Y&R Transcript Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Mariah: Ooh! Nothing like coming downstairs in the morning, having a cup of coffee waiting for you.

Noah: Well, I hope you had up at your place because this one is for dad.

Mariah: Rude.

Noah: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: So, you’re already buttering up the boss. Please tell me you accepted nick’s job offer.

Noah: I did.

Mariah: Yay! So you’re less of a flight risk now.

Noah: I’m not sure I like those criminal connotations, miss.

Mariah: You know what i meant. I know that you said that you were planning on staying and you’ve been here for a while now, but I got the sense that you didn’t want to be tied down, but now you’ve made a commitment.

Noah: Well, it’s a commitment to see how things go. So, how about you? You seemed kind of stressed out last night. Is everything okay with you and tess?

Mariah: Yeah, everything’s amazing. It’s better than it’s ever been. Um, I just have a couple of friends going through a tough time. And I see both sides of the situation. But there’s nothing I can do. So I just have to sit back, hold my breath, and hope everything works out for the best.

Abby: Chance, you don’t mean that. You can be a good father to dominic. You already are.

Devon: Chance, thank you for being honest, alright? I know that wasn’t easy for you to say. Now, I believe that we can all work together and come up with some kind of solution that will be good for everybody.

Abby: Just stop. You’re putting undue pressure on him, and it’s self-serving.

Chance: Abby, no. I came here on my own will.

Abby: Chance, I understand your impulse to reach out. I had the same one. But this was a mistake. We need to discuss this privately. Devon, we will talk to you after we meet with christine.

Devon: Abby, hang on. I’m your friend, okay? You know that. You know I wouldn’t do anything to intentionally hurt you, right?

Abby: Really? Because this hurts. It’s a betrayal.

Devon: I’m sorry that you see it that way. I really am. But I understand that you are doing what you think you need to do to protect your family. You need to understand, though, that that’s what I’m trying to do also. I wouldn’t be putting you guys through any of this if I didn’t care so much about dominic and you and chance.

Abby: Okay.

Chance: We’ll be in touch.

[ Door closes ]

Amanda: Wow. Well, if it isn’t dr. Askmdnow.

Elena: And if it isn’t the proprietor of genoa city’s newest law firm.

Amanda: So, you feeling up for the day?

Elena: I am. I have exactly 20 minutes before I need to head to the clinic. How about you?

Amanda: Client meetings all day.

Elena: Hmm. So, how’s working with your sister?

Amanda: Oh, well, there is never a dull moment with imani.

Elena: [ Chuckles ]

Amanda: But she is holding her own. She has so many contacts from working with the family.

Elena: Ah. So that means a lot of people in politics, right?

Amanda: Yes, and she has not been shy about reaching out and, um, getting in touch.

Elena: Really? Shocking. She’s always been so timid and self-effacing.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ] She did give me an earful about her last encounter with you and nate.

Elena: [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t seem as happy as everyone else about us living together.

Amanda: So, how is nate?

Elena: Who’s asking — you or your sister?

Amanda: Both, maybe.

Elena: [ Laughs ] He’s fine. I mean, honestly, he’s wonderful. He’s a great housemate. And you can feel free to tell your sister that we went with the beige bathroom rug. She’ll know what I’m talking about.

Amanda: Okay. Well, cheers to you both.

Elena: Thanks. Hey, nate and I have been concerned about devon and this lawsuit.

Amanda: Yeah.

Elena: I mean, it’s all happening so fast. How’s it going?

Devon: Hey, man.

Nate: It’s a beautiful day out today, man. Am I wrong, or are we supposed to go for a run?

Devon: Just not really feeling up to that today.

Nate: What’s wrong?

Devon: Abby and chance just left.

Nate: [ Sighs ] How’s that situation going?

Devon: It’s not going well. Life’s been hard enough.

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Nick: Hey, room for one more?

Mariah: Yeah. I hear congratulations are in order. We’ve got another newman recruit at new hope.

Nick: I’m so looking forward to it, just a father and son, nose to the grindstone, changing the world one family at a time. It’s been forever since we teamed up. I’m so excited.

