The Young and the Restless spoilers document that Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) believes she is making progress in her effort to smear Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters). However, pro-Phyllis viewers likely feel uneasy about the underhanded attack.
For starters, Phyllis is attempting to engineer Diane’s reputation destruction. So, Red is starting on false ground. She is in the wrong, and nothing will make it right. That alone is ominous.
Diane is far from stupid. In reality, she is very wise. And, unless something is unearthed by Talia Morgan’s (Natalie Morales) investigation, Phyllis stands to be revealed as the lout.
The level of love that Phyllis and Diane have for Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is infinite. Phyllis was twice married to him. Diane’s only child is Jack’s youngest son, Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor).
Phyllis’ claims of renewed love for Jack are dubious, as he called her on. She only wanted to romantically recommit to him when Diane revealed her fake murder scam.
Diane’s claims of love for Jack seem real, with his skepticism about her trustworthiness being fully justified.
Phyllis developed a scheme to engineer Diane’s destruction. The aim is to sabotage her at Marchetti, with Kyle and Jack as the intended audience.
Stafford’s character has reassured Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), a co-conspirator with an axe to grind against Diane, that Summer Newman Abbott (Allison Lanier) will not be affected. That projection represents wishful thinking and Phyllis’ blindness to the faulty nature of her plot.
Besides the personal danger, Phyllis intends to create chaos inside Jabot’s new acquisition. Jack, Kyle, and Summer will be infuriated if, or likely when Phyllis’ actions are exposed.
Phyllis, Nikki, and to a degree, Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) are invested in Talia unearthing dirt about Diane’s days in Los Angeles, California. Fans know almost anything could have happened while Diane lived her faux life.
But if Talia exposes nothing meaningful, then all eyes will be on Phyllis to deliver. If her plan backfires, Diane will receive rightful sympathy in that projected instance, which is not a stretch based on Phyllis’ emotionally driven revenge plan.
If the above projection plays out, or even partially plays out, Phyllis will suffer a defeat she could not quickly recover or rebound from on Y&R.