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Y&R Poll: Do You Think There Is Any Way To Redeem Victor ?

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This week on The Young and the Restless, viewers witnessed another despicable move by Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) ! This time he goes for the jugular in an arbitration case to gain custody of his grandson, Christian by taking him away from his son, Nick (Joshua Morrow).

Once Victor wins and is granted temporary custody, Nick vows revenge.  Over the years, Victor has stooped to some major lows and skullduggery against his very own family, and his enemies  Have you had enough of Victor always getting his way and never really getting retribution?

Vote now in our latest Y&R poll below, and let us know how you feel about Victor now that he took Christian out of Nick’s arms.

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Jennifer W
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Jennifer W

Victor was an accessory to his own son’s murder, then helped Adam’s murderer escape prosecution because she would have exposed Victor’s guilt. You can’t get much worse than that. Filicide is a crime. Now he’s going to warp Adam’s son? Sick, sick, sick.

Cory
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Cory

Here’s my thing… I don’t want to say that this was “the last straw”, because it’s not. Victor’s been doing stupid $#!+ FOR. YEARS. and has never once gotten the comeuppance he so richly deserves. I’ve HATED Victor for a very long time. I get that he’s the antagonist on the show, and yes, I think EB is one hell of an actor, but I literally wouldn’t miss him one little bit if the proverbial “Powers That Be” killed Victor off once and for all. This was just the latest in a loooooooooooooooong string of $#!+ that Victor has done.

su000
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su000

hey hey Cory, lol
I luvs Victor…
He is the flame that starts the fires.
Victor is the only one that has never bored me..
Heck, if I were 40yrs older I’d marry Victor, the guy would never bore me and I wouldn’t mind having game on him, would be a challenge.

Nick needs a rude awaking he’s a freeloading punk. aha!

Celia
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Celia

LOL….Nick is not a punk, su…C’mon. He loves his son……as I told you a couple of weeks ago, the only reason Victor would get Christian would be in a soap’s kangaroo court…. in his case, arbitration. I knew the writers’ loophole would be Sharon. This outcome was already written in the soaps-stars. Not in the real world. I can assure you of that. Victor has done so much harm ( equal to Beelzebub) and has so many sins for which to atone, he will have to face himself one day. But, all will be forgiven and forgotten. But, SuzieQ, I… Read more »

and endanger the child.
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and endanger the child.

ahaa Celia 🙂
Nick can be a punk and a pouty weenie blaming his entire crap life on his mean daddy and yet love his son dearly.
And– Victors children have never wanted for a thing and daddy never failed to pull their azzes out of their failing screw-ups saving them.
It’s the good with the bad 🙂
Adam and Victor were quite even up and Victor did love and respect Adam, probably the only of the offspring he respected,Adam stood tall against Victor and their game was taking each other down.. I miss Adam.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Cory, you are so right.Some pathetic people think Victor is someone to look up to and admire. How sad is that? He thinks he suffers, with his crocodile tears, but he only shows punishment and hurtfulness to his own family, out of his own, sick idea of what love is. I will also be glad when he’s gone. To me,if this was a real person, I would dance on his grave.

Sheila
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Sheila

Give christian back and that will be a good start.

su000
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su000

The poll is missing an option–
‘Victor needs no redeeming’
I vote that ^^ that..
Victor is perfect the way he is, he IS Victor Newman, da`man! and perfection just the way he is.

Lisa
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Lisa

In my opinion Victor is irredeemable. He has done far too much damage for far too long to be redeemed. The whole damn Newman family needs long term ongoing psycho-therapy.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Lisa. Bunch of misfits….then again, who isn’t on soaps?!
Yet, albeit all her vanity and stuck-up-nose, Nikki may be sincere trying to warn Abby.
Could Arturo possibly be the Newman’s saboteur? Not JT. Too simple for it to be the latter……the writers are playing games? Steering us in the wrong direction and then back again?

