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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At Top of the Tower, Nikki admired an elaborately set table and commented that it might be Victor's biggest project yet. Victor remarked that it hadn't been easy to round everyone up on such short notice, and Nikki said it was too bad Abby couldn't make it. Nikki hoped Victoria picked up the voicemail she'd left, and Faith chirped that no one used voicemail anymore. Nick entered with Christian and Noah, and Faith pointed out that they were the only ones to show up on time. Nick claimed that he'd run the whole way just to see Faith.

Over the phone, Nikki told Victoria that it would mean a lot to Victor if Victoria could be there, and Victoria anticipated that by some miracle, she'd make it. An exasperated Victoria explained that she'd been at a standoff with the kids over disallowing junk food for dinner, but they'd been ganging up on her. Victoria was grateful for the chance to get her children to eat something nutritious without her looking like the bad guy. The sound of Reed's guitar blared through the house, and Victoria yelled for him to turn it down. Nikki offered to hold dinner until Victoria got there, and Victoria called it the best idea her father had ever had.

Victoria called out that everyone was waiting for them, and she spotted her credit card on the desk and put it in a drawer. Reed reported that he'd gotten Johnny cleaned up, but the boy was still upstairs because he'd wanted to put on his own shoes. Victoria observed that Reed's attire was casual for Top of the Tower, but he said he wasn't going so he could stay home and practice his guitar. She sternly stated that he'd played it enough for one day, and he griped that he deserved a reward for helping out with his younger brother. Victoria huffed that helping his sibling had hardly been going above and beyond, and Reed hesitantly agreed to go. He looked less than thrilled when she instructed him to put on a nice shirt and sport coat.

Meanwhile, Nick wondered what the occasion was, but Victor proclaimed that he didn't need a reason to have a party. Nikki mentioned that she'd hired a sitter to look out for the little ones, including Johnny, Katie, and Connor. Nick asked if Chelsea would be there, and Victor replied that he thought she would be, since she was part of the family. Nick was glad because he knew Victor wanted to stay close to Adam's son. Victor knowingly patted Christian on the head.

Faith explained the rules of chess, and Nick suggested that fantasy football was also cool, but she opted to learn tips from the grandmasters instead. Nick warned that Victor was creating a monster, and he anticipated that Victor would enter Faith in competitions when she was good enough. Victor stressed that they needed to nurture her talent, but Nick asserted that having fun was the most important thing at her age. Victor declared that Faith had a gift, and he pointedly hoped that she'd reach her full potential instead of becoming a bartender. Nick greeted Chelsea and noted that she looked great, and she returned the compliment.

Nick said he was glad Connor was there to hang out with his cousin, and he hoped Connor and Christian grew up to be best friends. Chelsea replied that she would like that, and Nick contemplated what the night was all about, since he was sure it was more than dinner. Chelsea had no idea, and she offered to leave if her being there made Nick uncomfortable, but he encouraged her to stick around. Nikki approached and inquired whether Chelsea's dress was part of her line, and Chelsea explained that she'd designed it for herself. Nick called the dress a winner.

Victor implored Noah to work at Top of the Tower instead of a dingy bar if he was interested in the restaurant business, but Noah maintained that he was happy where he was. Victor lectured that he'd hoped his children and grandchildren would join him in his business ventures, and Noah inquired whether Victor had summoned them to announce that he was taking the company public again. Victor said they'd soon find out.

Victoria arrived with her kids, and Reed griped about his mother giving him a hard time. Nick implied that she'd back off if Reed showed her some respect. Victor shook Reed's hand and offered Victoria a glass of wine. She said she could use one after the day she'd had, and Reed eyed the liquor bottles at the bar. Victoria remarked to Nick that raising a teenage son was harder than running a company, but Nick assured her that it would get easier after it got worse first. Victoria complained that Reed had turned to Billy for advice, and she requested that Nick be there if Reed had questions.

Chelsea asked what chess players wore, and Faith wanted to wear a party dress if she ever became good enough to enter a tournament. Victor offered to hire Chelsea to make Faith a beautiful dress if Faith ever went to such an event. He encouraged Faith not to worry about the competition but to have a good time and learn.

Nikki informed Reed that the Genoa City High School orchestra had taken first place, and she urged him to think about joining. Reed argued that orchestras didn't have electric guitars, and Nikki suggested that he learn to play the cello. Reed was pleased that she recognized his interest in music, and Nikki pointed out that the ranch was big enough for him to practice his guitar without disturbing anyone. He planned to take her up on it, and they hugged. Reed approached the bar and covertly poured some alcohol into his drink.

