Last week’s The Young and the Restless episodes had a lot to praise and a lot to rant about so I’m going to go ahead and dive in to our Y&R recap for the week of August 24, 2020.
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Theo and Lola had their first date this week. It was cute. I like them together. They slept together. It’s a little hard to wrap my mind around the fact that Lola slept with Theo on their first date after all the drama of her virginity, but then again, she did give up her virginity to a married man so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised after all. Also unsurprising is that the next day, Lola turned to ice. There is truly nothing that makes this girl happy.
Summer and Kyle had a romantic picnic in the park and decided to move in together. The scenes were very sweet and as a fan of this pairing, I loved it. However, my happiness quickly faded when Mariah inserted herself into their relationship business. She of course, wants them to be careful because Lola’s feelings are so important. Of course, Mariah clearly has nothing else to occupy her time. She needs to find something because it’s way beyond annoying that she feeds Kyle’s guilt for finally realizing that he wasn’t in love with Lola. He feels bad enough but every single time she is in scenes with him, she has to twist the quilt. I know she is Lola’s friend but honestly, she isn’t helping the situation at all. The worst part of the whole grouping of scenes to me is that Kyle just sat there and let Mariah disrespect his relationship with Summer. He really needs to start sticking up for the decisions that he makes.
A New Start
Phyllis’s night of relaxation and indulgence for some of the ladies of Genoa City was fun. Lily, Tracey, Amanda, Elena, Nikki, Summer and Abby all gathered to be pampered and get a taste of the exclusive club that Phyllis wants to start. The scenes were fun. I enjoyed watching everyone take a time out and just chat and, in some cases, dance, their stress away. It was also a little bit of added sweetness that Nick helped to make everything happen and that he was in full support of this venture. I find myself really liking Phyllis and Nick this time around.
The Adam Conundrum
Rey isn’t usually a character that I care about one way or another but this week I found myself thinking that he is a really nice man and I’m actually glad that he is with Sharon right now. He cares about her. He wants to take care of her. Even though he doesn’t like Adam and doesn’t want him to have anything to do with Sharon, he took a backseat to Sharon’s concern and need to help Adam this week and he just simply supported the woman that he loves. That’s a nice thing to see.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is absolutely not at all supportive of Sharon helping Adam. I mean, I get it. She has this messy history with Adam and Sharon. However, he is going through hell right now and she is losing her mind over the fact that he is trying to get help. I’m not sure if I can agree with her motivations here. I love Chelsea. She is one of my favorites and I am a huge Chelsea and Adam fan, but I can see his point of view way more clearly than hers right now. She is making it hard to root for her at this point. That’s not something that I am used to with her.
Adam absolutely destroyed my heart this week. I was hurting for him so badly as he reacted to his memories coming back to him. He killed AJ. He did it to protect his mom and himself, but he still did it. It was painful to watch if you are an Adam fan like me. However, I’m glad that he remembered, and that Sharon was able to help him remember.
Odds and Ends
Devon finally made an appearance this week. We had a few cute little flirty scenes with Elena and then some really nice scenes with Amanda and then with Nate. I really do not understand why this character is not driving stories. There is so much that could be done with him but instead we get to see him for maybe a total of five minutes if we are lucky, every two or three weeks. Speaking of Nate and Amanda, I’m not really sure if we are supposed to be rooting for these two or not. Sure, they have sweet scenes together, but there seems to be something missing for both of them.
Victoria spilled the beans to Billy about Victor and Adam’s secret. Of course, Billy was ready to spill it to the world, but Lily was able to reign him in. I completely understand Victoria’s motivations here but I can’t help but wonder if she is going to regret giving Billy this ammunition. Especially against Adam. Billy was more rights than anyone to hate Adam though so maybe she knew exactly what she was doing. Either way, she is clearly sending out yet another sign to her father that he can’t control her, and he can’t play mind games with her anymore and I am so here for it.
Lastly, Jack made a vow that he was going to find someone to love this week. I am so ready for that to happen. I love Jack. He has always been one of my favorite characters on this show. I loved him with Phyllis, and I loved him with Nikki at times. It’s a shame that he is alone. He pointed out to Tracey that he is lonely, and it broke my heart. He is such a genuinely nice man and I want all the good things for Jack Abbott.
Performer of the week this week has to go to Mark Grossman again. He has been so powerful and so good in this storyline. I can’t even imagine any of the former Adam’s even playing this storyline. He has really stepped up and made this character his own.
Worst Character of the week picks has a tie this week. Mariah and Lola. Mariah literally just repaired her own relationship and is butting into someone else’s now. She cheated on her longtime girlfriend because she felt ignored. She is in absolutely no position to be giving out relationship advice. At all. At this point I don’t think I will ever like Lola. I have tried. I even thought for a few minutes this week that I could even root for her and Theo. Nope. She ruined it. Her feelings were hurt over finding out about Summer and Kyle, so she naturally took it out on Kyle and Theo. I’m ready for her to go back to Florida now.
My choice for biggest let down this week was that Kyle and Theo are just letting this one woman make them second guess themselves and their choices. Kyle was clearly upset that he hurt Lola’s feelings. That makes him a good guy, but he needs to stop feeling guilty for hurting her and he certainly shouldn’t be making himself or Summer walk on eggshells around Lola because Lola certainly wasn’t concerned about Summer when Lola was having sex with him while he was married to Summer. Theo needs to just walk away now while he can. He is already letting this girl make him feel like crap. Even he deserves better.
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