Surprise! Peter Bergman’s Favorite Young & Restless Supercouple Is… Not the One You’d Expect
But it is one we can get behind!
It’s hard not to play favorites, whether it’s the show you can’t get enough of, the couple you just love or the kid you prefer over the others! OK, maybe you shouldn’t pick that last one. Out loud.
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But let’s face it, we’ve all got favorites — especially as soap enthusiast! It turns out, Peter Bergman (Jack) isn’t just an actor on The Young and the Restless, he’s also a fan. And he’s one with some unique opinions!
When the actor spoke with Soap Opera Digest in a recent issue, he couldn’t help but sing Susan Walters for her portrayal of a not-so-dead Diane. But it didn’t end there, because once he started talking about Diane, naturally talk turned towards the idea of a supercouple. She has, after all, been paired up with not just Jack, but also Victor!
Whether or not those are supercouples, they’re certainly power couples! But what did Bergman think? Was Diane better with Jack or Victor? Would you believe that he chose neither?
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“Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Susan are my favorite supercouple on the show now,” he told Digest. “It’s so much fun to watch their characters go at it with each other.”
Now that’s a bit of a different take than we’re used to.
“Those ladies are so good together,” he continued. “I adore working with both of them and am deeply flattered to find myself between the two of them. But really, they’re my new favorite supercouple.”
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Well, fortunately for Bergman, since neither Phyllis nor Diane are the type to back down, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing them butt heads for quite a long time to come!
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<p>Jack always struggled to make his father proud. It probably would’ve helped if he’d stopped sleeping with John’s wives or picking fights with Victor that would end with him losing the family company… But there’s only so much a man can do.</p>
<p>At first, Jack went after Nikki out of spite when Victor swiped Jabot from the Abbotts. But Jack ended up being the butt of the joke when he actually fell for the former stripper, only to land in divorce court when it became clear he didn’t have the mustache to keep her happy.</p>
<p>Successful architect Diane (Alex Donnelley here) tried washing her hands of Jack until he went and hired her to design his lake house. Thankfully, nothing turned her on more than a job. But then Victor saw Jack’s lake house, raised him a Newman Towers design and whisked Diane off for a wedding in Nevada.</p>
<p>Fortunately, after Victor ran off with Diane, Phyllis was there to pick up the pieces, and… Um, wow. OK, then. Boundaries, shmoundaries.</p>
<p>Since we seem to be playing a game of “Who Did Jack Sleep With Next?” it’s worth mentioning that around this time, he and Jill gave it another go, too. “That’s right, Jill, I <em>am</em> a tall drink of water. And you look mighty thirsty.” </p>
<p>With everyone but John vehemently against his marrying Gloria, the odds are pretty good that Jack <em>wasn’t</em> thinking “I wonder what she’s like in bed” during their wedding. But surprise! Even John’s wedding was a (long) prelude to his future widow’s roll in the hay with Jack. </p>
<p>When Katherine presented Jack with a top-tier <span style="text-decoration: line-through">girlfriend</span> job at Chancellor, the Abbott scion snatched <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Carmen</span> the offer up without a second’s hesitation.</p>
<p>Just before John suffered a stroke and died, Jack made sure to take advantage of his dad’s confused mental state to fake a will cutting Gloria out of the family fortune. Nothing like building father/son memories to last a lifetime. </p>
<p>… over and over again. After he was gone, John’s spirit returned countless times over the years to guide Jack whenever he was in trouble. He, uh, did get less dramatic about it as time went by, though. </p>
<p>Was it attraction or boredom that led to Jack and Phyllis “entertaining” themselves while trapped in an elevator? Whatever the reason, it resulted in a “Who’s the daddy?” cliffhanger that lasted for years and gave us icky feelings about Summer and Kyle.</p>
<p>And you thought election nights these days were tense. Try being in the room with this trio waiting to see whether Jack or Nikki had won the state senate seat. We’re getting a panic attack just thinking about it.</p>
<p>It was at this point that Jack stopped to wonder if all this effort was really worth it. Not rescuing Sharon, of course. No, we’re talking about the whole Clear Springs resort and explosion storyline.</p>
