Adam's beginning to look a lot like that kid everybody picked on in school, the one some bully thought would be the perfect boy to sidle up to and slap on the back, his hand depositing a sign saying Kick Me. When I first learned that at long last Victor's other son was coming to town, I was elated. There seemed to be so much storyline potential for the youngest Newman son. And while I envisioned a rocky start, I hoped eventually the Newman siblings would find a common bond. Boy, was I ever way off the mark! Perhaps my mistake was in assuming the Adam character would be a permanent addition to the City. Well, as permanent as any new casting can be, that is. And though I have read or heard nothing saying Adam is temporary, the way things are going, I'm beginning to wonder.
So far, most of what I hoped for Adam has not materialized, and although I'm still hoping things will change, making him Jack's pawn does not bode well for his prospects of ever becoming a finally accepted Newman. What Adam has effortlessly managed to do, however, is bring out the rabid hatefulness of this close-knit, near incestuous clan as they kick him and kick him and kick him again. Not so much Nick, but certainly the rest of his family. Victor has been particularly unpleasant to the son he was so quick to disown after practically dropping to his knees begging the boy to become a part of his life. I can understand Victor was angered at what appeared to be Adam's less than doleful demeanor upon learning of his alleged expiration. Besides, Victor is indiscriminately detestable to everyone, foes, friends and family alike, if the feeling so suits him, so his turning on Adam wasn't that much of a surprise. Even stripping Adam of the Newman name, if only symbolically, was still within the realm of Victor-type vindictiveness. But fixing it so Adam can't even earn a decent living was a bit much, even for Victor. I still say, if other ghosts can look down (or up) and come a haunting their former family members still tethered to Earth, why can't Hope come floating by? Because Victor is definitely due a good, stern talking to for his un-fatherly-like behavior.
I know what some of you are probably saying. Adam deserves everything he's getting for what he did, but I don't happen to agree. So he fired mealy-mouthed Neil, vinegar Vick and brought Brad's bogus behind aboard. It's not as if Adam was the first Newman to do those very things. Because not only did Vicky move Brad and his baggage into Newman, she, too, slapped Neil aside in order to better prop up her dearly beloved. And for that Victor gave her a nice pat on the head and Brad a bushel of Newman stock. And yes, Adam was too quick to move Heather to the ranch, a woman Victor hated like the plague. But Victor was supposed to be dead; it wasn't as if he was going to have to glare at Heather from across the dinner table. Victoria married a man he hated and a married Nick brought home a pregnant mistress. How did Victor handle that? Well, by welcoming them to the family. Not to mention the whole go to Jail, do not pass go, do not dole out any more Newman bribery dollars trick Nick pulled. Yet he not only still got to keep wearing the Newman nametag on his puffed up chest, Victor practically prostrated himself daily until he'd groveled his way back into Nick's grudging good graces.
But, whether or not I think Victor over-reacted, especially since he never heard the entire tale of why Adam acted the way he did, he at least had a reason for his rage. Not so, Victoria and Nikki, whose names remain on my least liked list. Maybe I'm the only fan who thinks so, but these two have to be the most hateful hens ever to slither through the Genoa City dirt. Watching them this week was dangerous to my health, because I swear I could almost see the blood boiling in the veins beneath my overheated skin as my pressure shot to unprecedented levels and my eyes became red with unbridled rage. And had there been a way to thrust my talons through the TV, I would have happily throttled these sanctimonious strumpets into total unconsciousness and then banged their empty heads together for good measure. Phew, yes I went out that far. Thanks for letting me get that rabid rant out of my system. Seriously, though, I don't know why I get so upset. Because even though Victoria often proudly trumpets the fact that she's her father's ruthless little seedling, in my book, she's much more like Mommy than Dad. I still remember how coldly and jealously she treated Abby when she learned she was a product of Victor Newman's gene pool rather than Brad Carlton's. As did Nikki, who was constantly snuffling in distaste through her snooty turned up snout every time Abby's name came up in conversation. So, the fact that they would so wholeheartedly reject any Newman generated from non-Nikki genes should not find me flat on the floor with shock. For Victoria, though, it wasn't enough that she and Neil completely humiliated Adam when he came, hat in hand, a-begging for a Newman job. Although I must interrupt myself here to shout, what the hay was he thinking anyway? Every time he takes Heather's advice to seek out one of those Newmans for assistance, or to beg their royal forgiveness, whatever the case may be, they gleefully kick him in the teeth and laugh uproariously at him while doing so. But private humiliation wasn't enough for that self-righteous wench. No, she had to follow him into the much more public hallway to warn she'd have him thrown out by the neck if he dared darken their doors again. For Adam, obviously he hadn't felt he'd been kicked hard enough. How else to explain why he would waste both his breath and his time by turning to the Queen of the B's, Nikki Newman, on the off chance she might be secreting a little mercy in her coal-black soul. Then she had the gall to throw Hope's pristine character in his face. Your mother was a fine woman, she had the brass ones to taunt. Like she hadn't always hated the woman with a passion. You should be glad she isn't here to see what a disgrace her son has become, she went on to slash and wound. On the contrary, I bet if Hope was here, she'd have plenty to say, all right, but I bet most of her scornful words would be directed not at her son, but at his fickle father and the bimbo who bore his other brats. Nikki's been at her nasty best lately, and her behavior has not been a good sight for these disillusioned eyes.
