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Episode #13624 ~ Neil's family and friends gather for the reading of his will.
Provided By Suzanne
Previously on "the young and the restless"...
Michael: There are laws against peddling counterfeit goods.
Phyllis: A belt's a belt, and a handbag's a handbag.
Michael: Mm-hmm. With a 1% differentiation on the logo?
Michael: Devon, I've done a lot of will readings, and, in my experience, it's best to get it over with.
Devon: I -- I don't know if I want to close the book on my dad.
Victor: Hello, jack.
Ashley: Hi. How are you, nikki? Hi.
Victor: Hi, ashley.
Ashley: Good to see you both.
Victor: Just wish it had been a happier occasion.
Nikki: It is comforting, though, to be around so many people who love neil.
Nate: The man always enjoyed a good get-together.
[ Doorbell rings ]
Ana: Lily. Come in.
Lily: Thank you.
Michael: So glad you could make it.
Lily: Oh, yeah.
Lily: Wow. I didn't realize there would be this many people here.
Ashley: Well, your dad had a huge heart. I guess he wanted to acknowledge everybody he felt close to.
Lily: Makes sense.
Cane: Um, just so you know, I'm not crashing. Uh, michael said I'm mentioned in the will.
Lily: Um, thank you for signing the divorce papers.
Cane: You're welcome.
Lily: Um, I'm gonna -- I'm gonna find devon, so excuse me.
Cane: Yeah. Sure. Okay.
Lily: Hey. Uh, where is devon?
Nate: Still upstairs.
Lily: Yeah, it's a rough day. Maybe I should go check on him.
Devon: You don't have to do that.
Lily: How are you?
Devon: Oh, you know...
Lily: You ready for this?
Devon: No. Not really.
Lily: Yeah. I don't want dad's money. I just...want him back.
Devon: I know.
Lauren: Oh! Hi there.
Phyllis: Hi! Taking a break from the office?
Lauren: What are you up to?
Phyllis: Excuse me?
Lauren: You closed that laptop so fast, the breeze blew my hair back.
Phyllis: [ Laughs ] Okay, you caught me. 50 worst faux-pas on the red carpet.
Lauren: Clickbait. You? Hmm.
Phyllis: Mm-hmm, happens to the best of us.
Lauren: You know, phyllis... I actually really hope that you're telling me the truth and this has nothing to do with shell companies.
Phyllis: That's unbelievable. Michael told you that?
Lauren: Of course he told me. He also told me that you dropped the idea. Did you?
Phyllis: Listen, I took his warnings to heart, but there's nothing the least bit shady going on. Scout's honor.
Devon: Sharon, thank you for coming.
Sharon: I'm really not sure why I'm here.
Devon: Well, we're gonna find out what my dad had in mind soon enough, you know?
Victor: Hello, devon.
Devon: Mr. Newman.
Victor: Nice to see you.
Devon: Thank you both for being here.
Nikki: Devon. Oh, victor and I are honored to have been included.
Devon: I appreciate you guys coming.
Lily: Hey. Sorry to interrupt.
Lily: Michael's ready if you are.
Devon: Okay. Uh, everyone, if you guys would like to take your seats, we can get this started.
Victor: Come, my sweetheart. Let's go over there.
Devon: All right.
Victor: Thank you.
Michael: [ Clears throat ] Welcome, and thank all of you for making the effort to be here in person, especially those of you who traveled some distance. Well, without further ado... "I, neil ellis winters of genoa city, wisconsin, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament..."
Michael: "To my friend nikki newman, I leave you symbols of inspiration, including one from someone we both hold dear."
Lily: That's dad's bible.
Nikki: Oh, no, I -- I can'T. There's a note here.
Victor: Wow, look at that.
Ana: What does it say?
Nikki: [ Gasps ] "Nehemiah 8:10: "Do not grieve, for the joy of the lord is your strength." To nikki -- the strongest, bravest woman I know. Never give up the fight."