Noah: Yeah, I think since the underground.

Nick: I think that new hope is gonna give you a real chance to spread your wings.

Mariah: And this is not going to be slinging beers and flirting with the customers. You’re gonna have to do, like, you know, actual work.

Noah: I may need to rethink this.

Mariah: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: Make no mistake. There is a lot of work to do. But I can promise you that every day is gonna be different from the day before. And when a mother or father walks up to you and looks you in your eye and tells you that you changed their kids’ lives forever, there is no better feeling than that. You won’t want to do anything else. I seriously think he’s gonna revitalize the entire program.

Mariah: Wow. Those are some high expectations.

Nick: He’s up for it, right?

Noah: I can’t wait to get started.

Nick: Attaboy.

Elena: Wow. Poor devon. He and abby used to be so close. That must break his heart that she’s acting like he’s turned on her.

Amanda: Yeah, and now he’s worried that, even after everything is resolved, she may never trust him the same way.

Elena: Well, hopefully it doesn’t come to that.

Amanda: Well, if he wins, she’ll resent him, and if he loses, she will never forget that he tried to get custody.

Elena: Yeah, but I can understand why she’s acting so emotionally. I mean, nothing’s turned out how she thought it would. First she finds out that she can’t carry a child and then she learns that chance can’t father a baby and then her surrogate gets kidnapped by her ex-husband. And if that’s not bad enough, once the baby’s home safe and sound, she’s mistakenly told that her husband is killed.

Amanda: This is different. She’s not losing dominic. His biological father just wants to spend more time with him, just weekly visits.

Elena: I understand, but the fear of losing a child, it’s — it’s primal. I see it all the time with families who have sick babies. They’re terrified of losing their little ones, so they start acting out. They start doing things that defy logic. I just hope dominic comes out of this knowing how loved he is.

Amanda: That’s what everyone wants. They want the story to have a happy ending. But for now it’s just a complicated situation from every angle.

Nate: So, you’re telling me chance came over without abby.

Devon: Yes, he did. And it surprised the hell out of me, too.

Nate: That says a lot, you know? Sounds like he trusts you.

Devon: Well, he — he opened up about how he’s been struggling.

Nate: Well, that’s progress.

Devon: It would be if abby saw it that way. But she showed up not long after he did, and she wasn’t happy to see him here, especially after she heard what I asked him.

Nate: Which was?

Devon: Given the trauma that he’s experienced, does he really feel like he’s in the right headspace to give dominic all the love and support that he needs right now? And he said no.

Nate: Damn. Phew. How did abby react?

Devon: She still sees me as the bad guy who’s trying to get in the way of dominic and chance’s relationship, which I’m not trying to do.

Nate: Yeah. Yeah. All you want to do is protect your relationship with your biological son.

Devon: That’s absolutely right, yeah. Maybe you can get that through to abby ’cause everything I’ve tried hasn’t worked. And you know that going the legal route is the last thing i ever wanted to do. But it’s — I think it’s pretty clear that we’re in for a battle.

Abby: Why didn’t you tell me that you were going to devon’s? I understand that you have a lot of conflicting emotions, but you should talk to me about that. Or go see a counselor. You don’t go talk to the man who is suing us for custody of our son.

Chance: I know, abby, but if we don’t figure this out between ourselves, a judge is gonna decide for us. You know that, right?

Abby: Right! Even more reason not to go spill your guts to devon, who’s gonna use your words as weapons against us.

Chance: I don’t think he’s gonna do that.

Abby: Really?

Chance: Yes.

Abby: Because he is twisting your personal trauma into a failure, which it is not.

Chance: Abby, I know you would do anything for our family.

Abby: Yeah, you’re right. And I will not let anyone splinter us. So, I’m gonna go check on dom and louise. Will you be here when I get back?

Chance: Of course. Kim is now demonstrating her congestion.

Nate: If abby and chance are reacting out of shock and they’re panicking, which is what it sounds like to me, maybe you should ease up on them. You know, give them time to adjust to the idea of sharing custody.

