Y&R Transcript Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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Victoria: Get me a draft of that contract by the end of the day. Thank you.

Victor: Well.

Victoria: Daddy. What brings you by?

Victor: What do you mean, “what brings me by”? Do I need a reason to visit my beautiful daughter and the company that bears my name?

Victoria: You are here to ask me if I know about ashland financing the company in peru, the one that developed his treatment. I know about it already. He told me himself.

Victor: Hmm. So you’re realizing that he lied to you.

Victoria: You know, I don’t even know why you’re scrutinizing my husband’s treatment in the first place. I thought you were going to stop digging around in his past, and yet here we are again. It feels like sort of a betrayal.

Victor: I’m not here to discuss ashland, okay? I’m here to ask you how it’s going — the newman/locke acquisition of newman media.

Victoria: Everything is proceeding as expected, and if you’re referring to adam, he has been on his best behavior so far. However, now that you ask, the most peculiar thing has happened.

[ Objects clattering ]

Adam: Come in.

Sally: Good morning.

Adam: You are the last person that I expected to come through that door.

Sally: Because now that we’ve broken the seal on our relationship, we should avoid each other?

Adam: Because you rarely knock.

Sally: We…did things yesterday. We fraternized…a lot. And we crossed many…many lines.

Adam: Do you regret it?

Sally: Not one bit.

Adam: Then can we just relax? Because nothing has changed, except the fact that we don’t have to pretend we don’t want to rip each other’s clothes off every time we are alone together.

Sally: Well, then I guess we are having our first disagreement, because I am of the mind that finally being together did not put water on the fire. If anything, it was gasoline and it added to the flames.

Adam: Which is a bad thing?

Sally: Incendiary. Things are going to be hot. And stay that way. As long as we are within 10 feet of each other.

Adam: Our valentine’s day celebration did have an extraordinary aspect to it. A rare, um, intensity, something that you would find in an earthquake. Or a tsunami.

Sally: Or a wildfire, consuming everything in its path.

Adam: You would not believe me how long it took to clean this office. Everywhere I looked, it was just disorder.

[ Clears throat ] Not that I am complaining.

Sally: Well, the thing about earthquakes is there tend to be aftershocks.

Adam: Mm. Well, that sounds like something to look forward to.

Sally: But they can be dangerous, too. I mean, the good thing is that you know that they’re coming, so you can anticipate them. We were careful yesterday when we ran into chelsea afterwards not to give off any signs that things have progressed between us, but it is hard to hide tsunami- or wildfire-level activity.

Adam: That is a good point.

Sally: So how are we gonna handle this? Or the bigger question is… what exactly is this?

Victor: What has adam done?

Victoria: He made his first big hire.

Victor: Anyone I know?

Victoria: Mm-hmm. Sally spectra. He appointed her his coo.

Victor: He hired sally spectra? Who the hell is she? What does she know about running a company? She has no experience. He hired her without me knowing?

Victoria: Well, maybe ashland isn’t the person in this company that you need to be focusing on.

Victor: Is that boy out of his mind? Nice to see you.

Nick: Hey, mom.

Nikki: Nicholas.

Nick: You busy?

Nikki: No, I always have time for you. What’s going on?

Nick: Do I need a reason to come and visit my mom?

Nikki: You know, I’ve been wondering the same thing. Why can’t that handsome nicholas come and visit? Might it be because he is trying to avoid his father?

Nick: Mm, actually, we’re getting along pretty well these days. Is he around?

Nikki: No, he had to go over to victoria’s office.

Nick: Ah, probably just to remind her who’s still actually in charge.

Nikki: Now, your father is still a very important part of newman enterprises. He’s there as an advisor.

Nick: Curious to see how this new corporate hierarchy is gonna work, you know? With vick and adam forced to work together.

Nikki: Yeah, there will be some challenges.

Nick: Well, I’m more concerned about you, mom. It’s inevitable that adam and vick are gonna start fighting, and neither one of them fights very fairly. I’m concerned you could end up in the crossfire. My asthma felt anything but normal.

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Nikki: I have survived mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, and even more hostile board members, so i think I can handle a little sibling rivalry.

Nick: Eh, dealing with coworkers and competitors is one thing. This hits a lot closer to home.

Nikki: Listen, whatever slings and arrows victoria and adam throw at each other, I will be able to side-step with my usual style and grace, and perhaps even diffuse a few situations before they get heated.

Nick: I hope you’re right.

Nikki: Oh, ye of little faith.

