Y&R Recap 5-20-2013
At the Baldwins' condo, Lauren passionately kissed Michael and embraced him. Michael pulled away. Sobbing, Michael explained that whenever Lauren kissed him or placed her hands on him, he couldn't erase the images in his mind of her with Carmine. Lauren reminded Michael that he'd once believed that their marriage could survive anything. Michael replied, "That's when I thought it was us against the world, not each other." Sobbing, Lauren asked Michael what she should do. Michael again pulled away and told Lauren to leave him alone.
At the tack house, Nick placed Summer's hairbrush into a zip-top storage bag. He picked up and scanned a letter sent from GM Laboratory's Diagnostics Center. The letter explained that the tainted samples couldn't yield conclusive results. When Nick heard a knock at the door, he quickly stashed the letter and the bagged hairbrush beneath an afghan on the sofa. Sharon, carrying Faith's lunchbox, entered when Nick opened the door and noted that Faith had a habit of leaving her belongings behind.
Picking up on Nick's depressed mood, Sharon asked Nick what was on his mind. Nick mentioned the anniversary of Cassie's death. He added, "It doesn't get any easier, does it?" Sharon replied, "No. Cassie's death changed everything." Sharon suspected that something else was worrying Nick, and she asked about Avery. Nick said he and Avery were all right. He mentioned Summer's prom, and Sharon replied, "All grown up -- that would make anyone shaky."
Nick's hands touched Sharon's when she handed him the lunchbox. Nick said, "Your hands are all shaky." Sharon explained that she was having trouble discerning and working through her emotions in order to feel normal again. Nick said that sometimes keeping a distance from one's emotions wasn't a bad thing. Sharon replied, "This isn't about Cassie or the prom. What is it?" Nick insisted that the anniversary of Cassie's death had hit him and Sharon harder than they'd expected. Phyllis phoned, and Nick spoke to her briefly.
After the call ended, Nick told Sharon that he needed to attend to a problem concerning Summer. Nick added that Faith's sitter was upstairs with their daughter. Nick held Sharon's hand and noted that she was no longer shaking. Nick commended Sharon for carefully managing her illness, so she could be strong for Faith and Noah. Nick gently kissed Sharon's cheek before she left. After Sharon walked out the door, Nick retrieved the letter and the hairbrush and locked them away in a strongbox. He took the key along with him.
At Phyllis' penthouse, Kyle arrived after having received a text message from Summer falsely claiming that she needed to be rescued from a drunken Fen. Just before Kyle's arrival, Fen had reluctantly accepted a "dare" from a fellow classmate to "make out" with Summer. Fen climbed on top of Summer and tried to kiss her. As soon as Kyle arrived, Summer protested Fen's advances. Kyle became enraged by the scene and pulled Fen away from Summer. Kyle pointed his finger at Fen and yelled, "Never touch Summer again!"
Stunned, Summer stammered to explain and said, "It wasn't like that." Kyle replied, "He wasn't on top of you, and you weren't telling him to stop?" Courtney, Summer's trouble-making friend, noticed that Fen was about to hit Kyle with a candlestick. Courtney yelled, "Oh, my God!" Kyle quickly reacted by grabbing the candlestick and punching Fen in the mouth. Fen fell backward and landed on the floor. A male classmate videotaped the brawl.
Phyllis arrived and said, "What is going on, here?" Fen raised his head and wiped blood from his mouth. Summer drew a deep breath. Phyllis ordered Summer and Fen's friends to catch their waiting limousine downstairs. Phyllis demanded that Summer explain why guests had gathered uninvited in her home to drink alcohol and engage in fistfights. Phyllis reminded Summer that she'd told her parents she would be at her prom.
Kyle spoke up and explained that Summer had sent a text message claiming that she needed help. When he arrived, Kyle added, Fen had been on top of Summer, and she had been crying for him to stop. Summer said nothing. Phyllis sniffed Fen and said, "You're drinking! What were you doing to my daughter?" Fen told Phyllis that Summer had played the role of an innocent damsel after Kyle arrived. Fen added that he'd simply accepted a "dare" and had been challenged to kiss Summer.
Phyllis told Kyle to leave before Nick arrived. Kyle refused and said he'd stay to protect Summer and was prepared to recount the attack to Nick if necessary. Phyllis refused to let Fen leave and said she'd phone his parents and report that he'd been drinking. After Phyllis and Fen stepped away, Kyle told Summer that she shouldn't have lied to him when she sent the text message. Summer insisted that she needed Kyle's help and that he'd saved her.
Michael and Lauren arrived and demanded to know what had happened. Fen asked if his father wanted to hear the truth, or if he preferred to hear Kyle and Summer's "spin it." Kyle admitted that he'd split Fen's lip. Summer added that Kyle had defended himself when Fen attempted to hit Kyle with the candlestick. Lauren stepped up to defend her son. Michael yelled, "Let me handle it, for once!" Phyllis stood some distance away and seemed shocked by the discord she'd witnessed between Michael and Lauren.
