The Y&R Update Friday 5/12/17
Written by Ellen
At her apartment, Phyllis unpacks a bag of Mexican takeout and one of baking ingredients.
Victoria wont be able to stay for Reeds open mic performance at the Underground. Billy calls from Brash & Sassy to report a problem with the commercial theyre to shoot in Los Angeles, but he has a solution. In the private office, Cane complains to Juliette about the cost of the commercial. Billy enters and tells them to pack their bags. Theyre all leaving tonight. Victoria approved Billys idea. Billy meets Canes resistance. They need to strike now if they want to work with a big-time director, expense be damned.
At Sharons, she and Scott share their first kiss. Wow! He admits hes been thinking about it for a long time. Full disclosure: Her divorce isnt final yet. Sharon isnt sending mixed signals; shes just stating a fact. Scott is glad, because hes eager to get to know her better. He senses she has a story to tell and his curiosity has nothing to do with his journalistic instinct. Whatever Scott might have heard, Sharon isn't a weak female in need of saving. The thought never crossed his mind, but he thinks shed like to be heard.
Hilary and Mariah get into it again at the GC Buzz studiothe usual about the show, about Devon, and so on, until Jordan arrives. Mariah gives them privacy. Jordan is cool toward Hilary, which is understandable. She hasnt been honest with him.
At the ranch, Nikki takes a pass on open mic night, even though Tessa promises not to drag her onstage. Tessa loves her room and thanks Nikki profusely for inviting her to stay. Shes worried about Victors reaction, but Nikki says he wont be a problem. Still, Tessa is uncomfortable in her new surroundings and feels as though she should pitch in and help with chores or something. Nikki wont hear of it. Tessa is her guest.
At the Underground, Victoria apologizes to Reed. He volunteers to take charge at home while shes gone until he gets a clear picture of what its like to take care of his two younger siblings.
At Sharons: As a matter of fact, Sharon would like to vent about keeping up with her schoolwork and her volunteer work with the crisis hotline while running the coffeehouse and taking care of her daughter. He asked for her story, and there it is. Would he care to trade it in for a mystery prize? No mystery really: an invitation to open mic night at the Underground. He accepts.
Billy ducks into the office long enough to tell Juliette and Cane that travel arrangements have been made. Juliette asks Cane whats bothering him. Is it her working so closely with Billy? No, Cane just has a bad feeling.
At GC Buzz: Hilary explains how she hid while Devon and Mariah made love in the penthouse. Jordan sympathizes. It explains her odd behavior. But, she says, it doesnt excuse her for mistreating Jordan. It turns out divorce has been harder on her than she thought it would be. On the verge of tears, she wonders whether she was right to leave Devon. So now Jordan knows the truth: Shes not the strong woman she pretends to be. He thanks her for her honesty. She says shes sorry. Shes trying, which is good enough for him. They kiss but cant linger. Jordan is summoned to Brash & Sassy.
At the Underground, Sharon introduces Scott to Noah. Noah teases them a little and shows them to a cozy booth. Tessa arrives and without giving details says she got out of her previous living arrangement and moved into the ranch. On her way to the office to tune up, shes harassed by a male patron.
At home, Phyllis follows along with a cooking video.
At Brash & Sassy: Lily is excited and a little nervous. Billy knows shell knock em dead. In the office, Cane tells Juliette his problem isnt with her. Its with Billy and Victoria. Lily walks in and senses tension. She asks whats wrong.
Over drinks at the Underground, Scott ventures to ask a follow-up question regarding her rant earlier. What is her involvement with the crisis hotline? She did some work for course credit. He hopes thats not the only reason. No, its actually a service she could have used at points in her life and she believes in giving back. He admires her.
Reed startles Tessa in the Underground office. They chat briefly about her move-in day at the ranch and the duet they plan to perform.
Again at Brash & Sassy: Juliette vaguely explains their troubles over the commercial and Lily is satisfied, for the time being. Jordan arrives and he and Juliette leave to select Lilys wardrobe. Lily hangs back. Cane apologizes for giving her a hard time about doing the commercial. He knows its a big deal for her. She understands his issues with Billy, but he needs to dial back his aggression and play along. Cane still cant get over Victorias solicitous behavior toward Billy after the way he humiliated her. Lily guesses Victoria accepted Billys proposal to go to LA in order to separate him from Phyllis.
Phylliss kitchen is a disaster area, but she manages to create a perfect soufflé.
Victoria pops in on her mom at the ranch and asks her to look in on the kids occasionally. Nikki wonders why Victoria didnt delegate oversight of the commercial to someone else. Thats one of the benefits of being the boss. Victoria says she wants to show support for Billys project, but its obvious she wants more than that. Nikki is sorry for encouraging Victoria to lie to Billy. Not to worry. Victoria is still in the game.
At GC Buzz, Hilary gets a call from Jordan that lifts her spirits. Do tell, says Mariah. Jordan invited Hilary to LA, where she can interview Hollywood celebrities for the show. Mariah is excited about the prospect too until it becomes clear shes not invited. Mariah will make the best of remaining in town, though. She and Devon plan to jet off somewhere for dinner this week. Hilary should enjoy her coach accommodations to Los Angeles.
At the ranch: Victoria blames her dad for her trouble with Billy but, as Nikki points out, Victoria and Billy remain connected through their children and their work. What does Phyllis have to offer? Victoria intends to make the most of her time with Billy in California. Shes flying the children out so that they can have a little family vacation.
At Brash & Sassy: Jordan presents Cane with a list of Billys proposed sites for the photo shoot. Its doable, but in his professional opinion, its ambitious and could invite problems. Cane takes note. In the lab, Billy helps Juliette and Lily select clothes. He gets a text from Phyllis inviting him by for a tasty surprise and he cant get out the door fast enough. Cane attempts to engage him about the cost and risk of doing the commercial in this hurry-up fashion, but Billy says the decision has been made. No guts, no gloryand no negotiation.
The Underground patron who sized up Tessa earlier becomes unruly during Tessa and Reeds performance and then disappears. He turns up again as she returns to the office for her guitar case and assaults her. She fights back until Noah comes to her rescue.
Scott sees Sharon to her door. They had fun and will talk again. She suspects he has a dark secret or two of his own. They conclude they have a lot in common and kiss goodnight.
Billy is blown away by the spread Phyllis put out, including candles and wine. Unfortunately, he cant stay. When she hears about the commercial projecthis babyshe sends him off with her blessing. But the sound of the closing door causes her soufflé to fall and she hangs her head in disappointment.
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