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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

On the Crimson Lights patio, Victor told Nikki that Ashley hadn't mentioned why Abby needed him. Nikki offered to go with him, but he thought he should do it on his own. Nikki hoped it wasn't about Abby and Chance that soon after their honeymoon, and Victor vowed to find a solution to whatever it was. After Victor departed, Sharon approached Nikki and inquired whether it was a good time to solicit some advice.

Sharon bemoaned that Faith had dealt with a lot, having left boarding school to help Sharon through her cancer. Sharon continued that Billy's exposé on Adam had resulted in it becoming public knowledge that Faith had been stolen at birth, and Nikki voiced her fury at Billy for dredging up painful history. Sharon revealed that some kids had been harassing Faith, and Nikki was outraged that the school had done nothing about it. Nikki offered to speak to the dean of students, but Sharon clarified that it wasn't what she wanted to talk about. Sharon confided that she and Nick knew of a couple of times when Faith had been drinking.

Nikki wondered why Nick hadn't told her. Sharon thought he'd been planning to, but she'd decided to seize the moment when she'd seen Nikki there alone. Sharon indicated that Faith had been on her best behavior while Sharon had been away, but Faith had seemed oddly perky when she'd welcomed Sharon home. Sharon mentioned that Faith had been with her friend Jordan both times Faith had been caught "the morning after," but there had been no proof the girls had been drinking together. Nikki thought it was enough evidence to break up the relationship.

Sharon asserted that it was important for teenagers to build social circles, and Faith had given up her friends at boarding school to be with Sharon during her treatment. Sharon hesitated to sever the connection Faith had found with Jordan, but Nikki insisted on intervening if Jordan was a bad influence. Sharon preferred to piece together Jordan's involvement in the situation, but she wasn't sure how to handle it. Nikki surmised that Sharon had turned to the family alcoholic for advice.

Sharon swore that she'd meant no offense, and Nikki was glad that Sharon had felt comfortable enough to ask for help. Nikki wanted to have a heart-to-heart talk with Faith about drinking and the choices the girl had made. Sharon mentioned that she and Nick had also decided that Faith should go into therapy, and Nikki assumed that they'd already talked to Faith about how alcoholism might have a genetic predisposition. Sharon confirmed that Faith also knew alcohol had been involved in Cassie's death.

Nikki lectured that kids who started drinking at a young age were more likely to become dependent, and they were also more likely to become sexually active at an earlier age. Nikki urged Sharon to keep the lines of communication open as much as she could, since it was a warning sign if Faith was putting up a front. Nikki cautioned that secrets and lies were classic defense mechanisms for those with the disorder, and addicts constructed alternate realities to avoid their problems. Nikki insisted that Sharon and Nick didn't have to face it alone, since they would all pull together to look out for Faith's well-being.

Sharon was glad to know her daughter was surrounded by love and people she could count on. She recalled reminding herself of that on the days when she hadn't known if she'd be there for her girls. Nikki thanked God that Sharon had won her battle with cancer, and she reiterated that Sharon could always count on her support, particularly with Faith. Faith entered the patio, and Nikki brightly stated that she'd just been speaking with Sharon about arranging a day to spend some time with Faith. Faith invited Nikki to send her some dates to see what might work, and Nikki headed out. Faith accused Sharon of telling Nikki about the drinking, and she was livid that her own grandmother thought she was an alcoholic.

Sharon admitted that she'd told Nikki about Faith's experimentation with alcohol, and she and Nick wanted Faith to listen to what her grandmother had to say. Faith protested that she'd only drunk a couple of times, and it didn't mean she was an alcoholic. Sharon pointed out that she wasn't saying Faith was, but Faith might have inherited a predisposition to substance abuse, and they needed to take that seriously. Faith demanded to know who else Sharon planned to tell, and she bitingly suggested that her mother ask Billy to write another article so the entire town could find out.

Sharon explained that she'd gone to Nikki because she'd needed advice, and she didn't always have all the answers or know what to do. Faith spat that she knew what she needed, and it wasn't being labeled or put into therapy. Sharon realized that Faith had been eavesdropping on her conversation with Nick. Faith reasoned that she'd had to listen in because her parents had sneaked around to make plans behind her back instead of being straight with her.

Faith resented Sharon for arranging a lecture from Nikki on the evils of drinking. Sharon countered that Nikki loved Faith and wanted to support her making good decisions. Faith contended that she'd just made a mistake, and she'd been taught that making mistakes was fine because she'd learn from them, but everyone was acting like it was a huge crisis. Faith declared that she wasn't an addict or a headcase -- she was just a normal person who'd had a crappy year. Faith ordered Sharon to accept it and leave her alone.