Neil: You know what you sound like right now? You sound like me. You sound like a drunk. "Poor me. Pour me a drink." You keep blaming everyone else out there for your own mistakes. Who is the one who got into bed last night with a total stranger? It wasn't your husband, it wasn't your kids, who you're disappointed in. It wasn't your father that hurt you. It's not all those people out there that you keep blaming, nikki! It's you! It's only you!
Nikki: Neil, you don't -- you don't get it! You don't get it!
Neil: You have to take responsibility. You have to be accountable! And let's start, right now. Here's the plan. We're gonna get over this hangover, and you're gonna get sober.
Nikki: How on earth did he know?
Michael: Neil reviewed his will and living trust just weeks before he died. He must have updated his personal bequests, as well.
Jack: Neil was nothing if not well-organized.
Victor: What is this, my sweetheart? Take a look at that.
Nikki: Well, it's, um...
Nikki: It's a world atlas.
Sharon: I wonder what it means. Something to do with the "inspiration" neil was talking about?
Nikki: Someone has jotted notes on every -- oh, god, it's katherine's handwriting.
[ Sniffles ] There are dates and a list of places that she visited. This is from her trip around the world. Shortly before she passed on. She knew she was sick.
Devon: I actually remember when neil told me about that because katherine encouraged him to start a bucket list of his own. And he was doing it.
Nikki: Well, neil could not have given me anything more significant. And I will treasure them always.
Michael: Next. "To the most intimidating man I've ever met..."
Jack: I think we all know who that is.
[ Laughter ]
Michael: "Victor newman, whom I eventually grew to realize was just a family man at heart."
Victor: What in the world is this?
Nikki: Open it, darling.
Victor: My goodness.
Nikki: [ Gasps ]
Victor: It's a humidor.
[ Sniffles ] With gurkha cigars.
Devon: Those are some of the nicest in the world right there.
Victor: Yes. Wow.
Michael: "If you're hearing this, victor, it means I'm not there and you really are invincible."
[ Laughter ] "So enjoy these cigars I was saving for a special occasion. And here's a little sentimental something I never could get rid of."
[ Chuckles ]
Victor: What in the world is this? My goodness.
Nikki: What is it? Oh!
Victor: The nameplate on his desk... ...when he used to work for me.
Michael: "I was always grateful for my time at newman enterprises, learning from the master. It laid the groundwork that so many years later made hamilton-winters a reality."
Victor: Thank you for this, okay? Appreciate it.
Michael: You're welcome. Onto the next person named... "to my son-in-law cane ashby... it's hard for me to even address you after all the pain you've caused my daughter, but I can't ignore the joy you've brought my family. You gave lily the strength and support she needed to beat cancer, and you blessed me with two wonderful grandchildren. So, as I've tried to live my life, I will try to end it the same way. I forgive you." I leave you with my hope that you can earn the forgiveness of all those you've hurt."
Cane: I'll do my best.
Michael: Moving right along. "To my rock when I needed him, jack abbott, I leave the abbott-winters foundation in your capable hands. I trust you to carry on the great legacy we've established, helping those who feel helpless."
Jack: I promise to try to live up to the faith neil had in me. The foundation is funding a new treatment center. I plan to name that treatment center after the great man we just lost.
Devon: Aww, that's very nice of you, jack.
Lily: I know that would mean a lot to him.
Jack: Oh, believe me, it is my pleasure.
Michael: Next up... "to the one who got away... ashley abbott. I bequeath a $500,000 donation to the alzheimer's charity of your choice."
Ashley: Oh, my god.
Michael: "I know how hard it's been for you and your family to watch your mother slip away, and I know money can't always fix things, but if it can help get the world closer to a cure or better treatment, that still matters."
Ashley: It does. It definitely does.
Michael: There is also a more personal token.
Neil: Okay, ash, what you're about to hear is a man at the peak of his talents. Or maybe not. Maybe there was so much more he could have given the world.
Ashley: What happened?
Neil: Car accident. He was 25 years old, but he made those 25 years count. He made a difference, inspired musicians for generations to come.
[ Jazz music plays ]
Ashley: Seems like he matters to you for more than just his music.
