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Nick: Mm.

[ Exhales sharply ]

Faith: Suck it up, santa. It’s your big night. You’ve got a long way to go to get ready for tomorrow.

Nick: Not this year.

Faith: Oh, really?

Nick: Mm-hmm. I got all my shopping done before christmas eve.

Faith: You brag, but is everything wrapped?

Nick: Mm.

Faith: Ha! Yeah, I knew it.

Nick: Well, don’t you worry your pointy little ears, sassy elf. I got it covered.

Faith: If you say so.

Nick: Trust me, everything’s gonna be done before christian wakes up. You know what? I think I owe you, like, an extra christmas brownie for helping me at the orphanage tonight.

Faith: I love that you organized that surprise christmas party for the kids. They were so excited. It was really special, and I’m glad I got to be a part of it.

Nick: But you sacrificed part of your christmas eve to help me hand out presents. Means a lot to me.

Faith: I didn’t sacrifice a thing. It felt good, bringing a little joy into their lives, seeing the look on their faces because someone cared. I can’t imagine what that must feel like, the sense of being rootless, not knowing where you fit in the world. Where you really belong. That’s what grandpa went through, right? He lived in a place like that?

Nick: Yeah, um…his mother and father abandoned him when he was just a little boy. I don’t think he ever got over that.

Faith: That’s so sad.

Nick: And each one of those kids you met tonight has their own story. I have such deep compassion for them.

Faith: Yeah, it reminds me of how lucky I am to have such an incredible family.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Nick: Mm. It’s summer in milan.

Faith: Really? What time is it there?

Nick: Really late. We should… faith? What? Where…

[ Sighs ] Hey, summer. Merry christmas. Hello? We must have a bad connection.

[ Christmas music plays ]

Nick: Okay, I get it. You are pranking your dad on christmas eve. What a funny joke. Thank you. Summer, you there? What, are you at a party? Too much egg nog? Maybe you dialed me on accident? Supergirl, you there? Okay, I appreciate the sentiment, but I would really, really like to talk to you. Faith is around here somewhere. I’m sure she would love to wish her big sister a merry christmas, too. Mom, what — what are you doing here?

Nikki: Come with me, nicholas.

Nick: Mom, what is going on?

Nikki: It’s christmas eve. A night of love and discovery. Let’s go. Look at this guy.

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Nick: Mom, have you seen faith? She was here a minute ago.

Nikki: Come with me.

Nick: Mom, this is really weird.

Nikki: All is well, my darling.

Nick: For you, maybe.

Nikki: You did a wonderful thing, dressing up as santa and taking toys to those children at the orphanage. It’s those kinds of gestures, small kindnesses, that can make a deep and lasting impact. And now, there is a gift waiting for you. Come on.

Nick: What is this, an ambush?

Nikki: [ Scoffs ] Is that what you think?

Nick: Well, you pulled something like this not too long ago with me and dad. You said there was an emergency out here, but really you just wanted us to talk to try and work things out.

Adam: You did that? Wow, I’m shocked.

Nikki: Well, when the stakes are high enough, I can be very sneaky.

Victoria: So, how did the conversation with dad go once mom was able to get you two in the same room? I hope that it was at least productive.

Victor: I told nicholas what an excellent father he is. Far more connected and present with his children than I ever was with mine.

Adam: That’s an understatement.

Victor: And I’m proud to see him with his children.

Nick: Well, it’s more complicated than that. It always is.

Nikki: Well, we are family.

Victor: And it is christmas.

Adam: That magical time of year where we get together to dwell on how dysfunctional we are.

Victoria: So, as a family, we have decided to pool our emotional resources and give you a gift.

Nikki: You see, there’s no ambush here, only affection.

Adam: Even from me, believe it or not.

Victoria: It’s our way of showing you how much we love you and how we want to close the distance that’s between us, and we want to heal our relationship.

Nick: Well, I want that, too, but we never seem to make that happen.

Victoria: We? So you mean as in you and me?

Nick: I’ve apologized over and over again about digging into ashland’s past. But it can’t be undone. It’s always gonna be there between us, even if we’re pretending to be civil or acting like this is something that’s in the past.

Adam: Got to love the man’s honesty.

