Y&R Update Tuesday, November 23 2021

Young & The Restless Update

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Recap written by Christine

Billy went home, and he was glad to see that Lily was there, because he wasn’t sure she would be. He knew they could both use time to compress, but that wasn’t possible, because they had to come up with a strategy, since Victor never got back to him. Lily testily noted that Billy didn’t want to work together before. He knew she was upset he offered to step down without discussing it with her. She thought that he knew how she’d feel about it, so that’s why he didn’t talk to her about it first. He said she would’ve tried to talk him out of it, and she probably would’ve succeeded. The last thing he’d wanted to do was show up at Victor’s humiliated, but he did it to protect her and ChancComm.

Billy thought that, once he was out of the picture, Victor might not be as obsessed with going after ChancComm. “Of course he will. If he can get our assets at a bargain price, that’s a huge win for them. Adam already told me that’s his goal,” Lily countered. She contended that he was making things worse by cutting and running. He clarified that he sacrificed himself, he didn’t cut and run. Lily didn’t see what more Newman Media could do. They’d already gotten ChancComm’s employee to release the article, ruined their reputation and gotten their source to recant, leading to the lawsuit. Billy had a sick feeling there was more to come. Lily thought that they needed to deal with the current crisis instead of focusing on what could happen. She noted that, last time, they were so focused on what might happen that he handed Victor and Adam the weapons to use against them. “You’re referring to the audio and video evidence Adam gave Rey claiming that I threatened him,” Billy said. Lily countered that Adam proved Billy threatened him. She loved him and she knew he was trying to protect the company, but he was so impulsive that he acted without thinking of the consequences. He thought that was why it was better for him to remove himself from the situation. She said that would make things worse because it would look like an admission of guilt. He asked what she thought they should do. She felt that they should weigh their options with their lawyers and work together as a team. She asked if he was capable of doing that.

Ashland and Victoria were in her office. She was shocked when he told her that Billy offered to step down from his co-CEO position. She didn’t know what to make of it – ChancComm was so important to Billy, and she thought this was the last thing he’d do. She wondered if Lily pushed him into it. Ashland highly doubted that, since Lily didn’t take kindly to his suggestion that she cut Billy loose. Victoria wondered how her father and Adam reacted to Billy waving the white flag. Ashland said they were gleeful. Victoria assumed that this was it – mission accomplished. Ashland began to explain that Victor and Adam were waiting for Billy to let his guard down. Before he could finish his thought, he winced, and Victoria rushed over to check on him.

Ashland was fine. He said his doctors told him that the side effects of the treatment he received in Peru would be a little rough. He reasoned that it was a good thing he was experiencing side effects because it probably meant that the treatment was working. Victoria wanted to take Ashland home, but he assured her that he was feeling much better already. He segued to Billy having to swallow a bitter pill, and she thought he was enjoying this discussion. Ashland wasn’t enjoying it as much as Victoria might think. He didn’t feel bad Billy, though, because Billy tried to sabotage the wedding. Six months ago, Ashland would’ve taken satisfaction into grinding Billy to dust, but now his priority was on getting healthy to have more time with Victoria. He said he’d let Adam and Victor handle Billy and have fun torturing him. Victoria thought that would be a very big mistake. Ashland was caught off guard, because he thought she let go of her old urge to protect Billy. She said this wasn’t about saving Billy – it was about what was best for Newman/Locke.

At first, Victoria didn’t want to get involved in the war between Victor and Billy, but now she realized it gave Adam an opening to take advantage of the situation, and he’d run with it. Ashland didn’t think Victoria was being fair. He pointed out that this plan had gotten him out from under a blackmail threat that had been plaguing him for decades. She was grateful for that, but she said that Ashland was the one taking all the risks – allowing the story about the fraudulent will to get out, and any leverage that Newman Media had against ChancComm was all due to Ashland’s lawsuit. Ashland agreed. “So, if you were the one taking all the risks and you have all of the leverage, can somebody please tell me why – why oh why – is Adam and Newman Media benefiting the most?,” Victoria asked. Victoria added that a big chunk of ChancComm consisted of a division she sold to them. Ashland and Victoria smiled. He saw where she was going with this. “You know, my father, he was never okay with me selling off this division to Billy. I have to think that he would be a little bit disappointed if he didn’t try to get it back,” Victoria said. Ashland called Victoria adorably brilliant. He loved the way her mind worked.

