Young & The Restless Transcript
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Ashland: So I left home and my abusive father. I cut all ties and I never looked back. At the time, I didn’t know if my dad would be glad to get rid of me or that he was gonna come after me. But I felt it prudent to take necessary precautions, so i changed my name, I moved around a lot, and I invented a new history for myself. I imagined that I had a very calm and loving and stable environment because that’s all i ever wanted. I mean, that’s all we ever want from our childhood, right? And I repeated this new story so many times it eventually felt real. Ian and mary locke were — were nurturing and supportive parents who would be so proud of what i had accomplished, if only they hadn’t passed away so tragically young.
Victoria: Ashland, are you okay?
Ashland: I’m fine. I’m fine. It’s just a little difficult. I haven’t told this story to anyone about my past before.
Victoria: His body is under a tremendous amount of stress right now. Dredging up these painful things, it’s very difficult for ashland. Surely everyone here, especially my parents, understand what it’s like trying to get away from a father who has failed you.
Nikki: Yes, of course we do.
Victor: Ashland, your story is not dissimilar to mine. Hope you understand why we had to check your background, hmm? And I hope you also understand why I am — as a father who grew up without parents — am so protective of my children and especially my daughter.
Ashland: I understand why her family is so insistent that she is in good hands.
Victoria: So now that you all know the whole story, I hope that will put an end to your questions — some of which have bordered on harassment.
Billy: Well, it’s a touching story. It really is, but it’s not exactly the whole truth, is it? I mean, we still don’t know how —
Victoria: You know, this is not a press conference, billy. Ashland is not being interrogated here. He’s sharing something painful about his past with us, not because he has to, but because he wants to put our minds at ease.
Nick: And because his original story doesn’t hold up.
Victoria: But he told you —
Victor: Victoria, we appreciate ashland’s candor, alright? But we still have questions.
Elena: Sorry I’m late.
Lily: Oh, I’m sure you have a lame excuse, like, you know, you were saving lives.
Elena: [ Chuckles ] Yeah, it was a tough shift, emotionally and physically. I am wiped out.
Lily: Oh, we could’ve postponed the meeting until you had a chance to get some rest.
Elena: No, no, actually, this meeting is what got me through hours at the hospital. I’m really excited about askmdnow. I’ve been jotting down notes in my phone.
Lily: Okay, well, I love the enthusiasm, but I don’t want you to burn yourself out before we even get started.
Elena: [ Scoffs ] Don’t worry. I’m fine.
Lily: Okay, ’cause I happen to be very close to the chief of surgery at memorial, and I don’t think he’d be very happy if i run one of his best doctors into the ground.
Elena: Oh, it’s okay. I’m just a little tired, but that’s what they invented coffee for, right?
Lily: [ Chuckles ]
Moses: Yes, mom. I know. Yeah, I’ll tell him. Love you, too.
[ Chuckles ]
Devon: Was that sofia?
Moses: Yeah, she said to say hello.
Devon: Tell her “what’s up.” You look like you got some good news.
Moses: The best. She said I could stay in genoa city.
Devon: She did? Nice, man!
Moses: At first, I was a little bit worried that she’d haul me back to new york because she was upset that I changed my mind about being a doctor.
Moses: But [Chuckles] It’s fine.
Devon: Nice, dude. Good for you, man.
Moses: Yeah. She even was a little excited that I’m gonna follow dad’s footsteps working at hamilton-winters. She said she always thought i had a good head for business.
Devon: Nice. Good head for business.
Devon: Alright. So you tell her that you’re gonna be focusing on the music side of the business?
Moses: Um, you know, that didn’t really come up.
Devon: Yeah, that’s what i thought.
Nikki: I agree with your father. Ashland revealed a very painful chapter of his life, but he had to have known that it would lead to more questions.
Ashland: Well, I assure you all that I am here to answer any question. I’m willing to subject myself to your scrutiny for victoria’s sake. And you don’t have to run interference for me. I can handle this. You do so much for me. Just let me do this one thing for you.
Victoria: Okay. The floor is all yours.
