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The Big Sleazy: Why TPTB Are Gonna Have to Work Hard For Fans to Buy Shadam on The Young and the Restless


Adam (Michael Muhney) and Sharon’s (Sharon Case) New Orleans rendezvous has many fans up in arms and hotly protesting their possible reunion on The Young and the Restless. Bionic Adam has committed some truly reprehensible crimes, including tormenting Ashley (Eileen Davidson) to the point of a miscarriage and pushing her into a psychological meltdown; stealing Sharon and Nick’s (Joshua Morrow) newborn to pass it off as Ashley’s child and being an accessory, at the very least, in the murder of terminally ill, single father Richard Hightower.

Just as Shick fans were rejoicing over the righting of an egregious wrong (the Phick affair heard around the soap world), Junior tracked Sharon to the Big Easy and wielded his dark charms, sending the chronically-indecisive blonde into sex-induced tizzy. I have already expressed my lukewarm feelings toward Nick and Sharon: Part Deux, but my soapy soul wretches at the thought the former Mrs. Newman getting caught in Adam’s crosshairs. C’mon, son! This man wooed and wed a woman when she was suffering from the crippling "loss" of a second child—a loss inflicted by his hand— all the while knowing the baby she was mourning was very much alive. He befriended another fragile woman by day and gaslit her by night. He instigated a bloodthirsty competition between his father and siblings, then tried to take over the family empire. Nick is not a prince by far, but I can’t see how Sharon could feel anything but disgust for Adam Newman.

I cannot believe that after all Adam has done to her and her loved ones, Sharon let him go Mardi Gras in her French Quarter. Personally, I think if she does pursue a romance with Boy Kansas, it would only confirm New Orleans isn’t the only thing easy on our screens right now. Even though she’s my girl, I’ve grown weary of her windswept and confused routine. She stole, whined and damn near lost her mind for the love of Nick. Now that she has everything she prayed for, she is willing to throw all of it away for Adam. Can we say stuck on stupid? It would be a whopping slap in the face to Noah, Faith and Ashley if Sharon goes there, not to mention Cassie’s memory.

I'm not against MABand Co. using this plot point to inject tension into the reconstruction of a beloved supercouple. They could puncture a hole in the douchebag that Nick resides in and make him earn her trust back. The brothers could battle it out and Adam could finally be developed as more than a one-note villain, Muhney definitely has the chops for it but, if The Powers That Be want fans to sign off on Shadam, they have their work cut out for them.

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