Y&R Transcript Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Victoria: So, you want to know how I’m dealing with ashland’s history? Well, I hardly think that’s an issue warranting a house call.

Nick: You know, if phyllis told me about some deep, dark secret that she was keeping from me and the rest of the world, i would have a problem with that.

Victoria: It really wouldn’t be that surprising. I mean, phyllis.

Nick: How are you not more bothered by this?

Victoria: Because nothing that ashland shared with our family is news to me, so I am definitely not in a state of shock. I should ask you how you’re feeling. I thought you were good with this big family discussion we had.

Nick: It was one revelation after another. I mean, he starts with the mysterious death of his mentor, and then the unexplained access to this fortune that allowed him to get his career started. And then he tells us that he literally erased his past and became somebody else. I mean, it’s a lot to digest, vick, but I’m not the one who’s marrying him.

Victoria: Well, I don’t love him any less, if that’s what you’re asking. And nothing and no one is gonna change that.

Lily: I mean, billy, ask yourself, if ashland were with anyone other than victoria, would you be this relentless? Would you care this much?

Ashland: I can answer that. No, he wouldn’t care a bit.

Billy: Don’t pretend to try and understand my motives.

Ashland: I’m sure your partner has brought you up to speed on what happened earlier.

Lily: Yes, he did.

Ashland: If it would be alright with you, I would like to spend a minute in private with billy, please.

Lily: Well, I have a meeting in the conference room, so you can use my office — if you both can be civil.

Billy: Oh, I will if he will.

Lily: And just remember, please, at the end of the day, what really matters here is that you both care about victoria and want what’s best for her.

Ashland: That’s a smart woman. You should listen to her. Victoria’s best interests should come first. And that’s why I told my story earlier, because I wanted to take the pressure off of victoria, to let those that are most important and that matter most to her, let them know that there’s no reason for them to worry about my past. I told the newmans everything there is to know. And you, as the father of her children, you were included, as a courtesy. Now, I would think you might want to reciprocate that courtesy and back off. Stop digging where you have no business digging.

Billy: I’m aware that you don’t hear this word very often — no. It’s not gonna happen. I’m not gonna do that because i am certain there’s a whole hell of a lot more to learn about you.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

[ Cellphone rings ]

Sharon: Hi, adam.

Adam: Hey, um…I’m about to break the news to connor, and, um, I’m a little nervous.

Sharon: Everything’s gonna be fine. Just keep it simple.

Adam: Right.

Sharon: And be direct.

Adam: Open and honest, got it.

Sharon: But if you need more support, I am here, but you know what? Everything is gonna be fine, okay? Good luck.

Adam: Alright, thanks. I’m gonna need it. What you got there?

Connor: Apples and carrots to feed the horses. And a cookie for me.

Adam: Nice.

Connor: Ready to hit the stables?

Adam: Uh, after we talk about some things. Why don’t you come sit with me?

Connor: It’s about mom, isn’t it?

Adam: Yes, it is.

Victor: Hey, doc.

Nate: Victor.

Victor: How are you?

Nate: Always a pleasure.

Victor: Yeah.

[ Cellphone vibrates ] You know, there ought to be a special place in hell for people who cancel appointments at the last minute. Damn it.

Nate: Oh, wow, would’ve been nice if you were informed before you came here.

Victor: Yeah. Well, it’s not a total waste of time. I ran into you, so there’s something I’d like to discuss with you. Please have a seat. Pain hits fast.

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Adam: I wanted to talk to you today because I think that you are old enough to understand some things.

Connor: Like what?

Adam: Your mom and I, we’re not gonna be living together when she comes back to genoa city.

Connor: I thought something was wrong for a while, but i didn’t think it was this bad. Are you sure you can’t work it out? Maybe if you talk to mom some more and spend time together.

Adam: Yeah, I’m sorry, connor. It’s not gonna change anything.

Connor: Is it my fault? Did I do something wrong?

Adam: No, no, no, not at all. Okay? We are so proud of you and we’re still gonna love you just as much as we did when we were together.

Connor: Then why?

Adam: Sometimes people grow apart even when they try not to.

Connor: Then try harder! You can’t just give up on people. You weren’t around when I was little, for years. When you came back, you promised we’d always be together.

Adam: I know I did.

Connor: So you lied?

Adam: Look, some promises, connor, are just impossible to keep, and it’s — it’s not that simple.

Connor: You say I have to keep my promises, but you get to break yours? Why?

