Y&R Transcript Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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Adam: Uh, and then you can give closing remarks and tell people to eat, drink, and be merry.

Victor: Wait a minute. Now, you’re asking me to speak four times and you only speak once?

Adam: People expect to hear from you, so I say let’s give them what they want.

Victor: Son, you are the ceo of the company, and you need to assume a more public role, alright?

Adam: Uh, I will take the section on global vision.

Victor: Good idea.

Nikki: Well, look who i found.

Victor: Hey, my boy. Join us. We’re going over the details for the party.

Nick: Yeah, cool. I wanted to follow up on that conversation we were having earlier, but it can wait until you’re finished.

Adam: No, I think we covered everything, so floor’s yours. Go right ahead.

Nick: Yeah, um, it’s kind of a private matter.

Adam: Sure, um… I have some things I need to do. Oh, and by the way, thank you for convincing phyllis to let us have this event at the grand phoenix, even though two of her least favorite people will be hosting it.

Victor: Listen, we have paid a hell of a lot of money for this evening, okay? Besides that, think of all the money she’s making renting out all those suites. They’re coming from all over the place — toronto, new york, silicon valley, boston. What the hell is — who invited billy abbott?

Phyllis: Alright. Guys, in the kitchen, where are the oysters? I don’t see any of them. Call the distribution company please. Okay, everybody in parking, make sure that the valet is completely cleared out. All you guys in housekeeping, oh, this is all hands on deck, you know? We have the pickiest, most pain-in-the-ass people coming tonight. You know, it’s a newman event, so you got to be on it. Thanks.

Billy: Hey, there.

Phyllis: Hey. You here for a meeting?

Billy: No. No, just here to grab a drink.

Phyllis: Getting a drink now when you’re — you’re gonna be here tonight?

Billy: Yeah. Is that okay with you?

Phyllis: It’s okay with me. It’s just odd.

Billy: Odd? Odd like you hosting a party for victor and adam, two people you despise?

Phyllis: Well, I despise them, but, see, I’m getting paid for tonight. You’re here voluntarily.

Billy: Yeah. Well, to be honest, it’s not voluntary. I love the oysters. Can’t get enough of them.

Phyllis: You don’t like oysters. I know that. What are you up to?

Sally: Coffee with cream, please. Jack, how are you?

Jack: I’m fine.

Sally: I want to thank you for stopping me yesterday. In the park with phyllis. I was really about to lose my cool with her, and you’re a good influence on me. And I appreciate that.

Jack: I didn’t want to see things get out of hand.

Sally: Yeah, I don’t want that either. We’re all moving on.

Jack: Well, if that’s it.

Sally: Actually, there is one more thing. I am working for newman media now.

Jack: I’m aware.

Sally: Well, I will be attending the launch party tonight in my professional capacity, and I’ve seen the guest list, so I know that you will be there, too, so I just wanted to give you a heads up so you wouldn’t be surprised when you see me.

Jack: You thought somehow i would be traumatized seeing you at a party thrown by your new employer? Just how fragile do you think i am?

Sally: [ Scoffs ] It’s not that, I just didn’t want you to think that I had some ulterior motive being there, like I was following you.

Jack: Thought never occurred to me. And it wouldn’t have mattered if it did.

Sally: Okay, then.

[ Sighs ]

Victoria: So it was a — it was a hard day?

Ashland: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean, I’d like to think the worst is behind me. At least until the next round of chemo.

Victoria: Then let’s change plans.

Ashland: Well, what do you mean?

Victoria: Tonight. We don’t have to go to the launch party to watch my dad and adam pat themselves on the back.

Ashland: No, no, no, no. Cyaxares was my baby before it became newman media, and I’m still on the board. It would be bad form not to make an appearance.

Victoria: [ Sighs ] Are you sure you’re feeling up to it?

Ashland: Yeah, dr. Hastings gave me some vitamins. I can probably stay upright for a couple of hours.

