Friday, September 19, 2014

Sharon informed Nick that she'd talked to Kelly about booking a dining room at the Athletic Club for their wedding reception, and she anticipated something intimate and elegant. Sharon admitted that she'd panicked when she'd realized it was really happening, and Nick revealed that he'd told Faith, so there was no backing out. Sharon gently scolded that they had agreed to tell their kids the news together, but she noticed her traffic ticket on the desk, and she asked what it was doing there. Nick explained that he and Noah had been discussing the progress Sharon had made, but Sharon declared that she didn't want to talk about the past, and she only wanted to look forward.

Nick said that he had to get to work, and as he and Sharon hugged, she stared at the traffic ticket. She flashed back to lurking outside the hospital lab and later seeing the contents of her purse fall down a flight of stairs. She suddenly pulled away from Nick's embrace, and he asked what was wrong. She started to say something, but Mariah descended the stairs, and Sharon expressed relief that Mariah was back home. Mariah dryly stated that she was back, but she couldn't pretend it was home.

Sharon asked how Mariah had gotten in, and Mariah recalled that she'd thrown her key in Sharon's face when Sharon had tossed her out. Mariah explained that she'd used the spare key that had been hidden outside, and Sharon inquired when Mariah had returned. Mariah replied that it had been sometime after 3:00 a.m., and Sharon asked why she'd gotten in at that late. Mariah rolled her eyes, and Sharon asserted that she had a right to be concerned as Mariah's mother. Mariah testily asked if Sharon was kidding her, and Nick suggested that they take things one step at a time.

Mariah refused to be part of the little family Nick and Sharon were putting together, and she coldly offered her congratulations on their engagement. Sharon said that she wanted them all to be happy, but Mariah retorted that she simply wanted to pay Sharon back and get out. Nick said that he had to get to the club and that he'd see Mariah there, and Sharon asked if Mariah was still working at the bar. Mariah hissed that if she had a trust fund like the kids Sharon had kept, she would repay her debt out of that. Sharon said that Mariah didn't have to pay her back, but Nick preferred to keep things the way they had been, and he left.

Sharon said she'd been too worried about Mariah to sleep, and Mariah spat that she'd taken care of herself her whole life. Sharon hoped that they could build a new relationship, but Mariah couldn't forget Sharon's harsh parting words. Sharon defended that she hadn't known Mariah was her daughter, and Mariah ranted that ignorance was Sharon's excuse for everything. Mariah wished she'd learned Sharon's secret so that Nick could see her for who really was, and she called Sharon a "cold, crazy whack job." Sharon sternly stated that she was Mariah's mother, and she told Mariah not to dare speak to her that way.

Sharon understood why Mariah was lashing out after the terrible ordeal with Ian, but Mariah asserted that she was angry at Sharon with good reason. Sharon agreed that she never should have said such awful things, and she wished Mariah would give her a chance to make up for it. Mariah huffed that Sharon hadn't even been bothered to find out that Mariah had existed, and Sharon recounted the circumstances surrounding Mariah's birth. Mariah noted that Sharon had started a wonderful life afterward with Nick, Cassie, and the kids Sharon hadn't given away, while Mariah had been kidnapped by a woman who hadn't wanted her and a sociopathic father figure.

Sharon conceded that her mistakes had hurt Mariah, but she contended that they'd both lost a lot because of Ian, and she advised Mariah not to let him win by giving in to the pain and anger that had built up inside of her. Sharon acknowledged that Mariah wanted to hurt her, but she swore that Mariah couldn't make her feel any worse. "I can try," Mariah declared, and she stormed upstairs. Later, Mariah found Sharon stirring in her sleep on the couch, and Sharon murmured that she couldn't hide her secret from Nick any longer.

In her sleep, Sharon pleaded for Nick not to hate her, and she said that she should have told the truth about "who her father really was." Sharon awakened with a start, and Mariah asked if she was okay. Sharon said she had been dreaming, but she didn't remember what it had been about. Mariah divulged that Sharon had been thrashing around and talking in her sleep, but she claimed it hadn't made any sense. Mariah advised Sharon to get some rest in order to prepare for the big wedding, and she pointedly stated that Sharon wanted to be ready for everything that was headed her way. Mariah cheerfully said that she'd see Sharon later, and she left.

Dr. Cutler inspected Phyllis' monitors, and Victor called for an update. Victor said that things had transpired that needed to be stopped, and Phyllis was the only one who could do it. Dr. Cutler reported that Phyllis had reached a plateau with signs of increasing brain activity and involuntary movements. He continued that she'd attempted to communicate, but he hadn't been able to determine her cognitive state or whether it would improve. Victor ordered him to increase the dosage, but Dr. Cutler cautioned against irreversible side effects.

