Young and the Restless returns soon with Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford), Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway), and others. Over the long hiatus, the writers had plenty of time to figure out what’s working, what’s not, and which plots fans would love if they scrapped. Here are five storylines we’d like to see tossed out like yesterday’s trash.
#1 Phyllis Summers & Abby Newman’s Games on Young and the Restless
The back and forth on Y&R with Phyllis Summers and Abby Newman got tiresome after about five minutes. Abby’s construction noise isn’t just annoying Phyllis — it irks viewers too. If the writers were trying to get a Jack vs. Victor vibe with them, they missed the mark.
Young and the Restless now has Phyllis Summers in a vendetta against half the town. The one with Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) is nonsensical. Meanwhile, Phyllis against Abby Newman makes more sense, but it’s just not well written. Do better, please, Y&R. See fan comments below on Abby vs. Phyllis.
#2 Billy’s Psychotic Alter-Ego on Y&R
Now, we’re still getting glimpses on Young and the Restless of Billy Abbott’s (Jason Thompson) crazed alter-ego. Congrats on the Daytime Emmy, but it’s all very bizarre. One minute he was murderous then suddenly, he’s not?
Young and the Restless did mental illness stories before with more heart – case in point, Sharon Newman’s (Sharon Case) bipolar struggle. This one felt very choppy, and both started and ended abruptly. Let’s just hope it’s over and done, and Billy gets back to his old scheming (yet sane) self.
— Farris Flagg (@FarrisFlagg) June 27, 2020
#3 Devon’s Boring Life on Young and the Restless
The plot with Colin Atkinson (Tristan Rogers) stealing Devon Hamilton’s (Bryton James) money was a bit all over the place. It seemed almost like a tool to disgrace Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard), so they could write him out. Now, Devon’s rich again and dull.
Young and the Restless fans hoped to see him paired with Mishael Morgan to rekindle that “Hevon” vibe. Instead, Y&R has Billy eyeing Amanda Sinclair. For sure, Devon and Elena Dawson (Brytni Sarpy) have chemistry, and the actors date in real life – but Devon needs a good plot.
#4 Adam Killing Someone as a Child on Y&R
Another Young and the Restless storyline that seems like at throwaway is Adam accidentally killing AJ back in Kansas. There are about nine reasons that it’s not a prosecutable offense anyway. Sure, it makes sense that Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) would protect his son.
But Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) thinking it was a good idea to broadcast it is just ugh. Young and the Restless needs to drop the Kansas kid murder tale. And as for Adam and that killing in Vegas, that was self-defense, but they need to tie that loose end and move on, right?
#5 Theo as a Villain on Young and the Restless
Bringing on another Abbott-linked family member was all right – and Theo Vanderway’s (Tyler Johnson) an interesting character. But, trying to make him a villain doesn’t jibe with his character development. The “big secret” from New York was a party with an underage drinker. Meh.
Also on Young and the Restless, Theo cheating about the presentation was just lame. And, if he was really a villain, he’d already have been in Lola Rosales’ (Sasha Calle) bed by now. She made it clear she wants him, but he’s holding out for love. Clearly – not a villain move.
Dear Y&R – please write better stuff for new episodes – starting with Abby Newman’s mismatched rivalry with Phyllis Summers.
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