Y&R Transcript Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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Nikki: What about the factories in indiana and kentucky?

Victoria: Let’s keep them up and running at 60% capacity. Oh, except for the one in fort wayne. It’s too far away from the distribution center. We could find a way to re-purpose it or find a buyer.

Nikki: And the commercial developments in south carolina?

Victoria: If we can find a rate of return at 8%, let’s see. Otherwise, let’s sit on it for the next six months. The market will come back. We’ll make a profit. It’s just gonna take time. Is that all?

Nikki: Um, that is everything on my list, except for one thing.

Victoria: And what would that be?

Nikki: I have a question about the acquisition of a company called newman media.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] What do you want to know?

Nikki: Are we gonna fold their finance and marketing staff into our existing teams?

Victoria: You know, before i say anything about that, i should — I should ask ashland what he thinks. I just want to make sure we’re both on the same page.

Nikki: Okay.

Victoria: You know, he is doing much better. He’s — he’s healthier, he’s stronger, and he really seems to want to sink his teeth into this part of the business. He’s particularly interested in how the merger plays out.

Nikki: Huh. That means he doesn’t trust adam.

Victoria: Can you blame him?

Nikki: No, I can’t even believe adam’s on our executive team or that you agreed to bring him on board.

Victoria: Well, I really didn’t have much of a choice. Dad insisted on it if I wanted to acquire newman media.

Nikki: Well, I hope that this recent show of humility is sincere and that he’s come to terms with the idea of answering to you, but…

Victoria: Mom, I know. Trust me. Ashland and I, we share your concerns. And believe, we’re gonna be keeping a very close eye on adam.

The role of ashland locke

will now be played by

robert newman.

Adam: Hello. No victoria?

Ashland: She’s out to lunch with nikki. She’ll be back in a few minutes if you need her.

Adam: Well, I can talk to you, unless I’m interrupting. Working on something big?

Ashland: I was just reading a report on a new water treatment facility. It’s powered solely by renewable energy. The technology is amazing. It could be a great growth opportunity for us. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves.

Adam: Well, your health must be improving. Getting back to work, looking forward to the future.

Ashland: I prefer to think of it the other way around. I think my health is improving because I’m working.

Adam: Well, either way, that’s a good sign. You know, I was always glad to get your input on newman media as a member of the board. It’s gonna be even better now that we are on the same team.

Ashland: Are we?

Adam: Sure, I look forward to your input and your perspective on the business.

Ashland: I’m glad to hear that’s your attitude, because now that newman media is part of newman/locke, you will definitely be hearing from me.

Lily: [ Sighs ] Oh, my god. You’ve got to be kidding me.

Billy: Thank you. Hey, how goes it?

Lily: Hey, not great. You know that exec in accounting that I wanted to promote.

Billy: Whitney? What’s going on with her?

Lily: She’s resigning. I thought I sold her on my vision of chancellor, but she’s taking a job in salt lake city.

Billy: Okay, well, it’s all good. You’ll find someone.

Lily: I need some help.

Billy: Alright, well, I’m all yours. Let me just finish up here, and then I’ll head home to our place and we can figure out if there’s any internal candidates that are right for the job.

Lily: Uh, you know what? I’m gonna meet you there later. There’s — there’s something i have to do first.

Billy: Okay, I’ll see you in a bit.

Sally: Hey, billy. What’s happening?

Billy: Sally. Sorry, I did not recognize you without the ridiculous glasses or fake wig on or without the camera pointed directly at me, which, let’s be honest, was the most important part of your ensemble, wasn’t it?

Sally: I’d really hoped you’d gotten over that by now.

Billy: Right, ’cause it’s been a whole two weeks.

Sally: Exactly. It’s ancient history. I said that I was glad that it was all an act, and I meant that. Now, look at you. I mean, you’re doing great, mr. Coo of chancellor industries. Congratulations.

Billy: Thank you very much. I hear things haven’t turned out so well for you. Rumor has it the first thing that victoria did when she acquired newman media was get rid of the fashion platform.

