Another week, another two-part Week in Soaps episode of the TV Source podcast for the week of July 23, 2018. In part one, our hosts discuss the soul crushing, emotionally draining week of episodes The Young and the Restless delivered as fans (and haters) said goodbye to Hilary Curtis Hamilton. We go through our favorite moments and why Bryton James is in the running for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Episode Taped: July 28, 2018
Last week showed us what a phenomenal actor Bryton James is. Balancing Devon’s grief, hope, miracle and sadness while trying to make Hilary happy was…palpable. We couldn’t recall a storyline that evoked that kind of emotion from him — he’s been upset, angry and sad, but he’s never had to play this kind of devastation before. This is a story about his grief, his loss. We didn’t know what to expect and we were wrecked.
Our praise is not limited to Bryton James alone, as Mishael Morgan, Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Peter Bergman (Jack), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Christel Khalil (Lily) and others delivered top notch performances.
Every character’s reaction — whether they were her friends or someone who didn’t care — it was all realistic and made it more heartbreaking. To say there’ll be a major void on the show without Hilary Curtis Hamilton and Mishael Morgan is an understatement. Hilary was it. It’s not about Hilary being a black character, or Mishael being a black actress, she was someone who drove storyline, she made story for others. Disappointingly, it feels like the show gave up, and it’s a shortsighted decision in not doing everything to keep Mishael. However, creatively this exit is giving us drama – the entire week was phenomenal soap opera. Hilary’s death is one that fans will remember. When you think of soap deaths and say their name, you feel it – Y&R’s Cassie, OLTL’s Megan, GH’s BJ – and now, Y&R’s Hilary.
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