The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of January 18 -22:
Sitting down to consider this week’s Restless Rant, it occurred to me that I have the most bizarre love/hate relationship with Victor Newman. Upon his return, I quickly fell back into the familiar, feverish resentment of his arrogant, entitled behavior toward everyone, yet I also had this curiously satisfied feeling that everything is right with the world now that Victor is back at the helm in Genoa City! The bottom line is this – when there’s some SOB on Y&R that needs to be taken down, no one is more excited than me when The Mustache decides to take matters into this own hands. Victor is like the Ghostbusters of The Young and the Restless – who ya’ gonna’ call?! Anyway, the show was pretty darn good this week! Here’s what caught my notice:
Will the Real Phyllis Please Stand Up: Thankfully Phyllis gave Billy some inside information at the beginning of the week, and taunted Adam at the family dinner, otherwise she’d be nearly unrecognizable! Who is this person who tells Nikki what she thinks of Victor, but doesn’t make a peep when he appears? Who is this dull housewife-type haranguing Nick for days on end about getting a place of their own? The ‘Real Phyllis’ would have already bought the house, had Summer’s bedroom decorated, boxed up Thick Nick’s skivvies, and phoned him at the office with his new address!
2 + 2 = ?: Methinks it’s going to be a long wait for justice if we’re depending on Sharon and Ashley to solve the case of the switched babies! Talk about rose-colored glasses! I’m at the point where I groan out loud whenever the writers have Adam do some new, ridiculous thing to make him look good. Giving girl advice to Noah – really? On bended knee in Fenmore’s – give me a break! The good news is that it’s actually gotten to the point where it’s somewhat comedic. If the writers want to redeem the character fine, but I want the baby switch righted first – and justice for people like Estella – preferably courtesy of Victor!
Nashley: Here’s the chemistry update on Neil and Ashley – I definitely felt some heat between these two when Ashley moved in close to Neil and was flirting outrageously, but the kissing wasn’t off the charts – it had a slightly forced or awkward quality to it. Not to mention, if all they’re going to do is discuss Neil’s problems, they’re going to be nothing but a yawn. Be sure to let Soaps.com know what you think of this pairing in our Y&R weekly poll!
Peace: So glad that Neil made peace with Malcolm by week’s end (again) – anyone think Neil’s improved outlook has anything to do with Ashley being hot for him? Just wondering… In any case, I found myself taking Malcolm’s side after Neil ruined his engagement announcement – enough is enough – deal with your issues!
Katherine’s Kin: There were some great family moments this week as Katherine’s loved ones rallied around her – I’m a sucker for that stuff. However, I was disappointed at the turn taken at the end of the week when Jill overheard Katherine tell Nikki she wished she had been her daughter, and Jill rushed off and wound up in Tucker’s arms – where Katherine found her and flipped out of course. My issue – can’t they write something else for Katherine and Jill besides these infernal, manufactured conflicts? What is this – misunderstanding #745 between Jill and Katherine? It just feels repetitive…
Jill/Tucker: The chemistry is so good between Tucker and Jill, that I can’t imagine what it will be like adjusting to Stephen Nichols being thrust suddenly into the part. Stephen will be great with the ruthless, smirky, businessman part of the role, but who knows if he’ll share the same heat with Jill…
Fair Warning: In my opinion, if Brock is worried, we should all be worried! It was definitely foreshadowing to have him voice concern about what Mac's gotten herself into with this surrogacy. An unrelated observation - the writers are certainly making a point of having JT and Mac support one another…
Played at His Own Game: I loved how Heather had Billy for dessert and then dismissed him! On second thought, maybe she didn't beat him at his own game - he managed to get her to help him dig dirt on Adam, and got sex too! I'm sure he'll be back for more - her devil-may-care attitude obviously intrigued him. That's fine with me as long as it's short term - he still has way more chemistry with Chloe, he had more with Sharon too. Heather's simply not interesting enough - just the way her character is written.
Crazy Daisy: This week, it seems our loathsome little flower decided to creep on other girls' guys! I really can't stand this girl. Her oozy, saccharin-sweet voice, and batting eyes are nearly unbearable when you know 'The Truth'. Daisy's so psycho it almost makes you worry for her diabolical mystery mother! Daisy obviously has her eye on Noah and/or Daniel - so what happens if her mother's big plan happens to get in the way of her getting what she wants? Egad!
Paris Puzzle: Looks like Daisy, or her mother, is behind Eden 'reconnecting' with her aunt. Guess they really wanted her out of the way! Here's hoping something realistic happens - like Eden calls Noah or Michael and tells them that she was set up!
Take a Chance on Me: Although I still feel a bit of a twinge when Chloe and Chance get close in a scene, this 'Chance in Danger' storyline is so fricken' dull that I dread seeing him lately. Fix it!
Daniel/Amber: This arguing about her 'bio clock' is so dumb! They already fought about this issue over a year ago, and he went ahead and married her anyway. Therefore, he's got no room to complain! I can't understand why the writers have Daniel acting like an eighteen year old - this is his second marriage!
Patty Power: Wow, she's scary when she freaks out! I love how realistically Paul reacts to her. What's not so realistic is that she could cut a hole in her little bench and hide all her meds there - and no one notices!
The Newman Family Meeting: Very funny premise, with some amusing moments, but the very best thing was watching JT stand up to Victor and walk right on out with his son! You all just know that I loved that! No doubt he'll pay for it at some point, but what a great scene! The Victor/Jack rivalry scene at the end was classic too. Victor calling Jack 'deplorable' was just a teensy bit hypocritical - anyone agree?
Speaking of the Rivalry: I found it a tad strange that after threatening Jack on Thursday, Victor went to him for help in bringing Tucker down on Friday! Unless he plans to screw Jack in the process, I can't make heads or tails of it! That said, something in me loves it when two rivals unite like this - gives me a weird thrill!
The coming week will bring us the new Tucker (Wednesday January 27th). Be sure to meet me right here to compare notes! What did you enjoy this week? What developments do you hope to see in the storylines? Share your Y&R thoughts with Soaps.com in the space below!