Victoria: Nate, he’s a very good doctor. I’m glad that he gave you something to make you feel better, but I really doubt that he’d want you to push yourself to the point of exhaustion. We don’t have to go to all of these events, you know. We can skip the nonessential ones so that you’re ready for the most important one — our wedding.

Ashland: I will be ready completely ready for that. You can count on it.

Victoria: I am. And to tell you the truth, i really didn’t want to go tonight anyway. You can call it sour grapes, but part of me would love to see adam and the rest of newman media fall flat on their smug faces.

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Lily: I’m so happy to hear back from you so quickly. I’m taking that as a good sign.

Elena: Yeah, and I’m not gonna take up too much of your time.

Lily: Well, askmdnow is very important to us, so take all the time you need.

Elena: Thank you, but I know we both need to get ready for this launch party. But I also didn’t want to leave you hanging.

Lily: Okay, so have you made a decision?

Elena: Yes and no. Okay, here’s the thing — I want to do it, b–

Lily: Okay, wait, wait, wait. Before you say “but,” whatever it is holding you back, i promise you I will take care of it.

Elena: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: I invited billy and lily as a matter of professional courtesy.

Nick: That’s it?

Adam: No, there was a little reverse psychology at play. I mean, billy’s a contrarian. He likes a challenge. If I didn’t invite the guy, he’s gonna show up and be a nuisance.

Nikki: If you thought inviting him would trick him into staying away, it didn’t work. He rsvp’d yes.

Adam: Good. Let him come. He’ll have a couple drinks, he’ll make an ass of himself, and he’ll pout in the corner for the rest of the night.

Victor: Son, please, don’t be so damn glib about this, okay? This is a very important evening for us. We’re introducing newman media to the business world, and billy would love nothing more than to throw a wrench into the festivities. As far as I’m concerned, we should’ve squashed that company like a bug.

Nick: If you had done that, there’d be some collateral damage. It would’ve affected lily unfairly, which could cause some friction with devon and the rest of his family, and victoria would not be happy about that.

Victor: Who gives a damn? I don’t understand why she’s defending that character in the first place. After all he has done to her.

Nick: He is the father of her children, for starters.

Victor: Are you defending him, as well?

Nick: No, dad, I’m not. It’s just we have found some common ground on certain issues lately.

Adam: Well, let me get out of your hair. I, uh — I have a lot to do to get ready for tonight.

Victor: Yep.

Nikki: Me, too. I’m off to the salon. I will be back in plenty of time for the party.

Victor: Okay, sweetheart. Does this have to do with your sister?

Ashland: You know, I know your deal with adam goes back a lot deeper than cyaxares.

[ Sighs ] How far back does it go?

Victoria: Well, I mean, you read billy’s exposé on adam. I think that should be all the background that you need.

Ashland: Yeah, well, adam’s done some terrible things, but victor’s no saint either and you seem to have made your peace with him.

Victoria: Yeah, he’s my dad. I have a bond with him. I’ve idolized him ever since i was a child, and I’ll always see the good in him.

Ashland: And adam?

Victoria: Not the same way that I think of nick and abby. I mean, I didn’t really get to know him until we were adults, and by then, he was…

Ashland: Competition?

Victoria: No, this is not about our rivalry. He was conniving and vicious. It’s one thing to read about his crimes in that article, but it’s another thing to live with them and to see the anguish that he’s caused the people that I love.

Ashland: You’re speaking of billy’s daughter who was killed?

Victoria: Delia, she was very special, and then she was gone. Billy’s never gonna be the same.

Ashland: Well, I can understand why he’s so relentless going after adam and why he would be so fiercely protective of his own children. I would imagine he’s not gonna let up on me, but I don’t mind. I’ve experienced worse. It does bother me that these stories he’s publishing will be around online long after I’m gone, and I hate to think that harrison will come across these stories and I won’t be there to defend myself.

Victoria: Are you thinking about your legacy again? You know, you don’t have to worry. I’ll be happy to pass on anything that you want me to to harrison about your life or your past.

