This isn’t a true episode recap because I’m going to focus primarily on the Victor renaissance, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the lunacy and pure evil of Meggie, the evil bartender. If Victor really wanted to help her, give her money to go to Patty Williams plastic surgeon to get a new face and a new life. But turning Nikki back into an alcoholic is not cool. At least they’re giving her a storyline though…for a while after the contract dispute, she was a non-entity, limited to drinking tea with Kay.
Now onto the main point of the post…The Great Victor Newman. Victor the last two days was vintage Victor, the one who’s always on top and in control. His scenes with Adam were the payoff for all his past year of un-Victor like behavior. It reminded me of my favorite moment from The Score, when it became apparent that Robert DeNiro’s character had beaten Edward Norton’s character. Added points for the delightful camp of “That’s the problem with this young generation…no respect” (if you want to skip straight to it, go to 2:25). I love Michael as Victor’s consigliere as well. I also liked Victor’s interplay with Billy on Monday’s episode. The amusement on his face and the way he didn’t fly off the handle when Victoria said they bought a house (I wouldn’t think there’d be a problem anyway…she’s 50 times married and about 40 years old) was cool, the defining characteristic of Victor Newman.
All of this made me think of a storyline that was never mentioned again, but was easily Eric Braeden’s most powerful performance, when he met his father. The range of emotions he showed in these scenes was amazing. Your heart went out to him when his father offers him a check to get out of his life, but if you ever want to know why Victor Newman is the way he is and why he talks about family so much, check these scenes out. Keep in mind that this storyline occurred with the backdrop of Victor and Nick at their lowest point…Nick had just turned Victor into the Feds for Commercial Bribery. Revisiting this storyline would be apropos for whenever they redeem Adam and reunite him with the family.
Not that I watch that kind of thing…