Fans of 'The Young and the Restless' already know that Gina Tognoni will be playing the role of 'Phyllis Newman'. But, many are wondering when the character's face will first be seen. Possibly, 'Jack Abbot's' (Peter Bergman) pending trip will coincide with 'Red's' eyes finally opening?
Michelle Stafford's decision to become 'Nina Clay' on ABC's 'General Hospital' created a dilemma for decision-makers at YR. Choosing to recast the 'Phyllis' character involves risk. While Tognoni is a soap opera veteran, it will likely take awhile for viewers to accept her version of this iconic role.
Of course, 'Jack' doesn't know that his kryptonite foil ('Victor Newman', aka Eric Braeden) has been pursuing a covert plan to revive 'Phyllis'. The 'Dark Knight' is working three angles as he proceeds.
'Victor' is directing the actions of the head doctor at the Georgian hospital where 'Phyllis' has been residing. He convinced another doctor, who has developed an experimental coma drug, to make his former daughter-in-law a candidate for one of his trials. However, that advanced physician does require family consent before acceptance will be granted.
'Victor's' third angle might involve convincing 'Daniel Romalotti' (Michael Graziadei, who's not currently part of the YR ensemble), or 'Summer Travers' (Hunter King), to endorse this experiment. Is it likely that he might invent a method to creatively avoid that legal necessity, while still getting what he wants? Yes.
'Jack' thinks that he's simply visiting 'Phyllis' in order to explain his new relationship with 'Kelly Andrews' (Cady McClain). That symbolic closure scene may be all that's shown on the daytime screen. But, it surely would be better if Tognoni was told that her first YR moment was about to begin when upcoming episodes were recorded six weeks ago. If that message was received, an encouraging new storyline will be seen at last.