Y&R Transcript Monday, January 17, 2022

Young & The Restless Transcript

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Victor: Now, you agree that we have a lot of plans for our company, right? You also agree that we accomplished what we set out to do with billy boy, namely bring him to his knees.

Adam: Trust me, I’m more than ready to wash my hands of billy. Focus on the job and all the responsibility that you’ve given me.

Victor: Talking about that, son, I am going to take a more active role around here.

Devon: This is something i feel I need to do for dominic and myself.

Abby: I thought you were my friend. And now you’re taking us to court to spend more time with our son? After everything we’ve been through, how could you do something so hurtful?

Devon: I’m not trying to hurt you. I’m really not trying to do that, okay? And it’s because of everything that we’ve all been through that I feel I need to do this. Chance, you’ve been struggling since you’ve been back home, right? And I don’t think that you were lying when you admitted that to me.

Chance: Okay, we understand how you feel. But there’s no need to take this to the extreme.

Devon: I mean, I didn’t think it was extreme to ask for arranged visits with dominic. But last time I spoke to you, abby, you know, you made it very clear that you guys are completely against anything like that. So…I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. You guys really didn’t leave me any choice but to pursue legal action to get shared custody.

Ashland: Oh, that’s great. Thanks. Cheers, love.

Victoria: Cheers.

Adam: [ Scoffs ]

Ashland: Oh, yeah.

Victoria: How you feeling?

Adam: So, I guess congratulations are in order.

Victoria: For what?

Adam: For chanccomm. I hear jill accepted your offer.

Ashland: That’s right. She did.

Adam: Well, you know, it’s never over until it’s over.

Victoria: But this is over. I mean, at least as far as us closing the deal on chanccomm.

Adam: Oh. What else do you have in the works?

[ Keys clatter ]

Lily: Billy? Billy! Hey! Oh, my god, I didn’t think you’d be here so soon.

Billy: I missed you so much, I had to come home early, wanted one more special night with you before your big day tomorrow.

Lily: Ooh. Well, tell me everything. What happened with jill? I mean, did you guys patch things up? Like, I’m working under the assumption that we’re both starting new jobs.

Billy: Okay, just slow down, my little tiger lily.

Lily: Well, tell me if you guys made peace or not. Are you coming to chancellor as coo? What happened?

Billy: I will answer all your questions. But first…

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Clerk: Hello, how can I?

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Abby: Chance and amanda, can you give me a few moments alone with devon so we can talk? I think we need to speak one-on-one.

Chance: I don’t think that’s a very good idea, abby. Everyone’s feeling very raw right now, and I would hate to see things escalate. I think we need to all talk about this together, right?

Amanda: Yeah, chance is right. That’s the reason why we waited for him to get here, so I think it’s best if we stay.

Abby: Actually, amanda, it’s your presence that I’m concerned about. I mean, you are devon’s lawyer, right? I can call christine. I can have her come join us. Or I can speak with devon alone.

Chance: Abby, please —

Abby: No, no, no. I’m not gonna do any deal-making or negotiating. I just need to speak with my friend. I need him to explain to me what his motivation is for doing this, and I don’t think he can do that with everyone here.

Devon: That’s totally fine, abby. Let’s — let’s talk, just the two of us, ’cause I never wanted to involve lawyers, ever. So, maybe we can work something out.

Chance: You sure?

Abby: I’m positive. I hope you can understand.

Chance: Yeah, whatever you need. I got you.

Chance: Amanda, would you mind talking privately with me, as well?

Amanda: Uh…

Chance: Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t want to talk to you as devon’s lawyer. I was hoping I could talk to you as his partner, someone who understands where his head is right now.

Amanda: Uh, okay. Yeah, let’s grab a coffee.

Chance: Alright.

Abby: You said you thought pursuing shared custody was a bad idea. So, what changed your mind?

Adam: So, dad tells me that you are taking credit for putting a stop to billy’s abandoned and pitiful plot to trick newman media into libeling him.

Victoria: Yes. I got him to back down.

Adam: Mm. So, I’m curious — how did you find out what he was up to? Did billy try to bring you in on it?

Victoria: No, he didn’t have to say anything to me. His plan was so transparent, I saw through it right away. I’m sure even a child could have seen through his game. I’m surprised that you didn’T.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: What makes you think I wasn’t already onto him? I mean, I told you at the ranch over the holidays that I didn’t see any news in billy’s little downward spiral.

Victoria: Oh, yes. Right.