Sally: That is right, she did.

Billy: Tough break.

Sally: Thank you for your concern.

Billy: Well, good luck finding a new job.

Sally: Yeah, I’ll be just fine. Adam is keeping me on.

Billy: Oh, is that right? Are you his new executive assistant? Did he line up more people for you to stalk?

Sally: Sort of. I am now the chief operating officer at newman media.

Billy: Chief operating — coo?

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Lily: Nikki, hello.

Nikki: Hi, lily. How are you?

Lily: I’m good. How are you?

Nikki: Just fine.

Lily: I just saw victoria’s car pull away.

Nikki: Oh, we had a meeting earlier. I’m getting ready to leave myself.

Lily: Actually, would you mind staying for just a minute? I’d love to pick your brain about something.

Nikki: Well, sure. Have a seat.

Lily: Okay, thank you.

Sally: I’m really glad we both landed on our feet.

Billy: You went from third banana at a barely recognizable fashion platform to being second-in-command at a highly prestigious media conglomerate. That’s not landing on your feet. That’s flying above the clouds. So I guess your super spying really paid off for you this time. No offense.

Sally: Really? Why else would you say that other than to offend me? And for the record, my little video surveillance project had nothing to do with my new job.

Billy: Right, so it’s your extensive operations résumé, that’s what got you the gig, sally?

Sally: Uh-huh, you may not know this, but I actually have a lot of business experience. I ran my own fashion house back in la.

Billy: I really don’t want to hear it because I don’t care. It’s clear to me that the only reason why adam put you in second-in-command is because you will stoop to whatever level he asks you to.

Sally: Is that the reason lily chose to hire you?

Billy: You helped him slander an innocent man by secretly recording —

Sally: Okay, wait. Hold on. First of all, I don’t think you’re using the word “slander” correctly. And secondly, if you’re talking about yourself, you’re definitely not using the word “innocent” —

Billy: You tried to capture me on video in a compromising situation. Did you not, sally?

Sally: Yes, but your whole act was a scam. You set us up. You pretended to be this gambling, drunken mess in hopes that adam would fall for it and publish a story, which he never did.

Billy: Because I stopped it. Because I took the high road.

Sally: But until you had this attack of conscience, you tried to entrap him. So where do you get off playing the victim?

Ashland: You must be very excited.

Adam: About what, exactly?

Ashland: Your expanding universe. There are so many new possibilities for newman media.

Adam: More resources don’t always translate into more opportunities.

Ashland: Come on, that’s exactly what you were hoping for when you bid on chanccomm yourself.

Adam: Not exactly.

Ashland: Okay, true enough. You probably weren’t anticipating working for your sister and you probably thought that you were gonna be running some independent venture, but I-I assure you, this is a scintillating time to be part of newman/locke. Great things are happening.

Adam: Well, you can consider me scintillated.

Ashland: I believe you will look back on this moment and be glad you came aboard when you did.

Adam: Well, I think that goes both ways. I think you and victoria will look back and be very excited that I stuck around.

Ashland: [ Laughs ] Ooh, well, there’s that famous newman confidence.

Adam: Hey, I’m just being serious. ‘Cause I actually have a proven track record of success in this field. And I have done a damn good job with newman media, and you have not had any complaints about my work.

Ashland: Fair enough, but the situation has changed.

Adam: Yes, but the work remains the same.

Ashland: Still, you are going to have to make some adjustments. You’ve been the — what, the sole decision-maker for a very long time. That’s not the case anymore.

Adam: Yes, I have accepted the fact that my father wants more of a say. And victoria will occasionally want to weigh in, if, for no other reason, to remind me that she’s the boss.

Ashland: Not just your sister and not just occasionally. Adam, we own the company. We will be charting its course and giving you direction, not the other way around. Now, if you’re not comfortable with that, that’s fine. I would suggest you make a decision and move on.