Denise A Daniel
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Denise A Daniel

Victor is human garbage. He set Phyllis up to be raped. He drove Sharon to a mental breakdown by gaslighting her with her dead child. I now hate all the Newmans because no matter what he does his family gets momentarily upset, they walk away but always come crawling back. That makes his family complicit to all of his heinous actions. I was so angry they had Nicki return to him yet again. YR continues to write such unbelievable garbage too. They expect me to believe a man pushing 80 could beat the tar out of JT? JT’s half his… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

No matter how hard they try, TPTB will never be able to redeem Victor. He has done, and gotten away with, too many horrendous things, and as far as I’m concerned, there is NO coming back.
If they killed The Mustache off tomorrow I would be overjoyed…dancing in the streets! The character was in the “Love to Hate” category early on, but moved to the “Hate” column years ago.

Cynthia Thibodeau
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Cynthia Thibodeau

I believe Nick will find a way to get Christian back.Nick will find some dirt on his father.Like they say pays back is a bitch.

and endanger the child.
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and endanger the child.

Hi Cynthia..
No, Nick doesn’t have a prayer of getting Christian back if he’s married to Saron.
She is poison in the court..
Victor paid for his crime doing his time.
Sharon is forever bipolar and she could go WACKO at any time and burn the house down (so it will be in court)
Victor will not lose custody but he will eventually return Christian to Nick.

Marsha
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Marsha

Victor always gets away with murder. He never pays for anything. Wasn’t it being in the hospital enough for Victor to bring the family back together.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Marsha…..we’re talking about a soap. In the real world no court would have given Victor, an old man, custody…..Beside the fact that Nikki is a an alcoholic with a debilitating disease. It’s dramatically hilarious. The woman prowls the streets of GC, her unwelcome ubiquitous presence stalking Arturo. Victor has one foot in the grave, the other in deep caca…..while Nikki has both hands on a pair of binoculars eyeing her ex boy-toy’s sexual escapades……and the, and the, and then?? She’s there, lurking in the shadows, behind a plant, coming around the the corner of a building……etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…. What… Read more »

Tanis Marsh
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Tanis Marsh

Join the discussion…

Tanis Marsh
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Tanis Marsh

I got a smile out of this comment; better turn on the recording!

Mimi
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Mimi

Victor is the show…he s the reason I watch and we may not agree with what he s done but it is what it is and I love him in the show!!!

Celia
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Celia

Of course, Mimi…..as I said, Victor is a NECESSARY evil.
I cannot say I love Victor. He is a terrible parent, husband and human being. The Newmans would not have a tangible story(ies) without Victor. He is the kind of character you love to loath….But, I love Eric.
Unlike Sonny Corinthos whom I simply despise, no matter what.
As a thespian, Victor is one of the best.

Celia
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Celia

Correction…..Eric is one of the best.
To clarify, I cannot not like Victor. I don’t know why. I like his scenes….not so Sonny. Inexplicable.

su000
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su000

Celia !!
Victor & Sonny are my men (and Arturo)
I would marry all of them.
Victor and Sonny (would need to be 40yrs younger) and they would never bore me and I like a challenge and to live an exciting life.
and! I’d get a new car every year and Spa time.

and as for Arturo, all that’s needed would be pizza delivery and a bedroom..ehhaa! 😉

Celia
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Celia

Oh, gee, SuzieQ!! You crack me up….you are a joy to read, LOL…love it.
Well, Victor and Sonny? Hmmmm…..neither has ever inspired the YUUUUMMMYY factor for me.
And, Arturo is my father-in-law’s name. HaHa….so, there goes that. Complete turn-off.
AND, I’m happily married. LOL.
I guess pizza will do with Arturo ( have fun!!)….but, with Victor and Sonny you will need more than that….I’d say, a few bottles of home-made Italian wine to numb the brain, su…..HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know Nick doesn’t want to sink to Victor’s level, but we can see where that’s gotten him. Why don’t they bring in that wimp Nikki’s glorious deeds, including multiple murders, alcoholism, flagrant adultery, public brawling, and umpteen breakups with Victor. If I were Sharon, I’d have stopped off to see Paul right after the verdict and fry Miss Nikki’s overdressed butt.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I agree with all that, and wondered why some of Nicki’s indiscretions, and what you said, were not brought up, but figured that Nick wouldn’t have allowed Britney to drag his mother through the mud, and actually show that she would be more of a threat to Christian, than Sharon. I wonder where Nick learned to be so loyal and respectful?

