Y&R 1974

Cast Members (actors still on the show today in bold)

-Brenda Dickson as Jill Foster

-Julianna McCarthy as Elizabeth “Liz” Foster

-James Houghton as Greg Foster

-William Greg Espy as Snapper Foster

-John Considine as Phillip Chancellor II

-Donnelly Rhodes as Phillip Chancellor II (2nd Philip)

-Jeanne Cooper as Katherine “Kay Chancellor

-Beau Kazer as Brock Reynolds

-Lee Crawford as Sally McGuire

-Robert Colbert as Stuart Brooks,

-Trish Stewart as Christine “Chris” Brooks

-Jaime Lyn Bauer as Lauralee “Lorie” Brooks

-Dorothy Green as Jennifer Brooks

-Janice Lynde as Leslie Brooks

-Pamela Peters Solow as Peggy Brooks

-New characters :

Brock Reynolds

Characters leaving : 

-Characters returning :

Chris Foster was still traumatized by her rape and refused to have sex with Snapper even though she loved him very much. Snapper showed a great deal of patience and respect for Chris, offering her emotional support but finding his own sexual pleasure with Sally McGuire.

Sally had fallen in love with Snapper, too, and was desperate to keep him. She saw in him the decency and security she wanted in a husband. Her own family life had been rough. Her father died an alcoholic and her mother committed suicide. Sally was already an unwed mother.

In spite of her friend Brad Eliot’s advice that she’d only end up getting hurt, Sally decided to use a desperate single woman’s oldest trick. She threw away her birth control pills and got pregnant by Snapper.

Meanwhile, Snapper was growing more and more fond of Chris. He broke off with Sally without knowing he would be the father of her child. With Snapper’s encouragement, Chris was able to file charges against her attacker. Unfortunately, because of lack of evidence, he was not convicted. Determined all the more to stand by her side, Snapper proposed marriage. It took him a long time to get her to accept, but Chris finally did and they became engaged.

Sally was devastated when she found out about Snapper’s engagement. She took a drug overdose, but Brad saved her life when he found her and rushed her to the hospital. When she was out and about again, Sally told her boss, Pierre Roulland that she was pregnant. He was in love with her and offered to marry her and give the baby his name. No one would have to know he was not the father.

Sally intended to tell Snapper that he had gotten her pregnant, hoping he would break his engagement to Chris and marry her instead. When Snapper’s mom, Liz, found out, she did her best to change Sally’s mind about interfering with Snapper’s future. Liz’s counseling worked. Sally accepted Pierre’s proposal and they eloped a few days before Chris and Snapper’s wedding.

Although Snapper overheard the conversation between Sally and his mother, Snapper had no intention of changing his plans. He and Chris had a lovely wedding. Even Chris’ sister Lorie returned from Europe for the celebration. Except for the continuing jealousy and rivalry between Lorie and “preferred child” Leslie, it was a happy family occasion.

After an uneasy sexual start, Chris and Snapper worked through her problems and were happy together, living in a small apartment. When Chris became pregnant, however, Snapper’s pleasure was tinged by fears that having another responsibility might hinder his medical career aspirations.

Lorie, found a way to ruin her sister Leslie’s happiness when Leslie confided that she was in love with Brad. Undermining that relationship became Lorie’s goal. She took a job at The Chronicle and worked closely with Brad, using the proximity to feed him misinformation about how Leslie felt about him. Lorie led Brad to the conclusion that music was more important than any man to Leslie and that to try to win her would only impede her career. Lorie also made Leslie believe that Brad was losing interest in her.

Meanwhile, Jill Foster was immersed in her rich surroundings. Kay was good to her new paid companion and trusted her, too. Jill was fairly understanding of Kay’s drunken mood swings and realized the woman was very unhappy. She was rich, but her marriage was a sham.

Jill and Phillip Chancellor became closer through Kay, each helping the other deal with her alcoholic outbursts. The two fought their growing attraction for each other, but soon, their mutual attraction was undeniable. It didn’t matter they were from different worlds. They fell in love but kept it a treasured secret.

When Brock Reynolds, Kay’s son from a prior marriage, arrived at the Chancellor home, a new element was added to the mix. After living a fast lifestyle of drugs and sex, he wanted to help his mother find herself, and God. The attractive young man, who had once spent plenty of party time with Lorie Brooks in Paris, had given up many bad habits, but still had an eye for woman and Jill’s good looks and comparatively innocent nature caught his interest. She, on the other hand, wanted only Phillip.

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