The One Young & Restless Tag Team That Stands a Snowball’s Chance in Hell of Taking Down Victor Is…
… right under his nose, perhaps no threat individually, but together? Whoo boy!
The Young and the Restless’ Victor Newman is not a man who is accustomed to losing. If he was, his name wouldn’t so often be preceded by the words “the Great and Powerful.” Next to him, the Locke Ness Monster looks like a minor threat (though Richard Burgi would disagree). Frequent foe Jack Abbott has learned not to so much as challenge the Mustache to a game of chess. And Billy Boy Abbott? Please. Victor’s ruination of his all-time least favorite son-in-law was less a conflict for him than it was an amusing diversion.
But what if Billy, so often the metaphorical punching bag on whom the Black Knight works out his aggressions, were to strike back? And what if Billy didn’t do so alone? What if he launched a sneak attack in such a way that Victor believed he was too far down and out to be so much as a nuisance? What then?
The Craftiest of Scheme Teams
The Young and the Restless is at the moment uniquely positioned to launch two revenge plots at once — and as one. Imagine it: Billy, his life a shambles thanks to his longtime tormentor, approaches Phyllis with an idea that’s so mad, it’s brilliant. He’ll beseech Victoria to take pity on him and allow him to save face in front of the kids by giving him a low-level executive job at Newman Locke. There, he’ll gain access to all sorts of files to which he shouldn’t have access by charming his way through the secretarial pool.
Did we forget to mention that by this point he and Lily will be kaput, at least for the time being? ’Cause they will, their relationship having ironically fallen victim to his need to see Victor brought down.
Payback Is a Bitch
As for Phyllis, Billy will task her with going even further to finally exact revenge on Victor for replacing Jack in her bed with a lookalike drug dealer. Her mission: convince Nick that she wants to reunite, only to use him as a gateway to Newman Locke. “If you can’t beat ’em,” she’ll tell her on-again/off-again husband, “join ’em. I want in — all in.” To the point that she has Nick convince Victoria to hire Phyllis at Newman Locke, thereby putting her, too, in a position to glean intel with which to further their goal. The endgame? To steal away the company that Victor loves at least as much as, if not more than, his flesh and blood.
“Picture it,” says Billy to Phyllis, painting a picture with his words. “Victor summoned to a meeting only to find us occupying his office and our portraits hanging from the wall.” Sure, Billy acknowledges, the betrayal will crush current top exec Victoria and forever end any shot of them reuniting, but you’ve got to crack some eggs to make an omelette. And what a tasty, tasty omelette it would be!
Of course, Victor is no dummy. You wouldn’t have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool him, you’d have to get up the whole damn night before to even stand a chance. But the tag team of Billy and Phyllis just might have a shot at it. Billy would play up his “poor, pitiful me” routine, running around pretending to be disheveled and sloshed, basically living up to all of the worst traits that Victor ever attributed him. And Phyllis?
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Phyllis, in turn, would struggle with knowing how badly she was betraying Nick’s trust. But no one had her back when his father placed her in the arms of a dangerous stranger — not the real Jack or Nick, not in the way that she’d needed them to stand up for her. So she’d have to be sorry, not sorry; in a way, Nick brought this on himself as much as Victor did.
What do you think, Young & Restless fans? Do you believe “Philly” could knock the Great Victor Newman down a peg or two? Or would they be setting themselves up for the ultimate takedown? On your way to the comments, put aside thoughts of retaliation for the moment to review the below photo gallery in which we rate Victor’s marriages from worst to best — because hey, not every missus is a hit!
<p>Of <em>course</em>, this fake “union” had to come in dead last. Where else <em>could</em> it have ranked when Victor only pretended to fall for the gold-digging conwoman’s BS in order to bust her for her many misdeeds in spectacularly elaborate fashion.</p>
<p>We went along with it when Sharon moved on from Nick to not one but both of his half brothers. But we had to draw the line at her marriage to his dad. Since she’d always regarded Victor as a father figure, it was less a case of “I do” than “I… <em>ew</em>!”</p>
<p>We could understand why Victor would be drawn to daughter Victoria’s old friend: Ill-fated Sabrina was beautiful and refined. But there was just so little <em>there</em> there that the art buff was a bit like an ornate frame without a painting in it.</p>
<p>Yeah, yeah, the Mustache only married the author of <em>Ruthless</em> so hastily to keep the press from thinking that he’d dumped Nikki for Ashley. But the erstwhile Nora Randall was a real change of pace for the mogul — and a hoot to boot!</p>
<p>Their marriages were never exactly what you’d call “good” — Victor wed Kyle Abbott’s late mother twice — but they <em>were</em> interesting, less unions born of love than partnerships forged by circumstance and boundless self-interest.</p>
<p>When the budding power monger arrived in Genoa City way back when, on his arm was the beautiful Julia, a future model whose every portrait betrayed the rancor in their household. Was it a healthy relationship? Heavens, no! But it was sure gripping to watch!</p>
<p>If any of the tycoon’s wives besides the one at No. 1 ever stood a chance of going the distance with him, it was the sister of his archenemy, Jack Abbott. Not only did Victor truly adore Ashley, he loved how much their marriage(s) infuriated Jack!</p>
<p>Even if you were as blind as Adam’s beloved mother was, you could’ve seen that the simple Kansas farmer brought out the absolute best in Victor. Trouble was, she couldn’t <em>keep</em> it out. (Megalo- is, after all, a notoriously hard mania to cork!)</p>
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