Why Young & Restless’ Victoria-Centric Episode Hit a *Major* Nerve With Fans of Both Billy and Victoria
If Young & Restless’ Victoria episode was meant to leave fans rooting for a Villy reunion, it may have totally backfired.
From the moment Victoria started shooting looks at Billy and Lily and coming up with ways to pull Billy away from his new relationship to see to family matters, the writing was on the wall in large scrawl that Victoria would want him back. Cue a standalone episode in which she reflects on their past and has an epiphany at the end…
Unfortunately, rather than leaving the masses gasping for a Villy reunion, which we suspect was the intention, for many it had the opposite effect. Not all that surprising given the idea of a Victoria/Billy/Lily triangle was unpopular to start with.
There’s been a pervasive feeling of a disconnect between Young & Restless writers and the viewing audience, and Victoria’s episode twanged that nerve explicitly by offering up the idea that a successful businesswoman is backpedaling rather than moving forward in her personal life.
Again, #YR is so out of touch.
Imagine thinking your audience wants to watch a strong female character, CEO of the show’s biggest company, 1st born child of your show’s #1 supercouple, a mother & abuse survivor, degrade herself over a loser like Billy who’s treated her terribly.
— Matt Hanvey (@MattHanvey) February 2, 2021
Moreover, the episode failed to focus on Victoria as a person and the challenges she’s overcome, and put the spotlight mainly on Billy, which made it feel a lot like another Billy-centric offering; an aspect that left fans bristling.
Hmm, the Victoria episode should have been about, erm, Victoria. You know she had a crazy couple of years. Survived domestic abuse, covered up a murder, went to prison, more drama, was stabbed, etc.
— Julie (@Julie_foxy) February 2, 2021
Billy fans, in turn, were offended by the notion that Victoria is eyeing him up for another go ‘round because he seems to have grown up. It’s long been a point of contention that she seems to want him to fit into a mold (aka, the man she always knew he could be) rather than accept him for who he is warts and all.
#YR And btw, Billy doesn’t have to prove to Victoria or anyone else that he has “grown up”. It’s insulting. By living his life, the people who care will see how he has changed – for himself & not b/c someone wants to fit him into their box like Victoria does. Lily sees it.
— Dianne K (@dmk1207) February 2, 2021
There are also tidbits of rewritten history helping this plot point along. The new narrative is that Victoria told him she was done, which she did at one point, but it was actually Billy who walked out on the marriage, having decided he needed freedom from his current situation.
That said, Victoria’s epiphany at the end of the episode — that she is lonely — was an excellent scene and definitely one of those soap moments that gets viewers choked up. Most would just prefer the revelation leads Vikki to find someone new rather than attempt a reconciliation with Billy.
#YR Well Victoria's speech on loneliness was heartbreaking and @ameliamheinle did a beautiful job of it. Of course the speech was ruined by the reference to Billy but Amelia's deft work stood for itself. She is so talented and deserves so much better as does Victoria.
