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'The Young and the Restless' - The gloves are off: Jack is back!
published: Saturday | September 9, 2006


Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman)

The character of Jack Abbott (played by Peter Bergman) on 'The Young and the Restless' should be nicknamed 'The Phoenix.' No matter how many times he might be knocked down, he always rises out of the ashes, wiser and stronger than ever. Since the death of his father, John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), last month, fans have been seeing a familiar side of their favorite bad boy.

In the span of a few days, Jack purposely caused John's gold-digging wife, Gloria (Judith Chapman), to miss John's funeral, got John's will changed to cut Gloria out of it and changed all of the locks on the doors of his father's mansion, leaving Gloria out in the cold. Many fans are happy to see that the gloves have come off, while quite a few think that Jack has sunk to a new low.

"It's almost laughable that anyone feels sorry for Gloria," Peter says. "A woman died possibly because of her malfeasance (Gloria tainted Ashley's skin cream sample), and we're feeling sorry for her? Not to mention how she changed the last part of John's life: He spent the last month of his life in prison!"

While Peter feels that Gloria is getting a well-deserved comeuppance, he has a little teaser for those who feel Jack has already been too hard on her: "If you think (what Jack has already done is) bad, then just keep watching, and see what else he has up his sleeve."

As viewers of the show already know, Jack is a fighter, especially when it comes to his family and what is his. "Jack is not taking no for an answer in life. And now, pieces are falling into place that have never been before: With N.V.P., he controls a large piece of Newman Enterprises. He's in the Mother Ship now. And, he has Victor's confidence."

Add all of this to his father's passing, and you've got a full-fledged war on your hands, with the prize being Jabot Cosmetics. "Jack changed at the funeral," Peter explains. "A switch changed immutably the day John died. John was Jack's moral compass. Now he's not encumbered by that course of right and wrong. There are not too many places he won't go to protect his family."

Aside from Jack's anger, there is also the immeasurable pain felt by the loss of his father. "Every step of the way, with every move Jack makes, you can see that this man is in extraordinary pain. He is just not getting over the death of his father."

Anti-hero

It's Jack's humanity that keeps him from being just plain bad. Jack is the anti-hero that you just can't help but root for, especially when viewers get to glimpse Jack's vulnerability. When he sees a visibly pregnant Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) with Nick (Josh Morrow), "it truly hurts him. He's in pain."

And like many people, Jack is turning to someone in his moment of pain. "It is only appropriate that Jack and Sharon (Nick's ex, played by Sharon Case) found each other. Wherever Sharon goes, she is embarrassed. Will Phyllis come walking around the corner? But Sharon doesn't have any reason to be embarrassed with Jack."

But she might have reason to be wary. His intimacy with Sharon "all happens so quickly. Jack is doing something manipulative." Well, that's good to hear, because he wouldn't be Jack if he weren't manipulating something in some way!

The excitement of Jack is what keeps Peter so enthralled with his work. "I love what I do! I get a new script every day, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. I've been doing this for 18 years, and I still can't wait to see what Jack has in store for us next."

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