Devon: Well, they weren’t for the idea of arranged visits. When I brought that up the first time, abby got pissed. When I told her forget it, she thought I meant forget the whole idea, and then when I brought it up again, she went off.

Nate: Must have been hard on both of you.

Devon: Beyond all that, i don’t want to give them too much time to come up with a counterargument. I don’t know if christine is gonna advise them to cut off all contact between me and dominic to weaken my case.

Nate: You don’t think they would agree to that, do you?

Devon: I don’t know what they’re gonna do. Abby’s upset. And lawyers are involved. Who knows what can happen now. So, for dom’s sake, I don’t want to take that chance.

Nate: And lawyers don’t care about collateral damage or what happens to your relationship with abby and chance.

Devon: No, they don’T. And that’s not something that i can worry about right now ’cause my son needs me. That’s the whole reason i started this in the first place. So it needs to get resolved as soon as possible.

Nate: Well, it’s not gonna get resolved today. So what I think we should do is get our heart pumping, man, you know, get that rush of endorphins that come from running in cold weather.

Devon: I — another time.

Nate: There’s no time like today. So go on upstairs and get dressed, and let’s get ready for this run.

Devon: I really don’t want to.

Nate: Do you know how many people would kill for my medical advice?

Devon: Maybe when you were the face of askmdnow.

Nate: And now I’m the chief of surgery. So go get changed for this run and be prepared to be left in the dust.

Devon: Oh, gosh. Okay. Alright. Alright.

Nate: Trust me. It’ll be good for you.

Devon: Yeah.

Noah: So, I’ve been doing some research into this movement that converts empty lots into green spaces.

Mariah: Oh, like urban gardens.

Noah: Yeah, and pocket parks, too. It’s a place to relax, a garden to grow vegetables, maybe some beehives.

Nick: New hope honey. Sounds sweet.

[ Laughs ]

Mariah: No. But I would buy some.

Noah: And there’s tons of other benefits, too. Shade, a place to relax, reduced air pollution.

Nick: You know what? There’s lots of empty lots in town that aren’t big enough for affordable housing, but they could certainly hold a community garden. I am gonna put you in touch with some geniuses who can help you with the grant applications for that.

Noah: Cool.

Tessa: There she is, my reason for singing.

Mariah: Wow. You’re such a flatterer.

Tessa: Hi, nick. Hi, noah.

Noah: Hey.

Mariah: Uh, where’d you run off to this morning?

Tessa: Oh, I just had some things that I had to take care of. Would you guys mind if i borrowed her for a minute?

Mariah: Yeah. What do you need?

Tessa: Oh, well, I’m meeting with bettina, and you are so much better with promoters than I could ever be.

Mariah: Oh, that is very sweet. And even though I’m not your pr guru anymore, I am the best hype girl.

Tessa: That is very true.

Mariah: Alright. Well, I’ll see you guys later.

Nick: Yeah. Good luck.

Tessa: Okay. Well, thank you.

Mariah: Yeah.

Tessa: Bye.

Nick: You know what I’m also gonna do? I am gonna put you in touch with this landscape architect that we’ve used on several of our projects. She’s local. She’s amazing, done a lot of work with the museums and — hmm.

[ Door closes ]

Chance: Where is louise going? Is she taking the baby for a walk?

Abby: Yeah. I asked her to. I didn’t want her to overhear our conversation with christine.

Chance: Why would that matter?

Abby: Because what if amanda subpoenas her and asks her to testify? I mean, yes, she works here with our family, but she did go over to devon’s and help while I was in spain. And I would never want to put her in the middle of all of this.

Chance: Alright, well, hopefully it’s not gonna get that far, right?

Abby: I wish that devon would realize that what he is doing is wrong and it could cause a lot of damage.

Chance: Abby, I think he means well.

Abby: Please. There is a difference between doing the right thing and rationalizing to get what you want. We are dominic’s parents, and we are doing a good job. Just because you are going through a hard time, it doesn’t change that. Everyone goes through rough patches.

Chance: I know, but I am trying to tell you that I do not have it in me right now. I do not have what dominic needs. I don’T.

Abby: Chance! He is playing on your insecurities! You are going to bond with him the way that devon has. It just takes time and patience.

