The 12,000th episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS aired on Dec. 1 and centered around Abby and Chance’s big wedding day. As part of the celebration of the long-running soap’s milestone achievement, Melissa Ordway (Abby) shared with fans a little peek behind the scenes of the taping of this very special show!
“Thank you for joining me for a day in the life of filming Y&R’s 12,000th episode,” she began from her car. “How incredible is that? I’m gonna take you guys with me today. Come on, let’s go. Let’s do this. First things first… coffee!”
Ordway then takes fans into the Y&R hair and makeup department where she first shows off what she walked in with before revealing how the talented team made her camera-ready. You’ll also notice that the crew are wearing masks and PPE due to the new COVID regulations. In fact, the very next scene sees Ordway walking through the parking lot of the CBS studio with real-life husband Justin Gaston (filling in as Chance on Y&R during Donny Boaz’s brief absence due to testing positive for coronavirus) heading to get their regular COVID tests!
The actress spares us from watching the actual COVID tests, instead jumping to some more hairstyling and then revealing herself in her wedding dress (the train being held up by Gaston) all ready to head to set for the taping. Fans then can enjoy some footage shot on the set with Ordway joining her castmates (all masked, naturally, since the cameras weren’t rolling) to celebrate the filming of Y&R’s 12,000th episode!
At the end, we see Ordway getting away from the hectic set by sitting at the top of the Chancellor staircase waiting to be called for her next scene. “Our daughters are going to be very excited to watch this episode,” she declares when joined by Gaston. And at the very end, the couple are joined by their little girls, Sophie and Olivia, for a final farewell. Watch the whole thing right here!