— Miss T (@Mistyrose78) February 3, 2021
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<p>Billy and Victoria’s story did not get off on the right foot. In fact, there was intense dislike at times. Especially after Billy exposed Victoria’s affair with Deacon Sharpe in his magazine, <em>Restless Style</em>, while she was married to JT.</p>
<p>Victoria literally picked Billy up out of the gutter on a snowy New Year’s Eve outside of the bar. This was the turning point for their formerly contentious relationship and the pair began bantering afterward.</p>
<p>In a move that was surprising to both of them, Victoria and Billy became lovers. At the time, Billy was living in a camper, so it was definitely a situation of roughing it for the Newman heiress.</p>
<p>Billy and Victoria went public and attended the Masquerade Ball together, much to her father Victor’s chagrin. When Victor kicked up a stink, Billy left, switched masks, and returned to spend the evening with Victoria. When they snuck off to a room at the Genoa City Athletic Club to make love, a gas explosion occurred and her half-brother, Adam, was believed to have died.</p>
<p>Billy and Victoria took off to Jamaica, where they made new friends, got drunk and impulsively got married. Victoria’s father was furious when the newlyweds returned home, and the marriage didn’t stick.</p>
<p>Billy proposed to Victoria after she found out she was expecting his child. Victoria accepted. Nikki was happy for her daughter, but Victor was livid as he wasn’t a fan of Billy’s and believed Abbotts and Newmans shouldn’t mix.</p>
<p>Nikki arranged a wedding for Billy and Victoria in the front yard of their new home. Unfortunately, just as they said their vows, Victor had Victoria arrested and she was dragged off to jail for violating foreign gift laws. Victor tried to leverage this to get Victoria to drop Billy but she refused.</p>
<p>Billy and Victoria furthered their commitment to one another by having wedding rings tattooed on their fingers. Previously, they had one another’s names tattooed on their bodies. Unfortunately, Billy’s tattoo artist ran out of ink and he ended up with <em>Victor</em> instead of <em>Victoria</em>. Victor later paid to have the art completed.</p>
<p>After Victoria lost their baby during an argument with Victor, and then learned her chances of conceiving again were slim, Billy decided to get her the baby she so desperately wanted. He purchased a child on the black market, which turned out to be Daniel and Daisy’s infant. Phyllis eventually found out, wanted Lucy with her own family, and the adoption was undone.</p>
<p>Billy took off overseas after he and Victoria lost Lucy, and Chloe took custody of his daughter, Delia. Though he returned when Delia was fighting leukemia, he believed Victoria was moving on and left again. Victoria went looking for him in Myanmar, and when she missed a connecting flight in the New York airport, ended up reconnecting with Billy instead when they crossed paths in an Irish pub in the terminal.</p>
<p>When Kevin and Chloe’s nuptials didn’t go off as planned on Christmas Eve, Billy and Victoria decided to take advantage. The church was ready, guests were assembled, and an officiant was in attendance… so they remarried.</p>
<p>Victoria and Billy’s life changed dramatically when Chelsea Lawson turned up on their doorstep pregnant with Billy’s baby after drugging him in Myanmar. They moved the con artist in with them to keep an eye on her and eventually Chelsea agreed let them adopt her baby when it was born. They did, and that child is Johnny.</p>
<p>After a lengthy run of strains on their marriage, including Victoria’s issues with Adam, and her being kidnapped due to Billy owing money, Billy pulled away even more following the death of his daughter, Delia. Victoria tried to help him through the pain but he kept shutting her out and turned back to gambling and had sex with Kelly. They were on and off until Victoria learned she was pregnant and was forced to admit it could be Billy’s or Stitch Rayburn’s child.</p>
<p>Victoria’s baby turned out to be Billy’s and she named her Katie after Katherine Chancellor. Billy moved on and became engaged to Chelsea, and Victoria stayed with Stitch for a time. When Billy and Victoria attended the annual Delia Halloween party at the Top of the Tower and fire broke out, the ordeal brought them together again, after which they proceeded to be on and off.</p>
<p>Victoria, along with Billy’s entire family, rallied around him at the hospital after he landed in a coma following a beating by a bookie and came very close to death. Victoria was by his bedside when he awoke and the two got back together.</p>
<p>Things had been going well between Victoria and Billy again so he made an incredibly romantic gesture. Billy got down on one knee and proposed to Victoria during a Valentine’s Day dinner at Top of the Tower.</p>
<p>When Jill cooked up a scheme to keep the on-again, off-again couple together by having them work together at Brash & Sassy, Billy and Victoria shared some close moments and tried reconciliation, but she struck up a relationship with Travis, while Billy moved on with Phyllis.</p>
<p>Victoria suffered through an abusive reunion with JT, that led to her going on trial for his murder, and Billy and Phyllis spilt after she cheated on him with Nick. Victoria fled to Las Vegas where she had a one-night stand with a guy in a band, and it was Billy who brought her home. He proposed once again, and they had a recommitment ceremony, though decided not to actually wed.</p>
<p>After Adam resurfacing alive sent Billy into a downward spiral during which he developed a gum-chewing alternate personality bent on revenge, Victoria worked to see him through his difficulties again. Billy began spending time with Amanda, a friend, and resisting the confines of marriage. Victoria ended up being stabbed by a stalker who mistook her for Amanda, and it all proved to be too much. Billy and Victoria explained to their children that they would no longer be living together and were going their separate ways.</p>
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