How Young & Restless’ Adam Could Upend Victor’s Plans *and* Undermine Victoria — Plus, Who’s Luring Jack into Danger
March 14 - 18
Young & Restless remains as dry as unbuttered toast with the exception of the Ashland storyline, which would appear to be culminating sooner rather than later. That said, there were some interesting interactions, and a fun lure-y promo surrounding the Jack plot, in this short week.
Know When To Hold ‘Em
Some were holding out hope that Victoria secretly knew more than she was letting on about her husband’s diabolical charade and would turn out to be holding all the cards, but sadly, it became clearer this week that they’re playing her as the female blinded by love and duped into giving up half of the company. It was Nick, Victor, and Nate to the rescue, after the initial scoop was provided by poor missing Michael.
Adam, meanwhile, was tossing around the idea — with Sally’s input — that the ensuing upheaval might create an opening for him to make a move on the CEO chair at Newman-Locke. With Young & Restless spoilers indicating that he will resort to old habits, it’s left me wondering if he’ll plot to upend Victor’s plans by going ahead and leaking the information about Ashland faking cancer to the media. This would put Newman-Locke in a bad position temporarily and would screw over Victoria — who would undoubtedly be held responsible by the board — at which point Adam may be able to convince them to oust her and install him as CEO to salvage the situation. Victor would not be happy, but may have little choice other than to back his son in order to save his company.
In related, I enjoyed the scene between Sally and Sharon, who relented and gave the redhead some insight on Adam, but I was disappointed at the thaw between Sally and Chelsea. The writers do know that there are supposed to be rivalries on soaps, right?!? Not everyone is supposed to kiss and make up!
Also in related, Sally proved to be her own worst enemy — once again — by divulging the information she overheard at Newman Media to Lauren, who will surely go and confront Victor, who will then tell Adam that Sally can’t be trusted. Oy.
— Wayne Pittman, Jr. ♑💪🏿😈👅 (@Sony12Play) March 16, 2022
Know When To Run
Speaking of Young & Restless running from drama, it was a bit of a kick in the pants to see Kyle pop up and get decades worth of update on his older brother Keemo in two minutes. It only served to highlight the absurdity of the show ignoring Keemo’s existence all these years and to underscore the missed storyline opportunities for the brothers.
While I was done with watching Jack weep over that damned box, the scenes between him and Allie resonated, and I join other viewers in looking forward to her coming to Genoa City.
Loving these heartfelt scenes between Jack & Allie #YR
— bon5273 (@bon52) March 15, 2022
It’s been intriguing trying to figure out the identity of Jack’s mystery texter. Lots of guesses, including whether Keemo may still be alive, but of course that was disproved by the new promo showing a female texting Jack. She’s wearing black, which made me wonder if it’s a hint she’s Keemo’s widow. If so, did he marry someone shocking we already know? Guesses as to who the mystery woman might be include Mari Jo, Patty, Kelly, Leanna Love, Tara, and even Keemo’s sister, Mai, who could be holding a grudge, but she’s doubtful as she wouldn’t be all that shocking.
One thing we do know is that Jack’s about to get lured into a “dangerous trap”, per spoilers, so we’ll find out the person’s identity and agenda before long. Share your theories with me in the comment section!
This is just my opinion. Feel free to join the conversation below, but first, don’t miss a look back on the much-missed One Life To Live cast (then and now!) in the photo-filled gallery below.
