Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured two powerhouse performanes betweeen CBS daytime drama stalwarts, Eric Braeden (Victor) and Justin Hartley (Adam).
In it, father and son come to a conclusion and a reconciliaton, of sorts, in a key turn in their longstanding feud and relationship that is set to have a ripple efect in Genoa City for some time to come. After being dragged away and kidnapped to a cabin in an undisclosed location, Adam realizes Victor’s is behind it, and his knee-jerk reaction to his father’s presence is wanting to go back to prison. Victor informs him that he is safe and removes Adam’s handcuffs. Finally, Victor admits he went too far with his scheme and revenge plot against his son and in the process tore his life apart. Victor quietly says, “I don’t feel good about it.” He also tells Adam that turning his father in now for the crimes perpertrated against him will not make his his prison sentence disappear.
Victor then goes on to say in a emotional moment: “And it certainly wouldn’t give you what you have always wanted … to be free of your father.” He then tells Adam what he has set in motion for him: “You can go anywhere you want, son. Start a new life. Free of the Newman name … free of the Newman mantle … just start new. I will never see you again. You don’t have to leave your son and your wife, they will go with you.”
Adam fires back, “You’re agreeing to never see your grandson again?” Then Victor says, “I grew up alone, without parents. So, I want you to be a father to that boy, and I’m willing to sacrifice for you, and for my grandson.” Victor hands Adam a phone and tells him when it rings, Adam should answer it and make the most important pitch of his life. Adam is emotional and stunned.
As Victor is about to exit the cabin, Adam says, “Dad, I don’t know what to say.” (Cue “Nadia’s Theme”, the theme song for Y&R!). Victor turns back to Adam with, “You know, son … you and I have hurt each other a lot. But, I have hurt you more. This is for family.” Then Victor puts his hand on Adam’s shoulder and a teary-eyed Adam grabs his father’s hand just for a split second before Victor leaves.
Eric Braeden and Justin Hartley truly played all the the complexities of this damaged father/son relationship within the framework of these two-person scenes and within the dialog. Both actors in the moment with sublety and nuance, and it doesn’t get much better than this.
Now viewers are waiting to see just how this story plays out next week when Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Connor are reunited with Adam. Plus, to see the fate on-screen of the Adam character since Justin Hartley is currently filming This Is Us for NBC which debuts next month.
What did you think of the scenes between Victor and Adam on Friday’s episode? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!