Okay this has to stop. My heart simply can't take it. It's like the effects of yo-yo dieting. Everytime I sincerely think I am done with this genre, something like The Young and the Restless heiress Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) announcing that she, not Lil' Billy (Billy Miller), not Cruella de Bardwell (Judith Chapman) or Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) and no, not even Smilin' Jack (Peter Bergman) will be running Jabot Cosmetics, happens.
The Abbotts regaining control of Jabot, or "Reinventing The Abbotts" as I like to call it, is hands down the best corporate takeover storyline in well over a decade. I haven't had this much fun watching a sexy blonde halt a board meeting since Vicky (Anne Heche) helped Iris (Carmen Duncan) wrest control of Cory Publishing from Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) on Another World.
Davidson was just as fierce, electrifying and on fire as the dialogue she was delivering. The scenes played all the beats (would that Barbara Bloom tie her pal Chris "Three Days a Week Sounds Like a Plan to Me" Goutman over at As The Storylines Are Rushed Through to a chair and force him to watch), Jill (Jess Walton)'s refusal to accept that those goofy grifters the Bardwells would be running the company, her utter disbelief that her precious—though woefully neglected in favor of Cane (Daniel Goddard) whom she met five minutes ago—son Billy (Billy Miller) was a part of the takeover, to Jill's realization that of course Jack was behind it all, to Abbott relations Brad (Don Diamont) and Colleen (Tammin Sursok) smirking to themselves and then, just when you think it couldn't any better, Ashley Freaking Abbott walks in and says sit yo' ass down Billy, big sister's in town! Priceless. Welcome home My Beauty, welcome home!