Young & The Restless Update
Recap written by Christine
At the main house, the bags were packed for the trip to Italy, but Nikki couldn’t find Victor.
Victoria was surprised to see Victor sitting in her living room. She thought he and Nikki were supposed to be on a flight to Europe. He explained that the vacation was still happening but he’d wanted to come say hello to Victoria. He noted that he owned a plane, so he could leave whenever he wanted. Victoria was jealous they were going on the trip. Victor wished Victoria would come, but he knew she was busy with the merger. She thanked him for the flowers in congratulations, and she hoped the sentiment was sincere. He was full of admiration that she parlayed the connection with Ashland into this fantastic merger. She said he made it sound like it was purely a calculated move on her part, but that wasn’t how it happened. “Don’t you disappoint me now. You mean it was Ashland Locke’s idea?,” he asked. Victoria commented on how Victor’s congratulations transformed into disappointment. He told her there was nothing wrong with taking advantage of a situation to get what you wanted. She noted that he’d done that when Ashland had a heart attack. He didn’t want this to become an argument. He intended to come here to congratulate her. He told her not to get hurt. He said they all knew Ashland was ill, and a man in that situation looked for comfort and affection.
Victoria assumed he thought Ashland gave her the company as a ploy to get close to her and move in with her. Victor was caught off guard. “Ashland Locke moved into your house with your kids?,” he asked. She thought Nikki already told him. He said he didn’t want her to get hurt. She told him that he and Billy were on the same page – he’d given her the exact same warning. She wished people would stop saying Ashland was taking advantage of her. She asked if anyone had considered that Ashland tried to push her away and she chose to stay by his side. Victor didn’t think that was wise. Victoria said that Victor couldn’t praise her for pulling off the coup of the century on one hand, then also say she was weak and naive. She was neither, she stated, and she knew what she was getting into. Her relationship with Ashland was intense and wonderful. Victor felt it was happening rather quickly. Victoria thought he and Nikki should go enjoy their romantic vacation. She’d be fine, enjoying her merger personally and professionally. He wished her luck with everything and told her not to get hurt. He said he loved her, and she said it back, then he left.
Victor went home, and the look on his face made Nikki worry that he was going to postpone the trip. He asked why the hell she didn’t tell him that Ashland moved in with their daughter. She didn’t realize the move had already happened. She actually wasn’t sure it was going to happen at all, because she’d assumed Billy would object. Victor groused that the useless Billy couldn’t prevent the move from happening. Nikki clarified that she wasn’t hoping Billy would put a stop to it. She approved of the living arrangement. He couldn’t believe she was in favor of Ashland living with their daughter. He said what about Katie and Johnny. Nikki was concerned about them, but she was sure Billy and Victoria would work together to make sure things went smoothly. He spat that Billy boy couldn’t even take care of himself, let alone do what was best for their grandchildren. She asked if he thought they could change Victoria’s mind about a man – had that worked out over the years? Victor had no problem with Victoria having an affair with Ashland, but to move him into the home with their grandchildren? He added that Ashland was sick, and Victoria would get her heart broken. Nikki understood, but she said Victoria was doing something even bigger than her historic business deal – she was selflessly helping a man say goodbye. “Oh come on,” he scoffed. Nikki packed the tickets to the concert and Summer and Noah’s gifts. Victor was still stewing about Ashland moving in with Victoria. Nikki said they had to trust Victoria and let her live her life. She said he told Victoria how proud he was, so he needed to be proud of the strength they’d instilled in her. He said he was convinced – they’d take their trip, visit Summer and Noah and see what they’d instilled in the next generation.
