In Chapter 6 of the Love Story Young & Restless *Isn’t* Giving Victoria, She Makes a Move That Could Stick a Pitchfork in Her Romance With Rusty
It’s all well and good to mix business with pleasure — provided that all of the involved parties consider business a pleasure.
Confused about what you’ve stumbled upon? It’s an alternate-reality storyline for The Young and the Restless’ Victoria. See, we weren’t too jazzed about her being thrown back at ex-husband Billy (again!), so we decided to come up with an altogether different plot for her. And honestly, we probably would’ve lost interest by now. But people seem to like it. So if you’re so inclined, you can start from the beginning or dive right in with today’s installment, Chapter 6, in which we learn that…
In the days following the dinner that served as Victoria and Rusty’s official coming-out as a couple to her parents, neither of them brings up the elephant in the room: the fact that Victor had implied he didn’t think his ranch foreman was quite good enough for his daughter. But it weighs on both of the lovers — so much so that she confides in brother Nick.
“Rusty could do anything he wanted to,” she says. “He’s smart — smarter than all the suits that sit in on board meetings without even knowing what CEO stands for.”
“Constantly Enraging Ogre?” replies Nick, flashing his legendary dimples.
“You’ve been waiting for a chance to make that joke, haven’t you?” Victoria asks.
“I set you up for it like a hundred times,” Nick admits. “You never —”
“Yeah, you’re really hilarious,” she interrupts in a tone that makes it clear that he isn’t funny — at all. “Now can you be serious? I think I need to start Rusty on the corporate track.”
Nick does a double take and then, the rarest of all takes, a triple. “Wait… and you want to do this because you think Dad said he wasn’t good enough for you?”
“You know Dad,” she replies. “If you think he said one thing, he’s almost guaranteed to have said something way worse.
“And I don’t want to lose Rusty,” she adds. “Maybe you haven’t noticed, but… I love the guy.”
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Nick draws a deep breath and takes a seat in Victoria’s office. Then, carefully, methodically, he confirms that she loves Rusty just the way he is, always smelling of barns and finding hay in places that are downright inexplicable. And then he asks what should be an obvious question: “Why would you try to change him for our father?”
“Because… ” Victoria begins. “Because he… ”
“He isn’t basically living with our father,” Nick notes. “He’s basically living with you. And vice versa. Why would you change him to suit someone who’s not a part of your relationship? Why would you even consider doing something like that?”
Victoria can’t deny that Nick makes a good point, and he makes it well. Still, she can’t help but wonder whether she can’t make the future just a little less bumpy for herself and Rusty by… say, bringing home an application to the executive-training program.
“You pulling my leg?” asks Rusty when she presents it to him.
“I know,” says Victoria. “It’s exciting. But I know you can do it.”
“I figure I probably could,” he replies. “Thing is, I don’t want to. I’m not sure what gave you the idea that I would.”
Victoria all but does backflips to convince Rusty that everyone wants to have more, to be more, to achieve more. But even as she’s doing so, she knows in her heart that she’s spouting BS. So does Rusty. “I’ll tell ya what,” he says finally. “I need very few things in this life. I need a job — got one. I need someplace to lay my head — you’re in it. And, if I get a say in the matter, I need you.
“But,” he continues, “if you need someone that wants more than that… ”
He sighs deeply. “Maybe I’m not the guy for you after all. And maybe you’re not the woman for me.”
With that, Rusty gets up and pulls on his boots. Victoria tries to keep him from leaving, but he promises he’ll be back. The ranch hands are just out having a beer; he’s gonna join them for a while, before he starts thinking of things to say that he’ll regret as soon as he’s said ’em, and then he’ll be back. Will she be there?
What do you think? Will Victoria wait around to make things right with Rusty? Or will she take this as a sign of trouble to come and get while the getting’s good? On your way to the comments, stop off at the below photo gallery that reveals why Victoria might be so cowed by her Daddy Dearest. Oh, and as if you hadn’t noticed, Rusty is represented above by Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, Days of Our Lives), one of several actors we think would be great for the part… well, if it was a part!
