Y&R Transcript Thursday, October 6, 2022

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Audra: [ Sighs ] It’s so good to see you, noah.

Noah: What are you doing here?

Audra: A business acquaintance recommended it. He said it was going to be the new hot spot in town. And then I did some research and discovered it was your club. So I had to check it out.

Noah: Did you?

Audra: Yes. I wouldn’t miss your opening night.

Noah: That’s a real change of attitude on your part.

Allie: Hi. I’m allie.

Audra: Oh. Aren’t you adorable.

Allie: Okay. So, how do you guys know each other?

Audra: Well, I met noah —

Noah: Audra’s just someone I used to know.

Nick: Alright, let’s get into it. What’s going on with us?

Sally: [ Chuckles ] You tell me.

Nick: I think we both really enjoy each other’s company. Maybe we have been too focused on the now, not really thinking about the consequences.

Sally: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: Is that what you want to talk about, the ramifications?

Sally: [ Sighs ] To be completely honest, I’m not sure I even want to have a conversation about it. In fact, I’m not even sure what it is. I don’t even know what to call what we have, other than A… situation.

Nick: [ Chuckles ]

Sally: But I just feel like i need to know where your head is at, ’cause, honestly, I don’t even know where my head is at. And I’m just worried that we might be driving blindly off of a cliff.

Sharon: Chelsea? How’s it going?

[ Liquid pouring ] Here’s your tea.

Chelsea: Sharon… I’m sorry, I, um — I was so lost in my — in my thoughts, I don’t remember ordering this.

Sharon: You didn’T. You just looked like you needed it.

Chelsea: Oh. Thank you.

Sharon: So, what’s going on?

Chelsea: [ Sighs ]

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Billy: [ Thinking ] At society. Meet me. Hell of a night.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Abby: Hey.

Billy: Hi.

Abby: How was the vow renewal?

Billy: It was great. It was really lovely. Yeah, there was a lot of love in the air. I had to take off a little early for a family issue, but, um, the happy couple seemed very happy.

Abby: Oh, well, I hope everything’s okay.

Billy: I hope so. I think everybody’s gonna be alright. Uh, listen, how’s dom? I know you, uh, couldn’t make it ’cause he wasn’t feeling well.

Abby: Yes. The fever is gone. He’s just a little cranky now.

Billy: Poor little guy.

Abby: Yeah.

Billy: Glad he’s better.

Abby: I was sad to miss the festivities, but I didn’t want to leave his side. He’s at home, resting comfortably, and we [Sighs] Are short-staffed. So here I am. I want to know all the details. How did summer look? Were there cake and flowers?Ah there was all of that and more. There was an actual helicopter.

Abby: A what?

Billy: We had a party crasher drop into the backyard from his helicopter.

Abby: Who was it?

Billy: Oh. You’re not gonna like this.

Abby: Tell me.

Billy: Tucker mccall.

Lily: Well, [Sighs] That should do it.

Devon: Yeah. You put in a lot of hours. You want to get some dinner?

Lily: Um, yes, I am famished. You?

Devon: Yeah. Absolutely.

Lily: Oh, billy’s at society. Do you want to join him there?

Devon: That sounds really good.

Lily: Yeah, he can tell us all about kyle and summer’s vow renewal. I want to hear everything about it.

Devon: I’m sure it was a lovely afternoon.

Tucker: Yes, you’re right. It was lovely. I was there. Hello, son.

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Abby: Tucker is back in town?

Billy: That’s right.

Abby: And he showed up at the house?

Billy: Yes, he did. You’re glossing over the whole helicopter part.

Abby: I haven’t even gotten to that part yet. I mean, this is a lot to process. Did he know that summer and kyle we renewing their vows?

Billy: Of course he did. We wanted to make an entrance, make sure everybody knew that he was back in town. He gave kyle and summer a vintage bentley like my father used to drive.

Abby: What is wrong with this guy? Who does that? “Hey, I know I wasn’t invited to your wedding, but here’s an absurdly expensive car. Enjoy.”

Billy: Tucker does. You know? Wants to make an impression.

Abby: I mean, he had to have known that no one wanted him there.

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Abby: So, what is he doing? What is tucker trying to prove?

Billy: I think it was pretty clear that the whole thing was for an audience of one.

Abby: Who?

Billy: Someone that is stuck in paris.

Abby: My mom? So, you think that tucker put on this whole show trying to impress my mother?

[ Scoffs ] Well, he better give up on that dream fast, because if he wants to get near my mom, he’s gonna have to go through me first. And I am not gonna let that happen.

Devon: So, what are you doing here? When did you get to town?

Tucker: Just a few hours ago. Wanted to surprise you and maybe take you out to dinner.