Adam: Connor, calm down, okay? Just listen to me.

Connor: Why should I?

Adam: [ Sighs ] You know what? Why don’t we get out of here, huh?

Connor: And go where?

Adam: We’ll go see a friend, and she will help us talk all about this.

Victor: I’ve got to say, my wife has the midas touch when it comes to convincing people to donate money to her favorite charities. In this case, the hospital, you know? I mean, I don’t know how she does it, must be her charm, her smile. You know that the new wing of the hospital will be equipped with the most modern surgical equipment.

Nate: Oh, well, she’s phenomenal. You know, between her connections and experience, I am floored. I have a lot to learn.

Victor: So I understand that you got ashland locke to donate some money, as well. What’s your impression of him?

Nate: Uh, you know what? We actually struck up a friendship.

Victor: Huh.

Nate: He’s even extended an invitation to me and elena to attend his wedding.

Victor: How nice is that?

Nate: Yeah, well, we’re looking forward to celebrating with the happy couple.

Victor: Yeah.

Nate: You know, the more i learn about ashland, the more i like him, especially now that i have more of a sense of the man behind the myth.

Victor: What’s your take on him?

Nate: Well, you know, i respect the grace he’s shown in the way he’s chosen to handle his illness, as well as its treatment.

Victor: Now, I understand that in spite of the treatment, his condition is terminal.

Nate: Well, I don’t know the details of his case, but the survival rate is very low.

Victor: Ooh.

Nate: With luck, he’ll be able to celebrate his one-year anniversary.

Victor: Really?

Nate: And I’m sure he’s willing to fight for that. Love is a very powerful motivator.

Victor: Yeah, it certainly is, isn’t it?

Nate: I wish victoria and ashland the best for however long they have together.

Victor: Yeah. So do I.

Nick: Look, nobody expects you to love your fiancé any less, but I am curious — did ashland’s story make you change your perspective in any way?

Victoria: Of course it has. How could it not? It’s made me admire him even more. I mean, to carry around these awful memories of an abusive and cruel father, it had to have been just unbearable, nicholas, and somehow, he managed to persevere and to thrive. He refused to let what had happened to him in the past define who he could be in the future, and I’m not just talking about his professional success, I’m talking about how he overcame the cycle of violence and he became this wonderful father to harrison.

Nick: Okay, he made a better life for himself. Good for him. But don’t you think it’s even just a little bit weird that he won’t tell you what his real name is? You know, the person he was before he became ashland locke?

Victoria: No. Not really.

Nick: Look, it’s my experience in life that, when there’s a secret, it usually leads to other secrets.

Victoria: Oh, come on, nicholas. Ashland just revealed something so private and personal today, and that’s still not enough for you.

Nick: No, it’s not.

Victoria: In fact, it’s probably made you more suspicious. You know what, nicholas? I have enough of a headache worrying about ashland tracking down billy and persuading him to back off.

Nick: Well, I didn’t come here to upset you.

Victoria: Good! That’s great. So if you really mean that, you will turn around and walk out, and we can pretend like this conversation never happened.

Billy: Your reluctance to come totally clean leads me to one conclusion — you’re hiding something. Something that could hurt victoria and, most importantly, my children.

Ashland: Whoa, whoa, whoa, there’s no logical reason for you to think that, not a shred of evidence to support your theory.

Billy: Call it intuition. I got a gut feeling. Now, you would’ve thought maybe that morsel of a story would’ve satisfied our curiosity, but it didn’t, not for me. It actually backfired, and it whet my appetite more.

Ashland: You’re wasting your time. All you are going to accomplish is causing more friction. Everyone has secrets they’d prefer stay buried. And how dare you presume to appoint yourself arbiter of what should or shouldn’t be revealed in another person’s life or past.

Billy: No, you’re right. No, whatever you fear most about your past, I guarantee, it’ll come back to bite you.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Billy: Or worse, cause collateral damage to innocent bystanders.

Ashland: Ah. Look at you, painting yourself out to be some sort of savior and me as the villain.

Billy: But you are, aren’t you? I mean, that’s the reputation you’ve cultivated your entire career.

Ashland: I certainly can’t deny that. The truth is, you definitely do not want me for an enemy.


Sharon: Anybody want some pink lemonade?

Adam: No, thanks.

Sharon: Do you mind if I join you? I heard that you got some difficult news today, connor.

Connor: You told her?

Adam: Sharon has helped you deal with issues in the past, and I was hoping that she would be able to help you again.