<p>Though we always regarded it as hyperbole when the residents of Llanview called <em>One Life to Live</em>’s Dorian Lord a witch, it <em>does</em> appear that her enchanting portrayer knows the spell for remaining forever stunning. Hmm…</p>
<p>Hair today, gone tomorrow. It’s a cleaner-cut but no less handsome version of the Emmy winner who played Todd Manning that now brings to life Austin Gatlin-Holt, the newest member of the Quartermaine family on <em>General Hospital.</em></p>
<p>Bing Crosby’s “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” might as well have been written for Starr Manning’s real-life alter ego, who landed her pivotal part when she was just 6 years old and played it from 1998-2015 (along the way crossing over to <em>General Hospital</em>, where she eventually originated the role of Kiki Jerome).</p>
<p>Megan Gordon and Jake Harrison’s love outlived… well, sadly, Megan. But at least the actors who made us swoon during the supercouple’s doomed early-’90s romance are still looking as vivacious as ever. Where <em>are</em> their Dorian Gray portraits, anyway?</p>
<p>The saying is “older and wiser,” but we’ll be damned if the actress who gave Nora Buchanan her quick wit and radiant smile isn’t turning the phrase so far that it’s become “older and lovelier.” We should all be so lucky as to age this gorgeously.</p>
<p>No matter the decade in which the photo was taken, Bo Buchanan’s portrayer still has that trademark twinkle in his eye. And admit it — it’s hard, isn’t it, to look at these pictures of his infectious smile and resist the urge to crack one of your own!</p>
<p>“Mad about you” took on a whole new meaning when the onetime Miss Maryland USA took federal agent Alex Olanov right off the rails in her pursuit of her estranged beau. Er, Bo. Well, both, technically. Bo was the beau, you’ll recall, over whom the future Mob moll lost her marbles.</p>
<p>After playing poet Patrick Thornhart, the soap-hopper went on to appear on <em>Port Charles</em>, <em>All My Children</em> and now <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> (as Ridge Forrester). But he remains true to the real-life leading lady whom he met when he was tapped as a love interest for her Marty Saybrooke.</p>
<p>Just 8 years old when she joined the cast of <em>One Life to Live</em>, the charismatic child star grew up before our eyes — and along the way blossomed into a striking young woman — as Clint and Viki Buchanan’s headstrong daughter, Jessica.</p>
<p>Mustache or no mustache, the soap vet who played Hank “The Cannon” Gannon still carries himself with a gravitas that turns heads when he enters a room. Probably when he leaves a room, too, but we haven’t checked that to be sure.</p>
<p>They made the cutest of couples as <em>One Life to Live</em>’s Evangeline Williamson and Cristian Vega — but only <em>on</em> screen. Behind the scenes, the hunk wasn’t falling for the <em>Hamilton</em> Tony winner and <em>Girls5eva</em> scene stealer but a certain <em>other</em> co-star…</p>
<p>Adriana Cramer’s portrayer — Melissa Gallo prior to her marriage — probably wouldn’t have looked so pouty way back when if she’d known that she was going to end up raising a family with her hunky co-star and headlining a hit primetime sitcom (<em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em>).</p>
<p>Yeah, go ahead and put on your glasses. All you’re going to discover is that the actor who made Max Holden such an irresistible devil is as attractive now as he was when he made his daytime debut. And as an added bonus, that mullet-adjacent hairdo is a thing of the past. Mind you, the way that time has stopped for him is nothing compared to the way that it has for his better half…</p>
<p>We wouldn’t lie to you. These pictures of the soap vet who replaced Mia Korf as impetuous Blair Cramer were taken decades apart, not mere minutes. It just so happens that the actress, more recently Eve Donovan on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, only grows more beautiful as time goes by.</p>
<p>Keri Reynolds and Antonio Vega may not have had the kind of relationship that stands the test of time, but their portrayers sure do. The former Llanview denizens and primetime mainstays have been married since 2007 and now have twins together.</p>
<p>The Hollywood legend has received enough accolades to throw her own award show. But to those of us who were glued to <em>One Life to Live</em> in the heyday of Love in the Afternoon, she’ll always be most vividly remembered as Karen Wolek, the respectable married lady whose courtroom confession that she’d turned tricks won her portrayer a Daytime Emmy.</p>
<p>Somewhere between his big break as teenage dream Joey Buchanan and his primetime successes on <em>Castle</em> and <em>The Rookie</em>, the rising star went from boy-next-door adorable to leading-man handsome. Kinda makes you wonder how dashing he’s going to go on to get, doesn’t it? The mind boggles!</p>
<p>Though Dorian’s niece Kelly Cramer was initially a wild-maned pot-stirrer, her look calmed down considerably once the powers that be realized that the future Emmy winner playing her didn’t need gimmicks to hold anyone’s attention. By the time <em>The Young and the Restless</em> tapped her as its Phyllis Summers recast, <em>everyone</em> knew that Tognoni could focus eyeballs with nothing more than a pointed gaze.</p>
<p>She’s come a long way from the youngster that <em>One Life to Live</em> chose back in 1978 to play Victoria Lord’s eventual half sister (and frequent headache), Tina Clayton. Yet Evans is to this day such an effervescent presence on screen that even champagne looks upon her with envy. Oh, and don’t freak because Viki’s included here, too. As <em>if</em> we wouldn’t give an individual slide to…</p>
<p>When we think of <em>One Life to Live</em>, let’s be real, it’s the six-time Emmy winner’s alter ego — or should we say alter <em>egos</em>? — who lived that life. And somehow, even all these eons later, Slezak carries herself with a poise that almost <em>demands</em> she be given a whole other award for admirable presence. If not #lifegoals, certainly #OneLifeGoals.</p>
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