Devon: I wish you would have told me you were coming.

Tucker: Well, that would have given you time to come up with an excuse to avoid me.

[ Chuckles ] No way.

Devon: I-I don’t have any reason to avoid you. We could have made plans. It’s good to see you, though, after all this time.

Tucker: Yeah. Yeah, it’s been a while.

Devon: Yeah, I know. Well, when was the last time? At that ashram in thailand?

Tucker: That’s right. So it’s been years. We have a lot to catch up on. You have a son?

Devon: Yeah, I do. Yeah. His name’s dominic.

Tucker: Wow. That’s terrific. Of course, that makes me a grandfather.

[ Laughs ] Grandpa tucker. Boy, if I could… and look at this — this newly merged company the two of you run.

Lily: Yeah.

Tucker: And, lily, would you like to join us for dinner? The three of us could compare notes.

Lily: Um, well, thank you for the offer. I’m actually — I’m meeting billy at society, so I think, in this way, four would be a crowd. But… [ Chuckles ]

Devon: That’s a good point. Yeah.

Tucker: It’s just you and I, then. You in?

Devon: Uh, sure. Yeah, why not?

Noah: Enjoy your time here. I’m sorry we can’t hang out, but it’s opening night. There’s lots to do. It was nice to see you. Excuse us.

[ Speaking indistinctly ]

Audra: [ Sighs ]

Nick: What makes you think we’re headed off a cliff?

Sally: Experience. Whenever I’ve been in a situation like this, it has always crashed and burned, and I’m talking incredibly painful. I won’t go into gory details, but just know that I tend to fall hard and take others with me. And then I [Chuckles] Behave in ways that I regret, and it always makes things worse. And then there’s the shadow of adam.

Nick: Is there something going on with the two of you I don’t know about?

Sally: No. I have been completely honest with you. I loved him. Or I thought I did.

Nick: But you still have feelings for him.

Sally: What I mean is that I saw what your brother and I had was the real thing. But once again, I did not see the end coming. I was blindsided, which is exactly why I am convinced that this situation [Inhales deeply] Will end, too, because everything does. So then the question becomes, what will we do? How will we feel when it’s over? You know, what will the fallout be? That’s what I’m afraid of. This is john.

Nick: I’ve had my fair share of failed relationships. Sometimes it was my fault. Sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes it was a combination of the two. So I understand your fears. It’s never fun when things end.

Sally: But the beginning part — you know, where we’re at — that’s fun.

Nick: Yeah.

Sally: We just have to determine if that’s all this is.

Nick: Okay, so, if that’s what we do — we determine that this is just fun — we could, uh, put an end to it, stop the fun?

Sally: Possibly. I mean, we’re at a turning point. You know, we can keep doing what we’re doing and not focus on the future, only on the now, which would most definitely probably end in [Sighs] Hurt feelings and some sort of pain and possibly a fiery crash.

[ Chuckles ] Or we can just put the brakes on, you know, and go back to being strictly professional, and we just end things before it gets messy. Agreed?

Lily: Uh, enjoy your dinner.

Devon: Yeah. Head in there.

Lily: Hello.

Billy: Hi.

Lily: How are you?

Billy: Better now. How are you?

Lily: Good. Um, what did you mean when you texted that you had one hell of a day?

Billy: Well, there were a few big events. One of them, you just walked through the door with.

Lily: Oh, tucker?

Billy: Yeah.

Lily: Yeah, he walked into our office out of the blue and said, “hello, son,” like he had come to town to visit devon.

Billy: And devon’s okay with that?

Lily: I mean, it was awkward, and they seem a little unsure on how to reconnect, but they’ll have to figure it out. Anyway, what happened to you after the ceremony? I thought you were going back to the office.

Billy: I planned on it. Then, I got an urgent call from chelsea.

Lily: What happened?

Billy: She had a bit of a breakdown. She told connor that she’s johnny’s biological mother, and he wasn’t any happier about it than johnny.

Lily: Wow. That’s a lot.

Billy: Yeah. She’s overwhelmed. You know, and I get it. I mean, I tried to stay with her and try and calm her down a little bit. I don’t know if it did any good. Told her that she needs to talk to someone about this — someone to help her navigate through this, and the boys, as well. Like an adoption specialist. Someone.

Lily: Yeah. I hope she’s feeling better.

Billy: Not so sure about that.

Chelsea: I’m always so amazed when you’re kind to me, sharon.

Sharon: Well, that’s an odd thing to say.

Chelsea: Well, it’s true. You’ve been good to me. And you know, you don’t have to be, considering her history.

Sharon: Oh, I feel like we’ve gotten past all that now. And I credit rey. He really saw the good in you. And that allowed me to do the same.

