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Thursday, April 19, 2018

At Hamilton-Winters, Lily packed up Hilary's belongings in anticipation of Hilary's move back to the studio. Devon argued that it wasn't a done deal, and Lily questioned whether he thought Neil would change his mind because Hilary might be pregnant. Neil walked in and refused to discuss the topic, and he mentioned that he'd gone over the expenditure report. Devon asked if it had put Neil's mind at ease to know Devon hadn't run things into the ground during Neil's absence. Neil admired Devon's efforts, but he believed that too much had changed -- and not for the better. Neil declared that things would be different around there, starting immediately.

Lily provided an update about her scouting trip, and Neil looked forward to building her division. Devon asked how things would be different around there, but Hilary walked in and was miffed that she hadn't been included in their meeting. Neil explained that the meeting was for family and board members, and she was neither. Hilary asserted that the bundle of joy she might be carrying would be his grandchild and heir, so she'd stay to look out for her kid's best interests.

Hilary contended that her input was just as important as everyone else's, but Neil stated that Hilary had no say in how the company was run. Hilary thought he'd see that she had a lot to contribute if he set aside his bias, but Neil barked that he didn't need her ideas or input, and he ordered her to get back to GC Buzz. Hilary testily grabbed her things and left, and Lily was amazed by how Neil had handled Hilary. Neil suggested that they set aside their personal feelings when they were in the office, since he planned to set the gold standard of how a family business should be run.

Lily squealed that she couldn't wait to see what they created together, and she headed out. Neil asked if Devon was down with his vision, but Devon reminded him that they were supposed to be equal partners, yet Neil had been patronizing him and treating him like a subordinate. Devon referred to Neil's speech about personal feelings, but he pointed out that Neil had been quick to call him out about having a baby with Hilary. Devon added that Neil didn't dictate how he ran his life or his business.

Neil swore that his intention wasn't to take over, but he believed Devon still had a lot to learn. Devon defended that he'd done a good job while Neil had been gone, but Neil questioned how Devon could even consider tying himself to Hilary for the rest of his life after she'd gone to great lengths to destroy their family. Devon admitted that he regretted it, and he hoped Hilary wasn't pregnant so they could go back to just being colleagues. Neil wondered what would happen if she was pregnant. Devon snapped that he didn't need a lecture from someone who'd made more than his fair share of mistakes in life, and he walked out.

At Crimson Lights, Charlie and Mattie inquired about the big surprise Lily had for them. Neil entered the coffeehouse, and the twins excitedly hugged him. Mattie asked about Sofia, and Neil reported that Sofia had been thankful for the cards and text messages. He applauded the twins for helping out at Hamilton-Winters, and he anticipated that they'd be running the joint one day. Mattie said they needed to get back to school, but Charlie protested that they hadn't seen their grandfather in forever. Neil remarked that no kids skipped school on his watch, and he told them he was proud of them for juggling their education with their responsibilities at the company.

The twins headed out, and Neil gushed that he loved seeing them thrive, just like he loved seeing Lily happy with Cane and her career. Neil pledged to be there every step of the way, but he thought they needed to have trust in order for the company to succeed, including keeping an open mind when they had problems. Lily guessed that Devon hadn't been receptive to Neil's new vision, and Neil anticipated that it would be an uphill battle with Hilary around. Lily admitted that she felt a constant need to protect Devon from Hilary, but Neil encouraged her to step back and focus on her goals while he handled Hilary.

Devon was surprised to see Hilary at the Athletic Club instead of at the studio, and he figured that she'd been trying to catch him alone. She acknowledged that he was upset with her for crossing the line earlier, and he asked if she was ever going to stop screwing things up for him. Hilary swore that she hadn't been trying to cause trouble, but she wanted to be part of the company. Devon spat that it was always about what she wanted, and he didn't want to hear it anymore. He walked away.

Hilary stopped Neil in the foyer and apologized for her emotions being all over the place. She reasoned that whether she was pregnant or not, they'd be working together, and she wanted their professional relationship to be civil and productive. She suggested that they start over, but he warned that her act wouldn't work with him, and he'd be watching her every move. He added that if she stepped out of line or hurt anyone he loved, she could kiss her job goodbye.

Later, Devon returned to the office after taking a walk in the park to feel Katherine's spirit. Devon apologized for walking out when Neil had called him out on his mistakes, since Devon had been beating himself up for them already. Neil offered his support if there was already a baby on the way, and he reiterated that he wanted them to be a true team. Neil promised that he would never forget that Devon had put up the capital to start their venture and had invited Neil to join him, and Devon imagined that he wouldn't have been as successful without Neil's guidance. The men admitted that they'd missed having one another around.

