Yes, I'm referring to Adam. I really wanted to like this new Newman son because I felt he could add so much to so many storylines. But he's certainly making it difficult for fondness to flourish. It just might be easier to get close and cozy with an angry cornered porcupine than Victor. I know. He made it clear from the start that his only interest was in ascending the corporate ladder, claimed a complete disinterest in falling in love with his newfound father and family. And his behavior toward his half siblings certainly seems to back up that assertion. Because except for his initial pleased reaction to having a nephew, he's treated Victoria much like I'd image he'd treat any other business rival holding a job he'd perhaps like for himself. I wasn't surprised at that. I didn't really expect him to meet his siblings and suddenly be filled with love and loyalty toward them. But I didn't think he'd be quite so sneakily underhanded. In his quest to best Victoria, we've already seen he isn't just above fudging on some of the details. He will stoop to outright lying. Unfortunately, his comments about Victoria and her preoccupation with Reed are transparently self-serving, and ill-advised especially when he's making such remarks to her father. And then there's his whole I got to the office before you competition with Victor. Am I the lone fan who thinks that makes him sound silly?
And then we have his infatuation with Phyllis. Already competing with his sister in business, there had to be some way to cause conflict between the brothers and I guess this was it. And even though I get why we're going down this crush on her path, it still feels very contrived. I know GC has become known as an incestuous type town where age is nothing but a meaningless number, but the romantic pairings with huge age gaps are getting a little out of hand here. At 27, Adam is nearly 20 years younger than Phyllis. But for the sake of the storyline, I could ignore that. Pretend Adam's upbringing and experiences have made him sophisticated and mature beyond his relatively young years, attracted to successful, mature women. Except for the fact that his behavior doesn't reflect such maturity. But the main reason I'm having difficulty with this is because despite Adam's somewhat effusive compliments, flirty remarks, caustic comments about Nick, and that little daydream he had of kissing Phyllis, Adam just hasn't convinced me of his infatuation. As a matter of fact, Adam hasn't convinced me he feels much of anything, about anything. In fact, in many ways, the man often comes across rather deadpan. I understand he's all about his career, but he needs some softness and vulnerability to balance that. And if he has a sense of humor, it's not being displayed very well. His smiles, when they come, are usually at the expense of others, after some rude or insensitive remark he's made to them. Hope's generous and moral influence doesn't seem to have been instilled in him. Sure, his tendency to draw a bit of blood from his family members and their friends could just be a façade he wears to hide his inner insecurity, and to avoid caring about people he feels may not accept him, but we need to see at least some flashes of humanity. Because his badmouthing remarks about Victoria and Nick are getting a little tiresome.
I will continue to cut Adam a little slack since I'm guessing his character is still being fleshed out. Does he want to be loved by Victor or not? Will he reveal he does have a little fair play in him after all, once he feels more at home, or is being a donkey's behind the real Adam? Once he gets over coveting Nick's wife (hopefully this infatuation will be fleeting) will he wind up being a bridge between father and first born son? That would be nice.
And while I'm on the subject of behaving maturely, what is going on with Nick? Nick was kind enough to establish his age this week at 30 with the remark that he doesn't come into his trust fund for another 10 years. So why has he seemed to have regressed to about the age and mentality of a high school senior? Enough with the dude this and dude that, peace signs, juvenile slang and I don't do ties remarks. Sure, he's stepped away from Daddy's big shadow, at least partially, which presumably makes him more carefree, but perhaps if he really wants to be taken seriously by the business world, his conversation should reflect his age. Oh, one more thing. Was I the only fan falling on the floor with laughter when Nick whipped around to warn Adam that Victor eats his young? Was Nick really crammed up practically under that big flowery tree thing? Did he think if he turned his back, no one could see him? I doubt it was meant to be funny, but it I found it hilarious.
Okay, is it just me, or is any other fan feeling like some of our favorite Genoa Citians are trying too hard? There seems to be this weird awkwardness between Nick and Phyllis these days. Phyllis is always so wound up; as if she's had two cups of caffeine too many every day, and if she enthusiastically bursts out with too many more definitelys or absolutelys, I just may absolutely and definitely shove her silent. I'm a little tired of her armchair therapy as well. She's done it with Adam several times and with Nick I keep waiting for her to intone, and how did that make you feel, Nick? Stop acting like his Mom, Phyllis!
