Y&R Transcript Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Victoria: Thank you. I just scheduled a meeting with our financial team to go over our year-end numbers, and i think you’re gonna be happy.

Ashland: Well, I can’t wait to hear.

Victoria: I’ll admit, I’m impressed with what I’ve done so far, but I’ve even more excited about what’s yet to come, and with the moves that I’ve been making, I might even outdo myself in the coming months.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: Are you serious? Do you really think you’re gonna get away with this?

Victor: Michael.

Michael: Victor.

Victor: Nice to see you. Come in.

Michael: Yes. Um, I — I come bearing news.

Victor: Oh, yeah?

Michael: I have informed everyone at city hall that I am stepping down as district attorney. There will be a formal announcement made shortly, and now that I’m officially transitioning from public servant to private attorney, I can make myself more available to you as your counsel.

Victor: Well, I’ll be damned.

Michael: [ Laughs ] And when I say “available,” i mean within reason, as we discussed, right?

Victor: Ah, we have discussed it amply. I’m very glad to hear you made that decision.

Michael: [ Chuckles ]

Victor: Okay? Means a lot. Now, I have some news for you. Newman/locke just filed a lawsuit against newman media.

Amanda: Okay, well, I’ll be in touch soon. Take care.

[ Sighs ]

Phyllis: Ooh. Was that a new client?

Amanda: Yeah, she hired me to set up a trust for her grandchildren.

Phyllis: Ooh, she must be loaded.

Amanda: Well, if I told you that, I’d be violating attorney-client privilege, but let’s just say a dozen more like her, and my new law firm will be on solid footing.

Phyllis: I have no doubt about that. You’ll get there soon.

Amanda: Thank you. Now, what’s going on with you? You got any more frivolous lawsuits?

Phyllis: Um, no. The only thing I will need counsel for is, uh, my entire future.

Amanda: What?

Phyllis: I’m trying to decide whether I leave genoa city for good and start a new beginning.

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Phyllis: So, my daughter offered me a job at marchetti. I’m considering taking it.

Amanda: Okay, wait, i don’t — I don’t understand. You just want to up and leave genoa city? Like, this hotel, all your friends?

Phyllis: Remember what I was telling you the other day, that I’m at loose ends and I want to create chaos? That happens, you know. It’s — it’s, I’m sure, the universe offering me a new beginning.

Amanda: Well, there are a lot of opportunities here that would not require you uprooting your entire life.

Phyllis: Well, I’m not really rooted here, truth be told. Okay? And we’re talking about milan. I mean, it’s an incredible city. It’s gorgeous and glamorous and, more importantly, my daughter’s there.

Amanda: I know that you’ve missed her a lot since she’s been gone, but…this just seems like a really extreme reaction, and I think if you left, you would miss a lot of people here that care about you.

Phyllis: It’s an opportunity to have a kick-ass job with my kick-ass daughter. And don’t you think some of those people who “care about me” would like to visit milan and buy italian shoes from the source? Come on.

Amanda: I would actually rather you stayed.

Phyllis: You’re lovely. Ohh. Amanda, you’re my only friend here. You are. You’re my only friend. Michael and lauren, that’s it.

Amanda: Phyllis, I think that you are purposely leaving out a few people.

Phyllis: Who? Who am I leaving out?

Amanda: I don’t know, jack? Nick?

Phyllis: They’re not friends. They’re my ex-husbands.

[ Laughs ] I mean, nick has made it clear he doesn’t want to be a pal. And then jack, he’s not even — he’s not even talking to me.

Amanda: You feel shut out of their lives at the moment, and it hurts, but I think that you’re dealing with it by taking this huge leap when a smaller leap is what’s called for.

Phyllis: Well, you know, i don’t do anything halfway, so…

Amanda: Well, I think that that’s kind of part of the problem. I’m just saying that you got to consider moderation. Maybe go on a vacation or consider expanding your business.

Phyllis: Neither of those things would bring me closer to summer.

Amanda: Okay. Summer — I know that you’re drawn to her. I understand now, especially being so close with my mom. And I really do wish that I had that life-long bond that you and summer have.

Phyllis: Yeah. There’s nothing more important to me than my daughter.

Amanda: But moving to milan? You would be starting a new job in a different city where you don’t even know the language. Is that really what you want? Or is this more about jack and him going radio silent?

Victoria: I gather that you’ve heard from your corporate lawyers.

Adam: You’re suing newman media for the use of the newman name?

Victoria: That about sums it up.

Adam: You do realize that our father, victor newman, is the primary financial backer of newman media, right? And last time that I checked, my last name is newman, as well.

Victoria: Yes, I’m aware of that. But we probably shouldn’t be discussing this right now. Why don’t you have your lawyer call my lawyer? I mean, surely you’ve dealt with enough legal issues in your life to know that’s how it works.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Well, I wanted to hear whatever absurd explanation there was for this lawsuit from the horse’s mouth.

Victoria: Oh, okay. Well, since you’re here, I might as well lay it out for you. The media division at newman enterprises existed long before you even knew you shared our last name.

Adam: Oh, you’re talking about the division that you sold.

Victoria: The one that we’re buying back. Ashland and I have decided that we are gonna rename chanccomm newman media. I mean, the name only makes sense now that we’re bringing the division back into the newman fold. Come on, it would be problematic having two newman medias out there operating in the world, don’t you think?

Adam: [ Chuckles ] I think you’ve gone insane.

Victoria: And I think that you should look at this as an opportunity to refresh and rebrand your company. You could come up with a new name. How about victor and son? I don’t know. I mean, be creative. Have fun with it. Just know that newman media is no longer available to you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, ashland and I are gonna grab a bite.

Adam: We’re not finished. I would like a moment alone with my sister.

Ashland: How about I grab us some lunch and I’ll bring it back to the office?

Victoria: Thank you.

Adam: [ Clears throat ] Look, you can just drop the condescending tone because I see right through you.

Michael: You’re surprisingly calm about the fact that victoria is suing you.

Victor: Well, I’m impressed by her moxie, you know?

Michael: Alright, let’s run with that. Care to explain?

Victor: She wants the company. Not gonna go down without a fight. She approached me to buy newman media, and I turned her down.

Michael: Huh. I bet adam appreciated that.

Victor: Adam doesn’t know. I’m keeping him out of the loop. Now, do you think there’s any merit to the lawsuit?

Michael: Hmm, absolutely not. It’s nothing but a nuisance. Family in-fighting might put a dent in the newman image, but I’m more than confident that you would win in court. Victoria’s people could come up with an argument, but they really don’t have much of a case.

Victoria: Which I think victoria realizes. Do you think this is part of her strategy or is this just retaliation?

Michael: I could do some digging.

Victor: Mm-hmm. I think I have a better plan. I’m amber.

Adam: We both know that this lawsuit is a ridiculous ploy.

Victoria: It’s simply business.

Adam: You never cared about the company name before, so why now?

Victoria: Because I want all of my divisions to have the newman name.

Adam: Okay, then why don’t you call it newman communications?

Victoria: Too confusing. We wouldn’t want people to mix up our two companies — one being the gold standard and the other being yours.

Adam: Victor named you ceo of newman enterprises ages ago, and now, suddenly, that’s not enough validation for you? You have to come after me and try to damage the success that i have earned?

Victoria: Earned? Wow, that’s a very strong word. I’m not sure how successful you would be if daddy hadn’t handed you a company to run.

Adam: There it is — the green-eyed monster. That need to be number one in daddy’s eyes. I mean, that’s what this is about, right? That’s why you tried to turn victor against me with the whole billy debacle.

Victoria: Oh, adam, you’re letting your deep-seated insecurities get the best of you.

Adam: You have wasted your energy on this embarrassing endeavor that you’re gonna lose in more ways than one. I mean, by suing newman media and our father just to spite me, it’s not gonna sit well with the old man.

Victoria: Well, that’s between him and me.

[ Telephone rings ] We’re done here. So if you’ll excuse me, I have work to do. Victoria newman. Hi. Yes, I did receive the report. No, I haven’t had time to review it, but I’m going to do so this afternoon. Great. No, I think it looks good so far.

Phyllis: This is not about jack.

Amanda: Really? Because it seems like you want to uproot your entire life because he went on an extended business trip to that very city, and you still haven’t spoken to him since you turned him down on christmas eve.

Phyllis: My decision has nothing to do with jack or nick or anyone else.

Amanda: Then what’s it about?

Phyllis: It’s about me. Remember, I told you I was at loose ends?

Amanda: Yeah.

Phyllis: I mean, I want everything. I’ve always been a striver. I am proud of that.

[ Sighs ] You know? And it’s just everything here is just boring. I’m getting complacent, and i need to change that.

Amanda: And why is moving across the ocean the only remedy? What about this hotel?

Phyllis: I’ll hire somebody else to run it. Crystal’s more than capable.

Amanda: You are irreplaceable.

Phyllis: Or I could sell it. Both of nick’s sisters wanted this hotel. They fought me for it. I’m sure there’d be plenty of interest.

Amanda: After everything you did to hold onto it, you’re just gonna up and give it away? That would kill you.

Phyllis: It may sting for a little bit, but I’d get beyond it. I’d have a career in milan. That’s beyond thrilling.

Ashland: Yes, I’d like to meet with the team as soon as it can be arranged. Fly them in. Or if it’s absolutely necessary, I’ll go to new york. No, victoria will not be attending the meeting. She’s busy with other projects, so I’ll be spearheading this with her full support. Uh-huh. Bye then.

Michael: Ashland locke? Michael baldwin. It’s so nice to meet you.

Ashland: You recognize me?

Michael: Well, from the news, mostly.

Ashland: Well, I recognize you as well, mr. Da. I’m surprised we haven’t crossed paths before.

Michael: Isn’t it fortuitous that we are both here right now? Are you meeting victoria?

Ashland: No, I’m just getting something to go.

Michael: Um, wondering if you might have a moment to chat while you wait for your food?

Ashland: Sure. Why not?

Victor: Hello, sweetheart.

Victoria: Well, hello there. Come in, please. Mwah. You know, I’ve had an odd mix of visitors today.

Victor: Really?

Victoria: Yeah, all of them with the last name newman.

Victor: Hmm. I told your secretary to hold all calls because you and I have something rather serious to discuss, don’t we?

Victoria: Really? Well, I’m game. Why don’t we take a seat?

Victor: Okay.

Victoria: So, where would you like to begin?

Victor: Where do you think?

Victoria: Why don’t you tell me, so I’ll be sure?

Victor: Is this lawsuit meant as an attempt to exert leverage or are you serious? Because, if you are, of course you’re aware of who you’re dealing with, yes? I’m victor newman. I created that name. I built my empire under my name. It will always stay under my name.

Victoria: I understand that, daddy. But that’s precisely my point. Newman media should belong to the newman empire that you built.

Victor: Under the newman/locke umbrella?

Victoria: We could avoid spending our money and our energy over a legal battle if you would just agree to sell to me.

Victor: So this lawsuit is about leverage.

Victoria: Well, it’s definitely got your attention. I mean, you must see the value in what I’m suggesting. It’s not as if you would lose anything. In fact, you would — you would benefit from the further expansion of your communications and media properties of newman enterprises. You are the chairman of the board. You are the major stockholder. This would be really good for the company, and what’s good for the company is good for you.

Victor: Mm-hmm. You know there are other people involved, right? If I were to consider your offer, where would that leave adam? If you, like many people,

Victor: I understand your desire to consolidate newman media and chanccomm under the umbrella of newman/locke.

Victoria: Well, together, they would be bigger and stronger.

Victor: Mm-hmm.

Victoria: They would be more than the equal sum of their parts. It would be like a new and improved newman media.

Victor: Where does this leave adam? Would he be running the newly expanded company? I mean, he would be have to be part of the package deal, you know?

Victoria: Are we negotiating here, daddy, or is this some kind of test?

Victor: I’m asking you a question.

Victoria: I’m not thrilled by the idea of keeping adam on, but I would be open to discussing the possibility, if you’re serious. The thing is, if you are serious, then I don’t understand why we’re having this talk without adam present.

Victor: Never mind adam, okay? This is between the two of us right now.

Victoria: Even if I did agree to adam running the division, who’s to say that adam will? I mean, he and I, we’re not enemies, per se, but we certainly don’t trust one another. You know, he dropped by earlier to give me an earful about the lawsuit, and I can assure you, he’s not happy about it.

Victor: Mm-hmm.

Victoria: And you and I both know that he will resent it if you sell the company to me. I’m sure that he’s gonna detest working under me, so my question to you is, if adam refuses to come on board, is that a deal-breaker for you?

Amanda: Making a huge life change, it will be exciting, but I’m gonna keep hounding you until you admit that jack is playing a role in this sudden desire to move across the ocean. And I’m extremely good at cross-examination, so I would just give up now if I were you. Just…

Phyllis: Okay, hey. I don’t understand why he’s freezing me out. I really don’t get it. And I just do miss how thoughtful he is. He’s really funny, by the way. Did you know he was really funny? You know, beneath that buttoned-up exterior, he’s really funny.

Amanda: Yeah, I figured that much. You would never be with somebody who couldn’t make you laugh.

Phyllis: Yeah, it is what it is.

Amanda: It’s whatever you make it out to be.

Phyllis: I’m trying to make everything incredible and exciting and fabulous all the time. That’s what I try to do. And if I live in milan, it will be. I’ll be a part of fashion week, weekends at lake como. I mean, that’s genius.

Amanda: What exactly would you be doing in milan?

Phyllis: Alright, well, um… well, summer’s gonna go over that. I obviously have to go to milan and go through the finer points of this job, but it’s, i believe, in marketing. Marketing, yeah. And, um, very high level position.

Amanda: Do you have experience in marketing? Because I thought that your background was in tech.

Phyllis: Yeah, yeah, marketing, tech. It’s in my wheelhouse.

Amanda: Oh, okay. Well, if you say so.

Phyllis: Yeah. Yeah. So it’ll be thrilling and exciting, and I’ll be working alongside my daughter, and that means everything to me. And you were on board with this before.

Amanda: Okay, yes, that, I’m on board with. I will support you taking a trip to milan. But not accepting the job. No huge life changes. Not until you talk to someone who knows you a little better than I do.

Phyllis: Oh. Oh, no. What? Who are you texting? It better not be jack.

Michael: I thought you might be interested in learning that i am returning to private practice and will be working as counsel to victor newman.

Ashland: Well, that’s an interesting career change.

Michael: Oh, I hope it will bring new challenges. But honestly, it already has, since I am handling certain matters for victor.

Ashland: Ah, yes, I assume you must have heard all about the —

Michael: Lawsuit. That’s a fairly bold move by you and your wife.

Ashland: Well, we are nothing if not bold.

Michael: [ Chuckles ] Oh, off the record, um… newman media doesn’t think the case has legs. They’re not concerned.

Ashland: Really?

Michael: Truly.

Ashland: Well, you certainly live up to your reputation.

Michael: You haven’t been around here long enough to know much about me.

Ashland: Well, you’d be surprised. From what I understand, you have quite an incredible tale of incarceration and redemption, yet even once back on the righteous path, you’ve had to contend with some low points. Including some noteworthy allegations and criminal charges.

Michael: [ Chuckles ] All of which were dropped.

Ashland: Mm.

Michael: [ Chuckles ] All part of the journey to my becoming the upstanding man which you see before you now. But I am flattered that you took the time to do your homework.

Ashland: Well, I make it a point of looking into the da and every other prominent legal figure in the cities that I work and live.

Michael: Smart. I fancy myself a bit of a reader, too. I mean, that’s why I know so much about your business reputation. Oh, and I was fascinated by that article on chanccomm about you. Of course, until it was retracted by billy abbott because he admits it’s a pack of lies. What an emotional roller coaster that must have been for you. Not that we need to rehash your history. My point being that you, like myself, have lived a rather colorful life.

Ashland: I agree. We have some things in common. We have both seen it all.

Michael: And done it all.

Ashland: We like to push boundaries, dabbled in the gray if need be, and we both live for a good fight.

Michael: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: Hello, gentlemen. You mind if I join you?

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Ashland: Well, I hope your conversation with victoria went well after I left.

Adam: Oh, I’m sure she will tell you all about it.

Ashland: Mm.

Adam: But right now I’m a little more interested in what you’re discussing with the da.

Ashland: Mr. Baldwin and i were just having a friendly chat, getting to know one another.

Michael: I was just informing mr. Locke that I’m leaving the da’s office to work for your father. I’m surprised he didn’t mention that to you.

Adam: He did. I just didn’t know you were coming on so soon.

Michael: Yeah, neither did I. But you know victor, he can be very persuasive.

Adam: Well, I assume if you’re here on my father’s behalf, then the conversation must be about the newman/locke attack on newman media.

Ashland: The word “attack” is a bit melodramatic. We’re filing a simple civil suit to bring the company name back under the corporate umbrella where it belongs.

Adam: That’s one very flawed way of looking at it. I assume michael had some things to say about your argument.

Ashland: He did, and I heard what he had to say, but mr. Baldwin hasn’t gone up against the likes of victoria and me. No offense.

Michael: Oh, none taken.

Ashland: Thanks for the talk.

Michael: Ashland, he, uh, has some bravado, but that doesn’t win cases in court, so don’t worry about this.

[ Clears throat ] We’ve got it.

Victor: Nothing really is a deal-breaker because we don’t have a deal yet. But you’re right about what you said. Adam will balk at working under your leadership.

Victoria: So, how do we solve the problem?

Victor: There’s no problem. I think adam, at this time, needs a dose of humility.

Victoria: You know, I’m thrilled that you’re giving real thought to selling to me, daddy. I hoped that you would. I just didn’t expect that it would happen. At least not this soon. I have to say, though, the other day you turned me down. What exactly changed your mind?

Victor: What, I don’t have a right to change my mind?

Victoria: Well, you just don’t do it that often.

Victor: Yeah, well, just know that when I do, it is usually after a serious consideration. Alright, my darling, I’ll be in touch. Meanwhile, you come up with a figure that’d be pleasing to me, okay? Don’t lowball me.

Victoria: No, I would never.

Amanda: I didn’t text jack. I am not that messy. I just — I called for some backup.

Phyllis: Oh, who did you text? Just tell me, please.

Amanda: Mm, you’ll see.

Phyllis: [ Groans ]

Amanda: But in the meantime, let’s talk about this hotel. So you said if you move to milan, you can either sell or you can hire someone to manage the place in your absence.

Phyllis: Right, I mean, given all the disasters that have happened here, you can make a very, very strong case that somebody else should run it.

Amanda: Okay, I will bite. My counter-argument would be that that is part of the appeal of the grand phoenix, the potential for things to get wild. Your clientele, they are adventurous. They enjoy the unexpected.

Phyllis: Okay, well, I don’t think that would stand up in court. I mean, it’s hard to defend a bunch of guests getting drugged. Just saying.

Amanda: Okay, well, all I’m saying is that it’s a lot to consider. And giving up the business that you’ve poured your heart into, that is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Michael: Phyllis, amanda just texted me, said you needed something?

Phyllis: You brought michael into this?

Amanda: You said he’s your most trusted friend.

Phyllis: Ugh.

Michael: Hello, I’m standing here. What’s going on?

Amanda: Phyllis says that she wants to leave genoa city for good.

Michael: The hell you will. If I’ve got to stick around, so do you. Hey! It’s me! Your dry skin!

Michael: Alright, what is this all about you wanting to move away?

Phyllis: Look at you. You were said you were on board, then you bring in another attorney to play devil’s advocate.

Amanda: First of all, I said that I was on board with you taking a trip to milan to figure things out. Second, I am an attorney. And third, I want you to have the best possible advice.

Michael: There you go. So what brought on this sudden urge to flee?

Phyllis: My daughter has invited me to work alongside of her at marchetti. I mean, who could say no?

Michael: You can and should say no to your daughter’s generous but totally insane offer.

Phyllis: Why?

Michael: Because you love genoa city. You’re happy here.

Phyllis: I’m not really that happy here, michael.

Michael: Listen, this town made you the person you are today. When you came here, you were a desperate, needy woman obsessed with danny romalotti.

Phyllis: Oh, okay.

Michael: No, no, no. Then, look, you grew. After a whole lot of mistakes and, let’s be honest, some felonies and many more misdemeanors, but you grew and you started channeling all that energy and determination into the right directions. You became a force to be reckoned with, someone who would set goals and achieve them, someone who would do anything for the people she loved, someone who would stand up for what she believed in even though everybody else in town thought she was nuts. Look, genoa city molded you, but you’ve also molded it. And I, personally, am insulted for myself and on behalf of lauren that you’re even considering bailing.

Phyllis: Well, don’t be insulted. Don’t take it personally. I mean, I still love you guys.

Michael: If you had said once that, “hey, I want to live in milan” or, “hey, I would rather do something else than own and operate a hotel that I fought tooth and nail for,” I might humor you. But you didn’T. So there’s no way I can even pretend that this has any merit at all.

Phyllis: You said you were on board with this, me working with my daughter.

Amanda: I was on board with the two of you getting together in the general sense. I am not on board with this, no.

Michael: Working at marchetti is a great idea, if you want to destroy your relationship. Working for your daughter, looming over her every moment, i don’t think you’ll even last a month. Maybe not even a week.

Phyllis: Okay.

Michael: It’s a bad idea. You have to know that.

Phyllis: What are you talking about? It was my daughter who offered me the job.

Michael: That doesn’t make it right! I need to know that you’ve come to your senses, so [Chuckles] I can be on my way.

Ashland: You will never guess who I ran into while picking up our order. Michael baldwin.

Victoria: Really? Had the two of you ever met before?

Ashland: No. But he was rather eager to make my acquaintance. Did you know that he is working for your father?

Victoria: No, I had no idea. I wonder how that came about. Maybe michael was looking for a change and he approached my dad. Maybe my dad reached out to michael because he’s looking to reinforce his legal team.

Ashland: Reinforce his legal team to battle us?

Victoria: Maybe.

Ashland: Hmm. Well, obviously, michael didn’t give me any details about that, and I wanted to probe deeper, but adam showed up and joined us.

Victoria: Huh. That must’ve been awkward.

Ashland: I prefer to call it casually tense. Adam was rather evasive when i asked him about how the rest of his conversation went with you.

Victoria: It was fine. He made a feeble attempt at a mind game, which I dismissed.

Ashland: Well, that’s exactly what I thought he was doing with us.

Victoria: You know, I find it interesting that adam didn’t throw the fact that michael is working for my dad in my face.

Ashland: Maybe he’s playing his cards close to his vest or he didn’t know.

Victoria: I’ll bet it’s the latter. Dad’s been keeping things from adam these days. Do you know that he didn’t mention to him that I made a pitch to buy newman media?

Ashland: Are you sure about that?

Victoria: I’m positive. When you were out earlier, my father stopped by, and we had the most interesting conversation.

Victor: Yes, son?

Adam: Why didn’t you tell me that you hired michael baldwin? Is there something going on that I need to know about? How did olay top expensive creams?

Phyllis: Um…okay. I don’t know if I should feel touched that you want me to stay here so badly or annoyed that you’re so loud in my place of business.

Michael: Stick with touched. You wouldn’t want to disappoint me or amanda. She asked me here to knock some sense into you because she cares.

Phyllis: Listen, I’m gonna tell you what I told amanda, okay? My life has become [Sighs] About my exes and this hotel and standing behind that counter all the time. I mean, honestly, I don’t like it.

Michael: Then make some changes, here in genoa city.

Phyllis: You reminded me of that person I used to be. That person who I once was and how my life once was.

Michael: What aspects of old-school phyllis are we referring to?

Phyllis: Not — not that part. Just not, you know…

Amanda: Hmm?

Phyllis: I learned a lot of lessons.

Amanda: Okay.

Phyllis: [ Clears throat ]

Michael: That’s somewhat reassuring.

Phyllis: Okay, good. Can you support this potential move? I won’t be gone forever, but can you support me just considering it? Can you do that?

Amanda: I already told phyllis that I support an exploratory trip of reasonable length to milan.

Michael: I would be happy to endorse a visit with your daughter if only so both of you will be reminded that when you are in close proximity, you are frequently irritated with each other.

Phyllis: Okay, well, alright. Thank you. Thank you, both of you. Thank you.

Amanda: Okay, well, there’s only one question that remains. Will you be going to milan while jack is there or will you wait until after his business is finished?

Phyllis: It’s — I’ll go when I go. Jack doesn’t factor into this.

Amanda: [ Scoffs ]

Phyllis: [ Sighs ]

Victoria: You know, my father, he did a complete about-face, and now he’s actually open to an offer to sell us newman media.

Ashland: I’d like to say I’m thrilled about that, but I’m a bit reluctant to celebrate. Are we supposed to believe that victor changed his tune because of a lawsuit that he just heard about? Because he doesn’t want the headache. Even though he just hired the best lawyer in the state. I don’t buy it.

Victoria: I agree with you completely. I asked him what was behind this change of attitude, and he wouldn’t give me the satisfaction of an answer. I think he likes to make me wonder, which doesn’t surprise me. But I have gotten to know his tells a little bit better over the years. My father is definitely up to something.

Victor: There is something you should know, son. Victoria came to me the other day and said she wanted to buy newman media.

Adam: She did what?

[ Laughs ] Of course she did, because chanccomm is not enough. She wants it all. But you turned her down. That’s the reason for this ridiculous lawsuit.

Victor: Yeah.

Adam: Mm-hmm. Oh, she’s gonna regret overplaying her hand.

[ Sighs ] I just, um…just wish you would’ve confided in me earlier so I would’ve understood the dynamics.

Victor: However, the story doesn’t end there. I’m seriously entertaining her offer.

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Sally: I’m back. Did you miss me? I’m totally energized by my trip from new york.

Adam: [ Clears throat ]

Sally: Super productive and super fun, but it would’ve been even better if you had joined me.

Adam: Come on in.

Sally: So I was going to get you a souvenir, like an empire state building snow globe or a statue of liberty keychain, but I decided that you didn’t deserve it. You need to come with me next time and buy your own trinkets, but if you do come with me, nothing romantic. Got it, bucko?

Adam: I’ll try to restrain myself. So trip was productive?

Sally: Very.

Adam: Well, that’s good. I would hate to spend money on frivolous business trips.

Sally: Is everything okay?

Adam: Just a lot going on.

Sally: Yeah, there always is. What’s up? Hey, I’m a good, compassionate listener. You can talk to me. Also, I’m super hungry, so let’s go get something to eat and i will do my best to solve all of your problems.

Adam: Look, I really appreciate the offer, I do, but I have things to do, okay?

Sally: Okay, of course. But I still need a coffee, so do you want me to pick one up for you?

Adam: [ Sighs ] You know what? I could use a break, so let’s go.

Chloe: Good morning.

Chelsea: Hi. Thanks for meeting me here.

Chloe: Yeah. What’s up with that?

Chelsea: You sound nervous.

Chloe: Well, I think it’s a little odd that we’re not meeting at our office, like we do every morning because it’s where we work. It’s our office. It just makes me think that maybe there’s something or someone you’re trying to avoid.

Chelsea: Very perceptive.

Chloe: Okay, so does this have to do with adam or sally or some combination of the two?

Chelsea: Who else would it be?

Chloe: I thought sending sally away to new york bought us some drama-free time.

Chelsea: It did. It gave me some time to think instead of listening to the constant needy chatter around the office.

Chloe: Okay, so are we talking about adam or sally?

Chelsea: We’re talking about all of it. The office, them, the tension. Adam has made it clear he’s moving on. There’s no future for the two of us.

Chloe: Yeah, well, too bad.

Chelsea: So I can’t be around him anymore.

Chloe: Wait, are you quitting?

Chelsea: No, no, I would never do that to you. But I did make an executive decision. I told adam the fashion division needs to relocate to a new location in order to gain some independence from newman media. We’re moving.

Rey: Thank you.

Sharon: [ Chuckles ]

Rey: What’s so funny?

Sharon: Mariah. She’s sending me ideas for venues for her wedding.

Rey: That’s funny?

Sharon: Well, because it’s mariah.

Rey: Of course.

Sharon: So far, she has suggested a recording studio, the old gc buzz studio, and a tattoo parlor.

Rey: She and tessa want to get inked while they’re reciting their vows?

Sharon: I think she’s joking, but I can’t be sure.

Rey: Mm, because it’s mariah.

Sharon: Well, all of those places do represent moments in their love story, so I wouldn’t put it past them, but I just hope they don’t make this decision quickly or take it lightly because I want them to have the wedding of their dreams.

Rey: Well, they definitely deserve it after everything they’ve been through. But you heard what you said, right?

Sharon: What?

Rey: You said you wanted them to have the wedding of their dreams. I can definitely see mariah planning a non-traditional ceremony. For them.

Sharon: Are you accusing me of being an interfering mother of the bride?

Rey: Oh, absolutely. And whether they have the wedding at a cathedral with a horse-drawn carriage or right here at crimson lights, it’s gonna be amazing. And I know that you are so happy to be helping them plan their wedding.

Chance: Morning.

Abby:I.

Chance: You know what? I’m gonna make you breakfast. Anything you want, you name it. French toast, pancakes? Maybe just some fruit? Yookay?

Abby: I know that we’re doing the right thing, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Amanda: You planning some father-son time with dom?

Devon: [ Chuckles ] Yeah. You know, I — I just can’t believe that I’m gonna get shared custody of my little boy. You don’t look convinced, though. Are you still worried that something might go wrong?

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Chloe: You asked adam to move our offices? When did this happen? And where was I?

Chelsea: I probably should have consulted with you first.

Chloe: Probably? Yeah.

Chelsea: I’m sorry! But you were all over my case about finding a way to make this work. And adam declaring there’s no future for us really hit me hard. I can’t be around him or anything that reminds me of him. I’m already selling the penthouse. It would be ideal if I didn’t have to bump into him at work 10 times a day.

Chloe: I understand. I don’t want to run into him once a day. Or once a year.

Chelsea: This isn’t just about my personal, this decision. This is about our business. It’ll be good for us. You know, we’ll have our own space. We’ll be able to focus on the work. We’ll really be able to put our whole hearts into it.

Chloe: Wait. I’m getting a vision. Yes, we should be in a loft or maybe a warehouse space, something, you know, that reflects our creative spirit. Something less corporate and stodgy.

Chelsea: Yes, exactly what i was thinking.

Chloe: I mean, newman media offices are just so uninspiring. I mean, we need something different. I — something in a cooler part of town. Maybe around some galleries or some boutiques. Oh, my god, I love this idea.

Chelsea: I knew you’d be on board.

Chloe: Wait, so what does adam say? Does he agree to this?

Chelsea: Uh, well, at first, he was thrown, but then I think he sort of warmed up to the idea. He sees the value in it. I mean, who knows? He’s probably relieved he doesn’t have to bump into me every day either.

Chloe: So did he say yes?

Chelsea: Well, not yet. But that’s why I wanted to meet with you this morning. I made an appointment with a broker to go see spaces. If we can present adam with the perfect option, he can’t say no.

Chloe: Wow. So when are we doing this?

Chelsea: Now.

Sharon: You are 100% right. I’m thrilled that tessa and mariah are so happy. You know, their excitement and their giddiness, it — it’s infectious. It makes me want to help them.

Rey: Well, it seems like all your kids are doing really well right now. Faith is flourishing at school, and with moses. Noah’s got this new b opportunity with nick.

Sharon: But I’m a little worried about noah.

Rey: Yeah, you said you had some concerns about his reaction to mariah’s news.

Sharon: Yea um…you know, mariah and tessa’s lives right now are blossoming. They’re getting married, they’re starting a family. And I know that noah’s been hurt by love a few times, so I just worry that it might be a little bit painful for him to see tessa so happy with his sister.

Rey: You really think he still has feelings for tessa? I mean, he’s been in town for a while now, seems okay with it, and he sees the bond that mariah and tessa have.

Sharon: Attraction isn’t always logical.

Rey: No, it’s not.

Sharon: And you can’t control those feelings. You can’t just turn them on and off like a light switch.

Rey: Yeah, look, what you’re saying is true, but I think noah is handling this better than you give him credit for. You may be reading into this more than there actually is.

Sharon: Well, that would be the first time I ever did that.

Rey: [ Chuckles ]

Sharon: No, this is more than just my maternal instinct. Nick sees it, too. We both have a pretty good read on noah, and I think this hurts him a little. Nick has even talked to him about it already.

Rey: Well, you know, I’m just a trained detective, not his parent, so I can’t read all the signs.

Sharon: That’s not what i meant.

Chloe: Yeah, let’s check out the loft near here first.

Chelsea: Exactly what I was thinking. I’ll call the broker and let her know. Oh, no.

Adam: Ah, a staff meeting here at society. How productive.

Chloe: Yeah, it seemed like an out-of-the-box place to do a meeting.

Adam: Mm. I see.

Chelsea: Sally, you’re back from your trip already. Seems like you just left.

Sally: Yeah, saw so much amazing stuff in new york, had a private tour of the dior show in brooklyn, did some interviews. Waving that newman fashion flag anywhere I can.

Chelsea: You are quite the cheerleader.

Chloe: Well, we’ll have to set up a time so we can go over all of your new york adventures.

Sally: Yeah, how about after adam and I are done here? We can meet back at the office.

Chelsea: We’re not going back to the office.

Sally: Oh. Are you staying here for the rest of the day?

Chelsea: No, we’re going out to look at new spaces for newman fashion.

Sally: What?

Chelsea: Yeah, we’re relocating.

Sally: Wh– since when? Why didn’t anyone say anything to me?

Chloe: Uh, you were out of town.

Chelsea: Because we make the decisions. You work for us.

Sally: And adam approved this?

Chelsea: Well, adam’s standing right next to you. Why don’t you ask him?

Adam: No concrete decisions have been made yet.

Chelsea: Right, but we’re going out today to find the right space.

Sally: Great, cool. So when do we leave?

Chelsea: “We”?

Sally: Yeah. Newman fashion. Go, team. Is that cheerleader enough for you?

Adam: Hey, let’s grab a table, get something to eat. You said you were famished.

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Chelsea: It’s unbelievable. She didn’t waste any time.

Chloe: Okay, you know what? Let’s just focus on the new office.

Chelsea: She’s not even trying to hide her intentions. It’s blatant. And adam, it’s like this whole thing’s appealing to him. I don’t even recognize him anymore. What can I du with less asthma?

Adam: Thank you, andy.

Chloe: I doubt that sally has any ea what went down between you and adam. I mean, she was too busy annoying everyone in manhattan. She doesn’t know that he said that you two have no future.

Chelsea: And when she finds out, you think she’s gonna calm down or be emboldened by it?

Chloe: I don’t know, but I do think that you’re reading into her behavior.

