At Jabot, Gloria questioned Billy about his plan for putting a window in the door of his office. Billy stated that he wanted an open-door policy and that the CEO should always be accessible. Gloria felt that John would have been alarmed at some of Billy's ideas. Arturo offered some suggestions because he'd be supervising the project. Arturo advised Billy and Gloria that he and his crew would only work on weekends to avoid disrupting the daily routine.
Gloria told Billy that some of his ideas were appealing and that the past few months had been hell there -- like Kyle firing her. Gloria said she was on board with Billy's ideas. Jack arrived, and Kyle was not far behind. Jack heard Gloria say that when people heard the name Jabot, they would think of Billy Abbott, not Jack. Jack was floored. Agitated, Jack demanded to know more about Billy's remodeling plans.
Jack told Billy that in spite of Ashley saying that Billy's tenure as CEO was temporary, Billy appeared to have big plans, none of which appeared to be about business. Billy said that Ashley was right -- he was only there for as long as he was needed, but while he was there, he was going to move the company forward. Billy said that Arturo would make sure the CEO's office was accessible to the staff. Billy and Arturo went into Billy's office. Gloria assured Jack that she'd always be team Jack. After Gloria left, Kyle told Jack that things weren't over for Jack, and they were in it together. Kyle and Jack joined Billy and Arturo in Billy's office.
While reviewing the blueprints, Arturo advised Billy that he'd be attending Nikki's fundraiser that evening, but he didn't have a suit. Jack referred Arturo to his tailor and provided Arturo with his tailor's business card. After Arturo left, Jack informed Billy that he'd be attending the fundraiser as an investor of New Hope and not as CEO of Jabot.
In the reception area, Jack asked Billy where his office was and if his things had been moved there. Gloria said that they'd needed to make room for Kyle, and there weren't any available offices. Angry, Jack demanded to know if Billy planned to humiliate him until he walked out of Jabot. Billy assured him it was a temporary situation, and he suggested that Jack share an office with Kyle. Jack was incensed and began to argue, but Kyle pulled Jack away before the situation turned volatile. Gloria spat that the new CEO needed to devise a solution quickly. She walked away.
In Billy's office, Phyllis reminded Billy that Jack was in pain and denial. Billy understood and said that as much as he didn't want things to change between him and Jack, he was afraid they already had.
At home, Nick pondered returning to Newman Enterprises. Sharon told Nick that she'd support him no matter what he decided. Nick admitted he was seriously considering accepting Victor's offer. Sharon said she had second thoughts and reminded him that Victor was judgmental, controlling, and manipulating.
Sharon didn't understand the pull that Nick felt toward Newman, especially since Nick had worked so hard to separate himself from Victor and maintain his own identity. Nick agreed it seemed like a move in the wrong direction and admitted that in the past few years, he hadn't wanted anything to do with his dad or the company, but he was reconsidering returning to Newman. Sharon hated the idea.
Sharon understood how frightened Nick had been when Victor had been hospitalized, but Victor had recovered and would be fine. She noted that Nick had worked very hard at setting up boundaries and that he'd given away his trust fund. Nick said he'd given away money he'd never earned to a foundation he knew would do some good with it. Sharon said that Nick enjoyed helping people and protecting them. She told him to look at the good he'd done with New Hope. He was invested in making people's lives better. That was where Nick's drive and focus had been -- without all the stress. She wanted to know why that wasn't enough for Nick.
Nick showed Sharon his list of pros and cons. In the pro column was "Victor almost died." Nick said that what J.T. had done to Victor hadn't been a plus, but it had been a wake-up call. He told Sharon that the push/pull thing between him and his father had to stop. Nick didn't want his kids to look at him the way he'd looked at his dad. Nick said Noah was halfway around the world, and most of the time, he didn't know where Summer was. He added that he wasn't a kid anymore, and he needed to step up.
Sharon said that Nick had done "so much," but Nick said he hadn't stepped up enough. He'd made New Hope happen, but at Newman, he could make more money and would have more access. He asked Sharon who would protect the company and family when Victor was gone. Sharon asked why it had to be Nick. Nick said he wouldn't let his family or the company fade away after his dad was gone. It had taken Victor a lot to build, and it would take a lot more to keep it standing.
