Y&R Transcript Thursday, November 11, 2021

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Lily: Did you hear back from victor or adam?

Billy: Nope, not yet. But I’m not worried. They know they have until 6:00 P.M.

Lily: How can you not be nervous?

Billy: Because I know what adam is thinking. This is a classic poker game. He thinks that I’m bluffing. He doesn’t think that we have gaines or the letter that implicates ashland. And he’s panicking right now. He’s on third-level thinking. I’m already on fourth-level thinking. Do you know what I mean?

Lily: No, I don’T.

Billy: In short, I am a step ahead of him. I don’t even know if he’s told victor that we have the goods on ashland and we’re threatening to expose him.

Lily: No, he definitely hasn’T. Otherwise, victor would have sent victoria here immediately to stop you. I’m surprised adam hasn’t already done that.

Billy: I think adam is actually looking for gaines. He thinks he’s on a beach counting his money somewhere. And right about now, it’s probably a good time to tell him that he’s mistaken.

Lily: Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. I think we need to just take a pause.

Billy: Why would you say that? I thought you were more than willing to do anything we needed to do to stop them from coming after us.

Lily: No, I know. I know what I said, and I meant it when I said it, but I was very worked up after seeing adam. And now that I’ve had some time to calm down and think about it, I — I still think that this is a bad idea.

Adam: Alright, well, thanks for the help again. Well, billy hasn’t left the building yet. He’s still in the office.

Victor: Who was that on the phone?

Adam: My source.

Victor: Oh. Okay.

Adam: I’m sure billy’s trying to strategize, cooking up some elaborate plan with a double bluff and misdirection. He’s probably working hard right now to convince lily that his plan’s air-tight.

Victor: To be frank with you, I’m a little disappointed in lily. I’m stunned that she is going along with billy’s schemes, you know? She’s neil winters’ daughter. I thought she had more sense.

Adam: Well, I think she does. She’s definitely the smarter of the two. You know, when she came over here to try to settle things, I offered her a job…

Victor: Uh-huh.

Adam: …When chanccomm falls apart, but, uh, she wasn’t interested.

Victor: Really? Not very smart on her part. She’s gonna regret that decision very soon.

Abby: Come on, dominic. Come on, baby. My sweet boy, mommy loves you, but please, please go to sleep. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Yeah, yeah, I just need a little break, okay? Shh.

Nina: Is everything alright?

Abby: Yeah, yeah. Um, dominic needs a nap, but i can’t seem to calm him down.

Nina: Well, um, you want me to give a try? Sometimes a different pair of arms will do the trick.

Abby: You know what? Um, he just ate, but maybe he’s hungry. Is there any way you could warm up a bottle, please?

Nina: Yeah. Absolutely.

Abby: Shh, shh, shh.

Nina: Hey, um…do you want maybe I should call in the nanny?

Abby: No, no, no. Just the bottle, please.

Nina: Okay. Well, you want me to take him to the kitchen so you can have a little bit of a break?

Abby: I can handle this. Just the bottle, please.

Nina: Okay.

Abby: Come on. Shh, shh, shh. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. Shh.

Sally: [ Sighs ]

Victor: So, what did billy give us as a deadline?

Adam: 6:00. If you want, I can play along and call him to, uh, negotiate to make him think that we’re stalling.

Victor: Mnh-mnh. Won’t be necessary.

Adam: No. But it would be fun to get his hopes up.

Victor: We’ll be hearing from him soon.

Sally: [ Sighs ]

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Billy: Okay, I understand you are not comfortable using someone’s past against them as blackmail.

Lily: No, especially when the person is the stepfather to your children.

Billy: I am not planning to reveal what ashland did in his past, okay? I made a promise to victoria, and I plan to be a man of my word.

Lily: Well, victor and adam don’t think you will be.

Billy: Of course not. They think I’m opportunistic and disloyal, and I’m gonna use their feelings about me to my advantage.

Lily: Okay, well, that doesn’t mean that we have to deal with someone as disloyal as gaines. We can take on the newmans ourselves.

Billy: You tried to talk to victoria about that. It didn’t go so well, did it?