Celia
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Celia

I had the perfect word for Nikki ( can’t stand her), Soaphound. But, I figured my comment would not post. LOL. I was going to say it in another language, but changed my mind. It’s funny how some of these actors/actresses are the complete opposite of their characters. Cane is another interloper I wish would disappear….with Devon…..and that new girl, Shanda?(sp). She overacts—scrunching her pretty face waaay too much. I never thought I’d say this, but I am getting used to the Winters kids…..especially Charlie. Hmmmm. These kids are playing with fire, Soaphound. Do you remember your fourteen/fifteen/sixteen-year-old-overacting-hormones? How rebelliously… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Celia, who put a boomerang up Cane’s, er, case? Why is he so mean to Jack? Is he that insecure at his questionable ability to run Chancellor? I wanted to smash his face right onto the barbie. I don’t mind Maddie but Charlie’s acting is still amateurish. Anyway these “summer romances” don’t click for me. Can’t wait to see what Nick has planned for Victor! And MISS NIKKI is really trying to sabotage Abby & Arturo? Talk about embarrassing!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Soaphound, How and when has Cane transitioned into such a Chancelor family advocate and defender of the name? He’s afraid of his so-very-tenuous-position as both a family member and corporate exec. He makes me cringe. I cringe even more when he and Lily go at it. You know why? I don’t know why. I am still reeling over the disgusting affair between Nikki and Arturo. Why? I don’t get these writers. They only accentuate and perpetuate Nikki’s lack of morals, lack of self-respect and boundless impropriety. Also, the entire situation was so weird……Artuto is young and good looking with… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

PS…..on second thought, Soaphound, would it be feasible to assume that Nikki has a key to Arturo’s apartment and purposely put that bra there? Maybe she stole it from Victoria. LOL.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know, Celia, if that woman is SO desperate for a young stud, try the yellow pages under ESCORTS. Arturo makes me think some “creative” thoughts too but I’d never have acted on them after I hit age 25. Nikki is behaving like a fool. And to think this her most satisfying relationship since quitting “Mala Woda” (that cheap Russian vodka she used to swill). Maybe she should try to wrestle Paul away from Christine again. It should be his turn on the NIKKI-GO-ROUND!

Celia
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Celia

I will never understand this writing, Soaphound.
TPTB may want to think about making Nikki relevant in a more palatable role—charitable work….strolling through the park with her grandchildren…..having lunch with her friends. Oh, wait….her friends are probably too wary…..she might hook up with their husbands, one by one.
And, I will never understand this farce of a marriage. Victor and Nikki profess this everlasting amour for the ages, when, at any given moment, they could kill each other. How can you love one person and sleep with another? This is nuts!!

Celia
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Celia

I meant to say ‘overactive’, not overacting….My train of thought was stuck in limbo….between fiction and reality. LOL

Jynx0854
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Jynx0854

Heck YES. They have redeemed many soapers.

Alan
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Alan

Of course, Victor’s redeemable…with talented writers. Unfortunately, today’s soap scribes just serve up plot driven stories instead of character driven stories and as a result the characters have no subtext or true motivation other than to move the story along. Today’s soaps lack the three dimensional characters Agnes Nixon, Bill Bell, and Douglas Marland were known for: characters neither all “good” or all “bad” — they may have leaned more one way than the other but they still had shades of gray that made the viewer root for them even when they were doing the wrong thing because we knew… Read more »

and endanger the child.
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and endanger the child.

hi Alan..
No, victor IS victor and he should never ever be redeemed.
Redeeming has killed many a character. it has destroyed grey characters and ruined their vivid personalities and turned them into boring wallpaper.

