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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Victoria was shocked when ex-husband J.T. Hellstrom made an appearance on official business in Victor's office. Later, in flashbacks, Victoria recalled various arguments that had slowly destroyed their marriage. When J.T. had left town years before, he'd taken Reed, having gained custody of the boy. At the time, Victoria had vowed never to forgive J.T. After the surprise reunion at Newman Enterprises, Victoria became edgy and took a break at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Victoria, lost in thought, gasped in surprise when Nick approached and startled her.

Victoria told Nick she'd become engrossed while catching up on reading via her tablet. Nick directed Victoria to a particular news article titled "Chancellor Industries: The One to Watch in 2018." Cane's photo appeared alongside the article touting the acting CEO's plans to move the company ahead. Victoria noted that Newman Enterprises had previously garnered such headlines. Nick said similar headlines had touted Newman Enterprises' successes before the company had become entangled in a sex trafficking debacle. Nick also denounced his father's company for its plan to turn a park with a playground into luxury condos for the elite.

Nick joined Victoria for coffee and noted the Cane had managed to garner prime press coverage for someone who, in recent months, hadn't been able to land any job. Victoria explained that Cane had approached Jill for a job. Jill, Victoria added, considered Cane to be like a son. Victoria, citing Cane's character flaws, said she didn't envision him being a threatening competitor. Victoria insisted that Newman Enterprises would be fine. Nick informed Victoria that Devon intended to bid against Newman Enterprises for the purchase of Chancellor Park. Nick admitted he'd convinced Devon to get involved. Nick confidently felt his side would win, and he suggested that Victoria be the first to congratulate him.

After Nick left, J.T. greeted Victoria and said she was probably wondering why he was involved with the audit at Newman Enterprises. Victoria learned that J.T. investigated online fraud. J.T. explained that Paul had summoned him to investigate Newman Enterprises' alleged connection to Zack Stinnett. Victoria expressed anger that Paul and Christine expected to uncover criminal conduct connected with Newman Enterprises. Victoria suggested that J.T.'s involvement was a conflict of interest.

J.T. noted someone in high command had approved the assignment. Victoria asked if J.T. had jumped at the chance to make trouble for Victor. J.T. insisted he'd accepted the temporary job assignment in part because it offered free travel to the United States to visit Reed before Christmas. J.T. explained that he'd be flying back to Warsaw to be with Mac and their children by Christmas Eve.

Victoria turned her conversation with J.T. back to the investigation. Victoria asked J.T. to share what he knew so far. J.T. explained that there had been a number of sizable transactions made from one of Victor's personal accounts to an anonymous offshore account. J.T. noted that someone was trying to hide something. Victoria appeared concerned when J.T. said he intended to find out who was involved and why. J.T. strongly advised Victoria to prepare herself.

At the Chancellor estate, a deliveryman left a basket filled with gourmet treats. Cane read the accompanying card, which simply offered "Congrats." Cane phoned his father to thank him and Jill for sending the basket. Hilary stopped by and begged to interview Cane about his plans for Chancellor Enterprises. Cane accepted Hilary's offer and announced that things were looking up for him. Hilary seemed to be sincerely happy for Cane.

On the patio at Crimson Lights, Abby met with Lily. Abby asked Lily about the status of her relationship with Cane. Lily explained that though she still cared for Cane, she'd been unable to deal with the lies he'd told. Abby asked if Lily would press for a divorce after Cane's newborn son was sent home from the hospital. Lily replied, "I think I have to." Abby noted that it was a big decision, so Lily should be absolutely certain.

Lily changed the subject and recalled that Abby had recently mentioned a new man in her life. Abby appeared reluctant to talk, but Lily swore she wouldn't tell anyone. Abby noted that she'd never envisioned being attracted to the man, and she insisted they weren't involved in a romance. Abby added that nonetheless, she couldn't stop thinking about him. Lily was shocked to learn that it was Scott Grainger. Lily nearly choked on her coffee when Abby, describing her relationship with Scott, said, "We had sex."

Lily listened as Abby explained that she and Scott had had sex while the two had been locked in the storage unit. Abby also noted that she and Scott had later shared a passionate kiss. Lily mentioned Scott's relationship with Sharon. Abby said she felt Scott was trying to deny his attraction to her and had even taken it so far as to move in with Sharon. Lily advised Abby not to let Scott string her along. Abby said she would force Scott to choose between her and Sharon.

In the main dining room at the coffeehouse, Billy urged Phyllis to quit work so they could spend more time together making love, traveling, and enjoying life. Phyllis explained that she enjoyed working for Lauren and couldn't forget that her friend had given her a job when she'd desperately needed employment. Phyllis added that Lauren needed her. Before Phyllis headed to work, she challenged Billy to plan a creative endeavor she could look forward to after work. Billy promised he would and kissed Phyllis goodbye.