Nick arrived. Lauren tenderly attended to her son's injury. Michael apologized to Nick and to Kyle. Fen held an ice pack against his injured mouth. Flippantly, Fen said, "I'm the one with the ice pack, but apologize for me. Yeah, that works, too." Fen begged Summer to admit the truth. Summer harshly noted that things had gotten out of hand. Fen added, "Just like you wanted them to." Nick warned Fen to watch his mouth.
After the Baldwin family left, Nick scolded Summer for pulling one over on her parents by serving alcohol and partying with her friends. Nick added, "Were you going to get in your car and drive?" Nick reminded Summer about the anniversary of Cassie's death, and he took away Summer's driving privileges for a month. Nick ordered Kyle to keep his distance from Summer. Kyle claimed that if Nick weren't always so strict and harsh, perhaps Summer might tell her father what was going on in her life.
Phyllis attempted to mediate, but she couldn't gather her thoughts. Nick glared at Kyle and reminded him that Summer was still a kid. Kyle asked why the thought of him and Summer dating drove Nick crazy. Kyle pointed out that he was only a few years older than eighteen-year-old Summer. Phyllis again attempted to step forward to end the fray. Phyllis sent Kyle home.
Summer told Nick that because he tended to overreact, she'd often summoned Kyle for help and that he'd saved her. Phyllis agreed that Nick acted like an insane person whenever Kyle approached their daughter. Summer echoed her mother's words. Nick warned Summer that Kyle would break her heart. Nick added that he didn't want his little girl to suffer. Summer insisted that she wasn't a little girl.
Nick demanded that Summer hand over her car keys to him. Summer unhappily complied. Nick told Summer that he loved her more than she'd ever know. After Nick left, Summer reminded her mother that she'd never backed down. Summer added that she'd never known her mom not to take chances. Summer cried, "I just want to take chances! I want to try."
After the Baldwin family returned home, Fen insisted that Summer had set him up. Fen added that his friends had challenged him to kiss Summer. Fen assured his parents that he hadn't attacked Summer and that she'd even kissed him back. Fen recalled that when Kyle arrived, Summer had yelled for him to save her. Fen seemed brokenhearted that Summer had so hurtfully rebuffed him.
Michael assured Fen that his broken heart would mend. Lauren added that a mended heart could be stronger than ever. Michael glared at Lauren. Fen recalled what had taken place between his parents. He cried, "Don't tell me a broken heart heals. You know it's a lie." Lauren's eyes filled with tears.
After Fen went to his room, Lauren told Michael that all the wonderful, special moments they'd shared meant more than a mere handful of bad times. Michael replied, "I wish that were true." Lauren begged Michael not to leave. Michael reminded Lauren that he'd once begged her not leave, but she had anyway. Michael opened the door and walked out on Lauren.
After Michael left, Carmine sent Lauren a text message. It stated that he missed her. Lauren sighed and shook her head disgustedly. Fen ventured out of his room and asked his mother why an apology no longer mended a broken relationship. Lauren embraced her son. Fen asked if his parents would divorce. Lauren cried, "I hope not."
Michael sought solace at Crimson Lights. He held the matchbook from the Geneva Pine's Motel in his hand and glared at the embossed gold lettering. He plucked out a match, lit it, and set the others ablaze. Michael watched the flames flicker. Afterward, he dropped the nearly consumed matchbook into a coffee mug. Michael seemed deeply depressed and lost in thought as he stared into space.
Sharon stopped by Crimson Lights and ran into her therapist, Dr. Watkins. The doctor noted that Sharon hadn't met with her in a few weeks. Sharon insisted that her medication was working well and that her support system was wonderful. Dr. Watkins asked Sharon about work. Tears welled in Sharon's eyes when she mentioned leaving Newman Enterprises after Victor returned to run the company with Adam. Sharon added, "Adam was a much better support system than my family was. I felt grounded and happy, and Adam was a huge part of that."
Dr. Watkins offered to consult with Sharon in privacy. Sharon broke down and cried, "It's happening again, and I'm so lost." Dr. Watkins and Sharon sat at a table on the patio to talk. Sharon cried that Adam had heartlessly pushed her away even though she'd given him everything on his terms. Sharon added that because she had so misjudged the situation, she questioned whether or not she'd gotten better at all.
Sharon recalled that the doctor had advised to her to stay away from Adam. Sobbing, Sharon said she wanted to go back in time when Cassie was alive because everything in her life had been a mess after Cassie died. Dr. Watkins promised that Sharon could get well again. Sharon said she'd hoped that regaining her health and spending time with her kids could be enough. Sharon admitted that she also yearned for someone to love her.