Ashland and Victoria went to Billy and Lily’s. Ashland commented on their lovely home. He thought it was a shame that they couldn’t have gotten together here as a blended family. Billy asked what they wanted. Ashland said he and Victoria had wanted everyone to get along, if only for the kids, but Billy had other ideas. Lily asked Ashland to get to the point. Billy wanted to hear from Victoria, noting that he’d tried to get a hold of her for awhile. She noted that she’d already texted her disgust about ChancComm publishing that article. She sold him the media division, and he continually used it as a weapon against her husband. Billy stated that they were hacked, and he said Victoria knew that. “Yes, but you authorized writing it, didn’t you?,” Victoria countered. Billy surmised that Victoria was either in on the scheme from the start, or she’d figured out a way to justify it – either way, it was ugly. Ashland said they heard about Billy’s offer to Victor, and presumably, he though that stepping down would protect Lily and ChancComm. Ashland thought that Billy might be able to understand Ashland’s desire to protect his company and the woman he loved by keeping Gaines’ allegations quiet. Billy understood. Ashland asked if Billy felt regret about his reckless callous behavior. Billy asked if they were here for an apology. Ashland said they were there to make an offer.

Billy didn’t think Ashland and was going to do them any favors, since he’d aligned himself with the Newmans and Gaines to set them up. Ashland said he wouldn’t let Billy play the victim. Ashland did what he had to do to defend himself, his wife and his company from Billy’s relentless attacks. Billy noted that he’d already promised not to personally attack Ashland, and he’d never do anything to hurt the mother of his children. He said he used Ashland’s information as leverage, information they all knew was true. “Your actions forced my hand,” Ashland contended. He didn’t want to spend the first few weeks of his marriage dealing with this crap. Ashland said that now that the retraction was out there, the situation had reversed itself, and ChancComm was the ones who had to defend their integrity and credibility. Lily maintained that they could handle anything Ashland and his partners threw at them. Ashland didn’t agree. Ashland knew Billy asked Victor to try and get Ashland to drop the lawsuit. Ashland asked if Victor and Adam could really be trusted to follow through. Billy asked if Ashland was saying he was going to turn on the Newmans. “I think Ashland is trying to point out that it was a waste of time going to my father when [Ashland] is the only one that can cancel the lawsuit,” Victoria clarified. Ashland said that he could prolong this onslaught of bad press against ChancComm and release the recordings of the threats. Lily wanted Ashland to get to the point. Ashland said he and Victoria preferred to come to a swift and final resolution, in contrast to Victor and Adam, who were willing to watch Billy and Lily flail in the wind while ChancComm’s value plummeted. Ashland said they were here to make them and Jill a lucrative offer for all involved. They wanted to bring ChancComm into the Newman/Locke fold, and they’d be happy to keep Lily on as CEO. Lily asked about Billy. “Out,” Ashland said. Billy asked Victoria if she was going to go along with this plan to exploit the damage Victor and Adam did and kick him out of the company. “Oh Billy. Always so slow to catch on. This is all Victoria’s idea,” Ashland revealed.

