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Y&R's Christmas Episode Shows That Its Emotional Heart Is Back And Beating Strong!

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Watching Friday’s Christmas episode of The Young and the Restless reminds us how attention to the characters we love, their dynamics with each other, and how subtle moments played can resonate with its longtime and faithful viewers.

Under head writer Sally Sussman’s leadership, the writing of the series has already gotten back to some of the reasons that made Y&R a classic in the first place. On this holiday installment, the Newmans gather for their annual gathering with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) hoping both her sons: Dylan (Steve Burton) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) will both attend.  Unfortunately, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Dylan decide to sit this out, because of the volatile situation around Christian.  When the two are together, they lament that they both have a secret – they have each been carrying a photo of “Sully” aka Christian with them.  It’s a wistful time for Sharon and Dylan and touchingly played by Sharon Case and Steve Burton.

While Nick and Sharon’s daughter, Faith (Alyvia Alyn Lind) has decided to for now live with Nikki and Victor (Eric Braeden), Christmas is just lonely for Sharon and Dylan without kids around.  In another touching moment while at the Newman gathering, Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) misses Adam.  Victor sees she is very sad, and reveals that he misses Adam, too.   Then in another emotional moment for longtime viewers, the unbreakable bond between Victor and Nick is shown through two examples 1) Nick harkeing back to when he was a young boy how he loved listening to his dad tell the Christmas story, and  still does.  2) In a flashback, Victor lifted him young Nick up to put the star on the tree, which is something In 2016, Nick did with his daughter, Faith.

Many major characters were part of this episode including: Billy (Jason Thompson) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle), who are happy to see each other, no matter how they try to protest. Cane (Daniel Goddard) even gave an olive branch to Billy to put aside their differences for the day, as he understands how much Billy misses his childen. We even had a lovely moment between Billy and his mother, Jill, played wonderfully by Thompson and Jess Walton.

However, it was the final moments of the episode that may have made viewers reach for the hankies. That was when Nick decides the right thing to do on Christmas Eve is to bring Christian over to see Dylan and Sharon.  The scene when he walks through the front door and hands Christian to Dylan while Sharon is filled with tears, capped a well-written holiday broascast.

So, what did you think of Y&R’s Christmas episode? What was your favorite moment during it? Comment below.

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Kevin C
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Kevin C

Excellent, Superb. It’s so wonderful to see Y&R return to what it should be. I loved the whole show but the ending with Nick taking Christian over to see Sharon and Dylan was the icing on the cake. THANKS again to Sally and Kay, us fans so appreciate what both of you have done since your return to Y&R.

su0000
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su0000

OK- being honest.
Y&R is good, I love it
BUT-
The dialogue has been overly lame sappy campy in the Christmas scenes, and the phoney laughing was funny, actually.. I had some chuckles over it.
As long as I can get a chuckle or two from the campy sappy dialogue, I’m good with it.

I read a Harlequin love book, whatever their purpose was, once.
And I had book flashbacks of the dialogue of the book and Y&R, these days.

Y&R is great—
but a big GGGEEEEZUS for the campy sappy over done giggly laffy phoney Christmas stuff LOL ..

(sorta missing Pratt) but still luvin Y&R..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

GOOD GAWD AMIGHTY CHILD. Did you bump Yo haid???

su0000
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su0000

Merry Christmas, davlestev1 ..

No, I did not bump my head so I can’t use it as an excuse lol ..
That type of gooey sap dialogue is just Not Natural Speak .. It’s too Cutesie.

Genoa City is Dullsville..
Nothing going on that would be considered as gripping drama yeah know something a bit suspenseful or even exciting .
At the least, they could unleash Krampus!

We’ll all have `Watcher Diabetes` from an overdose of Christmas sugar.
Soaps ARE drama and at the present, Y&R is greatly lacking in delivering it..

But– I’m still luvin’ Y&R ..

toscanti
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toscanti

I’ll second that! Miss Pratt? you’ve got to be joking!

