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Rick Bladeson (born Richard Bladeson) was portrayed by Michael Tylo.

Biography

Rick Bladeson was the twin brother of Blade Bladeson.

In 1994, Mari Jo Mason was still in love with Blade but he would never forgive her for sleeping with his "evil twin" brother Rick. Blade became concerned with Mari Jo's growing presence in his and Ashley Abbott's life while her relationship with Jack Abbott grew stronger. She assured Blade that their past would remain a secret but, when they were alone, Mari Jo accused Blade of fighting with Rick when he fell off a pier and Blade left him to drown. As the only witness to Rick's drowning, Mari Jo began blackmailing Blade because he had ignored Rick's cries for help.

Mary Jo was quite surprised when Rick arrived in town later that year quite alive but bent on revenge against Blade. Rick told Mari Jo not to reveal that he was still alive. Mari Jo began consulting with Rick about Blade and the Abbotts. Mari Jo again became involved with Rick, but Ashley saw them together and knew nothing of a twin. Ashley assumed Mari Jo and Blade were having an affair. Ashley confronted Blade with the facts which he could not dispute without uncovering that he had an evil twin.

Jack broke it off after he found out about Mari Jo's involvement with his sister's husband. Jack was soon reunited with his Vietnam sweetheart, Luan Volien. Mari Jo did her best to break them up, even following them on their trip to St. Thomas. Coincidentally, Blade and Ashley were also there in an attempt to rekindle their marriage, and had been followed by Brad Carlton who had been rebuffed by Ashley in favor of Blade. Rick ended up kidnapping blade, holding him hostage and taking his place as husband to Ashley.

Ashley was thoroughly impressed with the change in Blade both as a husband who now wanted children and as a lover. Mari Jo realized that Blade was really Rick. Not long afterward, Blade escaped, confronted Rick, forced him to leave town and resumed his marriage to Ashley who was very disappointed that he had reverted to his old self.

Several more role reversals occurred ending in 1995 when the real Blade being killed when his car was hit by a train. Rick revealed himself to Ashley but Ashley threw him out. She went to Paris to escape the grief and deception. Mari Jo and Jill Abbott drove Rick out of town.

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