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Nick threatens to take everything from Victor
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

At Newman Enterprises, Victoria and Ashley rifled through the boxes that the mysterious hacker had sent. Victoria gasped when she found contracts detailing confidential salary information, and Ashley discovered copies of professional and personal emails sent through Newman's systems. They realized that the hacker had accessed everything from HR memos to the company's research and development files, and Ashley guessed that the culprit had sent them hard copies to rub it in their faces. Ashley insisted that they hire a new head of security to find out how the person had managed to breach the security system.

Victoria was certain that it had been an inside job, and she declared that everyone was under suspicion until they identified who'd done it. She thought the only lead was that the hacker had suffered damages because of Newman, and Ashley pointed out that Victor had a very long list of enemies. Victoria recognized that the person could have crushed them right away, and Ashley imagined that the hacker was taunting them. Victoria couldn't help but consider Jack a possible suspect after all the reasons Victor had given him to hold a grudge, and she recalled that Jack had gone after Newman before.

Ashley indicated that Jack felt disconnected from his family and the entire life he'd known, but she thought he was focused on finding out who his biological father was. Victoria stepped out to talk to security, and Ashley called Jack to ask how he was doing. He questioned what the call was really about, and she confided that there had been an incident at Newman that smacked of revenge. Jack surmised that she was accusing him, and he groused that her loyalty to Victor was admirable. Ashley insisted that she was concerned for Jack, and she hoped he hadn't gotten involved in something that might end badly. He snapped not to worry about him, and he abruptly hung up.

Later, Ashley mentioned to Victoria that Kyle had seemed to have a falling-out with Victor after the attempt to take Jabot public hadn't materialized. Victoria doubted that Kyle had it in him to do something that bad, and she speculated that Helen hadn't been pleased about being dumped after she'd been fired from Jabot. Ashley countered that Helen had a stellar reputation as a chemist and that her expertise wasn't in IT. Victoria hesitated to rule anything out.

Ashley recounted that Abby had told her about Victor winning custody of Christian from Nick, so Nick had a motive. Victoria agreed with Ashley's thinking if it was Adam in question, but she was sure that it hadn't been Nick. Victoria mused that Abby had been vocal about Victor interfering in her life, but Ashley defended that Abby would never do something like that. Victoria sent a text message to Abby to ask for help with the mess. Ashley wondered if there was anything more to the summons, since Victoria wasn't above framing people for corporate espionage.

Ashley observed that the records they'd received were in chronological order, and she wondered if the hacker might have unintentionally left a clue. She realized that there was nothing before January of 2018, and Victoria noted that the records ended in mid-April, which indicated that someone had had access but had lost it. Ashley pointed out that the dates coincided with J.T.'s tenure as head of security, but Victoria chalked it up to a coincidence. Ashley stressed that he'd helped rebuild the security system, and he'd had means, motive, and opportunity.

Victoria's computer pinged with another email that had an embedded audio message. Victoria played the message, and an altered voice asked if she'd enjoyed reading what had been sent. The hacker stated that he or she had access to all the files to send wherever and whenever he or she pleased, adding, "Sleep tight."

On the Athletic Club rooftop, Cane refused to ask Jill to dig up Phillip's grave because of Jack's crazy paternity theory. Cane insisted that John had been a great father, and he didn't understand why Jack was obsessed with finding out who his biological dad was, especially since it would throw the entire Chancellor family into turmoil. Cane guessed that Jack wanted to do it because he'd lost control of his own company, so he was looking to stake a claim on Chancellor.

Across the roof deck, Abby gushed that Arturo had made a wonderful first impression with her mom. She inquired whether the police had continued to hassle him, and he reported that the incidents had ended. He hoped that the shift of luck meant that Victor had realized that Arturo had been sincere about never doing anything to hurt Abby. Abby cooed that even if her father didn't believe it, she did, and they canoodled. Summer spotted them and crowed about being right about Arturo's genuine intentions. Abby passed on having the pleasure of Summer's company, and Summer retorted that they'd be missing out, since she had plans for a very fun night.

Abby and Arturo laughed as they took selfies, and he remarked that he hadn't realized that they were at the social media stage yet. She countered that most people reached it within five minutes after they met, and he guessed that they were in the slow lane. Abby declared that he should consider it an honor to appear in her photos, since she had a hundred thousand followers. Arturo joked that she'd posted him next to the kale salad she'd had for lunch. She swore that she didn't post every detail of her life, and she realized that he still hadn't checked her out online.

