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63 May 29th, 2015 Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott Tug At Heartstrings During Special Episode of Y&R!

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The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden (Victor) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) turned in masterful performances on Thursday’s episode of the number one soap opera.

Victor was grief-stricken over the supposed loss of his lush of wife Nikki Newman only she wasn’t dead at all.  She was recovering in a rehab facility meeting up with a counselor named Angel (Frank Runyeon), and facing her demons and deciding it was better to sober up than to lose her family.

Watch the video below of the performance and then weigh-in on what you thoughts of the performances of two great icons?

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  1. Mary SF says:

    I’m sorry, but I have seen Victor cry over Nikki’s grave, and Nikki crying over Victors’ one too many times over the years to be moved by yet another fake death scene. It has been done before and done better.

    Also the way the show writes them always fighting, breaking up and reuniting, it stopped being a romance years ago, so I don’t buy how in love they are in. It is not love anymore it has become a dysfunctional relationships that I wish would just end. If they won’t write them living happily ever, then I think they should just keep them apart for good.

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    Eric Buchanan replied

    I agree 100%! I am so tired of Nikki, Nicholas and Victoria forgiving Victor’s evil acts. (Much like I was sick of Stephanie and Brooke’s forgiveness on B&B). Victor has become so heartless and Nikki has just become pathetic…falling for some heath crisis to forgive the fact that he is evil incarnate. And tired of his Crocodile Tears….he only loves Nikki when she is his obedient servant.

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    Aden replied

    I do agree. People in their 60′s and 70′s don’t divorce and remarry 17 times. As an ongoing genre…soaps NEED to find writers who can write these shows not as they have always been written. There is nothing remotely entertaining about couples who keep doing that. Even Carly and Jack on ATWT were right played out and Victor and Nikki have been at it much longer. Soaps have this misguided notion that there are either happy couples….or unhappy ones. Couples don’t sit around talking about how happy and how in love they are…nor do repeatedly divorce and remarry. What makes relationshis endlessly fascinating is in all of life. Soaps have not even begun to scrape the surface of the minutiae involved with couples. On a completely unrelated note, does anyone else find it awkward and uncomfortable watching any scene with Valerie and NuKiki on GH? Terribly contrived jeuvenile writing combined with…um….severely limited acting skills is a recipe for wtf?? And seriously, NO ONE….even casually been like “So Val. You’re mom was white. You’re not. Let’s talk.”. GH is an unwatchable crapfest at the best of times but these two gals….no offense…..they’re not doing themselves any favours by being on this show. I hope no casting director ever sees their work on GH.

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    Timmm replied

    Imagine if your whole family is white and theres a knock on the door and its a black girl who claims to be part of your family. Not ONE member of your white family is going to say, oh by the way, your very pretty but I cannot help but notice, how did you get that wonderful tan! STUPID AND LAZY! SHES BLACK, THE SPENCERS ARE WHITE, WHY?

    The Substitute replied

    So agree with you Mary this was just an Emmy ploy by JFP I guess they really think long time viewers have forgotten how many times Victor has wished her dead.

    Harry replied

    Aden and Timm, it is odd. I can only surmise that we’ve become so politically correct that we attempt to fight racism in all the wrong places–as if we have to take being color blind to the point of being in denial.

    Rose replied

    I’m relatively new to the Y&R since the demise of OLTL and AMC. So I haven’t experienced all of the marriages and divorces of Nikki and Victor. But just in my short time I have not been able to figure out why Nikki stays with him, and why Victoria enables him even though she knows down deep that he is possibly pulling another scheme. And Nick…well I’ve just become disillusioned with him over the last couple of years. What he and Victor do have in common is they never look in the mirror and take any responsibility for the, not ripple, but large wave affects to others their actions produce. And I know Nikki has to take responsibility for her sobriety, but Victor just doesn’t acknowledge his role in it.

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    Carrie Jay replied

    PLEASE let Sharon be back with Adam :)

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    Kim Huck replied

    PLEASE GET RID OF CHELSEA AND SAGE!