Chelsea: [ Sighs ]

Chloe: I mean, listen, she just got back from new york and she just wants to brag about her productive trip, and she ran right to the big boss.

Chelsea: But that’s a problem in and of itself. She doesn’t report to him. She reports to us. And then we deal with adam. That’s the chain of command. She’s — she’s flaunting her connection to him right in front of us. She’s a hypocrite who lied when she said she was gonna keep things professional.

Chloe: [ Sighs ] You know, you sound like someone who has not gotten over adam.

Adam: Oh, I could go for an omelet right now with tomato and broccoli and monterey jack.

Sally: You know, I cannot believe that they were gonna move offices without telling me. Did you see how dismissive chelsea was?

Adam: Look, no decisions have been made yet,kay? I am the decision-maker, so please just calm down.

Sally: Yeah, but they’re making it seem like it’s a done deal.

Adam: But it’s not. I would know that, right? It was chelsea’s idea, so just let her do her due diligence. She’ll find a location, and we’ll go from there. No point in getting worked up if it might not happen.

Sally: Alright, well, it does make me feel better hearing you say that, but, I mean, the way that she treats me — really?

Adam: It wasn’t entirely her faulT. You came in hot, bragging about your private tour of the dior show, and you knew how she would react. Just don’t antagonize her.

Sally: Antagonize her about gushing about fashion? Really? That’s my job. If she can’t handle it, she needs to find a new line of work.

Adam: Why don’t we just get back to talking about actual work instead of workplace politics?

Sally: Gladly. Let me tell you about the interview I did with a hot new designer.

Chloe: I’m gonna give it to you straight. I love you, but I am done managing your moods. So, uh, can we move on, yeah?

Chelsea: Okay.

Chloe: Great. Okay, so, listen, we need to figure out how to get more autonomy for newman fashion. It is great that we’re gonna get a new office, but what we need is a bigger staff.

Sally: [ Laughs ]

Chelsea: [ Sighs ]

Abby: Louise just took dominic to his music appreciation class.

Chance: [ Chuckles ] You know what? I still can’t believe that that exists for kids his age.

Abby: Yeah, it’s supposed to help him with his cognitive development. You know, I was thinking maybe I would go with him or I was gonna keep him home. You know, I want to spend as much time with him as possible, but then I thought it’s probably best for louise to take him for him to stay on his regular schedule. I hope devon does the same.

Chance: Dominic’s routine is not the only thing that’s on your mind right now, is it?

Abby: Well, I mean, I have to hire another bartender at society.

Chance: Come on. That’s not why you were upset earlier.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

Chance: Hey. I don’t want you to hide your feelings from me. Okay? Tell me what’s going on.

Abby: I just — I can’t help thinking, will dominic think we didn’t love him enough to fight for him?

Chance: What? No. No, he’s not gonna think that. You know why? ‘Cause there was nothing to fight. There was only a bond to honor and to respect.

Abby: I’m just — I’m not sure that that’s true.

Chance: You love both brad and victor, didn’t you? Yeah, and I don’t think dominic’s gonna think any differently. Just as devon and I are gonna love that little kid with everything we got.

Abby: I just — I keep feeling that — I mean, what if there was another solution, something that was better, something that felt right?

Chance: Baby, this is right. And this is what little boy’s gonna know going forward, just all kinds of love, from all three of his parents. Including his extended family, which is 85% of genoa city.

Abby: He definitely won’t have a lack of aunts and uncles and cousins.

Chance: No, he sure won’T. He’s gonna grow up thinking he’s the luckiest little boy in the world. And with you as his mom, I tell you, that’s exactly what he is.

Abby: [ Sighs ] My foundation doesn’t settle…

Amanda: Okay, it’s not that i think that anything is gonna go wrong, it’s just my job to be prepared for any possible contingencies.

Devon: Yeah, I understand that. But I believe that this custody agreement is gonna go through. I mean, I trust abby and chance and christine.

Amanda: Yeah, I do, too, on the whole, and I do believe that they were being sincere yesterday. But they have had some time to think, and the paperwork still hasn’t been filed, so until it is, nothing is set in stone.

Devon: I know. I know that’s true, but I think that they truly believe that me having shared custody is the best thing for dominic, or else they wouldn’t have come around the way they did, you know?

Amanda: Yeah, no, i absolutely agree. And this is just the nature of being an attorney, okay? Until I can dot my I’s and cross my t’s, I just can’t relax.

Devon: I understand, and i have complete faith in you.

Amanda: As you should. I’m gonna make sure that this happens for you so that you can spend a lifetime loving that little boy.

Devon: I want you to know that I’m so happy to have you on my side.

Amanda: Yeah?

Devon: Yeah. And when I imagine my future with dominic, I see you right there with me.

Amanda: Well, I can’t wait.

Sharon: Do I need to remind you that you are an amazing stepdad to noah and mariah and faith? They adore you, rey.

Rey: I like to think I have a great relationship with all of them.

Sharon: You do. And I know that you are trained in the art of investigation, reading people. You even helped save mariah when she was kidnapped. I would never insinuate that you have a lack of insight into my children.

Rey: Thank you. I’m not fishing for compliments, though. Look, you and nick have a unique understanding of how your kids tick, which surpasses mine, which makes sense since i haven’t been around them until they’re much older.

Sharon: Well, you may get the opportunity when mariah and tessa adopt.

Rey: Yeah. I’m looking forward to being there from the beginning. But the real question is, are you ready to be a grandma?

Sharon: Oh, I’m fine.

Rey: I mean, you don’t look like a grandma.

Sharon: Well, thank you. I’m just thrilled at the idea of having a new baby in the family. It’s a really nice thing to hope for and dream about.

Rey: That is a beautiful dream. And you are gonna make a beautiful grandmother.

Sharon: Oh, thank you. You know, your idea of a grandmother is a little outdated. You know, grandmas come in all shapes and sizes. I mean, why can’t a grandma look like this?

Rey: Ooh. Oh, yeah, you are so right. You know, and as far as hot grandmothers go, you are the hottest.

Sharon: Oh.

Rey: [ Chuckles ]

Sharon: Well, you’re gonna be a hot grandpa.

Rey: Oh, yeah?

Sally: So he asked me how to get to carnegie hall. I thought he was setting up for a joke, so I said, “practice, practice, practice.” But then I realized he was just asking for directions, which i took as a compliment ’cause apparently I do not look like a tourist. Hey, you asked me about my new york trip. These are the highlights. What’s wrong? Are you still worried about my problem with chelsea? Look, I’m sorry that I unloaded on you. It was unprofessional.

Adam: I have bigger work issues on my mind right now than your feud with chelsea.

Sally: Okay. Like I said before, I’m a good listener. You can bounce ideas off me. I asked you to breakfast. I’ve been talking the whole time. Please tell me what’s bothering you.

Adam: Are you sure that you can listen as a friend and not as an employee of newman media?

Sally: Absolutely. What’s going on?

Adam: My father said he’s gonna be taking a more hands-on role at the company.

Sally: Ouch. Are you sure you’re not making this out to be harsher than it is?

Adam: No. No, there’s no softer way to put it. I’ve lost credibility with my father.

Sally: Okay, well, what triggered this? I mean, why is victor butting in now?

Adam: He thinks I put the company at risk by falling for billy’s idiotic plan.

Sally: Yeah, but you didn’T. So no harm, no foul. So why is he throwing his weight around?

Adam: Because this — this is what he does. Just when you think everything is going smoothly and you’ve earned his trust, he just likes to throw you off-balance.

Sally: [ Clears throat ] Well, it must be frustrating having victor undermine you.

Adam: Yeah. Yeah. He’s constantly testinme. I always seem to fail in his eyes. I mean, granted, we have had a complicated relationship and i haven’t been a model son, but ever since we started working together at newman media, I’ve made an effort to get back in his good graces, and I thought things were going smoothly. Until now. Suddenly he’s back to second-guessing everything I do. It’s demoralizing.

Sally: I’m sorry.

Adam: Yeah, and the problem with this current issue is i don’t even know where it’s coming from. It’s like the accusation of me falling for billy’s plan is an excuse. See, victor’s always three moves ahead, but I don’t even know who his opponent is this time.

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Adam: Look, I, um — i probably shouldn’t have confided those things to an employee.

Sally: No. I’m glad you did.

Adam: Just, you know, if your division is affected by what victor is doing —

Sally: Well, do you think it will be?

Adam: [ Sighs ] I don’t know. I don’t know. Just pretend like you didn’t hear any of that.

Sally: Don’t do that.

Adam: Do what?

Sally: Backpedal. It’s cowardly. You said it. Own it.

Adam: Alright. I own it.

Sally: Good. Because I get what you’re feeling. The lack of trust is exhausting and makes it hard for you to do your best work.

Adam: Look, I appreciate you listening, but I was not looking for advice. I just — I really need to know that you’re gonna keep what i said to yourself.

Sally: I’m on your side, adam, and if you ever need to talk again, I’m here. Look, I know what it’s like constantly having to prove yourself. I kept having to do that atforrester back in L.A., And i kind of get the sense that that’s what’s gonna go on with chelsea and chloe.

Adam: Well, it may just be a function of being a part of a successful business. You know, you have big egos and high stakes.

Sally: I thought I had a good thing going when it was just chloe and me. But now I can see that that was too good to last.

Adam: Hey, you know what? We should get back to the office.

Sally: Yeah. Well, might not be my office for much longer. Okay, so, what is with this sudden interest in relocating newman fashion? Is that your idea or chelsea’s?

Adam: Oh, that’s definitely hers. But it might have been my fault. I told her in no uncertain terms that we’re over and there’s no future for us. She wants to avoid the day-to-day awkwardness of working in the same place.

Sally: Yeah, well, I’m sure chelsea sees it as a bonus if we move offices. That way, I can’t just pop in and run something by you.

Adam: Possibly.

Sally: Yeah, but that’s not fair because I want the day-to-day run-ins with you. For professional reasons.

Adam: Mm.

Sally: And it’s ironic because I’m the reason that newman fashion is on the map because of my design for victoria’s dress. And now I have no decision-making power whatsoever, and chelsea is constantly putting me down.

Adam: Look, I don’t wanto go over all this again, okay? You are obviously very talented and you are business-savvy, but for now they are your superiors. You answer to them. And I’m sure one day that you will have your own line again. But you just have to be patient.

Sally: Is that something that you’d be willing to invest in? Because I would be totally okay with that.

Adam: That’s a very nice try. Why don’t we just focus on the business we have before we start thinking about launching new ones?

Chloe: Now that we’ve seen what’s out there, I love that we have decided to move our office. I mean, there are just so many better places for us.

Chelsea: Mm-hmm.

Chloe: And the place that we love, it looks like we can get a deal.

Sharon: I didn’t mean to overhear, but are you moving offices?

Chloe: That’s the plan.

Sharon: Ah. Why would you do that?

Chelsea: Uh, just change of environment. That’s all.

Sharon: Well, I know that you’re selling the penthouse. Do you feel the need to put more distance between you and adam at work, too?

Chelsea: This is a business decision, not a personal one.

Chloe: Yeah. We just — we just need to expand.

Sharon: I get it. Good for you.

Chloe: Yeah, we’re just looking for, younow, k more creative location.

Sharon: Yeah, a little inspiration. I love it.

Chloe: I’m excited to have a new workspace. I mean, finally we get to start creating our stuff again.

Sharon: Yeah, that — that does sound exciting.

Chelsea: You know what? Um, I’ve got to put sugar in this. Excuse me. Hey. Rey.

Rey: Hey.

Chelsea: How are you?

Rey: I’m good. Come. Join me.

Chelsea: Oh, you know, i meant to thank you again for sending that christmas gift for connor.

Rey: [ Chuckles ] Well, i hope he liked it. I bet you miss him, having spent all that time together over the holidays.

Chelsea: Yeah. We’re very close. I’m just glad he got to spend time at my place.

Rey: Yeah, from what I hear, it’s not gonna be your place much longer. You’re selling the penthouse?

Chelsea: It’s true. It time to get away from all those memories.

Rey: Yeah. It’s for the best. I’m sure you’ll find a great new place.

Chelsea: Yeah. I’m looking forward to it.

Rey: You should.

Chelsea: Yeah.

Chloe: Hey. So, is your coffee sweet enough?

Chelsea: You know what? I forgot to get the sugar.

Rey: Oh, that was my fault. I distracted her.

Chelsea: Rey and I started talking, and it totally slipped my mind, but that’s okay. Actually, we need to get to the office to gethe ball rolling. It was good to see you, rey. And thank you again for connor’s gift.

Rey: It’s my pleasure.

Chelsea: You know, it’s nice talking to somebody who genuinely cares about my well-being, no ulterior motive, just a sincere “how are you?” It’s refreshing.

Rey: Well, I don’t think that should be such a rare occurrence.

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Chloe: We found our new space.

Chelsea: It’s perfect.

Chloe: It’s big.

Chelsea: So we can expand.

Chloe: It’s got a great creative vibe.

Chelsea: Which will help us create great content.

Chloe: And attract young, vibrant talent.

Adam: Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but, uh, I’ve actually been giving this more thought, and now is not a time to incur more costs, okay? I don’t want to make a big cash outlay for an expensive new lease.

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Chloe: Okay, well, uh, that is the best part — because they are offering a deal… because they want new tenants in this part of town.

Chelsea: The money we save on overhead we can use towards hiring new staff.

Chloe: Expansion and growth. Those are good things for a business.

Adam: Yes, they are. I mean, I’ll have to look at the numbers, but it’s — it’s hard to argue with your logic, i guess.

Chelsea: Excellent. Excellent. We will let the finance department handle signing a new lease.

Adam: Is it really what you want?

Chloe: It’s best for the business.

Adam: Okay, well, maybe chelsea s riwat — it would be best overall if we aren’t crossing paths all day long.

Chelsea: Excuse me.

Sally: Hey, chelsea. How is the search for the new offices going? I would love to have some input.

Chelsea: Oh, I’m sure you would. Talk to chloe about it. She’ll fill you in.

Sally: Hey. What do I have to do to get you to treat me with a tiny speck of respect?

Chelsea: To be honest, I’m not sure I will ever be able to cut you a break.

Sally: Okay. Well, I know that’s not a reflection of my talents or my abilities. You may pretend like my ideas are subpar, but you know better than that. This is personal. Which I don’t understand because there’s nothing going on between me and adam.

Chelsea: Save it. I know this game you’re playing. I wrote the rule book on it. You may pretend you’re not after him, yet you monopolize his time, and I think you and I both know why. Stop playing me for a fool.

Sally: I did nothing. Chelsea just went off on me. Again. It’s really starting to grate on my nerves.

Chloe: No. It is starting to grate on my nerves. I’m not sure how much of this i can take. Something’s got to give.

Rey: Understood. I’ll be there shortly. Okay. I got to go.

Sharon: I had a feeling.

Rey: Thank you.

Sharon: So, how’d your talk with chelsea go?

Rey: It was good. It was good. You know, um, she has a positive attitude about starting over. I feel for her. It’s gonna be tough with all the reminders of everything that went wrong.

Sharon: Yeah, I’m sure there’s something around every corner that can be a reminder of what happened last year.

Rey: Yeah. Even me. I’m a living, breathing reminder, and so are you. And adam.

Sharon: Well, she is putting some distance between herself and adam. I know she’s selling the penthouse, and now there’s talk of her and chloe getting a new office space.

Rey: Those are all good ideas. Too much time around adam can’t be a good thing.

Sharon: Agreed. But, um, you seemed to put her at ease. You have a good rapport with her.

Rey: I was just asking her about connor. I know she loves to talk about her son, like most parents do. Ah, I got to go. I’ll see you later.

Sharon: Okay.

Rey: Mwah. Bye.

Abby: Look. That’s so nice that louise sent us this video of dom in his music class.

Chance: Oh, look at him go. He’s a total charmer.

Abby: So cute.

Chance: So engaged with that teacr.

Abby: Yeah.

[ Sighs ]

Chance: What are you thinking about now? Hmm? You wish we would have gone to class with him?

Abby: No. Maybe it’s not dom that I’m worried about. Maybe it’s me. That I’m gonna struggle handing my son off to devon.

Chance: Abby, that’s not what we’re doing. He’s still gonna live here a majority of the time.

Abby: Okay, but what about the days and the nights that he’s not with us? I mean, I’m worried that it’s gonna break me.

Chance: Hey. Are you kidding me? That is not gonna happen. Abby, you were tough enough to defy everyone, including the government, and track me down and find me in spain. And when I felt like I couldn’t come home, you didn’t back down until I changed my mind.

Abb this is different. That was me refusing to give up someone that I love. This is me having to just walk away, even if it’s only for one day a week. I just — I don’t think that I’m strong enough. My plaque psoriasis…

Chance: I’m so sorry you’re hurting like this. It kills me to see it.

Abby: Don’t apologize. I’m the one who should feel guilty…because this is the best thing for you and for dominic and devon. It’s just — it’s just difficult.

Chance: Well, should we call christine, tell her we changed our minds?

Abby: No. No. We can’t go back on our word. ‘Cause, yes, this is horrible and it hurts, but… it’s the right thing to do.

Amanda: Hey, I am heading out to a meeting with a potential client who wants to set up a trust for her grandchildren.

Devon: Well, that’s really cool. Making sure her family’s taken care of. Maybe I should think of doing something like that for dominic.

Amanda: Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

[ Cellphone pings it’s from christine.

Devon: What’s she say?

Amanda: They have approved our amendments to the custody agreement. Everything is on track.

Devon: [ Laughs ] Yes.

[ Chuckles ]

Chloe: Okay, well, that was a fast exit.

Chelsea: I don’t want to be in that office with that woman for another second.

Chloe: Okay. I have tried to give you your space and accommodate your needs on this, but you are making it really tough.

Chelsea: How?

Chloe: I took this job with adam, my mortal enemy, in part because of you. I built us a viable business for you to come back to. I sent sally to new york to help you. I am moving the business across town to help you. I am giving and giving just to appease you, and you’re not giving anything back. I have done everything that i can to make this work, and i cannot handle the bickering. It is d fobamorale, and it’s bad for business. We need sally. She is valuable to our business, but you don’t seem to realize that or care. So I’m done trying to help you. It’s your turn to figure this out.

[ Door opens ]

[ Door closes ]

Sally: Well, chelsea just bit my head off again.

Adam: Look, look, I don’t want to hear about it, okay? I had enough of it at the restaurant. And I’m definitely not getting in the middle of it. In fact, that’s why I signed off on the plan to move offices.

Sally: Okay, but I —

Adam: Please, please don’t argue with me. It was my decision to make, and I did.

Sally: Alright. I appreciate that. And you’re right. You shouldn’t get in the middle of it. It’s not fair to you. But I also have to look out for myself. I will not be treated like that. And I get the feeling that chelsea’s trying to squeeze me out, and now that victor is gonna be more involved, I don’t know what’s gonna happen to newman fashion. And I don’t think that he respects or cares for the division, so I’m in trouble here.

Adam: What would you like me to do about that?

Sally: Well, you know chelsea better than anyone, so maybe you can give me some pointers on what to look out for?

Adam: All I know is you need to figure it out with her if you want to keep the job, okay? Because as much as I have come to appreciate your ability to land on your feet, if your plan is to go to war with chelsea, I don’t like your chances.

Sally: I think you underestimate me.

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Y&R Short Recap Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Michael and Amanda team up to try and persuade Phyllis not to stay in town and turn down Summer’s job offer and move to Italy.

Victor tells Victoria he will consider selling Newman Media to her if she makes him a good offer.

Michael finally meets Ashland and begins his fact-finding mission for Victor.

Adam wonders why Victor didn’t tell him he was hiring Michael but he is even more worried when Victor tells him he is considering an offer from Victoria to buy Newman Media.

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Y&R Update Tuesday, January 25 2022

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Victoria and Ashland were in her office talking about how well Newman/Locke was doing with her at the helm. She was excited about what was yet to come, and she said she might outdo herself in the coming months. Adam showed up and confronted Victoria about the lawsuit against Newman Media. She was suing for the use of the Newman name. Adam pointed out that he and Victor were Newmans. Victoria thought they should let their lawyers handle this, but Adam wanted to hear the absurd explanation for this lawsuit. She said the media division at Newman Enterprises existed long before Adam even knew he was a Newman. Now that she bought ChancComm back, she wanted to name it Newman Media, and it didn’t make sense for there to be two Newman Medias. She told him he could use the opportunity to rebrand his company to something like Victor and Son. Adam wanted to talk to Victoria alone, so Ashland left to get her some lunch.

Adam thought the lawsuit was a ridiculous ploy, but Victoria denied it. She wanted all her divisions to have the same name. He suggested she call her division Newman Communications, and she shot it down. She didn’t want people to mix up their companies, one being the gold standard, and the other being his. He said Victor named her CEO ages ago, and suddenly it wasn’t enough validation. He thought she was trying to damage his earned success. She took issue with him saying it was earned. She wasn’t sure how successful he’d be if Daddy didn’t give him a company to run. He said she was jealous and she wanted to be number 1 in their father’s eyes. He said the lawsuit wouldn’t sit well with Victor, and she said that was between her and Victor. She dismissed Adam, then she answered a phone call. He left.

Michael went to Victor to say he’d officially let everyone know he was resigning, so he was available to act as Victor’s counsel, though he reiterated he wouldn’t always be available. within reason. Victor accepted that Michael wouldn’t be on call 24/7. Victor announced that Newman/Locke filed a lawsuit against Newman Media. Michael was surprised Victor was so calm. Victor was impressed by Victoria’s moxie. Victor said Victoria wanted the company and approached him about buying it, but he turned her down. Michael was sure Adam was glad. Victor said he’d decided to keep Adam out of the loop about this. Michael said the lawsuit had no merit. Victor was sure Victoria realized that. He wondered if this was part of Victoria’s strategy, or if it was retaliation. Michael said he’d do some digging, but Victor thought he had a better plan.

At Society, Ashland made a call to set up a meeting with colleagues from NY. He said Victoria would be too busy to attend, but he had her full support. Michael introduced himself to Ashland. They recognized each other from the news.

Michael told Ashland that he was going to work for Victor. Michael thought the lawsuit from Ashland and Victoria was a bold move. He said Newman Media didn’t think the case had legs. Ashland thought Michael lived up to his reputation. Michael didn’t think Ashland had been around long enough to know that. Ashland knew about Michael’s incredible tale of incarceration and redemption. Ashland knew that, even after Michael got on the righteous path, he’d hit some low points and faced some serious allegations and criminal charges. Chuckling, Michael said those were dropped. He was flattered Ashland did his homework. Ashland always looked into the prominent legal figures in the cities where he lived and worked. Michael had done his reading too, and he’d been fascinated about that ChancComm article on Ashland, until Billy recanted it. Michael said that they’d both lived colorful lives. Ashland agreed that they had things in common – they both liked to push boundaries, dabble in the gray, and they lived for a good fight.

Adam joined Ashland and Michael and asked what they were discussing. Michael said he was telling Ashland that he was going to be working for Victor. Adam looked startled, and Michael was surprised Adam didn’t know. Adam pretended he did know; he just didn’t realize Michael was coming aboard so soon. Adam assumed that Ashland and Michael must be discussing the Newman/Locke attack on Newman Media. Ashland said it wasn’t an attack. He stuck by the story Victoria gave Adam earlier. Ashland said Michael hadn’t gone up against the likes of him and Victoria. Ashland left. Michael acknowledged Ashland had some bravado, but that didn’t win cases. He told Adam not to worry about this lawsuit, and he left.

Victor went to Victoria’s office, and she kissed him hello. He’d told her secretary to hold her calls because they had something important to discuss. He asked if the lawsuit was about leverage or if it was serious – if it was serious, he wanted her to know who she was dealing with. “I’m Victor Newman. I created that name. I built my empire under my name. It will always stay under my name,” he stated. She understood that, and that was her point – Newman Media belonged under the Newman empire that he built. She said they could avoid the lawsuit if he sold to her. He realized the lawsuit was about leverage. She said he wouldn’t lose anything if he sold to her, in fact, he’d benefit from the further expansion of Newman Enterprises, since he was the chairman of the board and the major stock holder. It was good for the company, she said, which was good for him. “If I were to consider your offer, where would that leave Adam?,” Victor asked.

Victor understood Victoria’s desire to consolidate Newman Media and ChancComm, but he asked if Adam would be running the newly expanded company. He said Adam had to be part of the package deal. Victoria wasn’t thrilled by the idea of keeping Adam on, but she’d be open to discussing the possibility, if Victor was serious. However, if Victor was serious, Victoria didn’t understand why they were having this discussion without Adam. Victoria wasn’t sure Adam would even want to run the company, since she and Adam didn’t trust each other. She said Adam gave her an earful about the lawsuit earlier, and she thought he’d resent working under her. She asked if it’d be a deal breaker if Adam refused to come on board.

Victor said they didn’t’ have a deal yet, so there could be no deal-breaker. He agreed that Adam would balk at working under Victoria. Victoria asked how to solve the problem, and Victor said there wasn’t one. Victor thought Adam needed a dose of humility right now. Victoria was pleased Victor was thinking of selling to her, but the other day he’d turned her down. She asked what changed his mind. He didn’t give her a straight answer. He told her to come up with a figure that would be pleasing to him, and he left.

Ashland went back to Victoria’s office and told her about his discussion with Michael. Victoria wondered how Michael and Victor came to work together again. She said maybe Victor reached out to Michael because he wanted to reinforce his legal team. Ashland asked if Victor was bolstering his legal team to battle Ashland and Victoria. “Maybe,” Victoria replied. Ashland wanted to probe deeper with Michael, but he couldn’t, because Adam joined them. Victoria thought it was interesting that Adam didn’t throw the fact that Michael was working with Victor in her face. Ashland suggested Adam didn’t know, and Victoria bet that was it. She said Victor had been keeping things from Adam these days. Victoria said that Victor never told Adam that Victoria made a pitch to buy Newman Media.

Victoria said Victor did a complete about-face and now he was open to selling Newman Media. Ashland didn’t think Victor changed his mind because of the lawsuit. Victoria didn’t either. She was sure her father was up to something.

Adam went to the main house and asked why Victor didn’t tell him that he hired Michael. Adam asked if there was something going on that he needed to know about. Victor said Victoria came to him the other day and said she wanted to buy Newman Media. Adam assumed Victor turned Victoria down and that was the reason for this ridiculous lawsuit. He said Victoria would regret overplaying her hand. Adam just wished Victor confided in him earlier, so he would’ve understood the dynamics. Victor revealed that he was seriously entertaining Victoria’s offer, and Adam was stunned.

Amanda was at The Grand Phoenix with Phyllis. Amanda had a new client who’d hired her to set up a trust for her grandchildren. Phyllis asked if the client was loaded. Amanda couldn’t violate attorney/client privilege, but a dozen clienets like her, and the law firm would be on solid footing. Phyllis said she was trying to decide whether to leave Genoa City for good. Summer offered Phyllis a job at Marchetti, and she was thinking of taking it. She was at loose ends and it made her want to create chaos. She thought the universe was giving her an opportunity to do something else. Amanda was stunned Phyllis was thinking of uprooting her entire life. Amanda thought that if Phyllis left, she’d miss people who cared about her. Phyllis said everyone could visit. Phyllis said it was a kickass job with her kickass daughter. Amanda wanted Phyllis to stay. Phyllis tearfully said Amanda was lovely, but she, Michael and Lauren were her only friends. Amanda brought up Jack and Nick. Phyllis said those were her ex husbands, not friends – Nick made it clear he didn’t want to be a pal, and Jack wasn’t talking to her. Amanda thought Phyllis was dealing with being shut out by making a big leap. Phyllis wanted to be close to Summer. Amanda understood that, especially now that she was getting close to her own mom. Amanda asked if Phyllis really wanted a job in a country where she didn’t know the language, or if this was about Jack.

Phyllis said it wasn’t about Jack. Amanda was skeptical. Phyllis said this decision was about her – she’d always been a striver, and everything in Genoa City was boring. She’d let Crystal run the hotel, or sell it – both of Nick’s sisters once wanted it, so it’d go fast. Amanda thought it’d kill Phyllis to give the hotel away after everything she did to hold onto it. Amanda wanted Phyllis to admit Jack played a role in this. Phyllis didn’t understand why he was freezing her out. She said he was really thoughtful and funny, and she missed him. Phyllis wanted an exciting life, and living in Milan would be exciting. Amanda asked what Phyllis would be doing. Phyllis didn’t know all the details, but the job at Marchetti was in marketing. She said she’d be working alongside her daughter. Amanda didn’t approve of Phyllis making huge life changes until she talked to someone who knew her better than Amanda. Amanda texted someone. Phyllis hoped it wasn’t Jack. Amanda said she didn’t text Jack.

While they waited for Amanda’s backup, Amanda and Phyllis debated whether or not Phyllis should go. Michael showed up. Phyllis groaned about Amanda bringing him into this. Amanda said Phyllis called Michael her most trusted friend. Amanda revealed that Phyllis was thinking of leaving town for good. “The hell you will. If I’ve gotta stick around so do you,” Michael said. Phyllis brought Michael up to speed. Michael was adamant that Phyllis should turn down Summer’s generous and insane offer. He said Phyllis loved Genoa City, and she was happy here. She clarified that she wasn’t that happy. He said Genoa City made her who she was. He recalled that she came here a desperate needy woman obsessed with Danny Romalotti. Amanda gave Phyllis a questioning look. Michael continued on, saying that Phyllis grew after a whole bunch of mistakes, some felonies and many more misdemeanors. Amanda’s expression grew more stunned, and she looked at Phyllis. Phyllis mouthed “no” at Amanda and shook her head, as if what Michael was saying wasn’t true. Michael said Phyllis became a force to be reckoned with, and she became someone who’d do anything for the people she loved. He said she stood up for what she believed in, even though everyone else in town thought she was nuts. He was insulted for himself and on Lauren’s behalf that Phyllis was considering bailing. She said not to take it personally – she still loved him and Lauren.

Michael thought that if Phyllis worked for Summer and was looming over her every moment, it’d destroy their relationship. Phyllis protested that her daughter was the one who offered her the job. “That doesn’t make it right!,” Michael barked. He needed to know she came to her senses. Phyllis didn’t know if she should feel touched Michael wanted her to stay or upset he was being so loud in her place of business. He said Amanda called him there because she cared about Phyllis. Phyllis said her life had become about her exes and this hotel, and she didn’t like it. He told her to make changes while staying in Genoa City. She said he reminded her of the person she used to be. He asked what aspects of old-school Phyllis they were referring to. “Not that part,” she assured him, while Amanda looked on, quizzically. Phyllis would only say to Amanda that she’d learned a lot of lessons. Phyllis asked if they could support her potential move. Amanda supported an exploratory trip of reasonable length. Michael supported a trip to Milan, if only to remind Phyllis and Summer that when they were in close proximity, they frequently annoyed each other. Amanda asked if Phyllis was going to Milan while Jack was there or if she’d wait until his business trip was finished. Phyllis didn’t know when she’d go, but she said Jack didn’t factor into it.

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Y&R Update Monday, January 24 2022

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Recap written by Christine

Sharon and Rey chatted at Crimson Lights. Mariah had texted Sharon some wedding venue ideas – a recording studio, a tattoo parlor and the old GC Buzz studio. Mariah’s ideas made Sharon chuckle, but since this was Mariah, Sharon wasn’t sure the suggestions weren’t serious. Sharon hoped Mariah and Tessa didn’t take this decision lightly or make it quickly, because Sharon wanted the couple to have the wedding of their dreams. Sensing Sharon was dreaming of a traditional wedding, Rey warned that Mariah and Tessa might choose an unconventional ceremony, but he was sure it’d be amazing.

Rey said Sharon’s kids were flourishing, but she admitted she was concerned for Noah. Sharon was worried it might be a bit painful for Noah to see Tessa so happy with his sister. Rey thought that Noah seemed okay with Mariah and Tessa. Sharon said attraction wasn’t always logical, and you couldn’t turn the feelings off and on like a switch. Rey thought Noah was handling this better than Sharon was giving him credit for. Sharon said that Nick saw it too, and they had a pretty good read on Noah. “I’m just a trained detective not [Noah’s] parents so I can’t read all the signs,” Rey replied. Sharon said that wasn’t what she meant. She said he was an amazing stepdad, and her kids adored him. She’d never insinuate that he lacked insight into her kids. He wasn’t fishing for compliments. He acknowledged that she and Nick had a unique insight into the kids that surpassed his. He though that made sense since he didn’t meet the kids until they were older. She said he might get the opportunity when Mariah and Tessa adopted. He said she didn’t look like a grandma. She was just thrilled at the prospect of a new baby in the family. She said grandmas came in all shapes and sizes, and he told her she was a hot grandma. She said he’d be a hot grandpa too.

Sally went to Adam’s office after she got back from her business trip. She said that her trip to NY was super productive. She tried ribbing him about not joining her on the trip to NY. She said he had to go next time, but there would be no romantic stuff. He wouldn’t join in on her banter. He said he had a lot going on. She invited him to get breakfast and talk, and at first he declined, but then he changed his mind and accepted.

At Society, Chloe wondered why Chelsea called this meeting at a restaurant instead of at their office. Chelsea wanted to avoid the tension with Adam and Sally at the office. Now that Adam made it clear there was no chance for them, Chelsea had decided Newman Fashion needed to relocate to a new building, outside Newman Media. Chloe was shocked, and Chelsea admitted she probably should’ve consulted with Chloe first. Chelsea couldn’t be around Adam anymore. Chloe understood – she didn’t wan to run into Adam either. Chelsea thought they could really focus on work if they moved. Chloe started to get excited about being in a loft or warehouse space, in an artistic district instead of the offices. Adam hadn’t said yes, but Chelsea made an appointment with a broker to look at spaces, so she could show them to him.

Adam and Sally arrived at Society. Sally animatedly shared her experiences in NY with Chloe and Sally. She’d had a private tour of the Dior show and did some interviews, waving the Newman Fashion flag. Chelsea snidely called Sally a cheerleader. Sally was eager to detail her experiences once they got back to the office. Chelsea informed Sally that Newman Fashions was relocating, and she and Chloe were going to look for spaces. Sally asked why no one told her. Chloe said it was because Sally was out of town. “Because we make the decisions. You work for us,” Chelsea tersely replied. Sally asked if Adam approved this. “Well Adam’s standing right next to you. Why don’t you ask him?,” Chelsea replied. Adam said nothing had been decided. Sally announced her intention to tag along on the location search, since they were all a team, she added a pointed comment about Chelsea calling her a cheerleader. Adam broke up the conversation by suggesting he and Sally go get a table. Chelsea griped that Sally wasn’t even hiding her intention of what Sally was doing, and Adam seemed to find it appealing. Chelsea didn’t recognize him anymore.