Redeeming is very dangerous to a character.
and- it takes the danger intrigue Drama out of the soaps.
Soaps are about betrayal, tragedies and not so much sugar and honey.
All the memorable great characters were never redeemed and have never been forgotten. The all left their footprints never to be washed away and many still to this day are spoken of.
Redeeming kills intriguing drama-full characters and soaps.

Alan
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Alan

Victor doesn’t need to be redeemed in the sense that he makes amends for all his misdeeds — the writers just need to quit painting him as so hateful and vindictive all the time. Few people are all good or all bad; clearly Victor is not going to change but the writers need to show us a few of his good qualities from time to time to remind us why we should care about him even when he is doing despicable things.

Pjc
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Pjc

Its time that Victor dies on Y&R. I dont say it because i do not like Eric Braeden, its more that over the years Victor has gotten away with so much and he family disowns him only to reown him months later. It falls flat. Plus, victoria, his daughter, was in a domestic abuse storyline and Victor is the most abusive man on daytime tv. He has mentally abused every single woman on the show Knowingly. The pure fact that nikki needed to make a lame distinction between Victor and Jt to Victoria proves the writers realize this part of… Read more »

and endanger the child.
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and endanger the child.

hi Pjc–
If, Victor were to die so would Y&R.
Without Victor, the Newman family would be wallpaper and Jack would have no real purpose if no Victor to battle with.
Victor is the pillar the cornerstone of Y&R, and that is fact.

Pjc722
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Pjc722

Its time for the mantle to be passed to the next generation. It would be perfect if the person behind the cyber attack on Newman was none other than Adam. Revenge for seeing his father has not changed and only diverted attention and attacks on his eldest son now that Adam is “dead”. Without Victor on the scene, Adam, who is cleared of killing Delia when the real drunk drover – the witness who saw his vehicle years earlier – confesses. At his side in his return is Chelsea. Adam, proving his wealth and power gets her community service. Adam… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You are so right,Pjc…..the crime is in hiding the fact. Protecting her daughter was self-defense, which any mother would have done.
As far as Victor dying? Hmmmm. He has a young heart….Colleen’s. LOL.
And, I agree….I never believed JT was dead. He probably managed to emerge from that makeshift grave. Unless, the PTB are teasing us. Someone else could be using JT’s credit cads.
Would he so blatantly use his cards knowing he could be found?
Someone must be aware of what the women did and using the ‘situation’ to the hilt. But, who?……someone who despises Victor with a vengeance.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

I learn so much by reading this instead of watching; of course, as a fan, I will watch. It is the writers that, obviously, put Victor over the line of comfort for me. The torture storyline, plus assumed assumptions crossed that barrier. Somehow one couple or family carrying on in a warm or perhaps loving and honest manner can hold a whole script together. Maybe that is why Mariah is so appealing for me. Victor’s acting has been superb. It has gotten a bit lost that he still has not recovered from the accident but has stepped forward far to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Tani, Very well phrased, my friend. I have been asking so many “whys” lately. Why? LOL…..well, what the writers want us to accept, eat it all up, goes beyond the pale. I guess when I was younger, stuff was just soap stuff….now, as an older viewer, I expect more; in that, I need something more reasonable….something that whatever takes place in a court of law bears a little resemblance to reality. Not even Victor has more power that the Almighty. This is exactly how Victor is portrayed…..a pagan god. Equating him to God is blasphemous, actually….so, ” pagan” fits… Read more »

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On Dina’s Death & How It Will Impact Jack, His Final Scenes With Marla Adams & Taping During COVID-19

The Abbott family is reeling from the death of their mother, Dina Mergeron, who passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the end of last Friday’s episode; signaling the end of an era for Dina’s portrayer, Marla Adams.  In a pivotal and heart-breaking scene, Dina shares one last goodbye with her children: Traci (Beth Maitland), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and of course, Jack (Peter Bergman).