Ashland showed up at the Abbott house. As soon as Kyle opened the door, Ashland walked in and started yelling Tara’s name. Kyle said Tara was dropping Harrison off at a play date. “Are you behind this? Are you trying to steal my son from me in my last days?,” Ashland demanded to know. Kyle was adamant that no one was trying to steal Harrison. Ashland thought the petition Tara filed in court said otherwise. Kyle advised discussing this with Tara. Ashland wanted answers now, and Tara wasn’t here. He said that if Kyle wanted to be Harrison’s only father figure, he should start acting like it and answer the question. Kyle explained that Tara was worried about Harrison, because he’d cried after the incident in the park, and he’d been having bad dreams ever since. Ashland didn’t realize Harrison was having bad dreams, but that hardly warranted Tara seeking full custody. Kyle said Tara just wanted to protect Harrison, which would be harder and harder to do as he watched Ashland decline. Ashland contended that it’d be even harder for Harrison if he suddenly disappeared from his life. Kyle was sure that Tara didn’t want to cut Ashland out, she just wanted more input about when and where he saw Harrison. Ashland thought that meant Tara wanted him to beg to see his son. Kyle thought that if Ashland could get past his initial anger, he’d see that Tara had a point. “My initial anger is nothing. You just wait until I get warmed up a little and really lean into it,” Ashland said. Kyle told him to be reasonable. Ashland maintained that he needed to be the one to break the news to his son and he needed to spend as much time with Harrison as he could. “So you tell me, Kyle. Who’s the one who’s being unreasonable?” Ashland left.
Later, Kyle demanded to know what Sally was doing in his house. She was looking for Jack. He said Jack wasn’t home. He also wanted her to know how much he hated the way she’d dive bombed back into his father’s life. He accused her of taking advantage of Jack’s loneliness and forgiving nature. Every chance Kyle got, he planned to remind Jack how opportunistic Sally was. She said there was nothing he could tell Jack that he didn’t already know. She suggested he was projecting his own loneliness onto Jack, since Summer left him again. He told her not to push him. He was already making inquiries about how this amazing job on another continent just landed into Summer’s lap. She asked if he didn’t have faith in Summer’s abilities. He knew Summer was hired on merit, but he noted that Sally landed Summer’s old job, which she’d coveted. He also knew that just before Summer got this job offer, Sally flew to L.A. He asked what that trip was about. She said she went to visit some old friends. He found it unlikely that she still had friends in L.A. She said she also did some networking for Fenmore’s and JCV. She told him not to blame Summer’s departure on anyone else but himself, Summer, and his connection to Tara and Harrison. She left.
Lily entered the condo and reported that she’d put Katie on the bus to camp. She asked how Johnny was. Billy said he still had an upset stomach. He hoped he didn’t keep her up all night taking care of his son. As a mom of twins, she understood. He said Johnny seemed to have given up on trying to be brave. She was sorry to leave him alone to deal with all this. He didn’t mind, he was going to give Johnny fluids and he had a book of riddles to keep him amused. He wondered if Johnny was feeling sick because of all the changes going on around him. According to Billy, Johnny was a sensitive kid who internalized upheaval. He thought Johnny was feeling sick because Ashland moved into his mom’s and because he was asked to bring more things to the condo because this would be home base for awhile. Billy thought Johnny knew there was more going on than he was being told. Lily said all they could do was make Johnny feel as comfortable as possible and make this a safe haven for the kids.
Victoria came over to check on Johnny, because she got Billy’s text. Lily left for her meeting. Billy started to explain his thoughts on Johnny’s illness, but Victoria reminded him he’d already told her his theory. He thought his theory was proving itself to be true. She agreed, to an extent, and she planned to work hard to reassure Johnny that he was loved and that these changes weren’t for the worst despite everyone acting like she was making such a terrible mistake. Billy said he saw a different side of Locke yesterday, and Billy now thought he’d been was wrong to question her decision. She appreciated that. Now she just had to try and get her dad on board. He said he was here for her if she needed extra help with the kids or anything. She admitted sometimes things were a little tougher than she let on. He asked if she see a long term future with Locke if he wasn’t dying. He wasn’t judging, he was just curious.
Victoria came downstairs and announced that Johnny ate his crackers, which was a good sign. Billy thought that it was also good for Johnny to see Victoria. He noted that visiting Johnny had given her the perfect excuse to dodge his question. She admitted she’d hoped he’d let it go. She said what she had with Ashland stared off casually, but her feelings grew, and she was just as surprised as everyone else. It was different than her other relationships. It had a lot of depth to it. She didn’t want to take away from what she’d had with Billy, though. He understood. He acknowledged he and Ashland were nothing alike. He was sad that she and Ashland wouldn’t have much time together, because he could tell she was serious about him. She admitted that her relationship with Ashland might be more serious because their time was limited – the urgency had made it pretty powerful. Billy said he was happy if Victoria was. He marveled that they were all grown up.
