The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of March 1 – 5:
It’s amazing to me that while there are some really exciting things going on with The Young and the Restless right now, there are still so many things driving me crazy. The dragged out storylines would have to be the top beef of the week, but the ridiculous factor is spiking again too. Here are this week’s talking points:
Dirty Diane: The week got off to a great start with the war of words between Diane and Phyllis – loved this! It was one zinger after another as the two went toe-to-toe – perfection! It was absolutely enhanced by the irony of Patty standing there being lauded as the person responsible for bringing her arch-nemesis – Diane – back into Jack’s life! The writers didn’t miss a beat either – ending the scene with Phyllis telling Emily (Patty) that she must be crazy to have brought Diane to Genoa City – delicious!
Crazy Daisy & Co: I don’t know about you, but when I think about dragged-out storylines, this is the ‘Mama Bear’ of them all! Let’s not forget that this goes all the way back to Daniel being framed in the art scam – how does that even figure in? Does anyone even care anymore? This seems to just be going on and on – how many times do we need to see Daisy put drops into a glass – we get it! With Lauren experiencing all this weird behavior and headaches – why is it that no one but us notices Daisy CONSTANTLY bringing Lauren tea and water?! Come on! As far as the kidnapping of Jana – it was interesting for that one exciting moment in the theater, but has been mostly downhill from there, with the lowest point coming when Daisy told Ryder to feed ‘their pet’ because Mama Bear wants her in good shape. Huh? The good news in this story has been the acting – this week Tracey Bregman has really stood out as Lauren’s drug-related mood swings became more dramatic – brilliant!
Pattycakes: The Patty storyline is such a hard one to comment on – it varies between being wildly entertaining, utterly ridiculous and maddening, and just feeling draggy – it makes me feel as crazy as Patty herself! Of course, Stacy Haiduk continues to do a bang-up job – this actress absolutely deserves an Emmy – but why is it that I can see the differences between Patty and Emily so clearly, but Jack and Paul can’t? Maybe it’s perspective – as a viewer, I know the truth and they don’t, but it still manages to irk me. After Paul disregarded everything Emily said to him in the hospital, and threw out the tissue with the blood on it, I couldn’t help but think that poor ol’ Paul will be kicking his own butt again when it all comes out, but first he’ll have to deal with the fallout from getting drunk and steaming up the bar with his drugged-out ex-flame, very-married Lauren! As I said before, sometimes this storyline is wildly entertaining! Imagine if this comes out – Paul might get a punch in the nose from Michael, and have to deal with Nina all up in his face. Yikes!
Cane Deported: This is a very unfortunate development, and I’ll tell you why – because the way they’ve been writing for the Lily character lately, this deportation is going to lead to weeks of her being depressed and whining about Cane being gone – egad. Speaking of Cane, I really enjoyed his scenes with Billy this week – the two actors bring such intensity to their scenes! I have to admit I was surprised that Cane gave Billy information, though – didn’t see that coming!
Out of Chances: Is anyone else just bored to tears when Chance is on the screen? It’s almost to the point where I wish whoever is after him would just rub him out! Honestly, he’s hot, but they’re not writing for him at all – this mystery surrounding him is a snore – anyone with three IQ points could figure out that Sid Meeks is up to his eyeballs in this whole mess (whatever the whole mess is)! Supposedly, he and Chloe will be taking their relationship to a new level next week – here’s hoping that he’ll finally get lucky – maybe it will light a little fire in him!
Two of a Kind: Billy and Jill are fabulous to watch working as a team because they think alike - no explanations needed between them - they 'get' each other! Love it!
Tucker/Katherine/Jill: Ah, what tangled webs… I'm glad to report that I've finally connected with NuTucker, as the writers brought out the vulnerable side of him this week. I loved the scenes between him and Katherine - it was warm fuzzy time! This is the family drama that I adore - where it's all about what it makes you feel. I was really enjoying the stuff between Kay and Jill too - they finally discussed something and arrived at a rational conclusion as Katherine asked Jill to kill the story on Tucker, and Jill agreed. Another warm, fuzzy moment followed - but what came after that just did not make sense. After agreeing moments before to kill the story so that Kay could have a shot at a relationship with her son, Tucker, Jill sees them hug and that causes her to do a complete turnaround and decide to run the story after all?! What? If she were that jealous of Kay and Tucker's relationship, wouldn't she have been that jealous five minutes before in the living room? This irked me because it just didn't seem believable.
Dreams or Nightmares: The stand-alone dream episode had some great features - such as the acting of Sharon Case (Sharon) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley) - and some nightmarish features - such as the extended bits with Nick flip-flopping between Sharon and Phyllis, which I just can't take anymore whether real or imagined. Seriously, though, I thought that as dreams go - they were very realistically depicted - the way people morphed into other people, the scenes jumped around, and surroundings changed etc. The sub-conscious struggle in Sharon's mind to differentiate between her feelings for Adam and Nick was interesting, and it was good that they had her conflict with Phyllis represented, but the Skye part was strange - did she even know Skye, or that Skye was a poker player? As for Ashley's dream, I think it would have been enough for her to see Adam on the stairs in a veil, not be able to find the baby, and then to have Jack say there is no baby. In fact, both dreams could have been condensed - a whole episode was a bit much. That said, I loved the part with Ashley in the straitjacket - great stuff! Some said they didn't see the point of the dream episode - I felt like it was to demonstrate that both women know the truth (or parts thereof) deep in their minds. I also liked the way the dreams ended, with Adam coming home, and the lab results coming in - nice!
Going Down: As Phyllis cryptically predicted, Adam appears to be going down. The unraveling of the truth surrounding Faith has been my fave storyline this week. If there is anything more scrumpdilyicious than Victor finding out about Skye's diary and promising that Adam will reap what he's sown, I don't know what it is! LOVE it! It's been a horrifically long road at times getting here, but we knew all along that when Adam's lies were finally revealed it would be a moment for Y&R viewers to truly relish - seems that time is right around the corner… Or, could Adam have more tricks up his sleeve? Wouldn't you just scream if he did?! Can't wait for next week!
Last, I wanted to comment on the casting news this week - the role of Heather Stevens has been recast with Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, AMC). Here's my take - there's no telling why they chose to go with another actress - Vail was doing a great job in my estimation - but Eden is a great 'get' for the show and will probably be wonderful in the role. Let Soaps.com know what you think by voting in the poll:
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- Candace Young