<p>Prior to being cast by <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, a clean-shaven Eric Braeden was already well-known in Hollywood, owing to 1970s movies like <em>Colossus: The Forbin Project</em> (left) and series such as <em>Rat Patol</em> (center) and <em>The F.B.I.</em> (right). But it wasn’t until he’d begun to sink his teeth into his ultimately iconic soap role that he was able to say that “I feel I’m playing a character that is not a caricature,” he told <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/tv/1987/08/30/eric-braeden-finding-a-role-finding-himself/2f8c51c3-fc0d-4552-a8be-a68513622b07/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> in 1987. “Daytime TV affords me the opportunity to create a character who is not a cardboard caricature of good and evil.”</p>
<p>When the future Daytime Emmy joined the CBS soap in 1980, it was only supposed to be for six months. But viewers were immediately captivated by his portrayal of Victor Newman, a Machiavellian villain so dastardly that he imprisoned in his basement the photographer that he mistakenly believed was taking liberties <em>with</em> as well as pictures <em>of</em> wife Julia. When the powers that be discovered that viewers didn’t hate the conniver so much as they <em>loved</em> to hate him, Braeden was signed to a longer contract.</p>
<p>The moment that Victor got a gander at exotic dancer Nikki Reed plying her trade at the Bayou, he was a goner. However, rather than just come out and admit that he’d fallen in love at first sight, he insisted that he was merely interested in playing Henry Higgins to her scantily clad Eliza Doolittle. Even after nature took its course and the couple made love, Victor refused to acknowledge that his heart was no longer his own. Instead, he pushed Nikki into the arms of Kevin Bancroft, a Richie Rich closer to her age.</p>
<p>After Victor was nearly done in by psycho secretary Eve Howard and Nikki almost became the victim of literal lady killer Rick Daros, the star-crossed lovers at last tied the knot in a ceremony that was so lavish, it’s rivaled only by the nuptials of <em>General Hospital</em> supercouple Luke and Laura Spencer.</p>
<p>“I’ll never be ready to meet my boy,” insisted Cora Miller in 1984. But, hoping to help Victor fill in the blanks about his sad past, Nikki insisted that his mother do just that. And once she explained to son “Christian” her reasons for leaving him at an orphanage, they enjoyed a warm, if bittersweet, reunion.</p>
<p>While allowing friend John Abbott’s daughter Ashley to recover from her nervous breakdown at his ranch, Victor was drawn to the fragile beauty. Needless to say, this did not sit well with his bride, Nikki. Not at <em>all</em> well. So she struck back by sleeping with her husband’s nemesis — Ashley’s brother, Jack — and extending her “fatal” illness well past the point that it should have killed her.</p>
<p>Over the years, Victor and Jack grew ever more consumed by their loathing of one another. They fought over wives, companies, the last chicken wing… You name it, they crossed swords over it. And although Jack is a formidable opponent, Victor, as inventive as he is unscrupulous, always seems to come out on top. Tough to beat a guy who thinks nothing of sicking your crazy ex on you or having you replaced by a doppelgänger!</p>
<p>After Victor was read the riot act by Nikki, Ashley and even teenage daughter Victoria — honestly, he probably had it memorized by then! — he took advantage of a convenient mugging and car crash to let his loved ones believe that he’d died. While they turned on the waterworks, he toiled as a ranch hand for pretty blind farmer Hope Adams, who became his fifth wife. (You didn’t think we were going to include <em>all</em> of his spouses, did you? There’s only so much room here on the Internet.)</p>
<p>When Jack’s old flame Diane Jenkins returned to Genoa City still looking like the supermodel that she’d been, Victor swept her off her feet, mainly to stick it to his archenemy. Also, she looked like a supermodel. But the second Nikki was shot, the Mustache slapped his John Hancock on divorce papers so that he could hastily remarry his true love on her deathbed. Which of course turned out to be no more her deathbed than any other piece of furniture on which she’d ever lounged.</p>
