Y&R Transcript Friday, September 10, 2021

Young & The Restless Transcript

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[ Knock on door ]

Adam: Hey, stephanie, can you send me the ad rate projections for the first quarter, please?

Sharon: [ High-pitched voice ] Sure, mr. Newman!

[ Laughs ] I’m sorry. Do you have a minute?

Adam: Uh, sure. But you are the last person that I expected to see here.

Sharon: Um, I just felt like I, uh, had to come by and apologize.

Adam: No, no, you don’T.

Sharon: Well, I mean, you — you came to crimson lights asking for advice about connor, and I just feel like I handled that badly and I’m sorry.

Adam: Sharon, after everything that we’ve been through, you never have to apologize to me.

Sharon: Thank you.

Adam: As a matter of fact, I am the one that is sorry. I told you that I was gonna give you and rey some space, and then I turned around and I broke my word.

Sharon: Mariah was pretty upset when she saw you.

Adam: She’s never had much use for me…because she’s rightfully protective of you. And everything she’s been through, she’s combustible. She lashed out. And, honestly, uh, I probably had it coming.

Sharon: It was a tense situation.

Adam: Look, I — I put you in a difficult spot.

Sharon: Well, still, you came to the coffeehouse and you needed my help and I wasn’t there for you. But I am now.

Adam: [ Chuckles ]

Ashland: There you are.

Victoria: Oh, thank you. You’re smart, you’re handsome, and you know how I like my coffee. You are a triple threat.

Ashland: I aim to please. How’s your schedule this morning?

Victoria: It’s pretty clear, but I do have a breakfast meeting with mom.

Ashland: Newman enterprises official business?

Victoria: Yep, and some wedding details. How about your schedule?

Ashland: I have to review some newman media paperwork. And then I have a very important call with harrison.

Victoria: Oh, that’s gonna be so nice. Just remember — it’s okay to rest.

Ashland: I feel great.

Victoria: Well, I know that, but the chemo is still taking a toll on you, even though you won’t admit it. Have you been taking those supplements that nate gave you?

Ashland: Yes. I think that’s one of the reasons why I feel so good. Oh, and I must have that chemo brain people talk about. Uh, I forgot to tell you something last night. I hope you don’t mind, but i took it upon myself to make a decision on our behalf.

Elena: Thank you.

Nate: Mm-hmm.

Elena: That should definitely hit the spot.

Nate: It has been a minute since I slept in that late.

Elena: Well, we deserved it. And we needed it after all that strenuous activity last night.

Nate: Mmm. I could have stayed in bed all morning long.

Elena: Well, I mean, there’s still time. We could always go back upstairs and cuddle up under the covers.

Nate: Hmm. Very tempting. But we both have things to do today.

Elena: [ Sighs ] You’re right. So I guess that makes this the official end to our date. It was nice while it lasted.

Nate: Mm.

Elena: And must say, I really enjoyed having dinner with victoria and ashland.

Nate: You know, I did, too. It was a good meal, good conversation. And not only did we get an invitation to the wedding of the year, but…

Elena: Ashland asked you to be his best man.

Nate: Yeah.

Elena: [ Laughs ]

Nate: How did that happen?

Elena: I don’t know. I certainly didn’t see it coming. But how do you feel about the request now?

Nate: In the cold light of day, you mean? Still doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve only had, like, a handful of encounters with ashland, one right here after his chemo treatment. So it seems kind of weird. You know, wouldn’t you want an actual friend to be your best man, not someone you just met? I mean, I’m honored, but… why me?

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Lily: Hey. You ready to go?

Billy: Go where?

Lily: To the office.

Billy: Yeah. Is it that time already?

Lily: You’ve been staring at your phone all morning. What are you doing?

Billy: Waiting for one of our investigative journalists to get back to me.

Lily: About the ashland locke story?

Billy: Yes. I’m looking for information on the woman that became locke’s mentor. I’m still trying to figure out how he was able to buy those two news stations that launched his career.

