On Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the backdrop of Victor’s trial provided Eric Braeden (Victor) some noteworthy material that he could sink his teeth into, which illustrated once again that soap icon Braeden is at the top of his game.
In story, Victor decides he will defend himself once he makes sure the courtroom knows of the duplicitous plan concocted by Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and his lawyer, Michael (Christian LeBlanc) Baldwin, which was to have Michael throw Victor’s trial. Now, Victor has turned the tables and wants to represent himself and relieves Michael of his duties.
Once court is back in order, it is Christine (Lauralee Bell) on one side and Victor on the other. And one by one, and as his own lawyer, Victor illustrated to the court that everything he has done is in the name of his family. He paints the picture for the court of doing what he needs to do to protect the ones he loves. This includes: asking his granddaughter Summer (Hunter King) who it was that never gave up on Phyllis when she was in a coma, and found a doctor to save her? Reminding Abby (Melissa Ordway) when gets on the stand, that he helped her get a job at Newman when no one else would believe in her. Telling Nick (Joshua Morrow) when he takes the stand that he has been there for him all of these years no matter what.
However, when Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is called to the stand he rips in to her for drinking. He claims he can smell the vodka on her breath right now (she had taken a drink earlier in the episode), and yet he never left her and stood by her side. Victoria (Amelia Heinle) also takes the stand in which Victor makes her to admit why she ousted her father out of Newman Enterprises. Then came Adam’s (Justin Hartley) turn. Victor talks both of them being ruthless. He starts driving his point home and how, “blood is thicker than water, and alcohol, and how Victor’s blood is coursing through Adam’s veins.”
When it comes times for his closing statements, Victor tells his back-story to the court – and in tears recalls his sad upbringing in an orphanage, and how he was taught to fight to survive, and how he built his company from the ground up He weeps as he once again reiterates how everything he does he does for his family.
So, what did you think of the performance of Eric Braeden in the episode? What do you think about how Victor presented his case? Was it a shrewd move? Watch Victor’s closing statements to the jury below, and then Share your thoughts in the comment section below!