Y&R Transcript Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Amanda: Michael Baldwin, this is my colleague, Imani.

Michael: Imani, good to meet you.

Imani: Likewise.

Amanda: Shall we get to it?

Michael: Alright. I understand this meeting has to do with the case against your client, Naya Benedict.

Amanda: Yes. We have some crucial new information — a recording of Sutton Ames revealing that he is responsible for the death of Richard Nealon.

Michael: So Naya falsely confessed to a murder?

Imani: I’m afraid so.

Amanda: It will all become clear when you listen to this. Hear the whole story from our grandfather’s own lips.

Michael: Hold on. “Our” grandfather? You’re sisters?

Imani: Surprise.

Michael: So you were your grandfather’s lawyer, and now you’re representing your mother, who is trying to prevent her father from going to prison. Have I got that right?

Amanda: You are 100% correct. Now, you always wondered why I, of all people, was asked to head up Sutton’s legal team and why I took on Naya’s case, given my lack of experience in criminal law. They’re the family that I never knew that I had, until recently. And now I am also aware that because of Sutton’s callous indifference and need for control, Hilary and I were forced to grow up without our father, Richard Nealon.

Michael: Dear god.

Amanda: But the secrets and lies stop now.

Tessa: Hey, Abby. Is everything alright?

Abby: I haven’t been sleeping well. I was doing some work, and, well, I nodded off and I had a terrible dream.

Tessa: What was it about?

Abby: I was up high on this bluff. I was with you and Nina, and I looked down and Mariah was in a field. I couldn’t see her face, and she was running, but we couldn’t get to her. We kept calling her name, we screaming after her, telling her, “don’t leave.” It was just so vivid.

Tessa: We’re all exhausted and stressed to the max since Mariah’s been gone. I mean, no wonder you’re having bad dreams.

Abby: I think it’s more than just stress.

Tessa: Okay, what do you mean?

Abby: As soon as I woke up, I had an epiphany. I’m starting to worry again that there is something seriously wrong with this whole Mariah situation.

Nate: Hey, Faith. What are you looking at so intently?

Faith: My summer reading assignment.

Nate: Oh, I hope you’re enjoying it.

Faith: Yeah, this book’s not half bad. As far as homework goes, this is as good as it gets.

Nate: Uh, you haven’t seen Elena by any chance? We were supposed to meet up.

Faith: She was here, but she had to leave.

Nate: Oh.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Nate: Ooh. Ooh, mystery solved. She was called in to work at the last minute.

Faith: Did you two have a date?

Nate: No, not really. We just, you know, wanted to grab some time with each other.

Faith: Same with Moses and me. I was thinking he might drop by. Not that we’re dating or anything.

Nate: Of course not.

Faith: But he shows up sometimes because he knows I’m here a lot.

Nate: I haven’t seen my cousin and I don’t know his plans. But I doubt Moses would miss an opportunity to spend time with you.

Moses: Things are way better between Faith and me.

Devon: Oh, yeah? So Lily gave you some good advice, then.

Moses: She did, yeah. We’re taking things slow, but at least now I know I won’t be stuck in the friend zone forever.

Devon: So is this why you wanted my help? Is this about Faith?

Moses: Yeah. I want to do something nice for her. Show her how much I like her without all that pressure. Lily told me that’s what girls like.

Devon: She’s right. But there’s plenty of things you could do to show Faith you care without being over the top. Where do I come into play?

Moses: Well, Faith’s favorite band is TigirLily. I mean, she lights up whenever she hears any of their songs, and they’re headlining the New Hope charity event concert in the park this weekend.

Devon: I think I know where this is going.

Moses: I figured you might. You said at breakfast that they’re in town already and that you’re having to meet with them later today.

Devon: Uh-huh. And I assume that Faith is gonna be at the concert ’cause Nick is one of the organizers.

Moses: Yeah, she wouldn’t miss it. But I was hoping you could make it even more special for her.

