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Sally finds Adam working hard in his office and gives her input. He marvels at her new look and calls it “understated yet powerful.” Sally confirms that’s the look she’s going for and Adam urges her to smile and pretend like she has the biggest secret in the world at the press conference. He reflects that this is better than his previous stints running Newman… for one thing, he has her. They kiss.
Sally Adam before presser Y&R

At Society, Michael complains to Victor that he’s not answering his phone. Victor doesn’t have much time he has a press conference to go to. Michael reveals he found Ashland and Victoria. They’re staying at a hotel in New York and Locke was spotted meeting with a high-end real estate broker. Victor deduces they’re looking for office space to start a new company.

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In New York, Victoria relishes enjoying a relaxing morning and not having to rush into the office. She reminds Ashland the business world is counting down to the big press conference announcing her successor. Ashland wasn’t sure she’d want to watch it, but she proclaims she’ll be glued to the tablet and wouldn’t miss one minute of it. Ashland thought she would be irritated. She guesses that’s because it’s rumored her father will install Adam in her place. She’s sure Victor would love it if she lost it over that and came back to defend her turf. That’s why he would do it — he always pits them against one another. She won’t fall for it. Ashland’s impressed. Victoria observes that no one has ever gotten her as he does; they’re kindred spirits. Locke just wishes he’d realized that from the beginning.
Ashland Victoria New York Y&R

Ashland goes to change his clothes and Victoria calls Nick. She’s surprised he doesn’t know where she is — she figured their dad would have sussed it out by now. Nick says if he knows, he hasn’t told him. She reveals they’re in New York and muses that it seems Nick’s not going to make it to their brother’s coronation. She asks him to pass along her congratulations. Nick wonders if she’ll watch it, but she doubts she and Ashland will have time — they’re meeting with new investors about a new venture. Nick asks if she’ll be competing against Newman. Victoria has to go and disconnects.

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At the Abbott mansion, Jack and Kyle finish up the last of their Jabot business. They discuss the upcoming Newman press conference announcing Adam as CEO and Kyle teases Jack that meanwhile, he’s quietly shunting his son off to another division. Jack reminds his son this was his idea and says he couldn’t be any prouder of him becoming the sole head honcho at Marchetti. Talk turns to Diane, and Kyle tells his father that things are cool. They’ve been spending time together and she’s been working hard to prove herself. She hasn’t done anything wrong; at least not that he’s aware of. Jack’s pleased they’re taking things slow as it will have life-long implications. Kyle admits that part of him just wants to cling to her and heal, but then he remembers his grief when she was murdered. “It was the most traumatic thing I’d ever been through. To find out it was a lie, inflicted by my own mother, it’s not the kind of thing you get past overnight.” He wants to trust her, but is wary. Kyle knows there’s a problem involving him and Phyllis that has to do with Diane. Jack assures him these are two different issues and he shouldn’t let that affect his evaluation.

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At the hotel, Summer tells her mother it’s time to go meet Diane at the part to extend an olive branch. He pleads with Phyllis not to back out when it’s so important to her family. Phyllis sighs and says, “Let’s go.”

At Newman Enterprises, Adam asks Sally if she thinks his speech is too long and she advises cutting the last line. Victor arrives and Adam asks to speak to his dad alone. Sally goes to schmooze the media, and Adam reiterates to his father that he plans to make the most of this opportunity. They shake hands. Victor says, “I’m banking on that, son. I’m betting on you.”

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At the park, Diane chirps a greeting to Summer and Phyllis and asks what they wanted to meet about. Summer declares that while her mother was out of town she had time to do some thinking. Phyllis blurts that she was able to center herself and gain perspective. Diane marvels, “Really?!” It took her years and Phyllis strikes her as someone with so many issues weighing her down. Phyllis snaps, “Oh really?!” Then glances at Summer and says she doesn’t want resentment to fester away inside the way it has for Diane, so she would like to put the past behind them… starting today.
Diane park Y&R

Diane asks, “Are you saying this is a fresh start for the two of us?” Phyllis won’t forget what she’s done to her. Sumemr interjects, “But you can forgive.” Diane muses, “Right. The way so many people in town have forgiven you for all the things you’ve done.” Phyllis declares this a ceasefire and a truce. Diane grins, “You just made my day.” She knows this couldn’t have been easy for Phyllis. Summer points out when Diane returned it brought up painful issues for everyone. Diane marvels at Phyllis being able to let it go — it must be so freeing! Phyllis thinks it must be nice for Diane to cross one person off the very long list of people who don’t want her in town. Diane thinks it’s best if they get along. Phyllis notes that nobody has a reason to give her a second chance in this town, but she will. Phyllis won’t make her daughter uncomfortable. I will not make her choose sides ever.” Diane appreciates the effort. She’s just so happy that Phyllis has reached this level of serenity and maturity. “I hope you don’t take that the wrong way.” Phyllis replies, “Absolutely not. Let’s go.” She and Summer walk off.

