Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Outside the cabin, Nick chopped wood, and he briefly paused to take a swig from a liquor bottle. He flashed back to confronting Sharon about stealing Summer from him, and Sharon had pleaded for forgiveness, but he'd snapped that she'd broken his daughter's heart. Nick gathered the chunks of wood, and he recalled walking out on Sharon in the park. He jumped when he heard a noise, but the dog appeared, and a relieved Nick warned him not to sneak up on a drunk with an axe.

Nick wondered if the dog was lost, and he invited the dog in and gave him some water. Nick scoured the cabin for more alcohol, and when he found another bottle, he contemplated whether it could have gone bad. He decided that it couldn't hurt because he was already drunk, and he grimaced from the taste, comparing it to paint thinner. Nick sank to the floor and marveled at the peace and quiet, and he declared that they were just men being men. He guessed that the dog was a boy based on the confused look in its eye, and he griped that women were always the problem.

Nick got flames burning in the fireplace, and in his best caveman voice, Nick bragged, "I have made fire." He acknowledged that it wasn't a great fire, but he'd made it, and he thought it needed more wood. He declared that wood was the answer, not women, and he told the dog to be the man of the fort while he fetched more wood. The dog followed him outside, and Nick asked if the hound thought he was Nick's babysitter.

Nick cackled maniacally and pretended to be a killer in the woods with an axe, and he wondered what the dog's story was. Nick noted that the dog seemed to take care of himself, but his own life had been a series of bad moves because of women. Nick blamed himself for screwing things up, and he pondered how to avoid the pitfalls that kept blowing up his life. He realized that he was in the wilderness with an axe and a serious buzz, talking to a dog, and he grumbled that things couldn't get any worse. He returned to the cabin, where a vision of Amy Wilson greeted him.

Amy said she hadn't been sure Nick would recognize her, since she had changed, and Nick replied that they all had. Amy contended that he hadn't, and he said he was working on it. She confided that she thought about him sometimes, and she inquired whether he'd ever thought about her. He remarked that high school seemed to have happened in another lifetime, and he told her that Noah had given him a hard time about his cocky bachelor days. Amy recalled that she'd wanted Nick to like her, and Nick flashed back to Amy taking his hand and telling him it was time for her to show him how much she cared.

Nick said he'd really liked Amy, and she stressed that he'd been her first love. Nick apologized, and Amy said she was sorry it hadn't lasted, but she didn't regret that they'd made love. Grace suddenly appeared and taunted that Amy made it sound sweet, like cotton candy that could make someone sick to their stomach. Nick ordered Grace to leave Amy alone, but Grace blasted Nick for taking Amy's innocence and dumping Amy afterward. Nick swore that Amy was amazing and beautiful, and he imagined how different his life would have been if he'd stayed with her.

Grace teased Nick for going for the needy damsels, but she contended that she had always been the one there for him whenever he'd hit a rough patch. Nick flashed back to Grace giving him a massage and kissing him passionately, and he noted that she'd always shown up when his head hadn't been on straight. Nick chided Grace for chasing him when Sharon had been her friend, and Amy pointed out that she and Sharon had also been friends, but Nick had left Amy to be with Sharon. Nick became flustered and tried to explain, and he rambled that both he and his parents had liked Amy very much, but Victor and Nikki had never accepted Sharon. Nick reasoned that he'd gone back to Sharon to prove something to Victor, but Sharon appeared in the doorway and protested that it hadn't been revenge or payback, just love.

Nick retreated outside, and he scolded the dog for not barking when people had shown up. Nick insisted that he wasn't afraid of facing the women, but no one was taking any blame for the things they'd pulled on him over the years. He heard electronic sounds in the cabin, and he joined Phyllis on the couch to play a video game. Phyllis asserted that he'd been wasting his time with Amy and Grace, since he needed a challenge, and he asked if she was talking about herself. He called her a "pain in the ass," but he recognized that they'd had something good for a while.

Phyllis agreed that the video games and junk food had been great, and Nick questioned whose fault it had been that things had gone wrong. Phyllis reasoned that perhaps it hadn't been anyone's fault, since love ended and people moved on, or they jumped on and off like they were on a merry-go-round. Nick asked if they should jump back on again, but she doubted that was what he wanted, and he looked away. Phyllis blurted out that it had been his fault, and he suddenly lost the video game. He complained that she'd let a troll rip his heart out, and she referred to her sister as Avery appeared.

