Elena decides she and Nate need time apart

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

In Allie's bedroom at the Abbott mansion, Noah watched as Allie awakened next to him in bed. She became self-conscious and wondered if she'd been drooling. He murmured that she was beautiful first thing in the morning. She leaned in to kiss him, but she suddenly realized she had to get to the lab. Allie asked why he hadn't told her what time it was, and Noah adoringly replied that he hadn't been in a rush to let her go.

As she got ready for work, Allie gushed that the prior night had been fantastic. She thought it had been a meaningful way for Noah to debut his new club, and she admired his vision and ambition. Allie praised Noah for showing his family how much they meant to him, and he responded that he was happy she'd been there because she meant a lot to him, too. They kissed, but she teased that he wasn't playing fair because she had to go. He invited her to join him for coffee on her break.

In the Abbott living room, Summer and Kyle chatted about how they'd slept in because the surprise party had worn them out. He asked her to remind him to thank Noah. "You're welcome," Noah responded as he and Allie descended the stairs. Summer anticipated that Noah's club would be a huge success, and Noah remarked that he'd tried the new venue out on something equally successful -- Kyle and Summer's marriage. Summer enthused about renewing their vows.

Diane stepped off the Jabot elevator, carrying a huge gift basket. Phyllis taunted that showing up with a gift for the bosses might look like Diane was trying to get special treatment. Jack emerged from his office and inquired whether Diane was giving or receiving. Phyllis muttered that everyone knew Diane was a taker, not a giver. Diane proclaimed that she was giving, since she'd decided to extend an olive branch in the form of pastries, and she handed the basket to Phyllis.

Diane conceded that the gesture wasn't subtle, and she suggested that Phyllis look at the basket's size as a symbol of Diane wanting to win back Phyllis' trust and forgiveness. Phyllis found it uncanny that Diane had shown up just as Jack had been exiting his office, and she agreed it wasn't subtle at all. Diane pointed out that she and Phyllis had almost lost their jobs, and she thought they shouldn't take the incredible opportunity they had for granted. Phyllis clarified that she'd almost lost her job because of Diane's emotional outburst.

Phyllis noted that she'd seen Diane with Victor just prior to the incident. Phyllis speculated that Victor had told Diane about Nikki's trip to L.A. and that Diane had been worried Nikki would uncover a secret about Diane. Jack asked if it was something he should know about, but Phyllis claimed that she was just making friendly conversation. Phyllis added that she and Diane had gotten closer to becoming friends at the party the night before, but she wondered why Diane had slipped out of the club early, like Diane hadn't wanted anyone to notice.

Diane chided Phyllis for turning every little thing into a big mystery, and she claimed that she'd left a young person's party to go home to bed after a long day. Phyllis scoffed at the "old and tired" defense. Diane whined that she was trying hard to bury the hatchet, and she questioned what she had to do to finally change Phyllis' mind about her. Phyllis' phone chimed with a text message from Nikki. "Interesting developments in L.A. Keep Diane distracted and off guard. This could be big," Phyllis read. Phyllis flatly stated that there was nothing Diane could do to change Phyllis' mind.

Jack urged Phyllis to give a little. Phyllis declared that the gift basket was tacky, but she was also tired of the constant battling, and she couldn't carry the burden of their feud anymore. Phyllis reasoned that if Kyle and Jack could move on from Diane's manipulations and lies, Phyllis could find a way to do it, too. Summer and Kyle walked in as Phyllis offered to meet Diane halfway. Phyllis pulled her stunned nemesis into a hug. "Let's figure out a way to make this work, Diane. Okay?" Phyllis whispered into Diane's ear.

Summer requested the use of Jack's office to talk to Phyllis privately. Once alone, Phyllis swore she'd been doing her best to be civil, so Summer would have to trade her in for another mom if she didn't approve. Summer threw her arms around Phyllis and thanked her for really trying. Phyllis recognized that Summer, Kyle, and Jack had forgiven Diane, and while Phyllis wasn't convinced Diane had changed, she couldn't continue to harbor her hatred. Phyllis figured that secrets had a way of getting out, and she wouldn't have to do "one damn thing" to make it happen.

Later, Jack found Diane and Kyle having lunch at Society. Kyle answered a call and realized that he'd forgotten about a meeting, so he headed back to the office. Jack referred to what Phyllis had said about Nikki discovering something in L.A., and he asked if there was anything Diane hadn't told them. Diane recalled that Victor had implied that Nikki's trip would mean bad news for Diane. Jack divulged that Kyle had told him that Nikki was in L.A. to buy a custom dress for Summer from the Forresters.