Lily: Okay, no, I don’t have all the answers, alright? But I do believe in what we’ve built here as a company, and i think that we can handle anything they throw at us.

Billy: That’s the thing. I don’t want them to throw anything at us, which is why we need to strike first. Best-case scenario — they call a cease-fire. But they’re not gonna do that without incentive.

Lily: I’m just worried that you putting this pressure on them is gonna anger them even more and make them come at us even harder.

Billy: Okay, but I think you’re underestimating how badly they want to protect ashland’s reputation and, by extension, newman media’s reputation. Look, the fact is, locke can’t be charged for his past crimes, okay? But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t open them up to a whole slew of other lawsuits and, in turn, make them vulnerable.

Lily: Yeah, no, you’re right. I mean, they would be swamped by litigations, and it wouldn’t be good for harrison to grow up with that kind of legacy.

Billy: Exactly. And adam and victor are gonna do everything they can to avoid that, which is why they’re gonna keep this quiet.

Lily: But what if gaines doesn’t go along with it? All he wants is to destroy ashland. I mean, he could go rogue.

Billy: I can control gaines.

Lily: Really? Like you did in tuscany?

Billy: That was a misunderstanding. I am confident that I can get gaines to go along with this plan, which is exactly why i need to go talk to him right now.

Lily: Okay, well, I think i should go with you.

Billy: No. That’s not a good idea.

Lily: Well, what if I insist?

Devon: Hey. Is this a bad time?

Billy: No, not at all. It’s a perfect time. I’ve got to run out, but lily’s looking forward to catching up with you.

[ Smooches ] I’ll see you in a little bit.

Devon: What’s going on?

Sally: Ashley abbott. Wow, you are the last person i expected to see.

Ashley: I don’t think you expected to get caught.

Sally: I wasn’t up to anything. I work here now.

Ashley: Yeah. I heard.

Sally: Well, I was just waiting for adam to get done with his meeting with victor so he could sign these purchase reports for our upcoming photo shoots.

Ashley: I have some things to discuss with victor, and it might take a while, so I suggest you find something else to do. Elsewhere, perhaps.

Sally: Yes. Thank you for the suggestion.

[ Knock on door ]

Victor: Yes? My goodness. What a surprise.

Ashley: Hi. I wanted to give you an update on abby.

Adam: Um, would you like for me to give you some privacy while you talk?

Victor: Yes. Thank you.

Ashley: Yeah. I’d like to speak with victor alone.

Adam: Okay. Um, I can handle our lunch meeting on my own.

Victor: Thank you, adam.

Adam: Hey, for the record, i think, um, chance was a hell of a guy. I’d never met anyone with such integrity and a sense of duty. And I feel terrible for abby. The whole reason I haven’t gone over there and seen her is ’cause, um, I don’t want to upset her.

Ashley: Okay. I’ll pass on your condolences.

[ Door closes ]

Victor: What’s the story with our daughter?

Ashley: Nina told me that abby wanted to go to spain to find chance and that victoria talked her out of it.

Victor: Yeah. I was aware of abby’s plan, okay? I asked victoria to try to persuade her sister not to follow through with her plan. And I’m relieved to find out that it worked.

Ashley: Yes, but now that abby seems to be accepting the fact that chance is gone, I’m concerned that she’s just gonna get crushed by her grief.

Victor: [ Breathes deeply ]

Nina: Here we go. Oh, I hope it helps.

Abby: Thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you for everything that you’ve done for me. I — I honestly — I don’t know what I would do without you.

Nina: Well, you know, I can do more. I can feed him if you want to take a little rest.

Abby: I can feed my son. I have been doing this for months now, and the news from spain about chance — it hasn’t changed that. Come on, dominic. Here you go. Yeah.

Nina: Of course not.

Abby: We’re just gonna have a little bit of a bottle. We are in this together. We can get through this. I know we can. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Shh, shh, shh.

Lily: No, nothing is, uh, going on. Sometimes billy and I just have different points of view on how to run the company with details sometimes.

Devon: Yeah. Well, that sounds like a normal business relationship/partnership.

