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.

#YR
season 48
episode 61

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.

 

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.

Greg Rikaart is the actor who plays character Kevin Fisher who electing on what parenting especially a male child might be like gives off a fantastic portrayal of the man always separated from the father, just as in Like A Salesman, Wall Street or the Young and the f-ing Restless!

YR summary – Jason Thompson talking to Mishael Morgan as Billy talking to Mandy

Having as his brother, Genoa City District Attorney Michael Baldwin raised by a man only known to me, who began watching #YR in 2006, as “Terrible Tom.” Of the thing Terrible Tom is most known for is sadistically locking young son Kevin in closets, and using one’s imagination, if a father would do that, what would they not do? Upon reflecting on the fact that in a few weeks Kevin is going to be a father himself, the actor Rikaart, with time off to reflect after deciding that having lived most his life on the Young and the Restless it was time to attend to his own family, and probably not look back. Rikaart had several guest weeks in returning to different rounds of actors, and while people came and went, Kevin and Greg are stronger than ever.

What happens when you work that well with others? You get the lines of the year – like this, “I wasn’t raised by a good man, I wasn’t raised to be a good man, what makes me think I can handle this?” Without the experience of that of Greg and his return, the great show today has no tone. Great move for all, Kevin coming back. Funny how he is a major character not aligned with any one of the major families in town, but when he took his child abuse and turned it into good, he joined the The Genoa City Police Department as its technical expert – his business turned into family, with a little help from Michael, Sharon, Paul and Lauren.

Backstreets-Springsteen-contemporary-tempo

 

The Genoa City storylines are going through normal human storylines. The comfort and improvement in everything about the show has been boldly apparent over the last three months.

Social issues have been *very* difficult to discuss or *not* discuss in any way. People are afraid of offending, being offended, being disrespected.

Thus it has been noticeable to me, and may it is just me as a 13 year viewer, that the effort gone into continuing to keep an hour a day show going, a show requiring 37 minutes of pure writing from a blank piece of paper, has been tremendous.

Heart Of Gold / Velocity v Time chart

CBS® is the sponsor of the greatest show on tv now and the best ever on high level New York City power players, BILLIONS®. Thing about Billions: when a writer is stuck for a word they seem to find a curse unusable on daytime tv. This makes daytime tv writing not onluy more laborious by a factor of at least 20 (5 shows a week, 52 weeks a year minus a few holiday college bowl and hoops games) , as miny series as the great Madmen®, DEADWOOD®.

Anyway, this episode got me thinking about the classic Dr. Phil quote, “every situation needs a hero.” Here, we have a fascinating set of potential storylines with many characters angry at each other barring Victoria and Billy, Mariah and Tessa. Wee see everyone else’s unhappiness. Notice the paradox: the more a character tries to find happjness in and of itself, it does not work. What works is finding a place for someone in the world. Hence the center of the storm: Victor trying at first just to make his family happy. After all, there is no money to worry about and Victor could easily retire on money that were it real would rival Jack Welch or contemporary Ferdinand Porsche. He cannot force Adam to be happy, nor can he force others to feel happy around him. Having seen this, we will see if Adam finds a place in the world – what Victor Christian Newman would always say is the number one thing in establishing the family: a loyal, hard-working, compassionate role in the world.

It leaves me with a feeling of having watched the characters in the fictionalized (is that a little redundant? Better safe than sorry! People are delicate.) yearning by a town for a person with a heart of gold. Victor realizes that he cannot serve that role; rather, as Neil Young does as he finds the song here, enter the extra sugar fake syrup: the heart of gold *within themselves* – all of us. It is a very inclusive show! Then again, how many can’t miss players are gone in a year? Applause to the writers and actors especially.

Speaking of which, the music in the background scene where Mariah is talking to Tessa is fantastically great. I watch the show with noice cancelling headphones on cbs.com and the cbs app. The headphones because great sound makes the show 3x as great for me. I’m an accompanist more than an attorney at this point, and I was nicely surprised by the guitar playing and orchestral harmonies on what sounded like probably a top keyboard. Is that therir theme? I hadn’t noticed.