Now that’s the way you to make an entrance! Wisely, The Young and the Restless did right by the audience, and by their latest cast member and star, Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott)!
In a pivotal and must-see episode in the history of the Abbott clan, Billy has been taken off of life-support. All of Billy’s loved ones are sufferingm and trying to come to terms with forever losing him in their lives. This set the stage for a fantastic entrance by Thompson, who played the out-of-body-experience of Billy- talking to each of his family members as they talk about him and discuss what they should, or shouldn’t have done as he listens in and reacts to it. Of course, the one catch … they cannot hear him. Yes, we have seen this plot device before, but in the hands of Thompson and in his first episode inheriting the role, it all seemed pretty seamless to us.
Thompson owned Billy Abbott with his own styles and nuances out of the gate. And for those who thought they were just going to see a complete retreading of Dr. Patrick Drake from General Hospital, we think this first impression should put that to bed for those who watched his work at ABC.
Thursday’s Y&R also continued to give some strong material to stalwarts: Jess Walton (Jill), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Peter Bergman (Jack), Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis). All of them A-listers and all of them Thompson’s new castmates. We even got a snarling Billy, when he drops in on the conversations going down in Victor’s (Eric Braeden) office! We also got the emotional Billy when in a key moment he is greeted by the vision of his late daughter Delia, complete with the rings of Katherine Chancellor on her fingers. In that moment, she tells Billy to go back and fight for his life, and for Victoria. At the end of the episode as the family has gathered around him to watch him take his last breathes, Billy has a brain signal and is coming back to life.
So, what did you think of the debut of Jason Thompson as the new Billy Abbott on Y&R? What did you think about the episode, and the way the powers-that-be brought Jason onto the canvas using this vehicle, which also served as showcase for him to springboard into the part? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!