Nick defended that Avery wasn't a troll, and Phyllis sarcastically described Avery as "sunshine and cupcakes." Phyllis huffed that Nick hadn't been in love with Avery, but Nick swore he had been. Avery recalled that Phyllis had cheated on Nick with Ronan, but Phyllis argued that it had just been sex, whereas Avery had caused Nick complete humiliation by falling in love with someone else. Nick questioned why Avery hadn't cut him loose earlier, and Avery explained that she hadn't understood what she'd felt until they'd been about to make the jump to the altar. Nick groused that Avery had made him look like a chump, and Phyllis said that Avery had layers of imperfections.

Phyllis said that they'd all managed to become friends, and Avery added that there was no need to rehash the past, but Nick asserted that both women had hurt and betrayed him, so he couldn't pretend it didn't bother him. He ranted that polite conversation wasn't okay, and he accused both women of not wanting to get to the bottom of it, but Avery clucked that he wasn't exactly St. Nicholas. Phyllis and Avery reminded Nick that there was a long list of what he'd done to the women in his life, and it was time for him to answer for his actions. The women pushed Nick onto the bed, and he incredulously asked if he was on trial. Avery put on her glasses and proclaimed, "Court is now in session."

Avery accused Nick of being reckless with people's hearts by making careless declarations of love since his youth. Nick defended that he had regrets, and Phyllis asked if he was aware of how much he'd hurt Amy. Nick flashed back to breaking up with Amy, who had guessed that he had feelings for Sharon. Nick had explained that it hadn't been Amy's fault that he couldn't get Sharon out of his head, and he'd hoped he and Amy could stay friends, but Amy had told him that she would never forgive him. Avery asserted that Amy had given Nick something special, and she questioned what he'd think if someone had treated Summer that way.

Grace asked if she'd gotten what she'd deserved, and Nick contended that they'd never had anything real, but Phyllis barked that he'd been too busy obsessing over Sharon to care about anyone else's feelings. Phyllis added that he'd promised to love Phyllis, and Nick swore that he had, but Avery questioned whether he'd lived up to his word to love Phyllis forever. Nick flashed back to exchanging wedding vows with Phyllis, and Phyllis snapped that he hadn't kept his promises. Nick testily inquired whether Phyllis had, and Phyllis pointed out that he had cheated first. Nick recalled having a huge argument with Phyllis, who had confronted him about still being in love with Sharon the entire time he'd been building a life with Phyllis and Summer. Phyllis had ordered him to go, and he had walked out.

Nick contended that Faith was in the world because of his affair with Sharon, just like Summer existed because of what he and Phyllis had shared, and his kids were only thing good thing he'd done in his life. Nick apologized that he'd hurt Phyllis, but he didn't regret his girls being in his life. Avery asked if Nick had ever been with anyone he hadn't cheated on, and she charged him with emotional polygamy. Nick argued that people fell in love multiple times in their lives, but Avery pointed out that he'd been emotionally engaged with more than one person at a time. Nick argued that Phyllis had moved on with Jack, and Avery had reunited with Dylan, so he didn't understand why they were convicting him of being a jerk. Avery called her star witness -- Sharon Collins Newman.

Nick continued to chug liquor outside, and Sharon remarked it was beautiful out. She asked if he was cold, and he said the whiskey was keeping him warm, but he agreed it was peaceful there. She said it wasn't inside the cabin, and he conceded that he'd made many mistakes and that he hadn't kept all of his promises. Sharon advised that it was human to fail and to try to do better, and it worked sometimes. Nick recalled that they'd made promises to one another, and he flashed back to their first wedding.

Sharon said she'd meant every word, and she pleaded with Nick to forgive her for her past mistakes and the ones she was bound to make going forward. Nick growled that she'd had secrets from the beginning, and it had shown that she didn't have faith in him or in them. Nick continued that her secrets and lies were reasons for them not to stay together, and Sharon whimpered that she'd withheld things out of fear and shame, since she'd felt like she hadn't deserved him. She cried that she'd been afraid he wouldn't love her if he'd known the truth, but Nick became irate that she'd kept testing his love and forgiveness, and he couldn't do it anymore.

