One of the favorite plot devices is to send children away to boarding school or out of town to live with former characters only to have them return a short time later as teenagers. Among those involved in this type of plotting were Victoria Newman (age 10 returned a year later as an 18-year-old), Nick Newman, Billy Abbott, Lily Winters, Noah Newman, and Abby Newman/Abbott.
When Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) decided to have a face lift, rather than going out on leave and replacing her with a stand in, the producers wrote a story line in which Katherine had a face lift, complete with hospitalization and recovery.
In 1976, ABC's "Wide World of Sports" used "Cotton's Dream", the theme song of "The Young and the Restless", as a musical background for a montage of Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci in action at the 1976 Olympics. Although Nadia never actually performed to this tune, it became associated with her; eventually, the song's writer officially renamed it "Nadia's Theme".
In 1983 actor Veleka Gray portrayed two different characters simultaneously: Patti's psychiatrist Dr. Sharon Reaves, hotel manicurist Ruby. Unusually, the characters were neither lookalikes nor related, they were involved in different storylines and shared no scenes together.