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Thursday, January 18, 2018

In a hotel room in Paris, Lily and Cane basked in the afterglow of their lovemaking. Lily mused that being together there felt familiar, and Cane added that it felt like they were starting over again. They flashed back to sharing a romantic kiss when they'd been in France years earlier. She referred to his idea of taking her to her favorite places, and she mentioned that she was starving. He suggested that they order room service, since they always managed to turn wherever they were into a little slice of Paris, even when they couldn't be there.

Lily reflected back on a time when she'd told Cane in French that he touched her heart deeply. She asked if he remembered that, and he caressed her face and replied that he remembered everything. Cane handed Lily a room service menu and suggested that they get some wine to celebrate. She opted for Champagne and strawberries with whipped cream, and he said he loved the way "Mrs. Ashby" thought.

Cane and Lily reminisced about him proposing to her at Dru's old dance studio. Cane credited Lily with keeping them together, since she was the love of his life. They recalled when he'd carried her across the threshold even before they'd been married, and he'd twirled her around the room as she'd laughed. Lily reflected back on the many beautiful memories they'd shared and how much love they'd had, and she contemplated how things had gone so wrong.

Lily bemoaned that she'd ruined everything by opening her big mouth when she and Cane had been having such a good time. He said she didn't have to apologize because as beautiful and perfect as the night had been, they had a difficult reality waiting for them in Genoa City. Lily didn't want to simply hope that things would be different, since they'd done that before. She flashed back to waking up from surgery and telling Cane that she was sorry that she couldn't have children. He'd assured her that the fact that she'd had two viable eggs to freeze had been a sign that she'd not only beat cancer but that she would have the children she wanted when the time was right.

Lily realized that she hadn't been sure if things would work out after her surgery, but she needed to be sure that time, since she doubted their marriage could survive something like that again. Cane wrapped his arms around Lily and asked what she'd do differently if she had to do their marriage over again. She flashed back to teaching him how to ice-skate, and she wished that they'd spent more days like that, with no phones or computers. They recounted getting into a playful snowball fight and Cane thanking God that she'd found it in her heart to trust him again. He'd vowed never to take any time with her for granted, and he'd asked her to marry him again.

Cane admitted that he had taken Lily for granted, and he'd almost lost her for good because of it. He remembered finding her in another man's bed, and she regretted how much it had hurt him. She flashed back to him not being ready to move back home because he hadn't been able to completely trust her, but he'd still given her a belated anniversary present. Lily pointed out that Cane had been able to forgive her, and he said he knew what it was like to let things get away from him. She questioned why they'd both cheated if they loved one another, and he lamented that he'd let other things become more important, like getting ahead and settling scores.

In retrospect, Cane found it ridiculous that he'd put a priority on trying to prove something, especially considering the wonderful life that he'd had. He thought back to when he and Lily had been ecstatically preparing to take the twins home for the first time, but he recognized that it was no longer just the twins. Cane praised Lily for being wonderful with Sam, but he thought they had to talk about what it meant, and he wanted her to be sure that she was ready to accept Sam as part of her family. "He's innocent in all of this, and he deserves all of our love," Lily replied with a smile, and Cane held her close.

Cane didn't want to lose sight of what was important. Lily imagined that they would make mistakes and hurt one another, but being together for better or for worse meant having to be honest with one another. She continued that the only way to make it through when things got messy was to embrace the fact that they weren't perfect. They vowed to stick together, "whatever comes," and they kissed.

At the Chancellor mansion, Esther was openly displeased when Hilary stopped by to see Cane. Esther sourly indicated that Cane was in Paris, and Hilary guessed that he'd gone there on business. Esther huffed that it was no concern of Hilary's, but Hilary insisted that Cane was her friend. Esther snapped that Hilary didn't have friends, but Hilary noted that she and Cane had become close after Sam had been born. Esther reasoned that Hilary would have known that Cane was out of the country if that were true, and Sam cried over the baby monitor. Esther headed upstairs and told Hilary to show herself out, but Hilary plopped down her purse and took off her coat.

