Dressed in her graduation gown, Sharon sat at her desk at home, writing something. Nick entered. He reminded Sharon that the hard part was over. Sharon said it wasn't over until she walked away from the podium because she'd been chosen to give the student address at the graduation ceremony. Nick was stunned. Sharon said she was excited and that was the big finish for her. Nick reminded her that she was no longer a student but a graduate, and he was very proud of her.
Nick was delighted that Sharon was so fired up about public speaking, and he had confidence in her, since she'd been the spokesperson for Jabot and Newman cosmetics. Sharon said the speech was more intimidating because it wasn't about a face cream -- it was personal.
Mariah entered and saw the cap and Sharon dressed in her graduation gown. Mariah said it was official -- her baby had grown up, and Mariah was very proud of her. Sharon asked Mariah for pointers on how to present her speech. Mariah advised Sharon to be warm and inviting, to focus on one person, and to bring the audience on her journey. She said that if Sharon flubbed a line or stumbled, she'd show everyone that she was a real person. Sharon, Nick, and Mariah left for the graduation ceremony, but seconds later, Sharon returned for her cap. As she picked it up, she smiled.
At graduation, Sharon spoke about her mental illness and about rebuilding her life. She spoke about the things she'd learned at Genoa City University. Nick and Mariah sat proudly in the audience during the applause.
After the ceremony, Sharon, Nick, and Mariah returned home. Sharon was surprised to see the living room had been decorated with a congratulatory banner, balloons, and Champagne on ice. While he poured the Champagne, Nick said that Sharon's accomplishment had been huge. Mariah toasted Sharon, saying Sharon had raised her children, helped strangers, run a coffee shop, hit the books with Christian on her knee, and made dinner for the family. Mariah proudly announced that Sharon was her hero.
Nick said that he'd been very proud when Sharon had given her speech, but he'd also felt guilty because Sharon had given up her dream of graduating to raise Noah. He said it was her time to shine, and he couldn't wait to see what she did next. Nick said it had been a huge year for them -- Sharon's graduation, launching Dark Horse, and planning their wedding. Things were very different from their first wedding. Nick said that Sharon was the same girl he'd fallen in love with, and he reflected on how far they'd come.
Nick told Sharon there was one thing left to do. He took Sharon to the bedroom, and they made love.
At the police station, Rey was reading the file on J.T. when Paul walked out of his office and told Rey they needed to talk. Rey agreed, and he told Paul that he'd had an interesting conversation with Victor the previous day. Paul said that unless Victor had told Rey where J.T. was hiding out, it didn't matter. Rey reminded Paul that he'd been brought in to run J.T.'s investigation. Paul said that Rey had been brought in by the Police Commission and not by him. He had to justify what Rey was costing his department, and at that moment, Paul didn't have justification because Rey had nothing to show for the time he'd spent.
Rey reminded Paul that if he wrapped up the case, Paul would get the credit. Paul countered that it wasn't about the credit; it was about solving the case. Rey said he would, and he wanted Paul to hear his plan. They went into Paul's office.
Rey told Paul that he'd followed up with the leads, but he'd been blindsided by Nick's impersonation of J.T. Paul sarcastically commented that Rey made mistakes, yet he'd been told that Rey was the best of the best. Rey said he learned from his mistakes, and he knew when to walk away. That was what made him the best, and he wasn't about to let that case beat him.
Paul accused Rey of getting personally involved. Rey pointed out that Paul was personally involved, since Paul had been the one who'd brought J.T. back to town so he could dig into Newman business. He reminded Paul that J.T. had gone off the rails on Paul's watch. Rey wasn't sure whether Paul was more worried whether Rey would find J.T. or that he wouldn't. Paul warned Rey to watch himself because Rey was wasting his own time and the department's resources, and he was seriously pissing Paul off in the process.
Rey told Paul that his plan was to go back to the night J.T. had disappeared. J.T. had been in Victoria's house, and he'd taken off without a trace. Rey said he'd start there and follow the trail. He said that half the information he'd received when he'd taken over the case had led to the night that J.T. had taken off. The other half was J.T.'s sudden reappearance on his way back to Genoa City. Rey said that once Nick had been removed from the equation, the trail ended at Victoria's house.
