If you caught Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, you saw a masterful performance by series star Eric Braeden (Victor Newman). In it, Victor has been arrested, and he is visited at the police station by his granddaughter Summer (Hunter King). She asks him to tell her he didn’t hire Marco to replace Jack (Peter Bergman). He doesn’t truly answer the question, but instead asks her if she has ever read the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken. And this is the crux and the throughline of an invented episode, where Victor says he simply went down the road less traveled and did what he could to protect his family. He doubts they’d be better off without him.
Next in an out of time episode, we see what life would be like for Nick (Joshua Morrow), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), Victoria (Amelia Heinle), Billy (Jason Thompson), Adam (Justin Hartley) , Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), Abby (Melissa Ordway), Phyllis (Gina Tognoni), Summer and more, if Victor hadn’t done what he has done for each of them in their lives. Highlights included Nick as a ruthless heir apparent to Victor with his girl on the side none other than Lily (Christel Khalil), Billy shooting Adam and calling Victoria a “slut” after seeing her with Luca (Miles Gaston Villueneva)!
Back in prison, Victor is devastated that his daughter Victoria turned him in, because she was always the most like him. Summer tells her grandfather he went too far with what he did with Jack and Marco and the ramficiations it had on so many people in the family.
Meanwhile, the Newman clan is gathered together at the Top of the Tower where they discuss that Victor has what’s coming to him, and he must pay for his crimes. Adam was a last minute arrival and learns Victor was faking his medical crisis as a way to get out of jail. Then, Summer arrives and says she visited Victor. She tells the family that they need to think again and remember all that he has done for each of them, before thinking of abandoning him completely. Back in prison, Victor weeps as the most understood man of them all. Victor thinks to himself about the poem The Road Not Taken and recites: “I shall be telling this with a sigh. Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
In a new interview with TV Insider, Braeden previewed that soon Victor will be in orange pinstripes and will be defending himself in the case against him for kidnapping and fraud. When discussing the storyline of Victor finding an exact Jack Abbott doppelganger, Braeden expressed: “The likelihood that Victor could find an exact duplicate of Jack is ludicrous. Do I buy any of it? No. But one must commit to it and this stuff does keep our audience hooked. Nighttime TV is a joke. Doing film is a cinch. But a daytime soap opera requires real discipline and confidence because you are so often required to act the impossible. I might have difficulty with certain things on Y&R that I’m asked to do, but then I will watch it play out when the show airs and think, ‘Well, I’ll be damned! It works. This is kind of riveting.”’
So, what did you think of Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless? What did you think of the riveting performance of Eric Braeden? Do you agree with Eric’s comments on the doppelganger storyline? Did you enjoy seeing Nick with Lily in the out of time episode? What did you think of an emotional Billy shooting Adam? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!