Nick: The bottom line is i think you married an opportunist who has no scruples, and I told that right to ashland’s face, which also can’t be undone.

Victoria: No, it can’t be undone.

Nick: I miss what we used to have, vick. You know, we were best friends. Used to tell each other everything, and I really hope someday we can get that back.

Victoria: Did you genuinely not think about the impact that this would have on our relationship? You playing detective?

Nick: I honestly thought you would appreciate hearing the truth from me.

Victoria: Alright, because that’s what you want from all of us. You want our gratitude. For us to acknowledge that you’re not like the rest of our family. You’re the moral one. You are the guy who is so pure that you will not work for a company with the name “newman.” However, I think I’m short-changing abby right now, because she’s also made some similar choices. I digress. You know, dad has — he’s done pretty everything that you’ve wanted and you’re still not satisfied.

Nick: [ Sighs ] Well, if I haven’t told you yet, when you told me I was a great father, that meant the world to me.

Victor: I’ve never been more sincere in my admiration for you, son.

Nick: Well, I admire you, too. Everything you’ve accomplished. And I was reminded of that tonight when I was at the orphanage, just imagining everything you had to do, everything you had to overcome to achieve your success. If I’m the better father, it’s just because I have a different definition of success than you do.

Victor: I understand that now, my boy. But, you know, when you grew up, became a young man, I didn’t understand why you didn’t want to follow in my footsteps. Every father wants his children to do that. And I didn’t quite understand why you wouldn’t take advantage of the many opportunities that I’ve provided, by hard work, for you and your siblings. But I respect your decision now.

Nick: I backed away from the family business years ago because I couldn’t handle the family in-fighting.

Victor: And you found peace.

Nick: No, I didn’T. That’s the thing. ‘Cause I keep drawn right back in to your games. Being pitted against my siblings, in your favor one minute and then out the next, I can’t stand it. I do not want to live my life like that, but I don’t think it’s ever gonna change.

Adam: Well, a year ago, nobody would have predicted that you would agree to work with me, that we would be collaborating to help humanity. I mean, think about it — adam newman working side-by-side with his brother, devoting time and energy to a nonprofit, to build affordable housing?

Victor: No, don’t be absurd.

Nikki: That’s ridiculous.

Adam: But we’re doing it. A lot of people in this community who have lacked decent, stable housing, often for a while, have it now. ‘Cause of you. Your ideas, your dedication. And I’m learning a lot from you, nick, and I’m very grateful.

Victor: You see? The newman brothers coming together because of the aptly named new hope.

Nick: Alright, let’s — let’s just calm down on the thriving collaboration, okay? We’re doing the best we can, making our way through it, but the jury’s still out.

Victoria: Adam being adam.

Victor: Now, now, my sweetheart. I’ve got you all where I want you. This is christmas.

Adam: But the point is, nick, that if you could give me a chance to prove that I have changed, anything is possible.

Victor: So we just have to keep trying.

Adam: Anyway, we got a little off track there.

Victor: Now, I heard something about a gift.

Victoria: Oh, yes, you did. Thank you. This is for you, nicholas. Merry christmas.

Nikki: It’s from all of us.

Adam: What, is it — is it ticking?

Victor: Open it, son.

Nikki: Yes, I can’t wait to see the look on your face.

Victoria: You remember it. Dad used to read that to us on christmas eve when we were kids.

Nick: We each got copies of this to read to our kids when they were little. “The children rushed from the house to greet their father, racing across freshly fallen snow that sparkled like diamonds in the light of the full moon. Their ecstatic cries rose to the heavens. So pure and sweet that the angel watching over them realized she had tears in her eyes.”

Faith: Dad?

Nick: Hey, where’d you run off to?

Faith: Here and there. Remember how you’d read that to all of us on christmas eve, sitting by the tree?

Nick: Of course.

Faith: I would practically hold my breath, the way you made the story come alive. Made it so dramatic. It was so magical every time. No matter how many christmases came and went, no matter how many times you read it to us, I loved it.

Nick: And that’s the way i always felt whenever you read it to me and vick.

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Victor: “The riches of the world were right there, the angel knew, in the little things, the small kindnesses — and kings would pluck their beards with envy to see the family’s joy on this perfect christmas eve.”

