MATRIARCH MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Traci’s intervention to save Billy from his gambling addiction may have backfired, but she’s the only Abbott who can fix the fractured clan
Traci steps up to save the Abbotts on Y&R
Perhaps it’s distance that gives Traci Abbott the clarity to see her troubled family in a bluntly realistic light. Having lived in New York for decades, Traci isn’t a major player in the family’s varied melodramas, instead hearing of them and ying home when the tough decisions need to be made. She’s a matriarch who brooks no nonsense and forces her siblings, nieces, nephews and others to face up to their mistakes for their betterment.
Even though the recent intervention that Traci (Beth Maitland) hosted to force wayward half-brother Billy (Jason Thompson) to kick his gambling habit before he permanently brought Jabot, and the entire family, to their knees failed miserably, her offer to step in as Jabot’s Acting CEO demonstrates she’s the only one who actually solves problems and gets it done.
While Jack (Peter Bergman), Ashley (Eileen Davidson), Jill (Jess Walton) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) were all mainly focused on their own welfare in forcing Billy to overcome his demons, only Traci and Abby (Melissa Ordway) truly wanted to help him. Although he ultimately rejected his big sister’s offer to take the company reins, Traci may yet need to step into the breach. Unable to accept he has a problem – and with Summer (Hunter King) provocatively cavorting, offering her body for him to take when he wishes – Jabot will keep heading down the gurgler if Traci doesn’t act.
Additionally, Jack has his eye off the ball with his professional loyalties divided between Jabot and working with Nick (Joshua Morrow) at Dark Horse, and his personal life shrouded in the sordid revelations about his true paternity. Making matters worse, Ashley, devastated by Billy’s mismanagement of the company, is making bold decisions which take her out of Genoa City inde nitely. Third, Dina’s (Marla Adams) battle with Alzheimer’s is rapidly declining, with the end inching ever closer. All of which leave Jabot rather rudderless, at the mercy of a pumped-up spendthrift who’s bleeding the company dry.
The time for Traci to snap out of her disinterest in the daily running of the cosmetics conglomerate and oust Billy from the CEO chair is now! She’ll most likely be in town for longer periods to care for the ailing Dina anyhow, so she’ll need concrete work to occupy her and help her pull her family into line. Only then should she be able to relax and focus on her real passion: writing! TVS
FAMILY MEETING With the Abbotts in disarray, Traci must step up to the plate