Neil and Nikki devise the ‘perfect’ solution to reconcile Devon and Hilary but it could cost them the relationships they value most
Neil suggests to Nikki that they fake an affair so that Hilary will seek comfort with Devon.
✽ Since his exposure as Hilary’s kidnapper, Neil’s only thought has been to reunite her with Devon and make amends for the destruction that he caused in their lives and marriage. With Hilary still suffering from amnesia and the after-effects of Dr Simon Neville’s experimental medical protocols, she has no interest in Devon. Instead, she believes she’s passionately in love with Neil and wants a life with him.
To convince Hilary (Mishael Morgan) that she’s truly in love with Devon (Bryton James) and needs to reconcile their marriage for everyone’s sakes, Neil (Kristoff St John) prepares to take drastic measures. Enlisting his good friend Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) help, Neil suggests that they fake an affair so that Hilary will seek comfort with Devon and hopefully remember her love for him.
Despite agreeing, Nikki warns Neil that they’re playing a dangerous game, one that could cost them dearly. Nikki could lose her marriage to Victor (Eric Braeden) and Neil’s relationship with Hilary and Devon could be irretrievably shattered too.
Nevertheless, Neil’s determination overrides all thought for the consequences as he takes advantage of Hilary witnessing the friendly kiss that he and Nikki previously shared on New Year’s Eve.
He sends Nikki a text message asking her to meet for a passionate tryst in an Athletic Club suite. Nikki lets Hilary see the message but underestimates the depth of Hilary’s jealousy when Hilary lures a reluctant Neil away from the rendezvous on the pretext of a business crisis. Despite his best efforts to resist, Neil gives in to temptation when Hilary starts seducing him and they end up having sex. Afterwards, Neil regrets that it’s happened and vehemently insists to a protesting Hilary that he’s in love with Nikki.
Unknown to the lovers, the ramifications of their sexual interlude are already being felt. After walking in unseen and spying his father and wife making love, a shattered Devon explodes over the betrayal, believing that Neil has stabbed him in the back after letting him believe that he was working to save his marriage.
Finally confronting Neil, Devon disowns his father. Meanwhile, Victor has found evidence of Neil and Nikki’s fake trysts and openly accuses Nikki of having an affair.
She denies it but is pleased by Victor’s jealousy and urges Neil to continue the ruse. He’s reluctant, not wanting to make an enemy of her husband.
However, it’s Hilary who endures the worst danger from the fallout of Neil and Nikki’s misguided trick. Learning that Hilary deliberately seduced Neil to keep him away from Nikki, an outraged Lily (Christel Khalil) attacks her for breaking Devon’s heart.
Confronted by Lily’s accusation that “she’s the same bitch she always was”, Hilary protests that she loves Neil and has made it clear to Devon that their mistaken marriage is over.
Spitting that Hilary is a liar, Lily screams that Hilary has destroyed Neil and Devon’s father-son relationship. She says she wishes that Hilary had been killed when she plunged off the cliff in the islands all those months ago!
HILArY NIKKI Neil (Kristoff St John) reluctantly gives in to temptation when Nikki starts seducing him. But will he regret it later?