Chance: I love that you believe in me like that. I do. I really love it. But I’m telling you it is not gonna be that easy. It’s not. You don’t realize what I’m dealing with right now. I’m having a hard time, and that’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s mine. I haven’t been really honest with you about it.

Devon: You think we really need caffeine before we work out?

Nate: Yes. It helps increase metabolism.

Devon: Okay. Hey, guys.

Nick: Speak of the devil.

Devon: What’s going on?

Noah: It’s my first day on the job at new hope.

Devon: Oh, nice, nice. I look forward to working with you.

Noah: Me too. Actually, I wanted to pick your brain about something I saw in the files. It was the training program for restaurant employees?

Devon: Yeah, that was something that abby and I were working on at society before her star chef took off to miami.

Noah: Oh.

Devon: But abby’s been in and out of the restaurant lately.

Noah: I’m sure she’s been busy with the baby and all.

Devon: Yeah, she has, but I’m still a huge fan of that concept, whether we bring it to society or, you know, start up a little café for the same purpose.

Noah: I mean, I’d love to make it reality. Something like that could really change people’s lives for the better.

Nick: And that is why i wanted him to come on board.

Devon: Hey, that’s the same way hamilton-winters started. I wanted to figure out how to work with my dad, you know? That father/son bond is very special. You should always treasure it.

Noah: Yeah.

Nick: Yeah.

Noah: [ Chuckles ]

Abby: Well, um… what haven’t you been honest with me about?

Chance: Just how I’ve been dealing with everything that i went through in spain. I’m not okay, abby. I’m having nightmares.

Abby: Yeah. Um, I know. I — I hear you screaming.

Chance: I’m sorry. It’s hard for me to even talk about them.

Abby: I guess I just figured that you’d — you’d tell me what they were about when you were ready.

Chance: Well, they — they start out as normal dreams. And then it’ll just cut black. And I feel this — I feel this pressure on me. I can’t move. And then I’m in spain. I’m back there the night of the explosion, and I’m — I’m watching my entire team die. And I don’t even have to be asleep for those images and — and sounds and — and smells to come back to me. They’re always in my head. I try to shut them out, and i can’T. They always come back to me. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing. It doesn’t matter where I am. All I see is the building up in smoke. I see bodies. I heard this ringing in my ears, buried under this rubble and… I don’t know. I’ve tried to wash these out. I’ve tried to get rid of them, but it doesn’t work. I can’t fix it.

Abby: I’m so sorry.

[ Sniffles ] That sounds awful. And exhausting. I mean, that’s probably why you feel too tired to care for our baby.

Chance: Abby, I’ve been trying so hard to be okay. I’ve been trying so hard to be a good dad and a man that you can depend on, and I — I’m just not that guy anymore. I’m not the same guy I was when I left here a year ago. And I feel like I’m letting you down.

Abby: No. You could never disappoint me. Look, we are gonna get you some help, and we’re gonna find someone that’s gonna help you get to the other side. And in the meantime, I think you just — you need some rest.

Chance: Yeah. Some sleep will definitely be a good start.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Abby: Alright, well, um… okay, that must be christine, so we will talk about this later.

Chance: Yeah. Yeah, sure.

Abby: Okay.

Chance: [ Sighs ]

[ Exhales heavily ]

[ Door opens ]

Abby: Christine, hi.

Christine: Hi. Sorry I’m late.

Abby: Oh, no. Come on in. We were just talking.

Chance: Hey.

Christine: How are you?

Chance: Let me get your coat from you.

Christine: Thank you.

Chance: Of course.

Christine: Appreciate it.

Chance: Can I get you a drink, anything like that?

Christine: No, no, no. I’m fine. Thanks.

Abby: Please make yourself comfortable.

Christine: Before, uh, we begin, I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you and devon are at odds.

Abby: Yeah. Um, me too. But I’m very confident that we were very careful when we drew up that legal agreement, and i think that if devon does take us to court, we should be protected, right? I mean, the judge should make him abide by that agreement.

Christine: Well, yeah, I wish it were that simple.

Abby: Why wouldn’t it be?

