On Thursday and Friday’s episodes of The Young and the Restless, the revelation of Billy and Phyllis’ affair sent reverberations through key residents of Genoa City.
However, none more so than Jack Abbott, who finally came to learn the most horrible of truths – that his brother and his wife were sleeping together behind his back for months. And, that Billy loves his wife, and she loved him back. The reveal set the stage for highly-anticipated showdowns and emotional moments for the all-stars at the epicenter of this storyline: Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Jason Thompson (Billy) and Peter Bergman (Jack), and as one would expect, these three delivered powerhouse performances throughout the key scenes.
Gina Tognoni’s Phyllis visited her therapist, who wonders if she’s prepared to lose her husband if she tells him the truth about her duplicity with his brother. He wonders if Phyllis is punishing herself, and when the topic turns to the Jack doppelganger, Marco (who Phyllis had sex with) she is overcome when she reveals she never questioned his identity. She wants answers from the shrink as to what to do, but he won’t give her the answer she is looking for, she has to decide herself. Tognoni was riveting in these scenes.
Later when Jack follows her home from the therapists office to confront her about what Billy told him – that he is in love with her, Jack demands to know if she slept with Billy. She admits she did!
Jack wants to know how long it went on and where the duo hit the sheets! Jack is crushed to learn on his birthday, Phyllis was with Billly in the cabin making love to him. Jack brings up how she cheated on him with Nick (Joshua Morrow) before, too! Not a good track record, Phyllis!
Nexr, Phyllis adds more salt to Jack’s wound confessing that Jill (Jess Walton) found out about her affair with Billy. It is then Jack realizes she broke things off with Billy because she had to! Jack forces her to admit she loved Billy. But Phyllis tells Jack, she wants to make their marriage work. He bawks at her and rails at her that she destroyed their marriage and leaves her sobbing, as she punches herself in the leg and crumbles to the floor! Peter Bergman played the anger, sadness, humiliation, and betrayal and all of levels of Jack being gut-punched, as only a pro like him can.
And, if there was any doubt left that Jason Thompson does not own and command the role of Billy Abbott, you need to look no further than Thursday’s precursor to the big reveal, where a drunken Billy is drowning his sorrows over losing Phyllis with a red-haired model from the photo shoot he put together. Self-loathing and inebriated, Billy is a “train wreck” as Travis (Michael Roark) later called him to Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Jack finds Billy and brings up what Ashley (Eileen Davidson) told him - that Billy loves Phyllis. Billy admits it, and then Jack grabs him and throws him to the ground. Billy yells: “She doesn’t love me, she loves you!” But he also tells Jack to man up and go get his wife.
Next, Billy stumbles to the elevator to go to Ashley’s office to confront her for revealing what he shared to her to Jack. He tells her she’s ripped the family apart. Ashley informs Billy that the minute he and Phyllis gave in to their feelings, Jack’s marriage was doomed, whether or not he found out about it. Billy tells her she always sides with Jack and that she doesn’t understand him. Angry and distraught, Billy writes ‘Phyllis loves Jack’ on the wall and storms out. Jason Thompson showed the complex shades of Billy Abbott throughout all of these moments in another star-turn in his soap career.
So, what did you think of the performances of Gina Tognoni, Jason Thompson, and Peter Bergman? How Jack learned the truth piecing together the information and then getting Phyllis and Billy to admit their feelings and their duplicity? Can the Abbott family ever be the same? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!