Melody Thomas Scott Reveals What Nikki’s Hiding on The Young and the Restless

What is going on with Nikki  (Melody Thomas Scott) these days? The Young and the Restless viewers got a bit of a shock when they saw the socialite’s hands shake after she tickled the ivories in her new deluxe apartment in the sky. Is this a sign of Nikki biting it? TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan got the real deal and more from Mrs. Thomas Scott herself.

TV Guide Magazine: MS, huh? Yikes. Please tell us this is a good idea!

Melody Thomas Scott: When people hear MS they gasp and think it's a death sentence, and the plan with this story is to educate people that it's not, that it's controllable with the proper treatment.  Of course, the fans on Twitter are already thinking Nikki's gonna die what with all these mysterious symptoms she's been having. They thought it was maybe going to be cancer or something. Of course, what do I know? [Laughs] Maybe they are killing Nikki off? Hey, these things happen. 

Thomas Scott also revealed whether or not her storyline was created because of contract disputes.

TV Guide Magazine: Is your contract up? We've been here before!

Thomas Scott: [Laughs] Hey, they tried that already and it didn't work! But, seriously, I think this could be really worthwhile, an opportunity to show the audience that MS is not the end of the world. We actually have a girl on our crew — I've said good morning to her every day for years and years — and I only just found out she has MS. She's a perfect example of people living normal lives with the disease, so that's very encouraging.

To find out who rats Nikki out and about Victor's (Eric Braeden) reaction, click here!

37 Responses

  1. Profile photo of pjc722

    I love a good disease story any day but COME ON, when will any of the writing/producing regimes on this show tell a story straight through to the end?!!

    In the last 6 or 7 months alone we have seen stories ended ASAP with the easiest of solutions, ie Phyllis got off, jack took over got addicted and then dumped Newman. We have seen victor fight his kids to jump on board to get newman backand now Nikki is going to have MS? Either it means victor will be sort of consoling Nikki while plotting to take down his son and destroy his ex daughter in law while blackmailing a US senator?!!

    I just don’t see how a good presentation of this disease will be done on a soap while everyone is doing 100 other things.

    Sorry as much as I love the shows actors and writing but the stories are all over the place with nothing really exciting seen for their conclusions. It would have been better to see Nikki and victor battle over his stupid battles, for her to leave him and then he discovers that after winning back Newman it wasn’t worth it if Nikki dies.

    Always too close to quitting this show

  2. Profile photo of stoney07

    I certainly didn’t want to see another Nikki vs. Victor storyline with her yelling at him about his business practices. It’s been done to death.

    Any why is it that every spoiler that comes out, you threaten to quit the show? I don’t get it….not being an ass…it’s a legitimate question…

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    I think this is a brilliant development. I don’t think I ever seen multiple sclerosis dealt with on a soap despite how prevalent the disease is. Neurological diseases are still very mysterious from diagnosis to treatment and MS is incurable. Lots of story to tell and Melody Thomas Scott has the ability to do the story justice. Between this story and the bullying, Y&R is crafting soap opera that discusses real social issues and human connections. Thank you Y&R! The show has been spectacular in February.

  4. Profile photo of harlee490

    Thank you Stoney07, for pointing out to pic722. First they have only been there since Aug, and airing their material since Oct. He’s always has a bone to pick with all soaps. I have never read nothing positive with pic722 on any soaps, it takes two monitors to read his posts because they are so long and nothing but bitch fest.

    As far as Nikki I love it, and the story has been refreshing for MTS. The scenes between Nikki & Jack, just being friends was so good and revealed her MS. I do hope Phyllis can get to the Abbott mansion because I would love Jack, Phyllis, Nikki stuck together ;)

    Yes Chelsea seems pregnant and I’m fine with this development. Chelsea & Chloe rock together when they are on the screen. Chloe getting her garlic chicken, Chloe stating “well I won’t kiss you”. Chloe has more chemistry with Chelsea then her husband Kevin…oh wish Josh would go there with these two ;)

  5. Profile photo of al0792

    I don’t know why you are complaining. The show has rocked over the last two weeks.. maybe you should just watch the talk and the view.. You know that shows that took over all the other soaps!!!!

  6. Profile photo of pjc722

    No one asks you to read my posts! But for the whole duration that ALL of us, even Stoney07 and Harlee whatever your number, were watching Y&R under Maria Bell we all … EVERYONE … complained how the show never gave us much pay off on stories.

    And my complaint here has been that there is the major story of Victor taking back NEWMAN and now they are giving us Nikki’s MS. It’s just too much for one couple to be showing on this show.

