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65 October 13th, 2017 THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Ashley, “One Good Thing … Daddy Died Believing I Was His Daughter”

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On Friday’s The Young and the Restless, the long held secret that has spanned decades is finally out in the open.  Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) is not the biological daughter of the late and beloved John Abbott (Jerry Douglas).  No, that honor would go to Brent Davis, the man that Dina Mergeron, Ashley’s mother, had an affair with years ago.

In the key episode. as Ashley is named Innovator of the Year in the cosmetics world, she takes the opportunity to out Graham (Max Shippee), who has been infiltrating the Abbotts, and Dina’s confidence, as part of a revenge plot against Ashley and her mom.  Turns out … Graham’s stepfather was Brent Davis, and in a emotional exchange at the Top of the Tower festivities for Ashley, Dina blurts out that Brent Davis is Ashley’s biological daughter – a secret she promised she would never reveal, and Ashley begged her not to ever tell.

Now expose, Graham toasts Ashley in a despicable manner rubbing in to her face that she is not a true Abbott.  As the room is cleared to try to give some time for Ashley and Dina to talk, things get worse when Dina becomes overwrought for what she has done.  Later, she goes to her suite at the GCAC where Jack (Peter Bergman) tells her that what she said tonight will change Ashley’s world forever, and to stay away from Graham, and to not let him near her fortune and her will.  Graham overhears the conversation outside the door.

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Later, when Jack returns to the Abbotts, an emotional Ashley is trying to recover from the evenings revelations.  Traci (Beth Maitland) and Abby (Melissa Ordway) still are confused as to what went down.  They later overhear Jack and Ashley talking where Ashley says to her brother, “One good thing, daddy died believing I was his daughter.”  Traci and Abby look on shocked!  Back at Dina’s suite, Graham lures Dina into an argument where she passes out in need of medical attention.  Instead of calling for help on his cell, he stands there looking vengeful.

Kudos go in this episode to Eileen Davidson, who brought the emotion along with Ashley’s usually tough veneer.  Next week, the Abbott drama continues.

Watch the final moments of Friday’s cliffhanger below. Then let us know, what you thought of the scenes featuring Eileen Davidson, Marla Adams, Peter Bergman and Max Shippee in the comment section below!

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  1. Mateo says:

    Eileen Davidson was magic. Marla Davis, althought a tad odd was so amazing in her scenes. People trash Y&R on other soap sites but let me say this: Y&R always goes for class even when it is the most dramatic. It is a sign of good writing. It a sign of good acting. Most of all it’s a sign that Y&R has a reason it’s number one. I am really digging the way the show is pacing and the way it is telling it’s stories. BRAVO!!

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    Harry replied

    I loved it too, Mateo. I agree with your every word.
    Thank you.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I agree with you Mateo. Friday’s episode was excellent. I wonder if they are going to leave Dina for dead? My only hope is that they give Gloria a nice meaty story. I said it before and I will say it again. She is much to good to be getting cameo roles as Jack’s secretary. And on a side note, could there be a Victoria Matao relationship in the works. That would prove to be interesting. But I really don’t think he would betray Ashley like that. Or would he? Time will tell I guess.

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    boes replied

    I hope Ravi isn’t wasted on Victoria, although Show seems to be waffling on him and Ashley. Victoria will abandon him in a heartbeat for the buttbiscuit called Billy, anyway.

    Rhonda replied

    Ravi is a gem! I don’t see him with Ashley or Victoria.
    This might be an unpopular opinion, but bring back Summer and pair her up with Ravi. I didn’t mind Hunter King the way a lot of viewers did but if she is not available, re cast!

    boes replied

    YOu’re right on the money, the show and most the actors are pretty good. Marla Adams is so good I wish she would stay around forever.

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  2. Kevin C says:

    Loved it and this is what Sally Sussman wrote which I love and how this all unfolded…The only thing that would of made it better if we had the classic background music along with this drama, sorry I couldn’t help myself…I actually feel so bad for Ashley and Dina and I hope Graham get’s what he deserves…

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    George replied

    Please bring back the original background music !!!!!

