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Give. Share. Love. After the year we've had, it's more important than ever to treat yourself and those you love.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) comfort their daughter, Cassie (Camryn Grimes).

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By Nate Millado

Daytime's #1 drama is about to hit an impressive milestone: The Young and the Restless' 12,000th episode. To put things into perspective, that's about 48 years' worth of twists, turns, marriages, babies, funerals, supercouples, supervillains, and more!

Expect a lot of surprises and exciting returns (like Daytime Emmy–winning Tricia Cast as Nina Webster) when Y&R celebrates, the week of Nov. 30. In honor of 12,000 episodes, we're rounding up 12 shocking storylines in Genoa City.

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Victor Newman reunites with his estranged father (2003)

Wealth means nothing without family, and no one knows this better than self-made man Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). At a Toronto hospice, Victor confronts dying dad Albert Miller, whose abandonment of his family left his wife no choice but to leave their son at an orphanage. Multi-millionaire Albert asks his long-lost son to "name a price" so he can offer him a check to go away. But Victor shuts him down with the ultimate mic drop: "I'm no longer Christian Miller. I'm Victor Newman ... the Victor Newman."

Devon is trapped with a lion (2005)

The Winters rescue Devon at the zoo

Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Victoria Rowell, Kristoff St. John, and Shemar Moore on The Young and the Restless.

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After everyone forgets poor Devon's (Bryton James) birthday, he wanders to the zoo—and into a lion's den. Paralyzed with fear, Devon is rescued by Malcolm (Shemar Moore) and Neil (Kristoff St. John). Aww, the Winters do care!

David Kimble meets his maker (1991)

Michale Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless

Michael Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless.

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Nina's (Tricia Cast) no-good ex was garbage, so there's poetic justice to David's (Michael Corbett) demise. After a thwarted murder spree at the masquerade ball, David flees the scene with the cops hot on his trail. He hides in a trash compactor but accidentally activates it and gets crushed to death in front of Danny and Cricket!

Sharon and Nick's daughter dies (2005)

Cassie drives her intoxicated crush, Daniel, home from a party, but crashes the car and suffers injuries from the accident. She flatlines with her grief-stricken parents by her side. Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) are gutted—as are Y&R fans who undoubtedly went through an entire box (or two) of Kleenex. Cassie's death had long-lasting repercussions, including Nick's affair with Phyllis.

Ashley Abbott learns the truth (1983)

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Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Dina Abbott (Marla Adams), and Eric Garrison (Brian Matthews).

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John Abbott ... you are not the father! Eileen Davidson herself calls the big reveal—that Ashley was the result of Dina's (Marla Adams) affair with former golf pro Brent Davis—a "game-changer." Ashley went missing shortly after, with no memory of her life, due to the shock. John would go to his grave never knowing the truth.

Lauren is kidnapped on her honeymoon (2005)

Lauren and Michael at their wedding

Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc) celebrate their wedding on The Young and the Restless.

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Supervillain Sheila Carter has unleashed a whole lot of crazy over the decades—and not just on the citizens of Genoa City, but also on the Forresters over at The Bold and the Beautiful. But the object of her obsession has always been Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman). It's hard to decide which of Sheila's dastardly plots were the most shocking, but we'll go with that time she kidnapped her arch-nemesis during Lauren's honeymoon to Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc)!

Lily Winters discovers the identity of her biological father (2005)

Malcolm holds Lily's hand

Malcolm is revealed to be Lily's biological father.

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For years, Lily (Christel Khalil) thought Neil Winters was her daddy, until she overheard Phyllis spill the beans that it was actually her Uncle Malcolm! (Remember Dru's cold-meds-induced one-night stand?) She confronts Drucilla about the baby daddy drama, further straining their already complicated relationship.

Phyllis is behind Paul and Cricket's hit-and-run (1994)

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless

Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.

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When an oncoming car barrels toward Christine (Lauralee Bell), Paul (Doug Davidson) pushes her out of the way—and is left impotent! It turns out Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) was behind the wheel (enraged after seeing Cricket and Danny's liplock), but nearly 20 years pass before Christine connects the dots.

Nikki marries Victor on her "deathbed" (1998)

Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Reed Newman in a red dress

Melody Thomas Scott stars as Nikki Reed Newman.

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Y&R's resident super-couple have wed four times—but the second time was a doozy! Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is shot by Veronica Landers, and the prognosis isn't good. Even though he has just gotten hitched to Diane, Victor grants Nikki's dying wish: to remarry in front of friends and family in her hospital room. After they exchange vows, she slips back into unconsciousness. But Victor must have given her something to live for because Nikki eventually pulls through!

Kevin Fisher is Michael's estranged brother (2003)

Michael and his half-brother, Kevin

Viewers learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher is Michael Baldwin's estranged brother.

