Taking up with the man who kidnapped her baby, going on the run after being convicted of murder and letting her loved ones think that she's dead are a few of the questionable moves that Sharon's made on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS over the last year or so. So the show has constructed a Sharon-centric episode, set to air Monday, July 4, to remind viewers of what the character's been through. Executive producer/headwriter Maria Arena Bell says that the episode will "shed more light on Sharon and all the factors that caused her to be in this situation, why she's acted the way she has and why she's gone into the pit of [low] self-esteem."
"I'm trying to show why Sharon's in the place that she's in," concurs the convicted murderess' portrayer, Sharon Case. "Everything that's built up to where she is today [will be examined.]"
It's not a coincidence that Y&R has scheduled this episode for a holiday. Late Y&R creator Bill Bell often scheduled stand-alone flashback episodes on holidays because he knew that viewers might skip watching the show on those days in order to spend them with their families. "You don't miss what happens in the series," says Case. "But if you watched that day, you saw a special episode. That's what this episode does. It continues the series a little bit, but mostly it's one of those great holiday episodes. There are so many flashbacks it feels like a classic."