Young & The Restless Update
Recap written by Christine
In Tuscany, Ashland felt revived after a wonderful lunch. Victoria hoped that meant he was ready to be honest with her. He warned her that once he shared what he did, if she chose not to expose his act, she’d become an accessory after the fact, at least in the eyes of the public. She was startled to learn this was about an actual crime. He asked if she still wanted to know, and she said yes. Ashland’s story was about his mentor, Camilla Rhodes. The real Ashland had set up a job interview with Camilla, which the current Ashland went to. The real Ashland was fascinated by the news and broadcast journalism, and he talked about it constantly. Some of it sunk into the current Ashland/Bobby’s mind. Current Ashland did some research to prepare for the interview, but he was a mess – he was a kid, and he’d just survived a brutal car accident and seen his friend die. All he had to go on was this conviction that he wanted to live Ashland’s life for him. Camilla had other candidates that day who were more articulate, better prepared and better dressed, but no one wanted it more than Ashland. Camilla sensed that, and she gave him the job. At first, Ashland was just a gofer, but Camilla took a liking to him and took him under her wing. Victoria was sure that meant a lot to Ashland, since he was just a boy without a family. Ashland said it did. Additionally, he thought it meant a lot to Camilla, because she didn’t have a family either. According to Ashland, Camilla treated him like the son she never had. With her trust and faith, she helped him map out a future for himself in the media realm that he never could’ve manifested on his own. Then it all went to hell.
Ashland acknowledged there was no excuse for the choice he made back then, but he said he was just a little boy at the time. He said Camilla had been his entire support system – she took care of him and protected him in ways that his mother couldn’t, or wouldn’t do. When she died, it was a terrible loss, almost as hard as when the real Ashland died. Camilla always talked about how much she appreciated, supported and admired Ashland, so he’d just assumed there would be a provision for him in her will. Camilla’s lawyer was the senior Jesse Gaines, and he informed Ashland that Camilla had willed her estate to charity. The charities Camilla chose weren’t reputable institutions – they were just little things she got a kick out of when she was alive. “A cat sanctuary, for God’s sake,” Ashland said. At the time, he’d felt like she was making a mockery out of the trust and faith he had in her. He knew now that this sounded like the thoughts of a spoiled brat. Victoria asked Ashland if Camilla cut him out of the will because she was upset with him. Ashland said Camilla left Gaines Senior. a letter saying that Ashland didn’t need an inheritance because she had faith that he could make it on his own. He said she was right, but at the time, he was immature, angry and confused, and Jesse was angry on Ashland’s behalf too. Victoria asked why Gaines Sr. cared. Camilla introduced Ashland and Gaines Sr. and encouraged Gaines to act like paternally toward Ashland. It was incomprehensible to Gaines Sr. that Camilla would scatter this vast estate to this motley collection of beneficiaries. Senior had tried, unsuccessfully, to talk Camilla out of her plan.
After Camilla died, Jesse Gaines Senior and Ashland stewed over her will and came to realize they could fix it. Senior forged a letter, supposedly written by Camilla right before she died, instructing Senior to revise the will. Victoria asked how much “Camilla” left Ashland in this letter. Ashland said it gave him the whole estate. Ashland explained that he and Senior were hurt and angry, and they did a terrible thing. He knew Camilla would’ve been outraged. Ashland used the money to buy the TV stations, which started his empire. Victoria noted that he built his empire on stolen funds. Ashland recognized that Camilla deserved better. When he grew up and realized what he did, it was just too late to change it, and there was no point in exposing Senior’s complicity. Victoria asked why Senior would take such an enormous risk. Ashland said it wasn’t really risky – Camilla didn’t have any heirs to challenge the will, and making Ashland the beneficiary seemed to be a logical choice. It was generous, but not suspicious. He said Senior just really wanted to reward Ashland’s service commitment to Camilla and her company. Victoria knew that Jesse Gaines Jr. currently worked for Ashland. She asked if he was in on this. Ashland said absolutely not – Junior was an idiot and a worthless human being, even Senior knew that. Senior made a foolish mistake – he didn’t dispose of the original letter from Camilla stipulating that Ashland wasn’t to receive an inheritance. Junior found it, and he saved it. After Senior died, Junior used the letter to blackmail Ashland. When Junior found out Ashland was dying, he realized this was the end of the gravy train. Junior wasn’t bright enough to make another living, so he demanded one last big payout from Ashland. Victoria realized that Ashland was trying to gather money to pay Gaines Jr, not for a wedding present. Ashland was ashamed he’d lied to Victoria and that he did it so easily. He said the scared little boy became a ruthless cutthroat, and after living that way for a lifetime, it became second nature. He’d wanted to shield her from this. She asked where things stood with Gaines now that Ashland paid him off. Was he gone? He admitted that Victor beat him to paying off Gaines.
