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A Critic’s Review Of The Young and the Restless: Bare, Infamous & Overdone

The author’s opinions of Y&R are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

the young and the restless critic's review for april 24 – april 28, 2023, three images phyllis, victor, and sharonPhyllis Summers, Victor Newman, and Sharon Rosales

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: The Critic Ponders

The majority of The Young and the Restless stories remain nonsensical and anticlimactic — Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) just reveals herself to Summer (Allison Lanier) in the middle of one of the most heavily trafficked areas of Genoa City without even an attempt to disguise herself and she just lays everything bare and then leaves it hanging in the air while she gets going? HUH?! — but I’d be remiss if I didn’t again applaud the resulting performances [for the most part] have been nothing short of revelatory.

Eileen Davidson’s [Ashley Abbott] and Peter Bergman’s [Jack Abbott] no holds barred blow-ups, Lanier’s “lady on the verge of a nervous breakdown” pastiche, and Michael Graziadei’s [Daniel Romalotti] quiet, understated devastation has been *chef’s kiss* and I was very appreciative of Tracey Bregman’s [Lauren Fenmore Baldwin] scenes opposite Bergman and Christian Le Blanc [Michael Baldwin].

And contrived as it is — and my goodness is it contrived — I can’t help but thrill at the idea of Jack and Diane (Susan Walters) and Ashely and Tucker (Trevor St. John) and Kyle (Michael Mealor) and Summer all residing in the Abbott abode. All that’s missing is a peacekeeper and lady of reason Traci (Beth Maitland) and someone like Billy (Jason Thompson) and/or Allie (Kelsey Wang) to observe and comment on the unfolding [and hopefully delicious] drama. How I’d love to be a fly on the wall for one of those famous [infamous?] Abbott family breakfasts.

Further Y&R Musings

* I couldn’t help but giggle right along with Sharon (Sharon Case) and Chance (Connor Floyd) over the absurdity of their date having to take place in the same place as Phyllis’s shock collapse and Diane’s arrest. What are the odds?

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* Thank goodness Summer had the wherewithal to pointedly point out to Phyllis that she was pulling the exact same stunt as Diane. Also, Phyllis, honey, sweetie, you did do this to a child. Remember Harrison? He supposedly loved you and Diane and your plan would see both of his grannies going away forever in some form or fashion. Oh, and not for nothing, but Lucy (Lily Brooks O’Briant) isn’t a grown thing either.

* Ummmm….contrary to what was stated Monday, Adam (Mark Grossman) actually did have a great male role model: his stepfather Clint whom it’s been established he was very close to.

* Ugh. Stick a fork in Billy and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). They are so done. [Overdone?]

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. For an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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