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Nick: I think I should talk to ashland in private.

Victoria: Well, I understand that, but I’m not going anywhere.

Ashland: Victoria is here because I want her to be.

Victoria: So, what is it that is so important that you felt you needed to share it with us? Was it some ancient dirt that you uncovered when you were in new jersey? That’s right. I know you went on a little trip to new jersey, thanks to phyllis. She was her usual cagey self, and she couldn’t explain why you were visiting the town where ashland got his start. I told my fiancĂ© all about it.

Nick: You sure you want victoria here for this?

Victoria: Here for what, nicholas?

Nick: Ashland, why don’t we talk about a 40-year-old car crash that killed a guy named bobby defranco?

Abby: Shh, shh. Okay, dominic. Why don’t you consider going to sleep before mommy has to go to the restaurant? Sleep, baby. Sleep. Shh. The nanny is gonna watch you while I’m gone, but mommy is gonna be back so soon before you wake up. And I am gonna feed you and I’m gonna take care of you because that’s what mommies do. You can always count on me.

Mariah: Mmm. Something smells good.

Tessa: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: Lemony.

Tessa: Chicken piccata.

Mariah: [ Gasps ] With extra piccata?

Tessa: Well, you know, that’s not a thing. You always tell me to order it like that, and the wait staff always looks at me like I’m a crazy person.

Mariah: You’re probably just saying it wrong. Thank you for getting me dinner. And I don’t even have to move, so, really, it’s just a win-win for me.

Tessa: Well, I know that you’re tired and you need your rest, but you need to eat, too.

Mariah: You take such good care of me.

[ Knock on door ] Uh, did you order a special dessert that needed to be sent up separately?

Tessa: Uh, no.

Sharon: Hi!

Tessa: Hi.

Sharon: Um… did I come at a bad time?

Amanda: Did you make reservations?

Devon: It’s the middle of the week. I figured we should be alright.

Moses: Hey. Sorry. Coming through. Sorry.

Devon: Hello.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ]

Devon: [ Chuckles ] Hey.

Faith: Hey.

Amanda: Hi. Is everything okay?

Faith: I’m not sure, but i think our big surprise date is off to a shaky start.

Ashland: [ Exhales heavily ]

Victoria: Are you okay?

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Nick: Clearly that name means something to you.

Ashland: Bobby defranco. That’s a name I never wanted to hear again. Especially from anyone in victoria’s family.

Nick: Then I am on the right track.

Victoria: I would like some answers here. Who is this dead man, bobby defranco?

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Victoria: You’re bobby defranco?

Ashland: I was…before i became ashland locke.

Victoria: Well, we all know that he changed his name. We all know that. It’s not a big deal.

Nick: This crash doesn’t concern you?

Victoria: So what? So he tried to cover his tracks by pretending that his original identity died in the car crash. It’s not so terrible, nick.

Nick: Nothing fake about it. And no one’s pretending. A young man did die.

Victoria: Is that true?

Ashland: Yes. It was foolish for me to think that I could run forever from what happened.

Victoria: Run from what?

Ashland: Uh…I was born robert defranco. Everything that I have told you about my past is true. I ran away from home. I had an abusive father and — and an enabling mother. But there was more to it. There was someone who… gave me the courage to — to change that situation I was in, a friend of mine that my parents didn’t even know. And his name was ashland locke.

Victoria: You named yourself after him?

Ashland: Yeah.

[ Chuckles ] We were kindred spirits. I mean, so much so that one day we did what a lot of dumb 16-year-olds do. We got matching tattoos.

Victoria: The one on your calf?

Ashland: Yeah. And my dad saw it. And he beat me up real good. So ashland saw me that day, all banged up, and he said, “we got to get out of here.” So we took off. And we bummed around the beach towns of new jersey and worked odd jobs up and down the jersey coast, did whatever we could. And one day we found ourselves in an arcade in a boardwalk pavilion in a beautiful little town called keansburg. I hear this commotion. All of a sudden, I understand that my father’s looking out for me. He’s trying to find where I am. He’s pissed off. So, ashland sees what’s happening, and he throws me under a pinball machine. And he runs interference, and he tells them I’m in philadelphia with a girl. I owed him so big. And we bonded so big after that. We were inseparable. He had no family. He was a loner, like me. And we became family for each other. And I had big plans. We were gonna strike it rich.