Lily: Right. Also known as the investigation causing a rift between you and victoria. So, has our team found anything new yet?

Billy: No, nothing new, no new information on locke during that chapter of his life, which, to me, is incredibly suspicious. But I did learn something even more disturbing than that.

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Adam: I’m glad that you changed your mind because I need your advice. You’re the only one that I can talk to about this.

Sharon: Well, I don’t know if that’s true.

Adam: Not only do I value your professional opinion, but nobody understands the dynamics better than you. You know my history with chelsea. You care about connor. You’ve worked with him as a therapist in the past.

Sharon: Look, before we get into how you should talk to connor about your current relationship with chelsea, um, I have a few question for you.

Adam: Alright.

Sharon: Um… are you and chelsea on the same page about what your future will look like?

Adam: What do you mean?

Sharon: Like, do you two have the same expectations, you know? Or does one of you hold out hope for a reconciliation and the other one doesn’t? I mean, have you guys talked about that?

Adam: Um…not exactly.

Sharon: Well, how do you expect that you’re gonna co-parent connor? I mean, you need to have all of these specifics worked out.

Adam: I know. I know. I understand. Yeah.

Sharon: And I think that you need to have those answers before you talk to connor because he’s gonna have all these same questions and he’s especially gonna want to know if there’s any hope that his family might be together again one day. And you need to be prepared for that. So…is it really truly over between you and chelsea?

Elena: I understand why you’re thrown, but I actually don’t think that ashland’s request is all that strange.

Nate: Really? What’s your take on it?

Elena: Well, I mean, he just went through a divorce and he moved. He might not be comfortable asking his close friends who knew his ex-wife, you know? It’s awkward.

Nate: Yeah, that does make some sense. And he did mention that most of his friends were business associates.

Elena: Yeah, and he may not want to ask any of them to be a part of his wedding with victoria. Maybe he wants to choose someone who has a connection to her and her family. Maybe it’s like a symbolic gesture of new beginnings.

Nate: New beginning for a man who may not have a lot of time left.

Elena: Well, he certainly likes you. And he’s very appreciative of how you went above and beyond to help him the other day. I mean, he’s not even your patient, and you showed him compassion and you treated him like a human being and not like some big-shot billionaire.

Nate: And dealing with cancer helps people cut through the noise. I think ashland’s that type.

Elena: Right. So, now that we’ve talked it through, what do you say? Are you gonna be his best man?

Victoria: I love that you invited nate and elena to the wedding. I mean, nate’s — he’s an old friend. And elena — the more I get to know her, the more I like her. I didn’t realize we had so much in common.

Ashland: I’m so glad to hear you say that because there’s more. I even surprised myself with this one, and it came up spontaneously, but I asked nate to be in the wedding party… as my best man.

Victoria: Oh.

[ Chuckles ] Okay.

Ashland: I wanted somebody that mattered to both of us going forward and not someone from my past.

Victoria: Well, I guess nate qualifies.

Ashland: Indeed he does. I was thinking of asking victor, but, uh, he’s walking you down the aisle, I’m assuming. Jack abbott — well, that’s a complicated dynamic. And of course there’s always billy.

Victoria: What?!

Ashland: [ Chuckles ] I’m kidding.

Victoria: Oh, good. I thought you were serious.

Ashland: Well, nate hasn’t given me an answer yet because i kind of caught him off guard. I’m glad he’s taking his time thinking about it, probably more than I did. But it struck me last night that, uh, it’s good to have someone like him by my side, you know? Maybe that sounds crazy, but…

Victoria: No, not at all. I understand exactly why you did what you did.

Billy: I asked our team to dive deeper into ashland’s past. I want to know everything, starting from the beginning. And they haven’t been able to find anything, so you know what that means.

Lily: That we need better investigative reporters?

Billy: No. It means his history’s been scrubbed.

Lily: So, what, you think that ashland’s hiding something?

Billy: “Think”? I know he is. How do you not know any information on the guy?

Lily: Like what?