Ashland: Thank you.

Victoria: You already told me about the older woman who mentored you and gave you your start. Are there any other secrets that I should know about?

Billy: Mm.

Phyllis: You have that half-smile going. That means I’m not gonna like what you’re up to.

Billy: You don’t need to be worried about anything. I just came by to check out the vibe, make sure that I dress appropriately.

Phyllis: Really? Want to match your tie to the floral arrangement, do you?

Billy: All you need to know is what you already know. We protect our own.

Phyllis: You’re talking about your kids?

Billy: You went to the mat for summer, and I am willing to do the same for johnny and katie.

Phyllis: Oh, you’re talking about ashland and victoria.

Billy: Mm. Yeah. What do you know about him?

Phyllis: About ashland? He’s multi-faceted.

Billy: What does that mean?

Phyllis: He’s bossy, he’s obnoxious, and he’s arrogant. That’s what that means. And, you know, he gave up temporary custody of harrison to kyle and summer, and I guess everybody thought it was so selfless and generous.

Billy: Mm.

Phyllis: But that — that means nothing to you, right? He’s definitely dark. Those aren’t great qualities for a stepdad, are they? It doesn’t matter. You’re not marrying him. Right? Victoria is.

Billy: Well, victoria needs to know the facts before she does.

Phyllis: Oh, really, does she? You’re gonna tell her that? She’s a newman woman. I mean, they love a dark streak in a man. You know that. She was with you.

Billy: Yeah, well, it’s not that simple.

Phyllis: Are you planning on dredging up something from his past? Because, honestly, if you do, it has to be something terrible. Terrible. It can’t be some shady business dealing from the past. Victoria won’t care.

Billy: Oh, I don’t know about that.

Phyllis: Oh, I do. I mean, if you say he stole millions of dollars from an orphanage, she’ll say, “well, I mean, it was a long time ago and he’s changed since then.”

Billy: Yeah, she’s got a big heart that way.

Phyllis: Yeah, she’s got a big heart. Sure. If you do a background on ashland, the only one it’s gonna hurt is you.

Billy: Me?

Phyllis: Yeah, you. Definitely, I’m telling you. If victoria finds out that you’ve done that, she’s gonna come after you, I guarantee it.

Billy: You know, you’re not the first person to warn me of that. On the outside, I looked fine.

Nick: I was thinking about what you said earlier about, you know, anything we uncover about ashland’s past, we should keep under wraps.

Victor: We don’t want any information to fall in the wrong hands, namely billy abbott’S.

Nick: I agree. Trust me, I don’t intend to end up as one of his sources, but if the situation’s reversed and he comes to me with information, i really think we should keep the communication channels open.

Victor: Son, I don’t want you to have anything to do with him. Nothing. No communication with him, okay?

Nick: Okay, but how can you be sure that it’s not billy who’s the one who finds these skeletons in ashland’s closet, if they exist? He’s got a team of investigators out there, too. They were able to find out everything that your guys did about that woman who was mentoring locke.

Victor: Son, what are you suggesting? That you have an open communication with him all the time?

Nick: I’m just saying, if we truly believe that victoria could end up in some trouble with this ashland situation, then we should use every resource that we can, alright? And you shouldn’t hesitate to come to me with any information that you find. I promise you, it’s not going to end up in some chanccomm exposé. Neither of us want that.

Victor: We absolutely do not want that.

Nick: So just keep me in the loop, alright?

Victor: Look, this is all speculative, okay? As you and your mother pointed out, we don’t even know if there’s anything to find, okay?

Nick: Alright.

Victor: So, anyway, tonight is about newman media. Let’s celebrate it and have a good time, okay? I’m gonna get ready. I’ll see you at the grand phoenix. Alright?

Nick: Alright.

Ashland: Secrets? It sounds so mysterious when you put it that way.

Victoria: A woman takes you under her wing, and then she dies. And then you buy two television stations owned by her. It’s — it’s mysterious.