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  2. su0000 says:

    I’m sorry.. but we here had a good laugh..
    That was above sapy campy..

    here,, my g/f hubby was mincing Victor and she was Nikki and they were hilarious minicing the over the top campy,,
    The biggest laugh we had was the angel guy..
    Jason asked= ”who is that guy”.. we said an Angel he said looks like Jesus Christ is he the angel Jesus..
    well, it was sappy fun, for sure..

    And kudos to all for their intervention performances..
    Melondy was great !! the best I’ve seen her in years..
    BRAVO Melody !

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    Rose replied

    OMGoodness…I am in agreement with you and your g/f’s on this.

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    CeeCee replied

    Is that what was said? That the Angel looks like Jesus?
    Frankly, this guy is a poor representation of what an angel would look like. He looks like the missing link to me.

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    su0000 replied

    hi :)
    the whole intervention was campy satire..
    we had fun with it..

    when Jason said ”is that the what? the angel Jesus, we cracked up..
    had to be there..
    Sops are not meant to be serious and are always campy fun, especially when shared with friends..
    I’m also a Rocky Horror Show fan .. :)

    Harry replied

    suoo, I hate to quibble with you but the Nikki intervention scenes were NOT good examples of campy satire. That does not fit the definition of camp or satire. They were meant to be taken seriously and perhaps in it’s own blundering way, it became funny.
    Also incorrect–soaps are indeed very often meant to be serious dealing with serious real life issues such as bipolar disease, cancer, marital struggles and cancer. The soap opera genre does provide escapism but since its inception on radio, it has delved into serious every day issues.
    That said, Nikki falling off the wagon and the family staging an intervention is boringly redundant. I perhaps could have tolerated it had the entire show revolved around this one story and this one character. In short, it seemed to be dedicated to the actress engaging in some serious naval gazing. To me, that is not entertainment–it’s not even campy fun.

    CeeCee replied

    Harry, I took the scene as serious also. Campy never entered my mind…
    I was just a bit confused. What was that? ….an out-of-body-experience for Nikki? Did she die and was revived? Or, was she in a drunken stupor?
    Obviously, the purpose of this scene was meant to awaken her out of her self-destructive slumber and embrace life by starting anew. Well, I sure hope so, Harry….I definitely do not want to go on any more drunken trips with her…..especially not in hotel rooms with strange men doing the cuchi-cuchi.
    Furthermore, I hope this will open everyone else’s eyes, as well. But, it’s a soap, there are demons in every corner, ready to pounce.

    Harry replied

    Cee Cee, well said (as par for the course with you) and thank you for the validation.
    Su00? I give up–you win. I honestly do not know what I was thinking.
    I am tired. I played tennis with an opponent today who kept hitting the ball way out of bounds and of course, I could not return her shot. Because I could not return her shots, she assumed she had beaten me and I just let her think so.

    Kim Huck replied

    I didn’t like this drunk story at all. Another mess from Chuck Pratt . Sorry not sorry but he needs to be let go

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    su0000 replied

    Dear Harry..
    the way soaps deal with bipolar, cancer, tumor, whatever stuff is a fictional story and not a real representation of any illness written by non-medical peoples, they are exaggerated and written for soapy drama and over acted..
    Soaps are not medical journals they are entertainment..
    The stories can make you cry and at times ridiculous, but not factual.

    Nikis intervention was sapy campy, it had campy humor with the over acting and nothing like an actual intervention, as seen on the tv show ”Intervention” .. heh!

    anyways we had fun with it.. :) the intervention was a mess, actually lol

  3. Aden says:

    Wow!!! A whole lotta people need to dust off shelves and make room for Emmys!!! Pratt can do all his high velocity plot maneuvers, but as long as he can do deeply affecting heart tugging , character driven brilliance like this episode…I’m on board. This had shades of Santa Barbara all over it and I say Bravo to all involved.

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    su0000 replied

    com’on ..
    I hear that every time an actor does their job and gives a good performance..
    So far this year there are the least, via the fans, 18 emmy worthy scenes LOL

    the acting was good, that is what is expected of the actors, but emmy?? naww..
    ((example; they gave an emmy to Hunter for her crying))

    Melody was at her best, for sure..

