This week on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Abby begins to wonder if her sorta beau, Zack, might just be too good to be true! But while the young divorceé frets over the thought of losing her heart to the hunk, given Zack’s illegal activities, should Abby actu
The In Depth Story: Abby is still not quite over Zack standing her up a few weeks ago. Nor is she cool with his unprecedented flash of temper toward her. And while viewers are well aware of Zack’s dark side — he’s a major player in the sex-trafficking ring — Melissa Ordway explains that her alter ego’s caution with him is more self-centered. “She likes him, and there is definitely an attraction that she wants to explore, but she keeps getting disappointed by him,” the actress says, noting that considering Abby’s history with Stitch or the other men she’s dated, “Her guard is up; she doesn’t want to get hurt.”
Ironically, just when Abby thinks she might be done with the dating whiplash Zack gives her, Devon convinces her that perhaps she should cut the guy some slack! “She’s venting to Devon,” previews Ordway. “‘He stood me up! He needs to realize what a catch I am! I’m not going to put up with that!’ It was the final straw for her!”
But Devon’s support of Zack’s explanation has Abby changing her tune.
“Devon is like, ‘He apologized. He told you that he was working. Sometimes people get caught up in work. You, of all people, should know that,’” shares the actress. “Devon is being a cheerleader for the relationship, and that definitely influences her!”
Not surprisingly, Abby’s self-absorption over being dissed has her missing the bigger picture that there is something a tad off about Zack! “She doesn’t see his slyness,” concedes Ordway. “She could look back on it someday and go, ‘Oh, there were definitely things that I ignored!’ But right now, she wants to see this great, successful guy who is really into her, and they have this dating- app [ partnership]. She wants to see all the positives, so she’s ignoring all the negatives!”
Ah, but not everyone is ignoring the red flags raised by Zack. And the person whose Spidey sense is tingling is the one she’d never listen to: Scott! “He has some questions about Zack,” agrees Ordway. “But Abby dislikes Scott’s opinion so much that even if she agreed with anything he said, she would do just the opposite because she does not want him to be right!”
So, Devon’s encouragement and Scott’s suspicion may push Abby back into Zack’s arms… which could be a very dangerous place to be! “There’s a lot at stake for Abby,” notes Ordway.
“What kind of person is involved in sex trafficking?”
“She has worked so hard to get where she is [at Newman], so to find out that this guy who is involved with her in business is part of the sex-trafficking ring… how horrible is that? She persuaded her dad to give all this money to their dating app. This makes her look so bad in business.
“And on top of that, what kind of person is involved in sex trafficking?” she declares. “Anyone involved in something like that would be a scary person to be in a relationship with. There’s going to be a lot going wrong for Abby coming up!”
Scott’s suspicion of Zack (right) might push Abby right back into the leather-clad arms of the hunky sex trafficker!