Daytime Emmy reels: Daniel Polo (‘Young and Restless’) is Younger Actor contender for bullying story

Just like last year, the 2014 Daytime Emmy acting reels are being made available for public viewing online. The roundup of episode submissions begins with Best Younger Actor. I’ve watched all five; can a bullying storyline push Daniel Polo (“The Young and the Restless“) over the top?

Watch his rivals’ reels:
Bryan Craig, Chad Duell, Max Ehrich, and Chandler Massey

Length of Reel: 7:06

Synopsis: Jamie Vernon (Polo) accuses Fenmore Baldwin (fellow Younger Actor nominee Max Ehrich) of pushing him off a roof, but when Jamie is confronted by Fenmore’s parents he begins to waver on his story. After being taunted by Fenmore, he insists on pressing charges.

Analysis: Polo plays a victim of bullying, a timely subject that may resonate with voters. Of the three scenes in the seven-minute reel, the strongest is probably the second, at a Genoa City coffee shop where he accuses Summer Newman (Younger Actress nominee Hunter King) of using him and then challenges Fenmore’s mother (Tracey E. Bregman) to see her son for what he really is. The episode reaches an emotional climax when Jamie lashes out and demands Fenmore be sent to prison, but are there enough emotional fireworks?

Polo also gives his rival nominee Ehrich chances to shine in the episode, though not nearly as many as Bryan Craig gives his “General Hospital” co-star Chad Duell in his submission. (Click here to see Craig’s reel.) Watch Polo’s reel below, then predict who will win Best Younger Actor:

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