After Cane taped an interview with Hilary on her show, they stopped by Crimson Lights for coffee. Hilary applauded Cane's handling of the interview. Cane praised Hilary's amazing interview techniques. Cane expressed his appreciation to Hilary for giving him an outlet to express his positive attributes. Cane insisted on buying the coffee, but Hilary said she assumed Cane would be in a rush to get to his office. Cane said he had something more important to take care of, and he left.

After Cane left, Hilary ran into Lily. Hilary said Lily had just missed Cane. Hilary said she'd interviewed Cane on her show. Lily quipped that Hilary had likely ambushed Cane. Hilary explained that she'd changed her show's format to present upbeat messages because Jabot was a corporate sponsor. Hilary told Lily that a respected publication had proclaimed Chancellor Industries to be a resurgent force thanks to Cane's leadership. Lily became frustrated when Hilary said Cane probably hadn't shared his news because he thought Lily wouldn't care.

Cane and Victoria ran into each other at Chancellor Park. Victoria asked about Sam. Cane said his baby was getting better by the day. Victoria congratulated Cane on his success at Chancellor Industries. Cane told Victoria she didn't have to pretend to care about his baby or his career. Victoria suggested they end the animosity because the last thing Newman Enterprises needed was a feud. Cane said he couldn't easily forget how Victoria had kicked him when he'd been down. Cane warned Victoria and others that had wronged him to watch out because he was back in power.

Lily stopped by the Chancellor mansion to visit Cane. Lily said she wished to congratulate Cane personally on his success. Cane excused himself and continued a conversation with a beautiful woman sitting on the sofa in the living room. Lily was surprised to see Cane with the woman. After the woman left, Cane told Lily the woman was a nanny he'd interviewed. Cane added that Sam was doing well and should be released soon. Lily told Cane she was proud of him and happy that things were looking up. Cane's phone interrupted the conversation, and Lily offered to let him get back to business. Cane told Lily he'd enjoyed her visit.

After Lily's visit with Cane, she went to the Genoa City Athletic Club for dinner. Feeling alone, Lily phoned Cane. He answered, "Hey, it's Cane Ashby." Lily replied, "This is Lily Ashby." Cane asked to place Lily on speakerphone, so he could reply to an urgent email. Lily said he could, and she invited him to dine with her so they could catch up. Cane explained that he had to attend a business dinner before heading to the hospital. Lily accepted Cane's invitation to have dinner together another time. After Lily hung up, she seemed disappointed.

At Chancellor Park, Billy and Nick passed each other while out taking a run. Billy mentioned Nick's crusade to save the park. Billy noted that the park was named after one of the greatest women he'd ever known and was loved by children and adults alike. Billy mentioned the tree planted in Katherine's honor and denounced Victor for threatening to destroy the park to build another vanity project. Nick agreed and pointed out that he and Billy actually shared something in common. Nick later stopped by the coffeehouse. Hilary told Nick that an anonymous person had outbid Newman Enterprises and Devon. Nick cried that whatever the anonymous winning bidder intended couldn't be good.

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At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Billy sat at the bar while Phyllis met with a buyer at a nearby table to discuss sales at Fenmore's. Billy, grinning, sent a provocative text message to Phyllis. Phyllis read the message and glared at Billy. After a brief pause, Phyllis continued her conversation with her business associate. Billy typed another message and sent it to Phyllis. Billy wrote, "May have to come over there and ravish you." Phyllis glanced at her phone and at Billy again, barely pausing her discussion with the buyer.

After Billy sent a third text message, Phyllis mouthed to Billy that he was a bad boy. Phyllis concluded her business meeting, despite numerous interruptions. After the buyer left, Phyllis confronted Billy about his antics. Billy suggested they book a room upstairs so they could carry out the suggestions he'd mentioned in his messages. Phyllis explained that she had a meeting with Lauren, but she promised to spend time with Billy after work. Later, however, Phyllis returned home from enjoying dinner with Billy and fell fast asleep.

J.T. stopped by Victoria's house after she invited him over to spend time with Reed. J.T. explained that Mac was able to work remotely. J.T. added that his and Mac's son D.J. attended an international elementary school and that their baby, Becca, had become mobile and enjoyed crawling and exploring. J.T. said that his family missed Reed, though J.T. admitted he'd hated forcing his older son to live abroad. Victoria noted that Reed was doing well. J.T. asked why Reed hadn't shown up, knowing they were waiting. While J.T. was in the kitchen, pouring another glass of wine, Billy arrived to deliver Christmas gifts. When J.T. entered the room, Billy said, "J.T., what the hell?" J.T. replied, "Well, it's great to see you, too, Billy."

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