Young & The Restless Update
Recap written by Christine
At the main house, Rey picked up a chess piece while he waited for Victor. Victor walked in and pointed out that white was three moves away from checkmate. He asked how Rey would defend that. Chess wasn’t Rey’s game. Victor thought Rey would be a formidable opponent, since he had an analytic mind. Rey narrowed his eyes and said he wasn’t used to compliments from Victor. Usually, Victor was accusing him of harassment. Victor wanted to let that be bygones. He thanked Rey for taking Chelsea to see her mother and for making sure Connor got home safely. He asked how Chelsea seemed. Rey thought that she seemed concerned for her mom and happy to be with her son. Victor was wondering if Chelsea was biding her time until she could take Connor and run off with him.
Rey thought Victor dismissed Chelsea as a threat. Victor had learned not to let his guard down where she was concerned. In Rey’s opinion, Chelsea seemed to have accepted the situation. He’d observed her take Connor aside, on the day he was leaving, and tell him to listen to his father and grandparents. He thought that Chelsea was a good mom. Rey never got the sense she was playing Rey. Victor said Rey handled a difficult situation well. He offered Rey a job at his private security firm. Victor said he paid very well, and there were all kinds of perks. Rey appreciated the offer, but he took a lot of pride in the badge, so he was going to stick with being a police officer. Victor understood that, but he said situations often changed.
“Tara’s going down. She’s going down. I don’t care if I get a million more phone calls from Summer. It’s going to be completely worth it,” Phyllis told Nick. They were in the hotel lounge. Nick thought Summer had a point – Phyllis’s investigation could end up costing Kyle if Tara took Harrison out of retaliation. Phyllis said that was why she had to get on this lead right away. “We do. You’re not in this alone,” Nick clarified. Phyllis appreciated that. Lauren showed up due to a vague text from Phyllis. She assumed it was about Sally and Tara. Lauren said it was actually about her and Nick saving Fenmore’s from making a huge mistake. Nick said they were working on something, and they needed Lauren to make a phone call. Later, Nick was alone in the lobby. A man walked in looking for Lauren, as she’d just called him. Nick introduced himself and explained that he arranged that call. He gestured for the man to have a seat.
At Society, Adam was on the phone with Connor, who was at lacrosse camp. Adam said that, in addition to having fun, Connor should remember that this was a chance to improve his skills. Adam said he loved and missed Connor. Nick went to Society and texted Phyllis mission accomplished. He asked her to keep him updated on how things went on her end. Nick spotted Adam and went over to say hi. Adam told him to have a seat. Nick said if people kept seeing them hanging out, they’d start thinking they liked each other. Adam offered to put on sunglasses and a fake mustache. Phyllis texted Nick that she and Lauren were on it. Adam asked if Nick got good news. Nick said he and Phyllis were working on something. Adam was curious, so Nick revealed that Summer was coerced into leaving town and Kyle. Adam pitied anyone who messed with Nick’s kid. Nick said they did what they had to do for their children. He knew Adam felt the same way. He asked if Chelsea objected to Rey bringing Connor home. Adam said he had to be a little delicate, but Chelsea ultimately agreed to it. Nick was surprised Adam could be delicate. Adam admitted it wasn’t his strong suit.
Nick asked where things were going with Adam and Chelsea. Adam said he and Chelsea were finished. He wasn’t sure if she’d come back to Genoa City or stay in Minnesota, but Chloe was running Newman Media’s fashion platform, so Chelsea would have a job waiting for her. Nick thought that sounded awkward. Adam said Chloe had total autonomy, so he and Chelsea wouldn’t be working together, and Chelsea was Connor’s mother, so he wanted to make sure she had options. Nick thought that was admirable, but tricky. Adam noted that two exes sharing a child and carrying on a friendly relationship had been done before – like with Nick and Sharon. Nick conceded the point, he said he and Sharon worked out a peaceful friendly relationship that worked for them because it benefited Faith. For Connor’s sake, Adam hoped he and Chelsea could get there too. He thought she was on the road to recovery. The call asking her to send Connor back could’ve been ugly, and even though she didn’t agree at first, it didn’t go badly. He thought that was a good sign. Nick said let him know if he needed help or advice. Adam said he would. They talked about how weird it felt to just hang out and talk. Nick said that they could go back to hating each other. Adam didn’t know what could make that happen. “Hmm. I do. If you were to say, uh, ruin things for Sharon again,” Nick replied.
