The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Nick (Joshua Morrow) will become distraught after being falsely accused of setting fire to The Underground and learning that Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) wasn’t truthful with him about her past or, more importantly, Christian’s (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) paternity. So Nick will choose to leave Genoa City in order to clear his head.
A mind-blowing soapy happenstance will then play out. Nick will find that his brother Adam Newman (most recently played by Justin Hartley) isn’t dead!
The return of Adam would cause TV ratings to spike. Savvy soap fans know the initial bump wouldn’t hold. But, depending upon who’s cast in the role (wink, wink) viewership could remain enhanced indefinitely.
Michael Muhney remains a possible choice, no matter what anyone thinks, says, feels, or believes. Detractors will feel compelled to disagree, will hopeful souls agree with the logic of the last sentence.
Former co-executive producer and head writer Sally Sussman advised that she wouldn’t address Christian’s paternity as long as a character (meaning Adam) was off-screen. She also noted that past decision-makers stretched unresolved storylines for many years, which implied that she had no plans to recast the Adam character. Sussman was true to her word and didn’t write Nick toward enlightenment, or bring Adam back from the seeming otherworld.
Y&R’s audience is aware that executive producer Mal Young agreed to become the show’s head writer in late summer. His team’s episodes began to be broadcast in late October. However, he’s also publicly refused to discuss Adam. That doesn’t mean Young rejected recasting that character, or that the Christian issue is off the table as it was for Sussman.
There is reasonable risk in addressing the Christian paternity issue without bringing Adam back. Fans would be right to wonder if whatever information Nick came to know about the boy he believes to be his son was actually true. It seems that a two-stage reveal would better fit stretched soap timelines.
Nick could be told, or discover, that Christian wasn’t his child. Adam’s revival could follow at a later time and subsequently verify biology. An alternative outcome could also have Adam’s resurrection lead to the scientifically verifiable conclusion that Nick was, in fact, Christian’s father all along.
Sage (Kelly Sullivan) and Adam wouldn’t necessarily be revealed as liars. Instead, both characters could have been fooled by a master manipulator. Victor is always a main suspect whenever diabolical deeds are uncovered. Then again, another unforeseen character could also be tagged as the deceiver for whatever proposed reason.
Head-faking Adam as Christian’s dad would, in effect, be a third reveal. The first being that Christian isn’t Nick’s child. Second, that Adam isn’t dead. Third, that Nick is truly Christian father. Clearly, among all stunners, Adam being alive would be the real zinger.
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