We told you about the scenes that transpired between Malcolm and his elder brother, the now blind Neil Winters played by Kristoff St. John. While some fans have written to us and shared that either … they did not see the big deal of the scenes … or they thought the scenes were not all that, we strongly have to disagree this time!
During Shemar Moore’s highly anticipated two-day return to the CBS soap opera, the Criminal Minds star illustrated what a great actor he has become with a subtle, not over-the-top, and controlled performance that was filled with heart, love, and emotion, Malcolm was to be the voice of reason and reality for his older brother, which showed in story that as time has moved on, the shoe is now on the other foot. This time it’s Malcolm who is all grown up and being responsible. When Shemar as Malcolm turned to leave as he exited for the last time for now, and said goodbye to his family, we reached for the hankies.
As for St. John, he couldn’t have been better, and just may have an Emmy reel with these scenes. First, the Winters brothers took a stroll down memory lane complete with retro clips as Neil remembers the good times, and the bad times, with Malcolm and the women in their lives. Later, Neil finally opens up and admits to Malcolm that he is scared that he may be permanently blind, and that he realizes he can’t go through this alone and needs to lean on his family, especially after Malcolm gave him a good talking to!
Watching these two actors work together showed a strong connection and bond that is still evident between them even almost a decade later. And that through their work, they were able to make Shemar’s short visit to Genoa City emotional and memorable … and it reminded us of classic Y&R … something that we always long for. It is for these reasons that On-Air On-Soaps names Kristoff St. John and Shemar Moore this week’s Power Performances of the Week!
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