Addison
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Addison

suoo, I wish you’d look up the word “sappy” because you don’t seem to be clear on its meaning. You were correct when you used to praise RC’s campy writing on GH. Now that was camp. Back then you used “campy” as compliment and now you seem to use it as an insult. But unless you’re counting the fabulous Gloria, Y&R is not utilizing camp right now. It is currently grounding their characters back into reality and writing them in character rather than out of character. Is Y&R kind of sappy right now? Yes, but I prefer to say it… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Addison.. Ok– Sappy- Excessively sentimental; mawkish. Sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way. There is all types of camp like the B-Westerns are cheesy campy. Japanese science fiction films such as Rodan are pure exaggerated camp. And, the difference between “naive” and “deliberate” camp… like; naive camp is tasteless deliberate camp.. A fav is Mommie Dearest that was attempting to produce a serious movie that wound up unintentionally comedic dark camp lol The Superman movie #1 Superman was screwball campy !! And Yuck camp like- Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Female Trouble, Polyester, Cecil B. Demented etc.. More and… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

Merry Christmas to you, Miss SUOO!

And I stand corrected. I meant you need to look up the word “campy” not “sappy”
While I love Y&R’s sentimentality, I can totally understand why you might call it sappy.
As you young folks say, my bad.

Meg Reddekopp
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Meg Reddekopp

Y&R HAS ALREADY GOTTEN BETTER .SO GLAD PRATT’S GONE.

Gina
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Gina

Goodness suOOO, What do you want? More plane crashes, fires, explosions??? I’m SO over the Pratt crap. He and Jill Firing Phelps couldn’t have left sooner.
Can I ask you a question? How long have you been watching Y&R?
This was a well written Christmas episode. The way they used to be.
Please stop whining. Do you want JFP and Pratt back!!!

su0000
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su0000

Hi Gina ..
LOL you are Whining over my opinion .. 😉

Merry Christmas!

su0000
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su0000

The Holidays, the REAL ONES .. —- MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!! HO HO HO !!! C’mon, bring it in for a big group Christmas {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ HUG }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I Wish you all peace and joy and lots of food and gifts! Enjoy every moment with family and friends! AND—– Hanukkah, the annual Jewish Festival of Lights, overlaps with Christmas this year—an occurrence that hasn’t happened since 1978 and won’t take place again until 2027. (( begins this year on Dec. 24. To All celebrating Hanukkah- !!! Wishing you a great joyful Hanukkah !!! — Love & Peace — Dear Michael Fairman.. Have… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Merry Christimas Su!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

That was very sweet of you, su0000! Wishing you and your loved ones as well as all the other terrific people posting at this site and site moderators a wonderful holiday season!

Take care, Friends! 🙂

me
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me

The show is actually uncomfortable to watch now (if you can stay awake through the boredom that is). The horrible dialogue, the cringe-worthy “acting” (will Steve Burton’s face crack if he ever changes his expression?), the endless scenes about…nothing. This show has reverted to the 80s, and that is not a good thing.

Addison
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Addison

Well, I most respectfully disagree. If it has reverted back to the 80’s, it’s in order to go back to the characters and their histories. I feel Sally Sussman is putting the chest pieces (Lauren and Michael back in their apartment with Gloria, Esther back at the Chancellor mansion as a maid, etc).back in their rightful positions in order to propel move the characters forward. Yes, I shall use an over used phrase because it’s appropriate–what you will have in 2017 will be well written character driven stories. Maybe the repair period is dull for you but fasted your seat… Read more »

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Addison, good response.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Me is right.

Y&R has felt like total filler material and endless long chatting about nothing.

I will start calling her Snoozefest Sally if the boring episodes and slow pace continue into Jan.

su0000
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su0000

hi Newmanwins and Me..

I agree with both of you..
Y&R is imo reverting back to the snooze fest of Jean and Shelly’s writing.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

IMO this episode proves you don’t need computer viruses, super evil villains or look a likes taking over a life– to have drama– yes it is a more subtle form of drama– but the whole episode although focus on the holiday the undercurrents were all there– who is Bella’s father– the tension between two brothers, a family struggling with forgiveness, torn between a life time of love and deep hurt- financial worries- dealing with profound loss and so many other conflicts and secrets– all there as everyone gathered to celebrate. And drama is authentic– could be happening to any of… Read more »

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I agree Mary SF…and this is just the beginning…From the past several years, I think we need a little down time for the holidays then after the first of the year I know that things will heat up.