Adam thought about breakfast. Sally grumbled about the plan to switch offices without even telling her. She felt that Chelsea had been dismissive. Adam said nobody made a decision yet – he was the decision maker. Sally said that Chelsea and Chloe made it sound like a done deal. Adam said there was no sense getting worked up over something that might not happen. Sally was angry about the way Chelsea treated her. Adam thought that Sally was partially to blame by the way she came in bragging about her private tour of the Dior show. He said she knew how Chelsea was going to react, and he told her not to antagonize Chelsea. Sally said it was her job to be excited about fashion, and if Chelsea couldn’t handle it, she needed a new job. Adam wanted to talk about actual work instead of office politics. Sally decided to tell Adam about an interview she had with a hot new designer.

Chloe said Sally was too busy annoying everyone in Manhattan to hear about Adam telling Chelsea they had no future. Chloe thought Sally was reading into Sally’s behavior. Chloe assumed Sally was just excited about her trip, so she went to report to the big boss. Chelsea thought that was a problem, because Sally was supposed to report to them, then they’d go to Adam – it was the chain of command. Chelsea felt that Sally was flaunting her connection with Adam. “[Sally’s] a hypocrite who lied when she said she was gonna keep things professional,” Chelsea asserted. Chloe said Chelsea sounded like she hadn’t gotten over Adam. Chloe loved Chelsea, but she was done managing Chelsea’s moods, and she wanted to move on. Chloe said they needed more autonomy from Newman Media. She wanted to hire more staff. Sally heard peals of laughter from Adam and Sally’s table, and she seethed.

Sally was sharing stories about NY when she noticed Adam wasn’t listening. She urged him to open up. He asked if she could listen as a friend and not as an employee, and she said yes. He told her that his father was planning to take a more active role at Newman Media. He’d lost credibility with his father. He said Victor thought he put the company at risk by falling for Billy’s idiotic plan. Sally pointed out that Adam didn’t fall for it. Adam said this is what Victor did – just when you thought you’d earned his trust, he liked to throw you off balance. Chelsea and Chloe left. Adam said he always seemed to fail in Victor’s eyes. He admitted he hadn’t always been a model son, but ever since they began working at Newman Media, he’d made an effort to get back into Victor’s good graces, and it seemed like things were going well until now. Adam felt demoralized, and Sally was sorry. Adam didn’t even know where this issue was coming from – it was like the the thing about him falling for Billy’s plan was an excuse. Adam said Victor was always three moves ahead, but this time Adam didn’t know who Victor’s opponent was.

Adam realized he probably shouldn’t have confided that to an employee. Sally was glad he’d told her. Adam suggested that Sally’s division might be affected, though he wasn’t sure if it would be. He told her to forget what he’d just told her. She told him not to back-peddle, because that was cowardly. “You said it. Own it,” she said, and he said okay, he owned it. He wanted to know she’d keep what he said to herself. She said she was on his side, and she was there if he needed to talk. She knew what it was like to have to prove yourself – she’d done it in L.A. and she thought she’d have to do it here with Chloe and Chelsea. Adam suggested it was just part of working in a successful company. Sally thought she had a good thing going when it was just with Chloe, but now she realized it was too good to last. Sally asked if it was Adam or Chelsea’s idea to relocate Newman Fashion. He said that Chelsea came up with that idea after he told her there was no future for the two of them. He was sure Chelsea didn’t want the day to day run ins with him. Sally thought Chelsea saw it as a bonus that Sally wouldn’t be able to pop in and chat with Adam. She didn’t think the move was fair, because she wanted the day to day run ins with him. “For professional reasons,” she added. She said it was ironic because she put Newman Fashion on the map, and now she had no decision making power, and Chelsea was constantly putting her down. Adma didn’t want to have this discussion again – he said right now Chloe and Chelsea were the superiors. He was sure Sally would have her own line again one day. She asked if he’d invest in that, but he thought they should focus on the business they had instead of launching new ones.

Chloe and Chelsea were at Crimson Lights, on the patio, discussing the move, when Sharon overheard. Sharon knew Chelsea was selling the penthouse, and she asked if Chelsea was putting more distance between herself and Adam at work too. Chelsea said it was a business decision, not a personal one. Chelsea abruptly excused herself, claiming she needed sugar for her drink, then she went inside and said hi to Rey. He invited her to join him. She thanked him again for Connor’s Christmas gift. He was sure she missed Connor. She was just glad Connor spent time at her place. He heard she was selling the penthouse. She said she was going to be getting away from the memories, and he said that was for the best. Chloe and Sharon came inside, and Chelsea told Chloe that they had to get to the office. Chelsea made some pointed comments to Rey about how nice it was to have someone ask how she was without having an ulterior motive. She said it was rare. He didn’t think it should be rare.

Sharon and Rey were alone after the others left. He got a call and said he had to go. She asked how his talk with Chelsea went. He said it Chelsea had a positive attitude about starting over, and it must be tough living with all the reminders of what went wrong. Sharon was sure there was a reminder around every corner. Rey said he, Sharon and Adam were living breathing reminders of what went wrong last year. Sharon said that Chelsea was putting some distance between herself and Adam – she was selling the penthouse, and she might move to a different work space. Rey thought those were good ideas. Sharon said that Rey had a good rapport with Chelsea. He said he asked about Connor, because most parents loved talking about their kids.

Chelsea and Chloe went to Adam at his office to say they found the perfect space. He said this wasn’t the time to incur more costs. He didn’t want an expensive new lease. Chloe said the site was offering a deal. Chelsea said the money they saved on overhead could go toward a new staff. Adam had to look at the numbers, but he said it was hard to argue with their logic. He asked if this was really what Chelsea wanted, and she said it was best for the business. He said maybe Chelsea was right, and it’d be best if they weren’t crossing paths all day long. Chelsea looked stung, and she excused herself and left. In the hallway, Sally walked up and asked how the search for a new space was going. Chelsea said Chloe would fill Sally in, and she started to leave. Sally asked what she had to do to be treated with respect. Chelsea wasn’t sure she’d ever cut Sally a break. Sally knew this was personal and not about her talents or abilities. Sally said there was nothing going on between her and Adam. “Save it. I know this game you’re playing. I wrote the rule book on it. You may pretend you’re not after him yet you monopolize his time and I think you and I both know why. Stop playing me for a fool,” Chelsea stormed off.

Chloe walked out, and Sally said Chelsea just went off on her again for no reason, and it was starting to grate on her nerves. Chloe said she wasn’t sure how much more of this she could take, and something had to give.

Chelsea went back to Crimson Lights. Chloe tracked her down. Chloe had tried to be accommodating, but Chelsea was making it really tough. Chloe took this job with Adam, her mortal enemy, partially because of Chelsea. Chloe built a viable business for Chelsea to come back to, she sent Sally to NY to help Chelsea, and she was moving the business across town for her. Chloe snapped that she was giving and giving to appease Chelsea, and Chelsea wasn’t giving anything back. Chloe said they needed Sally, and Chelsea didn’t seem to care. Chloe was finished trying to help Chelsea. She said it was Chelsea’s turn to figure this out.

Back at Newman Media, Sally vented to Adam that Chelsea bit her head off. Adam didn’t want to hear it. He had enough of this at the restaurant. That was why he signed off on the plan to move offices. She conceded that it wasn’t fair to put him in the middle, but she had to look out for herself, and she wouldn’t be treated like that. She felt like Chelsea was trying to squeeze her out, and now that Victor was going to be more involved, she wasn’t sure what the future held for Newman Fashion. She didn’t think Victor respected the division, so she was in trouble. He asked what she wanted from him. She said he knew Chelsea better than anyone, so she wanted some pointers. He told her to figure it out with Chelsea. He appreciated Sally’s ability to land on her feet, but if she went to war with Chelsea, he didn’t like Sally’s chances. She thought he was underestimating her.

At the Chancellor house, Abby was glum, and Chance asked if he could get her some breakfast. She didn’t answer, and he asked if she was okay. Abby knew she and Chance were doing the right thing, but it didn’t make it any easier. Louise took Dominic to his music class. Chance couldn’t believe they existed for kids that age. Abby thought about going with them or keeping him home, since she wanted to spend as much time with him as possible, but she decided it’d be best for him to stick to his routine. She hoped Devon did the same. Chance wanted Abby to tell him why she was so upset. She couldn’t help thinking that Dominic might think they didn’t love him enough to fight for him. Chance was sure that wouldn’t happen – he said there was nothing to fight, there was just a bond to honor and respect. Abby wasn’t sure that was true. Chance pointed out that Abby loved both Brad and Victor. He was sure that Dominic would love both him and Devon, and he said they’d love him too. Abby kept wondering if there was another solution that felt right. Chance said this was right, and Dominic would know love from all three of his parents, and his extended family, which was 85% of Genoa City. He was sure Dominic would grow up feeling like the luckiest kid in the world, and since Abby was his mom, he was.

Abby showed Chance a video of Dom at music class that the nanny took. She got upset, and he asked if she wished she went to the class. She said no. She was worried she’d struggle with handing her son off to Devon. Chance said Dom would still live with them the majority of the time. She was worried that the days and nights without Dom would break her. He said that wasn’t going to happen. He reminded her that she was tough enough to defy everyone, including the government and track him down. She said that was different because she’d been fighting for someone she loved. Now she was going to have to walk away from someone she loved, even if it was just one day a week. She didn’t think she was strong enough. Chance was sorry Abby was hurting. She said she was the one who should feel guilty. She knew this was the best thing for him, Dominic and Devon; it was just difficult. He asked if they should call Christine and say they changed their mind. She said they couldn’t go back on their word – this hurt, and it was horrible, but it was the right thing to do. She hugged him.

At his place, Devon was happy about getting shared custody of his little boy. She looked uncertain, and he wondered if she thought something was going to go wrong. She said it was her job to be prepared for any contingency. He trusted Abby, Chance and Christine. She did too, but she noted that the paperwork still hadn’t been filed. Until it was, nothing was set in stone. As an attorney, she couldn’t relax until she could dot her is and cross her ts. She said she’d do anything she could to make this happen for him. He was happy to have her by his side. When he imagined his future with Dominic, he saw her with him. She couldn’t wait. They kissed.

Amanda had to go meet with a potential client who wanted to set up a trust for her grandchildren. Devon thought about doing that for Dominic. Amanda said they did want to get ahead of themselves. Amanda got a text from Christine saying that they’d approved the amendments to the custody agreement.

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Y&R Short Recap Monday, January 24 2022

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Sharon and Rey looked forward to being grandparents to Mariah and Tessa’s future child. Tensions flared when Sally and Adam went to breakfast at Society and ran into Chelsea and Chloe. Chloe supported Chelsea’s plan to move Newman Fashion to its own location, but Sally didn’t like the idea. Adam told Sally she was partially to blame for the discord with Chelsea. Adam confided to Sally that Victor was going to be taking a more active role at the company, because he’d lost some faith in Adam. Sharon asked Chelsea if she was leaving the Newman Media office to distance herself from Adam. Chelsea ended the conversation by walking away and going to talk with Rey. Sharon noticed that Rey and Chelsea had a good rapport. Chelsea and Chloe found a new office space, and they told Adam. Chelsea got hurt when Adam said it might be best for them not to cross paths all day long. Chelsea lashed out at Sally. Chloe got fed up and told Chelsea that she was through trying to accommodate Chelsea and that it was time for Chelsea to figure out how to make things work with Sally. Sally tried to vent to Adam about Chelsea, but he didn’t want to be part of it. She asked for tips on handling Chelsea, and he said he thought she’d lose if she went to war with Chelsea. Sally thought Adam was underestimating her. Abby worried what Dominic would think of them giving partial custody to Devon. Chance was sure Dominic would love both of his fathers, just as Abby had loved Brad and Victor. Abby knew it would be hard for her to let Dominic go on visits with Devon, but she felt it was the right thing to do. Devon was happy about getting shared custody, and he said that he saw Amanda in his future with Dominic. She couldn’t wait to be part of it. Christine let Amanda know that the amendment to the custody agreement had been approved.

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Y&R Short Recap Friday, January 21, 2022

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Noah is a little sad when Mariah and Tessa tell him they are engaged and Sharon worries that Noah is once again heartbroken because he has fallen back in love with Tessa.

Michael officially accepts Victor’s job offer and is excited to get to work finding out all about Ashland in order to protect Vuctor’s legacy.

Abby and Chance tell Devon that they will change their original agreement to give him weekly visitation with Dominic. Devon asks for Dominic’s last name to be Dominic Newman Abbott Winters Chancellor and Abby and Chance agree to add the last name Winters to Dominc’s other last names.

Victoria decides to sue Newman Media because they are using the Newman name when hopes that the lawsuit will distract Adam so much he won’t notice her takeover of the company.

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Y&R Best Lines Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Mariah: Ooh! Nothing like coming downstairs in the morning, having a cup of coffee waiting for you.

Noah: Well, I hope you had up at your place because this one is for dad.

Mariah: Rude.

Noah: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: So, you’re already buttering up the boss. Please tell me you accepted Nick’s job offer.

Noah: I did.

Mariah: Yay! So you’re less of a flight risk now.

Noah: I’m not sure I like those criminal connotations, Miss.

Mariah: You know what i meant. I know that you said that you were planning on staying and you’ve been here for a while now, but I got the sense that you didn’t want to be tied down, but now you’ve made a commitment.

Noah: Well, it’s a commitment to see how things go. So, how about you? You seemed kind of stressed out last night. Is everything okay with you and Tessa?

Mariah: Yeah, everything’s amazing. It’s better than it’s ever been. Um, I just have a couple of friends going through a tough time. And I see both sides of the situation. But there’s nothing I can do. So I just have to sit back, hold my breath, and hope everything works out for the best

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Amanda: But she is holding her own. She has so many contacts from working with the family.

Elena: Ah. So that means a lot of people in politics, right?

Amanda: Yes, and she has not been shy about reaching out and, um, getting in touch.

Elena: Really? Shocking. She’s always been so timid and self-effacing.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ] She did give me an earful about her last encounter with you and Nate.

Elena: [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t seem as happy as everyone else about us living together.

Amanda: So, how is Nate?

Elena: Who’s asking — you or your sister?

Amanda: Both, maybe.

Elena: [ Laughs ] He’s fine. I mean, honestly, he’s wonderful. He’s a great housemate. And you can feel free to tell your sister that we went with the beige bathroom rug. She’ll know what I’m talking about.

Amanda: Okay. Well, cheers to you both.


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Y&R Transcript Friday, January 21, 2022

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Tessa: So, I asked mariah to come to society and help me with a promoter.

Mariah: Only there was no promoter. It was this beautiful, romantic set-up, and then… tessa got down on one knee.

Tessa: Oh, my gosh, the look on her face — priceless!

Mariah: I was like, “are you doing what I think you’re doing?”

Sharon: Wait, you mean —

Both: We’re engaged!

Sharon: Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! Wow, congratulations! That’s amazing.

Mariah: Thank you!

Sharon: Oh!

Christine: Thank you for coming on such short notice.

Amanda: It’s not a problem.

Devon: Before you guys say anything, I know that things got really heated last time we all talked, and just know we all want the same thing, and that’s what’s best for dominic.

Abby: Well, like I said over the phone…chance and I talked, and we have something to tell you.

Ashland: Well, I’ll walk these contracts up to legal as soon as we are done here.

Victoria: Thank you.

Ashland: [ Sighs ] The changes that we’re requesting are pretty minor, so we shouldn’t have any pushback from chancellor. And it looks like lily is staying out of it, letting jill put the chanccomm sale to bed. Is that your impression, too? What is it?

Victoria: Uh, nothing. I’m sorry, what was your question?

Ashland: Why don’t we talk about what’s bothering you instead?

Victoria: What adam said about dad, it just got me thinking.

Ashland: Well, that’s a bit shocking.

Victoria: Yes, I know, I’m usually trying to ignore everything that comes out of his mouth. It’s just so much noise.

Ashland: But this time?

Victoria: Adam’s right about one thing — our father can be very unpredictable. He sees the world as a big three-dimensional game of chess.

Ashland: And he views you kids as his pawns.

Victoria: Sometimes. But it was a very good reminder that, no matter how well things are going and no matter how much he seems to be supporting you, you can never let your guard down, not for one second.

Ashland: Well, I take nothing for granted where victor’s concerned — or anybody else, for that matter. You are the only person I trust completely. And I hope you feel the same about me.

Victor: By the way, I’ve put adam on notice that I’m gonna take a more active role at newman media.

Nikki: Oh. Because of how close billy came to deceiving him?

Victor: Showed a serious lack of judgment on adam’s part, you know? And, um, I don’t even want to mention his decision to involve this spectra woman.

Nikki: Well, I think it’s great that you’re going to be more of a presence. And I know you can’t wait to get back into the game. Now, as far as adam goes, I’m sure he was none too pleased.

Victor: Well, I’ve given him every chance to succeed, you know? And, uh…

[ Sighs ] No damage has been done so far to the company. I want to make sure that it doesn’T.

Nikki: Well, you’re right to be cautious. Adam is just going to have to accept your decision — or not.

Nick: Hey, there.

Nikki: Hey, you two. What a surprise.

Victor: What a surprise.

Nikki: Yes.

Victor: What are you doing here?

Noah: Dad and I have some news we want to share. And, grandpa, I wanted you to hear this from me personally. Yo you ready?

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Michael: I’ve been thinking about the offer you made the other day.

Victor: I’m sure you didn’t trek all the way out here to turn me down.

Michael: I am intrigued by the possibility of doing some private work with you…

Victor: Uh-huh.

Michael: …As long as it’s not overwhelming, which would defeat the whole purpose of my resignation.

Victor: Of course. I understand that, you know, but don’t you worry. I will make this as appealing to you as possible, okay?

Lauren: I’m sorry I’m late.

Michael: Hey. Give me a kiss.

Lauren: Hi, darling.

Michael: Mwah. You want some coffee?

Lauren: No, I want you to stop keeping me in suspense. How was the meeting with victor?

Michael: He made an even more compelling argument for why i should work with him after i officially resign as da.

Lauren: Ha-ha. Well, you’re gonna have to stop using the word “resign” or “retire” after you’re on his payroll. I mean, you only too well

[Sighs] How demanding he can be.

Michael: This time it’s gonna be different.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ] Oh, those are famous last words.

Michael: No, no, I made it clear to him that if I accept his deal, that I will not be at his beck and call 24/7.

Lauren: Oh, really? And how did he respond?

Michael: He promised not to monopolize my time.

Lauren: Hmm, well [Chuckles] If victor promised.

Michael: No, no, he pitched this more as a cerebral partnership where I use legal strategies and tactics to secure his legacy.

Lauren: Wow, that seems very respectful.

Michael: I believe it will be. No more getting hauled out of bed at 2:00 A.M. Look, he understands that I am seriously not interested in any job that consumes my life.

Lauren: Okay. Well, why don’t we talk about why you’re interested. Let’s do columns of plus and minuses, and then you can weigh in on what you want to do.

Michael: You’re good.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ] Yes.

Michael: Thank you.

Lauren: Yes, I am.

Michael: I need that kind of clarity. I have to be ruthlessly honest in order to make the decision that’s best for you and me.

Noah: I’ve accepted a full-time position at new hope.

Victor: Whoa, wait a minute. That’s a hell of a turnaround from what you were doing.

Nick: Yep, I am planning on keeping him very busy.

Noah: Grandpa, I hope you’re not mad that I chose to do this instead of more work for you and adam.

Victor: No. Not at all, noah. I’m very happy that you’re working side-by-side with your father.

Nikki: So am I. I’m thrilled.

Noah: Thanks, grandma.

Victor: So what will your new position entail?

Noah: The plan is to learn every facet of the organization, top to bottom.

Nick: Then we will figure out what’s the best fit for him.

Nikki: Well, what about your art? You’re so talented and I know you have a lot of passion for it.

Noah: Yeah, well, see, that’s just it. You know, the reason I felt so dissatisfied when I left london, it had become less and less about the art and more about commerce. I was letting all these so-called elites tell me what they thought was good instead of just expressing myself through my art and trying to connect with people.

Victor: Ah.

Noah: The whole process, it had become so unorganic. There was no joy in it. I had no spark, and it wasn’t until I came back here and started working on tessa’s album cover that it finally came back. Anyways, I’m gonna get back to my art, doing it for myself, but first, I feel like I need a reset, and I think being a part of what my dad’s created is a step in the right direction. And now that I have a better understanding of what new hope’s all about, I admire this guy even more. You know, he gets up every day and actually improves people’s lives. He doesn’t brag about it. He doesn’t have a pr firm. He doesn’t just say he’s gonna give back to the community. He just gets out there and does it.

Nick: Okay, that’s — that’s more than enough.

Noah: [ Laughs ]

Nikki: [ Chuckles ]

Noah: Besides, what could be better than working with my old man?

Victor: Not a thing, son. Not a thing.

Devon: So what have you guys decided?

Abby: Chance and I are ready to accept your conditions. At first, when you brought up the idea of revising our agreement, getting formal visitation, I…could only hear alarm bells, and I was terrified. You know, we still have so much healing to do.

Chance: I have a lot more healing to do. You know, much more than I let on.

Abby: And I would never want anyone to get in the way of that or tear our family apart with some court battle.

Devon: No, and I never wanted it to get to that point either. I was always hoping that the three of us could work something out.

Amanda: And it seems like you have.

Abby: Chance helped me see that this is what’s best for dominic, and I have nothing to be afraid of.

Devon: Well, thank you. Truly, I really do mean that. And — and you really don’t have anything to be afraid of, abby. I promise you that, ’cause this doesn’t change any part of the dynamic. This has always been about the three of us doing everything we can to give dominic the best possible upbringing.

Christine: That should always be the focus. The child’s wellbeing, it supersedes everything.

Devon: Absolutely. And, guys, I don’t just have love for dominic. I love the both of you, too. Really, you guys are like family to me, and I never, ever had any intention of taking anything from you. I never will.

Abby: I didn’t see that before, but I do now.

Chance: Me too. And I’m sorry it took so long to realize that. I mean, devon, you’ve done so much for our son already. You helped bring him into this world. You watched over him while abby was in spain. I mean, since the day that you offered to be our donor, I mean, you’ve been a strong and steady presence for him, and I really appreciate that, man.

Devon: That’s — absolutely, and that’s never gonna change.

Abby: And just for the record, this isn’t about chance and me backing down from a fight or giving in. This is what you and dominic deserve.

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Christine: Alright, so amanda and I will negotiate all the specifics of the joint custody agreement, put together all necessary paperwork.

Amanda: And it will take some time for the courts to finalize things, but we will approach this in the spirit in which the decision was made. Everyone coming from a place of mutual respect and working together for dominic’s benefit.

Devon: I do have one request that I’d like to make.

Christine: Yeah, now would be the time.

Devon: Abby, I’ve always really, really appreciated how much thought you put into dominic’s name and making sure that it, you know, reflects everyone that he’s a part of and everyone who’s a part of him. And in that same spirit, I’d like to give him neil’s last name, ’cause he’s your godfather, and I just thought it would be a great way to honor the man that showed me what being a father and being a family is all about. So I would love if he would be known as dominic phillip newman-abbott-winters- chancellor.

Chance: That sounds perfect.

Devon: Yeah?

Chance: Yeah.

Devon: Thank you.

Sharon: What a gorgeous ring, and it looks like it’s a perfect fit.

Tessa: Just like us.

Mariah: Aww.

Sharon: I’m so happy for you two.

Mariah: Thank you, mom.

Tessa: You know, we’re happy for us too.

[ Laughter ]

Sharon: Okay, I know how much you two love each other, so please don’t take this the wrong way.

Mariah: Oh, god, what?

Sharon: I just hope you’re not only doing this because you think it’ll help your chances of adoption.

Mariah: Oh, what?

Tessa: Oh.

Mariah: No, no.

Tessa: Absolutely not.

Mariah: No, we’re not getting married because of how it’s gonna look on the adoption forms.

Tessa: No, that’s not the reason I proposed at all.

Mariah: Mom, we want this so much, and it is the perfect next step for us. We’re really excited to start planning.

[ Laughs ]

Sharon: Planning a wedding! Faith is going to be in heaven.

Mariah: Oh, my gosh, we should call her and tell her.

Tessa: Oh, yes, we should definitely share in our happiness.

Mariah: [ Chuckles ]

Lauren: Okay, let’s start in the cons column.

Michael: Alright.

Lauren: The reason you wanted to step down as da is because you wanted to spend more time with me. Now, best case scenario, that’s gonna be cut into.

Michael: No, no, you are my priority. I’m going to ensure that work conforms to our life and our schedule rather than the other way around. Oh, come on, if I don’t work at all, I’m gonna be insufferable, as gloria and kevin were so quick to point out.

Lauren: Okay, moving on in the cons column…

Michael: Alright, alright, alright.

Lauren: …Is victor himself. The man thrives on chaos.

Michael: No, the man is a business genius who simply wants to secure his legacy.

Lauren: Oh, honey. He does not want to hire a man of your caliber so he can ride peacefully off into the sunset. He needs a legal ninja who can kick ass and take names and move along his agenda.

Michael: He did say things were about to get interesting.

Lauren: [ Laughs ] See? I knew it.

Michael: No, I’ll be doing exciting work that will get my blood going. That’s a definite plus in my book.

Lauren: Right, in the shark-infested waters of the newman corporate world and the accompanying family drama.

Michael: [ Clears throat ] Which would make for some rather pleasant pillow talk.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ] You are very sexy when your blood is boiling.

[ Laughs ]

Michael: I am. Tsss. Pro column.

Lauren: Wow. You are really excited about this.

Michael: I am.

Lauren: I haven’t seen you this excited about work in a long time.

Michael: And the pay will be excellent. Of that, I have no doubt.

Lauren: Ah. But did victor tell you what you were going to have to do for this money?

Michael: Uh, other than strategize? He, uh, did hint at a particular concern.

Ashland: I know you and I are in a much better place, but given everything you know, if you’re still not ready to trust me 100%…

Victor: I’m always gonna trust you, until you give me a reason not to.

Ashland: Fair enough. Although some might say i already have.

Victoria: You kno you shared some very painful things about your past with me, things that, you know, you were ashamed of, but you dealt with them. And I understand now why you held back in telling me. You were — you were worried that I wouldn’t understand that those things are a part of who you are. But they don’t define you — the man that you are, the man that I love, who’s been so goodto me.

Ashland: Thank you for understanding.

Victoria: We have been living under the threat of your illness for such a long time. But now we have reason to hope that we’re gonna have more time together and enjoy this life that we’ve built together and make each other deliriously happy.

Ashland: You know, the day that we went over to your mom and dad’s to tell them the good news about how well the treatments were working, victor said to me that if I beat this cancer, I’d eventually get tired of smelling the roses, that I’d want to jump back into the fray.

Victoria: I remember.

Ashland: Well, he said it jokingly, but after what you shared, I’m starting to wonder if he was actually considering the possibility.

Victoria: The two of us, side-by-side, running newman/locke — we would be a force to be reckoned with and then some, wouldn’t we?

Ashland: Well, that’s how the man’s mind works, so i understand you’d be worried about what he might be planning, despite how cordial it seems at the moment.

Victoria: Yeah. And that’s not all. I showed my hand about newman media.

Ashland: And you’re wondering if it was the best move. You still want to take over the company, don’t you?

Victoria: More than anything.

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Mariah: Hi. I know I don’t usually call you at school, but we thought that this is something that you might want to know right away. By “we,” I mean tessa, mom, and me. We’re at crimson lights right now, and tessa and I wanted to share some news with you. We’re engaged. Oh, boy. Okay. Yep. Yeah, you’re excited. I can tell. Oh, my goodness.

[ Laughs ] Well, yeah, it was beautiful. I mean, it was this wonderful romantic setting, and tessa got down on one knee and she gave me this gorgeous ring. Did I cry? No, I didn’t — I didn’t cry. I didn’t — oh.

Tessa: Yeah, she definitely did.

Mariah: Okay, yes, yes, of course I cried. Like a baby. But — no, we don’t know. A date?

[ Laughs ] This just happened. But we will need somebody to help plan an epic wedding, so, like, I don’t know if you know anybody who would be able to do that. I mean, do you?

[ Laughs ] I’m teasing. Of course I meant you. Oh, yeah, she’s right here. Do you want to talk to her? Okay. I love you too. Bye.

Tessa: [ Chuckles ] Hi! So what do you think of our news?

[ Laughs ] You’re sweet. Yeah, we’re excited, too. Oh, a spring wedding? Well, you know, we haven’t really thought that detail out quite yet.

Sharon: No time to waste.

Tessa: I mean, this literally just happened. I asked mariah to marry me like an hour ago tops.

Mariah: Oh, hey, guys. Perfect timing. Tessa and I have some amazing news to share.

Nikki: Now it all makes sense.

Victor: Yeah?

Nikki: Why noah walked away from a seemingly vibrant life and career in london to come home to genoa city. I mean, now that I know the whole story, I really admire his courage.

Victor: You know, it can be tough to admit to oneself that one has to change direction.

Nikki: Absolutely. But I have to say, this is the happiest I have seen him since he got home. All caught up in what his father’s doing, wanting to work by his side.

[ Sighs ]

Victor: I meant what I said when I mentioned the fact that it makes me happy that he’s working side-by-side with his father.

Nikki: Yes. And, you know, when I think about how newman media started, I mean, adam seemed like he was putting his life in a different direction.

Victor: Yeah, well, there’s that.

Nikki: Well, adam has surprised me in a good way. Maybe he’ll surprise you, too.

Victor: Yeah. My darling, I promise you, though, that my new expanded role at newman media will not take away from my time with you.

Nikki: Victor, I know that family is the most important thing to you. Being a good husband, being a good father.

Michael: Oh, gang’s all here. I’m so sorry. Joan just showed me in. I didn’t mean to interrupt.

Victor: Hello, michael.

Michael: You look beautiful.

Nikki: Oh, well, aren’t you sweet? Thank you so much. You know what? I need to check in with the office, so excuse me.

Victor: Okay, my darling. Alrighty.

Michael: I’m here to discuss terms.

Victor: Really? Glad to hear that.

Abby: So what are the next steps?

Dominic: [ Crying ]

Christine: We should have a proposal for you to look at soon.

Devon: Okay, that sounds great. In the meantime, I’ll get my place prepared for his first overnight.

Amanda: Sounds like a plan.

Christine: Well, I’m gonna get to work.

Amanda: Oh, me toO. We’ll walk out with you.

Devon: Sure.

Chance: Alright.

Abby: This agreement isn’t about us. It’s about the baby we all adore. Dom should be a part of this.

Devon: Hey, buddy. How yodoinu man? How you doing? I missed you. Oh.

[ Laughs ] Oh, hey, buddy. Oh. How you doing? I missed you. You know, we’re gonna be able to spend a lot more time together and have more chances to get to know each other. And I have some big news for you, too. You know that name of yours? It’s gonna get a little bit longer because you’re gonna be a winters now, too. That’s right. And your grandpa’s looking down on you smiling.

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Nick: This is such great news. You said the proposal just happened?

Sharon: At society. Tessa had surprised mariah with this whole romantic scene.

Tessa: Yeah, it was perfect. She was in total shock.

Mariah: Kind of like the look on noah’s face right now. I mean, I couldn’t believe when tessa got down on one knee, i mean, that was a big clue, though.

Noah: You went old school. Nice.

Mariah: Yeah, and she had this amazing speech about the obstacles we’ve faced and where we’re going next as a couple. You know, a home, a life, a family.

Sharon: Ohh.

Mariah: Okay, don’t start crying, okay? I’m not crying.

Sharon: I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Mariah: I’m not crying.

Nick: I think you’re both crying.

Mariah: Okay, we’re allowed.

Tessa: Well, and then I gave mariah the ring and she told me some beautiful things back. She called me her angel, for last summer, being each other’s heart and home. I’m gonna remember and cherish everything you said to me forever.

Michael: Uh…that is a very generous offer, victor. If you’re trying to dazzle me, it’s working.

Victor: I expect you to earn every dime of it.

Michael: As long as we keep a very strong boundary around the time commitment. You can’t expect me to make this job my life, and I refuse to respond to your calls at all hours of the night. I can’t emphasize that enough.

Victor: I have the same concern now that I’ve assumed an expanded role at newman media.

Michael: Alright. Good. I’m glad we’re on the same wavelength.

Victor: So it won’t be an issue, alright? I promise.

Michael: Well, if you promise…

Victor: No crossed fingers behind my back.

Michael: Good. Well, I have to wait to see how that part plays out before i believe it, and I also need to officially resign as district attorney.

Victor: Well, I understand, but, I mean, I see no reason why you couldn’t begin to work for me unofficially.

Ashland: And I have seen you in action. And when you want something, look out, world.

Victoria: I want newman media.

Ashland: Well, the question is how best to go about getting it.

Victoria: I think we need a new strategy. Trying to drive a wedge between adam and my dad is not gonna work — for all of the reasons that he threw in my face. Our father is way too unpredictable.

Ashland: But it did have a destabilizing effect. It put your brother on the defensive. It was a good opening gambit.

Victoria: One that we can build on. The key is making my dad believe this was all his idea.

Ashland: Instead of pitting father against son, we go back to the original idea. Make adam fail.

Devon: Who is this guy, huh?

[ Chuckles ] Who is he? There you go. Guys, I really can’t say thank you enough for the choice that you made and for handling everything the way you did.

Chance: Of course, man. I want to thank you, as well, for seeing the bigger picture here. I guess we’ll be talking to you soon.

Devon: Yeah.

Abby: Definitely.

Chance: Y’all take care.

Devon: You too.

Christine: I’ll be in touch.

Amanda: I do have a few preliminary stipulations. I’ll send them right over.

Christine: Sounds good.

Amanda: Okay.

Abby: Devon.

Devon: Yeah?

Abby: You are a great friend and a wonderful parent, and I’m sorry that I lost sight of that. I swear it’ll never happen again.

Devon: Okay. Love you guys.

Amanda: Have a good day.

Chance: See ya. And thank you again, christine. I mean, we always appreciate your support and guidance.

Christine: I just hope you’re both comfortable with how things ended up.

Abby: We are.

Christine: Okay. We’ll talk soon.

Chance: Hey. Are you sure you’re okay? Or did I just push you to agree to something that you didn’t want? Be ready for whatever life throws your way.

Mariah: Faith squealed so loud when we told her the news, I think she probably freaked out, like, everyone in her vicinity.

Nick: Well, faith has always rooted for you and tessa.

