Y&R Transcript Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Young & The Restless Transcript

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Sharon: Well, this is lovely.

Rey: This is exactly what we needed. A night out, a meal.

[ Laughter ]

Sharon: Rey, it’s okay.

Rey: Are you sure you want to stay even with them a few tables over?

Sharon: I meant what I said when we walked in. I have zero desire to go someplace else.

Rey: [ Sighs ]

Sharon: You know what? Matter of fact, it’s nice to see adam out for a change, having a good time, even if it is with sally spectra. But I’m not gonna worry about her motives anymore. Not my problem. But judging by your expression, you’re the one who’s bothered. Would you like to go someplace else?

[ Laughter ]

Lily: So you made up the whole thing?

Gaines: That’s right.

Billy: The story about camilla rhodes leaving ashland nothing in her will.

Gaines: Lie.

Lily: And ashland forging a letter to steal her fortune.

Gaines: Lie.

Billy: I don’t believe you.

Gaines: It’s the absolute truth.

Billy: It can’t be.

Gaines: Well, I don’t know what else to do to persuade you that it’s true, but I put one over on you.

Billy: No, no, no, no. That doesn’t make sense.

Lily: So you went all the way to italy to drop a bomb on ashland’s wedding over a story that was a complete fabrication?

[ Scoffs ] I’m sorry, I’m not buying this.

Gaines: Well, it didn’t need to be true to bust up the wedding. Right? Locke would’ve been publicly humiliated, and I would’ve left the burden on him to clear his name. That’s why I went.

Billy: But you had the proof. The original letter from camilla rhodes before she died explaining that she’s leaving nothing to ashland in the will.

Gaines: Yeah. Well, it was a fake. I had it made. A guy I know in atlantic city. You thought it was real. Good. I guess I got my money’s worth.

Lily: Wait, so if — if you won’t back up these claims, then it looks like the entire chanccomm story is a lie.

Billy: Except it’s not.

Lily: We won’t be able to defend ourselves in a lawsuit. Ashland’s lawyers will bury us.

Victor: Hi, sweetheart.

Nikki: How is abby doing?

Victor: Hmm. How is abby doing? Not well.

Nikki: Oh, dear. Well, that’s to be expected.

Victor: Yeah. Tell you one thing, grief can cause all kinds of bizarre behavior in people, can’t it?

Nikki: Yes, especially when the loss happens so suddenly, like it did with chance. It’s very overwhelming. She’s gonna need some time.

Victor: Yeah, and I’m gonna give her all the help she needs, you know? But I’m a little concerned about her after what she did this morning.

Billy: Don’t worry. Chanccomm’s not gonna be buried, ’cause he’s lying through his teeth. Aren’t you? The second that article is released, you struck a deal with victor, adam, and ashland to save your own skin. They’re paying you right now to say it’s all a lie, but it’s not. Ashland already copped to forging the letter. He admitted to victoria that he committed a crime. He’s not gonna do that if it’s a lie. And he’s been paying you blackmail money for years. The truth is, ashland forged that letter. He stole his mentor’s estate. And when you found out, he paid you to keep it quiet. It’s as simple as that.

Gaines: Well, you’re gonna have a hard time proving that’s true, but there’s one thing that’s easy to prove — that letter is a fake. And you didn’t have it authenticated, did you? Hmm? No. Test it. The ink, the paper — you’ll see. It’s nowhere near 30 years old.

Lily: [ Scoffs ] I’m sorry, this is crazy. I mean, you went through these extremes to get the upper hand on ashland. Really? A forgery of a forgery? I mean, something is not right here.

Billy: You didn’t go to these extremes by yourself, did you?

Lily: Wait, you think he had victor and adam help him or — not back then, but recently?

Billy: I don’t know. I mean, maybe he didn’t escape this tuscan wine cellar by himself. Maybe victor and adam let you out when you agreed to go along with their elaborate scheme. You can stop me at any time if I’m getting too warm.

Lily: Yeah, but if that’s true…

Billy: Then victor and adam put this whole thing in motion.

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Billy: Voicemail. Ashland locke, it’s billy abbott. You need to call me back as soon as you can. There’s an important matter that we need to discuss.

Gaines: Oh, come on. He’s not gonna call you back. What’s in it for him? He’s lawyers to deal with that.

Billy: You know, I knew that this e-mail hack reeked of victor and adam, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I mean, to me, it seemed like they’d be shooting themselves in the foot when they released this article. But now I understand it. They frame us for it, and then they sue us into oblivion.