Ashland: So what is it that you would like to know?
Billy: Well, I think you should probably start —
Victor: Billy boy, this is my house. I ask the questions, alright? So, ashland, what happened to your parents?
Find your rhythm.
Moses: Here’s the thing.
Moses: I didn’t specifically mention my interest in the music business to mom because it just wasn’t intentional.
Devon: Oh. So you accidentally didn’t tell her?
Devon: Uh-huh. That was our agreement, that you have to level with her about it.
Moses: I-I know. I will. Eventually. She got on a roll and she was just so excited by the fact that I got an internship at hamilton-winters. Means a lot to her, the fact that neil’s sons are working together at the same business that bears his name. She got choked up just talking about it.
Devon: Well, I mean, I’m sure she did. I understand that.
Moses: You do?
Devon: Of course. I feel the same way when I think about you working for the family business. It’s where you belong.
Moses: Thanks. And I just couldn’t bring myself to tell her that I’d be spending more time in the recording studio than looking at spreadsheets.
Moses: Didn’t want to disappoint her.
Moses: You mad?
Devon: Uh, no, I’m not mad. I understand why you wouldn’t want to kill the mood.
Moses: Exactly. Yep.
Devon: Why you’d want to quit while you’re ahead.
Moses: No, unh-unh. I didn’t wimp out.
Moses: I swear. Okay, when the time is right, I’ll tell her. I just want to get some experience so I can talk to her about the specific stuff I’ve learned, and I know she’ll approve.
Devon: Okay. Alright, well, I think the odds are in your favor, and no matter what you end up choosing, neil would be very proud of you.
Moses: Thanks, bro.
Devon: Now, why don’t you get out of here? ‘Cause I know that there’s someone that you’re dying to share this good news with, and it ain’t me.
Moses: [ Chuckles ] Alright, I’ll see you, man.
Devon: Alright, see ya.
Faith: Dr. Hastings.
Nate: Hey, faith. How’s my all-time favorite patient doing?
Faith: Never better. My new kidney is crushing it.
Nate: Oh, good to hear.
Faith: Latte with almond milk?
Nate: Am I that predictable?
Faith: When it comes to coffee, yes.
Nate: [ Sighs ]
Faith: If you’d like, I could whip up something new, surprise you.
Nate: No, you know what? Let’s not get too crazy. I will stick with my usual. It’s good to see you doing well and hard at work.
Faith: Yeah, I’ve almost saved up enough money to pay back the fine from when i wrecked my grandpa’s truck.
Nate: Good for you. I’m sure your parents are pleased that you followed through with that.
Faith: Yeah, I had to prove to them that I’ve learned from my mistakes and that I’m really going to change. And I kind of feel like I owe it to you and everyone else who helped save me to make good use of my second chance.
Nate: Well, it’s clear you’re making the most of it. And nick and sharon must be impressed enough that they eased up on your restrictions. I hear you’ve been spending a lot of time with moses.
Faith: Yeah, I don’t think i could’ve turned things around without him. He’s, like, the best possible influence and the best…friend. Yeah, he’s really just all-around the best.
Nate: [ Chuckles ] No arguments from me.
Faith: I really hope that you’re not disappointed that he decided that he didn’t want to be a doctor.
Nate: Oh, no, no, I just, um — I want moses to find something that makes him happy. And it looks like that’s gonna be music. And you. I hear you two have a big date coming up.
Faith: You heard about that?
Nate: Mm-hmm, he’s been talking about it. Thank you.
Faith: Oh, yeah, it should be fun. Did he tell you what he had planned?
Nate: Uh, he did.
Faith: It’s gonna be great. I’m really looking forward to going to that place. You know, the place.
Nate: Yeah, that’s not gonna work. Moses told me it was a surprise. You’re getting nothing from me.
Faith: I had to try.
