Young & The Restless Transcript
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Sally: Good morning.
Victoria: Oh, yes, it is, isn’t it?
Sally: Mm-hmm. I hope you don’t have to rush back to the office, because we didn’t really get a chance to speak yesterday.
Victoria: Well, I might have a little time now. Shall we?
Sally: Yeah, thank you.
Victoria: How are you settling into your role as coo of newman media?
Sally: I’M…thrilled. I’m excited to prove to everyone that I am the right person for the job.
Victoria: Well, ashland and i cannot wait to see what you can do.
Sally: Would you like a preview?
Victoria: Sure, go ahead.
Sally: Okay. Adam and I have some ideas for audience growth. We intend to leverage our newly expanded customer base by up-selling them on our other platforms, and I have been working with the chief marketing officers of newman media and chanccomm to create an integrated strategy.
Sally: [ Chuckles ] That word can mean a lot of things. Are you more surprised or disappointed?
Victoria: Why would I be?
Sally: I don’t know. Maybe you thought I wouldn’t do my homework or I wouldn’t have any original or thoughtful ideas.
Victoria: Well, you know, you certainly are making a lot of assumptions, considering that you barely know me.
Sally: I think I have a pretty firm grasp of the dynamic of the situation. You’ve been betting on me to fail.
Victor: Hey, son.
Adam: [ Clears throat ] Well, thank you for meeting me here. I’ve got, like, a million things to do today, so I just wanted to get this out of the way.
Victor: Uh-huh. And what would “this” be?
Adam: Very important news.
Victor: What’s that? Is it about ashland?
Adam: No. And I will not have anything to report on him in the future. That’s what I wanted to tell you. That I’m not gonna be your spy.
Lily: Oh, my gosh, I’m so sorry for the mess.
Nate: Hey, I’m family, not company. And it’s my fault for not letting you know I was stopping by.
Lily: No, please, you can come any time. Um, so, what’s going on?
Nate: Well, there’s something I’m working through, and i thought I’d bounce it off you.
Lily: Yeah, of course, I’m all ears.
Nate: I am thinking of stepping down as chief of surgery.
Lily: What? You just made it to the top of the food chain, now you want to leave? I mean, what for?
Nate: I’m thinking of going to work for newman/locke.
Billy: Hey, there. Mind if I join you?
Ashland: You are free to sit wherever you like.
Billy: [ Groans ] So what’s on the agenda for this beautiful day?
Ashland: [ Sighs ]
Billy: Uh-oh, are you having a hard time trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast? You look like a villain in a superhero movie, planning world domination. Or maybe you’re just plotting your next move at newman/locke.
Ashland: “Plotting”? Well, that sounds a lot like an accusation.
Billy: Well, I hear your medical situation is improving. Congratulations on that. But I got to believe that you’re trying to figure out what to do next with this future that you didn’t expect to have, and I’m a bit of a betting man, but I’m gonna say that you are itching to get a lot more control out of your wife’s company. Get a lot more locke in newman/locke. If you think all pads are exactly the same, think again.
Victoria: Frankly, I wasn’t sure what you would be bringing to the table, given your background — or your lack thereof.
Sally: Well, I’m not exactly new to running a business.
Victoria: Well, you should know that while I didn’t view you as the obvious candidate for this position, I never questioned or challenged adam on his choice.
Sally: I suspect that was a calculated move. Since victor insisted that adam stay on as ceo, probably didn’t want to create any conflict right out the gate by rejecting one of adam’s first major decisions. And you probably thought that your father would hand me my pink slip and punish adam for his choice, but, surprise, he didn’T.
Victoria: Where would you get that idea?
Sally: Woman to woman, i think it’s fair that you know that I’m not operating under any illusions. Hell, if I were in your shoes, I would be skeptical, too.
Victoria: You did design a very beautiful wedding gown, but outside of that, I’m really very uncertain of your skill-set.
Sally: I’m used to being under-appreciated. This is not new. I like proving people wrong and leaving their assumptions about me in the dust.