Lily: Yeah, it explains why adam was so smug when you were threatening him. He was never in jeopardy.

Billy: And it also explains why you caved so easily when i said I wasn’t gonna release the article. You had a big deal planned with the newmans, didn’t you?

Gaines: Well, I can neither confirm nor deny.

Billy: You are a slippery son of a bitch.

Gaines: Careful, billy. You’re in enough hot water as it is.

Billy: Tell me what their next move is.

Gaines: I have no idea, but i am done. I am out of here. I am going far, far away, and this time, for good. And, hey, billy, as far as the deal between us, you don’t owe me anything.

Billy: Oh, thank you for that. You stabbed me in the back and you try and destroy my company? That’s very sweet of you.

Gaines: Don’t mention it.

Lily: Why did you even come here in the first place? Just to rub it in our faces?

Gaines: Maybe.

Lily: You are so twisted.

Gaines: Probably, but, hey, what good is a win if you can’t gloat a little bit?

Billy: Oh, this isn’t a win. Don’t kid yourself. Yeah, you may be walking away with a little bit more money, but victor, adam, and, more importantly, your mortal enemy ashland, they still got power over you. They still hold the upper hand.

Gaines: Yeah, well, hopefully, all that newman cash will ease my pain. Anyway, goodbye. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

Lily: [ Sighs ]

Rey: I’m not gonna leave the restaurant where my sister’s empanadas are still on the menu because of adam.

Sharon: I’m so glad the new chef kept them on the menu. I have missed lola’s empanadas. Have you talked to her recently?

Rey: It’s been about a week or so.

Sharon: How’s she doing?

Rey: She’s doing well. She likes the work. She’s reconnected with old friends, making new ones.

Sharon: And I’m sure it’s easier dating without her overprotective policeman brother hovering.

Rey: Oh, come on, I was never that bad.

Sharon: Mm…

Rey: Okay. Maybe I was.

Sharon: [ Laughs ]

Rey: I miss her.

Sharon: I do, too. We all miss her.

[ Laughter ]

Rey: Don’t you think it’s strange that adam is so happy? Why is he in such a good mood?

Sharon: It is strange, i agree.

Rey: I mean, we both read the article about locke that was published today. He’s on the board of newman media at the center of this huge scandal. He’s gonna drag adam’s company through the mud, so why does he seem to be having the time of his life?

[ Laughter ]

Adam: Don’T.

Sally: I — I’m sorry.

[ Laughs ]

Rey: What’s wrong with this picture?

Sharon: Do you really want to spend time psychoanalyzing adam?

Rey: You’re right. The less time we spend thinking about adam, the better our lives will be.

Sharon: Hey, let’s order some empanadas.

Rey: Sí, vamos.

Sharon: Whoo! They’re really good.

[ Laughter ]

Adam: [ Sighs ]

Sally: You have a history with sharon, right?

Adam: [ Sighs ] You know i do.

Sally: You don’t have any feelings about her being here?

Adam: Look, we’re not gonna go there, okay?

Sally: Okay.

Adam: So, stop.

Sally: Another forbidden topic. You’re just determined to be a man of mystery, aren’t you?

Adam: Are you kidding me? I am an open book. Go ahead, ask me anything.

Sally: Really?

Adam: Go for it.

Sally: Okay. What are you looking for in —

Adam: No, wait. Not that.

Sally: You don’t even know what I was gonna ask.

Adam: Oh, I know, and I — i can’t answer that. Or your next question.

Sally: Alright, what about —

Adam: Nope, especially i can’t tell you about that.

Sally: Uh-huh. Yeah, you are an open book, but all of your pages are blank.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Sally: That message made you smile. Are you gonna share?

Adam: Um…what do you think?

Sally: Well, can you at least give me a hint?

Adam: Someone said they’re on their way to meet me here.

Sally: But you can’t say who.

Adam: No.

Sally: The mysteries just keep on coming. No one can deliver your mom’s homemade short ribs.

Victor: So, abby packs up the boy and his things and takes him over to devon’s house.

Nikki: What?

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: She’s gonna be clear across town from her baby?

Victor: That’s where she wants him right now.

Nikki: But what if… I don’t understand — I have a lot of questions right now.

Victor: So do I. However, ashley and I decided not to interfere with our daughter’s decision. That’s — she has a right to do what she wants. She’s the mother, you know?

Nikki: Oh, well, that was very reasonable of you.

