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Nate: Ashland.

Ashland: Nate.

Nate: Hey. Good to see you. How is everything?

Ashland: Never better.

Nate: Really?

Ashland: You grabbing dinner?

Nate: Uh, elena got called in to memorial to, uh, help out on a case. So I thought I would stop by and grab her some dessert to surprise her. Until then, I’m on my own.

Ashland: Makes two of us.

Nate: Is everything okay? You seem a little off.

Ashland: Uh, I mentioned earlier some vexing issues that I’ve had. And I thought I’d handled them, and it turns out I was wrong. They’re still unresolved.

Nate: I don’t mean to pry, but, as your best man, i promised I would help out however I could. So I’m here if you need a friend.

Ashland: It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those. And I could definitely use one right now.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Nikki: Victoria?

Victoria: Yes?

Nikki: What’s wrong?

Victoria: Nothing.

Nikki: Yes, there is.

Victoria: I was just thinking about all of the work that requires my attention before we — before we go to tuscany.

Nikki: You said “tuscany” instead of “the wedding.”

Victoria: Oh, mom, please don’t read into that.

Nikki: Well, I can’t help it. I mean, the last time you and i spoke, you said that you were wondering if there was more that ashland was keeping from you. And I know you were going to see him. Did he have answers for your questions?

Victoria: [ Sighs ] I just — I learned more about his past. And it, um — it just has me thinking.

Nikki: Well, you seem more upset now than you did before. Please just tell me what happened. I promise I won’t judge or criticize. Darling, I’m on your side.

Victoria: I finally know who ashland is. Who he really is.

Jack: Nick. Come on in. We were just talking about you.

Nick: Oh, should I be worried?

Phyllis: We were wondering what took you.

Nick: Yeah. It look longer than I expected.

Phyllis: Oh. Okay. So, uh, how was your trip?

Jack: I’ll tell you what. While you guys are talking about that, I’m gonna give my pilot a call. He can schedule a new flight plan now that we know that you’re here.

Phyllis: Okay. Okay. What happened?

Nick: The one thing I can tell you for sure is victoria is making a terrible mistake.

Mariah: Why would you talk to sharon about something that is so private and personal, like my emotional state or my desire to have a baby with you?

Tessa: Because she’s your mother. And we both love you more than anything.

Mariah: That should have stayed between us.

Tessa: Okay, you — you have every right to be upset. But I was confused and concerned, and I really needed someone to talk to.

Mariah: You should have talked to me.

Tessa: But I didn’t feel like I could.

Mariah: What do you mean? Why?

Tessa: Because I’ve tried. And you don’t want to hear what I have to say.

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Ashland: Some details, um, about my past that I was hoping to keep private have recently come to light.

Nate: Mm. I get why that would be upsetting.

Ashland: When I was young and desperate, um, I made some choices that some people may not understand. And in one defining moment, uh, I saw the opportunity to make my life better, and I grabbed it. And since that time, I have worked tirelessly to become the man that I am. And I have tried to forget the person that I was before i became the ashland locke, as if one can truly forget one’s history.

Nate: Mm. It’s virtually impossible to entirely escape your past.

Ashland: My bride-to-be now knows this chapter of my life i hoped I could leave behind me.

Nate: I hope you don’t mind me saying so, but I suspected something happened with you two. Victoria was unusually tense when elena and I were with you earlier.

Ashland: And that was before she even knew the half of it.

Nate: So, what does this mean? Is the wedding still happening?

Victoria: Ashland didn’t just change his name and create a new identity for himself. He took the name of a friend who died when they were in a terrible car accident together.

Nikki: What?! Why would he do that?

Victoria: He saw a chance to save himself. He wanted to prevent his father from ever finding him again, just wanted to start over with a clean slate.

Nikki: Wow. Well, I guess now I understand why he wanted to keep that part of his life hidden. Did he explain why he kept this from you?

Victoria: He said that he was relieved that I finally knew the truth and, um, he regretted not telling me to begin with.

Nikki: Well, why didn’t he tell you sooner?

Victoria: Because, mom, this was a very painful part of his life. He didn’t want to speak of it anymore.

Nikki: Do you believe him?

