As Young & Restless’ Lauren Is Faced With the Unthinkable, Will She Have to Say Goodbye to Michael?
The worst may have already happened.
Back when The Young and the Restless’ Michael and Lauren first hooked up years ago, the pairing took nearly everyone by surprise — including, Tracey E. Bregman, told Soaps.com, her character!
“Lauren didn’t see Michael coming,” she recalled, “because it was all wrapped around Kevin being obsessed with her. She and Michael became friendly because they were trying to help Kevin, and then they had this affair.”
That initial “affair” started with a bit of danger, so it makes a kind of sense that their relationship may just have come full circle but with the stakes even higher than before! Of course, danger and drama is an actor’s dream, but it’s also a character’s worst nightmare.
After reflecting on their origins, Bregman pondered over storyline possibilities for the couple, saying, “I think there’s a lot of things that we could do together. There could be a family caper or a mystery, or something happens to one of us, even if it’s business.”
Well, it seems like the actress may have gotten what she’d hoped for — but like the infamous monkey’s paw wishes, it may have come true in the worst possible way!
Something has happened to Michael, and it is tied to business! He went back to work for Victor digging up the truth about Ashland and now he’s vanished in Peru! Is he just stuck in “deep cover,” as it were, or is he in grave danger? Worse, could the danger be over… because he’s already dead?
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He went straight to the heart of Ashland’s lies, after all, and as we’ve been learning more and more, Victoria’s husband is a very dangerous, very powerful man. He’s put a lot of effort into this long con to get revenge on Victor. If he discovered that Michael’s been sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong and mucking all these well-laid plans up, we can’t imagine his fury.
The thing is, about all Lauren knows is that he went to work for Victor and disappeared. She’s starting to panic without even knowing the depth of the danger her husband faces. But she does know who’s responsible and today’s spoilers indicate that Lauren’s worry over Michael is ratcheting up enough for her to confront her husband’s boss himself.
Lauren, Bregman told Soap Opera Digest in their most recent issue, wasn’t thrilled about Michael working for The Mustache again. But “she never thought it would lead to jeopardizing Michael’s safety. Lauren is upset that her concerns about Michael’s disappearance are not taken seriously. Victor does his best to convince Lauren that everything is under control, but Victor’s calm demeanor upsets her even more.”
And of course, Victor is calm. That’s what he does — at least in so far as what he lets others see. Because underneath that, even he’s worried enough about Michael to, as Bregman explained to Digest “pull out all of the stops to locate” him. And if The Mustache is that concerned, we know Michael’s in real danger.
When two titans like Victor and Ashland do battle, it’s often the little people who end up as casualties. Before this is over, Lauren may have to face the unthinkable: Life without Michael.
What do you think? Is Michael busy trying to avoid real danger? Or has something horrible already happened to keep him from Lauren? Share your thoughts below, then stick around to check out a gallery of Lauren’s life, stretching all the way back to her first appearance nearly 40 years ago. Michael hasn’t been the only man she’s loved, and if the worst were to happen, we’re sure he wouldn’t be the last! (Sorry, Michael!)
