Young and restless: Victoria hugs Ashland and tells her family she’ll take care of him

Over at Newman Media, Victor, Nick and Nikki recap that it will take Victoria a long time to recover from what Ashland Locke did. They wonder if she will go to work today. Victor swears to eliminate Locke from the family and the family business. Nikki reminds her that they must protect Victoria’s dignity. Victor receives a text – his security team alerting him that Victoria is at Crimson Lights and Ashland has joined her. Nikki doesn’t want to interfere – she’s not in danger. Victor sends Nick to check.

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At Crimson Lights, Ashland tells Victoria that he hoped she would come home last night so they could talk. She wonders what use it would be since he said he was done trying to save their marriage. Ashland regrets this and reminds him of the text messages he sent. Victoria counters that he offered no defence. Locke wouldn’t honor their accusations with an answer, but he told her he loved her and it came straight from his heart. On the terrace, Billy watches and stares. Victoria tells Ashland that she saw fear and despair in his eyes. Locke wants to speak in private. Victoria demands to know where it came from. Billy looks hopefully and thinks, “Give him the hell, Vick.”

Ashland tells Victoria he wasn’t scared, he just doesn’t know who framed him yet. Victoria can’t believe he still claims that. Without evidence, Ashland can’t stand up against his family and at the time he wanted to protect them. The desperation in his eyes was due to his fear of losing the woman he loves. Victoria guesses that he says she is the problem because of her lack of confidence in him. Ashland understands the evidence against him is too great to ignore – he swears to find out who framed him, but he loves her with all his heart and soul. Victoria tells him, “If you lied to me about being sick, you don’t love me.” Ashland jumps on her words, “You said ‘yes’.” Billy, who is listening, worries: “Victoria, don’t let him get away with this.

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At the Chancellor Estate, Chance makes Dominic laugh as Abby comes downstairs, beaming. She suggests a snack and heads for the kitchen, but not before stopping to happily watch the two play together. After Abby leaves the room, Chance’s PTSD kicks in and begins to sweat and gasp. Abby reappears and looks worried. Chance hears it and acts normal, enthused over the snacks she brought back. Abby asks what he needs. “Whatever it is. All you have to do is ask.” Chance admits he still has nightmares and panic attacks, but it’s getting better. Her therapist is helping her… but he also recommended something else that will require her support. Chance has a feeling she’s not going to like this.
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Also at Crimson Lights, Ashland thanks Victoria for sitting with him. On the terrace, Nick arrives. Billy stops him from interrupting – he thinks Victoria is about to throw hot coffee in Locke’s face. Nick asks what he knows. Billy confirms: “Everything. She told me everything.” He’s not surprised he fucked her and knows Nick probably wasn’t either. Billy thought she was going to hit him when he first walked in , but now he’s going after her, “You think she’d see through now.”

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At their table, Ashland tells Victoria that while she can’t overcome her doubts about him, he will understand and respect her wishes, whatever they may be. If there was any chance she was waiting for him to clear her name…it would be a miracle. Victoria cautiously replies, “I think everything will be fine.” She has to take care of her family first and will meet him later at Society. She allows him to kiss her as he says it means the world to him. On the terrace, Billy and Nick watch. Nick, furious, gaping, “What is that?”
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At Newman Media, Victor and Nikki talk about sitting down with Victoria to strategize after the crushing betrayal. Victor thinks she’ll want to get rid of the loser once the shock is over. Nikki thinks it will take time to recover. Victor receives a message and groans, “Oh my God.” He says Nick is looking at Victoria and Ashland and she just went into his arms. He goes to put an end to it, grabs his coat and mutters: “This is outrageous. Nikki takes care of him with concern.

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At Crimson Lights, Ashland offers to accompany Victoria to face her family together. She asks him to trust her. He sighs; she’s right, he just instinctively wants to protect her. Victoria reminds him that he can’t tell them anything without proof that he’s framed. Ashland swears to get it. She knows he’s relentless. Ashland kisses him and wishes him luck before leaving. Nick and Billy come out of the patio and ask, “What was that?” Victoria won’t explain herself to either of them. She urges Nick to trust her for once. “I know what I’m doing.” She walks out and Nick grunts, “I don’t like it. Not at all.” Nick toasts Billy, who assures that Victoria was totally convinced he is guilty…although they also talked about him being dangerous. Victor enters and Nick tells him that Victoria is already gone. Billy lets Victor know everything – that’s why he should have teamed up with him from the start. “I could have stopped Ashland in his tracks.”
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At Newman-Locke, Victoria looks at her portrait and pulls out her phone to make a call. “Hi, it’s me. I need to see you right away.

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At the Chancellor Estate, Abby gave Dominic a nap, then asked Chance again what her therapist had suggested for her to resolve this issue. Chance replies that he literally wants him to work on it. “He thinks I should go back to the police.” Abby admits that’s the last thing she expected the doctor to say. She can’t imagine him wanting to go back under that kind of pressure when he’s not ready. Chance responds, “He thinks I’m ready.” He feels that getting back to a normal routine and building up his confidence is part of the healing process. Chance won’t do it if Abby has reservations.
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Nikki arrives at Newman-Locke and is happy that Victoria called her. Victoria learns that Victor picked her up at Crimson Lights and is not surprised. Nikki explains that they didn’t want Ashland to harass her. Victoria reveals that Ashland still insists he’s framed. She asks her mother to bring Victor and Nick there and she will tell them what they want to know.

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At Crimson Lights, Victor and Billy bicker until Nick says it’s no use. Victor worries that Victoria is in Locke’s arms, but Billy insists she was furious with him before that. Victor receives a call from Nikki to come to the office. Billy tries to score a long, but Victor warns him to stay out of it.

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At the Chancellor mansion, Abby wants Chance to be able to return to work; that’s always been the goal, she just doesn’t understand why Dr. Huffman wants him to do it now. Chance insists he’s in a better place than when he hid out with Rey. He feels good. Abby too. Chance trusts her therapist and wants to rebuild herself. “I’ll calm down and see how things go.” He knows there will be setbacks, but he’s better equipped to handle it now. Abby doesn’t want to get in her way. Chance thanks her for being the most supportive partner a man could ask for. They embrace and begin kissing, but Abby has to brake to get to company. As she walks out, Chance calls Rey and asks her to meet.
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At Newman-Locke, Nikki and Victoria discuss the staff meeting. Victoria admits she compartmentalizes. Nikki swears her family will support her. Victoria tells him that they may have different ideas of what it should look like. Just then, Victor and Nick arrive. Victoria apologizes for running away and worrying them. She wants to reassure them that she is not collapsing and that she has no intention of doing so. Nick says he saw her kiss Ashland. Nikki is appalled. Victoria tells them all to listen, then informs them that she intends to handle this however she sees fit. She goes to meet Locke when he leaves and tell him that nothing should change between them and that she still loves him. The Newmans look disappointed and upset.

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At Society, Billy spots Ashland at the bar and asks how everything is going in her world. Ashland says it’s great. Billy notes that he always lands on his feet – nothing sticks even when he gets caught. “I wouldn’t rely on that to continue if I were you.” Ashland laughs and takes a drink. He wonders if Billy knows something he doesn’t. Billy thinks it’s inevitable – you can only roll the dice so many times before snake eyes appear. Victoria is smart and will see through it, and when she does, Billy wouldn’t want to stand in his thousand dollar shoes.

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