Devon: More special. Well, how about — how about two backstage passes?

Moses: Really?

Devon: Yeah, it’s done.

Moses: [ Chuckles ] Thanks, man. You’re the best ever. Seriously.

Devon: Well, I try.

Moses: Now let’s see if you can top yourself. I have one more favor to ask of you.

Devon: Alright, keep talking.

Michael: Well, that was quite something.

Amanda: Now, I’m aware that it is not a confession and it may not be admissible in court, but I believe that it opens your mind up to the possibility that Naya is not guilty.

Michael: Alright, I’m listening.

Amanda: This recording of Sutton makes it clear that he killed my father for one reason — to make sure the story of his illegitimate grandkids did not come to light, so he cared more about his reputation and his political power than he did his own family.

Michael: Well…what he said about Richard Nealon made my blood run cold. I can’t imagine how you felt. You have my sympathy.

Amanda: Thank you.

Michael: What you’ve both gone through, handling his case and now Naya’s —

Amanda: Yeah, it has been a journey. But for all the moments of shock and pain, there’s also been some moments of positivity. I met my sister and my mother, and I’ve learned to lean on the people closest to me for support. I even found support in some unexpected places. [ Chuckles ] Victor Newman himself.

Michael: [ Laughs ] Well, nobody can push someone’s buttons quite like he can.

Amanda: [ Chuckles ]

Imani: I got a real education watching the man.

Michael: Yeah. Do you really think Sutton forced his own daughter to take the rap for him?

Amanda: Perhaps. Or maybe he convinced her that I could have gotten her a lighter sentence than he would have received.

Imani: Not much comfort when she’d be doing the time, though.

Michael: Okay. I want to see justice done. When can you bring Naya to my office so that we can speak directly? So I can get my facts straight.

Michael: Obviously, the police and I are gonna want to talk to Naya as soon as possible. Is there a problem?

Amanda: I wish I could accommodate you. I desperately want this resolved, but we are gonna need some time.

Michael: Why?

Amanda: It is a gut-wrenching situation. Naya was willing to sacrifice herself for Sutton. To get her to recant, it’s gonna take some convincing.

Michael: Well, luckily, I mean, for you at least, I happen to be well versed in complicated family dynamics involving criminal activity.

Imani: Oh, something you studied in school?

Michael: Sadly, no. Personal experience.

Amanda: So you can understand why we can’t push our mother too much. But if all goes well, I’m sure she’ll be able to meet with you in a day or two.

Michael: Hmm, I can live with that. I want to make sure the right person is prosecuted.

Imani: So do we.

Michael: Alright. Look, I will issue a warrant for Sutton’s arrest. I will do what I can to prevent him from leaving the country, but I don’t have to tell you that this whole thing will work more smoothly when Naya comes clean.

Amanda: I’m gonna make sure that happens.

Faith: Taking off?

Nate: Yep. Listen, if I run into my cousin, I will let him know you wouldn’t mind taking a break from your reading.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Faith: [ Chuckles ] Thanks, but you don’t have to.

Nate: Is that Moses?

Faith: [ Chuckles ] On his way.

Nate: You two have fun.

Moses: She’s at the coffee house now, so I’m gonna head over there.

Devon: Alright, I will handle everything else.

Moses: This is gonna be amazing. Seriously, thank you. You’re the best big brother ever.

Devon: I know this. See you, man.

Tessa: You’re freaking me out a little. I thought that we had all agreed that once Mariah sent those texts, that we could stop worrying why she’s been gone for so long.

Abby: Have you?

Tessa: Honestly? No.

Nina: I’ve tried.

Abby: Well, after I had that awful dream, I went back and I reread all of the texts that Mariah has sent me. Remember when she sent that one, she was joking about how she was doing and she said, “Your child isn’t giving me too much grief yet.”

Nina: Yeah, and?

Abby: Okay, when has Mariah ever referred to the baby as “your child”?

Tessa: Never. It’s always been “our child,” “our baby,” ’cause, you know, group effort.