<p>Having had two vasectomies, Victor could’ve been knocked over with a feather when he learned that a donation he’d made to a sperm bank had resulted in the birth of his and Ashley’s daughter, Abby. As if that wasn’t a big enough shock, he found out this game-changing tidbit of information from none other than the little girl herself! (Note: This photo isn’t actually Abby filling in her pop but Darcy Rose Byrnes enjoying a moment with Braeden at the soap’s 32nd anniversary party. But you knew that, right? Right.)</p>
<p>During one of a zillion rough patches in the marriage of Victor and Nikki’s son Nick and wife Sharon, she bent her sympathetic father-in-law’s ear. As a matter of fact, she bent it so far that she was able to kiss his lips. One eyeful of the forbidden kiss was all it took, and not only did Nick hit the roof, he kept right on going up, up and away!</p>
<p>While struggling to make peace with Nick, Victor learned that his “late” dad wasn’t dead after all. But reuniting with the cur who’d deserted his family didn’t bring Victor the closure for which he’d hoped, it only brought back to the fore all of the pain that Albert’s abandonment had caused in the first place.</p>
<p>Upon being diagnosed as having epilepsy, Victor decided that he preferred the kinder, gentler version of himself that he was when he skipped his medication. So he simply stopped taking the pills, a move that damn near cost him his life as well as his reputation as the meanest bastard to ever cross the border into Genoa City.</p>
<p>We will not discuss the reliquary storyline. (There’s a reason that it’s on our list of daytime’s <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/soap-operas-worst-storylines-ever-list-photos/" target="_blank">worst plots ever</a>.) You’re welcome.</p>
<p>As Hope lay on her deathbed — which, unlike Nikki’s, really <em>was</em> her deathbed — she called to her both Victor and their son, Vic, aka Adam. The young man was stunned — <em>stunned</em>, we tell you! — to learn that his business idol was actually his father and soon made tracks to Genoa City to take full advantage of the nepotistic opportunities presented this newfound family tie.</p>
<p>Victoria really should have known what would happen when she suggested that her pal, private curator Sabrina Costelana, hang her hat at her newly divorced father’s ranch. Still, Victoria was stunned — <em>stunned</em>, we tell you! — to find out that her buddy was having a May/December romance with Victor. Mind you, Sabrina didn’t live to celebrate their first anniversary as a married couple, so the upset was all so much “I do” about nothing.</p>
<p>Reeling from Sabrina’s demise, Victor burned down the French chateau that he’d bought for his latest missus, then consoled himself by reuniting with Ashley. Unfortunately, by then, his relationship with Adam had gone from bittersweet to downright sour — and he gaslit his next stepmother into miscarrying his half sibling.</p>
<p>If there’s one game that over the decades Victor’s loved more than wife swap, it’s been this one. He’s forever giving the coveted CEO seat at Newman Enterprises to one of his offspring, only to yank it away and offer it to another or simply reclaim it himself. He could probably do with a hobby that doesn’t result in such high family-therapy bills.</p>
<p>In 2010, Adam (then Michael Muhney) found himself in such a legal quagmire that he faked a mental breakdown in order to wriggle off the hot seat. As you can see, Victor wasn’t buying what the ne’er-do-well was selling way too hard. Sometimes, dude, less is more.</p>
<p>Victoria never had to wonder whether Victor approved of her choice in men. He was always so clear about it, he was downright transparent. For instance, to express his feelings about her decision to marry Jack’s brother, Billy (then Billy Miller), he had his daughter arrested on her wedding day. Nice, huh?</p>