Nick: Oh, no, no. You, I’ve got a lot of faith in. It’s the rest of the crew I’m worried about.

Nikki: Well, I assure you, i can handle any situation that comes my way.

Nick: I’m sure you can. But if you need anyone to talk to that doesn’t have any skin in the game, you know where to find me.

Nikki: Darling, I would never drag you back into the corporate madness that you managed to escape, especially when I see how happy that choice made you.

Nick: Yeah, I’m real fired up about the work that new hope is doing. We’re helping a lot of people.

Nikki: With your son by your side. And you really poached him right out from under victor.

Nick: Well, somebody had to save his soul.

[ Chuckles ]

Nikki: I’m also very happy that you made your peace with him and with victoria and adam, too, to an extent.

Nick: Yeah, I’m working real hard to get along with all of them, even though they rarely make it very easy on me.

Nikki: I also noticed that you seemed a bit lost over the holidays, but I think your trip to milan to visit summer really snapped you out of that. Spending time with your children is very grounding.

Nick: It is. Working with noah, spending time with faith and christian, they keep me on track, you know? They remind me of what’s important and how lucky I am, so any time I feel lost or confused, I’ve got these four amazing reset buttons, and just like that, I’m good to go.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Victoria: Oh. Oh, there you are. You know, you just missed my father.

Ashland: Hmm.

Victoria: Mm-hmm. He claimed that he came by to check on the newman media acquisition. You know, also, he never mentioned questioning you about peru. In fact, he said that he’s not on any kind of a fishing expedition.

Ashland: Well, that’s how you catch the most fish. You distract them so they never realize the bait is hanging on a deadly hook.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] Well, he does have a penchant for playing things close to the vest.

Ashland: And that’s exactly what was happening this time.

Victoria: But I think maybe i turned the tables on him.

Ashland: Really? How so?

Victoria: I — I gave him a new direction in which to direct his suspicions.

Ashland: And where would that be?

Victoria: Adam and his new accomplice, sally spectra. You know that my father was not too happy to find out that he had tapped her as his new coo. And he despises being out of the loop.

Ashland: So I’ve gathered.

Victoria: Appointing sally without his permission was a doozy, trust me. I’m beginning to wonder if maybe things are not as solid between adam and my father as they both want me to believe.

Adam: Got to call what’s going on between the two of us something, huh?

Sally: Eventually.

Adam: Um, well, ladies first. I’d like to hear your ideas. I’m sure you have a few.

Sally: I have given some thought to the two of us and all of the accompanying implications and ramifications.

Adam: Alright.

Sally: I do not regret what happened here. Or over there.

Adam: [ Chuckles ]

Sally: Or what occurred over there. And I definitely, definitely do not regret what happened here. ‘Cause that was —

Adam: Was spectacular.

Sally: You took the words right out of my mouth. Although [Clears throat] I do regret a little bit about what happened to the stapler.

[ Laughs ]

Adam: This is… collateral damage. No, but seriously, what’s on your mind? And be honest.

Sally: I just want to make sure that whatever happened here was not a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Adam: Well, I think we both know it wasn’t just a casual hook-up.

Sally: We do?

Adam: I have finally let go enough to be ready for this. I want to be with you.

Sally: [ Chuckles ] Is there any way I can convince you to say that again?

Adam: I want you. What about you? And total, total honesty.

Sally: As tempting as it is, I do not want to continue this if it means we’re gonna be sneaking around. Because I don’t want to be your dirty little secret or your guilty pleasure or anything like that.

Adam: No, neither do I. Okay? I have too much respect for you to think of you like that.

Sally: You “respect” me?

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Are you blushing?

Sally: Maybe. I don’t know, am I?

Adam: Well, I guess now would be the time to tell you that i was thinking about you last night, too. And as a matter of fact, I could not get you off my mind. The way that you smile at me when you’re walking through that door without permission.

Sally: [ Chuckles ]

Adam: The two of us, inches away, doing everything we can not to touch each other. And I can’t think of any reason that I would want to keep you a secret.

Victor: I can.

Victor: Looks like your hands are full. I can come back later if you’d prefer.

Sally: I’m not really sure what you think you just heard, but it wasn’T…

Victor: Son, I think you’re aware that we are in the middle of a rather sensitive negotiation regarding the sale and merger of a big company, and we don’t need any distractions, alright?

Sally: Distractions? Is that what you think I am?

Ashland: Well, I’ve seen victor and adam at odds on a few occasions, but the fact that victor sold us newman media with the caveat that adam stay on in the same position leads me to believe that victor still trusts him.