Adam: No, believe me, I had no intention of writing a damaging story on him. I mean, in fact, now that i think of it, if you were onto him, why didn’t you mention anything to me and dad then? Could have warned us. I mean, assuming we all are on team newman.

Victoria: What other team is there?

Lily: Ah, this is exactly what I needed.

Billy: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: I’ve just been throwing myself into work so much trying to get ready for the big day, i didn’t realize how tense I was.

Billy: Well, I’m glad I could help you relax.

Lily: So, now can I ask questions?

[ Both laugh ]

Billy: Yes, you can ask three questions.

Lily: What? I’m sorry? When did I get a question quota?

Billy: Because this is our last special night before your big day and I don’t want to spend it talking about work.

Lily: Okay. That’s fair. Fine. But the first question I have is actually a non-work question.

Billy: Okay.

Lily: So it doesn’t count.

Billy: Okay.

Lily: Okay. How are you doing? How’s your mind-set?

Billy: I’m good. Yeah. Strong. Ready to take on the world.

Lily: Okay, good. So that means the conversation with your mom went well?

Billy: Is that a question without asking a question?

Lily: Oh, my — just tell me how it went with jill.

Billy: We had a very productive conversation. The biggest takeaway — she really likes you and she’s very excited that you are now the ceo of chancellor industries.

Lily: Really? So she’s not regretting her decision?

Billy: The contrary. She thinks you’re great. And she really believes that you’re gonna bring this company to new heights.

Victor: Send him in.

Michael: Victor.

Victor: Michael. Good to see you, man.

Michael: You too. I’m sorry to drop in like this. Uh…I’ve been thinking about the offer you made the other day.

Victor: I’m sure you didn’t trek all the way out here to turn me down.

Michael: Well, let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Let’s look at this as an informational visit. Uh…I’d like to hear more about what this job might entail.

Victor: Now, let me ask you. Are you serious about stepping down from your position as D.A.?

Michael: I’m planning on leaving.

Victor: Uh-huh.

Michael: Mostly to spend more time with my family, but, uh, I am intrigued by the possibility of doing some private work with you…

Victor: Uh-huh.

Michael: …As long as it’s not overwhelming, which would defeat the whole purpose of my resignation.

Victor: Of course. I understand that, you know, but don’t you worry. I will make this as appealing to you as possible, okay? This is the sound of nature breathing.

Lily: Well, I’m really happy that your mom has confidence in me, but I also know it’s really important for you that she has confidence in you as coo. So stop evading and just answer my question.

Billy: Which one of your many questions do you want me to answer?

Lily: I want to know if your mom accepted your apology the way you wanted her to.

Billy: Well, first and foremost, I apologized, and i also confessed about my ill-fated plan to get back at victor and adam for everything they did to us. I was also very clear that my change of heart came because of your guidance, and she was very grateful for that. She honestly believes that you are my guardian angel.

Lily: Well, I appreciate the credit, but I do think that you’re underselling the strength it took to turn the other cheek to the newmans.

Billy: Mm.

Lily: So, just tell me — did your mom accept your apology?

Billy: My mother and I making up usually involves a bone-crushing hug while she calls me an idiot. So, by that definition… yeah, we healed.

Lily: So, are you coming to chancellor as coo?

Billy: Yes.

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Billy: I am your coo, with, of course, my mother’s blessing.

Lily: Ooh, good, I’m so glad!

[ Laughs ]

Adam: Come on, victoria. Tell me. Tell me — what’s really going on with you and billy?

Victoria: You know, I don’t really have time for your little “what did you know and when did you know it” game. The point is, I stopped billy in his tracks when I found out what he was up to. Because, believe it or not, I am a great defender of all things newman, at least when it comes to business.

Adam: Well, I can’t help but wondering if there aren’t two opposing team newmans these days — newman media and newman/locke.

Victoria: [ Laughs ] Are you really comparing newman/locke, a giant, international powerhouse with interests in almost every sector, to newman media, a fledgling start-up? Need I remind you that your company was a part of locke communications group? It was just a little something that ashland decided that he wanted to sell off.

Adam: Oh, I don’t need to be reminded. Dad and I won ashland’s company over you and billy. And given the fact that you told dad that you were responsible for stopping billy’s little scheme to harm newman media, i just — I can’t help but wonder if you have a plan of your own. And I would bet it has something to do with newman media. Am I right?

Victoria: Now, why would i tell you one way or another? If I had something going on, the first person that I would discuss it with would be our father. And certainly he would share that news with you, wouldn’t he?