Abby: Yeah, so why the sudden change? Why now?

Nina: I think you’re reading a lot into just a turn of phrase. It might just be Mariah’s needing to, you know, back off a little bit.

Tessa: No. Abby’s right. It is strange. Something feels off to me, even if Mariah hasn’t come out and said it.

Abby: Maybe she’s having second thoughts about being a surrogate. Maybe she’s starting to rethink everything. Maybe she regrets it.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Nina: I’ll get it.

Tessa: If it helps, she’s never said anything like that to me.

Abby: Or me. I don’t know. Hey, maybe Nina’s right. Maybe I’m overreacting.

Tessa: Or maybe you’re not.

Nina: Look who I found on the doorstep.

Abby: Ben. Hi.

Stitch: This a bad time?

Nina: No, I think you’re here at exactly the right time. Aw, c’mon flowers.

Moses: So you’re gonna finish your summer reading two months early, and then what?

Faith: I’ll have to find other ways to amuse myself.

Moses: Okay, well, I think it’s time for you to put the tablet away and kick back.

Faith: Totally. Why don’t we get out of here, grab some sun?

Moses: Actually, you know what? You mind if we eat something first? I haven’t had lunch yet.

Faith: Sure. Want me to make you a sandwich? I know where my mom keeps the good — no way. Look who your brother’s with.

Moses: Whoa, isn’t that Kendra and Krista from TigirLily?

Faith: Oh, my god, it is. Only my favorite band in the entire universe. Devon knows them?

Moses: Yeah, he’s a music producer. He knows all the big names.

Faith: [ Exhales sharply ]

Moses: You know what? You want me to see if he’ll introduce you?

Faith: Are you serious? Yes!

Stitch: I understand why you’d feel disconcerted.

Nina: So do I. But why don’t we all just take a breath and think through this some more?

Tessa: Okay.

Nina: Mariah’s texts made it clear that she was done with us hovering. But from everything that I’ve seen, she’s been nothing but thrilled to be carrying this baby for you and chance. I don’t know, I just think it’s easy for us to be feeding off of one another’s worry, and that’s not the best way to go about this.

Abby: Remember the last time we started to spin out about this, and I said that our mind fills in the blanks when we don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle? Maybe we’re jumping to conclusions, and things seem right when they actually aren’t.

Nina: Yeah, I think that’s very true.

Stitch: And yet…

Abby: What?

Stitch: Given what you’ve told me about how Mariah expresses herself, I agree. The language from the text is odd. “Your child”? I mean, it implies she suddenly feels disconnected from the baby.

Tessa: Yes, exactly.

Abby: Okay, I’m not trying to over-think this, but maybe Mariah’s message, maybe it was her subconscious. I mean, maybe she was revealing more than she meant to. I mean, maybe all of this is just too much for her.

Imani: Sorry if I made Michael suspicious. I was freaking out when he asked to see Mom, since we have no clue where she is right now. But you handled it perfectly.

Amanda: Naya still hasn’t responded to my texts.

Imani: Mine either. Or my father’s. He promised he would let me know if he heard from her.

Amanda: We need to find her before the authorities realize that she’s missing and before Sutton gets to her, before he manipulates her like he usually does, get her to stick to her statement.

Imani: Even though I know my grandfather is guilty and I despise him for what he did, a part of me still can’t believe how this all played out. I can’t get over how he convinced our mother, who was fragile to begin with, to take the fall for him, to sacrifice her whole future. Makes me sick.

Amanda: I’m sorry. You know, as intense as this has been for me, I can’t even imagine what you are experiencing. You know, the family that you’ve known and loved your entire life just falling apart this way.

Imani: I had an incredible childhood. Filled with love and support. But no one ever made me feel as special as my grandfather did. Whatever goal I set for myself, that man was my biggest cheerleader, encouraging me every step of the way. It’s not like I thought he was a saint. Sutton expected perfection from everyone around him, and if you disappointed him, he could cut you down with just a look, make you feel terrible for days afterward.

