Three Things to be Young and Restless About Right Now!



We soap lovers can be as scathing as the most hardcore sports fan when it seems our favorite daytime players are asleep on the bench or the writing team is making bad plays. Though I find myself cursing at my TV for some of the recent shenanigans on The Young and the Restless, it’s a reason why I still tune in, and the good must be acknowledged. Giving props where they are due, I want to speak on three things that I’m loving right now about Y&R.

Curiously Quirky Couplings

The Maria Arena Bell regime has been accused of impotence where creating original romantic pairings is concerned. As of late, I must admit that I’m surprised and interested in several of the newest twosomes. First, there’s Villy (Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle), the Romeo and Juliet of Genoa City. Victoria has definitely let her hair down (as evidenced by her chronic bedhead, methinks because Billy’s tapping that spine!) and showing that her robo-pack does come equipped with a funny bone and smile mechanism. Love is bringing about a change in these two. Billy’s midas touch has emboldened Victoria to stand up to her overbearing father, while the former playboy has been unusually tame, his pillow talk peppered with declarations of love and babies. Daniel (Michael Graziadei) and Abby’s (Mary Rylan) hookup is drawing me in. The shiftless artist is now Abby’s Jiminy Cricket as the voice of reason to parallel her bratty heiress antics. I’m hoping for a moment of truth breakdown where she admits to Daniel how much her father and sister’s deaths and her parents’ tumultuous relationship hurt her; maybe then she’ll drop the Paris Hilton foolishness and channel that spunk into becoming a kick-ass businesswoman. Other honorable mentions include Tucker (Stephen Nichols) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and the budding friendship between Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson).

Corporate Intrigue

Y&R is legendary for its complex business storylines, and I’m so glad it’s returning to its roots. Receiving a new heart had no lasting effects on Victor (Eric Braeden), who is back to corporate piracy. Tucker and Ash have discovered that he’s bribing a Japanese government official with cash and fancy-schmancy baubles in classic TGVN fashion. It looks like they will use this knowledge to acquire Beauty of Nature from Newman Enterprises. With Jack (Peter Bergman) making a play for the CEO seat for the fifty-leventh time and Abby wielding a large percentage of controlling stock in NE, Victor better double up on his triglyceride! Fenmore’s is back on the map as a conglomerate and not just a panty shop (a la Jamey), as Jill (Jess Walton) and Lauren (Tracey Bregman) duke it out for control of their father’s fashion empire.

Vivacious Vixens with Vertebrae

The women of Y&R are getting some moxy, and it’s about damn time, too! Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) finally came out of that sex and pizza fueled lunacy and dropped fickle Nick (Joshua Morrow), and she’s even looking to get back in the saddle at Jabot. If they’d only pair her with her true boo, Jack. After losing Faith, many predicted Ashley would go bat crazy, but she has shown an admirable resilience. At the helm of Jabot and in a light, sexy romance with Tucker, Ash is reclaiming her inner diva. If the Keystone Cops have any sense, they’d hold on to Skye Newman (Laura Stone) – she is fiyah! She knows all about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) puckered little black heart and Sharon's (Sharon Case) obsession, but she is determined to get her's regardless. Skye is the only Genoa City denizen who has Adam’s number, and she’s playing it like a hand of poker. Having strong armed him into marriage, I can’t wait to see how she uses to Newman name to her advantage. Last but not least, that Sofia (Julia Pace Mitchell) is something else! The new lady on the canvas is full-figured and full of personality to boot. You gotta respect how she stepped to grand dame Kay (Jeanne Cooper) with her vision for a fresh advertisement campaign and read Neil on her first day in town. Her smarts and sass can really take Chancellor Industries somewhere and salvage the sinking ship that is Malcolm’s (Darius McCrary) character.


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I love Billy and Victoria! One of the best matches on Y&R in a while. I NEVER liked the Chloe/Billy story and did a happy dance when that mess was over. I think Billy is so much better with Victoria. I never liked the Victoria character but do now.

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It is so refreshing to see a full-figured young woman cast in a new role on a daytime drama.

Let's see how long it takes them to skinny her up and lighten her hair...

This "Naked Heiress" thing would've been relevant 6 years ago, but not now. It's dumb, and it shows how out of touch the writers are.

That is so true. Maybe the writers are just now getting cable tv. Frankly I'm surprised they didn't do a Real Housewives of Genoa City. Oh, what am I saying? No one stays married long enough to qualify as a house"wife".

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Flyhigh ITA with you!!!!!! Although I do like Chloe just not with Billy!!! Victoria and Billy all the way for me!!!!! Those two brought me back in to watching Y&R more than religiosly.