Sharon: You know, I’d like to try, at least — I mean, if you’re comfortable with it. Maybe I could help you and your dad just talk and, you know, say everything that you want to say and hear each other.

Connor: Can I ask something?

Adam: Of course. Anything.

Connor: Why do you always call her when there’s a problem?

Adam: [ Sighs ] Well, sharon is not only a friend, she is actually trained to deal with situations like this.

Connor: Hmm. I’ll bet there are lots of people trained to do what she does. Right?

Sharon: That’s true.

Connor: But dad chooses you over and over again. I bet mom wouldn’t like this, knowing we’re all together.

Adam: Why would you say that?

Connor: I heard mom talking to grandma about you and sharon. And I want to know what’s going on with the two of you. Is sharon the reason you and mom are breaking up?

Billy: What do you think your fiancée would say about you threatening me like that? Especially after you claim you’ve got nothing else of consequence to hide.

Ashland: I have no doubt that she would continue to stand by my side because victoria understands me and she respects what I’ve endured and what I’ve done to change my life, and she knows why.

Billy: Are you sure about that last part?

Ashland: You know, you might want to be more concerned with your relationship with victoria than with me, unless you want to completely alienate her, because you are well on your way, my friend.

Billy: Well, I’ll muddle my way through somehow. I always do.

Ashland: You know, I can only imagine how thrilled lily must be with you spending so much energy trying to undermine your ex’s engagement.

Billy: You leave lily out of this. This is between me and you.

Ashland: Doesn’t feel good when it hits close to home, huh? So why don’t you listen to me. You continue to dig into my past and invade my privacy — that will ultimately prove to be a futile endeavor. I think it would behoove you to keep both of your eyes open to the realities of the present and let go of the rest.

Billy: Or what? What could you possibly do to stop me?

Ashland: You don’t want to find out.

Nick: I’m not going anywhere because we’re not through. I don’t have an agenda here, and I truly want to believe that ashland doesn’t have any deep, dark secrets that are gonna come back and haunt your relationship.

Victoria: Well, just leave me alone. I can take care of myself.

Nick: Look, with ashland’s diagnosis, you’re gonna have some rough days ahead and you’re gonna want to hang on to as much love as you can for as long as you can, and I get that, and i want that for you.

Victoria: Thank you.

Nick: But something about this isn’t right. And I’m your brother, and that means I get to worry about you because that’s my job.

Victoria: I know, nicholas. I know that. I know this is all coming from a very good place.

Nick: It is, and for billy, too. I know that’s hard to believe ’cause he gets all loud and aggressive, but I know he cares about you. So with me and billy and mom and dad, we just want you to be treated the way you’re supposed to be treated by this man that you’re planning to marry. I hope you know that.

Victoria: Of course I do.

Nick: Now, mom and dad, they may have heard everything they need to hear from ashland to set their minds at ease, but I’m just not there. I do not understand why ashland hasn’t revealed everything about his past. I mean, especially to you, and if you’re being honest with yourself, you’d ask the same questions. “What is it ashland’s not telling me and why?” Vick, come on, it’s me. Talk to me. Like many people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis

Victoria: Alright. Maybe I have caught myself wondering if I should know more about ashland’s past.

[ Sighs ] If maybe there’s another shoe that’s gonna drop.

Nick: That’s not surprising after everything you’ve heard.

Victoria: I just hate feeling this way. I mean, why should it matter what happened decades ago? It doesn’t matter to me who ashland was. I fell in love with who he is. And, nick, I know him, in a way that none of you do. I know the man behind the name.

Nick: But you can’t be sure about that.

Victoria: Well, one thing that I can be sure of beyond a shadow of a doubt is that i blame all of you, especially billy, for inserting yourselves into my relationship and causing all of this doubt and distrust.

Nick: Alright, look, this isn’t anyone else’s fault, alright? You’re smart and you are strong willed, and nobody’s gonna influence your thinking. If you have doubts about this, it’s because you too must feel like there’s more to the story than locke’s admitting.

Victoria: You’re right. I just — I fought it because it felt like such a betrayal to the love that ashland and I share, but I do have some questions. I have so many questions.

Ashland: Could I get a sparkling water when you have a chance? Thank you.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Nate.

Nate: Hey. Don’t mean to overstep, but is everything okay?

Ashland: Oh, I’m fine. It’s just been a long and trying day. I had to talk about some things from my past with victoria’s family in one of those “full disclosure from the groom” kind of things. Old memories can be painful.