Now, to Adam. As I mentioned above, I hope there is more in store for him, but for a change, something more positive then negative. As things stand right now, though, judging from the bright green glowing from behind his youthful ears, Adam's clearly not using much of the brain that kept him at the top of the Dean's List at Harvard. Maybe it's because he's so distraught over what has happened to his once promising future, but I can't believe Jack is so easily leading him around by the nose. Adam might talk a good, strong game, but his Hope characteristics are clearly showing and Jack is tricking him as easily as he could snatch a sucker from Summer. When the stinky stuff smashes into the fan blades (and you know it eventually will because it's an ill-thought out Jack Abbott plan, and they always do), the butt on the hot seat will be Adam's, not Jack's. And give Victor and company yet another reason to howl with hilarity while piling on another layer of hatred. Of course, I totally understand Adam's reason for wanting revenge. Unfortunately, given Jack's involvement, not to mention the sheer stupidity of the so-called forging plot, Adam's laughter is likely to die a quick death long before he reaches the bank. But, what else is a black-balled former executive to do?
And speaking of Jack, whose black soul is the identical shade of the Newman knight he calls by that hue, am I the only fan with crossed fingers and toes hoping he receives in spades all that he's unashamedly dished out to others? In his older age, he's become quite the unlikable one, seemingly having lost every spark of humanity he once retained. All the while spewing accusatory words when someone else delivers what he considers an unethical low blow, he's a flim flam man of smoke and mirrors, with not a single ethic to his totally tarnished name. Not only will he unhesitantly strike below the belt, he doesn't think twice about lying through those perfect teeth, whether the tall tale he's spinning is to his wife, his siblings, his ex-stepmommy, his cohorts in crime, or anyone else who crosses his path and can be used in his plot to overthrow, well, everyone. I live for the day Sharon and Noah walk out the Abbott front door without a look back, leaving him to contemplate his reeking dish of unfulfilled revenge in his empty mansion alone.
Is this just a red herring or are we sauntering slowly toward a Sharon and Nick reunion? Fans of the fiery Phyllis would vehemently veto this possibility, while long-time Sharon fans are likely hopping with hope. I'm straddling the fence on this one. On the one hand, I have never been a fan of Phyllis and Nick. He's mostly Mr. Nice Guy who actually cares about people while Phyllis is often fake and annoyingly abrasive. Other than Michael and Lauren, there's not many in GC she likes, with Sharon, Amber, Brad, the late Dru, sometimes Jack, and often Nikki numbered on her dislike list. Plus, for a woman who has everything she supposedly ever wanted, she's still not content, and finds it necessary to constantly malign the woman whose marriage she helped murder. Given the fact that she won, her jealousy and constant bad-mouthing of Sharon is tiresome and unpleasant to watch. When Nick asked her if she ever thought of Noah before publicly painting his mother as a brainless, hair twisting twit, she honestly admitted she had not. Of course she didn't. Phyllis cares for Phyllis. Always has, likely always will. Now, before you Phyllis fans start tapping at your keys to rake me over the coals, I'm not saying Sharon is a saint. Never has been, likely won't ever be called by that name. I won't bother to tally a list of what one's done compared to the other. Because we all know the moral, ethical or illegal transgressions that would show under each woman's name. On the other hand, I liked her with Jack. With no one in his life she had to be jealous of (Diane didn't count, because Phyllis knew he didn't want her, just the son he now never mentions), Jack managed to bring out a softness in Phyllis and a lowering of her guard that was refreshingly endearing, and she, in turn, somehow made him less scheming and despicable and a whole lot more human and likable. By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed Jack's diva act with Phyllis over the Editor's article she wrote about him and Sharon. As he always has, Jack sees Phyllis with eyes completely free of blinders and in my opinion hit the nail right on its round, rusty head, multiple times, in fact, when he told her she's been faking and fronting and he was waiting for the day her rosy little Nick world came tumbling down when the blinders dropped from Nick's baby browns, or blues, or whatever color they are. I can't remember and I'm too lazy to go find a picture that shows their true color. Me, I'm waiting for that day right alongside Jack. Of course, that's not to say either of us will ever realize our fondest dream.
Now, the reason I'm straddling the fence is because I used to enjoy Sharon and Nick, except for those times when she'd mount her very high horse and subject him to a regimen of self-righteously inflicted punishment for whatever transgression she thought he'd committed. And I remember feeling very sorry for Nick the time he was working hard at his marriage and all the while Sharon was carrying that torch for Diego for their one time romp in the stable. After all the mucky water under the bridge, I don't know if they can ever be again (although I'd be willing to watch them try). But on the other hand, I'm disgusted with Jack right now so I wouldn't mind seeing him wallowing in self-pity woman-less for awhile. The only problem is, if Sharon is not put back with Nick, who then could she turn to that wouldn't cause a been there, no, not again sense of déjà vu. Brad? I found that pairing completely without heat. I wouldn't have minded a link up with the Professor, but alas, those with the pens kicked his promising rear curbside long ago. Everyone else not related is too young, too old or already has more than one woman to pick from.