[ Sighs ] I-I hope that this arrangement doesn’t last very long.

Victor: [ Chuckles ] Abby left it open-ended.

Nikki: You know, I’ll bet that she’s gonna start missing dominic like crazy, she’s gonna want him to be by her side.

Victor: I totally agree with you. But apparently she’s not in the frame of mind right now to take care of the boy.

Nikki: It’s good that she recognizes that, but there are certainly other options.

Victor: Yeah. I could’ve jumped in and taken custody of the boy.

Nikki: Really?

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: How could you have done that?

Victor: Ashley and I were designated as legal guardians of dominic in case something happened to chance or abby.

Nikki: I see. So you could’ve stopped her from taking the baby to devon’s, but you wanted to honor her wishes.

Victor: Exactly. Let us see how it all works out.

Sally: Okay, so we can’t talk about this and we can’t talk about that, and discussion of that other thing, you know, is completely out of the question. So where does that leave us? Want to talk about the weather?

Adam: Oh, pretty chilly outside. I mean, maybe it’ll be warmer tomorrow.

Sally: Okay, good, yeah. That’s a start. Scintillating. What about the local sports team?

Adam: Ugh, no.

Sally: Ooh, thanksgiving. What are you favorite foods?

Adam: I actually — I can make a mean pumpkin pie. My mother’s recipe.

Sally: Do tell.

Adam: [ Sighs ] I wrote it down for her when i was a kid. I still have it, actually. It’s one of the few mementos that I’ve kept. It’s a 3×5 notecard with my 9-year-old handwriting on it.

Sally: That’s so sweet.

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Sally: Why didn’t she write it herself?

Adam: She was blind.

Sally: Oh, wow, I didn’t know that.

Adam: Yeah. She cooked and baked mostly by memory. But every once in a while, she would have me come in and help her, and I always liked that. Thanksgiving on the farm was a big deal. Even those years when it was just the two of us, she always wanted to make it special.

Sally: So when you were a kid, did you ever —

Adam: Wait, wait, hold that thought. I have to talk to someone. I want to hear exactly what happened.

Gaines: Well, there are no big surprises. Billy and lily reacted just as suspected. They figured you and your old man were behind the publication. Billy stomped and yelled a bit, but he knows he’s beaten.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Good. Good, good, good. But you’re not done.

Gaines: [ Sighs ] Yeah. Don’t remind me.

Adam: Well, just execute the next step of the plan, and then you’re free.

Sharon: That was such a good kale salad.

Rey: That dressing’s my mom’S.

Sharon: I didn’t know that.

Rey: Oh, yeah. Lola “borrowed” a lot from mom.

Sharon: Well, I guess that’s what makes a great chef. You take a little from here, you take a little from there, and then you make it your own. Isn’t that right, rey? Rey.

Rey: Uh, we still talking about the salad?

Sharon: [ Laughs ] I was, yes, but I don’t feel like I have your full attention.

Rey: I am sorry. My mind wandered. That’s jesse gaines. I recognize him from the photo in the article. Whatever’s going down between the two of them can’t be good.

Billy: We got played. Victor and adam, they really one-upped us here.

Lily: With some help.

Billy: Yeah, sure, ashland and gaines gave them what they wanted, what they needed, but victor and adam, they were the masterminds.

Lily: I was talking about you.

Billy: What is that supposed to mean?

Lily: I mean, you were basically victor and adam’s accomplice. All they had to do was put some bait on a hook and cast a line, and you couldn’t help yourself. You had to take the bait. They knew you wouldn’t be able to resist going after newman media and locke, and they were right about you.

Billy: I’m sorry, do you remember that they declared war on our company, trying to destroy everything we’d built? I was trying to protect us.

Lily: Do you remember I told you to try another option, like asking victoria to intervene? But you had too much pride to ask your ex for help.

Billy: I asked victoria. She didn’t get back to me. You went to her, asked her to intervene. How did that go?

Lily: Well, at least I tried something other than blackmail, which was your only plan, and it failed spectacularly.

Billy: Yes, lily. I am responsible for this mess, okay? But you are partly responsible, as well.

Lily: Sorry, why is that?

Billy: Because you told me to do whatever it takes. Your mission:

Nikki: I agree with you, but I can also see abby’s point of view. She feels that she’s not up to looking after dominic right now.

Victor: [ Sighs ] I think it would’ve best for dominic to stay with us here at the ranch for a week or two.

Nikki: Absolutely.