Noah joined Reed, who inquired about Noah's favorite teachers in high school. Noah asked what Reed was really into, and Reed mentioned that he practiced playing his guitar every day. Noah recalled that he'd once played, and he offered to get Reed on stage at the Underground's open mic night. Reed didn't think he was good enough yet, but he thought he would be soon. Noah looked forward to saying that they were related when Reed made it big.

Victor told Chelsea that she'd always be invited to Newman functions, and he'd be disappointed if she didn't show up. He added that he missed Adam a lot and thought about his son every day, but it gave him comfort to see that Adam lived on in both Connor and Christian. Victor hoped the boys would be as close as two brothers should be, and Chelsea wished the same thing.

Victor asked everyone to join him in a toast, and the guests took their seats at the table. Victor acknowledged that his family thought he'd asked them there to listen to a big announcement with life-altering news, and family members jokingly made guesses about what it was. Victor proclaimed that he wanted them to realize that family was the most important asset, and it warmed his heart that they'd all been getting along better than they had in many years. He added that his family was more powerful and valuable than trust funds or the company, and he toasted to the Newmans.

After dinner, Victoria prepared to leave because she had an early meeting, and she rounded up Reed to go home and finish his homework. Chelsea realized that she hadn't gotten a chance to speak to Noah, and Nick mentioned that Noah had gone to check on Sharon. Chelsea figured that she should head out, too, but Nick referred to the expensive bottle of wine he'd just opened, and he thought it would be a shame to let it go to waste. He asked her to stay longer, and she couldn't say no to good wine.

Nick told Chelsea a story about trying to join a mommy group, and Chelsea suggested that he start his own "daddies and diapers" group. They laughed, and he said he missed hanging out with her and not stressing about the elephant in the room. Nick recognized that things had been awkward between them after what had almost happened on New Year's Eve, and he'd tried his best to act normal, but he didn't think he'd pulled it off. She suggested that they get everything out in the open one last time, and he toasted to them staying friends no matter what.

Nikki told Victor that she was worried Reed would rebel because Victoria was being strict with him. Victor recalled that he'd been strict with their children, and it had made them strong. Nikki said it had worked because the kids had known he loved them, but Victor noted that Nick and Noah were friends in a way that Victor had Nick had never been. Nikki argued that Nick's daughter had opted to live with them, and Victor thought there had to be a happy medium somewhere.

At home, Victoria regretted letting Johnny have sugar, and she noticed that Reed seemed preoccupied. She threatened to auction off Reed's guitar for charity, and Reed protested, but she informed him that she was just seeing if he was listening. Reed recounted his conversation with Noah that night, and Victoria thought Reed could learn a lot from Noah. She implied that Nick could be a big help if Reed had "guy questions," and Reed considered it cool that Nick owned a nightclub.

Reed mentioned open mic night, but Victoria didn't think it was a good idea for Reed to participate. Reed argued that he just wanted to play his guitar and that Nick wouldn't let him drink, but Victoria declared that it wasn't going to happen, and she ended the discussion. Reed griped that she'd have to listen if they actually discussed it, and she ordered him to turn off the television and phone because she had to work. She went upstairs, and he ran outside and threw up.

At the police station, Kevin reported over the phone that he still hadn't received any communication from Dylan. He hung up and placed a burner phone into Paul's desk drawer as Sharon burst in. Kevin informed her that he had no news, and he reminded her that he couldn't say anything even if he knew something. Sharon confirmed that she was aware that she couldn't have contact with her husband, but she pleaded for Kevin to give her proof that Dylan was okay. Kevin claimed that even if he was willing to jeopardize the operation, he had no way of getting in touch with Dylan.

Sharon appealed to Kevin to put himself in her shoes by considering how he'd feel if Chloe were in Dylan's position. Kevin urged Sharon to focus on the rest of her family, but she lamented that Mariah and Noah were busy and that Faith had moved out, so all she had left was Dylan. Kevin got a text message about a crashing server, and he noted that civilians weren't allowed to be in Paul's office alone. Sharon insisted that she needed a minute to get herself together, and Kevin told her to make it quick as he stepped out. Sharon searched through the files on Paul's desk, and she found the burner phone in his desk drawer. She discovered that an unknown party was the only contact in the phone's history.

In Miami, an intimidating thug entered Dylan's car, and Dylan barked for him to get in the back seat, since the front was reserved for Fisk. Dylan added that he was there to talk to the boss, and he didn't like to be kept waiting. The henchman handed Dylan a slip of paper with instructions to drive several miles from there. Dylan questioned why he'd go anywhere with the guy, who smirked and showed him a gun.