So, Ana and Tyra are on the lam again, huh? Guess we know where they'll soon be turning up. The question is, why?? Why here and why us? We haven't seen the Indigo since those two left and haven't had to listen to a single song. Yes, that was mean, but I'd be lying through my teeth like Jack if I pretended I've missed them. Besides, there's already an abundance of souls here with not enough to do and no one to do it with. And if they're bringing Tyra back so Neil can go all indecisive again, I say boooo! I don't know where he and Karen might be going, if they're going anywhere at all, but I definitely don't want to see him with Tyra. We've already got Olivia coming back and she's probably going to be setting her sights on someone. Hopefully it will be Brad and not Neil, but who knows?
So, I see Chloe's stalker tendencies aren't just limited to all things Cane. So that's what they taught her in those expensive boarding schools. How to stalk and marry money. Any money. The more I learn about this lying little leprechaun the more I detest her. Since she obviously knew who Billy was, it stands to reason she also knew his relationship to Cane and that Jill was his Mommy. Did she intentionally get pregnant or was that all accidental? And did she single out Cane to get back at Billy or was Cane just the closest boy without a brain she could find on such short notice?
And so it continues, whatever it is, with River, Eden and Michael. Just as we suspected, legal eagle Michael, with Gloria's help, has already found a way to lift the heavy weight of a life behind bars from Rivers frail shoulders. Unfortunately, their discovery was just a little too late, as River has already figured out a way to fly the Genoa City coop. The pill in the sock almost made me sick from laughing so hard. But then again, we're talking about Genoa City jails where inmates get face to face, across the table visits and oblivious guards where things like pills to make you fall on the floor, empty your belly and be rushed to the hospital are easily smuggled to the captives. I'm with Jeffrey on this one. I too wish the aging hippie would disappear from town. Because I fear that if he stays we are going to be subjected to flashbacks and history fill-ins portraying this wonderful all-compassing love between a young Gloria and River that may make me long for a pill to knock me out. Much like those signs posted on mountainous highways, I can almost see them now. They might say something like: Watch Out for Further Whitewashing of Gloria. Her tainted cream debacle recedes further into the distance. In anticipation of this massive re-write, shall I just go ahead and order up her angel's wings and halo now?
Ahh, Billy, finally a man with a working brain. It's not taking him very long to get the measure of every man and woman in Genoa City, is it? After witnessing Cane and Lily's tender elevator embrace, he has to realize the performance put on by Cane and Chloe was simply that. And though he hasn't said so out loud, he probably knows somewhere inside himself the babe Chloe's carrying is probably his not his brother's. As for Agreeing Lovers and Jack's never silent partner, he seems to have figured that one out too. It will be interesting to see which Abbott brother winds up controlling Jabot. At this point, I'm rooting more for Billy than Jack.
Of course, the way things have gone for Gloria and her family, it may be neither Jack nor Billy who end up running things. Hoping Gloria would be too busy reliving her spotted past to have time for Jabot is just an empty pipe dream, I know, and with Kevin signing on to help or hinder, she may win as she usually does. Does Kay even stand a chance against these two? And what is behind these forgetful moments of hers. The onset of Alzheimers or another stroke? And how does these mental blank spots tie in to the rumor about the appearance of her long ago double, Marge? Will the two women be switching places again, this time with Kay's blessing? Or will Gloria meet Marge and hatch a diabolical plot to get those shares she's been badgering Kay about?
Poor Heather. Is she ever going to get it right? Before this one wraps, she's liable to wind up fired from the DA's office for the second time. Because like every other GC law and order minion before her, it appears she's barking down the wrong trail. Again. If Victor is guilty of anything, it will probably turn out to be that he tried and failed to save a fallen overboard Walter. Because I'm guessing the Victor of today is not the same Victor who once imprisoned his wife's lover behind a bricked up basement wall and I doubt he murdered anyone, however deserving they might have been.
Which brings me finally, to Nikki. And what I presume to be the beginning of the big romance starring her and Victor. How supportive and protective she's suddenly become of Victor. Like a lioness she's fighting off all predators, trying to protect her ex from possible prosecution. I guess that means she believes him to be a murder, just as she did when Heather though he murdered Jill's fiance. Of course, Nikki's so on my nerve with her eternal nastiness, I really could care less what she does or for whom. And apparently, neither does Victor at the moment, who has done everything he can think of to keep his loved ones out of his life. I'm sure, though, that by the time this all plays out, Victor will eventually be grudgingly grateful for all that Nikki has done on his behalf.
Oh well, there's always a lot more that can be speculated about, such as Lily's prospects, Amber's unrequited affection for Daniel, Billy and Chloe, Cane and Chloe, and anyone else I left out this week, but this seems like as good a place as any to leap off my soap box and bid you adieu. Until next time, enjoy reading what your fellow fans thought about things.
One more thing before I go, just wanted you all to know I'm taking a little break so my opinionated words about Genoa City things will be missing from this page for the next two weeks. See you when I get back!