Victor: I mean, I respect and I really like devon. He’s a very nice man, reliable man. I trust him. But dominic is my grandson.

Nikki: True.

Victor: Okay.

Nikki: But devon does have a special bond with the baby, and abby has seen that. So if having devon look after the child right now gives her a sense of peace, that’s the most important thing right now.

Victor: You kind of approve of her decision?

Nikki: Well, of course i would much rather have dominic be here…

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: …But I can see why she made the choice she made.

Victor: [ Sighs ] I guess so can I. So what I will do is everything I can for my daughter.

Billy: Again, it sounds like you’re making unfounded accusations. There is a world of difference between blackmail and a business negotiation.

Rey: Well, why don’t you tell me what gaines was using as leverage against locke, and i can decide for myself.

Lily: Okay, look, the truth is —

Billy: Gaines is an asset. Okay? He is a source, and we protect our sources because, truthfully, this story could be huge for us.

Rey: Okay. Listen, billy, if you’re withholding information that could be linked into an official investigation into ashland locke, that’s a crime. I’m assuming this has something to do with some criminal behavior on ashland’s part.

Billy: We understand that the statute of limitations ran out a long time ago on anything he would’ve done illegal.

Rey: Yes, but the information could still be used in civil suits depending on what it is.

Billy: Exactly. Or tarnish his reputation.

Rey: Which could damage the newman media and newman/locke merger.

Billy: Business pain. But again, nothing illegal. And since gaines wasn’t the victim of foul play, there’s really nothing for you to concern yourself with.

Rey: I hope not.

Billy: Thanks for coming, detective. You have a good night.

Rey: Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, those two meeting.

Sharon: Well, maybe there’s a logical explanation.

Rey: I can’t think of one. I originally thought that billy was using this gaines guy as a bargaining chip to blackmail victor and adam. But maybe adam made his own bargain with gaines.

Sharon: I don’t know why any of this matters.

Rey: The man who destroyed the reputation of victoria newman’s new husband is hanging out with her brother. Something’s wrong here.

Sharon: Can you please put the detective badge away for the evening? Not everything is a crime in the making.

Rey: Well, apparently, locke communications group was born out of a crime. So I can’t help wondering what’s going on.

Sharon: Look, adam and victoria have had a history of animosity between them, and they may have had a thawing lately, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were on opposite sides again.

Rey: Okay. Familial relations aside, locke is a board member of newman media, and this article is gonna affect adam’s company, so why does he seem so calm?

Gaines: I’m gonna do this one last thing, and then I am done. Nothing more, you got it?

Adam: I think I understand.

Gaines: You know, I am sick of you and your whole sordid crew. You and your dad and locke. As far as I’m concerned, you all deserve each other.

Adam: Yeah? What do you deserve, gaines?

Gaines: Every penny you’re putting in my pocket.

Adam: Well, the camera crew’s ready and waiting back at the office, so why don’t you stop whining and go put on the performance of your life?

Lily: Okay, yes, you’re right, I did say, “do whatever it takes,” but that was a knee-jerk, angry reaction after trying to broker a truce with victoria and adam and telling you a million times that blackmail isn’t the answer. Okay? I regretted it right away. Never should’ve said it. We should’ve never let gaines back into our lives.

Billy: It doesn’t matter if we kicked gaines to the curb or not. Victor and adam had this planned all along. They already flipped gaines to their side, knowing that they were gonna hack into my e-mail to authorize the release of the story.

Lily: Why did you even assign the article in the first place? We were never gonna publish it.

Billy: To make the threat seem real. At least then we’d have a story ready to go, okay? But again, it doesn’t matter. They would’ve hacked into chanccomm’s system and made it look like we released the story either way. Those two bastards were two steps ahead the entire time.

Lily: Okay, look, I’m sorry, alright? I didn’t mean to jump on you. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is or —

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Sharon: You’re doing it again, rey.

Rey: [ Clears throat ]

Sharon: Look, I understand that being suspicious and using your highly-tuned detective skills, it’s just who you are, and I respect that. But this is not your case.

Rey: That’s true, but —

Sharon: No, no “buts.” The only mystery that we should be solving tonight is what are we having for dessert and do we have any room.

[ Both laugh ]

Rey: The case of the missing tres leches.

Sharon: Hey, you’re the one that said we have better things to discuss than adam and ashland and billy, so let’s just enjoy our evening and block out the rest of the world.