Chelsea: Hmm. Rey’s forgiving nature was a real turning point for me. He saw the good, even when I couldn’T. When he died, I just — I haven’t had much hope since. It’s like, anytime I try to do the right thing, it blows up in my face.

Sharon: Well, what specifically are you referring to?

Chelsea: [ Sighs ] I convinced billy and victoria to tell johnny the truth, that I’m his biological mother.

Sharon: And that didn’t go so well?

Chelsea: Completely backfired. Johnny doesn’t want anything to do with me. Then, I told connor, thinking it would make him happy to discover he has a brother in johnny. But that didn’t go well either. I was just trying to be honest. I was trying to protect the boys from eventually having to find out that some of their history had been hidden from them. But now they’re angry. They’re upset, and they don’t want anything to do with me.

[ Sighs ] Why can’t I do anything right?

Noah: Just ignore her. Allie: Yeah, sure, I can do that right now. But, you know, it’s looks like it’s gonna get harder and harder. She seems pretty determined to get your attention.

Noah: I’m not gonna let her get to me.

Allie: Noah, how do you know her?

Noah: It’s from before i moved to genoa city.

Allie: Ah. Could you be less specific?

Noah: She’s from my past. How is that?

Allie: Not very helpful, to be honest. Where do you know her from? Did you guys go to kindergarten together? Were you in a band?

Noah: I don’t really want to get into it, okay? I haven’t talked to in a long time.

Allie: Um, if seeing her wasn’t such a big deal, why are you being so evasive? You’ve been acting weird ever since we —

Noah: Look, I got a lot going on tonight, so if we can just not get into this…

Allie: You know, it doesn’t say a lot about our relationship when you can’t talk about something as simple as a woman from your past.

Noah: You’re right. I’m sor– I’m sorry. Okay? You’re right. I just — I wasn’t expecting to see her. I’m not really sure how to handle this.

Allie: [ Sighs ] Who is she? And please be honest.

Noah: Audra is the woman that I was seeing in london.

Allie: The one who broke your heart.

Noah: [ Sighs ] Hi, my name is reggie

Noah: Audra didn’t break my heart. Felt that way at the time, but looking back on it, I realize we just weren’t meant to be. It took getting away from her to realize how toxic our relationship was.

Allie: Okay, I — I can understand that. But why is she here, noah? I-I-I don’t mean to be direct, but is she trying to rekindle things with you?

Noah: No, that’s doubtful. Things got pretty bad towards the end. It was a lot of yelling, slamming doors, saying we didn’t want to see each other anymore, which is why it’s so weird that she’s here pretending to be all excited for me. You know, if she’s trying to get my attention, she’s too late. I only have eyes for you.

Audra: Thank you.

Nick: Way I see it, sally, is we got two options. We can put an end to this right now, go on living our lives, avoid any chance of heartbreak or pain.

Sally: Sounds pretty grim.

[ Chuckles ]

Nick: Does, doesn’t it?

Sally: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: It’s my experience that when I live like that, too safe, I’m not happy. Get this bad attitude. I really like the good stuff. You know?

Sally: So, what’s the second option?

Nick: Maybe it’s because I just came from summer and kyle’s vow renewal… but I’m hopeful. I’m not cynical.

Sally: [ Chuckles ] So, the second option is we just see where this takes us?

Nick: Yeah, we don’t second-guess this, we don’t overthink it. Just jump right into the deep end, start swimming.

Tucker: Hey, do you have a photo of dominic? I’d love to see him.

Devon: Yeah, I have a thousand photos of dominic. Yeah. Here’s one from his first birthday party, just a few weeks ago.

Tucker: Oh, man! Oh!

Devon: [ Chuckles ]

Tucker: Very nice. Devon, you must be so proud.

Devon: Yeah, of course I am.

Tucker: And he’s a handsome tyke, isn’t he?

Devon: Mm-hmm.

Tucker: [ Chuckles ]

Devon: Yeah.

Tucker: I’d love to meet him.

Devon: Uh, yeah. Yeah, I think we can arrange for that to happen.

Tucker: Good.

Devon: I share custody with abby and chance. So we’ll find a day soon…

Tucker: Okay.

Devon: …And make it work.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Tucker: Oh.

Devon: Hey.

Tucker: Speak of the devil. Hey, abby, how are you? We were just actually looking at photos of dominic.

Abby: Don’t try to ingratiate yourself with me. Nobody wants you here.

Devon: Abby, we’re just having dinner.

Abby: And don’t get near my mom. She wants nothing to do with you.

Tucker: Right. Uh, well, you’re — you’re probably right about that point for now, but I think if I am able to have a face-to-face with ashley, she’ll understand that things have changed.

