It’s been a while since Crystal has been on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so it’s understandable if some viewers might need a bit of a refresher on Tessa’s sister. Well, that’s where we come in! The character first appeared back in July 2017, and was played by actress Morgan Obenreder until her exit in November of that year. But she reprised the role again in May 2022 to attend her sister’s wedding!
Nick Newman found Crystal Porter hiding in an alley behind the Underground and Sharon Newman was shocked to discover she was the same girl she’d been speaking to on the crisis hotline. She assured the teen she would protect her, but Crystal ran away. Sharon tracked her down at a seedy motel but a thug forced Crystal to leave with him. Tessa Porter was shaken to learn of Sharon’s encounter with the troubled young woman, and confessed to girlfriend Mariah Copeland that Crystal is her sister!
Tessa tried tracking her sister down herself, but when she found her at a motel, she was warned off by a thug. As Tessa told everyone the truth in the hopes of rescuing her sister, Crystal was welcomed “home” by Alice Johnson, who was pimping out her and other girls . Tessa shared the story of how she and Crystal had grown up with an abusive drug-dealing father and an addict mother. When she and Mariah found out where Alice was, they went to find her and Mariah used Alice’s connection to Cassie Newman to trick her into revealing Crystal’s location by pretending to be the dead girl.
Sharon threatened to turn Alice into the police unless she returned Crystal, and she reluctantly agreed. Tessa was thrilled to be reunited with her sister, but soon after, Crystal revealed that Zack was using the Design Date app as a front for his sex trafficking ring. As Scott and Abby confronted Zack, Crystal shot him dead, then took off! Tessa was upset to lose her sister again, but understood she had to stay away or face justice for her actions.
Crystal was mentioned again in the summer of 2018 when Tessa admitted to Mariah she owed some bad people a lot of money for helping Crystal start a new life in Canada. And then, in May 2022, Crystal returned to Genoa City in person to be there as her sister got married.
Stay tuned to Y&R to see what happens next!