I love how Y&R leaves the door open for original actors to come back and reprise their characters when story dictates. And they give powerhouse performances:
Tracey Bregman as Lauren, Beth Maitland as Traci, Lauralee Bell as Christine, Thom Bierdz as Phillip III, Beau Kazer as Brock and now Tricia Cast as Nina. Its almost as like these characters never left. Y&R has an embarrassment of riches in the flashback department. Thats one thing other soaps that are recast happy can't boast. For example, half of ATWT's final cast is unrecognizable. Flashbacks? Forget it!
I love seeing familiar faces come back if only for a few days or weeks. It mirrors life in which people weave in and out of our lives all of the time.
Last comment: If Tricia Cast does not submit this week of shows as her Emmy reel for next year, its a travesty. She's a shoo in for Supporting Actress this year. Discuss.