Nick: So, this was about money for you?

Ashland: I-is that what you got from what I just said? We were kids. We didn’t think about anything like that. We didn’t know what we were gonna do. But ashland had this idea that he wanted to be involved in broadcasting or communications, and somehow he snagged this interview with this lady named camilla rhodes to try and get a job as an intern at one of her stations.

Victoria: The widow who mentored you.

Ashland: Yes. But my friend couldn’t make that interview because the night before he was supposed to meet with her [Chuckles] The two of us were out in his beat-up old camaro — and he liked to drive fast, you know? It scared the crap out of me all the time. And we were screaming down this road, and I don’t know how it happened, but he lost control of the car and we wrapped it around a tree. And I was ejected out of the car and I must have been knocked unconscious. And I came to the vehicle and he was pinned against the steering wheel and I tried to get him out. I couldn’t feel a pulse or anything. Car’s starting to catch fire, and I’m screaming for somebody to come and help us. I don’t know what to do. I’m in shock. I tried to pull him out. He won’t budge! And all of sudden, I pull him so hard, his wallet flies out. And at this time, the flames are growing and the whole car is starting to be engulfed in flames. And I’m confused and I pick up his wallet and I throw mine down and — and I take off as far away from the car right before it was about to explode like a — like a fireball. And so the explosion attracted some passerby, and — and I was about to wave them down and get help, but I realized if I talked to this person and I told them, explained what was going on, they’d probably notify the police. Sure enough, two police cars arrived, and as soon as they did, I figured they’re gonna take me back to my father. And I was not gonna let that happen. So I took off into the woods, and right at that moment I made the decision to become ashland locke. And I let my life as bobby defranco… burn up in flames. What if younger looking skin could start at midnight?

Sharon: I thought you could use a home-cooked meal.

Tessa: I — I, uh, have some errands to run.

Mariah: At this hour?

Tessa: Yeah. There’s just some things i forgot to do, and plus it’ll give you some time to talk.

Sharon: Thank you, tessa.

Tessa: I’ll be right back.

Mariah: Okay. Great.

Sharon: I know what you’re thinking — “I asked for some time and space away from everyone.”

Mariah: You nailed it.

Sharon: And I gave that to you.

Mariah: Uh, yeah, you almost lasted, mm, 24 hours?

Sharon: Well, I think i lasted more than a day. Anyway, I lasted longer than i thought I would. You can give me some credit for that.

Mariah: [ Scoffs ]

Sharon: Anyway, it’s good to see you making jokes again.

Mariah: Who says I’m making jokes?

Sharon: Well, you seem better. That’s a relief. But how about some genuine answers?

Mariah: Mnh, uh-oh.

Sharon: How are you really feeling?

Mariah: [ Sighs ]

Faith: Moses picked me up on time, but he said he forgot something, so we raced here.

Devon: Ah. Well, I’m sure he’ll find whatever it is, and you guys will be on your way.

Amanda: You still don’t know where you’re going?

Faith: No.

Devon: There he is.

Moses: Hey. Sorry for bursting in, but i needed this. That would have been embarrassing, having to finish up our big date by washing the dishes.

Faith: Ah. So part of our date is dinner. A restaurant?

Amanda: You still haven’t told faith where she’s going?

Moses: It’s all a mystery. That’s part of the fun.

Devon: Exactly.

Amanda: Oh, so you know a little something about this date, huh?

Moses: Yeah, but I swore devon to secrecy, so he’s not gonna blow it, right?

Devon: Oh, like you almost just did by forgetting your wallet? Like that?

Amanda: You are very trusting. I mean, you could be expecting a glamorous night on the town and end up at a paintball range.

Faith: Paintball?

