The Young and the Restless Commentary February 18, 2024


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A Critic’s Review of The Young and the Restless: Power Plays and Bad Wigs

While watching Y&R Everyone has an opinion, and especially so as their top daytime show is in the matter of.

In the case of The Young and the Restless each person has their own opinions – which is why SoapsSpoiler.Com is no different. Over the course of the past five weeks, we watched the good as well as the awful, along with everything between. We are awestruck. But, sometimes, we don’t achieve what we desire. Here’s a summary of the week Y&R had as well as the Succession-like narrative that is brewing at the Chancellor-Winters.

The Young and the Restless Commentary February 18, 2024
Nikki Newman, Billy Abbott, Ashley Abbott

What I’m Feeling This Week:

Game of Thrones Chancellor-Winters Style

I could have emphasized my focus on the Newman family drama again. Instead, I’ll be focusing upon other family members. For instance, the hybrid clans who are part of the Chancellor-Winters. Different factions have been increasing their numbers ahead of an upcoming showdown between the houses to determine who is the most powerful.

Billy (Jason Thompson) was a CW defector, having left Jabot and returned into CW; Nate (Sean Dominic) returned back to the fold, too. Chance (Conner Floyd) is the newbie who is trying to fit in the culture of the corporation. Naturally, Abby (Melissa Ordway) is now on the board. Jill (Jess Walton), Devon (Bryton James) along with Lily (Christel Khalil who’s back in the office) are the main drivers of the business and the ones who make the most important decisions. Now Mamie (Veronica Redd) is involved too. They are individuals with a lot of experience who need to find a way to come together.

It’s as if Billy wants to get into the ethereal Jill/Devon/Lily sphere at CW even after he’s been gone for only two seconds. This sort of self-serving behavior is very irksome to me, but it’s Billy’s style of operation. Although I sometimes disagree with Devon’s thoughts as well as his actions and decisions, I’m thinking I’m on his side in this whole power-play of name change.

Why is it that Billy requires having his name visible in the spotlight? He was a member of Abbots from Jabot and even climbed into the role of Co-CEO, however, it was not enough. He stated that he felt the only way to prove himself was in front of Jack (Peter Bergman). He’s the only one who felt that way. Sure, there was a time when the duo of him along with Kyle (Michael Mealor) had a fight in the corporate world or two. What do you think he’ll get at CW?

What is the reason he’s trying to establish his territory just a few days after his return? Devon can be a bit insufferable at times. As determined as Devon is I can understand why he’s not willing to concede to this. The old saying goes”If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. do not fix it.

But, because of Mamie’s presence Jill believes it’s necessary to follow her son’s ideas. There’s a mess everywhere. The most enjoyable part of the whole story is the fact that Amanda (Mishael Morgan) is in the picture at Jill’s demand. The best part is that Amanda is there. For now, we’re Team Winters until further notice and especially when I have Amanda returning. My alliances could change the same way, based on how this all develops.

Other Y&R Thoughts

Dr. Jack Abbott, PhD. It’s as if Peter Bergman is again playing an ophthalmologist on TV (like the role he played in the past when he was on All My Children). He’s advising Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and listening to all her worries and angsts over drinks and Victor (Eric Braeden). After that, he returns home after which Ashley (Eileen Daniels) is reportedly having an emotional breakdown. She’s clearly in a crisis and it’s the responsibility of Jack to console Ashley by his wise words and his hug. Someone, please inform Diane (Susan Walters) to behave in a manner that is appropriate for the moment. She should remain firm and not fall off the deep end of the evil.

Another question to ask What is the reason why Jack encouraging Ashley to go see a psychotherapist? I’m sure she won’t there, but she must make an appointment earlier rather than later.

Let’s face it, Victor: Of course, Victor cooks up a strategy to deal with this entire Jordan (Colleen Zenk) issue by himself. But, not entirely by himself. He doesn’t have a problem with Claire (Hayley Erin). Did you catch how he built a rapport by praising Claire before dropping the bombs of his scheme to her as well as Victoria (Amelia Heinle)? It was an amazing moment. I was sure it was genuine. However, I realized it was just a little sincere. So long as he got Claire to accept to serve as a messenger for Jordan.

Summer and Chance, the two of them are adorable. But I’m not sure how long the show will create any excitement or drama for their characters. They seem like a “right now” kind of couple, but not one that will last. Do I have it wrong? In the meantime, the scenes where Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) performed their play-byplay for Summer’s (Allison Lanier) date from across the room. All the time, I felt as if they were Waldorf and Statler who are the two muppets who discuss all things from the safety of their own opera seats?

Seth and Jordan Seth and Jordan Jordan were coming back. But did we realize she’d wear the hairstyle? It was both terrible and amazing simultaneously. I wasn’t certain Seth (Brian Gaskill) was coming back but he was. Initially, I was thinking that he’d stay around for longer however, we ended up with nothing. This is the way they’ll be able to get him back into the scene in order for Jordan to have the access of Nikki. Jordan did have some explanation as to how she could have known there was a connection between him and Nikki. However, it was a weak explanation. I’ll take it, however. I’d like to know how this plays out.

I’m convinced that you’ve got one of your sons with a twisted mind, like Adam (Mark Grossman) Use Adam. Don’t go on your own. Adam is able to tap back into the devious portion of his brain and remove this sly, sneaky menace to Newman existence. I believe in him.

The Smarter Characters rule: I adore it when characters show intelligent behavior, like Claire. She knew the real motives of Victor exactly like the way she was.


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