Nicole makes up her mind
The Avant family is at war, as Nicole finally decides whether to let Maya and Rick formally adopt Lizzie
As Nicole wavers on whether or not she should claim Lizzie as her own child, her father insists that fate wants her to be a mother. Julius reasons that the clerical error that voided Lizzie’s adoption by Rick and Maya is divine intervention.
However, Nicole (Reign Edwards) becomes even more confused when Zende (Rome Flynn) advises her to return Lizzie (Gianna and Isabella Garcia) to the only parents she knows. Nicole then fears that her marriage could be in jeopardy if she doesn’t capitulate to her sister’s demands, but Julius (Obba Babatunde) assures Nicole that Zende will eventually adapt to the new arrangement.
Vivienne becomes upset over her husband’s meddling and orders him to butt out of this difficult decision making process. But Julius declares that he’s only thinking of what’s best for his granddaughter.
A frustrated Vivienne (Anna Maria Horsford) visits Maya (Karla Mosley), who is frazzled over the whole situation. She truly fears that Lizzie will be taken away from her and that her father is responsible for making the situation even more confusing for Nicole. Vivienne agrees that Julius has to be stopped.
Rick (Jacob Young), Maya, Zende and Vivienne walk in on Julius pressuring Nicole not to give up her parental rights and they order him to stop. Julius points out that he’s the only one on Nicole’s side but Vivienne counters that he’s bullying their daughters.
The room devolves into loud arguing, as Julius threatens a custody battle. Maya is unable to tolerate the dissension that has been caused in her family and tells everyone to be quiet. When it’s nally silent, Maya approaches her sister and takes Nicole’s hand.
Maya concedes that if they were to go to court that Nicole would easily win custody since she’s Lizzie’s biological mother.
Maya acknowledges that a legal battle is fruitless and would only serve to tear apart their family. She then offers to give up Lizzie without a ght if Maya that’s what Nicole really wants.
Realising that the sacri ce Maya is willing to make proves she’s a true mother, Nicole breaks down in tears and sobs that Lizzie belongs with Rick and Maya. As Julius strongly objects, Nicole signs the adoption papers,
Rick so that Lizzie will continue to be raised by Rick and Maya.
Maya thanks Nicole for such a selfless act and the sisters hug. However, as far as Julius is concerned, Maya might have won this battle but she won’t win the war. TVS