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Nina and Paul are THE best couple on this show. Absolutely. The Nina/Paul/Cricket/Ronan storyline is the story to watch right now. It's fabulous. And since I've seen what's in store for you Americans tomorrow, I know what I'm talking about. Wink

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Amen Ryan-Scott, if all else fails, I have Billy's sexy/bad self to watch. lol

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I like Villy, which is surprising. (It's certainly NOT because they're some updated version of Romeo and Juliet, though - despite the writers insistence on that by having the characters refer to themselves as Romeo and Juliet over and over again. This is also in spite of Victoria's hair. 'Bedhead' is an understatment. I just hope the girl doesn't have lice or something up in there.)

Abby, Abby, Abby. I hate Abby and the whole naked heiress is overdone; however, I love her presence in Genoa City because of the looks on Victor, Ashley, Nikki, Jack and Billy's faces whenever she does something stupid. I am so glad to finally see the effects of Victor's and Ashley's overindulgence. The whole 'you're-an-Abbott' and 'you're-a-Newman' philosophy has given Abby a big ol' case of Self Entitlement and I couldn't be happier about that. So, Abby can continue to do her thing as long as I get to see the absolutely incredulous look on Victor's face.

Sofia - I LOVE THIS CHICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I really don't know Marcy Rylan's work other than what I am seeing on Y&R, but I am so NOT loving her. I don't know if it's the lame ass story or her waaaay over the top "acting", but NuAbbey is a bust for me, can't stand her.

I like Billy/Victoria. I must agree with the others though, Ameilia Henlie needs to learn how to use a flat iron, even if Y&R can't seem to find one.

I also love the fact that Sofia is a full figured woman, I just wish make-up would throw out the bluegreen eyeshadow, and bright red lipstick. The wardrobe could definately use help as well, but I like the character.

I wish someone would kill Adam off for real. I cannot stomach any scenes featuring him.

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Love LOVE
-Billy and Victoria
-Billy's interaction with everyone
-Victor as the befuddled father
-Nikki as the matriarch
-The addition of Adam and Skye & their Hedge Fund
-The new Adam/Nick rivalry
-break-up of Phyllis and Nick

Evil -waiting to love Jill again, she was always my fav, can we have her be less pathetic? Nasty is OK. She's best in the boardroom. Would like to see Mrs. C and Jill as business partners.

Angry Please eliminate, they are taking time away from the good stories.
-Mac, boring
-Tucker, blah & wimpy
-nuHeather, weak, not sexy

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I like Pina (Paul and Nina) a lot, too!  They seem really organic to me, old friends who've been through the rigors of love and can trust and appreciate each other.  Paul's old school, and I think Chris was too liberated woman/workaholic for his liking.  Nina's feisty, so I know she'll put a little pimp in his limp!   

Ronan as Nina's son can be quite delicious if played right.  Now HE is more Chloe's speed, and they already have the snarky banter that makes for good romance.  It would burn Nina to no end to see yet another one of her boys falling for the scheming skeezer down the block, LOL!  Between Adam/Nick and Ronan/Chance, Y&R can tap into sibling rivalry, which is way more natural than torturing the mentally ill.

When Abby rode in on that horse and the camera panned to her cowboy boots, I was DONE!  Any word nerd can appreciate the play on words in "The Naked Heiress rides again!"

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I like Tuckers personality right now he seem to be putting together a small army, and he is actually smiling about it.I wouldn't say I like Tucker because I don't care for the way he do business. He look like he was using Ashley to soften his blow, but now I am not sure.I don't care for Chole, nor can I make myself care, I have tried.Nikki Put up a good front. I would love to see the old Nikki who was honest. Not just always going along with the plan. The Nikki who made Brad take Phyllis to court for black mail.The real reason I'm watching Y&R is they brought Love,laughter,playfulness and great intrigue back to day time.This began for me Smile Innocent Innocent New Years with Billy and Vicky and they never let me down.Villy seem to be what each other need. Billy is not drunk and Victoria is not just existing.No matter what happens here Billy respects Victoria, and Victoria is excited about Billy.I would love to see the Heather and Chance story go far.

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I love Billy and Victoria but what the heck is up with Amelia's hair! The hair on Abby's horse's tail looks better! I keep waiting for them to do something about it but it is just a 2 toned frizzy mess! Someone needs to fire her hairdresser STAT!

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The hairdressers are all on strike!!!!! And have been for the past decade!!! LOL!!!!

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GamecockMom wrote:
I love Billy and Victoria but what the heck is up with Amelia's hair! The hair on Abby's horse's tail looks better! I keep waiting for them to do something about it but it is just a 2 toned frizzy mess! Someone needs to fire her hairdresser STAT!

It's definitely a problem with Y&R's hairstylist because her hair looked terrific in the recent photo shoot pictures with Billy Miller. I'm not sure what's going on!