Victoria: Well, you obviously won over adam very quickly at newman media. He’s very enthusiastic about you. And you are obviously very confident about your abilities, but you’re gonna have to do a lot more than talk a good game.
Sally: Oh, I can back it up. I’ve earned my place. I have had to fight for every opportunity that I’ve ever had, so I will pour myself, body and soul, into making newman media an unequivocal success. And in the process, you will learn something very important about me — that I am just as resilient and determined as my new partner, adam. We are a match made in heaven. Professionally speaking.
Victoria: I see.& Well, is this also a personal match? Because, you know, woman to woman, I sense that there’s something more going on between you and adam than just strategizing for the company.
Victor: Where is all this coming from? Yesterday, you assured me you wouldn’t mind observing ashland locke, see if he displayed some unusual behavior.
Adam: No, I never actually told you that I would help you spy on him. Though I will admit I did give you that impression when you left here.
Victor: Why would you do that?
Adam: [ Sighs ] I took the path of least resistance, okay? But I can no longer do that, because I don’t want to get wrapped up in a no-win situation with you and victoria and ashland, especially since they already resent having to work with me. Much more important things to worry about, like running this company that you funded for me. And then you sold to newman/locke because i disappointed you.
Victor: And I had my reasons, which I won’t get into now. Let me ask you something. Why would I ask you to continue as ceo if I didn’t have faith in your abilities?
Adam: My issue is that you will not let me do my job because you suddenly don’t trust ashland.
Victor: Because I have my reasons.
Adam: Yes, you have some theory that he is mysteriously faking his condition and his illness and treatment.
Victor: Listen to me very carefully. Ashland locke cannot be trusted. Not about his cancer diagnosis, not about his marriage to my daughter, not about the merger.
Adam: Look, I know that you think I should feel honored that you’re coming to me to do the heavy lifting on this.
Victor: You don’t understand what I’m telling you, son. If we allow that bastard to continue doing what he’s doing, he will endanger the newman family. Do you understand that?
Adam: Um…locke is family.
Victor: He is not a newman. We need to protect our own. Are you too arrogant not to see beyond your own shadow? What’s the matter with you?
Ashland: I would think that you would be up to your eyebrows right now in work, being your girlfriend’s right-hand man. But here you are, wasting your own time making baseless accusations.
Billy: I don’t think I would call them baseless, ashland. In fact, I’m gonna give you a little bit of credit. You built an empire that you basically ran by yourself for a number of years, so I just find it hard to believe that you’re gonna simply be an advisor to your wife. And don’t get me wrong, okay? Don’t start talking about how marriage is sacrifice and all that kind of stuff, because I do believe that’s true for a lot people, but not for the locke ness monster. No, no, you have way too much to say. How is work going, by the way? It’s good? I know you like to flip coins. Is that how you decide who handles what division?
Ashland: We’re handling things just fine, thank you.
Billy: I’m sure that’s what you want victoria to think. You know, she has waited her entire life to get control of newman. And you just threw a big, old wrench into her plans by sticking around longer than she expected. I’m sure that makes for interesting dinner talk.
Ashland: [ Laughs ] I’m guessing you think you’re going to shock me with your macabre sense of humor, but you know something? A guy like me doesn’t reach the heights I have while maintaining some kind of delicate sensibility. I will say this, though. I think I understand why you have such a bitter view of marriage, given your sordid history.
Billy: That’s actually not true at all. No, no, I enjoy marriage. I’m not negative on marriage whatsoever. I don’t like yours, ’cause i don’t trust it and I don’t trust and I do not like what you’re gonna do to victoria.
Ashland: Wow. This must be so difficult for you. I mean, watching her finally happy at last, married to a man that’s worthy of her, and knowing that you blew every single chance you ever had with her.
Billy: We’ve both moved on.
