Here's the thing: when a character is imprisoned for a crime they did not commit, it's incredibly soapy and dramatic and you rage against the machine for putting them in jail and you rejoice when they come out.
But when a character is convicted of a crime that they ACTUALLY COMMITTED, it's sort of hard to swallow them being treated like some sort of martyr who has no reason at all to be in that horrible nasty prison because...just, because!
I'm not sure that the Y&R writing staff actually gets this, so I am just going to say it bluntly: Phyllis is not, I repeat NOT, Jesus.
You'd think it would be common sense that a scheming, lying, paternity test falsifying attempted murderer would not be mistakable for a messiah, but lately it's apparent that the powers-that-be don't know the difference.
In their own words...
Nick: Yeah, she was on the phone when she wasn't supposed to be, and, uh, now she lost her phone privileges.
Michael: For how long?
Nick: I don't know. I didn't even get to tell her that her daughter isn't sick anymore
Ohmigod, you mean to tell me that if you don't follow the rules in jail, you lose privileges? Shocking! Poor Phyllis! How was she supposed to know that this was the case? Prison has such a reputation for being a nonstop party, I can see where they all got confused.
Um, all I-- all I want is a stamp and an envelope to send a letter to my family. Just--is that a lot to ask?
You can't do that! He's bringing my baby!
Sir, I can't do this without my family! I need--I need my family, Sir. I need my family here, please! Please, Sir, I need to have somebody from my family here!
Y'know, I didn't think I could dislike a version of Phyllis more than Coquettish Giggle Phyllis, But "NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER!" Phyllis is completely eclipsing her.
Michael: Nicholas and Phyllis should never have been separated. Now they're gonna be apart for God knows how long.
Nick: You know, seeing her in that place today was... it was awful. You wanna know what the worst part is? It's that I can't do anything about it
I mean, seriously, what the hell? I can see this level of heartbreak and outrage if Phyllis had been imprisoned for something she didn't do. And, yeah, it's lame that she finally, after many years of criminal activity, got nailed for something as minor as blackmailing freaking Brad, especially since everybody should be legally allowed to do something bad to Brad on a daily basis, but STILL! She DID IT! And then on top of that, she was stupid enough to get caught with a wig to wear during an attempt to flee the country. So she's a felon and also a dumbass.
I'm just...I'm just exhausted with Phyllis, is all. I love Phyllis--she's been one of my favorite characters on this show for forever and I ADORE Michelle Stafford beyond all reason. I love her fashion sense and her talent and her hair and I even overlook the whole Scientology thing when it comes to her and Sharon Case (and I never overlook the Scientology thing!). But I am overdosing on Phyllis, in the bad way. According to SON, she's been onscreen in 118 of 172 through the end of August. And when she's not onscreen, she's the biggest topic of conversation, so we can't even get an hour without hearing her mentioned. I just need, like, a week without Phyllis being seen or heard. Maybe two...but I'll settle for one.
(Peter Bergman was also in 118 of 172 episodes, but I am okay with that. Why? Because I'm a big old infatuated hypocrite, that's why)
This is unrelated to the above, but so glaringly stupid that I need to comment:
Nick: Right. Okay. Yeah, my brain is mush right now.
Yeah, the whole "wife going to jail" thing mushes one's brain almost as much as the AMNESIA YOU HAD UP UNTIL, LIKE, YESTERDAY AFTER DYING (EXCEPT NOT) IN A PLANE CRASH. Did they just forget about the convenient amnesia? What the hell?