[Music: “I swear”]

Nikki: I hope you’re not coming to me to give you advice on how to handle jill because that is not one of my strengths.

Lily: Oh, no, no. No, no, no.

Nikki: Ah.

Lily: No, jill and I get along great. We’re fine. That’s not it.

Nikki: Oh, good. Alright, then. Now, how can I help you?

Lily: Well, there have just been so many times in the last couple of months that I have been dying to pick up the phone and call katherine.

Nikki: Yeah, I feel that way practically every day.

Lily: I’m sure. So I figured next best thing would be to talk to somebody who was close to her and knew her best and just see if there’s anything she’d want me to know as I take over her company.

Nikki: Well, I would love to talk about my old friend. What is it that you want to hear about?

Lily: Well, I have this image of katherine as this, you know, tough-as-nails businesswoman who’s barking orders and decisive and never wrong.

Nikki: Well, she was wrong a lot over the years.

Lily: Well, yeah, I’m sure, but, I mean, the rest of that image, that’s — that was the real her, right?

Nikki: Uh, she didn’t put a show on for anybody. Here’s something you might not know. She never set out to be a business mogul.

Lily: No?

Nikki: No, the company became her responsibility when phillip died. And in the beginning, she was content to let other people run it, but after a while, she thought she could run it just as well as they can, so she took over and the rest is history.

Lily: God, that must have been hard. I mean, there were so few women running corporations at the time.

Nikki: She was definitely ahead of her time. And she loved it when people underestimated her.

[ Laughs ] She liked to mix things up. She had fun shaking things up, you know? That would be her advice to you. Have fun. I mean, I’m sure you have an idea of what direction you want the company to go in.

Lily: I do. I definitely have a vision. It’s just [Sighs] You know, chancellor has such a rich history with amazing business legends that have run it, including my dad. And I just… I feel like it’s presumptuous of me to think that I’m anywhere near their league.

Nikki: Oh, trust me, you are. Your father was the best mentor you could’ve had.

Lily: Yeah. Another person I wish I could pick up the phone and call.

Nikki: Well, I’m sure you still hear his voice because i do. Trust what he says. Neil and katherine are watching over you. You’re gonna be just fine. Oh, and please don’t tell anybody I said this, but…trust jill’s judgment. She knows what she’s doing when it comes to chancellor, anyway. And she would never have put you in charge if she wasn’t sure that you were ready. You’re gonna make all of them proud, I know it.

Billy: Well, this has been very entertaining, trying to watch you take the high road. It’s kind of like watching those videos of cats playing the piano. You can’t really believe what you’re seeing, but you can’t take your eyes off it either.

Sally: Did you just compare me to a piano-playing cat?

Billy: Yeah, I don’t trust cats either. The point I’m trying to make is that adam cost me my reputation and my job, which is the only reason I put that plan in motion in the first place. And I knew it would work because he loves to see people suffer. Wouldn’t be surprised if he had a fistful of popcorn as he watched the videos that you filmed.

Sally: I don’t know the person you’re describing.

Billy: No? Adam? About yay high, beady, untrustworthy eyes, brown hair to hide his devil horns on his head.

Sally: You’re wrong. Adam felt bad that your life was such a wreck, just like I did.

Billy: Yeah, but you still found the strength to keep filming me.

Sally: I don’t think adam would have taken advantage of your suffering, which wasn’t real anyway, ’cause you’re obviously fine now. You’ve got this great new gig and you’re happy, which was the whole point of calling off your little scheme, right? To let go of the resentment that was eating you alive, right? Or am I mistaken?

Billy: No, that is accurate.

Sally: Okay, so then why can’t you just be happy that we’ve all moved on?

Billy: You want me to be happy that adam is now running chanccomm, the company that i built?

Sally: If you have an issue with that, I would take it up with victoria, ’cause keeping adam in charge was her call. Maybe knowing that will make it a little easier for you to swallow.

Billy: You know what? It will, because I know how victoria really feels about her brother, so I can’t imagine this little situation is gonna last very long. Good luck, sally.