Adam said he was focused on his job, and more importantly, his son. The last few times he’d seen Sharon was just to get coffee. Nick said he wasn’t trying to start a fight – he just came up with something that could cause a rift between him and Adam. Clearly it was a sensitive subject, he added. Adam thought it was bound to be sensitive, given their histories with Sharon. Nick said Adam had this pull to Sharon that seemed to really kick in when he was single. He thought Adam seemed to see Sharon as a safe haven, which she wasn’t. He said to just stay away from her. Victor arrived and was happy to see his sons spending time together.
At the Abbott house, Kyle angrily demanded that Tara tell any and everybody how she and Sally teamed up to force Summer out of town. He instructed her to stop with the games and the lies. He couldn’t believe this was how she repaid his family for taking her in after Ashland kicked her to the curb. “Sounds like you want me out of the house,” she coolly replied. He was incensed that this was her response. He said he and Summer were in love and about to get married until Tara destroyed the relationship by threatening to take Harrison away. Tara replied that it was time to make good on that threat. It was obvious that there was nothing for her here, so she was going to pack her things and Harrison’s, and they were going back to NY. He said he wouldn’t let her take Harrison. She asked how he’d stop her. She was Harrison’s mother, which carried a lot of weight in the courts, and Kyle was just some guy she had a fling with. She went upstairs.
Kyle asked Jack how they were going to stop Tara. Jack said he tried to be understanding with Tara before Kyle got here. He didn’t want her to feel cornered and lash out. Jack said Tara was cornered now. Jack wondered if their lawyers could get an injunction to stop Tara from taking Harrison out of Genoa City. Kyle was willing to do anything. He said, in the eyes of the law, Tara was right – he was just some guy she had a fling with. Jack said that, as the biological father, Kyle had rights. Kyle knew it’d take some time to assert those rights, and who knows where Tara and Harrison would be by then. He said she was up there with his son, arranging to take him away, and when Summer left, he consoled himself with knowing he had a son here that he loved. Now he was going to lose Harrison too. Jack suggested Kyle get Tara down here, tell her that they forgave her and that they’d give her another chance. Kyle was sure Tara would see right through that, and she’d know they were just being nice to convince her not to leave with Harrison. Kyle said he and Jack were cornered, just like Jack had said Tara was.
Jack got off the phone and told Kyle that the lawyers had some concerns about the success of an injunction. Kyle thought they had to try. The conversation was cut short because Tara walked in and said Harrison was excited about going back to NY. Kyle said please don’t do this. He said it wasn’t about him, but about Harrison. Harrison was just getting used to calling him daddy, and now she was whisking him away. She was surprised he was playing the Harrison card this early. She thought he’d work up to that and start with threats and lawyers. He felt she was making a mistake, but she said the mistake wasn’t taking Harrison away, it was bringing him here in the first place. She thought he should be proud she was striking out on her own and she’d be independent. “Harrison is young. He’ll forget about you soon enough,” she said. Jack was adamant that Harrison would always remember and need his father. Tara said Harrison would learn from her example and he wouldn’t need help from anyone. Jack asked where this attitude was coming from – Tara was the one who messed up, not Kyle. Tara argued that Kyle just tried to guilt her into staying by implying she was a bad mother. She insisted that she was a good mother who always put her son first. Kyle said that maybe he was guilt tripping her, but it was because he’d do anything to stop her from doing this. He only wanted what was best for Harrison, and if it was best for Harrison to be somewhere else, Kyle wouldn’t fight her, but Tara was doing this out of spite.
“Please just don’t do this. I love him so much, and there has already been so much hurt and pain. You do not double down on it. If you cared about me at all, ever, you won’t do this,” Kyle said. Tara thought Kyle made a strong case, but she asked if he’d be moved by such an appeal if the roles were reversed. “I have one card, and I’m not giving it up,” she declared. Jack asked if Tara saw her son as a bargaining chip. She said she wasn’t an Abbott – she couldn’t snap her fingers and just get what she wanted, and she wasn’t a Locke anymore. She resented the accusation that she only saw her son as something she could lose. She loved him, but she wouldn’t give up the one thing she had – control. Kyle felt Tara was being unreasonable. She didn’t agree. She said he could come visit Harrison anytime, wherever they ended up, NY or Paris, somewhere that she could give him the best possible upbringing. She’d really hoped it’d be in Genoa City and that they could make a little loving family, but she was wrong. She headed toward the stairs. Phyllis and Lauren burst into the house.