Mariah: Yeah, she wants to help us plan the wedding, but now I’m thinking that she might get a little obsessive with it. Maybe this is not a good idea.

[ Laughs ]

Sharon: Might not be a bad thing. I mean, no offense, but organization’s never been your strong suit.

Mariah: Wow.

Noah: I’m gonna go get some coffee. Anyone want some?

Mariah: Yeah, I’ll take some.

Nick: Yeah, sounds good.

Noah: I’ll bring the pot over.

Sharon: Oh, I just forgot something. I’ll be right back.

Nick: I just, you know, look at you about to start this big adventure. I just can’t stop thinking about, um…

Mariah: Yeah, cassie. I know. All the what-ifs.

Nick: I’m proud of you.

Tessa: Need some help?

Noah: Uh, no, I got it. I’m really happy for you guys. I don’t think I’ve seen two people more in love.

Tessa: Well, I just want to see you happy.

Noah: Oh, I’m so happy it’s almost nauseating. No, seriously, I mean, I left a place that was sucking my soul dry, and now I get to something I’m actually happy about with my dad.

Tessa: Really? What are you doing?

Noah: He offered me a full-time job over at new hope, so now I have time for painting and photography. So what’s not to be happy about?

Tessa: Oh, I mean, that all sounds amazing. I’m — I’m really happy that everything’s falling into place for you.

Mariah: Hi.

Tessa: Hi.

Sharon: Oh, no. Looks like noah’s fallen in love with tessa again.

Chance: Abby, all of this is happening because of what’s going on with me, how I’ve been struggling since i got back, how I’ve been questioning myself as a father. The last thing that I want is for this to put a wall between us. I really don’t want that.

Abby: No, it won’T. I don’t want you thinking that way. I’m just — I’m so thankful that you finally opened up to me. I love you more now than ever.

Chance: I love you, too. I love you so much. And I’m so grateful that you understand where I’m coming from and that you accepted devon to take on this role. I think it’s what’s best for everyone involved. I really do.

Abby: I know you do.

Chance: Hey. I know you. And as brave and as strong as you’ve been, I know this is not how you envisioned our family. And I know you’re still coming to terms with it and I know you’re still dealing with all these feelings. But you stood by me and you fought for me. You fought for our family, most importantly. And I promise you, I’m gonna do the same. Okay? This decision, it does not change the fact that we are still a family.

Devon: Oh, man.

[ Sighs ] That really just happen?

Amanda: That is the third time that you asked me that, and, yes, it really, really did.

Devon: [ Chuckles ] I was just so convinced that my friendship with abby was over and we were gonna have to go to court.

Amanda: Well, you made it clear from the beginning that this was solely about dominic’s welfare. And you came from a place of love and compassion. It just took them a while to see what I already knew. You are gonna bring so much to that little boy’s life.

Devon: Well, that’s — it’s crazy to think about. I mean, my son’s gonna be living here. I know it’s just for one day out of the week, but I’m gonna be able to know him as a real parent. And he’s gonna carry my dad’s name.

Amanda: I can see how happy this makes you, which makes me want to finish all this paperwork and file it as soon as possible.

Devon: Why do you say that? Are you worried they’re gonna change their minds? How did olay top expensive creams?

Michael: You were very certain that I would accept your offer.

Victor: [ Chuckles ] How long have I known you? I know you well enough to realize that you won’t be happy sitting on a porch in a rocking chair watching the sun go down.

Michael: I enjoy watching the sun go down with my wife very much.

Victor: You know what I mean.

Michael: And you know what i mean.

Victor: I will make certain that I will ease you into your new responsibilities, alright?

Michael: I’m eager to hear what you have in mind.

Victor: Well, be very interesting, let me put it that way.

Victoria: Step one — we sue for the name newman media. Well, now that we’ve acquired chanccomm, which includes newman enterprises’ original media division, we claim that there should be no newman entity that is not under the newman/locke umbrella.

Ashland: Well, victor and adam will say it’s outrageous, it’s unsupportable.

Victoria: So let them.

Ashland: I suppose that’s why we maintain the stable of the most cutthroat attorneys.

Victoria: Exactly. The suit will cause them so many headaches, tie up all of their lawyers, and hopefully distract adam while we hit them with step two.

Ashland: Which is?

Tessa: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: Falling in love with her might be a little extreme, but he did tell me that he’s been spending so much time with tessa that it’s brought back some old feelings.

Sharon: Oh, poor kid. He left town because of her and then he got his heart broken in london, and now seems like it might be happening all over again.

Nick: Our son’s resilient. He is focused on making some changes in his life.

Noah: I got to go.

Mariah: Oh.

Noah: Bye, guys.

Tessa: See ya.

Nick: I think this new job is gonna be great for him.

Abby: Well, I won’t deny that this has been difficult, feeling like my family’s being torn apart. Some court battle. But I was telling the truth when I said I think you’re right, i think this is what’s best for dominic. For devon to play a bigger role in his life.

Chance: I’m so glad to hear that.

Abby: But this is still fresh and it’s challenging, and I promise I’ll do whatever it takes to embrace this new normal, and I will help you get your emotional footing, so we can be the family that we were meant to be.

Chance: I want that, too, and I promise you, I’m gonna do whatever it takes to give you that.

Abby: Yeah.

Amanda: Relax. I do not think that anything is gonna go wrong. I’m just doing my cautious attorney thing and covering all of my bases, but leave that all to me, okay?

Devon: Yeah, gladly.

Amanda: Now I’m gonna be your girlfriend and I’m gonna tell you that you can revel in this wonderful turn of events.

Devon: [ Chuckles ] I just can’t wait to bring my son back home. You know, it’S… my man. He’s gonna have your name, too, so he can carry on your legacy.

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Ashland: Well, you certainly live up to your reputation.

Michael: You haven’t been around here long enough to know much about me.

Ashland: You’d be surprised.

Devon: So, since becoming an official member of the family, i asked if that could be reflected in his name.

Abby: What’s wrong?

Victor: Acquiring newman media, that would create a formidable company, you know? It would make newman/locke the powerhouse in the media business.

Adam: But the question is, what would it mean for me?

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Mariah: Ooh! Nothing like coming downstairs in the morning, having a cup of coffee waiting for you.

Noah: Well, I hope you had up at your place because this one is for dad.

Mariah: Rude.

Noah: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: So, you’re already buttering up the boss. Please tell me you accepted nick’s job offer.

Noah: I did.

Mariah: Yay! So you’re less of a flight risk now.

Noah: I’m not sure I like those criminal connotations, miss.

Mariah: You know what i meant. I know that you said that you were planning on staying and you’ve been here for a while now, but I got the sense that you didn’t want to be tied down, but now you’ve made a commitment.

Noah: Well, it’s a commitment to see how things go. So, how about you? You seemed kind of stressed out last night. Is everything okay with you and tess?

Mariah: Yeah, everything’s amazing. It’s better than it’s ever been. Um, I just have a couple of friends going through a tough time. And I see both sides of the situation. But there’s nothing I can do. So I just have to sit back, hold my breath, and hope everything works out for the best.

Abby: Chance, you don’t mean that. You can be a good father to dominic. You already are.

Devon: Chance, thank you for being honest, alright? I know that wasn’t easy for you to say. Now, I believe that we can all work together and come up with some kind of solution that will be good for everybody.

Abby: Just stop. You’re putting undue pressure on him, and it’s self-serving.

Chance: Abby, no. I came here on my own will.

Abby: Chance, I understand your impulse to reach out. I had the same one. But this was a mistake. We need to discuss this privately. Devon, we will talk to you after we meet with christine.

Devon: Abby, hang on. I’m your friend, okay? You know that. You know I wouldn’t do anything to intentionally hurt you, right?

Abby: Really? Because this hurts. It’s a betrayal.

Devon: I’m sorry that you see it that way. I really am. But I understand that you are doing what you think you need to do to protect your family. You need to understand, though, that that’s what I’m trying to do also. I wouldn’t be putting you guys through any of this if I didn’t care so much about dominic and you and chance.

Abby: Okay.

Chance: We’ll be in touch.

[ Door closes ]

Amanda: Wow. Well, if it isn’t dr. Askmdnow.

Elena: And if it isn’t the proprietor of genoa city’s newest law firm.

Amanda: So, you feeling up for the day?

Elena: I am. I have exactly 20 minutes before I need to head to the clinic. How about you?

Amanda: Client meetings all day.

Elena: Hmm. So, how’s working with your sister?

Amanda: Oh, well, there is never a dull moment with imani.

Elena: [ Chuckles ]

Amanda: But she is holding her own. She has so many contacts from working with the family.

Elena: Ah. So that means a lot of people in politics, right?

Amanda: Yes, and she has not been shy about reaching out and, um, getting in touch.

Elena: Really? Shocking. She’s always been so timid and self-effacing.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ] She did give me an earful about her last encounter with you and nate.

Elena: [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t seem as happy as everyone else about us living together.

Amanda: So, how is nate?

Elena: Who’s asking — you or your sister?

Amanda: Both, maybe.

Elena: [ Laughs ] He’s fine. I mean, honestly, he’s wonderful. He’s a great housemate. And you can feel free to tell your sister that we went with the beige bathroom rug. She’ll know what I’m talking about.

Amanda: Okay. Well, cheers to you both.

Elena: Thanks. Hey, nate and I have been concerned about devon and this lawsuit.

Amanda: Yeah.

Elena: I mean, it’s all happening so fast. How’s it going?

Devon: Hey, man.

Nate: It’s a beautiful day out today, man. Am I wrong, or are we supposed to go for a run?

Devon: Just not really feeling up to that today.

Nate: What’s wrong?

Devon: Abby and chance just left.

Nate: [ Sighs ] How’s that situation going?

Devon: It’s not going well. Life’s been hard enough.

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Nick: Hey, room for one more?

Mariah: Yeah. I hear congratulations are in order. We’ve got another newman recruit at new hope.

Nick: I’m so looking forward to it, just a father and son, nose to the grindstone, changing the world one family at a time. It’s been forever since we teamed up. I’m so excited.

Noah: Yeah, I think since the underground.

Nick: I think that new hope is gonna give you a real chance to spread your wings.

Mariah: And this is not going to be slinging beers and flirting with the customers. You’re gonna have to do, like, you know, actual work.

Noah: I may need to rethink this.

Mariah: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: Make no mistake. There is a lot of work to do. But I can promise you that every day is gonna be different from the day before. And when a mother or father walks up to you and looks you in your eye and tells you that you changed their kids’ lives forever, there is no better feeling than that. You won’t want to do anything else. I seriously think he’s gonna revitalize the entire program.

Mariah: Wow. Those are some high expectations.

Nick: He’s up for it, right?

Noah: I can’t wait to get started.

Nick: Attaboy.

Elena: Wow. Poor devon. He and abby used to be so close. That must break his heart that she’s acting like he’s turned on her.

Amanda: Yeah, and now he’s worried that, even after everything is resolved, she may never trust him the same way.

Elena: Well, hopefully it doesn’t come to that.

Amanda: Well, if he wins, she’ll resent him, and if he loses, she will never forget that he tried to get custody.

Elena: Yeah, but I can understand why she’s acting so emotionally. I mean, nothing’s turned out how she thought it would. First she finds out that she can’t carry a child and then she learns that chance can’t father a baby and then her surrogate gets kidnapped by her ex-husband. And if that’s not bad enough, once the baby’s home safe and sound, she’s mistakenly told that her husband is killed.

Amanda: This is different. She’s not losing dominic. His biological father just wants to spend more time with him, just weekly visits.

Elena: I understand, but the fear of losing a child, it’s — it’s primal. I see it all the time with families who have sick babies. They’re terrified of losing their little ones, so they start acting out. They start doing things that defy logic. I just hope dominic comes out of this knowing how loved he is.

Amanda: That’s what everyone wants. They want the story to have a happy ending. But for now it’s just a complicated situation from every angle.

Nate: So, you’re telling me chance came over without abby.

Devon: Yes, he did. And it surprised the hell out of me, too.

Nate: That says a lot, you know? Sounds like he trusts you.

Devon: Well, he — he opened up about how he’s been struggling.

Nate: Well, that’s progress.

Devon: It would be if abby saw it that way. But she showed up not long after he did, and she wasn’t happy to see him here, especially after she heard what I asked him.

Nate: Which was?

Devon: Given the trauma that he’s experienced, does he really feel like he’s in the right headspace to give dominic all the love and support that he needs right now? And he said no.

Nate: Damn. Phew. How did abby react?

Devon: She still sees me as the bad guy who’s trying to get in the way of dominic and chance’s relationship, which I’m not trying to do.

Nate: Yeah. Yeah. All you want to do is protect your relationship with your biological son.

Devon: That’s absolutely right, yeah. Maybe you can get that through to abby ’cause everything I’ve tried hasn’t worked. And you know that going the legal route is the last thing i ever wanted to do. But it’s — I think it’s pretty clear that we’re in for a battle.

Abby: Why didn’t you tell me that you were going to devon’s? I understand that you have a lot of conflicting emotions, but you should talk to me about that. Or go see a counselor. You don’t go talk to the man who is suing us for custody of our son.

Chance: I know, abby, but if we don’t figure this out between ourselves, a judge is gonna decide for us. You know that, right?

Abby: Right! Even more reason not to go spill your guts to devon, who’s gonna use your words as weapons against us.

Chance: I don’t think he’s gonna do that.

Abby: Really?

Chance: Yes.

Abby: Because he is twisting your personal trauma into a failure, which it is not.

Chance: Abby, I know you would do anything for our family.

Abby: Yeah, you’re right. And I will not let anyone splinter us. So, I’m gonna go check on dom and louise. Will you be here when I get back?

Chance: Of course. Kim is now demonstrating her congestion.

Nate: If abby and chance are reacting out of shock and they’re panicking, which is what it sounds like to me, maybe you should ease up on them. You know, give them time to adjust to the idea of sharing custody.

Devon: Well, they weren’t for the idea of arranged visits. When I brought that up the first time, abby got pissed. When I told her forget it, she thought I meant forget the whole idea, and then when I brought it up again, she went off.

Nate: Must have been hard on both of you.

Devon: Beyond all that, i don’t want to give them too much time to come up with a counterargument. I don’t know if christine is gonna advise them to cut off all contact between me and dominic to weaken my case.

Nate: You don’t think they would agree to that, do you?

Devon: I don’t know what they’re gonna do. Abby’s upset. And lawyers are involved. Who knows what can happen now. So, for dom’s sake, I don’t want to take that chance.

Nate: And lawyers don’t care about collateral damage or what happens to your relationship with abby and chance.

Devon: No, they don’T. And that’s not something that i can worry about right now ’cause my son needs me. That’s the whole reason i started this in the first place. So it needs to get resolved as soon as possible.

Nate: Well, it’s not gonna get resolved today. So what I think we should do is get our heart pumping, man, you know, get that rush of endorphins that come from running in cold weather.

Devon: I — another time.

Nate: There’s no time like today. So go on upstairs and get dressed, and let’s get ready for this run.

Devon: I really don’t want to.

Nate: Do you know how many people would kill for my medical advice?

Devon: Maybe when you were the face of askmdnow.

Nate: And now I’m the chief of surgery. So go get changed for this run and be prepared to be left in the dust.

Devon: Oh, gosh. Okay. Alright. Alright.

Nate: Trust me. It’ll be good for you.

Devon: Yeah.

Noah: So, I’ve been doing some research into this movement that converts empty lots into green spaces.

Mariah: Oh, like urban gardens.

Noah: Yeah, and pocket parks, too. It’s a place to relax, a garden to grow vegetables, maybe some beehives.

Nick: New hope honey. Sounds sweet.

[ Laughs ]

Mariah: No. But I would buy some.

Noah: And there’s tons of other benefits, too. Shade, a place to relax, reduced air pollution.

Nick: You know what? There’s lots of empty lots in town that aren’t big enough for affordable housing, but they could certainly hold a community garden. I am gonna put you in touch with some geniuses who can help you with the grant applications for that.

Noah: Cool.

Tessa: There she is, my reason for singing.

Mariah: Wow. You’re such a flatterer.

Tessa: Hi, nick. Hi, noah.

Noah: Hey.

Mariah: Uh, where’d you run off to this morning?

Tessa: Oh, I just had some things that I had to take care of. Would you guys mind if i borrowed her for a minute?

Mariah: Yeah. What do you need?

Tessa: Oh, well, I’m meeting with bettina, and you are so much better with promoters than I could ever be.

Mariah: Oh, that is very sweet. And even though I’m not your pr guru anymore, I am the best hype girl.

Tessa: That is very true.

Mariah: Alright. Well, I’ll see you guys later.

Nick: Yeah. Good luck.

Tessa: Okay. Well, thank you.

Mariah: Yeah.

Tessa: Bye.

Nick: You know what I’m also gonna do? I am gonna put you in touch with this landscape architect that we’ve used on several of our projects. She’s local. She’s amazing, done a lot of work with the museums and — hmm.

[ Door closes ]

Chance: Where is louise going? Is she taking the baby for a walk?

Abby: Yeah. I asked her to. I didn’t want her to overhear our conversation with christine.

Chance: Why would that matter?

Abby: Because what if amanda subpoenas her and asks her to testify? I mean, yes, she works here with our family, but she did go over to devon’s and help while I was in spain. And I would never want to put her in the middle of all of this.

Chance: Alright, well, hopefully it’s not gonna get that far, right?

Abby: I wish that devon would realize that what he is doing is wrong and it could cause a lot of damage.

Chance: Abby, I think he means well.

Abby: Please. There is a difference between doing the right thing and rationalizing to get what you want. We are dominic’s parents, and we are doing a good job. Just because you are going through a hard time, it doesn’t change that. Everyone goes through rough patches.

Chance: I know, but I am trying to tell you that I do not have it in me right now. I do not have what dominic needs. I don’T.

Abby: Chance! He is playing on your insecurities! You are going to bond with him the way that devon has. It just takes time and patience.

Chance: I love that you believe in me like that. I do. I really love it. But I’m telling you it is not gonna be that easy. It’s not. You don’t realize what I’m dealing with right now. I’m having a hard time, and that’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s mine. I haven’t been really honest with you about it.

Devon: You think we really need caffeine before we work out?

Nate: Yes. It helps increase metabolism.

Devon: Okay. Hey, guys.

Nick: Speak of the devil.

Devon: What’s going on?

Noah: It’s my first day on the job at new hope.

Devon: Oh, nice, nice. I look forward to working with you.

Noah: Me too. Actually, I wanted to pick your brain about something I saw in the files. It was the training program for restaurant employees?

Devon: Yeah, that was something that abby and I were working on at society before her star chef took off to miami.

Noah: Oh.

Devon: But abby’s been in and out of the restaurant lately.

Noah: I’m sure she’s been busy with the baby and all.

Devon: Yeah, she has, but I’m still a huge fan of that concept, whether we bring it to society or, you know, start up a little café for the same purpose.

Noah: I mean, I’d love to make it reality. Something like that could really change people’s lives for the better.

Nick: And that is why i wanted him to come on board.

Devon: Hey, that’s the same way hamilton-winters started. I wanted to figure out how to work with my dad, you know? That father/son bond is very special. You should always treasure it.

Noah: Yeah.

Nick: Yeah.

Noah: [ Chuckles ]

Abby: Well, um… what haven’t you been honest with me about?

Chance: Just how I’ve been dealing with everything that i went through in spain. I’m not okay, abby. I’m having nightmares.

Abby: Yeah. Um, I know. I — I hear you screaming.

Chance: I’m sorry. It’s hard for me to even talk about them.

Abby: I guess I just figured that you’d — you’d tell me what they were about when you were ready.

Chance: Well, they — they start out as normal dreams. And then it’ll just cut black. And I feel this — I feel this pressure on me. I can’t move. And then I’m in spain. I’m back there the night of the explosion, and I’m — I’m watching my entire team die. And I don’t even have to be asleep for those images and — and sounds and — and smells to come back to me. They’re always in my head. I try to shut them out, and i can’T. They always come back to me. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing. It doesn’t matter where I am. All I see is the building up in smoke. I see bodies. I heard this ringing in my ears, buried under this rubble and… I don’t know. I’ve tried to wash these out. I’ve tried to get rid of them, but it doesn’t work. I can’t fix it.

Abby: I’m so sorry.

[ Sniffles ] That sounds awful. And exhausting. I mean, that’s probably why you feel too tired to care for our baby.

Chance: Abby, I’ve been trying so hard to be okay. I’ve been trying so hard to be a good dad and a man that you can depend on, and I — I’m just not that guy anymore. I’m not the same guy I was when I left here a year ago. And I feel like I’m letting you down.

Abby: No. You could never disappoint me. Look, we are gonna get you some help, and we’re gonna find someone that’s gonna help you get to the other side. And in the meantime, I think you just — you need some rest.

Chance: Yeah. Some sleep will definitely be a good start.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Abby: Alright, well, um… okay, that must be christine, so we will talk about this later.

Chance: Yeah. Yeah, sure.

Abby: Okay.

Chance: [ Sighs ]

[ Exhales heavily ]

[ Door opens ]

Abby: Christine, hi.

Christine: Hi. Sorry I’m late.

Abby: Oh, no. Come on in. We were just talking.

Chance: Hey.

Christine: How are you?

Chance: Let me get your coat from you.

Christine: Thank you.

Chance: Of course.

Christine: Appreciate it.

Chance: Can I get you a drink, anything like that?

Christine: No, no, no. I’m fine. Thanks.

Abby: Please make yourself comfortable.

Christine: Before, uh, we begin, I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you and devon are at odds.

Abby: Yeah. Um, me too. But I’m very confident that we were very careful when we drew up that legal agreement, and i think that if devon does take us to court, we should be protected, right? I mean, the judge should make him abide by that agreement.

Christine: Well, yeah, I wish it were that simple.

Abby: Why wouldn’t it be?

Christine: Gestational surrogacy is a relatively new development, legally speaking. Different states have different rules. There isn’t much legislation in place in wisconsin to regulate the process, and there isn’t much relevant case law.

Chance: So this is all just a gray area.

Christine: Well, the one overriding principle is the judge should make the decision in the best interest of the child.

Chance: So, if the judge decides devon would be a better father, they could rule in his favor, right?

Christine: I know it isn’t what you want to hear, but… yes, legally, that is possible.

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Christine: So, why don’t we go over the factors that would work in our favor if this case goes in front of a judge? For one thing, you’re a married couple providing a stable home and family. Now, we could argue giving devon shared custody would be disruptive and confusing to the baby.

Abby: What about the signed contract that we have with devon?

Christine: Well, that isn’t necessarily enforceable. It does show that devon had no desire to play a role in raising dominic, aside from being a close family friend.

Abby: I always said that i would be honest with dominic that devon is his biological father, but that’s only because I insisted on it.

Chance: What if devon brings up the fact that very little of this process has gone the way we expected?

Christine: He could make that argument. Abby left the baby in his care, not a member of her family or a nanny, and because of that, he could say that she was encouraging him to take a paternal role in dominic’s life and that it would be in the baby’s best interest to continue that.

Chance: Because of me and my issues.

Christine: If the other side decides to play hardball, they will assert that you’re suffering from emotional trauma from being overseas, that you’re incapable of being a father, that the biological father is ready, willing, and eager to assume that role.

Abby: That’s cruel and unfair.

Christine: I know. It’s just — it’s a possibility we have to prepare for. Now, chance, you would have to testify under oath that those accusations are unfounded. Are you up for that?

Abby: Yes. I mean, chance would do anything to protect our family. And I know that he is making up for the time that he lost with dominic, but if devon were the friend that he says that he is, he would be supporting us. He wouldn’t be taking us to court and stressing us out. We are dominic’s parents. We can provide him with everything that he needs, and devon —

Chance: Abby, abby, abby, stop. Stop. I can’t lie anymore. I’m not gonna lie to myself or to you, and I’m definitely not gonna lie in court. I mean, devon’s right. Devon is absolutely right.

Nick: So, we have funding coming in from a few different foundations, some government programs, a lot of private donors who are all very excited that you’re coming on board to work with us.

Noah: Yeah, yeah, yeaH. I can’t wait.

Nick: I’m gonna put together a spreadsheet of the application deadlines, the various people that are in charge, you know, the ones that you should be prioritizing. Looks to me like your eyes are glazing over.

Noah: Yeah. Yeah. I’m — I’m sorry. It’s just — it’s a lot of details all at once. Do you mind if we take a break?

Nick: Yeah. Cool. Plus, it’ll give me a chance to ask you about something that is none of my business.

Noah: Okay.

Nick: We’re gonna be working together, but I don’t ever want you to feel like I’m prying into your personal life.

Noah: Dad, you don’t have to make a disclaimer with me. Just tell me what’s on your mind.

Nick: When mariah and tessa left, uh, I couldn’t help but notice that it seemed to deflate you.

Noah: Well, they’re pretty entertaining.

Nick: You sure that’s all it is?

Mariah: Uh… either we stumbled into a private party or bettina got the wrong idea about, uh, what was happening in this meeting.

Tessa: Um, I lied about meeting bettina.

Mariah: And why would you do that?

Tessa: Well, I needed to lure you here into my carefully choreographed plan. This, uh, private setting, this romantic restaurant — it’s for us.

Mariah: This is beautiful. And you’re beautiful and I don’t deserve you and I don’t know what I did to deserve this, actually. Are we celebrating something?

Tessa: Hopefully.

Mariah: Oh, my god, tessa, are — are you doing what i think you’re doing?

[ Exhales sharply ]

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Noah: I’m not sure what you’re getting at.

Nick: Look, I’ve been around the block a time or two. Doesn’t mean I’m gonna lecture you or interrogate you. But you and tessa — you know, you have a history, and I know better than anyone what it’s like when you have old feelings resurface.

Noah: Look, dad, I don’t know what you think you saw, but…

Nick: Okay.

Noah: I would never do that to my sister’s girlfriend.

Nick: Noah, I’m not accusing you of anything. But actions are easy to control. Feelings, not so much. You and tessa had something good, you know, and she’s very talented. She’s very beautiful. You two have been working very closely on this album cover stuff, so it’s only natural that some old attractions might be rekindled. I mean, it happens.

Noah: [ Sighs ] You don’t think mariah knows, do you?

Mariah: Oh, my god, this feels like I’m dreaming. Am I dreaming?

Tessa: We deserve every bit of happiness because we never gave up on love, ourselves, our dreams. Remember when we started out a million years ago? We were just this delicate, fragile thing. But every time we made the choice to trust it, to forgive each other’s mistakes, to help each other heal, it only grew stronger and more powerful and more beautiful.

Mariah: Oh, my god, I cannot.

[ Both laugh ]

Tessa: But even though i can’t imagine my heart being any fuller than it is now, I know that when we have a family, it’ll only expand and become more infinite.

Mariah: A-are you doing this because of our plans to adopt?

Tessa: I can’t remember a moment when I didn’t want this. I was just waiting until we were both ready. And now I am. And I really hope you are, too.

Mariah: [ Breathes deeply ]

[ Sniffles ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

Tessa: I’m so lucky… to be the women that loves and is loved by you. And I know in my soul that we were meant to live this life together. And that’s why I’m proposing…

[ Both laugh ] …That we make it official. Marry me, mariah?

Mariah: [ Breathing heavily ]

Tessa: This is the part where you say “yes.”

Mariah: I can’T.

[ Sniffles ] Before I answer your question… there’s something that I have to tell you.

[ Door closes ]

Chance: [ Exhales heavily ] I’m — I’m so sorry.

Abby: No. No. Don’t be.

Chance: I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth, abby. I feel like I’m barely holding it together right now. My body is here, but my mind is still in sin>My team, and I’m asking myself, “why did I survive? What could I have done to save everyone?” It goes through my mind every day. Every day, going through every single possible scenario. And I can’t get in front of a court right now and lie. I can’t do that.

Abby: No, no, I-I wouldn’t want you to lie only to hope things would get better. I just — I want you to be better.

Chance: When you were overwhelmed, you went to devon for help.

Abby: But that was a temporary fix. What you’re asking — it would be giving devon permanent legal rights to our son, all because you’re stressed right now. It’s gonna go away. I am sorry that I put so much pressure on you. And I will take on all of the childcare. I’ll do it while you recover. I would be happy to do it. We don’t need to turn to devon.

Chance: Abby, I truly don’t understand why you’re fighting this so much. I mean, devon loves dominic. And there’s nothing wrong with him wanting to play a permanent part in that little boy’s life. That’s what any good father would do.

Amanda: Dominic has a good father! It’s you!

Chance: Stop saying that. I am no good to anyone right now. I am — I am broken right now, abby. I am broken. My wounds have healed, but there is something wrong with me inside, okay? It’s like this constant pressure that I’m feeling. It’s like a — it’s like a black hole is just ripping away all my energy, and I have nothing left to give to dominic. I have nothing!

Abby: Then let me help you.

Chance: This would help me — knowing dominic is in good hands and he’s not being deprived of a father’s love because I can’t figure it out. Abby, I need this just as much as devon and dominic. Please. You got to trust me. This is the right thing to do.

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Abby: I am so sorry. I had no idea how much pain that you were in. And I wish I could just make it all go away. I wish I could make everything that happened to you in spain just disappear.

Chance: [ Smooches ] Yeah, I know. And I will keep fighting to get better. I promise you that. I’ll figure this out. I just have to let go of all this guilt that I have.

Abby: Oh, no one should make you feel guilty. This isn’t your fault. There’s no point in turning this into a battle or cutting out one of your friends. Abby, if this goes before a judge, they’re gonna do what’s best for the baby. And we both know what that means. Look, you’re scared where this might lead, I know.

Abby: I feel like every minute that dominic’s not with us, it’s just time that we could be bonding with him. And if we give in to devon now, I mean, what’s gonna stop him from asking for more time later?

Chance: We have to give devon the benefit of the doubt. I mean, the guy means well. He’s an excellent dad.

Abby: [ Sniffles ]

Chance: Dominic will always be our son, abby. Don’t get me wrong. Devon doesn’t want to change that, either. He just wants to add a little love.

Abby: [ Sniffles ] I don’t know.

Chance: You know, a lot of kids grow up without parents, without a family. Dominic’s gonna be lucky enough to at least have three people love him more than life. And, baby, I know I’ve asked a lot of you these last couple months. I know I have. And here I am again asking you, with our son. I know you’re a planner and this is not what you wanted. I know it.

Abby: I mean, it was supposed to be you and me and our baby makes three.

Chance: I know, but think of what we stand to lose if we go before a judge. Think about it. And think about what we could gain if we just allow the man that helped us bring that boy into this world just to spend time with him every week. Think of how bigger his world will be, how much bigger our hearts will be.

Abby: I feel like he is trying to take our son.

Chance: No, that’s not it. It’s just welcoming devon into the family and giving me a little space to heal. I mean, don’t you want that?

Devon: [ Sighs ] Oh, my gosh. Felt like you were tryinto kill me, man.

Nate: But you made it back alive, just like I said.

Devon: [ Groans ] If you’re training for some, like, iron man competition, I’m not the one to do it with.

Nate: [ Laughs ] I told you I’d help you get your mind off things, and I did.

Devon: Yeah, now you got me thinking about my mortality.

Nate: And stopped you from checking your phone every two minutes to see if somebody called you.

Devon: Um… now this is all out of my hands, and I just have to trust that abby will come around or a judge will side with me and say I’m being reasonable.

Nate: Whatever it is, I hope it gets resolved soon.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

Devon: Abby.

Abby: Devon, hi. Um… chance and I have talked, and if you’re up for it, we’d like to meet with you again.

Noah: Spending so much time with tessa lately has brought up a lot of memories from when we were together. Probably wasn’t the best idea to listen to all her music on loop when I was making the album cover.

Nick: Let me guess. A lot of love songs?

Noah: Yep. [ Sighs ] But you don’t have to worry. I’m not gonna make an ass of myself. Mariah and tessa are happy, and I’m happy for them. So they have my support 100%.

Nick: Well, I think that’s a good call. And if it helps, if you do decide to revisit an old relationship, there’s absolutely no guarantee that it won’t end the way it did the first time.

Noah: Yeah. I don’t know. Maybe — maybe it just felt safe to be nostalgic about tessa because I know she’s completely unavailable right now. And I’m not really looking for anything real, so I’ll just focus on my work, my family, and maybe trying to have some fun.

Nick: I like it. And your old man can help with all three.

Noah: Sounds good.

Mariah: Stand with me.

Tessa: Okay.

Mariah: Because that’s who we are to each other. We lift each other up.

Tessa: We always have.

Mariah: Especially and most notably this last summer.

Tessa: When you went missing, it shook me to my core.

Mariah: I know. And even when I came back, I was so lost. I was so unsure, and then for a brief period of time, I was too sure.

Tessa: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: But all the while, you were patient and loving and reassuring. Your strength made me strong, and your power made me powerful. You were honest with me when it was really, really difficult.

Tessa: [ Laughs ]

Mariah: But, tessa, you brought me back to life. And I know it wasn’t easy.

Tessa: For either of us.

Mariah: But thank god you are so brave.

Tessa: We both are, relentlessly.

Mariah: And I am so grateful and so thankful for all of the crazy, impossible, insane things that have come into our life. And I — I wouldn’t change a minute of it because it brought us here, to this moment… to a life together that is… happier and more thrilling than I could have ever imagined it to be. And this love, our love — i want to share that with our kids. So I say yes… to more of that, to a lifetime of us. Yes, yes, yes, I will marry you.

[ Laughing ] Yes!

[ Breathing heavily ]

[ Sniffles ] Oh, my gosh.

[ Both laugh ] Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Your eyes.

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Y&R Best Lines Friday, January 21, 2022

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Noah: It had become so unorganic. There was no joy in it. I had no spark, and it wasn’t until I came back here and started working on Tessa’s album cover that it finally came back. Anyways, I’m gonna get back to my art, doing it for myself, but first, I feel like I need a reset, and I think being a part of what my dad’s created is a step in the right direction. And now that I have a better understanding of what New Hope’s all about, I admire this guy even more. You know, he gets up every day and actually improves people’s lives. He doesn’t brag about it. He doesn’t have a pr firm. He doesn’t just say he’s gonna give back to the community. He just gets out there and does it.

Nick: Okay, that’s — that’s more than enough.

Noah: [ Laughs ]

Nikki: [ Chuckles ]

Noah: Besides, what could be better than working with my old man?

Victor: Not a thing, son. Not a thing.

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Lauren: …Is Victor himself. The man thrives on chaos.

Michael: No, the man is a business genius who simply wants to secure his legacy.

Lauren: Oh, honey. He does not want to hire a man of your caliber so he can ride peacefully off into the sunset. He needs a legal ninja who can kick ass and take names and move along his agenda.