Moses: No. Next time. But, uh, we’re gonna get out of here before devon ruins the surprise.

Devon: Mm-hmm.

Faith: Bye. Thank you.

Devon: See you guys.

Amanda: Have fun.

[ Door closes ]

Victoria: So you just ran off as the car burned? Where did you go?

Ashland: To the water. I broke into this beach house, an old, abandoned beach hut. I stayed there for a while. I stole newspapers to keep up on the news, to find out if there were any developments in the story.

Nick: So, your friend’s body was badly burned, and your I.D. Ends up in the wallet that’s next to the accident.

Ashland: Well, the police assumed that the person driving the car was bobby defranco. My father was called in to identify the corpse, and he made a positive I.D. Based on the tattoo on my calf. He was able to verify that it was me. Dna testing was very limited in those days, so there was no reason to investigate further.

Nick: So, case closed.

Ashland: It was my chance for a new start, a clean slate… and to permanently escape from the hell of my father. So I jumped in, hook, line, and sinker, to the identity of ashland locke. I went to the interview with camilla rhodes. She never met ash. They only talked on the phone, so she had no reason to believe that I wasn’t who I said I was. I got the job, and the rest is history.

Nick: Well, I certainly have some questions about this split-second decision that seems awfully calculated. I mean, you end up with his wallet, and yours is left behind at this car that’s on fire.

Ashland: Yeah. A car that was on fire. I was engulfed in smoke. There were flames everywhere. The only friend that I had in the world was dead, and I was fraid of being found out ’cause I knew my father would have beat me for days. So my survival instincts went into overdrive.

Nick: I mean, when the other car pulled up, why didn’t you get the driver to help you pull your buddy out?

Ashland: ‘Cause I told you — I thought he was dead! And there was gonna be no miracle rescue! I-I’ve thought about this day in and day out my whole life! I-I don’t care if you’re skeptical or if you don’t believe me. I just hope to god that you never find yourself in a similar situation. Ashland locke saved my life when my father was coming after me. And I wasn’t able to save his. Now, we all know progressive offers 24/7 protection,

Abby: Hey!

Tessa: Hi.

Abby: How’s mariah?

Tessa: Uh, I’m — I’m not sure, but I know she won’t be hungry.

Abby: What do you mean?

Tessa: Oh, um, sharon brought over so much food just right after we ordered room service. But she’s there now, hopefully offering mariah some comfort and guidance.

Abby: I have to tell you — I miss having you two at the house.

Tessa: Oh, my gosh, that’s so sweet of you to say.

Abby: Yeah, we have to get together, spend some quality time with dominic.

Tessa: Well, um, mariah’s — you know, she’s finally starting to get back to her old self. She’s laughing. She’s making jokes. So hopefully she’ll be up to that soon.

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: I am feeling good. Much better, anyway. Definitely stronger after getting out of the house.

Sharon: I know there’s more going on. I’ve heard some things, although it’s all secondhand. What prompted you to leave the chancellor estate?

Mariah: “Secondhand”? What am I, the talk of the town?

Sharon: No. It’s not gossip. It’s people who care about you, you know, sharing thoughts.

Mariah: How is that any different from gossip?

Sharon: Okay, would you stop avoiding answer the question? Why’d you leave abby’s place?

Mariah: [ Sighs ] It was just a lot harder than i thought it was gonna be… being around dominic. After carrying that baby and protecting him all throughout the ordeal of being kidnapped, i just… I know that he’s not mine, alright, technically and biologically speaking. But…there’s still a bond. And it’s strong. It’s hardcore strong, which of course you warned me about.

Sharon: Well, I’m not here to say, “I told you so.” It’s a tough situation.

Mariah: I just had to get out of that house. It was rough seeing bowie and knowing that he’s — he’s not my child to raise.

Sharon: Well, what can I do to help?

Mariah: I will be okay eventually.

Sharon: I know you will. But what can we do to speed that up? Would getting away from this place maybe help? I knew that finding a new apartment was gonna be a little bit tricky, but wouldn’t you rather in the meantime stay someplace more homey?

