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

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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

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