Victoria: I saw the look in his eyes, and I heard it in his voice. I mean, it was — it was heartbreaking watching him relive that story.

Nikki: But you still think he should have told you before now.

Victoria: [ Sighs ] It’s just so disappointing that the only reason he revealed any of this to me is because, once again, he was backed into a corner.

Nikki: Ugh. Because of billy. I saw him earlier, and I told him to stay out of your relationship. Apparently, he’s incapable of that.

Victoria: [ Sighs ] Not billy. No, mom. It’s much worse. It was nicholas.

Phyllis: Bobby defranco? This guy’s real name is bobby defranco?

Nick: Yeah. He stole his dead best friend’s identity.

Phyllis: Wow. I would have never expected to hear something like this. And not in a million years would I assume that locke expected you to connect the dots.

Nick: Yeah, he said as much. I put together bits and pieces of information when I went out to toms river. My plan was to come back here and confront ashland, have him fill in the blanks. I just didn’t want to involve victoria until I knew exactly what I was dealing with.

Phyllis: Oh, well, it sounds like that’s not what happened, right?

Nick: Ashland shows up with victoria, and the two of them demand that she’s a part of the conversation.

Phyllis: Well, she must have gone out of her mind, hearing something so epic, right?

Nick: You know, she didn’t say much about that. But later on, when we were talking alone, she just went off on me.

Phyllis: What?

Nick: Yeah, she said i betrayed her confidence.

[ Breathes deeply ] Made it very clear to me that she’s done with me.

Phyllis: With you? Nick!

Nick: It’s what I get for doing the right thing.

Mariah: There is nothing that you can’t talk to me about. You know that, tessa.

Tessa: You’re right. I backed down because I didn’t want to disappoint you or upset you anymore. But I also… I also feel like you’re not really listening to me.

Mariah: But I do. I am.

Tessa: Okay. Um… well, what I’m hearing from you is that you want me to have a baby so that we can have a child of our own. And more than anything, I want to have a family with you… one day. But I told you, from my point of view, I don’t think this is the right time.

Mariah: Why not?

Tessa: For so many reasons.

Mariah: Okay. Like what?

Tessa: Uh, okay, well, let’s start with the practical ones. Our careers.

Mariah: Tessa, you can have a career and have a family.

Tessa: [ Sighs ] Okay. Well, then, uh, how about where we’re living…or not living? I mean, we don’t even know where we’re gonna be moving.

Mariah: There are so many places to choose from, and we — okay. Okay. I’m sorry. I hear it. I get it. I’m — I’m listening. I promise.

Tessa: [ Sighs ] Okay, um, look. I’m hesitant for some bigger reasons, as well. I know that we’ve discussed having a family in general. But I am not sure that I am ready to be pregnant or be a mom. And it would be a lie to say that I am. And I’m also worried that… this decision might be coming from a place of desperation.

Mariah: Ouch.

Tessa: Honey, you were kidnapped, left alone for weeks. And then there was the birth. And now you’re dealing with finding your place in dominic’s life.

Mariah: What are you trying to say?

Tessa: I think that the idea of having a baby might be an escape from all of that for you, something to distract from all the emotions that are going on inside of you. And I think that you should work through that first.

Mariah: I hear you. I do. I just completely disagree.

Nate: For what it’s worth, i consider myself a decent judge of character. And from what I know and seen of you, you seem like a decent guy.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ] Thank you. That means the world coming from you.

Nate: And if this event you’re alluding to happened decades ago, well, most people have ghosts of one kind or another in their past.

Ashland: I appreciate you giving me the benefit of the doubt. I hope that victoria can be convinced to do the same.

Phyllis: Siblings have squabbles, right? I mean, she’s just mad — victoria. She’s not gonna cut you out of her life.

Nick: Well, she cut me off the guest list.

Phyllis: What?

Nick: Yep. I’ve been officially disinvited from the wedding.

Phyllis: That’s ridicul– she’s just mad. She’s mad, you know? And she is shooting the well-intentioned messenger. That’s all. I mean, she’s shocked. I’m shocked. I don’t even like this guy, and I’m shocked. I mean, he really took the identity of a dying man? Really?

