The Young and the Restless

Eileen Davidson’s Final Bow: The Good, The BAD & The BEAUTY

Ashley Abbott The Young and the RestlessThe Young and the Restless

The last time Ashley left Genoa City, she accepted an out-of-town job offer and left relatively quietly, a whimper, if you will. This time, with Eileen Davidson saying she’s wrapped up her run, she left with a bang… and a big one!

After confessing to making Jack think he wasn’t John’s son, sharing more than one emotional showdown with her family, and learning she owned all of Jabot’s patents, Ashley moved to Paris to start her own company.

The Good
Y&R pulled out all the stops to tell the story of Ashley’s exit, putting the entire Abbott clan front and center. The acting, dialogue, directing, and production values were all top notch.

Initially, some felt Jack (Peter Bergman) not being John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) son was far-fetched. Dina had never hinted at any other infidelity and the show had done other paternity swaps.

How could any other known patriarch on Y&R be Jack’s dad when Jack slept with many of their daughters?

Had Neil Fenmore (Jim Storm) proved to be Jack’s dad, Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Jill (Jess Walton) – Neil’s daughters – would have been horrified because that would have meant they’d slept with their half-brother!

It turned out Jack was John’s son after all. The paternity test that indicated otherwise had been orchestrated by Ashley, who wanted revenge against her half-brother who had a clause put into Jabot Cosmetics by-laws that no non-blood Abbott could run the company.

Some suspected that Ashley was pulling a fast one, but her plan counted on a lot of coincidences happening; the most far-fetched one being that Kyle (Michael Mealor) would dig the memory card that had Dina’s (Marla Adams) “confession” on it out of the fireplace.

(And why would Kyle want to prove his father wasn’t an Abbott since that would block him from running the company someday himself?)

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