Nikki
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Nikki

Amen Mary you said it so well.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Well said! I watched my DVDs of ATWT Xmas episodes and was struck how daytime dramas, inc Y&R, really made the most of the holiday and their characters to tell stories. Y&R has launched a strong reboot and I am amazed how the new writers are able to move us past the train wreck of tales we have endured in the last decade. I am excited for 2017.

rocky83
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rocky83

Couldn’t have said it better, 2me it’s a snoozeeeee….

Addison
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Addison

I agree with all the positive comments about the new direction Y&R is taking. It feels like going home and right now Y&R is reminding me a little bit of OLTL and that is a good thing. My only quibble is I think the character of Faith is a petulant, spoiled little brat. For the love of all that is Holy, can someone please stand up to Rhoda, er, I mean Faith, and tell her that she will live where her parents tell her to live. She ditches poor Dylan and Sharon on Christmas and you see her gleefully being… Read more »

Addison
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Addison

Footnote: MY Rhoda joke alludes to an old movie called “The Bad Seed.” Rhoda was the name of the evil little girl.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Other than a few cool flashbacks and some nice nods to history, Sally’s first three weeks have been very boring and slow paced episodes, and so far her writing style doesn’t look like there will be much riveting compelling drama in 2017. Y&R has literally nothing interesting on the horizon going into Feb sweeps, since Sally says we don’t need Adam back and therefore the Chloe reveal is being shelved, and her first three weeks in Dec and her preview for the month of Jan wasn’t and doesn’t sound like entertaining soap. Sally’s idea of exciting reveals and worthy cliffhangers… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

On Faith, I agree with you Addison. I think she’s acting out like a spoiled brat. I’m also fed up with Nick. As some may think what he did was a kind jester, I think was mean. He walks into the house lets Dylan hold the baby then all goes back to the way it was. I can’t wait until Nick (the other spoiled brat) finds out Christian isn’t his. Nick darn well knows that Nikki & Victor treat her like rubbish so she won’t get to see Faith much but he stands there and does nothing because he can… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Meant to say Nick knows Victor & Nikki treat Sharon like rubbish.

Addison
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Addison

Yes, Miss Nikki, and yet they referred to Nick acting like a human being for one split second as a “Christmas Miracle.”
Okay, I guess I do have some complaints about Y&R.

elm1951
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elm1951

you will probably be waiting a long time for the reveal of christian’s biological father because the new head writer already said it will not be revealed for a good while if ever……………..

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Nikki…BOTH EXACTLY AND THANK YOU!!!!! At this point, Nick is nothing but A SELF-RIGHTEOUS MORON!!!!! Watching that BUFFOON Nick is like watching Victor #2 (or whatever)!!!!! Beyond ick.

Later, Nikki.

Judy A Brown
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Judy A Brown

I wasn’t expecting this from Nick it really shows what kind of man he really is.

Karen
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Karen

Loved that Nick let Dylan and Sharon see baby Christian brought tears to my eyes.

Judy A Brown
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Judy A Brown

Nick your such a sweetheart to take Christian to see Sharron and Dillon you didn’t have to.

k/kay
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k/kay

He is a absolute flaming a hole

Meg Reddekopp
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Meg Reddekopp

LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT SALLYS GOING TO DO WITH SHARON .AFTER THE CRAP SHES BEEN THROUGH THE PAST YEARS.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Y&R is nap time. The 80’s were great…in the 80’s. This is an entirely different century and rehashed 30 year old plots acted by actors doing the same things thirty years later has no appeal except for those who’ve been around long enough to be nostalgic. Pratt WAS bad. I’ve seen nothing so far to suggest soapy Sally is any better. Most of Sussman’s favorite characters have been totally trashed and having them sit around looking regretful doesn’t change that. It will take real skill and smart, 21st century story-telling to fix this mess for the present. The future should… Read more »

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Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

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Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

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What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless has revealed that coming in early January 2022, Christian and “Michael Baldwin” will have a special episode dedicated to them to honor the milestone.

Photo: JPI

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Photo: JPI

To make the occasion on Friday, Christian and Y&R celebrated his 30 years with a special look-back video of some of his most memorable moments where LeBlanc provided commentary.  You can check it out below.

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