Today, the drama continues as the Abbott’s grieve Dina’s death and its aftermath while they remember the life of their flawed mother. This puts Jack at the epicenter of the family, and like it, or not, the new head of the clan.  What does the future hold for him now?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman, who has embodied Jack for over 30 years on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, to get his thoughts on: how Y&R needed to handle Dina’s death within the confines of the coronavirus pandemic and its safety protocols, what he felt about playing those final scenes with Marla Adams and the significance of the ‘teardrop of love’, and a preview of what fans can expect in the coming days as the impact of Dina’s death will be felt by the Abbott children and extended family.

 

An actor’s actor, you can always expect a conversation with Peter to be forthright, candid and enlightening, and this one was no different.  Here’s what one of the genre’s absolute best had to share about the significance of this story and more.

How has it been returning to Y&R during the pandemic?  I bet you never thought in all of your years in daytime, that you would be doing your scenes socially-distanced, sitting or standing, so far apart from your castmates.

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PETER:  Just getting back to work felt great, loved that.  I wasn’t involved really in romantic scenes at this point, so that I didn’t have to do.  So, all in all, I was very happy to be back, and socially-distancing didn’t really bother me at all, and then Dina died.  Doing that from six feet away was just awful.  You saw the limits at a time where not any of us could be within six feet of each other; where you would usually hold a hand, stroke a brow, and talk softly.  So, I think the writers did what they needed to do to make it work for Dina’s exit.  We are in the middle of COVID, in case anybody forgot, and so you have to ask, ‘Does America really want to watch an elderly woman die in the middle of the Abbott living room or anywhere else?’  So, we had to have Dina’s exit without looking at a dead body, out of respect for the times we are living in.  We had to do a strong, powerful, pivotal scene with our hands tied behind our backs.

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It’s so interesting that you say that because that’s how I felt watching it, knowing what it would have been like, if Jack, Ashley and Traci would have been with Dina at her bedside, up till the end, for instance.  But all of that said, Peter, I got so choked up in your last moments with Marla.  Jack is just sitting there and Dina is telling him how much she loved him and you’re doing the thing that only Peter Bergman can do as the tears well-up in your eyes.  As we have talked about previously, my mom died from complications from Alzheimer’s, so these are always tough types of scenes for me to watch.  I am sure it was also for those in the audience, who have lost a loved one to this disease, many of whom reached out to me on social media following its airing.

PETER:  It’s got to be tough for you to watch.  I get that.

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Yes, so I felt for Jack and Dina in the moment as a son and his mother.  But what did you think about how the scene was written, and what Dina was saying to Jack and his sisters as her final goodbyes to her children and their reactions to it?

PETER:  As written, something in this necklace triggers something in Dina that brings her out of a stupor, brings her out of the murk, the fog for a brief instant to tell the people who she cares the most about that she loves them in slightly different ways.  I have, with everything in me, a struggle to always add in there, “I have a complicated relationship with my mother.”  I’ve added that line in there so many times over the years, you have no idea.  It was a complicated relationship because by the time she dies, there is no kind of straightening that out, there is no kind of Jack looking for answers. The depth of what Ashley is feeling, what Traci is feeling, what Jack is feeling, were kind of lost because of the way we had to do it. The writers had to do it, so I’m not blaming anyone, but because of the way we had to do it, there was no, “Wow, why isn’t Ashley crying?  Why is she just so stoic that this isn’t touching her at all?” because she can’t go there. Traci feeling like she found her place in the family simply by Dina saying, “You’re the beating heart of this family,” and Jack, who is doing the right thing, “She should leave peacefully, she should leave feeling loved, we should all be here, we should give her nothing but love,” damn, this is complicated.  You couldn’t have any of those things.  .  Hopefully, some of that slid in there and we wedged some of those complexities into it, but it was hard to write a complex scene with the situation as it was.  We needed to get it done it one day.  We did not need to drag this out.  Again, were it not COVID time, sure, let’s drag it out.  Let’s spend some time on this.  People die.  Let’s watch the family process a death.

