On Wednesday, Nov. 15’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) is trapped in an upstairs room at the lake house. Claire Grace (Hayley Erin) unlocked her smartphone using one of Nikki’s eyes. She texted the Newmans, telling them all was okay in Oregon and that she would visit Casey Reed (Roberta Leighton) tomorrow.
Skipping slightly ahead, Claire listens to Nikki through a monitor downstairs. Thomas Scott’s character awakened and called for help. She wanted to know why Claire had abducted her. Nikki decided not to try to escape through the window but instead to attempt to open the door, calling out to Erin’s character for an explanation as she did.
Viewers may think that only a little time has passed since Claire arrived in Genoa City, Wisconsin. The pushed plot feels somewhat similar to Cameron Kirsten’s (Linden Ashby) return and renewed attack against Sharon Rosales (Sharon Case), with the audience not yet knowing if Erin’s return to the cast is tied to one of Nikki’s old foes during the ongoing celebration of Y&R’s fifty years on television. With whatever is to follow, Claire told Nikki she was headed back to GC, she said she would be with them shortly, and dismissed warnings to stay away from the Newmans.
What happened on The Young and the Restless? (Nov. 15)
The Newman family continued bickering about petty matters, not realizing Nikki’s life was at risk. Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) had another meeting with his sons. Despite Nick’s objections, Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) was surprised to learn that his father would be giving him a prominent position in the company.
Fans have to wonder if Victor, who claims he wants family unity, would follow through on a threat to oust Nick, Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle), or both if they oppose whatever job Adam is given. Nick fought what he saw as a good fight against Adam alone because Victoria was absent. Victor floated the idea of Nick taking his sister’s job if she did not return to the company, with Adam becoming the Chief Operating Officer. However, the Mustache encouraged his sons to persuade Heinle’s character to return, with Nick taking Nate’s position and Adam being given another job if that outcome transpires.
Meanwhile, at the Genoa City Athletic Club, Victoria and Nate Hastings (Sean Dominic) revisited all that has happened. While Nate remained upset, he encouraged Victoria to return to Newman Enterprises. He appreciated her saying that she regretted backing Adam’s plan for Victor. Dominic’s character did not detail his immediate career plans and left when Nick and Adam arrived. Victoria read the text Nikki appeared to have sent, telling her she was missed but should enjoy her trip.
Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) located Audra Charles (Zuleyka Silver) in Newman Towers. He doubted the Jabot takeover plan and said he doesn’t want to betray his family. Audra lashed out, criticizing him for wanting his father’s approval. Kyle was told to leave, believing she had revealed her true self, but Audra hoped to mend fences.