Several lives were hanging in the balance for different reasons by the end of Friday’s cliffhanger of The Young and the Restless.
As Adam’s (Justin Hartley) trial got underway in the murder of Constance Bingham, it is up to the jury to decide if the black sheep of the Newman clan is guilty, or was the evidence a frame job to bring him down and put him behind bars for a crime he did not commit. With nutjob Ian Ward (Ray Wise), Adam, and Victor (Eric Braeden) all working angles over mutliple prison meetings with one, or the other, any one could turn on the other at any given chance. Christine (Lauralee Bell) and Michael (Christian LeBlanc) were once again opposing counsel for a trial, and they each pulled out one major witness.
Michael called Ian Ward to the stand. Ward said Victor bragged about framing Adam in prison. Chris then calls Victor to the stand, and Victor insists that it was Ian who was framing Adam, and that he loves his son very much. The moustache goes on to say Ian is a pathological liar and denies telling Dr. Meredith Gates (Alicia Coppola) that he had evidence of Adam’s guilt. And for good measure Victor adds, Dr. Gates has developed feelings for him! Meredith is in the courtroom and is so pissed.
Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), who is there to support her family even though her and Victor are supposedly splittsville, scurries out the courtroom only to find herself face to face with Ian. Ward has realized that Adam double-crossed him about an escape plan and he grabs the bailiff’s gun during a scuffle. Victor walks out of the courtrom and is shot by Ian and falls to the ground. Ian takes off with Nikki.
As for Adam: before the trial Kevin (Greg Rikaart) informed him that he still cannot identify the woman in the security footage with Victor that could be a major clue to him being framed. And during the trial, it was Justin Hartley who delivered the episode’s best performance with nuanced and subtle emotions that registered in his eyes and in his face as witnesses, and Adam’s father took the stand. Hartley was also particular strong in a a moment when Adam was saying goodbye to his wife Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) before the trial. Once again, all of this illustrated why Hartley continues to be an actor on top of his game. But When all is said and done. what will be Adam’s fate? Will he be a free man?
Elsewhere, Sharon (Sharon Case) is off her meds for her bipolar disorder and it’s taking a toll. Mariah (Camyrn Grimes) confronts her on the situation, and appears with Sharon’s pill bottle. Mariah questions her mother as to who Faith heard her yelling at. Sharon admits she went off her meds to stop the nightmares she has been having and it worked. Then a vision of Sage (Kelly Sullivan) emerges calling Sharon out saying, “You’re such a liar.”
Mariah continues to probe Sharon. It finally dawns on Mariah that Sharon is seeing Sage and conversing with a dead woman. Mariah pleads with Sharon: “You have to do something now!” Just then a taunting Sage steps in front of Mariah and gloats at Sharon about how Sharon will do anything to hold onto a man. Sharon looses it! She screams out to Sage: “Shut up!” All of a sudden, Sharon grabs a bookend to stop her vision of Sage, but in reality clocks Mariah! Down goes Mariah as Kevin walks in on the scene and wonders … what the hell just happened?
Watch the final seconds of Friday’s episode below. Then let us know: What did you think about Victor getting shot and Ian taking off with Nikki? Do you think Adam will be found not guilty of the murder of Constance Bingham? In actuality, who is framing who? What did you think about Sharon bashing her own daughter with a foreign object? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!