Sally: [ Sighs ]

Adam: I don’t understand why you’re taking this tone with me. We have always had a pretty solid working relationship.

Ashland: I totally agree. I hope we get to continue that relationship. I ju– I just think it’s important that you know where things stand. This is an excellent opportunity for you.

Adam: That has been made abundantly clear. My father has mentioned the word “opportunity” 20 times when he told me why he’s selling the company.

Ashland: He’s a wise man. And he sees the potential you have right at your fingertips. But I need you to understand this — we’re willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but any insubordination, any challenge to our authority on your part would be a major mistake. We will not tolerate it.

Adam: “We”? You mean you and victoria?

Ashland: Yes.

Adam: Are you guys one entity now?

Ashland: As far as you’re concerned, yes.

Adam: Mm-hmm. Thought you were more of an advisor. Now you’re talking as if you’re her equal partner in running newman/locke.

Ashland: That’s exactly what I am.

Adam: Hmm.

Ashland: I presume that’s not a problem for you.

Adam: That’s between you and your wife.

My issue is your change in attitude towards me, ’cause we’ve always gotten along and now you’re taking this hard-line approach with me. I mean, is this because I’m in less favor with victor these days? I’m easier to dismiss?

Ashland: I can promise you i have not given one moment of thought or consideration to your relationship with your father. This is business. The world doesn’t revolve around you. And now neither does newman media.

Adam: Well, I can’t wait to show you how wrong you are on that score.

Ashland: We shall see.

Victoria: What’s going on here?

Billy: Hey, there she is. I hope you remembered my extra verde sauce for my enchilada because I remember your pear tart, right there.

Lily: Of course. Thank you. I’ll never forget your extra sauce.

Billy: Mmm. Well-oiled machine, aren’t we? You okay? What are you thinking?

Lily: I don’t know, I just keep thinking about that girl from accounting. I just can’t believe that she would jump ship like that, you know? How is that gonna look from the outside?

Billy: I wouldn’t worry too much about it at all. To be honest, I think it’s a compliment.

Lily: How is that a compliment?

Billy: Because she got passed over for the top job, and if she thought that you were gonna crash and burn as chancellor’s ceo, then she would’ve stuck around to swoop in and save the day. But she didn’T. She bounced, which means she believes that you’re gonna be around for a very, very long time. And if she wanted to, you know, climb the ladder, she had to make a move.

Lily: Yeah, I guess that’s true. And I do believe that our headhunters will find some great people.

Billy: There you go. There’s the silver lining. And when you’ve whittled it all down, I will be there to help you pick the right person that’s excited to work with you because working at chancellor should be fun.

Lily: That’s funny, that’s what nikki told me.

Billy: When did you talk to nikki?

Lily: Uh, just now, at society. I went to her because I wanted to see if she had any advice that she thought katherine would give me. I’m sure that sounds weird, right?

Billy: No, no. To be honest, I’ve sought nikki’s advice many times over the years.

Lily: Really?

Billy: Yeah, whether it’s about victoria or the kids or sobriety, and if you want any insight on katherine, nikki’s the one to talk to.

Lily: Yeah, I mean, she just told me that katherine took so much joy in running the company. Not that it was a party every day, but that she never lost sight of how much she loved the role.

Billy: Well, I believe that you can do the exact same thing. Now, be honest with me. Why did you go talk to nikki in the first place?

Lily: Well, I mean, you know, even though I’m honored to have this job, it’s overwhelming. I…I just want to make sure that I can match up to, you know, katherine’s savvy and my dad’s intellect and jill’s confidence in me.

Billy: I know you can.

Lily: Well, I don’t really need a pep talk. I’m just being honest with how i feel.

Billy: I get it. I appreciate that.

Lily: Well, let me know if you don’t want to hear my concerns.

Billy: Why wouldn’t I?

Lily: Because it’s the job that you wanted.