At the Chancellor mansion, Chance was surprised to see Abby up when he'd thought she'd been napping. She wished she could sleep, but she kept reliving the moment when her doctor had said she'd never be able to get pregnant again. Abby lamented that it was like her brain was trying to convince her it was true, but it wouldn't sink in because she'd wanted so badly to hear that everything would be all right.

Victor arrived at the mansion, and Chance guessed he'd heard the news. Victor stated that he'd talked to Ashley, and he asked how Abby was doing. Chance admitted that it had been a bit of a shock, and he thought it might be better if Victor saw her after she got some rest. A forlorn Abby entered the room.

Later, Abby told Chance that her dad had said not to give up hope, since Victor was making a call to a surgeon in Chicago who specialized in cases like hers. Over the phone, Victor advised the doctor to review the video of the procedure Abby had undergone and give him a call later. Abby brightened at the prospect that there was still hope. Chance looked concerned.

Chance recognized that Victor was just trying to be helpful, but he reminded Abby that they'd talked about letting things settle before making a decision. Abby recalled Traci's words that sometimes doctors were wrong, and she saw no harm in getting a second opinion. Victor prepared to wait there until the specialist called back. Over a video chat, the specialist confirmed that Abby's scarring was too extensive for surgery to be effective. Victor pledged to never give up.

Victor consulted with another doctor over the phone, and Abby concluded from his reaction that the third opinion had been the same as the first two. She wailed that even if a fertilized egg were implanted, she would eventually miscarry again. Abby thanked her father for trying, and Victor pointed out that there was another way for Abby and Chance to have a child. Chance asserted that it was something to consider, but not that day because Abby needed rest. Victor told Abby to let him know when she was ready, and they'd figure something out. Later, Chance prepared a tray with something for Abby to eat, but he found her curled up in a chair, asleep.

At Society, Nikki cried that her heart went out to Abby, and she recalled what Victoria had gone through when she'd received similar news. Victor reported that Chance had been very quiet and obviously concerned. Nikki indicated that they needed to be concerned about Faith, too, since Sharon had confided in her about the trouble Faith had had coping with the stress she'd been under. Nikki divulged that Faith had been hanging out with older kids and experimenting with alcohol. Victor surmised that Faith was just testing her limits as a teenager, but Nikki worried that it might be dangerous.

Victor promised to do everything in his power for all members of his family, and Nikki remarked that retirement wasn't turning out the way he'd thought. Victor reiterated that the most important things to him were his family and his loving wife, and he cautioned Nikki against taxing her own health. She gushed that their trip to London had been restorative, but she was glad they were home because their family needed them. She wanted more than anything to be able to help their children and grandchildren through their challenges -- together.

Elena picked up a room key in the Grand Phoenix lobby. She ran into Amanda, who wondered why Elena was at the hotel. Elena replied that she was meeting Nate, who was running behind schedule because Lily had asked him to stop by her office. Amanda bet that it was about Lily offering Nate a position at the medical website that Chancellor Communications had just acquired, and she asked how Elena felt about Nate taking on that kind of role. Elena enthused that he was perfect for the job, and Amanda thought it would be something new and exciting for him to look forward to. Elena asked how things were going with Amanda and Devon.

Amanda insisted that she and Devon were just friends, and Elena noted that Devon had said the same thing. Elena confessed that it would selfishly give her peace of mind to know he was in a relationship, since it would mean he was getting over what she'd done to him. Amanda indicated that Devon appeared to be fine, and she didn't think he was faking anything. Elena was glad Amanda was there for him, but Amanda responded that it was the other way around, since Devon had been her rock ever since she'd tracked down her birth mother. Elena gasped, and Amanda realized they had a lot of catching up to do.

Amanda explained that it had been cathartic in a way to finally get answers, albeit painful ones, but then her half-sister had slapped her with a restraining order, which had cut deeper than expected. Elena compared it to how Ripley had filed a restraining order against Amanda to mess with her head. Amanda believed Imani had a killer instinct, and Elena contemplated whether Amanda was better off without her newfound blood relatives. Amanda relayed that Devon had encouraged her to keep an open mind because of his experience with Tucker, and she felt fortunate that she had someone whose doorstep she could show up on in the middle of the night and vent about her birth mother. Amanda received a message from Devon, asking her to meet him.