Lily ran into Moses at the park, and he asked his sister for advice on Faith. He said they were good friends, and he wanted to be more. He asked if that made sense, and Lily said of course – Faith was great. He liked how Faith was open about everything she’d been through. She was smart, funny, and she thought he was funny too. She really understood him. Faith wanted to go slow, and he respected that, but he didn’t want to go so slow that he got friend-zoned. Lily thought he was already handling things well – he’d made it clear he was available, and he was respecting Faith’s wishes. She told him that going slow wasn’t the worst thing. He said it wasn’t the best either. She felt it was attractive and flattering when a guy took his time and got to know a woman. She said there were things he could do to show he cared without overstepping, like little gestures or surprises. He had an idea, and she told him to keep her posted. She left, and he called Devon.
Lily went home with spicy chicken soup for Billy and plain for Johnny. He told her he and Victoria had cleared some things up in a positive way. He thought Victoria actually met her match with Ashland. It was sad they wouldn’t get a happy ending, but he knew Victoria would treasure the time they had left. Billy felt lucky to have his soulmate sitting across from him.
Phyllis face timed Summer by the Grand Phoenix bar. Summer was eager to hear how everyone was doing. Phyllis thought that meant Summer wanted to know how Kyle was. Summer wanted to know how everyone was, but if Phyllis had information about Kyle, she wanted it. Phyllis stated that Tara was still ensconced at the Abbott house with her kid, like one of those scavenger fish that attached to the side of a whale. “Guess I was right about that one,” Summer grumbled. Phyllis promised the Abbotts would see Tara’s true colors very soon. Tara walked in while looking at her phone. Phyllis greeted Tara warmly. Tara was there for coffee because she’d just dropped Harrison off nearby. Phyllis asked Tara if she’d like to say hi to Summer. Tara politely declined and went to the lounge. Summer asked why Phyllis was being so sweet to Tara. Phyllis said she was just being civil, but Summer was sure she was up to something. Summer told Phyllis to leave it alone, because what happened was meant to happen. Summer wanted Phyllis to promise to drop it. Phyllis pretended she lost the connection and couldn’t hear or see Summer anymore. Summer knew her mom was lying, but Phyllis maintained the story and ended the call.
Phyllis went to Tara and apologized for what she said yesterday. “You mean when you accused me of trying to take sole custody from a dying man?” Tara asked. That was what Phyllis meant. She said she was sorry, she was just so concerned for all involved. She sympathized with Tara trying to protect her child from the pain of a dying parent. She confessed that she only pretended to befriend Tara. Tara said she didn’t understand. Phyllis said she was protective of Jack and Kyle, and she didn’t want them to get manipulated. Tara said she wasn’t doing that, and Phyllis said she knew that now. Phyllis saw things in a new light after yesterday, when Tara said they weren’t that different. She now realized she was projecting her past history onto Tara. Phyllis said she did some things she wasn’t proud of in the past, and she used to tell herself she was protecting people, but the truth was that she was just selfish. She once thought that was what Tara was doing with Kyle and Jack, but now she saw that she was wrong. Phyllis apologized and said she’d understand if Tara never wanted to talk to her again. Tara appreciated Phyllis coming clean. As a show of gratitude, Phyllis had some advice – avoid Sally like the plague.
Tara asked what Phyllis had against Sally. Phyllis said everyone knew Sally couldn’t be trusted and that she was only about herself. Phyllis whispered that she thought Sally had something to do with Summer’s sudden departure to Italy. Phyllis said ever since Sally came to town, she was antagonistic and competitive toward Summer. Sally walked in, and Phyllis told her to do with that advice what she would. She walked away. Sally asked what that was about, and Tara said it was nothing to worry about. Sally said Kyle thought she had something to do with Summer running off to Italy. Tara pointed out that Kyle was right. Sally said she didn’t do it alone, so she told Tara to talk to her man and tell him to back off. “If one of us goes down, the other follows,” Sally warned. They didn’t notice that Phyllis was watching them from a distance.
