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■ Who do you root for in a story when everyone is being a jerk?
■ Y&R exploded in a shocking story we’ll call ABBOTTS BEHAVING BADLY. The petty pendulum usually swings between Jack and Victor, but Jack, Billy, Kyle and Ashley all took turns lying to cover their tracks and appealing to each other’s worst instincts as they tried to wrest power within the family business.
Jack: “You faked a paternity test?”
Ashley: “Didn’t think I had it in me, did you?”
Ashley justified her actions (convincing their Alzheimer’s-stricken mother she had cheated on John to conceive Jack) as payback for Jack having instituted the Blood Abbott Clause, which cost Ashley the CEO position. “Your father would be disgusted at how you pushed his daughter out of his company,” she spit at Jack, gloating that months of him believing he was illegitimate do not compare to a lifetime of her knowing it. Ashley threw Kyle, Dina, Jill, the DNA guy, even Traci under the bus, stunning Jack with her treachery.
Ashley: “I wanted to hurt you. I wanted you to know what it felt like to not be a part of your own family.” Jack: “Mission accomplished. I see a cold, heartless, vicious monster
Time was when we instinctively rooted for Ridge against Bill on B&B, but not anymore.
who I wouldn’t want to know, much less be related to.”
Jack punctuated his disgust by throwing John’s chair through a plate glass window and Ashley wound up ousted as CEO of Jabot. Was it worth it? Not for the broken Abbott family, but it will be for Y&R come Emmy time.
■ Time was when we instinctively rooted for Ridge against Bill on B&B, but not anymore. Ridge’s insistence on strong-arming the judge (who Bill nicknamed “Judge Mcmoron”) to insure Bill lost custody of Will resulted in Ridge’s angry wife siding with Bill. Worse, Brooke convinced Katie to soften her stance on Bill seeing his son so the whole trial was for naught. Bill (to Brooke): “You went to the mat for me and I can’t thank you enough.”
He can, however, kiss her and enrage her husband to the point where Ridge threw Bill off a balcony to create even more rooting value for his enemy.
There are no winners here, with the possible exception of Katie, who finally got a classic line. Katie (re: seeing Will): “The only legitimate excuse for canceling is if you have malaria or someone dies.”