Nick: Mom, um, you said this gift was from all of you. But why this book in particular? I mean, adam was in kansas. He wasn’t raised with us. He doesn’t have the same memories or traditions.

Adam: And if I can get past that, you should be able to get past whatever troubles we have in our family.

Nick: I’m trying. We’re making progress.

Nikki: But something is holding you back. You’re still confused, searching, wondering about your place in life and in this family. What your purpose is, how and where you fit in.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Nick: It’s summer. Hey, summer.

[ Christmas music plays ] Summer? Can you hear me? Answer me. Is something wrong? Are you in trouble?

Sharon: Nick, it’s not summer. It’s noah.

Nick: How long’s he been like that?

Sharon: Since he moved back home.

Nick: But you said he’d been okay.

Sharon: You know what? I think that you should handle this by yourself, nick.

Nick: Why?

Sharon: Because it’s about noah’s love life, and no one knows more about getting your romantic hopes dashed than you.

Nick: [ Scoffs ] Really? You had to go there?

Sharon: Just go deal with your son. He needs you.

Nick: Hey, bud, what’s going on? Why are you so sad at christmas?

Noah: The, uh… the woman that I was involved with in london — the one that i fell so hard for and thought I’d be with for the rest of my life… she just got married.

Nick: Oh, man.

Noah: Yeah, after we split, she reconnected with a childhood love and sent me a letter telling me that she had finally found true happiness. She said that she — she regretted ever hurting me, but she realized now that she was only ever with me for the wild ride. Be part of the scene. It was — it was never serious for her.

Nick: I’m so sorry, son.

Noah: Yeah, I guess — i guess her heart, it was — it was back in that place with a deeper connection. You know, somewhere — somewhere more honest and more real. As much as it pains me to admit. I love her enough to be happy for her. I’m happy that she — that she found what she needed to feel fulfilled, but it’s a commentary — you know, it’s a commentary on what we had. Or what we didn’t have. And now I’m in this world, you know, this weird uncertain place, and I just — I just don’t know how I could’ve gotten it so wrong.

Nick: Look, I know what it’s like to think one thing about a relationship and then find out later that it wasn’t what you had hoped. But maybe being in that uncertain place gets you one step closer to figuring it all out, you know? I will tell you that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, because eventually you’re gonna see things for what they really are. But, son, if you want to have a relationship that’s gonna last, you know, that will stand the test of time, then…you got to dig deep. You know, you got to talk about everything.

Noah: [ Chuckles ] Dad, you — you’re the best man that I know. You’re like a hero to me. You’re that dad that people wish that they had, and you’re so, so good with people. Their intentions, whether or not they’re being truthful. You know, when it comes to emotional intelligence, you…

[ Sighs ] …You’re second to none. So why do you keep screwing up your own life?

Nick: I mean, I — I don’t know. I guess because —

Phyllis: Because of me.

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Phyllis: You’re at loose ends, right? You feel like you failed?

Nick: Really thought we were gonna make it this time.

Phyllis: We were really hot together and we laugh a lot, but that’s not enough. But I feel this funk you’re in — I feel it has more to do than our relationship hitting the wall again.

Nick: It’s about a lot of things, you know, all at once.

Phyllis: Yeah. You’re confused about your place in this world, aren’t you?

Nick: [ Scoffs ] So everybody keeps saying.

Phyllis: I feel like I’m partly to blame.

Nick: How do you figure that?

Phyllis: Because I brought up your family and made you look at what you’re willing to take from them. I guess you took me to heart.

Nick: Look, I’m not some kid, alright, trying to find myself. Though I would have thought at this point, I’d have more answers.

Phyllis: Maybe you’re asking the wrong questions.

Nick: I’m unsure of everything right now. I don’t know who I am, what i want, what do I think I need to have my life have some meaning.

Phyllis: Uh, relax, okay? First of all, it’s not my responsibility to pull you through this crisis. It’s not anybody’s responsibility but yours. But I do feel that I stirred things up for you. Although nothing would get stirred up if there wasn’t something going on already. You feel nowhere in your life right now, and you have a need for…

Nick: What?

