The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that each of the big businesses in Genoa City will compete hard in 2018. In addition to the traditional Newman-Abbott battle, Chancellor Industries and the Hamilton-Winters Group will vie for money, power and influence on Y&R.
Hardcore viewers are very familiar with Victor (Eric Braeden) and Jack (Peter Bergman) incessantly sniping at each other. Their business competition has almost always been the product of a thinly veiled personal agenda. Numerous ill-advised skirmishes have occurred through the years, with no true victor (soapy pun intended) having erased the other.
Newman Enterprises is a global conglomerate that has forced its tentacles into every continent on earth. Jabot grew beyond cosmetics in establishing a business partnership with Fenmore’s. While Newman and Jabot aren’t comparable, there have been many instances where they battled for desired turf.
Victor plays off weaknesses. So he’s primed to use Jabot’s double-distraction. Jack and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) called a personal truce in order to handle the Dina (Marla Adams) issue as a tandem. Will the Moustache use that multi-issue family crisis to go at Jabot both now and later?
Jill (Jess Walton) was about to sell Jabot to Jack, who surprisingly met her high asking price for CI. But she rescinded her approval of that deal after learning about Jack’s internal power struggle. That meant that Cane’s (Daniel Goddard) solid efforts as the acting head of the company will continue.
Mr. Ashby hired J.T. (Thad Luckinbill), which should proved to be a positive addition to the executive staff. But Cane has now been forced by Jill to run the company with Billy (Jason Thompson). That’s likely to be very problematic.
But the younger Mr. Abbott is a go-getter. So he’ll surely create a few business splashes this year. J.T. has insider knowledge about Newman and a personal tie (Victoria, Amelia Heinle) that could be a valuable source of information.
Devon (Bryton James) purchased Mergeron from Dina in 2017. That deal put HWG on the map, due to the French-based company’s diversified business interests.
In light of the money his grandmother (Katherine, Jeanne Cooper) left him, Devon founded his company (along with Neil, Kristoff St. John) and then entered the business world with instant potential. That’s why Scott’s (Daniel Hall) request for HWG to buy Hashtag from Newman is very intriguing.
There are suddenly four business power players on Y&R, instead of the traditional two (Newman Enterprises and Jabot). The possibilities of triangulated partnerships are compelling when viewed from any angle.
No one company has ever been able to bring down Newman. But would its three local rivals agree to go at Victor’s company simultaneously, or will each entity simply choose to expand its own brand as storylines play out?
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