Nick realized that he couldn't fix or heal Sharon, and he never should have tried. He said that he'd convinced himself that everything would lead to them being together forever, but instead, she had devastated his child. Sharon insisted she was sorry, and he reflected upon how many times they'd apologized to one another. Nick huffed that apologies wouldn't fix things, and he would never feel for Sharon what he once had. Sharon argued that he'd never been able to shut her out, but he pledged to keep his distance, or they'd end up back in the same place.

Nick vowed never to let Sharon back into his life again, and she asserted that they'd always forgiven one another, but he maintained that he wouldn't forgive her that time. He added that he'd never feel love for her or any woman ever again, and he returned to the cabin, where Nikki greeted him with a hug. Nikki lectured Nick about drinking water instead of alcohol, and she wondered if he was trying to drown his emotions with whiskey. Nikki sympathized that he'd handed over his heart to someone who had treated it carelessly, and she reminded him that she'd warned him about Sharon.

Nick flashed back to Nikki advising him that girls like Sharon were more trouble than they were worth, and he wished he'd listened to his mother. Nikki said that many people had loved Nick throughout his life, including women, and she urged him to remember that despite the pain, he'd also experienced a lot of joy. Nick recalled surprising Avery with her own booth at the Underground, and he thought about playfully bantering with Phyllis about how they had used sex to fix things, but he'd also really liked having her around. Nick flashed back to Sharon listing the reasons why she loved him, and the main one had been the way he treated other people.

Nick conceded he'd had some good times, but he pointed out that Nikki had hated most of the women he'd been with, and he wondered why she was siding with them. Nikki swore that she was on his side, and she wanted him to find lasting love, but he had to look for it to find it. Nick complained that all of his relationships had crashed and burned, and Nikki questioned whether all of them had. They heard squeals of laughter outside, and Nick stumbled out the door and found Summer and Faith.

Nick played with his daughters, and they discussed whether Faith would be an astronaut or a professional skateboarder when she grew up. Faith declared that she wanted to be a bride and marry a man just like her daddy, and Summer wondered who their daddy would marry. Mariah approached and said that the warm and fuzzy scene made her want to hurl, and Faith chirped that their family was all together. Mariah asked why she was there in Nick's mind instead of Cassie, and Nick replied that Cassie deserved to rest in peace.

Mariah wished Nick luck with swearing off women, and she proclaimed that love turned people into starry-eyed idiots, but love only caused pain. Summer countered that love also caused happiness, and she said Nick had taught his children to be brave enough to find love. Summer inquired whether Nick wanted to take back everything he'd said, and he suggested that they head back to the cabin, but Mariah wouldn't allow Nick to blow off Summer's question. Mariah dared him to tell Summer that love was a lie and marriage was a load, and Faith told Mariah not to be mean. Summer insisted that her father believed in love, but Nick said it wasn't that simple.

Nick's exes surrounded him and agreed that Nick had once believed in love, but Nick thought it would be safer for everyone if he gave up women. Phyllis said she'd been alone in her head for a year, and she didn't think Nick was built for solitude. Faith declared that her daddy wasn't a quitter, but Nick contended that he'd had several shots at love, and they hadn't worked out. Phyllis urged him to take another chance, just like she had with Jack and Avery had with Dylan. Mariah challenged Nick to own his truth, and Nick acknowledged that love existed, but he reiterated that he had to walk away from it.

Summer didn't want Nick to be alone, and Faith considered the idea terrible. Nick stated that he would always have his kids, but Summer encouraged him to find someone else to love. Nick bellowed that it would take an act from God to get him to do it, and Summer begged him not to shut himself off. Nick confessed that he loved women, but he couldn't take the pain and agony anymore. The women in Nick's life closed in around him, and he yelled that he was done.

Nick suddenly awakened in a drunken stupor on the cabin floor, and he asked the dog what was going on. He let the dog outside, and he planned to follow the hound home and tell the owner how great the dog was. Nick screamed in pain when his foot got caught in a bear trap.

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On the next The Young and the Restless...
  • Unseen by Avery, Joe watches her as she removes her blouse.
  • At Genoa City Memorial, Victoria, holding Katie, asks a doctor if the folder he is holding contains the results of the paternity test. He tells her that it does.
  • At the tack house, Sharon tells Summer she needs to see Nick. Summer tells Sharon to leave Nick alone. In the woods, the dog leads Sage to the unconscious Nick.
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