Nate: Sorry you had to go through that.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ] In-laws. What are you gonna do?

Nate: I hear you. Well, I maybe have some news that’ll lift your spirits a bit.

Ashland: Oh?

Nate: I’ve been thinking about your request that I be your best man. And I’d be honored to accept.

Ashland: The honor is all mine. Thank you.

Adam: What happened between me and your mom is complicated. And I’m not gonna get into all the details, but I will answer your question honestly because i think you deserve that and i think that you are old enough to understand.

Connor: Okay, so tell me about you and sharon.

Adam: Sharon and I did have a romantic relationship years ago, but now we are just friends, and there have been times that your mother has struggled with that. But sharon is not the reason that your mom and I are not together anymore.

Connor: I don’t believe you. If that was true, why was mom talking about you two? It’s because you hurt her, didn’t you? She had a stroke and she needed you, but you weren’t there the way you should’ve been. Because of you, sharon.

Adam: Okay, alright. Connor, let’s just take a breath, okay?

Connor: No, you broke mom’s heart, both of you.

Adam: Connor, sto– connor, we’re not done here.

Connor: I want to be by myself. Just leave me alone.

Adam: Alright, I will give you a few minutes to cool down, but we are not done talking.

Sharon: I’m sorry.

Adam: Connor! Connor, where are you going? Connor!

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Connor: [ Panting ]

Sally: Has anyone ever told you that you look like adam newman? I recognize you from a picture from adam’s office. Is there any chance your name is connor newman? I’m sally spectra. I work with your dad at newman media.

Connor: Oh, yeah. I’ve heard him mention your name.

Sally: You out here all alone? Does your dad know? Okay. Won’t push. Do you mind if I take a break from my run and sit here for a while?

Nick: You have questions about ashland. Let’s start there.

Victoria: You know, nicholas, I’m probably just getting cold feet.

Nick: Did you feel that way before the merger of newman and locke?

Victoria: No, no, because we had done our due diligence.

Nick: Which is something you can’t do with the man himself because he keeps everything under wraps.

Victoria: Nicholas, look, i really do appreciate your concern, but —

Nick: Vick, come on, let me help you.

Victoria: This conversation is over, and I would really appreciate it if you just kept this between us. I don’t want you repeating or acting on anything I told you. Promise me.

Ashland: Nick, I assume you’re here to follow up with victoria about what I told you about my history.

Nick: I had more questions for her.

Ashland: Alright, well, I’m gonna give you a little warning, like I gave billy. My past is nobody’s business but my own. Stay out of my life, okay? I shared what I did today with everyone to put an end to this crap.

Nick: I think you should calm down.

Victoria: Look, ashland has every right to defend himself. He shouldn’t have been put in this position in the first place. I mean, we’re gonna be family.

Nick: That’s what family does. We check on each other. I came over here ’cause I wanted to talk to you. I didn’t hurl any accusations. I didn’t make any demands. I was calm, unlike ashland. In fact, the person in this room who I think seems the most concerned about his past is ashland.

Billy: [ Sighs ] 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. 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? How’d it go with ashland?

Billy: Well, I guess you could say it was an eye-opening encounter.

Lily: Details.

Billy: I think he came here to shut me down. And I think he knows that’s not gonna happen. The way he was acting gave me all new clarity.

Lily: Clarity about what?

Billy: He’s terrified that this is just the beginning, that whatever he’s hiding is about to be exposed.

Lily: Well, it’s hard to imagine a man like locke terrified of anything.

Billy: He threatened me.

Lily: Really?

Billy: Not directly, but his intention was clear, which means he’s desperate. Which means I’m onto something. This is the sound of an asthma attack…

Ashland: I’m so sorry that i stormed in like that and attacked your brother. He didn’t deserve that, and you certainly deserved better from me.

Victoria: I assume that you were on edge after your talk with billy. I warned you it wouldn’t go well.

Ashland: He did everything you predicted he would.

Victoria: Ashland.

Ashland: Believe me, I got my point across, too.

Lily: Billy, this is serious.

Billy: Yeah, I’ll be fine.

Lily: How do you know that? You don’t even know who locke really is.

Billy: I’m not afraid of him.

Lily: Well, maybe you should be.

Billy: The only people I’m worried about in all of this are victoria and my kids. But it is very clear to me that he is still hiding something. You still think it’s a mistake to keep investigating him?