Rey: Deal. I’m sorry I got caught up in whatever adam and gaines were up to.

Sharon: Well, thank you for making the effort.

Rey: And thank you for reminding me of what really matters. My attention is right back where it should be — on my beautiful, brilliant, charming wife.

Sharon: See? Was that so hard?

Rey: For the rest of the night, I will be completely devoted to you.

Sharon: Oh, well, ’cause that’s all I’m asking for, you know, just your complete and utter devotion.

Rey: Oh, you got it.

Sally: You really expect me not to ask any questions?

Adam: You can ask.

Sally: No answers, though, right?

Adam: Uh…probably not.

Sally: You know, this whole “keeping it close to the vest” schtick you got going on just makes me even more curious and concerned.

Adam: Why do you want to know?

Sally: As I said before, i love my job, and that is why i am very protective of newman media and I don’t want anything to hurt it. Or you. So whatever you’re up to, be careful.

Adam: I’ll do my best. I’m just not used to loyalty like this from employees.

Sally: Yeah, well, it’s not completely altruistic because i would really hate to have to go find another job.

Adam: Well, I appreciate the candor, as well.

Sally: Do more than appreciate me. Whatever your plans are, I can be a valuable asset. I can help.

Billy: Maybe we’re not in as much trouble as you think.

Lily: And why do you think that?

Billy: The lawsuit from ashland. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. It’s the nature of the business. We already won the suit that victor launched at us because of the exposé on adam.

Lily: That’s because we had facts on our side. We don’t have that luxury right now, especially if gaines is telling the truth about lying about the whole thing, which it sounds like he is.

Billy: But it doesn’t matter if that letter is fake. Ashland committed a crime. We know that much is true, okay? He wouldn’t have confessed to victoria if it wasn’T. He wouldn’t have paid gaines all that money over those years. He wouldn’t have gave him a penny if he didn’t think that he had the original letter from camilla rhodes. Every accusation in that article is true. And I think we need to stand by that.

Lily: Yes, but we need to be practical. We can’t just take a stand on principles. There’s way too much at stake.

Billy: Believe me, I know what is at stake. I know what we could lose here. That’s why I want to keep fighting. We are in the right here, lily.

Lily: No, okay. The smartest thing that we have to do right now is get ahead of the blowback. Print a retraction, let people know that, you know, we were hacked and the article got released without our approval. That’s the best chance we have against a lawsuit.

Billy: Yeah, I mean, that’s the prudent move.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Lily: What? What is it?

Billy: [ Sighs ] Maybe your plan to save our company is too late.

Lily: Oh, no. You don’t get much time for yourself.

Adam: Thank you. And thank you for offering to help with my plan. It’s very generous of you.

Sally: Well, I meant every word of it.

Adam: I have no doubt. I am very grateful that you’re in my corner.

Sally: Well, then put me in, coach. I’m ready to contribute to team newman.

Adam: I would love to see you in action again after your little coup with victoria’s dress. That was a brilliant move.

Sally: Well, there is a lot more where that came from.

Adam: I’m sure. But I need you to focus on the fashion platform. That’s the best way to contribute at the moment.

Sally: Really?

Adam: There’s nothing more to be done with our move against chanccomm. The wheels are already turning and they are spinning very fast.

Sally: Like your conversation with that gaines guy?

Adam: Exactly. And that situation requires all of my attention right now.

Sally: So it is serious.

Adam: [ Sighs ] You have nothing to worry about. Everything is going according to my well-conceived plan. And very soon, we won’t have to worry about billy abbott or chanccomm ever again.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Nikki: Oh, my goodness, who are you texting at this hour?

Victor: My sweetheart, just some newman media business i have to take care of.

Nikki: Alright, I’ll let you get to it. Don’t stay up too late.

Victor: I’ll be up as soon as this is finished, okay?

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Gaines: I would like to publicly recant everything attributed to me in the recent chanccomm article regarding ashland locke. The letter quoted in that article was also a fake. The fact is, I had a letter fabricated from camilla rhodes explaining why she left her precious ashland nothing in her will. But those were my words and not the words of mrs. Rhodes. The fact is, I have held a long-standing grudge against ashland locke, a hatred, really, so I made up those allegations and I told them to billy abbott and lily winters at chanccomm. Now, I still hate ashland locke, but he is, in fact, a victim in this matter because those lies should never have been published. Now, I regret my part in this deception, but I believe that chanccomm should have executed their due diligence and fact-checked what I told them. And if they had, this article would never have been published. But they didn’t do any digging into my claims. And I believe they had ulterior motives for that. I feel, ethically speaking, that I had a moral obligation to come forward with the truth because we, as a society, deserve more from our institutions.