Esther carried Sam downstairs and glowered when she saw that Hilary was still there. Hilary insisted on saying hello to Sam, but Esther grumbled that Cane didn't want him to have a lot of visitors. Esther inquired whether there were any hidden cameras, since she didn't want Sam to end up on Hilary's awful show. Hilary asserted that she'd been Cane's biggest supporter through everything, but Esther countered that Lily had been just as supportive by giving blood. Esther hoped that Cane and Lily were getting back together in Paris, and she envisioned that Lily would soon be taking care of the baby with her husband. Hilary swore that nothing would make her happier.

Esther sneezed, and Hilary ordered her to put the baby down. Esther conceded that she couldn't afford to get sick while she was taking care of a newborn, and she mentioned that she had a doctor's appointment within the hour. Esther planned to take Sam with her, but Hilary offered to watch him. Esther questioned what Hilary knew about caring for a newborn, and Hilary reasoned that she'd spent time helping Cane, so she was practically a pro. Hilary assured Esther that she had no designs on Cane, and Esther reluctantly agreed to leave Sam in Hilary's care.

At Devon's music studio, Tessa perused Mariah's journal to get ideas for lyrics. Devon walked in, and Tessa quickly hid the journal and reported that she was making progress on her song. He pushed to hear what she had so far, but she wanted to hold off until she was finished to give him the full effect. He sympathized that it wasn't easy to be creative on demand, and she claimed that she didn't mind having him light a fire under her. Devon pointed out that some people struggled for decades to find the right words, but Tessa claimed that the lyrics "[had come] to her from the heart."

Tessa revealed that she was happy with the melody, but the chorus was the hardest part, since she needed a killer hook that made people sing along. Devon acknowledged that every artist had their own process, and he hadn't meant to make her feel defensive. He figured that the pressure of writing a hit song in a short time was the nature of an industry in which there was limited funding to spend. He continued that in an ideal world, she'd be working on a new hit song while another was just making it big and yet another was fading out.

Tessa compared it to an assembly line, and she recognized that music had to make a profit, or it was just a hobby. Devon swore that he wanted it to be her livelihood and that he'd given her a shot because he thought she was very talented, but he'd also been hearing pitches from other songwriters. He assured her that he wanted to give her the best chance to succeed, and he suggested that she play what she had so he could provide constructive advice. Tessa maintained that she wanted to finish the song first, and she promised to have something for him later that day.

At Crimson Lights, Mariah asked if Sharon had seen her journal, since Mariah thought she'd left it in her bag, but it was gone. Sharon promised to set it aside if she found it. Mariah freaked out because she'd written a lot of personal things that she wouldn't want anyone to read.

Later, Devon stopped by the coffeehouse and answered a call from Tessa. He surmised that she hadn't been able to finish her song, but she announced that she was ready for him to hear it. He instructed her to email him the demo, but she preferred to play it for him in person. He agreed to push back a meeting and return to the studio right away. After he hung up, he noticed Mariah searching for something, and he offered to help her find what she was looking for.

Mariah claimed that it was nothing, and she asked how the music was going after their last conversation. Devon revealed that he was about to listen to a new demo, and he invited her to join him and provide her opinion. She readily accepted, and he explained that Tessa had just finished a new song. Mariah fibbed that she'd just remembered that she'd promised to help Sharon with inventory, but she hoped the song was a huge hit for both Devon and Tessa.

After Devon departed, Sharon watched a morose Mariah stirring her coffee, and she remarked that there were other things Mariah could be doing on a rare day off from work. Mariah replied that she really didn't have anything to do, and she declined Sharon's offer to talk. Sharon said to let her know if Mariah changed her mind, and they hugged.

Devon burst into the studio, excited to hear what Tessa had written. He asked if there was anything she wanted to tell him about the song first, but she opted to let it speak for itself. Devon looked pleased as Tessa sang an emotional song about no longer being friends with someone she cared deeply about, but it was clearly based on the words from Mariah's journal. Meanwhile, Sharon worriedly stared at Mariah glumly sipping her coffee.