Victoria asked Ashland if he sought help from Victor to pay off Gaines. He said of course not. Ashland didn’t know how Victor got involved. When Ashland got to the hotel with Gaines’ money, Victor was there, Gaines was gone, and Victor said he’d handled it. Victoria didn’t understand why her dad got involved. Ashland said Victor made it clear that it wasn’t for Ashland’s sake. “He loves you so much and he just sees how happy you are and he wants you to stay that way,” Ashland said. Victoria felt like there had to be more to it. Ashland knew nothing was simple when it came to Victor. He suggested that Victor was concerned that, with the Newman/Locke merger, this would hurt the company’s image. Victoria thought that was probably it. Ashland imagined that Victor was delighted to have leverage over him. Aside from that, he took Victor at his word. Victor had said he could relate to making regretful choices in his youth, and he didn’t want the foolish things Ashland did when he was young to derail his relationship with Victoria.
Ashland said Gaines Jr. was still a threat, because he still had the first letter from Camilla. Since Victor handled this, he didn’t know about the letter or that he had to retrieve it to neutralize Gaines. Ashland said Gaines Jr. despised him and he always had. Victoria asked why. According to Ashland, Gaines Sr. had no respect for Gaines Jr. and he didn’t think his son measured up to Ashland. Victoria thought that sounded like a twisted form of sibling rivalry. Ashland suspected that Gaines Jr. had been fantasizing about taking him down for years, but he didn’t because he was relying on Ashland’s money. Now that Ashland was dying, Gaines probably realized it was now or never. “And if he tries to come after you in any way, you do realize that it’s gonna blow back on my company, don’t you?,” Victoria asked. “Our company,” Ashland clarified. Victoria stated that this was fraud, conspiracy and theft, and as Ashland said, if she didn’t come forward, she’d be complicit. He thought they were protected from any legal repercussions. She asked if he was sure. He said the statute of limitations ran out a long time ago, but this would tarnish the reputation of Locke Communications Group, and since their companies had merged, Newman would also face the fallout. Victoria didn’t know what to say. He asked her to put that aside for a moment because he wanted to know if she was still going to marry him.
As the CEO of the company, Victoria said it was her responsibility to focus on the business aspect of this first. “If this story comes out it is gonna undermine everything that we’ve accomplished. I have spent years trying to make Newman strong and resilient and now I have to worry about a ticking time bomb!, she said. Ashland still thought there was a chance they could keep this quiet. But what was really weighing on him was what was going on between the two of them. He didn’t want to pressure her to follow through with the wedding. He didn’t think she needed to make that choice now. She ordered him not to tell her how to react, and she asserted that she never should’ve been been put in this position. He agreed and said he never intended her to be pulled into this. He’d tried to keep this secret under wraps for forty years, and he’d planned to take it to the grave. He was so sorry she was going through this, but he wanted her to understand why he did what he did. He asked if there was any chance they could work through this.
Billy entered Society and overheard Elena tell Nate that she was excited about going to Italy. Billy suggested that they do the double date they’d been planning in Tuscany. They wondered if the four of them could fly out together, and Nate said that Ashland was sending his jet to Genoa City to pick Nate and Elena up tonight. That didn’t work for Billy. Lily was still out of town with Mattie, and they had kids’ schedules to figure out. He added that Ashland would probably reroute the flight to Antarctica if Billy was on board. Nate said Lily told him there was tension between Billy and Ashland. Billy said he told Victoria and Ashland that they were rushing into things. Elena pointed out that there was a reason for that. Billy acknowledged Ashland was on borrowed time, but in Billy’s opinion, there were other factors that should take precedence. He still hoped Victoria called off the wedding.
Elena said she and Nate were friends with Ashland and Victoria, and Ashland adored Victoria. “Of course he does. What’s not to love?,” Billy asked. Billy made it clear that he wasn’t pining for his ex – he and Lily were deliriously happy, and he wanted Victoria to be happy too. However, he didn’t think Ashland was the man he said he was. He understood that they saw Ashland differently – he was charismatic and likely fun to be around. Nate said his friendship with Ashland went deeper than that. He admired the graceful way Ashland was handling his illness. Elena thought Billy should support Ashland and Victoria instead of trying to hold him accountable for something he may have done ages ago. Nate stated that Billy had a past, and Lily accepted him for who he was today. Billy said he and Lily had known each other forever, and he’d been open and honest with her about everything, but he couldn’t say the same for Ashland. If looking out for his children and their mother made him a hypocrite, he was fine with that. He wasn’t going to ignore the red flags. Elena asked if Billy was going to interfere with the wedding. Billy said that Victoria was capable of making her own decisions, and he wanted to make sure she had all the facts. “The facts according to whom?,” Nate asked. Billy got a text and abruptly left.
Sally ran into Adam in the park and told him she had a lot of luggage, so they’d need a big car for the trip from the airport. He noted that they weren’t going for long. She had to bring her sewing machine, steamer and other equipment. He said he’d reserve a limo. He asked if she had a plan to get in front of Victoria. She was working on it, and she was sure she’d come up with a strategy once she scoped out the villa. He told her it was a Palazzo. She thought those were the same thing, and he explained that, traditionally, a villa was a country home, a getaway, while the Palazzo was the official residence in town, though these days, they were interchangeable. She guessed the family Palazzo was gorgeous beyond belief. He’d never been there, and she said they could explore it together. He told her they were flying on the same jet – that didn’t mean they were together. She thought that sounded like a distinction without a difference.