Billy: Well, like where he was born, for instance, or the truth of what happened to his parents.

Lily: I thought they died when he was young.

Billy: Exactly. Every article on him talks about his parents, mary and ian locke, died when he was a teenager, but there’s no death certificates to prove that.

Lily: Okay, well, there could be a reasonable explanation for that.

Billy: Okay, what if I told you we can’t find a birth certificate for locke, either? It’s as if he and his family never existed.

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Adam: Whenever chelsea and i once had is now over. I’ve been very clear with her about that.

Sharon: And you guys have talked that out, you’re on the same page, or you don’t know?

Adam: We’ve had conversations, but I don’t recall that I’ve gotten a definitive answer from her. And, um…

Sharon: And what?

Adam: There have been times when I get the feeling that she’s let go of a lot of her anger towards me and that she would be willing to give things another chance.

Sharon: Well, that does make sense, given your history. You two have overcome some huge obstacles together, and you managed to forgive each other.

Adam: But it’s different now. At least, it is for me. Too much damage has been done. But the thing that has not changed is our commitment to connor. We both want to do what’s right by him.

Sharon: Well, then I think you need to talk to connor sooner rather than later. You need to sit down with him, you and chelsea, and have a family conversation. You need to let him know that his parents are separating.

Adam: I get where you’re coming from, but I don’t think chelsea and I are gonna be able to do that anytime soon.

Sharon: Why not?

Adam: Because I don’t know when she’s going to return from anita’S. I mean, what if she’s gone for months?

Sharon: The longer you put this off, the more questions he’s gonna have.

Adam: You’re right. But it’s just — it seems too important to do this on a video call.

Sharon: No, this absolutely needs to be done in person.

Adam: And I think it’s clear that I need to do this now. And I need to do it on my own.

Nate: I like ashland, you know? He’s smart, witty. And there’s no pretense with him.

Elena: You can respect that.

Nate: It’s a big deal to be asked to play the role like best man in someone’s big day. I’m not quite ready to say yes.

Elena: Hmm. So, if you say “no,” does that mean we’re not going to tuscany for the wedding?

Nate: Oh, we’re definitely going to that wedding.

[ Chuckles ] I can’t pass up a reason to go to italy. You know, last time I was there, they ran out of pasta.

Elena: What?

Nate: It’s true! I ate all the pasta in the whole country.

[ Both laugh ] The spaghetti, rigatoni, linguini, all of it.

Elena: I see. So we have to go back to see if they made more.

Nate: Hmm! But, you know, victoria and ashland, you know, seem to be very much in love. I’m happy to support them and celebrate them. Plus, I get a chance to spend some time with you in the most romantic place on earth.

Elena: I feel the same way.

Billy: You have to admit is is suspicious that there’s no record of locke’s birth or his family.

Lily: Yeah, sure, I’ll admit it. It’s intriguing.

Billy: “Intriguing”? Come on. It’s more than that. Look, think about victor, for instance. Not that I want to mention his name, but he is a business icon, much like locke.

Lily: Yeah, sure, they have similar backgrounds.

Billy: They do, don’t they? And that’s my point. Victor has been talking about his story for decades, about how he was an orphan that rose to the top. Those are the details that people want to hear. That’s what builds the legend. So why would locke not talk about that part of his life?

Lily: Maybe he’s a private person. Maybe he’s not close with his parents. Or maybe the death of his parents is painful for him.

Billy: Okay, then how do you explain the no death or birth certificate?

Lily: Because documents weren’t digitized back then. It’s very easy they could have been lost. It doesn’t prove a cover-up.

Billy: It’s more than that, lily. I mean, there’s no information about his school days, no family anecdotes, nothing.

Lily: Well, given how many lives he’s wrecked, do you find it that surprising that nobody wants to talk about him on the record?

Billy: Why are you fighting me on this? Do you really want me to give this investigation up that badly?

Lily: No. I just want you to have facts before you jump to conclusions ’cause it’s very possible this road could lead to nowhere.