Lily: Yeah, it is. I mean, I’m more cautious. He’s risky. But usually it balances out.

Devon: Well, good. Hopefully this is just a one-off thing then, yeah?

Lily: Yeah, it — it’ll be fine. Uh, what’s going on? Why are you here?

Devon: I, um — I need your advice on a sensitive situation.

Lily: Yeah. What’s going on?

Devon: There was an explosion at the safe house that chance was meant to be at in spain.

Lily: Oh, my god.

Devon: Yeah, and it’s looking like he didn’t make it.

Lily: [ Gasps ] Oh, my god, that’s — god, i mean, abby and nina and j– oh, my god, that’s heartbreaking.

Devon: I know. I know. And abby has been going back and forth between denial and despair. And I want to be there for her, but I just don’t — I don’t know the right way to help.

Lily: [ Sighs ]

Nina: [ Gasps ]

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

[ Sighs ] A third of a bottle, and he is out. Look at him. He’s so cute when he’s sleeping.

Nina: He’s just gorgeous. Such a handsome little thing. I’m just glad the two of you can get some rest now.

Abby: I-I can’T. Um, I have to check in at the restaurant.

Nina: Oh, no. Abby, you’ve got such a wonderful team. I’m sure they’re taking care of everything.

Abby: Oh, it’s — it’s not the same.

Nina: Well, maybe you could ask devon to go over and look in on the place.

Abby: He’s already done so much for me. Everyone has. And I hate it.

[ Sighs ] I’m sorry. I… I didn’t mean that the way that it sounded. I — I appreciate everything that everyone has done for me, the way that everyone has stepped up, but, um [Sniffles] It makes me feel weak.

Nina: Oh, no.

Abby: And that’s not how i am, and that’s certainly not the woman that chance fell in love with. He’d — he’d expected more from me.

Nina: Abby, no. Chance would understand. We’re all hurting. He wouldn’t want us to hide our feelings.

Abby: Yeah. I can’t argue with that. But [Sniffles] I mean, there’s just so much that I need to do, so many things I’ve been putting off.

Nina: Like what?

Abby: Like calling everyone that loves chance. I need to tell them what’s going on, like — like jill. I just — I can’t bring myself to do it. How can I find the words?

Rey: Hey. How’s, uh, your investigation going?

Billy: It’s, uh — it’s fizzled out, actually.

Rey: Is that right?

Billy: Uh, yeah. You know what? I shouldn’t have even brought it up to you.

Rey: That surprises me. You seemed so determined to prove that adam was responsible for that guy missing.

Billy: Well, I was wrong. What can I say?

Rey: [ Chuckles ] How can you be so sure? Did the guy show up again?

Billy: No, he didn’T. I guess I’m just getting a little crazy thinking that adam was capable of doing something to that extreme.

Rey: Oh, you don’t think adam newman is capable of abducting someone?

Billy: Well, maybe in the old days. But he’s a changed man now. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, he’s got a new job. He’s a respectful parent. He’s doing a great job impersonating a decent human being, and I don’t think that he’s gonna jeopardize all of that for a nobody.

Sharon: Billy, I have your order.

Billy: Great. Thank you.

Sharon: Here’s the food and coffees. I’ll just get some extra cream for lily.

Billy: Oh, don’t worry about that. It’s not for lily. We have a writer working around the clock on a big story, and we have to keep him nourished.

Sharon: Sounds juicy. What’s that about?

Billy: Well, you know, it’s hush-hush right now. But it will be big. Thank you, sharon. Good to see you, detective.

Sharon: Uh-oh. I know that look. What’s wrong?

Rey: Uh, billy. You know, he’s not as good a liar as he thinks he is.

Sharon: What do you mean?

Rey: Never mind.

Sharon: Well, this has to have something to do with adam.

Rey: Yeah. Despite my best efforts, I can’t avoid hearing about the guy.

Sharon: Well, I got the impression from talking to lily that those two are still going at it. Was billy making any wild accusations about adam?

Rey: Just the opposite. It seemed that billy was defending adam.

Sharon: Wow. That is strange.

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Nina: I told jill. It was hard, but she knows. And I also told phillip.