Phyllis: Exactly.

Cassie: Dad, it’s okay.

Nick: Cassie.

Cassie: I’m sorry if i startled you.

Nick: No. I love seeing you.

Cassie: Then maybe you’ll listen to me.

Nick: I’ll try.

Cassie: Okay, here it goes. I think you’re doing great. You are the greatest dad in the world. And it’s not just me. All of your other kids think so. Even grandpa victor said so. But I want you to hear it from me and I want you to believe it.

Nick: I miss you so much.

Cassie: Well, I’m alive in your heart and in the rest of the family.

Nick: It’s not the same.

Cassie: No, no, it’s not. But life is about change. That’s how we grow, that’s how we move forward. If we don’t, we get stagnant. And I know you’re not sure about what you want, but you don’t want that — trust me.

Nick: All my kids are philosophers now.

Cassie: They come by it honestly.

Nick: I think there’s a thing of too much soul-searching, you know?

Cassie: Who told you that?

Nick: You don’t agree?

Cassie: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Nick: [ Chuckles ] Wow, look at you, socrates.

Cassie: Oh, you’re in for it now, dude.

[ Laughs ]

Nick: Yeah, I used to tell your mom, “cassie’s an old soul. She knows more than everyone else.” When you were like 6, 8, 10, it was like you always knew exactly what everyone was thinking or feeling or how to make everything better. I’ve never known anyone like you.

Cassie: And then I would scrape my knee or some kid at school would say something mean to me, and you would be right there, comforting me like no one else could. I know that you’re searching for something and you’re trying to fill this empty space inside of you. I just…

Nick: What?

Cassie: I think you’re looking in the wrong direction.

Nick: Well, what’s the right direction? I’m guessing this is something i got to figure out on my own.

Cassie: Yeah. But I will give you a hint. It’s all around you tonight. Did you know some deodorants may not last all day?

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Cassie: What’s wrong?

Nick: Nothing.

Cassie: Seriously?

Nick: I’m just asking myself the question I do every day. If I’m such a good father, how come I couldn’t do more to protect you?

Cassie: Dad, come on. You know the answer to that.

Sharon: Just because you’re an amazing father doesn’t mean that you can keep your kids from being hurt, from making bad choices.

Nick: Cassie was ground– she was grounded, and with good reason. I should’ve enforced it.

Sharon: That was up to both of us, nick. Not just you.

Nick: She was 14, still just a child. I should’ve been a better parent. You know, I should’ve known exactly where she was and who she was with. I should’ve known she was lying and that she wasn’t at the movies, she was at a party.

Sharon: All these years later and you’re still second-guessing yourself. Why do you feel the need to revisit this? It’s something that wasn’t your fault and that you can’t change.

Nick: Because faith was going down the same path. She was acting out. She got behind the wheel of that truck and she had been drinking. When we got the call that she was in an accident, I was so scared. I mean, the thought of losing her, I couldn’t go through that again.

Sharon: Faith is fine now.

Nick: I know. Thanks to adam.

Sharon: He faced a choice that night, too. When he saw that accident, he could’ve just kept on going. Could’ve called 911 and left. He could’ve just completely ignored it and saved himself.

Nick: But he did the selfless thing. He saw faith and took her to the hospital, even though he knew, once he was spotted, he was gonna get arrested.

Sharon: And now you’ve given him the chance to prove that that wasn’t a calculated move. Your brother really has changed.

Nick: He saved faith’s life.

Sharon: I’m talking about what you did. You gave adam another chance, after everything that he had done in the past. That was a choice that you made because of the kind of person you are at the core of your being. You are a caring and compassionate man, and a loving and devoted father. Yes, nick, devoted. Cassie knew that. And I know it, too. No kid could ever ask for a better dad. And it’s because you loved cassie so much that you felt that loss so immensely. It’s why you couldn’t be there for noah and me. That’s why you had to numb that unbearable pain. And what happened that night affected your choices, it changed the trajectory of your whole life. Those overwhelming emotions that you were going through, that was you being caught in a current, and that carried you in a different direction than you could’ve ever envisioned.