Victor reiterated that Phyllis was a fighter who would want out of her coma, and the doctor advised that her odds of recovery would increase with human interaction. Dr. Cutler suggested that he call her family, but Victor said that wasn't an option. The doctor said that he couldn't administer such powerful drugs indefinitely, and he would have to stop if she didn't show signs of improvement. Victor reminded Dr. Cutler that he'd paid a lot of money for the doctor's research, and he commanded Dr. Cutler to do whatever it took to ensure Phyllis emerged from her coma without her family's involvement.

At the Athletic Club, Abby told Jack that the lab renovation was still underway, and Jack grumbled about the projected cost. Abby explained that Ashley had wanted new equipment and a security system, and Jack mentioned Ashley's desire to keep the project under wraps. Jack warned that he needed everything to run smoothly, and Abby insisted that she was a professional who wouldn't let her disdain toward Stitch affect her work. Jack marveled that the product could revolutionize the industry, and he anticipated it would be bigger than Scarlet Mist. He mused that he didn't know if he could ever be that inspired again, and he looked up and saw that Kelly had overheard.

Kelly apologized for interrupting, and Abby said it was routine business. Jack disclosed that they'd been going over Ashley's ideas for a new fragrance, and Kelly rushed off to return to work. Abby sympathized that it couldn't be easy for Kelly to fill the shoes of a larger-than-life figure like Phyllis, but Jack argued that Kelly wasn't trying to replace anyone, and he'd done everything possible to make Kelly feel welcome in their house. Abby quipped that if she were in Kelly's position, she'd feel like "part of a weird comatose love triangle."

Jack got up to leave, and Abby said that she hadn't meant to speak out of turn. She added that she was sure Kelly didn't feel that way, and Jack reiterated that Kelly wasn't in competition with Phyllis. Victor approached, and Abby remarked that he was there just in time to keep her from putting her foot in her mouth again. Victor mentioned that he'd seen Jack's lovely lady on his way in, and Abby noted that Kelly was lucky to have Jack. Victor questioned how Jack managed to go back and forth to see Phyllis while maintaining a relationship with Kelly, and Jack said that his focus was right there.

Kelly asked Jack about his secret project, and he apologized for what she'd overheard. Kelly insisted that he didn't have to be sorry for mentioning Phyllis or his feelings, and she assured him that his past made him who he was. She inquired about the project again, but he said that waiters and walls had ears, and he couldn't risk saying anything. He promised to name a fragrance after Kelly one day, but he quickly apologized for offering to do the same thing he'd done for Phyllis.

Kelly said that Jack made her feel loved, but she didn't want him to feel like he had to prove his love to her. Jack said he had asked Kelly to move in and had packed up Phyllis' things to show he loved Kelly, and Kelly assured him she knew that. Jack swore that Kelly was part of his life, and he couldn't imagine a future without her. They agreed to continue the conversation after work, and he kissed her goodbye.

Over breakfast, Abby confided to Victor that she was still recovering from her breakup with Tyler. Victor asked if there was any chance of a reconciliation, but she thought the odds were better that she'd shave her head and join a commune. Victor empathized that going through a breakup was tough, but he was confident she'd get over it eventually. He mentioned that Ashley had hired Stitch at Jabot, and he wondered if it made Abby uncomfortable to work with Victoria's ex. Abby surmised that Victoria had gone straight to Victor with the information, and she said that she loved her father very much, but she wouldn't let him use her as a pawn in a power struggle with Jack.

Abby asked if Victor believed in miracles, and she thought God had chuckled when He'd given her Victor for a father and Jack for an uncle. Victor suspected that God had thought Abby could handle it, and he asked why Ashley had hired Stitch to be the lead chemist to develop the new fragrance. Abby coyly asked how Victor had known the product was a fragrance, and he reasoned it was Ashley's primary line of work, but Abby pointed out that no one had said that Ashley was even involved. Victor noted that Abby hadn't denied it, and he surmised that the product was an even bigger deal than she was letting on.

Victor praised Abby's professionalism, and she asserted that she'd do whatever it took to stay on top in business. She warned that he'd regret it if he didn't take her seriously, and he recognized that she was a force to be reckoned with because she was his daughter. They hugged goodbye, and Abby approached Kelly. Abby admitted she hadn't liked Kelly much when they'd first met, but she realized that Billy and Victoria's marital problems had been complicated. Kelly hoped that Abby never knew the pain that had driven Kelly to Billy, and Abby said that Kelly was good for Jack.

Kelly replied that Jack was good for her, too, and Abby thought that many women couldn't handle the situation with Phyllis, but she commended Kelly for hanging in there. Abby admitted she'd never been a fan of Phyllis, and Kelly said that she'd only heard Jack's perspective. Abby said that Jack had forgiven Phyllis' less attractive qualities, like being jealous and manipulative, and she pitied any woman who had gone up against Phyllis. Abby mentioned that Phyllis had once tried to kill a woman over a man.