Before you complain about this offer, I want you to remember how desperately I begged you to leave us alone,” Victoria said to Billy. For one moment, in Italy, when he deleted the Gaines video, she thought he was going to do the right thing, but he came after them the minute he got back. Billy disagreed. He said that he was trying to stop Victor and Adam from coming after ChancComm. Victoria countered that he did something that would hurt her and her husband. He reiterated that he never planned to release the information about Ashland. He didn’t expect Victor, Adam or Ashland to believe him, but he hoped Victoria would know that he was telling the truth. Victoria wasn’t willing to put that kind of power in Billy’s hands, but she was open to giving Lily a chance. Lily asked why they thought she’d want to work for them – she’d seen firsthand that Ashland could be as ruthless as Victor and Adam. Ashland said he wouldn’t be taking an active role in managing the company, since he was focused on his health. Victoria promised Lily complete autonomy. She said that, since Newman/Locke merged they owned some companies that could potentially be folded into Lily’s division. Ashland was excited to see what Lily would do with an opportunity like this. Victoria told Lily to consider what was best for Billy. Lily didn’t think that pushing Billy out of a company he was passionate about was best. Victoria said that running the company into the ground wasn’t in Lily or Billy’s best interests, neither was standing by and watching it be taking it over by Adam, of all people. “Oh my God, even now you’re trying to protect Billy,” Lily exclaimed, which made Ashland bristle. Victoria just didn’t like the idea of Adam besting either of them, especially after what he’d done to their family. More importantly, she wanted a quick and peaceful resolution to the lawsuit, because it was best for the children. “You’re worried about the children? Then why go along with this lawsuit in the first place, knowing that we were hacked?,” Billy asked. Victoria was sure Billy and Lily needed some time to think about their decision, even though they had limited options. Ashland and Victoria left.

Billy said Newman/Locke and Newman Media were in a tug of war, and ChancComm was the rope. Lily wasn’t sure that was a real offer. She couldn’t imagine Victoria wanting to upset her dad right now, so Lily wondered if this was a trick. Lily suggested that Victoria and Ashland wanted to drive a wedge between her and Billy. She noted that they buttered her up while tearing Billy down. Billy admitted that everything Victoria and Ashland said was true. He thought they meant every word they said about Lily. He admired her, and he went to Victor and offered to step down because he believed in her. She knew his intentions were good, but she didn’t think that Victor would get Ashland to withdraw the lawsuit. He asked if she was thinking of giving up. Lily said it wasn’t up to them, it was up to Jill. She said he couldn’t make unilateral decisions on things they should decide together. He said he could walk away from the company, but he couldn’t stand it if things changed between them personally. He asked if they were okay, and she said of course. She kissed his cheek, then she went upstairs.

Victoria and Ashland returned to her office, and he asked why she was so quiet. She couldn’t stop thinking about Johnny and Katie. She said they had to protect the kids from the fallout, and he assured her that they would. Victoria thought this might be a good time to send the kids to boarding school, just temporarily, until the end of the school year. She said everyone who dealt with Billy had to expect dramatic highs and devastating lows. She knew Billy would go off the rails again, and she didn’t want the kids to experience it. He assumed it wouldn’t be easy for her either.

Victoria clarified that she had no intention of rushing to save Billy. “Whatever Lily might think, I’ve learned the hard way that there’s no upside to it, and he only resents it when I try,” Victoria said. Victoria explained that the last time Billy’s life was falling apart, he beat himself up about it, and the kids were scared and confused. Her instincts told her that she needed to protect them. He asked where that left Billy. Victoria was sure he’d be fine in the long run, and Jill would help him, just like she always did. Ashland thought Billy was fortunate to have such a supportive mother. Ashland supported whatever Victoria decided. He said it might be an advantage to have the kids out of the house, if his condition worsened. She was thinking the same thing. Victoria thought it’d be nice for the kids too, because they’d gain independence. Ashland wasn’t sure Billy would go along with it, since he’d be unemployed soon, he’d want to spend a lot of his extra free time with his kids. Victoria said she could handle Billy.

Billy was at Society drinking alone at the bar. Lily was back at home looking pensive. She called Jill and left a message regarding ChancComm.