Ashland: Nothing to worry about, just battle lines being drawn, sabres being rattled.

Victoria: I don’t like the sound of that.

Adam: Mm, it was nothing. We were actually just making a friendly bet on how long I’ll be able to stick around under this new regime.

Victoria: Well, I’ll take the under.

Adam: Of course.

Victoria: Some of us actually have work to do, so if there’s nothing else.

Adam: Uh, I actually came by to let you know I hired a coo.

Victoria: Really? Who?

Adam: Sally spectra.

Victoria: Well, she’s a fashion designer. I mean, a very good one, but still, coo?

Adam: She has a business background. She ran a fashion house in la. She even held her own against the big boys out there. She has a unique perspective because she is creative and practical.

Ashland: Don’t forget calculating.

Victoria: You remember what she did to our niece, don’t you?

Adam: I do. Still unclear on how summer was harmed.

Victoria: Well, I’m sure that nick could clarify that for you.

Adam: Regardless of that event, she would like to move past that. She wants a clean slate. We have that in common.

Victoria: And this is why you think that she would make a good coo?

Adam: It’s one of the many reasons. And I feel strongly that I have made the right choice. So just so I’m clear — do i have the autonomy to hire and fire who I want or do I need to come to you with every decision that I make?

Victoria: You have leeway to make personnel decisions. Let’s just call it autonomy within reason. And as for your coo, I’m fine with it. You’re gonna have to train her and mentor her yourself, of course.

Adam: Well, thanks for your time. See you around the water cooler.

Ashland: You’re really okay with sally being in such an influential position? I mean, she designed a lovely wedding dress, but overseeing operations…

Victoria: Sally’s an opportunist. She’s also very reckless. Those are both traits that could work to our advantage over time.

Ashland: Two steps ahead of everybody again.

[ Chuckles ]

Victoria: So, tell me about the battle lines and the sabre rattling.

Ashland: Don’t worry about it.

[ Cellphone rings ]

[ Sighs ] It’s your father. Hello, victor.

Victor: Hello, ashland. Would you mind coming by the ranch and have a talk with me?

Ashland: Well, I happen to be free right now. I’ll be right over.

Victor: Thank you.

Victoria: You’re going to meet with my father.

Ashland: Yes. I’ve been summoned.

Victoria: What does he want to talk about?

Ashland: I have no idea.

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Billy: You know you can talk to me about anything, okay? And I really don’t like the fact that you would hide anything from me.

Lily: I know, it just feels very insensitive to complain about the demands of a job that, you know, you feel like you could do in your sleep.

Billy: There’s so many things wrong with that, I’m not even sure where to start. First of all, I haven’t been sleeping at all lately, so there’s that.

Lily: Okay, I’m trying to be serious right now.

Billy: Yes, and so am I. I do not hold a grudge because my mother picked you to run chancellor. But, yes, I did want the job, but you are the right person for this position, and I am very happy to be a team player.

Lily: Yeah, but we’re not co-captains.

Billy: That’s okay. Believe me, I am very excited about what we are building here. And as far as these moments of self-doubt, you don’t have to worry about that. And I will say that katherine, jill, neil — I’m sure they all felt the exact same way when they took over at chancellor. But you don’t have to compare yourself to them because you are the one and only lily winters — the smartest, savviest, strongest, sexiest ceo this company has ever had.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Well, I know I said that i didn’t need a pep talk, but that was pretty great, so thank you.

Billy: You’re welcome.

Nikki: Hi, darling.

Victor: Hi, sweetheart. How was your lunch with victoria?

Nikki: Very productive.

Victor: Good.

Nikki: I think the improvement in ashland’s health is really helping her. She’s very relaxed and focused and doesn’t have a cloud of worry over her head.

Victor: That’s good to know.

Nikki: I also ran into lily.

Victor: Oh. The new ceo of chancellor?

Nikki: Jill was so smart to bring her back to town to put her talent to good use. I mean, just the fact that she knows how to rein billy now and then shows her managerial skills.

