The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of December 28 – 31:
Although it was another abbreviated week for The Young and the Restless, there was no lack of drama in Genoa City! Here are my thoughts on the happenings this past week.
Niggly Nikki: I found myself wondering why Nikki would go over to Katherine’s house at Christmas and be such a witch to everyone?! She was rude to Jill, which is fine, because she gives as good as she gets, but in all fairness, Nikki interrupted a very special moment between Jill and Kay and wasn’t at all gracious about it. She then immediately put in her two cents about the matter of the long-lost daughter, even though she wasn’t asked. Finally, what was with her attitude toward Tucker? They don’t appear to know one another, yet she was cold toward him from the moment he opened the door. This is the side of Nikki that I dislike – thanks to Tucker for reminding her that she’s no better than anyone else!
Whack Jack: What’s gotten into Jack Abbott?! Throwing together winter skating parties, going caroling, dressing up as Santa Claus, and proposing to a woman via champagne glass after only a few weeks of dating? Whatever he’s on, I want some – who in Genoa City is enjoying life more, I ask you? Emily’s huge conflict of interest notwithstanding, it’s nice to see Jack smilin’ again!
Crashing in a Winter Wonderland: Well, I could drone on some more about how horrible Adam is, and how appalling it is for him to be paired with Sharon, but I won’t. My observations this week were that Sharon looked absolutely beautiful at the wedding ceremony, and that I was pleasantly jolted by Adam writing the note of confession – the writers took me off guard with that one! I think it’s only a matter of time, folks, before Sharon remembers… As for Nick showing up on the scene, well, let’s just say between his behavior in Sharon’s hospital room, and his idiocy back at home – I really and truly have no respect left for the doofus. His flip-flopping, for me, has passed ‘totally annoying’ and is fast becoming ‘torture to sit through’.
Nina and Paul: After more scenes between the two this week, I can reliably report seeing absolutely no sparks between them! I think they are just a little too ‘logical’ as a couple to be exciting and sexy together. They need to be partnered with others who can bring that out in them. To me, they just feel like buddies. Interesting that they got Nina in there for a looky-loo at Patty though – maybe down the road she’ll be the one who can tell Patty and Emily apart! Hmmm…
Malcolm Melodrama: My first impression of Darius McCrary was that he can really act. I'm on the fence as to whether he will ultimately be a fit for the role of Malcolm, but so far he seems believable enough as the street-wise character, and his intense showdown scene with Kristoff St. John (Neil) was very good. He was then able to be softer with Lily, which was great. As for the storyline - I liked how Malcolm told Neil he was shooting him looks like he didn't want him there, while at the same time giving him the business for not being around - good ol' control freak Neil! I think Neil was jealous because Lily was so happy to see him - anyone?
Daisy vs Eden: Yawn. If the writers don't soon tell us who Daisy (and Ryder) really are, they will be total fast-forward material - I suspect that for some viewers they already are. Other than the mildly intriguing fact that I find Daisy to be a dead-ringer for Lauren (look at those cheeks!), I really am losing interest in the storyline. I dread the idea of another Sheila do-over, and currently, I think Eden is the only one with any sense at all.
Katherine and Murphy: Have I remarked lately on how much I love that Murphy is a part of life in the Chancellor house, and how much I enjoy their little romantic scenes? It's one of those special things that adds an element to Y&R that other soaps lack.
Billy's Epiphany: I really enjoyed some parts of this episode, and the acting was a-one. What a great idea to bring back John Abbott for an entire show. For those of us who miss him being on the canvas, it's great when the writers find ways to bring him back in like this (even if he is a little gruff). Some of the scenes in the future were a bit goofy (Mac and Kevin?), but it was nice to see Lily with hair, and most importantly, the scenes that were supposed to hit home emotionally, really did, such as Billy watching the grown Delia dancing with Chance at her wedding. I definitely teared-up when Billy pleaded with John to help him fix this. Also, the scene where Billy wrapped his car around the light pole had a lot of impact. One of the best parts was the surprise ending, with Victoria Newman, of all people, reaching out to Billy in his time of need - and him accepting her offer. My heart swelled - I love that stuff! Warm fuzzies!!!
I appreciate the fact that there was so much going on even though it was a shortened, holiday week - thanks writers! I found plenty to enjoy in the episodes of Y&R this week - the acting continues to rock in so many instances. However, we all are harboring some storyline grievances, so it's a mixed review for Y&R as the year comes to an end.
Readers, thank you for another great year at Soaps.com - see you again right here in 2010! I hope each and every one of you has a very happy, and safe, New Year's holiday! To find out what you have to look forward to in 2010, please visit our Y&R Spoilers.
- Candace Young