Sally works Victoria Y&R
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At Society, Victoria tells Sally she’s not in the mood for company. Sally understands — she’s been dealing with one body blow after another. She just hopes she doesn’t mind her saying how much she admires her resilience. Victoria thanks her for the unexpected compliment. She imagines she was upset she took the reins back from Adam. Sally is happy being COO and points out they’re all on the same team. The only loser is Ashland, and he deserves it.

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Talk turns to Ashland’s donation to Nick. Sally relays that they saw him right after he spoke to Nick and Locke was clearly anything but fine — it was obvious she was broken up over losing her. Victoria’s skeptical. Sally has been where Ashland is now. Victoria asks, “What does that mean?” Sally gestures to the chair, “May I?” Victoria replies, “Fine. Sit.”
Victoria sit Y&R

Sally fills Victoria in on her past, in which she faked a terminal illness to try and win over a man. It ended in disaster, so that is how she knows Ashland’s pain and shame are real. She thinks he feels true remorse. Sally knows how horrible it feels to have hurt the one person you love more than anything in the world. “I’m sure the last thing you want to hear right now is that I feel sorry for Ashland, but to be honest, I kinda do.”

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Victoria informs Sally her sympathy is misplaced and she’s projecting. Just because she regretted her actions, doesn’t mean Ashland does. He used her to gain control of Newman-Locke. Sally points out he’s lost all hope of that and is still hanging around. She finds it hard to believe his declaration of love at their wedding wasn’t genuine. That said, Sally supposes Locke’s best bet would be to move on and try to do better with the next woman in his life.

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At Grand Phoenix, Victor and Michael dish on Diane being back in town. Victor hopes she’ll leave and vows to make sure she knows that there won’t be bygones. He wants to get on with business, but Michael protests, “Let me stop you right there, please.” He explains Lauren wants him to quit this job. Victor argues that Ashland Locke is still in town. Michael assumes he wants him neutralized. Victor replies, “You bet. More than that, I want to get rid of that SOB permanently.” Michael wonders what that might entail. Victor vows he won’t have to risk his life this time. Michael learns Ashland’s hovering around Victoria and trying to impress her with his undying love and gave half of the money he gave him to New Hope in Rey’s name. Michael wonders if the gesture is working with Victoria. Victor grunts, “Of course not. He fooled her once he’s not going to fool her again.” He’s worried however, because Locke’s not used to hearing the word ‘no’. Michael learns that Victor wants to come up with a plan to rescue Victoria if need be. “I want that bastard out of town permanently.”
Victor Michael talk hotel Y&R

At Sharon’s place, she handles a call about a delivery as Faith comes in with the dry-cleaning. Her to-do list is almost done. Sharon moves to take the dry-cleaning and Faith tries to hide it. Sharon realizes Rey’s shirts are in the batch. Faith didn’t want her to have to focus on her loss today. Sharon assures that he’s on her mind all the time anyway. Faith cries that the dry-cleaning lady didn’t know he’d died. She reflects on how much he’ll be missed and how he always remained so calm. “Everything turned out the way he promised, and he doesn’t even get to be here for it. It’s really messed up!” Sharon agrees, it is. They hug. Sharon tells Faith it helps her to see how special Rey was to others. She shares the news about a donation being made to New Hope in Rey’s name. Faith thinks that’s great and asks who made the donation. Sharon tells her Nick said the donor wants to remain anonymous.
Faith, Sharon donation talk Y&R

At their apartment, Mariah feels paranoid because Tessa is so sure everything will go smoothly. Tessa points out her family is coming through for them in a major way. There’s a knock on the door. Mariah gasps, “Please don’t be something wrong.” Tessa tells her to relax and opens the door to her sister, Crystal. Tessa embraces her and complains she didn’t get a chance to welcome her at the airport with balloons. Mariah hugs her next and tells her she looks so strong and confident — like a whole new person. Crystal is so glad to be there in person for the big day. Tessa muses, “That was all Rey.” Crystal worries, “How is Sharon doing?” She knows the death will have been so hard on her.
Crystal arrives Tessa Y&R