Abby: Well, if you came to town to make inroads with my mother, you’re wasting your time.

Tucker: There are other reasons I’m — not least of which is to reconnect with my son and — and meet my grandson.

Abby: The only thing I hate more than the idea of you face-to-face with my mother is you anywhere near my son. I brought in ensure max protein

“The young and the restless”

will continue. This isn’t charmin! No wonder I don’t feel as clean.

Lily: You know, I think i just realized why you always want to help chelsea.

Billy: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: I think it’s because you two are cut from the same cloth.

Billy: What is that supposed to mean?

Lily: Well, I mean, she’s — you know, she’s smart, she’s ambitious, she’s attractive. And even with all of her talent, you know, you’d think that she would be on top of the world, but she always seems to get in her own way.

Billy: And that’s what you think about me?

Lily: I think that’s what you think about you. I’m — all I’m doing is I’m pointing out what you two have in common and why I think you’re always team chelsea.

Billy: I wouldn’t go that far. I mean, I feel like I’ve been strong with her, you know, making sure that she respects johnny and victoria’s boundaries and trying to stop her from working her way into my son’s life.

Lily: Yeah, but you were sympathetic to her wanting to tell johnny that she’s his biological mother. And even though it upset him, you’re not angry with her.

Billy: No, I’m not. I’m genuinely worried about her.

Sharon: You know, it might not be as bad as you think. The news is fresh for the boys right now. You’re just seeing their initial reaction. After some time, they may feel very differently.

Chelsea: That’s a possibility. Or they could go further down this path and both end up hating me.

Sharon: How were you hoping johnny would take this news?

Chelsea: Well, I was hoping he wouldn’t recoil at the mention of my name. I mean, I would have even settled on him just — [Sighs] Just being willing to talk to me.

Sharon: I mean, if he were here right now or, I don’t know, you run into him at the park later today, what would you say?

Chelsea: That I’m not trying to replace victoria as this mom, that I just want to be there for him. If he gets into trouble, if you ever need someone, that — that I’m here, that I’ll always have his back.

Sharon: Sounds good.

Chelsea: [ Sniffles ] You’re acting like my therapist again.

Sharon: No, no, I promise, I am not trying to do that. I just thought you needed someone to listen.

Chelsea: Do you remember when you tried to help me after my stroke?

Sharon: I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

Chelsea: I hated you. I was paranoid, not myself. It drove me to do dangerous things. I nearly killed rey. I framed adam. I — I was so destructive. But you helped me back then, and now — now here you are, helping me now.

Sharon: Why are you bringing that up now?

Chelsea: Because anytime I try to be a better person, I mess it up. But you — you’re a natural. So, how do you do it? What’s your secret?

[ Breathing heavily ]

Audra: Hello again.

Noah: What are you doing in genoa city, audra?

Audra: Look, I swear I didn’t know you were here. I was recruited by jill abbott to do some consulting on some financial strategy for chancellor-winters. That’s why I’m in town. Look, I didn’t come looking for you. I’m not trying to win you back or anything of the sort.

Noah: I’m sorry if I was rude earlier. I was just — you know, I was little caught off guard, seeing after all this time.

Audra: I’m glad to see you. And I like that you seem happy. Your friend is so cute. Your club is amazing. I’m impressed.

Noah: Thank you. I’m proud of it.

Audra: You should be.

Noah: And I’m glad to be back home. So, allie — she’s a big part ofha she’s helped me see what I’m missing. And now I can see this place through her eyes.

Audra: That’s wonderful. I’m genuinely pleased for you. Truly.

Nick: Listen, if you tell me you have more chapters in your story with adam, then I will back off.

Sally: You would do that?

Nick: I’ll do it for you. It’s something else I’ve learned over the years — that if this isn’t what we both want and need, then it’s — yeah, it’s not good.

Sally: Okay. So, then maybe… defining it will ruin it.

Nick: It is a possibility.

Sally: [ Chuckles ]

Nick: If you label something, you tend to change your behavior to fit the label. That doesn’t work.

Sally: Okay, so, then let’s not define it.

Nick: Works for me.

Sally: Okay, so we have decided to do nothing.

Nick: Which is great, ’cause I’m really good at doing nothing.

Sally: [ Laughs ]

Nick: There’s something I have learned from this conversation.

Sally: What’s that?

Nick: Whatever this is, I like it. I don’t want it to end.

Tucker: No, don’t worry about abby. I’ve — I’ve had a lot of worse things said to me.

[ Both chuckle ]Tucker: [ Chuckles ] I always enjoyed abby anyway. You know, she, uh — does she still ride horseback naked?

Devon: [ Chuckles ] Uh, no, I don’t think so. I think that was a one-time deal.

