No, you’re not seeing a ghost. Not this time! Amanda Sinclair on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is a very real person, but she’s played by actress Mishael Morgan, who was last seen on the soap playing the spirit of her deceased character, Hilary Curtis! Morgan made her surprise return to Y&R as Amanda in the cliffhanger of the Sept. 19, 2019 episode.
Devon Hamilton was stunned to answer his door and find his dead wife standing before him. However, the woman explained her name was Amanda Sinclair, and she was an attorney representing Chance Chancellor, who was contesting the will of Katherine Chancellor that left the bulk of her fortune to Devon when she passed away. Naturally, Devon had a hard time taking in everything she was saying because he couldn’t get over the fact that she was a dead ringer for Hilary!
There was apparently another will that did not give Devon the inheritance, and Chance learned this from Katherine’s attorney, David Sherman. The lawyer had made a deathbed confession that he’d been paid to alter the will by Tucker McCall. Devon insisted that this can’t be real and explained that she looks just like his dead wife. Amanda offered her sympathies and handed him her card.
When Amanda held a reading of the supposedly real will, it was revealed that the bulk of Katherine’s fortune was actually left to Cane Ashby! No one could believe it, and everyone was suspicious of this woman with Hilary’s face, demanding to know what’s really going on. After the will was proven legitimate, Amanda made plans to leave town since everyone was reacting so badly to her appearance, but Nate Hastings asked her to stick around and represent him in court as he was in danger of losing his license for helping Victor fake his death.
Amanda helped Nate beat the charges and continue practicing medicine, and the doc was quick to defend the attorney against her detractors (Elena and Devon, mostly). She has also been hanging out with Billy Abbott at a dive bar and revealed a little bit about her past to him, namely that she is an orphan and grew up in foster homes. Meanwhile, Devon tried digging into her past himself and discovered that not only had she paid a company to erase her from the internet, but she had a fiancé, Ripley Turner, and they had filed restraining orders against each other.
Amanda felt bad that her friendship with Billy was part of what blew up his marriage to Victoria, but she was grateful for his help when Ripley resurfaced in her life, promising he had changed and wanting to talk. And after Ripley stabbed Victoria thinking she was his ex, Amanda was shaken and Billy once again supported her. After spending a platonic night next to her so she could sleep, Billy took a chance and kissed her.
While starting up a friendship with Phyllis Summers, Amanda has also found herself opening up to Nate Hastings as she helped him with Jared and revealed her own history in the foster system. She also admitted she’d been afraid to investigate her own biological history.
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