    And Harlee… don’t bitch that I bitch because it’s just stupid! I have said over and over again that I love all the new actors. I have praised the Jamie/teen bullying story and all the actors involved! I have praised the Chelsea/Adam story and I have NEVER ONCE said that the Bi-Polar spin on Sharon was lame, BUT PRAISED IT! I have come out in full force in support of Dylan character and Steve Burton joining the cast. I love Avery and the implications of Dylan re-entering her life while she is creating one with Nick. I even like Tyler but wished he had more depth and wasn’t so creepy. AND i have always loved Leslie even if I want her to be tougher like when she first appeared in GC.

    Sure, I might opt threaten to quit viewing the show… BUT THAT AIN’T GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO Y&R… so stop begrudging me my voice. Just because the two of you like simpleton solutions to your daily stories, fine. But I expect more.

  7. Profile photo of harlee490

    pjc722…I apologize I was harsh…OH are so correct about MAB and I bitched a blue streak for nine months. I caved and did go back watching under MAB simply because I was stunned on the hatred for Y&R…I thought I’m mighty pissed off at Y&R but when it hit 2.9s regardless I did’t want it to be under a threat of being cancelled and could have been if MAB is still there writing. I returned home and told myself find something you like ;) That something was my love of CBS and we had lost to much already in our daytime lineup.

    OK, I will need to find something positive…just something on the show…very hard at certain times but I did and that’s because the last 9-10 months there was big change in writing and I don’t think it was MAB’s decision? Sony or CBS or both had to given some kind of a directive because it was better and there was change.

    I like reading yours posts, I like how you write and thoughtfullness but always negative…ok but never anything positive you do like? :~ P

    Positivity breeds positivity…its a fact. This is soap opera not Macbeth.

    Is the glass half full or half empty? :beer:

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    well…. when in yesterday’s ( Thursday ) show, and it was the Chelsea/Chloe/Gloria 3 stooges moment, Gloria stated something like ” Chloe, are you burning a hole in Chelsea?” and made some comment about Chloe staring at Chelsea…. I thought YES, they are going THERE!!

  9. Profile photo of pjc722

    Thanks Harley for the apology but again you are half right abt my posts. Under Jill and josh I have continually said the writing and dialogue are sooooo much better. I have said that I like all the new actors and have never complained that a character was written off other to say that the character had potential but was totally missed. I have constantly said that I liked all of jacks current stories but wished they were fleshed out over a year or two, even 3.

    And u can’t fault me on the breakneck speed of jack getting one over on victor and then it ending as fast.

    I have prAised Y&R as much as I have criticized it. I have just asked for more depth in new characters, asked for a return to the stronger Leslie … Give her the story they are telling now but have her stronger TODAY because of yesterday. I love the direction of Sharon Adam Chelsea nick Avery Dylan, the teens and the baldwins. I have always thought Gloria needed to be more front and center in stories and love Jeffrey. I miss Jill Abbott and think Jeanne cooper should leave this earth Still playing Katherine. I even like victor BUT JUST DON’T GET Nikki loving him even with kids.

    I think soaps in 2013 should be empowering women and not having them return to characters like victor. That’s why I love the Chelsea Adam story because she wants a husband sand a father and if she isn’t being met halfway then she is strong enough to step away.

    I could do THREE SCREENS on this post but I won’t. I love Y&R but don’t want simpleton stories and easy sutions. Goddamnit it’s 2013 and all we here is soaps have to change to stay around yet the dynamic of the stories are still 1950s style. Again my cup is 2/3s FULL. But if I want it or u want it 100% full then demand it

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    I don’t expect them to handle it realistically, but I am happy they are addressing it. Living with MS is far from what it used to be. This is something close to my heart and within my circle, so I am excited at the prospect. I know that MTS will do wonders.

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    I think this story could be awesome. I am so happy it seems that MTS will be front-and-center for the foreseeable future.

    I wish that Jack would dial back the teddy-bear-cuddliness, though. As Summer pointed out, Phyllis is keeping him dangling in part because she’s kind of a bitch but also because he’s so accommodating and available. It seems less like he’s courting her and more like he’s a Phyllis fanboy. His gushing with Nikki yesterday was sweet but my teeth hurt by the end of it.

    Angell Conwell is simply awesome right now. I think she’s doing an amazing job showing the conflict she’s going through with her past and the lies she’s telling Neil. Victor menacing her yesterday got me soooooo pissed. Between that and him putting Sharon’s life in danger (people with BD can easily become suicidal when they go off their meds), I have nothing but disdain for him.

