In the second part of the gorgeous wedding at the Chancellor manor, the Newman, the Abbots and the Chancellors share memories that could make a grown man cry. The flashbacks in particular of parents and children of seasons past show that the Devon advice was probably the wisest, in saying that the memories Chance and Abby are making are more precious than any jewels.

The Wedding of Abby and Chance

In Los Angeles, the Forrester family is dealing with Thomas’s strange behavior.

The Bold and The Beautiful, December 1, 2020

He hit his head in his apartment, and he has turned to kissing his ideal woman’s mannequin, Hope Logan, who is already married to Liam Spencer III.

On a loud sound audience note, my own mom has been dealing, like everyone alive, with the virus pandemic. In her building, at lunchtime 10-15 people every day socially distance and watch the BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL®  and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS® (CBS television) together and have coffee, tea, snacks and talks during the ads.

Today I was told that a man, who goes by the nickname of “The Joe” who had spent a lifetime wondering what anyone gained out of watching daytime dramas. The Joe is the retired surgeon of the group, thus when people have medical problems they turn to him. Why is that relevant? Because as the resident emergency doctor and everyday medical expert, he is accustomed to people going into a silent respect for everything he has to say, just in case they should need his help, though he believes it is his sheer brilliance people sit quietly to listen to.

On today’s episode, when Ridge told Thomas that he will “a son is always his father’s little boy, even if he grows up to be 6’5″, 280 pound and plays for the Rams.”  Said The Joe, “I like that – what’s his name [?] – Ridge. All three of my sons are my little boys, even though none of them was half the athlete I was when I was a young man.”

One could hear a collective quiet yet audible groan beneath everyone face-coverings. My mom said, “If the guy, who calls himself ‘The Joe’ continues to show up at CBS daytime-drama time, the post-episode discussions are going to have to be on Zoom.”

 

The Abbott, the Newman, the Chancellors and the Winters families, the pillars of Genoa City, Wisconsin, come together in the  beautiful wedding ceremony of Abby Newman Abbott Chancellor and Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV.

The Young and the Restless, 12-1-2020

Ceremony presided over by Devon Hamilton, a special singing performance by Traci Abbott and over 17 characters seen in flashbacks make for an episode with the excellence and fullness befitting the 12,000th episode of The Young and the Restless®.

One of the beautiful things about the American daytime drama form is that when a player in the acting company is ill, another can fill in without loss of suspension of disbelief.

The temporary Chance gave me a slap of what it must have been like in the days when ages where marriages were, and in many places still are: one doesn’t see their spouse until the day of the wedding.

I’m not sure the purpose was to show the shock of the blind pre-arranged marriage, but willful or not I was woken up to how different a system was the blind wedding.

YR, 11-30-2020

The week before the Abby-Chance wedding, the Young and the Restless featured a Thanksgiving where most of the inner family tensions were alluded to.

Between Jack and Billy, without a job Jack is concerned about Billy’s place in the world and a temptation to gamble.

Between Nate and Devon, Elena, Lily, Amanda and Lola have place their concerns.

Regarding the healing of Sharon, Nick, Faith and Mariah try their best to reinvent life as normal, meaning, life before and after Sharon’s dealing and beating the most evil disease on earth.

Kyle and Summer are in love thus confused by infatuation definition.

Nikki and Victor are the duke and duchess of Genoa City and had a fine Thanksgiving with their only issue being that of Adam’s involuntary stay at a psychiatric home in order he finally deal with his childhood trauma that has been holding back his potential for kindness in his good works.

Rey Rosales and Phyllis Summers, each content with partners Sharon and Nick respectively, round out members of non-married Genoa City society as key characters in their own right yet *also* key in weaving together the tapestry of storylines necessary for the daily one-hour daytime serial drama that the Young and the Restless is, on this 48th episode of the 48th year of the fantastic ‘mirror to American society’ that the program has become.

In 500 years when people want to know how people lived in 2021, they won’t be looking at the marching around the election. They will be looking at the art created with plots about ordinary people living ordinary lives.