Deconstructing Y&R: The Soap Opera About Nothing

December 16 - 20

Kyle Summer eat takeout Young and Restless

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The Young and the Restless has lots of dialogue but nothing happens as the characters discuss and live out their day-to-day lives. As mentioned in the last Deconstructing Y&R, the humdrum episodes continued with little in the way of drama, no high stakes, and plot points that are often vague with loose ends all over the place. The soap continues to tease big things, then fails to deliver. Possible hook ups between Phyllis and Nick, and Billy and Amanda were hinted at, and instead we got the safe choice – Chelsea and Nick sex. I just can’t with the continual letdowns.

Odd and over it

Not only did the powers that be inexplicably stop putting Amanda and Nate in scenes together (while Elena and Devon continue to bicker with him about her), they beefed up the meetings between Amanda and Billy, which would be fine if there was something soapy going on with them. But no, the powers that be are actually writing a platonic affair, featuring endless scenes of Billy being alternately miserable about his ‘perfect’ life and deliriously happy about having such a great wife – just odd and I’m over it. At least we found out Amanda was an orphan through her conversation with Billy. Which brings us to her past. I find it incredible that no one in Genoa City has raised the question, “Is it possible Hilary had a twin sister and didn’t know?” I’m surprised Amanda hasn’t wondered about it, considering she’s an orphan and is being told she looks identical to the woman. With the dossier turning up the name ‘Ripley Turner’, I immediately remembered that Hilary’s real name was Anne Turner, and her mother was Rose Turner. Did Devon twig on this? It should have been another shocking coincidence for him, I’d think. Of course, the information indicated that Ripley Turner was Amanda’s fiancé, which makes it stranger still – perhaps Devon inferred that incorrectly. The good news is I’m still invested enough to want the answers.

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Seeking real drama

Kyle and Theo’s issues at Jabot make them look like whiners rather than rivals and the powers that be are making Theo less intriguing to me by taking away too much of his bad-boy edge. How many characters have they done this to now? If Kyle is conspiring against Theo or vice-versa, let us see that full-on, rather than this low-level snarking, with Summer sighing at the two of them and Jack chastising. Also, let’s see something actually happen with the quadrangle that’s been established.


Probably one of the most interesting things to happen this week was Phyllis yelling at Adam about his indecent proposal, though her level of outrage was a bit much considering it’s exactly the kind of request she’d make of someone without a second thought. As for Adam’s domestic situation, I’ll go with ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’, though I do want to note that Connor’s vendetta against Sharon was very short-lived. What a surprise – another plot that seems to have gone nowhere. Don’t even get me started on Adam, who asserted he wanted nothing to do with Victor and the family, and said, “They’re your family not mine,” randomly dropping in at the ranch with Connor and chatting it up with Nikki. Huh?!

This is just my opinion. Feel free to share your thoughts using the comment section. Wishing a happy holiday season to all those who celebrate!


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