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Deconstructing Y&R: A Promising Return and an Unexpected Twist

September 16 - 20

Devon sees Amanda Sinclair Young and Restless

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While the supposed death of The Great Victor Newman has provided some intrigue on The Young and the Restless, it’s far from ‘must see’ again, as the show lacks punch and the entertainment value is only to be found when there’s a confrontation or in the acting as opposed to the writing. Many characters don’t even have storylines. On a positive note, Mishael Morgan’s return gave me a moment of renewed optimism and the twist with Adam framing Victoria was unexpected.

Billy’s battle

Jason Thompson has been brilliant at portraying the intensity of Billy’s struggle. Any criticism about the alter storyline and standalone episode has to do with the writing. Revisiting Delia’s death hasn’t resonated with me from the outset; however, I was quite prepared for the standalone episode to blow me away. The scenes were solid, thanks to the actors, but I was hoping for a huge epiphany to come out of it, such as Billy realizing he actually blames himself for Delia’s death. After all, each loved one appeared as a representation of some perception of himself he has battled or some form of guilt he has struggled with, and it led to him ‘fighting’ himself, but instead of an epiphany it concluded with an odd scene with Billy punching ‘Bad Billy’ who dissolved into thin air in a random nod to Avengers: Infinity War. Many were left asking, “So that’s it…?” and not really knowing the point, or whether he was ‘cured’ or still deluding himself. I couldn’t help but imagine how powerful it would have been for his battle to culminate in confronting the most devastating source of guilt he carries inside. With that said, it’s entirely possible that’s still to come, but it felt like a missed opportunity. The episode won raves for Thompson, but got mixed reviews otherwise:

Victor’s death

This storyline has an odd muted feel to it, maybe because it’s pretty clear to viewers that Victor’s not really dead. It’s amounted to many scenes of watching characters behave as though he’s dead, while the whole time thinking that if he was actually dead, this would be much more heightened and dramatic. It’s almost certain Victor and Nate figured out what Adam did and are conspiring with certain family members to mess with him and make sure he pays. Given that Adam was so obvious about stealing Nate’s tablet and switching the meds a fifth grader could have figured it out, the plot has been an eye-roller from the get-go, and it seems a little cruel to let the grandkids think Victor’s dead when they could have just had Adam arrested. Anyway, Adam put his own twist into it by framing Victoria, and I don’t dislike it, but it didn’t leave me feeling all caught up either. At this point, the whole dynamic between Adam and the Newmans (especially Nick) is feeling overplayed. Also getting old is Phyllis complaining about Summer pushing her away and wheedling after her. Where are their storylines? They go to Society, Grand Phoenix or wherever else, exchange dialogue, then move on to the next place… Also, it was nuts that people acted angry or surprised about Phyllis hating Victor.

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Devon’s shock

The highlight of the week for me was the return of Mishael Morgan to Young and Restless, which will hopefully shake things up in the so-comfortable-it’s-dull romance of Devon and Elena in addition to shedding light on the situation with Katherine’s will. I thought Devon was going to keel right over when he opened the door and saw Hilary’s doppelganger, but the ‘moment’ was brief, then it was right down to business with Devon only acting irritated and suspicious.

This could have been (should have been) so much more dramatic! I hope Amanda will be fierce and not another watered-down character because the soap opera desperately needs more zing.

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