Nick: He said he had no chance to save his best friend’s life and he had to make a split-second decision, one that would allow him to get away from his abusive father forever.

Phyllis: Well, that is outrageous. I understand why he would do that. If it’s true, I understand. I mean, he has an abusive father. I know that one would probably want to erase their past.

Nick: Well, who knows what other secrets this guy has. He was willing to take this one to the grave, and the only reason he said the truth was ’cause I forced it out of him. My sister deserves better than this.

Phyllis: Hey, let’s table all the talk about ashland, whether he’s evil or not evil. Let’s just focus on your sister. You need — you got to make this right.

Nick: She doesn’t want me at the wedding.

Phyllis: No.

Nick: So I’m not going.

Phyllis: No, no. You’re going. You’re definitely going. Nick, you have to work this out with your sister. You have to, or you’ll regret it forever. You have to make this right now. Before it’s too late.

Victoria: When I found out that nicholas had flown to new jersey, I suspected that he took it upon himself to investigate ashland’s past. But when I asked phyllis about it, she lied and she said that i was projecting my own insecurities.

Nikki: Oh, well, that’s phyllis. What do you expect?

Victoria: I expect a modicum of — of respect. I’m tired of people running around behind my back, interfering, all under the guise of looking out for me.

Nikki: Well, darling, I do think that nicholas was looking out for, unlike billy, who just wants to undermine your relationship with ashland. Your brother just wants you to be happy.

Victoria: Do you know what makes me happy, mom? When people do as I ask. And I asked him explicitly not to interfere, but then he goes sneaking around without my authorization.

Nikki: Maybe he was hoping there wouldn’t be anything worth mentioning.

Victoria: It wasn’t his place. I spoke to him in private, in confidence. I asked him not to act on anything that I said to him, and he blatantly disregarded my wishes. And then on top of that, when he got the information that he did, he went to ashland first and not me.

Nikki: Well, honey, perhaps he thought that ashland would be able to explain.

Victoria: It doesn’t matter. I’m — I’m his sister. There’s just no excuse.

Nikki: I am so sorry this happened.

Victoria: Well, I am so sorry, too. But I am not gonna give nick a pass just for the sake of peace. In fact, I told him not to bother coming to the wedding.

Nikki: What?! Well, I hope, once you have some time to think that over, you will reconsider.

Victoria: I won’T.

Nikki: Victoria, you need to really think about this because the way you feel now is not gonna be the same as how you feel in a week or a month or even a year. You are going to wish that he was by your side. That is, if there is still going to be a wedding.

Victoria: Did I say that it was off?

Nikki: No, but you have carried on a lot about nicholas, and I haven’t heard one word about how you feel about ashland now. What does this mean for the two of you? Plaque psoriasis, the burning, itching. The pain.

Mariah: Having a baby and starting a family with you — that’s not me avoiding what happened to me. That’S… that’s my way of getting through it all.

Tessa: How do you figure?

Mariah: [ Sighs ] Okay. I-I’m not escaping. I’m saving myself. I have been on my own my entire life, and I have not just survived, but I have thrived. And you’ve done the same, right?

Tessa: Yeah, but I’m not seeing the connection to having a family.

Mariah: [ Sighs ] Do you remember when abby asked me to the be the surrogate and i just thought, “sure, I’ll — I’ll do this for my friend, and then I’ll go back to my life”? Well, I couldn’T.

Tessa: Because you were kidnapped.

Mariah: No. No. Because bringing bowie into this world — it changed me. I realized how much love I have to give to a child, and that’s what this is all about. It’s about the love and the love that I want to pour into our child.

Tessa: But I am not ready for that.

Mariah: How do you know?

Tessa: [ Sighs ]

Mariah: Seriously. I mean, what — what first-time parents are ever really ready?

Tessa: Look, I want — I-I need to be in the right mind-set, and more than anything, I need you to find your balance again.

Mariah: You think I’m unbalanced?

Tessa: I just think it’s wrong to bring a brand-new life into the world to fill a hole in your heart. It’s not fair [Sighs] To saddle a child with the chore of healing a wound.

