Young and restless: Tessa tells Mariah that Noah is still in love with her
At Society, Devon can’t wait for him and Amanda to go to Abby’s. She knows he can’t wait to sign the papers. They say how great it is to not have to go to court and then walk away. As they exit, Christine enters. Devon is surprised to see her – she’s going to be late for their date with Abby and Chance. Chris asks, “Didn’t you get Abby’s message?” Chris says she texted asking for more time. Amanda and Devon want more information, but Chris doesn’t.
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At the Chancellor Estate, Abby tells Chance she’s sorry she postponed the meeting, but once they sign those papers, there’s no going back. Chance asks if she has any doubts about any of this. He promises they’ll get through this together. Abby will be missed by Dominic on a molecular level. Chance asks again if she has any doubts. Abby says she’s not – Dominic is as much a part of Devon as he is of her. She can’t deny them the chance to spend time together. Chance hugs her with the assurance that he will always know how much they love him.
In Lily’s office, she tells Billy that she is waiting to hear from Devon after he signs the custody papers. She gets a call and Billy goes shopping.
At the hotel, Phyllis asks Jack what brings her. He wanted to see if she had made her travel arrangements for Milan. Phyllis leaves later that day and is overjoyed to see Summer. Jack thinks the sooner she leaves, the sooner she’ll have answers about her future. Nick is walking around and wants to book a fundraiser there for New Hope. Phyllis would like to help her. Jack winces awkwardly and tells Phyllis he’ll contact her later. Nick asks if he interrupted something. Phyllis has something to tell him: she plans to move to Milan and work with Summer. Nick looks at her as she explains how awesome that would be, then asks, “And Jack?” He thought they were working there to go back to something. Phyllis says Jack is her friend and happy for her. Nick congratulates her.
At the cafe, Tessa marvels at Mariah’s outfit to meet the adoption lawyer. Mariah is puzzled because he texted Noah to join them for coffee, but he didn’t respond. She notices that Tessa has been making a funny face for days and reminds her that they didn’t tell any secrets. Tessa sighs, “It’s about your brother. Mariah urges her to continue. Tessa recounts how she bumped into Noah the other night, who had been drinking alone. Mariah worries that she was too caught up in their excitement to notice something was bothering him, and asks if he opened up to her. Tessa hedges, “Yes and no.” She explains that he didn’t come out to say it, but he hinted that he still had feelings for her. Tessa tells Mariah exactly what he told her and she sighs, “So my brother is still in love with you.”
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Tessa insists he’s happy for them and doesn’t want anything between the three of them. Mariah knows Noah doesn’t have a malevolent bone in his body – if he says he’s happy for them, she believes him. “I’m not mad. In fact, I feel a little sorry for him. She wonders if he’s set on Tessa after having his heart broken because she can’t be found. Tessa is d okay; nothing could come of it. She tells Mariah that she is the love of her life. “We are inevitable.” Mariah agrees, “Yes, we are,” as they shake hands. Noah walks in. He apologizes for not answering Mariah and says he’s meeting Nick. Mariah reveals that they have an important meeting with the adoption lawyer. Noah hopes everything will go well. After he leaves, Tessa is glad nothing awkward happened, and Mariah assures her that nothing has to change.
On the patio, Jack tells Billy what a great decision he made in moving to Chancellor Industries with Lily. Billy asks why it looks like he just lost his best friend. Jack admits that Phyllis is moving to Milan to be with Summer so he has a hole in his life. Billy felt like he wanted to get back together with her after she and Nick broke up. Jack thinks maybe it’s for the best, they could never quite sustain things. He tells his brother it wasn’t a search. Billy thinks it would be hard not to take it that way, and wonders what it is about Phyllis that inspires such chaos and conflict, but also such devotion. Jack thinks she’s a nice enigma.
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At Society, Christine urges Devon and Amanda not to jump to conclusions, when they receive a text from Abby saying she’s ready.
At the Chancellor Estate, Chance apologizes for the delay. Abby appears with Dominic; she wanted him in the perfect outfit for the occasion. “It’s a big day for all of us.” Once the papers are signed off screen. Christine and Amanda say how impressed they are with how they all handled this. Abby declares they’re family – and now it’s official. Christine leaves and Devon thanks Chance and Abby again. He knows it hasn’t been easy and it will take time for them to get back to where they were. Abby reassures him before handing him Dominic. Devon tells him, “This party is for you, mate.” The baby reaches out to touch his face. They discuss how much he enjoys his music class and Devon is invited into the loop. They agree that Dom will be fine and Devon thanks Abby and Chance for the lovely gift.
Devon welcomes Lily to the penthouse, where she welcomes her to parenthood and promises to help her. Devon shares that he used one of Neil’s pens to sign the papers and ruminates on the day he became part of Lily, Neil and Dru’s family. He has big shoes to fill. Lily hugs him. She has ideas for Dom’s room and Devon loves them. He chooses one and talks about installing a sound system in it to play songs from his music class. Amanda comes in and updates that she filed the paperwork. She is excited to start this new chapter. They kiss and the doorbell rings – it’s Billy, bringing champagne. Lily gives Devon a memory book for Dom that has her name on the front page. Devon can’t wait to fill the pages with her son.
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At the hotel, Phyllis mocks that Nick seems to be on the train of people who think she should leave town. Everyone thinks she should leave, she grumbles, except Michael and Amanda, who may be her only real friends. Just then, Jack reappears. He has a present for Phyllis to take to Harrison. While reading the play, Nick makes his exit.
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Phyllis tells Abbott that Nick was very supportive of her plans. Jack thinks it’s great, but Phyllis isn’t enthusiastic. She throws herself into Jack’s arms and begs him to tell her to stay and that they will have a future together. Suddenly she snaps out of it – she was dreaming – and Jack stands there, asking if she’s okay. He has to go to a meeting and hopes she finds what she’s looking for – he looks forward to their dinner together when he gets back. “Take care.” Once alone, Phyllis shakes her head and then calls a car to the airport.
At the cafe, Nick notes that Noah works very hard and wonders if he’s avoiding dealing with something or someone. He asks if it has to do with Tessa. Noah assures her there’s nothing a cup of coffee can’t fix and heads for the counter. He also offers to buy Mariah and Tessa something, so Tessa joins him. Noah tells him he gets a weird vibe from them. “You told him, didn’t you?” He wonders what made her do this and insists he only meant that he loved his sister. Tessa could tell something was up and isn’t keeping secrets from Mariah. “Now we are all on the same page.” Noah thinks his sister wants his head on a silver platter. Tessa assures that she understands. They all want the same thing. Noah doesn’t care about being one big happy family. Tessa hopes he’s okay with his, because she and Mariah are. “That too will pass, won’t it?” She wants Noah to be part of her life with Mariah. “This kid is going to need his Uncle Noah.” She joins Mariah and they leave for their meeting with the lawyer. Nick walks up and asks Noah, “What was that?” Noah insists that everything is fine and then pretends that a pal just texted him to get together. “I’ll catch up with you later.”
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At the Chancellor Estate, Dom went to take a nap and Chance tells Abby he’s proud of how she handled it today. She can hold it as tight as she needs. Abby asks if she can do anything for him. He wants to take her out on a date the next time Devon has the baby. They should make it a tradition. “Let me make up for all that wasted time I missed.” Abby thinks that sounds perfect. Chance notices that she has barely eaten and offers to prepare something for her. After going to the kitchen, Abby calls Ashley and asks if she has time for an update. “Everything went as planned.” She insists she’s not crying, but wiping away a tear. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I know it was the right thing to do.”
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