Y&R BYTES: When Jamey Giddens said on our recent podcast that The Young and the Restless was chemistry-testing Ricky (Peter Porte) and Daisy(Yvonne Zima), I wanted to bury my head in the sand. However, there was no escaping their scenes on Wednesday. Can someone please explain to me what appeal such a pairing might hold?
Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott): “Now Jack (Peter Bergman) I know you like women to fawn all over you. Hello Ashley (Eileen Davidson).”
I couldn’t help but chuckle at that one, because it never ceases to amaze me how high up in the air Nikki can get her nose.
It’s so nice to see things repaired between Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and her one-time close friends Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren (Tracey Bregman).
More and more time is being wasted with Genaura (Genie Francis) and Victor's (Eric Braeden) dialogue. Stop it already, please.
Why do I think Cane (Daniel Goddard) isn’t going to let his mom fall into the trap he just avoided? I wish he would.
DAYS BYTES: EJ (James Scott) is smiling like a Cheshire cat isn’t he? Can you think of any current soap character that does smug—not to be confused with self righteous—better than EJ? He thinks he’s going to bring an end to corruption in Salem? Fat chance of that happening anytime soon. However, having Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) arrested should soften the blow when she finds out about Abby (Kate Mansi) and Austin (Patrick Muldoon). She’ll be too worried about her own problems to give her daughter the attention she desperately needs.
Days of Our Lives really needs to come up with better pairings to explore. Carrie (Christie Clarke) and Rafe (Galen Gering) are as boring as hell. Dr. Hairy Chest (Shawn Christian) should not be served up as an appetizer to every Nicole (Arianne Zucker), Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Billie (Lisa Rinna). Who will dine on him next, Grandma Brady? I can see it now; Daniel takes a mysterious woman into his room at the end of one episode and the next day it cuts to scene with him and Caroline (Peggy McCay) waking up in bed, realizing what happened.
I may not like Rafe and Carrie, but I admit to getting no small pleasure out of watching Austin and Carrie rip each other to emotional shreds.
Poor Marlena (Deidre Hall); she finds herself playing referee to her warring daughter and stepdaughter once again.
Marlena: “We don’t air our differences in public. That is not what a family does and we are a family. Make no mistake.”
Sami: “We are not…”
Marlena: “Don’t you dare speak. You come look at your grandmother right now. Do you have any idea what she’s going through, the pain she’s in? Yet she carries herself with dignity and respect. This family is in trouble. This family is in pain. They need you. They need you all and you should be ashamed of yourself.”
I love it when Sami (Alison Sweeney) gets all sanctimonious because it just means she’s going to fall harder. That is the wonderful thing about Sami. She is a character I can root for when she’s scheming her way to the top, or when she’s plummeting to the depths of despair. I wouldn’t say I have unconditional love for Sami, but it’s pretty darn close.
Lucas to Austin: “You slept with my niece? Dude what’s wrong with you?”
Austin: “I was drunk and I don’t even remember it happening. Abigail had to tell me about it the next morning. It was completely humiliating.”
Lucas: “That kind of thing happens to you a lot, doesn’t it Austin?”
There was so much history in that scene between Austin, Sami and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo). So much history, and I loved it.
GH BYTES: All hail the amazing scenes between Jason (Steve Burton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) on General Hospital. Liason still has it! They were so touching on that bridge. When they let the leaves float away in the wind, I sort of wanted them to kiss, but at the same time they were perfect just as they were. It’s been so long since we’ve been given a hint of Liason; I’m going to cherish it.
Imagine how amazing Cole and Hope’s funeral would have been if One Life to Live was still on the air. Kristen Alderson is doing a bang up job portraying Starr’s grief, but I can’t help wish we’d seen more Llanview residents.
Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco still ooze chemistry. I mean it was dripping from the pews, falling from the ceiling and enveloping the church in a mist of sexual tension just waiting to be explored.
What could be John and Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) unfinished business?
Noah (Rick Springfield) offered to go to bat for Patrick (Jason Thompson) with Anna (Finola Hughes) and I hope it happens. Speaking of Anna, her scenes with Luke (Anthony Geary) have been so good I almost want to see them explore something between the two. However, sometimes it’s better to just let two characters be friends.
B&B BYTES: Now Hope (Kim Matula) and Liam’s (Scott Clifton) relationship is a PR nightmare for Forrester? Who knew a couple of consenting twentysomethings having sex could hold so much sway over a company that has survived Brooke's many scandals? For me, this premise is on thin ice and pushes the boundaries of credulity.
I know sisters talk with each other about their family’s problems, but does the sole topic of conversation have to be Hope’s sex life? Katherine Kelly Lang and Heather Tom are great actresses; couldn’t they be put to better use?
Marcus (Texas Battle) proposed to Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd), but have we been given enough reason to care? Because of B&B’s obsession with Hope’s sex life we’ve hardly seen them on our screens lately.