THE CLAWS come out
VIOLENCE ERUPTS WHEN A JEALOUS Hilary SPIES Mariah MAKING LOVE WITH Devon, SPARKING A RENEWED WAR FOR HIS AFFECTIONS
Divorce is supposed to the official confirmation of the end of all romantic feelings that exist between permanently estranged spouses but on the day that Devon and Hilary Hamilton’s marriage is legally severed, residual passion threatens to overwhelm the saddened pair.
Unable to ignore Devon’s (Bryton James) accidental physical contact with her outside the courthouse, Hilary (Mishael Morgan) can’t remove her wedding ring. Instead, she seeks support from her TV audience, taking to the airwaves on GC Buzz for an announcement about her divorce, how she’s to blame for the marital failure and how she intends to learn and grow from her mistakes before taking off her ring live to air. With Devon watching behind the scenes it’s also apparent that Hilary hopes her sincerity will win back his affections.
Reaffirming that intention, Hilary publicly declares Devon’s new girlfriend Mariah (Camryn Grimes) a “rebound romance” and jealously stares at them as they kiss. Confronting Hilary’s attitude, Mariah steams as Hilary hisses, “I know what Devon likes, and honey, it ain’t you!” Adding insult to injury, Hilary trashes Mariah on live TV, gossiping that Mariah thinks she’s in a romance but is actually stuck in the “friend zone”.
Hitting back, Mariah enjoys a romantic evening with Devon as Hilary takes refuge at the Hamilton penthouse, swept away in a painful whirlpool of memories from her marriage. Suddenly, her reverie is interrupted by a passionate Devon and Mariah who make love on the staircase as an unseen Hilary watches in tears.
The next morning, Hilary is devastated to see Mariah wearing her dress that Hilary left at the penthouse and screeches in pain that Mariah cannot take everything she owns, including her man.
Reacting to Mariah’s scornful laugh, Hilary lunges to rip the dress off Mariah’s back and a brutal catfight erupts as the women scratch and scream at each other on the floor of the
GC Buzz studios. Afterwards, Hilary attacks Devon for giving her clothes to his new lover and yells that it doesn’t really matter because she’s having great sex with Jordan (Darnell Kirkwood).
Embarrassed to see that Jordan has overheard the remarks, Hilary withers when he accuses her of treating him like a piece of meat. He won’t be used like a prop and walks out, saying the fire between them has been extinguished.
Rattled by the rejection, Hilary scrambles to repair the damage, enthusiastically focusing her attentions on Jordan as she joins him on a Hollywood excursion. She’s desperately hoping that the bright lights of LA will revive her passion for Jordan and help her concentrate on her career ambitions as she fights to forget about Devon once and for all.
Hilary declares Mariah a "rebound romance". "I know what Devon likes, and honey, it ain't you!''
From the moment Nikki saw Tessa Porter singing outside Crimson Lights and hired her to be her grandson Reed’s music tutor she has felt a deep affinity with the mysterious young woman who reminds her of what she used to be like in her lean years, before Victor found her and transformed her life.
Discovering that Tessa was scrimping to make ends meet like Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) did when she was a stripper at The Bayou nightclub, Nikki wasted no time in employing the girl to be her personal assistant, hoping to change her life too.
Settling into her new position, Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) can’t hide her enthusiasm for the wealth that surrounds her nor her intrigue about Nikki’s often scandalous and volatile past. She also finds a friend in Sharon (Sharon Case) who knows what it’s like to be a Newman outsider and warns her to be careful around Victor (Eric Braeden). Taking the advice, Tessa befriends Nick (Joshua Morrow) and excitedly babysits Christian, casually mentioning that she used to look after her own little brother.
The mention of family is a small insight into Tessa’s past as is her natural inclination for music, something which Nikki encourages by getting her involved in performing at The Underground.
Noah (Robert Adamson) appreciates the fresh young face and conspires with Tessa to have Nikki join her on stage for a piano-playing duet. It’s just the moment Tessa needs to solidify her position in the Newman household especially when she takes an upsetting phone call telling an unidentified person that she will fix their horrible situation.
Watching Tessa closely, Nikki soon discovers that she’s sleeping rough in her car. Taking pity, Nikki invites her to live at the ranch, much to Victor’s dissatisfaction as he protests having a "strange stray" living under his roof. Nobody really knows the girl or what she truly wants from them so they shouldn’t trust her, Victor claims, but Nikki shuns his opposition.
However, Victor may be right in his trepidation about Tessa
Mariah (Camryn Grimes) and Devon (Bryton James) enjoy their new romance, despite Hilary's ill-will. But they have no idea she's watching them during intimate moments.