Should Mariah Carry Abby’s Baby? The Young & Restless Plot Point So Divisive, It Has Our Editors Taking Sides
Every story has two sides… and we’re looking at this one from both angles.
Rarely does the entire audience agree on a soap storyline. While you’ll always be able to find people on social media insisting that “everybody” feels the same way about a plot, that’s almost never the case. Take, for example, one of the biggest plots unfolding right now on The Young and the Restless: Abby’s baby drama.
When Chance and his wife asked Mariah to consider being their “gestational surrogate,” you could almost hear a loud “crack” as the audience divided right down the middle. As it turned out, the same thing that was happening on Twitter and Facebook took place right here at Soaps.com. While we momentarily considered having editors Richard Simms and Candace Young duke it out Thunderdome style, we instead thought, “Hey, why not let them go at each other in a public forum for the entertainment of the masses?”
Richard: I fully admit that when they aired that Abby-centric episode last week, I was not into the idea at all. I don’t get why Abby can’t take five minutes to enjoy her new life as a happily married woman before becoming baby-obsessed, but that’s the route they opted to go. And I walked away from that episode sort of surprised by how much I enjoyed all the different perspectives presented.
Candace: I felt an Abby-centric episode was wholly unnecessary, given that there aren’t a ton of viewers out there on the edge of their seats over her infertility issues. But while I found portions of it to be less than thrilling, I’ll admit there were some standout scenes that made it worth watching. Melissa Ordway did an excellent job of depicting the array of emotions Abby was feeling — heartbroken, lost, exhausted, even a little crazed — and Michelle Stafford’s facial expressions and one-liners as Phyllis provided a few comedic moments were a perfect counterpoint to the sad subject matter.
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Richard: I was annoyed when Abby and Chance invited Mariah over for the big “Have our baby” talk but didn’t include Tessa. That felt really disrespectful of Mariah’s relationship. But I loved Camryn Grimes’ reactions as Mariah sot of tried to take in this huge request they were making of her. And I totally cracked up when Abby called Chance back into the room, clearly concerned that she’d basically broken a shellshocked Mariah.
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Candace: I sometimes feel that Abby is the most self-centered character on the canvas, and her approach to this situation did nothing to change that viewpoint. Rather than start the conversation by asking if Mariah and Tessa had ever considered having children, or including Tessa at all, for that matter, Abby and Chance dropped this bombshell on Mariah as though she were single. Totally disrespectful. Abby then delivered a speech on why they want what they want, with the insinuation that Mariah should be delighted and honored to have been selected. I also can’t help but feel that Abby is, in part, choosing Mariah with the expectation of being able to micromanage the pregnancy, which would have me running for the hills if I was in Ms. Copeland’s shoes. I agree, however, that Abby’s palpable nervousness and Mariah’s hilarious reactions were absolutely spot on.
Richard: After leaving the mansion, Mariah met up with Tessa and shared the big news. I thought these scenes were really well-scripted, with Mariah asking, “Can you picture me pregnant?” and Tessa going from confused (“Are you filming me? Is this a social-media prank?”) to basically supportive. She sort of sat back and let Mariah do what Mariah does, which is spiral a little as she worked through the unexpected development. For me, it felt as if Tessa was being supportive, knowing that at the end of the day, it was Mariah’s body and her decision.
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Candace: For me, these scenes didn’t play as though Mariah and Tessa were a serious committed couple. Rather, it felt like Mariah was bouncing the idea off of a buddy. I couldn’t believe the script had Tessa say, “I guess the only question you have to ask yourself is, ‘Is this something I truly want to do?'” as though she was completely uninvolved. Yes, it’s Mariah’s body and it’s her decision, but as a couple, it affects them both. I’d have liked to see Tessa bristle at not being included in the conversation from the beginning, particularly in light of her having just spent the night before helping to boost Abby’s spirits and discussing her dilemma, and perhaps even question whether Mariah would want to have a baby with her before having one for someone else.
Richard: I have to admit, I’m torn on how I want this to play out. On the one hand, as a huge fan of Camryn Grimes, I want her to have a story. But I want that story to be one written for her and Cait Fairbanks’ Tessa, as a couple, not one where they sort of feel like they’ll wind up being little more than an appendage to Abby’s baby frenzy. There’s potential here, but I’m not sure I trust the show in its current state to deliver on that promise.