Diane thought that made more sense, since there was nothing more to discover about her time in L.A. that would contradict anything she'd said. Diane pledged to just enjoy what had happened with Phyllis that day and hope the war was behind them. Jack picked up his takeout and thanked Diane for waiting with him. She excused herself to read an anonymous text message: "Arrived in GC. We need to meet ASAP." Jack asked if everything was all right, and Diane abruptly said she had to run. Jack eyed her suspiciously as she hurried out. Diane reeled outside the restaurant.

At Jabot, Summer asked Kyle how Diane had seemed at Society, and Kyle reported that his mother had been in good spirits. Summer relayed that Phyllis didn't trust Diane, but Phyllis also had realized it was useless to continue the feud. Summer chirped that their moms making peace was the perfect way to go into their vow-renewal ceremony, and nothing would get in the way of their celebration.

Allie met Noah at Crimson Lights, advising him that she only had a few minutes. He indicated that he'd already ordered her a black coffee, and she awarded him points for remembering what she liked. Noah mused that he hadn't thought he could be that happy with anyone, noting that there had been ups and downs in his past relationships that had felt like a fight for love and appreciation. Allie asked if he was trying to tell her they were too easy.

Noah clarified that his and Allie's relationship was easy in the best ways, and their comfort level with one another was special. He continued that he could be himself around her and not be worried about when the other shoe would drop. He wanted more days and nights like they'd just had at his club, and she suggested that he throw an afterparty for Kyle and Summer's ceremony. Noah commented that it would be the second wedding he and Allie would attend together, but she reminded him that they hadn't been together at the first one. He confided that he'd hoped it would happen, and they kissed. She reluctantly scurried back to work, and he smiled as he watched her leave.

At Chancellor-Winters, Billy entered Lily's office and apologized for taking longer at the park than he'd intended. He explained that the conversation with Johnny had been harder than he'd expected, and he asked what he'd missed. Lily updated him about the meeting with Audra and shared that Devon had been worried that Billy's heart wasn't in it. She confirmed that she'd told Devon it wasn't true, and she said that she hadn't revealed anything about Johnny because it hadn't been her place. Lily was more concerned about how things had gone, given the look on Billy's face.

Billy revealed that Johnny was rattled and angry, since the boy thought everyone but him had known who his biological mother was the entire time. Lily sensed the timing of the conversation had had more to do with the adults in Johnny's life than Johnny himself. Billy lamented that his boy had been through "so much," and he regretted that he'd allowed Chelsea to convince him it had been the right thing to do. Billy suspected that Chelsea was trying to figure out a way to be Johnny's mom.

Billy said he found Chelsea's desire to support Johnny inappropriate because she wasn't the boy's parent. Billy recounted that Victoria had warned that Chelsea might keep pushing, and he wished he'd listened. He admitted that part of him felt for Chelsea because she'd been in a bad place, but he hadn't accounted for the pain it would cause his son. Lily remembered that she'd felt hurt and angry when she'd learned Malcolm was her biological father, but she'd always considered Neil to be her dad. She added that she'd been older than Johnny when she'd found out the truth, but it was bound to be a confusing time at any age. Billy vowed to protect Johnny at all costs.

Later, Chelsea showed up to thank Billy for going to bat for her with Victoria. Billy admitted that he was second-guessing his decision to tell Johnny the truth about his parentage, but Chelsea maintained that it had been best that Johnny had heard it from Billy and Victoria instead of someone else. Chelsea hoped everything would go in a positive direction moving forward. She promised that she wouldn't try to force anything, but she hoped Billy would give Johnny something from her.

Chelsea pulled out a baby blanket that she'd bought when she'd been pregnant with Johnny, but Billy thought it was too soon. Chelsea explained that she'd let Connor play with it when he'd been a baby, but it hadn't felt right because it had been Johnny's. Chelsea hoped the blanket would help Johnny ease into a place of acceptance, knowing she'd never stopped thinking about him. Chelsea continued that she didn't intend to be a threat, but she wanted to be another person in Johnny's life who cared about him -- and she wanted Johnny to know that.

Billy recognized that Chelsea's heart was in the right place, but he found it inappropriate. He stressed that it would always be Johnny's decision to make in his own time, and he worried that Johnny would shut down if they pushed him. Billy warned that Chelsea was overstepping, and he demanded that there be no more gifts or anything unrequested. He ordered her to back off until Johnny chose whether he wanted to reach out to her or Connor. Lily piped up that it was difficult for everyone, but especially for Johnny. Lily was sure that, in time, Chelsea would find her way through it.

After Chelsea left, Billy swore that he would be back to 100 percent to help Lily prepare for the IPO. Lily assured him that she wasn't asking him to, and she thought he was handling the situation well by trying to figure out what was best for his son. Lily agreed with the statement Chelsea had made about forging ahead in a positive direction, and she noted that Billy was an emotional rock who was trying to take care of everyone. She sympathized that it was exhausting, and she encouraged him to vent or take a break if that was what he needed.