    –Chelsea being pregnant is interesting. Will Cane take responsibility for the baby once his marriage to Lily flops (that was a prayer)?
    –Yesterday was the 14th so I guess Gloria’s now a 1st-and-14/5th the way the black characters (except Lily and maybe Neil) were for years. Too bad–she’s fun to watch.
    –I really don’t care about anything involving Steve Burton the liar and his character, Dylan the liar.
    –Tyler needs to improve his game. Tattling on Cane is not the way, bro. Even someone as dumb as Lily will be suspicious of that sort of behavior.
    –Where’s Jill?
    –I want Lauren in bed with Carmine before the end of the month. Then I want to see Michael with his clenched jaw, breaking voice and copious tears shtick fully deployed not long after.

    I still like a lot more than not on the show.

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    [quote=stoney07]I have to admit, I loved that Jack was the first person she told :D I guess its the devil inside me…[/quote]

    This is a good seed to plant. If the writers are smart, this nugget will payoff in conflict before Nikki reveals her condition to Victor.

    In terms of Nikki’s MS storyline itself:

    One of my friends has a mother who lives with MS and fortunately her Mom can live a productive life at a high quality of life with some modifications but I know this is not the case for many who live with MS.

    I agree with those who think that this could be a meaty storyline with rich possibilities for MTS, if written well (always have to add that caveat).

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    Hopefully, MTS will be on for the foreseeable future and they don’t just offcast her again on Y&R like Genie Francis has been mistreated in the most recent past at GH, though over there, I really have faith in the new regime so think she has a much better shot this go round. But the last regime from there is now in place in Genoa City.

    Speaking of GH, Steve Burton is doing an ok job at Y&R as Dylan. But I sure as hope Nick and Avery aren’t split up for the guy. Nick has been through 2 rounds of Sharon and 2 rounds of Phyllis in recent years with Sharon and Phyllis being conflicted over other men. So here’s hoping Dylan can move on from Avery and wind up with Chloe, if her and Kevin don’t survive, or Abby, if Carmine winds up with Lauren. An interesting twist on Dylan’s overall character is that he and Chance know each other from the military.

    Team Chelsea on the Jabot fashion line. Getting tired of Tyler and his smooth talk.

    Will see how the rest goes.

  14. Profile photo of stoney07

    [quote=pjc722]No one asks you to read my posts! Just because the two of you like simpleton solutions to your daily stories, fine. But I expect more.[/quote]

    ok :)

    And that’s that

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    MS is very close to my heart as my Mom has lived with it for 50 years so yesterday’s admission from Nikki had us both in tears. MTS is already rocking this story so I can’t wait to see more. Y&R is definitely on fire right now!

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    I was shocked to see Nikki has MS.

    My father was diagnosed in 1982 and lived productively with it until about the last five years. Now he is pretty much confined to his wheelchair. It is a very serious disease. His actually started by him almost completely losing his sight. He has had subsequent exacerbations that mainly now impact his legs and ability to walk.

    I’ve never seen this on a soap either, so I am excited and saddened at the same time to see it played out. I am thrilled that MTS gets this opportunity.

  17. Profile photo of harlee490

    Nikki was talking about 2 different types of MS. One isn’t as sereve as the other one…I guess? Is that case because I didn’t even there was 2 different types

    Pferrando, I hope your dad is still doing well, so this is double edge sword for you…excited about story but saddened how close it hits home.

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    MS has four different subtypes, more common in women and difficult to diagnosis. It’s a very common disease and while there have been advances in treatment there is no cure. I applaud Y&R for tackling the disease and hope the show will take the opportunities to educate the audience. MS is often diagnosed too late and if identified early, the greater chances for effective treatment.

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    At the onset I’m not sure about this Nikki development. As someone who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness someone in her social position would probably seek all resources available to her.

    This story does need to be handled well. I have a few acquaintances who have MS. Depending on what they have, the progress of the illness can be very quick and debilitating or it can be very slow and barely noticeable with proper treatment. They need to have their facts correct and make it serious enough to care about but not have a fantasy cure; which would not be fair to anyone who suffers MS in real life. I’m also not sure that taking the illness to its most extreme would be a good idea either. It might be realistic to do so but maybe not a good thing for Y&R to do at this point.

  20. Profile photo of pferrando

    I too hope it’s handled well.

    They’ll need to be realistic about the effects it has.

    But yes, often it progresses slowly, and often not. So they do have options about how it’s played out.

  21. Profile photo of tedew

    … and of course, no one with MS should ever be married to or involved with Victor Newman. I believe that stress and instability needs to be avoided at all costs and we know that none of that exists in the Newman unions.

  22. Profile photo of pjc722

    So agree, tedew!!! As much history as they have together, the children and grandchildren they share, and the love they seem to have between one another, Nikki should be asking victor to make their life stress free by requesting he dump his pursuit of Newman OR he dump her … BOTH out of the same love for her.

