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Highlights for the Y&R in the 2000s

Billy Abbott (Ryan Brown, Scott Seymour, David Tom, Billy Miller) and Mackenzie Browning (Ashley Bashioum, Kelly Kruger, Rachel Kimsey, Clementine Ford) developed feelings for one another much to the chagrin of Jill Abbott (Jess Walton), who resorted to threats to keep her son from Katherine Chancellor’s (Jeanne Cooper) granddaughter. They dated secretly and Billy came to Mac’s rescue when her stepfather Ralph Hunnicutt (Angelo Tiffe, Daniel Quinn) tried to molest her. Billy later left for Hong Kong. The Glo by Jabot kids, J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill), Brittany Hodges (Lauren Woodland), Rianna Minor (Rianna Loving, Alexis Thorpe), Raul Gutierrez (David Lago), and later Colleen Carlton (Lyndsy Fonseca, Adrianne Leon, Tammin Sursok), played musical partners during their years on the website run by Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford). J.T. eventually found love with Colleen, and Brittany got involved with club owner Bobby Marsino (John Enos). Colleen nearly died in a fire at Gina Roma’s (Patty Weaver) restaurant set by Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart), who also gave Lily Winters (Christel Khalil, Davetta Sherwood) a dose of Chlamydia. Lily’s parents, Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) and Drucilla Winters (Victoria Rowell) remarried and later took in Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) as a foster child. Neil and Dru split when it came to light that Lily was Malcolm Winter’s (Shemar Moore) child – he had slept with Dru while she was under the influence of cold medication. Neil got mixed up with Carmen Mesta (Marisa Ramirez), but reunited with Dru before her presumed death when she fell off a cliff while arguing with Phyllis.

Phyllis, Drucilla and Sharon struggle Young and Restless

Neil went on a bender, and Lily married Daniel Romalotti (Cam Gigandet, Michael Graziadei). She divorced him and took up with Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard), with whom she had twins, Charlie (Parker Rose Curry) and Matilda (Jordan Lemnah), using Mackenzie as a surrogate. Kevin’s brother Michael Baldwin (Christian Le Blanc) got involved in Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Diane Jenkin’s (Alex Donnelley, Susan Walters, Maura West) custody case, winning custody for Diane after brow-beating Phyllis on the stand. Michael became romantically involved with Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell), who had confused feelings for Paul Williams (Doug Davidson). The two men saved Christine from a knife-wielding Isabella Brana (Eva Longoria). Michael got caught up in the Newman bribery scandal as Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) lawyer, and then fell for Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman), after troubled Kevin became infatuated with her. Lauren and Michael dealt with another reappearance by Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown), who had involved herself with Lauren’s son Scotty Grainger (Blair Redford). They later married and had a son, Fenmore Baldwin. Michael’s mother, Gloria Fisher (Joan Van Ark, Judith Chapman), fell for John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), married him, and was cut out of his will by the Abbott siblings when he died following a stroke while in prison for shooting Glo’s ex, Tom Fisher (Jonathan Fraser, Roscoe Born). Gloria later became involved with Jeffrey Bardwell (Ted Shackleford). Kevin fell for Jana Hawke (Emily O’Brien) and married her at Michael’s biological father River Baldwin’s (Michael Gross) ashram. Kevin was kidnapped by Clint Radison (James Michael Gregory) and forced to rob banks wearing a chipmunk head, but later was able to help Michael, Katherine, and her new husband Patrick Murphy (Michael Fairman), save Lauren and Jana from the clutches of Sheila’s relatives Sarah Smythe (Tracey Bregman), Daisy Carter (Yvonne Zima), and Ryder Callahan (Wilson Bethel), who held them captive and terrorized them. Jana was never the same and Kevin divorced her. Victor Newman left Diane, reunited with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), and later learned that Ashley Abbott’s (Eileen Davidson) daughter, Abby, was his child and not Brad Carlton’s (Don Diamont).

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Victor’s daughter, Victoria (Heather Tom, Amelia Heinle), was set to marry Ryan McNeil (Scott Reeves), but he was shot and killed by Tricia Dennison (Sabryn Genet), who had also killed her sister Megan’s (Ashley Jones) husband, Tony Viscardi (Jay Bontatibus). Victor was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy and he and Nikki split after her affair with David Chow (Vincent Irizarry). Victor’s son with Hope Adams (Signy Coleman), Adam Wilson (Chris Engen, Michael Muhney), came to town, and Victor took up with Victoria’s friend, Sabrina Costelana (Raya Medine), who died in a car accident. Jack Abbott married Phyllis, but left her after she sided with Victor in the cosmetics wars, and later married Nick’s ex-wife, Sharon Newman (Sharon Case). Nick, Phyllis, Jack, and Sharon set aside their differences to start Restless Style. Jack and Sharon split over him forging a diary to frame Victor, and he dated Mary Jane Benson (Stacy Haiduk) (who turned out to be his crazy ex, Patty Williams) and did business with Tucker McCall (William Russ, Stephen Nichols), who was Katherine’s long lost son. Victoria married Brad, who had an affair with Sharon, and Victoria then fell for J.T. and became pregnant. She into a coma following the Clear Springs explosion, and later her baby, Reed, was revealed to be J.T.’s. After J.T. kissed Colleen, Victoria slept with Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) and then went to Dubai. J.T. took up with Mackenzie and got full custody of Reed. Victoria later married Billy Abbott, who had returned using the name Liam and romanced Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz). Billy had a daughter, Cordelia, with Chloe Mitchell (Elizabeth Hendrickson), Esther Valentine’s (Kate Linder) daughter, who had previously named Lily’s husband, Cane as the father. Cane was impersonating Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz), who was alive in Australia. By the end of 2010, Cane and his family with Lily were in danger from cattle rustlers from Down Under.

– Candace Young