SI­MON THE SAVIOUR

Her health quickly fail­ing, Ash­ley clings to the idea that Dr Si­mon Neville’s treat­ments could save her life

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Ash­ley looks to Dr Si­mon Neville to save her life, on The Young and the Rest­less.

Amid all of the stress of plan­ning a fairy­tale wed­ding for her daugh­ter Abby and her ancé Stitch, Ash­ley Ab­bott is care­fully guard­ing a dread­ful se­cret. The brain aneurysm that Ash­ley bat­tled sev­eral months ago has re­curred, leav­ing her fear­ing that her life is at stake.

Con­duct­ing se­cre­tive phone calls, Ash­ley (Eileen David­son) mys­te­ri­ously tells an unidenti ed per­son that she’s not di­vulging her con­di­tion to her fam­ily. “We’re do­ing things my way,” she in­sists be­fore hang­ing up.

Ob­serv­ing Dr Si­mon Neville (Michael E. Knight) nearby, Ash­ley ca­su­ally asks about his med­i­cal re­search work, telling the doc­tor she hopes he takes his re­search se­ri­ously.

In­trigu­ing Si­mon with her sug­ges­tion of in­vest­ing in his work by pro­vid­ing him with ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties at the Jabot lab, Ash­ley stuns Jack (Peter Bergman) by an­nounc­ing she’s Si­mon’s busi­ness part­ner. In­censed by Si­mon’s in­volve­ment with Hi­lary’s (Mishael Mor­gan) re­cent cap­tiv­ity, Jack trashes the doc­tor’s rep­u­ta­tion, think­ing that Ash­ley has lost her mind if she wants to work with some­one who is no more than a crim­i­nal.

In­fu­ri­ated by her brother’s at­ti­tude, Ash­ley screams at him to let her rent the lab space to Si­mon. Once the deal’s done, Ash­ley seeks pri­vacy, over­come with ex­cru­ci­at­ing headaches and strug­gling to in­gest her med­i­ca­tion.

Ash­ley’s phys­i­cal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion isn’t lost on a cir­cum­spect Si­mon who un­in­ten­tion­ally ir­ri­tates her by re­fus­ing to give her iron­clad guar­an­tees about the treat­ment’s out­come at such an early stage of de­vel­op­ment.

Sus­pi­cious of her de­mand for con­crete proof of his re­sults, Si­mon of­fers her an al­ter­na­tive com­pound he’s been study­ing.

Sur­prised to see him pro­duce a gin bot­tle, Ash­ley re­laxes slightly at his sug­ges­tion that she calm down. She’s soon toast­ing Neville and the even­tual suc­cess of his work, is­su­ing him with an in­vi­ta­tion to es­cort her to Abby (Melissa Ord­way) and Stitch’s (Sean Car­ri­gan) up­com­ing wed­ding.

Nev­er­the­less, Ash­ley’s stress lev­els con­tinue sky­rock­et­ing as she jug­gles the re­search project and the wed­ding ar­range­ments, nally cli­max­ing in her sud­den col­lapse in the mid­dle of the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

De­spite her quick re­vival, Ash­ley ob­sti­nately in­sists on see­ing through the wed­ding be­fore Si­mon ush­ers her away from the re­cep­tion, de­mand­ing to know the truth about her ob­vi­ous health con­di­tion.

At the Jabot lab, Ash­ley breaks down in tears, reck­lessly trash­ing the re­search as she rants that Si­mon can’t help her. Re­veal­ing the truth, Ash­ley says she’s dy­ing, prompt­ing Si­mon to counter her re­luc­tance to ght for sur­vival.

He says he staunchly be­lieves that his treat­ment saved Hi­lary and thinks he can save Ash­ley’s life too. In or­der for Si­mon to help her, he says that she must erase her de­featist at­ti­tude and place her en­tire trust in him.

He be­lieves that his treat­ment saved Hi­lary and thinks he can save Ash­ley’s life too.

Dr Si­mon Neville TVS

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