[ Chuckles ]
Ashland: When I shut the door to my past, it was meant to be permanent. I was angry. For my father, obviously, but also for my mother. I was angry at her for not protecting me, for making excuses for that man, and for her own choices. She could stand there and look at me, 90 pounds of her, with a black eye and a split lip, and blame me for provoking him. That’s why I cut all ties. I severed as fast as I could. I wanted nothing to do with them. And I lost track of them. I avoided going to my hometown or anyone that came from there.
Billy: And they never reached out to you? Never once, not even when you made it big?
Ashland: No, billy. My mother and father, we didn’t run in the same circles, you see. They didn’t really keep up with the latest happenings on wall street, what was going on in the media world. Because even if they did, they probably wouldn’t have recognized me because I wasn’t the same scared, scrawny kid.
Victor: Well, ashland, once you were successful, did you have the desire to let them know about it, maybe even rub their noses in it?
Ashland: Well, the thought crossed my mind more than once, and then it was always followed up by another thought. They didn’t deserve any part of the success that I had earned in spite of them.
Nick: And you never looked into what became of them?
Ashland: I didn’t care. But when I got older and i started to understand the dynamics of abuse, I wanted to reach out to my mother. I wanted to let her know that i understood that she was scared and that she felt as helpless as I did. I wanted to forgive her. But it was too late ’cause she had died a few years before, as had my father.
Nikki: I’m sorry you never got the chance to reconcile with her.
Billy: If you did want to pay respect, where would you go do that? Are they buried somewhere? What’s the name on their headstone? You didn’t actually tell us their name. In fact, you haven’t told us your real name either.
Ashland: My god, you’re right. I didn’T. And I’m not going to.
Elena: This is exactly what i needed — just a jolt of energy.
Elena: Is that a new bracelet?
Lily: Yes, actually, it is.
Elena: Mm, I love it. From billy?
Lily: No, it’s from mattie. It was a thank-you gift for helping move her in to her new apartment in california.
Elena: Oh, she has great taste.
Lily: Yeah, thanks.
Elena: Is she all settled in?
Lily: She is, yeah, but, i don’t know, I worry about her. She’s like you, she’s an overachiever. And she’s at stanford, and there’s a lot of opportunities for her, so she kind of feels like she has to take advantage of all of them, you know?
Elena: Yeah, I totally get that. It’s so hard to say no.
Lily: I know. I knew you’d understand. But she’s very driven and focused, but also very shy, so she doesn’t really go out, you know? She doesn’t go to any parties.
Elena: I feel like that’s what all college students tell their parents.
Lily: No, I know, I know, but I believe her, I do.
Elena: Well, what about her academics? Is she happy with those?
Lily: Uh, yeah, but she has to pick a major soon, so I think that’s really stressful for her.
Elena: Huh. I remember hearing that she was thinking about law school. Is that still where her head’s at?
Lily: Well, I think that’s because I was facing charges, ’cause she also wanted to be a doctor as well, and either of those, I mean, you can pretty much, you know, get your undergrad in anything. So I think all the options for her are really overwhelming.
Elena: I remember being that age, just thinking that you have to have it all mapped out, and then you don’t realize till you’re a little older that there’s a little more flexibility with being an adult. You can kind of make it up as you go.
Lily: I know, that’s what i told her. I told her that, you know, i changed my career several times. You don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t know, I just wish she would ease up on herself and just have some fun, you know? It’s so important at that age.
Elena: Well, if you want me to talk to her about med school, just let me know. I’m available. Askmdnow is more than just a website, right?
Lily: Aww, thank you. That’s very sweet of you.
Elena: Of course. Us smart and shy girls have to look out for each other.
Lily: [ Chuckles ]
Ashland: As parents, i completely understand your concern that your future son-in-law’s past is so mysterious. That’s why I’m here. I felt I owed you the truth.
Nikki: But only part of it.
Ashland: Nikki, it wouldn’t serve any purpose to reveal my parents’ identities. They were miserable people and made bad choices, but I have no desire to see their names dragged through the mud.
Victor: Well, that is very generous of you. But, ashland, you have to understand, you know, our desire to know everything about your family we can. Otherwise, we don’t know you.