Sharon asked if Nick thought Newman needed protecting, since he had two very strong and capable sisters. Nick reminded Sharon what J.T. had done to Victoria. Nick said he was talking about family as a whole. She said Nick's attitude was from another century and from the noble patriarch. Nick disagreed. He said that strong families produced strong individuals. Sharon suggested that they needed to look at his con list again.
Sharon told Nick that Nick's language worried her -- using words like "protector." It made her think that Nick would get sucked up into Victor's pathology again, and Nick would end up regretting it. Sharon told him to look at Victoria, who had been demoted in favor of Ashley -- she added that not that long before, Victor had thrown Abby under the bus because of Zack. Nick said he heard and agreed with Sharon, but he thought he was in a better place to handle Victor. Sharon countered that nobody handled Victor. The only person who handled Victor was Nikki, and even that was questionable.
Nick claimed things were different, and when Victor had been in a coma, he'd listened; Victor knew Nick wasn't an enemy or opponent. Sharon asked Nick specifically how he thought things would be different this time. Nick said he couldn't see that far ahead and didn't know if it would be different, but he was doing it for his whole family, especially Christian. Nick knew Sharon was worried for him. He said he needed a new challenge. He wanted to earn money to provide for his family on his own terms and solidify their future. Nick said that this time could be the one that lasted, just like his and Sharon's relationship.
Nick continued with his list of pros and cons while Sharon sent a text message to someone, requesting their help, and she asked them to meet her at the coffeehouse. Sharon told Nick she had some errands to run, and she left.
Arturo met Abby at Crimson Lights and asked her to help him pick out business attire for the fundraiser he'd be attending later that evening. He showed Abby the business card Jack had given him for a tailor, but Abby told Arturo that she could do better than that.
On the Crimson Lights patio, Jack thanked Kyle for getting him out of Jabot and apologized for what he'd done to Kyle and Kyle's career. Jack said that he'd screwed himself over with the blood Abbott clause that he'd created. He said that Jabot was supposed to be Kyle's birthright, and Jack had unknowingly taken it away from Kyle. Jack said that maybe Kyle was better off with Victor. Kyle said that Victor wasn't his father -- Jack was. Kyle said that it didn't matter who else he was related to; he knew Jack was his father -- even if he hadn't always believed it.
Kyle said that Jack had been raised by John, and Jack had had that connection. Kyle said he'd been the kid on the fringe. He assured Jack he hadn't said that to blame Jack, but he knew what it felt like being an outsider and the sense of not belonging. Kyle said he'd never wished that on Jack, but it made him feel less alone. Kyle said that it was just the two of them.
Jack agreed with Kyle. He said that John had raised him. Having John Abbott as a father had made him feel like he had a protective shield around him -- Abbott blood was in his veins, and it guided him to the right answer. Jack said that it had turned out that he'd been acting on his own, and it was no wonder he'd screwed up so much. Kyle assured Jack that he'd never seen Jack as a screwup. Jack was the same guy he'd always been -- someone to admire and emulate. Jack said he appreciated that Kyle had given him a pep talk. Kyle said he was there for Jack -- whatever Jack needed.
Jack told Kyle that he appreciated that Kyle had kept him from going ballistic on Billy. Jack said he owed Kyle big time for that. Jack said that Billy wasn't looking at the CEO position as temporary. Kyle said that Billy liked shiny and new things until something shinier and newer came along. Jack chortled and claimed that Billy had a short attention span. He'd get tired of the CEO position very quickly. Kyle realized that Jack hadn't given up on being CEO.
Jack told Kyle that he hadn't. He and Kyle needed to go back to Jabot, work hard, and wait Billy out. Kyle was surprised that Jack had included him. Jack said that Billy would screw up the way he always did, and when he did, he and Kyle would step in and get the board to rescind the blood Abbott clause. Jack said he regretted not rescinding the blood Abbot clause when Kyle had suggested it. Jack said that when the clause was removed, he and Kyle would claim what was rightfully theirs -- Jack as CEO, and Kyle as second in command. Kyle suggested that they head back to the office and get to work. Jack agreed.
Sharon met with Victoria at the coffeehouse and said that she needed Victoria's help -- Victoria needed to help Sharon stop Nick from making a terrible mistake. She told Victoria that Nick had been thinking about returning to Newman. Sharon asked Victoria to convince Nick that it was a bad idea. Sharon was taken aback when Victoria said she loved the idea of Nick returning to Newman.