Michael: He did say things were about to get interesting.

Lauren: [ Laughs ] See? I knew it.

Michael: No, I’ll be doing exciting work that will get my blood going. That’s a definite plus in my book.

Lauren: Right, in the shark-infested waters of the Newman corporate world and the accompanying family drama.

Michael: [ Clears throat ] Which would make for some rather pleasant pillow talk.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ] You are very sexy when your blood is boiling.


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Y&R Best Lines Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Billy: I wanted to personally thank you for that text message that you sent to lily congratulating her on her new position at Chancellor Industries.

Adam: Yeah. I understand that there’s another round of kudos I should bestow. Heard you were just named COO.

Billy: That is correct, yes. I didn’t get a text message from you.

Adam: Mm.

Billy: Seriously, though, thank you very much for reaching out to Lily in that way. It’s appreciated. You can’t imagine how surprised I was when I heard you did so.

Adam: Oh, I’m sure I can.

Billy: No. Trust me. You can’t.

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Billy: Welcome to your new office, madam CEO.

Lily: Thank you. Same office I had when I was running ChanceCom.

Billy: Yeah, that’s true. It’s a little bit different, you know. Thanks to Nick and my wheeling, dealing mother, you now have the entire building, not just this floor.

Lily: I know. Well, it’s nice. I kind of like it. Nice to have something familiar when there’s been so many changes.

[ Gasps ] Aww. Flowers and liquor?

Billy: Don’t look at me.

Lily: No? Oh, it’s from Jill congratulating us on our first day. The scotch is for you, of course.

Billy: Well, she knows me well.

Lily: “I believe in you both and know that you will accomplish great things. Now go kick some ass. Jill.”

Billy: That’s my mother for you. We better listen to the lady and enjoy this last moment of peace we will have in these hallowed halls.

Lily: Very sweet. It is weird, though, coming back to an old office to start a new job, right?

Billy: Yeah. It’s like returning to the scene of a crime.

Lily: Well, I got to say, we did some great things here.

Billy: And in the copy room. Do not forget the copy room.

Lily: No, I could never forget the copy room.


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Rey: Ooh! We should do that more often.

Sharon: Yes, absolutely. Thank you for braving the museum with me.

Rey: Are you kidding? I loved it. Besides, I figured I should learn more about art since noah’s living here now. Although none of those paintings were as beautiful as you are.

Sharon: Aww.

Rey: [ Chuckles ]

Sharon: Oh, hey, Nick.

Nick: Hey.

Sharon: What are you doing here?

Nick: You guys look like you’re in a pretty good mood.

Rey: We are.

Sharon: Having some French food, walking through a museum — it can do wonders for your mind-set.

Nick: Well, don’t mind me. I’m just sitting here minding my own business, waiting for Noah.

Sharon: Oh. What are you two meeting about? The job offer?

Nick: Hey.

Noah: Hey.

Sharon: Oh, great. Now both of you can fill us in.

Noah: On what?

Sharon: On what you’re meeting with your dad about.

Noah: Well, first off, nosy. Secondly, I think I need to talk to dad in private for a sec.

Sharon: Okay. No problem.

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what’s going down out there.

Sharon: Nope. I already know. Noah accepted Nick’s offer.

Rey: You could hear that from in here?

Sharon: I can tell by the look on Noah’s face. I’m happy he and Nick are bonding like that. It means that Noah’s gonna stick around, hopefully for a very long time. It just feels like life is exactly the way that it should be.


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Y&R Best Lines Monday, January 17, 2022

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Lily: Ah, this is exactly what I needed.

Billy: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: I’ve just been throwing myself into work so much trying to get ready for the big day, i didn’t realize how tense I was.

Billy: Well, I’m glad I could help you relax.

Lily: So, now can I ask questions?

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Billy: Well, first and foremost, I apologized, and i also confessed about my ill-fated plan to get back at victor and Adam for everything they did to us. I was also very clear that my change of heart came because of your guidance, and she was very grateful for that. She honestly believes that you are my guardian angel.

Lily: Well, I appreciate the credit, but I do think that you’re underselling the strength it took to turn the other cheek to the Newmans.

Billy: Mm.

Lily: So, just tell me — did your mom accept your apology?

Billy: My mother and I making up usually involves a bone-crushing hug while she calls me an idiot. So, by that definition… yeah, we healed.

Lily: So, are you coming to Chancellor as COO?

Billy: Yes.

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Billy: I am your COO, with, of course, my mother’s blessing.

Lily: Ooh, good, I’m so glad!


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Y&R Short Recap Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Noah admits to Nick that he has feelings for Tessa but he will never act on those feelings because he knows Mariah and Tessa are happy together.

Tessa surprises Mariah with a marriage proposal which Mariah happily accepts.

Chance finally tells Abby that he has been having a hard time dealing with the trauma of losing his team members during his last mission. Chance tells Abby about his nightmares and they both agree he needs professional help to deal with his trauma.

Abby is worried that if they give Devon weekly visits with Dominic. Chance asks Abby to give Devon weekly visits because if they go to court they will lose because he can’t lie under oath about his emotional state. Abby calls Devon and asks him to come over and talk to her and Chance again.

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Y&R Short Recap Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Lily has a successful first day as CEO of Chancellor Industries and she and Billy are excited to begin this new chapter in their careers.

Chelsea tells Adam that in order for her to keep working for the fashion platform of Newman Media the fashion platform must have a separate office space so she won’t have to see him every day.

Chance asks to meet with Devon alone to see if they could work out a compromise so they won’t have to go to court. Abby also arrives at Devon’s place to talk to him and is surprised to find Chance there. Devon asks Chance if he feels he can take care of Dominic and give him all the emotional support and stability he needs right now given all the trauma he went through during his last mission. Chance tells Devon that he doesn’t feel he can take care of Dominic right now an answer that comes as a shock to Abby.

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Devon: Welcome to the world, little man. They just want to make sure you’re happy and healthy.

Chance: Is he sick? Is this, like, a sick thing? Should I call the doctor?

Devon: No, no, no. I don’t think he’s sick. It’s just — I think he’s tired.

Chance: He isn’t going to sleep.

Devon: Because he’s a baby, you know? He gets fussy and you need to calm him down.

Chance: You got something that’ll make him eat?

Dominic: [ Crying ]

Devon: I don’t have any tricks, but let me try.

Chance: Here you go.

Dominic: [ Crying ]

Chance: It’s okay. Hey, it’s okay, bud.

Devon: Hey, hey, hey.

Dominic: [ Crying ]

Devon: It’s okay. Hey.

Dominic: [ Wailing ]

Devon: Hey, hey.

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

Dominic: [ Wailing ]

Devon: Oh, no. No, you don’t want that. Okay, okay. Let’s get you up. Let’s get you up and let’s just relax. There you go.

Chance: Oh, you did it.

Devon: There you go.

Chance: In her eyes, I’m the perfect husband and the perfect father.

Devon: You don’t see yourself like that?

Chance: Not even close.

Devon: Okay. Well, I mean, the fact that she does — that’s a good thing, right?

Chance: It’s just not who i am, man. I let her down before our baby was even born. I mean, I failed her.

Devon: I don’t know how you figure that you failed anybody. You’re home. You made it. You’re alive. You know, you have a brand-new son. You got a great wife.

Chance: Do I deserve it? You know, I made commitments to abby and dominic. I’m gonna do everything that i can to try to live up to them. But — but the question is, can I?

Devon: [ Sighs ] God, I wish I could talk to you, dad. You wouldn’t just tell me what to do, either. You would — you would break everything down, have me look at it from every angle… find the heart of the matter.

[ Sighs ] And then you’d let me figure it out on my own.

[ Sighs ] Oh, god, I just want to hear you say that you get it, that you get why I’m doing what I’m doing, even though it’s not goa be easy. ‘Cause I’m just trying to do the right thing for my son.

Chance: Hey. You want some coffee?

Abby: No. I didn’t get any sleep, but i feel like I’m gonna jump out of my skin if I have caffeine.

Chance: What can I do to help you?

Abby: Chance, explain it to me. Please. Devon is ready to take legal action to get shared custody of our son, and you don’t want to fight him on it? He has you questioning your ability to be a good father, which is wrong and, frankly, disgusting. You just went through something, something terrible, and he wants you to just bounce back? Healing from trauma takes time. Learning to parent takes time.

Chance: I know, and his point is dominic doesn’t have time to sit around and wait for me to figure this out.

Abby: Our son is thriving. It’s just — it takes a while for us to get established as a family, and I feel like all of this is just unraveling.

Chance: I’m sorry, abby. I’m — I’m sorry. I just feel that our best option is to find some common ground here, you know, find something that everybody can live with, because I don’t see devon backing down. I really don’T. And this has potential to get really ugly.

Abby: Okay, fine. Then let it get ugly because I’m not gonna agree to something that could profoundly disrupt our son’s life. We had a document. We had it drawn up. We all agreed to it. We went into this with our eyes wide open. And now devon wants to change it and he’s taking it this far? You know, it — it breaks my heart, but I am gonna fight for my son. And I need something from you.

Chance: Anything. You know that.

Abby: I need to know that you’re with me, that you’re on my side.

Chance: Abby, of course. I always am.

[ Smooches ]

Lily: Good morning.

Billy: Hi.

Sharon: Good morning, you two. What can I get you?

Lily: Uh, I’ll have an espresso, please.

Billy: That’s right. Take it up a notch. It’s her first day as ceo of chancellor industries.

Sharon: [ Gasps ] That is so wonderful. Congratulations.

Lily: Thank you. Well, it’s billy’s first day, too. He’s joining chancellor as coo so it’s a big day for both of us.

Sharon: Okay, then I’ll congratulate both of you. Clearly you make an excellent team. And you seem very relaxed for such a momentous occasion.

Billy: Well, it’s nice to look towards the future now, putting everything that happened at chanccomm behind us.

Lily: Mm-hmm. Uh, on that note, I think we should go back to the office?

Billy: No, we don’t have to rush out just because adam got here.

Lily: Well, I would like to ignore him.

Billy: We could do that. But what kind of message would that send? Medusa lived with a hideous curse.

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Chance: You going somewhere?

Abby: I just, um — I need to get some air. Dominic’s asleep, and louise is upstairs.

Chance: Hey, I feel like what I said earlier upset you. And I’m –I’m really sorry.

Abby: No, I’m — I’m not angry at you. It’s devon. Insinuating that we’re failing our son — it’s pretty insulting.

Chance: Abby, that doesn’t reflect on you at all. He’s got a problem with me.

Abby: [ Scoffs ] And clearly amanda’s willing to do whatever it takes to get devon whatever he wants, like using everything we say as a weapon.

Chance: I know. I should have never opened up to him. That’s what started this whole thing.

Abby: You confided in devon. You shared what happened to you in spain. And now he’s using that as an excuse to void our agreement.

Chance: Yeah, he sure is, but it’s still my fault.

Abby: Don’t say that. Look, I know you don’t want things to get adversarial, and I love you for it, but devon has gone too far. And I think this is gonna be impossible. I have to go.

[ Smooches ]

[ Door opens ]

[ Footsteps departing ]

Chloe: You’re late. But I forgive you. I just got an update on sally.

Chelsea: How’s her trip to new york going?

Chloe: Well, believe it or not, she’s got a full day planned — interviewing colin lacasa, big score, then lunch at choon-hee park’s atelier, and then dinner with the winner of that reality show, um, about streetwear designers.

Chelsea: Great. And she’s getting it all on video?

Chloe: Just like we planned. Oh, no. What’s wrong? Spill, because we both know we’re not getting down to business until you do.

Chelsea: It’s nothing.

Chloe: Okay, well, the floor is all yours until your breakfast arrives. I ordered your usual. So, are you gonna tell me, or do I have to guess?

Chelsea: Can we just change the subject, please?

Chloe: It’s adam. And don’t tell me I’m wrong because I have seen this movie. This is exactly why I told you to avoid him like the plague. Anything or anyone who throws you off your game is just detrimental to our plans.

Chelsea: Trust me, I know how you feel about adam. You harp on and on about it every chance you get.

Chloe: Well, goodness knows you’ve given me boatloads of opportunities.

[ Sighs ] You are my best friend. I would do and have done anything — anything for you. Why can’t you just do this one simple thing for me?

Chelsea: You were right. Again. About everything. And if I’d just listened to you in the first place, I wouldn’t be stuck in this mess.

[ Sighs ]

Billy: Glad I ran into you.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Why is that?

Billy: I wanted to personally thank you for that text message that you sent to lily congratulating her on her new position at chancellor industries.

Adam: Yeah. I understand that there’s another round of kudos I should bestow. Heard you were just named coo.

Billy: That is correct, yes. I didn’t get a text message from you.

Adam: Mm.

Billy: Seriously, though, thank you very much for reaching out to lily in that way. It’s appreciate. You can’t imagine how surprised I was when I heard you did so.

Adam: Oh, I’m sure I can.

Billy: No. Trust me. You can’T.

Sharon: Adam.

Adam: Mm-hmm?

Sharon: Can I get you something?

Adam: Um, I’m just gonna have a regular coffee. But, uh, in honor of their first day, I’d love to buy the leaders of chancellor industries their coffee.

Billy: Well, isn’t that nice? Celebrating lily’s much-deserved new position.

Adam: I am sure she will do great things there.

Billy: I’m assuming whatever lingering animosity the newmans may have will be solely directed at me? You and victor will let lily thrive without any games or interference? Is that right?

Adam: Absolutely.

Billy: Glad to hear that.

Sharon: Here you go.

Adam: Thank you.

Lily: Thank you, adam, for the coffee.

Adam: My pleasure.

Billy: You have a good day. I know we will.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Bye.

Sharon: I hope at least some of that little performance was sincere. One by poise is our first pad

Chelsea: I was holding out hope that adam and I could find our way back to each other for a reason. I mean, he’s a different man now. And I’m in a better place. And no matter what, something in the past has always brought us back together, so why should this time be any different?

Chloe: That’s why you kept ignoring my words of wisdom?

Chelsea: [ Sighs ] I thought it was our destiny. And even though adam made it clear I shouldn’t think that way, I still felt like he was connected to me, too, and he felt that, but he was just fighting it because he felt responsible for driving me to do all the terrible things I did.

Chloe: [ Scoffs ] Well, he was. Sorry. Forget I said that. Just tell me what happened last night.

Chelsea: Well, we went to get drinks, which I thought was a good sign, but he was very blunt and very cold when he told me there was no future for us and that I should just stop fooling myself.

Chloe: Oh, honey, that must have been hard for you to hear.

Chelsea: Yeah. Oh, and then it gets worse. He also made it clear that we cannot continue to work together professionally if I can’t let go of the past.

Chloe: I’m sorry.

Chelsea: [ Scoffs ] You know, before, when I was, you know, battling sharon for first place in his heart or he was prioritizing his feud with billy and victor over our relationship, I still always felt like we had an unshakeable bond. It could withstand anything. But I was wrong. Adam has made it clear it’s broken. For good.

Adam: Look, I appreciate that you want to give me the benefit of the doubt, but, as with everything with me and billy, it’s complicated and it’s convoluted.

Sharon: Only because the two of you are so hell-bent on keeping it going.

Adam: Well, I really do wish lily the best.

Sharon: Well, that’s really nice. I’m glad. Um, I should get back to my barista.

Adam: Will you — sharon, will you just wait a minute? There’s just something that i wanted to ask you. Uh, connor has been talking to me about how much he’s been going running with faith, and he mentioned that he texts her when he wants to hang out at the stables. So, I hope he hasn’t been taking up too much of her time.

Sharon: Um…no, of course not.

Adam: Glad to hear it. Living at the tack house does have its drawbacks, but I’m grateful to have extended family around for my son’s sake.

Sharon: I can hear the wistfulness in your voice. You can’t hide how important connor is to you.

Adam: He’s my focus right now. Him and newman media.

Sharon: I’m really glad that you and victor managed to build something. And I know how important that is to you. Regardless of what happens to the company, I do hope that you two will be able to maintain this level of trust.

Adam: Me too.

Sharon: And I can’t help hoping that you would just let go of this thing with billy. Don’t you two realize how much better your lives would be if you weren’t battling?

Adam: Mine would be a lot simpler. Trust me.

Sharon: Well, then walk away. And use this battle as a gauge so that you can see how far you’ve come instead of using it as an excuse to go back to bad behavior.

Adam: Are you gonna give him the same advice?

Sharon: Yeah, actually, I’m going to. You know, you and billy — you’re a lot more alike than either want of you want to admit.

Billy: Welcome to your new office, madam ceo.

Lily: Thank you. Same office I had when I was running chanccomm.

Billy: Yeah, that’s true. It’s a little bit different, you know. Thanks to nick and my wheeling, dealing mother, you now have the entire building, not just this floor.

Lily: I know. Well, it’s nice. I kind of like it. Nice to have something familiar when there’s been so many changes.

[ Gasps ] Aww. Flowers and liquor?

Billy: Don’t look at me.

Lily: No? Oh, it’s from jill, congratulating us on our first day. The scotch is for you, of course.

Billy: Well, she knows me well.

Lily: “I believe in you both and know that you will accomplish great things. Now go kick some ass. Jill.”

Billy: That’s my mother for you. We better listen to the lady and enjoy this last moment of peace we will have in these hallowed halls.

Lily: Very sweet. It is weird, though, coming back to an old office to start a new job, right?

Billy: Yeah. It’s like returning to the scene of a crime.

Lily: Well, I got to say, we did some great things here.

Billy: And in the copy room. Do not forget the copy room.

Lily: No, I could never forget the copy room.

Billy: Look, this is walls and furniture, okay? You are the ceo of chancellor industries, with all the power and the possibilities in your hand, and you’re gonna do amazing things no matter where you are.

Lily: Thank you. With your love and support.

Billy: Anytime, anywhere. Not that you’ll need it. You are capable of changing the world all on your own.

Lily: [ Chuckles ]

[ Knock on door ]

Devon: Someone told me there’s a ceo in here.

Lily: Yes. Hi.

Devon: Is it alright?

Lily: What are you doing here?

Devon: Brought you a gift, boss lady.

Lily: Oh, thank you!

Devon: How you doing?

Lily: Good.

Devon: Yeah?

Lily: Better that you’re here.

Devon: Oh, well, I just came to wish you luck and tell you that everyone who loves you that can’t be here today is very proud of what you’ve accomplished, so…

Lily: Thank you.

Devon: You’re welcome. It’s a good day. Welcome to the ceo club.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Ceo club. Thank you.

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: [ Laughs ] (Man 1 vo) I’m living with cll

Chloe: We are each other’s ride-or-die, through thick and thin and everything in between. I just want you to be happy.

Chelsea: And free of adam.

Chloe: Free of your skewed idea of adam, the rose-colored version of your past where he’s some tragic hero or some misunderstood loner with a heart of gold, to stop making excuses for his dangerous behavior. He can’t just blame everything on his traumatic childhood or his father’s manipulations. At some point, you have to make the choice to break free, like you did when you left your grifter life behind. And you built real relationships and focused on making a better life for your son.

Chelsea: Which is what adam did, too.

Chloe: It’s what adam wants people to believe he’s doing. I told adam in order for this to be successful that we can’t be distracted by personal baggage or vendettas, but adam’s gonna be adam.

Chelsea: So, what are you saying? That I should just give up, walk away from the company?

Chloe: No, that is not what i want at all. We need to focus on the work, expanding it to include your incredible designs and making newman fashion an entity on its own so it can survive if adam manages to screw it all up.

Chelsea: [ Sighs ]

Chloe: So, yes, you’re right. I — I wanted you to break your addiction to adam… to let go of the hope that things are miraculously going to change.

[ Sighs ] I know your heart is breaking. My heart is breaking for you. Chels, this is not the end of something. This is just the beginning. You have your power back. And now we — we are in control of our own destiny.

Adam: You aren’t the only one to compare me to billy recently.

Sharon: Ohh. And how do you feel about that?

Adam: [ Sighs ] It is enough to make a guy go all-in on changing his ways.

Sharon: You and billy have both come a really long way. You both have full lives. You know, that’s proof that people can heal, and that’s really inspiring.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Come on. I have only inspired people to do terrible things.

Sharon: Oh, excuse me. Abby.

Abby: Hey.

Sharon: Are you okay? You look a little stressed.

Abby: Um, I’ve been better.

Adam: Hi, abby. Well, I better get back to the office before they send out a search party. It’s good to see you, abby. I hope things turn around for you soon.

Abby: Thank you.

Adam: Take care, sharon.

Sharon: You too. Um, do you want to talk about it? I’m all ears. We can sit down.

Abby: Thank you for offering to listen, but I really don’t want to get into it right now.

Sharon: Are you sure? Because I think if you didn’t, you would have just told me that everything’s fine.

Abby: [ Sighs ] I just — it’s stuff at home. You know, I have a new baby and a husband who’s been through a lot.

Sharon: I understand. Well, we can just sit down and not talk about it. Or I can get you something to eat.

Abby: I am kind of hungry.

Sharon: Alright. See? I can’t solve all the world’s problems, but I can fix that.

Nate: I cannot believe it took us two whole days of shopping to find lamps that you liked.

Elena: [ Chuckles ] Admit it. Those lamps were a huge improvement from those purple ones you had.

Nate: Just so you know, i kept the receipts, just in case.

Elena: Don’t you dare return my lamps.

Nate: Never. I want you to love everything about your new home.

Elena: I already do. Living with you has changed my life for the better.

Nate: Mm, speaking of changes, I heard jill may have found a new buyer for chanccomm.

Elena: Uh-oh.

Nate: What? Is that bad news?

Elena: Well, the new owner might not want to continue with askmdnow. Or they might not want to retain me as the face of the platform.

Nate: Okay, before you get too worried, let me tell you who the new buyer is.

Elena: Okay. Tell me.

Nate: Newman/locke. I might be able to pull a few best-man strings for you.

[ Both laugh ]

Elena: Very funny.

Nate: No, but seriously, ashland has been a big supporter of the hospital. And I’m sure he believes in the mission of askmdnow. And at the very least, it’s good P.R.

Elena: Well, you are certainly more confident than i am about its fate.

Nate: Be honest, elena. Are you sure you don’t want this site to fold?

Lily: Aww, thank you.

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: But just so you know, behind every ceo is a very dedicated coo.

Devon: Oh, of course. Of course. Congratulations to you, too, billy.

Billy: Yeah. Thank you. But let’s be honest. This is her show. I’m just here to help her fulfill her vision. It’s gonna be nice to be out of the limelight a little bit. Speaking of, I should head back to my office and actually get some work done.

Lily: Okay.

Billy: You let me know if you need anything, boss.

Lily: Yes.

Devon: It’s good to see you, man.

Billy: You too.

Devon: See you.

Lily: Don’T.

Devon: Don’t what? You gonna blame me for having reservations about the guy after everything that happened at chanccomm?

Lily: Well, kindly keep them to yourself.

Devon: Oh, you’ve got it. I won’t say anything.

Lily: Okay. Thank you. That’s all I want. Now, enough about me. Tell me what’s going on with you and the baby. And before you say it’s my day, just know that you cannot deny a ceo the truth on their very first day of work.

Devon: [ Chuckles ] Well, I’ve — I’ve officially, uh, started the legal process of getting shared custody of dominic. And amanda’s representing me, of course.

Lily: Wow. How did abby and chance react to that?

Devon: Abby didn’t react well at all, and, uh, I’m not really sure how chance feels about it. He’s very hard to read. I feel like he’s gone through so much overseas that he’s just keeping everything he’s feeling inside, and that’s one of the main reasons why I feel like what I’m doing is the right thing for dominic. It’s gonna be up to a judge to make the decision.

[ Cellphone pings ] Hang on. Let me check this.

Lily: Yeah. No problem. I’m amber.

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[ Knock on door ]

Adam: Come in.

[ Door opens ] How are you?

Chelsea: Better. I, uh, thought a lot about what you said last night, how there’s no chance in hell we’ll ever be together again.

Adam: [ Sighs ] Chelsea, that was not my words.

Chelsea: You made yourself painfully clear.

Adam: The lasthint that I wanted to do is to hurt you.

Chelsea: Okay, since we’re being blunt, that’s a crock.

[ Laughs ] You were being cruel to be kind, making sure I got the message this time. And listen — I get it. You wanted to make sure your intentions were clear, not getting mixed up in past emotions or tangled up in our past. We know each other pretty well by now.

Adam: We do.

Chelsea: It’s both a blessing and a curse.

Adam: Look, I think that we’ve — we’ve said everything that there is to stay about this, chelsea.

Chelsea: Don’t worry. As much as I do believe we could have a future for us and our son, I am not gonna humiliate myself by trying to convince you of that. And I’m certainly not gonna subject myself to more of what you were inflicting on me last night. I am just here to discuss how we move forward professionally. There’s something I’m gonna need from you if that’s gonna happen.

Sharon: Rey told me that chance is taking an indefinite amount of time off from work to spend with you at home and the baby?

Abby: Yeah, yeah. He wants to make up for the time he lost with dom and me.

Sharon: Well, that’s a good thing.

Abby: Yeah, it is.

Sharon: But things are still difficult?

Abby: I just — I feel like i need to protect my family.

Sharon: Well, yeah. Every mom feels that way. Are you talking about something specific?

Abby: Just keeping watch and holding everything together has become my primary job.

Sharon: Because chance is still struggling and then you feel like you have to take care of him, too.

Abby: My husband is fine. He loves our son, and he would do anything for our family. I don’t know why everyone keeps treating him like he’s about to fall apart.

Sharon: Okay. Well, I’m glad that he’s doing well. Um, I only asked because I know how difficult it can be to get over a traumatic experience.

Abby: Well, no, it hasn’t been easy for him, but he’s handling it.

Sharon: And it hasn’t been easy for you, either.

Abby: My husband’s home, and he’s safe. I can’t complain.

Sharon: Well, you actually can, and you should. Acknowledging your feelings can only help you and your family.

Abby: So, I get a pastry with a side of free counseling.

Sharon: Yeah, that’s the house specialty around here.

Abby: Mm. Well, I appreciate the advice, but I really don’t need a therapist.

Sharon: No, I get it. I’ll, uh — I’ll back off. I just wanted to let you know that I’m sorry for what you’re going through and you’re not alone. It really does take a village. And you should let yourself reach out to others, you know, if not me, your family or maybe friends who you really trust.

Abby: I know. I know there’s a lot of people who care about us.

Sharon: So, open up your world and dominic’S.

Abby: Chance and I need to be enough. We are dominic’s parents. He is everything that we — we wanted, everything we fought for. I mean, if we can’t do this —

Sharon: You can, and you will. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to everyone who loves your son. It’ll help everyone.

Abby: Well, thank you. Thank you, um, sharon, uh, for the pastry and for listening, but, um, I need to get home to chance and dominic. Thanks.

Devon: Chance. Hey. Come in. Can I get you anything?

Chance: No. I’m okay. I’m just gonna cut right to it, man. There’s no lawyers, no abby. It’s just me wanting to know something.

Devon: Alright. Let’s — let’s have a talk. What, um — what would you like to say?

Chance: If I didn’t make it back or if I was in a better headspace right now, would you still be making all these legal demands?

Devon: I mean, I don’t — i don’t think we should be talking hypotheticals here. We should stick with reality.

Chance: Alright, but I want to hear it from you, man. Before we get the lawyers involved, I want to hear it from you. I mean, they’d probably even say that this is a terrible idea to do right now, but you know what? I think it is exactly what we need to do. So, how can we handle this without turning it into a war?

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Billy: Five minutes till launch.

Lily: Yeah. It’s just a remote meeting.

Billy: Across every time zone with every chancellor employee waiting to meet their new ceo. And you’re gonna be great.

Lily: Yep, I’ll be great.

Billy: You’re glowing, and i love to see it. You know the best thing to come out of the whole chanccomm debacle? My mother’s brilliant idea of putting you in charge of chancellor.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Well, I think it was also a good litmus test of the love, strength, and loyalty of our relationship.

Billy: Wasn’t easy, was it? For either of us.

Lily: No. It was a trial by fire. But we made it through.

Billy: And we did because of your support.

Lily: Well, and because you believed in me. So thank you for joining me on this adventure. I’m really happy that you’re by my side.

Billy: Today is all about you.

Lily: No. It’s about us. We made it through the other side stronger than before.

Billy: It’s a damn good day, isn’t it?

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Elena: I’m the face of askmdnow. I’m the person who fought for the health and wellness focus, to not only diagnose but take a preventative approach. Why would I want that to fold?

Nate: You’re already working long hours at the hospital, and you’re still volunteering at the clinic. And whatever spare time you can find, you’re doing askmdnow. And somehow you manage to squeeze me in. That’s a lot on your plate. I — too much maybe.

Elena: Look, I appreciate you being concerned about my well-being. And, yes, maybe there are times when I feel a little bit over-committed. But you of all people should know how that goes.

Nate: Yeah. I get it. Yeah.

Elena: I love all my work. I’m actually making a difference. I’m saving lives. And the time I get to spend with you — well, that’s my favorite part of the day.

Nate: [ Chuckles ]

Elena: So, what could i possibly give up?

Nate: I’m just saying you’ve had more time for, say, home decorating now that chanccomm has been on hiatus.

Elena: [ Laughs ]

Nate: Are you ready to give up that free time again?

Elena: Yes, I — I have enjoyed those extra hours. But I am so proud of the work we’re doing at askmdnow. So, yeah, I’m committed… so long as the new owners of chanccomm are, too. I hope that you’re not asking me all these questions because you think I’m gonna start neglecting you. Because it’s not gonna happen.

Nate: I guess I’ll just have to pamper you a bit more when you do come home…to our home.

Elena: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: So, what is it that you want from me?

Chelsea: Information. Given the concerns you expressed last night, I want to make sure you’re not having second thoughts letting me run newman fashion with chloe.

Adam: What?

[ Chuckling ] No. No, absolutely not. Okay, that discussion was about our personal lives, and I needed to make sure that we had some clarity about the situation so we can move forward.

Chelsea: Heard and understood. Since we’re being brutally honest with each other, I’m sure you can understand why I had to ask the question.

Adam: And in keeping with that, I hope you know that i want you to continue working with chloe. Recreating the partnership that you guys had and building on that — that is what I want to see. I mean, your second act is gonna be phenomenal. You’re an incredible talent.

Chelsea: Thank you. That means a lot.

Adam: I would be honored to help you achieve every bit of success that you deserve.

Chelsea: Well, I’m glad to hear you say that because I’m really excited about the ideas chloe and I are coming up with.

Adam: Well, if there’s anything I can do to help, just say the word.

Chelsea: Well, actually, in order to do my best at work, i need total freedom, no drama.

Adam: Mm-hmm. Of course. We all need that.

Chelsea: So, in order to avoid any awkwardness between us, I think it’s best if newman fashion relocate to a new workspace. Under the circumstances, not running into you every five minutes would be ideal.

Devon: Yeah, chance, the last thing I want is for this to turn into a war, so we can definitely talk. So have a seat, please.

Chance: Alright. Well, first off, I do not like what this is doing to abby. She hasn’t had a moment of peace since you brought this up.

Devon: Well, I hate to hear that ’cause that wasn’t my intention at all. But she feels like me spending more time with dominic is gonna confuse and upset him. I’m curious, though, where you stand on the whole thing.

Chance: Well, I love dominic. And I love my wife. So I guess I just want what’s best for everyone.

Devon: That’s what I want, too. I just — I don’t understand why you guys feel so threatened by what I’m asking. Especially given the circumstances, I don’t think it’s very unreasonable at all. And, look, please don’t ever take offense to anything I say because I have all the respect in the world for your service and for all the time that you’ve spent laying your life on the line and protecting people. But can you tell me right now that you are in a solid place emotionally and that you’re ready to give dominic everything he needs and all the attention and the love he needs without being affected by the trauma that you’ve gone through? Can you honestly say that you’re ready to do that right now?

[ Knock on door ] One second.

Chance: [ Sighs ]

Devon: Hey. Abby.

Abby: Hey.

[ Door closes ]

Abby: Chance? What are you doing here? A lot of people think dealing with copd

Lily: [ Laughs ] Oh, my god. Did that just happen? It’s — it’s official. I’m ceo of chancellor. Me!

Billy: It is official. You! Congratulations.

Lily: So, how did I do? Was it okay?

Billy: How did you do? Come on. That was amazing, honestly.

Lily: Yeah?

Billy: Yes, the way you fielded those question, poised, powerful. They were eating out of the palm of your hand, and they loved you.

Lily: You think so?

Billy: Honestly, it was amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that. The energy, the excitement.

Lily: [ Sighs ]

Billy: The best way to start this company for sure.

Lily: Yes.

Billy: Congratulations. How do you feel?

Lily: Oh, I’m just gonna show you.

Billy: Mmm.

Adam: Move the fashion division out of the building? That seems a little extreme.

Chelsea: It’s a rational and logical solution to the problem of us working together. Out of sight, out of mind.

Adam: Look, I think that we are more than capable of maintaining a professional relationship. I think that we can handle this like adults.

Chelsea: Well, this is adult me telling adult you what I need in order to keep working at newman media. It’s a reasonable request, one I’m sure you can easily manage.

[ Door closes ]

[ Exhales heavily ]

Abby: Chance, what are you doing here?

Chance: Abby, I have to do what’s best for that little boy.

Abby: Our son?

Chance: Yes, and I was just gonna see if we could work something out. That’s it.

Abby: [ Sighs ] Okay. I get it. You’re trying to hash out a plan away from the overprotective mom, hoping that I get on board?

Devon: No, abby, that’s not what’s happening at all.

Abby: Look, if there’s something that needs to be discussed, it needs to be between the two of us.

Chance: Okay, abby, I just wanted to talk to devon alone, father to father. Now, devon just asked me a question, and I think it deserves an answer.

Devon: All I asked was, given everything he’s been through, is he ready to give dominic all the love and attention that he needs and deserves right now?

Abby: Chance?

Chance: No. I’m not sure I can.

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Rey: Ooh! We should do that more often.

Sharon: Yes, absolutely. Thank you for braving the museum with me.

Rey: Are you kidding? I loved it. Besides, I figured I should learn more about art since noah’s living here now. Although none of those paintings were as beautiful as you are.

Sharon: Aww.

Rey: [ Chuckles ]

Sharon: Oh, hey, nick.

Nick: Hey.

Sharon: What are you doing here?

Nick: You guys look like you’re in a pretty good mood.

Rey: We are.

Sharon: Having some french food, walking through a museum — it can do wonders for your mind-set.

Nick: Well, don’t mind me. I’m just sitting here minding my own business, waiting for noah.