Christine: Gestational surrogacy is a relatively new development, legally speaking. Different states have different rules. There isn’t much legislation in place in wisconsin to regulate the process, and there isn’t much relevant case law.

Chance: So this is all just a gray area.

Christine: Well, the one overriding principle is the judge should make the decision in the best interest of the child.

Chance: So, if the judge decides devon would be a better father, they could rule in his favor, right?

Christine: I know it isn’t what you want to hear, but… yes, legally, that is possible.

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Christine: So, why don’t we go over the factors that would work in our favor if this case goes in front of a judge? For one thing, you’re a married couple providing a stable home and family. Now, we could argue giving devon shared custody would be disruptive and confusing to the baby.

Abby: What about the signed contract that we have with devon?

Christine: Well, that isn’t necessarily enforceable. It does show that devon had no desire to play a role in raising dominic, aside from being a close family friend.

Abby: I always said that i would be honest with dominic that devon is his biological father, but that’s only because I insisted on it.

Chance: What if devon brings up the fact that very little of this process has gone the way we expected?

Christine: He could make that argument. Abby left the baby in his care, not a member of her family or a nanny, and because of that, he could say that she was encouraging him to take a paternal role in dominic’s life and that it would be in the baby’s best interest to continue that.

Chance: Because of me and my issues.

Christine: If the other side decides to play hardball, they will assert that you’re suffering from emotional trauma from being overseas, that you’re incapable of being a father, that the biological father is ready, willing, and eager to assume that role.

Abby: That’s cruel and unfair.

Christine: I know. It’s just — it’s a possibility we have to prepare for. Now, chance, you would have to testify under oath that those accusations are unfounded. Are you up for that?

Abby: Yes. I mean, chance would do anything to protect our family. And I know that he is making up for the time that he lost with dominic, but if devon were the friend that he says that he is, he would be supporting us. He wouldn’t be taking us to court and stressing us out. We are dominic’s parents. We can provide him with everything that he needs, and devon —

Chance: Abby, abby, abby, stop. Stop. I can’t lie anymore. I’m not gonna lie to myself or to you, and I’m definitely not gonna lie in court. I mean, devon’s right. Devon is absolutely right.

Nick: So, we have funding coming in from a few different foundations, some government programs, a lot of private donors who are all very excited that you’re coming on board to work with us.

Noah: Yeah, yeah, yeaH. I can’t wait.

Nick: I’m gonna put together a spreadsheet of the application deadlines, the various people that are in charge, you know, the ones that you should be prioritizing. Looks to me like your eyes are glazing over.

Noah: Yeah. Yeah. I’m — I’m sorry. It’s just — it’s a lot of details all at once. Do you mind if we take a break?

Nick: Yeah. Cool. Plus, it’ll give me a chance to ask you about something that is none of my business.

Noah: Okay.

Nick: We’re gonna be working together, but I don’t ever want you to feel like I’m prying into your personal life.

Noah: Dad, you don’t have to make a disclaimer with me. Just tell me what’s on your mind.

Nick: When mariah and tessa left, uh, I couldn’t help but notice that it seemed to deflate you.

Noah: Well, they’re pretty entertaining.

Nick: You sure that’s all it is?

Mariah: Uh… either we stumbled into a private party or bettina got the wrong idea about, uh, what was happening in this meeting.

Tessa: Um, I lied about meeting bettina.

Mariah: And why would you do that?

Tessa: Well, I needed to lure you here into my carefully choreographed plan. This, uh, private setting, this romantic restaurant — it’s for us.

Mariah: This is beautiful. And you’re beautiful and I don’t deserve you and I don’t know what I did to deserve this, actually. Are we celebrating something?

Tessa: Hopefully.

Mariah: Oh, my god, tessa, are — are you doing what i think you’re doing?

[ Exhales sharply ]

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Noah: I’m not sure what you’re getting at.

Nick: Look, I’ve been around the block a time or two. Doesn’t mean I’m gonna lecture you or interrogate you. But you and tessa — you know, you have a history, and I know better than anyone what it’s like when you have old feelings resurface.

