HOLLYWOOD—This week’s Leading Men Gold Standard goes to two handsome and powerful actors, whose performances are always solid. Brandon Beemer, who portrays Owen Knight on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Eric Braeden, who portrays Victor Newman on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” both had great storylines this week on their shows, but their consistent and incredible performances really managed to steal the scenes they were in. Both men know how to play their roles, but they add so much to their shows.

Brandon Beemer’s Owen this week had to stand by the woman he loves. Owen and his wife Jackie saw her company Jackie M going down for the count. The fashion house lacked a winter line thanks to Amber’s scheming. Amber stole Hope For The Future from Forrester Creations, however when Nick found out, he fired Amber and was left with no winter collection. Nick had previously fired his ex-wife Bridget and his mother Jackie and her husband Owen, because they had caused Jackie M a big scandal when Owen slept with Bridget and they had a child together.

This week Owen pushed his wife Jackie to stand her ground and to demand that they both be rehired and brought back in order to save Jackie M from financial disaster. Owen played supporting, but Beemer did nothing of the such. The handsome actor was front and center in all of the scenes opposite Ms. Down and Mr. Wagner, and he did a fabulous job as always. Brandon manages to make “B&B” viewers fall in love with his good looks, then he makes us respect him as a great actor.

Victor Newman was on a mission. Victor was furious when his longtime nemesis Jack Abbott laughed in his face that he was the puppet master behind Victor’s two daughters, Victoria and Abby suing him to obtain his company Beauty of Nature. Victor knew all along that Jack was encouraging Abby to file suit against her own father, but when he finally got the proof, thanks to Jack’s big mouth. Victor set a plan in motion to destroy Jack’s financial well-being.

The billionaire Newman decided that he’d double cross Jack with their mutual plan to destroy the Newman Fund, owned by Victor’s evil son Adam. Jack and Victor bought a great deal of stock in Adam’s hedge fund in order to pull out at the right time and leave Adam holding the bag financially. However, Victor decided Jack had to pay for his crimes against the Newman family, so Victor pulled his huge investment out, which sent stock sinking, then Jack was left virtually financially ruined, along with his reputation. Jack had convinced friends to invest in the Newman Fund, so their investments as well as his own were lost.

Hasn’t Jack learned, not to mess with Victor Newman? Fans love it when Eric Braeden gets to play the devious mogul, and this week was truly a Thanksgiving surprise from “Y&R’s” Maria Arena Bell and “B&B’s” Bradley P. Bell.

“Y&R” and “B&B” air weekdays on CBS.
Photographs are Courtesy: Eric Braeden and Brandon Beemer by Monty Brinton for CBS