There was a time when fans of "The Young and the Restless" did not want to miss even one scene of their favorite soap opera. Over the years, however, the episodes have become very predictable, especially for the Newman and Abbott families. Victor and Nikki fight, separate, and divorce. They date or marry others, then find their way back to each other. Along the way, Victor and Jack try to take each other down, then a crisis puts the feud on standby until it all starts over again. New executive producer/head writer Mal Young's first episode aired on Wednesday, October 25th, and he has the viewers glued to the edges of their seats.

Mal Young has quickened the pace in Genoa City

The pace has quickened in Genoa City and if Wednesday and Thursdays episodes are any indication, Y&R is moving towards being must-see TV once again. In an interview with "Soap Opera Digest," Young said he wanted to get rid of ridiculous storylines and focus on more realistic scenes. His first two episodes were definitely filled with real-life drama. Victoria fainted on the set of Hilary's show and was taken to the hospital. Her family members put aside their differences to lend her their support.

The new head writer obviously scrapped the brain tumor storyline as doctors revealed Victoria had a build-up of toxins in her system. She quickly realized that the men's line face masks have been tampered with and now Billy and Victor are doing damage control.

Phyllis abruptly kicked Billy out and it looks like their relationship may be over. Zack drugged Scott's drink, and when he journalist woke up he was in a motel room bed with a dead prostitute. Scott called Victor, who immediately notified Paul, who quickly showed up and arrested Laureen's son.

This new fast pace is exciting and confirms what the executive producer told "Soap Opera Digest."

The Young and the Restless fans will love more action and intrigue

Mal Young said each episode should flow as if it were the first one and so far he is keeping his word. Longtime viewers of "The Young and the Restless" should love the fast-paced shows that will now grace their TV screens.

Not knowing what will happen next in Genoa City will indeed keep viewers on the edge of their seats and each episode will indeed be one they do not want to miss.

Mal Young stated in his interview that he wanted to give more screen time to established characters and this should please the fans. Make sure you keep up with Y&R each weekday afternoon at 12:30 PM on CBS. There may be more shifts in direction and changes in the plots waiting down the road. Things are about to become very interesting in Genoa City and you don't want to miss any of it.