Sharon: Oh. What are you two meeting about? The job offer?

Nick: Hey.

Noah: Hey.

Sharon: Oh, great. Now both of you can fill us in.

Noah: On what?

Sharon: On what you’re meeting with your dad about.

Noah: Well, first off, nosy. Secondly, I think I need to talk to dad in private for a sec.

Sharon: Okay. No problem.

Phyllis: Hey, summer. How’s it going? Yeah, you’re preparing for your big meeting? You’re gonna do great. Yeah. Hey, you know what? I have a question. I heard that jack is in milan doing some collab with kyle? Oh, okay. No, don’t worry it. Don’t worry about it. I know that you — you have a big day. Alright, I’ll talk to you later. Okay. Bye, honey.

Nikki: Why, victoria, you’ve done something new with your hair.

Ashland: Well, thank you for noticing. I had to get the pitch deck for the dubai project.

Nikki: Well, I need to speak to both of you anyway. Can we meet later and talk about this month’s numbers from asia?

Ashland: Well, that can be arranged, assuming you’d be willing to be flexible on time. I have a potential new senior-level hire to meet with later.

Nikki: Ah. I didn’t realize we had an opening.

Ashland: Yeah, an executive i knew in new york is looking for a new role, and I think he’d be a great catch for newman/locke and a perfect fit for the vice president of strategy.

Nikki: Uh-huh. The only thing is, that position isn’t available. Regina’s doing an excellent job.

Ashland: I disagree. Her ideas are dated, and she’s too risk-averse for my liking. I think it’s time to offer her a golden parachute.

Nikki: Does victoria know about this?

Ashland: Oh, she doesn’t need to be bothered with the staffing issues. She’s got the big picture to consider. And I’m happy to, uh, handle all the pesky details.

Devon: I just can’t believe that things have gotten to this point with abby. It’S… I’ve tried to be as fair as i can to her and chance, but… I love dominic and I want to have a bigger role in his life. But this whole thing is just turning into a mess.

Amanda: You’re gonna have to let this go for now. There’s just not more that you can do until I file a petition with the courts. Listen. I know this is weighing on you. But if you really want to proceed, you’re gonna need to find a way to make peace with your decision.

Abby: Christine, hi. It’s abby. I need you to call me as soon as you get this. Thanks.

Chance: Alright, dom’s all tucked in and sound asleep. How you doing?

Abby: Not great. I know you wanted me to wait to call christine, but I think we need to know what our legal options are, so I left her a message.

Chance: Okay. Well, I think we should talk about this before she gets back to us.

Abby: We’re supposed to be focusing on bonding with our son, and suddenly it feels like everything could fall apart. A lot of people think dealing with copd

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Abby: I can’t wrap my head around devon doing this, bringing lawyers into this. We all signed the original document so we could avoid a conflict like this once the baby was born. And now he wants to just tear it up and take us to court?

Chance: I know, but devon did come to us first, without an attorney, asking us if he could change the original agreement.

Abby: And I haven’t forgotten that. But I told him I didn’t feel comfortable with making those changes. I didn’t think he was gonna take it this far. Oh, maybe it’s because he has a lawyer literally in his house pushing him to do this.

Chance: No, don’t blame amanda. This is not her fault. I mean, I knew devon’s feelings weren’t gonna change. I knew it.

Abby: You know, you aren’t as upset as I am about this.

Chance: I am just as thrown as you are by this. Trust me. I’m just trying to see it from all these different angles, you know, yours and mine, dominic’s, and devon’s, alright? I just — I don’t see an easy answer here.

Abby: There’s only one answer, and the answer is no.

Noah: So, I’ve made a decision about your job offer, and I’m pretty excited about it. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to help people, and i really admire everything that you do, so… I’d like to accept the offer.

Nick: My man!

[ Both laugh ] It’s, like, a dream come true for me, for you to come work with me again, bud.

Noah: Me too. But there is one stipulation. I still need time to work on my art. I don’t want to grind away 24/7 so that the work consumes me like it does grandpa and aunt victoria.

Nick: I feel you. Trust me — the vibe at new hope is way different than at newman because we focus on the people, not the profits.

Noah: So, where do we get started?

Nick: I think the best thing we can do is just have you come to work with me, hang out, just kind of get the lay of the land, and we will figure out the best way to use your abilities. I mean, who knows? Maybe we can even have new hope find some way to maximize on your artistic talents.

Noah: Sounds good. I’m up for anything.

[ Chuckles ]

Rey: Oh, you are dying to know what’s going down out there.

Sharon: Nope. I already know. Noah accepted nick’s offer.

Rey: You could hear that from in here?

Sharon: I can tell by the look on noah’s face. I’m happy he and nick are bonding like that. It means that noah’s gonna stick around, hopefully for a very long time. It just feels like life is exactly the way that it should be.

Rey: [ Chuckles ]

Nikki: I’m not surprised that you and victoria enjoy working together. The two of you had chemistry from the moment you met, even though you were still married.

Ashland: Well, victoria — she has, uh, turned out to be the missing piece in my life. She gives me purpose. I adore her.

Nikki: Oh, I can tell. You are as enamored of her now as you were on your wedding day, but —

Ashland: But what?

Nikki: I just wonder if the two of you have moved past the honeymoon phase of your business partnership.

Ashland: Not at all, no. I’m continuously impressed and excited by her brilliance.

Nikki: No, what I mean is, have the two of you talked about areas that overlap versus areas that are off limits?

Ashland: You’re wondering if I jumped the gun by reaching out to my colleague in new york, if I was trying to make my mark by bringing in my own people.

Nikki: Well, were you?

Victoria: Oh. Was I left off the invite list for this meeting? Napoleon was born and raised to conquer.

Nikki: Don’t worry. We didn’t have anything scheduled.

Victoria: Well, then why do i feel like I walked in on something?

Ashland: Probably because that I just understood from my conversation with nikki that i may have overstepped. I was planning to meet with a colleague who I think would make a brilliant new vice president of strategy.

Victoria: As opposed to regina?

Ashland: It’s only a preliminary conversation, nothing concrete. If it’s not an option for you, I’ll cancel. No harm, no foul.

Victoria: Well, I mean, if it’s somebody that you respect and they’re available, then by all means, you should meet with them. Maybe you can discuss how he might fit into our organization. Well, you know, having a team comprised of talented people that we can trust is key.

Ashland: That’s great. I’m glad we discussed it. Nikki, please let my assistant know when you want to go over the asia numbers, and I’ll be there.

Victoria: Well, go ahead. Say whatever it is you want to say.

Sharon: I am so thrilled you’re taking the job, noah.

Noah: Yeah, me too. I was in need of something new, and I think working for a nonprofit will be a good change of pace.

Nick: Well, I promise you you’re gonna get a whole different feeling when you know your work is geared just toward helping people.

Sharon: I have no doubt you’re gonna get a lot out of it. So, are you ready to get to work?

Noah: I think so.

Tessa: Hi. I am so glad that I ran into you. Can I borrow him for a sec?

Sharon: Sure. I think we’re all done here for now.

Nick: He is all yours.

Noah: So, what’s up?

Tessa: I have surprise for you.

Devon: I can’t stop thinking about my conversation with abby. You know, no matter what I said, she — she couldn’t understand my concern for dominic. And I don’t know what I can say to get through to her now.

Amanda: Well, I think that no matter what you say, she’s always gonna feel like you’re trying to take away her family, or at least her vision of what that should be.

Devon: Yeah, I know, and I’m not. I’m not trying to do that at all. I’m talking about having shared custody where we’re all involved in raising dominic, you know?

Amanda: Yeah.

Devon: And she’s said to me numerous times how she wants me to have a major role in his life. And I know that this is a little step past that, but how is it a bad thing for dominic?

Amanda: I think, you know, just with a little time and distance, once the shock of it goes away, she’ll recover, you know? But what I witnessed today was just a woman who felt… betrayed.

Devon: Yeah, I know. And now I’m gonna risk losing my best friend so I can be a father to my son.

Abby: Dominic is happy here with us. We are his parents. And, frankly, I was pretty shocked by some of the things devon said.

Chance: Like what?

Abby: He said he sees himself as dominic’s father.

Chance: He said that?

Abby: I’m sorry if he feels like that’s what his role is, but dominic already has a father and a mother and a home.

Chance: Except that I missed out on a lot of time with him.

Abby: Yeah, but you’re making up for it right now. And there is no reason for someone to rip our son away from us for any amount of time.

Chance: I hear you. I do. I really hear you. And if devon proceeds with all this legal stuff, then we will fight it. We will. But, abby, I’m just scared that the final decision’s gonna be made by a judge who doesn’t know us, who doesn’t know dominic, and who doesn’t know devon.

Abby: That’s fine. That’s fine because I have every confidence that we will win. Devon signed away his legal parental rights. He knew what he was signing. He knew the repercussions.

Chance: But that was before the baby was born. He didn’t know how he would feel now.

Abby: Okay, yes, I know! I know that devon bonded with dominic! But devon knows what a crucial time this is for our family. You’re learning how to bond with our son. And, what, now he wants us to focus on some sort of legal battle?

Chance: He’d probably use that against us in court.

Abby: Use what?

Chance: The fact that i haven’t bonded with my own son.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Phyllis: Hey, nick.

Nick: Hey. How’s everything?

Phyllis: You know. Do you have a minute to talk?

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Phyllis: So, how was your visit to milan? How was your birthday?

Nick: It was — it was great. Summer and kyle just wined and dined me the whole time. It was awesome. Then, uh, I got home, and the family threw me a little party.

Phyllis: Oh. That’s nice. Was adam there?

Nick: Uh, I should have been more specific when I said “family.” It was just, uh, the kids and, um, sharon and mariah and tessa.

Phyllis: Oh. That family. Of course.

Nick: Yeah. Uh, it was — it was fun.

Phyllis: How’s christian?

Nick: He’s good. I feel like he’s getting taller every week.

Phyllis: It’s the age.

Nick: He finally stopped asking when you were gonna come over and play video games with him.

Phyllis: Wow. I-I didn’t even think he’d notice that I wasn’t there.

Nick: Yeah, I mean, that’s the way kids are, right? I mean, they get used to someone coming around a lot, and then they…notice when they stop. Christian gets it, though. Uh, it just means I have to up my gaming skills.

Phyllis: [ Sighs ] Are we okay?

Nick: Yeah, we’re good. Uh…I guess my food’s ready. Enjoy your night.

Amanda: You know, abby is really hurt, and her feelings are raw right now, but I have no doubt that your friendship will prevail in the end.

Devon: Well, I wish I could be that optimistic.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

Amanda: One second, okay?

[ Sighs ] Hey.

Phyllis: Hey, lady. I was, um, thinking maybe we could grab a drink together with your favorite gal pal.

Amanda: I, uh — I can’t right now.

Phyllis: Oh, okay. I was just hoping to — to talk to a friend. That’s all.

Amanda: I know. I’m sorry. I’m just in the middle of something at the moment.

Devon: Hey. You don’t have to stay for me. You can go.

Amanda: Are you sure?

Devon: Yeah. Positive.

Amanda: Okay, um, I’ll meet you in a few.

Phyllis: Oh, great. I’ll meet you at the grand phoenix.

Amanda: Okay. Bye. Are you sure you’re okay?

Devon: Yeah, I’m fine. I am.

Amanda: Alright. Well, I won’t be late, okay?

Devon: Okay. Love you.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Amanda: Yeah. Love you, too. Oh, and I will get that on the way out.

Devon: Appreciate it.

Amanda: Mariah. Hi. Um, are you here to see devon?

Mariah: Yeah. I am. Is this a bad time?

Amanda: No, no. This is a good time. You two will have a lot to talk about.

Devon: Hey. Come in.

Amanda: See you later.

Devon: Okay. [ Smooches ] I love you.

Amanda: Yeah. Love you, too.

Devon: Hello.

Mariah: So, I talked to abby.

Devon: You did? Was that before or after I told her I’m taking her to court?

Mariah: What? No, she didn’t say anything about that.

Devon: Well, yeah, since, uh, she and chance refuse to even consider to adjust our agreement, I don’t have another choice.

Mariah: Devon, come on. This is crazy. How do we fix this? Because you can’t take abby and chance to court.

Devon: I thought you of all people would understand why this fight’s so important.

Abby: Well, you’re right about where devon’s head is. He’s worried about your emotional state. And he says that you have some recovery to do that might interfere with you being a present father to dominic at the moment. Chance, he’s wrong! He’s wrong. I didn’t even want to tell you because I didn’t want to upset you. I didn’t want to give it credence by repeating it.

Chance: [ Sighs ] I’d like to hear what else devon had to say.

Abby: He’s confident that you’re gonna make a full recovery from all of the trauma that you went through. But dominic needs a father, a father right now who’s gonna be present. Chance, listen to me! He’s completely wrong-headed!

Chance: Is he, though, abby? I mean, is he? I think we’re gonna have to consider what he’s saying… and consider the fact that he might be right.

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Victoria: Mom, I know you’re just being cautious, but ashland and I are still working out how we communicate in our professional relationship, and it takes time.

Nikki: Oh, I understand that. That’s something I don’t think your father and I ever did work out when we both worked for the same company.

Victoria: Well, when ashland takes the lead on something, it’s not as though he’s leaving me out of the loop or not considering my opinions.

Nikki: That all sounds very rational, but what I want to know is, are you comfortable with that dynamic?

Victoria: It’s new territory for me. The only person that I know as single-minded as ashland is dad, and with him I was just always his junior partner. But at newman/locke, I am most assuredly ceo. It’s not a shared position of power, and I know where I stand. And ashland knows that I trust him and I rely on him.

Nikki: Okay, good. I’ll let you get some work done, and I will get back to you with those asia numbers.

[ Door closes ]

Devon: I’m not trying to hurt anyone or cause trouble by doing this. ‘Cause I’ve given abby and chance many opportunities to come to some kind of agreement with me, and they’ve shot me down every single time. So, all I’m doing is trying to guarantee that I can always be there to protect dominic if he needs me. I think that he deserves that, and so do I.

Mariah: And you feel like you don’t already have that.

Devon: Not when they can just shut the door on me seeing him like they did, no. It’s — abby has always said from the very beginning we’re the “baby chancellor crew,” right?

Mariah: Yeah. Yeah, she has. She’s also allowed us to be a part of his life.

Devon: I don’t know if I’d say “allowed.” I mean, it’s — we haven’t really had a choice. We helped bring him into this world. She made us the godparents. She left him with me when she went to spain. We’ve — we’ve literally been a part of every step of that baby’s life.

Mariah: We have. I know as well as anyone how deep that parental attachment can be. There was a period of time where I couldn’t envision getting through the day without seeing my little bowie. But…he’s not my bowie. He’s their dom. And I’ve had to come to terms with that. But I’m a lot more balanced now.

Devon: Yeah. No, I — I — I completely understand what you’re saying, but if you take the emotion out of this, it still comes down to dominic’s well-being. And I know that you and I both want what’s best for him, and I’m worried that he’s not getting that at home because chance is dealing with a lot that’s preventing him from being fully present. And those aren’t my words. Those are his. He admitted it to me and to abby. And I’m concerned that his issues may even go deeper than what he’s willing to say.

Mariah: But isn’t there a way to work out a compromise without bringing judges or lawyers into this?

Devon: Mariah, if you know of one, then please tell me ’cause everything I’ve tried hasn’t worked so far. This is literally my last resort. And, believe me, I am well aware that things can get ugly and probably will get ugly, especially when people start choosing sides.

Noah: [ Laughs ]

Tessa: Ta-da! My album is ready to go out to the masses!

Noah: Your first lp. This is big. I’m proud of you.

Tessa: Well, you better be at the launch party because the album cover that you designed will be integral to its success because it is so beautiful. Look at it.

Noah: You made it easy.

[ Sighs ]

Sharon: Can I get you guys anything?

Noah: Nah, I think we’re good.

Nick: [ Sighs ] Forgot my phone.

Rey: Oh, it’s hard to survive without one of those.

Nick: Sad but true, huh?

Rey: So, sharon’s over the moon now that noah’s decided to stay in town and work with you, huh?

Nick: Yeah. You know, I guess it’s that parental urge. You always want your kids to feel confident and like they’re living their own lives. I guess it’s a bonus if they do it with you close by.

Rey: I can imagine. Everything alright?

Sharon: Yeah. I’m fine. I just, uh, realized that I need to do some restocking.

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Amanda: Hello, hello.

Phyllis: Ugh, thank you for meeting me.

Amanda: Are you kidding me? I needed a break.

Phyllis: Is something wrong?

Amanda: No, no. It’s just there’s a lot going on at home, so I have to get back, but I am definitely in the mood for a drink.

Phyllis: Ah. Yeah. You know, we have to hang out more — not just drinks. We have to do a girls’ weekend.

Amanda: Yeah?

Phyllis: Yeah.

Amanda: Do you want to do something like that?

Phyllis: Yeah.

Amanda: What, like wine tasting, or maybe we can do some hot springs — or skiing. I love skiing.

Phyllis: Skiing? Ohh. You do? Ohh, okay. Um, no, not for me.

Amanda: Okay.

Phyllis: [ Laughs ] You can do that with someone else.

Amanda: [ Laughing ] Okay.

Phyllis: Just…

[ Sighs ] I’m afraid I’m gonna spin out of control.

Amanda: Why?

Phyllis: I just didn’t realize the way that I fill all my free time was with my daughter or nick, and now, well, I mean, nick isn’T…

Amanda: Aw. What about jack?

Phyllis: Well, I mean, jack is radio-silent right now. I had to find out from lauren that he’s in milan doing some collaboration with kyle.

Amanda: Well, you found out from lauren because she’s your friend, and I’m here because I’m your friend. So you’re not completely alone in the world.

Phyllis: I know. Thank you. And I love and value both of you. I really do. But I got to figure out how to fill my free time with someone who isn’t just, you know, a friend or with work or an ex-husband.

Amanda: Yeah, you don’t strike me as the yoga type.

Phyllis: No, definitely not the yoga type. And, you know, picking up a hobby isn’t a really great idea for me because it would be something like computer hacking or some other type of thing that I shouldn’t tell a lawyer.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ] You know, you allude to all of these sketchy things that you’ve done in your past, and part of me is curious, and then another part of me thinks that you are just completely exaggerating.

Phyllis: Yeah. I’m exaggerating.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ]

Phyllis: Something has to change for me…for the better. Or else I’m gonna spin out. And I’ll start creating a lot of chaos.

Abby: Devon is wrong about you and dominic. The more time that you spend with our son — it’s helping you get re-acclimated to being back at home. You said it yourself. You said that you’re feeling more connected, more settled. You said there was nothing to worry about.

Chance: I lied, abby. I lied to you.

Abby: Okay. Why?

Chance: Because! Because all of this has been so confusing and so frustrating. I mean, I want this to work more than anything. I want it to work out so easily, but I can’T. I can’t make it work.

Abby: It’s just gonna take a little bit more time.

Chance: No, abby. Abby, abby, I love you for having this undying faith in me. But it’s not — I — there is something inside of me that won’t allow this to work. It won’t let me bond with dominic. I mean, just today somebody asked to see a picture of him, and I didn’t have one picture of him on my phone. Why not? I bet devon has a hundred. I just don’t know what it is. I feel so disconnected. And I love him. I love him so much. I love that little boy. I really do. But is that enough? It’s just not gonna work. I can’t build that kind of connection. I can’t have that connection like he does with devon. And doesn’t he deserve that kind of relationship?

Noah: So, how are the adoption plans going?

Tessa: Oh, well, we’re still pretty early on in the process.

Noah: Are you guys thinking about getting married in the meantime?

Tessa: You know, we haven’t discussed it quite yet. I mean, we’ve talked about it in the past.

Noah: You think you’re ready for that next step?

Tessa: Yeah, I am. I mean, mariah and I have been through so much, and we’re stronger than ever. So I figure, why not start our baby adventure by making a forever commitment to each other?

Noah: Yeah. Yeah, I totally agree. There’s — there’s no reason not to.

[ Door opens ]

Mariah: Hey, guys.

Tessa: Hi.

Mariah: What’s going on?

Noah: Tessa was just showing me her new album. It’s very exciting.

Mariah: Uh, yeah. I’ve — I’ve seen it. It’s amazing. Great job.

Tessa: Are you okay?

Mariah: I am. I just had a difficult conversation.

Noah: I’m sorry. Is there anything I can do?

Mariah: No. Thank you, though. Actually, is it okay if I talk to tessa in private for a minute?

Noah: Yeah. Yeah, of course.

Sharon: Are you alright?

Noah: Yeah, I’m — I’m fine. Why wouldn’t I be? Don’t touch anything.

[ Indistinct conversation ]

Noah: Mom, you are misreading the situation, alright? Things are good.

Sharon: You sure?

Noah: Yeah. I swear. Everything’s fine. I’ll see you later, okay?

Victoria: Oh. How was your meeting?

Ashland: Excellent. There are a number of avenues ted might want to pursue. But I think it’s unlikely that he’d be willing to relocate, unless the package and the position were exceptional.

Victoria: I don’t think I can make that commitment at this time.

Ashland: I understand.

Victoria: Do you think that maybe he’d be willing to do some short-term consulting? We could certainly make that worth his while.

Ashland: That’s perfect. I’m glad that nikki’s concerns didn’t sour you on ted before you even met him.

Victoria: Oh. I’m sorry. My mother — she doesn’t mean to be negative. She just wants to make sure that I’m on the same page with you. And I assured her that we are.

Ashland: Good. I would hate for her to have any ongoing concerns because I know she would drive you crazy.

Victoria: [ Laughs ] Our work and our private lives are happy and in balance.

Ashland: I’d like to think that we are totally in sync.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

Phyllis: Hey, honey! How’d your meeting go? Wait. Wait. Summer. Oh, you — you must be so excited. But stop. Stop. You’re talking a mile a minute.

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Amanda: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Amanda: What’s going on? Did something happen since i left?

Devon: No, no, nothing happened. I’m just thinking about my conversation with mariah, trying to process everything she told me.

Amanda: What did she say?

Devon: She doesn’t think that I should take abby and chance to court.

Amanda: Really? Um, I’m a bit surprised by that.

Devon: Yeah, I’m surprised, too. She made some pretty good points, and I could see her point of view. I could even see where abby and chance are coming from. But what it really made me realize is how many people it’s gonna affect if I follow through with this.

Amanda: Just keep dominic as your top priority, and everything will be okay.

Devon: That’s what I intend to do.

Amanda: You can’t go wrong if you follow your heart.

Abby: I know that that you’re feeling insecure right now. I know that, but… I think it’s natural and I think that you’re gonna get over it.

Chance: Hey. You’re not hearing me, okay? Listen to me. Listen to these questions I’m asking you, for dominic’s sake, not mine, okay?

Abby: Okay. Um, I’ll try.

Chance: Abby, I am scared that our little boy is missing out, being around all my confusion, instead of devon’s certainty. I mean, yes, he’s allowed to come visit whenever, but that’s not the same, abby. It’s not. That leaves all the heavy lifting to us, all the parenting.

Abby: And so?

Chance: And so I think devon deserves more than that. I think dominic deserves more than that. I mean, devon has a direct line into his heart. We’ve all seen it. They are blood. And what I’m asking you is — is it right for us to stand in the way of that?

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Victor: Now, you agree that we have a lot of plans for our company, right? You also agree that we accomplished what we set out to do with billy boy, namely bring him to his knees.

Adam: Trust me, I’m more than ready to wash my hands of billy. Focus on the job and all the responsibility that you’ve given me.

Victor: Talking about that, son, I am going to take a more active role around here.

Devon: This is something i feel I need to do for dominic and myself.

Abby: I thought you were my friend. And now you’re taking us to court to spend more time with our son? After everything we’ve been through, how could you do something so hurtful?

Devon: I’m not trying to hurt you. I’m really not trying to do that, okay? And it’s because of everything that we’ve all been through that I feel I need to do this. Chance, you’ve been struggling since you’ve been back home, right? And I don’t think that you were lying when you admitted that to me.

Chance: Okay, we understand how you feel. But there’s no need to take this to the extreme.

Devon: I mean, I didn’t think it was extreme to ask for arranged visits with dominic. But last time I spoke to you, abby, you know, you made it very clear that you guys are completely against anything like that. So…I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. You guys really didn’t leave me any choice but to pursue legal action to get shared custody.

Ashland: Oh, that’s great. Thanks. Cheers, love.

Victoria: Cheers.

Adam: [ Scoffs ]

Ashland: Oh, yeah.

Victoria: How you feeling?

Adam: So, I guess congratulations are in order.

Victoria: For what?

Adam: For chanccomm. I hear jill accepted your offer.

Ashland: That’s right. She did.

Adam: Well, you know, it’s never over until it’s over.

Victoria: But this is over. I mean, at least as far as us closing the deal on chanccomm.

Adam: Oh. What else do you have in the works?

[ Keys clatter ]

Lily: Billy? Billy! Hey! Oh, my god, I didn’t think you’d be here so soon.

Billy: I missed you so much, I had to come home early, wanted one more special night with you before your big day tomorrow.

Lily: Ooh. Well, tell me everything. What happened with jill? I mean, did you guys patch things up? Like, I’m working under the assumption that we’re both starting new jobs.

Billy: Okay, just slow down, my little tiger lily.

Lily: Well, tell me if you guys made peace or not. Are you coming to chancellor as coo? What happened?

Billy: I will answer all your questions. But first…

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Abby: Chance and amanda, can you give me a few moments alone with devon so we can talk? I think we need to speak one-on-one.

Chance: I don’t think that’s a very good idea, abby. Everyone’s feeling very raw right now, and I would hate to see things escalate. I think we need to all talk about this together, right?

Amanda: Yeah, chance is right. That’s the reason why we waited for him to get here, so I think it’s best if we stay.

Abby: Actually, amanda, it’s your presence that I’m concerned about. I mean, you are devon’s lawyer, right? I can call christine. I can have her come join us. Or I can speak with devon alone.

Chance: Abby, please —

Abby: No, no, no. I’m not gonna do any deal-making or negotiating. I just need to speak with my friend. I need him to explain to me what his motivation is for doing this, and I don’t think he can do that with everyone here.

Devon: That’s totally fine, abby. Let’s — let’s talk, just the two of us, ’cause I never wanted to involve lawyers, ever. So, maybe we can work something out.

Chance: You sure?

Abby: I’m positive. I hope you can understand.

Chance: Yeah, whatever you need. I got you.

Chance: Amanda, would you mind talking privately with me, as well?

Amanda: Uh…

Chance: Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t want to talk to you as devon’s lawyer. I was hoping I could talk to you as his partner, someone who understands where his head is right now.

Amanda: Uh, okay. Yeah, let’s grab a coffee.

Chance: Alright.

Abby: You said you thought pursuing shared custody was a bad idea. So, what changed your mind?

Adam: So, dad tells me that you are taking credit for putting a stop to billy’s abandoned and pitiful plot to trick newman media into libeling him.

Victoria: Yes. I got him to back down.

Adam: Mm. So, I’m curious — how did you find out what he was up to? Did billy try to bring you in on it?

Victoria: No, he didn’t have to say anything to me. His plan was so transparent, I saw through it right away. I’m sure even a child could have seen through his game. I’m surprised that you didn’T.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: What makes you think I wasn’t already onto him? I mean, I told you at the ranch over the holidays that I didn’t see any news in billy’s little downward spiral.

Victoria: Oh, yes. Right.

Adam: No, believe me, I had no intention of writing a damaging story on him. I mean, in fact, now that i think of it, if you were onto him, why didn’t you mention anything to me and dad then? Could have warned us. I mean, assuming we all are on team newman.

Victoria: What other team is there?

Lily: Ah, this is exactly what I needed.

Billy: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: I’ve just been throwing myself into work so much trying to get ready for the big day, i didn’t realize how tense I was.

Billy: Well, I’m glad I could help you relax.

Lily: So, now can I ask questions?

[ Both laugh ]

Billy: Yes, you can ask three questions.

Lily: What? I’m sorry? When did I get a question quota?

Billy: Because this is our last special night before your big day and I don’t want to spend it talking about work.

Lily: Okay. That’s fair. Fine. But the first question I have is actually a non-work question.

Billy: Okay.

Lily: So it doesn’t count.

Billy: Okay.

Lily: Okay. How are you doing? How’s your mind-set?

Billy: I’m good. Yeah. Strong. Ready to take on the world.

Lily: Okay, good. So that means the conversation with your mom went well?

Billy: Is that a question without asking a question?

Lily: Oh, my — just tell me how it went with jill.

Billy: We had a very productive conversation. The biggest takeaway — she really likes you and she’s very excited that you are now the ceo of chancellor industries.

Lily: Really? So she’s not regretting her decision?

Billy: The contrary. She thinks you’re great. And she really believes that you’re gonna bring this company to new heights.

Victor: Send him in.

Michael: Victor.

Victor: Michael. Good to see you, man.

Michael: You too. I’m sorry to drop in like this. Uh…I’ve been thinking about the offer you made the other day.

Victor: I’m sure you didn’t trek all the way out here to turn me down.

Michael: Well, let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Let’s look at this as an informational visit. Uh…I’d like to hear more about what this job might entail.

Victor: Now, let me ask you. Are you serious about stepping down from your position as D.A.?

Michael: I’m planning on leaving.

Victor: Uh-huh.

Michael: Mostly to spend more time with my family, but, uh, I am intrigued by the possibility of doing some private work with you…

Victor: Uh-huh.

Michael: …As long as it’s not overwhelming, which would defeat the whole purpose of my resignation.

Victor: Of course. I understand that, you know, but don’t you worry. I will make this as appealing to you as possible, okay? This is the sound of nature breathing.

Lily: Well, I’m really happy that your mom has confidence in me, but I also know it’s really important for you that she has confidence in you as coo. So stop evading and just answer my question.

Billy: Which one of your many questions do you want me to answer?

Lily: I want to know if your mom accepted your apology the way you wanted her to.

Billy: Well, first and foremost, I apologized, and i also confessed about my ill-fated plan to get back at victor and adam for everything they did to us. I was also very clear that my change of heart came because of your guidance, and she was very grateful for that. She honestly believes that you are my guardian angel.

Lily: Well, I appreciate the credit, but I do think that you’re underselling the strength it took to turn the other cheek to the newmans.

Billy: Mm.

Lily: So, just tell me — did your mom accept your apology?

Billy: My mother and I making up usually involves a bone-crushing hug while she calls me an idiot. So, by that definition… yeah, we healed.

Lily: So, are you coming to chancellor as coo?

Billy: Yes.

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Billy: I am your coo, with, of course, my mother’s blessing.

Lily: Ooh, good, I’m so glad!

[ Laughs ]

Adam: Come on, victoria. Tell me. Tell me — what’s really going on with you and billy?

Victoria: You know, I don’t really have time for your little “what did you know and when did you know it” game. The point is, I stopped billy in his tracks when I found out what he was up to. Because, believe it or not, I am a great defender of all things newman, at least when it comes to business.

Adam: Well, I can’t help but wondering if there aren’t two opposing team newmans these days — newman media and newman/locke.

Victoria: [ Laughs ] Are you really comparing newman/locke, a giant, international powerhouse with interests in almost every sector, to newman media, a fledgling start-up? Need I remind you that your company was a part of locke communications group? It was just a little something that ashland decided that he wanted to sell off.

Adam: Oh, I don’t need to be reminded. Dad and I won ashland’s company over you and billy. And given the fact that you told dad that you were responsible for stopping billy’s little scheme to harm newman media, i just — I can’t help but wonder if you have a plan of your own. And I would bet it has something to do with newman media. Am I right?

Victoria: Now, why would i tell you one way or another? If I had something going on, the first person that I would discuss it with would be our father. And certainly he would share that news with you, wouldn’t he?

Adam: So I guess that’s a “yes.” And based on your response, your first order of attack is to turn father against son. Hmm. I can’t help but wonder — are you advising her in this maneuver?

Ashland: Well, you’re assuming there is a maneuver. And if you really knew your sister, you’d know that she makes her own decisions. I find her business instincts nothing short of brilliant. And if you think for one second that she would allow her husband to call the shots… well, you need to think again.

Devon: I know that I didn’t say that I wouldn’t do something like this, but the last time we spoke, you were very upset, and I felt like you weren’t hearing me. And I realized that it just wasn’t the time to press or push the issue at all. So I let it go, but I certainly didn’t change my mind about wanting to spend more time with dominic.

Abby: I just — I cannot believe that you’re doing this. Have I ever denied you the opportunity to spend time with dominic? And now you’re escalating things with lawyers?

Devon: Well, you denied me the ability to just have scheduled visits with him so i can feel like more than just a visitor in his life.

Abby: No, no, no, no. There’s got to be more to this than just that because you know you are welcome in this house anytime. You can see dominic whenever you want.

Devon: I know that.

Abby: Is this about my parenting? I know I asked you this before, and you insisted that it wasn’t, but it is the only thing that makes sense to me.

Devon: No, it’s not. I told you already what it is.

Abby: Is it about the trip to spain? Is it because I left him with you? You know, I only did that because I went to go look for my son’s father!

Devon: I know.

Abby: But it — it clearly tainted your opinion of me, and now you think I’m not capable of being a good mom!

Devon: That’s not true. I didn’t say that, abby. I think you’re a great mom.

Abby: Because I keep going over this in my head, over and over and over again, and it all goes back to that trip.

Devon: Just relax for a second, okay? It’s not the trip. It’s really not. When you left dominic with me, when you went to spain, it did strengthen our bond. I will say that, alright? But that’s not what this is about. This is about me wanting to have a bigger role in dominic’s life and being concerned about your husband.

Abby: We went into this clearly. We had an agreement. You agreed to be the donor. And you were by my side the whole time. You were my friend, my best friend. You held my hand when I thought chance was dead. You were there when dominic was born, and now you’re turning on us?

Devon: I’m not, abby. I’m not turning on anybody. I’m still your best friend. I love you and chance. I’m just trying to make sure that I’m always able to support dominic in every way. That’s it. And by you refusing to even consider…

Abby: Okay. Okay.

Devon: …Changing our agreement, I mean, you’re keeping me from doing that.

Abby: Okay, so you are blaming me. You are blaming me. You’re saying that I’m pushing you to do this. I asked you to be dominic’s godfather, for heaven’s sake!

Devon: I know.

Abby: And now what? What, you want to change the agreement? What is it? ‘Cause there’s clearly more to this than that. Just tell me.

Devon: I don’t know what to say. I’ve told you, it’s —

Abby: No, you don’t think that chance and I are capable of being good parents to dominic. That’s it, isn’t it? Just tell the truth.