    Whichever scenario she will always know he loves her.

    Plus, I think victor is a better character away from Nikki. He should be a Donald trump with women… A rich old man we never want to see naked but for some reason he gets all the hot chicks!!! And we wonder why.

    I definitely don’t want to see an affair down the road between these two (we know their unions have a 2-3 yr shelf life). They have been through it all and divorce is always the solution if the other refuses to pass the sugar at the breakfast table, so their wedding bliss will be our utter boredom. I don’t think as fans we would accept yet another separation after they walk down the aisle because its the same thing over n over again.

    In the end it’s abt story and their union ain’t story anymore

  23. Profile photo of harlee490

    I think Victor\Nikki will stay together this time and stories will be around their relationship, involving them, their children or grandkids. I think this new team realizes both characters can’t be played as 10-15 years ago and put someone inbetween them, it has played out. That doesn’t mean they can’t have story.

    I know some doesn’t want to give this new team credit but nitpicking everything to death but I honestly think this team saw the outrage with MAB last blood bath story of Sharon\Victor…they have thus far giving fans old fashion soap opera…which is proving to be what most fans want to watch in Y&R…a good thinking person soap with characters driving stories not plots.

    The saying “What’s old is new again” and I think Y&R is showing this on their soap. Give people good story with rich history and good dialogue ….WE WATCH! ;)

  24. Profile photo of pjc722

    HARLEE490, it is funny to me that you allow yourself the freedom to not like some sort of direction on a character or a story on here but not anyone else. Since your previous comments that were directed speicifically at me with STONEY07, I will have to take your “nitpicking” as a passive hit towards my comments on Victor and Nikki.

    I don’t think that pairing Nikki and Victor together will serve as a great dramatic story. I know that I am not alone in saying that COUPLES DO NOT SUCCEED FOREVER TOGETHER and can lay down a bet right now that within 2 years this couple will be separated or divorced. Its that simple.

    I love Nikki. i think she has always had great potential on this show and ABSOLUTELY loved it when she left the ranch for work at JABOT. I thought it was a perfect progression for the character and would LOVE LOVE to see Jack ask her to return.

    As for Victor, I love it when he is evil and trying to take down people. I just hate it when everyone is so willing to forgive him YET Victoria and Nick … after all VIctor has done to them… harbor hatred towards Jack for taking Newman away or for Adam now running it after being HIRED to do the job.

    Victor is better served as the villian and Nikki as the heroine. but for her to be with him, just makes her sad to me.

    And if we all were ALWAYS POSITIVE ABOUT WHAT WAS BEING PUT ON THE AIR FOR OUR SHOW THEN MARIA BELL WOULD STILL BE EMPLOYED! It is the comments and frustrations both negative and positive that get change made on our show. That is where you and I disagree. I love Y&R but get frustrated by the silly moves writers and producers still take.

  25. Profile photo of pferrando

    It may be just me, but I think Victor is a little more subdued since the team change. (Like Phyllis) He doesn’t annoy me as much since he’s being challenged by both Jack and the Senator.

    For too long he was one note and the show did revolve a lot around his machinations. I’m seeing more of a balance.

    And c’mon. We all know that a Y and R, with Victor and Nikki together, makes for a much more entertaining show. I like the thought of this truly being their last marriage and most of their story revolving around his business issues, and now Nikki’s MS.

    I’m so on board.

  26. Profile photo of harlee490

    I’m so on board for Victor\Nikki pairing and LAST marriage. Look this new story for Nikki is fabulous. We haven’t been with Nikki playing the piano since Bill stopped fully writing back in ‘2003. It’s wonderful.

    As for Victor, so better balanced now and I loved the scences with Nikki\Victor. Some was irate about the ranch burning I stated long ago about there would be a new ranch…it’s happening with a hugh event planned soap style!

    JFP did that on GL w\Spaulding mansion and updated it and it was so fitting and plush. So this is going to be her biggie…Newman ranch. I can’t wait to see it!

  27. Profile photo of pferrando

    If any of us look that great at that age, we’d be on a soap. :p

    She’s fantastic. I love it when she plays the piano.

    The first time it ever happened I remember thinking it was fake. Then the camera got close and revealed it really was her playing. I was shocked to see that kind of talent coming from her. (I was very young.)

    And…it was at the ranch… Which is why I have my good memories of it.


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    [quote=tedew]yojoromo4469 … is the pot calling the kettle black?!?!?![/quote]

    Not really. I think Ashley/Eileen is much better looking and she is only a couple years younger.

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    Well, thank goodness, MST is leaving, she is an annoying actress with that silly voice. Mot a very good actress at all.
    I only watch it occasionally to see what is going on.
    I love General Hospital

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