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    Timmm replied

    100 percent agree.

    Harry replied

    Really? I thought Melody overacted and was mugging it big time up for the camera. I am surprised the set is still standing after all Veteran Actress Chews up Scenery Part 12 came to town.

    Harry replied

    Aden, I really resent it when it feels like an entire show is dedicated to making sure an actor gets the brass ring–the Emmy nomination.

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  4. Nikki says:

    I think Nikki is a fantastic actress but I’m tired of her putting up with that Victor. He is an evil man and in real life off set I would bet he’s a bully. No matter what he does he’s always above the law and I’m so sick of Nick forgiving his father all the time. As for the funeral I think we saw all of it before but the guy that played angel was great. He looks so familiar great acting. My favorite lately is Jack Abbott, my gosh can that guy act!! He should put in for an award next year.

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  5. Bart says:

    While I enjoyed the episode for the most part (it was nice to see Frank Runyeon back on Daytime, but what was up with that Chia Pet-like goatee?), the only hollow spot in the whole thing was the fake Jack (“Yack”) giving Nikki phony and hollow words of encouragement. This would have been better if “Yack” was not there.

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    The Substitute replied

    Why was a fellow alcoholic being the mediator?

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    Lucia replied

    I completely agree. I can’t buy that Jack#2 could have had the exact level of empathy for Nikki as Jack #1 would have had – so much so that the only person who seemed surprised was Victor (of course).

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  6. robert says:

    great episode. this will be emmy worthy

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  7. JUDY says:

    GOOD ACTING BY ALL……HOWEVER, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SEEN THIS SAME OLD…SAME OLD…..STORY LINE……TIME TO WATCH GENERAL HOSPITAL,,

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  8. Jolene beth Morgan says:

    Magnificent, and totally Exquisite acting by Mr. Braeden! He gave one of the Greatest performances of his long and respected career in yesterdays episode!! Since I have been a fan of Mr. Braeden’s for over 50 years, I have seen him give countless, Award Winning performances, Movies, T.V. shows; comedies, mysteries, westerns, so I know that he has a huge range as an actor. He can display in his portrayals, many complicated emotions, and so effortlessly. He is clearly ‘an Actor’s Actor’! And yesterday he validated that fact! Why Mr. Braeden never became a Major Motion Picture Star long ago, is a complete mystery to me. However he Is a ‘Star’ to millions of devoted fans all over the world who have followed his Amazing career for so many years as I have. He is a true Icon! In my opinion, Mr. Braeden is every bit the actor that my other two favorite actors were; the Great Marlon Brando and the Exceptional Jack Lemmon! All three, Sensational actors All!

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    Timmm replied

    I love Eric, as well. He IS daytime. Him and Anthony Geary.

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  9. Timmm says:

    Sorry, it didnt tug at my heart strings. The who show tugged at my remote control! It was an awful show! First of all they should have had John Abbott as the “Gate Keeper” in heaven. Secondly, they have a ton of audio they could have used on dialogue Nicki and Kay have shared over the years. Why not have a figure off into the clouds being Katherine and having her talk to Nicki? Last thing, having Yak there was senseless. How the hell does this guy have so much background info on Nicki? VERY weak! However, he did give her some good advice. Melody, good job, Y&R,bad writing!

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    Mary SF replied

    Although Nikki didn’t really die and never was in heaven, it does seem odd that her vision didn’t include Katherine, not even a mentioned. I like your idea of them using audio from the many lecture Katherine gave Nikki about drinking. But if that would be too bothersome to deal with royalties to her estate to use JC voice, they could have at least mentioned Katherine during the intervention.

    As for Yack being there, well, only we and Victor know he is a fake. The real Jack would have been there. Nikki is his ex wife and they share the addiction so I think it would have been odd if Jack wasn’t there. One can assume when Victor hired him, Yack was given history on all the people in Jack’s life including his ex wives. Plus we now know Yack was speaking from his own experiences, having a girl friend who addicted to drugs.

