Seven Things to Watch for as Young & Restless’ Ashland and Victoria Prepare to Walk Down the Aisle — Will They or Won’t They Tie the Knot?
Prepare for a lot of drama in the days leading up to the power couple’s wedding of the century.
There have been weeks of build-up to the wedding of Victoria Newman’s dreams, which is being held at the sumptuous Italian palazzo given to her and husband-to-be Ashland Locke as a wedding gift by her parents. Revelations about the groom’s past have rocked the relationship, but Victoria has remained steadfast in her commitment to marry her man, and it’s all systems go with just days before the ceremony. So, what could go wrong? A lot, apparently, as an ex is looming, another shocker is set to come to light, and someone has their sights set on Victoria’s designer wedding gown. It’s not all bad, however, as there will be some returns certain to put smiles on viewers faces. Here are seven things to watch for as we go into ‘wedding week’:
A Return from the Past
In addition to Tessa singing, Nikki managed to secure a commitment from a celebrated pianist to perform at Victoria and Ashland’s ceremony. It just so happens she’s a blast from the Genoa City past! Yes, Janice Lynde is returning as Leslie Brooks, a character from one of Young & Restless’ original families. She appeared from the show’s debut in 1973 until 1982, made several reappearances over the decades, and was revealed to be an aunt to Theo Vanderway, which gave her a tie to the Abbott family.
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Despite being disinvited from the wedding over his decision to dig into Ashland’s mysterious past in New Jersey, Nick shows up in Tuscany with Phyllis hoping to make amends with his sister. Given that Victoria told their father Victor that Nicholas would have to earn her forgiveness, the stage has been set for a clash when she finds out he’s on the premises. Will he stay or will he go? That is the question…
Having thwarted Victor’s security team, taken Adam’s warning with a grain of salt, and totally disregarded Nikki’s order to stay away from the wedding, watch for Billy to show up in Tuscany undeterred from his mission with someone in tow… and we don’t mean Lily. This can only be smarmy blackmailer Jessie Gaines, whom Billy had stashed at his apartment along with a lot of cash and a plan to bring down Ashland Locke and stop the wedding. It’s going to hit the fan in Italy and we have to wonder if, thanks in part to the unwanted guest, Billy’s plot will blow up in his face.
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The Great Italian Dress Swap
While Adam made it clear to Sally that they’re not dating and not even friends, he DID allow his gung-ho employee to bum a ride on his jet to Italy so as to try and get the wedding gown she designed in front of Victoria, whom she’s convinced will refuse to wear anything else once she lays eyes on it — despite Sally being the designer. Watch for Adam and Sally to team up, presumably to get the job done for the good of Newman Media’s fashion division. Previews show Sally pulling a switcheroo in Victoria’s closet, but which the bride ultimately wears down the aisle remains to be seen.
Characters on the Hot Seat
It seems Billy and Lily, who will be joining her other half at the wedding after traveling from California where she’s been spending time with her daughter, Mattie, are gonna have some ‘splainin to do at the nuptials. Since Billy doesn’t realize that Victoria already knows the truth about Ashland’s manipulation of Camilla Rhodes’ will, it’s likely they’re going to be put on the spot to explain what exactly they hoped to accomplish with their investigation and what they plan to do with the information given that it could impact Newman-Locke if it gets out. Will Billy and Lily agree to keep the past crime a secret, or will they be determined to publish the gritty details for clicks?!
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Summer and Kyle’s Return
Despite the shocker of their own civil ceremony happening offscreen, Summer and Kyle will attend the nuptials of Ashland and Victoria — with Harrison joining them so as to get some time with his ‘father’, Locke. It remains to be seen if we’ll actually see the cutie-patootie, but Michael Mealor and Hunter King are returning to mix it up with the cast in the wedding scenes and will be a very welcome sight for the fans who have missed them since they moved to Milan! Might the two return for a longer visit to Genoa City? When the actors were asked that very question, here’s what they had to say.
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A Shocking Discovery
This could be anything from another secret from Ashland’s past to realizing that Victoria forgot to wear her ‘something blue’, but Nikki will make a shocking discovery just ahead of the ceremony taking place. She might come upon Gaines lurking and hoping to take revenge on Ashland as she stands at the altar, or learn that Ashland’s not really terminally ill… Whatever it is, we’ll have to see if it’s enough of a humdinger to stop the wedding, or if it’s just another little blip on the radar — you know, like the groom actually being Bobby DeFranco.
Are you hoping Victoria and Ashland will say, “I do?” Let us know in the comment section after taking a peek through photos of Ashland and Victoria’s relationship in the gallery below.