Amanda: I was on the receiving end of several of those looks.

Imani: He demanded loyalty. My grandfather was controlling and self-serving, and his career always came first. Still, it’s hard for me to accept that he’s the same vicious man in that recording, that arranged to have someone killed, and then justified it. Rationalized it, saying he had no choice and it was “for the best.” Hearing him say those words, it just — it made it all real. [ Sighs ] I don’t know what my next step is, but I know this part of my life is over. Even if Sutton figures out a way to save himself — and make no mistake, he could — I can’t keep working for him. I don’t want my name being associated with his ever again.

Amanda: Sutton will pay for what he’s done. I will not rest until that happens. And I believe that you will wind up on your feet.

Imani: Damn right. It’s just a question of where I’ll land.

Amanda: Well, I might be able to help you with that.

Faith: This is so cool. I discovered TigirLily a few months back when I was going through a rough time, and your lyrics really spoke to me, especially “somebody does.”

Kendra: That is the best compliment you can give to an artist.

Krista: We love hearing that our songs mean as much to our fans as they do to us.

Faith: Would the two of you mind taking a picture with me? So I have proof that this actually happened and that I didn’t just dream it.

Krista: We’d be happy to. Get over here.

Moses: Here, I’ll take it.

Kendra: Alright, get in here.

Devon: You know how to work that thing?

Moses: Yes, sir. Alright, “TigirLily” on three.

Krista: Let’s do it.

Moses: One, two, three. TigirLily!

Devon: Nice.

Faith: Awesome.

Moses: Looks great, you guys.

Faith: Thank you so much.

Kendra: Of course.

Krista: We’ll be performing at the fundraiser this weekend. Will you be there?

Faith: Absolutely. My dad is Nick Newman. He runs New oHpe.

Kendra: Why don’t the two of you watch from backstage as our guests?

Faith: That would be so amazing.

Moses: Yeah, two yeses.

Kendra: Awesome. In the meantime, would you like to hear a preview of one of our new songs?

Moses: Yeah.

Faith: Oh, my god, yes.

Kendra: Alright, this is called “dig yourself.” I know you really dig yourself think the world would end without you baby, don’t you kid yourself not everything’s always about you if you could, you’d probably kiss yourself you’re the star of your own show I know you really dig yourself so much why don’t you dig yourself a hole? You can go all the way to China but I don’t know if you’ll ever find you someone who loves you as much as you

Devon: Whoo!

Faith: I love it!

Moses: Me too, me too. I can’t wait to hear the rest of it.

Devon: Well, hey, we were just passing through, grabbing some coffee on the way to the studio, so…

Faith: You’re busy. I get it.

Moses: But I will see you on Saturday?

Kendra: Looking forward to it.

Moses: Awesome.

Amanda: I’ve been thinking about starting my own law practice — the Sinclair Firm. But “Sinclair & Benedict” has a nice ring to it.

Imani: [ Scoffs ] Wait, are you saying —

Amanda: You can take the bar exam — finally — get your license and we can be partners.

Imani: You’d really want us to work together?

Amanda: I’m so happy that I found you, Imani. I never would have pictured myself saying that months ago.

Imani: [ Chuckles ] Yeah, that restraining order. Oh, god, I cringe every time I think about it.

Amanda: Yeah, me too. But we’ve really come so far. We became allies. Along the way, you know, you became a friend and now… you really feel like my sister.

Imani: Now here you are, getting all mushy over a job offer.

[ Both laugh ]

Amanda: Okay, um, alright, I’m sorry about that. Um, alright, how about this? I think we’ll make a pretty good team.

Imani: Agreed. Can I think it over before I give you an answer?

Amanda: Yeah, no, of course. Take all the time you need.

Stitch: Like you said, Abby, it’s tempting to over-analyze these things. And I understand why you’re concerned, but there’s probably no reason to be worried.

