the 100 most memorable moments in soap history
In 1986, Y&R's John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) was seeking a divorce from trampy Jill Abbott (Brenda Dickson) after pictures of her canoodling with another man had surfaced. It turns out that the other man was in fact his son, Jack (Terry Lester), whom John would kick out of the Abbott mansion when he found out. As this scene shows, Jack certainly did not want this shocker to come out in court, so Jill schemed to make sure that she got a hefty settlement in the divorce. She got one: to keep the scandal out of the media, John gave Jill 20% of the Abbott family's Jabot cosmetics empire, a share she still holds to this day. That makes this moment a lasting and important development in Y&R's history.