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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Billy’s Intervention

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Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it another top-notch performance by Jason Thompson as the troubled Billy Abbott – a man who has fallen back into his gambling addiction – just as everything was going so well for him.

So, what is the Abbott family to do?  Stage a classic soap opera intervention! Present were: sisters Traci (Beth Maitland), and Ashley (Eileen Davidson), brother Jack (Peter Bergman), mother Jill (Jess Walton), girlfriend Phyllis (Gina Togoni), along with Billy’s ex, Victoria (Amelia Heinle), as well as Kyle (Michael Mealor) and Abby (Melissa Ordway).

As each member of the family tries to plead their case to Billy, eventually it fell on deaf ears. Most essentially, Ashley’s who in sincerity is guilt-ridden for Billy’s downfall, because she has been trying to unseat him as CEO of Jabot.

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While Jack spoke of the pitfalls of addiction (something he also knows so well), Jill spoke of the time she spent holding vigil over Billy’s hospital bed.

What was so layered in watching Thompson’s performance throughout, is at first ,Billy tries to be sensitive to the always-well-meaning Traci.   He tries to keep it together, while the entire family is relating to him their issue and worry of the dark path he is venturing down.  And just when you think Billy might come to understand and get the trouble he is in, he fires back.

Billy is insulted, humiliated, angry, and betrayed.  The complex emotions cut deep, especially where Ashley is concerned, because he knows she is gunning for his job.

The supporting cast of Y&R in these scenes brought the right amount of drama to give Thompson a playing field to deliver Billy’s plight.  The questions remain: Will Billy save himself?  What will happen to his relationship to Phyllis, who in the final shot of the episode is left devastated?

Share your thoughts on Billy’s intervention below, but first watch the final moments where the family wants him to enter rehab, but Billyrefuses.

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Jason is doing an amazing job of a man sitting at the edge of your seat waiting for that win and the crazy spiral when you lose. The way he licks his lips, jumps around and wants to just be sexy with Phyllis to keep her quiet and thinks he’s making her happy.. Gina is doing amazing at trying to be a supportive girlfriend and her body language without words has been key to this performance as well. I really hope Philly make it out of this together and stronger than ever!! They are a fantastic couple and I want them long term!!

Jason has been thrilling in his portrayal of Billy has he teters on the edge of the deep end!.. he has turned Billy into a adult man especially since Billy miller was very childish and wouldnt have the chops to pull off a standoff against the Abbotts. Imo. Jason is a force especially to hold his own against Jess, Peter, Beth, and Eileen . Even Amelie was on her game. These are y n r royalty. Kyle has grown into a valuable rookie too.
Scenes like these prove that the Abbotts are everything about y n r. Period .

I’m just not invested in this storyline. Once Eileen wraps up her exit, I’ll be done with the show. It’s unfortunate.

Well, not a fan of NuBilly or Fake Fillis BUT the intervention was good BECAUSE the viewers were back in the Abbott living room, the dialogue was good, each character reading their lines and passing the next lines off to the next character and its good to see Eileen get to go out with some possible meat to a story that might someday bring her back.

While I’ve grown to accept Gina as Phyllis, I agree with you, Timmm. It was a great volley for actors/Abbotts at the top of their game. To me Mr. Thompson was the same snarky, angry without a cause version of Billy we’ve seen already. But Beth Maitland and Eileen Davidson were deeply moving and Ashley’s departure will be a sad day for me.

Why should I care about the climax of an underdeveloped plot where most of the action took place off camera?

I am luvin Jason as Billy !!
He is much better as Billy than he was Patric.
He made a great move!
and Y&R uses him every day and GH wasted him..
Jason is more powerful as Billy than he ever was a Patric..

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As viewers have recently witnessed, Jordan (Colleen Zenk), in disguise with red wig, has become ‘fast’ friends with Seth as a drinking buddy at a local dive bar. She has been egging him on to become ‘friends’ with Nikki, but also cited to him, how Nikki disappeared on her when she needed help in her attempt to get sober (all fabricated, of course).

Seth was able to get Nikki to agree to meet him one day for coffee or for an outing, even though she knows that he is also struggling to get sober and was not going to be a good AA sponsor for her.  Now, the trap is set.