Dr. Watkins noted that Sharon desired what she had herself termed a safe haven. Sharon explained that she'd have to discover a purpose in order to keep herself going. Dr. Watkins advised Sharon to keep her appointments, so her medication could be appropriately adjusted. Sharon noted that she was confused and thought the grief over Cassie's loss was too much to bear. Sharon cried, "A piece of my soul is gone, and I can never get it back."
At On the Boulevard, Alex and Abby arrived and signed the guest register. Alex pointed to Carmine and told Abby that the bruises visible on the bartender's neck indicated that Carmine had either been involved in a bit of trouble or had acquired the telltale marks from engaging in kinky fun. Abby rushed over to Carmine and asked, "What happened to your neck?" Carmine tugged on his necktie and raised his collar to cover the marks. Carmine claimed that a drunken patron had choked him. Alex offered to help Carmine locate the offender from the bar's credit-card receipts so Carmine could press charges. Carmine brushed off Alex's offer.
After Alex was called away, Abby interrogated Carmine and asked, "Whose husband did you piss off? Please tell me you aren't stupid enough to mess with Lauren." Judging by Carmine's reaction, Abby noted that Carmine had engaged in an affair with Michael's wife.
Carmine changed the subject by mentioning that a pair of Abby's designer shoes cost the equivalent of Alex's monthly salary. Abby quickly dismissed Carmine's comment and said she didn't care. Carmine added, "Guys from the other side of the tracks are just for fun, not for romance." Abby ordered Carmine to end his affair with Lauren immediately if he had not already. After Abby left, Carmine said aloud to himself, "Easier said than done."
At the police station, Abby showed up after she grew tired of waiting for Alex at the restaurant. Abby happened to witness Alex playfully taunting Detective Sheryl Gordon about her investigations of the recent string of home burglaries. Paul joked that the two detectives could bust each other's chops as long as they did their jobs. After Paul and Sheryl waked away, Abby told Alex that it was a jealous husband who'd left his marks on Carmine.
Back at On the Boulevard, Carmine poured scotch into a glass and gulped it. Paul, sitting at the bar, asked Carmine if the booze was supposed to ease the pain from his strangulation marks or help ease his conscience. Paul ordered Carmine to stop disrupting Paul's friends' lives. Paul warned Carmine that he could easily be mistaken for a stalker. Paul advised Carmine to find a single woman to date. Carmine sarcastically thanked Paul for his advice. Paul replied, "I have some more: Stay away from Lauren -- for good."
At the Abbott mansion, Jack and Traci quarreled over Phyllis. Traci pointed out that Phyllis had suddenly moved out of her own volition. Jack maintained that Phyllis didn't want to get between him and his sister. Traci agreed that Phyllis loved Jack, but, she added, Phyllis would always love herself first. Traci warned that Phyllis would never give him everything he needed.
Alone later, Jack phoned Phyllis and left a message. He offered to meet her for coffee to discuss the possibility of her moving back in to live with him. Jack told Phyllis he loved her. After the call ended, Jack longingly eyed a decanter of scotch sitting on the bar. Jack picked up the decanter and removed the stopper. When Jack heard Traci approaching, he quickly replaced the stopper and moved the decanter to a lower shelf.
Traci invited Jack to watch a movie with her, but he declined. Traci reminded Jack that even if Phyllis hadn't moved out when she did, she would have left eventually. Kyle returned. Traci greeted Kyle and invited him out to see a movie, but he, too, declined. After Traci left, Kyle told Jack that he'd been forced to become physical with an out-of-control Fen Baldwin. Kyle added that the fray had involved Summer.
Kyle told Jack that Nick had once again blown up at him about Summer. Jack said that Nick should know that Kyle wasn't at all romantically interested in Summer. Kyle replied, "Would it be so bad if I was interested in Summer?" Jack suggested that Kyle shouldn't battle with Nick over Summer. Kyle replied, "I just don't see what the problem is."
After Phyllis left, Summer phoned Courtney. Grinning, Summer reported that her dad had argued with Kyle. Summer happily announced that Kyle had replied, "So what if Summer and I want to date?" Summer added that she'd known all along that Kyle wanted her. While Summer gabbed on the phone with her friend, Phyllis went to the tack house to discuss Nick's unreasonable reaction to Summer's fascination with Kyle.
Phyllis reminded Nick that Summer was old enough to make her own decisions. Phyllis added that along with those decisions, Summer would make mistakes. Nick asked if Summer knew her mother had approached him as the "nice mommy trying to talk down the mean dad?" Phyllis noted that Nick was being completely irrational about Kyle. Phyllis asked if Nick's key concern was truly about Summer being interested in Kyle. Nick claimed he hoped to prevent Summer from making bad decisions. After Phyllis left, Nick phoned a lab and said he would be stopping by to pick up a paternity test kit.