At Newman Enterprises, Nate informed Victoria that his strategy was working, since he was back on the inside, playing the secondary role his family thought he should have been playing all along, and things were going smoothly as a result. Victoria asked if he was sure no one was suspicious. Nate grumbled that all it had taken had been a complete absence of opinion on his part.

Nate announced that Chancellor-Winters was officially moving ahead with the public offering and that management had already met with IPO advisor Audra Charles. Victoria considered it risky to pull in an outsider, but Nate was pleased that Audra had done her homework and hit the ground running. Victoria advised him to keep his eyes open, since he was trusting the woman with Chancellor-Winters' future as well as his and Victoria's. Nate refused to let anyone derail his plans, but Victoria questioned whether it was really the right move for him. He wondered if she thought he wasn't up to running the company.

Victoria swore that she wasn't backing out of the deal and that she valued Nate's instincts, but she cautioned that they were venturing into a tricky endeavor that could result in legal ramifications if they didn't do it right. Nate informed her that he'd taken the necessary steps to prepare to sell his shares to Newman, and he sensed that there was something else on her mind. Victoria reiterated that he was risking the wrath of his family when they found out he'd betrayed them. Nate asserted that what he was doing would lead Chancellor-Winters to the next level of success, and he was setting the stage for his family to witness his leadership and vision when he introduced a new way of doing things that would include and value them all.

Victoria arrived at Crimson Lights, and Audra called to her by name. Victoria asked if they'd met, and Audra introduced herself and said she was a huge fan of Victoria's because she followed the business news. Audra shared that she was in town to do some consulting for Chancellor-Winters, and she'd read about Newman's latest acquisitions. Audra exclaimed that the company seemed to be heading in a bigger and better direction with Victoria at the helm.

Victoria mentioned that she was friendly with Devon and Lily, and she inquired about what kind of consulting work Audra was doing. Audra declined to provide details for confidentiality reasons but said she expected her assignment to keep her in Genoa City for a while. She suggested she and Victoria get together over lunch because she intended to get to know all the players in town.

Later, Chelsea knocked on Victoria's office door, but Victoria curtly stated that it wasn't a great time. Chelsea entered, anyway, and thanked Victoria for speaking to Johnny, even though Billy had informed her that things hadn't gone as smoothly as they'd hoped. Victoria snapped that it had gone the way she'd worried it would. Chelsea believed that once the shock wore off, Johnny would want her in his life, and she suggested that they all work together to slowly nudge him in that direction.

Victoria asserted that the only direction they were going in was the one that was right for Johnny. Chelsea insisted that she only wanted what was best for him, but Victoria ranted that all she was hearing was what Chelsea wanted. Victoria accused Chelsea of trying to weasel her way into Johnny's life, even after Billy had told Chelsea that Johnny wanted nothing to do with her. Chelsea called Johnny a child who didn't know what he wanted. Victoria spat that Chelsea had thought he was old enough to know the truth, and she firmly stated that none of them would be nudging Johnny along.

Victoria added that she and Billy would remind their son every day that he was loved and that his life wouldn't change, since Johnny wasn't obligated to build a relationship he wasn't comfortable with. Chelsea pleaded that she loved Johnny and that he deserved to know every part of himself. Victoria barked that Chelsea had given up her rights as Johnny's mother, and it was his decision to make. Victoria growled that she was the only mother Johnny had ever known, and she wouldn't stand for Chelsea trying to influence him. Chelsea walked out.

Nate returned home and asked Elena about her day. She coldly replied that she was still working, and she prepared to finish reviewing charts upstairs. He stopped her and observed that it was clear she was trying to avoid him. He scoffed at the idea that she wouldn't talk to him unless he followed her advice. She complained that whether she voiced an opinion or not, it turned into a fight.

Nate urged Elena to try to understand his position. She argued that he was making a specific choice when there were other options, like leaving the company or slowing down and actually learning the ropes, but he was choosing to hurt people who were supposed to mean the most to him. Nate countered that those people had no problem overlooking and belittling him, and he saw no reason to play small ball when he had big ideas, strong leadership skills, and the ability to execute. Elena questioned how he knew he had those skills, and she asked what he'd successfully executed.

Nate groused that Devon had refused to let him execute anything, and Elena reiterated that Devon got to make the call because it was his business. Elena accused Nate of being mad at Devon and wanting to hurt everyone else who was directly or indirectly involved, including Lily, Jill, and Billy. Elena added that Nate was also hurting her, since what he was doing was about morality, family, and love -- things that still stood when everything else fell apart. She wailed that he was no longer the man she'd fallen in love with, and she didn't know if she could be around that version of him anymore. She thought they needed some time apart.

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