A shirtless Austin sat on the couch, peering at his computer, and Summer asked what had him interested. He said that she did, and he pulled her onto his lap. She noticed that he'd been scanning the classifieds, and she understood that it was hard for him to work at the Underground when he preferred to be behind the camera. Summer said that Austin should be doing what he loved instead of working at a job he hated, and he clarified that he was looking for a second job, since her family had provided their apartment and the trust fund that had kept Austin out of prison. He said that he couldn't live like that, and Summer replied that she'd had no idea he was that unhappy.

Austin assured Summer that he wasn't unhappy with their marriage, and he explained that he was frustrated because he'd applied for tons of jobs, but no one had responded, since everyone knew he'd shot the chief of police. She told him he was lucky to know what he wanted to do, and she bemoaned that she had no idea what to do with her life. Austin suggested that Jack find her something at Jabot, but she hated the thought of having a job handed to her. She thought about getting a job at the Underground to work next to Austin, and he pointed out that she was underage and that she had just said she didn't want a handout. She suspected that he didn't want her working at the bar, but Nick's arrival interrupted them.

Austin started to leave the room, but Nick said that he wanted Austin to hear the news, too. Nick hoped that Summer considered it good news, and he announced that he and Sharon were engaged. Summer declared that she was happy for both of them, and she hugged Nick. Austin offered his congratulations with a handshake, and Nick noted that it had taken him and Sharon a long time to find their way back, but they finally had. Summer said that she admired the way Sharon had dealt with everything, and Sharon had become even more than a friend to her since Phyllis' accident. Summer added that she was happy Nick had stood by Sharon, and she'd learned what a kind and generous person Sharon was.

Nick talked about Mariah's decision to stay in town, and Summer imagined Nick was happy to have a new daughter. Nick said it didn't change the way he felt about Summer, who would always be his "supergirl." Summer replied that part of her would always think of him as her dad, and Nick commented that he was very proud of her and that Phyllis would have been, too. Summer told him it was time for him to go before she ended up in tears, and after Nick departed, Summer remarked that everyone was moving on with their lives except Phyllis. Austin said that Phyllis wouldn't want Summer to feel guilty about being happy, and Summer wished for a miracle to get Phyllis back.

Later, Jack dropped by to see Summer to give her some news, and she informed him that Nick had already been there about his and Sharon's engagement. She recalled the day Nick and Phyllis had told her they were splitting up, and she'd never thought anything could change their happy family, but her parents had gotten divorced. Summer added that she felt really lucky to have two amazing men who loved her like their daughter and wanted what was best for her, and Jack said that he always had, even before she'd been born.

Jack said that he'd felt connected to Summer ever since he'd delivered her in the elevator, and she meant the world to him. She found it strange that Cassie's death had sent everyone on a crazy path, but Nick and Sharon had reunited, and Jack and Phyllis had learned that they shared a daughter. Jack wished that Phyllis could share in their joy, but he said that he hadn't stopped by to make Summer sad. She assured him she was fine, and she just wanted both Nick and Jack to be happy, since they deserved it. Jack replied that she did, too, and they hugged.

Jack told Summer to call him if she needed anything, and she thanked him for the talk. Austin entered and greeted Jack, who asked Austin to take care of Summer as he left. Austin marveled that she'd seen two dads in one day, and he noted that both men cared a lot about her. She said that it didn't change the fact that they were moving on without Phyllis, and Austin pointed out that Summer didn't have to. Summer contemplated whether she should visit Phyllis.

Nick returned home, and he assumed that Mariah had gone out. Sharon relayed that Mariah was still very angry, and Nick assured her that things would get better in time. She was skeptical, and he wondered if something else had happened. She revealed that she'd had a nightmare, and although she didn't remember what it had been about, something about it had left her chilled.

Nick said that he understood Sharon's anxiety, since they'd both wanted to be together very badly, and it was hard to trust that it was finally happening. She worried that it could slip right through their fingers, but he promised that wouldn't happen. He swore they would get married and have the family they always should have had, and no one would stop it from happening. They kissed and held one another close.

Mariah arrived at Victor's office, and Victor coldly asked what she wanted. Mariah announced that she was there about what he'd been desperate to find out for months -- Sharon's secret.

Phyllis suddenly bolted upright in bed. With some effort, she reached over to the nightstand and gripped a framed photo of Jack in her hand. Later, Dr. Cutler entered Phyllis' room, and he found the picture of Jack on her bed, which was otherwise empty. Meanwhile, Phyllis struggled to make her way down a tree-lined road.

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On the next The Young and the Restless...
  • Christine finds Dylan looking at a file in Paulís office.
  • Paul discovers that Nikki ordered a drink containing vodka.
  • Victor phones Dr. Cutler and asks if Phyllis has made additional progress.
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