The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of February 15 – 19:
Hoo boy! There’s certainly been a lot going on in Genoa City this week. The Young and the Restless is definitely keeping it interesting as numerous storylines are threatening to break wide open! Snippets of romance were once again spotted, particularly on Monday (thank you Michael and Lauren), and there’s even been some comic relief. The writers seem to be trending toward the gothic/outlandish big stories again, though. Here’s how it all looked from this end:
Beach Blooper: Wasn’t it great how Jack bluffed his way through the major blooper of being caught taking his new bride to the same resort where he’d previously holidayed with Sharon?! How funny was it when Sharon raised her eyebrow in amazement as Jack claimed to all and sundry that he and Sharon didn’t have a happy time there anyway?! Funny!
Imposter in Paradise: Well, Jack may have inadvertently married the wrong woman, but between the constant sex, and his wife’s sudden willingness to do his dirty work with him, he’s having the time of his life! Methinks when the switch is revealed, Jackie Boy’s gonna have some ‘splainin’ to do! While at the resort, Patty messed up on numerous points, but Jack was too busy ogling her ‘identical-to-Dr. Pee’ bikini body to notice! Jeeze, don’t these women have different birthmarks or something? I also couldn’t help but wonder if the sex was reminiscent of, oh, I don’t know – sex with Mary Jane Benson (Patty), perhaps?! Anything ringing a bell, Jack?! On the whole, it’s so ludicrous you just have to give in and let it take you where it will…
No More, No More Secrets: So Boy Wonder finds Phyllis’s Harvard ID card and confronts her about it. Let me tell you, I was prepared for the umpteenth rehash of their patented ‘we can never keep secrets from one another again’ argument, but was relieved and gratified when they wound up having a different sort of discussion. Sure, Phyllis started out with that ‘I’m a bad girl, and I’m caught’ look on her face, but they ended up revealing what they’d been keeping from one another, and each understood why the other had done it – end of story. So refreshing not to have another stupid round of making promises they won’t keep! Great, too, that Nick believed her dish on Adam later in the week and actually went and told his father and sister the information – usually soap characters keep everything to themselves until we’re ready to burst with frustration.
Phyllis Newman P.I.: In true Phyllis fashion, she is grittily determined to find the truth about Adam – which will ultimately bite her in the butt, as she will learn that Nick’s child with Sharon is indeed alive. I’m wondering if she’ll be tempted to keep that nugget to herself when she finds out!
And the Walls Close In: Beginning with Patty getting in Adam’s face at the resort, the week went downhill for our resident scoundrel in a big way! What’s really interesting is that the scenes in which he cries, or moans about the mess he’s in to his mother (feeling sorry for himself), don’t make me sympathize with him – instead, they drive home the point that he had a great childhood in spite of Victor’s absence, and there is nothing to justify the horrific things he has perpetrated on others! Just thought I’d point that out in case the writers think the Hope connection is helping to redeem him. That said, Michael Muhney is doing an award-winning job of playing this dastardly character – if he weren’t we wouldn’t all be so wildly anxious to see him brought down! Sharon Case is also giving a great performance as Sharon goes along on this roller coaster ride. I love her facial expressions and body language when she’s exasperated – good stuff!
The Big Guns: Such a sweet scene when Father Todd brought Nina to the hospital to take Paul on an outing! I loved the way he ran to her and hugged her on sight, as well as their easy interaction in the movie theater. I still don’t feel any sexual chemistry between them, but they sure do have that ‘deep connection’ vibe. Nice.
Flat as a Pancake: That's how flat the Lily storyline fell this week. It's all very endearing to have her posing for magazine photos and heralding the strength of her mother, but it just doesn't get duller than this for viewing. Here's hoping Cane's upcoming drama will spice things up in his and Lily's storyline.
Abby Hit the Road: I don't know about you, but I could do without the tantrums from this spoiled brat - she finds out they're moving and actually has the nerve to moan that they're going to be homeless?! I say she should sleep in the stables for a week, or at least until she remembers that she's rich and will never be homeless (unless she scores an amnesia storyline sometime in the future).
Crazy Daisy/Loopy Lauren & Co: I love snippy Lauren - she makes me laugh and smile! How great was it when Daisy spilled the coffee on herself and Lauren snaps, "Why are you so clumsy?" She then tells Michael, "This whole situation is stressing me out!" Haha! Couldn't have said it better myself! Although unfortunate for Jana, it's great that this storyline is finally ready to bust open - viewers were tired of waiting. Of course everyone is atwitter about who Ryder and Daisy's 'Mama Bear' is - could it be Sheila? If so, would Jana have recognized her photo? Personally, I'm thinking that Ryder's conscience will ultimately be Jana's way out of this - he is definitely not into being evil, and will likely foil things for Daisy and Mama. By the way, I'd like to see Deacon back in the mix with this story - he makes it sexy.
Personnel Department: How cute were the scenes between Billy and Jill when she went to him for a job?! The look on his face was priceless. But it was a good hire - for Billy, and for us - this will be entertaining!
Flick My Bictoria: I like the playful vibe between them, but I just don't like Victoria enough personality-wise to want to see her with Billy. They would definitely be hot as a fling, particularly with the added bonus that Victor would hate it! The fact that Billy verbally flips Victor off at every turn only ups the tension factor - and Victor thought JT was mouthy!
Get in the Back: Some stories/characters took a backseat this week - Amber and Daniel, Tucker, and Chance. Did you miss them? And what's up with Nikki - her hair is bigger than her role these days!
I'm enjoying Y&R for the most part, in spite of the fact that I see the darker, gothic stuff taking center stage again. This writing regime seems to prefer to take things outside the realm of believability and to lean towards that side of things. When they do romance and comedy, they do it very well, but I'd prefer to see more of it for a better balance.
What's your take on the week at Y&R? Do you feel things are heating up, or have gone beyond ridiculous? Share your views with Soaps.com in the comment section below!
- Candace Young