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he hol­i­days should be a joy­ous time spent sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends. And while THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Nikki is sur­rounded by loved ones, it’s un­der the worst pos­si­ble cir­cum­stances, with Nick and Vic­to­ria pray­ing at their mom’s bed­side this week as she lies in a coma af­ter be­ing run down in the street! Can fans ex­pect a lit­tle Christ­mas magic around the cor­ner? Or will the New­man fam­ily find them­selves fac­ing their dark­est days yet?

United In Fear

“Nick and Vic­to­ria are re­ally pray­ing for a Christ­mas mir­a­cle!”

“Nick and Vic­to­ria, and the rest of the fam­ily, re­ally are forced to imag­ine what life would be like with­out their mother,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/ head­writer Mal Young. “They are re­ally pray­ing for a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. This [ sit­u­a­tion] will tug on the heart­strings, where we will see how her chil­dren will re­act to Nikki be­ing in gen­uine dan­ger, pos­si­bly los­ing her life.

“And,” he adds, “they will have to deal with this with­out the sup­port of Vic­tor, who usu­ally comes in and fixes ev­ery­thing!”

In­ter­est­ingly, Nick and Vic­to­ria aren’t the only ones af­fected as Nikki teeters be­tween life and death! “This sto­ry­line re­ally rip­ples out and af­fects a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” re­veals Young. “It’s amaz­ing how this tragedy re­ally im­pacts so many dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. It’s huge!”

In fact, Vic­to­ria’s re­la­tion­ship with Billy is one that may be im­pacted. “Vic­to­ria isn’t over her in­volve­ment in J.T.’S demise… and has been sab­o­tag­ing any chance of hap­pi­ness for her­self be­cause she feels like she doesn’t de­serve it,” points out the word­smith. “Yet she needs a shoul­der to cry on, to lean on. She needs that sup­port, and Billy is the per­fect per­son for that. We all want some­one to love and love us back, and have some­one be there in a time of need. And by God, she is in a time of need!”

Mean­while, Phyl­lis is at the hos­pi­tal to sup­port Nick, which af­fords her a fron­trow seat to ob­serve — and be tweaked by — Billy and Vic­to­ria’s new rap­port! “She made her choice, which is a good, safe choice for her, but there are a lot of un­re­solved is­sues be­tween her (con­tin­ues)

and Billy, so I think she’s jeal­ous when she sees him go­ing back to Vic­to­ria,” chuck­les Young. “She says she doesn’t want Billy — but she doesn’t want any­one else to have him either!”

A Turn For The Worse

Still, those dra­mas fade into the back­ground when Nick de­mands an up­date on his mother’s con­di­tion from Nate. In­stead of de­liv­er­ing a hope­ful mes­sage about Nikki pulling through, the doc­tor ad­vises Nick to pre­pare him­self for the worst! “It’s one of those mo­ments that we all fear,” says Young. “I think ev­ery­one has it in the back of their mind that you could lose a par­ent or a fam­ily mem­ber. It shocks Nick. Sud­denly, he re­al­izes, ‘ This is se­ri­ous! This could be it!’”

Nick im­me­di­ately calls Vic­to­ria, who has al­lowed Billy to pull her away to the Christ­mas party Sharon is throw­ing at Crim­son Lights. “Sharon wanted a party to pull the com­mu­nity to­gether, and ev­ery­one is hav­ing a good time,” pre­views Young. “That’s of­ten when bad news comes. It’s that chilling mo­ment

when you get that phone call at four in the morn­ing or, like Vic­to­ria, you are in the mid­dle of a party. Life is look­ing great, then it spins out of con­trol! Vic­to­ria — and Jack, Sharon, ev­ery­one there — drops what they’re do­ing be­cause this is Nikki New­man!”

Si­lent Night

At the hos­pi­tal, ev­ery­one gath­ers to hold hands and pray for Nikki. Well… al­most ev­ery­one. “There is go­ing to be the ques­tion of, ‘Where’s Vic­tor?’” teases the scribe. “Why hasn’t he come? There is a feel­ing that some­thing or some­body is loom­ing!”

Could it be The Mus­tache… or the Grim Reaper? Young sug­gests that Y&R fans grab a cozy blan­ket and some hot choco­late as they set­tle in for what hap­pens next! “This is so emo­tional with ev­ery­one pulling to­gether for Nikki,” he pre­views. “We’ve got a beau­ti­ful twist that no one will see com­ing!”

It isn’t just Nick on whom Vic­to­ria is lean­ing in these dark days. She’s also re­ly­ing heav­ily on her ex-hus­band, Billy… much to Phyl­lis’ cha­grin.

When Nikki’s loved ones look to Nate for re­as­sur­ance, what they get in­stead is… well, you can tell by the looks on their faces.

As bad as things may look, Y&R’S ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/head­writer hints that he’s got a won­der­ful sur­prise in store.

The one per­son who isn’t at Nikki’s bed­side is the one per­son who most needs to be there: the love of her life, Vic­tor! Where the heck is the ty­coon?

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