Devon: No, that’s not the truth. I don’t think that about you. I think it about your husband, alright? I’m concerned about his psychological state right now and how that might affect dominic.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

[ Sniffles ] Depression can make you feel like…just…noooo.

Abby: I understand that you’re concerned about chance’s emotional state. I am, too. That’s why I am fighting so hard for my family. And I’m appalled that you think chance isn’t responsible enough to care for our son.

Devon: This isn’t something that I think, abby. That is what he told me. He said the words to me, “I am struggling with being home and the pressure of being a parent.” That’s what he said. And knowing that, I also know that dominic needs a father figure in his life right now that can put him first and foremost.

Abby: And you see yourself as dominic’s father?

Devon: I’m not saying that chance isn’t his father, too. I’m saying that — I’m talking about filling that role for dominic right now, because I can do it, while we give chance the time he needs to get his mind right.

Abby: I knew this was about more than just shared custody. I mean, you see yourself as our son’s father. I-I-I mean, I can’t even process that right now.

Devon: Why do you — why can’t you — what do you mean, you can’t process it, abby? Really? ‘Cause that’s kind of hurtful for me to hear you say that. You don’t see me as a type of father figure for dominic? I’m the one you left him with when you went to spain. You didn’t pick anybody in your family. You chose me. So, what’s changed for you?

Chance: Thanks for doing this with me.

Amanda: Yeah, of course.

Chance: I just wanted an opportunity to tell you that i understand where devon’s coming from — a lot more than abby does. That’s for sure.

Amanda: Wow. Well, I am really surprised to hear you say that.

Chance: Yeah, well, I — I can see how much he loves dominic.

Amanda: That is undeniable.

Chance: It’s also undeniable that I’ve been playing catch-up as a father. And I can’t help but wonder if that’s what devon is reacting to. I mean, this can’t be about spending more time with dominic. We never denied him that. This has to do with his concerns about me, doesn’t it?

Billy: While I was gone, did anything happen on the newman front between victoria, victor, and adam? Not that I really care, but, you knoW…

Lily: Oh, you care. I know you can’t just quit cold turkey. So, actually, I think you’ll find this interesting. Look at what adam sent me right when you left for chicago. He texted me that. “Best of luck with chancellor.”

Billy: Sounds like a threat.

Lily: Oh, of course it’s a threat. That’s why I went to his office to go confront him. I didn’t believe for a second he was being sincere.

Billy: Leave it to adam to turn a congratulations into a veiled warning.

Lily: Yeah. And he was trying to act all casual, but I could tell that something riled him up. So, clearly whatever you said to him before you left must have cut to the bone.

Billy: Well, that’s music to my ears, the fact that I can still wound him, metaphorically speaking of course. But that’s something we should keep an eye on. Wounded animals usually retaliate.

Lily: Well, then it’s a good thing you put the feud behind you.

Billy: Well, just because I’m able to turn the other cheek doesn’t mean adam is. It’s not in his dna.

Lily: Well, I did let him know that his attempts to destroy your reputation failed miserably and that you’re coming to chancellor as my coo.

Billy: I’m sure that went over well.

Lily: [ Laughs ] I also told ashland, too.

Billy: Oh. How much did he love that?

Lily: Actually, I think i loved telling them more. And now I can tell the world.

Billy: [ Laughs ]

Adam: Oh, don’t worry, ashland. I would never underestimate my brilliant sister. But unfortunately this time she had a swing and a miss. Your strategy to, uh, turn dad against me — it’s already backfired.

Victoria: Oh, okay. Well, then let’s just say for argument’s sake that that was my plan. What makes you so sure that it’s backfired?

Adam: Because we actually bonded more after your feeble attempt to drive a wedge between us. I know you’ll never admit it, but I know you’re up to something, and you’re either targeting newman media or me.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] My goodness, your paranoia is running rampant.

Adam: I mean, why even bother? Newman/locke won ownership of chanccomm. Is that not enough of a win for you? Are you that insecure that you can’t handle a little competition?

Victoria: I think newman media is hardly competition for us.

Adam: I thought after the wedding that we had at least reached neutral ground and we could go on with our lives. And, ashland, after all my help with gaines, I thought I had your loyalty. I mean, where would your reputation be if victor and i hadn’t intervened?

Ashland: I would have handled him fine by myself.

Victoria: And we thanked you for that. You know, I find it amusing that you don’t trust me. What’s wrong? Do I make you nervous?

Adam: [ Laughs ]

Victoria: You know I will always be your older and wiser sister and I will show you the respect by never handing you a bogus win because what would be the fun in that, really?

Adam: Mm.

Victoria: And, you know, you should consider that our father might not always have your back.

Adam: Mm. Well, don’t you get too confident that I’ll always have yours…or ashland’S.

[ Chair slams ]

[ Mug thuds ]

From the very first touch,

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Victor: Now, michael, please have a seat. There are plans in the works… involving newman/locke, newman media, and chanccomm. And most likely there will be some reshuffling in regard to power and control.

Michael: Is that so?

Victor: Don’t misunderstand me. Victoria has done a wonderful job, you know, merging newman enterprises with ashland locke’s company.

Michael: It was an amazing deal.

Victor: Yes, it’s one of historic proportions, really. However, I recently have noticed some signs of immaturity in my son adam. Again, I trust him. He’s done a good job running the company. He has done a great job transitioning cyaxares to newman media. And he’s added a fashion platform that stands to make a lot of money.

Michael: Sounds positive.

Victor: Yeah. But recent events have made me consider taking a more active role, you know?

Michael: I can imagine how adam feels about that.

Victor: What I want you to think about is that I am thinking about solidifying the various factions calling themselves newman.

Michael: That sounds intriguing, but I would hate to be caught in the middle of a newman war. I mean, I love the idea of a new challenge, but the whole point of resigning from the D.A.’S office was to have less stress, not more.

Victor: And I understand that. And I want you to know that i don’t intend to blow things up. But I want to protect my legacy. And who better to help me through the legal difficulties than you, one of the brightest legal minds around? But the one wild card in all this for me is, uh… ashland locke. I know he loves my daughter and she loves him. But I don’t trust him.

Ashland: I wonder what adam meant by that parting warning.

Victoria: What do you mean, about my father not always having our back? I’m sure he was just trying to knock us off our guard.

Ashland: Well, in that case, he’s underestimating us.

Victor: That was a very sloppy, sloppy move, which strikes me as either panic or overconfidence. Neither is a quality of someone destined to come out on top.

Ashland: Well, you know, i really admire your confidence in the whole thing, but you of all people should know how ruthless victor newman can be. Maybe adam knows something about his agenda that we should be concerned about.

Victoria: No, I don’t think so. Look at how far my father went to protect you, and I do believe that he genuinely admires my business instincts. I mean, he wholeheartedly congratulated me on acquiring chanccomm. I mean, sure, I was disappointed that he didn’t agree to sell me newman media, but I think that would have been too easy. My father loves the game just as much as the win.

Ashland: You are your father’s daughter.

Victoria: And I don’t buy adam’s claim for one minute that his bond with my dad is stronger than ever. I am sure that I planted doubt in my father’s head about adam’s competence and whether he’s suited to running things.

Ashland: I love watching you calculate all the angles. But watching you go head-to-head with adam while simultaneously staying one step ahead of victor — that’s a first for me.

Victoria: Does it scare you?

Ashland: On the contrary. I’m sure, now more than ever, that together we can accomplish anything and everything we set our minds to.

Victoria: Agreed. So then we keep applying the pressure.

Ashland: We definitely make a formidable team.

Amanda: I’m not sure what you mean when you say that devon’s only doing this because of you.

Chance: Okay, again, amanda, I’m not talking to you as his lawyer. But devon and I did have a little heart-to-heart the other day. And I might have opened up about some of these demons that I’m battling. And maybe I was little too honest with him.

Amanda: Well, there’s no such thing as too much honesty.

Chance: Okay, well, if it’s gonna continue to cause pain to abby and put a wrench on this whole agreement that we have, then, well, I regret saying anything to him. Look, I intend to move past this and heal, and I feel like I’m doing much better right now.

Amanda: Well, I’m really glad to hear that.

Chance: And I also intend to do everything that I need to do to be the best father for dominic. And, honestly, I — I think devon should be involved. I mean, why not have as many people as possible loving our boy, right? The more, the better.

Amanda: Yeah, I — I couldn’t agree more. You know, I never had even one devoted parent. Watching all of these loving people dote on dom, I mean… I really do hope that we don’t have to get a judge involved.

Chance: I think that’s what we all want.

Amanda: You know, devon isn’t asking for full custody. All he wants is to be legally recognized and to be able to take care of dominic in his home at pre-arranged times. That’s it. I really don’t think that it’s that outrageous of a request, especially given how essential he’s been in dom’s life from the very beginning.

Abby: Of course I trust you with my son, as his godfather, as an honorary uncle, in all of the roles that we discussed, but you feeling like you’re his father? No, dominic has a father, and his name is chance.

Devon: Right, and I’m not a threat to that. I’m trying to do what’s best for dominic.

Abby: Well, this is not it. What’s best for dominic is for us to be a family — me, chance, and dominic. And what you’re doing is tearing at the very foundation.

Devon: I’m not trying to do that.

Abby: Yes, chance has been through a lot of trauma. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a good father and a good husband while he’s working on his recovery. And taking dominic out of the equation, even if it’s on a partial basis — that’s more of an obstacle, not less.

Devon: I disagree with that, abby. It’s —

Abby: I finally have my family back. We are finally reunited. We are working on healing. We have lost so much time already.

Devon: I’m not trying to take him away from you.

Abby: You said that you’re worried about chance’s emotional state. Well, suing us for shared custody is only gonna make things worse. Woman: Life’s been hard enough.

Devon: Abby, if I’m being honest, I don’t think that it’s dominic’s job to heal chance.

Abby: You’re twisting my words.

Devon: I’m not… alright.

[ Sighs ] I don’t want to argue with you. I really don’t, but I don’t know what else to say ’cause I was hoping that we could come to some kind of agreement without going to court. But it’s not looking like that’s gonna happen. And I can’t back down from this ’cause I really feel like I’m doing what’s best for dominic.

Abby: You’re doing what’s best for you. And now I’m brokenhearted.

[ Door closes ]

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Amanda: Hey. We just wanted to see how things were going.

Chance: How we doing?

Devon: Um… I just want to apologize to you ’cause this something that i really never intended to do. But I’m gonna take off and say thank you for listening to me.

[ Door opens ]

Chance: Hey. What happened? What did he say that’s got you so upset?

Abby: I tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. We need to call christine.

Victor: So, I piqued your interest, right?

Michael: Oh, yes. Yes. Uh, but I get the feeling that you aren’t telling me everything. I thought you admired your son-in-law. But you don’t trust him. That’s news to me. I was under the impression that you had welcomed him into your family with open arms.

Victor: Yeah. He loves victoria. Victoria loves him. That’s why I made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch. I want victoria to be happy.

Michael: Every father wants that for his children.

Victor: Right. But meanwhile I’ve learned some rather unsavory things about ashland locke. Not that that would normally bother me because I have a rather checkered past myself, as you damn well know.

Michael: I would the last person to argue that point.

Victor: I want you to think about how much newman enterprises has meant to me. I built the damn company from the ground up. I’m proud of it. Put my heart and soul into it, a legacy for my family. And now newman enterprises is called newman/locke. It doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve never trusted an outsider running my damn company. Never.

Lily: So, what do you think? I worked with the media relations department to get the press released ready.

Billy: I thought I told you not to make this a priority.

Lily: I know, but I just wanted to be proactive in case everything worked out. So, now that you’re back and everything’s good with jill, we can release it.

Billy: You’re so cute. You’re so excited about your new job.

Lily: I am excited, but I’m more excited to have you by my side. I mean, to be honest, a week ago, I didn’t even think this was gonna happen.

Billy: Well, I can tell by this press release you never gave up hope on me.

Lily: Well, truthfully, i wasn’t sure if you were gonna give up your plan to vindicate yourself. But I am very proud of you that you did. So, no more talking about victoria or adam or the past, only looking forward.

Billy: To your phenomenal success.

Lily: With you by my side.

[ Chuckles ]

New vicks vapostick. Strong soothing vapors…

Abby: We have to call christine. We have to fight with everything that we have. I mean, devon can’t possibly have a legal leg to stand on, right?

Chance: Abby, hey, take a second, alright? I think we need to talk about this first.

Abby: What’s there to talk about? Wait. You don’t think devon has a right to do this, do you?

[ Door closes ]

Devon: Yeah, no, I was completely honest with her about my fears over chance’s emotional state, but she kept insisting that there’s more to it that I’m keeping from her.

Amanda: More to it? What did she mean?

Devon: I don’t know. She thinks that me going after custody is gonna unravel their whole family.

Amanda: [ Sighs ] Well, I’m not concerned that your conversation will affect your case at all, but I need to make sure that you’re okay with moving forward legally — because it will cause more friction.

Devon: Yeah. I know. I just don’t understand why abby sees me as some kind of a rival.

Amanda: You know, I didn’t get that feeling from chance at all when I spoke to him earlier. He is focused on healing and being the best possible father that he can be to dominic. And personally [Sighs] I understand where you are coming from, but I also can’t help but empathize with abby and chance. But professionally, as your lawyer, I need to make it clear what it’s gonna take to win. The key for any judge will be what is in the best interest of the child. So you are gonna need to put chance on trial. That’s your best shot at getting shared custody.

Devon: I just — I really don’t want things to get ugly.

Amanda: You’re gonna need to be prepared for that.

Devon: I know. I hate that it’s come to this. But I can’t back down.

Michael: So, what exactly has you on the alert about locke?

Victor: Well, I don’t think it is quite the time yet to sound the alarm. But considering the possibility that his health improves…

Michael: You think he might try to pull something?

Victor: What do you think? What man would allow his company to merge with another unless he were standing at death’s door? What if he recovers miraculously? What if he gets well all of a sudden? You don’t think that he’ll regret what he did?

Michael: Hmm. Could get tricky.

Victor: You got that right. So I’d love nothing more than to have a bright legal mind by my side to think all this through.

Michael: Sounds like an extremely challenging game of chess.

Victor: Yeah.

Michael: Exactly the sort of legal strategy I love, as long as it doesn’t keep me busy 24/7.

[ Both laugh ]

Victor: Well, don’t you worry about that, okay? I know that there will be times when you’re not available.

Michael: There are other factors to consider.

Victor: Yeah, well… I’ll remove all the obstacles that you might encounter, alright? I want you to know that I would love nothing more than to have my old buddy michael baldwin at my side to fight a potentially very volatile legal battle — because, trust me, things are about to become very interesting.

Michael: [ Chuckles ]

Victor: To your health, old boy.

Michael: And yours.

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Y&R Short Recap Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Noah accepts Nick’s job offer to work with him at New Hope which makes Sharon happy because he will stay in town longer but Sharon worries that Noah has feelings for Tessa.

Ashland and Nikki disagree about a new hire but Victoria is able to reach a compromise and offers Ashland a friend as a consultant.

Chance admits to Abby that he loves Dominic but he still doesn’t feel a strong connection to Dominic. Chance thinks that they should give Devon shared custody of Dominic. Mariah asks Devon to try and reach a compromise with Chance and Abby because if he takes Chance and Abby to court a lot of people will be hurt.

Summer calls Phyllis to offer her a job at Marquetti.

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Y&R Best Lines Friday, January 14, 2022

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Rey: What’s a nice lady like you doing in a place like this?

Sharon: What makes you think I’m nice?

Rey: Well, I just assumed you were. Are you saying you aren’t?

Sharon: I have my moments.

Rey: Really? Well, I’m interested in hearing all about them. In fact, I’m interested in all of you.

Sharon: Well, thank you. I’m really flattered, but, sorry, I’m off the market. I’m happily married.

Rey: Is that right?

Sharon: 100%. But I will give you this to remember me by.

Rey: I’m glad I found you. Not just because of that, because that was — mmm! — Spectacular, but I have a proposal.

Sharon: Does that mean you’re propositioning me?

Rey: Yeah, I guess I am. And my proposition is –

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Sharon: [ Sighs ] You have the patience of a saint.

Rey: Saint Rey. Yeah, that’s — that’s got a ring to it.

Sharon: I’ve been wanting to hear what you have to say to me. I promise I won’t let anyone or anything interrupt us.

Rey: [ Chuckles ] Thank you. That’s — that’s kind of what i wanted to talk to you about.

Sharon: What do you mean?

Rey: I would like to spend some quality time alone with my wife. I want to take you out. I want to wine and dine you. I want to stare into those beautiful eyes and tell you how wonderful you are.

Sharon: Well, that sounds really nice. What did you have in mind?

Rey: Well, I was thinking we could go to that French bistro you’ve been talking about.

Sharon: Trs magnifique!

Rey: [ Chuckles ] Then we could check out the new exhibit at the museum.

Sharon: I have wanted to do that.

Rey: I know. I listen.

Sharon: You do, don’t you? Okay, well, that sounds nice. When did you want to go on this date?

Rey: I want to go right now. Let’s go.

Sharon: Oh. Okay. Let me just wrap up a few things in the office first, and then we can leave for our…

Rey: Perfect.

Sharon: …Special quality time alone together.

Rey: And I will be right here waiting with great anticipation.

Sharon: You’re the best. You know that


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Y&R Update Monday, January 17 2022

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Adam left his office after he remembered Victor announcing his intention to take a more active role at Newman Media. He went to Crimson Lights and saw Ashland and Victoria. Adam said congratulations about ChancComm, but he added that it wasn’t over until it was over. Victoria said things were over, as far as ChancComm was concerned. Adam asked what else was in the works. Adam heard Victoria put a stop to Billy’s pitiful plot to trick Newman Media into libeling him. Adam wanted to know how Victoria found out what Billy was up to – did Billy try to bring her in on it? Victoria said that Billy’s plot was so transparent, she saw right through it. She added that a child could’ve seen through it, and she was surprised Adam didn’t. He reminded her that he told her at the ranch, over the holidays, that he didn’t see any news in Billy’s downward spiral. He had no intention of writing a story on Billy. “If you were on to [Billy] why didn’t you mention it to me and Dad then? Could’ve warned us. I mean, assuming we all are on Team Newman,” Adam stated. Victoria asked if there was any other team.

Adam wanted to know what Victoria knew about Billy’s plot and when she knew it. Victoria said she didn’t have time for Adam’s game. She thought the point was that she stopped Billy in his tracks, because she was a great defender of all things Newman, at least in business. Adam couldn’t help but wonder if there were two opposing Team Newmans; Newman/Locke and Newman Media. Victoria scoffed at Adam comparing the powerhouse, Newman/Locke to the fledgling startup, Newman Media. She said it was just a little something Ashland decided to sell off. Adam noted that he and Victor won Newman Media over Victoria and Billy. Since Victoria was saying she was responsible for protecting Newman Media, Adam couldn’t help but wonder if Victoria had a plan for the company. Victoria asked why she’d tell Adam. She said that if she had something going on, she’d discuss it with her father. “And certainly [Victor] would share that news with you, wouldn’t he?,” Victoria asked. Adam surmised that Victoria did have a plan and that her first order of attack was to turn father against son. Adam asked if Ashland was advising Victoria in this maneuver. Ashland noted that Adam was assuming there was a maneuver. Ashland added that Victoria made her own decisions. Ashland admired Victoria’s instincts, and he said she’d never allow her husband to call the shots.

Adam said he’d never underestimate his brilliant sister. He told Victoria that her attempt to turn Victor against him backfired. “Let’s just say for arguments sake that that was my plan. What makes you so sure that it’s backfired?,” she asked. He said he and Victor bond deepened after Victoria’s feeble attempt to drive a wedge. He knew she was up to something. He asked if ChancComm wasn’t enough of a win – was she so insecure she couldn’t handle little competition? She didn’t see Newman Media as competition. Adam thought, after the wedding, he and Victoria had reached neutral ground, and he thought he had Ashland’s loyalty after the thing with Gaines. Adam asked where Ashland’s reputation would be if not for Adam and Victor’s help with Gaines. Ashland said he would’ve handled it himself. Victoria pointed out that they thanked Adam for that. Victoria was amused that Adam didn’t trust her. She said she’d always be his older and wiser sister, and she’d show respect to him by never giving him a bogus win. She said that Victor might not always have his pack. Adam countered that Victor might not always have Victoria or Ashland’s back. Adam left.

Ashland asked what Victoria thought Adam’s parting shot meant. She thought Adam was trying to knock them off their guard. She said it was a sloppy move, either driven by panic or overconfidence, which wasn’t the mark of someone who’d come out on top. Ashland admired Victoria’s confidence, but he said she knew how ruthless Victor could be. Victoria didn’t think there was an issue. She noted that Victor went far to protect Ashland, and Victor had genuinely congratulated her for acquiring ChancComm. Victoria thought Victor genuinely admired her business instincts. She was disappointed he didn’t agree to sell her Newman Media, but she thought that was too easy – she aid her father enjoyed the game as much as the win. Victoria didn’t believe Adam’s claim that his bond with Victor was stronger than ever. She was sure she planted doubt in Victor’s head about Adam. Ashland loved watching Victoria calculate all the angles, but watching her go head to head with Adam while staying a step ahead of Victor was a first for her. It made him sure that, together, they could accomplish everything they put their minds to.

Billy came home early, and Lily was eager to know how things went with Jill. Billy told his “Tiger Lily” to slow down. He promised he’d answer all her questions, but first, he wanted to kiss her. They did. Later, they cuddled on the couch under a blanket. She said this was exactly what she needed to relieve the tension of starting a new job. She had questions, and he limited her to three, because this was the last day before she started her new job, and he didn’t to spend it on work. She wanted to know he was and how it went with Jill. He said it went well, and the biggest takeaway was that Jill really liked Lily. Lily wanted to know if Billy’s mom accepted his apology and if she supported Billy becoming COO. He said he apologized to her and confessed about his ill-fated plan for Victor and Adam. He made it clear that his change of heart came from Lily’s guidance, and Jill was grateful for that. Lily appreciated the credit, but she thought Billy was underselling the strength it took for him to turn the other cheek with the Newmans. Jill had hugged Billy and called him an idiot, so that meant she accepted his apology. Lily asked if Billy would be coming to Chancellor as COO. He said yes, he’d be COO, with Jill’s blessing.

Not that Billy cared, but he wanted to know if anything happened on the Newman front while he was gone. Lily knew Billy actually did care, and she said she understood that he couldn’t just quit cold turkey. She showed him the text Adam sent her that said “Best of luck with Chancellor.” Billy interpreted as a threat, and Lily agreed, which is why she’d gone to confront Adam. She said she could tell something riled Adam up. She thought it was clear something Billy said to Adam cut to the bone. It was music to Billy’s ears that he could still wound Adam, metaphorically speaking, of course. He thought they should keep an eye on Adam though, because wounded animals usually retaliated. Lily thought it was good that Billy stopped the feud. Billy didn’t think Adam was capable of turning the other cheek. Lily said she let Adam know his attempts to destroy Billy’s reputation failed miserably. She also let Adam and Ashland know Billy would be her COO.

Lily worked with the communications department to prepare a press release about Billy joining the company. Lily was excited about her new job, and Billy thought it was cute. She said she was more excited to have him by her side. A week ago, she didn’t think this was going to happen. She was proud he gave up the plan to vindicate himself. She said no more talk about Victoria, Adam or the past. They toasted with champagne to her success with him by her side, then they kissed.

I thought you were my friend. And now you’re taking us to court to spend more time with [Chance’s and my] son?” Abby said to Devon. She didn’t understand how he could do something so hurtful after all they’d been through. Devon wasn’t trying to be hurtful. He was doing this because of what they’d been through. He noted that Chance was struggling. Chance didn’t think it was necessary to go to this extreme. Devon didn’t think arranged visits were extreme, but Abby was against that. He felt that they left him no choice but to pursue legal action for shared custody.

Abby asked Chance and Amanda to step out, so she could speak with Devon one on one. Chance didn’t think that was a good idea – feelings were raw, and he didn’t think things should escalate. Amanda agreed with Chance. Abby said that she was concerned about Amanda’s presence, since she was Devon’s lawyer. Abby said she’d either call Christine, or she’d speak with Devon alone. Abby wasn’t going to negotiate, she just needed to speak with her friend. Devon was okay with that. He never wanted to involve lawyers, and he was hoping they could work something out. Amanda and Chance went to the foyer. Chance asked if he could talk to Amanda privately, as Devon’s partner, not as his lawyer. She agreed.

Chance and Amanda went to Crimson Lights. Chance admitted that he understood where Devon was coming from more than Abby did. Chance could see how much Devon loved Dominic, and it was also undeniable that Chance was playing catch up as a father. He couldn’t help but wonder if that was what Devon was reacting to. He didn’t think it was about spending time with Dominic, because Devon had never been denied that. Chance thought that Devon was doing this because of Chance. Chance reiterated that he was speaking with Amanda as Devon’s partner, not lawyer. Chance revealed that he’d confided in Devon about some demons he was battling. Chance regretted opening up to Devon, because it was hurting Abby and jeopardizing the agreement. Chance intended to heal, and he felt like he was doing better now. He also intended to do whatever he needed to do to be the best father to Dominic. Chance thought Devon should be involved – the more people to love Dominic the better. Amanda agreed. She said she didn’t have any devoted parents, so it moved her to see all these people doting on Dom. She hoped they didn’t have to get a judge involved. Chance agreed. Amanda said that Devon wasn’t asking for full custody, he just wanted to be legally recognized and to be able to take care of Dominic in his home at pre-arranged times. She didn’t think that was outrageous, especially given how essential he’d be in Dom’s life.

Back at the house, Abby recalled Devon saying that pursuing shared custody was a bad idea. She asked what changed his mind. He said the last time they spoke, she was very upset, and he realized it wasn’t the time to push the issue. However, he’d never changed his mind about wanting to spend more time with Dominic. Abby couldn’t believe Devon was doing this. She asked if she ever denied him the opportunity to spend time with Dominic. Devon said Abby denied him scheduled visits, so he could feel like more than a visitor in Dom’s life. Abby felt like there had to be more to it. She asked if this was about her parenting. He reiterated that it wasn’t about that. She asked if this was about the trip to Spain. She only did that to find her son’s father, but it was clear to her that it tainted Devon’s opinion of her parenting. Devon denied this. He thought Abby was a great mom. Abby yelled that she kept thinking about this over and over and over, and it all came back to that trip. Devon said it wasn’t about the trip, though he did concede that when she left Dominic with him, it strengthened his bond with the baby. This was about him wanting to have a bigger role in Dominic’s life and his concern about her husband. She snapped that they had an agreement – he was to be the donor. Abby tearfully said that Devon had been by her side and he’d been her best friend, he’d held her hand when she thought Chance was dead. She felt like he was turning on them. He said he was still her best friend, and he loved her and Chance. He just wanted to make sure he would always be able to support Dominic. “And by you refusing to even consider changing our agreement…” Devon started. Abby interjected that Devon was blaming her and saying she was pushing him to do this. She said she asked him to be Dominic’s godfather, and now he wanted to change the agreement. “You don’t think Chance and I are capable of being good parents to Dominic,” Abby accused. “I don’t think that about you. I think that about your husband,” Devon admitted. He was concerned about Chance’s psychological state and how that might affect Dominic.

Abby understood Devon was concerned about Chance’s emotional state. She was concerned too. That’s why she was fighting so hard for her family. She was appalled Devon didn’t think Chance was responsible enough to care for Dominic. “This isn’t what I think, Abby. This is what he told me,” Devon said. Devon repeated what Chance said about struggling with being home and the pressure of being a parent. Devon said Dominic needed a father figure in his life right now who could put Dominic first. “You see yourself as Dominic’s father?,” Abby asked. Devon said Chance was the father too. Devon said he could fill the role now, while Chance took the time to get his mind right. Abby felt vindicated because she knew this was about more than shared custody, and now she had proof. She didn’t even know how to process the fact that Devon saw himself as Dominic’s father. Devon was hurt that Abby didn’t see him as Dominic’s father figure. “You don’t see me as a type of father figure for Dominic? I’m the one you left him with when you went to Spain. You didn’t pick anybody in your family. You chose me. So what’s changed for you?,” Devon asked.

Abby trusted Devon with Dominic as a godfather and honorary uncle, the roles they’d discussed. “Dominic has a father and his name is Chance,” she firmly stated. Devon said he wasn’t a threat to that, and he was trying to do what was best for Dominic. Abby said what was best for Dominic was to be a family with her and Chance, and Devon was tearing at that foundation. He said he wasn’t trying to do that. She acknowledged Chance’s trauma, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t be a good father and husband while he worked on his recovery. She said taking Dominic out of the equation, even if it was part time, was more than an obstacle, not less. She said she finally had her family back, and they’d lost so much time. Devon insisted that he wasn’t trying to take Dominic away. She noted that he was worried about Chance’s emotional state, and she said that suing for shared custody would only make the situation worse. Devon didn’t think it was Dominic’s job to heal Chance. Abby accused Devon of twisting her words. Devon didn’t want to argue, but he didn’t know what else to say. He was hoping they wouldn’t have to go to court, but it didn’t seem like that was gong to happen. He couldn’t back down because he felt like he was doing what was best for Dominic. You’re doing what’s best for you, and now I’m brokenhearted,” Abby said.

Chance and Amanda returned. Devon apologized and said he was going to go. He thanked Abby for listening, then he and Amanda left. Chance asked what Devon said that made Abby so upset. Abby said that Devon wouldn’t listen and that they needed to call Christine. Abby wanted to fight with everything they had. She was sure Devon didn’t have a legal leg to stand on. Chance said he wanted to talk about this first.

Devon and Amanda went home and talked. She wanted to make sure he was okay with moving forward legally, because it’d cause more friction. He didn’t understand why Abby saw him as a rival. Amanda said she didn’t get that feeling from Chance – she said he was focused on healing and being the best father he could be. Amanda understood where Devon was coming from, but she empathized with Abby and Chance. She said that a judge would be focused on the best interest of the child, so Devon would have to put Chance on trial. Devon didn’t want things to get ugly, but Amanda said he would have to be prepared for that. Devon hated that it came to this, but he couldn’t back down.

Michael dropped in at Victor’s to ask about the job offer Victor had made. Michael was leaving the DA’s office, mostly to spend more time with his family, but he was intrigued by the prospect of doing private work with Victor, as long as it wasn’t too overwhelming. Victor said there were plans in the works regarding Newman/Locke, Newman Media and ChancComm, and there would most likely be some reshuffling with who was in control. Victor said that Victoria was doing a wonderful job, but he’d noticed some signs of immaturity in Adam. Victor said he trusted Adam, and Adam had done a good job running the company and a great job transitioning Cyaxares to Newman Media. Victor was also happy with the fashion division. Victor wanted to take a more active role, and he was thinking about solidifying the various factions calling themselves Newman. Michael didn’t want to be caught in the middle of a Newman war. The whole point of resigning from the D.A.’s office was to have less stress, not more. Victor understood, and he didn’t intend to blow things up. He wanted to protect his legacy, and who better to help him through the legal difficulties than Michael. Victor said Ashland was the wildcard. He knew Ashland and Victoria loved each other, but Victor didn’t trust him.

Michael thought Victor admired Ashland and welcomed him into the family with open arms. Victor said Ashland and Victoria loved each other, and he wanted his daughter to be happy. Victor had learned some unsavory things about Ashland, not that it usually bothered him, because he had a rather checkered past too. Victor talked about how much Newman Enterprises meant to him – he built it from the ground up and poured his heart and soul into it. It was a legacy for his family, and now it was called Newman/Locke. That didn’t sit well with Victor. “I’ve never trusted an outsider running my damn company. Ever,” Victor said.

Michael asked why Victor was on alert about Ashland. Victor said it wasn’t quite time to sound the alarm, but he wondered what would happen if Ashland’s health improved. He knew Ashland allowed the merger because he was at death’s door, but if he miraculously recovered, he might regret what he did. Victor wanted a bright legal mind by his side to think all this through. Michael thought it sounded like an extremely challenging game of chess, which was exactly the kind of legal strategy he loved, as long as it didn’t keep him occupied 24/7. Victor promised that wouldn’t be a problem. Victor wanted Michael by his side to fight a volatile legal battle, because things were about to become very interesting. They toasted.

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Y&R Update Friday, January 21 2022

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Devon and Amanda arrived at the Chancellor house and met with Abby, Chance and Christine. Abby said they were ready to accept Devon’s conditions. When he first brought up the idea of formal visitation, she felt terrified. She admitted they had more healing to do. Chance clarified that he had more healing to do than he first let on. Abby didn’t want anyone to get in the way of that or tear the family apart with a court battle. Devon never wanted it to get to that point. Abby said Chance helped her see this was what was best for Dominic and that she had nothing to be afraid of. Devon was thankful, and he promised that this didn’t change the dynamic, which had always been about the three of them giving Dominic the best upbringing. Devon loved Abby and Chance like family, and he would never take anything from them. Abby didn’t see that before, but she did now. Chance appreciated what a strong and steady presence Devon had been for Dom from the day he offered to be the donor. Abby said this wasn’t about her and Chance backing down from a fight – this was what Devon and Dom deserved. Amanda said everyone was coming from a place of mutual respect and working together for Dominic’s benefit. Devon had a request. He appreciated how much thought Abby put into Dominic’s name, and how it reflected everyone who was part of him. In that same spirit, Devon wanted Dominic to have Neil’s last name. He said Neil was Abby’s godfather, and he’d taught Devon what being a father was about. Devon wanted Dominic to be known as Dominic Phillip Newman Abbott Winters Chancellor. Abby looked at Chance, who thought it sounded perfect.

Abby asked what the next steps were, and Dominic got fussy, so Abby went to get him. Christine said they’d have a proposal for Devon to look at soon. Devon said he’d prepare his house for Dom’s first overnight visit. Abby returned with the baby and said he should be part of this since it was about him. She handed Dom to Devon. Devon told Dom that they’d be spending more time together and that his Grandpa Neil was looking down on him smiling. Devon put the baby in the bassinet. Devon thanked Chance and Abby, and Chance thanked Devon. Amanda had some stipulations that she was going to send to Christine. Abby said Devon was a great friend and wonderful parent, and she was sorry she lost sight of that. They hugged. Devon and Amanda left. Chance thanked Christine for her support and guidance. Abby told Christine she was happy with things, but once they were alone, Chance got the feeling that he may have pushed Abby to do something she didn’t want to do.

