The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of October 12 – 16:
For the most part, The Young and the Restless seemed to be regrouping after all the melodrama and tying up loose ends this week. Colleen’s/Brad’s house was dealt with, Sharon and Nick said goodbye to their baby and turned their attention to moving on, it was established that Patty cannot testify against Victor, Paul paid his respects to Traci, the painting debacle was neatly wrapped up within a couple of episodes, and Jack made his peace with Sharon. The show was noticeably more balanced this week, and there were plenty of enjoyable scenes, but I can’t shake a certain feeling of trepidation about where Y&R is going from this point. Let’s break down the week:
Adam/Newman Enterprises/Sharon: The continued focus on supremely creepy Adam is my least favorite thing about the show right now. I just can’t seem to feel the vulnerabilities in this character. When he picked up the baby, and when he got close to Sharon, I was just thinking, “Eww. Slimeball.” Adam’s not my kind of villain – you know, the ‘love to hate him’ type that is either sexy or vulnerable, or has some redeeming qualities that make you feel conflicted – Adam’s just a twisted creep, totally unappealing. There’s no entertainment value for me in watching him battle it out with Nick and Victoria either. I don’t feel sorry for Adam (who is still doing underhanded crap), and the other two are just spoiled brats – not entertaining at all. I have no stake at all in who comes out on top – couldn’t care less – I’d rather see Jill or Neil take over Newman Enterprises and get a storyline!
Paul/Patty/Double: Nice that Paul was back this week. I really felt the scene between him and Traci. It was also good that they addressed the situation with Patty. No one likes to be surprised more than I do – and the appearance of Patty’s ‘double’ certainly stunned me – I’m genuinely intrigued as to her identity. That said, I hope that this isn’t going to lead to another totally ridiculous, unbelievable, or dark storyline.
Ashley: She’s scaring me more now than she ever did when she was crying, shaking, and biting her nails! Cool and independent Ashley, in her right mind, would never have wanted or needed Victor’s ranch. Still a lot of weirdness to come with her – mark my words!
Sharon/Nick/Ashes: It was a dignified way to say goodbye to the baby they believe they’ve lost, and it was a relief that the writers didn’t make a mockery of the scene by having it end up as yet another flip-flop drama on Nick’s part.
Fall Fair: I really enjoyed the light tone of these scenes – what a relief to see people enjoying themselves again! Even the intermittent serious talk between Lauren and Michael, and Phyllis and Nick, didn’t take away from the fun vibe.
Jack/Sharon: I enjoyed the scenes where they made peace and gave each other a bit of advice about moving forward. These two are much better as friends.
The Terroni: I'm glad they wrapped up this storyline, but it was a curiously zippy end to a story that's been drawn out for weeks! In any case, I loved to see Gloria get her just desserts, was glad Daniel and Amber reconciled in the end - they're so romantic at times - and enjoyed seeing Phyllis slap Deacon - I miss the fiery side of her personality - so much more 'her'! Anyway, here's hoping they have another good tale lined up for Deacon - one that doesn't involve the art world!
Cane/Lily: The scene in the chapel was romantic, and I'm sure it was greatly appreciated by those who are big fans of the couple. I really look forward to them moving forward now and getting out of the house and into a new storyline. They're on the fast track to Dullsville if they don't!
Devon/Roxanne: I'm glad to see the writers address their split - another loose end tied up. I loved them as a couple, and totally did not 'get' that whole Tyra thing!
JT/Victoria: I'm ready for them to split, but I don't want to see JT leave the canvas - I'm nervous about this out-of-town job and what it means for him!
Billy/Mac/Chloe/Chance: Best for last! I just loved the scenes with these four at the cabin. Chloe shares different, but great, chemistry with each of the guys - meaning this will be a hot triangle down the line - and Mac and Chance's resigned attitude toward the over-the-top bickering of Chloe and Billy was perfect - and funny! The Scrabble game was entertaining, and the tension between the two guys was great too. I think the writers are setting this story up really well. Kudos!
So, thankfully, there was lots of enjoyable material this week on Y&R. A nice contrast to the doldrums we've been in lately, and lots of loose ends satisfyingly addressed. There are still important characters missing from the canvas, and I'm concerned, at times, that I'm watching "The Adam Show," but I'm willing to wait and see what the writers have in store next. This week felt like a bit of a 'reset' was happening with the storylines - here's hoping things stay balanced and get interesting!
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