Thanksgiving week enabled the airing of two retro episodes of ‘The Young and the Restless’. Seasoned viewers know that soap operas often blend flashback sequences, or entire shows, with current arcs. In both instances, ‘Nick’ (Joshua Morrow) and ‘Sharon’ (Sharon) were, are and will be the focus.
Thanksgiving’s replay involved ‘Nick’ taking a trip to the woods, where an imagined visit with many past romantic connections occurred. Black Friday’s episode reviewed ‘Nick’ and ‘Sharon’s’ pre-wedding parties (with collective jail time) before their marriage that never came to be due to the ‘Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) revival and dramatic church entrance at that time. The theme of both holiday episodes connects with current storylines where the once mighty ‘Shick’ is concerned.
‘Nick’s’ memory was jarred while he was alone in the woods and has been prodded lately though his interaction with ‘Sharon’s’ purported Fairview psychiatrist. However, ‘Dr. Anderson’ (Elizabeth Bogush) hardly cares about her patient’s mental state. She engineered the kidnapping of ‘Christian Newman’ and subsequently presented him to ‘Sharon’ and ‘Dylan’ (Steve Burton), who then named him ‘Sullivan’. Of course, that baby is actually ‘Nick’ and ‘Sage’s’ (Kelly Sullivan) son.
While it’s obvious that ‘Dr. Anderson’ wants to damage ‘Nick’s’ life, enough evidence hasn’t been gathered to confirm that she’s actually ‘Sandra Nelson’ in disguise. That character’s name has been referenced because ‘Sharon’ referenced her last spring. At that time ‘Nick’ was threatening to deny ‘Sharon’ access to ‘Faith’ (Alyvia Lind) because he was once again questioning his ex-wife’s mental stability.
Unbeknownst to ‘Nick’, ‘Sharon’ was present at a Newman Ranch party when ‘Sandra’ accidentally broke her neck. ‘Nick’, a teenager at the time, dared her to take a dangerous dive into his pool. ‘Sharon’s’ threat to expose what she witnessed, along with her knowledge of ‘Victor’s’ (Eric Braeden) cover-up, worked as ‘Nick’ backed off. The unusual introduction of an incident, that was never initially shown to the audience, left viewers wondering when said situation would be resurrected again. And so that primed revenge plot appears ready to play out now.