Ashland: But I wouldn’t call it a secret. I mean, the story’s been around for so long.

Victoria: Well, it was the first I’d heard of it.

Ashland: Because it just doesn’t come up anymore. But I’d be glad to answer any questions or concerns you might have about it.

Victoria: Are you okay?

Ashland: No, I’m fine. I just — I just need to rest.

Victoria: Okay, listen, here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna — I’m gonna go to society and I am — I’m gonna get you some chicken soup. It’s rey — rey rosales’ sister’s famous recipe. Sharon swears it got her through her chemo.

Ashland: Well, that sounds good. I’ll have it with my smoothie.

Victoria: I’ll be right back.

Sally: Thanks.

[ Sighs ]

[ Scoffs ]

Jack: Something to add?

Sally: I know that I’m not your favorite person at the moment. Things are awkward between us, so I thought that I would give you a heads up that I was gonna be at the party, but you went out of your way to make me feel small and insignificant. You were deliberately hurtful, and, frankly, jack, that’s beneath you.

Jack: Are you finished?

Sally: [ Scoffs ] I am, actually. I’m finished with trying to play this game that I just can’t win. To hell with that. I am who I am. And I’m proud of myself and everything that I’ve accomplished. I have the tools and the drive to make a success of myself.

Jack: You always did. That’s the shame of it.

Sally: No, no, you know — you know what, jack? No more lectures. No more brilliant advice and no more pitying looks. I am making a fresh start with people who accept me and who are rooting for me, and it feels really good. So you can think whatever you want of me.

[ Scoffs ] I really don’t give a damn anymore.

Jack: [ Sighs ]

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Victoria: Well, this can’t be a very good sign. Drinking alone in the afternoon?

Nick: Don’t read anything into it. I just needed, you know, a quiet place to think.

Victoria: And the library wasn’t serving beer.

Nick: No, but they should. You should sit down. I’ll let you buy the next round.

Victoria: I guess I could use an adult beverage. It’s been quite a day.

Nick: Mm. What’s going on?

Victoria: I have a feeling you already know. Surely dad’s told you that he’s having ashland investigated.

Nick: Yeah, he may have mentioned something about that.

Victoria: It is such a slap in the face.

Nick: Vick, you know it’s coming from a place of love.

Victoria: Well, it’s still insulting. You’re not okay with it, are you?

Nick: I don’t know, it’s tricky. I’m a father, too. I remember telling phyllis over and over again to stay out of summer’s issues ’cause she’s an adult and she can make her own decisions.

Victoria: Exactly.

Nick: But phyllis’ motherly instincts were spot on about tara and sally.

Victoria: Well, this is a different situation. It’s not about dad’s instincts. It’s about his lack of faith in my judgment.

Nick: No, it’s not, alright, vick? You get to make your own decisions. Nobody’s arguing with you about that. Dad just wants you to have all the information that’s available.

Victoria: [ Scoffs ] Okay, well, what dastardly deeds has he uncovered?

Nick: Nothing incriminating. But something puzzling.

Victoria: Tell me.

Nick: When ashland started out, he was mentored by an older woman.

Victoria: Well, of course she’s older. Mentors are, by definition, more experienced.

Nick: You want me to stop?

Victoria: No, I’m fascinated.

Nick: Well, when the woman died, ashland bought two of the tv stations that she owned and ran. This was the beginning of his media empire, and he was just in his 20s. Nobody knows where he got the money to purchase them.

Victoria: That’s it?

Nick: Doesn’t that sound concerning to you?

Victoria: No, not at all. Ashland’s already told me the entire story. He would’ve told you and dad, as well, if you would have just asked.

Nick: Well, alright. Well, did he tell you where he got the money?

Victoria: I really don’t think that it matters. Unless your implication is that he robbed a bank, it’s nobody’s business.

Lily: I’m sure you’re worried about the time commitment to askmdnow, ’cause I know you’re very busy at the hospital. But I promise you, we’ll work around your schedule.