Tessa: If Mariah were in trouble, I would hope that she would reach out to me directly.

Abby: People don’t always know how to do that, though, when they’re feeling emotional or overwhelmed. And Mariah, she is so independent. You know that. I’m not saying that something terrible has happened, but I just — I wish that we could talk to her and ask her how she’s feeling. And if she’s struggling, I wish that Tessa would be able to go to her and help her, support her.

Tessa: You have no idea how much I want to do that. But she’s not taking my calls. Plus, her location services is off on her phone.

Stitch: There might be a way to trace her location from her texts. A specialized app or something. I know you don’t want to hassle the woman or crowd her, but if you want, I can look into it.

Tessa: Oh, my god, yes, please.

Abby: We wouldn’t necessarily have to do anything with the information. It would just give us some peace of mind.

Nina: Hold on, we need to talk about this and think about it long and hard. Okay, Mariah wrote that she will be back before her next doctor’s appointment. That’s in one week, and she said she didn’t want to be smothered.

Abby: You’re right, she did.

Nina: If Mariah really does just need her space, she’s gonna resent us for not giving it to her. Are we absolutely sure we want to do this? Doing it yourself

Nina: So, we’re all agreed? We’re gonna wait until the next time we hear from Mariah, see how we feel then, take it from there.

Tessa: I’ll do my best.

Abby: So will I.

Nina: It’s unanimous.

Stitch: If you change your minds, offer stands.

Abby: Well, now that we have bombarded you with our collective anxiety, is there a reason why you stopped by?

Stitch: I have some news. I’m finally heading back to Iowa.

Abby: Yeah. I guess this was just a visit. You had to head home sometime.

Stitch: Only short term. My real news — I’ve decided to take the job at Memorial. Chief of surgery. I’ll be moving back to Genoa City.

Abby: Ben, oh, my gosh! I’m thrilled. I had no idea they made you a formal offer.

Tessa: Sounds like a really sweet gig.

Stitch: I think it will be.

Nina: From what I’ve heard of your surgical skills, Memorial’s happy to have you, surely.

Stitch: That’s very kind.

Abby: How long will you be away?

Stitch: A few days. Just long enough to pack my bags and check in on Max.

Abby: You’re gonna keep him where he is?

Stitch: He’s used to his doctors and routine at his facility. I — I don’t want to uproot him. I feel like that’d be too traumatic.

Abby: Oh, that’s gonna be hard for you, though.

Stitch: It will, but it’s what’s right for Max. You know, and I can visit. It’s not that long of a drive.

Abby: Well, if there’s anything I can do to help this transition go smoothly, just say the word.

Stitch: I appreciate that. Thanks.

Abby: Well, you’ve been so helpful. It’s the least I can do.

Stitch: I will need to find a place to live.

Abby: Great! Let’s go house hunting. I can call my realtor and have her set up some showings for when you get back.

Stitch: There are a couple of furnished places I was gonna check out today before I got on the road. I know it’s short notice, but if you have time…

Nina: Her answer is yes. Yes! You need a distraction, and one just presented itself. Go.

Abby: Well, when you put it that way [Chuckles] Let’s do this.

Faith: I love this picture. I know I keep saying that. Sick of hearing it yet?

Moses: [ Chuckles ] No.

Faith: I’m totally posting this and making it the wallpaper of my phone and my laptop and maybe even my room. Kidding. Sort of.

Moses: Nah, do whatever you want with it.

Faith: I’m still in awe that I got to meet them. Backstage passes — can you believe it? Wait, what are the odds that your brother would walk in with… wait a second. That wasn’t a coincidence, was it? You set the whole thing up! [ Chuckles ]

Devon: Hey. How’d everything go with Michael?

Amanda: After I played him the recording of Sutton, he responded exactly as I’d hoped.

Imani: It seems like he’s willing to work with us.

Amanda: Yes, which clears a major hurdle. So as soon as Naya recants her phony confession, Michael can push for an investigation into Sutton.