Faith: That’s the metaphor we’re going with, “caught in a current”? Never mind, I’ve got it. You need to stop being so hard on yourself. Figure out where you want to go and start swimming, not just let yourself get swept along in this riptide, you know, of life. Getting snagged on debris, smacked on the head with all these rocks. You need to take decisive action, find your way back to…

Nick: To dry land?

Faith: Yeah, like I said, not the best metaphor. Where was I? Oh, yeah.

[ Sighs ] Find your way back to the place you want to be, where you will truly be happy. Not just getting along, going through the motions. Taking charge of your own future.

Nick: [ Chuckles ]

Faith: What’s so funny?

Nick: It’s just you and noah both giving your old man some real mature advice tonight.

Faith: It’s not like I’ve ever been a parent or had a zillion break-ups. Honestly, I hope even when I am all grown up and have my own kids, I am not as much of a sentimental dork as you are.

Nick: Wow. I mean, you are not cutting me any slack tonight.

Faith: Because this is so obvious. I shouldn’t have to spell it out for you.

[ Sighs ] Sometimes, people can’t see that it is the simplest things they do, the small act of kindness that make the biggest difference. You have made an impact on so many people’s lives. Even if you’re having a tough time seeing it. Advil dual action fights pain 2 ways.

Faith: I have got a whole long list of all the amazing things you have done that have changed people’s lives. Big and small. You want to hear it? You founded new hope with grandma to bring affordable housing to genoa city. You bought crimson lights with mom to keep it from shutting down. You were there for mom and the rest of us when she had cancer. And then, when she finally got well, you were best man for her wedding to rey, which a lot of people saw as “out there” and strange because they don’t know that’s the kind of person you really are.

Nick: Out there and strange?

Faith: Exactly! Everything you went through with summer, when she needed you the most. Helping her navigate her life through all of the ups and downs with kyle, even though it made you crazy sometimes. Being there for noah the exact same way, through all of the zig-zag relationships and career moves. Letting him manage underground, knowing how much it meant to him to be working alongside you. And then encouraging him to follow his dreams to london.

[ Sighs ] Adopting cassie and loving her as your very own. Fighting for christian and to raise him. And how ridiculously proud you are of that little boy and how you show him that every single day. How you tracked down adam in kansas to get him to donate a kidney to me, and all of the other things that you have done for me. Getting me the help that i needed, the seemingly endless supply of corny dad jokes. You are the reason why I’m alive. The reason why I am here now. Because of your love and because you show up every single day, no matter what.

Nick: It’s what we do.

Faith: Because you taught us that. And now you need to show up for yourself. Everything that you’ve gone through lately has you questioning your place and purpose in life.

Nick: I’ve gotten some hints tonight, you know, that I’m looking in the wrong direction, that the answer is all around me.

Faith: Now you need to listen to your heart.

Nick: Hmm? Mm. Hmm.

Faith: Wow. Good thing I got you that double shot of caffeine. Passing out all those gifts was hard work, huh, santa? I guess jolly old saint nick is wearing out. Now he’s just sleepy old dad.

Nick: Ha-ha.

Faith: This is the part where you claim that you were just resting your eyes.

Nick: No, you — you got me. I was completely out.

Faith: [ Chuckles ] Did you dream about me?

Nick: You know what? I actually did.

Faith: No way!

Nick: Yeah, you all were there, the whole family. I mean, yeah, all — yes, all of you were there. Yeah, I can’t remember much.

Faith: Was it a fun dream or a sad dream?

Nick: Um…you know, I don’t know many details. Uh…I remember feeling weird.

Faith: As in freaked out?

Nick: Um…no, it was more like, um, everything that’s going on in my life, it was all jumbled. You all were there and you were all saying the same thing. And then there was — yeah, every time I was on the phone, there was this — like, this christmas carol playing.

Faith: My friend marcie’s, like, a dream fanatic. She’s done all this research about how to remember your dreams, even when they seem to completely dissolve when you wake up. I can tell you some of the techniques if you want.

Nick: Yeah, that’s gonna be a no for me.

[ Chuckles ]

Faith: According to marcie, our dreams are trying to tell us important stuff about our lives.

Sharon: Faith, I could use some help in here.

Faith: Coming! I’ll be right back.