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    Harry replied

    Timm, I could not agree with you more.

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    su0000 replied

    yes,, it was a bit campy, wasn’t it ;) lol

    Harry replied

    Ha! Yes, campy. Everyone was wearing Timberland boots, lying in sleeping bags while roasting marshmallows roasted on the camp fire.

    Lucia replied

    Great points Timmm! John Abbott would have been great, and scenes with Kay would have made a lot of sense – but given that the history of the show and the authenticity of the characters seems lost on these writers, a great opportunity was lost.

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    Timmm replied

    I always say, it would be difficult to write so much dialogue everyday BUT why do us fans always seem to have better ideas?

  10. Dawn D says:

    I thought it was very well done. I cried it was so touching.

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  11. Wendy - Vancouver says:

    These days, unfortunately, I find my focus is on knowing these actors on YR have to spend hours learning their scripts and then add their own acting skills, plus follow the director for that show & do the job. It’s not really about getting lost in the story lines anymore as many are either boring or just so fictitious even an author of a novel would have trouble getting the plots past an editor for a publishing company.
    This episode by Melody and Eric was such a great example of why as their characters they have lasted on the show for all these years. Whether Eric’s tears were real (or induced with drops administered, which can be done for a tearful scene) or not, it had be blinking back my own. The acting and script delivery was impeccable and memorable for me.
    It was great to see their ‘work’ on screen given the hour to expand the emotions they bring to the scenes. Rather than the familiar few minutes every now and then throughout the hours of the show.
    The cast on YR do their jobs. That is what they are hired to do. To bring a character to life, add the very subtle nuances of each scene as many do, takes great skill and dedication to character development.
    Melody’s very indignant walk when outraged, Victor winding up for a loud, “You got that?” are two examples. The ritual of seeing familiar characteristics in the different cast are part of what i watch now. So, even though plot, story lines are the result of new direction with JFP and Pratt, I can still enjoy the actors, their skill and admire them for pulling off every challenge thrown their way.

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  12. Mateo says:

    Melody Thomas Scott is hands down the best drunk on TV. Her balancing act of sobriety has been excellently played. While this is soap opera and stories hit the fine line of ridiculous reality, I have to say that I love how the character of Nikki doesn’t just miraculously get healed of her addictions. How many times do we hear in the news of some actor or actress have fallen off the wagon for the upteenth time? I give kudos to the writing team for making Nikki have those sad, pathetic moments because that is true to her addiction. She is still a strong lady and a fighter but this addiction is stronger and she knows it. Victor is always the villain and never strays from it. True to his character. I hear many people say they are tired of it but no one would like seeing Victor sitting around the table playing Canasta and tweeting to his friends at the office. Victor Newman is VICTOR NEWMAN. No conscience or rules, just a heart that beats to slay ANYONE who attacks his family in any way. He isn’t right. It isn’t rational but it’s who Victor is. The only thing that annoys me the most is that they keep making Nicholas Newman so judgmental of everyone, family and friends alike but he can’t keep his pants on for any reason whatsoever! I mean my god, every woman that comes to town he is going to poke. Phyllis, Sharon, Grace, Avery, Sage and god knows who else….and he comes down on Sharon? And this I am not having any relationship until Faith accepts it. So basically he is teaching his daughter to sleep around with any one and every one as long as you don’t make your kids upset. Faith is going to be a huge slut if he keeps that up. I mean Summer is getting there herself. I love Victoria because even though she comes off as bitchy she still is human. She has heartbreaks, she loves her children and she is confused at the way her life works. She is hopelessly in love with Billy but can’t accept it. For all those that are slamming these characters I have to say they seem pretty realistic to some people I know in real life. I think both Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott deserve kudos for keeping their characters true to their natures. I really don’t want to see Nikki stop her drinking. I love her as a drunk. But I know we have to have her take that delicate walk back to sobriety. I am just glad we got such a good ride with Nikki this time around. She is amazing. Let’s all lift a glass to Nikki’s alcoholism. Cheers. (Yes I know I am awful)

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    Lucia replied

    I agree – Nikki is fun to watch, particularly because she’s not all buttoned up when she is drunk and she says what she thinks. I also think they did a good job last week of showing the “angry drunk” side of her – and she played it brilliantly. It seems that in the past she was also repentant when drinking, but last week she was really harsh with everyone.