[ Voice breaking ] It’s not fair to push me for something that i am not ready for. Because then I will lose my balance, and we will both be a mess.

Mariah: So…that’s it? End of discussion?

Ashland: I wasn’t expecting to fall in love. I mean, it was the last thing on my mind after my ex had, uh, run roughshod over my heart. Victoria changed all that when she walked into my life… brought me happiness like I’ve never known, gave me a reason to live. And despite my diagnosis, the idea of planning a future with her — it’s everything to me. And the thought that my resurrected past would threaten that…

Nate: So, what happens now?

Ashland: I wish I knew.

[ Sighs ] Intellectually, my mind is telling me to wait this out, you know, give her some time. But my heart is telling me something different.

Nate: Maybe you need to follow your heart.

Victoria: I can’t turn my emotions on and off.

[ Sighs ] I still love ashland.

Nikki: Of course you do. And I hope you know that I’m not trying to tell you what to do.

Victoria: I know that you’re not, and I appreciate your support. But that’s all I care to say about my relationship for the moment. However I decide to handle the situation, ashland will be the first to know.

Nick: Of course I want to repair things with vick, but i just cannot reach out to her.

Phyllis: Don’t you want to make things right?

Nick: Yes, but anything I say right now is just gonna add fuel to the anger. Honestly, it will do us both some good to just stay away from each other and let things calm down.

Phyllis: Okay. The clock is ticking, you know.

Nick: Yeah. I’m gonna figure it all out after summer’s wedding. Right now I just need to focus on shaking off this mood and looking forward to our trip because our little girl’s getting married, and I don’t want any part of this to cast a shadow on her big day.

Phyllis: Ah. I don’t, either. She deserves all the joy in the world.

Nick: So I cannot wait to get on that jet and go to milan with you.

Jack: Hope I’m not interrupting.

Phyllis: No, not at all. We were just talking about how excited we are to get on the jabot jet and start the festivities.

Jack: Unfortunately, that is not gonna happen. (Dad) you know, if we take that wrapper back to the store,

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Mariah: [ Sighs heavily ]

Tessa: Okay, I — I’ve never shut down all conversations with you about having a baby. I would never do that.

Mariah: Well, it kind of seems that way.

Tessa: I’m sorry. I… I want to hear how you’re feeling. I really do. And I want help you in any way that I can. But [Sighs]…Having honest conversations like this, as difficult as it is, I think it’s a step in the right direction. So let’s keep the lines of communication open?

Mariah: Yeah. I want to do that, too.

Tessa: Good. Hey, come here. ‘Cause together I know that we can handle anything that life throws our way, right?

Mariah: Absolutely.

Tessa: Do you have any idea how much I love you?

Mariah: Almost as much as i love you?

Tessa: More. And we’ll both get to where we want to be eventually. I can feel that in my heart and in my soul.

Mariah: So do I.

Tessa: But in the meantime, I think we should take a step back from having conversations about having a baby. You know, we just happen to be going to a beautiful place that neither of us have been. So let’s just breathe [Inhales sharply] Take in the moment, and maybe we can table our conversations about having a baby until we get back from tuscany?

Mariah: Yeah. Yeah, we can, uh — we can wait to talk about it until after victoria’s wedding.

Tessa: Oh, great. Thank you.

Mariah: I don’t want to push you away. I need you more than I ever have.

Tessa: I’m gonna be here for you, no matter what happens. I’m not going anywhere without you.

Mariah: [ Sniffles ]

Jack: The flight has been delayed.

Phyllis: What?

Jack: Apparently, there’s a storm in our flight path. They’re advising that we sit tight tonight and leave for italy first thing in the morning.

Phyllis: No! No!

Nick: I really don’t want mess things up for kyle and summer.

Jack: I’ve already spoken with kyle, told him of our situation. He and summer are both willing to adapt accordingly. This is the advantage to a small ceremony. Now, why don’t you guys go home, get some sleep?

Phyllis: Ohh…okay. Um, do you mind if we just leave the luggage and we’ll be here bright and early?

Jack: Yeah, that’s a plan.

Phyllis: Okay. So… hey, thank you.

Jack: Thank you for what?