Noah: Look, dad, I don’t know what you think you saw, but…

Nick: Okay.

Noah: I would never do that to my sister’s girlfriend.

Nick: Noah, I’m not accusing you of anything. But actions are easy to control. Feelings, not so much. You and tessa had something good, you know, and she’s very talented. She’s very beautiful. You two have been working very closely on this album cover stuff, so it’s only natural that some old attractions might be rekindled. I mean, it happens.

Noah: [ Sighs ] You don’t think mariah knows, do you?

Mariah: Oh, my god, this feels like I’m dreaming. Am I dreaming?

Tessa: We deserve every bit of happiness because we never gave up on love, ourselves, our dreams. Remember when we started out a million years ago? We were just this delicate, fragile thing. But every time we made the choice to trust it, to forgive each other’s mistakes, to help each other heal, it only grew stronger and more powerful and more beautiful.

Mariah: Oh, my god, I cannot.

[ Both laugh ]

Tessa: But even though i can’t imagine my heart being any fuller than it is now, I know that when we have a family, it’ll only expand and become more infinite.

Mariah: A-are you doing this because of our plans to adopt?

Tessa: I can’t remember a moment when I didn’t want this. I was just waiting until we were both ready. And now I am. And I really hope you are, too.

Mariah: [ Breathes deeply ]

[ Sniffles ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

Tessa: I’m so lucky… to be the women that loves and is loved by you. And I know in my soul that we were meant to live this life together. And that’s why I’m proposing…

[ Both laugh ] …That we make it official. Marry me, mariah?

Mariah: [ Breathing heavily ]

Tessa: This is the part where you say “yes.”

Mariah: I can’T.

[ Sniffles ] Before I answer your question… there’s something that I have to tell you.

[ Door closes ]

Chance: [ Exhales heavily ] I’m — I’m so sorry.

Abby: No. No. Don’t be.

Chance: I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth, abby. I feel like I’m barely holding it together right now. My body is here, but my mind is still in sin>My team, and I’m asking myself, “why did I survive? What could I have done to save everyone?” It goes through my mind every day. Every day, going through every single possible scenario. And I can’t get in front of a court right now and lie. I can’t do that.

Abby: No, no, I-I wouldn’t want you to lie only to hope things would get better. I just — I want you to be better.

Chance: When you were overwhelmed, you went to devon for help.

Abby: But that was a temporary fix. What you’re asking — it would be giving devon permanent legal rights to our son, all because you’re stressed right now. It’s gonna go away. I am sorry that I put so much pressure on you. And I will take on all of the childcare. I’ll do it while you recover. I would be happy to do it. We don’t need to turn to devon.

Chance: Abby, I truly don’t understand why you’re fighting this so much. I mean, devon loves dominic. And there’s nothing wrong with him wanting to play a permanent part in that little boy’s life. That’s what any good father would do.

Amanda: Dominic has a good father! It’s you!

Chance: Stop saying that. I am no good to anyone right now. I am — I am broken right now, abby. I am broken. My wounds have healed, but there is something wrong with me inside, okay? It’s like this constant pressure that I’m feeling. It’s like a — it’s like a black hole is just ripping away all my energy, and I have nothing left to give to dominic. I have nothing!

Abby: Then let me help you.

Chance: This would help me — knowing dominic is in good hands and he’s not being deprived of a father’s love because I can’t figure it out. Abby, I need this just as much as devon and dominic. Please. You got to trust me. This is the right thing to do.

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Abby: I am so sorry. I had no idea how much pain that you were in. And I wish I could just make it all go away. I wish I could make everything that happened to you in spain just disappear.

Chance: [ Smooches ] Yeah, I know. And I will keep fighting to get better. I promise you that. I’ll figure this out. I just have to let go of all this guilt that I have.

Abby: Oh, no one should make you feel guilty. This isn’t your fault. There’s no point in turning this into a battle or cutting out one of your friends. Abby, if this goes before a judge, they’re gonna do what’s best for the baby. And we both know what that means. Look, you’re scared where this might lead, I know.

Abby: I feel like every minute that dominic’s not with us, it’s just time that we could be bonding with him. And if we give in to devon now, I mean, what’s gonna stop him from asking for more time later?