Victoria: You do know him, dad. He’s ashland locke. In the same exact way that you’re victor newman. You both chose to reinvent yourselves and you’ve both become wildly successful because of it.
Victor: Victoria —
Victoria: You of all people should understand.
Victor: We still have questions.
Victoria: Well, there shouldn’t be any. Ashland has lived a very public life for decades. That is track record enough for anybody. Why you need to know more painful things about his childhood, more than he’s already told you, is beyond me.
Nick: Because we don’t know anything about his early career, after he changed his name.
Ashland: Nick, you, your father, billy, and whoever else has gone over this history with a fine-tooth comb. There’s nothing illegal or nefarious here, and I feel the same way as victoria does. Enough is enough.
Billy: But it’s not. And you have an opportunity right now to tell us who you really are. Because if you don’t, I’m gonna find out anyway.
Ashland: That’s not gonna happen because I’ve taken the necessary steps to keep that information private.
Billy: Well, I think you underestimate me.
Ashland: And I think it’s the other way around. You see, to you, this story is something salacious to be put on your website as click bait, but for me, this is deeply personal and really painful. You see, billy, not all of us were fortunate enough to have john abbott for a father.
Billy: Okay, so am I supposed to feel guilty about having a loving family? Am I supposed to feel bad that i didn’t have a miserable childhood so I just let you off the hook? Is that it?
Ashland: I grew up in hell, and I’m done with it. You see, and I will be damned if I’m gonna revisit that so your sorry ass can sell some ad space.
Billy: You at least should’ve been honest with your future wife.
Victoria: Well, this is between ashland and me, billy. It’s none of your business.
Billy: So now you’re okay with your man hiding things? This is who you’re gonna lower your standards for?
Victoria: Oh, believe me, I’ve raised my standards considerably since you and i were together, and ashland makes me feel like I’m respected.
Billy: Okay, look, I’m just trying to find out who the guy really is, alright? And if you tell the truth, ashland, then there would be nothing to hide.
Victor: That’s enough. I suggest we all keep our voices down. You’re guests in the house, alright? All of you. So you will not be part of this if ashland and victoria had not invited you here. Alright? And by the way, the only reason you’re in this house is because you happen to be the father of her children. You’re not part of this family. You got that?
Billy: You telling me you’re satisfied with —
Victor: Don’t you raise your voice with a guest of ours. Is that clear?
Billy: You believe that story, victor?
Victor: No, what I believe is that we should support victoria. That’s it. That clear?
Victoria: Thank you very much. Now, I hope that we can put everything else behind us and focus on what really matters.
Faith: Hi! Hungry? Thirsty? What can I get you?
Moses: You know, actually, i just came to see you.
Moses: And to thank you.
Faith: For what?
Moses: Well, all the coaching. You taught me how to handle things with my mom. It paid off.
Faith: No way. She’s letting you stay?
Moses: Yeah, you guessed it.
Faith: That’s great! Oh! I’m so happy.
Moses: I’m so happy you’re happy.
Faith: Now when we go out, it’ll be an actual date and not a going-away party.
Faith: I was kind of dreading that.
Moses: So was I. And that’s why I haven’t scheduled anything yet. I hope you didn’t think I was blowing you off.
Faith: I knew you’d come through. And nate was just in here talking about it, so I took that as a good sign.
Moses: What? You’re telling me nate was in here blabbing about our date?
Faith: Don’t worry, I tried to pry information out of him, but he was onto me. His lips were sealed.
Moses: That’s good. I have everything lined up, so i don’t need him ruining the surprise.
Faith: This date is the kind of thing that needs things lined up?
Moses: Oh, absolutely. But I just need to make sure you’re free next weekend.
Faith: I’ll clear my calendar. But…
Moses: But what?
Faith: I don’t know if I can wait that long.
[ Chuckles ] The suspense is killing me.
Elena: It’s so different now with social media.
Lily: I know. I mean, I get in trouble with the internet, you know, when i was a kid, and it’s like I can only imagine what it’s like for them now, but —
Nate: Well, hello, ladies.
