The December 15 episode of the Young and the Restless uses brilliant elements of the films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz.

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Jason Thompson’s performance as Billy Abbott IV entertains yet makes one think. True excellence won the daytime drama for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama for Mr. Thompson. I would not be the least bit surprised if that award is repeated.

 

In the week of September 28 to October2, 2020 The Bold and the Beautiful®️ tackled the issue of the opioid epidemic in America.

During the same week The Young and the Restless® dealt with issues of family jealousy and control as power from one generation is either passed down or not in the family business context.

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Google shows how the three words ‘family’ ‘company’ and ‘business’ drastically shifted with the rise of women in the 1950s

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The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, two American serial dramas in year 48 and 34 respectively on television, have returned after a fantastic adjustment to life during a pandemic.

The families of #The Bold and the Beautiful®️ are based in Los Angeles and its culture of fashion designing and publication.  The families of The Young and the Restless® are based in Genoa City, Wisconsin and its culture of communication, cosmetic companies.

Serial dramatic series, called originally “Operatic Dramas” and teased by some as “Soap Operas” are the longest running dramas on television.  When people cry, “Oh I never watch those shows” it reminds me of all the 70 million people who would never think of buying a Barry Manilow album or the 50 million copies of a Phil Collins album where people assert “[I’d never think of listening to].”  Right.

“to measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capabilities” – GOETHE

‘Always Remember That You are Always 100% Wrong’

The episode featured two men, Thomas Forrester and Charlie Webber. Both of these men, Thomas, in taking a chance by shipping a controversial package to himself is to us, the viewer, an example in the extreme of Thomas overestimating himself. By contrast, Charlie underestimates himself and does a beautiful thing.

Specifically, Charlie has no reason at all not to check the secret box of Thomas.  The package was not sealed in such a way that Charlie could not have easily checked it.  Upon checking it, he would have a complete hold on Thomas if he had wanted. Thomas would have offered him huge sums of money to not say a thing about it.  But even though he could have been a intermeddling threat, Charlie was the good man.