The Young and the Restless viewers know that character Nikki Newman will do anything for her daughter Victoria Newman Locke. This week, she played a pivotal role in getting Victoria to see the light about her lying husband, Ashland Locke. For her performance, Soap Hub Performer of the Week honors for Y&R is presented to Nikki’s portrayer, Melody Thomas Scott.
Melody Thomas Scott — Performer of the Week
Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) had a plan to get Victoria (Amelia Heinle) to listen to the evidence he’d amassed against Ashland (Robert Newman), and Nikki featured heavily in that plan. Thomas Scott did an excellent job showing how conflicted Nikki was when it came to the turmoil happening in Victoria’s life.
One area where she especially shined brightly was when Nikki burst into Victoria’s office at Newman Locke, and demanded that Ashland leave. Both Victoria and Ashland were suspicious at first, but Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki gave such a convincing performance that Victoria eventually asked her husband to exit. After all, Nikki and Victor have had plenty of fights and breakups in their past.
Of course, Nikki couldn’t keep up the ruse too long, and Victoria nearly left, too, but the rest of her family walked in to convince her to listen. Of course, it was Nikki who ultimately got Victoria to truly hear what she needed to know. Vicki had a pat answer for why everybody else in the room might be willing to hurt her, but when Nikki spoke up, reminding her daughter that she had no reason, Victoria finally had no choice but to see the light.
Perhaps the week’s most poignant moment came when Victoria finally broke down, and Nikki rushed to hold her daughter as she sobbed. We truly felt Nikki’s motherly anguish as she watched Victoria’s world crumble into pieces…again. Bravo Melody Thomas Scott on a moving performance this week!
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