MOTHER’S HOME!

Can Billy’s re­la­tion­ship with Phyl­lis sur­vive Jill’s wrath?

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THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Billy and Phyl­lis have done their darnedest to ig­nore their de­trac­tors, even set­ting up their love nest in her pen­t­house. Yet this week, the cou­ple will be fac­ing their big­gest ob­sta­cle yet, squar­ing off with the one wo­man who has spent her life re­fus­ing to be ig­nored — Jill!

Jill Goes On The Warpath!

When Jill left town to travel the world with Colin, she was un­der the im­pres­sion that Billy and Victoria were on the road to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. So it’s not sur­pris­ing that the re­turn­ing ma­tri­arch is none too pleased to dis­cover that while she was away, her son ac­tu­ally took another route, re­sum­ing his red-hot romance with his brother’s ex-wife! Dis­tressed over the turn of events, Jill doesn’t even bother to un­pack be­fore she makes a bee­line for Billy to ex­press her dis­ap­proval, dis­ap­point­ment and, oh yeah, dire warn­ings that his re­la­tion­ship with Phyl­lis is doomed!

“Jill be­lieves that Billy should be with his fam­ily and Victoria, and she doesn’t re­ally let up on that!” laughs Ja­son Thomp­son, who plays Phyl­lis’ main squeeze. “I don’t know how many times he says, ‘Stop, stop, just stop!’

“But I think there is some­thing very much alike about Jill and Billy,” he adds. “They don’t take no for an an­swer lightly or eas­ily. They’re both kind of per­sis­tent!”

For Billy, that means try­ing to make his mother see that he didn’t “choose” Phyl­lis over Victoria, but that this was the way the chips fell after his for­mer wife froze him out! “There had been moments when Billy thought that he and Victoria could come to­gether again, and in those moments, there were a lot of feel­ings! But then it be­came clear to him that it

wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen — Victoria made that very clear,” Thomp­son notes. “At the same time, there were a lot of un­re­solved feel­ings be­tween Billy and Phyl­lis. Dur­ing their af­fair, re­la­tion­ship, what­ever you want to call it, they re­ally thought they could make a go of it. So when that re­ally pre­sented it­self again, I think Billy wanted to ex­plore those feel­ings, to see if they’re real and go for­ward with Phyl­lis.

“He tells all this to his mother,” he con­tin­ues. “He wants her to un­der­stand, but he’s not nec­es­sar­ily ask­ing for her ap­proval. He’s like, ‘You can ei­ther ac­cept this or you don’t have to. It’s up to you. But I’m with Phyl­lis, we’re to­gether, and this is what’s hap­pen­ing!’”

A Mat­ter Of Life And Death?

Still, Jill wouldn’t be Jill if she didn’t at least try to brow­beat her son into dump­ing Phyl­lis. Nor­mally, Billy would push back hard against his mom. But these are not nor­mal times, with Billy fear­ing that Jill’s ticker might not be able to stand up to open war­fare! “Billy doesn’t want to stress her out, given what she’s been through health­wise,” pre­views Thomp­son. “He doesn’t want to be the cause of her blood pres­sure ris­ing or her hav­ing another heart at­tack.”

That doesn’t mean the hunk’s go­ing to cave to ex­ter­nal ma­ter­nal pres­sures. “Billy is a grown man,” says Thomp­son. “He’d love his mother’s sup­port, but he doesn’t need it. He’s not go­ing to go, ‘You’re right, Mom, let me put the brakes on my re­la­tion­ship with Phyl­lis!’”

No-longer-se­cret Lovers

Of course, Billy doesn’t ex­pect Jill not to in­ter­fere. Heck, that’s what she does. How­ever, Thomp­son be­lieves that Jill will be less of an is­sue for his al­ter ego than all the nor­malcy that is in­volved in set­ting up house with some­one. “There’s a feel­ing-out process with Billy and Phyl­lis right now,”

shares his por­trayer. “They’re try­ing to fig­ure out how to take this re­la­tion­ship out of the box that they’ve had to live in for a long time, and there are def­i­nitely moments where they’re like, ‘Is this the right thing?’

“Billy tries to re­as­sure Phyl­lis that [be­ing to­gether openly] will take some time to get used to,” he con­tin­ues. “They were some­what de­ceit­ful with their loved ones [when their af­fair be­gan], so they came from a place that wasn’t hon­est. Now they are like, ‘Can we trust what this means?’”

A Wild Card In The Deck!

Iron­i­cally, Billy and Phyl­lis may find that sneak­ing around or even cir­cling the wag­ons against every­one in town who is against them has its benefits. “When the pas­sion is di­aled up, it’s easy to stake your claim,” points out Thomp­son. “I think that the love, pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing that these two have for each other is very real, but I also think these two char­ac­ters will fight tooth and nail to prove ev­ery­body wrong. It’s like, ‘We’ll show you that you’re wrong and that we’re go­ing to make [our re­la­tion­ship] work!’

“But it’s go­ing to be the quiet moments in be­tween, when they’re go­ing to have to be truth­ful with each other and them­selves… that’s the hard stuff,” he adds. “I like the moments that are not ex­plo­sive, when it’s just two peo­ple try­ing to fig­ure out how to be in a re­la­tion­ship with each other. Go­ing for­ward, I hon­estly don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. Billy will al­ways have a deep love for Victoria, but as of right now, he wants to see where it goes with Phyl­lis!”

Still, as he goes for­ward with the feisty beauty, Billy might do well to watch his back… be­cause Jill isn’t the kind of mother to give up her match­mak­ing schemes so eas­ily!

Leave it to Jill to make Phyl­lis a whole dif­fer­ent kind of “other wo­man.”

“I give you one sim­ple job, Victoria — re­unite with Billy. And this is what I come home to?”

Out of habit, Billy snuck in to canoo­dle with Phyl­lis be­fore re­al­iz­ing that… hello! Their re­la­tion­ship was no longer a dirty lit­tle se­cret.

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