    As for Faith, I simply cannot wait to see what she will be like when they inevitably fast forward age her. Certainly manipulative and definitely addicted to sugar. Seriously – can they stop feeding her cookies to get her out of the room??

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  13. lisa says:

    Pretty decent episode….Melody Thomas Scott is wonderful.
    I would like to see follow up in rehab to make this believable.

    Could we puleez split Nikki and Victor up tho – he’s really got to start paying for his misdeeds…enough is enough already !!

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    su0000 replied

    lisa, hi
    Ohhh noooo!
    I have no desire to watch Niki go through rehab, how awfully boring.
    Niki will always be with Victor.. if she is not with Victor the Niki’s character has no purpose and Melody could be looking for work..

    Her and Victor are older and they are what they are and always will be, there is nothing nor anybody else for them to be with ..
    it will be Victor and Niki to the end..

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  14. Sammie says:

    I am soooooo sick of drunk Nikki! She is not convincing at all and is definitely embarrassing to watch.
    How many more times do we have to watch this former stripper who lives in the lap of luxury with a man she claims drives her to drink but she won’t leave him?
    I almost gagged when she told “Walt” she used to be a stripper. My first thought was, oh please don’t give him a demonstration. She looked like a tired old housefrau in that awful dress. The wardrobe lady should fired.
    I usually really enjoy nikki, except when she’s drunk or she purses her lips as she’s looking down on someone.

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    su0000 replied

    well,
    If Niki didn’t drink that made made alcohol junk and go earth natural and smoke weed, she would be much better off..
    Victor needs some good weed, for sure..

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    Harry replied

    Victor, stoned? Now, seeing the Mustache all glassy eyes and smiling while screaming,”I have what is called the munchies!!! Give me a frankfurter with lots of German mustard and sauerkraut!! Then he would burst into peels of hysterical laughter.
    Now that is a scene I’d like to see.

    su0000 replied

    I would love to see Victor stoned! heck, I would pay to see that..
    someone needs to get stoned, people do smoke weed, ya know.. lol

    Harry replied

    No, SUoo, I did not know anyone smoked pot. I am shocked, shocked, I tell ya!
    Now imagine you’re working the late shift at the In N Out in Genoa City.
    You speak through the intercom and hear a German voice sputter out,” GIVE me a DOUBLE DOUBLE ON THE DOUBLE OR I WILL RUIN YOU!!!”
    Then you hear a woman giggle hysterically and she horse whispers,”OH Victor, you should get stoned more often–you are hilarious when high!”
    “SHUT UP WOMAN! I haven’t ordered my fries and chocolate shake yet!- You disgust me!” The woman’s voice answers,”OH I love this type of foreplay. Mr Mustache.”

  15. damien says:

    i guess im in the minority but i ff d it and then just erased it. i lost intrest when plastered nikki crawled into bed wth some loser from the club. its been done before and much better when nikki hooked up with deacon in that sleezy motel and victor came charging in!
    the only part of this story that excites me is that victoria newman is getting a back bone again! i loved when vic told niiki she didnt need lipstick, she needed a drink! i howled, amelia s killing it!
    unfortunatly characters continue to act out of character, neils doin vics dirty work for no real reason, nikki s hoing around in the gcac where everyone can see, victor doesnt care that his daughters are sharing stitch, when normally victor wld ve sent stitch out of town! oh gawd, its sooo bad, i swear first year writing class students who ve never watched an ep of y n r could do better!
    pratt n cbs and sony heads for letting this continue are complete ass wipes!

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    damien replied

    im just waiting for the headline “pratt and jfp canned for shitting all over y n r”

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    su0000 replied

    JFP and Pratt are both doing what they are hired to do..
    Y&R has gained in the numbers since Pratt aboard..
    They have near 60 year experience between them, they are going nowhere..