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I just think of what it all means for Jack moving forward.  Dina basically tells him, “You’re in charge of the family. Look after the family.” That’s kind of where it’s been going for Jack this whole time.  I don’t know if that’s what Jack wanted, but that’s where he is ending up.

PETER:  Right!  That’s where he ends up, and you know, this has been a long time coming.  Dad dies, and it is pretty clear that he’s got to step up, and his mom comes into town, and she’s not just his mother.  She’s Ashley’s mother; she’s Traci’s mother, we’ve got to look out for her and give her the dignity and things like that.  Now, there is just no getting around it.  Jack is the head of the family.  That’s the way it fell.  Twenty-five years ago, was Jack ready to be head of anything?  Absolutely not, but I think enough has happened to Jack now: enough heartache, enough growth, enough introspection, enough losing people, that Jack might just be ready for this job.

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When Marla Adams came back to Y&R 2017, and they started telling the Alzheimer’s storyline, it brought up such abandonment issues for Jack and rightfully so, about how a mother could just leave her family and children,  Throughout all that,  you did such poignant work.

PETER:  I wanted that to be in there at the very end.  One of the powerful parts in this whole thing is that Jack wanted to scream at Dina every bit as much as he wanted to hug her.  That was there for quite a while, and Jack had to kind of come to terms with, “Hey, you’ve been leaning on this excuse for quite a time.  She’s here.  She can’t do you any harm.  She feels bad about what happened.  What do you want, Jack?”

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One of the highlights of this storyline was when Y&R explored the history and relationship between the siblings, Jack, Ashley and Traci.  We saw their younger versions as the show flash-backed to when Dina left John and the Abbott family.

PETER:  Between the writers and Peter Bergman, we built this story that the night that Dina left, Dad was upstairs with the girls, they were weeping inconsolably, there was no fixing it, there was no telling them that everything was going to be all right.  He didn’t want to lie to them and say she will be right back, he told them, “She’s not coming back,” and he comes downstairs, and Jack is fourteen-years-old, and a little confused, but decided to say to his dad, “Hey, can I help?”  He looks across the room, and his dad is weeping, first time he had ever seen that.  His father is weeping, and he said, “Jack, you’re going to have to help me with the girls.  I can’t do all of this,” and it changed Jack’s life forever.  Jack was a parent to Ashley for a good part of their relationship.  So, all of this stuff with Jack’s identity, all of the fighting with Ashley, all of the Jabot madness is Ashley finally getting to say, “I don’t need a father!  You’re not my father.  Stop talking to me like you’re going to fix things for me!  I’m sick of it.”  All done by Dina … all truly caused by Dina.

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In my interview with Marla, she told me that at the end of her last scene, you and many others came back to the set to pay tribute to her.

PETER:  We did.  The show had arranged it, and Tony Morina, the executive producer, stepped out on the soundstage with a microphone, and Marla sat on the sofa in the Abbott living room. Tony began telling a lovely, lovely story about how far back his relationship with her goes because Marla and Tony wife’s, Sally Sussman (Ex- head writer, Y&R), also had a long-standing relationship.  Tony was just so grand and gracious in saying that there are some people who, if they weren’t an actor, they’d be this or that or the other thing, but that Marla was born to be an actress.  That’s what she is, and it was so generous.  I think she got three and a half years that she didn’t expect to get out of this.  It was supposed to be a six-month storyline, and four years later, she was still there, and it was a good thing for her, and a unique story turn for the rest of us.  It really was.  It was a powerful thing, and now the Abbott family has a new shape.  There are three adults there: Ashley has established her independence, she is not around as much, she is back and forth between Paris, and Genoa City, Traci is trying to be as supportive and kind as she can be, but essentially, Jack is in the big house by himself.

Yep!  Well, now we’ve got to find Jack a good woman.

PETER:  Yes, or a bad woman.

… Or a bad woman!  I’ll take him in a relationship with someone to stir things up.  I also hear coming up, there will be the reading of Dina’s will.  Is there anything you can tease about that?