Adam: So I guess that’s a “yes.” And based on your response, your first order of attack is to turn father against son. Hmm. I can’t help but wonder — are you advising her in this maneuver?

Ashland: Well, you’re assuming there is a maneuver. And if you really knew your sister, you’d know that she makes her own decisions. I find her business instincts nothing short of brilliant. And if you think for one second that she would allow her husband to call the shots… well, you need to think again.

Devon: I know that I didn’t say that I wouldn’t do something like this, but the last time we spoke, you were very upset, and I felt like you weren’t hearing me. And I realized that it just wasn’t the time to press or push the issue at all. So I let it go, but I certainly didn’t change my mind about wanting to spend more time with dominic.

Abby: I just — I cannot believe that you’re doing this. Have I ever denied you the opportunity to spend time with dominic? And now you’re escalating things with lawyers?

Devon: Well, you denied me the ability to just have scheduled visits with him so i can feel like more than just a visitor in his life.

Abby: No, no, no, no. There’s got to be more to this than just that because you know you are welcome in this house anytime. You can see dominic whenever you want.

Devon: I know that.

Abby: Is this about my parenting? I know I asked you this before, and you insisted that it wasn’t, but it is the only thing that makes sense to me.

Devon: No, it’s not. I told you already what it is.

Abby: Is it about the trip to spain? Is it because I left him with you? You know, I only did that because I went to go look for my son’s father!

Devon: I know.

Abby: But it — it clearly tainted your opinion of me, and now you think I’m not capable of being a good mom!

Devon: That’s not true. I didn’t say that, abby. I think you’re a great mom.

Abby: Because I keep going over this in my head, over and over and over again, and it all goes back to that trip.

Devon: Just relax for a second, okay? It’s not the trip. It’s really not. When you left dominic with me, when you went to spain, it did strengthen our bond. I will say that, alright? But that’s not what this is about. This is about me wanting to have a bigger role in dominic’s life and being concerned about your husband.

Abby: We went into this clearly. We had an agreement. You agreed to be the donor. And you were by my side the whole time. You were my friend, my best friend. You held my hand when I thought chance was dead. You were there when dominic was born, and now you’re turning on us?

Devon: I’m not, abby. I’m not turning on anybody. I’m still your best friend. I love you and chance. I’m just trying to make sure that I’m always able to support dominic in every way. That’s it. And by you refusing to even consider…

Abby: Okay. Okay.

Devon: …Changing our agreement, I mean, you’re keeping me from doing that.

Abby: Okay, so you are blaming me. You are blaming me. You’re saying that I’m pushing you to do this. I asked you to be dominic’s godfather, for heaven’s sake!

Devon: I know.

Abby: And now what? What, you want to change the agreement? What is it? ‘Cause there’s clearly more to this than that. Just tell me.

Devon: I don’t know what to say. I’ve told you, it’s —

Abby: No, you don’t think that chance and I are capable of being good parents to dominic. That’s it, isn’t it? Just tell the truth.

Devon: No, that’s not the truth. I don’t think that about you. I think it about your husband, alright? I’m concerned about his psychological state right now and how that might affect dominic.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

[ Sniffles ] Depression can make you feel like…just…noooo.

Abby: I understand that you’re concerned about chance’s emotional state. I am, too. That’s why I am fighting so hard for my family. And I’m appalled that you think chance isn’t responsible enough to care for our son.

Devon: This isn’t something that I think, abby. That is what he told me. He said the words to me, “I am struggling with being home and the pressure of being a parent.” That’s what he said. And knowing that, I also know that dominic needs a father figure in his life right now that can put him first and foremost.

Abby: And you see yourself as dominic’s father?

Devon: I’m not saying that chance isn’t his father, too. I’m saying that — I’m talking about filling that role for dominic right now, because I can do it, while we give chance the time he needs to get his mind right.

Abby: I knew this was about more than just shared custody. I mean, you see yourself as our son’s father. I-I-I mean, I can’t even process that right now.

Devon: Why do you — why can’t you — what do you mean, you can’t process it, abby? Really? ‘Cause that’s kind of hurtful for me to hear you say that. You don’t see me as a type of father figure for dominic? I’m the one you left him with when you went to spain. You didn’t pick anybody in your family. You chose me. So, what’s changed for you?

Chance: Thanks for doing this with me.

Amanda: Yeah, of course.

Chance: I just wanted an opportunity to tell you that i understand where devon’s coming from — a lot more than abby does. That’s for sure.

Amanda: Wow. Well, I am really surprised to hear you say that.

Chance: Yeah, well, I — I can see how much he loves dominic.