Rey told Paul that he knew J.T. had run into Cane Ashby at Crimson Lights and that J.T. had talked about packing it in. Later, J.T. had shown up at Victoria's house, where five women who disliked each other had been helping Victoria get over her breakup with J.T. Paul told Rey that he'd repeatedly questioned all the women. Rey said Paul's questioning had been the only reason Victoria had admitted that she'd helped J.T. leave town.
Rey said that he could piece together J.T.'s time before he arrived at Victoria's house, but not after. The reports were clear about the fact that he'd been abusing Victoria emotionally, but the night J.T. had shown up at Victoria's house, she'd helped him. He wanted to know where J.T. had gone. There was no security footage, no car rental, and no train or airplane tickets purchased. There was no straight line.
Rey said Paul knew as well as he did that someone couldn't just disappear. He felt that Victoria had been withholding information, something she'd done previously. Rey admitted that he'd acquainted himself with everyone under false pretenses, but he'd been rebuilding those relationships. Paul asked if Rey planned on questioning the women individually and who Rey wanted to begin with.
Rey told Paul that Nikki was warm on the outside but stone cold on the inside. He also knew that Paul and Nikki had a history. Victoria was too high-strung, and the longer the case went on, the more rattled she became, so Rey wanted to let Victoria ride that one out. Rey knew Phyllis wouldn't crack. Rey wanted to work on the weakest link: Sharon.
Rey said Sharon had just graduated with a degree in psychology with plans to go into social work. There just happened to be an opening for a victim liaison position within the police department. Paul agreed that Sharon would be a strong candidate. Rey suggested they hire Sharon, and she'd be where he'd be able to keep an eye on her. Rey said something had happened the night of the party, and he promised he'd get an answer to the J.T. puzzle.
Billy arrived at Jabot, and Gloria gave him a folder for his signature. She asked Billy if she should send Phyllis in when she arrived. Billy asked Gloria to give him a minute before sending Phyllis in because he had a few things he needed to handle. Before entering his office, Billy thanked Gloria for helping him with the wire transfer the previous evening. Gloria said she was certain there would be something extra in her next paycheck. Billy quipped there would be emojis and smiley faces. Gloria looked crestfallen.
Billy made a phone call to confirm that the wire transfer had been received. He told the party on the other end that they knew where to send the winnings when they started rolling in.
Phyllis arrived at Jabot. Gloria tried to stop Phyllis from entering Billy's office, but Phyllis ignored Gloria and barged in. Phyllis told Billy that she and Summer had had a huge talk; they had put everything on the table, and it hadn't been pretty. Phyllis said that she and Summer had discussed the three of them. Summer had been painfully honest, and she'd admitted that her actions had all been about hurting Phyllis. Phyllis thought that after their talk, they were fine. Phyllis said that deep down, she'd suspected what Summer had been doing. It had been brutal, but it had needed to happen.
Phyllis told Billy that Summer had been painfully honest about pursuing Billy, and it had been all about making Phyllis suffer. Summer had saved up all her resentment, and when she'd become an adult, she'd gone after Billy. Summer had known that it would drive a wedge between Phyllis and Billy, and she knew what made Phyllis bleed. Phyllis said that Summer's plan hadn't worked because she and Billy were solid. Billy wanted them to go somewhere private because there was more to talk about.
Billy and Phyllis entered the Abbotts' home. Billy questioned why Phyllis had felt the need to explain what had transpired between her and Summer and if there had been a hidden message. He said it felt as though Phyllis wanted to remind him to be honest and tell her everything. Phyllis said that Billy had been different recently, and she knew something was going on. Billy told Phyllis about the gambling syndicate. He admitted it had been a six-figure buy-in. Phyllis was shocked. She asked Billy where he'd gotten the money. Billy avoided revealing his source by telling Phyllis that he had it covered. Billy said he felt better when Phyllis knew everything.
Phyllis told Billy the reason she'd wanted to go to Vegas with him had been because she'd wanted to be on board with his gambling and to feel what he'd felt. She admitted that Vegas hadn't felt the same for her as it had for Billy. She said that for Billy, it had made him want more, but she didn't know what the end game was, so to her, it felt a little dangerous. Angry, Billy said he'd thought they'd been in it together, but he realized that Phyllis wanted to be the exciting sexy girlfriend who was fun-loving and free, but in reality, she was waiting for the moment to fix him, just like Victoria had. Victoria had drawn a line, and she'd warned him not to cross it.