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Candace: I’d also like to see Camryn and Cait get a fantastic storyline out of it, but I share your concerns. There only seems to be one way this can go to deliver any real drama, and that’s Mariah becoming attached to the baby and not wanting to give it up. Also bothersome is it’s not clear why Mariah would want to do this for Abby. Their friendship has never made sense to me, given Abby’s history with Sharon. It might have been soapier to have a single woman, such as Lola, be the surrogate, as that could lead to entanglements galore, though technically, neither Mariah nor Lola would be candidates as surrogates can’t be first-time mothers (in real life surrogates must have already successfully given birth before)… but this is a soap opera… and that’s a different story!
And now comes the fun part, gentle readers: Are you #TeamCandace, #TeamRichard or do you perhaps have a different take on the story? Share your thoughts in the comment section, then visit the gallery below in which we flash back on Mariah and Tessa’s love story.
<p>Tessa and Mariah became friends and often hung out together at The Underground. Back then, Mariah was dating Devon and Tessa was dating Noah.</p>
<p>While on a trip with Devon and Noah to a San Francisco music festival, Mariah’s feelings for Tessa stirred. She kissed Tessa and awkwardness followed.</p>
<p>Tessa appeared on Mariah’s GC Buzz to play music more than once. At one point, Tessa had a crisis of confidence and lifted lyrics from Mariah’s journal, which caused trust issues between them.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa barbecued together at Devon’s rooftop party. Later, Kyle set up a movie night date for the girls on the same rooftop.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa toasted Valentine’s Day dressed in their best. They were at Rey and Mia’s vow renewal ceremony, which went horribly awry.</p>
<p>Tessa serenaded Mariah on the fire escape outside their apartment. The two moved in together and everything went well except for that matter of Tessa hiding a flashdrive in a teddy bear.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa got high when the punch was spiked at the Grand Phoenix’s grand opening bash. They had a fine time dancing until Sharon and Devon both took ill.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa dressed as Sonny and Cher for Halloween. They shared a kiss next to an ‘I love you’ jack o’lantern at Crimson Lights.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah said goodbye temporarily when Tessa left to go on tour. She came back to visit, but Mariah struggled when she found out about Sharon’s cancer and lost her job. She then hooked up with someone else.</p>
<p>It took several attempts, but Mariah was able to get Tessa to forgive her for cheating with Lindsay. They made up, and made love, on Tanner Watts’ private jet.</p>
<p>When Mariah decided she wanted to be a surrogate for Abby and Chance, Tessa stood by her and was supportive every step of the way. When Stitch kidnapped a pregnant Mariah and held her captive in a tiny room, it was Tessa that Mariah dreamed would come to free her so they could be reunited.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah went through a very difficult time in the aftermath of Dominic’s birth as the redhead struggled with her attachment to the baby she had bonded with while in captivity. For a while it looked like it might be curtains for “Teriah” when Tessa refused to give in to Mariah’s insistence that they have a baby of their own.</p>
<p>Once Tessa realized that Mariah had successfully overcome her attachment issues where Dominic was concerned, and had fully healed from her traumatic experience, she realized <em>she</em> was ready to start a family of their own after all. Mariah was stunned (in a good way!) when her girlfriend told her she was ready to discuss having a baby or undertaking an adoption. Family and friends were thrilled as they shared the news they’d decided to adopt a child.</p>
<p>Tessa pulled off a huge surprise when she lured Mariah to Society, where she had a private and romantic set up in place. Mariah realized Tessa was about to propose when she dropped to one knee and the women had heartfelt words for one another as Mariah accepted, Tessa put the ring on her finger, and they embraced and shared a kiss.</p>
<p>Tessa and Mariah are happily engaged after Tessa got down on one knee in a surprise proposal. Mariah asked Tessa to stand up with her and accepted as she expressed a desire for a “lifetime of us” and to share their love with future children. Mariah later popped the question to Tessa as well.</p>
<p>Mariah and Tessa exchanged heartfelt vows in front of all their family and friends. Tessa’s sister, Crystal, was even able to attend after Rey Rosales helped clear her legal issues. Kyle acted as officiant and Kevin was Mariah’s man of honor. The nuptials were 1970s themed, a concept that Noah came up with and the girls loved. Browse through <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/young-restless-mariah-tessa-wedding-photos/" target="_blank">“Teriah’s” wedding album here</a>.</p>
<p>After numerous disappointments — one in the form of a dream — Mariah and Tessa learned that a young woman named Delphine had chosen them to be the adoptive parents of her newborn. After a false labor scare, Mariah and Tessa finally took off to Delphine’s city to welcome their first child together.</p>
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