Neil: Yeah, he does. He is a reminder that some things in life... ...can't wait until later.
Michael: Olivia couldn't join us today, but, um, neil included her, as well. "To my dear friend, olivia winters, who's kept me grounded and centered all these years, I bequeath a $100,000 donation to doctors without borders, the charity for which you've worked so tirelessly and have my eternal respect and admiration." Neil also left olivia, uh... a more personal gift. His favorite ben enwonwu sculpture, which always captivated her.
Nate: I, uh, know my mother will be so touched by both those gifts.
Michael: Next... "to sharon newman, drucilla's closest friend, I leave some mementos I know she'll appreciate."
Sharon: [ Gasps ] Thank you.
Michael: You're welcome.
Sharon: Oh! Wow.
Sharon: I remember these things. Dru always had the most exquisite taste in jewelry. I remember on one photo shoot, she wore this because she didn't like what the stylist brought, and it made the ad.
Jack: I remember that layout.
Ashley: I remember that, too. We were inundated with calls on where to buy it.
Lily: Oh, my god. My mom got that in paris. I used to sneak it out of her jewelry box to play dress-up.
Sharon: Would you like to have it?
Lily: No, no, no. It's -- it's yours. I have so many of her things. You know how she was about jewelry.
Sharon: Oh, do I ever. Dru always said that her favorite color is "sparkly."
[ Laughter ]
Michael: "To malcolm winters, the most extraordinary photographer I've ever seen, i leave all the photo albums I've kept from our childhood. I hesitate to call them "vintage," but no other word fits. We had some good times, didn't we? Keep the faith, little brother."
Nate: If you like, I can make sure those get to him.
Michael: I would appreciate that. Next up... "to ana hamilton, a young woman I think of as a daughter, i leave my entire vinyl record collection. Enjoy it in good health.
Ana: Wait. Are you saying neil left me...?
Devon: It is one of his most prized possessions, right there.
Ana: I hardly know what to say. Music was everything to him.
Lily: Yes, it was.
Ana: Probably hoping his musical taste would rub off on me.
Michael: [ Chuckles ] I'll paraphrase the remainder of the document, as the language gets more formal. Um, let's start with moses. Neil left a great deal of money for him in trust, as well as a college fund and a nice cushion for sofia. The bulk of neil's financial estate, all his savings, investments, not including real estate or hamilton-winters will go to lily. Separate trust funds and college funds will be set up for charlie and mattie ashby, and I'm gonna quote from the will again. "I hope these bequests will inspire moses and my two grandkids to go on and do great things, not just coast through life on their bank accounts. I have faith that all three can make a big positive impact on the world, each in their own personal ways. And perhaps, one day, they'll fulfill my dream and run hamilton-winters together."
Neil: You know when you're a kid, stability is everything, knowing that you can count on your family for anything.
Lily: Not just when you're a kid.
Neil: [ Sighs ] Come here.
Michael: Lily... neil wanted you to have this.
Lily: [ Gasps ] Oh, my god. It's fairy tales. Dad used to read this to me when I was a little girl. He signed it. "Go find your happily-ever-after."
Devon: Excuse me. Here you go. How you doing?
Lily: Thank you.
Devon: You gonna make it through this?
Lily: Yeah. I'm good.
Michael: Lily, these are letters and mementos, uh, from neil to his grandkids. He also wrote a letter for moses to read on his 18th birthday.
Devon: Why am I not surprised that he planned that far ahead?
Lily: [ Chuckles ] Just the kind of man he was, to always put the people that he loved first.
Michael: All right, devon...
Michael: You're next. "To my son, devon hamilton, with whom I started the company that meant so much to me...
Devon: This is where all the hard work's gonna take place, man. It's you and me.
Devon: This is ours. The day that we put the family company on the map. Right?
Michael: "...Stipulated on the grounds that he agree to the new terms."
Devon: I'm sorry, michael. Can you repeat the last bit of what you said?
Michael: "I leave devon my half of hamilton-winters, stipulated on the grounds that he agree to the new terms."
Devon: What new terms?
