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Y&R's 11K Episode: A Son Learns The Truth, A Treacherous Move, And An Explosion!

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The Young and the Restless aired its 11,000 episode on Thursday, and it was the phenomenal performance by long-running cast member Kristoff St. John (Neil) that gave the episode its hankie-filled moments.

In scenes opposite Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols (Lucinda), St. John showed a very human turn as Neil visits the mother who abandoned him when he was just a child. His mother is now dying, and Neil begrudging comes to visit her in the hospital.  When Neil begins to unleash on her his frustration, sadnes,s and anger that he walked on how his father and him and never contacted them, except through letters, Lucinda asks Neil to hear her out as to why she did what she did.   Neil soon learns the truth, just like he is, his mother is alcholic. She wanted him to be safe, and if she was around her battle with the bottle it would have affected his entire life and she may have even harmed him.  When Neil admits that he too is alcholic, the walls come down and mother and son come to terms.  Neil tells Lucinda he will be back next week to visit her, but she pleads with him to stay with her now …  she doesn’t have long to live.

While we have seen stunt castings on Y&R as well-known actors have come into play parents of legacy characters and the same on other soaps, the immediate reaction would be to wince and just think this is the same old, same old story.   But what set this apart was the heart and emotional pull brought by St. John, who may have locked up an Emmy next year with this performance.

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The major story of the episode revolved around the sad plight of Adam Newman (Justin Hartley), as he and his wife Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and their son Connor are desperately trying to leave Genoa City and starts new lives elsewhere before Adam is caught and thrown back into prison.

Once Dylan (Steve Burton) decides he must be a cop first and starts the ball-rolling with his findings of the plates on the car Chelsea was driving things take a dramatic turn.  Since Connor is sick and needs anti-biotics, Chelsea leaves Adam behind, and heads into town to get some medication.  But not before, Adam played to perfection by Justin Hartley tells Chelsea how much he loves her, as if this could be their final goodbye.

Chelsea phones Nick (Joshua Morrow) for help once she sees their is an Amber Alert put out for her and Connor.   Meanwhile alone at the cabin, the audience sees a pair of distinct woman’s boots walking towards it.  Next thing you know Adam is shot with a paralyzing dart.  The culprit is Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson)! She plans to make Adam suffer and die.  As he becomes sedated, Chloe admits setting him up to take the fall in prison, and that she was working with Victor (Eric Braeden) and lied to his face about wanting to make amends.  She continues to want revenge for the hit and run accident caused by Adam that took the life of her young daughter, Delia.

Nick arrives on the scene to help Chelsea and Connor out of the motel room they are in, as he pledged to look after Connor to Adam if anything should happen to him.  Chelsea calls Adam to let him know they are on their way, but he does not answer the phone.  When they arrive at the cabin, Chelsea gets out to go get Adam and an explosion blows the place to smithereens!

And in the “nice touch” category in the episode comes the emotional moment when Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell makes an appearance at the GCAC dining room as a patron, who pays for the dinner of Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell).  The patron tells Lily to tell the lovebirds that they remind of her relationship with her late husband.   A beautiful nod to the legacy of the iconic Bill Bell.

So, what did you think of Y&R’s 11,000th episode? What was you favorite moments in it? Comment below!

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Mo
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I found it hard to believe that Chloe was able to find Adam and she had a dart gun handy.

The scene with Lee Philip Bell was nice.

Can’t wait to see what happens today.

Soaphound
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So Mo, do you think she bought the tranquilizer dart at the same store she bought the explosives? Like a Walmart for Whack Jobs? I am so disappointed that my
Kevin is setting himself up for another heartbreak from this terrorist-in-training. And after all the enemies Victor has squashed over the decades, he gets outwitted by a pint-sized fashion wannabe who doesn’t know that stripes, plaids, and patterns don’t all get worn at the same time!

Mo
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Mo

Forgot about the explosives. I guess every fashionista has those in her closet.

I guess Natalie is gone.

I thought Kevin would realize Chloe was gone when he went upstairs to get Bella. Nope.

Adam has survived fire before. Whose face will he have this time? 😉

Celia
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Celia

Lol, Soaphound. I can tell you; and I know it does not seem feasible, that stripes and plaids ( as long as the colors are the same; and carefully put together) , can be worn together. It’s the new trend.
I am sure wardrobe assists these actors/actresses, albeit, I am not into Elizabeth’s style. Melissa/Chelsea is more of what I have in my closet….LOL.
I am still a little in denial…..did Chloe really blow up the cabin? Are we purposely being steered in the wrong direction?