<p>When Jack presented the <em>Restless Style</em> team with an envelope of all four names in randomly assigned couple combinations, Phyllis, Nick and Sharon were shocked… but intrigued. Long story short, the magazine crashed and burned, and so did the relationships.</p>
<p>“What’s for dinner?” Jack innocently asked. “An affair,” Billy (then Billy Miller) and Sharon answered in unison — then looked awkwardly away.</p>
<p>Look, not to shame anyone’s attempts to spice up the bedroom, but maybe Jack should’ve had a clue something was off with his new squeeze, “Mary Jane,” when she wanted to play with a blindfold and scissors.</p>
<p>Mary Jane, as we all know, turned out to be Jack’s scorned first wife, Patty, who was determined to take him for a long, long ride on the crazy-go-round. A wedding with flowers <em>and</em> a kitten? How decadent!</p>
<p>Nothing would’ve made Emily happier than marrying jack. That’s right, <em>would</em>, not <em>could</em>. Patty had kidnapped and taken her place by the time the wedding happened. But once Emily was free, she promptly dumped Jack for not realizing she’d been replaced by a lunatic <em>four months ago</em>. Ouch.</p>
<p>Remember that time Jack rescued Victor from a sinking ship that had been attacked by a great white shark? Wait, that was <em>Jaws</em>. This was when Jack rescued his nemesis from a sinking ship after he’d been attacked by Patrick Swayze’s brother. Swear to God.</p>
<p>Eventually Diane (then Maura West, <em>General Hospital</em> femme fatale Ava these days) came back with her and Jack’s son Kyle, who at the time was played by an exceedingly polite baseball player.</p>
<p>Shortly after Diane returned, Jack and his fellow Genoa City-ites got together to shoot an ’80s power ballad music video, wherein they played murder suspects in the blonde’s death. Very gripping. Lots of smoke. Jack didn’t do it, and that’s about all you need know about how it ended.</p>
<p>Nope, still not done with Patty. Apparently she was <em>really</em> into watching Jack drool. Genevieve, though? Meh. </p>
<p>On his wedding day to Nikki, Jack delighted everyone by rising from his wheelchair for the first time since Patty put a bullet in his spine. But then he got stuck halfway, and the rest of the wedding was just awkward… </p>
<p>Gee, you’d think Jack had never seen a woman napping on his floor before. What’s that? Stephanie was <em>dead</em>? Oh. In that case, it’s a lot more disturbing that Adam (then Michael Muhney) was so nonchalant about Victor’s gruesome attempt to frame Jack for murder.</p>
<p>Judging by the matching pajamas and the look on her face, we’re guessing this is the moment Phyllis (then Gina Tognoni) began regretting waking up from her coma and rejoining the Abbott family. Or at least <em>this</em> part of the Abbott family…</p>
<p>Kinky would be one word for Kelly handcuffing Jack to a bed and brainwashing him to love her. (And we guess also teaching him how to read?) Kidnapping would be another. You say potato…</p>
<p>While Jack was off in Kelly’s bedroom of horrors, Bergman played two roles as Victor replaced his nemesis in Genoa City with an evil lookalike named Marco. And that doppelganger, in turn, played <em>Clue</em>. Was Mr. Boddy killed in hallway with the fire poker or the revolver?</p>
<p>Jack figured all he needed to do was stare at Billy and Phyllis until they kissed to catch his wife cheating on him. The really crazy part? It almost worked. The magnetism between those two was <em>insane</em>.</p>
<p>Either Gloria had just struck a pose to seduce Jack, or she was trying to hide and thought that his vision was based on movement. Tragically, it was the former. Even more tragically, it worked, and Jack slept with another of his (dead) dad’s wives.</p>
<p>“Hello, Genoa City cleaning services? My mother left a dead Graham on the floor, and he needs to be mopped up ASAP.”</p>
<p>Though Dina’s return was initially a joyous affair because it finally closed out the Abbotts’ Ring Around The Rosie circle, it quickly grew tragic. Dina suffered from Alzheimer’s, and her kids had to watch her vanish before their eyes. When she finally passed away, Jack had reconciled with his mom, but they’d never again have a pocket full of posie.</p>
<p>As Phyllis (Michelle Stafford once again) reached the breaking point in her renewed romance with sometime husband Nick, Jack realized not only that they could be sitting much closer to one another but that he wished he hadn’t let her become “the one that got away.”</p>
<p>Shortly after Jack friend-zoned Phyllis, Diane (Susan Walters again) rose from the grave and bought the newly vacant home of her ex’s newly dead son as a way of <span style="text-decoration: line-through">freaking out</span> ingratiating herself to Keemo’s daughter, Allie. As you can tell from Diane’s expression, it all made perfect sense. To <em>her</em>, anyway!</p>
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