Ashland: And yet here you are, inserting yourself into our lives. Listen, don’t you think you’ve done enough damage to your relationship with her? Trying to convince her that you know what’s best for her? I would advise you to stop, but I know you’re not gonna listen, so you know what? Press on. Keep going. See where all this gets you. I’m steve, I lost 138 pounds in nine months on golo
Sally: It is none of your business the kind of relationship that adam and i have. Inside or outside the boardroom. But I can tell you that we are doing the best work that we can. And if there was anything going on between us — and I’m not claiming that there is — would it really be any different than the dynamic between you and locke?
Victoria: Oh, yes, a world of difference. For one, ashland and I are married.
Sally: I’m not talking about a piece of paper. I’m talking about how you conduct yourselves professionally. You’re equals, just like me and adam.
Victoria: [ Scoffs ] Again, I’m gonna have to disagree with your comparison. Ashland and I have both years of experience, whereas adam is the one with all of the expertise and you’re a neophyte.
Sally: But our dedication to the company is just the same. Rest assured that adam and i will always put newman media first.
Victoria: Does adam consider you an equal partner in this endeavor or is that just your perception?
Sally: What are you implying?
Victoria: No, don’t worry, I’m not concerned about your dynamic. I’m just curious. Oh, my goodness, I have a meeting to get to. Have a good day.
Victor: Son. Please listen to me carefully, okay? I have given you opportunity after opportunity. Right? I’ve taken you in, into our fold, although there was a lot of skepticism on the part of the other family members. I believed in you. But you have never taken a step — a real step — to feel included in our family.
Adam: How does committing espionage against victoria’s husband mean that I am one of the gang, huh? What do you think my sister’s gonna think when she learns yet again that members of this family are digging into his past?
Victor: He’s a danger to newman media. To newman enterprises. To the newman empire.
Adam: Find somebody else to do your dirty work.
Victor: You’re the only one who can help. If you give a damn about newman media…
Adam: You know I do.
Victor: Then you will do as i ask. Otherwise, there’ll be no newman media left.
Nate: Ashland approached me a little while ago and suggested i leave memorial and go into the business arena.
Lily: Wow. I mean, I didn’t know that was something you were interested in doing.
Nate: Neither did I until he floated the idea.
Nate: And the more I consider the offer, the more appealing it seems.
Lily: Yeah, but your whole life has been medicine.
Nate: Well, yeah, I’d be putting all that knowledge and experience to use in a different way. I could have a bigger impact on healthcare on a national — even international — scale.
Lily: Yeah, but, I mean, just to play devil’s advocate, are you sure you’re ready to leave the hospital?
Nate: Truth? After my injury and not being able to perform surgery…i don’t have the same passion for being a doctor. I spend all my days behind a desk doing paperwork or in meetings trying to cut through red tape.
Lily: Yeah, I mean, look, I’ve changed my careers more time than I can count, so life’s too short, you know? You got to find your passion.
Nate: I appreciate that.
Lily: But, listen, I mean, if you are thinking of making this change, I would love to offer an alternative. Why don’t you come work with me at chancellor?
Billy: Well, I appreciate. It’s very kind of you to look out for me. It almost makes you seem human, so be careful. But honestly, ashland, don’t worry about me, okay? I’m fine.
Ashland: Oh, I am not worried about you in the least. I’m worried about lily.
Billy: Lily’s great. Lily is thriving, better than ever.
Ashland: Really? She’s not at all concerned about your continued interest in victoria’s marriage?
Billy: Well, why would she? Everything in our relationship is open. Our relationship isn’t built on lies and deceit.
Ashland: [ Laughs ]
Billy: And as far as our working relationship, I actually respect her as a ceo, and I’m happy doing everything i possibly can to make her dream at chancellor become a reality.
Ashland: Oh, hello, sweetheart. Please join us.
Victoria: I’m kind of surprised to see the two of you here together. Can’t imagine what you have to discuss.
Ashland: Let me tell you. Billy here has some really interesting theories about us, about our marriage, about our company. He seems to think that you are more threatened by my recovery and my position at newman/locke than you’re letting on.