Amanda: That is undeniable.

Chance: It’s also undeniable that I’ve been playing catch-up as a father. And I can’t help but wonder if that’s what devon is reacting to. I mean, this can’t be about spending more time with dominic. We never denied him that. This has to do with his concerns about me, doesn’t it?

Billy: While I was gone, did anything happen on the newman front between victoria, victor, and adam? Not that I really care, but, you knoW…

Lily: Oh, you care. I know you can’t just quit cold turkey. So, actually, I think you’ll find this interesting. Look at what adam sent me right when you left for chicago. He texted me that. “Best of luck with chancellor.”

Billy: Sounds like a threat.

Lily: Oh, of course it’s a threat. That’s why I went to his office to go confront him. I didn’t believe for a second he was being sincere.

Billy: Leave it to adam to turn a congratulations into a veiled warning.

Lily: Yeah. And he was trying to act all casual, but I could tell that something riled him up. So, clearly whatever you said to him before you left must have cut to the bone.

Billy: Well, that’s music to my ears, the fact that I can still wound him, metaphorically speaking of course. But that’s something we should keep an eye on. Wounded animals usually retaliate.

Lily: Well, then it’s a good thing you put the feud behind you.

Billy: Well, just because I’m able to turn the other cheek doesn’t mean adam is. It’s not in his dna.

Lily: Well, I did let him know that his attempts to destroy your reputation failed miserably and that you’re coming to chancellor as my coo.

Billy: I’m sure that went over well.

Lily: [ Laughs ] I also told ashland, too.

Billy: Oh. How much did he love that?

Lily: Actually, I think i loved telling them more. And now I can tell the world.

Billy: [ Laughs ]

Adam: Oh, don’t worry, ashland. I would never underestimate my brilliant sister. But unfortunately this time she had a swing and a miss. Your strategy to, uh, turn dad against me — it’s already backfired.

Victoria: Oh, okay. Well, then let’s just say for argument’s sake that that was my plan. What makes you so sure that it’s backfired?

Adam: Because we actually bonded more after your feeble attempt to drive a wedge between us. I know you’ll never admit it, but I know you’re up to something, and you’re either targeting newman media or me.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] My goodness, your paranoia is running rampant.

Adam: I mean, why even bother? Newman/locke won ownership of chanccomm. Is that not enough of a win for you? Are you that insecure that you can’t handle a little competition?

Victoria: I think newman media is hardly competition for us.

Adam: I thought after the wedding that we had at least reached neutral ground and we could go on with our lives. And, ashland, after all my help with gaines, I thought I had your loyalty. I mean, where would your reputation be if victor and i hadn’t intervened?

Ashland: I would have handled him fine by myself.

Victoria: And we thanked you for that. You know, I find it amusing that you don’t trust me. What’s wrong? Do I make you nervous?

Adam: [ Laughs ]

Victoria: You know I will always be your older and wiser sister and I will show you the respect by never handing you a bogus win because what would be the fun in that, really?

Adam: Mm.

Victoria: And, you know, you should consider that our father might not always have your back.

Adam: Mm. Well, don’t you get too confident that I’ll always have yours…or ashland’S.

[ Chair slams ]

[ Mug thuds ]

From the very first touch,

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Victor: Now, michael, please have a seat. There are plans in the works… involving newman/locke, newman media, and chanccomm. And most likely there will be some reshuffling in regard to power and control.

Michael: Is that so?

Victor: Don’t misunderstand me. Victoria has done a wonderful job, you know, merging newman enterprises with ashland locke’s company.

Michael: It was an amazing deal.

Victor: Yes, it’s one of historic proportions, really. However, I recently have noticed some signs of immaturity in my son adam. Again, I trust him. He’s done a good job running the company. He has done a great job transitioning cyaxares to newman media. And he’s added a fashion platform that stands to make a lot of money.

Michael: Sounds positive.

Victor: Yeah. But recent events have made me consider taking a more active role, you know?

Michael: I can imagine how adam feels about that.

Victor: What I want you to think about is that I am thinking about solidifying the various factions calling themselves newman.

Michael: That sounds intriguing, but I would hate to be caught in the middle of a newman war. I mean, I love the idea of a new challenge, but the whole point of resigning from the D.A.’S office was to have less stress, not more.

Victor: And I understand that. And I want you to know that i don’t intend to blow things up. But I want to protect my legacy. And who better to help me through the legal difficulties than you, one of the brightest legal minds around? But the one wild card in all this for me is, uh… ashland locke. I know he loves my daughter and she loves him. But I don’t trust him.