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    Kevin C replied

    Oh George, I so wish they would but for some reason TPTB is not listening.
    BTW, THANKS so much for your support

  3. su0000 says:

    The Graham and Ashley’s reveal story is way better than the boring Jason return..
    read ^^^ again ……. heh one more time!

    I was cheering Graham on, waiting for him to take down Ashley (she is such a snotty bitch)..
    Poor Dina :( but she will be fine she has bitch in her too and they are survivors.
    And now we finally get some suds in our soap and bubbles to pop..
    That was soap at its best..
    Y&R needed that story because the rest of it is really lame and boring.

    Here’s to Ashley crying me a river and a score one for Graham !! :)
    I’m going to enjoy it until Graham gets the boot and Ashley struts her bitch, again..
    Graham needs to stay on and go to Brash and Sassy help bring Jack/the Abbots down he is business qualified to do so.
    But not Tracy.. I really like Tracy and she is off limits!

    Well, I enjoyed Graham doing his thing and into what’s next with it all..

    ((as for Jason’s return wake me if something of interesting or exciting happens))

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    jaybird369 replied

    su0000…EXACTLY!!!!! Ashley’s high and mighty, overly moral and self-righteous attitude has ALWAYS bugged the hell out of me. TEAM GRAHAM ALL THE WAY!!!!!

    Later.

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    su0000 replied

    hey jaybird ..
    I need me some bad guys and Graham, well I like him !
    GO GRAHAM !!
    I hope he gets the upper hand and Ashley gets her royal arse handed to her.
    The bad guys need to win, too ;)
    All the sugary love, peace and godly charaters that’s wanted makes my brain bleed ahaa!

    It’s the bad guys that put the soap drama in a soap..
    they need to be paid homage for bringing the excitement..

    jaybird369 replied

    su0000…EXACTLY!!!!! THE BAD GUYS on a soap are WAY MORE INTRIGUING…PERIOD!!!!!

    Later.

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  4. rocky83 says:

    Ho Hum………

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  5. Patrick says:

    “…One good thing, daddy died believing I was his daughter.”  ”

    Thank the serial god. the relationship between John Abbott and his eldest daughter… priceless

    “Traci and Abby look on shocked! ”

    this is where I hope it doesn’t run amok; wild with abandon

    I expect this from the dullard nuMANs please.

    the bond between the Abbott siblings are so much more interesting , vital, and relatable… that this is not what the show direction should ever be

    let the gutter sniping – spiral continue with Victor and Nikki… so much more fun to LOL

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    Kevin C replied

    Patrick, THANK YOU for the compliment regarding the 3 beauties, Lori, Ashley and Cassandra…all 3 classy ladies played wonderfully by Jaime Lyn Bauer, Eileen Davidson and Nina Arvesen.

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  6. Scot says:

    I have to agree that Y&R has finally returned to its pre-2006 Form. I hope Mal builds on the momentum. Y&R’s core audience has always appreciated the melodramatic, slow-moving pace of character-driven drama punctuated by major dramatic events organically placed to continue mining the show’s rich history and utilizing a stable cast of cross-generational characters who are like family to many of us. If you want action or quickly paced head spinning plots, Y&R isn’t for you, at least not in its current form, which is what millions of us have wanted back for a decade now. Some things are just fine. Winning formulas don’t need to be fixed. Y&R lost its identity when a careless string of executive producers and head writers imposed their own visions on Y&R, instead of letting the organic evolution of this show guide them. The characters would have guided the show had the show headers respected the legacy left to them by Bill Bell, Ed Scott, Kay Alden, Jack Smith, etc.

