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'The Young and the Restless': David Tom and Amelia Heinle endure their storyline

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'Billy Abbott' and 'Victoria Newman Abbott' have been to hell and back many times over the years on 'The Young and the Restless'. But, recent events have pushed their relationship to the brink. How much life can possibly be left in this Genoa City marriage?

'Billy' has been to hell and back during the past few months. The man whose daughter died doesn't even look like himself. That obvious wink at the Billy Miller-David Tom in-game substitution was inserted for all soap opera fans who don't take this daytime drama, or their own analysis of it, too seriously.

Michael Muhney's jolting removal from YR blurred the switcheroo that took place when Miller decided to pursue other acting options. Tom, who played 'Billy' before Miller started on the show, has seamlessly worked his way into a very complex storyline. His acting chops are commendable.

Now that 'Vickie' (Amelia Heinle) knows about her husband's involvement with 'Kelly Andrews' (Cynthia Watros), she intentionally kissed 'Stitch' (Sean Carrigan), who initially appeared to be 'Nikki Newman's' long-lost son. Just imagine how that biological reality would have complicated matters on this steamer.

Watros has accepted a role on MTV's series 'Finding Carter' and will be replaced by soap veteran Cady McClain in April. So, viewers will have to accept another new face long before Muhney's re-cast takes his place. In the meantime, everyone has to wonder how much strain 'Vickie' and 'Billy' can endure until this power couple is no more?

Just to be clear, three of the four actors referenced in that last paragraph will have been replaced within the blink of CBS' eye. The network's iconic show has been on the air for over four decades and has been the number one daytime drama for 25 years. Strong story arcs and flexible audience perceptions are equally responsible for that history. Future tales for both are yet to be told.

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