At Crimson Lights, Nikki comes upon Ashland and wonders if he’s lying in wait; hoping Victoria would come along again. Locke mentions she approved his donation to New Hope and explains everything he’s doing right now is to ease her pain. Nikki sneers that if he loves her daughter, he’ll prove it by leaving her alone! Ashland can’t handle the idea of Nikki telling Victoria he never cared for her, because nothing could be further than the truth. He hopes to one day win her forgiveness. Nikki grits that he’s a toxic narcissist, incapable of putting others needs ahead of his own. Everything is a game to him. Victoria walks in as Nikki fumes, “My daughter deserves better than that.” She asks, “What’s going on here?”
Nikki, Ashland confrontation Y&R

Nikki informs her daughter that she was just telling Ashland what she thinks about him and how selfish he is for continuing to inflict his presence on her. Locke is sorry — he should have known a mother so protective wouldn’t want to hear his apology. Victoria states that he can go wherever he wants and do whatever he wants. “I don’t care.” After her daughter walks away, Nikki warns Locke if he’s not smart enough to stay away from Victoria, she and Victor will come up with their own way of solving this little problem.

At their apartment, Tessa tells Mariah that Sharon and Faith will appreciate this alone time with her before the wedding. Mariah can’t believe the next time they see each other they’ll be getting married. They kiss.

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At Sharon’s place, she shows Faith the gift boxes she did up for the wedding. Her daughter is seriously impressed. Mariah arrives and hollers, “The bride is here! Well, one of them anyway.” She’s excited for the sleepover. Sharon wonders if she’s superstitious about seeing Tessa before the wedding. Mariah talks about letting Tessa spend time with her sister, who just got in. They marvel at Rey still making his presence known even though he’s gone.

At Tessa and Mariah’s apartment, Crystal admires Noah’s painting of the pair. Tessa confides that it was awkward when he first came back, but everything’s fine now. She’s also moved past her issues with Sharon. They had to lean on each other when Mariah went missing. Crystal can’t believe she’s free, thanks to Rey Rosales, a man she never even met. Crystal reveals that things were okay in Canada, but she had gotten used to the idea that she’d always have to hide. Now, she can do whatever she wants. Crystal wishes she could thank Rey. “The whole family sounds amazing, and now you get to be a part of it.” Talk turns to their chaotic and unpredictable childhood. Tessa’s been thinking about it a lot because she and Mariah have decided to adopt. Crystal’s thrilled — they can keep a kid from a bad home and save them from growing up as they did. Tessa shares that Mariah faced her own challenges — she was in a literal cult. Crystal’s encouraged that they got over their fears. Tessa talks about the evolution of their relationship and assures Crystal it can happen to her too. Her sister wants to have fun and suggests a trial run on the beauty agenda. Tessa wants boho chic.
Tessa Crystal talk Y&R

At Sharon’s place, Faith asks Mariah what she’s looking forward to most tomorrow. Mariah gets to marry the love of her life. Faith’s most excited for the dancing. Sharon teases they’ll know where to find her when they do the bouquet toss. Faith won’t try to catch it; Moses might freak out. Sharon is looking forward to all of it. She missed many of the events in Mariah’s life and just plans to soak this one up.

At Newman Enterprises, Nikki has a cure for Victoria’s rough day. She wants to go to a spa in Europe for a week. Victoria knows what she’s trying to do — get her far from Ashland. She insists the timing is wrong since they’re dealing with the company’s name change and transitioning Nikki into her new role. Nikki worries Victoria hasn’t had time to accept what’s happened to her marriage. Victoria assures her she won’t have a break down. “I’ll get through this, I promise.” Turning away, Victoria exhales.

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At Society, Sally spots Ashland ordering a drink and sidles over. “The two of you make quite a pair.” She explains Victoria was there on the same stool in the same mood earlier. “I find it all very sad. Two people who obviously miss each other. One too proud to admit it, and the other one too proud to keep up the fight.” Ashland asks why she cares. Sally’s just a sucker for romance.
Sally Ashland talk Y&R

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At home, Sharon looks at her wedding ring and notices Mariah come down the stairs. She’s too excited to sleep and wants some tea. She reflects that for so long she watched people pair up, start families, and building their futures together — and thought it was all going to pass her by. Mariah realizes that might sound insensitive given her mom’s loss. Sharon reassures her. “The love that you found with Tessa, it’s the best. It’s everything I wanted for you. It’s everything I want for my girls, so don’t you dare for a second feel guilty. Okay?” Mariah nods, “Okay.” They embrace. Over Mariah’s shoulder, a tear slips down Sharon’s face as she looks at the framed photo of her and Rey’s wedding.
Mariah, Sharon embrace Y&R

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