    Now we pick up the Brent/Dina/Ashley story again in traditional Bill Bell fashion of storing drama in the “vault” until a logical opportunity presents itself to resurrect some long kept secret. The drama would be much more impactful had a misguided show runner had not so irresponsibly killed off John and dismantled the Abbott family. Still, this reveal opens up many new story opportunities. How will Tracy react now that the big sister she never measured up to, John Abbott’s “Beauty” and the apple of his eye, was not only not his daughter but Ashley, Dina and Jack kept it a secret from her for 30 years? Tracy has always had an inferiority complex and was insecure to the point of drug addiction and attempting suicide. How will Billy react once it sinks in? Will he act ruthlessly, like Jack did back in the day and use it as a weapon to keep Ashley from power over the family business? What will Jill do? Will she return to vindictive form and encourage Billy to claim his birthright from sanctimonious Ashley? Will Dina finally make peace with her past demons and finally have an unawkward relationship with the children she abandoned when they were still kids? Finally, how will Ashley cope this time, especially if Abby is angry about being lied to. Will Ashley keep it together, or will she battle another emotional breakdown that renders her out of touch with reality?

    Guys and Gals: This is classic Y&R. The acting by all was golden. The writing didn’t rewrite history and respected the intelligence of us original viewers with some skewed unbelievable timeline. Now that Dina will be unconscious for the foreseeable future, spiteful Grant will have some more time to taunt Ashley and punish her for being the bio-daughter of the only father he knew. It may be a long time until Dina wakes up and remembers everything. Until then, enjoy the human stories of the Abbotts and how they cope with this long held secret. The writers better not mess it up. There’s a lot to work with here. The talented artists who portray the Abbotts certainly won’t disappoint.

    Here’s to Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Marla Adams and Peter Bergman for giving a second life to this heart wrenching story. The late Terry Lester’s Jack tortured Ashley by blackmailing her. It’s beautiful to see how he has grown and become protective of Ashley since those days. SO I include Peter in that quartet of uber talented veterans because he makes us forget he wasn’t Jack when this story was originally told.

    Finally, CONGRATULATIONS to Y&R for 39 years at #1. It wasn’t always at its best, especially from 2005-2016, but it’s always been the BEST.

    AND all the BEST to you all, my fellow Y&R followers…….

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    Rhonda replied

    Bravo, Scot!
    One question, did Traci really develop a drug addiction?
    I know she developed an eating disorder, bulimia I think it was. She kept a stash of candy bars in her closet when she was a teen and would binge and purge.
    I don’t see John Abbott as the hero every one else does. Doting on Ashely and calling her ‘my beauty” while not having a similar pet name for Traci was just downright cruel. It also shows that this patriarch was more concerned with the outside rather than what it is inside. I hope they explore this further.

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    Alan replied

    Tracy got addicted to diet pills when she was in love with Danny Romalotti and Lauren was making remarks about her weight. Tracy wrecked her car while on the pills and I think she suffered some heart damage as well.

    Kevin C replied

    Scot, so beautifully written and I am so with you on all you said…I pray that Mal Young keeps the character written stories going…

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    Patrick replied

    dag, Kevin C – always on track

    Eileen Davidson – Ashley
    Jaime Lyn Bauer – Lori
    Nina Arvesen – Cassandra

    NICE – these (3) bevy of beauty … acted all over …

    when a woman.. outside of her looks.. has that extra something.. that smolders at their behest

    oh so fine telee

    love love love these ladies

    Rhonda replied

    Thank you, Alan. I didn’t know that about Traci. (the diet pills addiction).

    damien replied

    amen Scot!
    i haven’t been this obsessed with y n r in years!
    thank you to the writers who finaaalllllllllyyyyy gave the mega talented Eileen Davidson something worthy to do on Y n R after years of support playing
    Ashley imo hasn’t had anything this exciting since Adam caused her miscarriage and the baby switch with Sharon
    PLLLLSSSSS continue to milk this storys fallout …maybe another breakdown?, Victor can lend emotional support, the Abby angle…as long as Ashley my favorite y n r heroine stays front and centre!