Victoria told Sharon that Ashley had too much authority, but if she and Nick were together, Victor would remember that consolidating power within the family was the answer. With Nick back at the company, Victoria would be emotionally protected. She said that as an added bonus, Nick wouldn't have as much time to focus on J.T. Sharon asked Victoria to consider what it would do to Nick.
At Fenmore's, Arturo tried on the suit he'd chosen off the rack and stepped out of the dressing room. Abby looked him up and down and said it was too old-fashioned. Arturo said it had been the cheapest on the rack, and he didn't want to waste money on something he'd wear once. Abby ignored him and gave him another suit to try on.
While Arturo was changing, Abby received a call from Victoria, who advised Abby that Victor had asked Nick to return to the company. Abby said it was a bad idea because it would knock her further down the food chain. Arturo listened. Abby said that Nick had cut all ties with Victor and the company, but he got to walk back into Newman, just like Victoria had. Abby said that she'd been the loyal daughter -- she'd endured insult after insult and watched as Victor had given her siblings positions that would outrank hers. She wished Victoria good luck and refused to help her.
Arturo left the dressing room to show off the suit Abby had picked for him, and she liked it. Arturo saw how hurt Abby was, and he hugged her. Once Abby was calmer, Arturo gasped at the price tag and said he wouldn't buy it. Abby offered to put it on her account because he needed a suit, and it looked good on him. Arturo said he would pay for it, but he'd take the discount.
At Jabot, Phyllis approved of Billy's remodeling plans. Jack entered and apologized for interrupting, but he wanted to apologize. He said he'd been caught off guard by the remodeling plans, and he'd reacted poorly. Phyllis left. Billy thanked Jack for covering the fundraiser later that evening. Jack informed Billy that he'd attend the fundraiser in a dual capacity -- as part of New Hope and as a representative of Jabot.
Jack asked Billy to bear with him because it would take Jack a while to get used to not being in charge. Billy hoped it wouldn't be a problem. He said that Jack had always encouraged Ashley to embrace being number two, and that put Billy at number three in Jack's book. Jack said he'd never looked at it that way because he'd always been focused on the chair and desk at Jabot. Jack said he'd make sure everything worked.
Jack told Billy that Gloria had wanted to order a new nameplate for him, but she needed to know his title. Billy said that Jack could have any title he wanted -- except CEO, because that was taken.
Later Billy called a team meeting to discuss the changes. Jack challenged Billy's new creative direction. Billy said that Jabot had been in flux for quite some time, and it was time for a change. Billy said that it was the first time that a former CEO worked under the new CEO, and he hoped that they could handle any awkwardness with grace. Jack agreed.
Victoria arrived at Sharon's. Sharon hoped that Victoria was there to dissuade Nick from returning to Newman. Sharon argued that it would be the wrong thing for Nick, but Nick felt it was his last chance to do something that would benefit the entire family. Sharon reminded Nick that Victor was controlling and manipulative, but Victoria said that she loved the idea of Nick returning to Newman and that they would handle Victor together. Victoria wanted someone by her side that she could trust. Victoria told Sharon that it was a family matter, and Sharon didn't have a say.
Sharon and Nick informed Victoria that they were back together, so she did have a say. Victoria claimed she needed her brother's support more than ever, and no one knew that better than a Newman.
On the patio at Crimson Lights, Abby gave Arturo tips on his attire. The discussion turned to the fundraiser. Abby advised him that Nikki, Jack, and Devon would be there and that Arturo needed to talk to Devon. Arturo asked why -- because Devon was rich. Abby said not because he was rich but because Devon was a great guy and one her favorite people. Devon was also closer in age to Arturo than the rest of the people in attendance. She told Arturo that Devon hadn't always been rich, but Devon had remained decent, smart, and funny, even though he had wealth. Perhaps Arturo would make a new friend and an excellent business contact.
Arturo snidely commented that his schmoozing skills were a little rusty. Abby offered to go as his plus one, and she was certain that Nikki wouldn't mind if Abby attended. Abby said she'd observe and jump in when needed. Arturo said that he'd only RSVP'd for one, and he didn't want Nikki to give him preferential treatment. Arturo informed Abby that he'd go alone. Abby appeared hurt.
Jack and Kyle were at the bar at the Athletic Club. Kyle sulked about Jack needing to be contrite where Billy was concerned. Jack told Kyle that getting rid of Billy would be tougher than he'd anticipated.
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