By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
The last time I wrote about The Young and the Restless (Y&R’s Missing Links, January 14) I confessed I wasn’t terribly excited about watching the show, save for one storyline which held my interest: Jack’s pill addiction Over the last two months, the show has been playing several storylines that are so intriguing I really do want to tune in. On the whole, Y&R is on the upswing, principally because of its much improved writing: three storylines that earn “goods” and one additional feature that is absolutely “brilliant.”
1. Those pesky on-line Steve Burton haters aside, I think Y&R has done a very nice job of introducing General Hospital’s former superstar as Dylan McAvoy, war veteran and a very, very nice guy. Burton, who is surprisingly good in this role, seems to have chemistry with all the ladies — Avery (Dylan’s ex), Sharon and Chelsea. Did you see the scene this week in which Dylan, in grief over his father’s death, took off his shirt and jumped into bed with near stranger Chelsea (who is pregnant with Adam’ baby)? OMG, that chest!! Marlena is not usually turned on by them, but Burton’s is certainly the Washington Monument of daytime soap opera!
2. In a complex, absorbing story that includes the superb Grant Harrison-esque villainy of Mark Pinter (as Congressman Marcus Wheeler), Leslie (the excellent Angell Conwell) and Tyler have changed their names to protect their witnessing their father’s long-ago (supposed) murder of their mother. Now attorney Avery is trying to free their father from prison via the Innocence Project, which mirrors the real-life organization of the same name. Suddenly, there have been “mysterious” attempts on Avery’s life. This story is being cogently written, and so far most of the acting has been quite good.
3. The same old same old couples are suddenly back together all at once, but interestingly with none of the situations seeming very forced or overly contrived. Each couple’s respective chemistry is shining through anew. Jack is back with Phyllis, Adam with Sharon, Michael with Lauren (although she slept with Carmine) and of course, Victor with Nikki. We saw the writers’ sly humor this week when Victor staged three wedding ceremonies with the hospital bound-Nikki (she has MS). As you know the two have been married about a million times! The formal wedding ceremony scheduled for Monday and a shot is supposed to ring out.
Finally, I must give Y&R a “brilliant” for the classy, beautifully produced and most intelligent way it has celebrated its 40th anniversary. At the start of the show every day this week, a veteran actor (such as Peter Bergman, Michelle Stafford, Kristoff St. John, et al.) insightfully reminisced about his or her character and that character’s relationships with other characters. The segments were all accompanied by classic clips, some of which brought tears to the eyes of this longtime viewer of the show.