Deconstructing Y&R: Fallout fizzles in Genoa City storm
Calling the real Neil.
Restless Rant for August 3 – 7:
Most were expecting huge things to happen in Genoa City when Phyllis brought her wrath down on Victor, but the reality was a tad watered down. The events surrounding the big storm and power outage really didn’t amount to much either. It felt like a week of plots just inching ahead. Thoughts:
Aside from a powerfully emotional moment when Phyllis first realized she had been having sex with a South American drug lord for months, the rest of the fallout from the reveal was sort of a letdown. Phyllis brushed off Jack’s concerns about the murders he possibly committed and then stormed back to Genoa City, but merely made a cryptic comment to Victor when she ran into him and Nikki. When she finally got around to confronting Victor about ‘what happened to her’, the result was a rather civil verbal sparring match in the Club dining room, with Victor essentially saying what happened to her was an unfortunate side-effect of him having to save his business and protect his family. And she still didn’t throttle him! It was disappointing that Phyllis didn’t return from Istanbul in a murderous rage and do something epic. Even when she got up close and personal with Marco, instead of killing the bastard and rolling his ass up in the rug, the writers had her let him escape from under her nose. Boo. It all seemed so anti-climactic – even Jack didn’t seem nearly as steamed as he was in the hospital. It was frustrating to hear him ask Phyllis to hold off on dealing with Victor – we know Victor wouldn’t wait a second if the tables were turned so it makes Jack seem less formidable.
While it was somewhat intriguing to hear Victor accuse Ashley of being the mastermind behind the Paragon Project since Phyllis confirmed Jack had no knowledge of it, it also meant that Victor went ahead with this huge diabolical plan against Jack based on an assumption. Really?! So, if Victor had just asked Phyllis in the first place there would have been no need for the whole Marco debacle at all? Gah…
When it comes to Marisa it’s all about her sexy scenes with Noah. Finally a woman came along that makes him seem like a man instead of a man-boy. Love it.
Serial husband and baby daddy Nick Newman was at it again this week as he proposed to the latest woman he’s knocked up. Sharon acted a little weird about the engagement, but stranger still was Faith’s upbeat response to it. What was up with that? Friday saw Sage and Dylan hanging out in the park and then catching Nick and Sharon hugging. Of course everyone was fine with it and baby bliss and happy couple stuff ensued…but there is definite foreshadowing for something going down with this foursome in the future. Any theories?
Loved the scenes with Kevin furtively filling Paul in on the latest developments in the cabin murders case behind Christine's back. Kevin has a hunch about Harding, so unless it's another red herring, I'm guessing Harding will somehow turn out to be responsible for the deaths of Austin and Courtney, or in cahoots with Marco, however implausible that may seem.
As mentioned in the last Deconstructing Y&R, they are bringing Stitch out of the dreadful Abby mismatch and back to the original concept of the character, which is awesome. He connected with Ashley on an adult level as communication with self-absorbed Abby became increasingly futile. He wasn't the only one frustrated by Abby; Victoria certainly doesn't appreciate having to deal with her at work!
Sex with an ex.
Victoria and Billy's reunion has been a long time coming, so some expected more super-charged passion when it finally happened. Billy's angry confrontation with Victor was more intense. As for his irrational hatred for 'Bingham', that's just headache-inducing. Victoria was right to holler, "Just stop!"
In the recent Soaps.com poll, a whopping 76% of readers indicated that they think Neil is acting out-of-character. That means they're 'not feeling it'. His scenes with Hilary in the elevator were described on social media as 'creepy' and I have to agree. He's also lying to his pal Nikki, which isn't improving matters. Eck. Bring back the real Neil.
Adam followed Chelsea to Paris. Chelsea can't trust him...Zzz.
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- Candace Young