Mariah: What do you have in mind?

Sharon: Why don’t you move in with me and faith and rey for a little while?

Mariah: Thank you. That’s very sweet, but I can’T.

Sharon: I think it would be really good for you.

Mariah: Space. Remember? Space.

Sharon: I understand. Okay. But I do want to know what comes- next.

Ashland: So, how much of that story did you know before tonight?

Nick: I didn’t have all the pieces, but I was able to put most of it together. I tracked down this reporter in toms river who was covering the crash.- He said he always thought there was more to the story. But there wasn’t a proper investigation done because of the witness.

Ashland: What witness?

Nick: The driver of that car who pulled up. He said when he got there, he saw some kid running into the woods, but the police didn’t think he’d be reliable because obviously he had been drinking.

Ashland: That was probably a lucky break for me.

Nick: Yeah, you’ve had a lot of those, huh?

Ashland: You think? It was wrong of me… not to tell you this part of the story. I should have told you everything right from the start. You deserve that. I was so ashamed of how I acted all those years ago. But I’m more ashamed that i didn’t tell you the whole truth. Now you know. And I hope you can accept it.

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Mariah: What tessa and I want to do first is find a new home, like, as soon as we can.

Sharon: It’s a good first step. You have to have a safe and healthy home. But what about your more immediate issue?

Mariah: Which is what?

Sharon: Getting you through this postpartum separation anxiety. I’d be happy to recommend some therapists if you think you’d benefit from talking to a professional. I mean, getting some space — that can help, but I don’t want you to isolate yourself or rush into anything big.

Mariah: Rush into anything big? What exactly have you and tessa been talking about?

Sharon: Well, you know, I went to her. And I drilled her really hard, and then I poured on all of this, like, motherly guilt until she told me the truth.

Mariah: Told you what?

Sharon: That you want to have a baby of your own.

Mariah: Tessa discussed that with you?

Sharon: Do you really think you’re ready for that?

Mariah: Yes. 100%. But clearly tessa is not.

Sharon: Well, I can see the benefit in waiting.

Mariah: So, you don’t think we should have a baby?

Sharon: No, I’m not saying that. I’m saying just, you know, wait six months or a year. Take the space that you’ve been asking for and really think this through.

Mariah: [ Sighs ]

Sharon: I mean, having a baby would be wonderful. You’re both gonna be wonderful mothers. But I don’t think it should be a knee-jerk reaction to anything.

Mariah: It’s not a knee-jerk reaction. Having a baby with the woman i love is the next step to me moving on with my life.

Abby: Please let mariah know that you have an open invitation to come by the house any time. But no pressure. Just happy thoughts.

Tessa: I’ll do that.

Abby: I really do miss you guys so much.

[ Cellphone pings ]

Tessa: Hmm.

Abby: Is everything okay?

Tessa: Uh…well, mariah’s texts are usually a little bit more lighthearted than this. This doesn’t seem good.

Abby: Well, I hope there’s not a problem.

Tessa: Well, I, uh — i better go find out. Um, I’ll talk to you later?

Abby: Yeah.

Tessa: Okay

Devon: Hey, tessa.

Tessa: Hi.

Devon: Hey. How you doing? How’s mariah?

Tessa: Um, she’s, uh — she’s working through some things. Um, I — I actually do have to go.

Devon: Okay.

Tessa: Sorry.

Devon: Yeah.

Abby: Hi!

Devon: Hey, you.

Amanda: Hi.

Abby: How are you?

Amanda: Good.

Abby: Congratulations on moving in together.

Amanda: Thank you. Oh, well, it looks like faith and moses aren’t here, so we can cross society off the list. Their location is still a fun mystery.

Devon: That’s right.

Abby: What are you talking about?

Devon: Uh, moses and faith went on a special date, and they didn’t tell us where it’s at.

Abby: Oh, my gosh. Stop it. Young love. It’s so sweet. Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe my niece is dating.