Nick: Okay.

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Cellphone rings ] Summer, are you there?

Summer: Yeah, dad, of course I’m here. I called you.

Nick: [ Chuckles ] Oh, thank god. I can’t tell you how good it is to hear your voice.

Summer: Aww, it’s good to hear you, too. You know it wouldn’t be christmas eve without you.

Nick: Merry christmas. Alice loves the scent of gain so much,

Nick: I mean, it’s got to be after midnight in milan.

Summer: Yeah, you know, people stay up way later here. It’s pretty cool.

Nick: Fashion never sleeps, huh?

Summer: Well, actually, in italy, tonight is all about midnight mass, so we just sat on our balcony and we listened to the church bells. It was — it was really beautiful.

Nick: Oh, I’ll bet.

Summer: Oh, and harrison wanted to stay up late to catch santa claus putting christmas presents under the tree, but thankfully, he just fell asleep.

Nick: You’re never gonna believe this — I’m actually wearing a santa costume right now. If we had done by video chat, i could’ve done a whole performance for you.

Summer: I think I want to see that for myself.

Nick: Oh, you know what? I’ll put it on tomorrow when we have our video chat, so we can watch harrison open up his presents.

Summer: It’ll almost be as good as having you here.

Nick: Hey, um…I don’t know. What would you say if I came over and saw you for a few days?

Summer: Seriously?

Nick: Yeah. You know, I don’t know if you have plans, but I would love to see you and harrison and kyle.

Summer: Ooh, well, we were thinking of spending new year’s eve partying with, you know, a bunch of models and rock stars.

Nick: Oh, yeah, of course. No worries. I don’t want to cramp your style.

Summer: Um, I’m actually totally kidding. No, the only plans that we have was to go to a dinner party with some friends, but I would love to introduce them to my very cool dad, so please come.

[ Chuckles ]

Nick: Okay. I’ll make a flight for right after christmas.

Summer: Okay. Perfect. Ooh, and I will get a birthday cake so we can celebrate your birthday.

Nick: Awesome. I really cannot wait to see you. I’ll give you all the details on our chat tomorrow, okay?

Summer: Okay, yay! Oh, I’m so excited. I love you, dad.

Nick: I love you, supergirl. Hmm. How much of that did you hear?

Faith: Enough. I think it’s awesome.

Sharon: This trip is exactly what you need.

Nick: Yeah, it just kind of came to me. Doesn’t seem like they have any plans, so the timing’s perfect.

Noah: I’m glad that you’re doing this, dad. It’s great to see you so happy.

Faith: And I’m glad you’re waiting until after christmas. It’s gonna be so awesome, all being together.

Sharon: Especially with noah home this year.

Nick: I wouldn’t miss it.

Sharon: Well, good, because everything’s prepped and ready, and I’m gonna be cooking up a storm tomorrow.

Faith: Mom said we could each pick one favorite thing for her to make for christmas dinner.

Sharon: Well, in your case, rey will be making it.

Faith: I asked for his guacamole for the snack table while we’re watching the game.

Nick: Oh, of course.

Noah: I told mom we ought to just stuff the turkey with it.

Sharon: [ Laughs ]

Faith: We’re having ham. Pay attention.

Noah: Oh. Well, whatever mom cooks works for me.

Sharon: It’s gonna be a really lovely day.

Nick: I mean, great food and presents and egg nog. Everything that we love, the best traditions. Never get tired of it.

Faith: Like you reading from that book of christmas stories that’s practically falling apart.

Nick: “The riches of the world were there, the angel knew, in the little things, the small kindnesses.”

“And kings would pluck their beards with envy to see the family’s joy on this perfect christmas eve.”

[ Laughter ]

Nick: You guys crushed that.

[ Laughter ] Oh, merry christmas. Bring it in, boy.

Noah: Ah.

[ Laughter ]

Next week on

“the young and the restless”…

Victoria: So you want me to stay silent while you set a trap for my father?

Abby: It sounds like you’re asking for shared custody.

Devon: Practically speaking, yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

Sally: Have you considered my proposal to do nothing for new year’s eve? We could just hang out and do nothing together.

Adam: It all depends on what the “nothing” is that you want to do.

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