Ashland: I wonder what adam meant by that parting warning.

Victoria: What do you mean, about my father not always having our back? I’m sure he was just trying to knock us off our guard.

Ashland: Well, in that case, he’s underestimating us.

Victor: That was a very sloppy, sloppy move, which strikes me as either panic or overconfidence. Neither is a quality of someone destined to come out on top.

Ashland: Well, you know, i really admire your confidence in the whole thing, but you of all people should know how ruthless victor newman can be. Maybe adam knows something about his agenda that we should be concerned about.

Victoria: No, I don’t think so. Look at how far my father went to protect you, and I do believe that he genuinely admires my business instincts. I mean, he wholeheartedly congratulated me on acquiring chanccomm. I mean, sure, I was disappointed that he didn’t agree to sell me newman media, but I think that would have been too easy. My father loves the game just as much as the win.

Ashland: You are your father’s daughter.

Victoria: And I don’t buy adam’s claim for one minute that his bond with my dad is stronger than ever. I am sure that I planted doubt in my father’s head about adam’s competence and whether he’s suited to running things.

Ashland: I love watching you calculate all the angles. But watching you go head-to-head with adam while simultaneously staying one step ahead of victor — that’s a first for me.

Victoria: Does it scare you?

Ashland: On the contrary. I’m sure, now more than ever, that together we can accomplish anything and everything we set our minds to.

Victoria: Agreed. So then we keep applying the pressure.

Ashland: We definitely make a formidable team.

Amanda: I’m not sure what you mean when you say that devon’s only doing this because of you.

Chance: Okay, again, amanda, I’m not talking to you as his lawyer. But devon and I did have a little heart-to-heart the other day. And I might have opened up about some of these demons that I’m battling. And maybe I was little too honest with him.

Amanda: Well, there’s no such thing as too much honesty.

Chance: Okay, well, if it’s gonna continue to cause pain to abby and put a wrench on this whole agreement that we have, then, well, I regret saying anything to him. Look, I intend to move past this and heal, and I feel like I’m doing much better right now.

Amanda: Well, I’m really glad to hear that.

Chance: And I also intend to do everything that I need to do to be the best father for dominic. And, honestly, I — I think devon should be involved. I mean, why not have as many people as possible loving our boy, right? The more, the better.

Amanda: Yeah, I — I couldn’t agree more. You know, I never had even one devoted parent. Watching all of these loving people dote on dom, I mean… I really do hope that we don’t have to get a judge involved.

Chance: I think that’s what we all want.

Amanda: You know, devon isn’t asking for full custody. All he wants is to be legally recognized and to be able to take care of dominic in his home at pre-arranged times. That’s it. I really don’t think that it’s that outrageous of a request, especially given how essential he’s been in dom’s life from the very beginning.

Abby: Of course I trust you with my son, as his godfather, as an honorary uncle, in all of the roles that we discussed, but you feeling like you’re his father? No, dominic has a father, and his name is chance.

Devon: Right, and I’m not a threat to that. I’m trying to do what’s best for dominic.

Abby: Well, this is not it. What’s best for dominic is for us to be a family — me, chance, and dominic. And what you’re doing is tearing at the very foundation.

Devon: I’m not trying to do that.

Abby: Yes, chance has been through a lot of trauma. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a good father and a good husband while he’s working on his recovery. And taking dominic out of the equation, even if it’s on a partial basis — that’s more of an obstacle, not less.

Devon: I disagree with that, abby. It’s —

Abby: I finally have my family back. We are finally reunited. We are working on healing. We have lost so much time already.

Devon: I’m not trying to take him away from you.

Abby: You said that you’re worried about chance’s emotional state. Well, suing us for shared custody is only gonna make things worse. Woman: Life’s been hard enough.

Devon: Abby, if I’m being honest, I don’t think that it’s dominic’s job to heal chance.

Abby: You’re twisting my words.

Devon: I’m not… alright.

[ Sighs ] I don’t want to argue with you. I really don’t, but I don’t know what else to say ’cause I was hoping that we could come to some kind of agreement without going to court. But it’s not looking like that’s gonna happen. And I can’t back down from this ’cause I really feel like I’m doing what’s best for dominic.

Abby: You’re doing what’s best for you. And now I’m brokenhearted.

[ Door closes ]

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Amanda: Hey. We just wanted to see how things were going.

Chance: How we doing?

Devon: Um… I just want to apologize to you ’cause this something that i really never intended to do. But I’m gonna take off and say thank you for listening to me.