Victoria rode on a crowded elevator at Newman, and she flashed back to confronting J.T. about trying to murder her father and Nikki suggesting that they bury J.T.'s body in the garden. Victoria dazedly headed to her office, and Ashley and Abby wondered what she was doing there, considering everything that had happened with J.T. Victoria said she was sorry to disappoint them, but she reasoned that with J.T. gone, she had plenty of time and energy to devote to taking care of the company in Victor's absence. Ashley maintained that Victoria wouldn't be back as the acting CEO, since Victor had demoted her, and Ashley had seniority.

Victoria argued that her father had drafted the memo but had never sent it to HR, so it wasn't valid. She continued that until he made his wishes clear, she intended to let the whole world know that nothing and no one could keep a Newman down. Ashley wanted to go straight to Victor, but Victoria protested that he was still recovering. Nikki entered and requested that Abby leave, since she had something important to discuss with Victoria and Ashley. After Abby departed, Nikki proclaimed that she had an important announcement regarding the future of Newman Enterprises.

Nikki explained that Victor had given her instructions about how the company should be run in the foreseeable future, but it wasn't what Ashley and Victoria were expecting. Ashley imagined that Victor wasn't happy about Victoria's deception and wanted Ashley to be interim CEO, but Nikki said no. Victoria guessed that her father wanted a Newman in charge, but Nikki replied that Victoria wouldn't be taking over, either. Nikki announced that she would be taking charge.

An astonished Ashley pointed out that Nikki hadn't been involved in the company's operations for a long time. Nikki asserted that, as a board member, she was familiar with the quarterly reports and major projects, and she was more than qualified to run the company after serving as CEO of Jabot. Nikki invited them to head for the door if they couldn't give her their complete support, but neither Ashley nor Victoria moved. Nikki expected that Victor would be pleased, and she requested that they compile a list of the most pressing matters at hand. Ashley left to get started, and Victoria silently turned away. Nikki asked if Victoria was all right with it, and Victoria honestly replied that she wasn't.

Victoria confided that the idea of running the company on Victor's behalf had been a lifeline to her, and she'd wanted to be in charge because she loved Newman. Nikki looked at her tenure as CEO as a stopgap that was the best option to keep Ashley from running their family business. Nikki doubted that Victoria was in the right frame of mind to take on the role after suffering a terrible trauma, but Victoria countered that Nikki had experienced the trauma with her. Victoria wondered whether Nikki could handle the job while living with what they'd done, and Nikki vowed that she could and would, since she would be strong for both of them.

Jack stepped off the Jabot elevator and grinned. Kyle said he'd been waiting, since he'd wanted to be there for Jack's triumphant return as CEO. Jack clarified that it had already taken place the day before, when he'd stopped Kyle from taking Jabot public. Jack added that he was back where he belonged, but he was sure Kyle didn't share the sentiment. Kyle insisted on being there to help Jack catch up, but Jack snapped that he could handle it.

In his office, Jack left a voicemail for Gloria, assuming that she'd gone away on a trip to heal from the way Kyle had treated her. Jack assured her that he was in the driver's seat, and he urged her to call him back because he needed a trusted copilot. Kyle sauntered in, and Jack grumbled that the receptionist had just let him walk past her. Kyle implored Jack to give her a chance, since Kyle had worked with her in New York. Kyle suspected that Jack had preconceived notions about why he was there, but Jack barked that he was busy. Kyle dejectedly headed toward the door, but Jack decided to squeeze him in.

Kyle hoped that he and Jack could move forward if they cleared the air, and Jack said he didn't understand the wedge between them. Kyle recalled that he'd laid out his reasons when he'd visited Jack in jail, but he'd also apologized and tried to reassure Jack that he wanted to do right by Jabot. Jack thought that they'd been in a good place when Kyle had left for New York, but something or someone had changed all of that, since Kyle had been gunning for him like he was an enemy. Jack pressed Kyle to tell him why.

Kyle warned that the truth would hurt, but Jack swore that he wanted it more than anything. Kyle explained that he didn't consider Jack the enemy, but Jack also wasn't the man Kyle had thought he was. Kyle wondered why Jack had never reached out for support or advice if he valued their relationship, and he felt that he'd only heard from Jack when Jack had needed his vote as a board member. Kyle theorized that Jack was more like Dina than Jack wanted to believe.

Jack recognized that he hadn't been the perfect father, but he'd always wanted Kyle in his life. Kyle accused Jack of distancing himself personally and professionally, since it had seemed like Jack had wanted to keep Kyle away from home base instead of taking him into the fold. Jack thought Kyle had been happy working in New York, and Kyle clucked that Jack had assumed a lot of things that weren't true. Kyle added that he'd gotten clarity by being away, and it had made him realize that no one looked out for him, so he had to do it himself and fight for what he believed in, even if it meant fighting with Jack.