Tucker: Hmm. Maybe if I moved back to genoa city, she and I will become friends.

Devon: How long are you planning to stay in town?

Tucker: Um, long enough to get back under ashley’s radar, which includes abby, of course, and my new grandson.

[ Sighs ]

Devon: Hmm.

Tucker: I’m not here to cause any trouble.

Devon: So, why are you here after all this time away?

Tucker: I don’t know, I just — I love this town. It’S… [ Chuckles ] It’s as good a reason as any, as far as I’m concerned.

Devon: Alright, well, let’s try this. What have you been doing since the last time we saw each other in thailand?

Tucker: Well, back then, I was on a journey of, um,

[Chuckles] Introspection.

Devon: Hmm.

Tucker: And, uh, I was looking for… I don’t know what. A — a more meaningful life or [Inhales deeply] A deeper level of understanding. Whatever it was, I didn’t find it.

Devon: Mm-hmm.

Tucker: So I took the route of, um, thrill-seeking…

Devon: Huh?

Tucker: …And taking bigger and bigger risks, not only in business but having adventures. You know, I was skydiving and paragliding and deep-sea fishing. And then I started racing. I guess I was chasing that next level of understanding racing the back roads of the riviera, between cannes and san remo.

Devon: Wow. Well, did you find what you were looking for?

Tucker: Yes, I did, but not where I expected it. I found it when I woke up in a hospital bed in monte carlo. Once upon a time, before jill said yes.

Devon: So, those rumors about you being injured in that car accident were true?

Tucker: That’s right. I downplayed it when you reached out to me, made it seem like the injuries were minor, because I didn’t want to worry you. But, yeah, I nearly died.

Devon: And why wouldn’t you be honest with me about something like that?

Tucker: Man, you just — you’ve had enough loss in your life, and I did not want to add to any of your pain.

[ Sighs ] So, yeah, I was in that hospital for weeks. And ironically, after all the years of searching for answers, this was my epiphany. There is nothing bigger out there. There’s nothing more to find. There’s no — there’s no bigger thrill than — than just living every day. Every day to its fullest, in the present moment. ‘Cause this is it, man. This is the only life we got. There are no second chances. And you just got to make the most of the time you have. And I vowed to myself, “if I recover, that’s precisely what I’m gonna do.”

Devon: Well, we’ve — we’ve all heard reformation stories from you before.

Tucker: Yeah.

Devon: An avalanche.

Tucker: Yeah, I know, but this is different. And this is…

[ Sighs ] This made me reevaluate who I really am, fundamentally, what I want and — and what really matters to me. And I got to tell you, devon, that reconnecting with you is at the top of that list.

Audra: So, I-I haven’t been here long, but I love it.

Noah: Excuse me. I actually got to take care of something. But in case I-I don’t see you before you leave, I hope you have a good night. And thank you for checking the place out.

Audra: Hmm. Of course.

Noah: What were you doing with sally spectra for so long?

Nick: She is the ceo of newman media. We just had a lot of things to discuss.

Noah: That didn’t really look like a work meeting. So, what’s the situation?

Nick: It’s a situation with no name.

Noah: Alright, I hope you know what you’re doing.

Nick: I do.

Noah: I bet summer would have a lot to say about this. She and kyle — they were supposed to be here tonight, but they canceled last minute. You dodged a bullet there. How do you think she’d react, seeing you and sally after she almost sabotaged their whole relationship?

Sharon: You know, from where I sit, I have to say, I’m impressed that you’ve worked so hard to become a better person, with success.

Chelsea: I don’t know about that.

Sharon: Well, it’s true. You’re a concerned and attentive mother to connor. And just because the boys are having a hard time accepting this news right now, that you’re johnny’s biological mother, doesn’t mean you should jump to the conclusion that nothing in your life is working.

Chelsea: You know, it’s — it’s no wonder rey was so in love with you. You two were made for each other. Both so forgiving, even when you have every reason not to be.

Sharon: Chelsea… I think you need help. I mean, not from me, but you do need to see a professional. And I can recommend some people. I can even make some phone calls tonight if you want, but the sooner the better.

Chelsea: What? You think I need help tonight?

Music (“I swear”) plays

Chelsea: Is that why you got me to open up — so you can imply I’m unstable and pathetic?

Sharon: Chelsea, calm down.

Chelsea: You think I need help right now?!

Sharon: It was a suggestion.

Chelsea: I know what you’re doing, sharon. You’re trying to make yourself look good, so you want to insinuate that I’m some lunatic!

Sharon: Not at all. Will you please sit down so we can talk about this?

Chelsea: I will absolutely not sit down. I should have never said anything. I should have never trusted you. You know, everybody in this town wants to assume the worst about me. You are no different!