Abby received Victoria's text message telling her to get to the office as soon as possible. Abby griped that Victoria had joined their dad in letting Abby know where she belonged in the company, and she planned to tell Victoria that she was enjoying herself and that Victoria should try it sometime. Abby refused to leave that spot until Arturo confirmed whether he'd checked out her social media. He replied that he hadn't, but his sister had sparked his curiosity when she'd reported that Abby had changed her relationship status, although he didn't know to what.

Abby revealed that she'd pledged to stop posting her relationship status online after her past relationships had ended badly, but she'd broken her own rule. She divulged that she'd simply posted that her status was complicated, and she resumed taking photos. She hoped that Nikki saw them, and an irked Arturo inquired whether she was doing it to prove a point to Nikki. Abby explained that Nikki had made it clear that she had a problem with Abby seeing Arturo, and she hoped that Nikki would butt out of her life if Nikki saw the photos. Abby swore that she hadn't meant to spoil the mood, and Arturo admired how she stood up for herself.

Abby received a message from Nick, who invited her to a party the next day. She considered it weird with everything going on with Christian, but Arturo guessed that perhaps Nick was determined not to let it keep him down. Abby noticed that their Champagne was gone, and Arturo imagined that they should call it a night. He was glad that they'd made it to a point where she could trust him again. She applauded him for being nothing but a gentleman, but she suggested that it was time to stop that. She smiled seductively and proposed that they go to his place, but he balked. He claimed that he'd just been trying to remember if he'd cleaned up, and they left together.

Arturo peered into his apartment and declared it safe before leading Abby in. She proclaimed that it was nice, but he imagined that the room was the size of one of her closets. He admired that her family had worked hard to build what they had, even if he didn't agree with some of her father's tactics. Abby apologized that he'd had to deal with problems because of her, but he murmured that it had been worth it, and they kissed passionately.

Arturo pulled back and offered Abby a beer. He headed to the kitchen, and she fidgeted nervously on the couch. She moved a pillow and was horrified to find a bra underneath it. She put the bra back where she'd found it, grabbed her purse, and quietly walked out. Arturo returned with the drinks and was surprised to find Abby gone.

An agitated Cane burst into Hamilton-Winters to update Lily about his conversation with Jack, but he stopped short when Charlie greeted him. Lily explained that Charlie was helping her with data entry, and the teen stepped aside to work. Cane informed Lily that Jack wanted him to exhume Phillip's body. Meanwhile, Shauna sent a text message to Charlie to tell him to stop being so responsible when she had Devon's place to herself. Charlie called out that he was leaving, and he fibbed to his parents that he was going to the coffeehouse.

After Charlie left, Cane revealed that Jack wanted the body exhumed to prove that Phillip was Jack's biological father, but he thought Jack was only doing it to get his hands on Chancellor. Cane was adamant that there was no chance the paternity claim was legitimate, but Lily wondered if Cane's loyalty to Jill was blinding him to the facts. Cane acknowledged that he was protective of Jill's interests because she'd entrusted him with her company when no one else would touch him. Lily contemplated whether Jack would even be entitled to a piece of Chancellor if Phillip was his father, and Cane vowed that things would never get that far.

Neil entered Devon's penthouse and called out for Shauna, and he found her studying on the couch. They made small talk about how Devon and Hilary had fully stocked the kitchen before they'd gone out of town, and Neil noticed Shauna's SAT study guide. He offered to help, but she figured that she had a few months to prepare before the test in the fall. Shauna added that she wanted to do well after she'd blown off the last test, and Neil declared his belief in second chances and praised her for making the most of them. He implored her to reach out if she needed him and headed to the door to let her get back to work.

After Neil departed, Charlie popped up from his hiding place and wondered if he should head out, too. Shauna was confident that her SAT story would keep Neil away for at least a couple of hours. She turned on some music, and Charlie gushed that he'd had the best time working at Devon's studio. Shauna implied that he liked working more than being there with her, but Charlie assured her that he would rather be with her alone to get to know her. They kissed, and she bet that he'd been with a lot of girls.

Shauna pressed to know, and Charlie stammered that he'd once been a lifeguard at the club. She inquired whether he'd ever been serious with anyone, and he replied that he hadn't been -- until then. She admitted that she'd been with one guy for almost two years, but she'd never wanted to get with anyone before that. She recognized that sex wasn't a big deal to some guys, but she didn't take Charlie for the casual type. Charlie became flustered and suddenly decided that he should get going to avoid getting Shauna in trouble. He rushed out.