At Chancellor Communications, Lily presented Nate with a lab coat bearing the Ask MD Now logo. Nate observed that it happened to be his size, and Lily imagined it would look great on him when he taped video segments. He pointed out that he hadn't yet accepted the job. Lily declared that she wasn't worried, since she knew how compassionate and generous he was and that he would never pass up a gig that would allow him to help people. She added that he knew how relentless she could be, and he commented that Billy hadn't had any idea what he'd been getting himself into. Lily asked who had told him about her and Billy, and Nate informed her that she just had.

Lily turned the topic back to her job offer, but Nate sensed there was a reason she didn't want to talk about her relationship with Billy. She claimed that there wasn't much to say because they hadn't been seeing one another very long and didn't know where things were going yet. She recounted that butting heads with Billy and driving one another crazy had become fun, and it had progressed from there. Nate assumed that it wasn't serious. Lily figured that she and Billy had both realized they were in similar places in their lives and had bonded over rebuilding from the ground up. Nate objected to her comparing herself to Billy, and Lily wondered what Nate had against him.

Nate explained that as Amanda's friend and Victoria's doctor, he'd had a front-row seat to what had gone down when Billy's relationship with Victoria had ended. Nate blasted Billy for engaging in an intense friendship with Amanda on the sly while Victoria hadn't had any idea where his emotional energy had been going, but he figured that he was in no position to judge. Lily acknowledged that it was no secret that Billy had made bad decisions, but she believed he'd changed, and she admired him for being honest about the shameful things he'd done in the past.

Lily resumed pressing Nate to make a decision about the job. She thought he knew he would be perfect for it, even though he'd never done anything like it before. Nate questioned whether she thought he was afraid to try new things. Lily understood that he didn't like to fail, and she was confident he wouldn't. Nate accepted on the condition that either one of them could back out if it didn't work. Lily agreed to have Amanda put outs in the contract, but she was sure they wouldn't need them because he would be phenomenal.

At Society, Devon grinned as he read Amanda's response to his invitation. Lily entered the restaurant and remarked that it was nice to see him smile. She announced that she'd finally gotten Nate to be the face of ChanceComm's new medical site, and Devon thought it was a great opportunity for Nate to take on a new challenge. Devon informed Lily that Moses might be living with him for a while, since the teen was considering a career in medicine and hoping Nate could mentor him. Lily marveled that their family had seemed splintered at Thanksgiving, but it looked like their Genoa City family tree was growing a branch.

Lily looked forward to spending time with Moses once he was settled in, and she considered getting him an internship at Ask MD Now. She recalled telling Billy that she was happy not to be raising kids anymore, but she missed having teenagers around. Devon voiced surprise that she and Billy had been talking about having more children, and Lily clucked that if she said anything more, then she'd have to ask Devon about where things were going with him and Amanda. Lily teased that she saw the sparkle in his eye whenever Amanda's name was mentioned.

Later, Amanda joined Devon and apologized for it taking longer than expected for her to get there. He mused that she was worth waiting for. Amanda recounted her conversation with Elena about Naya and Imani, and she realized how much she'd relied on Devon to get through it. He insisted that he'd been happy to be there for her. Amanda wanted to prove that she was capable of discussing other things, like the lunch specials.

Devon mentioned that Lily had just been there, and his sister was under the impression that there was more going on between him and Amanda than they were willing to admit. Amanda recalled that Lily had said the same thing to her, and Devon pondered whether Lily was onto something. Devon invited Amanda on an official date to see what happened.

Nate met Elena in a hotel suite and thanked her for being patient. He revealed that he'd tentatively agreed to take the job, but he and Lily both had an out if it didn't work. Elena expected that he would be a natural, just like he'd been when they'd done his screen test. She squealed that their rendezvous wouldn't just be a date but also a celebration, although she'd be happy once they didn't have to rent hotel rooms. Nate groaned that he wouldn't have started a massive remodel at his place if he'd known where things had been headed for them. He couldn't wait for the day the renovations were complete, and he could take her there.

Elena mentioned that she'd had a potentially awkward encounter with Amanda downstairs, but it had ended up being perfectly pleasant. Elena shared that Amanda had found her birth mother and that the mother's other daughter had filed a restraining order. Elena wasn't surprised that Devon had been helping Amanda through it, and Nate asked how Elena felt about it. Elena thought Devon and Amanda seemed good for one another, and Nate assured her that it was okay for her to admit that she still cared about Devon. Elena insisted that it didn't affect how she felt about Nate, since she wanted things to work between them. He responded that it made two of them.

After having sex, Nate stared at a sleeping Elena. She dreamed of making love with Devon, and she seemed disoriented when she opened her eyes and saw Nate there. Nate asked if she was okay. She covered by claiming that she'd forgotten where she was for a second.

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