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    Kevin C replied

    Damien, I agree with you again and Ashley has been my favorite since Jaime Lyn Bauer as Lori Brooks and Nina Arvesen as Cassandra Rawlins…These 3 beauties have always been my favorites along with Sharon Case…I did love Brenda Dickson as Jill…

    Celia replied

    Agreed. Damien, you speak for me….Eileen deserved this emotional scene and so much more.
    I am so into Y&R…..I feel like I have my soap back….except, among others, which I will not mention, LOL; get rid of Jordan. What a jerk!! What a loser!! Goes back to sniffing Hilary’s skirts after Lily’s rejection?.
    I said it from the get go, as I did of Zack and Graham, Jordan is not a good dude…wants something. The PTB don’t know what yet.

    kalamaty replied

    LOVE your critique on all points! My only wish is that they would have thought to protect Dina more from Graham after the event. They were so caught up in Ashley’s drama, they kind of forgot about the guy who just admitted that he was exacting revenge (for over a year) on the 79-year old, but still formidable, Dina and was very aggressive with her at the event–he even has a key to her suite!!

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    Iakovos replied

    I greatly appreciate this and all your posts. I have come to love Y&R again, especially because of the Abbott story line (and the resurrection of Sharon as a viable character). The last 10 months have not been perfect and I am sure Mr. Young will shore up some of the year’s odd plot notes (Victoria’s headaches and odd behavior) and lost-their-way stories (Juliette’s baby, anything with Reed) and find some focus on characters I want to see more of (Michael and Lauren, Paul). So glad to spend time in Genoa City again.

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    Dr Helen Ruth replied

    I wasn’t watching in early days, and am now wondering how Dina is certain that John Abbott is not Ashley’s father. Do you know? Thank you.

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    April replied

    But Kay Alden booted just because no one has any patience anymore. I don’t think Mal will be able to mine history well going forward because Bell and Alden are the ones who not just wrote these characters to earn a living but loved their characters. I want to tell Ms Alden I’m so sorry you were disrespected by being let go. I saw your influence but mostly I felt it. It was like finding myself in a warm and comforting space in a coldly indifferent world. Once again reminded only $$$$$ matters to most.

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    Kevin C replied

    I so agree April, hated what happened to Kay Alden and Sally Sussman…We all shall see what happens with Mal Young as headwriter…

    Ron replied

    I agree! I met Kay Alden while she was at a typewriter at Bill Bell’s home, churning out a half-hour episode of the show. She was so kind to me, and it was abundantly clear she loved what she was doing!

  7. knitter1 says:

    Graham is not a Davis. On Thursday it came out that he is a stepson, therefore no relation to Ashley. It’s still a great soapy story tho!!

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  8. Jimh says:

    Maybe Dina is testing Graham the way GH’s Edward tested Tracy with a fake heart attack years ago…Dina only pretended to pass out to test Graham’s loyalty???

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    Rhonda replied

    Oh I hope so, Jim.

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  9. boes says:

    The only fly in the ointment is the actor playing Graham. He’s a good looking guy but he’s not really a very good actor. He might as well have been reading off the menu in the big reveal scenes. Luckily, we had Ashley and Jack and Dina to really punch it up.

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    Timmm replied

    Spot on!

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  10. k/kay says:

    It should have been a OMG moment it wasn’t ! The actor who plays Graham is weak at best

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    k/kay replied

    All it did for me was tell me that John Abbott never should have left the cast LML was stupid

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    Kevin C replied

    k/kay, LML destroyed Y&R and a couple of other head writers….that’s why I was so excited with Sally Sussman and Kay Alden returned and again I hope Mal Young keeps Y&R with character driven stories along with some mystery and suspense…

  11. Mary SF says:

    Although dramatic it was a bit anticlimatic– in this day and age would anyone really care that Ashley isn’t John’s Abbotts bio daughter? The only one it truly affects now is Abby who has to deal with the notion she is not an Abbott by blood- otherwise who will care– this notion this a big secret to be ashamed about is about 15 to 20 years too late

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  12. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    For years, I’ve wondered why each episode of Y&R ends with brief clips of the next episode (“Next on the Young and the Restless…….”). The clips don’t really “tease” the viewer about what may happen but, instead, often reveal too much. I think this cuts down on a viewer’s interest. I strongly think the show should reconsider showing the brief clips of the next episode and end the practice: End the episode with the final scene and cut to the credits.