Devon: That’s the best possible outcome.

Amanda: It would be, except Naya’s disappearing act. I can’t believe that we haven’t heard from her.

Imani: This isn’t like her. I have to believe that she’ll reach out soon, if only to let us know that she’s okay.

Amanda: I really hope so, because we are, you know, hitting a deadline here.

Devon: Have you guys heard from Sutton since his meeting with Victor?

Amanda: Not a peep.

Imani: That means he’s off licking his wounds somewhere, plotting a strategy to save himself.

Amanda: Yeah, he’s probably cursing the day that I showed up on Naya’s doorstep, blaming me for ruining his life.

Devon: No, Sutton ruined his own life the day he decided that your father was expendable, his granddaughters didn’t belong in their own family.

Imani: Sutton would never see it that way, guaranteed.

Devon: Nah, he’s gonna definitely fight back, and he’ll probably fight dirty, too.

Amanda: He will, and I’ll be ready.

Stitch: Okay, so you don’t think that was too impulsive?

Abby: Are you kidding me? You could look for a whole week and not find a more gorgeous apartment.

Stitch: Well, I’m glad you like it.

Abby: Yeah, it is fully furnished, right down to the pots and pans, so when you get back from Iowa, all you have to do is move in.

Stitch: I’ll have to learn the neighborhood, find the grocery store, best places for takeout. I already know of a dry cleaner’s right near the hospital, so at least that’s taken care of, right?

Abby: Are you talking about that little strip mall on Oak Street?

Stitch: That’s the one.

Abby: Yeah, that is now a parking garage for the new oncology wing.

Stitch: No! Don’t — my favorite Thai place is right next to the cleaner’s.

Abby: You’ll just have to find a new favorite place to eat shrimp pad Thai. Or you could eat at Society a lot.

Stitch: Well, there’s a thought. I just happen to know the owner.

Abby: Mm. Do you now?

Stitch: Yeah.

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

Stitch: You sure have gone from knowing all the best restaurants to owning the best of the best. It’s pretty cool.

Abby: Having endured my cooking, I think you should know that I went into business just so I could eat out a lot.

Stitch: Don’t sell yourself short.

Abby: I never do. [ Chuckles ]

Stitch: This has — this has been great. Uh…thanks for helping me find a place to crash. I hope I haven’t monopolized your day too badly.

Abby: Seriously? Apartment hunting — how could that be anything but fun for me?

Stitch: I guess it is a form of shopping.

Abby: Oh, yeah. [ Laughs ] Real-estate therapy. I should be thanking you.

Stitch: Worked out for both of us.

Abby: You know, this is the most normal I’ve felt in a long time. I’m very grateful.

Nina: It’s hard to be missing someone.

Tessa: These texts that Mariah sent, taking off for days, barely communicating, it’s just — it’s not like her. I wonder if we should’ve taken Stitch up on his offer to help try to find her. Look, I know. Mariah would be mad, but I can handle that. But this bizarre silence…

Nina: I can see it’s getting to you. I’m sorry, Tessa. I’m not an expert, okay? As much as I think we should give Mariah her space, I’m just the grandmother, you know? You’re talking about the woman you love, so it’s got to be your call. Yeah. I’ll be upstairs if you need me, alright?

Faith: I can’t believe you went through all that trouble.

Moses: Don’t worry about it. Devon already had a meeting set up with TigirLily, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Faith: Still. Plus, how’d you know I was such a fangirl? I don’t remember telling you.

Moses: You don’t have to. I pay attention.

Devon: Well, hey, I know the plan was to get a bite here, but after everything, you want to just take something back to my place and relax tonight?

Amanda: Honestly, that sounds like heaven. I will be checking my phone nonstop, but, yes, I would love to decompress.

Imani: I’m in. Who’s driving?

Nate: Okay, can I clear a room or what?

Amanda: [ Chuckles ] No, we are not leaving on your account.

Nate: Okay, well, I’ll try not to take it personally then.

