The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of May 17 – 21:
I’m enjoying The Young and the Restless right now. Sure there are some dull parts, but overall I’m appreciating the real-life drama much more than I did the outlandish storylines. Here’s how the week looked from this end:
While anything that gets under Victor’s skin is good for a giggle, the reality is that this whole over-reaction to Billy and Victoria is rather silly. First of all, Billy and Vikki are adults, not teens. Second, Victor has married an Abbott himself – more than once – and his daughter is part Abbott, so there goes his credibility! Third, Victoria married Victor’s nemesis, Brad Carlton, so they’ve already fought this battle; in fact, I think they had the same issues over Ryan McNeil, so it’s old news. Four, Jack’s reaction – to tell Billy to ‘grow up already’ – was more than a bit hypocritical coming from a guy who is still working the sandbox mentality in his own dealings with Victor! Another beef this week – having Billy turn into a besotted, jabbering idiot over someone like Victoria is not believable. It was much more fun when Billy was still behaving like himself.
Victor’s Female Problems!
Wow, has Victor had his hands full with the women in his life or what? Nikki’s ticked that he lost Victoria custody of Reed, Victoria’s told him twice now to stay out of her business, Abby has reached new heights of talking back, Ashley took him to task on his parenting (buying a horse doesn’t count!), and Phyllis told him to ‘forget it’ when he suggested she not interfere in Nick’s case! Hehe. Thank goodness for Sharon who needed a shoulder to cry on, otherwise The Mustache might think he was in the Twilight Zone! No wonder he was so quick to volunteer to leave town and check things out in Kansas! The good news is that he hasn’t lost his touch – he was obviously behind the attack by Frank, and successfully secured Nick’s release on bail. Speaking of Victor, the hilarious moment of the week was when he listened to Abby’s reality television idea and remarked amicably, “Really?! No kidding?!” Then growled, “It ain’t gonna’ happen!”
Jack in the Back…
Poor ol’ Smilin’ Jack can’t catch a break! He isn’t allowed to work at Jabot, and Emily won’t give him the time of day. Speaking of Emily, her new ‘do makes her look like Peg Bundy – yike!
The Naked Heiress!
Love her or hate her, NuAbby certainly made a splash in Genoa City this week! I’m excited because the actress, Marcy Rylan, is entertaining and worth-watching. The character, however, I’m on the fence about, since I’m not a huge fan of rich, spoiled brats. On the plus side, her energy is fantastic, and I love a girl with a ‘tude! It’s obvious that they’re going to hook her up with Daniel after the big stink between them at the coffee house, so that might be worth watching. I’m all in as long as she isn’t written like a cartoon personality and has some depth. Speaking of Abby, she is the embodiment of what JT fears for Reed – a spoiled, entitled, walking nightmare! He could use her in court as evidence!
It really caught my interest to learn that Malcolm has been acting as Tucker's mole, but it's taking so long to find out anything more about it, that, well, it's a drag!
Winters Family Matters.
Does anyone really care if Devon takes a job with Malcolm and Neil gets cheesed off? Does anyone still care about this cancer storyline that Lily and Cane are mired in? I did enjoy the Neil/Mal smackdown last week because the acting was delish, but on the whole, these stories feel tired because viewers just want to get on with something new and exciting for this clan. There is promise for some compelling conflict ahead, though, what with Cane thinking it would be a good idea to sue Mac for amniotic fluid, thereby going directly against his wife's wishes. I'm wondering if he's thought this through? What if he goes ahead and Mac loses those babies? Or worse, what if he just makes Lily really mad! She is likely to stamp her foot and tell him he's out of her and the babies' lives forever if he does this! Oddly, it's not the Lily/Cane fallout that I'm looking forward to in this; it's the Cane/Mac face-off. Neither one backs down when they really believe in their position!
Selective Feelings Syndrome.
I'm finding the emotionless Jana story a little bizarre. What is it, Selective Feelings Syndrome? How is it that she can't feel some emotions, but she can feel overwhelmed, and can feel bad for Kevin when she knows he's disappointed? How's that work? In spite of the details, Emily O'Brien is doing a great job of acting blase.
That must be what JT feels like right about now. I'm really all over the place with my feelings about Tucker. I loved when he told Victor that JT was like a son to him last week, but think it's downright dastardly to turn that around on JT this week. Did I mention I love Tucker's scenes with Jill? I think Tucker/Ashley/Jill is the money triangle - not Ashley/Tucker/Neil. Just sayin'. Tell Soaps.com what you think of Tucker's latest move in our Tucker Snap Poll!
Adam Murder Mystery Check-In.
For those who are interested, I'll leave you with this - I still believe that Adam is alive, and as far-fetched as it may sound, he is out there using Richard Hightower's identity. I think Richard was the body they found at the Club. What about the DNA test? Adam must have donated his DNA to the ill Mr. Hightower, which is how the police matched it to Adam's prison DNA records. Remember the man and the boy thanking Adam? Remember Adam having pain when he came back from his time out of town? Hmm… Any other theories out there? Share 'em below!
I love the return to truer-to-life stories, and I'm happy that Ryder came back! That's all! I'm out for this week! Have you missed episodes? Check out the Soap Opera Fan Y&R Weekly Summaries, and then feel free to cast your vote on our Soap Opera Fan Blog Y&R Polls.
- Candace Young