Devon: I know. Tell me about it. I’m gonna remind you of this conversation when dominic starts dating.

Abby: Stop it right there. He’s so tiny, I can’t even think about that right now.

Devon: I know.

Amanda: Oh, no.

Devon: What’s wrong?

Amanda: Um, it’s imani. She’s taking naya to the emergency. Her heart rate’s spiking.

Devon: We should go then.

Amanda: No. Thank you for wanting to help, but I think I should just go on my own. She’s not gonna want too many people around, okay?

Devon: Okay. That’s fine.

Amanda: Okay.

Devon: Keep me up to date.

Abby: Bye.

Amanda: Yeah.

Devon: Um…I guess it’s just gonna be dinner for one now.

Nick: So, after hearing about this crash from your fiancĂ©, I’m the one you’re mad at? Victoria!

Ashland: Well, I guess you got what you wanted.

Nick: I wanted the truth. That was something you weren’t willing to give us.

Ashland: Ah, yes. The almighty truth. Solves everything, doesn’t it? Sure gave victoria peace of mind.

Nick: You know what? The bottom line is you built your career, your success, your life on the back of this tragedy.

Ashland: That may be true. But now you know that I didn’t get everything handed to me.

Nick: You watched your best friend die in front of you, and your first instinct is to grab his wallet and run off into the woods? That says all I need to know about you.

Ashland: I had to get my hands dirty and make some hard choices in a very tragic situation. And that’s probably something that you will never understand.

Victoria: [ Sighs ]

Ashland: I-I’m sorry. I — I truly am. I should have been completely honest with you about how i became ashland locke when you first asked me about my past.

Victoria: Yeah, y-you swore to me that there weren’t gonna be any more secrets.

Ashland: I did.

Victoria: How am I supposed to believe you anymore, ashland?

Ashland: Well, I wouldn’t blame you if you said you couldn’t trust me ever again. But I’d be devastated.

Victoria: Why didn’t you tell me?

Ashland: Shame. It was too painful to ever talk about. I was so ashamed that I never told another living soul that story until today. For 40 years, I’ve held onto that. That image, the memory of ash… and that horrible night has haunted me ever since. But I… I’d like to think that I’ve built my life with the ethos of no regrets. But there isn’t a day that goes by…where I don’t wonder the same thing that nick did. What if I stayed? What if, by some miracle, I was able to get some help and — and pull ashland from the wreckage? How would that have made my life different?

Victoria: Have you come to any conclusions?

Ashland: No, I have not. See, I’ve tried to convince myself that that’s what ashland would have wanted. He wanted to give up his identity to rescue me. I keep trying to tell myself that I would have done the same thing if the situation were reversed. But — but that’s something we’ll never know, will we? But I do know that if my life had taken a different direction, it never would have led me to you, and there is nothing false or secretive about what I feel right now… ’cause I have never loved anyone else the way I love you. But if this is what breaks us up, I-I completely understand. I just hope and pray with every fiber of my being that it won’T.

Victoria: This is just… it’s a lot to process. I’m really just gonna need some time, I think.

Ashland: I-I understand. Yeah. I’ll give you all the time you need.

Faith: Oh, that was so much fun. I don’t know how you pulled that off.

Moses: Oh, it was no big deal. Anyone can have dinner at the top of the tower. You just need a reservation.

Faith: But a private room overlooking the whole city? I didn’t even know they had that.

Moses: [ Laughs ] Yeah, I had to call in a favor.

Faith: Favor from who?

Moses: Your grandfather.

Faith: Grandpa got you that special room?

Moses: Yeah. I beat him in a game of chess, so he owed me.

[ Chuckles ] But he was glad to help out.

Faith: I’m glad he did. That filet mignon was delicious.

Moses: Though being alone up there together like that was like being in a movie.

Faith: Especially when you had devon’s new singer audrina serenade us. That was magical.

Moses: Yeah. Yeah. I owe him big time for that.

Faith: I’ll never forget it.

Moses: Good. I’m glad you liked our date.