Mo
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Mo

I did like having Neil’s mother on the scene, but it’s disappointing that she’s apparently going to die soon so an extended story is not possible.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I agree. I always felt that Kristoff St. John’s talents were always underrated. I too was hoping that this story would go a different way without death being involved. Even if they kept her in the nursing home so he could take Charlie and Maddy on visits on occasion. It would have been nice to have an uplifting story for a change. But I did love what I did see of their scenes together. Like I said, I am hoping now, with all the 11,000th’s episode hype, they go back to their roots and bring the “vets” they had in… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Adam was not in the explosion. He, somehow, managed to get out. Adam will be back. The downside? Same old, same old.

Although, Kristoff/Neil acted and cried his heart out ( the man has been through a big tragedy: the loss of his so. I wouldn’t doubt he gathered that pain from that loss. Sad), I am not really interested in his story. He proved, once again, his acting skill.

Soaphound
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Say it ain’t so Celia: yet another “presumed” dead story? What did we do to deserve this? And we can now add Chloe to the list of characters (such as Billy, Victor, Luca) who, for me, are now beyond redemption. But I agree that Kristoff St. John’s work with the legendary Nichelle Nichols was superb. I’ve always felt he was an actor who had it in him but who held back. Apparently not anymore, so BRAVO!

Bart
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It’s sad to see a once-great soap like “Y & R” fall from grace…it is now nothing but cloying, plot-driven and ridiculous!

Chloe with a tranquilizer dart – REALLY??

The silly secret passage from A PENTHOUSE??

A mother/son reunion that really has nothing to do with nothing – how can one muster up feelings for a never-before-seen character that appears out of the blue??

Overall, it was pretty bad.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Bart, don’t you love It? Not only do they often rewrite history, now they’re changing geography as well. As I recall, Nick & Sage’s apartment was across and down the hall from Chelsea & Adam, not next door. How does this passage WORK? Does it go across and then over or under the hallway? If so, Chelsea should add wall climbing to her list of talents (and all the while presumably carrying Conner and a bag). Oy.

Celia
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Celia

Exactly what I’ve been saying about ALL soaps….it’s the latest theme, don’t you know?!
An insult to our intelligence. ‘They’ assume, my dear, Soaphound, that we either forget details, the sequence of events , or, ‘they’ just don’t care what we think or want, or feel.
It seems that the writers don’t really put any valuable thought into any of the writing, as long as ‘something’ is put out.
We cannot blame the actors…..they ‘put out’ their best.

Celia
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Celia

How right you are, Soaphound. I remember, when I was still teaching full time, coming home…..waiting for blessed bedtime to catch up with my soaps…..hungrily taking MM in!!!!! I loved him. He was SO Adam ….what Adam should be. Oh my gosh….you just revived all those memories…his shirts; his eyes; that smile which seldomly reached those piercing eyes. As far as Chloe…..she has me baffled. Such an enigma. Adam is alive; but out-of-reach from any semblance of reality . Keeping a human being imprisoned within his own self is more cruel than death. So, is Chloe that demented enough to… Read more »

Nanci
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Nanci

I know, jeez. The tranquilizer gun…I was like Huh?
I didnt know at first what the heck she was doing.
Such a wacko.

Celia
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Celia

Chloe is the worst, blood-thirsty criminal. There’s a killer; and then there’s a killer. No heart or soul within this woman. Got to hand it to Elizabeth. Supreme acting.
She wanted Adam to be awake; aware of his surroundings as he slowly saw his life flash before him, and then POW!!! But, Adam snaked himself out of the cabin after Chloe left. I will be positive. Adam is alive!!

robert
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robert

the writing is not good

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Michael,I think Chloe has Adam stashed some place.

Celia
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Celia

Hmmmm. Great assumption, SiteAdvocate. ….didn’t think of that!! I don’t think even Chloe is capable of murder; then again, she’s nuts. Good call, indeed!! Perhaps she’s holding him prisoner just to make him suffer as she does without her child. In no way did Victor do this. But, he is to blame 100%. He tried to be The Almighty, and HE, did not LIKE it. You just don’t mess with God. It backfires. LOL. You know that age-old Biblical adage pertaining ‘unto the sons’…..”The sins of the father…..” . So, is Adam paying for Victor’s sins? How long before we… Read more »

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Hopefully not too long

Mary
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Mary

I can’t believe that you killed Adam what is wrong with this show. He can’t be gone

Celia
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Celia

Not to worry, Mary. I honestly do not believe Adam is dead. He has nine lives. He will resurface.

Betty
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Betty

Adam Newman is to Y&R like James Stenbeck was to ATWT. It has become ridiculous, and that’s being kind.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh yes, Celia, I will NOT allow for the death of Adam either. There’s simply too much drama yet to be mined between he and the remaining Newman clan. I sure miss Michael Muhney’s megawatt smile, gorgeous hair, those great pink and purple shirts that really highlighted those beautiful eyes and, mostly, his exceptional talent. I know it’s too much to hope for him to rejoin, but a person can dream. My other hope is for the brilliant Tom Pelphrey to take the part. Hang in there…and no, I don’t think even Chloe is demented enough to kill Adam that… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Betty.
Wise words, Betty. It has, indeed, become a joke. A vicious circle.

