Nothing puts a damper on a lovely, sunny Memorial Day faster than an episode of The Young and the Restless that features the Newman family at their most strident and irksome. When two commercial breaks had passed and Nikki's facial expression only changed in order to accentuate a smirk or a glare, I almost turned the episode off...
...and if I had, it would have been the latest in a long line of Y&R episodes that I struggled to watch and eventually just sent to exile in my DVR. This is why I have been such a deadbeat Y&R blogger: because it annoys me. And on the rare occasions that it provokes a more extreme reaction than that (like, say, everything that had to do with Sarah and Patty), I STILL can't post, because the posts I come up with are filled with such extreme vitriol that Becca, my unofficial lawyer, advises me not to publish them, since they could certainly be considered cause for a restraining order.
But I kept watching. And oh, I am glad that I did. I mean, I had to sit through a lot of Victor, Nikki, Phyllis, Nick and Sharon showing off their amateur detective skills and acting entitled and rude to the person they are asking a favor from:
Nikki: Now do we have your attention?
Pomerantz: Your pals think they're better investigators than the police.
Phyllis: We're more thorough, that's for sure.
Sharon: Not to mention unbiased.
Pomerantz: You know what? I think you folks have been reading too much science fiction.
Victor: Now, Mr, Pomerantz, you will listen. You will stay here until we are finished. Got that?
Pomerantz: If you think you can bully me into believing this fantasy you've concocted...
Victor: Mr. Pomerantz, what's the matter with you?
But at least Pomerantz got to say what we've all been thinking, namely that there has never been a family more pompous and hypocritical than the Newmans. First, he pointed out that Victor's stunt with Adam's casket cost him the chance to disinter the body (which, HA! No fucking kidding, Victor) and then came the truth-telling.
Pomerantz: All right. You're all the same You think you're above the law, you run amok when it comes time to answer for what you've done, you all manage to wriggle out of it. I still believe you killed Walter Palin. And you wrote that phony and let Adam take the fall for it. And poor Patty Williams. She wouldnt have gone this crazy if it wasn't for the two of you. She'll be locked away for the rest of her life and you're both free to keep making your millions. If I listed the crimes everyone in this room has done and gotten away with we'd be here all night. Your collective arrogance knows no bounds.
I don't think we were supposed to be rooting for him, and I know that this will all end with Nick's exoneration and an embarrassing, public humiliation for Pomerantz, but I'll take whatever smackdowns of this family I can get, no matter how misguided or fleeting.
And how did Victor react to this display of T*R*U*T*H*? By kicking out someone who had spent the entire episode trying to leave.
Victor: Get your pompous ass out of here now.
He is seriously the worst ever.