PETER:  There is a will read, yes.  No one knows what to expect, and Dina … in the end… comes through for almost everybody…

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Well … that ought to be good.

PETER:  Yep… really comes through for almost everybody, and you know, the Abbott children are wealthier, and all three of them are alone, and in no small thanks to Dina for that.  These are three adults who have been very unlucky in love.  Of course, this is the next challenge.  I don’t mean to assume that I have any idea of what you went through in losing your mom, but there is a point at which you also have to let go and say, “Okay, now it is just me, and what do I want to do with this life?  I’ve used this as a reason not to move forward for a good while.  What am I going to do now?”  I think the next turn in the Jack Abbott story comes pretty organically.  Dina’s death frees Jack to be just as alone as he has ever been.

No matter what Jack does, including the bad things, you always see the inner-pain that is very palpable within him, as you have portrayed him.

PETER:  Yes, but he really has grown in the last 30 years.  Jack is hungry for more right now, and he couldn’t really be that way with Mom in the house.  He didn’t have time for that.  Now he has all of the time in the world.  So, we’ll see what he does with that.

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I understand there is a funeral for Dina, but it will be off-camera?  I guess, because of COVID, it is better that way.

PETER:  That’s true and it’s off camera, that’s correct.  What’s important at most of these things isn’t what happens at the gravesite, it is what happens at the reception afterwards, and that is also a fun turn.  So, they all agree as a family they are going to do it at Society, and they kind of close the joint and make it their own little party, and someone shows up who isn’t expected, and it throws a really, really different vibe into the whole thing, and everybody has to adapt.  It’s actually fun, what it turns into.  It turns into a memory fest with crazy stories of Dina.

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Do you have a favorite moment, or memory, of a scene you played with Marla?

PETER:  I think I had a day where Jack tried to get through to her and tell her, “Do you realize the damage you did?  Do you realize?” and she wasn’t able to take it in, and he went to Traci, and he said, “I want to shake her.  I want to yell at her… and I want to protect her.”  I thought there was something just so rich about that.  That was my favorite moment, my favorite part of it, when Jack finally said, “She’s going, man.  We’ve got to get this conversation done now.  We’ve got to talk this through,” and he was too late.   She was too far along with Alzheimer’s.  She wasn’t up to it.  She couldn’t do it.

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And now here is Jack; and his parents are both gone.  There is no Jerry Douglas or Marla Adams on the show as both John and Dina have passed on within the history of The Young and the Restless.

PETER:  Again, you were generous enough to share your own personal experience, but isn’t it amazing?  Wow, you’re the grownup now.  Isn’t it amazing?  That’s what the Abbott’s are going through: just what you went through.  There is no older generation to turn to for anything.  We are the older generation.  It’s powerful stuff, and I’m really, really grateful for anytime that Ashley, Jack, and Traci are together talking about those things, talking about, “Wow, okay, that just happened… where do we go from here?”  It’s going to be really interesting.  If you asked me, “Over the last 30 years that you’ve played Jack Abbott, have there been many times where you’ve thought, ‘I’ve got no idea where this is going!’”  I would say, “Yeah, right now.”  I’ve got no idea where we are going with this.

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There has been much speculation that the “teardrop of love” necklace will lead Jack to a new romance, or some new adventure in his life.  They spent a lot of time mentioning it in short order, that it would seem it’s not just to bring Dina some closure.  What are your thoughts on it?

PETER:  I think it has legs.  I think you’re going to hear about it again. There is something in there, and I don’t know if it’s the teardrop’s magic charm or that its history is not what it was, or it gets stolen.  I don’t know, but I think we have spent enough time saying ‘teardrop of love’, that there could be a story there.

In Dina’s final moments where Jack brings her the ‘teardrop of love’, wasn’t it symbolic to her because it was her acknowledgement of having her family back together and with her at all times? There is a back-story to that piece of jewelry as well.