[ Door opens ]

Chance: Hey. What happened? What did he say that’s got you so upset?

Abby: I tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. We need to call christine.

Victor: So, I piqued your interest, right?

Michael: Oh, yes. Yes. Uh, but I get the feeling that you aren’t telling me everything. I thought you admired your son-in-law. But you don’t trust him. That’s news to me. I was under the impression that you had welcomed him into your family with open arms.

Victor: Yeah. He loves victoria. Victoria loves him. That’s why I made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch. I want victoria to be happy.

Michael: Every father wants that for his children.

Victor: Right. But meanwhile I’ve learned some rather unsavory things about ashland locke. Not that that would normally bother me because I have a rather checkered past myself, as you damn well know.

Michael: I would the last person to argue that point.

Victor: I want you to think about how much newman enterprises has meant to me. I built the damn company from the ground up. I’m proud of it. Put my heart and soul into it, a legacy for my family. And now newman enterprises is called newman/locke. It doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve never trusted an outsider running my damn company. Never.

Lily: So, what do you think? I worked with the media relations department to get the press released ready.

Billy: I thought I told you not to make this a priority.

Lily: I know, but I just wanted to be proactive in case everything worked out. So, now that you’re back and everything’s good with jill, we can release it.

Billy: You’re so cute. You’re so excited about your new job.

Lily: I am excited, but I’m more excited to have you by my side. I mean, to be honest, a week ago, I didn’t even think this was gonna happen.

Billy: Well, I can tell by this press release you never gave up hope on me.

Lily: Well, truthfully, i wasn’t sure if you were gonna give up your plan to vindicate yourself. But I am very proud of you that you did. So, no more talking about victoria or adam or the past, only looking forward.

Billy: To your phenomenal success.

Lily: With you by my side.

[ Chuckles ]

New vicks vapostick. Strong soothing vapors…

Abby: We have to call christine. We have to fight with everything that we have. I mean, devon can’t possibly have a legal leg to stand on, right?

Chance: Abby, hey, take a second, alright? I think we need to talk about this first.

Abby: What’s there to talk about? Wait. You don’t think devon has a right to do this, do you?

[ Door closes ]

Devon: Yeah, no, I was completely honest with her about my fears over chance’s emotional state, but she kept insisting that there’s more to it that I’m keeping from her.

Amanda: More to it? What did she mean?

Devon: I don’t know. She thinks that me going after custody is gonna unravel their whole family.

Amanda: [ Sighs ] Well, I’m not concerned that your conversation will affect your case at all, but I need to make sure that you’re okay with moving forward legally — because it will cause more friction.

Devon: Yeah. I know. I just don’t understand why abby sees me as some kind of a rival.

Amanda: You know, I didn’t get that feeling from chance at all when I spoke to him earlier. He is focused on healing and being the best possible father that he can be to dominic. And personally [Sighs] I understand where you are coming from, but I also can’t help but empathize with abby and chance. But professionally, as your lawyer, I need to make it clear what it’s gonna take to win. The key for any judge will be what is in the best interest of the child. So you are gonna need to put chance on trial. That’s your best shot at getting shared custody.

Devon: I just — I really don’t want things to get ugly.

Amanda: You’re gonna need to be prepared for that.

Devon: I know. I hate that it’s come to this. But I can’t back down.

Michael: So, what exactly has you on the alert about locke?

Victor: Well, I don’t think it is quite the time yet to sound the alarm. But considering the possibility that his health improves…

Michael: You think he might try to pull something?

Victor: What do you think? What man would allow his company to merge with another unless he were standing at death’s door? What if he recovers miraculously? What if he gets well all of a sudden? You don’t think that he’ll regret what he did?

Michael: Hmm. Could get tricky.

Victor: You got that right. So I’d love nothing more than to have a bright legal mind by my side to think all this through.

Michael: Sounds like an extremely challenging game of chess.

Victor: Yeah.

Michael: Exactly the sort of legal strategy I love, as long as it doesn’t keep me busy 24/7.

[ Both laugh ]

Victor: Well, don’t you worry about that, okay? I know that there will be times when you’re not available.

Michael: There are other factors to consider.

Victor: Yeah, well… I’ll remove all the obstacles that you might encounter, alright? I want you to know that I would love nothing more than to have my old buddy michael baldwin at my side to fight a potentially very volatile legal battle — because, trust me, things are about to become very interesting.

Michael: [ Chuckles ]

Victor: To your health, old boy.

Michael: And yours.

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