Kyle told Phyllis it wasn’t a good time – Tara was leaving and taking Harrison. Phyllis said Tara wasn’t leaving. Tara said Phyllis couldn’t stop her. “Well, the cops can,” Phyllis replied. Lauren said, thanks to Phyllis, she just found out why Tara was holding back the financial disclosures Lauren had been asking for. Tara said it wasn’t deliberate – it fell through the cracks. “Stop lying. You have been stealing from your own company. You have been siphoning off your investor’s capital to put in your own little private account. You misrepresented the health of your company to Fenmore’s just to get your hand on more cash. And you know what that’s called Tara? That’s called fraud,” Lauren said. Kyle and Jack were shocked.
Tara didn’t deny it. She turned to Phyllis. “You hacked my accounts. That’s the only way you could’ve figured this out,” she contended. Tara said that none of this was admissible in court, so this discussion was a waste of time. Lauren said not exactly – Nick found Tara’s accountant and got him to talk. Lauren now realized Tara had been stalling to give her accountant more time to doctor the books. The accountant flipped on Tara, and all the evidence was being sent to the authorities. Phyllis opened the door, and two police officers entered.
As Tara was being read her rights, she said this was outrageous. “My heart bleeds. It must be difficult to realize you’re not above the law,” Phyllis said. Tara asked Kyle to go upstairs and make sure Harrison didn’t come down and see this. Kyle told Tara that things didn’t have to this way – things could’ve worked out for everyone. He went upstairs. Tara was angry at Phyllis – her little boy was losing his father, and now Phyllis had done this to his mother. She hoped Phyllis was proud of herself. Phyllis replied that she was very proud. The police took Tara away. Jack asked Lauren how she got involved. Lauren said Phyllis came to her, which Lauren was glad for, since she didn’t want to be in business with a thief. “Yeah, I realized that Tara and Sally had to have something pretty big on Summer to get her to leave her fiance,” Phyllis said, emphasizing Sally’s name, while looking pointedly at Jack. Phyllis thought it was disgusting that Tara used her son, so Phyllis just kept digging until she found something on Tara. “Thank you, Red. I owe you an apology,” Jack said.
Back at Society, Victor said he’d come to see Adam. Nick asked if this was going to turn into a company meeting. He didn’t want to hear any Newman Media secrets. Victor offered Nick a chance to join the company. Nick said he’d stick with his charity. He asked what Victor’s take was on Victoria’s merger with Ashland – did that make her a competitor? Adam thought Nick was asking a lot of questions for someone who didn’t want to know company secrets. Victor said he was proud of Victoria. Nick hadn’t talked to Victoria, but he was worried about her relationship with Ashland. Victor was worried too, but he thought Victoria knew what she was doing. Adam said that Victoria was outwardly confident, but Ashland’s health had to be a distraction – Victoria doubled her portfolio and was overseeing a much larger corporation. Adam hoped Victoria could keep her eye on the ball. Nick got a text from Phyllis that said “victory!!!” Nick said he had to go. Victor asked if everything was okay. Nick said thing were great and if Phyllis said was going to do something, never doubt her.
Back at the Abbott house, Jack admitted he initially didn’t want to believe what Phyllis said about Tara or Sally. Lauren admitted she’d been dubious too. He couldn’t, for the life of him, figure out what they’d held over Summer, and he was horrified to find out it was Harrison. He said that the women used Summer’s loved for Kyle against her. Lauren was relieved this came out before she closed the deal with Tara. She couldn’t believe she made Sally the head of JCV. Sally’s involvement in this killed Jack, but Tara lived under his roof. He knew he came down hard on Phyllis and told her to keep her nose out of everyone’s business. For once, he was glad she never listened to him. He said she saved the day for everyone, and he owed her big time. She said he didn’t owe her. She knew he just wanted to see the good in people. He said she could say “I told you so,” but she didn’t want to say that. She admitted it felt good to be right. She said Tara took advantage of Jack’s big heart, and she had Kyle where she wanted him. Lauren said the good news was Summer could do what she wanted and be with who she wanted. Phyllis grinned and said Summer could come home. “Thanks to you,” Nick said as he entered. The couple left.
Phyllis and Nick went to the hotel. She wished he’d been there to see Tara lead out in cuffs. He said he never should’ve doubted her. She said he came around, and they did this together. She assumed he pressured Tara’s accountant, but he said he didn’t have to, because it turned out that the accountant didn’t like Tara very much. Phyllis said Tara was easy not to like. Nick said Phyllis took a hell of a risk, and it could’ve backfired. She said he took it with her. She said that was what he loved most about her – she was a risk taker. He admitted that was up there. He hoped Summer realized how lucky she was to have a mother like Phyllis.