Billy: Yeah. Well, maybe you’re right. You very well could be right.

Victoria: Asking nate to be your best man actually makes a lot of sense. We’re both people who are focused on work and family. It doesn’t leave time for much else.

Ashland: Yeah, like long-lasting friendships.

Victoria: Exactly.

Ashland: I moved my entire life here to genoa city, yet i don’t miss anyone that I used to socialize with back in new york. All of my so-called relationships were developed around networking purposes.

Victoria: I can understand that.

Ashland: Well, tara introduced me to some of her friends.

[ Clears throat ] We didn’t have much in common. She loved summering in the hamptons and going to all the galas, but I’ve always enjoyed being somewhat of a loner. And that was true before locke communications group. Once I developed a reputation — well, you know what it’s like to be in a powerful position.

Victoria: I do. I mean, most new acquaintances either defer to you or they ask you for something.

Ashland: And nate did neither one of those things. You know, when I was at my most vulnerable, struggling after chemo, he came to my aid. And he reminded me that I still had some power over the disease, how I treat it, how I include loved ones. Those were my choices.

Victoria: Agreed.

Ashland: Those ideas had a very strong impression on me. And it speaks to nate’s integrity. And he tells a damn good story.

Victoria: [ Laughs ]

Ashland: So I’d like to call nate my friend and have him stand with me when we get married.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Victoria: Who could that be?

Ashland: Not who. What. And it’s for you.

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Billy: So, let me get this straight. What you’re saying is I can’t be patient.

Lily: Of course not. You’ve been checking your phone all morning. Oh! Hi, guys.

Nate: Hey!

Elena: Hey.

Billy: Well, if it isn’t our new star.

Lily: Yeah, having coffee with our previous star.

[ Laughter ] How are you both?

Nate: We’re good.

Billy: Uh, elena, lily told me about your new ideas to revamp askmdnow. I am super psyched.

Elena: Me too. So excited.

Nate: You can go ahead and say it, billy.

Billy: Say what?

Nate: That elena’s gonna be so good at her new job, everyone’s gonna forget about little old me.

Elena: Ohh.

Billy: Well, that is the plan. We want everyone saying, “nate who?” After her first week.

Lily: I mean, clearly we made the right choice, right? But I will miss seeing you around.

Nate: I’m sure you’ll still pencil me into your busy schedule.

Lily: Yeah, of course. Let’s do that dinner that we all talked about at the launch party.

Elena: Yeah, when are we gonna do that?

Lily: Uh, soon. Let’s just look at our schedules, and we can go somewhere. Or come over. We’ll make you dinner.

Billy: Yeah, that sounds great.

Elena: Sounds perfect. We are so popular lately.

Nate: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: What do you mean?

Elena: Oh, uh, we just had dinner with victoria and ashland last night.

Billy: Really? How’d that come about?

Nate: Well, ashland wants to help out with the new surgical wing at memorial.

Elena: And that’s how it started, but it ended up being a really good night. We talked about the wedding. It’s gonna be amazing.

Billy: Is that right? I’m sure it’s gonna be a big to-do. Any details you want to share?

Ashland: I have been waiting for this. What a perfect time for it to arrive.

Victoria: What is it?

Ashland: Well, consider it a combination congratulatory merger gift and an early wedding present.

Victoria: That is so sweet of you, but you shouldn’t have gotten me anything.

Ashland: Oh, you need this.

Victoria: Okay, well, now I’m very curious.

Ashland: Well, see for yourself. I know that your father’s portrait hovered over the ceo’s office for many years.

Victoria: Yes, it’s — it’s in the boardroom now.

Ashland: I thought it was time that it was replaced. This painting should take its rightful spot in your office to exemplify the changing of the guard.

Victoria: I love it. It’s just beautiful. I — I don’t know what to say.

[ Sighs ] I-is this a londeree? A meryl londeree?

Ashland: Indeed it is.

Victoria: How did you get her to do it?

