Well played, everyone. Well played.
Except for a bit too much Abby, today’s episode was nicely done. I like juxtaposed scenes like Jack and Abby talking about Kyle while Kyle is with Victor, talking about Jack. And I liked the scenes at the end, where we see decisions being made foreshadowing life changing events:
- Kyle comes to Jack’s to pick up his things and move to Victor’s.
- Adam knocks on Chelsea’s door with the birthday cake.
- Sharon drops her papers on the floor and Victor swoops in to pick them up.
- Nick gives Phyllis an engagement ring.
Before we feel too sad about Sharon, let’s not forget that she was the one who bailed out on Adam when he was blind and completely alone. So while I think it was nice of her to get him a birthday card, and it tugged at my heartstrings to see Adam thinking about calling her, I’m actually glad they didn’t go there. I hope it’s a long time before we see sad, guilt-ridden, apologetic, rejected Adam again.
There will always be love between those two, but theirs is a toxic relationship. How could it not be, given the way it started? And I’m not a fan of relationships where one person loves and needs the other person much more. It’s not on equal footing. And that’s how I’ve always felt about Adam and Sharon. She would have moments of saying “It’s us against the world! Bring it!” but it always felt like it was Adam who desperately needed her and pursued her while she didn’t really need him. Being with him was about being defiant and independent. It wasn’t about needing him like he needed her.
So while I don’t like the writers dumping more pain and rejection on Sharon, I also don’t want to see Adam living alone, in rejection, pining for her anymore. I like seeing him smile and laugh. And he wasn’t the one who went out of his way to hurt her feelings. He was in his hotel room with Chelsea, privately sharing an innocent kiss between two single adults, when she came knocking on his door.
Unlike Nick, who immediately had to run to Sharon to tell her the news. Perfect illustration of what’s wrong with Phyllis that the first thing she wanted to do was send Nick over to Sharon to tell her. You can use the excuse that Sharon needed to be told because she and Nick have children together, but Phyllis’s motivation is obvious. And please, it could have waited. She said “Yeah, I guess” and practically pushed him out the door to tell Sharon all in one breath.
And good for Sharon, calling him out on his motivation. “Are you marrying her because she lost Lucy?” I don’t think it’s about Lucy, specifically, but I do think Nick loves Phyllis in victim mode. Poor Phyllis, they took her granddaughter away! Poor Phyllis, her sister was so mean! Poor Phyllis, her father was a criminal! Poor Phyllis, Daniel messed up and now Daisy has custody! Poor Phyllis! Ricky betrayed her. So she turns to Nick and he can be the hero. I guess she decided to take a page out of Sharon’s book. Clearly that’s what turns Nick on.
I like Kyle. And Blake Hood appears to be a capable actor. I’ve been enjoying his scenes. I hope, however, that the writers plan to reveal to young Kyle exactly how Victor Newman treated his mother. The only person in town who was decent to Diane was Adam, and I’d like for him to find that out.
Utterly disappointing what they’ve done to Avery. And even after constant apologies, Phyllis rejects her. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about that scene. What Avery did, by getting Daisy out of prison, was nothing compared to the things Phyllis has done. If Billy and Victoria can forgive Phyllis, she should certainly be able to forgive Avery. Clearly she has forgotten that Daisy would be hiding out somewhere in Canada and Lucy would be safely living with Victoria and Billy if she hadn’t lured her to town. Stop apologizing Avery!