We have already extolled upon The Young and the Restless how riveting the Adam reveal and fallout was during this past week of episodes. Everyone in the cast stepped up to the plate, hit home runs, and brought their A-game. But when we broke it down, it was the work of two men, who each delivered in pivotal moments in the story that were so highly-anticipated that anyhing less then spot-on performances could have been a let down to the audience.
First, major kudos goes to Justin Hartley (Adam) who carried the week as the epicenter of this firestorm. As Adam dodged and faced-off with his foes, families, and the love of his life, Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), after he has been outed for runnnig around Genoa City as Gabriel Bingham for a year, Hartley played every beat in every scene just right. The actor showed the complexities of the black sheep of the Newman clan through Adam’s inner turmoil, hurt, anger, guilt, revenge, and even love. And, in the middle of the entire town coming down upon him for his heinous deception, and attempt to destroy his father’s business empire, still Adam did one right thing … delivered Sage’s (Kelly Sullivan) baby! Hartley’s performances are made so real, that in even in the most unrealistic of circumstances, you can simply just watch what is going on in his eyes, and believe it all. Adam was confronted by so many people: an irate Billy (Burgess Jenkins), Victor (Eric Braedem), Nick (Joshua Morrow), Sage, Chelsea, and the list goes on. In every turn and confrontation, Hartley did not disappoint.
Next, we come to the titan of Y&R, Eric Braeden. If there was any week to check out what Victor Newman is up to these days it was during the Adam reveal. This powerful man learns that his son, Adam is alive and has been parading around town with a new face for a year! Victor also learns Adam was behind the Paragon Project to take him down along Ian Ward (Ray Wise). He also learns Jack (Peter Bergman) knew about Adam being alive all along. Braeden’s delivery in all of the scenes was masterful: when he we sees Adam for the first time while Billy is beating him up, or confronting him at the GCAC bar, or going to the Underground in despair and meeting up with Nick, or going toe-to-toe with Adam after he is arrested. These scenes were Braeden at his best.
However, nothing topped the scene on Friday’s episode where Victor meets his new little grandson, “Christian”, who was born premature and is struggling for his life in the NICU. Alone, Victor goes to visit the littlest Newman and implores him to fight. With tears welling up in his eyes, viewers see the caring and gentle side of Victor Newman – the man who loves his family and its legacy. And of course, how apropos to name Victor’s grandson “Christian”. After all, it was Victor’s real first name! Can you imagine what will happen down the line if it’s revealed that Christian’s father is really Adam, not Nick?
So with all that said, On-Air On-Soaps names this week’s Power Performances of the Week to Y&R’s Justin Hartley and Eric Braeden. Watch Hartley and Braeden in two clips from the week below. Then let us know, what did you think of Justin and Eric’s work? Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comment section below.