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At Newman Enterprises, Victor begins the press conference.

In New York, Ashland and Victoria watch as her father explains she stepped away for personal reasons and he’s naming his son Adam as her successor effective immediately. Victoria’s expression tightens as Victor talks up Adam’s credentials and introduces him.
Adam Victor Sally presser Y&R

At Newman, Adam thanks his sister for setting things up so they could thrive during these challenging times and talks about how he’ll drive up profits while staying true to his father’s values.
In New York, Ashland mocks Adam and Victoria decides she’s seen enough as Adam introduces Sally. She tells Locke that her father deserves everything Adam and Sally are going to put him through.

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At Newman, Nick arrives as Adam’s taking questions from the press. He asks to speak to Victor outside and says, “I heard from Victoria.” Adam’s eyes cut to them.

In the corridor, Nick says Victoria is fine and is New York, but he guesses his father knew that. He adds that she and Ashland are meeting with investors for a new company. Victor’s surprised he’s telling him this. Nick doesn’t want her getting anymore enmeshed with the creep. Neither does Victor.
At the Abbott mansion, Jack and Kyle marvel at Sally’s ability to bounce back. They’re glad she’s Victor’s handful now and not theirs. Diane arrives and explains she just met with Summer and Phyllis in the park. Kyle knew it was happening. Diane informs Jack that Phyllis has declared a truce and she has Summer to thank. Kyle feels he’s a lucky man. Just then, he gets a text and takes off to meet his wife at the hotel.
Kyle Jack Diane Y&R

Diane tells Jack that she knows better than to believe Phyllis has accepted her. The woman is so unpredictable, who knows how long this truce will even hold? Jack wonders if Diane is questioning Phyllis’ sincerity. Diane supposes her motives aren’t important if she follows through. She said she was doing it for the kids, and she’s sure there’s some truth to that. Diane actually feels the redhead is trying to impress Jack. She questions if she’s now using her to try and make amends with him. Jack doesn’t know what Phyllis is thinking, but urges Diane not to provoke her. Diane has no intention of kicking that hornet’s nest — why would she?! Jack gives her a pointed look. “Is that a real question?” Diane is just glad the woman has volunteered to back off. Jack gets a text from Phyllis wanting to meet and talk.

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At the hotel, Phyllis pours a drink and Summer says she’s proud of her. She knows it was tough for her to swallow her feelings for Diane, but it’s unhealthy to center your life around hating someone. Talk turns to things going great for Summer and Kyle. Phyllis doesn’t want any of the negativity to affect them. She gives Summer her word that she’ll make nice with that heifer. “I mean, your mother-in-law.” Summer hugs her.

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At the hotel, Summer and Kyle want to celebrate the ceasefire between their mothers. Kyle concedes he should never underestimate his wife again. He reveals he’s considering hiring his mother at Marchetti. “How would you feel about that?” Summer is sure they could find her a spot, but she’s worried about him. “Are you sure you’re ready for her to build a permanent life this close to you?” Kyle can’t erase all the things she put him through, and the scars may never fade, but that can’t happen if he sends her away without trying. Summer tells him they’ll do their best and see what happens. They embrace.
Kyle Summer hotel Y&R

At Newman, Sally tells Adam the online reaction to the presser has been positive and reads him comments. He presents her with a gift. “A little something to commemorate the special occasion.” She tells him he’s the sweetest, most handsome guy, and reveals she got him his favorite scotch too. They marvel at how far they’ve come and Adam suggests she shut the door. They start making out.

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In New York, Victoria and Ashland think their meeting went well. Ashland loved the way they were riffing off each other during their pitch. Victoria wonders if they should fund their own venture, which would give them total control. Ashland reminds her that would also mean taking on all the risk. Victoria argues that it would be the two of them taking on the world. Ashland clearly likes this take.

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In the corridor at Newman, Michael tells Victor he came as soon as he got his message. “What’s up?” Victor has learned that Ashland and Victoria have approached investors about starting up a new company. He wants Michael to find these people and convince them not to spend a dime.

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