Ashland: It wasn’t easy to convince her, but you deserve it. There is nothing I won’t do to prove my love for you.

Victoria: You already have, again and again.

Sharon: If you feel compelled to talk to connor on your own, then I think you need to speak with chelsea first. I mean, you don’t want her to be caught off guard after the fact. And that way she’ll be in the right headspace for when she talks to connor.

Adam: Agreed. It’s just… it’s going to be a difficult conversation. I’m a little wary.

Sharon: You can’t avoid it.

Adam: If she’s holding on to any hope that we can reconcile, if I take away that possibility, who knows how she’s gonna react, sharon?

Sharon: It’s gonna be painful. So just speak to her with respect and a lot of empathy for what she’s going through. You know, that’ll go a long way towards easing the pain.

Adam: I’ll try my best.

Sharon: Maybe it’s a good thing that she’s staying with her mother right now. That way, she’ll have some help if this does hit her hard.

Adam: I don’t know if anita is the best influence on her.

Sharon: Do you think anita would promise chelsea to heal her wounds by, like, running a con?

Adam: Something like that. I don’t know. Maybe I’m worried over nothing. Maybe I’m wrong about the vibe I’ve been getting from chelsea. But it is possible that she still despises me and she’s just being civil for connor’s sake. And in that case, if I do tell her that I intend to tell him on my own, it could provoke a huge negative response, maybe even set back her treatment.

Sharon: Well, maybe you should contact her therapist and let them know what’s going on. And then that way they can be prepared in case she needs that extra support.

Adam: I think she would think that’s a violation of her privacy.

Sharon: True. Well, I guess you’ll have to play that by ear. But it’s really crucial that you handle this right. You know, you’re setting up the foundation for how the two of you are gonna move forward as parents, and that’s what’s most important for connor.

Adam: You’re 100% right, sharon. I’m gonna do everything that you suggested.

Sharon: I’m glad that I came to talk to you about this.

Adam: I knew you would be the one person to steer me in the right direction. You always have been. – Bedtime!! – Bedtime.

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Adam: How do I frame this with connor? I get the sense that he knows something is wrong between chelsea and me, so it might not come as a total shock.

Sharon: Maybe that’s a good thing.

Adam: Still, I just think it’s gonna be heartbreaking for him.

Sharon: Just use clear and simple words and be open, you know? Be honest. Be respectful of chelsea, but be understanding of how hard this is for connor. You know, what he really needs to know is that his parents still love him and that’s never gonna change.

Adam: Thank you, sharon. That’s exactly what I needed to hear.

Sharon: You can do this. I know you can.

Adam: It’s nice to know that still believe in me.

Sally: I have some numbers on a prospective budget that — sorry. I didn’t know you were with someone.

Nikki: Grazie mille. Ciao.

Victoria: Hi.

Nikki: Hi!

Victoria: How are things in italy?

Nikki: Oh, fantastico.

Victoria: [ Laughs ]

Nikki: The staff at the palazzo are very busy getting ready for our arrival. I just talked to the coordinator — francesca. Everything’s coming together.

Victoria: Thank you, mom. I don’t know what I’d do without you handling all the details.

Nikki: Darling, it’s my pleasure. You know I love doing this stuff. And I just want everything to be perfect for you and ashland. How is he doing?

Victoria: He’s good.

Nikki: Well, I’m happy to hear that. I was worried when you didn’t make it to the launch party.

Victoria: Oh, yes, well, that was a tough day. But he’s doing much better now. He seems to be handling the treatment very well.

Nikki: And how are you coping?

Victoria: I’m fine. I’m choosing to believe that the chemo is doing what it’s supposed to do and fighting the cancer in his body so that we can have more time together. In the meantime, we’re just making every minute count.

Nikki: I’m sure that you are.

Nate: I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to share what victoria and ashland told us about their wedding.

Elena: Yeah, especially with victoria’s ex, who has a vested interest in publishing stories about her fiancé.

Billy: Okay. I get it. Didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable. Of course, none of this would be on the record. Whatever we talk about, I would not share publicly.