Abby: I’m sorry. I should have done that. That’s my responsibility.

Nina: No. Abby, that’s your responsibility. You can make those calls later, when you feel like it, when you’re ready. But nobody absolutely, positively has to hear from you right now. You know what I mean? I know that you’re the kind of person that wants to do everything on your own. But let me help. Chance would want me to do everything I can to lighten your load.

Abby: I bet jill and phillip are devastated.

Nina: Yeah. They are. They handled it very differently. Phillip, you know, got quiet and withdraws. That’s kind of his thing. And jill wanted to get on a plane and take charge. But I told her just to give us some time, you know? She can be a bit much.

Abby: Well, she is welcome here anytime.

Nina: And she will be very happy that from you when you’re ready. Jill will grieve in her own way. She’s had a lot of loss through the years, and she’s always found a way to pick herself up and keep going.

Abby: Yeah.

[ Cellphone pings ] Is that jill?

Nina: No, it’s just my agent. I, um — I really should call him, okay?

Abby: Yeah, no worries, yeah.

Nina: Okay.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

Devon: Yeah, so, then today abby was convinced that she should drop everything and fly to the site of the bombing to search for chance herself. And she had nina almost convinced that it was a good idea to go with her.

Lily: Oh, my god, that’s so sad. And it’s irrational and dangerous. It’s like — it just shows how much they want to believe that he’s alive and he’s coming back.

Devon: I know, but it’s the irrational thinking that I have a problem with because she has dominic, you know? You can’t think irrationally when you have a child. And mariah was there, too, and instead of trying to convince abby to do the right thing, she was offering to stay behind to watch dominic while abby’s gone.

Lily: Wait. Didn’t mariah move out of the house because she was getting too close to the baby?

Devon: Yes, she sure did, which is my point, because, you know, she’s been doing a lot better with all this. She’s been back to work and taking care of herself and focusing on her future with tessa. And then something like this happenS.

Lily: Do you think maybe she’s using the crisis to get closer to dominic?

Devon: Not on purpose or anything like that. I just think she sees that dominic is in distress and she feels like the best person to help him.

Lily: So she feels like he’s reacting to all the stress in the house?

Devon: Well, yeah, because he is. He can absolutely sense the tension in there. And I’ve tried to help by getting him out and taking him for walks and stuff like that.

Lily: Yeah, I mean, it sounds like what he needs.

Devon: Yeah, but this is — this is where I need your advice.

Lily: Yeah. What’s up?

Devon: Um, well, when I take him out, you know, it’s usually just for, like, an hour or two at the most, and then I’m bringing him right back into a stressful environment.

Lily: Well, I mean, abby has a nanny, right?

Devon: Yeah, she does.

Lily: Okay, well, maybe she should up the nanny’s hours for a while.

Devon: Well, yeah, that’s a possibility. But a nanny doesn’t solve the problem of the baby being around that kind of energy. So I’m wondering if it’s, you know, a better idea to move dominic out of that house temporarily, just until things stabilizE.

Billy: Jesse. It’s billy. I got some coffee and a few sugary treats here for you.

Gaines: Good. Just what I needed.

Billy: Yeah. You could use a little something. I’m sure you’re feeling a little bit like a rat in a cage right about now.

Gaines: Mm. Yeah, just a bit.

Billy: Well, don’t worry. Soon enough, you’ll be living the life that you want.

Gaines: Well, and that better happen long before the story about locke breaks. When is that happening?

Billy: That’s why I’m here. I wanted to talk to you about a few options.

Gaines: Wait. What does that mean — “options”?

Billy: It just means that we need to think about how we move forward from here.

Gaines: Oh, wait a minute. I don’t like the sound of that. I came back here — no, I fought my way back here for one reason and one reason only — to take down ashland locke. So, as far as options go, that’s it.

Billy: I understand that. I do. But we need to be smart. And when I brought you to tuscany, I gained the wrath of not only ashland, but the newmans.

Gaines: I think they already hated you.

Billy: Yeah, that part is true. But now they are coming after chanccomm. And I like my business. I’ve got good employees there, talented people that I don’t want to see them lose their livelihood. So please understand that there’s more to consider than just what you want.