Elena: I appreciate the flexibility, but there’s actually another issue I’d like to discuss. If I do this, I’d like to take a different approach.

Lily: Okay, how so?

Elena: Right now, the way things are set up, it’s basically that people have to seek information on the site. So they go on the internet, they type in their question, and the answers are right there for them.

Lily: Yeah, and that format’s been very effective.

Elena: I think it could be better.

Lily: Okay, tell me more.

Elena: Well, I would like to emulate the model of the clinic. We’re able to bring health services where people need them. We’re able to engage with the community. We’re proactive about reaching out to them.

Lily: Yeah, I mean, that’s very intriguing, but how do we translate that to an online setting?

Elena: Advertising, outreach.

Lily: Right. Like we give people the information they need before they know they need it.

Elena: Exactly. I think it would be so great if we could focus on preventative care. About maintaining your health instead of just treating symptoms.

Lily: Elena, we are gonna do some great things together.

[ Both chuckle ]

Sally: [ Sighs ] Adam. Thank you so much for the invitation to accompany you to the launch party. I’ve thought about it, and i would love to be your date. Does scrubbing feel like a workout?

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Nick: That was fast. Is that for the kids?

Victoria: No, ashland. It’s lola’s chicken soup. I hope it works its magic. He’s had a rough day.

Nick: Chemo?

Victoria: Yes, this morning, and it’s hit him a lot harder than he expected.

Nick: Yeah, that’s rough. I mean, he’s really going through a lot.

Victoria: Exactly. And the last thing that he should have to worry about is his future father-in-law accusing him of god knows what.

Nick: Hey, just so you know, dad has said to me a few times he really hopes he doesn’t find anything in ashland’s past, and I believe him.

Victoria: That’s not even the point, nick.

Nick: Well, he likes ashland. He really respects him.

Victoria: Well, I would hate to see what disrespect looks like.

Nick: You already did. Billy — remember that? This has got to be better.

Victoria: So, what are you suggesting that I say to him — “well, you think you have it bad, you should see how he dealt with my ex”?

Nick: I mean, it’s progress, right?

Victoria: [ Sighs ] Give mom and dad my regrets. I will not be attending the soirée this evening.

Nick: Okay. And what about our brother? Would you like me to say anything to him from you? I mean, it is his big night.

Victoria: Please.

Nick: You know he saved your niece’s life, right?

Victoria: Okay, fine. Tell adam “good job.”

Nick: [ Chuckles ] Hey, vick? You know, I listened to you rant about dad. I’m happy to do it, but I know you. If dad comes and says that ashland’s past is clean, I know you’re gonna be relieved. You might even thank him for his efforts.

Victoria: Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I might find it in my heart to forgive him by my wedding day. Thank you for the drink. Have fun at the party.

Victor: Abby? Hi, my sweetheart. I’m so sorry that you can’t make it tonight. Yeah, well, I know you have more important things to do. You got to keep an eye on that beautiful boy. He’s adorable. And I’m so happy that all of you — you and mariah and the baby boy are all healthy. Our prayers were answered, indeed. Okay. I’ll tell you all about it, okay? Love you. Good night. Sweetheart, I don’t want to be late for my own party.

Nikki: I’m ready, I’m ready.

Victor: Wow. My goodness. I don’t care how many years have gone by, you still take my breath away, baby. You look gorgeous. My god almighty.

Nikki: Well, are you gonna just stand there and stare, or are we gonna go out and have a night on the town? Because I was promised a party.

Victor: And you shall have a party. Come on.

Nikki: [ Chuckles ] Front loader odor.

Victoria: Hey. Would you like another bowl?

Ashland: Oh, no, thank you, my love. I’m full. And I can’t eat another thing, but thank you so much for taking such good care of me.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] You’re welcome. You know, it’s not like I mind getting takeout from one of my favorite restaurants.

