On Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless viewers saw the prelude of the anticipated showdown between Jack Abbott and his doppelganger the womanizing, dangerous, criminal, Peruvian drug lord Marco Annicelli! Now as the men come face to face … will Marco survive Jack’s payback since the tables are turned, and he is the one who finds himself tied up? Is it finally curtains for the man who took over Jack’s life while Jack was held captive far, far away from Genoa City and his loved ones and his wife Phyllis (Gina Tognoni)?
All of this was served up, of course, on Mr. Abbott courtesy of an unholy alliance between Marco and Jack’s nemesis, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden)! But prior to Jack landing at the Abbott Cabin to confront Marco, he apparently got Jabot back from Victor as the two titans dissolved their unholy alliance. They even shook hands in front of key women in their lives – Phyllis, Ashley (Eileen Davidson), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle)! But, what is really going on here?
Getting to play two roles at one time is something that three-time Daytime Emmy winner Peter Bergman has never had the opportunity to do in his enduring daytime drama on-screen life. On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Peter at the CBS TCA Summer Party 2015 to get a preview of: the big showdown, what will Jack’s plans be for Victor and Adam Newman (Justin Harley) who perpetrated some pretty shady dealings at his expense, and what he thought of stepping out of his comfort zone to play the lascivious Marco, and more. Here’s what the incomparable Peter Bergman shared.
Have you enjoyed your very first doppelganger story experience in your soap career?
PETER: You know, it was a wild journey. I got to do things I had never done before. I am always asked, “How do you keep making this fresh?” They keep giving me new stuff to do and this was particularly true with this story, and so I had great fun. It wore me out though. I had 55 pages of dialog one day, and maybe two days later would have 53 pages. True story! It was the craziest thing. It was crazy time, because we tape more than one show per day. They just figured, “Well, Peter can do this!” (Laughs) So we decided to shoot two full episodes and then some scenes from a third episode in one day.
Jack and Marco meet for the first time, and it looks like the fur is going to fly!
PETER: Wow! Yes, Jack was meeting Marco, and neither of them was a very happy fellow at the time. (Laughs)
When Marisa (Sofia Pernas) drove Marco into the steely waters and he was believed to have drowned, were you at that point happy that he was “killed-off”?
PETER: There was a little part of me that was relieved. But you know what? I really did have fun. There was something that tickled me so much … that Marco found Ashley (Eileen Davidson) so hot! I drove Eileen Davidson crazy! She was ready for Marco to be drowned, believe me! (Laughs)
Did you and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) not have a good laugh about all of this … that Phyllis could not tell that she wasn’t sleeping with Jack … when she was having sex with Marco? (Laughs)
PETER: Gina was such a good sport, because Marco was getting a little “handsy” with Phyllis! If Marco ends up truly gone, there probably will be some people on set going, “Thank God!”, because I almost ruined some friendships! (Laughs)
Now, Jack has got to exact his revenge on Victor (Eric Braeden) for what he did to him, right?
PETER: This changes the dynamic of Victor and Jack forever. I mean, forever. I don’t think Jack needed too much encouragement to not like Victor, but he got plenty. Jack is actually a very forgiving guy, but there are limits and we have definitely found them.
Since playing the dual role, you have lot of material that you could submit for Emmy contention this coming year. Do you agree?
PETER: It depends. I am a great believer in Emmy tapes that break your heart. This wasn’t heartbreaking stuff, it showed capability. I believe Emmys are about grabbing people’s heart, so we will see about that.
Overall, the ratings have been improved on The Young and the Restless since Chuck Pratt Jr. has taken over as head writer and as his stories are enveloping the canvas. The show has been running close to 5 million viewers a week.
PETER: The ratings have been much improved. I watch the show where initially I thought, “What’s with this little Scooby-Doo group? And by the way, those people are fantastic, but now it all makes sense. I watch Justin Hartley (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) knocking it out of the park. I think Gina Tognoni has proven to be so much more than we thought we were going to get. We expected a lot from her, and we got so much more than we even expected. She is pretty amazing!
Where do you see Adam and Jack’s relationship going? Adam executed some very underhanded maneuvers to get where he wanted in the company at the expense of Jack, which has included passing himself off as Jack’s biological son! Do you think we will see more of the fallout from all of this in the future?
PETER: Yes, that will continue to be a thing. That Adam would benefit from Jack’s misfortune, doesn’t sit too well with Jack. As well, look for more with Jack and Ashley with the amazing Eileen Davidson. You ain’t see nothing yet!.
Would you be up for playing Marco, if the writers informed you they had yet another story for him, and they need you to continue to play him?
PETER: I am always game! I really trust these writers, I really do.
Watch the final moments of Wednesday’s episode of Y&R below as the confrontation between Marco and Jack begins!
Then weigh-in: How do you think this will end? Will Marco die? Will he get away? Will it be revealed that Jack and Victor hatched a plot to rid the world of Marco, and then next they will turn on each other in a massive way? What do you think of Peter Bergman’s comments that he shared in the interview? Have you enjoyed seeing his performances in the dual role? Comment below!