Victoria: You know, there might be another possibility. What if my father kept adam in place so that I could keep an eye on him?

Ashland: You really think he’d do something like that?

Victoria: Well, you know, given my history with adam, absolutely. I’m the de facto bad guy. Adam steps out of line, I put him back in place or I tell my father about it and he does it for us. The thing is, as much as my father wants to believe that adam can be trusted, he knows — he knows that it’s a recipe for disaster.

Ashland: Then why give him power in the first place?

Victoria: Because maybe he wants adam to learn his lesson from the best.

Ashland: [ Laughs ] You really know your father, don’t you?

Victoria: My father and I, we’ve had our issues over the years. I have been his pawn. I have even been the rook. I’ve been the queen in his real-life game of chess. But regardless of the outcome, I’ve watched him and I see how he plays the game, far more than adam ever could.

Ashland: I think it would be a deadly mistake to underestimate him. Now, he doesn’t play this game on our level, but he’s deeply ensconced with newman media, and he does not like the idea that he has to take orders from us. No, I don’t think he’s just going to sit back and accept his fate. It’s not a question of if adam is going to make his move, it’s when.

Adam: Dad, that insult was completely uncalled for. I think you owe sally an apology.

Victor: Do you? Ms. Spectra, mind my saying so, I think you’re more than just an innocent distraction. You’ve had a hell of a career in a short time. From a dress-maker to a chief operating officer of a major company. That’s a hell of a meteoric rise. How’d you do it?

Sally: Well, the offer to step into the role took me by surprise as well. Only a fool would turn it down.

Victor: And only a fool wouldn’t realize that they’re punching way above their weight.

Adam: I have complete confidence in my decision and in sally’s abilities.

Victor: I’m sure you do.

Adam: She has vast experience in running a business.

Victor: You’re talking about running a corporation.

Adam: Mm-hmm, she has vast experience in marketing, finance, and research. She actually started a fashion house and revived it with her aunt’s brand, built it from the ground up.

Victor: Aren’t you leaving out a few salient points of her résumé? That disastrous debacle at forrester creations and her rather duplicitous actions towards my granddaughter.

Adam: Okay. Well, nobody in this room has clean hands, so if we’re gonna go around pointing fingers —

Sally: Thank you, adam. I’ve got this.

Nick: So sharon and faith threw tessa and mariah a heck of an engagement party.

Nikki: I know it. Faith tells me everything.

Nick: [ Chuckles ] Did she also tell you that mariah and tessa are gonna adopt a child?

Nikki: Yes, I think it’s wonderful. I’m so happy for them.

Nick: What’s that smile about?

Nikki: Oh, nothing. Um…I was just thinking that, uh…someday soon, I’ll be able to call sharon “granny.”

Nick: [ Laughs ] That is funny.

[ Sighs ]

Nikki: What — what just happened there? What’s wrong? What are you thinking about?

Nick: Uh…cassie. I, uh — I wish more than anything that she would’ve lived long enough to get a chance to experience the things that mariah is, you know? Get a job, fall in love, start a family. I love all my kids so much, but…

Nikki: They can never take the place of the one you lost.

Nick: Yeah.

Nikki: You know, cassie will always be with you. And she’d want you to celebrate all the wonderful things that are coming your way. Embrace them, darling, because life can be so short. And one of these days, you’re gonna have so many grandchildren you’re gonna have to add a wing to the house.

Nick: That sounds awesome. Okay, I guess it’s your turn. Where did you just go?

Nikki: Nothing for you to worry about.

Nick: Mm-hmm. Usually dad’s at the center of whatever’s upsetting you.

Nikki: Alright, here it is. I knew exactly who and what victor newman was when i married — every time I married him — and I adore him. Everything we’ve been through together. But there has been another entity in our marriage.

Nick: Newman enterprises.

Nikki: Yeah. I mean, it’s not just a company. It is a part of us, it’s a part of you, even though you chose another path. And it — it takes up so much space in his head and in his heart. I just wish that he had been able to find a way to keep the family together through the company.

Sally: I won’t spend my entire life apologizing for my past actions. And that includes summer.

Victor: So you have no regrets?

Sally: I didn’t say that. I made a move to get what i wanted, what I thought i deserved, and I’m sorry that people got hurt. But summer landed on both feet. I will turn newman media into a company that people will sit up and pay attention to, not because I have a bunch of degrees or accolades, but because I have spent my entire life proving people wrong, making them sit up and notice me. With all due respect, I can do this. You will see.

