As part of the storyline leading up to Eileen Davidson’s exit as Ashley Abbott, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS added to the present day drama of the Abbott family turmoil with some flashbacks to the ’70s to show how the animosity between Jack and Ashley began when they were young.
Returning as a young Dina and Abbott family patriarch John were Cathy Marks and Jonathan Stoddard. Graham Taylor came back also came back again to play the role of a young Jack Abbott, while Julia D’Arcy Badinger and Valentina Sky Gordon were added to play the younger versions of Ashley and Traci, respectively.
Through the flashbacks, viewers were able to see how Jack felt like he had to step up after their mother abandoned them, causing his childhood to end too soon. It also became clear how Jack and Ashley’s rivalry began in their youth based on how their parents treated them.
But while the episodes and flashbacks were fraught with drama, Peter Bergman (Jack), Marla Adams (Dina), Eileen Davidson (Ashley), and Beth Maitland (Traci) had a blast on set with their younger counterparts!
Check out these fun photos of the actors and characters all together in our flashback gallery below!
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Julia D'Arcy Badinger, Valentina Sky Gordon, and Graham Taylor as the young Ashley, Traci, and Jack, posing on the Abbott family stairs.
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Jack Abbot past and present — Peter Bergman and Graham Taylor!
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Jonathan Stoddard and Cathy Marks brought young John and Dina's troubled marriage to life in the wonderfully-produced flashback sequences.
Yr Young Ashley Jack
Flashing back to the '70s gave audiences the chance to see how Ashley and Jack's past influenced their present-day releationship.