Billy: I mean, enough of that. I’m not gonna get lectured about the sanctity of free press from that jackass.

Lily: You know, you almost have to admire the thoroughness of the newmans’ plan.

Billy: They have made ashland locke bulletproof. I mean, it doesn’t matter what comes out about that letter anymore. It’s been discredited in the public eye. He’s gonna come out smelling like a rose.

Lily: Yep. And they’ve painted us as immoral, reckless villains.

Adam: Well, why don’t you go ahead? I’ll — I’ll take care of the check. I’ll see you in the morning.

Sally: You gonna linger here a little longer? Why is that?

Adam: I just have to have a word with detective rosales for a moment.

Sally: Ooh, sounds official. Getting more curious by the minute.

Adam: I will see you in the morning.

Sally: Alright, see ya.

Adam: Bye. Good evening. Can I buy an after-dinner drink?

Sharon: Well, um…

Adam: Oh, don’t worry, i won’t be joining you. I’ll just have the bartender send it over.

Rey: Why you got to rush off? Got to go meet up with your buddy, jesse gaines?

Adam: [ Scoffs ] He’s no buddy of mine, believe me.

Rey: I can’T.

Adam: Well, of course not. But what you witnessed was just purely a chance encounter. I took the opportunity to rake him over the coals for what he’s trying to do to ashland.

Rey: [ Laughs ] That seemed like a pretty gentle raking. And we just happened to see his press conference at your office. So was that really just a chance encounter?

Adam: I think there is something that you need to know, detective.

Gaines: I feel, ethically speaking, that I had to come forward with the truth.

Nikki: You know all about this, don’t you?

Victor: My business to know.

Nikki: What about victoria and ashland? Were they in the loop?

Victor: Mm-hmm. Ashland was in on it from the beginning. Mm-hmm. But don’t you worry, neither ashland nor victoria will be hurt by this.

Nikki: How can you be so sure?

Victor: There was a risk of ashland’s story being exposed by billy boy abbott on his terms. That would have been very bad for both of them, and for our company. So adam and I stepped in. We got rid of the problem.

Nikki: But you see, I do worry because I know that everything gaines just said is a lie, and what he originally said about ashland’s past is true.

Victor: Well, the problem is that billy boy abbott was gonna use that against us, and that was gonna be a mistake.

Nikki: I think that you often underestimate him, and the problem is that he is a lot like you, especially when he is focused on something.

Victor: What do you mean billy boy abbott is a lot like me? What are you talking about?

Nikki: Okay, what I meant to say is that when he feels like he’s in a corner, he’s gonna go on the attack, just like you. And for that reason, I think this situation is far from over.

Billy: We are in the right. We have truth on our side. We’re not the bad guys here.

Lily: Billy, you tried to blackmail victor and adam.

Billy: That was to protect our company, okay? I was trying to stop them from coming after us. It was a noble cause.

Lily: It doesn’t matter. It’s still blackmail. As soon as you got with gaines and tried to use that against them, we were no longer the good guys.

Billy: I thought you weren’t looking to cast blame here.

Lily: No, I’m — I’m not, I just —

[ Sighs ] I had a bad feeling about this. I knew there was something too convenient about his escape story and showing up on our doorstep.

Billy: Yep. I wish I would’ve listened to you. But the good news is we know everything they have against us now. I mean, there’s nothing else they can throw at us.

Lily: I disagree. I think there is more to come. I think there’s an even bigger shoe that’s about to drop.

Sharon: Adam, we just wanted to have a nice, quiet dinner. I don’t think there’s any reason for you to discuss your meeting with gaines.

Adam: I’m sorry if I intruded on your evening. Uh…but this will just take a minute, and then I will leave. It’s important.

Rey: Okay. What’d you want to tell me?

Adam: Well, when chanccomm published that nasty article, billy contacted me, threatening to release it.

Rey: What sort of threat?

Adam: Look, I’m not gonna lie, newman media has been looking for ways to edge out chanccomm. We’ve been aggressive. My father doesn’t care for competition.

Rey: Yeah, I’m sure he doesn’T.

Adam: Yeah, so billy came to us, trying to use the article as leverage. In other words, he tried to blackmail us. Now, that can’t be legal, can it? Oh, right. The patent.

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