Devon had Elena come to the house to check Dominic out. Elena said it was just a heat rash. The nanny had said the same thing, but Devon wanted a second opinion. Elena told Devon about an over the counter ointment he could use. Elena watched Devon with the baby and said she loved seeing him like this. She thought back to when they first met, and he was devastated about losing Hilary and their child. She knew they couldn’t be replaced, but it seemed like a lot of healing had taken place – he had a whole life now with Amanda, Moses and Dominic. Devon agreed that he was in a better place – people told him things would get better in time, and he didn’t believe it, but they were right. He was grateful to Elena who helped him through the grief. He felt terrible that Abby was going through the same thing. Elena said Abby was lucky to have Devon, and she obviously knew it since she trusted him with Dominic. He was glad he could help. Amanda came home, and Devon kissed her hello. Amanda said the jury was ready to give their verdict.

After Elena left, Amanda called Imani with the news. Imani was coming to the courthouse, but Naya didn’t want to be there, which Amanda understood. Amanda was scared that Sutton would be acquitted. Devon told her to stay positive, and he said that if that did happen, Amanda would find a new way to hold Sutton accountable. Amanda appreciated that Devon always knew exactly what she needed to hear. They left the baby and nanny at home and went to the courthouse.

While Devon went home to take care of some things, Amanda and Imani went to Society. Imani had wanted Sutton to be brought to justice, and he was convicted, but she was having a hard time processing it. It didn’t feel real. She grew up idolizing her grandfather, and he was the center of her world. She guessed Amanda was in the mood to celebrate, though. Amanda understood that this was hard for Imani, because she had a long complicated history with Sutton. Imani wasn’t trying to bring Amanda down or tell her to be sympathetic to Sutton. Amanda said good. She stated that he’d excluded her and her twin from the family and robbed her of her chance of ever knowing her father. Imani thought that once she overcame the shock, she’d be just as happy as Amanda was. Imani asked what kind of sentence Amanda thought Sutton would get. Amanda didn’t want to speculate, but she wondered what was next for their family. She knew she and Imani would be going into practice, but what about Naya? Imani said Naya was considering moving to Genoa City. Amanda was excited by the idea. Imani wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of Naya attempting to micromanage their lives. Amanda never experienced anything like that before, so it sounded wonderful to her. Imani said to just wait until Naya started nagging her to have a baby. Imani was caught off guard when Amanda said there was a baby at her house now if Naya needed a fix. Amanda realized they had a lot to catch up on.

Devon spent time with the baby at home, playing peekaboo, taking pictures for the baby’s grandparents, entertaining him while on a call with the company. Eventually, Devon held the baby and closed his eyes. The baby started to cry, and Devon got up and walked with him. When Amanda came home, Devon was asleep on the couch with the baby in his arms.

Mariah and Elena ran into each other at Crimson Lights, and Elena detailed her visit to Devon’s place. Elena thought Devon was being a little overprotective, but she saw it all the time with first time parents. She clarified that this was a figure of speech. She knew Devon would never refer to himself as Dominic’s parent. Mariah didn’t think anyone would blame Devon if he did – he was the biological father, and with Chance gone, Mariah was sure that Abby would be happy for Devon to step into a fatherly role. Elena asked how Mariah was. Mariah said she was finally on the road to recovery. Tessa had been so supportive. Elena asked if Mariah talked to a counselor, and Mariah said that the benefit of having a therapist mom was that you got counseling in every conversation.

Sally and Chloe met at Society. Sally had the best possible news – Adam wanted to go ahead with the video project with her hosting. Chloe thought that was awesome. Sally couldn’t believe this was happening, but Chloe could because it was a phenomenal idea. Chloe noted that they’d have to put in a lot of overtime to get this off the ground. Chloe knew that the original plan was for Sally to focus on other designers, but now that she was so popular, Chloe thought that the first video should be about showcasing Sally. That sounded good to Sally, especially since she’d given up any semblance of a personal life. She was taking Chloe’s advice – she was backing off Adam as a romantic option, and she’d told him as much.

Chloe thought Sally was trying to use reverse psychology on Adam to get him to pursue her. Sally said she wasn’t playing games – she was respecting Adam’s wishes. Sally recalled Chloe’s multiple warnings that she’d be courting disaster if she went near Chelsea’s ex, so she wasn’t going to. Sally wasn’t going to jeopardize this opportunity by trying to force something in her personal life that wasn’t meant to be.

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