Lauren: I'm sorry that you felt so unfairly treated and that your new business venture fell through.
Phyllis: Once more, with feeling.
Lauren: Phyllis, I have faith in you. You can do whatever you put your mind to. I mean, you could score a great job at whatever company you choose.
Phyllis: As long as it's not in genoa city.
Lauren: If you're open to suggestions, I am very happy to help you.
Phyllis: Thank you for pep talk, but I am actually working on something that is gonna put me back on top.
Lauren: Ooh! Sounds intriguing.
Phyllis: Yeah. I think so.
Lauren: Okay. Tell me all about it.
Phyllis: Honey, look, I -- I need to keep it quiet for now.
Lauren: Why do you keep doing this to yourself?
Phyllis: What are you talking about?
Lauren: You are still after revenge.
[ Scoffs ] I can smell it a mile away.
Michael: Well, first stipulation is that neil directs that nate hastings receive a seat on the board of directors.
Nate: Are you -- are you serious?
Devon: Can he do that?
Michael: He could, and he did.
Nate: I don't understand.
Jack: I do. Neil wanted to keep hamilton-winters a family company. That now includes his nephew being involved.
Lily: And godson.
Nikki: Well, I'm with jack. I don't find it the least bit mysterious.
Michael: Devon becomes chairman, and, as such, will outline your duties moving forward. In addition to the seat on the board of directors, which includes a healthy stipend, you also inherit neil's penthouse, which is free and clear of any mortgage.
Nate: Whoa, uh... I'm, uh, blown away.
Devon: Uh, what else did my dad stipulate, michael?
Michael: Well, neil's second provision is...less tangible. I would call it fatherly advice.
Devon: Which says...?
Michael: "One of life's greatest gifts is having the power to give people opportunities. Your grandmother katherine changed your world forever with the money she left you. And I've certainly had my share of benefactors. It's my sincerest wish that you'll pay this generosity forward. Give young people starting out, and those without the same advantages as you, a leg-up. Commit "random acts of kindness" and bestow golden opportunities upon others. Make me proud, son. I know you will."
Michael: That concludes the reading of neil's will. Godspeed, everybody.
"The young and the restless"
will continue. Duke's is far and away my favorite mayonnaise
Devon: I hope today brought you a little bit of peace, knowing that you'll never have to worry about money for college or the kids, you know?
Lily: Yeah, it's bittersweet. It's comforting, yet...
Devon: I know.
Lily: Although, it will be nice to start my new life on a solid footing.
Devon: And I assume that means upstate and far away from genoa city?
Nate: I still can't get over it.
Ana: Him leaving you the penthouse? I hear ya. Devon said it belonged to victor originally. That place is ridiculous.
Nate: I was referring to the board seat.
Ana: Oh. Well, what are you so afraid of?
Nate: I'm not afraid of anything.
Ana: Look, I've sat in on a bunch of those meetings. You'll get the hang of it in no time. Plus, I mean, it's not like it's a full-time job. You can still be a doctor.
Nate: That's my first priority.
Ana: And I'm sure no one will have a problem with that. Give it a chance, okay? Once you dive in... you might surprise yourself.
Sharon: I couldn't figure out why I was there, what neil would have left me, and then michael handed me these things of dru's, and it all made sense. I'm so touched that neil thought of me. I still miss her.
Mariah: I'm sure he must have known that.
Sharon: When someone dies so unexpectedly, it can totally change people's lives.
Mariah: It's funny you should say that, um... I've actually been doing a lot of thinking about my own life lately, and I think it might be time to shake things up.
Sharon: Is everything okay?
Mariah: Mostly. It's the show. You know what, I sort of stumbled into this tv career thing, but, lately, I've been wondering if it's really what i want to do. And my stalker sort of drove that point home.
Nikki: Hey! Wow, great minds continue to think alike.
Jack: Ashley and I were gonna get a bite to eat. You care to join us, or are you waiting for somebody?
Nikki: Victor had to go back to the office, so I'm available.
Nikki: Please, sit here.
Ashley: Thank you.