Elena: What a pleasant surprise.
Nate: Well, I just stopped by your place. I figured you got caught up at work.
Lily: Well, I mean, she’s still at work.
Elena: Yes, we’ve been brainstorming askmdnow.
Lily: Well, we started that way, and then we kind of got sidetracked when elena woke up. And, mr. Chief of surgery, you’re working this girl too hard. She’s probably gonna go from here to volunteer at the clinic.
Elena: I am not. I’m gonna go home and take a much-needed nap.
Lily: Well, no more double shifts for her. She’s gonna run herself into the ground.
Nate: Oh, no one wants that.
Elena: Lily, we don’t even joke about nate pulling strings for me because it wouldn’t be fair to anyone else, so if i have to work a double, I work a double.
Lily: Yeah, no, I understand. Billy and I have to also figure out that, you know, balance between personal and professional.
Elena: Yeah, but it’s a little different because you guys are co-ceos. It’s a bit trickier with nate and I because he’s my boss.
Lily: I get it, I get it, but I want you to maintain a work-life balance. Or in your case, a work-work-work-life balance because you have three jobs with your work at the clinic.
Elena: Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.
Lily: I know. Okay, well, I have to go. It was good to see you. I’ll see you later, and get some rest, okay?
Elena: I will.
Lily: Alright, bye, guys.
Elena: By the way, I wasn’t complaining about my schedule to lily. She just took it upon herself to protect me. I know if you have to schedule a double, you’re doing it because it’s absolutely necessary.
Nate: Okay, but has anyone at work been commenting about our relationship?
Elena: No, no one’s said anything directly, but there’s a feeling out there. People are a lot more careful around me. I guess it’s awkward being the boss’ girlfriend.
Nate: Well, I’m sure that’ll all go away once people see that I’m not going to abuse the power of my position.
Elena: Well, I certainly hope so.
Victoria: Come on. Sit down over there. Just sit down. You need to rest. You need to really just rest after that [Sighs] Stressful family meeting.
Ashland: Well, it was worth it. It was something that needed to happen.
Victoria: Well, I’m glad you think so. I was really impressed by the way you were able to delve into your painful childhood history. It was all for my sake. You know, I would’ve been totally fine if you refused to answer all of their questions.
Ashland: No, no, no, no, you are going to need your family’s support as we get closer to the wedding. You know, when I was younger, i might have gone with a “you and me against the world” attitude, but…I couldn’t put you in that position now.
Victoria: What do you mean?
Ashland: [ Sighs ] I’m not gonna be around forever. We know that. You family’s gonna be there for you when I’m gone, and you need them. I don’t want their attitude to be “thank god we got rid of that guy.”
Victoria: You’re so clinical about all of this.
Ashland: Well, it’s the best way for me to get through it. And it seemed as if your family was finally ready to put aside all their suspicions about my past. Now that I bared my soul.
Victoria: I think they saw you the way that I see you — strong, very resilient. Even after all of the emotional trauma that you’ve been through in your life, you still have the ability to — to feel things so deeply.
Ashland: What matters most is that they know how I feel about you.
Victoria: I think they all got that.
Ashland: Except in billy’s case, I don’t think that is going to work in our favor.
Victoria: Well, he doesn’t really matter.
Ashland: You must have realized by now that his paranoia, as far as I’m concerned, stems from his own jealousy.
Victoria: I don’t know about that.
Ashland: No, I do. He doesn’t want anyone taking his place in your life. Is now a good time for a flare-up?
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Victor: Hi, sweetheart.
Victor: How was your meeting?
Nikki: It was okay.
Nikki: It was nothing that would take my mind off of victoria and ashland. But after everything we just heard, I don’t understand how you can be okay with her marrying a man we don’t even know his real name.
Victor: Yeah, well, hmm. I understand your question. I mean, he glossed over the details of his past life, i understand that, but on the whole, I was alright with it.
Nikki: You were?
