When it comes to villains, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Adam has to go down in the books as one of the nastiest. Last year, the devious dude went so far as to don a dress as part of his plan to gaslight then-stepmom Ashley. As a result, she tumbled down a staircase and lost the baby she was carrying… only to forget the incident and continue believing herself to be with child thanks to a hysterical pregnancy. Worse, when Ashley actually believed herself to be in labor (despite the fact she wasn’t even pregnant!), he stole another woman’s baby and gave it to her. Did we mention he then went on to marry the woman whose kid he’d napped?
Like we said, this guy is evil.
And this week, his elaborate scheme begins to unravel like a cheap sweater when Ashley begins having memory flashes about the night Adam donned drag and set all of these horrific events in motion.
“What makes this story so fascinating is that against all odds, a lot of fans have really taken to Adam,” says the magazine’s executive editor, Richard M. Simms. “We get a lot of letters and tweets [at @soapsindepthcbs] from people who say, ‘I know Adam stole Sharon’s baby and all, but I kinda think they’re a great couple.’”
Apparently, Sharon is the topic of a lot of conversations among Y&R fans. “That’s not really surprising,” says Simms. “People either love Sharon or they hate her. At one point, she slept with three different men and, of course, got pregnant and had no idea who the daddy was.” The resulting child is the one that was stolen from her — she thinks it died — and some viewers hope that when the whole truth comes out, it will reunite her with ex-hubby Nick. (Did we mention he’s not only the baby’s father but the half-sibling of her current husband, Adam, a.k.a. evil dude?)
“Half the audience wants Sharon to reunite with Nick,” continues the editor. “The other half wants him to stay with his current wife, Phyllis.” To test the waters and see which pairing was more popular, In Depth pitted Nick’s two loves against one another in round two of their Supercouple Smackdown, the results of which are also in the new issue. “Some of the outcomes really surprise me,” concludes Simms, adding that the other results include the fight between THE BOLD & THE BEAUTLFUL’s Donna and Stephanie over designing patriarch Eric, and a battle in which AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Lily and Molly duked it out over longtime fan favorite Holden. “Others, not so much. In this case, two of the three caught me off guard.”