Timmm
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Timmm

Neil did a good Job. Miss StarTrek did very well to. He is the only Winters member who can act!

I was shocked Adam blew up! I guess this will be a running joke now every time they do a recast? NuAdam rises from the ashes! Whatever!

What a smile to see Mrs.Bell buy Paul and Cricket dinner!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, Timmmy. I am so dumb!!!!! I just realized who is playing Neil’s mother. I completely forgot and , I did not recognize her.

Timmm
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Timmm

Ironically, CBS ran a special 50th anniversary story on Star Trek and they showed the black actress who kissed Kirk on the original Star Trek and then I just saw her on Y&R>. I cannot believe its the same women! Beautiful but it is amazing how time flies and what father time does to all of us!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I am only hoping they played it this way to give Justin Hartley an opportunity to see how his new show pans out. I really hope we don’t have to sit through another recast. Now I am waiting for Chelsea and Nick to go at so Adam can come back in the peak of things. I really did like the scenes with Neil and his mother. I wish her role wasn’t temporary. They played off each other wonderfully. I wonder how long it’s going to take for Chole to completely crack. I guess her and Victor are both above the… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh soap Queen forever, I so agree that this particular recast will be painful. And since you mentioned the hospital, do the Newmans get a group discount rate at Fairview? They ought to have their own reserved wing by now, complete with a revolving door and unfettered access to any and all lab results, especially paternity and blood tests.

Nanci
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Nanci

The scene with Neil and his mom was so touching!

Yep, Chloe is still nuts. Had thought and hoped she was heading
toward normalcy -Ha! And as the saying goes, with friends like
this, who needs enemies?? Run, Chelsea!

I thought Nick looked and behaved like a caveman charging
into Victor’s home throwing accusations that Victor would actually
blow up his own son. Victor is far from thar kind of revenge or
cruelty…jeez! Nick acted like a moron.

Loved seeing Mrs. Bell! Very sweet and she looks great.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Nanci, I never, for one second, believed Chloe was rehabilitated. And, I said so. Her reappearance meant one thing. Trouble!! I kept saying she’s nuts. I think that Nick is driven by the fact that he KNOWS Victor is responsible for everything. We really cannot blame him for suspecting and believing his father was responsible for the explosion. So, that’s his hurt and anger we see. Good job, Joshua!! Yes, one would think that a father would never kill his own son….would never frame his own child. But, this is Victor of which we speak. When we think about… Read more »

Nanci
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Nanci

Hi Celia, Yes! You really nailed it with Chloe. You and I had an exchange awhile back in which you knew her true colors were still dark, but I was all Mary Poppin-ish, thinking that Bella was making Chloe more sane and even…nice! Ha! Hilarious comments about Victor! He has been truly bad of course, but this accusation still goes a bit far, but I guess what compounded my annoyance with Nick was his sudden lovey dovey tightness with Adam against all. I know it is contrived to forge a new closeness with Chelsea, but blah, still seems over the… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…EXACTLY!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, personality-wise, that Chloe chick is SEVERAL french fries short of a HAPPY MEAL…LOL!!!!! Bottom Line Here: Chloe is NUTS…PERIOD!!!!!

Take care, friend.

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Nanci. You are sweet. Yes, I get your point about Nick’s sudden concern for Adam and family. It is quite extreme. But, in defense of the writers and Nick, something had to be written for the continuity of Chelsea and her son. What should/would happen to her? Enter Nick. I think that, if Adam’s story were to go the way it did, then the writers should have started the ‘brotherly/uncle love’ a few moths ago, in order to establish a more believable relationship. And, of course, you are so on the money about Christian. Are TPTB ready to… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

When Dylan aka ‘Dullan’ opened the door to that so-called secret silver-looking passageway (or whatever), he could have AT LEAST given us all a ‘Grand Tour’ (or whatever)…LOL!!!!!

Just saying……….

robert
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robert

Chloe has lost it

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Since my mother just recently passed away I could not bear to watch the Neil Lucinda death bed scenes– still to close too home for me, but just based on what I heard it sounds like a very superficial story line– something that might have taken months to unfold under the Bell’s style of soap telling, is resolved in a few scenes and then done– it seems like a big waste of time to even bother– but this is nothing new– it was like Phyllis and Avery death bed scenes with their father– a lifetime of history gets resolved in… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

My condolences, sweet lady. May your Mommy rest in eternal, peaceful sleep.

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