Gaines: I see what’s happening here. They got to you, and now you’re chickening out.

Billy: No. I’m simply trying to make sure that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot.

Gaines: Remember, I gave you camilla rhodes’ letter, the letter that can destroy locke. And now, what, you’re on their team and you’re gonna betray me?

Billy: Jesse, believe me, we are on the same team.

Gaines: Oh, are we? If that’s true, then riddle me this. Are you going to expose locke for the fraud that he is or not?

Billy: There is more to consider.

Gaines: No. I will tell you, it is pretty damn simple.

Billy: We have more power if we do not go public.

Gaines: I knew that i shouldn’t have trusted you. I knew it.& But it’s okay. I don’t need you. As a matter of fact, I don’t even need the damn letter because I will find somebody in the news media who has got some guts, and they will publish the story. The newmans will still be after you, and you will have missed the biggest story of your life. Stupid move, abbott. Stupid move.

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Billy: Look, there is no doubt that you can find somebody else to public this story. But what happens when you do? Who’s gonna protect you when victor comes after you? I can’T. I’ll be too busy trying to defend chanccomm from his attacks. We need to stick together, or it makes it too easy for him to pick us off one by one.

Gaines: I have been waiting half of my life to take locke down.

Billy: I get that. But what’s a few more days? Jesse, you didn’t come forward with this until you found out that ashland was dying. You’ve had this letter the entire time. Why didn’t you release it back then?

Gaines: I…was just waiting for the right moment.

Billy: [ Chuckles ] You’re a very patient man. And I’m sure you enjoyed that blackmail money rolling in, as well.

Gaines: Yeah, well, when i found out he was dying, i figured, “it’s now or never.”

Billy: Well, what you did by waiting was maximize your value. Ashland tied his fortune to the newmans when he married victoria, and they merged their companies. You now have two entities that’ll pay you anything you want to keep that letter quiet long after ashland is gone.

Gaines: That was smart, wasn’t it?

Billy: Once that story goes public, you got nothing else to negotiate. Withholding that letter is your superpower, and I am going to need you to use that power to protect me and chanccomm. We can hold camilla’s letter over victor’s head for a long time. Meanwhile, I keep you safe, living the life wherever you want, far away from this mess.

Gaines: That’s your offer?

Billy: It’s the best offer you’re gonna get. Victor does not like you, and ashland is dying. There’s no one else to pay your bills. Now, I understand you want to humiliate ashland. But understand — is that fleeting moment of satisfaction worth throwing everything else away? You can also think of it this way. Ashland will be spending his last days wondering when you are going to expose him. He will be living in his own private hell, which is what you’ve wanted this entire time.

Gaines: Well, I do like the sound of that.

Lily: So, are you prepared to take care of a baby long-term?

Devon: Yeah, absolutely I am ’cause I know that I’d have a ton of help if I took this on. So I’m not worried about that part.

Lily: Okay. Then what?

Devon: What’s holding me back is suggesting it to abby ’cause I don’t know how she’s gonna react. You know, she’s feeling a lot of pain right now, and I don’t want to add to it by making her feel like she can’t take care of her own child.

Lily: Well, I mean, from what you’ve said, it sounds like you already have doubts about that.

Devon: No. Let me be very clear that I have zero doubts about abby’s ability to be a parent. I just feel like, at this point in time, maybe it’s best for both of them if she can grieve and heal properly without having to worry about a kid 24/7. ‘Cause she was already getting stressed out as a single mom before chance went missing. So it’s just — it seems like a lot to ask of her right now.

Lily: Well, just to be clear, this can only happen if abby agrees to it, right?

Devon: Oh, yeah, absolutely, ’cause I have no legal say over what happens to dominic. And that doesn’t change with chance being gone, either. So every decision about that baby is up to abby.

Lily: [ Sighs ] Well, look, I think that she’ll be getting advice from her mom. So maybe you should talk to ashley? You know? I think she’ll be able to tell how close abby is to a breaking point. And I think she’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, so I think she’ll be able to give really good advice on how to handle this.