Ashland: Well, I think I’m going to turn in. And I don’t think you should stick around here and just watch me sleep. You should probably head over to the party. No doubt it’s already begun.

Victoria: I already told you, I really don’t want to go.

Ashland: Yeah, but it’s a big deal. And everybody’s gonna be there. Probably be a good way for you to score points with your father. ‘Cause I know you had begun repairing the relationship with him when all this nonsense with his investigators began. And it would probably get under adam’s skin, as well.

Victoria: Well, you’re making it sound very tempting, but there’s nowhere that I’d rather be than right here with you. That’s all I want right now is some time with you. Now, are you really tired or were you just saying that to get me out the door?

Ashland: Well, I was exhausted, but you were right about the soup. It has restorative powers.

Victoria: Oh, good. So what do you say to a nice, relaxing back rub?

Ashland: I’d say I don’t deserve you.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] Well, you can let me be the judge of that, thank you very much.

Victor: [ Speaks indistinctly ]

Phyllis: Oh, welcome to your big night.

Victor: Phyllis, how are you?

Nikki: Thank you. It’s a big night for you, too.

Phyllis: Yes, but all the details are in place.

Victor: This looks very nice, you know.

Phyllis: Ah, thank you.

Victor: Yes.

Phyllis: Thank you for you. So, congratulations on your new grandbaby. You must be thrilled. Abby must be thrilled.

Victor: Thank you. He is very sweet, and she is very happy.

Phyllis: Ah, great. Something extra to celebrate tonight.

Victor: Is adam around?

Phyllis: I’ve not seen him, but mr. Bainbridge is in the lounge.

Victor: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. He’s a new board member from syracuse, new york.

Phyllis: Great.

Nikki: Well, let’s go.

Victor: Let’s go.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Nikki: Oh, uh, go ahead, darling. I’ll be right there. It’s victoria.

Victor: Yep. Mr. Bainbridge. How are you?

Nikki: Are you on your way?

[ Gasps ] Oh, no. Oh, well, I’m so sorry. Well, if he’s resting, you could come on your own. We’d love to see you. I understand.

Phyllis: Wait, no ice? None? You need — well, you need about 30 bags. At the ice store. I don’t know where you get it. Somewhere, just get it. Seriously, these guys, they’re killing me. It’s an outside group that we hired. These are not my employees. They keep on screwing up. I’m gonna need some pampering after this is over.

Nick: Well, I’m your man.

Phyllis: Good. You are my man. You are my man — don’t forget it.

Nick: I haven’T. You look — bang. Wow.

Phyllis: [ Chuckles ] I do? Thank you. Even with, you know, my headset.

Nick: You know, I feel like you’re about to ask me if I want fries with, like, my cheeseburger, you know? It’s kind of a turn-on.

Phyllis: Really?

[ Laughs ] Hey, nikki! It’s nikki. It’s your mom.

Nikki: Hi.

Nick: Mother, you look incredible.

Nikki: Well, thank you. You look rather dapper yourself.

Phyllis: Isn’t he handsome?

Nikki: Of course.

Phyllis: Are you serious? Low on champagne, as well? You guys got to be kidding me.

Nikki: She’s very busy.

Nick: Yeah.

Nikki: I just spoke with victoria, and she and ashland will not be coming tonight.

Nick: Yeah, he had chemo today.

Nikki: And I feel for him, but I doubt they would have shown up no matter what. Victoria’s still frustrated with your father for investigating her fiancé. I assume that’s why you came over earlier — to talk about that?

Nick: Let’s not get into that right now.

Nikki: So much for reverse psychology.

Lily: Well, I really hope devon doesn’t feel weird about coming here after what happened last time. Our family has come so far since then.

Billy: Yeah.

Lily: Okay, clearly, you’re just gonna focus on victoria and ashland all night. Well, if that’s the case, please make it less obvious. Otherwise, victoria’s gonna get upset.