Victor: If you don’t mind, i need to talk to you alone, okay, son?

Adam: [ Clears throat ] Hope you’re satisfied now that sally was the right choice.

Victor: I’m dissatisfied that you didn’t consult me first.

Adam: Apparently I need your and victoria’s approval for every choice I make. Perhaps it was a mistake for me to stay on. Victoria is counting the minutes until I fail. It’s obvious that you don’t trust my judgment. So here it is, maybe newman media’s new scoop should be its own ceo’s resignation.

Victoria: Adam is nothing but trouble you know I only agreed to let him stay on to appease my father so that he would go through with the sale. But once the paperwork is done and there’s no going back on the merger…

Ashland: There’s nothing in the deal that states how long adam has to stay, just a provision that there be due cause for his dismissal.

Victoria: So we give him enough rope.

Ashland: It would be a shame if adam were to fail and give us just cause to fire him.

Victoria: What if, instead of waiting for adam to screw up, what if we just make damn well sure that he does?

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Victor: Son, let me make this clear again. We haven’t even finalized the merger yet. It’s all in a state of flux.

Adam: I’m done justifying my hiring of sally, okay?

Victor: You’re really attached to this dress-maker, aren’t you?

Adam: She is more than that.

Victor: I bet she is.

Adam: I know that you have reasons to be suspicious, but you have only seen one side of her.

Victor: [ Chuckles ] And you’ve seen all sides, haven’t you?

Adam: The point is she is not some diabolical self-serving mercenary that everybody thinks she is. She is the right woman for this job.

Victor: [ Chuckles ] Alright, son. I won’t stand in her way as long as she’s a team player and proves that she can do the job as coo of this company.

Adam: [ Sighs ] You will not regret it.

Victor: Now, we have a more pressing problem to deal with.

Adam: Like what?

Victor: Ashland locke. May as well tell you that I have never really fully trusted him.

Nikki: Now, don’t misunderstand, I am not disparaging your father’s devotion for his family. His love for all of you is unparalleled.

Nick: Family has always been dad’s priority, but the family and the business have always been intertwined.

Nikki: Exactly.

Nick: I’m just lucky, you know, I don’t ever have to worry about that. I love working with noah, but if he told me he didn’t want to do that, if he wanted to do something else, whether it’s artwork or going to live on a fishing boat, I would tell him, “cool, I just want you to be happy.”

Nikki: I know you would. Your father has had some struggles with that.

Nick: Well, you know, dad has never had to find his grounding through, you know, his kids’ happiness. He’s always had something else to balance him out and keep him sane.

Nikki: What would that be?

Nick: Well, you, of course. You’re the love of his life.

Victor: Let me just say i have discovered some inconsistencies regarding his cancer treatment.

Adam: Okay, I mean, isn’t he legitimately getting better? Why would he fake that, unless he was trying to give victoria hope?

Victor: I don’t see why he would. She had already accepted his cancer diagnosis before they were engaged.

Adam: Well, perhaps he wants to appear strong to stay in the game, until the inevitable.

Victor: I want you to stay vigilant. If you see any contradictions in what he does, any inconsistencies, I want you to report to me.

Adam: Uh, I think I would be the last person that ashland would report to. Um…he’s made it clear that he hates that I’m staying on.

Victor: Really?

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Victor: Huh.

Adam: Made it quite clear he’s gonna be keeping me on a short leash.

Victor: Well, I’ll be damned. That goes both ways. Keeping you on a short leash means that you have a very good vantage point to see how he operates, who he communicates with.

Adam: So let me just get this straight. Are you asking me to spy on locke?

Victor: Did I say that?

Adam: [ Sighs ] Is this a test of my family loyalty? Are you hoping that I will decline your request to spy on victoria’s husband to prove that I won’t betray her?

Victor: If you love your family and your sister, you do as I say. (Jackie) I’ve made progress with my mental health.

Sally: Is it safe?

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Come on in.

[ Clears throat ]

Sally: If I need to clean out my desk, please just tell me now.

Adam: You’re fine.

Sally: I need to hear the words.

Adam: You are still coo of newman media.

Sally: [ Exhales sharply ] Do you mind if I shout it from the rooftops?

Adam: I think we should let our pr department handle that.

Sally: What did victor say? I wasn’t sure how my defiant, in-your-face stance came across.

Adam: He will never admit this, but I could tell that he was impressed.

Sally: This is big. Huge. Thank you.