Devon: Yeah. Well, I’m glad that I came to see one of the smartest people I know ’cause that’s very good advice. It is. I’m gonna do it.

Sharon: My advice is to keep listening to abby. Let her tell you what she wants.

Ashley: Yeah, well, she doesn’t admit to wanting or needing anything, actually.

Sharon: Then I doubt it would be productive for me to speak with her again.

Ashley: Yeah, I know. It’s gonna be a while before she’s in the frame of mind to seek therapy. But if she does decide to go for professional help, I’ll let you know.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Excuse me. Hey, devon. Sure. Um, I’m at the coffee house now. Do you want to meet me? Okay. Thanks.

[ Sighs ]

Sally: Running into you twice in one day. It must be a sign.

Ashley: Of what?

Sally: That I should interview you. Newman media’s fashion platform also covers the beauty industry, and I think our readers would be fascinated to know how the sausage — or, in this case, the lipstick — gets made. And who better to tell them than a renowned cosmetic chemist? So, we can do it right now.

Ashley: Yeah, I’m meeting somebody.

Sally: I’ll be quick.

Ashley: I don’t want to be rude, but hell no.

Sally: Why?

Ashley: Lots of reasons. What you did to kyle and summer.

Sally: Oh, my god, when are people gonna let that go? I just saw them at victoria’s wedding. They’re thriving.

Ashley: What about my brother? You hurt jack.

Sally: He made it completely clear that he is definitely over it, so you should be, too.

Ashley: And then there’s your boss — adam. Not my favorite person. I’ll let him tell you why.

Sally: I won’t bother. You seem like someone who likes to hold grudges.

Ashley: And most importantly of all, I’m not in the mood to listen to you and answer a bunch of your stupid questions about a puff piece.

Sally: Okay. Well, I was hoping to build a bridge between jabot and newman. It would have been great for both companies. But now I’m wondering why I even want to get back in the abbotts’ good graces.

Adam: They’re on board to come on as advertisers.

Victor: Oh, yeah? Well, I think it’ll be a good partnership. Thanks for handling that.

Adam: Uh-huh. Hey, I don’t mean to, um, pry, but anything new happen with abby?

Victor: She’s still struggling, you know? I feel for her. I’ll do everything in my power to help her through this.

Adam: Well, I’m afraid not even your considerable powers are enough to, uh, help. Takes a while to come to terms with losing someone you love.

[ Tablet pings ]

Victor: Yeah.

Adam: I think you’ll be interested in this message.

Gaines: Hello, gentlemen. I’m back. Looks like I got a few more lives left in me. Sweet pillows of softness!

[ Dominic crying ]

Abby: Where is he? Where’s my baby?

[ Breathing heavily ]

Devon: Ashley, hey. I appreciate you meeting me like this.

Ashley: Of course. You said you were worried about abby. What’s going on?

Devon: Yeah. Um, I didn’t mean to alarm you or anything like that. I just wanted to talk and get your perspective on something because I know that you understand how difficult the grieving process can be.

Ashley: I do. And, again, I’m so grateful that abby has you and your support because I think you, more than anybody, knows what she’s going through.

Devon: Well, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate hearing you say that, um, because i would like to do more to help abby. Um…but I just — I don’t want to overstep, and I don’t want to offend anybody.

Gaines: Surprised that I am still standing after whatever it was that you had planned for me it italy? Oh, and by the way, I still have camilla rhodes’ letter. The one that you took from me in italy was a copy. But I hope you enjoyed reading it. The original is safe and secure…or at least that’s what billy abbott tells me.

[ Inhales deeply ] You should be grateful to old billy, really, because if he hadn’t convinced me to be patient, the story about locke’s greed and fraud would be front-page news right now, which is exactly what I want. I want the whole world to know about the fraud that started his empire with a crime. And that is exactly what will happen if you don’t do exactly what billy tells you to.

Billy: Well, that was fantastic. That was fantastic. I’m sure adam is freaking out right now trying to figure out how to explain himself to ashland that he lost control of the situation and I gained the upper hand.

