As much as we hate seeing a child killed on television it does lead to some of the most outstanding work for the actors involved. Billy Miller, an actor who consistently gives great performances is being given pure gold to work with and as usual is hitting it out of the park.
Being the cause of his young childs being killed in a car accident will certainly lead him to his basest instincts and the beatings he will take from all concerned will surely send him spiraling out of control. The guilt he will feel will hurt his marriage and his relationship with Chloe(Elizabeth Hendrikson), Delia’s mother. Though horrifyingly sad it is “mana from the Gods” for Miller.
Adam or Nikki(Melody Thomas Scott) will also surely have writing that will show how wonderful they are, but I think it will be Adam(Michael Muhney) who will win this acting crown, since it was shown he had a dent and broken glass from his car. Muhney has been perfection from the day he took over the role of Adam Newman and will surely be in the Emmy race with Miller.
We know that Adam and Chelsea’s (Melissa Claire Egan) son, Connor needs an urgent corneal transplant and with Delia (Sophie Pollono) just run down in an apparent hit and run accident, it looks like Adam may have been the one who ran her down.This give Muhney the work he is well suited for, more “mana” if you will.
Since Friday there has been much controversy and fans are threatening to quit watching Y&R, but though it is the saddest thing in the world to watch a child die, they do everyday and this plot has been used many times, as have all of the plots on soaps. There are only so many subjects to be used in writing and this one leads to so many outstanding story lines for many actors on the show as the ripple builds into a strong current affecting many residents of the town. This will affect Billy, Victoria, Chloe, Kevin(Greg Rikkart), Esther(Kate Linder), Jack(Peter Bergman) and of course, in some way Victor will be the most affected taking his wrath out on Billy and Jack.
One would hope the fans will watch these riveting scenes and appreciate the greatness of the Y&R actors. They are the best in soaps and can bring true meaning to each storyline. This may not be real life, but the feelings portrayed are and we can only sit back and share this with them.
Also of note this is Josh Griffiths last big story for Y&R.
The Young and the Restless can be seen on CBS weekdays at 12:30 p.m.