The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of January 11 – 15:
The week got off to a bizarre start on Monday’s The Young and the Restless, with legally-blind Adam pulling off an unbelievable rescue, and Daisy revealing herself to be a wide-eyed, soft-spoken psychopath! The rest of the week was pretty entertaining, with plenty happening, and then Friday dropped a few bombs! Here are my comments:
Rescue Ranger: Could the writers be any more obvious in their attempts to try to manipulate viewers to see him in a different light? Take his blindness for instance (I use the term loosely), which comes and goes as a storyline convenience. Adam was previously so blind that he had to squint hard in order to dial his cell phone while it was two inches from his nose, and now he can negotiate rooms, coffee houses, and offices, can trick or treat, land punches, and save two kids who are trapped upstairs in a burning house – and even go back in and find the dog! Michael Muhney is a terrific actor, no question – but Adam has to get caught and do time soon – come on!
Jo-Jo, Go-Go: This character was a hoot for about ten minutes. Believe me, by Friday’s episode I was as eager to get those DNA results as Jill, Esther, and Murphy combined! I have to admit, though, one of my favorite scenes this week was Jill coming into the Chancellor Estate and finding a gang of bikers in the living room – yee haw!
The Break-Up: The break-up of Kevin and Ryder was notable, since as much as this slow storyline absolutely tries my patience, thanks to the acting abilities of Greg Rikaart (Kevin) and Wilson Bethel (Ryder), I was able to feel the push and pull of their tangled emotions concerning one another. Kudos.
Crazy Daisy: Wow! I half expected her head to start spinning around this week! What a scary little piece of work she turned out to be! She obviously did a number on that little boy in the photograph Ryder carries, she set the house on fire to get to Eden, and is cold and heartless toward her brother Ryder. Could you believe she told him to sleep in his car in the winter, and then suggested to Eden that he started the fire in Sharon’s house?! It was nice that we got some new information this week too – that Daisy is also Kevin’s sibling. Now, if only I could figure out what could possibly “be at stake” to make this big plan so worth their while….
Amber/Daniel/Phyllis: I’m excited for Amber and Daniel to locate Little D. There’s no word yet on whether or not Andrea Evans will reprise her role of Tawny (Amber’s mother), but that would be a treat! Also, I’d like Deacon to stick around – I find the emotional pull between him and Amber very compelling. Worth mentioning: Amber and Phyllis are more interesting as adversaries, and it was nice to see Daniel make up his own mind about whether or not to help Amber find the boy – refreshing.
The Weird Conversation: How strange was the conversation between Phyllis and Lauren at the beginning of the week, concerning the possibility that Sheila is alive? I think it’s obvious that Phyllis is Phyllis, not Sheila, but what could this foreshadowing mean? Interesting that the majority of voters in our snap poll did not find the idea of another Sheila return exciting or believable…
Loony Lauren: She’s obviously going off the deep end more than she wants anyone to realize with all of this rat business, and the thoughts of Sheila dancing in her brain. Did you see the way she went off on Eden?! It was totally un-Lauren-like – as Michael and Gloria pointed out. I got a kick out of Gloria’s appearance this week – she’s great in doses!
Shrinky Minx: Wow, that Emily Peterson is good! A few appropriate words, along with a copy of her book, and Jack is cured of his compulsion to 'protect' Sharon in just one short day! Yeah, right. I thought it was interesting that they made a point of showcasing her feelings about this - since we all know how terribly jealous Patty can be!
Billy Boss Boy: I think it's inspired to have Billy using his tabloid-powers for good by having him poke his nose in Adam's business. It's nice that he gets to retain his edge even after the New Year's Eve epiphany. It was nice to see Rafe appear and show some backbone in wanting to get back at Adam. I fully expect Heather to give in and roll in the mud too. It was also a nice touch having Phyllis give Billy the low-down on Adam and Dr. Taylor. Nick gets to keep his nose clean, but the job still gets done. So, Adam will be gunning for Billy now, which is possibly the most interesting rivalry on the show in quite some time!
Thick Nick: This guy is all over the place! You never know what is going to come out of his mouth next! Sharon should have been home with Noah? What century is he living in? Besides, Noah and Eden told her they were going to the movies! Seems like more manufactured bull to create controversy between Nick and Sharon.
The Fistfight: The impact of Victor appearing while Nick and Adam were in the process of trashing his office would have been ten times greater had the show not released Eric Braeden's airdate ahead of time. As it was, I knew he was going to show up, so as much as it was a good scene (and episode ender) it could have been so much more dramatic!
Mother (of) Tucker: Wow! This was a great storyline move! Those who avoid spoilers and speculation were probably blown away! Lucky! As for the rest of us, the weeks of whispers and leaks that Tucker may be Katherine's long-lost child, somewhat diminished what could have been a true shock-and-awe moment. Viewers had already begun to figure out that he was behind the company buying the stock, so the takeover wasn't a big surprise either. Don't get me wrong, I love this storyline, and I can't wait for the fallout - especially between Tucker and Jill (imagine her getting up in his face!), and also between Tucker and Victor, who is bound to stand behind his good friend Katherine. Anyway, this kicker was a fabulous way to take us into the weekend!
Twins: With this one, the writers caught me off guard - thank you for that! I was as stunned as Cane, Lily, and Mac to find out there are two babies sharing the womb with a view! Speculation amid viewers is already heating up - will this be a soapy tale of twins from two different fathers? Ye Gads! I hope not…anything that provides an eternal connection between Mac and Billy is a bad idea in my book!
Looking Ahead: Will Heather get into bed with Billy figuratively, literally, or both?!
Well, it was an awesome week at times on The Young and the Restless! Lots of storylines moving forward - heck, even the baby-switch storyline is showing signs of blowing up! My issues this week are mainly with the Daisy/Ryder story which still feels stalled in spite of the new information, and my grumpiness with the plethora of spoilers and leaks that dial-down the fun and drama - guess that's why they're called spoilers!! Don't forget to leave your two cents in the comment section. Did I miss mentioning something that stood out to you? What did you enjoy or totally dislike? What are you looking forward to the most? Let Soaps.com know!