Jack: Well, thank you.
Nikki: Seems our mutual friend knew us all very well.
Jack: I have heard a few wills read in my life, but none so thoughtful and completely intuitive about every bequest.
Ashley: He left us all such precious gifts. I feel very blessed to have been in his life.
Jack: There will never be another like him.
[ Cellphone chimes ] Oh! Oh, this is the facility where our mother is now. She's doing okay. Her doctor is coming by to brief all of the staff on her new medications.
Ashley: [ Sighs ]
Nikki: I am so sorry to hear about the change of dina's condition. Must have been such a difficult decision, putting her into memory care.
Ashley: It was. Thank you for that.
Lily: Well, enough about me. How are you feeling?
Devon: [ Sighs ] A little raw.
Lily: Yeah, I get it. At least my inheritance didn't come with stipulations.
Devon: Mm. I can't think about business right now. I just keep seeing neil's face in my head.
Lily: Well, look, he was a very, very smart man. I don't think that he would have decided that unless he had some very sound reasons.
Lily: Um... be right back.
Cane: So... tell how I can help.
Lily: Excuse me?
Cane: How can I help make this day easier for you.
Lily: Oh, um... there's something I want to tell you first.
Lily: I'm sorry.
Sharon: While you have every right to question your career path, you shouldn't be making major decisions based on the ramblings of the guy who throws bricks through windows.
Mariah: I'm not. I promise, I swear. But jared did get me thinking, and he made me take a good, hard look at what I'm doing with my life.
Sharon: And what have you concluded?
Mariah: That I've tried to put a positive spin on the gossip, but, at the end of the day, it's still gossip. And then, on the other hand, if I wasn't a talking head anymore, what in the world would I be doing? It's not like I have many qualifications.
Sharon: Nonsense. You're a brilliant young woman with an impressive résumé.
Mariah: Yeah. Right. The con artist, bartender, dead sister impersonator -- that's a good one.
Sharon: Stop. It's never too late to start a new journey. I'm proof of that.
Mariah: Well, you're absolutely right about that last bit.
Sharon: Neil left us all with a lot to think about today, you know, about life and giving and being true to ourselves. Whatever decision you make, it should be what's best for you.
Cane: You don't have to say you're sorry. I mean, what would you, uh -- what would you even have to apologize about?
Lily: I'm just afraid that by my dad saying that he forgave you that might have gotten your hopes up. It doesn't change how I feel. I still want this divorce.
Cane: I understand.
[ Inhales sharply ] I'm gonna take your dad's words as motivation, you know? I'm gonna use them to change my life. I already got a new job.
Lily: Oh. Doing what?
Cane: Um, I'm coaching recent parolees. You know, I'm giving them the job interview skills they need to be able to find steady employment now.
Lily: That's -- that's great.
Cane: So, um... what's -- what's new in your world?
Lily: Um, not much. I mean, you know, my work at the prison is going well.
Cane: That's great. Oh, uh, traci is writing this new book, and, evidently, she's even based one of the characters on me. It's kind of crazy, right?
Lily: [ Chuckles ] That sounds nice.
Cane: Yeah, it is a hoot.
Lily: Uh, anyway, I, um... I should get going. I have a really long drive ahead of me.
Cane: Well, I mean, you don't have to go. I mean, you know, I was thinking maybe I could take you out to dinner and we could just talk a little bit more.
Lily: Yeah, I don't -- I don't think that's a good idea. I have to get home.
Cane: Yeah. Okay. I understand. Okay.
Lily: All right, well...
Cane: All right. Yeah.
Cane: Please do, um, take care, all right?
Lily: Yeah. You, too.
Cane: All right. Okay.
Lily: Hey. I'm heading out.
Ana: We'll miss you.
Lily: [ Chuckles ] I'll miss you, too. Please take care of devon for me, okay?
Ana: You know I will.
Nate: Safe trip back.
Lily: Aww, thank you so much.
Lily: I'll see you soon.
Lily: [ Sighs ] Call me, okay?
Devon: I will.
Lily: I mean it.
Devon: I do, too. I will.