Chance: We have to give devon the benefit of the doubt. I mean, the guy means well. He’s an excellent dad.

Abby: [ Sniffles ]

Chance: Dominic will always be our son, abby. Don’t get me wrong. Devon doesn’t want to change that, either. He just wants to add a little love.

Abby: [ Sniffles ] I don’t know.

Chance: You know, a lot of kids grow up without parents, without a family. Dominic’s gonna be lucky enough to at least have three people love him more than life. And, baby, I know I’ve asked a lot of you these last couple months. I know I have. And here I am again asking you, with our son. I know you’re a planner and this is not what you wanted. I know it.

Abby: I mean, it was supposed to be you and me and our baby makes three.

Chance: I know, but think of what we stand to lose if we go before a judge. Think about it. And think about what we could gain if we just allow the man that helped us bring that boy into this world just to spend time with him every week. Think of how bigger his world will be, how much bigger our hearts will be.

Abby: I feel like he is trying to take our son.

Chance: No, that’s not it. It’s just welcoming devon into the family and giving me a little space to heal. I mean, don’t you want that?

Devon: [ Sighs ] Oh, my gosh. Felt like you were tryinto kill me, man.

Nate: But you made it back alive, just like I said.

Devon: [ Groans ] If you’re training for some, like, iron man competition, I’m not the one to do it with.

Nate: [ Laughs ] I told you I’d help you get your mind off things, and I did.

Devon: Yeah, now you got me thinking about my mortality.

Nate: And stopped you from checking your phone every two minutes to see if somebody called you.

Devon: Um… now this is all out of my hands, and I just have to trust that abby will come around or a judge will side with me and say I’m being reasonable.

Nate: Whatever it is, I hope it gets resolved soon.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

Devon: Abby.

Abby: Devon, hi. Um… chance and I have talked, and if you’re up for it, we’d like to meet with you again.

Noah: Spending so much time with tessa lately has brought up a lot of memories from when we were together. Probably wasn’t the best idea to listen to all her music on loop when I was making the album cover.

Nick: Let me guess. A lot of love songs?

Noah: Yep. [ Sighs ] But you don’t have to worry. I’m not gonna make an ass of myself. Mariah and tessa are happy, and I’m happy for them. So they have my support 100%.

Nick: Well, I think that’s a good call. And if it helps, if you do decide to revisit an old relationship, there’s absolutely no guarantee that it won’t end the way it did the first time.

Noah: Yeah. I don’t know. Maybe — maybe it just felt safe to be nostalgic about tessa because I know she’s completely unavailable right now. And I’m not really looking for anything real, so I’ll just focus on my work, my family, and maybe trying to have some fun.

Nick: I like it. And your old man can help with all three.

Noah: Sounds good.

Mariah: Stand with me.

Tessa: Okay.

Mariah: Because that’s who we are to each other. We lift each other up.

Tessa: We always have.

Mariah: Especially and most notably this last summer.

Tessa: When you went missing, it shook me to my core.

Mariah: I know. And even when I came back, I was so lost. I was so unsure, and then for a brief period of time, I was too sure.

Tessa: [ Chuckles ]

Mariah: But all the while, you were patient and loving and reassuring. Your strength made me strong, and your power made me powerful. You were honest with me when it was really, really difficult.

Tessa: [ Laughs ]

Mariah: But, tessa, you brought me back to life. And I know it wasn’t easy.

Tessa: For either of us.

Mariah: But thank god you are so brave.

Tessa: We both are, relentlessly.

Mariah: And I am so grateful and so thankful for all of the crazy, impossible, insane things that have come into our life. And I — I wouldn’t change a minute of it because it brought us here, to this moment… to a life together that is… happier and more thrilling than I could have ever imagined it to be. And this love, our love — i want to share that with our kids. So I say yes… to more of that, to a lifetime of us. Yes, yes, yes, I will marry you.

[ Laughing ] Yes!

[ Breathing heavily ]

[ Sniffles ] Oh, my gosh.

[ Both laugh ] Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Your eyes.

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