<p>Sparks flew from Victoria and Ashland’s first meeting, even though it was all business. She didn’t seal the deal, but the “prettiest” Newman certainly got the Locke Ness Monster’s attention.</p>
<p>That same electricity was in the air when Ashland ran into Victoria at Society. Everything was about to change as Locke’s marriage would hit the rocks and he struck a deal with Adam and Victor.</p>
<p>Ashland and Victoria got to know each other better when she agreed to go to New York with him. The pair connected over fine wine and the anticipation of what was to come between them.</p>
<p>Victoria didn’t sleep with Ashland right away, but when she did there were fireworks. It only added another layer to their deepening connection.</p>
<p>The new relationship took a sobering turn after Ashland broke the news that he’d received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Not long after, Victoria suggested they merge their companies so as to preserve his legacy. Ashland agreed to the proposition. Victoria repeatedly urged her new love to seek treatments to prolong his life but he initially resisted, wanting to ‘go out’ as he’d lived… on his own terms.</p>
<p>Another relationship milestone was marked when Ashland met Victoria’s children, Johnny and Katie. The tough mogul endeared himself to all by playing dolls, but when Ashland moved in, Victoria decided to have the kids go stay with Billy and Lily.</p>
<p>Overcome with emotion about his life-changing condition and his newfound love for such a beautiful and intelligent woman, Ashland spontaneously proposed. He later proposed again when he had a giant sparkler for her finger. She accepted and it was time to tell the parents!</p>
<p>Happily engaged and living together, Ashland decided to begin undergoing chemo treatments that would extend his life, even if they weren’t a miracle cure. Victoria was both relieved and hopeful at this development.</p>
<p>Although Victoria’s ex-husband had moved on and insisted he wasn’t jealous of her new relationship, he was taken aback by the news of her fast engagement. Billy, who had already unearthed Ashland’s medical condition, continued to keep digging into his past.</p>
<p>Victoria and Ashland set a wedding date and it was no time at all before she was meeting with her mother to plan a fabulous ceremony in Italy. Though her family was nervous about what she would face when Ashland died, Victoria was determined they would wed in the ‘wedding of the century’.</p>
<p>As Billy, Victor, and Nick continued to question Ashland’s past, he eventually came clean about the abusive history he had run from as a young man. Victoria was broken hearted to hear of his terrible childhood, but wished he’d been up front with her from the beginning.</p>
<p>When Nate helped an ailing Ashland in Crimson Lights one day, an unlikely friendship was struck. After their spouses bonded over cooking podcasts, Ashland asked a stunned Nate to be his best man. He accepted, but noticed tension between his new friend and Victoria when they ran into each other at Society ahead of the wedding.</p>
<p>With Phyllis’ help, Nick kept digging into the past of the man his sister was about to marry. It all led him to New Jersey where he learned of the death of a man named Bobby DeFranco. Ashland later confessed that he was DeFranco, and that he took his friend Ashland’s identity on after he perished in a fiery car crash. Victoria was disappointed that Ashland hadn’t volunteered the information but it was Nick she accuses of betraying her by not respecting her wishes and leaving the past alone.</p>
<p>Ashland and Victoria were married at the Tuscan palazzo gifted to them by her parents. Tension swirled between Victoria and her brother, Nick, who disapproved of the match, and her ex, Billy, brought a man from Ashland’s past to Italy to try and put the kibosh on the wedding. Despite the obstacles put in their path, Victor Newman delivered on his promise that nothing would interfere with the merger, er, nuptials. Victoria, wearing a gown by Sally Spectra, married the man she loved, Ashland Locke.</p>
<p>Ashland had Victoria convinced to make him co-CEO of Newman-Locke when Victor and Michael exposed his heinous lie — he had faked his cancer to dupe Victoria and take control of Newman Enterprises. Despite his protests that he’d truly fallen in love with her, a devastated Victoria told him it was over.</p>
<p>Ashland followed Victoria to make sure she was okay after their split and it turned out to be a good thing he did. It was a foggy night and Victoria was run off the road by Rey Rosales car when he took a heart attack and died at the wheel. Ashland also ended up in the bushes, but was able to fight his way out of his crashed car to save Victoria from hers just as it went up in flames. This let her see that he truly cared about her, but did not get him the reconcilation he was hoping for. Soon after, he signed Adam and Victor’s contract agreeing to an annulment and to walk away from the company in return for $500 million dollars.</p>
<p>Ashland spent his post-breakup time mooning around Genoa City telling anyone he crossed paths with that he genuinely loved Victoria, who had changed him and made him a better man. To prove it, he donated half of the money he got from Victor to Nick’s New Hope charity in memory of Rey Rosales. Victoria was moved by this and admitted she still had feelings, but stopped short of a reunion. But when even a trip to an exclusive Swiss spa couldn’t wash that man out of her hair, Victoria showed up on the day he was planning to leave town and the two shared a teary reunion, agreeing to take it slow.</p>
<p>It turns out, the reunion was just a ploy on Victoria’s end. The Newman, who learned everything she knows at the knee of TGVN, convinced Ashland to invest his money in a new venture and stole is fortune right out from under him. She then dumped him. Ashland had lost everything and Victoria had her revenge. But that wasn’t the end of their story…</p>
<p>Ashland confronted Victoria in her home on — what else — but a dark and stormy night. Things took a sinister turn before Nick showed up. The men got into it and Ashland fell and hit his head on the hearth. Nick and Victoria couldn’t find a pulse, stepped outside, and returned to the living room to find Locke gone. It turned out Victor’s men had removed the body and propped it up behind the wheel of his car at the bottom of a ravine. Nick was reluctant to let his pop cover for him this way, but eventually accepted it. Victoria broke the news of Ashland’s death to her kids and put her head down and focused on work.</p>
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