Elena: It’s fine. We don’t have any details anyway.

Lily: Yeah, and if you’re so curious, just ask victoria.

Billy: Maybe I will.

Lily: Yeah, I think you should ’cause I think even if elena and nate know more, victoria wouldn’t want them to share it with anyone.

Elena: Yeah. And who knows? We might have to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even attend this elaborate wedding. I don’t know. I’ve never been to an event where we might actually have to dodge paparazzi.

Lily: Wait, you were invited to the wedding in italy?

Elena: Yeah.

Lily: Wow, that’s gonna be a great trip for you guys.

Billy: Who invited you? Victoria or ashland?

Lily: Well, I’m sure victoria. I mean, her and nate go way back.

Elena: No, it was actually ashland. He and nate really hit it off.

Billy: Is that right?

Nate: Yeah. I like the guy.

Elena: They seem to be building a real friendship, which I am totally in support of because all you do is spend time at the hospital and with me.

Nate: Oh, come on. I can never spend too much time with you.

Lily: Aww, well, that’s good ’cause you’ll be going to italy together.

Nate: [ Chuckles ]

Billy: That looks like our order. I’ll get it.

Lily: Oh, I’ll join you. Uh, I’m really glad that you stopped fishing for details. And, plus, I don’t think elena and nate know anything.

Billy: Are you kidding me? Did you hear what he said? Something’s not right. (Dog vo) mmmm, this beneful grain free…

Billy: You two out of here?

Nate: Yeah. It’s about that time.

Lily: Aww, it’s good to see you guys. And let’s do our dinner.

Elena: Absolutely.

Lily: Yeah. Okay.

Elena: Bye.

Billy: See ya.

Lily: Bye. There is nothing wrong with what nate and elena said.

Billy: Nate and ashland becoming best friends? It doesn’t raise a red flag for you?

Lily: Okay, I think you’re exaggerating.

Billy: Okay. Maybe. But ashland’s donating to the hospital. They’re having dinner together. Now, out of the blue, they’re invited to the wedding?

Lily: Maybe because nate’s a really great guy? Maybe because ashland’s getting treatment at the hospital that nate works at? I mean, it’s not like he has to be on a budget and not invite too many people.

Billy: No, that’s true. He can afford whoever he wants to be there. But it’s still a destination wedding. You’re still flying halfway around the world to get there. You’re still taking time out of your busy schedule to hang out with him and the newmans.

Lily: Yeah, it’s a dream vacation. It’s not an obligation.

Billy: Yeah, and I’m sure that’s exactly how ashland sold it to him, which is also weird. He’s built his career off being intimidating and aloof. Now all of a sudden he’s mr. Charming to people he barely knows?

Lily: Okay, they are doctors. They’re not moguls. He doesn’t have to worry about them screwing him over on a business deal. And, besides, everyone has said that ashland has changed since his diagnosis.

Billy: That’s what he wants everyone to believe.

Lily: Okay, why can’t you take anything that ashland does at face value? Like, what if he wants to expand his social circle?

Billy: Men like ashland don’t do that. They don’t seek friendships unless there’s something that they’re looking to get out of it.

Victoria: It was just so beautiful and so thoughtful.

Nikki: I didn’t realize that artist was still painting portraits.

Victoria: Well, neither did I, but ashland found a way to make it work.

Nikki: What a wonderful gift.

Victoria: I know. It just demonstrates how — how well he knows me in such a short amount of time. He recognizes how much being ceo of newman enterprises means to me. You know, mom, I’ve been wanting to replace dad’s picture for some time, but I want you to know it’s not a slight against him, of course.

Nikki: Oh, no. I understand.

Victoria: I just would like to step out of his shadow and shine on my own.

Nikki: My darling, you have always shone, but I’m happy to hear that ashland sees that as clearly as your father and I do.

