This month on Y&R, we watched the Sutton Ames case come to an end. Well, we didn’t exactly watch it come to an end. It ended off screen, where it started some 40 years ago. Good riddance to that. Two good things came out of the story. Naya and Imani. Hopefully we’ll see a little more screen time with these two.
Noah returned with a big secret, but it appears as his secret is merely that he’s depressed that he and his girlfriend split up. Not to diminish his heartbreak but after hearing about a secret, we expected so much more. Maybe there’s more that he hasn’t revealed yet.
We watched Abby seem to unravel as the news of her husband’s presumed death got around. She took one sleeping pill and viewers got all excited, and hopeful that we were about to get an addiction storyline but I was a little glad they didn’t go there. Addiction storylines are Y&R’s go to trope that gets old pretty fast. Instead, she took a flight to Spain to find her beau, without calling Nina to tell her to stop grieving since Chance is really alive. Yep.
In other parts of Genoa City, Phyllis and Nick broke up and Phyllis realized she might have feelings for Jack in a standalone episode that could be described as truly funny with Gloria taking her on a tour as Golden Glo.
Meanwhile, Adam and Sally seem to be a no-go, or are they? With Chelsea returning soon, there’s sure to be some tension between the women, possibly over Sally if Adam sees her as a love interest.
Billy was so intent on revenge that he gambled and lost when it came to Gaines, and the vultures started circling. Victor and Adam played a good game with Gaines, but half the viewers were not sure from minute to minute if Gaines was playing both sides. I’m just glad it’s over so we can get into a new storyline. Take a look at the gallery of a few other highlights and lowlights of what happened on Young and Restless this month. Chime in with your own likes and dislikes in the comments.
A few highlights of Young and the Restless for the month of November…
SupernaturalI thought I was watching Days of our Lives for a moment when Abby dreamed that she was carried all over Genoa City within a ball of light, to reminisce about her love for Chance. I liked the visual effects. However, since this psychic connection has never been established between the two and we already had a psychic connection between Tessa and Mariah a few weeks ago, I didn't see a need to repeat this. I would have preferred flashbacks. I mean, wasn't the point of this episode to remind us of Abby and Chance's love? Make us feel their love again? I can guarantee nobody felt anything for these scenes but confusion.
FancyIt's become a game to me, waiting to find out what the wardrobe department has put Sharon in to schlep coffee. This particular Golden Girls number is better for New Year's Eve on a woman much older than her but stick a tiara on her and she's the fanciest barista in Genoa City.
I'm not sure I want her wearing normal clothing anymore at Crimson Lights. When she does, it reminds me that this strong psychologist prefers to pour coffee instead of receive patients who so obviously need her help.
Nina's painTricia Cast is so underrated. Look at this image of Nina and tell me you feel nothing. Can't, can you? The horror, the pain, the utter loss she's feeling as she reels over Chance's death while clutching on to Devon is palpable. Yet she's so rarely around. I'm looking forward to her reunion with Chance, but a little wary that Abby hasn't even contacted Nina to tell her that Chance is alive.
Bye GainesGaines' story about how he escaped and turned up in Genoa City made me laugh so much. It remined me of the holiday movie Elf, "I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
Locked in a storage room. Check. Dragged to some farmhouse where he found an old boarded-up door behind a wine rack and escaped. Sure, Jan. Walked to a nearby airstrip and identified a cargo plane headed for New York. Hid on that, without anyone noticing. Doubtful. Hopped on a train headed across the country. With no money, looking like...this.
It was so easy to see that Adam and Victor paid him off to tell this story and get Billy Boy Abbott going. Sadly, Billy was too focused on gambling to make the connection and Lily either goes along with what Billy wants or gently tells him she doesn't approve. She might want to consider not working alongside Billy in the future.
Nanny LouiseNany Louise intrigues a part of the audience, who is craving more drama. Some want her to turn out to be someone who can't be trusted, who causes issues, while others want Nanny Louise to drop kick Mariah into the middle of next week. I don't want to see that but I understand the inclination since this storyline has gone on way past the expiration date and there has been virtually no soapy drama to keep our interest except for those wondering when the towel will finally turn into a baby doll or a real baby.
Abby's boxThe end is nigh! The end of this storyline, that is.
While we're all grateful for that, some viewers found the scenes of Abby talking to herself while looking through Chance's memorabilia alone in Gaines' hotel room with that voiceover a little over the top. Why couldn't she have done that with Nina or Christine or Devon? Why does she have to do everything alone, like teleporting, for example.
There are a few camps of viewers regarding Abby leaving Dominic in the care of someone who knows him better than anyone else. Devon, the Towel Baby Whisperer.
I think we can all agree that if Abby doesn't think she can take care of her kid, she should ask for help. And really, that's all she did.
Abby has Nanny Louise to care for Dominic. Nina lives with her, Ashley offered to help out. Mariah offered (don't laugh!) and just about everyone in Genoa City wants to help Abby care for this child. This kid is basically The Chosen One and Abby's the center of Genoa City. Because of her obvious white priveilege, part of me, like some of you, wants to drag her for dumping off her kid to the sperm donor. And yes, make no mistake. That's what a surrogate is. An egg or sperm donor.
The only thing that could possibly save this story is if Devon fought her for custody and gave us a messy situation to look forward to watching.
What bothers me most about her taking Dominic to Devon's is that everyone in GC is so understanding to the point that it's unrealistic. The fans are divided on whether Abby should have dumped off her kid, so why aren't people in GC divided? This is still a soap opera, right? Phyllis can't stand the heiress and she didn't really grumble about this, which would have been in character, and validating for the majority of viewers who were flat out angered by Abby wanting this baby so badly and then taking off to get her head together.