    Friday’s episode is a prime example about why Y&R should dump the next episode clips. On Friday, the last scene shows Diana has collapsed on the floor. Graham stops his immediate reaction to call for help and pauses to look at her. The episode ends on a cliffhanger: What is Graham going to do? Will he summon help for Diana? Will he leave the stricken woman on the floor, hoping that she will die before she can revise her will to remove him as a beneficiary. I thought it was a good ending. Inanely, the next episode clip shows someone hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the exterior of a hotel room door. The two-second clip gives the viewer only one conclusion: Graham didn’t call for help but, instead, exited the room with an ill Dina on the floor. The clip completely destroyed the end of Friday’s episode. A really, really, dumb production decision.

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    Mo replied

    I disagree. I like the “on the next episode of Y&R” previews. I thought the preview of Graham putting the DND sign up added to the drama.

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  13. Alan says:

    I think Dina will survive but be in a coma and Graham will have her sent back to Paris since he probably has power of attorney in the event of a medical crisis. Dina will recover and kill Graham but not remember it because her big secret is that she is suffering from the early onset of dementia. Ashley will be blamed and Dina will regain some of the memories and confess in court to clear her daughter.

    Then again I could be way off base…

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  14. Ron says:

    Great episode that made me wanting more story! I cannot wait to see how this unfolds Monday and throughout the week. I thought it was absolutely priceless the way Graham’s eyes told us what was on his mind in that pivotal last moment: that was quality!

    I also recall Graham making a side comment about John Abbott not being so perfect, something to that effect. It made me wonder then: Could John Abbott have had an affair and produced a child he never knew about? (That’s typical Y and R: Kay Chancellor, Sharon, are two examples.) So, I remembered when Liz Foster finally told Jill that she wasn’t her real mother– that was a great bombshell. Now, what if Graham turns out to be John Abbott’s son? Will the writers go there?

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    Mary SF replied

    It would make more sense if Graham was John’s bio son. The depth of Graham’s resentment against Dina and Ashley seems lame since neither are responsible for his step father being a jerk leaving his family in lurch–but if he is John’s son I could see the need for revenge, to get a piece of what should be his- and it would give this story line the punch it needs to make it a classic

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  15. Nikki says:

    Oh my gosh what a great story on Friday. I hope they sign Dena to a contract and don’t kill her off. She is a great actress and it would be nice to see the Abbots reunite with her again. So nice to see Tracey back again. I wish we could keep her here permanently. I’d also like to see them give Gloria a bigger roll she is a great actress.

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    JK replied

    WELL SAID….LOVING THE GREAT STORY AND WANT MUCH MORE OF DENA,TRACI AND THE ABBOTTS!!!!!

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    Celia replied

    True, true, and true, Nikki. I loved Friday’s episode. I wonder what Graham’s fate is. Will he stay on? Hmmm.

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  16. Chaz says:

    I hope they haven’t killed Dina off. First, she & Ashley need true closure. Second, I love her barbs.

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  17. Lew S says:

    I think someone is going to knock Graham off, leading to a whodunnit. My bet if this happens, it will be Ashley who is accused. My

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  18. Eso says:

    I am/was so confused by where this plot was going and especially its outcome since I thought everyone knew about Ashley’s parentage including John. Is there some sort of revisionist history here? There is a same character by the name as Mateo as a Mateo arrives on the B and B. I disagree – GH is way better even as convoluted as it is right now and I stopped watching the Y and R when it was too much Chelsea/Nick and not enough of Chloe Kevin and the hot doctor who held her hostage – that paralled with this storyline would have been good. Even Days I am watching more of, but right now I have to hand it to GH and B and B.