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Taking to his account on X, Gaskill shared on Wednesday, “Look for me Friday I think on Young and the Restless (tomorrow in Canada) pay attention. It’s the beginning of everything…”

Gaskill returned to daytime television in early January in his new recurring role on Y&R. Soap fans previously knew of his work as Bobby Warner on All My Children, Rafe Kovich on Port Charles, Ozzy Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful and Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light.

So, what are you theories of what’s about to go down? Will Seth lure Nikki into a trap knowing or unknowingly? Will he become obsessed with her? Will Jordan sneak into the Newman Ranch, and terrorize Nikki? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

In the meantime for some clues of what’s next in Nikki’s battle with the bottle, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s recent interview with Melody Thomas Scott below.

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As it is Black history month, you can’t help but a shed a light on the groundbreaking soap opera, Generations. It was almost 35-years ago that NBC took a gamble on a new soap opera with an African-American family at its epicenter.

Generations was created by renowned soap opera writer, Sally Sussman and premiered back on Monday, March 27, 1989. Ironically, the show was up against the top-rated daytime drama The Young and the Restless and for 13 months it landed in the bottom of the ratings, until NBC canceled it in January 1991.

One of the most memorable moments in the series short history was a knock-down drag-out catfight between the characters of Maya (Vivica A. Fox) and Doreen (Jonelle Allen), with the late Kristoff St. John (Adam Marshall) in the middle of it all.

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Speaking with EW.com, Fox recalled, “We just didn’t want it to look fake, because there’s nothing worse when you can see the stunt double. As you can see, I kind of dig doing fight scenes.”

Allen offered up: “The lines were scripted. What we were doing while we were saying them – the earrings and all of that stuff — was not. I added the kicking off the shoes and the pulling up the train. The actors didn’t get hurt, but the cameraman could have, because when I kicked off my shoes, I kicked my shoe so far it almost hit the camera!”

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Jonelle also remembered Kristoff almost getting injured in the scenes, recalling: “He almost got beaten up. We were so in it, and he’s trying to break us apart, but we were pumped. The fight itself was choreographed. Him walking in and breaking it up was not, so he could have gotten hurt. He just thought he’d come in and separate us, but we were still going at it.”

Sussman shared the scenes cultural impact: “It put the show in a different stratosphere. And I remember less than a year later, Y&R copied it. A lot of people copied it. All the subsequent (catfights) that have been forced upon people were not motivated. This one was so motivated, that even though Maya was the aggressor, you agreed with her. Doreen had it coming, but you can’t overstate how long (the tension) was built up between them.”

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So, is it time for a Generations 2.0 ? Sussman believes it just might be, “Over the last number of years, several young writers – I’m talking very young, younger than 30 — who love soaps of all different stripes, have been reaching out to me about how much they love the show, because there are so many episodes on YouTube. They say how much they love the show, and that I must try and do a revival.”

Jonelle Allen says she would be down too, expressing: “Revisiting these people later, and then seeing all the babies that were born who would be adults now and seeing what’s up with their stories, would be exciting. And Sally’s a great storyteller.”

Vivica A. Fox summed it up best, “I would be totally game for a revival …. I’d love to see soap operas make a comeback.”

So, did you watch ‘Generations’ when it aired on NBC? Do you recall your reaction to the Maya and Doreen catfight? And with Peacock streaming Days of our Lives, would they consider a series order for a reboot of a series such as ‘Generations’ too? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. But first, check out that classic catfight!

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In fact, the last time Morrow took to the platform was back in August of 2022, when his son Crew Morrow designed hoodies to benefit those in need in Ukraine.

Now on February 28th, 2024, Joshua has taken a moment to celebrate and reflect on the reason that yesterday, CBS officially renewed The Young and the Restless for four more years through its 55th season in 2027-2028.

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Joshua related that the pick-up is largely because of the enduring fans of the show, who have watched the romance and drama in Genoa City for five decades.

Taking to X, Morrow, expressed, “Show was picked up for 4 more years……It’s all because of you fans. We are and will always be eternally grateful for your incredible support! We love you :)”

The fan favorite will celebrate his 30th anniversary as Nick Newman in 2024 as well.

So, glad to hear from Joshua on Y&R’s renewal from CBS while acknowledging the fans of the show? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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