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December 03, 2008

What's This I See? Soapy Goodness?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an hour of television centered upon the Abbott siblings interacting, the Chancellors and Jabot is guaranteed to be ejoyable. Needless to say, I loved today's Jabot takeover something fierce. It was so good that not even the presence of Gloria and Jeffrey, or the b-plots of unhinged, clingy Phyllis and Noah and Eden rebelling without cause or acting talent can tarnish it. And then when you take into consideration the fact that Victor was not seen or discussed, you have a pretty great episode of The Young and the Restless.

I have to note, for the record, that I know nothing is ever going to work out for Jack Abbott and it's hard to be happy when he achieves small successes, because you know it's only a matter of time before said successes blow up in his face in an epic, public, humiliating way. As brilliant as this takeover was, I give it a few minutes before it all gets shot to hell. There is no way that Billy is going to stand for being Jack's puppet for long, and given the tendency the writers have for speedy resolutions to storylines, I can see this all blowing up in an epic, publicly humiliating way by...Friday.

But enough of that pessimism! Let's discuss the fabulosity of today's show.

A large part of why I enjoyed today's show so much is that it led to lots of yelling by Jess Walton. I love when she yells! I could easily watch a show five days a week about Jess Walton yelling at random people.

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Why am I not a network executive?! That would be a ratings juggernaut!

Brad: So correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the goal of today's little gathering to prove that you're really on top of things? Talk about falling flat on your face.

Jill: Up yours, Bradley.

Tell me you would not watch that show. It would be AMAZING.

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Ashley's dramatic entrance and thunder stealing was great.

Ashley entrance

I especially loved the "Yeah, it's me. Uh-huh. Is your mind sufficiently blown?" air about her.

I cannot say the same for her hair and outfit.

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That blouse does is terrifying. And I know that we are in a recession right now and pennies must be pinched, but come on, Y&R hair people. There are inexpensive brands of deep conditioner. Hair should not have to suffer the consequences for a bad economy.

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It makes me uncomfortable to agree with anything that Gloria says, but I always get a kick out of her bitchiness about Cane.

Gloria: That's ridiculous. Katherine Chancellor knew that I would return Jabot to its former glory.

Jill: Oh, shut up!

Gloria: Really? Jill, your involvement in the S.E.C. Investigation was a real embarrassment to your mother. And then you made your son Cane C.E.O.-- his only business experience was making a great Harvey Wallbanger. That kinda upset Katherine Chancellor, too.

Cane: This is not true. Katherine Chancellor, my grandmother, thought I was doing a very solid job as C.E.O.

Gloria: She didn't have much choice, Cane. She had to tell you that.

  • Yes, I know, the woman's a lunatic and has as much right to Jabot as Zapato does and that it's easy to ignore her occasional wisdom because of the whole lunacy thing.
  • The fact that the best compliment Katherine could muster about Cane's performance was "solid" amuses me
  • Gloria is also right that grandmothers have to pay you compliments! That's what grandmothers do, turn a blind eye to reality and say nice things regardless of the circumstances
  • Speaking of the need for deep conditioning...what the hell is on top of J. Chap's head?
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I have a feeling that Don Diamont's firing is making me appreciate Brad more than I did before. An easy feat, obviously, because I had no appreciation for him before. My outright hatred of him during the Lynn Marie Lathamera dissipated to annoyance or indifference, depending on my mood, but after learning that Brad is on his way out, I don't know, I have kind of started to like him! Or at least his reaction shots. Which is super weird, considering that most of the time, his face is too frozen to move at all, let alone move hilariously. His reactions in this episode were hilarious. I never knew, in between thigh killing and Speedo wearing and emoting with all the passion of a block of wood that Brad Carlton is a man who loves a good trainwreck.

Watching the Jabot coup happen and unable to hide his enjoyment:

Brad

The look of absolute delight on his face when Ashley walked in and things got even nuttier:

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And the smarmy in the intentionally funny way that he sidled up to be a jerk to Jill:

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Don Diamont was never a good fit as a leading man, something that we all learned all too well, and he can't really handle anything that requires emoting, but reacting to things hilariously is the perfect niche for him! Y&R should seriously rethink booting him. They don't even need to give him actual stories, just have him randomly pop up to make funny faces.

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Judith Chapman on top of all her insanity and scene chewing nuttiness now has skunk hair too? HILARIOUS!!!!

A Victor free Y&R is as rare and lovely as a Mob free GH.

I think it has already pretty much blown up in Jack's face. When Ashley walked in and took over, I think he realized he wasn't going to be able to do much behind the scenes manipulation and Billy seemed to be re-thinking his part in Jack's scheme. I know Jack will continue with the blackmailing of Billy to get him to do his bidding and I think this will all go on until Katherine returns when it will be a moot point.

I agree with you about Jess Walton...her yelling is a thing to behold.

This show was every bit as entertaining as the one in which TGVN returned and kicked Adam to the curb. Unfortunately we have to sit through weeks of CRAP for a couple good shows.

i adored that jill/brad exchange. the best part was when he smugly replied: 'always a lady'

i was never more excited to watch an episode of y&r in......a while. the takeover was brilliant. almost as brilliant as the takeover that oltl did back in june. almost. but were not here to compare!

i loved the chloe/cane interaction afterwards as well. when she told him, 'we're chancellors. chancellors rule.' it made me feel giddy.

I don't like insecure phyllis. i hate nick constantly putting sharon first. and i loathe her obsession with nick. i dont care if they share a child, phyllis needs to just run sharon over and let it go.

And I agree with Sally, I think Ashley is going to be running Jabot her way and wont let Jack manipulate her. I think he'll sink to even deeper levels and thats when it'll blow up in his face

i adored that jill/brad exchange. the best part was when he smugly replied: 'always a lady'

i was never more excited to watch an episode of y&r in......a while. the takeover was brilliant. almost as brilliant as the takeover that oltl did back in june. almost. but were not here to compare!

i loved the chloe/cane interaction afterwards as well. when she told him, 'we're chancellors. chancellors rule.' it made me feel giddy.

I don't like insecure phyllis. i hate nick constantly putting sharon first. and i loathe her obsession with nick. i dont care if they share a child, phyllis needs to just run sharon over and let it go.

And I agree with Sally, I think Ashley is going to be running Jabot her way and wont let Jack manipulate her. I think he'll sink to even deeper levels and thats when it'll blow up in his face

Sorry, not understanding the whole "poor Jack won't get to feel good" sympathy!
Hate Jack, always hated Jack, will always hate Jack! And on what planet is a good, marriage-saving cover story the fact that you sleep with hookers?! Jack is usually much more clever with his lies!! Did he really think that story would go over better than the fact that he wanted to stick it to Victor?
Jack really sucks! He's horrible and deserves to be busted for his bad deeds!

Loved those takeover scenes. Jess Walton is simply F-A-B. She was snappin' on folks left, right, up, and down. She is amazing.

This was such a good show. There was drama, laughs, tension. And I couldn't help but compare it to GH. A great episode of drama with no explosions, shots fired or hostage taking. Who knew that was even possible?!

I want to see Jack win, but alas, I agree with you that he will lose as always. His simpering after Sharon, while she continues to look at him with undisguised scorn, makes me cringe.

I want to see Pod-Phyllis ruined. Her neediness is so unlike the character I remember way back when. The sexual love Nick used to display on his face when he looked at Phyl is gone. I'm sure she's still good for a good lay, but, Nick is obviously thinking of Sharon. I wouldn't mind seeing them back together for a while - anything to stick it to Phyl, and get her back to her scheming self.

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