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Looks like trouble runs in the family. We all know of Michael's dubious past, but viewers were still shocked to learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart)—yes, internet predator and Gina's arsonist Kevin Fisher—is Michael's half-bro!

Traci is shocked by the return of her estranged mother (1983)

Marla Adamas as Dina Abbott

Dina Abbott (Marla Adams) returns to the family she abandoned.

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Dina Abbott was never quite Mother of the Year—she abandoned her husband, John, and their three kids when Traci (Beth Maitland) was a child. So imagine everyone's surprise when Dina resurfaced 12 years later! Sadly, the Abbotts (and Y&R fans) recently had to say goodbye to the Abbott matriarch, but boy, did "Madame Mergeron" know how to make an entrance back in 1983!

Victor returns from the dead (1993)

A surprised Jack Abbott

Jack (Peter Bergman) can't believe his eyes.

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Victor has "died" many times, but this reunion between rivals was one juicy resurrection. A very much alive Victor swivels in his chair and reveals himself to his nemesis, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), who drops his glass in disbelief. "Dear God in heaven," Jack finally mutters. "Who are you?" Victor taunts him: "I'm your worst nightmare." We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!

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​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

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As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

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​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

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Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

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Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

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Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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By Deanna Barnert

Melody Thomas Scott is nothing like her The Young and the Restless character Nikki Reed Newman … but that doesn't mean the Daytime diva hasn't seen her share of drama! In her new memoir, Always Young and Restless: My Life On And Off America's #1 Daytime Drama (Diversion Books), Scott opens up for the first time about the cruelty inflicted upon her by her own grandmother, the abuse she experienced as a child coming up in Hollywood, and how she ultimately took control of her life and career.

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Known for playing stripper turned well-heeled heroine Nikki for 41 years and counting, Scott started preparing for her 60-year career when she was only three-years-old. After her big screen debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie at only eight, the powerhouse worked with the likes of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Brian De Palma.

Melody Thomas Scott in a white dress

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While Scott doesn't hold back in sharing the personal and professional challenges she's faced along the way, she also celebrates her successes. Her story is one of finding her own path to healing, love and family—and how Y&R has fit into that journey! Not only will fans read about how Melody Thomas Scott found her husband and built a family on the Y&R stages, but there are plenty of juicy tidbits about life in Genoa City and what it's been like to team up with co-star Eric Braeden (Victor) to sustain "Niktor"—one of television's most iconic super couples–for decades.

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Y&R stars Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden, circa 1984.

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Watch spoke to Melody Thomas Scott about her character Nikki and the release of her memoir Always Young and Restless: My Life On And Off America's #1 Daytime Drama, which hits the market on August 18.

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. How do you feel about your 41-year (and counting!) run as Nicole "Nikki" Reed Foster Bancroft DiSalvo Newman Abbott Landers Newman Newman Chow Sharpe Abbott Newman on The Young and the Restless?

Being a part of Y&R for all these years is truly a blessing.

Tell us about your iconic character. Why do you think she's continued to resonate with fans? And did we get that list of last names right?!?

The fans have always wanted to guide Nikki back onto the right path when Nikki takes the wrong road. They never get mad at her; they instead feel protective of her. And regarding all of Nikki's husbands, you are correct with 12!

Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless

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What was the first day on the Y&R set like?

It was a joyous day, working with so many talented people and immediately liking so many of them. Many would become lifelong friends.

Tell us about your TV family and co-stars like Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow, and Amelia Heinle.

Adore.

Amelia Heinle, Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow at a 40th anniversary celebration for Melody Thomas Scott.

Amelia Heinle, Eric Braeden, and Joshua Morrow at a 40th anniversary celebration for Melody Thomas Scott.

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Tell us about the creative/writing process for penning your memoir. How did it all come about?

My family and friends had always told me I have to write a book. So I thought about it for a long time before putting it on paper. It was a 10-year effort, with a few false starts, due to not being emotionally ready.

Watch usually asks how people decided to become an actor, but you were 3 when you got your start. How did that come about, and was there a point when you realized you were in fact doing what you wanted to do?

I guess those wondering about this complicated question will have to read the book!

Melody Thomas Scott in a silver gown

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Who's your biggest inspiration?

The late Lee Phillip Bell (co-creator of Y&R and The Bold and The Beautiful was someone I always looked up to and learned so much from. Music has always been my greatest inspiration.


This may not be fair… but who are you most thrilled to have worked with beside outside of Y&R and why?

Robin Williams [in an episode of The Crazy Ones]. Because he's, well… Robin Williams! Also Geraldine Page. She was such a gifted actress. I loved watching and learning from her [on The Beguiled set].

Black and white portrait of Melody Thomas Scott by a piano

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What TV shows are you currently binge-watching or catching up on right now?

Finally got around to The Kominsky Method. Am enjoying it so much. Also, still love Everybody Loves Raymond. Of course, I Love Lucy is still the mold from which all comedies should emulate!

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