Their happiness is short-lived however, when Michael's mother Carly comes upon them in Kelly's and disapproves of their relationship because of the age difference.
Michael opened up to Sam and told her about his feelings for Abby and at the same time his mother was warning Abby away from him.
Michael and Sam search for the guy doing the beatings, and Michael convinces ELQ's CEO, Tracy Quartermaine-Spencer, to send Abby out of town on business.
Abby is excited to go out of town on her first business trip.
Even after Michael decides that the business life isn't for him and decides to leave, Abby stays on at ELQ.