Young & Restless’ Victoria Just Proved She *Really* Is as Ruthless As Her Father — But Is She Being Set Up by Ashland?
For a Newman, Locke’s terminal illness screams ‘opportunity’, but is it all a game of cat and mouse?
Sure, Young & Restless’ Victoria is attracted to Ashland, but his empire may prove to be that which is truly irresistible… especially now that she has, shall we say, inside information.
Not gonna’ lie — we’ve been riveted to Victoria and Ashland’s scenes — they just “get” each other, and the resulting banter, combined with their sexual chemistry, is something that fans have been starved for on the soap. Now that he’s shared the shocking reveal that he’s been told he has terminal lung cancer and only six months to live, there are several ways this could play out.
After Ashland broke the unexpected news to Victoria, the pair did a flirtatious verbal “dance” that could have ended up between the sheets, but was all the more compelling because it didn’t, and left us wanting more. Equally intriguing was the next development — as soon as Victoria was alone, she got on her laptop and her phone to start gathering information on Locke Communications Group.
Victoria’s move certainly upped the ante on this cat and mouse game, if that’s what it is (and we kinda’ hope it is!). It’s delicious to think that Locke has anticipated this would be her move. Clearly, he and Victoria very much alike, and as Ashland told Victor after he forced him to sign a contract under duress — he’d have done the same thing.
“Taking it slow” is undoubtedly a double-entendre with these two, as business is never far from their minds even as they entertain the idea of becoming lovers. Indeed, for Victoria and Ashland, the corporate skullduggery may all be a part of their foreplay.
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With Ashland having voiced his expectation that Harrison, his only heir, will grow up to inherit his opportunities through the Abbotts and Newmans, where does that leave Locke Communications Group? If Ashland is actually dying, he has no one to leave his company to, even in the distant future. Does he see Victoria as potentially the person to run it as he would have once he’s gone? Is that why he chose to open up to her even though she’s a veritable stranger and set her on this inevitable course? Perhaps Vikki making her inquiries was exactly what he hoped she would do to prove his instincts about her were correct.
Conversely, Ashland may not be terminally ill at all and might be testing her to see if she’ll take advantage, and/or even hoping she’ll discreetly spread the word so that everyone lets down their guard where he’s concerned, as part of some grand plan.
Of course there’s also a scenario where Ashland hasn’t anticipated this move by Victoria. Regardless, she’s truly being her father’s daughter by eyeing his company at this particular time. Would Victor’s mind turn to such things despite having sympathy for a dying mogul? Damn straight it would.
Neither Victoria or Ashland seem like the “whirlwind romance” type, but we’d like to see them fall for each other in the brief time he apparently has left and even tie the knot on his deathbed, so she inherits his empire. That would be a best case scenario for our money, although bittersweet.
What are your thoughts on Ashland and Victoria’s storyline? Let us know after taking a moment to look back on Victoria’s past love interests in the photo gallery below.
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<p>When Cupid first took aim at Victoria (then Heather Tom, now Katie Logan on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>), she might not have been quite ready. Though she eagerly gave her hand in marriage to older man Ryan McNeil, she had trouble giving him her body. No portrait of maturity himself, Ryan wound up straying into the arms of Phillip Chancellor’s “widow,” Nina Webster.</p>
<p>Victoria’s second turn on the marry-go-’round wasn’t much more successful than her first. Not only did she have her own mother, Nikki, as a formidable rival for the affections of novelist Cole Howard, she learned only after they had eloped that — d’oh — they might well be half siblings. (Spoiler alert: They weren’t.)</p>
<p>Marriage No. 2 was no more successful for Victoria than marriage No. 1 had been. She kept leaving town, which gave Cole ample opportunity to fall for her sometime stepmother, Ashley Abbott. In response, Victoria passed off their ill-fated offspring as her child with newly-minted fiancé Neil Winters.</p>
<p>You would have sworn that Victoria was out to prove that she had abysmal taste in men when she became infatuated with marketing whiz Gary Dawson… who turned out to have made her his unwitting co-star in a two-person production of <em>Fatal Attraction.</em></p>
<p>Suspicious of sister-in-law Sharon Newman’s involvement with Diego Guittierez, Victoria pretended to be hot for the insanely sexy fella himself. Shocker: She fell for him. Of course, it was then that she learned that he and Sharon really had canoodled. Argh!</p>
<p>When dad Victor’s (latest, we should add) illegal activities came to light, Victoria was thisclose to beginning a new life with Michael Baldwin. Too verklempt to hang around Genoa City with the scandal hanging over her head like a guillotine, Victoria went abroad, leaving her lawyer lover in the dust.</p>
<p>When Victoria returned to Genoa City (now played by Amelia Heinle), she accepted a marriage proposal from Brad Carlton (Don Diamont, now Bill Spencer on<em> The Bold and the Beautiful</em>)… only because he had been shot down by his true love, Sharon. As you can imagine — if you gave Sharon a hundred pairs of scissors, she couldn’t cut ties with any of the men who’ve been fixated on her — it didn’t go well.</p>
<p>While Brad added to a bottomless list of excuses to hang with and mack on Sharon, Victoria succumbed to the charms of the private eye she hired to investigate them — one J.T. Hellstrom, with whom she ultimately tied the knot (as did Heinle and his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill).</p>
<p>During a tough time in J.T. and Victoria’s marriage, she — as so many other women have before (and lived to regret it!) — fell prey to the charms of opportunistic Deacon Sharpe. No, Victoria. Just back the hell away from the hot, hot mistake. Back. Away.</p>
<p>Once J.T. was in the rearview mirror, Victoria threw sparks with her daddy’s worst nightmare, “Billy Boy” Abbott (then Billy Miller). In retaliation, Victor had her arrested on the day of the lovers’ wedding. When really, probably a subpar toaster would have sufficed as an adequate burn.</p>
<p>Victoria had a shot at a totally clean slate with Ben Rayburn but wound up once again vying with occasional stepmom Ashley for his attentions. Mind you, the real threat to their togetherness turned out to be Ashley’s daughter, Victoria’s half sister, Abby.</p>
<p>It wasn’t just the cocktails that Hank’s Bar drink slinger Travis Crawford mixed that Victoria found intoxicating. But, though there was more to him than met the hangover, their relationship was labeled “dead end.”</p>
<p>In 2021, Victoria seemed to think that she and Billy (now Jason Thompson) were endgame. His new squeeze, Lily Winters, thought otherwise. She didn’t say, “Been there, done that,” but c’mon, we were all thinking it.</p>
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