New flavor of the month, Sabrina. I'm still firmly on the fence about her. On one hand, I don't dislike her. Her friendship with Victoria seems natural and believable, although her careful word enunciation and delivery takes a little getting used to. And although I can't quite say I see chemistry between her and Victor, it's not totally out of the realm of possibility. Or maybe I just want Victor to have something or someone else to focus on besides the crushing of one of his family member's dreams. Sabrina's definitely a mature woman of the world, but still, 30 years is a heck of a gap. Can you really picture Sabrina as Stepmommy Newman?
Over at the Abbott mansion, the clash of the titans continues. Far from being labeled a wrap, just like that darn bunny, this one just keeps going on and on and on. The John Ghost stuff is bad, very bad, but the haunting of Gloria will probably be even worse. First, does anyone really believe anyone but Gloria will triumph? In the past and present, she and her criminal family have handily vanquished Jack at his diabolical best. And if he was no match for Gloria and the rest, he certainly won't stand a chance if Jeffrey throws his lot in with those felons. Yeah, I know, Jeffrey is working with Jack, but come on, he's already admitted to being in love with that louse masquerading as a lady. If Gloria begins to love him back, or at least both lies and lays with him well enough to convince him she does, his agreement with Jack won't amount to a hill of beans. Can't you just see Jeff and Gloria's tousled heads lying together on the pillow, Jeffrey confessing all to his bride in John's bed? Then the two of them concocting a plan to give Jack was he supposedly deserves? On top of that, Michael and Lauren are about to re-enter the fray, so is the outcome of this one really in doubt? I think Jack should have followed his instinct and just sold the greedy biddy the house at an inflated price and called it a day. No one can beat Gloria. Both he and I are only going to wind up frustrated when she wins yet again. Besides all that, Jeffrey seems to already be making mistakes. Did he actually stick his to-do list under the pillow where Gloria might be sure to find it?
Of course, Jack has proven over and over that he doesn't always fully engage his brain before he opens his mouth. How else to explain why he would understand that someone took the drive out of his spycam, after already knowing that perhaps that same someone had been bugging the place, yet he still didn't hesitate to talk freely about his plans? No wonder he always loses. Considering his track record, perhaps he ought to just give up doing diabolical altogether.
When it comes to diabolical, Brad is probably a lot better at it than Jack. As David Chow is likely to soon discover. So far Brad hasn't found out anything Nikki hasn't already learned about and paid to make go away, but that remaining the case will depend on just how greedy Walter gets. Or how addicted to gambling David really is. I couldn't help but notice David showed no interest in the list of therapists Nikki provided. So does that mean he's the kind of addict who thinks he can just bet on one race and quit? Even if he never gambles again, how long will Walter keep quiet about David's left behind name? Somehow I doubt Nikki will be amendable to forgiving a second lie. As for Brad, he wasn't content being second or third banana at Newman, so there's no reason to believe he will be satisfied for long having to answer to David, Nikki and Jill at Jabot.
That Chloe! No wonder she was available for Jill to hire. She can't have been much in demand. What was her role in her previous place of employment? Drill Sergeant? Assistant Warden at a strict rich girls school? Too much time with that abrasive woman and one might be tempted to kill oneself. Or her. Is she a model wannabe who had the drive but not the height or weight (for modeling, anyway), so secretly hates those she feels have what she wants but don't appreciate it? I understand she wants to succeed at the job Jill hired her for, but does she really think cruel taunts and vicious insults will really wring the best performance from Lily? And what of the other Faces models? Why doesn't the witch ride off on her broom to go browbeat them?
Ahh, Amber and Daniel. Amber's tolerable as long as she doesn't mewl. Unfortunately there was a whole lotta mewling coming from her mouth this week. Please don't tell, sniff, sniff, Daniel, please don't tell, sob sob, please let me keep my money, my dream, blah and blah. I don't care what age you are, or how hot you might be, whining is annoying. The stolen, marked money is a storyline whose time has come. The time for it to be over and done with. Give it to me, I'll burn it. That's how tired I am of hearing about it. Kay has already promised to give her latest pet project anything her greedy little heart desires. So let Kay buy her an ad so she can sell all her little dresses that even as shirts are nearly too short. Maybe she can sell one to Chloe since that blouse she wore last week was just a little too revealing. Was that really her very plain, serviceable black bra we were looking at through that gaping hole in the middle of her blouse?
Well, the coming week will be a short one, so let's hope it's packed with excitement. In the meantime, enjoy reading what your fellow fans thought about the week just past. See ya in the City.