The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of March 15 – 17:
The dramatic climax of the Adam storyline last Friday gave this week’s episodes a low-key feel. The Young and the Restless definitely gave us a few surprises this week, however. Here’s how it looked from this end:
The Morning After: There was a weird hangover effect after the huge reveal of Dr. Taylor’s letter and its implications at the cabin. Aside from his attempt to cajole Heather, Adam was uncharacteristically complacent this week – no escape attempts from the hospital, no blackmailing the staff, etc. Ashley gave us a jolt when it looked like she might run and/or go off the deep end, but that quietly ended when, out-of-the-blue, the suddenly-social and oddly-friendly Tucker talked her down off the ledge, so to speak. Everyone else involved in the Adam mess seemed to be in a sort of daze, which was a real contrast to the palpable rage shown toward Adam at the cabin. The bad news is that the spotlight is back on the Sharon/Nick/Phyllis flip-flop debacle. Words cannot express how much I do not want to go there again.
Cassie/Sharon: A nice, brief moment – Cassie sure grew up gorgeous in heaven!
JT/Victoria: I had a beef this week with the way they wrote JT. I dislike it when they twist a character’s personality out of whack to suit a storyline. JT reacted very unlike himself when Vikki told him about the Adam/cabin scenario. The JT we know would have empathized with Ashley, Sharon and the others, not reacted completely out-of-character and defended Adam! He also isn’t the type of person to try to keep a child from its mother – he never has been – so this sudden personality transplant seems bogus. Having him stand up to Victor is something viewers find believable, and enjoy, and asking Victoria for shared custody would be typical of this devoted dad, but suing for full custody and cutting Victoria out of Reed’s life – not buying it! Perhaps they are writing JT in a bad light to garner sympathy for the sometimes unpopular Victoria, but it takes all of the reality out of the story for me – too bad.
Billy/Victoria: Not really grabbing me as a potential big love match, although the boxer shorts thing is cute.
Daniel the Constant Companion: After barely interacting for the past couple of years, this week Daniel suddenly began popping up everywhere that Lily went! While I like the writers changing up who people interact with, it was a little odd. Makes you wonder where the story is going – especially with Adrienne Frantz’s (Amber Moore Romalotti) announcement this week!
Cane’s Mad Dash: This was just one of those maddening moments where you roll your eyes or shake your head. How stupid is it for Cane to escape and get himself in more hot water – it doesn’t make a bit of sense. It’s not like he can show up at home, or at the hospital, or be with Lily to ‘support’ her, because the authorities would nab him. So what’s the point?
Luck O’ the Lauren: Well, it was kind of lucky that Kevin found the photos of her and Paul instead of Michael, but in the end it didn’t matter because she realized she will have to tell her husband anyway. The acting remains the high point of this storyline, which isn’t getting raves for its snail-like pace.
Jill/Katherine: I really appreciated the warm moment written in for them this week – they really do operate like mother and daughter, so it’s nice after all the misunderstandings to have that acknowledged. Warm fuzzies!
Sharon/Phyllis: 'Twas an interesting moment when Sharon thanked Phyllis for everything she had done. Oh, the irony of Sharon crediting Phyllis for 'her entire future', when Phyllis is in the throes of worrying if that very future might involve her husband! I always enjoy the dynamic between these two - it's all good until Nick starts flip-flopping!
Ashley's Decision: I applaud the writers for taking the sane road for Ashley this time around, and having her make a painful, but level-headed choice where Faith is concerned. It was like a breath of fresh air, and made for several very emotional moments that really hit home. It was very moving when her voice caught in a sob as she said she would respect the results of the DNA test, and also very touching when she and Sharon embraced.
Phyllis Take the Wheel: Or not. I loved the twist of Phyllis going off the road this week, mainly because I didn't expect it and was caught totally off-guard. I love it when that happens! Also, the incident was perfectly in keeping with Phyllis's tendency to work herself into a mental frenzy over things and self-destruct.
Patty Williams, Head Shrinker: It was fun watching Patty mess up with Emily's client, but I quickly went back to being fatigued with this storyline, which needs to keep moving forward. Since Patty and Emily aren't characters we're super-invested in, and the whole insanity thing has been a tad overdone, it's really only the acting keeping up flagging interest. For the most part, I'd rather be watching Nikki and Jill fight over a man or something. Of course, now that Emily/Patty is Adam's shrink there's sure to be more madness before it's all over. This was another unexpected little twist!
I do love the big drama and the tear-jerking moments, but I am still missing the fun and fire of love in the afternoon. I'm craving some sexy romance - not just in tiny snippets amid the misery - but an old school, front-burner, juicy entanglement, or a triangle with loads of chemistry on all sides - a fresh one that hasn't been done to death. The Billy/Chloe/Chance triangle was exciting, but they hardly interact anymore. I was really into Jill and the former Tucker, but that came to an abrupt end after the recast. Currently, there isn't another couple I'm really jazzed about seeing onscreen - it's like having a missing piece or two in a puzzle. Maybe it's time for mystery, madness, and death to take a backseat for a while!
What's your take on the current state of story at Y&R? Let Soaps.com know in the comment section below!! See ya' back here next Friday for a full week! Did you catch the video of Tracey Bregman and Christian LeBlanc in Keep on Loving You?