The thug accompanied Dylan to a motel room, where Alex was waiting. She told Stan, the henchman, that she'd take it from there, and he stepped outside. Dylan complained that she'd had him running in circles, and he questioned whether or not the meeting would happen. Alex asked if he'd considered the possibility that Fisk was standing right in front of him, but she chortled and taunted that "Derek" would be a terrible poker player. Dylan bet she always won, since she was great at playing games.

Alex confirmed that she wasn't Fisk, and Dylan testily wondered how many more stops there would be on the scavenger hunt. She indicated that Fisk had had a last-minute engagement, but she promised the men would meet. Dylan barked to call him when Fisk was ready, and he opened the door to leave, but a grinning Stan blocked the way. Dylan realized that Alex still wasn't convinced that he should meet with her boss, and he guessed that she didn't trust men because an ex had cheated on her. Alex snarled that if a man had cheated on her, he wouldn't have lived long enough to regret it.

Dylan handed over his phone and his wallet and invited Alex to search him again, and she revealed that she and her boss had already done everything possible to vet him. She confirmed that "Derek's" name and record had checked out, but she found it suspicious that no one they'd talked to had been able to describe him. Dylan claimed that he was discreet, just like her boss. His phone rang, and she bet whoever was calling could answer her questions. He suggested that she tell his boss that he was about to meet with Fisk, and Alex picked up the call. "Hello?" Sharon nervously said.

Alex asked who was calling and what they wanted, but Sharon quickly said it was a wrong number and hung up. Alex sensed that the caller had expected to hear Dylan's voice and had covered, but Dylan insisted that only his boss had the number. Alex revealed that there had been a woman on the line, and since he'd said he'd worked for a man, she knew he was lying. Alex summoned Stan back in and ominously stated that Stan's fists were accurate lie detectors. Dylan contended that using muscle wasn't necessary, and he offered to tell the truth while Stan waited outside.

Alex ushered Stan out and gave Dylan 60 seconds to tell her everything about the woman who'd called. Dylan admitted that he'd lied to Alex just like she'd lied to him, and he claimed that "Amanda" was his boss's right hand. Alex huffed that she should be talking to Amanda instead of him, but he grabbed Alex and refused to let her wreck the deal because she was jealous. Alex asserted that she wasn't a teen with a crush, and Dylan said he could see that she was a grown woman. She ordered him to treat her like one by proving that Amanda meant nothing to him, and he pulled Alex into a passionate kiss.

Dylan asked if that was proof enough, but Alex said no. He struggled to hide his panic as she tore off his shirt. Dylan and Alex undressed and fell onto the bed, and she told him not to stop. She purred that she wanted and needed him, and he envisioned that she was Sharon, asking him to make love to her. They continued kissing.

Sharon stashed the phone back in the drawer and appeared to be looking for something on the floor when Kevin reentered the office. She fibbed that she'd lost her keys, and she requested that he help her look for them. When he turned away, she removed her keys from her purse and hid them under some paperwork. Kevin found the keys, and he promised that if he heard from Dylan, he'd tell Dylan that she was worried about him. Sharon was concerned that it would just be more pressure, and Kevin offered to tell Dylan how much she loved him. She called Kevin a good friend, and she hurried out.

Sharon returned home, and she perked up when the doorbell rang. She was disappointed when she found Noah there, and she admitted that she'd been expecting someone else. Noah surmised she meant Dylan, but he pointed out that it would have been odd for Dylan to ring the doorbell to his own house. Sharon asked Noah to distract her by talking about what was going on with him, and he relayed that he'd just been at a Newman family dinner. Sharon guessed that her invitation had been lost in the mail, but Noah insisted that Faith missed her.

Sharon remarked that she couldn't have made it anyway because she'd had something to do, and Noah sensed that she was upset about something. He gently pressed her to talk to him, and she confided that Dylan was working undercover, so she had no idea what her husband was doing or where he was. Noah realized that she was on edge because the assignment was probably dangerous, and she revealed that she'd tried to contact Dylan even though it had been against the rules, but she feared it had been a mistake. Sharon pledged to trust that Dylan was safe and that he would do everything he could to return home.

Later, Sharon shut off the lights and took out Dylan's wedding ring. She placed it on her finger over her own wedding band. Meanwhile, after having sex with Dylan, Alex gushed that she'd learned everything she needed to know about "Derek." She indicated that Fisk had expressed a strong desire to meet him, and Dylan asked if the meeting was finally on. She announced that he would meet her boss the next day, but she was the only one he needed to please that night. They began kissing again.

On the next The Young and the Restless...

• Alex and Dylan leave for the meeting with Fisk.

• Ashley interrupts a meeting between Phyllis and Ravi and insinuates that Phyllis is poaching.

• Hilary asks Devon if a decision involves her, and he replies that she’s “damn right” it does.