Lily: Look, at this point, i can’t discount your suspicions, okay? Clearly, this goes beyond locke trying to keep his life private or not wanting to relive some past trauma. I understand why you want to continue the investigation, so I’m not going to ask you to stop.

Billy: But you want me to.

Nick: Hey, dad.

Victor: Hey, my boy. What brings you back here?

Nick: I wanted to ask you something.

Victor: Alright, go ahead.

Nick: When you said you heard enough from locke and that you were cool with his relationship with victoria, did you mean that or was it all for show?

Sharon: Connor looks good. He looks relaxed.

Adam: Yeah.

Sharon: Listen, I — I don’t think it’s best that I approach him, given his current mind-set.

Adam: Yeah, you’re probably right. Um…but thank you for all the help, sharon.

Sharon: Go talk to your son.

Adam: Connor, there you are. I see you met sally.

Connor: Yeah.

Adam: Thank you for hanging out with him.

Sally: He’s good company. He was telling me all about lacrosse. I learned a lot.

Adam: Yeah, he’s becoming a real expert on the sport.

Sally: I was just getting around to asking connor what was bugging him. Seems like something’s on his mind.

Adam: Well, sometimes bad news is hard to hear.

Sally: I get it. Sometimes you just want to blame the person who gave you the bad news when it’s not their fault at all.

Connor: Did that happen to you?

Sally: Can you keep a secret? This one time, I went to this really fancy party. I had this incredible dress. My hair looking flawless. My point is, I made somebody so mad at me that they dumped a whole bucket of ice on my head.

Connor: Really?

Sally: Yes, I was drenched in front of everyone.

Connor: You were?

Sally: Completely. My point is, I survived. And you will, too.

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Adam: Connor, you gave me a scare. You can’t ever do that again.

Connor: Sorry.

Adam: Look, I know this is hard for you, but we’re gonna work it all out.

Connor: I want to go home and call mom.

Adam: Okay. Okay, let’s do that. Just give me a second to talk to sally first, alright? Thank you for letting me know where he was and staying with him.

Sally: Yeah, no problem. He’s a cool kid. Look, I know this is none of my business, so I won’t bug you with questions.

Adam: Well, thank you.

Sally: But…if there’s anything I can do to help, I’m around.

Adam: Well, I appreciate that, but it’s a private family matter.

Sally: Say no more. See you back at the office.

Victor: To be frank with you, I feel that ashland locke is the kind of man who carries more than his share of pain, you know? As I told your mom, I almost feel kind of sorry for the guy.

Nick: But you don’t think he told us the whole truth, right?

Victor: No, of course not. But does that mean that I’m gonna unearth everything about his past? No.

Nick: Why does he get a pass?

Victor: Well, son, I’m partly moved to support the relationship with your sister is because I think he loves her. And I think it’s reciprocal.

Nick: Well, I’m not questioning his feelings for victoria. I’m questioning the holes in his origin story and how it affects her.

Victor: Have you spoken with her?

Nick: Yeah, I went by her place, and, you know, talked to her, just to kind of see how she took the news. She didn’t come out and say it, but I know she’s not as okay with the situation as she’s making it seem. Then ashland shows up and sees me there. He didn’t like that.

Victor: Really?

Nick: I don’t know why he’s got to keep his birth name a secret, but whatever the reason is, it’s got to be huge for him to want to make the man he once was disappear.

Victor: You just can’t let it go, can you?

Nick: I will never trust locke, not until I know the truth.

Ashland: I don’t want to spend time talking about billy or nick or anyone. I only want to think about you. And after this interminable day, how are you doing?

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Victoria: Ashland?

Ashland: Oh, it’s a text from nate. He’s agreed to be my best man.

Victoria: Oh, that’s wonderful.

Ashland: It’s nice to have good news for a change.

Lily: Billy, look, I am in this with you, okay? But just like you’re worried about victoria and the kids, I’m worried about you.

Billy: I can handle him.

Lily: Are you forgetting the stories about how locke has retaliated against people over the years? Look what happened with jabot when he found out that kyle had an affair with tara. I mean, he could’ve brought that company to its knees.

Billy: Lily, that is his true character, which means we have to keep investigating him.

Lily: Okay, we don’t know how he’s going to retaliate against you by you trying to dig up a past that he’s trying to keep buried. He could take this more personally than tara cheating on him. Who knows how he’ll respond when he’s been crossed?

Billy: I have a feeling we’re gonna find out.

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