Moses & FaithMoses and Faith are back on canvas so that these pre-teens can discuss Abby dropping her kid off at Devon's house, instead of talking about what's going on with their circle of friends, the hot goss, the upcoming parties. The possibilities with these two cuties are endless but this scene was so unsatisfactory.
So nice to see Moses and Faith on screen having a realistic teenage conversation. Can’t wait until their next appearance when Faith frets about her retirement account and Moses advises her to diversify her assets #yr
Non-reactionThis baby storyline lacks drama all across the board. This was Mariah's reaction to learning that Abby let Devon look after Dominic: "I know everyone handles grief differently but isn’t it a little irresponsible that she left town?"
Such harsh words.
I really wanted her to blow up. She doesn't need to go bonkers and steal the baby, but having a much stronger reaction would give this story a kick in the pants that it needs.
Call me Golden GloI'm not overly fond of the standalone episodes and after watching this Phyllis-eccentric episode, I realize why. None of them are humorous. While I wasn't fond of how the story was written exactly, it was filled with humour throughout. Michelle Stafford's wild facial and body expressions were hysterical, and whoever came up with the idea to pair her with Judith Chapman as Golden Glo, her er travel guide, was brilliant.
Victor and Nikki telling Phyllis they're glad she turned up in time to carver the turkey, and then Nikki calling Phyllis the voice of reason.
Phyllis ends up at the ranch, "I'm in the belly of the beast!"
"Some Fairy Godmother you turned out to be. Golden Glo. Wow more like Golden Ghoul."
Let me preface this by saying that I watch the soaps for the ensemble, not for couples, but it's been five minutes since that contrived break up between Nick and Phyllis. I liked Phyllis with Jack in the past and I liked her with Nick. I'm not on board yet with her playing musical men and jumping into Jack's arms. It seems a little forced. Dare I mention that Summer and Kyle would be step-siblings if Jack and Phyllis remarried?!
Why does she need to be with a man so soon after Nick and why is it such a disaster to be alone on Thanksgiving? We can give thanks any day. I'd love to have seen Phyllis initially be depressed but then own the day by having her own bizarre party, even if it was filled with the people she works with like Crystal and Thomas.
Last thought: I did swoon over Jack when he sent her that Thanksgiving meal. That he thought about her as he was flying to find Abby in Spain was swoon-worthy.
Sutton losesNobody was a fan of the Sutton Ames story. I won't rehash the reason why. I was shocked, yet grateful that the show tied it up by sparing us a but after all that hullabaloo, we had no real reaction from Amanda to Sutton losing the case, other than her raising a glass to winning. Amanda found out offscreen. I find that truly bizarre, though I guess in retrospect, her finding out off canvas was in line with the rest of the story which happened off canvas 40 years ago.
Let's hope Naya and Imani will be seen a little more in coming months.
ReunitedAbby and Chance reunite this week. We had a brief sneak peek in Friday's promo. Some viewers were shocked that Abby recognized Chance since the actor is different. I believe they were expecting Chance to have a bandaged face and for his new face to be revealed after facial reconstruction surgery. That would have meant a long boring recovery with more weeping from Abby. I'd rather suspend disbelief and pretend he looks the same as he always has.
Can we end this story now, along with the baby storyline or is Devon going to get too attached to Dominic and want custody?
Noah's big secretCorrect me if I'm wrong but wasn't Noah supposed to return to Genoa City with a big secret? All he's done since he's shown up is mope, and talk about breaking up with his girlfriend that nobody knows, nobody is connected to and nobody cares about. It's like they went from the Sutton story to the Ashland story and thought, gee, let's give them one more story where everything happened offscreen with a character we've never been introduced to.
Maybe have the girlfriend come to GC or give him a bigger secret. This story is a yawn and it's making Noah a yawn, not to mention his weird flirting with Tessa, who is not only taken but a lesbian, who was never into him in the first place.
Noah's hot. Give him something to do, give him a focus, already.
Shey kissedI was in shock from seeing Sharon and Rey share an actual kiss that I didn't quite catch it. It's about time this couple showed a little love. They haven't kissed in almost two years and there has been so much animosity between them due to Sharon's relationship with Adam that I often wondered why the show didn't simply break them up. We so rarely see them together as it is but when they are, Rey's usually frowning and or acting jealous over Adam, so this was a nice respite. If these two are going to make it, we'll need to see more affection between them.
The vultures circleJust when we thought Ashland and Victoria were aligning themselves with Adam and Victor, they seem to be going behind their backs to buy out ChancComm. Lily was offered a job with Newman Media and then with ChancComm under Newman-Locke as CEO. Lily must be feeling pretty good about herself. If Jill decides to sell at all, who will she sell to? I admit I don't much care. These business storylines make my mind wander, but at least we're getting Jill back this coming week!
Sally gives up on AdamSally and Adam so much chemistry. I enjoy Adam and Sharon's chemistry as well but she's with Rey now. Chelsea's returning but Adam has said they're over. That leaves Sally as his next love interest, though it seems like the show wants to make this a slow burn. Sally let him know that she was giving up on having anything with him outside of work, and Adam didn't look exactly happy about it. Chloe might have been right that Sally was using reverse psychology on herself. It might have worked for Adam as well.
Now that Nick is single, some viewers admit they'd like to see Sally with Nick, which would drive my Phyllis out of her mind. True. I love Phyllis but I love drama more. Whatever brings on the drama is what I want to see.