Stand­out Scene

Phyl­lis Sees Billy In A New Light!

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THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Phyl­lis has al­ways known that Billy was a gam­bler. But know­ing some­thing on an in­tel­lec­tual level and ac­tu­ally see­ing it hap­pen are two very dif­fer­ent things.

For Phyl­lis, the mo­ment of truth came when Billy, still on a high after win­ning in Ve­gas, bought her a di­a­mond neck­lace. “I just wanted to make sure that you know how much I ap­pre­ci­ated you spend­ing this time with me in this part of my life. No­body’s ever done that for me be­fore,” he mar­veled, which prompted a more cau­tious Phyl­lis to re­mind, “Part of me sup­port­ing you is help­ing you to gam­ble re­spon­si­bly and man­age your win­nings.”

The prob­lem with ad­dicts, how­ever, is they fail to rec­og­nize the yawn­ing black hole in front of them. Cer­tainly, Billy was quick to dis­miss his

sweet­heart’s con­cern, while in­flat­ing his own in­vin­ci­bil­ity. “As long as I know my lim­its, we are good. And my lim­its just got higher!” he de­clared, flash­ing her a cocky grin.

Un­for­tu­nately, Phyl­lis made the de­ci­sion to stand by her man, even if it meant stand­ing next to him at the poker ta­bles… or bet­ting on the horses. And when Billy lost $5,000 on the race that he’d in­sisted was a sure thing, we prac­ti­cally saw Phyl­lis bite her tongue so she wouldn’t turn into a shriek­ing shrew for fear of push­ing the hunk away. Gina Tognoni and Ja­son Thomp­son of­fered pitch­per­fect per­for­mances op­po­site each other as their char­ac­ters moved into a new dy­namic, with Phyl­lis want­ing to be the cheer­leader with­out be­com­ing Billy’s en­abler, and him once again en­thralled by the ex­cite­ment in high-stakes gam­bling.

Billy lost Vic­to­ria be­cause of his ob­ses­sion. Will he lose Phyl­lis as well? We’re go­ing to say that when it comes to Philly — the cou­ple, not the race­horse — all bets are off!

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