Chance said all this was happening because of what was going on with him. He didn’t want this to put a wall between them. Abby assured him it wouldn’t. She was glad he opened up. She loved him more now than ever. He was grateful she saw where he was coming from and that she’d accepted Devon taking on the role. He knew that this wasn’t how she envisioned their family and that she was coming to terms with this. He said he’d stand by her, like she stood by him, and this decision didn’t change the fact that they were a family. Abby said this had been difficult, but she did sincerely think this was what was best for Dominic. This was still fresh and challenging for Abby, but she promised to do what it took to embrace the new normal and help Chance find his emotional footing, so they could be the family they were meant to be.

Devon and Amanda went home, and he was relieved. He’d been so sure his friendship with Abby was over and that they’d have to go to court. “My son’s gonna be living here. I know it’s only one day out of the week but I’m gonna be able to know him as a real parent. And he’s gonna carry my dad’s name,” he marveled. Amanda was happy to see Devon like this. She planned to file the paperwork ASAP. He wondered if she said that because she was worried Abby and Chance would change their mind. She said to relax. She didn’t think anything would go wrong, she was just being a cautious lawyer. He couldn’t wait to bring his son home. He picked up a picture of himself with Neil. Devon said Dom would have Neil’s name so he could carry on Neil’s legacy.

At Newman/Locke, Ashland tried to talk to Victoria about ChancComm, but she was lost in thought. She said that Adam was right about their father being unpredictable at times. She thought that it was a good reminder that you couldn’t let your guard down with Victor for one second. Ashland said he took nothing for granted with Victor, or anyone else. He stated that Victoria was the only one he trusted completely. He hoped she felt the same about him. He wondered if she wasn’t ready to trust him. She said she always would, until he gave her a reason not to. He knew some would say he already had. She understood why he hid some painful parts of his past. She knew he held back because he worried she wouldn’t understand, but she said his past didn’t define him. She thought that they had reason to hope they’d have more time together, to build a life together and make each other deliriously happy. Ashland remembered that when he and Victoria went to her parents to tell them how well the treatments were working, Victor said that when Ashland beat the cancer, he’d want to jump back into the business fray. Victoria said she and Ashland would be a force to be reckoned with if they ran the company together. Ashland would understand if Victoria was concerned about what Victor might be planning, despite how cordial he’d seemed at the moment. Victoria said she showed her hand about Newman Media, too. She still wanted to take over the company more than anything, though.

Victoria thought they needed a new strategy for getting Newman Media. She said trying to drive a wedge between Victor and Adam wouldn’t work, for all the reasons Adam already threw in her face – Victor was way too unpredictable. Ashland thought that the opening gambit was good, because it did put Adam on the defensive. Victoria asserted that the key was to make Victor believe this was his idea. Ashland said that they’d go back to the original idea to make Adam fail. Victoria announced that step one would be to sue for the name Newman Media. Now that they’d acquired ChancComm, which was originally Newman Enterprises, they’d say there was no Newman entity that shouldn’t be under the Newman/Locke umbrella. Ashland said Victor and Adam would say the lawsuit was unsupportable. Victoria didn’t care, because the suit would cause Adam and Victor so many headaches and tie up all their lawyers, and hopefully distract Adam while Newman/Locke hit them with step 2.

Michael was at Crimson Lights on the patio. He flashed back to talking to Victor about a possible job. Lauren arrived to ask how the meeting with Victor went. Michael said Victor made a compelling offer. Michael had made it clear to Victor that he wouldn’t be at his beck and call 24/7. Lauren chuckled because she thought Victor would want to monopolize Michael’s time. Michael was sure that Victor understood that Michael wasn’t interested in any job that consumed his life. Lauren helped Michael make a decision by making a pro/con list. Michael was going to ensure that Lauren was his priority. He said if he didn’t work, he’d be insufferable, as Gloria and Kevin pointed out. Lauren thought Victor thrived on chaos. Michael conceded that Victor said things were about to get interesting. Michael said he’d be doing exciting work, which was a plus. He thought it’d lead to some fun pillow talk too. She hadn’t seen him this excited about work in a long time. He added that the pay would be excellent, but she asked what he’d have to do for the money.

At the ranch, Victor told Nikki that he informed Adam that he was taking a more active role at Newman Media. She assumed it was because Adam nearly got fooled by Billy. Victor thought it showed a serious lack of judgment on Adam’s part. He wouldn’t even get into Adam’s decision to involve that Spectra woman. Nikki thought it was great that Victor would be more of a presence, and she was sure he was eager to get back in the game. She doubted Adam would be pleased. The company was currently fine, but Victor wanted to make sure it wasn’t damaged. Nikki said Adam would have to accept it, or not. Nick and Noah arrived.

Noah revealed that he accepted a full time position at New Hope. He hoped Victor wouldn’t be mad he wasn’t going to be working at Newman Media. Victor was supportive of Noah working with his father. Nikki asked about Noah’s art. Noah felt dissatisfied with art when he left London because it had become so commercialized, and he’d felt bound by elitists’ idea of art. He lost his spark until he came back and started working on Tessa’s album cover. He was going to get back to his art, but first he needed a reset, and he thought being part of what his father created was a first step in the right direction. Now that Noah learned about New Hope, he admired Nick even more, because Nick gave back to the community every day. Noah asked what could be better than working with his father. “Not a thing,” Victor said.

Nikki and Victor were alone again. Nikki understood why Noah left his seemingly vibrant career in London now. She admired Noah’s courage, and she said that this was the happiest she’d seen him since he got home. Victor reiterated that he was happy Noah was working with his father. Nikki thought about how Newman Media started because Adam seemed to be taking his life in a new direction. She was surprised by Adam, in a good way, and she said he might surprise Victor too. Victor promised Newman Media wouldn’t take away from his time with Nikki. She knew family was the most important thing to him – being a good husband and father. Michael arrived and hugged Nikki, who excused herself.

Michael and Victor came to terms on the job offer. Michael said he had to resign as DA, but Victor saw no reason Michael couldn’t begin to work for him unofficially. Victor knew that Michael would take the offer and that he wouldn’t be happy being a retiree on a porch watching the sunset. Michael made it clear he wanted to have time with his wife.

At Crimson Lights, Mariah and Tessa told Sharon they were engaged, and she was elated for them. Sharon didn’t want them to take this the wrong way, but she hoped they weren’t only doing this because they thought it’d help their adoption chances. Mariah and Tessa were adamant that they weren’t doing it for that reason. Mariah said she and Tessa wanted this so much, and it was the perfect next step for them. Sharon said Faith would be in heaven. Tessa and Mariah hugged. Mariah called Faith at school and brought her up to speed. Faith was excited and eager for details. Mariah asked Faith to help her plan an epic wedding, then she passed the phone to Tessa. Faith was thinking a spring wedding would be nice. Nick and Noah walked in and overheard the news. Nick gave his best wishes, and Noah was speechless. Mariah said she was in total shock during the proposal, kind of like how Noah looked right now. Mariah and Tessa shared details from the proposal. Noah said something quick and polite about the news. Tessa said she’d cherish everything Mariah said forever. Nick and Sharon noticed the look on Noah’s face.

Noah went to get everyone coffee, and Sharon walked off too. Nick said seeing Mariah about to start this big adventure made him think about… Mariah knew he was thinking about Cassie. Nick was proud of Mariah, and they hugged. Tessa went to Noah to offer to help. He said he was happy for her. She wanted him to be happy too. He said he was. He told her about his new job and said he’d have time for his art. Sharon went back to Nick, who was by himself. “Oh no, looks like Noah’s fallen in love with Tessa again,” she said. Nick thought that might be a little extreme, but he did say that some of Noah’s old feelings for Tessa had been stirred up. Sharon felt bad – Noah left town because of Tessa, then he got his heart broken in London, and now it seemed like it might be happening again. Nick said Noah was resilient. Noah left. Nick thought the new job would be great for Noah.

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Y&R Update Thursday, January 20 2022

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Recap written by Christine

Elena and Amanda ran into each other at Crimson Lights. Elena was on her way to the clinic. Elena asked how working with Imani was. Amanda said it was never a dull moment. Imani had a lot of political contacts from working with the family, and according to Amanda, she wasn’t shy about reaching out. Elena joked that this was a shock because Imani was always so timid. Amanda admitted Imani gave her an earful about the last encounter with Elena and Nate. Elena said that Imani was the only one who didn’t seem to be happy Elena and Nate were living together. Amanda asked how Nate was. Elena said that Nate was wonderful, but they were concerned about Devon and the lawsuit.

Elena felt for Devon. She said it must break his heart that Abby was acting like he turned on her. Amanda said Devon worried that Abby would never trust him the way she did before all this. Elena understood why Abby was acting so emotionally, because nothing turned out like she planned. First Abby found out she couldn’t carry a child, then she found out Chance couldn’t father a child, then her surrogate was kidnapped, and she was mistakenly told her husband was dead. Amanda said that Abby wasn’t losing a child – the biological father just wanted weekly visits. Elena said the fear of losing a child was primal; she saw it all the time with families who had sick babies. They were terrified they’d lose their child, and they started acting out. Elena just hoped Dominic came out of this knowing how loved he was. Amanda said everyone wanted a happy ending, but now it was complicated from every angle.

Mariah ran into Noah on the patio at Crimson Lights. She was pleased when she found out he accepted Nick’s job offer. She saw it as a sign that Noah was committed to staying in Genoa City. He said it was a commitment to seeing how things went. Noah asked if things were okay with Mariah and Tessa; he’d noticed Mariah was stressed last night. Mariah said things were the best they’d ever been with Tessa. She had some friends going through something, and she could see both of their sides. She just had to hope everything worked out. Nick arrived, and he was excited about teaming up with Noah at New Hope.

Noah had been doing research into a movement that turned empty lots into green spaces for the residents. Nick said he’d put Noah in touch with some people who could get him a grant application for that. Tessa came up and pulled Mariah away, saying she needed her help with a meeting with a PR person. Nick started talking to Noah, who wasn’t listening because he was focused on Tessa’s departure.

Chance you don’t mean that. You can be a good father to Dominic. You already are,” Abby said. They were still at Devon’s penthouse. Devon thanked Chance for his honesty. Devon knew it wasn’t easy to say. He thought they could come up with a solution that would work for everyone. Abby ordered Devon to stop putting undue pressure on Chance, but Chance said he came here on his own. Abby felt that Chance’s decision to reach out was understandable, but a mistake. She said they needed to talk in private. She told Devon they’d talk to him after they met Christine. Devon said he was Abby’s friend and he’d never intentionally hurt her. Abby was skeptical and called this a betrayal. Devon knew Abby was trying to protect her family, but he was doing the same thing. He said he wouldn’t be putting them through this if he didn’t care so much about her, Dominic and Chance. Abby and Chance left. Nate went to Devon’s because they had plans to go for a run, but Devon wasn’t up to it anymore. Devon brought Nate up to speed. Chance had admitted he didn’t feel like he was in the right headspace to give Dominic the love and support he needed right now. Devon said Abby saw him as the bad guy. Nate knew that Devon just wanted to protect his relationship with his biological son. Devon said he couldn’t get that through to Abby. He thought it was clear they were in for a legal battle.

Nate thought it sounded like Abby and Chance were in shock. He advised Devon ease up and let them adjust to the idea of sharing custody. Devon said they weren’t even open to the idea of arranged visits. He didn’t want to give Abby and Chance time to come up with a counter argument. He didn’t know if Christine would advise them to cut off contact between him and Dom. Nate asked if Devon thought Abby and Chance would do that. Devon didn’t know what they’d do, now that lawyers were involved. For Dominic’s sake, he didn’t want to take that chance. Nate said lawyers didn’t care about collateral damage or Devon’s relationship with Abby and Chance. Devon couldn’t worry about that right now because his son needed him. He needed this resolved ASAP. Nate insisted that the run would be good for Devon, so Devon groaned and went upstairs to get ready.

Devon and Nate went to get coffee before their run, and they talked with Noah and Nick at Crimson Lights. Noah saw something about a training program for restaurant employees in the New Hope files. Devon said it was something he and Abby had been working on before Lola left for Miami. Devon said Abby was in and out of the restaurant now, but he still liked the concept. Nick beamed about working with his son. Devon knew the feeling because he’d loved working with his dad at Hamilton-Winters. He said the father/son bond was really special.

Nick and Noah were alone on the patio again, and Noah wasn’t listening to Nick. Nick commented on his son’s distraction. He didn’t want to pry, but he couldn’t help but notice Noah seemed deflated when Tessa left. Noah claimed he didn’t know what Nick was talking about. Nick promised this wasn’t going to be a lecture or interrogation. Nick acknowledged that Noah and Tessa had a history. Nick knew what it was like when old feelings resurfaced. Noah maintained that Nick misread things. Noah said he’d never do that to his sister’s girlfriend. Nick wasn’t accusing Noah of anything, but actions were easier to control than feelings. Nick said Noah and Tessa had something good once; Tessa was talented and beautiful, and she’d been working with Noah lately. It was natural if some old feelings got rekindled. “You don’t think Mariah noticed do you?,” Noah asked. Noah promised he wasn’t going to make an ass of himself. He supported Mariah and Tessa. Nick said that if Noah revisited an old relationship, there was no guarantee it wouldn’t end the same way it did the first time. Noah wondered if it felt safe revisiting his old feelings for Tessa because she was completely unavailable right now. He said he’d focus on his work, family and try to have some fun. Nick said he could help with all three.

Mariah and Tessa went to Society, which was otherwise empty. There were candles, flowers and silver and gold balloons all over, and Mariah wondered if they’d stumbled into a private party. Tessa admitted she lied about the meeting so she could get Mariah here. Mariah thought this was beautiful, and Tessa was beautiful, and she didn’t know what she did to deserve this. Mariah asked if they were celebrating something. “Hopefully,” Tessa said, as she got down on one knee. Mariah’s jaw dropped, and she asked if she was dreaming. Tessa said they deserved every moment of happiness because they never gave up on themselves or their dreams. Tessa said when they started, they were this fragile little thing, but they made the choice to trust it, to forgive each other and help each other heal, and they only grew stronger, more powerful and beautiful. Tessa couldn’t imagine her heart being any fuller than it was now, but when they had a family, it would only expand. Mariah asked if Tessa was only doing this because they planned to adopt. Tessa couldn’t remember a moment when she didn’t want this. She was only doing it now because she was ready, and she hoped Mariah was too. Tessa opened a ring box. She knew in her soul that she and Mariah were meant to live this life together, and that was why she was proposing. “Marry me, Mariah?” Tessa asked.

Tessa told Mariah that this was the part where she said yes. “I can’t,” Mariah said, and Tessa looked panicked. Mariah had something to tell Tessa first. Mariah asked Tessa to stand up with her, and Tessa got off her knee. Mariah said they lifted each other up, especially this summer. Tessa said she was shook to her core when Mariah went missing. Mariah said when she came back, she was unsure, then too sure, but all the while, Tessa was patient and loving and reassuring. Mariah said Tessa brought her back to life, and Mariah knew it wasn’t easy. Mariah thanked God Tessa was so brave. Mariah was grateful and thankful and she wouldn’t change a minute of all the things that happened in their lives because it brought them to this moment. She wanted to share this love with their kids. She said yes to a lifetime with Tessa. Tessa put the ring on Mariah’s finger, and they hugged and kissed.

At their place, Abby wanted Chance to explain himself. “Why didn’t you tell me that you were going to Devon’s? I understand that you have a lot of conflicting emotions but you should talk to me about that or go see a counselor. You don’t go talk to the man who is suing us for custody of our son!,” Abby yelled. Chance said that if they didn’t figure this out, a judge would. Abby said Devon was going to use what Chance said as a weapon against them in court. Chance didn’t agree. Abby said Devon was twisting Chance’s trauma into a failure, which it wasn’t. Chance knew Abby would do anything for their family. She said she wouldn’t let anyone splinter them. She was going to check on Dom and Louise, and she asked if he’d be there when she got back. He said of course.

Abby returned. She sent Louise on a walk with the baby, because she didn’t want the nanny overhearing the talk with Christine. Abby was concerned that Amanda might subpoena Louise in court. Since Louise had also worked for Devon when he had Dominic, Abby didn’t want her to end up in the middle. Chance hoped it wouldn’t get that far. Abby wanted Devon to realize what he was doing was wrong. Chance thought Devon meant well. Abby believed Devon was rationalizing to get what he wanted. She said she and Chance were Dominic’s parents, and they were doing a good job, even if Chance was going through a rough time. She noted that everyone had rough patches. Chance was adamant that he didn’t have what it took to give Dom what he needed. Abby thought Devon was playing on Chance’s insecurities. She was sure Chance would bond with Dom the way Devon had. He loved her, but he said it wasn’t going to be that easy. He said he was having a hard time, and it was his fault, not hers. He admitted he hadn’t been very honest with her about it.

Chance had been having nightmares. Abby knew because she heard him screaming. She hadn’t pried because she assumed he’d share when he was ready. He said they started as normal dreams, then suddenly he’d be in Spain watching his team die. He had flashbacks even when he was awake. Certain sounds and smells could take him back, and it didn’t matter what he was doing or where he was. He’d tried to get rid of the flashbacks, but he couldn’t. Abby was sorry. She thought that sounded exhausting, and it was probably why he felt too tired to care for their baby. He said he’d been trying so hard to be a good dad and a man she could depend on, but he wasn’t the guy he was when he left here a year ago. He felt like he was letting her down. She said he could never do that. She promised they’d find him some help, and in the meantime, she thought he needed rest. He agreed that sleep would be a good start. Christine arrived, so they put the talk on hold.

Christine was sorry they were at odds with Devon. Abby thought the judge would make Devon abide by the document. Christine said that wasn’t necessarily true. Gestational surrogacy law was in its infancy, and there wasn’t much legislation in place in Wisconsin to regulate the process. The judge would act in the best interest of the child, and there was a chance Devon could win. According to Christine, it worked in their favor that they were a married couple providing a stable home. They could argue that giving Devon shared custody would confuse Dominic. Abby brought up the contract Devon signed. Christine said it wasn’t enforceable, but it did show that Devon initially had no desire to have a role in the baby’s life other than as a family friend. Abby said that she’d always planned to be honest with Dominic about the fact that Devon was his biological father. Chance asked what if Devon brought up the fact that very little of the process went the way they’d expected. Christine said Devon could make the argument that, because Abby left the baby with him while she went to Spain, she encouraged him to take on a paternal role, and it’d be in the baby’s best interest to continue that. Christine said if the other side played hardball, they’d assert that Chance was suffering from emotional trauma, and he was incapable of being a father, while the biological father was ready and eager to assume the role. Abby said that wasn’t fair. Christine knew, but they had to prepare. Christine asked Chance if he was ready to testify under oath that those accusations were unfounded. Chance didn’t respond. Abby announced that Chance would testify to that. She said that if Devon were the friend he claimed to be, he’d support them, he wouldn’t take them to court and stress them out. Chance clarified that he wasn’t going to lie to Abby, or himself, and he definitely wasn’t going to lie under oath. “Devon is absolutely right,” Chance admitted.

Christine left. Chance apologized to Abby, but she told him not to. He felt he was barely holding it together. His body was here, but his mind was in Spain. He kept asking himself why he survived and if he could’ve saved everyone. He couldn’t lie in court. She didn’t want him to. She wanted him to be better. He said she went to Devon when she was overwhelmed. She said that was temporary, but this would be giving Devon permanent legal rights to her son with Chance. She was sure his stress would go away. She was sorry she put pressure on him. She said she’d take on all the childcare while he recovered. “We don’t need to turn to Devon!,” she insisted. He didn’t understand why she was fighting this. He didn’t think there was anything wrong with Devon wanting a permanent role in Dominic’s life. “That’s what any good father would do,” he said. “Dominic has a good father. It’s you!,” she yelled. “Stop saying that!,” he yelled back. He was adamant that he was no good to anyone right now. He said his wounds healed, but he was broken inside. There was a black hole ripping away at his energy, and he had nothing left to give to Dominic. Abby implored Chance to let her help him. He said that it’d help him to know Dominic was in good hands and that he wasn’t being deprived of a father’s love. “Abby I need this just as much as Devon and Dominic,” Chance stated.

Abby was sorry. She had no idea how much pain Chance was in. She wished she could make it go away. He promised to keep fighting and figure it out. He said he had to let go of his guilt. She said no one should make him feel guilty. He saw no point in turning this into a battle and cutting off one of her friends. He said the judge would do what was best for the baby, and they both knew what that meant. He knew she was scared. She felt like every minute that Dominic wasn’t with them was time that they could be bonding. If they gave into Devon now, what would stop him from asking for more later. Chance thought they should trust Devon, because he meant well, and he was an excellent dad. “Dominic will always be our son. Don’t get me wrong. Devon doesn’t want to change that, either. He just wants to add a little love,” Chance said. Abby wasn’t sold. Chance said a lot of kids didn’t have parents, and Dominic would have three loving people. He knew he’d asked a lot of her, and he here he was again. “It was supposed to be you and me and our baby makes three,” she said. He knew, but he told her to think about what they stood to lose if they went to court. He said to think of what they could gain if they allowed the man who helped bring their boy into the world to spend time with him every week. She felt like Devon was trying to take their son. He told her that this would just be welcoming Devon into the family while giving Chance some space to heal.

Devon and Nate went back to the penthouse. Devon was tired out, and Nate said he’d helped Devon get his mind off things. Abby called and asked Devon to meet with her and Chance.

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Y&R Update Wednesday, January 19 2022

Young & The Restless Update

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Recap written by Christine

Devon sat on his couch looking troubled. He flashed back to helping deliver Dominic. Then he remembered having to help Chance with Dominic because Chance couldn’t get him to stop crying. Devon also flashed back to Chance saying he wasn’t sure he could live up to the commitments he’d made to Abby and Dominic. After the memories ended, Devon looked at a picture of himself with Neil. He wished he could get Neil’s guidance now. Devon had tears in his eyes. He wished he could hear Neil say that he understood what Devon was doing, even though it wouldn’t be easy. Devon was just trying to do what was right for his son.

Abby and Chance were home. She just didn’t understand; Deon was ready to take legal action to get shared custody of Dominic, and Chance didn’t want to fight. Abby said Devon had Chance questioning his ability to be a father, which was wrong, and frankly disgusting. Abby said Devon wanted Chance to bounce back, but it took time to heal from trauma and learn to parent. Chance noted that Devon’s point was that Dominic didn’t have time. Abby said their son was thriving, and it’d take time for them to get established as a family. She felt like that was unraveling. Chance thought their best bet was to compromise, because he didn’t think Devon would back down, and this could get really ugly. “Fine. Then let it get ugly because I’m not gonna agree to something that could profoundly disrupt our son’s life,” she said. She pointed out that they drew up documents and had an agreement, and now Devon wanted to change it. It broke her heart, but she was going to fight for her son. She needed to know Chance was with her and by her side. He promised he always was, and they hugged.

Abby needed air. Chance was sorry he upset her. She wasn’t angry at him; she was mad at Devon insinuating that she and Chance were failing their son. Chance said that didn’t reflect on Abby at all – Devon had a problem with Chance. Abby thought it was clear that Amanda was willing to do whatever it took to get Devon everything he wanted, including using everything Chance said as a weapon. Chance said he never should’ve opened up to Devon. Abby didn’t think Chance should be blaming himself. She loved Chance for not wanting things to turn adversarial, but she said Devon went too far.

Lily and Billy went to Crimson Lights and he told Sharon that it was Lily’s first day as CEO of Chancellor Industries. Lily added that it was Billy’s first day as COO. Sharon thought it was clear that the couple made a great team. He was looking forward to a great future and putting everything that happened at ChancComm behind them. Adam arrived, and Lily was ready to leave, but Billy didn’t think rushing away from Adam sent a good message. Billy approached Adam and thanked him for the text he sent Lily congratulating her on her new job at Chancellor Industries. Adam heard more congratulations were in order, now that Billy was named COO. Billy noted that he didn’t get a text. Billy said he was so surprised about Adam’s text to Lily. Sharon interrupted and asked if she could get Adam anything. Adam wanted to pay for the leaders of Chancellor Industries’ orders. Billy wanted to make sure any lingering animosity that the Newmans might have would be aimed at him and that Adam and Victor would let Lily thrive without interference. Adam said absolutely. Billy was glad to hear that. Sharon served everyone, and Lily thanked Adam for the coffee. Billy and Lily left.

Sharon told Adam she hoped at least some of that little performance was sincere. Adam knew Sharon wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, but as with anything involving him and Billy, it was complicated. He did genuinely wish Lily the best. Sharon thought that was nice, and she was glad. Sharon was going to go back to the counter. Adam shifted gears and said Connor had been texting Faith whenever he wanted to spend time at the stables or go riding. Adam hoped that Connor wasn’t imposing on Faith. Sharon said of course not. Adam said living at the tack house had its drawbacks, but he was grateful to have extended family around for his son. Sharon smiled because she could see how important Connor was to Adam. He said Connor and Newman Media were his focus. Sharon was glad Adam and Victor were able to build something. No matter what happened to the company, she hoped he and Victor could maintain this level of trust. He agreed. She hoped he could let go of this thing with Billy, because it’d improve their lives. He admitted it would make his life a lot simpler. She urged him to walk away and use the battle as a gauge to see how far he’d come instead of using it as an excuse to behave badly. He asked if she was going to give Billy the same advice, and she said she was. Sharon thought Billy and Adam were more alike than they wanted to admit. Adam said Sharon wasn’t the first to say that. Being compared to Billy made Adam want to go all in on changing his ways. Sharon thought Adam and Billy had both come a long way, and it was inspiring to her. Adam said he only inspired people to do terrible things. Sharon saw Abby come in, and she excused herself to check on her. Adam said hi to Abby, then he went back to the office. Sharon asked if Abby wanted to talk. Abby didn’t want to get into it. Sharon said she’d get Abby some food, then.

Sharon heard from Rey that Chance was taking an indefinite leave of absence. Abby said that Chance wanted to spend more time with Dominic. Abby confided that she felt like she had to protect her family, and she felt like holding everything together was her primary job. Sharon surmised that Abby felt this way because Chance was still struggling, and she had to take care of him too. Abby was adamant that her husband was fine – he loved their son and he’d do anything for their family. She didn’t know why people kept treating him like he was going to fall apart. Sharon said okay. She only asked because she knew how difficult it could be to get over a traumatic experience. Abby said it hadn’t been easy, but Chance was handling it. Sharon knew it wasn’t easy for Abby either. Abby said her husband was home and safe, so she couldn’t complain. Sharon said Abby could and should, because acknowledging her feelings would only help her family. Abby appreciated the advice, but she didn’t need a therapist. Sharon said she’d back off, but it took a village, so she advised Abby to find someone trusted to reach out to. Sharon thought Abby should open up her world, and Dominic’s. “Chance and I need to be enough. We are Dominic’s parents,” Abby insisted. “If we can’t do this,” Abby started. Sharon said Abby and Chance could do it, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t reach out to everyone who loved their son. Abby abruptly got up and said thanks and left.

Billy showed Lily into her new office, which happened to be the same office she had when she was running ChancComm. Billy noted that it was a little different now, because, thanks to a deal between Jill and Nick, Lily now had the entire building, not just one floor. Lily was glad to be back here, because it was nice to have something that was the same. Lily found flowers and scotch on her desk – a gift to her and Billy from Jill. The letter said that she believed in Billy and Lily and knew they’d accomplish great things. Lily said it was weird coming back to an old office to start a new job. He said that this was walls and furniture, and she was the CEO of Chancellor Industries, and she’d do amazing things no matter where she was. Devon came by with a gift for Lily. He wished her luck and welcomed her to the CEO club.

Lily noted that Billy was COO, so Devon congratulated him too. Billy said it was Lily’s show, and he was there to help her fulfill her vision. Billy said he’d go back to his office and get to work, and he called Lily boss. He left. Lily told Devon not to say anything. He didn’t think he should be blamed for having reservations about Billy, after everything that happened at ChancComm. Lily asked her brother to keep it to himself, so he dropped the subject. She asked what was going on with him and the baby. He’d officially started the legal process for getting shared custody of Dominic. Abby didn’t react well at all, and Devon wasn’t sure how Chance felt about it. Devon said Chance had been through so much overseas and he was keeping it all inside, which was one of the reasons Devon felt he was doing the right thing for Dominic. He said it’d be up to a judge to make the decision. Chance texted Devon asking to talk in private.

Billy and Lily talked after Devon left. She was going to be meeting with her employees soon. He said she was glowing, and he loved it. He thought the best thing to come out of the ChancComm debacle was Jill’s brilliant idea to put Lily in charge at Chancellor. Lily thought it was also a good litmus test of the love strength and loyalty of their relationship. She thanked him for joining her on this adventure. He said today was about her, but she said it was about them both. Later, Lily finished her introductory meeting, and Billy thought it went amazingly well. They kissed.

Chance met Devon at the penthouse. “If I didn’t make it back or I was in a better headspace right now, would you still be making all these legal demands?,” Chance asked. Devon didn’t think they should be dealing in hypotheticals, but Chance wanted an answer before they got the lawyers involved. He asked how they could handle this without it turning into a war. Devon didn’t want a war either. Chance didn’t like what this was doing to Abby, who hadn’t had a moment’s peace since Devon brought this up. Devon was sorry to hear that. It wasn’t his intention. He said Abby felt like him spending more time with Dominic would confuse and upset him. He wanted to know how Chance felt. Chance loved Abby and Dominic and he wanted what was best for everyone. Devon wanted that too. He didn’t understand why Chance and Abby felt so threatened by his request. He thought it was reasonable, given the circumstances. Devon respected Chance for his service to the country, but he asked if Chance could really say that he was in a solid place and ready to give Dominic everything he needed without being affected by the trauma he’d gone through. Abby showed up, and she was surprised to see Chance. Chance said he had to do what was best for Dominic. Abby felt like they were trying to hash things out away from the overprotective mom. Devon said that wasn’t what was happening. Abby said if something needed to be discussed, it needed to be between her and Chance. Chance just wanted to talk to Devon, father to father. He said Devon asked him a question that deserved an answer. Devon repeated his question. Chance’s answer was that he wasn’t sure he could provide that. And Abby was stunned.

Chloe and Chelsea met at Society, and Chloe reported that Sally’s NY business trip was going well. Chelsea was sullen, and Chloe knew it was about Adam. Chloe grumbled because Chelsea hadn’t heeded her advice to avoid Adam. Exasperated, Chelsea said she knew how Chloe felt about Adam, since she harped about it every chance she got. Chloe said she’d do and had already done anything for Chelsea. Now Chloe wanted Chelsea to do this one simple thing for her. Chelsea admitted Chloe was right about everything. “I was holding out hope that Adam and I could find our way back to each other for a reason. . .And no matter what, something in the past has always brought us back together so why should this time be any different?,” Chelsea said. “I thought it was our destiny. And even though Adam made it clear I shouldn’t think that way, I still felt like he was connected to me too, and he felt that but he was fighting it because responsible for driving me to do all the terrible things I did,” Chelsea said. Chloe noted that Adam was responsible, then she apologized and asked what happened last night. Chelsea said she and Adam went to get drinks, and she’d thought it was a good sign, but then Adam bluntly and coldly told her that there was no future for them. Adam also said they couldn’t work together professionally if she couldn’t let go of the past. Chelsea said when she was battling Sharon for first place in Adam’s heart or when he was prioritizing his feud with Victor and Billy over his relationship with Chelsea, she still felt like they had an unbreakable bond. Now she knew she was wrong – Adam made it clear it was broken for good.

Chloe said she and Chelsea were each other’s ride or die, and Chloe wanted Chelsea to be happy. “And free of Adam,” Chelsea added. Chloe wanted Chelsea to be free of the rose-colored version of her past where Adam was a misunderstood loner with a heart of gold. Chloe wanted Chelsea to stop making excuses for Adam’s dangerous behavior and blaming everything on his childhood or his father. Chloe said that at some point, you had to make the choice to break free, like Chelsea did when she left her grifter life behind and focused on building a better life for her son. Chelsea said Adam did the same thing. Chloe thought Adam just wanted people to believe that was what he was doing. Chloe told Adam that in order for the company to be successful, they couldn’t be distracted by personal baggage or vendettas, but Adam was going to be Adam. Chelsea asked if Chloe was telling her to give up and leave the company. Chloe didn’t want that at all. She thought they needed to focus on work, expand it to include Chelsea’s incredible designs and making Newman Fashion an entity that could survive on its own if Adam screwed everything up. Chloe’s heart was broken for Chelsea, but this wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning. Chloe said Chelsea had their power back, and now they were in control of their own destiny.

Chelsea went to Adam’s office. She said he’d made it clear last night that there was no chance in hell that they’d ever be together. He said those weren’t his words. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt her. She said that was a crock. She thought he was being cruel to be kind to make sure she got the message. She said they knew each other pretty well, and that was a blessing a curse. He thought they’d said all that needed to be said about this. She still thought they could have a future, but she wasn’t going to humiliate herself by trying to convince him of that. She wanted to discuss moving forward professionally. Given their discussion last night, she wanted to make sure he wasn’t having second thoughts about letting her run Newman Fashion with Chloe. He hadn’t changed his mind about his decision. He said that discussion was about their personal lives. He hoped she knew he wanted her to continue working with Chloe. He thought her second act would be phenomenal and that she was an incredible talent. He’d be honored to help her achieve the success she deserved. She was glad because she was really excited about the plans for the platform. She said that in order to achieve her goals, she needed total freedom without drama. She thought that it would be best for Newman Fashion to relocate to a new workspace so that she didn’t keep running into him.

Adam thought that was a little extreme. He felt that they could handle this like adults. She thought it was a reasonable request. She left.

Elena and Nate went to Society after buying some lamps to replace the purple ones she hated. He was glad she was happy, because he wanted her to love everything about her new home. She said she already did – living with him changed her life for the better. He heard Jill found a new buyer for ChancComm. Elena was concerned that the new owner wouldn’t want to continue with AskMDNow or retain her as the face of the brand. Nate said it was Newman/Locke. He joked that he could pull some best man strings to make sure Elena kept her job. In seriousness, Nate said that Ashland had been a big supporter of the hospital, so he surely believed in AskMDNow. Elena wasn’t that confident. Nate asked Elena if she was sure she didn’t want the site to fold.

Elena asked why she’d want AskMDNow to fold. Nate said she was working at the hospital, volunteering at the clinic and squeezing him in too. Sometimes she felt over-committed, but she thought he knew how that felt. She loved all her work, and the time she spent with him was her favorite part of the day. He said ChancComm had been on hiatus, and he asked if she was ready to give up that free time. She’d enjoyed the extra hours free, but she was committed to AskMDNow. She assured him that she wasn’t going to start neglecting him. He said he’d have to pamper her now.

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