Jack asked why Kyle had turned to Victor as his ally, and Kyle claimed that Victor had simply offered free advice. Kyle stood behind his idea to take Jabot public, but Jack cautioned that it would make the company vulnerable to a hostile takeover. Jack recalled that he'd made that mistake before, and he wouldn't lose their family company. Kyle griped that it didn't feel like one with the way Jack ran things, but Jack said he had plans to remedy that. Jack left for a meeting, and Kyle made a call and summoned someone to Jabot right away.

Nick ordered coffee at Crimson Lights, and Billy asked how Victor was doing. Nick reported that his father was getting stronger every day, and he wished he could say the same for Victoria. Billy recounted that he'd told her that it had been a bad idea to get back together with J.T. so quickly, but at least she'd had the smarts to get rid of J.T. when she had. Nick revealed that she'd ended things before she'd found out J.T. had attacked Victor, and he wondered if Billy had any idea why Victoria had broken things off. Nick sensed that he wasn't getting the whole story, and he wanted to know why.

Nick inquired whether Phyllis had said anything after the girls-only party, but all Billy knew was that the ladies had stayed up late, talking and drinking. Billy admitted that he'd thought the event would be a disaster, but Phyllis, Sharon, and Victoria had become closer. He added that it was good timing, since it had been a long time since Victoria had had female friends, and she needed support. Nick thought their whole family needed answers and closure, but no one would get it with J.T. still missing.

Abby and Ashley arrived at Jabot, and Billy joined them and asked what was going on. Kyle appeared and chirped that they were there just in time. Later, Jack entered his office and was surprised to find a celebration in full swing. Abby revealed that it was a get-together in his honor, and Ashley added that his son had organized it. Kyle proclaimed that the man of the hour had arrived, and Kyle was happy to see his dad out of jail and cleared of all charges.

Kyle acknowledged that he and Jack didn't always see eye to eye, but they had a lot in common, like their love for their family and the company. Kyle pledged to help Jack take Jabot to new heights, standing side by side to build upon the legacy that John had founded. Kyle implored everyone to raise their glasses to Jack and the future.

Jack complimented Kyle's words, and Kyle swore that he'd been sincere. Kyle figured that they'd had to get everything out in the open to move forward, and he wanted them to start over in Genoa City. Jack inquired whether Kyle was moving back, and Kyle recalled when Jack had given him John's compass as a birthday gift to help him find his true north. Kyle claimed that being there with his family and working with Jack at Jabot was his true north, and he wanted to stay and prove it to Jack. Jack agreed to give it a shot, and Kyle swore that his father wouldn't regret it.

Abby couldn't believe that Kyle was throwing Jack a party after the stunt Kyle had pulled the day before, and Ashley anticipated that Jack would keep Kyle on a tight leash. Ashley expressed relief that the secret about Jack's paternity could remain buried.

Billy approached Jack and commented that it had been quite the performance. Jack shared that he hadn't believed a word of it, since he still believed that Victor had turned Kyle against him. Jack truly wanted to repair the damage that had been done to his relationship with Kyle, and he planned to give Kyle a chance to prove his loyalty, but he needed help. Jack proposed that Billy do another tour of duty at Jabot, since he'd decided that it was time to put family back into the family company. Billy stared at Kyle and accepted the job. Jack welcomed him back.

Nick met Victoria at Newman, and she noted that his text message had sounded urgent. He insisted on getting answers to his questions about what had gone down between her and J.T. and where J.T. might be. Victoria claimed that she'd told Nick everything he needed to know about her breakup with J.T., but Nick pressed for details that might help track J.T. down. Victoria ranted that she'd left out how humiliated she'd been for not realizing what kind of man J.T. had been, and she just wanted to get on with her life. Nick asked how the kids were dealing with everything, and Victoria replied that Johnny and Katie were too young to understand, but Reed was furious and crushed to know that his dad had attacked his grandfather.

Nick couldn't stand that J.T. had gotten away scot-free, leaving Victoria to pick up the pieces, and he asked if J.T. had given any indication as to where he might have gone. Victoria preferred to let the police handle it, but Nick argued that Paul and J.T. were friends, and J.T. had been able to disappear without a trace. Victoria asserted that all that mattered was that J.T. was gone, but Nick wanted J.T. to suffer for what he'd done. Nick vowed not to rest until J.T. was found and punished, and if the police couldn't do the job, he'd find J.T. himself.

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