Faith: Liked? No. I loved it. It was the most perfect night ever.

Nick: Vick.

[ Picture thuds ]

Victoria: I don’t want to talk to you. Definitely don’t want to see you.

Nick: Yeah. I get it.

Victoria: No. You don’T. You betrayed my trust, nicholas. I told you how much I love ashland and how committed I am to this marriage. I asked you — no. I-I begged you to leave this alone and to — to not be like billy and start digging around in his past. I-I guess — I guess you couldn’t help yourself.

Nick: You know, you also said something else in that conversation. You told me you had serious concerns about the man you were gonna marry.

Victoria: Well, that didn’t give you an invitation to investigate him. I made that very clear to you.

Nick: I’m sorry if you’re hurt by this, but I don’t regret what I did, alright? It forced ashland to come clean about who he was all those years ago. Who knows how many other shady things he did during that time?

Victoria: Ashland has been in the public eye for a long time. He is a powerful force in business and media. I am sure that he has done some ruthless things, but nothing illegal.

Nick: I’m just saying, if he left his best friend to die —

Victoria: Did you listen? His friend was probably already dead. The car was about to blow up. He had to make one of the hardest decisions he ever made in his whole life. And he wasn’t even an adult! Do you remember what noah and summer were like at that age? How would they have handled that situation? Better yet, how would have a young nick newman dealt with that? How would you like the mistakes from your past, from your youth, to be throw back in your face?

Nick: I would never do anything like that.

Victoria: No, because you’ve never been in that position before, have you? Your father was tough, but he wasn’t physically abusive. Ashland’s father was a monster, hunting him down. You — you were born with privileges and advantages. You could never, ever relate to what ashland went through, so don’t come in here telling me that he is a terrible person until you understand the position that he was in. Can you blame him for what he did? How does something that happened 40 years ago mean that he is not worthy of love and forgiveness and happiness? Oh, I had never seen a picture of her

Abby: How’s amanda?

Devon: Hey. She’s, uh, just anxious about naya. I can hear it in her voice. She’s not usually like that.

Abby: Yeah. She’s typically the definition of unflappable. I could tell she was really bothered. She seemed shaken up.

Devon: Well, she worries about her mom because it’s a new relationship, you know?

Abby: Well, that’s understandable. She’s protective.

Devon: Yeah. Speaking of protective, I ran into tessa on the way in here, and she seemed a little frazzled about something. Did you talk to her or…

Abby: Yeah. She’s worried about mariah.

Devon: I think we all are.

Abby: Yeah. I mean, she was trying to be optimistic, but it almost seemed like wishful thinking. And then she got a text from mariah. She said it wasn’t good.

Devon: Well, you know, i would do anything to help mariah out in all this, but I just think that she needs time. And there’s only so much we can do.

[ Lock whirs, disengages ]

[ Door opens ]

Tessa: Hey. How was your visit with sharon?

Mariah: What have you been talking to my mom about?

Tessa: What do you mean?

Mariah: You told my mom that I wanted to have a baby with you without telling me. How could you do that?

Tessa: Okay, please calm down.

Mariah: No! You went behind my back again! First abby, now my mom. Why would you do that to me?!

Nick: I heard what you said about ashland being in a tough spot that night and having to make a difficult decision.

Victoria: Yes, that’s it.

Nick: Well, I guess you and i have different opinions about what’s right and wrong.

Victoria: Oh, god. Don’t get self-righteous with me. You betrayed me.

Nick: That’s not what I was doing.

Victoria: The minute that you got on that plane to new jersey, when I asked you not to look into ashland’s past, you betrayed me.

Nick: Vick, come on.

Victoria: No! Stop it! Just knock it off. Just stop. Shouldn’t you, um — shouldn’t you be headed to summer’s wedding? Just go. And don’t bother flying on to tuscany.

Nick: Why are you saying that? ‘Cause I’m no longer invited?

Victoria: Would you just go?

Nick: [ Sighs ] You know what? I know you’ll never say it, but this news concerns you more than you’ll ever admit.

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