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This week on THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS, Tessa and Mariah are prac­ti­cally glow­ing as they move in to­gether. Un­for­tu­nately, the love­birds dis­cover that tak­ing their re­la­tion­ship to the next level isn’t as easy as they thought it would be… es­pe­cially since Tessa may be hid­ing some­thing that could de­stroy their re­la­tion­ship!

The In Depth Story: When Mariah first fell for Tessa, she knew that things would be… well, com­pli­cated. Af­ter all, at the time, Tessa was her brother Noah’s girl­friend, and Mariah hadn’t even re­al­ized yet that she was bi­sex­ual! While the cou­ple over­came many ob­sta­cles — in­clud­ing Tessa steal­ing Mariah’s diary to use in a song — tak­ing their re­la­tion­ship to the next level might be the big­gest one of all!

“For Tessa and Mariah to move in to­gether is a huge deal,” says the song­bird’s por­trayer, Cait Fair­banks. “Tessa does not let a lot of peo­ple into her life, so bring­ing Mariah into her home is pretty big, es­pe­cially since there is a lot of stuf f that Tessa hasn’t told Mariah. She’s kind of on the de­fen­sive, be­cause she has some­body that she loves in her home — which is her safe spot — and it’s hard for her to ad­just to.”

The dif­fi­cul­ties of mesh­ing their lives to­gether im­me­di­ately be­come ap­par­ent when Tessa ar­rives home to find that Mariah has taken it upon her­self to throw out her mat­tress and buy an­other. “That def­i­nitely cre­ates an is­sue!” pre­views Fair­banks. “I know it doesn’t seem like much, but Tessa is a very pro­tec­tive per­son, and to dis­cover that Mariah just kind of takes some­thing of hers and throws it away with­out ask­ing… it causes fric­tion!”

While Mariah is shaken by her girl­friend’s re­ac­tion, she breathes a sigh of

re­lief when she later finds a bot­tle of wine from Tessa with a note apol­o­giz­ing for the blowup and sug­gest­ing that they hash out their do­mes­tic is­sues over dinn e r. F a i r - banks says that her al­ter ego re­al­izes that she over­re­acted when it came to the mat­tress, but the scene high­lights an im­por­tant facet of her char­ac­ter. “There are two sides to Tessa,” ex­plains the ac­tress. “There is the Tessa in a re­la­tion­ship, which I think has a lot of pro­jec­tion — ‘This is how I would like a re­la­tion­ship to be’ — and there is the real Tessa, who is very much ‘I need to pro­tect my­self!’ “It’s ex­cit­ing to move in with some­one you love,” she con­tin­ues. “But there are is­sues with Tessa that make go­ing for­ward more dif­fi­cult.”

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to move in with some­one you love. But there are is­sues with Tessa that make go­ing for­ward more dif­fi­cult.”

And part of those is­sues sim­ply stem from Tessa’s per­son­al­ity, says Fair­banks. “Tessa will al­ways go for the short­cut, the quick­est ac­tion to get the re­sults she wants in or­der to solve her prob­lems. And that will al­ways cause con­flict and cre­ate se­crets. I think Tessa has se­crets that Cait doesn’t even know!

“But there is one se­cret in par­tic­u­lar,” warns the ac­tress, “that will re­ally hit close to home and be very messy. More messy than ex­plo­sive, be­cause it plays on our in­stincts to take care of the ones we love.”

Tessa al­ready has one strike against her for steal­ing Mariah’s most pri­vate thoughts for her own am­bi­tion. Will the next se­cret of Tessa’s be so pow­er­ful, so shock­ing, so of­fen­sive that Mariah won’t wait for the third strike to kick her girl­friend to the curb?

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