<p>After Nikki learned that Victor had been instrumental in bringing a preggers Chelsea Lawson to Genoa City to throw a baby-sized monkey wrench into Victoria and Billy’s relationship, the on-again/off-again Newmans hit a turning point: Nikki made Victor promise never again to lie to her. You can imagine how well <em>that</em> worked out!</p>
<p>In 2011, Abby (then Emme Rylan) was so determined to become Genoa City’s answer to the Kardashians that she lawyered up and sued Victor for her inheritence in order to bankroll a reality show. Since Victoria and Nick were almost always ticked at Dad, too, they joined in the suit and walked away with $500M each. Quick question, though: Um, how big <em>were</em> their piggy banks, anyway?</p>
<p>Eager to sink her claws into Victor — or at least his wallet — Meggie McClain helped Nikki tumble off the wagon, then did her best to intoxicate Ol’ Moneybags with her charms. She thought she’d succeeded, too, but at the last moment, her would-be dupe revealed that there was no black widow clever enough to entangle him in her web of deceit.</p>
<p>When Gabriel Bingham arrived in Genoa City, Victor couldn’t shake the feeling that he knew him — for good reason. The “stranger” was actually his own son, Adam (then Justin Hartley), rocking a new identity and a <em>whole</em> lotta reconstructive surgery of which Chelsea <em>clearly</em> approved. Before Big Daddy could help the couple skip town to start a new life, the handsome Lazarus was condemned to “death” by Chloe Mitchell, the mother of the little girl that he’d accidentally hit and run over.</p>
<p>While Victor was cooling his heels behind bars in 2011 for Diane’s murder — he was a lady killer, sure, but not <em>that</em> way — he proposed to Sharon, helped her win joint custody of daughter Faith and ultimately took her to be his… if our count is correct, 13th wife? It was as lucky as it sounded.</p>
<p>Intent on learning nothing from his mistakes, Victor married Sharon a second time, then deserted her on their wedding night. (And they say romance is dead!) Rather than come home and play house, the amnesiac hung out on the West Coast with well-intentioned Sister Celeste until such time as he could be presumed doomed again.</p>
<p>When Victor and Nikki remarried for what they swore was the last time — and futilely hoped that people wouldn’t snicker at the notion — Adam (still Muhney) took a bullet meant for his father, and everybody was nearly blown to smithereens. Because “The Chicken Dance” was never going to be enough to out-“I do” Luke and Laura.</p>
<p>The joke was on Victor when he hired Mariah Copeland — a dead ringer for Sharon’s late daughter, Cassie — to haunt his former wife and daughter-in-law. Turned out, the schemer was actually Cassie’s heretofore-unknown twin; his wicked game had inadvertently reunited Sharon with her own kid. D’oh!</p>
<p>Even when she wasn’t doing her hair, Victor’s sometime daughter-in-law, Phyllis Summers (then Gina Tognoni), understandably saw red upon finding out that, as part of one of his bazillion plots against Jack, the Mustache had slipped a skeezy lookalike into his foe’s loafers — <em>and</em> her bed. Not cool, bro. Not cool at <em>all</em>.</p>
<p>Victor was fit to be tied when his surveillance of Victoria and ex-husband/new boo J.T. Hellstrom revealed not only that the younger man was investigating him but also abusing his daughter. However, their confrontation didn’t end as most do — with Victor emerging the… well, the victor. Instead, he wound up at the bottom of a flight of stairs fighting for both bragging rights to the win <em>and</em> his life.</p>
<p>Ever since, Victor has lived in a lavish hell primarily of his own making, as he’s pitted his children against one another and struggled to be for Nikki the trustworthy partner as which he’d long tried to cast himself. But at least he was learning from past mistakes… um, <em>wasn’t</em> he?</p>
<p>OK, so no, Victor wasn’t really learning at all from his mistakes. In fact, as 2022 got underway, he was once again making sibling rivals of Adam and Victoria, and launching an investigation that promised to leave no skeleton un-rattled in the closet of new son-in-law Ashland Locke (then Richard Burgi).</p>
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