    Soap writers/producers are not easy to come by they are now becoming a lost art ..
    Soap writers & producers are on the endangerment list as a rare species.

    Harry replied

    I am in agreement with you, Damien. Melody is married to a CBS executive so she has a lot of pull. I think that is why they dedicated an ENTIRE show to Nikk’s intervention.
    Had they interjected it with other stories it might have been tolerable. I made the first 15 minutes and then deleted it from my DVR.

    damien replied

    im not worried suoooo about pratts and jfp s tenure… they are not a match for the quality type of show real y n r fans know the soap deserves. its only a matter of time before pratt hangs himself with his plot driven storytelling. he lacks simple character driven storytelling. averys exit which was initially involving rape is why the ratings spike. he s all stunt storytelling.it gets old quick. the february disaster has had no real consquences for the overall show, nicks silly club was rebuilt the same and speaking of nick the fact that he wld let his hlf bro shack up with his ex and not blast sharon or dyaln shows how badly pratt knows simple characters motives etc. we ‘re losing a strong beautiful character and actress in avery to make room for sage who has no real characterization and is showing no guilt in possibly hiding the real paternity of her unborn child. shows a mess and pratt needs to attend a writing course.
    jfp just needs to be shown the door, she s shadier than victor newman , who btw has been completely destroyed as having even the slighest morality.
    in a couple of years we ll have a new team, hopefully one with a clue

    damien replied

    suooo, dont bother justifying or defending pratts and jfp s involvement with the show. its pathetic and sickening. they dont care about the show so i don t know why u d care about them.

    su0000 replied

    damien..
    there are many as myself who like ”plot driven stories”
    that is a fact damien.. Plots are a good thing.
    Plots first, that is what makes the stories is plots, the couples should always be secondary because they are boring..
    and as ”pathetic and sickening” you see Y&R as being you tune in to watch it..
    ( there is something wrong with doing that- it is not logical)

  16. Ghlover says:

    I think Y&r should kill off Victor by Nicky like when Gewn Alden from Loving went nuts and killed her family… Maybe Victor, Sharon, Victoria and Neil could be her victims! That would shake things up! Then Y&r could focus on the Abotts and Jabot, making it more comptatible with B&B..fashion and costmetics blend well ;p

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    Timmm replied

    You need an intervention!

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  17. Geoffrey-Martin Cyr says:

    When is someone gonna put #YR’s Neil in a time-out so he can give his ivory tower a rest?! I have NEVER been a fan of the Winters clan, always posturing and parading around Genoa City like they are morally-superior to everyone else, while each member is like nails on a chalkboard: insufferable princess daughter Lily, whose sense of entitlement has always been off the charts; son-in-law Cane, whose permanent smirk and constant mauling of wife Lily are yawn-inducing; sudden-billionaire son Devon, who’s needed to grow-a-pair since he was adopted into this clan…and finally patriarch Neil, the perpetual Charlie Brown who always seems to draw the losing straw in life, yet keeps getting back-up to pontificate and grandstand for another day!! (Just last month, HE fell-off the wagon hard, and now look at him: leading an intervention and bullying Nikki like HE has all the answers?! Hypocrite!!) Nikki had the line of the episode: “He’s been sober for what, ten minutes?, and he’s gonna tell ME HOW TO LIVE?!” Why can’t Pratt do something about altering the traits of THESE characters instead of re-writing those we actually can tolerate?!

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    Timmm replied

    I cannot stand Devon and Cane should run fast as he can away from Lilly just not into Lauren’s arms!

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    su0000 replied

    Geoffrey-Martin Cyr, hi
    You said that brilliantly !
    The Winters family have been FF for a very long time, a horrible hoard of yuck ..
    Neil and Devon the worst !

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  18. Mo says:

    I did not like the episode. Would have been better if we had seen just the intervention and not the ‘Heaven’ part.

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  19. Timmm says:

    Rumor has it Nickii will really fall off the rails this summer and I predict she end up in Ian Ward’s arms!

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