Nate (Darnell Brooks) really put himself out there on ‘The Young and the Restless’. His first loyalty is always to his patient, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), whether serving as her concierge doctor or when employed as a surgeon by Genoa City Memorial Hospital.
Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) has been shown praying in occasional scenes during desperate time through the years. But he’s also taken measures into his own hands so often that he appears to believe he’s God, which he’s not.
The risk the ‘Moustache’ asked Nate to take not only put Doctor Hastings into a bad ethical spot, but it also pushed Nick (Joshua Morrow) over the edge yet again. Victor feels compelled to act as he is because some unknown tormentor remains on the loose, intent on framing the ‘Black Knight’ for J.T.’s (Thad Luckinbill) murder, while also antagonizing Nikki and her coverup crew.
Victor, Nikki and Nate are in the back of the plane. With police cars on the runway, Charlie says: “We have a problem.”
Victor: “I don’t give a damn, we need to takeoff. Get us in the air now.”
— Kim Huck (@acejordan23) December 31, 2018
Why is it Nikki’s coverup crew? Well, she’s the one who murdered J.T., albeit accidentally and then went along with Phyllis’ (Gina Tognoni) plan to bury his body in Chancellor Park. Desecrating green space that was initially dedicated to Katherine’s (played by the late, great Jeanne Cooper) memory was shameful, yet something Nikki felt was necessary in order to avoid Paul’s (Doug Davidson) anticipated hard line. That actually furthered the chief’s replacement by Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), which viewers realized when that switch happened.
It’s strongly debatable that Y&R’s storyline base, involving Nikki’s choice to not report what happened to her longtime friend Paul, who, at the time, was aiming to bring Victor down, created a weak jumping off point for this entire arc. Following that was the manner in which she, Phyllis, and Vickie (Amelia Heinle) handled what happened in mid-April, 2018.
In contrast, Sharon’s (Sharon Case) resistance was fully believable and should have ruled the day. However, it’s easy to look back in retrospect at anything in daytime.