Will Billy’s attempt to help Victoria destroy his relationship with Phyllis?
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Billy has always been a gambler, so it’s not really surprising that this week, he doubles down on his decision to use live-in love Phyllis for a little corporate espionage. Unfortunately, the hunk appears to have forgotten his own gambling history — you know, where it all blows up in his face! Could we soon see history repeating itself… except instead of losing Victoria, Billy Boy will be saying bye-bye to Phyllis?
Billy is not the kind of guy who quits while he’s ahead! After successfully getting onto the Jabot server (thank you, Phyllis!) and discovering Jack’s plans to relaunch Jabot Junior, Billy devises yet another scheme to get insider information on his family’s company… which, of course, means getting his hands again on his sweetheart’s laptop! In order to do that, Billy surprises Phyllis with an appointment he’s booked for her at the spa, which in turn earns him a kiss for his thoughtfulness — and the beauty handing over her laptop so she won’t have to lug it around during the spontaneous treat. While Billy feels elated that his plan is proceeding so perfectly, could he also be feeling something else? Like maybe guilt for hoodwinking his girlfriend?
“Oh, he’s definitely feeling guilty,” insists Jason Thompson (Billy). “But in his mind, he’s trying to justify it [by saying] that it’s just business. No harm, no foul, because nobody’s going to find out besides Victoria. And even though a part of him is definitely feeling guilty, he feels like he can handle it!”
Billy might shrug off his betrayal of Phyllis, but Victoria is a lot uneasier about continuing to play dirty pool against Jack. In fact, when Billy calls to tell her that he has Phyllis’ computer and is about ready to cruise through their rival’s databases, she fears the risk of getting caught is too great and orders him to back off.
Unfortunately, Billy isn’t listening! Thompson believes his alter ego isn’t just being stubborn — he’s being his typical adrenalin junkie and gambling addict self! “I absolutely think there is some of that go- ing on,” insists the actor. “His affair with Phyllis began with them hiding and sneaking around and having this heightened sensitivity to everything. It’s an addiction inside of him that comes out in certain ways!”
“[Billy] believes he’s going to get away with what he’s doing. He thinks he’s just that good!”
The Jack Attack!
One of those ways is Billy’s single- minded commitment — dare we say obsession? — with taking down his big brother! “Billy feels that if he takes out Jabot, then he gets back at Jack,” shares Thompson. “I don’t think that Billy looks at Phyllis and their relationship as being part of [his vendetta]. He feels they are making it work. He loves her and she loves him. But at the same time, his brother has done a lot to make him pay [for the affair with Phyllis]. Billy knows that it’s personal with Jack, and it’s now become personal with Billy.”
His prior success at infiltrating Jabot feeds Billy’s cockiness to do it again. “He’s very confident,” concedes Thompson. “I don’t think there’s any indication that anybody knows that anything is going on right now. He believes that he’s going to get away with what he’s doing.
“He thinks,” he adds with a grin, “that he is just that good!”
Love On The Line!
Billy may be clever, but someone needs to tell him that Jack has been playing these kinds of manipulative games since his kid brother was in diapers! Could the sly mogul actually be setting a booby trap, which would not only explode on Billy, but annihilate Brash & Sassy, devastate Victoria and, last but not least, destroy his relationship with Phyllis? “Billy knows that the reason Jack is working these angles is he’s hoping to break Billy and Phyllis up,” says Thomp- son. “When he looks at Jack, he sees him trying to sabotage Brash & Sassy. He’s the one who has made this war personal!
“For Billy, getting on Phyllis’ computer — as much as it is dishonest and a violation of trust in their relationship — it is just business,” he adds. “Yeah, he’s guilty, but at the same time, he feels like everybody in Genoa City has done a lot worse than him! Right now, though, he thinks he can do this and will get away with it. But if he’s found out, he may have to pay the piper! It won’t be business anymore. It’s going to get a lot more personal for him!”
In Billy’s mind, he’s only betraying Phyllis because of… Jack!
Billy may be playing right into Jack’s hands.
Below: “Billy knows [betraying Phyllis’ trust] is wrong,” admits his portrayer.