By Marlena De Lacroix, a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
The Young and the Restless: So, what did you think of Y&R’s 10,000th episode, aired Thursday? This was the one in which a “dead” character came back for his own funeral. In this case, it was Victor Newman, in what seemed to be his 438th resurrection. (It was actually his third). Well, in the episode’s defense, it did feature the entire cast, including characters like Esther, Traci and Danny, albeit in overcrowded group scenes. The relief at seeing Victor alive (in a $10,000 suit, after months of grimy togs) along with such Newman family characters as Victor’s daughter Abby was kind of sweet. And Victor and Nikki had an episode-ending reunion love scene, a rarity in the history of soaps: a scene where a couple actually ends up happy.
This celebratory episode was a treat for viewers who have never seen a soap before, but longtimers who had seen it all before were probably left feeling blasé. For some, it may even have bordered on soap self-parody, as was accurately predicted by former Marlena contributor Patrick Erwin in a letter last week. The over-arching problem with the episode was that it was pedestrian soap opera. And a Y&R special shouldn’t be that un-special after 10,000 episodes! The episode was also emblematic of the last two years or so of the inexplicably top-rated Y&R, which may be summed up with one word: blah. Both the show and the special episode were produced and co-written by the recently fired Maria Arena Bell. [Read more...]