Victoria: The connection that ashland and I have — it’s like he sees me for who I am. I am painfully aware of everything hanging in the balance, and I try not to think about how quickly time is slipping away. But the closer we get to the wedding, the more I wonder — what if the worst happens? What if I lose this man that i love before we’ve even barely begun our lives together? What — what will I do then, mom?

Sally: [ Sighs ] I can’t believe I did that. I apologize. I didn’t mean to interrupt. I just had something important to discuss.

Adam: Uh, sharon and I are discussing something important, as well. So, can you come back later?

Sally: No worries. It was a private matter anyway.

Sharon: Um, it’s fine. I think we covered everything. I should get going.

Adam: Thank you, sharon. You’re a life-saver.

Sally: Bye! Is it just me, or did it get a little chilly in here? Look, I’m — really, I’m sorry for interrupting —

Adam: No, you’re not.

Sally: What?

Adam: I saw you outside the door listening to our conversation before you burst in here.

Sally: No, I — I didn’t mean to —

Adam: Regardless of what you intended, I don’t find that behavior the least bit amusing. Sharon and I — we were talking about my son. And when it comes to my kid, i just don’t appreciate people playing games. Front loader odor.

Sally: I-I’m really sorry. And I mean that this time. I — I came to the door, and i stopped when I saw the two of you. I didn’t really hear anything, but it was foolish and immature of me, and I’m sorry, adam. The truth is…[Sighs] I know that we’re trying to keep things professional between us, but… I got jealous.

Adam: Of sharon?

Sally: Well, you two have a history. But I know that that is none of my business, and whenever the green-eyed monster takes over, I make bad decisions. But I promise I will do better about trying to squash the beast if he ever makes another appearance. Your past, present, and future relationships with sharon are none of my business.

Adam: That’s right.

Sally: So, we’re good then?

Adam: We’re good. Now, did you actually have news about the budget, or was that just a cover story?

Sally: I will e-mail you because I’ve already taken up enough of your time. Get to work.

Adam: Okay, boss. Hey, will you, um, shut the door on your way out, please?

Sally: Gotcha.

Adam: Hey. It’s me. We need to have a discussion about the future, chelsea, and about our son.

Nikki: This has been my concern the whole time. The whole family is worried. I mean, not that you and ashland won’t be happy together, but that, depending on how his illness progresses, it could cut your time together short. And then your heart will be broken. You’ve been so strong through all of this, and I really admire that. But it’s okay to have some fears. And, really, it’s not too late to admit that this engagement has been very abrupt.

Victoria: Are you saying that I should back out of the wedding now?

Lily: I don’t think it’s a red flag that nate and ashland are friends.

Billy: Well, we’ll find out soon enough who’s right or wrong. But I just got more information from our investigative journalist.

Lily: Did they find something out?

Billy: Nope, nothing. Another dead end, which, to me, is very suspicious. It’s almost as if ashland didn’t exist until he met the woman that later became his mentor.

Lily: And once again, there could be a reason for that.

Billy: I really don’t see how it’s possible for anyone in this day and age to basically have no record of the first 20 years of their life, unless they are deliberately hiding it. Or maybe he’s destroyed those records.

Lily: Right, another hypothesis with nothing to back it up.

Billy: Yeah. Believe me. It’s frustrating as hell.

Lily: You’re not the only one here who is frustrated. You need to look at why this matters so much to you.Who cares if ashland is hiding where he came from?

Billy: Who cares? If that’s true, the man is a lie. Everything he’s done in his life is a lie, his whole entire empire. That is a big story, a story that people want to hear. Most importantly, victoria deserves to know that. I don’t need any more motivation than that.

[ Cellphone pings ]

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“the young and the restless”…

Victoria: I asked you if there were any secrets that i needed to know, and you said no.

Ashland: This was something that I’d hoped you’d never need to know.

Mariah: I am terrified.

Tessa: Of stitch?

Mariah: Everybody keeps reassuring me that he’s not coming back, that they’ve beefed up security around here, and that he wouldn’t risk it, but what if he does?

Nick: Do phyllis and I seem like a good fit to you?

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