The Y&R Update Monday 10/16/17
Pictures By Christine
At the Abbott house, Jack comforts Ashley. Traci and Abby return from the kitchen with refreshments and try to ignore the elephant in the room. Jack focuses on the one good thing that came of the evening: Dina plans to write Graham out of her will. Ashley cant see beyond her public humiliation, though, and Abby blames Dina for it.
At the athletic club: Graham stands over Dinas motionless body. He tosses her phone down, hangs the Do Not Disturb sign on the suite door, and leaves.
In the club dining room, Scott notices Sharon barely touched her food. Shes preoccupied with Alice and her sudden disappearance. Without her, it will be nearly impossible to track down the sex traffickers. At that moment, Zack appears in the doorway.
Tessa surprises Mariah at the Hilary Hour studio. Sharon wants to meet them both there. While they wait, Tessa would like to finish their earlier conversation, but Mariah insists theres nothing to talk about. Why is Mariah afraid? Who, Mariah? She fears nothing. Tessa misread her.
At the club: Sharon rises from the table to attend a meeting about the case and comes face to face with Zack. She and Scott make small talk with him and then she excuses herself. Scott teases Zack about being dateless. Zack confesses things arent great. Abby is sending mixed signals. He changes the subject to Hashtag, Scotts online magazine. He likes it and proceeds to give a detailed review. What about that sex ring story? It hasnt appeared yet. Is there a problem? Did Scotts leads peter out? Nearby, on the stairway, Graham is on the phone making arrangements for a flight to Boca Raton.
At the Abbotts: Ashley and Jack have known for decades that Brent Davis was her father but they kept it quiet. Traci is hurt about being shut out. Honestly, Ashley kept the secret out of shame and to protect the man she considered her father, John Abbott. Abby stands by, struggling with similar identity issues. Ashley confronts her with a photo of John and declares him her grandfather, without question. Still, theres no ignoring that the word is out and will spread like wildfire. Ashley curses Dina for spilling the beans, when she promised she wouldnt.
At the TV studio: Tessa cant understand Mariahs distantborderline rudebehavior. Sharon arrives and gives them the news about Alice. Shes flown the coop, but with her injuries she couldnt have gone far, implying foul play. Tessas mind turns to Crystals safety. Sharon assures her that Crystal is in protective custody. But what about the rest of them? Mariah asks. That goon in the cemetery saw all of them.
In the club lounge, Scott tells Zack that he wants to get the details right before he publishes such an explosive piece. Zack suggests he abandon it for a more accessible subject. He could write about Abby and the dating app, for instance. Scott cites conflict of interest. Zack scoffs and says rules are made to be broken.
At the Abbotts: Jack defends Dinas loose lips. She was under a great deal of stress after Grahams betrayal. Ashley sneers at the irony of being punished for trying to protect her mother from that conniving so-and-so. Oh well, Jack says. By tomorrow Graham will no longer be their problem. Jack, Traci, and Abby try to reassure Ashley of her place in the Abbott family, but shes inconsolable. Against their wishes, she goes out for air.
At the club: Not that hes a fan of Abby, but Scott will pass along the story idea to another journalist. Zack agrees thats mighty big of him, but he cant leave well enough alone and ends up insulting Scott, who rescinds the offer. Across the room, at the bar, Graham tells his mother hell fill her in in person. Its not the sort of thing to discuss over the phone.
At the TV studio: Sharon isnt concerned about their safety. She and Tessa and Mariah know nothing of the operation, so theyre not worth pursuing. Tessa disagrees. Sharon is the one who put the pieces together and got the authorities involved. Revenge would be the motive for coming after them. Sharon admits as much but as they are powerless, they shouldnt dwell on it. Tessa sighs and decides to pick up some dinner before heading home. Mariah gives her the bums rush. Sharon notices and after Tessa is gone asks Mariah whats going on.
At the Abbotts: Traci and Jack discuss Dinas affairs, with Brent and who knows who else. Poor Daddy, she says. Abby is sure her mom is strong enough to bear up under the stress, but Jack cautions her. Years ago, when Ashley learned the truth, she suffered a mental breakdown. He and Traci dont expect a relapse, but its probably best not to overwhelm Ashley when she returns. Abby gets the message and leaves. Before she goes, she says shes always felt caught between the Newmans and Abbotts and now more than ever.
At the TV studio: Mariah doesnt know what tone Sharon refers to and denies any problems. Ashley wanders in, dazed. Mariah offers to help, but Ashley mumbles an apology and leaves. Back to Tessa: Shes with Noah and Mariah couldnt be happier. Sharon seems unconvinced and probes. Sometimes a romance can put a strain on a friendship. Not this time, Mariah insists.
Tessa runs into Zack on the Crimson Lights patio. By the way, Crystal is safe, thanks to an insider. Zack is glad to hear it and would love to meet this woman---this heroine---but its not possible. Tessa tells him what she knows about the womans disappearance. No good deed goes unpunished, Zack muses. Tessa is stunned. What a crass thing to say. He apologizes. Tessa hopes to see the whole lot of those traffickers behind bars and will do what she can to make it happen.
Scott sits alone at the Top of the Tower bar. Abby walks in and surveys the scene of the crime, and he approaches her. Shes not in the mood for his gibes about Zack---her business partner, she says, pointedly. Seeing her pain, Scott attempts to reach out. She babbles about his commitment to accuracy; perhaps she should follow suit and stop calling herself an Abbott.
In the Abbott dining room: Traci is amazed that Dina considered someone elses feelings for a change and concealed Ashleys paternity from John. Jack apologizes again for leaving Traci out of the loop, but shes beyond that. Ashley is her main concern. How stable is she, mentally, and how can they help her?
Ashley knocks repeatedly on Dinas hotel room door and calls to her but gets no answer. Eventually Graham appears. Ashley badgers him into opening the door with his key and rushes inside, where Dina lies unconscious.
At the TV studio: Sharon offers a bit of unsolicited advice: Dont let Noah and Tessas relationship affect Mariahs choices. Mariah is caught off guard until she realizes Sharon means Mariah shouldnt rush things with Devon just to keep up. All relationships develop at their own pace, Sharon says and prattles on until Mariah stops her. Its all good. Mariah just wishes things could be simple. Sharon is intrigued: And what would complicate them? Nothing . . . Mariah says.
At the Tower bar, Abby opens up a little to Scott. There was a big blowup at the Abbott dinner party. Scott offers to handle the business meeting in Madison tomorrow alone, but she wont be patronized or pitied. Shell be there. She gathers her things to go home for some rest. Scott opens his arms to her and she accepts a hug and a shoulder.
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