Hilary took Sam to meet Phyllis on the Crimson Lights patio. Hilary cooed that Sam was the most perfect man, since he wouldn't lie, cheat, or talk smack about her as long as she gave him his bottle on time. Phyllis asked how Hilary had gotten roped into babysitting, since she hadn't expected Hilary to know one end of a baby from the other. Phyllis added that she wasn't criticizing, but having kids wasn't for everyone, and she couldn't imagine going through it again. Hilary asked what it was like.

Phyllis explained that having a baby had changed everything, since it had meant accepting responsibility for a helpless, trusting little human that she'd put into the world. She continued that nothing could prepare a person for it, but it was an incredible bond, and she hadn't known what love meant until she'd held her child in her arms. Phyllis joked that a shower had become a reward, and she'd become demented as she'd lost sleep, but she was grateful that she'd had the experience. Hilary gazed down at Sam and looked thoughtful.

Phyllis recounted that having Summer had been a miracle, since she'd been told that she'd never have children again after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. She'd refused to accept it, and the fertility drugs had made her sick, but she was grateful every day that she'd been able to carry a happy, healthy baby to term. Hilary noted that it sounded like Phyllis had gone through a lot to get to the outcome, and Phyllis firmly stated that it had been worth the struggle. Hilary answered a call from Esther, who scolded her for taking Sam out of the house, and Hilary agreed to return him to the mansion right away.

Hilary and Phyllis said their goodbyes, and Phyllis stepped inside the coffeehouse. As Hilary got Sam ready to leave, a woman walked by and fawned over what a lovely baby Hilary had. Hilary stopped by Phyllis' table on her way out and announced that she knew what she had to do -- have a baby of her own.

Jack and Ashley raced to Dina's hotel suite, where they found the door ajar and a motionless Graham on the floor. Jack checked the bathroom as Ashley felt for a pulse. Jack reported that there was no sign of Dina, and Ashley started CPR as Jack called 9-1-1. The EMTs arrived and asked what was in the syringe. Ashley believed that it was formaldehyde that had been stolen from her lab, and one of the technicians wondered if Graham had attempted suicide. Jack suspected that Graham had intended to use it to harm someone else.

Ashley inquired whether Graham would be okay, and an EMT replied that he couldn't say, but they had to get Graham to the emergency room. Ashley worried about where Dina was, and Jack figured that it wasn't likely that their mother had managed to turn the tables on "the rat." Ashley pondered whether it had been part of Graham's master plan and if they'd played right into his hands. Jack and Ashley exited the club, determined to find Dina before the police did.

Dina entered the police station and hovered near the elevator for a moment before walking into Paul's office. Without turning around, Paul assumed one of his officers had stopped in, but he was startled when he heard Dina's voice. He asked if there was someone with her, and she replied that there wasn't. She declared that she was there to turn herself in for the murder of Brent Davis.

Paul summoned Jack and Ashley to the station and informed them that Dina had shown up to confess to murder. He said he hadn't taken it seriously because Brent had been dead for years, but then he'd learned that Graham had been found in his hotel room with a syringe sticking out of him. Ashley argued that they couldn't hold Dina responsible, and Paul revealed that the police weren't interested in Dina -- they wanted Ashley. Ashley was stunned to learn that she was considered a suspect because her fingerprints had been on the syringe.

Jack contended that Graham had been planning on cashing in on Dina because Michael had been in the process of having Dina and Graham's marriage annulled, and the only way for Graham to get her money would be if Dina died before the court date. Ashley added that Graham had suddenly made a big deal out of being a diabetic the last time she'd seen him, and he'd asked her to hand him a syringe for his insulin injection, so that was how he'd gotten her fingerprints. Paul maintained that Ashley's prints matched the ones on the syringe and that she'd admitted that she'd had motive to get Graham out of the picture. Jack answered a call and announced that all of them had to get to the hospital, including Dina.

At the hospital, Paul, Jack, Ashley, and Dina approached a doctor about Graham. The doctor introduced herself as the chief of medicine, and she indicated that despite her staff's best efforts, they'd been unable to revive Graham. The doctor requested authorization to remove Graham from life support, and she inquired about his next of kin. Dina identified herself as Graham's wife, and she granted her permission to remove him from life support.

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