Phyllis: Thank you for keeping me company while i waited for nick.

Jack: You never have to thank me for that. You’re always welcome here. I’ll see you both in the morning.

[ Door opens ]

[ Door closes ]

Jack: [ Sighs ]

Ashland: Victoria?

Nikki: You just missed her.

Ashland: Ah. Any idea when she might return?

Nikki: No.

Ashland: Is she, um, at a meeting or perhaps making some last-minute arrangements for our big day?

Nikki: I am aware of what you’re doing, and there is no need to dance around the issues. Victoria told me everything.

Ashland: Ah, well, that’s not a surprise. Does this change the way you see me? Ordinary tissues burn when theo blows.

Traci: Jack, do you want to tell me what’s going on?

Jack: Wh– oh. The flight’s been delayed. We’re gonna leave in the morning.

Traci: Oh. Well, in that case, I have some good news. I don’t have to go to new york after all and see my agent, so i can fly to milan with you.

Jack: That is great. Yeah, ashley is jetting in from paris. She’ll get there right before us.

Traci: Oh, how awesome. But I wasn’t only talking about the flight.

Jack: Oh?

Traci: You know that I had this lovely conversation with phyllis earlier.

Jack: Did you?

Traci: [ Laughs ] And I happened to notice a certain warmth in your voice when you went on and on about all that she’s accomplished with the hotel.

Jack: Traci, I —

Traci: And then there was this lovely glow that you’ve had about you. I haven’t seen it in a long time. And then just now there was a wistfulness when you watched her leave with nick. Okay. Okay. I’m just supposed to pretend like it’s all my imagination and this is just a fantastic new plot for a novel of mine.

Jack: You know what? You’re right. I have been thinking a lot lately about my romantic history with phyllis.

Traci: How worried should i be?

Jack: Why would you worry about anything?

Traci: [ Sighs ] Well, friendship is one thing, but it’s phyllis. I mean, given your history with her, I hope you’re not thinking about creating new memories along those lines.

Jack: I am not planning on acting on any of my feelings. Phyllis and nick are perfectly happy, and they know I respect their relationship.

Traci: Then where are these old feelings coming from?

Jack: I don’t know. Maybe the whole debacle with sally, you know, starting things up with her, has me thinking about what I loved and lost.

Traci: Oh, jack.

Jack: I didn’t say that for pity. I said that so you’d give me some space. I don’t want you worrying about me. Just stop worrying about me, okay?

Traci: As if you telling me that is gonna stop me.

[ Laughs ]

Jack: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: Great, babe. Okay, well, I am so glad that everything is still on track.

Nick: We’ll see you soon, sweetheart!

Phyllis: He says — did — okay. Oh, alright. Well, hey, you go to sleep, okay?

Nick: Ciao!

Phyllis: Ciao! He says, “ciao!” That — that means “bye.”

[ Laughs ] She knows. Alright, alright. I love you. Bye.

Nick: She sounds so happy.

Phyllis: She does.

Nick: I’m just glad that our flight delay isn’t putting a monkey wrench into their wedding plans.

Phyllis: Oh, no. After everything they’ve gone through, no way. Nothing is gonna set them back. They’re gonna get the life that they deserve, the happy life that they deserve.

Nick: Every couple should feel like that on their wedding day.

Phyllis: Hmm. Your conversation with victoria is still weighing on you. Do you want to talk about it?

Nick: I get the feeling there’s something else you’d like to ask me. So, what is it?

Phyllis: [ Sighs ] Do you regret doing this? Do you regret going to new jersey, finding out the truth about ashland? Are you sorry that you pursued it?

Nikki: Actually, ashland, i haven’t decided yet what I think of you now.

Ashland: That’s understandable.

Nikki: I can tell you I hate what it’s doing to my daughter.

Ashland: I can’t stand it, either. I love victoria, and I want to do whatever I can to make things right.

Nikki: Well, if you think i am going to offer you some insight into how to handle this situation, you are wrong. I don’t know what victoria’s considering. But I can tell you that you need to let her resolve this in her mind.

Ashland: Are you suggesting i give her space?

Nikki: Yes. Wait for her to reach out to you, that she is ready to talk to you.

