Okay, picture this. In a fairly large city, there lives a wealthy old couple with two adult kids, both of whom had healthy relationships with their spouses. Only, the wealthy old couple wasn’t originally wealthy—only the old man is. The old woman was originally a stripper, but the wealthy old man loved her anyway. He loved her so much that they’d stayed together for 30 years—divorcing and remarrying every 2 years or so.
Also, it turns out their kids didn’t have very healthy relationships, either. The older wealthy daughter has a knack for getting kidnapped and raped, and in order to protect her younger wealthy brother from his secretive wife, she slept with the secretive wife’s other lover to find out if he was sleeping with the secretive wife. Later she would find secretive wife’s secret—an out-of-wedlock daughter whom she held up for adoption before getting married to the younger wealthy brother. But this only made the younger wealthy son and his secretive wife become closer, winning custody of the out-of-wedlock daughter, so older wealthy sister’s plan backfired… or did it?
Because during a party, out-of-wedlock daughter got killed in a car accident when she volunteered to drive her drunk crush home. Younger wealthy son, believing it was the drunk crush who was driving, hunted down the mother, a crazy, tormented woman. It turns out, out-of-wedlock daughter really was behind the wheel, and younger wealthy son was so distraught, he and the crazy, tormented woman ended up having a daughter. Younger wealthy son later divorced secretive wife in favor of the crazy, tormented woman, but ends up sleeping with her ex-husband younger wealthy son, anyway, and ends up pregnant herself. Oh, but she says it’s not younger wealthy son’s child, to protect his and crazy, tormented woman’s daughter, who was ill. And then, younger wealthy son got involved in a plane crash, and was dead. Only, it turned out he wasn’t, and he returned with amnesia, believing he was still married to secretive wife. He later snapped out of it and lived happily ever after with crazy, tormented woman. Kidding! He still slept with secretive wife, along with numerous other girls who seem bizarrely connected to everyone else, like crazy, tormented woman’s hot attorney sister.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’d know even without names that this is the plot of The Young and the Restless. Only, it seems that there are more yawns this time instead of restlessness. Even fans agree—how many switched-at-birth children can one city manage to pull off? How many divorces and remarriages can couples do before waking up and just killing each other? And how can so many people survive from apparent deaths and memory losses?
I’m not entirely sure. One thing I know is that the plot of The Young and the Restless is so ridiculous and absurd, it’s painful to watch. They seem to enjoy wallowing in their problems and mistakes over and over and over again.
But you know what? It works. The writers of The Y&R have to be good at what they do, or else that soap won’t be running for more than 30 years. That’s a big achievement when you consider that the original plot—the animosity between two families—hasn’t changed in over 3 decades.
Boring? Maybe. Fun to watch? Oh, yes. Watching a boring and drawn-out episode of The Young and the Restless is fascinating and riveting, like watching a dog chase its own tail.
What do you think? Have the storylines been getting a little “dull”?