Sharon: Chelsea! Don’t go!

Nick: Listen, I think the bad blood between sally and her sister is in the past. Summer is on top of the world right now. Let’s not create problems where there are none.

Noah: Alright, man, I trust you know what you’re doing.

Nick: I got this. Proud of you. Let’s talk tomorrow.

Noah: [ Sighs ]

Allie: Everything okay with your dad?

Noah: Yeah, yeah, I hope so. Are you good?

Allie: Yeah. Great night.

Noah: You know, it’s not a completely great night yet.

Allie: Oh? Why is that?

Noah: I’ve only had one dance with you.

Billy: Are you worried about devon?

Lily: No, no, no, he can handle himself. No, I’m just curious. I mean, tucker has been gone for years, and all of a sudden he shows up out of the blue, when chancellor-winters is about to go public. I just think the timing is suspect.

Billy: Let’s go.

Tucker: So, I hope you can tell that I’m serious. Son… I’m proud of you.

[ Chuckles ] Uh… I’m proud of the work you’ve done, uh, in business. Proud of what you’ve accomplished in your private life. I mean, uh… my grandson. And this merger of your business, that’s a big deal.

Devon: Well, I appreciate you saying that very much. Um… do you have business in town, or is this more just a personal visit for you?

Tucker: Well, when you get to my position, there’s always a little bit of both.

Devon: Right. Right. There was a time when you were trying to take over every major corporation in town. You remember that? Has your new outlook made you reconsider your goal of world domination?

Tucker: When I look back at those power plays, I think it was just an excuse to stay in genoa city. And now I’ve got better excuses. Got you and dominic and ashley. I hope, ashley. And I know that us reconnecting is not gonna be easy, because we’ve got a lot of lost time between us.

Devon: Yeah. Yeah, we do. And it’s, uh — it’s definitely not gonna happen over one dinner.

Tucker: No. [ Chuckles ] So, shall we have lunch?

[ Both laugh ] Are you free tomorrow?

Devon: [ Chuckles ]

Tucker: Am I being too pushy?

Devon: No, no, you’re not being too pushy at all. You’re fine. I’m sure we can figure out a day or two, but, uh, I would like you to do me a favor if you can. I don’t want you to interfere with the abbotts.

Tucker: I know.

Devon: I don’t want you to try and insert yourself into ashley’s life or abby’s life if they don’t want to talk to you. Okay? Because I would really appreciate if you just let me orchestrate your meeting dominic.

Tucker: Of course. And I have no interest whatsoever in forcing myself where I’m not welcome.

Devon: Good.

Tucker: I’m gonna take my best shot [Inhales deeply] And accept defeat… if it comes to that.

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Chelsea: Johnny, of course not. I’m not your mother. Victoria is your mom, and i would never try to force anything on you.

Johnny: Good.

Chelsea: I just… you know, um, I just thought since we were already in each other’s lives, I didn’t want you to find out from somebody else and end up resenting us for keeping this secret from you. I didn’t want you to wonder about me.

Johnny: So, it was you. You are why my parents decided to force this on me now?

Chelsea: No. I mean, it was — it was something we decided together.

Johnny: But it was your idea in the first place. You are why my world feels like it was just flipped upside down.

Chelsea: Johnny, I’m sorry. That was not my intention. That was not my intention. I just — I wanted you to know that your birth mother cared about you. I always have, and I always will.

[ Sighs ]& And, you know, I mean, this wasn’t just about me. I thought — I thought you and connor could have a deeper connection as brothers.

Johnny: We’re cousins, okay?! And we know each other plenty. What about connor? Does he know the truth now, too?

Sharon: Adam.

Adam: Hmm?

Sharon: Please don’t repeat this to anyone, but after talking with chelsea, I get the feeling that she’s adrift. She’s looking for answers anywhere she can find them. She’s looking for someone or something just to make her feel whole.

Adam: Well, based on what I’ve seen, that rings true.

Sharon: I imagine that connor has been a focal point for her. Ever since he was born, he helps her feel grounded. But people and things outside of ourselves can only help us for so long if we don’t fix what’s going on inside. And the more and more that chelsea gets goes adrift, she looks around for someone to make her feel anchored. And right now, that anchor is johnny, and she’s clinging to that desperately.

Adam: Yeah, but, sharon, that’s not fair to johnny.

Sharon: No, it is not.

Adam: And it’s just as unfair for her to use connor to draw johnny in closer.

Sharon: Well, I don’t think that chelsea’s intentionally being malicious or trying to be harmful. I think she just doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She’s trying to stay emotionally afloat.

