed bag on The Young and the Restless – some really good stuff, and some not so great – and one story is completely missing in action! I did love how the week ended on a dramatic note – very satisfying! Many have been expressing frustration with the writing as a whole. I agree that it’s different, and there has been a notable increase in casual sex and ‘darker’ stuff, but there’s still been plenty to enjoy.
Daniel/Amber/Jana/Kevin: The storyline involving Daniel and the art theft ring, so far, is a bit of a snore. It’s totally plot-driven, rather than character-driven, so there is no genuine emotion to be evoked from the story – either from the characters or viewers. Soap stories work best when the characters are feeling things – and making us feel them too. The Tommy Lasorda call-in radio thing was a bit of a bust too, although it had its moments thanks to Greg Rikaart (Kevin) and Adrienne Frantz (Amber). As far as the fab foursome goes, it’s like the writers are trying too hard to create quirky scenarios and contrive ‘trouble’ for them to get into, rather than capitalizing on the investment viewers have in the characters themselves. We really care about them, but not so much about art theft rings!
Addam’s Family: Well, this certainly got a lot more interesting on Friday, but up until then I was ready to pitch my chair at the television screen if I had to see Ashley in bed sulking, or Adam at the laptop smirking, one more time! I’m so glad they have involved Nikki and Jack, since the story was getting a little claustrophobic. The scenes between Adam and Jack were amazing – such realistic loathing! Worth mentioning this week was Chris Engen’s portrayal of Adam’s mixed emotions after Ashley fell down the stairs – you could see some genuine regret, some panic, and the ol’ gears turning as Nikki started pounding on the door! Great stuff! He looked hilarious in the black wig too! He even had a purple t-shirt on, presumably to look like Sabrina’s infamous purple gown. Awesome. Oh, and it was nice to see Raya Meddine on screen again as Sabrina this week – even if it was fleeting. She was such a unique character.
Cane/Lily/Nina: In this slow-building tale, Lily began her baby planning, Nina began her probing, and Cane made another phone call to ‘Phillip III/Langley’. As with Ashley in bed, and Adam at the laptop, however, I’m more than ready to move beyond the cryptic phone calls, polite questions, and the Lily/Neil ‘life is perfect’ chats, and get to the meat and potatoes of the matter! Let’s go!
Father Todd Drop-in: Always nice to see the manly and charismatic Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd), even if the guest spot was far too short. The significant storyline point made by his visit, of course, occurred as Paul sat wondering loudly when the last time his entire family had all been together, and Mary Jane came in. Mary Jane blanched at the sight of Father Todd in Genoa City sitting with Paul – leaving little doubt that Mary Jane will turn out to be Patty Williams.
Mary Jane: We got some nice glimpses this week of how unhinged Mary Jane actually can be, as she threw herself at Victor’s mercy, grabbed Sharon and made a public scene, and hinted to Phyllis that she’d like to kill Sharon! We won’t even mention the whole kitty-cat weirdness! Anyhow, after the events of Friday, this viewer is wondering if Mary Jane will have turned her sights on a new female victim – Phyllis. It’s anyone’s guess what she’ll do next! This story is a winner!
Jill/Jeffrey/Gloria: Jeff and Gloria are at their scheming, snooping best. I love how Jill has been reduced to the indignity of associating with these two loons! It makes me chuckle to see how Jess Walton contrasts Jill's disdain for the pair with her relish for 'the plan'! The staged argument in Victor's living room gave me a giggle too - mostly because Eric Braeden did such a good job of making Victor look so completely irritated - like they were gnats buzzing around his ears! It will be entertaining watching this go down, but something makes me fairly certain that they're going to be awfully sorry at some point!
Victor/Nikki: Loved their scene at the Club bar this week! The chemistry is undeniable - even if you're not a fan of the couple. What would Y&R be without Nikki and Victor and their inevitable make-ups and break-ups? Victor and Nikki both get on my nerves at times, but they are essential characters, that, as a lifelong viewer, I know so well and love! Even though I like Nikki with Paul, and don't particularly like the way Victor has treated her at times over the years - the history and chemistry this duo shares seems to transcend all of that in the 'magical' moments. We saw one this week in their 'bittersweet' scene - astonishing!
Chloe/Billy: It's a really strange path that the writers are taking with the Billy/Chloe story. Not just the classic triangle (with Mac), there is the additional antagonist of the Sharon affair and the pregnancy. The acting from Billy Miller (Billy) and Liz Hendrickson (Chloe) in their scenes this week was spot on. I'm glad to see Chloe getting back some of what she dished out - not only because she deserved some karmic payback, but because it also realigns the character to move forward. I will be interested to see how she treats Billy now that she knows what he did on their wedding day. I also wonder how judge-y Mac will react when she hears the sordid details of the latest mess Billy is in - you know Chloe will blurt it out!
Nick/Sharon/Jack/Phyllis: Okay, when Nick started talking about how 'it's fate' on Monday, I shuddered, immediately thinking of Brooke on B&B (who utters that torturous phrase endlessly), and knew I'd finally had enough! Well, we can be relieved and thankful that a major decision appears to have been made. Unfortunately, many viewers are suffering from flip-flop fatigue; which sapped some of the impact from what could have been - should have been - two huge emotional soap moments (no matter what couple you root for) - Nick leaving Phyllis, and Nick reuniting with Sharon. The acting was great, as always, but after all the carrot-dangling in recent months, desensitization has firmly set in. Jack and Phyllis having comfort sex was a little quick, but not unexpected. Loved the eerie touch of Mary Jane watching from outside the window in the rain! Here's hoping these characters move forward now, away from the 'quadrangle' aspect for a bit, and go in new directions. Too much to hope for, you say? You're probably right…
Colleen/Board of Directors: This storyline, and Colleen herself, have gone missing in action! I'm disappointed because I really liked the dynamic between Vikki and Colleen as rivals (both in the boardroom and out)! What's up?
So, lots of good entertaining stuff going on, along with some fast-forward material as well! We all see different things, and it can't be easy writing a show that's on every day of the year, so as much as we like to complain, this week I'd also like to give the writers credit where it's due. Now, pick up the pace, and let's find out what Cane is hiding!
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