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We're all going through a terrible time right now. Everyone's scared. The politicians are re-opening American, yet the scientists are all saying that's a bad idea. It's too soon. The average person is forced to make their own decisions about whom to trust and what steps to take to ensure their own safety.

Many of us have been stuck at home, watching TV, for entertainment and escape.  For soap opera fans, we've had a little more time to watch our favorite soaps and go online and chat about them with our friends. However, for those of us who are fans of B&B or Y&R, we're stuck with re-runs since the end of April.  (GH fans will feel that same pain starting next week)

Imagine how hard this is for us. Imagine you're been watching the same TV show, day after day, five days a week, for twenty, thirty or forty years?  It's tough -- almost like an addiction. We've only had a few short breaks in watching soaps, such as in 94 and 95 for the O.J. Simpson trial, for Bill Clinton's impeachment in 98, and more recently for the impeachment of Donald Trump.

The only good thing about having only re-runs to watch is that they're showing many old episodes from the 1980's and 90's before the ratings started to drop in all soaps. They had bigger budgets back then, so the costumes, sets and locations were all more lavish. Y&R had fresh flowers every day. When there was a wedding or any other big celebration, almost every member of the cast was there, wearing expensive outfits, as well as many extras.  Nowadays, the soaps cut corners by having small weddings at home, with only a few people attending.

Showing some much older episodes, and recent older episodes, shows the newer fans a little bit what they've missed and shows the actors when they were younger and better-looking.  It may show them different sides to their characters as well.  Most newer Y&R fans only know Victor and Jack as these two bossy rich old guys that interfere in the lives of their children and grandchildren. 

When I first started watching Y&R in the mid-80's, Jack was kind of a sleazy guy, a "skirt chaser." He even slept with his dad's wife, Jill.  Victor, on the other hand, thought that his wife was going to run off with another man, so he locked the poor man in the basement and taunted him via video camera for days.  Thankfully, both men were somewhat redeemed over the  years.  Victor is still powerful and ruthless, but not quite as evil as he was back then.  Jack is more of a wholesome family man (although sometimes he does screw his family over in business).

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