Imani: Please don’t.

Nate: Everyone doing okay?

Amanda: For the moment.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Nate: Oh, I better take this. You guys enjoy your meal. This is Dr. Hastings.

Devon: Alright, I’m gonna go put in our orders. What would you ladies like?

Imani: Surprise me. Besides, I think I might want to stay and eat here after all.

Amanda: Imani, will you stop it?

Imani: What?

Amanda: You have that same look in your eye that you had at our cocktail party. Just flirting with Nate. Listen to me, Nate is dating Elena.

Imani: So? What’s the harm in a little innocent flirting?

Nate: Well, keep me posted.

Imani: Can I buy you a drink?

Nate: I thought you guys were leaving.

Imani: Not yet. Besides, I have ulterior motives.

Nate: Ah.

Imani: I’d like to get your advice on something.

Nate: Okay, is this a medical question?

Imani: Something personal.

Nate: Hmm.

Imani: It’s about Amanda.

Stitch: It’s later than I thought.

Abby: Oh, do you need to hit the road?

Stitch: Soon. I’ll take you home, and then I’ll leave from there.

Abby: No, no, no need. This is really nice. Being outside on this beautiful summer day, not dwelling on things I can’t control.

Stitch: You don’t have your car.

Abby: Well, I will just take a ride-share when I’m ready to go.

Stitch: Alright, then. I guess this is goodbye.

Abby: But you’re only gonna be gone a few days, right?

Stitch: I’ll be back before you know it. In the meantime, I hope you hear from Mariah. Something a little less cryptic.

Abby: That would be nice, yeah. [ Chuckles ]

Stitch: Take care, Abby.

Abby: Let me know when you get back to town.

Stitch: You’ll be the first. I’m — I’m gonna go.

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

Devon: Alright, I ordered the snapper with mango salsa for Imani.

Amanda: Yeah, you probably shouldn’t even have gotten her anything. Doesn’t look like she’s leaving anytime soon. [ Sighs ] Guess I got to give her credit for being bold, huh?

Devon: I wouldn’t worry. Nate’s grown. Went through a lot for him and Elena to get back to a good place, so I don’t think he’s gonna throw that away just ’cause someone new is smiling at him.

Amanda: Yeah, you’re probably right.

Devon: I’m definitely right.

Amanda: Well, I hope so, for Elena’s sake.

Imani: So, if and when I pass the bar, Amanda would like me to be her partner.

Nate: What? I hadn’t realized she planned on starting your own firm. Wow. Good for her.

Imani: It makes all kinds of sense for Amanda, but would it be right for me?

Nate: What?

Imani: [ Laughs ] I suppose that’s not a fair question, since you don’t walk around with a crystal ball.

Nate: [ Chuckles ]

Imani: Or do you?

Nate: You know, I left it in my other jacket.

[ Both laugh ]

Imani: It happens. You’ve known Amanda longer than I have, so I’d like your take. How do you think it would be working with her — not as an assistant like I’ve been doing, but, like, as a full-on partner?

Nate: A dream come true. Amanda’s whip smart, forthright, ethical, driven. She also has a huge heart. Granted, not all siblings can work together, but if you’re up for it, I think it’d be a stellar opportunity.

Imani: You certainly make the idea of accepting this job and relocating here permanently very appealing.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Imani: Oh. Ohh. Sorry, I’ve been waiting for this.

Nate: No, go right on.

Imani: Thanks. Mom, are you alright?

Naya: I’m fine. At least for now. That’s why I’m calling. I knew you and Amanda would be worried.

Imani: She’s right here. Hold on. Amanda, guess who.

Amanda: Naya? Thank god you called.

Naya: I’m sorry I left without calling you girls, but I just panicked and ran.

Amanda: Okay, where are you?

Naya: It’s best if you don’t know. I don’t want you trying to find me.

Amanda: Listen to me, I understand that you are scared, but everything has changed. You need to come back to Genoa City now.

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