Tara went home, and Kyle noticed she looked rattled. She said she was fine, but he didn’t look so great. He told her that Ashland stormed in, made threats and accusations and stormed back out. Kyle said that with all the media speculation, it was inevitable that their son would find out about Ashland’s illness. Tara had told the parents of Harrison’s friend not to turn on the TV. She thought they needed to tell Harrison that AShland was sick. Kyle wasn’t sure how, and Tara reminded him that they’d done research, and he’d read all those books he bought on child grief. Kyle understood Ashland’s desire to be the one to tell Harrison. Tara suggested they go to lunch and talk it over.
Victoria and Ashland met at Society. He felt like Tara was avoiding him. Victoria wasn’t surprised. He felt strongly that he had to be the one to tell Harrison about his illness, and now it seemed like he wouldn’t even be able to do that. Victoria thought what Tara was doing was disgusting. She said no judge would take a dying man’s son from him. He didn’t think it was that simple. His attorneys thought Tara’s argument that his impending demise might be too disturbing for Harrison could sway a judge. Especially given that video from the park. Victoria said that video was taken out of context. She promised to help him fight Tara. She suggested that it might help his cause if he accepted treatment. “This whole situation is becoming unbearable!,” he snapped, slamming his hand on the table. The sound made Victoria jump. They looked up just in time to see Kyle and Tara staring at them.
Victoria advised ignoring Tara and Kyle. She didn’t want Ashland to do something he’d regret. He said he wouldn’t regret this. He went over and told Tara she’d been hiding from him. She countered that she was right in front of him. He told her this was her cruelest dirtiest move yet. She stated that she was trying to protect Harrison. She said he didn’t see the terror in Harrison’s eyes after the incident at the park. She said if he didn’t realize his condition would get worse, he was in deep denial or a fool. Victoria said Ashland was nobody’s fool, and Tara wasn’t very bright if she thought she could rip the boy from his father. Kyle noted that he was the biological father. He said Tara was just trying to protect her son. “You don’t know a damn thing about what she’s doing. You don’t know. I’m his father!” Ashland yelled. He had trouble breathing, and Victoria helped him calm down. Tara said Ashland was proving her point. She asked if he wanted to scar Harrison for life as he watched him fight to breathe. He warned her that this wasn’t over, and he wouldn’t let her steal his son. Ashland and Victoria left. Tara said she was scared of what Ashland would do next. Kyle thought Ashland was just lashing out and that he’d calm down and let the courts handle it. Tara said she was scared Ashland would come after her. He said they’d battle him together. She was grateful he was in her life. He vowed to keep their son safe, which included protecting her.
Tara couldn’t believe how easily Kyle calmed her nerves. It reminded her of NY. She knew it sounded strange because they’d been sneaking around, but it was easy compared to this. He remembered being careless and shady, they weren’t thinking about other people at all, just their next stolen moment together. She agreed, but she thought it was more than that. He noted that getting caught all these years later created a huge mess. She wondered if they should’ve ran away back then, like they’d always talked about. He wondered where they’d be now if they’d gone through with it. She was sure they would’ve landed in Paris. They’d be living on Avenue Montaigne with Harrison. She’d have grown her business, and he’d manage it. Harrison would be bilingual. They smiled about Harrison speaking French. Phyllis walked in and commented on them laughing and carrying on. She told them not to let her interrupt.
Ashland and Victoria went home. He admitted he let Tara and her lawyers get under his skin. He’d been feeling a little emotional these days. She said he didn’t have to apologize. He’d dealt with stress well all his life, but dealing with this all at once was starting to get to him. She said it was okay, they all knew he wasn’t 100%. A lesser man wouldn’t even be able to get out of bed. He thanked her for always knowing what to say. He was happy they found each other and that she was by his side. She felt the same way. He kissed her forehead, then they shared a kiss.