The February Sweeps are basically over and I am satisfied and disturbed and disappointed by the results.
The number one soap The Young and the Restless is # one for a reason. They use their cast better than any other show and they use them well. The disasters included most of the major families and the storylines were excellent and believable. That is what is so perfect about this show. They do not need over the top stories, those that make you roll your eyes and sigh.
The plane crash was entirely believable, in a major snowstorm a small plane can and does go down and the area they crashed in was portrayed totally right. The crew on Y&R does magic quite often and this sweeps they gave 200 percent and should be awarded for it. The snow and ice and starkness of the area made us feel we were there with them. Add the strong story and you are totally satisfied. Neil gaining back his sight and showing it at the perfect moment, revealing the truth of his wife cheating on him with his son and all of those who were involved. Only Lily and Jill were clueless. The shock reverberated around the plane and you could wonder if just this reaction could have caused the plane to crash. Kristoff St John, (Neil Winters), Bryton James(Devon), Mishael Morgan(HilaryWinters) Tristan Rogers(Colin), Jess Walton(Jill),Daniel Goddard(Cane) and Christel Kahlil(Lily) all played it true to story and were magnificent. This story is not finished not by a longshot. Hilary’s true agenda is out and the Winter’s family will never be the same again.
Peter Bergman(Jack) and Eric Braeden(Victor) were stuck together in the collapse of The Underground. Before the collapse, Jack mysteriously had sex with Kelly(Cady McClain) after an argument with Phyllis(Gina Tognoni). Strangely, Jack looked manic, he looked like he was under someone’s spell and who but Victor would make Jack’s life even more difficult. We know he has a plan to ruin Jack’s whole life and here is an example. He could have slipped the stolen experimental fragrance into Jack’s drink and since Kelly was the first one he saw after it she got the goods. Now we have to wonder what will happen with Kelly. Could she become pregnant from that amorous encounter and finish Jack and Phyllis for good? For sure Victor is working with someone to ruin Jack. Who hates Jack so much he or she would partner with the devil known as Victor?
Then the poor man is stuck under a collapsed roof with the evil Victor who saved Jack’s life because dying would take all the fun out of his agenda to ruin Jack Abbott for good. Now they are stuck in the same hospital room where they bicker over everything and Victor has the chance to gain more ammunition against the man who is too good for the monster Victor. Nikki(Melody Thomas Scott) and Phyllis(Gina Tognoni) were also caught in the collapse as well as Nick(Joshua Morrow) and Sage(Kelly Sullivan). Joe(Scott Elrod) and Avery(Jessica Collins) also had a moment in the rubble. Again the collapse was realistic and frightening.
The fire in the apartment building caused Justin Hartley(Gabriel/Adam) to play the hero and become closer to Chelsea whose son Conner, who is also Adam’s son, and Burgess Jenkins were trapped. I have to say Justin Hartley is a heroic type having played the Green Arrow on Smallville and his good looks and phenomenal build sure help him to play savior. He rushed into the burning building and brought out his son and then went back in to save the man who shot him and left him for dead,Billy.
The smoke and the fire trucks and firemen added to the reality and here was a great use for these three people who though they do not know it are a triangle that has to end up with one couple and one heartbroken man. My money is on Adam.
The Valentines Day party turned into a murder mystery. Or did it? Is Austin(Matthew Atkinson) dead? This would be too easy and the whodunit is not easily solved. Fen( Max Erich)making the wrong choice again and drugging the celebrants does not make sense, but okay they all pass out and Summer(Hunter King) kills the man she loves? Why?Hiding the truth is the choice made after Austin’s body goes missing. No I see a new storyline using all of the party goersAbby(Melissa Ordway), Kevin(Greg Rikkart), Mariah(Camryn Grimes),Noah(Robert Adamson)Courtney(Kelli Goss)and an evil mastermind behind it. I would say Victor again but it is too easy to blame him for everything that goes wrong in Genoa City.
Even those who were not threatened by a catastrophe were there to support, help and pray. Paul(Doug Davidson) Michael(Christian LeBlanc),Lauren(Tracy Bregman), Victoria(Amelia Heinle), Ben(Sean Carrigan),Dylan(Steve Burton).
Great use of a great cast and Y&R can be counted on to do it. Y&R won the February sweeps in my estimation.
Y&R can be seen weekdays on CBS at 12:30 p.m.
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