Adam: For what?

Sally: Defending me.

Adam: Well, my father wasn’t the only one that was impressed. I’m — I’m in awe. I… it’s not a lot of people that are brave enough to go toe-to-toe with victor newman like that.

Sally: [ Chuckles ] Well, don’t think that I wasn’t shaking like a leaf, ’cause my heart was going like a million beats a minute.

Adam: Really? I never would have known that.

Sally: Good.

Adam: Okay, this is just sure-fire proof that you are going to succeed. To never let them see you sweat.

Nikki: Your father and I do have something special. Not every relationship is meant to last forever.

Nick: You mean like mine? And I’m only saying that to save you from saying it.

Nikki: Oh. Now, I don’t want to be unkind, but I’m not terribly disappointed that some of your romances didn’t last longer.

Nick: Oh, I’m well aware. Thank you. Yeah.

Nikki: Darling, I wish you every happiness, I really do.

Nick: Thanks, mom. I’m good, you know, with new hope and the kids. I’m in a great place.

Nikki: I’m so happy to hear that.

Victor: Hey, my boy. What a nice surprise.

Nick: Hey, dad.

Victor: So how’s everything?

Nikki: He’s fine. He just came by to catch up.

Nick: Yeah, wanted to see how things were going with the latest newman/locke acquisition.

Victor: Couldn’t be better.

Nick: So that’s it?

Victor: What, you expected more?

Nick: It’s kind of a big move, and not just for the business, but…

Victor: But what?

Nick: Dad, vick and adam can’t be in the same room together for two minutes before they start fighting. Do you really think it’s a good move to force them to work together?

Victoria: You know something? I am so thrilled that you are on board. You have no idea how many times people have tried to stop me from doing something like this.

Ashland: This will require surgical precision, you know. If your father gets wind that we’re trying to undermine his son…

Victoria: [ Sighs ] He will not take kindly to that at all.

Ashland: Well, you and victor may rest assured that no part of the company will suffer. Once adam is shown the door and sally is not far behind him, i will be more than happy to step in and oversee newman media myself.

Victoria: It’s just a larger version of your former company.

Ashland: [ Laughs ] Ah, being in charge of a media group again, that would be my pleasure. Besides, I am quite used to maintaining a strong hand over everything I control.

Victoria: Everything you control?

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Victor: Well, son, I’m surprised you still give a damn about the family business that you decided to walk away from.

Nick: I left the job. I’ll never leave the family.

Victor: Well, if you want to keep peace between your siblings, then you’ll always have a place at newman, you know.

Nick: Yeah, I appreciate it. It’s just not in the cards.

Victor: Okay. Never say never.

Nick: Well, I’m sure you know I’m way more concerned about victoria getting hurt than I am the welfare of the business.

Victor: I’m glad to hear that. I, on the other hand, am keeping a very keen eye on the business.

Nick: Hmm. I just get the feeling there’s a larger play here in the works.

Sally: You don’t have to sugarcoat it. You can be totally honest with me about what victor had to say about me.

Adam: Okay, he said that he would not block your confirmation as coo as long as he’s convinced that you’re a team player and you can handle the job. Satisfied?

Sally: Oh, I believe you. But I know his reputation. So what are the chances that he approved of me to your face but will now go behind our backs to destroy my very existence?

Adam: Look, I get why you are suspicious. He has done similar maneuvers in the past. But this is not one of those times.

Sally: What makes you so certain?

Adam: While you were gone, he divulged some information to me, and he has bigger things to contend with.

Sally: Something good or something bad?

Adam: Something… something interesting.

Ashland: Have I upset you?

Victoria: You know this isn’t your company. It belongs to both of us.

Ashland: Okay, I didn’t mean to come off as overly possessive. In fact, I was speaking in the past tense, so let me correct myself. I was used to maintaining a strong hand in all I ever owned. How’s that? Was that better?

Victoria: I really hope you mean that, because we’re in this together.

Ashland: Yeah. 100%.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, come on, two minutes ago, you were talking about how great it felt to have me on your side. I am on your side, despite a slip of the tongue. Believe me.

Victoria: I want to believe you, I really do, but your last confession has me a little bit wary.

Ashland: Yes, I, uh… I am sorry that I didn’t share with you about my financing the clinic in peru. It was a — it was a stupid mistake on my part, and I deeply regret it, but listen to me. Don’t allow your father to sow seeds of doubt about me in your mind. Adam is the untrustworthy one.

[ Cellphone rings ] I better take this. I love you.

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