....because it's the best, leaps and bounds over the rest!
This is an old episode, but it's classic greatness is indicative as to why this SOAP, The Young and The Restless, has stood the test of time. I just recently became a fan, but I've been catching up on the internet. I love Y&R the most because it plays up THE DRAMA better than any of the others. Infact, I think some of the others try to play the drama down to be more modern or "cool", and others go for the suspense and human life angle; Y&R however, sticks to that over the top drama SOAP formula with a death grip. They take any oppurtuniy to play up even the most mundane situation. On that show, someone walking into a room can be an EVENT, not to mention what happens when someone fights or dies.
Hair, wardrobe, and makeup, A1 on that show: if the character is rich, they pile on the affectations of a rich person to an extreme and if the person is poor, they do the same. The are expert at perfecting their characters; for example, one of the characters had to be kind of an Oklahoma trailer trash bar fly last week. They pulled it off not only because of the excellent makeup, but because the actress was superb. Hey, I'm from here so I was looking to call it fake, but it was uncanny, they really nailed it. Bottomline, Y&R is not afraid of being corny so nothing ever comes of fake because they know where they stand; it's a SOAP, but a damn good one!