After Lauren was gone, Kyle came downstairs and talked to Jack. Since Harrison was already expecting to go to NY, Kyle had told him that Tara went to NY early so that Harrison could spend a few extra days with his grandpa. Jack thought that was a smart answer that bought them some time to figure how how to tell Harrison, or whether to tell him. Jack bemoaned the fact that they were just preparing Harrison for the situation with Ashland, and now there was more bad news. Kyle asked what would happen to Tara. Jack said that if the accountant was telling the truth, she’d spend a few years behind bars, no matter how good her lawyer was. Kyle castigated himself for trusting Tara, but Jack said there was no shame in giving people the benefit of the doubt. “Look I have been kicked in the face more than once. It’ll happen again. I hope I never lose my instinct for empathy,” Jack said. Kyle admired the kind of man Jack was and he hoped he’d have that kind of powerful influence over his son. Jack was sure that Kyle would – Kyle had proven it over and over the last few months. Jack said Kyle had his entire family here to support him, and Kyle could do this. “We can do it together,” Jack said. Jack mentioned that Summer’s parents were eager to tell her the news, but he thought Kyle should be the first to call her. Kyle asked Jack to look after Harrison for a few days. Jack had an idea where Kyle was going. Kyle grabbed his passport and smiled.
Some time later, Summer was working from home when she got a knock on the door. Her jaw dropped when she opened it to Kyle. “I’ve come to take you home,” he said, and they shared a long kiss.
At Crimson Lights, Faith talked to Sharon about the concert while they worked behind the counter. It was so much fun, Faith said. She and Moses had backstage passes and spent time hanging out with the band. Sharon asked if the best part was hanging with the band, and Faith said not exactly. Sharon asked if it was being with Moses. Faith smiled. Moses walked in, and Sharon talked to him about the concert. He really liked getting to look behind the scenes and see how everything came together, but his favorite part was being with Faith. Sharon revealed that Faith just said something similar about Moses. “Mom!,” Faith exclaimed. Moses gave Faith a white album, and Sharon asked if it was the Beatles. He said it was Tigirlily’s set that Devon had pressed. Faith asked if Devon was selling them, and Moses said no, it was a memento. Faith was excited it was signed. Sharon thought it was too bad they didn’t have a turntable, but Moses said he had a digital copy.
Even though Faith had been working, Sharon let her and Moses go to the patio to listen to the album. Faith told Moses he was the best. Faith admired her album. It was a collector’s item. Moses said it was one of a kind. She couldn’t believe he did this. He said that Devon made it happen, but she said it was Moses’s idea. Faith liked hearing Moses talk about how inspired he was by being backstage. She asked if that was what he wanted to do now. He said maybe. He was sure he sounded like a flake, first he wanted to be a doctor, like his cousin, then he thought he might want to go into music, like his brother. She said no one thought he was a flake, least of all her. He stepped outside for a minute because his internet wasn’t working, and she looked at the inscription on her album. It said “To Faith, hold onto Moses. He’s a keeper. Love Kendra and Krista.”
Rey was at Crimson Lights with Sharon. She was really starting to worry about Mariah. She knew she said Tessa was overreacting by wanting to get the police involved, but this was so unlike Mariah. He couldn’t use department resources unless a formal missing person’s report was filed, but he’d unofficially looked into it, and there wasn’t anything. She said she’d contact Abby and Tessa – maybe they heard from Mariah. Sharon didn’t want Faith to know about Mariah being missing. Faith was on the patio with Moses, and Sharon had noticed that her daughter lit up when he was in the room. Rey thought Moses was a good kid. He was glad she’d gotten better at picking friends. He told her he’d had a friendly conversation with Victor. He told her about the job offer. It was an attractive offer, but he turned it down. She was glad. “You don’t want to work for Victor Newman,” she said. He knew. He’d said he was happy at the GCPD, but the truth was that if a better option came along – better pay, less risk and more time with Sharon… For that last thing alone, he’d be crazy not to at least consider it.
Sharon was surprised to hear Rey talking about changing careers. He wasn’t looking for a new job, but he just thought it’d be foolish to close himself off to new opportunities. “Oh no, you’re not regretting turning the job down with Victor are you?, she asked. Victor, and he said no. She was glad, because as attractive as it sounded, he should remind himself that he’d be working for Victor Newman. He smiled and said he didn’t need to remind himself, because she was doing it for him.
Adam called Sharon and got her voice mail. He said he may have made her uncomfortable with some things he’d said lately. He didn’t want her to feel that way. He said not to worry about him, because he’d keep his distance.
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