Adam made it clear that he and Sally weren’t a couple, and she wasn’t his date to the wedding. They wouldn’t be sleeping in the same room. She told him she was kidding – she understood and was fine with the ground rules. She added that he wasn’t quite as irresistible as he thought he was. He started to defend himself, but she was joking again. Sally said they were just travel companions and colleagues, and she’d make sure no one got the wrong idea, since she thought that was his biggest concern. He said it was his second biggest concern, after making sure she didn’t get the wrong idea. Adam got a text and said he had to leave. Chloe arrived as Sally mentioned the airport. Chloe asked what was going on, and Sally brought her up to speed. Adam left. Chloe didn’t think this was a good idea. Sally felt compelled to at least try and get the dress to Victoria. Chloe questioned going with Adam. Sally said that Adam was the bride’s brother, with an actual invite, and he could get her past security. Chloe understood, but she didn’t like it. Sally said she and Adam weren’t going over as a couple – this wasn’t about romance. Chloe was concerned Sally would start thinking about romance because of the setting – a lavish wedding at a beautiful palazzo. Sally thought Chloe worried too much.
The text Adam got informed him that Billy was at Society, but by the time Adam arrived, Billy was gone. Adam texted to ask if Billy met with anyone. The P.I. replied that Billy met with Nate and Elena. Inside, Elena told Nate that she wanted to hire a full time nurse for the clinic. He said he’d talk to Devon. Adam walked in and made up a story about how he was supposed to be meeting Billy here. They said Billy got a text and left. They assumed he got a scoop. Adam looked at the ChancComm site and didn’t see any breaking news stories. Nate asked why Adam would be meeting with Billy, since they weren’t on good terms. Adam said that his sister’s wedding was coming up, so he’d wanted to make a temporary truce with Billy, for the sake of family unity. Elena was surprised Adam was going. Adam said that he and Nick were in a better place after Faith’s transplant, and he wanted to improve his relationship with Victoria too. He said he was hoping he and Billy could agree to be happy for Victoria and Ashland and make a pact not to disrupt the wedding. Nate didn’t think Billy and Adam were on the same page about that.
Elena mentioned that she and Nate would be at the wedding and that Nate was Ashland’s best man. Adam thought that was terrific. Adam left. Elena thought it was nice that Adam was supporting his sister. Nate assumed Adam was trying to score points with Victor. Nate thought it was good that Adam was being civil though, because he could be trouble, and Ashland and Victoria had enough trouble to deal with. Elena wanted to go home and make sure she packed everything. Nate said she could buy things in Italy. She just really wanted this trip to go well. She thought it would be a great step forward for them, and she was glad he decided to give them another chance to get it right. He was feeling good about them too. He was glad about taking some time off work and spending time with her. He said it didn’t even have to be in one of the most beautiful countries on earth – it could even be Fresno.
Marty, the investigator working for Billy, found Gaines Jr. and brought him to Billy’s home. Billy arrived after getting the text from Marty. Billy noted that Gaines left after agreeing to give Billy a scoop on Ashland. Gaines got a better offer. Billy assumed it was from Victor, and he asked how much it was. Gaines said it was more than Billy offered before, and he assumed it was more than Billy was going to offer now. “Newman won’t be happy that I gave his people the slip. He’s gonna be even more furious if I go back on my word and tell you what I know about Locke. So I need you to guarantee me protection from him. Or this conversation ends right now,” Gaines said.
Billy was confident he could protect Gaines. Gaines wanted more than just Billy’s word. He wanted to sign off on every detail Billy’s security team came up with. Billy asked why Gaines came back if he was concerned about Victor’s reaction. Billy sensed that this was about more than money. He got the feeling that Gaines wanted this story to come out. Gaines confirmed that this was personal to him, and he said Billy would understand why after they made their deal. Billy had already deduced that Ashland and Gaines Sr. cooked up an illegal scheme that helped Ashland launch his career. Gaines said Billy was on the right track. Gaines was ready to tell all as soon as they settled on a price and Billy guaranteed him protection from Victor.
Sally ran into Adam at Crimson Lights. She had found some earrings that would go perfect with the dress, and she thought he could give them to Victoria as a wedding gift. He already chose a gift. His assistant found a chef who’d make Ashland, Victoria and the kids a delicious home cooked meal on any night of their choosing. Sally thought that gift had a great balance – special and kind of posh, but considerate and homey. She was sure Victoria would appreciate the effort Adam was making. Sally had to step away to do something. Victor called to see if Adam was at the airport. Adam told Victor that Billy got some kind of tip, presumably about Ashland. Victor was disturbed, because Jesse Gaines had slipped through the fingers of his security team, and he had a feeling Billy had something to do with it. Victor instructed Adam to stay on it, because they had to make sure that man didn’t cause any further damage.