<p>When <em>Days of Our Lives</em> vet Tracey E. Bregman was cast by <em>The Young and the Restless</em> as Lauren Fenmore in 1983, she thought that the gig was going to be one of the short-term variety. Ha! Decades later, she remains as integral a part of the fabric of Genoa City as Victor Newman’s mustache.</p>
<p>As sweet as Traci Abbott was, that was as sour as Lauren was, especially when it came to the object of their affections, pop dreamboat Danny Romalotti. There was no low to which the redhead wouldn’t stoop to ensure that she was the fan with whom he’d, ahem, rock on.</p>
<p>Though Lauren and Danny made beautiful music together — <em>and</em> boasted Genoa City’s largest collection of mousses and styling gels — theirs was not a love song for the ages.</p>
<p>Years later, Lauren again would stick it to Traci by carrying on with her former husband, Brad Carlton. And by “carrying on,” we mean “having such enthusiastic sex that she gave the stud muffin a heart attack.” Clearly, Lauren didn’t know her own strength!</p>
<p>As Lauren grew — <em>and</em> grew up — she gravitated toward straight-laced private eye Paul Williams, much to the chagrin of both his disapproving mother and the singer’s stalker, Shawn Garrett. But what really doomed the lovers’ marriage was her sending a nude selfie of Paul to an X-rated magazine.</p>
<p>On the rebound from her split with Paul, Lauren tied the knot with M.D. Scott Grainger, which turned out to be the biggest mistake of her life, as it invited into it <em>his</em> stalker, evil Nurse Sheila Carter. After her nemesis seduced Scott and lost the child that resulted, she just up and stole Lauren’s!</p>
<p>After Sheila was presumed dead, Lauren learned that she had just joined <em>The Bold and the Beautiful.</em> Er, moved to L.A. Same diff. There, the mortal enemies renewed their feud to the point that Sheila tried to drown Lauren in a hot tub. As if that would work after attempting to burn Lauren alive in a genuine barn-burner hadn’t!</p>
<p>Needless to say, while on the West Coast, Lauren also sampled the local menfolk — including pal Stephanie Forrester’s husband, Eric. When the formidable Forrester matriarch found out about the affair, let’s just say that suddenly Sheila didn’t seem so scary anymore!</p>
<p>What is it about Lauren that attracts obsessive types? After returning to Genoa City, she became the fixation of unstable Kevin Fisher… who accidentally brought her into the orbit of his older brother, Michael Baldwin, aka her true love.</p>
<p>First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a psycho to ensure that the happy couple lives a life filled with fear and anxiety? No, that can’t be it, can it? Nevertheless, no sooner had Lauren wed Michael than Sheila returned to, you know, Sheila up everything.</p>
<p>After Lauren gave birth to her and Michael’s son Fen — short for Fenmore, of course — Sheila came back yet again, this time to wreak the same old havoc with a brand-new face, that of her foe’s gal pal, Phyllis Summers.</p>
<p>No, as much as we’d always hoped <em>The Young and the Restless</em> would revisit Lauren’s relationship with Paul, this photo isn’t of them exploring their lingering feelings, it’s of Sheila’s sister Sarah using her plastic-surgery’d face to make everyone think Michael’s missus was straying.</p>
<p>You coulda knocked over Lauren with a feather when she discovered that Jill Abbott was the half sibling that Daddy Dearest had never bothered to mention. Mind you, you wouldn’t have <em>had</em> to use a feather. At first, as you can see, Lauren and Jill seized every opportunity to try to knock one another over.</p>
<p>Swiss boarding school sounded better and better to Lauren when Fen (then Max Ehrich) became a teenager so troubled that he teamed up with Summer Newman to make bullying their favorite extracurricular. “How’s about you spend a few years with Auntie Jill, son?”</p>
<p>During an especially rough spot in Lauren’s marriage to Michael, she let sexypants bartender Carmine Basco serve her more than cosmos. As a result, he became — wait for it, wait for it — obsessed with her. Kidnapping, “murder” and more ensued.</p>
<p>Or at least it wasn’t for Lauren when she locked lips with Cane Ashby. While Michael was pushing away his wife rather than allow her to support him through his cancer battle, she had, let’s say, a moment with the handsome Aussie… that added a whole layer of mess to not only her marriage but his relationship with Lily Winters.</p>
<p>In 2017, Lauren’s firstborn, late husband Scott’s namesake, passed through Genoa City again just long enough to hook up with Sharon Newman, cheat with her sometime sister-in-law Abby and make us all go, “Wait, we’re supposed to believe Lauren has a kid <em>that</em> old?”</p>
<p>Nowadays, Lauren is the picture of contentment. She’s mad about rather than at her husband. She’s at the top of her game professionally. She hasn’t surrendered to temptation with a sexy bartender in eons. Yeah, she’s got everything… except for a frontburner storyline. Dare we hope that’s next?</p>
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