There were a lot of surprises on this past week’s The Young and the Restless, and something that made me go hmm. Was there an improvement of quality over the week prior? Let’s discuss in my Y&R recap for the week of August 17-21, 2020.
Here is something I bet y’all thought you would never hear from me – I liked the Sharon and Adam scenes. I know, it shocked me too. I thought they were sparkly. Clearly that is the Sharon Case and Mark Grossman chemistry coming out, but I thought the scenes were really well done. The scenes had a little bit of the past and at little bit of the present and it just worked. Add in Rey and Chelsea with their absolutely valid concerns regarding the former couple working together and you have a really good story. I didn’t expect this to work for me, but it does. Even as a Chadam fan I can appreciate the history that Sharon and Adam had together and how now is the perfect time to circle around to it again. Last week I wrote that I didn’t want Adam and Sharon together. I still don’t. Chelsea and Adam are my couple. I love them. I’m just not opposed to a shakeup. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go with Sharon counseling Adam and trying to spark his memory of the night he killed AJ.
Chance is awfully concerned about the fact that Adam won’t return his calls. Seriously, it is weird. I know that they were friends and shared this big secret in Vegas, but his concern is a little over the top for someone that isn’t really in Adam’s close circle of people. He even tried to get Chelsea to tell him what is going on with Adam. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to come across this way to views but it’s almost borderline creepy. I’m not sure why we are supposed to care about Chance’s one-time friendship with Adam. Honestly, I don’t care. I just find it weird.
Queen with the Crown
Victoria selling off part of Newman to Billy and Jack was quite the strike against her father. I can’t say I hate it either. She made a move that she knew would send a message to her dad and she succeeded. Victor reacted just like she knew he would, however she couldn’t care less. I like this new give no damns Victoria. However, I was very much side eyeing her decision to make Nikki her COO.
Speaking of Victor, his concern for Adam makes me happy. I don’t always get the feeling from Victor that he cares about Adam, but he was obviously hurting for his son this week and that mattered to be because Adam is my favorite character and I want him to have all the things. Including the love and support of his father, which has been missing from his life forever. I’m sure it won’t take long for Victor to be back to bad mouthing and plotting against Adam but for now I’m going to enjoy his support and love.
Nick and Phyllis had a little bit of romance this week. I can admit that they are cute, and I do kind of like them together. Nick spoiled his woman while she was trying to come up with an idea for a luxury club for women to get away from their everyday stressors. It’s a solid idea and Nick was able to help her come up with what she needed, and they got to enjoy some time together, so it was a win-win situation.
Lola is back in town. Sigh. I’m not a fan. I try to find reasons to like her. I really do. So far, I can’t find one. I didn’t fast forward her so that’s something. Of course, that has something to do with the fact that she shared scenes with Kyle and Theo. I do see some chemistry between Lola and Theo, and I could live with them as a pairing if I have to. The scenes with her distracting him while he was waiting for a call about his interview with Billy were cute. Though, the part of their conversation when Lola talks about planting roots…. gave me pause. I think that may have been foreshadowing.
Summer was off screen this week, but we got some swoon worthy statements regarding her relationship Kyle from Kyle himself. Kyle started the week welcoming his soon to be ex-wife back to town and having a conversation with Mariah about how he is glad that Lola is getting over the breakup. He even went so far as to say he didn’t even mind if she got with Theo as long as she was happy. He even extended an olive branch to Theo this week because they are family and family is forever.
Nick later cornered Kyle at Crimson Lights to have a conversation with him about his relationship with Summer and basically his intentions. I have to admit when Kyle let Nick think he and Summer had an open relationship, I was dying. The look on Nick’s face was hysterical. The best part of their conversation though, was Kyle talking about how much he loves Summer and how he will never do anything to mess up his chance with her again. He assured his girlfriend’s father that he is in all the way, which he succeeded in doing. Though of course their entire conversation was clearly foreshadowing something that must be coming that will test the relationship. I am all in for any angst that will just enforce what I already know about Summer and Kyle: they are meant to be together and can overcome any obstacles thrown at them. Bring it on!
Performer of the week this week has to go to Mark Grossman. He has been doing an amazing job of showing the way this long-lost secret is affecting Adam. I can feel Adam’s torment and uncertainty. He makes me hurt for Adam.
Worst character of the week is Abby Newman. I just don’t know what her purpose is. I know she is a member of two legacy families but other than that what is her purpose? What are we supposed to want for her? Why are we supposed to care about her?
Let down of the week would be that there was no Devon Hamilton again this week. This guy should be leading stories but instead we rarely see him. It’s ridiculous and unjust. There is a huge fan base out here that wants to see him and what’s him to be involved in anything and everything so the fact that the show continues to ignore that is a travesty.
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Episodes are available on CBS.com.