Gaines: I don’t care about any of that. I just want to make sure that you’re holding up your end of the bargain — that I get paid and that I receive safe passage to my new life, living in anonymous comfort for the rest of my days.

Billy: Jesse, I told you that —

[ Cellphone pings ] Well, well, well. Just like I planned. Adam newman. What the hell?

Gaines: What did he say?

Billy: He said, “nice try. Futile attempt, but I enjoyed watching you work so hard.”

Gaines: What the hell does that mean?

Billy: I have no idea. I have no idea what game he is playing. You stay here. Don’t leave. Lock the door behind me. Do not answer it for anyone else. I will be in touch.

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Ashley: You think dominic should stay with you?

Devon: I do. I really do. And it would only be for a short time, of course, just until, you know, abby starts feeling like herself again.

Ashley: Yeah. It’s a very, very sweet offer. And, um, I mean, obviously I’m concerned about her. She’s overwhelmed, and she’s — she’s struggling.

Devon: Yeah.

Ashley: But on the positive side, she has all of her family and friends that are rallying around her. You know, she’s got you and nina, and — and her father and I are taking turns staying with her.

Devon: Yeah.

Ashley: She’s got the nanny, right? So, I mean, she’s really surrounded by so much love and so much support all the time.

Devon: Absolutely, and i completely get that. My only issue, though, is that everyone except for the nanny is grieving chance just like abby is.

Ashley: And you think that’s a problem?

Devon: Ashley, what worries me is — is dominic being around and absorbing all of that negative energy and that stress in the house and all the emotions — ’cause I know he feels it. I mean, you have to — I’m sure you’ve realized that he’s crying a lot more than he ever has before. His schedules are all off whack. I’m concerned about what this is going to do to him long-term.

Ashley: Yeah. I mean, I — I hear what you’re saying. I think it’s something we should watch out for, but I don’t think that we should deprive dominic and his mommy of this time together because, devon, they’re bonding. It’s so important to have this mother-child bond that they’re creating. This child will help abby heal, you know? He’ll give her hope…

Devon: Yeah.

Ashley: …For the future. So, as her mother, in my opinion, I think that baby needs to stay with abby in their home.

Devon: No, I understand. I do. I see your point. And it’s a good one. Um…I just hope that you’re right.

Abby: [ Exhales heavily ] I drifted off.

Nina: Good. You needed to get some rest.

Abby: Was he crying? I-I could hear him in my sleep.

Nina: Oh, just a little bit. I think he as a little bit gassy. But he’s okay now. Aren’t you? You little sweetie.

Abby: I took one of these pills that nate prescribed me, and it knocked me out.

Nina: I think that’s great. You needed to get some sleep.

Abby: But I wasn’t there when he needed me.

Nina: Abby, caring for a newborn baby is not a one-person job. We all need a break. Let me help. I mean, that’s why I’m here. That’s what grandmas are for.

Abby: But I have been such a wreck lately.

[ Sniffles ] I mean, he’s been spending so much more time with other people. Does he even know who his mother is?

Nina: Abby, of course he does. He loves you. He adores you.

Abby: Nina…

Nina: What?

Abby: I don’t think I can do this.

Nina: Ohh.

Billy: I don’t know what’s going on. Something happened, and I need more information.

Lily: Okay, slow down. What’s happening?

Billy: Okay. I was able to convince gaines to go along with the plan. We recorded a message and sent that to adam, where gaines threatened to expose ashland’s truth to the world unless the newmans back the hell off.

Lily: Right. That’s what you wanted.

Billy: Yes, but it was adam’s response — “nice try.”

Lily: [ Scoffs ] What does that mean?

Billy: I don’t know. It’s like he’s — he’s daring us to expose ashland’s past, and i don’t understand. I mean, are ashland and adam going against each other? Did they somehow turn into enemies?

Lily: No. I doubt it, now that ashland’s married into the family.

Billy: Okay, well, adam was not threatened by our threat in the least, and I don’t understand what’s going on, but we need to figure it out — and fast.

Rey: Why is that?

Adam: Billy’s back in the office now? Alright, it’s time to pull the trigger and blow this thing wide open.

Sally: [ Scoffs ]

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