Jack and Phyllis have always been an unlikely couple on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but perhaps that’s why they work? The pair have certainly been drawn back to each other over and over again through the years, due in no small part to the chemistry actor Peter Bergman has had with both Michelle Stafford and Gina Tognoni as Phyllis. Could another reunion be in the works? Let’s take a look back at their past to predict their future!
Phyllis and Jack first began dating in the early 2000’s and were married in 2001. However, Diane Jenkins revealed that her son, Kyle Abbott, was Jack’s child, which put a strain on their marriage. Diane plotted to get Phyllis out of Jack’s life, framing her for arson and attempted murder. But it was Phyllis’ affair with Nick that led to their divorce. However, when she ended up pregnant, Phyllis wasn’t sure if Jack or Nick was Summer Newman’s father. When the DNA test named Jack, he and Phyllis reunited, but after a serious fall, she lapsed into a coma.
When Phyllis woke up and returned to Genoa City, she interrupted Nick and Sharon’s wedding. The truth came out that Sharon tampered with the paternity test and Nick was Summer’s real father. Jack was hurt, but admitted he still loved Phyllis and even proposed! She accepted, but was still bitter about Jack having an affair with Kelly while she was in her coma. Kelly did everything in her power to come between Jack and Phyllis, including threatening their lives, but ultimately failed.
Jack and Phyllis were married in a private ceremony, but on their honeymoon, Jack was abducted by Kelly and replaced with a look-alike named Marco. Phyllis could tell something was wrong with her husband but never suspected the truth until Jack managed to escape and come home to her. Victor had set the whole thing up to steal Jabot, and when he thought Marco was betraying him, shot him in the chest! Unfortunately, it was the real Jack he nearly killed!
After Jack recovered, he and Phyllis teamed up to get Marco out of their lives once and for all. But when Phyllis was also obsessed with making Victor pay for bringing Marco into her life, she formed an alliance with Billy to take him down. Jack was upset that Phyllis had turned to his brother, but they worked out their differences. However, after Billy was accidentally run over by Noah Newman and nearly died, he and Phyllis teamed up once again to destroy Victor, and this led to them having an affair!
When he learned the truth, Jack confronted Phyllis, who promised the affair was over, but he kicked her out and demanded a divorce. Since then, Phyllis and Billy made their relationship official, while the most Jack has managed was a brief fling with Gloria, of all people! But as time has passed, Jack and Phyllis have become close friends once more. Now that her and Billy’s relationship is on the rocks, might she turn to Jack again?
Stay tuned to see how their storylines continue to intersect, and for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!