Phyllis told Billy that there had to be moderation. She said that she wanted to be with Billy, but she wouldn't enable him. Phyllis wanted a happy life together. Billy said he was happy; if Phyllis wanted to be with him, that was fine, but if she didn't want to stay with him, that was fine, too. She had to make a choice. Phyllis said she wanted to be with Billy, but she had to figure out if his life was what she wanted as her life.
Kyle met Ashley at the Athletic Club. Ashely noted how pleased Kyle looked with himself. Kyle admitted that he was. He reminded Ashley that they'd agreed to allow Billy to implode and fall from grace on his own. He said their wait was over. Kyle said that Billy had dived into the deep end of the betting pool and that he'd stolen from the company to support his habit. Ashley was stunned. She told Kyle that Billy's gambling had been off limits and that Kyle had respected her decision.
Ashley accused Kyle of preying on Billy's addiction. Kyle said that he hadn't been the one who'd convinced Billy to lose the company yacht in a poker game. Kyle said that Billy hadn't sought out help for his addiction after that nor had it kept Billy from the poker tables. Kyle said Billy was a grenade waiting to go off, and Billy had pulled the pin himself.
Kyle told Ashley that a friend of his on Wall Street knew a guy who owned a betting syndicate. Members pooled their money, made huge bets, and each received a cut of the winnings. It was big risk, big reward, and big excitement. Kyle said that his friend had mentioned that the syndicate guy had bragged about signing up a CEO from Genoa City, and it sounded a lot like Billy. Kyle said the buy-in was mid-six figures. Ashley asked if that was all Kyle had -- a rumor out of New York. Ashley said that Billy didn't have access to that kind of cash. Kyle said that Billy hadn't used his own money when he'd bet Jaboat. Ashley didn't believe that Billy could get his hands on that kind of money.
Kyle pulled out his tablet and showed Ashley some new files on the Jabot server, showing financial transactions had been made after hours the previous evening and that they were password protected. Ashley said they could be anything. Kyle said they could also be Billy using Jabot money to play "big spender." Ashley thought Kyle just saw what he wanted to see, but Kyle said he couldn't see anything with a password lock.
Ashley said she was COO, and she wouldn't be locked out of the company files. However, when she tried to log into the files, she discovered that she'd been locked out. Kyle said the more Ashley turned a blind eye, the more damage Billy could do to Jabot. Ashley said that the grudge Kyle had against Billy had clouded his judgment, and she told him not to waste any more time on it. Ashley was angry and left.
At Jabot, Kyle tried to cajole Gloria into giving him the password for access to the financial information by presenting her with a red velvet cupcake. Gloria refused. He said that there had been a huge chunk of change that had been wired out, and the COO required the information. Gloria refused and suggested that Kyle wait for Billy to arrive and get the information from him. Kyle asked who had authorized the transfer, but Gloria refused to tell him.
Kyle reminded Gloria that she'd weaseled her way back into Jabot, where everyone had been waiting for her to "fall on [her] ass." Kyle warned Gloria that she'd be the one to suffer because Billy would save his own ass and let Gloria take the fall.
Kyle later met with Ashley in Billy's office. Caustically, Ashley asked if Kyle had been looking for betting slips or lottery tickets. Kyle said that Billy had gone beyond betting slips. He told Ashley that Gloria had given him the files for the locked data. Jt showed that a $500,000 wire transfer had been made the previous evening to New York City, and the receiving bank was associated with the gambling syndicate. He told Ashley that he'd confirmed the routing number with his contact. The company funds had left Jabot and were with other peoples' money, awaiting the next sure thing. He said that Billy wasn't only a guy with a gambling problem -- he was a CEO with an embezzling problem.
Ashley reminded Kyle that it wasn't only about the funds; Billy was her brother, and if the information was accurate, Billy was an addict and was spiraling. Ashley said that she'd wanted to have Billy removed as CEO, but she'd wanted it done in the right way. Kyle asked if Ashley would ignore what was right in front of her face. He asked if she hoped that Billy would fail in a more respectful way.
Kyle warned that Billy was over the edge, and he'd take down the company. Kyle suggested that if Ashley saved Jabot, she'd save her brother. He asked what would happen if she didn't save Billy. As Ashley was about to leave, Kyle asked what Ashley planned to do. Ashley left without answering.
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