Nick: You don’t need to worry about that. Victoria’s not here, billy, so if she’s the only reason you showed up, then you don’t need to stay. Yeah, yeah, yeah

Billy: Oh, come on, nick, look at this place. There’s gonna be a lot of powerful people here, a lot of people that we need to say hi to. Plus, when phyllis throws a party, there’s always bound to be fireworks. And the good kind, the unexpected kind. That’s what I’m here for.

Lily: So, um, why isn’t victoria coming? Did she find out that victor is investigating ashland?

Billy: She did, and she’s not happy, but ashland had his second round of chemo today. That’s why they’re not here.

Lily: Oh, well, that’s really rough. I know the day of treatment is awful, but the day after was even worse, so he definitely needs to rest.

Billy: Of course, unless it’s a cover story.

Nick: It’s not. I ran into victoria at society and she was picking up soup for ashland.

Billy: Did you ask her about ashland’s widow?

Lily: Um, you know, hey, there’s nate and elena. Let’s go say hello.

Phyllis: Yeah, the ballroom is open now. You can let everyone know. Ohh.

[ Indistinct conversation ] Hey!

Jack: Wow! Place looks amazing. You look even better.

Phyllis: Ah, thank you, thank you. So did you get that picture from summer and kyle?

Jack: Yeah, I did.

Phyllis: [ Laughs ] So adorable. Harrison seems to be adjusting.

Jack: Yeah, he’s a cutie.

Phyllis: He is. You don’t sound very enthusiastic.

Jack: Oh, I —

Phyllis: Don’t worry about it. I get it, I get it. But listen, I love the pictures. I want her to keep sending them, but it’s like a dagger to my heart. I just want my daughter here.

Jack: Yeah, that big old house is so empty right now, I’m tempted to ask billy to bring johnny and katie over to run around and make noise.

Phyllis: Billy’s here with lily. Is there a problem?

Jack: I would just as soon he steer clear of adam altogether. He’s on the right track with lily and the kids and everything he’s doing at chanccomm. Why borrow trouble?

Phyllis: Yeah, well, a lot of his success at chanccomm has to do with his relationship with adam and victor.

Jack: Well, those successes are a double-edged sword. There’s so much pain and trauma in their history. Why would he get sucked back in to all that misery?

Elena: It is nice to have an excuse to get dressed up again.

Lily: What do you mean? Who needs an excuse? Let’s just go on a double date sometime. Yeah?

Billy: Yeah, I’m in.

Nate: Yeah, name the time and place. We’re there.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Elena: Ah! My patient is having post-op complications. I need to get back to the hospital.

Nate: Want me to come with you?

Elena: No, no, no, you stay here, enjoy. Hopefully it won’t be too complicated, and I’ll be back before the party’s over.

Billy: See you.

Elena: Excuse me.

Nick: Hey, dad.

Victor: Hi, son. Do me a favor. Keep an eye on billy boy abbott, okay? I don’t trust that guy.

Nick: Yeah, I talked to him earlier. It seems like he’s here just for the party and not to be a trouble-maker.

Victor: I assure you, he is not just here for the party. That guy is trouble, wherever he goes.

Nick: Alright, if it’ll make you feel better, I’ll keep an eye on him.

Victor: Please do.

Nikki: I assume by the look on your face that nicholas told you the news.

Victor: What news?

Nikki: Did adam tell you he would be bringing her?

Victor: Unh-unh.

Phyllis: Son of a bitch.

Jack: She said she was coming. She didn’t mention with whom.

Phyllis: Well, I’m kicking her out.

Jack: No, you can’T.

Phyllis: Why not? I’ve done it before.

Jack: She’s the date of the co-host. You have an event to run. Don’t get sidetracked.

Phyllis: Okay. They’re both so destructive, they’ll bring each other down. Karma’s a bitch.

Sally: Everyone’s staring.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Good. It is a newman media party, so all the attention should be on the company’s employees.

Sally: Well, I think I’m gonna enjoy myself. Thank you, again, for inviting me. It’s gonna be fun.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] It is, indeed.

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