The Young and the Restless recap (Nov. 17): Aunt Jordan joins Claire

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On Friday, Nov. 17’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Aunt Jordan (Coleen Zenk) arrived to help her niece, Claire Grace (Hayley Erin), at the lake house in Oregon. Jordan encouraged her niece to remain steadfast as their plan had reached its climax. Soap opera fans recognized the actor who portrayed Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns from 1975 through 2010, when the beloved steamer ended its fifty-four decade run. In her return to daytime, Zenk is playing a villain who is conspiring with Nikki Newman’s (Melody Thomas Scott) new assistant for reasons that are soon to be revealed.

The sudden turn of the seemingly nice Claire is intriguing because Erin’s name appears with the main cast members in Y&R’s credits. That implies she signed on as a regular contract player. However, it could be that Erin’s previous stint on the show, where she portrayed a younger version of Abby Newman Abbott (now played by Melissa Ordway), aids her ranking in the credits or the powers that be don’t want to tip the storyline by listing her at the end of the credits with the recurring cast members. This point is being made because it is possible Claire may prove to be part of Nikki’s family and become a permanent part of the show despite the crimes she’s committing, which would generally signal a short run.

Viewers learned that Claire put alcohol in the drip bag attached to the intravenous tube she put in Nikki’s arm. That purposeful move signals that she is familiar with Nikki being an alcoholic, possibly with her aunt as the source of that information. However, the audience did see Claire’s dossier on the Newman family, meaning that she could have learned about the alcohol issue through publicly available news reports.

What happened on The Young and the Restless? (Nov. 17)

In Genoa City, Nate Hastings (Sean Dominic) tried to persuade his cousins, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) and Devon Hamilton Winters (Bryton James), and Jill Abbott (Jess Walton) about rejoining Chancellor-Winters. Mamie Johnson (Veronica Redd) supported his effort as part of her original plan to heal the family rift. Jill was open to the possibility, with Devon wanting to verify Nate’s story about being wrongfully fired by Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). Lily also told Devon about Mamie’s CW investment being fueled by her hidden connection to his father, Tucker McCall (Trevor St. John).

Summer Newman Abbott (Allison Lanier) was questioned by her brother, Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) at his new penthouse, where she stopped in to give a housewarming gift. Summer dismissed a future with Chance Chancellor (Conner Floyd) but Daniel believed Floyd’s character may have feelings for her. On cue, Heather Stevens (Vail Bloom) and Lucy Romalotti (Lily Brooks O’Briant) arrived with gifts, and Summer soon departed after being uncertain about the intentions of Bloom’s character. The discussion Daniel had with Heather borrowed from his sister’s concerns about her return from Portugal. Heather reassured Daniel that she is at peace and wants the best for him.

At Crimson Lights, Sharon Rosales (Sharon Case) talked with Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes) and Tessa Porter (Cait Fairbanks) about Ava Porter Copeland’s (Maddie and Millie Ingle) hearing aids. Chance arrived, wearing a sling. Nina Webster (Tricia Cast) joined them and they headed to Society. That allowed Nina to include Abby in conversation where they encouraged Chance to leave the police force.

Summer soon arrived and was thrilled to see Floyd’s character, with Sharon being bothered by that exchange. Later, back at Crimson Lights, Sharon and Chance discussed his career considerations, with Floyd’s character saying he is considering it. Devoted viewers likely believe that the amount of time spent on this subject indicates the focus on Chance’s career means a chance of him leaving the force is increasingly likely.

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