Victor: But, sweetheart, the fact that she got involved with billy boy abbott in the first place doesn’t speak well of her judgment, does it?

Nikki: Well, they’re happy, so I can’t begrudge them that, especially since victoria has moved on and is happily remarried.

Victor: Yeah. By the way, ashland is on the way over.

Nikki: Oh. Why?

Victor: Just want to have a conversation with him one-on-one.

Nikki: About what?

Victor: Not important.

Nikki: Well, then tell me.

Victor: You promise me, not a word of this to victoria, okay?

Nikki: Alright, yes, i understand.

Victor: It seems that the clinic where ashland got his treatment in peru was not a clinic he just sort of stumbled upon. Turns out, he has known about it for years. Has been sending money to it for years.

Nikki: I don’t know what that means. I mean, has he been making charitable donations?

Victor: Nothing charitable about it. It was a tax haven. A tax-dodging scheme. Send him in. Has victoria ever mentioned anything to you about ashland’s connection to the clinic?

Nikki: No, I don’t think she knows anything about this.

Ashland: Oh, I’m — I’m sorry, I hope I’m not interrupting.

Nikki: Oh, no. Good to see you, ashland.

Victor: Thank you for coming, ashland.

Nikki: I will let you two gentlemen talk.

Victor: Alright, sweetheart. Ashland, please have a seat.

Ashland: Thank you. So, what is it you would like to discuss, victor?

Victor: Well, you know, last time, you mentioned this water treatment plant. I’m curious about it.

Ashland: I’d be happy to give you more details.

Victor: By the way, would you care for a drink, or is that not part of your treatment regimen?

Ashland: No, it’s fine. Thank you.

Victor: Alright.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Victor: There we go.

Ashland: [ Clears throat ]

Victor: Cheers.

Ashland: Cheers.

Victor: You know, I find it just absolutely miraculous that you just found this clinic in the nick of time.

Ashland: Well, in truth, victor, it was a little more than just luck.

Victor: Really? Kids can change minds,

Adam: Everything okay?

Sally: Yeah, it’s all good. Just ran into billy. Guy’s really starting to get on my nerves.

Adam: [ Scoffs ] Really? I am a big fan, actually.

Sally: I just don’t understand how people can have everything more or less handed to them and still can’t be happy. And then when they find out about other people reaping the rewards of years of hard work, they resent it.

Adam: Look, I wouldn’t pay much attention to anything that billy abbot has to say.

Sally: That’s good advice. Where were you just now?

Adam: I went to see victoria.

Sally: Did you ask her about my becoming coo?

Adam: I did.

Sally: And? She’s not gonna let me have it, is she? All the newmans still hate me because of the summer thing, right?

Adam: Well, that did come up, actually.

Sally: I knew it. When am I gonna catch a break? Did you tell her that I’m working hard to prove myself?

Adam: I didn’t have much of a chance to get into that.

Sally: Okay, well, did you mention my business background?

Adam: I sure tried.

Sally: Well, I appreciate the effort. So does she not want me around at all? I mean, maybe there’s a lower position I could take? I can make myself practically invisible if that’s what I need to do to stay.

Adam: I’m afraid that won’t be possible.

Sally: Oh, man.

Adam: You’re going to have to be very visible because you are going to be helping me run a major media conglomerate.

Sally: What?!

Adam: Congratulations, madame coo. The job is yours.

Lily: Something sweet?

Billy: I bought that for you.

Lily: Well, we can share because you said nice things to me and knew how to make me feel better.

Billy: [ Chuckles ] Well, the truth is I knew what to say this time because I’ve lived through it. For most of my life, I’ve had this feeling of not meeting the expectations of the great john abbot or even my brother jack. Believe me, it was a waste of time.

Lily: [ Chuckles ]

Billy: And I promise you that if my dad was still around, he would give you the same advice. You don’t have to emulate anyone. You do you. You have everything you need to succeed.