Cane and Lily dropped by to see Neil about Jack's request. Cane requested that Neil convince Jack to drop his quest to exhume Phillip's body, but Neil noted that Jack had been in a lot of pain since finding out that John wasn't his father. Neil thought that time would give Jack perspective, but Cane griped that it had led Jack to Chancellor with his hand out. Neil was certain that Jack hadn't devised his theory to go after Chancellor, but Cane argued that there was no proof of paternity, so it made no sense to dig up a body.

Cane testily anticipated that Jack would next make sure that his DNA mysteriously matched, and Neil recalled that Cane had done the exact same thing. Neil reasoned that Katherine had left her company to Victor, who had sold it to Jill, so Jack had no legitimate claim to Chancellor. Cane relayed that he'd already told Jack that he had no problem with Jack talking to Phillip's kids, but it would be war if Jack went so far as to get a court order for exhumation.

Cane and Lily returned to Hamilton-Winters. He locked the office door and removed his jacket. He moved behind Lily, smoothed back her hair, and kissed her neck. She groaned that it wasn't fair, but he insisted that he couldn't help himself because her perfume was driving him crazy. She countered that watching him go into battle mode had been hot. They kissed passionately and began to make love on the desk.

At Jabot, Billy warned that Jack was taking things too far over a few missing diary pages. Jack cited the photo that he'd found in the safe deposit box, but Billy thought Jack was skewing the evidence to correlate with what he wanted to be true. Jack explained that he was there to ask if Jill had ever talked to Billy about Phillip, but Billy scoffed at the idea of his mother telling him about her lover sleeping with Dina. Jack pleaded for anything that could point him in the right direction, and Billy questioned what direction Jack wanted to see his search go.

Billy wondered if Jack expected to bond with Phillip III and Chance, and he cautioned that he'd had his own difficulty bonding with them as family. Jack conceded that he wasn't anticipating an instant family, and he intended to figure it out when he got to that point. Billy pressed to know what Jack wanted to happen, and Jack pointed out that it would be good to know if he stood to inherit things, like health concerns. Billy ranted that Jack's spiel about fitting into the world was a "load of crap," since Jack had left a company where he couldn't be CEO, and Billy suspected that Jack wanted to try to take over Jill's company instead. Over Jack's protests, Billy ordered Jack to get out of his office. Jack stormed out.

At the Athletic Club bar, Neil informed Jack that he'd told Cane that Jack was on a sincere mission to find his biological father. Jack insisted that it was true, since the possibility that Phillip might be his father had popped up out of the blue. Jack considered it a lifeline, considering all of the guys who could have fathered him, since Phillip had been a good man. Jack took comfort in knowing that he might be part of a family that he'd known his entire life, and the Chancellors weren't unlike the Abbotts. Jack figured that if he was Phillip's blood and part of the Chancellor family, there was no reason not to embrace that he was part of the Chancellor empire, too.

"Bad day at the office, honey?" Summer cooed when Billy returned home. She asked where his sense of humor was, and he dryly replied that it had left town with Phyllis. Summer questioned whether he was avoiding her, and he chided her for flirting with him ever since she'd gotten back, even though he was her mother's boyfriend. Summer teased that the term was so high school, and Billy snapped that what he had with Phyllis wasn't a game to him. Summer apologetically said she hadn't meant to make his mood worse, and she insisted that she wanted to be friends. Billy replied that he'd had a long day and had reading to do before he went to sleep. Summer promised not to keep him up, and he went upstairs. She made a call and made plans for a game at her house that night.

Later, a group of people gathered at Summer's apartment, and Billy peered down at a poker game in progress. He descended the stairs and hovered off to the side as he eyed the cards and stacks of chips. Summer nonchalantly introduced him as her "sort-of" roommate as she dealt the cards. After everyone else folded, Summer bragged that she'd collected her biggest pot yet. She told Billy that she'd try to keep the noise level down so that he could get back to a nice, quiet evening.

The group continued to play poker, and Billy offered everyone a beer. Summer agreed to one, and he set it down next to her and walked away. He stopped short when Summer announced that she was going all in, and she cheered that she'd won. "To hell with it -- deal me in," Billy said as he slapped money down on the table.

On the next The Young and the Restless...
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• Billy proposes that he and Phyllis give their neighbors a show.

• Jack asks Dina if the man in the photo is his father.

• Ashley informs Victoria that eyewitnesses spotted a man whose description matches J.T.'’s.

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