With Young and the Restless back to work soon, Theo Vanderway (Tyler Johnson) should be in the mix. His last plot point on the CBS soap before hiatus was his firing from Jabot and considering what to do now. So, what’s next for Theo when new episodes resume? Here are five things we’d like to see.
#1 Theo Vanderway Goes to Work for Billy on Young and the Restless
With Theo Vanderway jobless, he overheard Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) talking nearby on one of the last Y&R episodes. The shutdown left that plot hanging. So, will Theo approach Billy about a job at Chancellor Media in new episodes?
That would be a perfect place for him on Young and the Restless. After all, Billy knows all about being the “bad boy” and having to fight his way back. So, perhaps Billy bonds with Theo Vanderway and serves as his mentor. That would help both Theo and Billy, on Y&R.
#2 Lola Comes Back to Genoa City & They Fall in Love on Y&R
Young and the Restless fans also wonder if Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle) would return once filming resumes. There was an ugly rumor circulating that CBS wrote both Theo and Lola off the show. However, it was outed as a lie, as Tyler Johnson revealed. So, we’re assuming Lola returns.
When she does, on Young and the Restless, then maybe Theo Vanderway settles down with her. Before, Lola heated things between them in her kitchen. But Theo took a step back because he wanted to wait until the time was right. So, once they film new episodes, perhaps it happens.
#3 He’s There for Dina Mergeron’s Last Sad Days on Young and the Restless
Another Abbott-adjacent storyline on Y&R is Dina Mergeron’s (Marla Adams) decline. With older actors encouraged to delay their return, they could simply write Dina’s death offscreen. But, that would be a wasteful end to an incredibly moving plot. So, let’s hope they pause the storyline instead.
Then, Young and the Restless can have the Abbotts and Theo Vanderway discuss Dina, while she’s unseen. Later, when Marla returns to the CBS soap, they can write a moving ending to her tragic Alzheimer’s storyline. When they do, let’s hope Theo is there for his grandma.
#4 Kyle Lets go His Grudge & They Bond as Family
Given how much Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) enjoyed firing Theo Vanderway, that rivalry could go nuclear on Young and the Restless. So, they could pit Theo versus Kyle and keep it as a long-running feud. That would be a very Jack-Victor style storyline.
Then again, Young and the Restless could go the other way and have Kyle bury the hatchet with Theo Vanderway. Then, they can be frenemies rather than outright rivals — as Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is with Billy on their worst days. That might be more interesting.
#5 Thola Baby & Skyle Baby at Same Time – Young and the Restless
Another question from fans of Y&R is when Kyle will marry Summer Newman (Hunter King). If Theo Vanderway’s relationship with Lola keeps pace with Kyle and Summer, they can have parallel storylines. They could marry around the same time for some bride vs. bride action.
And if Young and the Restless wrote a baby story for “Skyle”, they could also write one for “Thola.” Given that Theo lost his mom and dad, he might love to start a family sooner rather than later. There’s a lot of potential with Theo Vanderway – so fingers crossed they don’t waste it.
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