Lily: Yeah, nikki said that i can still hear my dad’s voice in my head, encouraging me and giving me confidence.

Billy: That’s good. Although it baffles me that you would be lacking in any confidence.

Lily: Well, I know I can do the job, I just…I don’t know, I have a little bit of anxiety.

Billy: I get that, and that’s natural, you know? That keeps you on your toes, so you don’t get complacent.

Lily: And it can also keep you up at night. Are we ever gonna talk about your insomnia?

Billy: We already have.

Lily: Okay, you say that nothing is bothering you, but if you are having trouble sleeping, then clearly there’s something going on.

Ashland: I was aware of the clinic before I got sick. In fact, because of a strange set of circumstances, I was one of their benefactors.

Victor: Wow. How did that happen?

Ashland: A few years ago, i had a colleague who was very ill. He was at the clinic being treated. The results were fantastic, but the clinic itself was going through some kind of a financial crisis. They were in jeopardy of losing their funding.

Victor: Sure.

Ashland: I saw it as a matter of life and death. So I wrote a check.

Victor: Just like that?

Ashland: Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. You know, international law, as you well know, being what it is. No, my accountant had to get creative with getting the money down there — shell corporations, wire transfers, that sort of thing.

Victor: Right.

Ashland: But we kept it afloat.

Victor: I think it’s a fantastic story, really. I mean, here you are, you bailed out this clinic, and a few years later, it saves your life.

Ashland: I like to think of it as karma.

Victor: Yes. Well, I kind of agree with you. Now, victoria never told me about this.

Ashland: Victoria doesn’t know.

Victor: Oh.

Ashland: I intentionally kept it from her.

Victor: And why is that?

Ashland: Technically, it wasn’t ethical.

[ Chuckles ] Why should I have to jump to the front of the line to get this treatment? But we managed to keep that part of it quiet. It didn’t become an issue. I just…I didn’t want victoria to worry that it might create some kind of obstacle.

Victor: Mm.

Ashland: She already has so much to worry about.

Victor: Oh, yeah, yeah. And we want to protect victoria above all else, you know. What can I du with less asthma?

Sally: I cannot believe that you let me think victoria rejected me becoming coo. I thought I was fired and out on the street. How could you do something so mean?

Adam: I know. I know I shouldn’t have. I guess I just imagined when you found out you go the job that you would be so happy you’d throw your arms around me like you did the other day.

Sally: I thought we agreed that we shouldn’t even be thinking along those lines.

Adam: You are right. So forget I mentioned it.

Sally: It’s forgotten.

Billy: You have enough on your plate. We don’t need to worry about my sleep schedule.

Lily: Okay, our relationship is not one-sided, alright? If there’s something going on with you, then tell me, so I can do something to help.

Billy: You’ve already helped with this issue.

Lily: How?

Billy: By partnering with hamilton-winters on this podcast. Honestly, I am very excited about it. I can’t stop thinking about possible guests or concepts or content and how to market the show. I think it’s gonna be great.

Lily: Okay, but how does that help with your sleep pattern?

Billy: Because it’s a creative outlet. My creative juices are flowing, right? So there’s no room for stress or anxiety. I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight.

Lily: And dream of podcasts?

Billy: Absolutely.

Lily: You done?

Billy: Thank you.

Nikki: Ashland left?

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: Well, what’s the verdict?

Victor: I don’t know yet. He had an answer for everything. Something is off.

Nikki: Well, he had an answer for everything, that’s good.

Victor: Well, not really. You know, his answers were too glib, too polished. Troubles me.

Ashland: [ Sighs ] Hi, there. Scotch, neat, please.

[ Groans ]

[ Sighs ] Thank you so much.

[ Cellphone rings ] Mm. Yeah. An american is asking questions about me in peru. Is it — is he a journalist? Is he a private investigator? What does he want to know? Yeah, that’s not really an answer. No, no. This doesn’t change anything. Everything stays the same. We stick to the plan.

[ Sighs ]

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