Victor: Yeah, because, you know, his story seems to be similar to mine. Really, I mean, anyone who changes his identity, changes his name obviously is trying to cover up a very painful childhood. And if anyone understands that, it’s me. And, you know, he probably was bullied as a kid. They probably made fun of him because he came from nothing, poor background, so now he became a very successful businessman, almost a tycoon, and I understand how victoria would be impressed by that. I do.
Victoria: Billy is a pain. He’s not jealous. Believe me, he has no lingering romantic interest in me.
Victoria: No, no, he just — he hates it when he’s wrong. Billy is stubborn and he’s frustrating, that’s all, and i doubt that anything he heard today is gonna convince him to back off.
Ashland: Probably just the opposite.
Victoria: I don’t think that he liked being dressed down by my father either. So you are just gonna be one more thing that billy and i argue about. He’s just gonna keep turning over rocks until he finds something that he thinks proves him right yet again.
Ashland: Well, that’s the behavior of an addict.
Victoria: Yes, I know, it’s what’s driven him to gamble all of those years. Always thinking that the next bet is gonna be the winner.
Ashland: Mm-hmm. I know the type. I definitely made a mistake inviting him to the family conversation. But there’s a way to rectify that error.
Victoria: What’s that?
Ashland: I need to talk to billy one-on-one.
Billy: Which is exactly why we couldn’t find anything out, right? Right. So take the information that i gave you, keep digging, and let me know if you find anything else. Great, thanks.
Lily: Was that about ashland?
Lily: What happened at the ranch? Sounds like you learned a lot.
Billy: Oh, I wouldn’t say that.
Lily: What do you mean?
Billy: Basically, ashland spun this whole long story about his childhood, which could be true or it could be complete garbage. Either way, I left there with more questions than answers.
Lily: So what did he tell you?
Billy: [ Sighs ] In short, ashland locke said ashland locke doesn’t exist.
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Victoria: I really don’t think it’s a good idea for you to confront billy.
Ashland: My darling, I am just not accustomed to sitting around doing nothing while someone else is making a nuisance of themselves.
Victoria: Well, getting in his face is just going to encourage him. It’s just gonna be proof that he thinks you’re hiding something. You know, you’re going to leave him with the impression that he’s in control of the situation and that he’s forcing your hand.
Ashland: [ Scoffs ] I really don’t care. I just hate that you have to go through all of this crap. I mean, we’re supposed to be in the middle of planning a wedding. This is just not fair that billy is inserting himself in our life this way.
Victoria: Fine. Let’s just drop the whole thing. Let’s talk about cake design or floral arrangements or something like that. I know, let’s call nate and elena and see if they’re, you know, available to have dinner with us. Positive people who support us. Anything but wasting anymore time on billy.
Ashland: No. It was my mistake to include him earlier. I thought being courteous and polite was the way to go. Clearly, that only emboldened him. I need to correct that error and put him in his place. I promise you that billy will not walk away from this conversation feeling like he’s in control this time.
Nikki: I agree with you that ashland’s accomplishments are very impressive, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Is it really a good idea for victoria to marry a man who has not been completely transparent with her?
Victor: But, sweetheart, if victoria were here, she would say that’s none of our business. Our choice is to either approve of the marriage or not. That’s all.
Nikki: And you obviously do.
Victor: Yeah, I’m inclined to. I really am. I must say that I think he loves her and she loves him. I can sense it between the two, you know? And you must remember that he chose to go into chemotherapy so he could spend more time with her. I mean, that’s an extraordinary decision.
Nikki: I agree with you on that.
Victor: See? He values her. That’s important to me. And that certainly is very different from the last guy she was with, right?
Nikki: So the best thing about ashland to you is that he’s not billy.
Victor: You bet that helps. Billy boy abbott, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, never accomplished a damn thing. Caused more messes and asked more people to clean up for him. He’s just a ne’er-do-well. From what ashland told us today, I think, as a kid, he was more of a man than billy boy will ever be.
Lily: Wow, so ashland ran away from home, he changed his name to escape his abusive father, and never looked back. How did this story stay hidden for so long?
Billy: Because it’s a classic rags-to-riches story. Everybody loves that. It’s the american dream, so nobody looked into it, until now.
