Y&R 1981

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

-Deborah Adair as Jill Foster (3rd Jill)

-Julianna McCarthy as Elizabeth “Liz” Foster

-Wings Houser as Greg Foster (3rd Greg)

-Howard McGillin as Greg Foster (4th Greg)

-David Hasselhoff as Snapper Foster (2nd Snapper)

-Jeanne Cooper as Katherine “Kay Chancellor

-Beau Kazer as Brock Reynolds

-Lee Crawford as Sally McGuire

-Robert Colbert as Stuart Brooks,

-Lynne Topping Richter as Christine “Chris” Brooks (2nd Chris)

-Jaime Lyn Bauer as Lauralee “Lorie” Brooks

-Victoria Mallory as Leslie Brooks (2nd Leslie)

-Pamela Peters Solow as Peggy Brooks

-John McCook as Lance Prentiss

-K. T. Stevens as Vanessa Prentiss

-Tom Ligon as Lucas Prentiss

-Joe Ladue as Derel Thurston (3rd Derek)

-Roberta Leighton as Casey Reed

-Doug Davidson as Paul Williams

-Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Reed (2nd Nikki)

-Cynthia Eilbacher as April Stevens (2nd April)

-Eric Braeden as Victor Newman 

-Meg Bennett as Julia Newman

-Brett Halsey as John Abbott

-Terry Lester as Jack Abbott

-Lilibet Stern as Patty Williams (2nd Patty)

-David Winn as Steven Williams

-Carolyn Conwell as Mary Williams

-Brett Hadley as Carl Williams

-Margaret Mason as Eve Howard

-Michael Evans as Douglas Austin

-Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti-

Steven Ford as Andy Richards

-New characters :

-Danny Romalotti

-Andy Richards

-Jennifer Foster : daughter of Chris Brooks & Snapper Foster (born onscreen)

-Lee Crawford as Sally McGuire

Characters leaving :

-Vanessa Prentiss (death onscreen)

-Steve Williams (left town/never came back)

-Peggy Brooks (left town/came back briefly in 1984)

-John Abbott (left town/came back in 1982)

-Casey Reed (left town/came back in 1984)

-Characters returning :

-Sally McGuire (last seen in 1974)


After Julia Newman became pregnant, Victor began taping his wife’s conversations with her lover, Michael Scott. When Victor’s suspicion that Julia and Michael were lovers was confirmed, he trapped Michael in a bomb shelter in the basement of his ranch home. While Michael was being held prisoner, Victor had a monitor installed. Seeing Victor and Julia together in their home on the monitor added to Michael’s torture. Eventually, Julia discovered that Michael was being held hostage. She tried to free him. When Victor intervened, they had a struggle and Julia tumbled down a flight of stairs. She was rushed to the hospital, where she miscarried. Meanwhile, Victor discovered that he had actually fathered Julia’s baby. Soon after, Julia and Michael left town.

After jumping off a cruise ship, Katherine Chancellor ended up on an island, where she was rescued by Felipe. Soon after, she fell in love with Felipe. When Katherine became ill, Felipe arranged for her to be sent to a hospital. She wanted him to move back to Genoa City with her, but Felipe wasn’t interested and sent her a farewell letter. Katherine returned home, where she enjoyed taking revenge against her cheating husband, Derek, before finally ending their marriage.

Greg Foster divorced Nikki. During the divorce, Greg had fallen for April Stevens. But Greg’s feelings for April turned hostile when she revealed that Paul Williams was the father of her daughter, Heather. When Heather became gravely ill, Greg convinced Paul to marry April and be a real father to Heather. Soon after, Heather recovered. Paul assisted April in trying to find her twin sister, who had been given up for adoption years ago. Meanwhile, Nikki took a job at a strip club, run by Cash, who was now dating Katherine Chancellor.

Leslie Prentiss reconciled with Lucas, but she had a difficult time making love with him. Lorie, who was worried about the reconciliation, had an affair with Lucas so that Leslie wouldn’t seek custody of her son Brooks. After tripping over one of Brooks’ toys, Leslie regained her memory and recalled that Lance was the father of her son. Leslie also sold her stock in Prentiss Industries to Victor Newman, who was looking to take control of the profitable company.

On a different front, Vanessa Prentiss learned that she was dying from a terminal illness. Vanessa utilized her last months to mastermind a vicious plot against Lorie. Meanwhile, Vanessa was disappointed when her son, Lucas, announced that he was leaving town because Leslie wasn’t in love with him.

Steve Williams resumed his job at The Chronicle. He also pressured Peggy into marrying him. But she ditched him at the altar. Soon after, both Steve and Peggy left Genoa City, but not together.

Jill fell in love with her boss, John Abbott, who was also attracted to her. They arranged a get-away trip to New Orleans, but at the last minute, John canceled the trip because he wasn’t ready to become involved with another woman. Soon after, a despondent Jill made love with John’s son, Jack. The next day, Jill’s roommate Eve, gave her a letter from John. In the letter, John said that he loved Jill and wanted to be with her. Unfortunately, the night before, John had accidentally stumbled upon Jill in Jack’s bedroom. When Jill discovered that John knew about her indiscretion, she quit her job at Jabot. But after John Abbott left town, Jack rehired her.

Patty Williams fell for Jack Abbott, against her parents’ wishes. But Patty also had a second guy who was interested in her, singer Danny Romalotti, who was closer to her age. Patty was devastated when a jealous Jill revealed that she and Jack had been secret lovers. Jack was so infuriated by Jill’s actions that he fired her from Jabot. When Danny asked Patty for a date, she graciously accepted, hoping that it would help her to forget Jack

After Chris gave birth to a baby girl, Jennifer, she told Snapper that they needed a bigger home. But Snapper was opposed to the idea. Soon after, Snapper’s former girlfriend, Sally McGuire returned to Genoa City with her and Snapper’s son, Chuckie, who was seriously ill. While Chuckie was hospitalized with a kidney problem, Sally realized that she was still attracted to Snapper.

Casey was harassed by a secret stalker, who eventually shifted his sights to Nikki. Meanwhile, Casey accepted a job in another town. Just in time, Nikki discovered that the stalker was her neighbor and friend, Edward. He admitted that he loved Nikki and had tried unsuccessfully to do away with all the men in her life, including Paul, Cash and Andy Richards, whom she had briefly dated. Edward also added that it was their destiny to be together for eternity. Edward was about to blow them both to smithereens with dynamite when Nikki was rescued by Paul.

At Douglas Austin’s urging, Victor paid a visit to The Bayou to watch Nikki perform. Victor was immediately intrigued by Nikki. He returned to watch the show several more times. He also encouraged Douglas to investigate the possibility of buying The Bayou.

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-Next year : Y&R 1982

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