Cold shower anyone? Well, if you've been watching Genoa City doings this week, you might feel you need one. And I don't mean the kind of shower enjoyed by Nick and Phyllis as the week began. One thing most fans would have to acknowledge about these two is that they certainly make their passion look and sound quite real. Of course, we are talking about Phyllis here. Who has she not come across hot and steamy with? I still remember all those role playing outfits she used to wear that kept Jack's heart pounding at a possible heart-attack pace. He obviously remembers as well, which is why he's still probably kicking himself for messing things up with her. In the case of the recent shower scene, however, Nick's intensity likely had as much to do with his desire for his ex-wife as his current. And once again, it was Sharon who had to pull the emergency brake to stop the Nick locomotive. Her ear to the door, Phyllis would not have been pleased to hear what her "never again" man was up to with Genoa City's good time girl.
And though Sharon's mind might be melting, she has enough of it left to have herself a high old time with any man who comes near. I wonder how this one would present for medical doctors: Patient has been suffering blackouts during which she steals friends and family's knickknacks, books she doesn't need, flies into a rage with the slightest provocation, and sleeps with anything that doesn't run away first. I find all but the last item interesting to watch, but mind fog or not, Sharon in the arms of Nick, Billy and Jack is such quick succession has not been a pleasant experience. I hope she doesn't remember she's filing for divorce and summons Michael. Couldn't you see the shock on his face as he tries to pry her half clad limbs from around him?
I know I wasn't the only fan who found the end of the week distasteful. Yes, I'm referring to the bodice ripping moment between Neil and Miss Headtipper, Tyra. Ugh! Unfortunately, I have to agree with fan DL's opinion below about her underperformance. If this is the former America's Top model winner first foray into acting, that would explain why she comes across so mannequin-like. Watching her, I keep listening for the encouraging patter of an off-screen photographer putting her through her paces while he tries to get the cover shot. Besides all that, though, I probably wouldn't like this character even if I found her performing skills phenomenal. I know infidelity is a soap staple, but I have a hard time mustering up any liking whatsoever for a person so determined to destroy someone else's marriage. She had plenty of time to go after Neil before he pledged his troth to Karen, and she chose not to. Of course, I can understand that Tyra feels no loyalty to Karen, despite the fact that she's taking care of Ana. Tyra would much rather be performing that labor of love herself, and in her mind the ideal situation would be to get to do it with Neil as a bonus.
As for Neil, he's finally joined the club in which most of the other men in Genoa City have been long-time members. He's officially become one of the hounds who have cheated on their significant other. I'm sure the actor probably appreciates the chance to step out of the overly moral box he's been forced to inhabit for so long, but the character switch is a bit disappointing. Maybe it's not all that interesting in a soap for some, but there's something to be said about being a man with principles. Oh well, he's that no longer, but the flip side is that he can't go preaching to anyone else ever again. In my opinion, the pompous Neil and deceitful Tyra deserve each other. Both effortlessly lie through their teeth and don't hesitate to try and shift the blame for their behavior onto others. Karen was wonderful in her hurt and rage and like many other Genoa City inhabitants has really ratcheted up her performance. I commend the scribes for the improved material which gives those with the ability a real chance to show the range they're capable of. It would serve Neil and Tyra right, if Karen divorced Neil and took Ana after the adoption. Of course, this is Genoa City, so we know what's probably coming next. Yep, another pregnancy. Neil may finally get a child of his own, which means the unlikable Tyra may be around for some time to come.
Speaking of pregnancy, I'm not sure I will be able to survive another 10 plus months' one of Ashley's. Just one episode of listening to her revert to that baby voice, watching her cradle her nonexistent belly and whimper about whether or not her baby would survive this time, along with Victor petting her hair and reassuring her over and over, made me reach for my airsickness bag. By the time the miracle baby has made it's debut, I will need to wear a wig because I will have yanked out every single one of the hairs on my head in frustration and boredom. Either that or I will have worn my fast-forward finger down to a nub!
Make it stop! The Kevin in a closet scenario is almost too painful to watch. While I find Kevin magnificent, I still have to keep reminding myself it's all make believe and as wonderful as he's been, I won't be sorry to see this one end. It's taken a long time for him to become somewhat normal (by GC standards, anyway) and I can't imagine what this ordeal will mean for him in the future. Clint is a bumbling boob of a villain, but his cruelty to another human being has been well done and quite believable. Gloria, on the other hand, has been her usual despicable, "how can I make this all about me" self and throwing in that flashback bone to make it appear she had done all she could to help her closet-encased boy failed to raise my low opinion of the spotlight snatcher. As for Jana, though I dislike her determination to continue to deny Kay is who she says she is despite the proof of her memory of Kevin, which Marge couldn't possibly have known, I loved her tigress defense of her man. She looked ready to rip Gina's head right off her shoulders.
Where's a mind-regulating specialist when you need one? Amber should have plenty of Kay's money left. I wish she'd use it to hire a doc who'd hypnotize Kay to help her retrieve those lost memories. How heartbreaking for Murphy, after all he's done, to see the lack of any recognition for him on Kay's face. Likewise Pearl and Joe, whose joy at learning Kay/Marge was alive was so short-lived when she failed to recall them either. I agree with Kay. It's time she found out what's causing her memories to come and go willy nilly. Especially since Kevin's prospects for continuing his former jail free life may very well depend on her memories returning. Besides, she needs to remember all the believers have done for her sake, and the risks they have taken to save her, most of all Kevin, who may very well pay with his sanity. By contrast, her so-called loved ones have done nothing but enjoy the fruits of her lifelong labor.
At least Nikki was able to convince Nikki she had indeed returned from the dead. It was a great "Aha" moment when Kay finally came up with a memory Nikki couldn't possibly attribute to either the book or a newspaper account. Of course, when it came to convincing Mr. Cane "Self-Righteous" Ashby or doubting daughter Jill, Kay wasn't nearly so successful. Both refused to give any credence to a thing the "imposter" had to say, and told her so in the rudest possible manner. I can't wait for their Aha moments to arrive and when it does, I hope they have the grace to drop to their knees and beg her forgiveness.
Real or a scam? That is the question I keep asking myself and I haven't yet come up with an answer or read a rumor confirming one or the other. Is Adam actually going blind, or is this a huge scam he's running with Frank's help? With the Kevin story (the internet search on hotwiring Kay's type of car, Kay's purse, the phone calls to Kay on the day of her "death" and later to the motel room), the scribes have proven, nothing said or done by people in this town is just by chance. Which means there is probably some point to that conversation Adam had with Frank and the fact that Adam called Heather to ask for her help in treating his mysterious rash. The details of his conversation with Frank are foggy in my mind. Okay, I admit it, I don't even remember what was said between them (fans that do recall, feel free to refresh my memory), but I really hope it doesn't turn out that Frank told Adam of some medication (the meds for his rash, perhaps) that would affect his vision. Even the prison beating could be something Frank helped put into motion. Because if it isn't real, Victor will surely eventually find out, because remember Victor is all-knowing, all-seeing and all about revenge. Not to mention it will provide Paul yet another opportunity to tell his daughter "I told you so."
I'm returning to my real life now, but before I go, please enjoy reading the contributions from your fellow fans.