Adam: Well, then I guess i can’t hold her fully responsible if she doesn’t even comprehend what she’s doing is wrong. But as much as I’m concerned about her, my primary focus has to be shielding my son because i refuse to let this hurt connor.

Chelsea: Yes. Connor knows who you are. I told him shortly after billy and victoria told you about me.

Johnny: Mm. And how’d he take it? That well? Huh! Guess that just proves my point. Having this conversation was a bad idea all around. Neither connor nor I want anything to change. So, why don’t we just pretend that we never had this conversation and bring things back to the way they’re supposed to be?

[ Cellphone pings ] Sorry. I got to go. I’m in the wrong place.

[ Sighs ]

Devon: Abby.

Abby: Hey.

Devon: Hey. Is everything alright with you?

Abby: Yes, of course.

Devon: Yeah?

Abby: How did things go with tucker last night? Did he take my hint and just leave town?

Devon: Oh, that was a hint?

[ Both laugh ]

Abby: I guess I didn’t really hide my feelings that I truly detest the man.

Devon: Mm, you were far from subtle.

Adam: Mm-hmm. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you. I know he is your biological father, and that makes him technically dominic’s grandfather. Ugh.

Devon: Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

[ Both laugh ] I’d hate to see your full-out warnings and threats to people.

Abby: So, when I walked away, was he shaking with fear?

Devon: No. Not at all. Not at all. The rest of our dinner actually went really well. We just talked a lot, talked about family, talked about him coming to town to reconnect with people.

Abby: Hmm.

Devon: Least that’s what he says he’s doing. I don’t know what to make of him showing up like this. It’s so random. It’s kind of thrown me for a loop.

Abby: Yeah, it was a shock to everyone.

Devon: And from what he said, he’s planning on sticking around for a while and putting down roots.

Abby: And how do you really feel about that?

Devon: Mnh. When you can’t sleep…

[ Knock on door ]

Billy: Got a minute?

Victoria: Sure. Come on in.

Billy: I wanted to fill you in on my morning with johnny. I feel like we’re making some progress.

Victoria: How so?

Billy: Well, his sarcasm is back and in full effect. That’s for sure.

Victoria: That’s a good sign.

Billy: Yeah, it is. He was critiquing the similarities in our parenting skills. I guess we’re both using food as a coping mechanism. I was questioning why he wasn’t finishing his muffin, and he informed me that you already force-fed him a massive breakfast this morning.

Victoria: Oops. Sorry about that. I forgot that you were meeting him at the coffeehouse.

Billy: It’s all good. He feels less confused and less angry. And I’m hoping that this is him coming to terms with the news.

Victoria: I’m really relieved to hear that.

Billy: But don’t get me wrong. He definitely does not want anything to change. And I made him a promise that nothing would.

Victoria: Absolutely. And I told him the same thing. I do, however, have one concern. How is chelsea gonna react when she finds out that this little scenario of hers isn’t going her way?

Chance: Look how happy and simple things are for these kids. They’re just playing, enjoying the day, having fun. Oh, the carefree lifestyle of youth. Mm. It’s hard not to miss those days sometimes.

Chelsea: It’s us adults who inevitably yank all that innocence and free spirit away.

Chance: Hey, is something wrong?

Chelsea: The world is a cruel and unforgiving place. What’s the point in trying to make it any less horrible? Why bother trying to make things better?

Chance: Hey, I was gonna hit crimson lights and have a coffee. I know I could sure use the company, if you want to join me.

Nikki: [ Clears throat ] Sorry to interrupt you two.

Noah: Hey. It’s always good to see you, grandma.

Allie: Hi, mrs. Newman.

Nikki: Noah, this is beautiful. What a fabulous job you’ve done.

Noah: Thank you.

Nikki: Mm.

Noah: Well, I’m glad you like it. Anytime you want to come, vip section with your name on it, overflowing with sparkling cider on the house.

Nikki: Well, now, darling, i must tell you that if you keep comping everybody, you’re not gonna make a profit.

Noah: I am quite aware of that now. And judging by last night’s numbers, your warning is pretty justified.

Nikki: Oh, don’t worry about that. That was just the first night. All businesses need a little time to become successful.

Allie: That’s what I keep telling him. This place gonna blow up, noah.

Noah: Well, thank you for the encouragement.

Nikki: Um, I have something I’d like to discuss with you if you have a moment.

Noah: Oh, yeah? What’s that?

Nikki: It has to do with your time in london.

Allie: You know what? I should get going, or else I’m gonna be late. It was lovely to see you again, mrs. Newman.

Nikki: You too.

Noah: Bye, babe.

Allie: Bye.

Noah: [ Sighs ]

Nikki: Allie’s lovely. It’s nice to see the two of you getting so close.

