When it comes to The Young and the Restless, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of Y&R’s week that was.
The Young and the Restless: A Critic’s Week In Review
All right loyal readers, don’t freak out – your usually hard to please critic actually liked the Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) starring special episode. Now, maybe that’s because it featured a surfeit of Gloria Abbott Bardwell (Judith Chapman), which is never a bad thing. Or, maybe it was thanks to the literal laugh-out-loud moments like Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) forming a heart with her hands to express her feelings concerning Gloria and Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) “relationship.”
Or, quite possibly, it had everything to do with those only in Phyllis’s dream scenes like Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), and Sharon Rosales (Sharon Chase) waxing lyrical about Ol’ Red and admitting to their own faults. That was all highly entertaining, and so Phyllis.
However, like all of the character-centric episodes presented by The Young and the Restless, this one had a whole lotta, huh moments. Chief among them, dream Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) holding all the answers that Phyllis desperately needed.
As pointed out time and time again, everything that was happening was a manifestation of Phyllis’s subconscious; so, are we really expected to believe that she actually thinks that Billy, of all people, has his life so together that he can help get hers on track? And seriously, does Phyllis really think that Jack would choose to spend his days with Gloria should he and Phyllis never reunite? And, the most important question here, what was in those chips that Phyllis consumed right before hitting the hay?
Further Y&R Musing
* If there was ever any question, Victoria Newman Locke (Amelia Heinle) has proven, once and for all, that she is indeed Victor’s heir apparent. Who else but a spawn of The Black Knight would condone the decimation of their ex-husband and take the opportunity to try and buy the company he imperiled?
* We understand that Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) is taking his role as Dominic Chancellor’s guardian very seriously, but when’s the last time he gave Amanda Sinclair (Mishael Morgan) the time of day? She had to testify in open court against the grandfather who ordered her father’s murder without the benefit of Devon’s support; then, she had to listen to the verdict being handed down with only her half-sister by her side. Maybe Amanda should be looking for a man who’d be willing to put even the least bit of effort into their relationship.
* What is up with everyone on The Young and the Restless acting as if Abby Chancellor (Melissa Ordway) has lost the plot, just because she’s set off to find the husband she believes to be alive and well? Throw a stone in Genoa City and you’ll more than likely hit someone who’s been presumed dead.
Now, what would make a ton of sense, is if Ashley’s great concern stemmed from the fact that she herself has suffered several emotional breakdowns, and she’s projecting that onto her daughter.
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