Soaps Spoilers has the Canadian Y&R day ahead recap for the Wednesday, September 8, 2021 episode, which airs in the USA Thursday, September 9. In the previous episode, Abby wasn’t happy that Mariah took off with Dom. In this episode, Jack is lonesome, and Victor has words with Sally, while Sharon and Nick dish on relationships.
Jack sits alone at home, seemingly a little lost or lonesome. He sees Harrison’s army man toy and picks it up. He takes out his phone and texts someone.
Phyllis asks Adam at her hotel, “Where’s your She-Devil?” Adam sighs. “We mud-dwellers have to stick together,” he tells Red. Phyllis bitches about her daughter leaving town because of Summer. She gets a little emotional and thinks Adam’s getting pleasure by keeping Sally around. Adam shakes his head. He just came for a drink, “Without the drama. Unless you want to tell me about your real issue with Sally,” he says, he doesn’t want to hear it. He thinks she sees herself in Sally. Red won’t dignify that with a response, which to Adam means, he hit a nerve. She takes off.
Sharon greets Nick at Crimson Lights, who shows her photos of Summer and Dominic. She met him in person and says he’s adorable. They’re glad he’s healthy and he asks after Mariah. Sharon says she has a strong support system. She knows Nick’s busy and says New Hope was featured prominently in a Newman Media article she read. She’s glad he gave Adam another chance, which is a testament to the kind of man he is. He tells her the hot goss about Sally and Phyllis and reminds Sharon of when she dumped the pitcher of milk over his mom’s head. “Yeah!” She’s excited to hear that Phyllis did that with ice water to Sally. Sharon’s giddy, listening. She learns that Adam was with Sally. She says “Interesting.” Nick waits for her to say more. “All I said was it was interesting. Don’t read more into it,” she says, knowing the look on his face. She’s not secretly drawn to him. The past is the past. Nick believes her. They talk about cutting Adam a break. She thinks everyone deserves someone to support them and she’s made herself that someone for Adam. It’s hard for her to turn her back on him completely. Nick asks if Rey understands that. She avoids answering. She and Rey have committed to their marriage. “That’s not what I asked.” Sharon says she and Rey are open with each other. Nick talks about being okay with knowing who his wife is. Sharon thinks that he and Phyllis have something good. They talk about his relationship with Phyllis being serene. They agree things don’t have to be complicated. Nick asks if she thinks he’s settling. Sharon wasn’t implying that. When he asks if she thinks her and Rey have it easy, she skirts the question and turns the talk back to him. Since it’s getting late, she asks him to help her close up. He sweeps and she moves some flowers around and they look at each other from time to time.
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Phyllis visits Jack. She saw the text he sent in the group family text and thought he might be lonely. He admits he found Harrison’s toy and felt nostalgic. Red’s been feeling the same. He’s feeling lonely. He doesn’t want her to tell him to look on the bright side. She won’t. She just wants to talk and listen. “Being lonely is embarrassing,” Jack thinks. Phyllis argues that it’s human. He feels alone but Phyllis reminds him so many love him. “Myself included.” She knows you can feel alone anyway, in a family or a relationship. “That’s just life, you know? We’re born alone, we die alone.” Jack starts to laugh. “Is this supposed to be a pep talk?” She laughs. It’s why they work so hard at romance. She wonders what he was thinking when he was with Sally. He guesses he was hoping she’d turn out to be Phyllis. “On her best day, Sally couldn’t be me. You don’t want another me. There’s a reason our marriage didn’t work out.” He knows but some of the best times were with her. She’s the most captivating woman and sometimes so gorgeous, it hurts. She’s complicated and frustrated, hot-headed and careless. She nods a few times, then removes is drink from his hand. “Maybe you set the bar too high, Red.” He’s never stopped loving her and isn’t sure he will. She’s not sure what to say. He’s not acting on this. He knows their time is over. “I still love you, truly, deeply, and I have to live with that. I can’t stop it. It won’t go away,” he says. Later, she goes to get him some water and when she returns, he’s crashed out. She covers him with a throw and takes off.
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Sally visits Victor at the ranch. He invited her to chat. She asks for a single malt scotch. Victor reveals she’s there because she caused Summer stress. If he had intervened earlier, things would have been different. He tells her she and Adam caused a stir and it promoted Phyllis to empty ice water over her head. He tells her that Adam’s in a delicate situation with Connor. What Sally thinks is harmless flirtation, could have harmful consequences. Sally understands. Chloe told her the same thing and she’s sensitive to the situation. She thinks Adam should be the one to dictate his life and asks if Victor thinks he should dictate her life. “Do not use my son Adam as a way to salvage your lackluster career,” he tells the redhead. Arguing with him will be the worst mistake yet. Adam walks in. He must have missed the memo on this meeting. Sally tells Adam what they’ve been discussing. Victor thinks she needed to know the situation. He hopes she makes good use of it. “Am I being dismissed now that you’ve put me in my place?” She asks. Adam tells her she should go. She thanks The Mustache for the scotch and goes, while Adam asks why he feels compelled to dump this on her. Victor says, “I’ve been around. She’s a climber a social climber. She’s trying to cozy up to you at the risk of pissing me off.” He thinks his son is slipping. “You’re galivanting with that dame around town, running it in people’s faces.” Adam says Connor’s his priority and he’s the one slipping. He’s trying to control him the way he did in the past, which has driven them apart. He takes off.
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Sally goes to the bar at Society and orders the best scotch the bartender has. She tells him her whole story about being ripped apart by Nikki, Victor, and how she’s not sure what to think anymore. To herself, she says it’s Adam’s loss. She gets up and turns around and Adam’s there. He tells her his father made his point. He kisses her and they wind up in a room upstairs, making out. She removes his jacket and he kisses her neck and says, “Sally.” She comes out of her fantasy and hears Adam say, “Sally.” She apologizes. He thinks she’s ignoring him because of what his father said. He’s sorry for what his dad said. She admits she felt like she was being called to the principal’s office. “He was totally out of line,” Adam says. She’s glad to hear that. Still, Adam says he’s reevaluated their situation. He doesn’t think they should see each other outside of the office anymore.
A montage plays as Sally says that should isn’t part of her vocabulary. We see Sharon closing down the coffee shop, and Jack waking up alone, and Nick getting into bed while Phyllis is asleep while Sally’s voice is heard saying, “There’s no acting a certain way because of what’s expected of you. You do what you want no matter how people are going to react. No matter how far outside it is from what’s considered socially acceptable. If people don’t like it that’s their problem.” She walks off.