Lily: Love you.
Devon: Love you, too.
Devon: See ya.
Nate: Devon, this board seat -- I just want you to know it was completely unexpected.
Devon: I know, nate. Don't worry about it. I know why he did it, and I'm completely fine with the whole "paying it forward" thing, so...
Nate: I'm glad.
Devon: In fact, I would like to start right now by making you, ana, the co-head of lp.
Ana: No way.
> Devon: Oh, yeah way. I really need help. I got to keep hamilton-winters afloat, and I can't let my favorite division go under 'cause I don't have time to dedicate to it, so... I need you.
Ana: I -- I won't let you down, I promise!
Devon: I know you won'T.
[ Chuckles ]
Jack: When jabot collective launches and mops the floor with abbott exchange, I promise I'm gonna feel bad about beating a company with our family name attached.
Ashley: I wouldn't claim early victory just yet, jack.
Ashley: You might have other attacks to fend off besides just me.
Jack: And what does that mean?
Ashley: In the spirit of fair play, which neil was a big fan of, I received a link in an e-mail this morning from somebody on my team. It's from a retail website out of china. "Jolie chic vision."
Jack: What does that have to do with me?
Ashley: What do you mean? The initials, jack -- jcv. And the logo, doesn't that look very similar to jabot collective?
Phyllis: Where are all these suspicions coming from?
Lauren: [ Scoffs ] Are you forgetting how well I know you? Any time you are ever vague about what you're working on...
Phyllis: I didn't want to jinx anything...
Lauren: Oh! I so don't buy that!
Phyllis: Well, I don't know what else I can say to you.
Lauren: You know something, you are brilliant, talented, powerful woman who just can't seem to get out of her own way! You're always right, and everybody else is wrong. Well, honey, if you keep buying into that misguided attitude, it's gonna be your downfall. Yet again.
Phyllis: So much for the private conversation.
Michael: You're welcome.
[ Cellphone chimes ]
Phyllis: Okay, uh, I'm sorry. I've got a meeting to get to. That new project I was telling you about is about to pay off. Goodbye.
Michael: [ Kissing sounds ] Do I want to know?
Lauren: Oh, she wouldn't tell me anything.
Michael: Mm, she's giving you plausible deniability, probably for the best.
Lauren: Maybe. So, how did the reading of the will go?
Michael: Mm, it wasn't easy. But, hopefully, it'll help people to start to move on.
Lauren: Yeah. I'll keep a good thought.
Michael: It also made me realize how unbelievably lucky i am to have someone like you, who loves me so much.
Michael: How about we go out tonight? Just celebrate life.
Lauren: That actually sounds heavenly. I promised jack that I would meet him for some work drinks. When I'm done, I'm all yours.
Jack: This is you, isn't it? You're still trying to sabotage me.
Ashley: You're so ridiculous. I don't want to steal your stupid log, jack! Besides, I'm launching abbott exchange in three days, so I think I'm a little swamped, as much as I'd love to stick it to you.
Jack: Gee, then I guess we're gonna have to launch jabot collective in two days.
Ashley: Okay, so what are you doing about this company out of china, jack? They're trying to rip you off.
Jack: Nothing at all. Doesn't affect me.
Jack: No, it is -- this kind of thing just fizzles out. Believe me, it's not worth a lawsuit.
Ashley: Okay, if that's how you really feel, I guess I won't share my sage advice with you. I'll hop on the plane back to paris. Keep in touch with me. I want to know what's going on with mother.
Jack: I promise.
Ashley: Okay, and, by the way, you're doing the right thing. We all are. Don't doubt that.
Jack: Yeah. Travel safely.
Jack: Hey. I love you.
Ashley: I love you, too.
Jack: Come on.
Ashley: Thank you. Bye.
Cane: Hey, um... if you're free, I would -- I'd really like to see you.
Devon: [ Sighs ]
[ Keys jingling, door unlocks ]
Devon: How you doing?
Elena: If you need some time to yourself, I can come back later.
Devon: No. No. Would you mind dancing with me, though?
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