Lily: Well, I guess your instinct that locke was hiding something was right.
Billy: Ah. You gonna trust my gut feeling now?
Lily: No, ’cause I have my own instincts that tell me when you’re completely full of it.
Billy: Okay, well, fyi, my gut is telling me that there’s more to come.
Lily: Yeah, your gut and the fact that ashland never revealed his real name.
Billy: There’s a lot he’s not telling us, lily. I mean, there’s no way to know if this story about his father is even true. I will say that it resembles victor’s coming-of-age story perfectly. You should’ve saw the way victor was looking at him, like he was a long-lost son. And nikki, I mean, she had an abusive father, so I’m sure she’s buying into it, as well. Lily: So, what, you think he made this story up just to play to their sympathies? I mean, that’s pretty cynical.
Billy: All I’m saying is that I’m not taking it at face value, and we need to keep investigating.
Lily: Okay, well, think about this. What if the story is actually true? What if he did, you know, escape this nightmare childhood just to survive, and now we’re hounding him in the final moments of his life for no good reason? Your mission:
Elena: Um, I think I need to go back home and get to bed or I’m gonna fall asleep at this table.
Nate: Okay, okay. Go home, take a nap, and then we could go to a movie or grab a drink later.
Elena: I don’t think i should.
Nate: Are you turning me down because of the vibe you’re getting at work?
Elena: No, not at all. I’m just exhausted. I think I need more than a nap. I think once I put my head down on the pillow, I’m not gonna wake up until the morning.
Nate: Okay, sleeping beauty. Go get some rest. I’ll check in tomorrow, and we’ll make plans.
Elena: Thank you. I look forward to seeing you when I’m awake.
Nate: Sweet dreams.
Elena: Enjoy your lunch.
Victoria: Ashland just left, so if you have any more questions for him.
Nick: Nope. Here to see you. Just want to make sure you’re okay.
Victoria: I’m fine. Actually, I am completely annoyed at the moment.
Nick: With me?
Victoria: No, with billy. He’s acting like an entitled little brat. Yeah, I know, he owns a media company, but that does not give him carte blanche to go snooping around into people’s private lives.
Nick: You know, vick, he might be doing it for the right reasons.
Victoria: Well, ashland doesn’t think so, and that’s where he is right now. He went to find billy and to make that clear to him.
Nick: That is not gonna end well.
Victoria: Well, nick, it’s my last resort. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve tried everything to get billy to stop snooping. Maybe he needs to hear it directly from ashland. But ashland has enough going on to worry about right now.
Nick: So do you.
Victoria: I know.
Nick: Well, that’s what i came to talk about. Not billy. I just want to make sure you’re alright. I mean, it’s got to be a shock to the system to find out this guy that you love has this whole history that you don’t know anything about. How you doing with that?
Billy: There’s a lot of “ifs” in that hypothetical, and I am not harassing ashland. I am simply and discreetly looking into his past, and if there’s nothing there, then we walk away.
Billy: Yes. But that’s an easy promise for me to make because I believe that there’s more there.
Lily: Your gut again?
Billy: That’s right.
Lily: Just because ashland didn’t give you the complete story doesn’t mean there’s something more sinister going on. We have run stories about women who were fleeing abusive relationships, and they changed their identity for survival.
Billy: I understand that, but locke’s father is dead, right? So there’s no threat. Why not just tell us your real name?
Lily: Just because locke is a public figure doesn’t mean that every aspect of his life is news. I mean, his childhood should be private. I don’t want to publicly reveal the most painful moments of a dying man’s life.
Billy: I’m not out to embarrass locke. I’m not out to cause him pain. I’m simply looking for the truth, and if it’s not news-worthy, then we don’t run it.
Lily: Which brings me to my next issue. I don’t think that your interest in this story is professional.
Billy: Okay, I see where you’re going, and I don’t like it.
Lily: If anyone but victoria were with ashland, would you care this much?
Ashland: I can answer that. No, he wouldn’t care a bit.