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    Mo replied

    No, not many people knew Ashley was the result of an affair. Ashley didn’t even know until she was an adult. Dina, Ashley, Jack, and Victor knew. Well, I guess Brent Davis knew too.

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  19. JewelB says:

    I hope Dana stays: to see her kick Graham’s a.., Y&R need reps in that age group, and enough of the Newman money woes

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    JK replied

    amen!!!!

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  20. Timmm says:

    Here is the problem with the climax, it was a dud. Only because Graham is not Brent’s kid, connecting Graham and Ashley. Why did they go this route? I think because the actor who plays Graham is too weak. Being Ashley’s stepbrother would be front burner and this actor is not front burner. He has gotten more comfortable but his big reveal was anti-climatic! The other reason to make Graham not be related to Ashley is he will be killed off. Myrna will do it and Dina, Jack and Ashley will be prime suspects for the foreseeable future until the truth is revealed.

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    Mo replied

    You mean Marla?

    I’m also surprised they didn’t make Graham Brent’s bio son. I don’t know all the history of Brent Davis. Was he married when he and Dina hooked up?

    Graham was fine when he did little stuff in scenes, but he does need to brush up on some acting to stand alongside Ashley, Marla, and Jack in scenes.

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    Timmm replied

    Not Marla, I did mean Myrna. I think that is Graham’s mothers name in that retirement home. She will be mad at Graham for not carrying through with the plans they had and will kill him and set up one of the the three Abbotts for murder. Probably Ashley.

    Dina had an affair with Brent so I would think she was still married to John. That was a long time ago!

    Yeah, any actor would struggle against those three powerhouses!

    Celia replied

    Mo, I asked my grandmother……all of it happend behind the scenes, even before the Abbotts were introduced to Genoa City.
    The family’s story begins sans Dina, who by this time, married a French tycoon; ergo Mergeron.
    My grandmother is 77, with a sharp memory, but as anyone else, she does forget some instances and situations. I forget what I did yesterday! LOL.
    Dina returned to GC in the early eighties where Ashley found out John was not her bio dad. Gran says only a few knew the truth, but not John. She said Victor and Kathetine knew, but can’t remember if anyone else did.
    So, nothing is really known prior to Davis’ return, and dying of cancer? Gran thinks it was cancer.
    Oh, yeah…he was also involved with Katherine Chancellor.

    Celia replied

    PS.
    What makes me wonder about this story, is why Graham and his mother did not go after Katherine. She had Davis living in her house, at one point.
    Graham could have ‘sacked’ Katharine years ago, before her death, intead of going all the way to France.
    No logic. Why blame Dina or anyone, really……if his stepfather could not keep ‘it’ at bay.
    If it were not Dina, it would have been someone else.
    I suppose the Abbotts are prominent right now….sooooo

    Mo replied

    Thanks for the info Celia. I guess they are kinda making stuff up as they go along.

    Mo replied

    I forgot about Myrna. Well, Myrna has gotten her revenge although I guess Graham should have streamed it so Myrna could have really enjoyed it.

    I wonder why Ashley went to GC Buzz.

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    Ron replied

    Yes, isn’t that a big question? Why was it necessary for Ashley to be seen somewhere else (almost like an alibi.) She didn’t even seem to know why she was there herself.

    Celia replied

    I think she wanted to see if the story would hit the screen? Just a guess.

  21. Mo says:

    Sad to see Ashley’s secret out. Dina is confused. She needs to get the locks changed. Well, she’s on the floor now so she has other pressing matters. I do think Graham’s acting was a little weak. I don’t know why Ashley wanted to make a scene. I think Abby will need counseling.

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  22. kalamaty says:

    Best Ashley quote from thiis Friday’s show… Ashley to Graham at the party…

    “I’m through humoring this sycophant!”

    LOL! Love the writing in this show! What a treasure!! :)

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