Noah: Yeah, she’s pretty great. Please. So, what did you want to know about london?

Nikki: Well, um, I was wondering if you came across any artist funds while you were there.

Noah: I reached out to a couple, but I had really limited experience.

Nikki: Have you ever heard of a company called private image limited?

Noah: No, that name doesn’t ring a bell.

Nikki: Well, actually, the fund is called wild beauty, incorporated.

Noah: Why do you ask?

Nikki: It’s related to some questions I have about diane’s time in los angeles. You didn’t live this strong, this long to get put

Noah: Okay, this is all sounding a little odd to me. Why would diane have anything to do with the art fund? She was supposedly living this quiet life in L.A. Wild beauty — they were throwing a lot of money around.

Nikki: Oh, so, you have heard of it?

Noah: Yeah, I knew someone who worked there.

Nikki: Really? Was this person a friend of yours?

Noah: Not exactly. It was the, uh — the woman i was seeing in london.

Nikki: [ Gasps ] Oh. The one who —

Noah: Yeah. Yeah, that one. Her name’s audra charles.

Nikki: Well, can you tell me a little bit about what she did there, who she worked for? I mean, it could be very important, but I-I don’t want to dredge up any bad memories for you.

Noah: Oh, no, no, it’s — it’s fine. Audra was actually already on my mind.

Nikki: Well, I just saw how happy you and allie are. So, why on earth would you be thinking of your ex?

Noah: Well, because suddenly she’s impossible to avoid.

Nikki: What do you mean?

Noah: Okay, I hadn’t seen audra since I came back from london, and then last night she shows up out of nowhere. And not only was she in genoa city, but she was right here at the club.

Nikki: She came all the way from london to attend your opening night?

Noah: She said she was here for other reasons, but — and she found out I opened up this place and wanted to check it out. Yeah, but now you’re talking about wild beauty, and this all just seems kind of weird to me.

Nikki: Yes. Very weird. And very interesting.

Devon: Honestly, abby, i don’t — I don’t really know how I feel about tucker coming back to town, whether it’s for a short period of time or permanently. You know, there’s nothing bad between us. There’s no tension. If anything, there’s just been more distance between us over the years, which is another reason why it’s so surprising that he just showed up like this.

Abby: Do you ever wish you had a closer relationship with him?

Devon: I mean, yeah, of course I do. He’s my biological father, so i would — I would love to have a tighter bond with him, especially with neil being gone. But at the same time, it’s hard to always trust his intentions, given his past. And with chancellor-winters doing so well right now, his timing is a little suspicious.

Abby: Do you think that’s why he turned up so suddenly?

Devon: I don’t want to think that, but, you know, it’s tucker. And he always has another card to play. So I can’t help but wonder what’s really going on and what his real agenda is.

Billy: I don’t want to speculate on how chelsea is going to react, but I will say that she seems a lot more fragile than I have seen her in a while.

Victoria: Come on, billy. We both know what chelsea’s capable of when she’s in a bad place, and it’s not our responsibility to temper that. The best thing that we can do is try to keep johnny as far away from her as possible. And in the meantime, I think that’s probably the safest bet for all of us.

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Victoria: Billy, johnny has got to be our main priority right now.

Billy: I understand that.

Victoria: He can’t deal with this kind of turmoil on his own. We’ve got to be there for him.

Billy: I agree 100%. But I can’t help but be a little worried about chelsea.

Victoria: Well, then be worried about her from afar. Chelsea needs to pull herself together and stop using our son as her crutch.

Adam: Chelsea. Hi.

Chelsea: Is sharon here?

Adam: Uh, she just stepped back in the back room.

Chelsea: What’s going on here?

Adam: What do you mean?

Chelsea: Are you and sharon conspiring against me, discussing all the things that are wrong with me?

Adam: What? No. Of course not.

Chelsea: Are you all — what, you’re all working together, trying to fix me? Is that why you brought me here?

Chance: No.

Adam: Chelsea, calm down. Nobody is conspiring against you or trying to fix you. Um, we’re just — we’re concerned about you.

Chelsea: I don’t need your concern. And I don’t need your pity. And I don’t need your judgments. All I am trying to do is spend some time with my other son. I want to be a part of his life. And I want him to be a part of mine!

[ Exhaling heavily ]

Next week on

“the young and the restless”…

Nate: I haven’t been operating in good faith.

Lily: Why would you do something like that?

Devon: This is about you and me, isn’t it?

Chelsea: It was such a beautiful day. I had to —

Billy: You had to what? Camp out here and wait for your moment to ambush my son?

Tucker: I’ve dreamt of this day for a long time.

Ashley: Please spare me the compliments and the pretty speeches. Why are you really here, tucker? Coverage, care, get it all. <

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