The Young and the Restless aired its 11,000 episode on Thursday, and it was the phenomenal performance by long-running cast member Kristoff St. John (Neil) that gave the episode its hankie-filled moments.
In scenes opposite Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols (Lucinda), St. John showed a very human turn as Neil visits the mother who abandoned him when he was just a child. His mother is now dying, and Neil begrudging comes to visit her in the hospital. When Neil begins to unleash on her his frustration, sadnes,s and anger that he walked on how his father and him and never contacted them, except through letters, Lucinda asks Neil to hear her out as to why she did what she did. Neil soon learns the truth, just like he is, his mother is alcholic. She wanted him to be safe, and if she was around her battle with the bottle it would have affected his entire life and she may have even harmed him. When Neil admits that he too is alcholic, the walls come down and mother and son come to terms. Neil tells Lucinda he will be back next week to visit her, but she pleads with him to stay with her now … she doesn’t have long to live.
While we have seen stunt castings on Y&R as well-known actors have come into play parents of legacy characters and the same on other soaps, the immediate reaction would be to wince and just think this is the same old, same old story. But what set this apart was the heart and emotional pull brought by St. John, who may have locked up an Emmy next year with this performance.
The major story of the episode revolved around the sad plight of Adam Newman (Justin Hartley), as he and his wife Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and their son Connor are desperately trying to leave Genoa City and starts new lives elsewhere before Adam is caught and thrown back into prison.
Once Dylan (Steve Burton) decides he must be a cop first and starts the ball-rolling with his findings of the plates on the car Chelsea was driving things take a dramatic turn. Since Connor is sick and needs anti-biotics, Chelsea leaves Adam behind, and heads into town to get some medication. But not before, Adam played to perfection by Justin Hartley tells Chelsea how much he loves her, as if this could be their final goodbye.
Chelsea phones Nick (Joshua Morrow) for help once she sees their is an Amber Alert put out for her and Connor. Meanwhile alone at the cabin, the audience sees a pair of distinct woman’s boots walking towards it. Next thing you know Adam is shot with a paralyzing dart. The culprit is Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson)! She plans to make Adam suffer and die. As he becomes sedated, Chloe admits setting him up to take the fall in prison, and that she was working with Victor (Eric Braeden) and lied to his face about wanting to make amends. She continues to want revenge for the hit and run accident caused by Adam that took the life of her young daughter, Delia.
Nick arrives on the scene to help Chelsea and Connor out of the motel room they are in, as he pledged to look after Connor to Adam if anything should happen to him. Chelsea calls Adam to let him know they are on their way, but he does not answer the phone. When they arrive at the cabin, Chelsea gets out to go get Adam and an explosion blows the place to smithereens!
And in the “nice touch” category in the episode comes the emotional moment when Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell makes an appearance at the GCAC dining room as a patron, who pays for the dinner of Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell). The patron tells Lily to tell the lovebirds that they remind of her relationship with her late husband. A beautiful nod to the legacy of the iconic Bill Bell.
So, what did you think of Y&R’s 11,000th episode? What was you favorite moments in it? Comment below!