PETER:  The point of the necklace is, “This was when I was truly happy, when I had this necklace, when it is all back together,” and maybe we are to know something more about the teardrop…?  I don’t know.  So, this was a gift to her before Jack was born.  She wore it home from the hospital when she brought him home, but we don’t know exactly what year she got it, and we don’t know exactly what year she lost it.  It was stolen, and it was on the black market for a while, and Victor (Eric Braeden) was looking into it.  It was clear that it was very important to Dina.  So, Jack, against his own wishes, said, “No, I’ve got to do the right thing.  I’ve got to try to trace this thing down.  It clearly means something to her.  Maybe she is trying to tell us something.  God only knows.”  So, he did the right thing, not because, “I want to make Mommy happy,” but because he forced himself to do the right thing, to find the damn necklace, and to see what this is about.  Then, we saw the affect it had when he gave it to her.

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It’s always good to chat and check-in with you during these key and historical moments in the life of the character of Jack Abbott.  There have been many throughout your time on Y&R, and it will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

PETER:  It will be, and I’m telling you, this is a real moment.  Normally, we just go from one story into the next, into the next, and this one has been hanging for so long that, “Okay, now that it is over, wow, what is going to happen to Jack?”  I’m just as curious as everybody else.

So, what do you think will happen next for Jack?  Did you reach for the hankies in Peter’s final scenes with Marla Adams?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Y&R Shares ‘Most Memorable Moments Of Dina Mergeron’: What Was Your All-Time Favorite?

Yesterday, viewers of The Young and the Restless needed the hankies as they had to say goodbye to the character of Dina Mergeron and actress Marla Adams who was killed-off the CBS Daytime drama series due to Dina’s battle with Alzheimer’s coming to a a heartbreaking end.

Adams had been with the series on and off for over five decades.  In story and during her run, when Dina reappeared or disappeared it was a game-changer for the Abbott family.  She was a wealthy woman who often put her own needs in front of her children and her marriage to John Abbott (Jerry Douglas).  From affairs, leaving her children when they were young, to becoming a manipulative business woman, Dina Mergeron was no push-over.

When Marla Adams returned to the series four years ago in 2017, it was the intent that during Dina’s decline from Alzheimer’s  disease that she would reunite with her children and help the family find some inner-peace from all the damage and pain she had caused them through the years.

In honor of the wonderful portrayal of Marla Adams, Y&R put together a clip package of some of Dina’s most memorable moments.   You can watch it below!

Then let us know, what was your all time favorite Dina moment via the comment section below.   And if you have not done so already, make sure to check out Michael Fairman TV’s farewell interview with Marla, posted shortly after Dina passed on Friday’s episode.

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Y&R Alum Max Ehrich Drops New Single Following Break-Up with Demi Lovato

First, she dropped a new single about her split from this former soap alum, now he has in turn dropped his own tune on Friday!  We are speaking of pop singing sensation, Demi Lovato and actor and singer, Max Ehrich best known to soap audiences as the former Fenmore Baldwin on The Young and the Restless.

Ehrich just released the song “Afraid” and Max shared on his Instagram: “From the bottom of my hopeful romantic heart. Infinitely grateful to be releasing the first song off of my music project.”

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In the lyrics you here Max sing, “I’m afraid to love you, love you/ Afraid to give in my all.   Then in the chorus he laments: “I’m afraid to love you, love you / Love you with my whole heart.”

 

One of the verses contains the lines: “Don’t want to disappoint you / No, I don’t want to lose you, no, no, no / You make me feel so good inside / I’ve been broken so many times / I’m just trying to stay alive / I’m afraid, I’m afraid.”

“Afraid” has many believing the song was written about Max’s public break-up with Lovato, however, Ehrich tells Billboard: “I hope ‘Afraid’ will help people allow themselves to be vulnerable,  I recorded this song as I was falling in love. It speaks of all the emotions that I was going through at that time.”

You can check out a snippet from the song below from Ehrich’s post on IG.

So, what do you think of Max and Demi both releasing songs after their break-up? Do you like Max’s new track? Comment below.

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