Ashland: [ Sighs ] Whatever she needs. I’ll get a room at the grand phoenix until, uh — well,

if victoria lets me come home. On the outside, I looked fine.

Tessa: Oh, you’re in bed already?

Mariah: Yeah. I’m wiped.

Tessa: Mm. Well, it’s been a long day. I can’t imagine a better way to end it than falling asleep in your arms.

[ Sighs ] So, I was thinking, since we have so many errands to run tomorrow before our trip, why don’t we squeeze in a little fun, too, you know? Maybe we could, uh, grab lunch at that new sushi place or, uh, grab a mani-pedi or — [ Gasps ] Ooh, ooh, ooh, I got it. We could get new tattoos. You choose mine, and I choose yours. Wow. Nothing? I thought I would at least get a laugh or, “are you out of your mind, tessa?” Mariah? I love you.

[ Jewelry clatters ]

Traci: Are you thinking about dina?

Jack: Yeah. I had a dream about her the other night. Oh, it was so real. I heard her voice crystal clear.

Traci: Really? What did she say?

Jack: She was giving me advice, which is funny because when dad passed, I — I used to visit with him from time to time — he’d give me advice or an earful when I needed it.

Traci: [ Laughs ] That sounds just like daddy. I see colleen, and I talk to her all the time.

Jack: Really?

Traci: Sometimes it’s just simple things, you know, like i just have written the perfect sentence. And sometimes it’s a little more significant. On the day that she came into this world…or on the day that she left it.

[ Sighs ] I think it’s perfectly normal.

Jack: You never told me that.

Traci: I didn’t think it was that big a deal.

Jack: I don’t know. Maybe not. I just think it’s amazing that I’m so invested in parental advice. It’s not like I listened to dad when he actually offered it.

Traci: [ Laughs ] Few children do.

Jack: Then of course there was dina…who I always felt so distant from in those later years, so disconnected.

Traci: Jack, it wasn’t like she was known for her personal counsel or anything parental, for that matter. I don’t think it’s odd at all that you would want to hear their voices, listen to the things they have to tell you noW.

Jack: No?

Traci: Love never really leaves us. It — it changes form, and i guess it’s our responsibility to recognize it when it comes back into our lives.

Jack: You’re exactly right. That’s why you have to stop worrying about me.

Traci: Oh, have we circled back to phyllis again?

Jack: No. You were right. You said it. Love comes and goes. It changes shape. It never dies. It’s just part of life. Everyone who has touched our heart somehow stays there. And I think we’re all the better for it.

Phyllis: I feel like this is my fault.

Nick: Why would you say that?

Phyllis: Because I’m the one who encouraged you to follow your instincts regarding ashland.

Nick: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: I’m the one who did that. I encouraged you to go to new jersey. And now I think I made the wrong decision.

Nick: You didn’t force my hand, alright? I was gonna go through with this whether you gave me your approval or not. It was completely my decision.

Phyllis: And now?

Nick: I have zero regrets. I did what I thought was right, what any brother should do. You know, I’m still trying to get a grip on what’s going on in vick’s head. She lashed out at me after i told her the truth about ashland and continued to defend him. Um…my sister’s no fool. She doesn’t ignore facts. She agrees that what I told her was accurate, and in spite of everything, she, uh — she still loves and respects him.

Phyllis: [ Laughs ] I don’t know. Maybe this is what victoria needed to realize that love is profound. Uh, I don’t know. Maybe it strengthened her bond with ashland. Maybe you helped her — you helped her go into this marriage with her eyes wide open.

Nick: Look, I appreciate what you’re trying to do, but I know my sister. I don’t think she’s gonna see it like that. At least, not any time soon.

Ashland: Thank you.

Victoria: Ashland.

Next week on

“the young and the restless”…

Sally: If I cannot bring victoria to the dress, then i will bring the dress to victoria.

Tessa: The baby is in amazing hands. You don’t have to worry about him.

Mariah: Tessa, I can’t just stop caring about the baby because we don’t live with him anymore!

Victoria: Does this have to do with an actual crime?

Ashland: It does.

Victoria: Tell me everything.

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