The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of June 7 – 11:
I’ve enjoyed The Young and the Restless this week, with a few rant-worthy exceptions. It seems as though the writers finally heard the pleas for more love and true-to-life stories in the afternoon, and there has been a new trend toward character-driven relationship struggles, which is great. Some of the lagging stories have heated up a bit, and there is still plenty of drama without the Twilight Zone stuff! Let’s break it down:
Comings and Goings.
The writers still seem to have a few issues with the continuity of stories. While we saw Malcolm this week, we’re still in the dark about why he came to town. Ashley’s relationship with Neil hasn’t been addressed – wouldn’t you think she’d be part of his current life drama? How are we supposed to get interested in an Ashley/Neil/Tucker triangle if we never see Ashley and Neil together at all? Abby blew into town in an overwhelming fashion, and then this week seemed to completely cease to exist. Not that I’m complaining about the breather from the hyper heiress, it’s just the odd shifts in focus that are puzzling.
That Ship Has Sailed.
No, not Shaw’s leaky boat with The Mustache on board, I’m referring to the Phyllis/Nick/Sharon triangle. Many viewers were sick of this triangle a year ago, now it’s hopelessly past the expiry date! Nick flip-flopped one, two, or three too many times in the past, and the mishandling ruined this storyline flat out. The best material this week was Phyllis/Gloria/Jeffrey (welcome back!) and Sharon and Phyllis, who on their own are a hit! Phyllis’s conversation with Nikki foreshadowed the return of the dreaded triangle, however, which is definitely fast-forward material. Please don’t go there.
In a Pickle!
It was a funny start to the week with Vikki and Billy being caught out by their mothers! Also, it was interesting that Victoria showed up at the trailer bearing a jar of pickles. Pair that with the fertility symbol reference of the previous week, and one can only assume Victoria is going to wind up preggers, or that the writers are having a giggle teasing viewers with the idea. So, taking a page from Chloe’s book, Billy overhears that Vikki is heading to Tokyo and shows up at the airport booked on her flight. Hmm…methinks the boy’s got it bad!
A Bomb or a Dud?
This Chloe/Heather/Chance triangle, as most predicted, is a bit of a snooze. NuHeather is not working for me as a hopeless female desperately in need of protection, and the whole concept of Chance having to guard her 24/7 right after he becomes engaged to Chloe just seems a little dumb. The good news is that misery loves company, and Chloe has found someone more than suitable to fill the bill – Kevin! I hope they keep these two as eye-rolling, commiserating pals – I’m not feeling the hook-up vibe – but I love their scenes together!
While I'm not in favor of Jana and Ryder getting it on for the obvious reasons, and it was a bit of a shocking leap in the storyline, the development has made the story more complex, where last week it just annoyed me. Of course this 'loss of emotion' business continues to seem bogus, but the bottom line is that Jana is patently not herself, and Ryder, who is this lost soul, have made a decision from which there is no going back. The fact that they are both tied to Kevin, whom we have taken under our wings due to his abusive past, makes it a twisted, tragic tale all around. To get the inside skinny on Ryder and his storyline straight from his portrayer, Wilson Bethel, be on the look out for my interview with him coming up on Soaps.com early next week!
You Want Me To Seduce Victor Newman?
I get a kick out of Jill and Tucker's scenes - pretty entertaining sparring! I like Ashley and Tucker too, as a romantic possibility, but I am missing the Neil factor, which has all but been dropped. I also keep hoping to see more exploration of Tucker's relationship with Kay. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how Tucker will fare in his bid to take over Beauty of Nature - good stuff!
Although the writers are a little wobbly on the details of his destination in Canada, it has been a hoot seeing Victor jump from an airplane, survive a knock on the head, threaten to kill a man, turn down an amorous barmaid, and now fight for his life on a sinking boat! Sure it's a little cheesy, but I love it when Y&R dusts off the 'seedy dive bar' set, and reminds us that you can't keep Victor Newman down! I also got a chuckle out of Jack showing up at the bar in his good suit on Friday's episode. Classic.
The Big Score!
I haven't quite worked out what the big score is that Skye keeps referring to, but Adam's already in luck - seems he's no longer visually impaired! I'm sure all of this will be explained in due time, but for now, I'm enjoying the cat-and-mouse game, and am particularly surprised to find I'm being drawn in by Adam's lingering feelings for Sharon. Of course, they could never be together again, could they? What do you think should happen? Vote in the Adam's Storyline Snap Poll!
Cane Pulls the Trigger!
Good family drama storyline! Yes, we're all sick of the cancer plot, but there is no doubt this is a controversial knuckle-biter of a tale that has suddenly become quite interesting and has the potential to be very emotional. I hope the writers will have a few surprising twists in store!
- Candace Young