This week, The Young and the Restless decided under the vision of new head writer and executive producer Chuck Pratt Jr., to put the lives of most all of the residents in Genoa City in peril. The plot device for their February Sweeps, “Flirt with Disaster” promotion was put to the test by utilizing groupings of characters and watching them face dire circumstances. In some cases, new sets were built to represent the remnants of a plane crash, or the pockets of a collapsed club. Of course, soap fans knew going into this heavy week of melodrama that Chuck Pratt Jr. has used this formula before most recently when he was at the writing helm of All My Children. But with Y&R, they rolled-out the disaster storylines on a much grandeur scale involving many lives.
There have been many jeers, as well as many cheers, depending on what side of the fence you are on with the action on the CBS daytime drama this week. Let’s take a look at the different ‘disaster” stories starting with Nick’s (Joshua Morrow) club, “The Underground” and what came out of it. Nick kissed Sage (Kelly Sullivan) and told her he wants to get to know her better once they get out the rubble, Victor (Eric Braeden) found out Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) has been drinking again, but that became secondary to saving the lives of himself, Jack (Peter Bergman), Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Nikki. And let’s not forget in a twist, Jack had sex with Kelly (Cady McClain) right before the club collapsed!
Hit by beams and stuck in the rubble, Victor does CPR on Jack. But, Jack keeps muttering he has something to tell Victor about Adam (Justin Hartley)! Elsewhere, Joe (Scott Elrod) is trapped with Avery (Jessica Collins). He tells her that they have survived much worse than this building collapse, and you can see the spark between the exes, no matter how much Avery is trying to fight it. Jack and Victor are left behind after the paramedics get Nikki and Phyllis to safety. Later, news comes via Paul (Doug Davidson) while loved ones are waiting for news at Crimson Lights, that there was another collapse, and Jack and Victor were still inside. While at Crimson Lights, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) got news of the plane crash that had Jill (Jess Walton) as one of the passengers, and is worried sick about her sister. Dylan (Steve Burton) had choice words for Nick for being so harsh on Sharon (Sharon Case) over Faith, and a rescued Avery was not happy with Dylan after he admitted he would lie for Sharon, so Nick would not be mad at her. So, it looks like Dylan and Sharon will move closer to each other, while Joe and Avery reconnect, while Nick and Sage get to know each other.
Now on to the plane crash group consisting of: Neil (Kristoff St. John), Hilary (Mishael Morgan), Devon (Bryton James), Jill, Colin (Tristan Rogers), Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil). After the revelation that Neil could see and he knew about Hilary and Devon’s affair, and that Cane knew, as well … the plane went down due to bad weather and crashed in the snow in the middle of nowhere. Hilary has sustained the worse injuries. Neil, and the entire group, has witnessed first hand the love between Hilary and Devon. Lily is infuriated with Cane for lying to her and her father, and never coming forward with Devon and Hilary’s affair. There looks to be trouble ahead for Lane, when they are rescued. Neil, who had been drinking on the plane, is still so hurt and angry. Devon decided he was going to take the maps that Colin found, and go try to get help and leave the others behind. However, at the end of Friday’s episode it seems as if Neil has wandered off!
Summer (Hunter King), Austin (Matthew Atkinson), Mariah (Camryn Grimes), Kevin (Greg Rikaart), Noah (Robert Adamson), Abby (Melissa Ordway), Fen (Max Ehrich) and Courtney (Kelli Goss) all show up at the Abbott Cabin not knowing who invited them. Abby revealed she did, because she did not want to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Next thing you know, someone spikes the punch they are drinking and everyone passes out. When they awake, Austin is found dead among them. Summer remembers hiding a statue that had blood on it in the couch. Mariah remembers seeing Abby and Austin making out. She then has a private word with Abby, where the Newman gal admits she was having an affair with Austin behind Summer’s back. Mariah puts two and two together and thinks that is why she called the Valentine’s party and did it mysteriously, as this was her only way to be together with Austin. Suspicion is on Summer, if she found out the truth about the affair, and now suspicion is on Abby, because she could have killed Austin, upset that he wouldn’t leave his wife for her! Meanwhile, as the younger set tries to figure out their story when the cops come, which they had decided would be Austin hit his head in the snow, Fen (who says he is the one that spiked the drink to have fun) comes back in from outside and says Austin’s body is gone!
Finally, Billy (Burgess Jenkins) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and the kids are trapped at their place due to a fire that has broken out. Chelsea gets Johnny and Katie out, and Billy says he will get Connor and be right behind them. Only, Billy can’t get out as the smoke is too much! He passes out. Adam/Gabriel happens on the scene and goes into the burning building to get Connor out. Once he safely rescues the boy, he is faced with the decision – should he go back in and save his mortal enemy? Ultimately, Adam/Gabriel does. When finding him, he mutters about “being even” to Billy, which later Billy remembers. After getting Billy out, Adam/Gabriel is looked at by paramedics for his injuries, and as they examine him they notice a bullet wound, and it looks like Billy overheard that remark. Will he put two and two together?
So, what did you think of the disaster storylines on Y&R this week? Was it thumbs up … or thumbs down? Which ‘disaster” story do you like the best? Which do you like the least? What do you hope comes out of all it for your favorite characters? Share your thoughts below!