Victoria: For god’s sakes, billy, how many times do I have to tell you to back off? Every year we try
Nate: You’re serious? Work for you at chancellor?
Lily: I mean, look, if I had known that you were considering making a jump to the corporate world, I would have offered it to you sooner.
Nate: Okay, doing what?
Lily: I don’t know, we’ll figure it out together. Chancellor has endless resources and infinite possibilities. And look, I don’t mean to disparage ashland’s offer.
Nate: [ Chuckles ] Okay, but here it comes.
Lily: Well, okay, look, you know things are complicated at newman/locke, right? And especially with the newman family. The political and personal dynamics between them are constantly changing.
Nate: Yes, but I have a lot of experience navigating those waters.
Lily: Yeah, but why would you want to waste your energy doing that when you can come work with me at chancellor? Look, you’re my family, okay? I want you to be a part of what I’m building there.
Nate: Wow, okay. Now I have two fantastic offers to consider. Wow. I did not see this coming.
Billy: Uh, yeah, ashland and I were just having a very polite conversation.
Victoria: Clearly you have a very different definition of the word “polite.”
Billy: I’m sorry, do you expect me to forget how he helped your father and your brother destroy my career?
Ashland: I’m sorry, if we’re keeping score, you’re the one who wrote a disparaging article about me.
Victoria: Billy, whatever it is you’re thinking that you’re accomplishing here, you’re actually doing the total opposite.
Billy: What I wish I did was blow ashland out of the water in tuscany, because I hate the fact that you married someone that can’t be trusted, and at this point, I am very grateful that our kids are going to school far away from this toxicity.
Victoria: That is such a horrible thing to say. It’s exactly what I would expect from you.
Billy: Well, I think you need to hear it, victoria, because you clearly don’t see what’s right in front of you. You’re not paying attention, and maybe you’re blinded by the fact that you still think that I’m the bad one.
Victoria: Are you finished?
Billy: Yeah, I am.
Victoria: Because the only thing that you said that was correct was that our kids are away at school, which means that you don’t have to cross paths with me or ashland.
Billy: Yeah, maybe that’s a good idea. So from now on, I’ll just pretend that you don’t exist.
Ashland: I can hardly wait.
Billy: I know you love him and you think he’s everything you’ve ever wanted, and your personal life and your business life are thriving, but he is going to let you down in a way that is going to be hard to imagine. And when he does — because he will — it’s gonna be a long way to fall.
Adam: You are worried that ashland is gonna pose a risk to your company.
Victor: And victoria.
Adam: I understand why you feel the need that you need to pursue the questions about him, but you should not have dragged me into this. Okay? I’ve been working hard to try to prove that I’ve changed my life, and that, dad, I’m worthy of your respect — and everyone else’S. And just when I thought i succeeded, put me through another test.
Victor: That’s not what this is, son.
Adam: Really? Because it feels like, if i don’t follow orders, I am a failure. That I’m a traitor to the family. And by family, I mean you. So if that is the game, I’m not playing.
Victor: Maybe I made a mistake believing in you, trusting in you. I thought you and I understood each other. But what you’re displaying right now is disrespect, arrogance, and hubris.
Adam: Hmm. Well, if that is how you see it, then I guess we are finished here. I’ve been telling everyone…
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Billy: Hey, what’s going on? I, uh — I didn’t know you were here. I would’ve brought food for three.
Nate: Oh, no, don’t worry about it. I’ve got to get to work anyway.
Lily: Listen, I’m really glad that we talked, okay? And just think about all the ramifications, and call me if you have any questions.
Billy: Does that go for me, too?
Lily: I’ll fill you in, but i know you’re gonna make the right choice.
Nate: But no pressure, right?
Lily: Oh, no, there’s pressure. I’ll just wait for you to say yes.
Nate: I’ll talk to you soon.
Billy: See ya.
Billy: What’s going on?
Lily: Well, ashland offered a job to nate and newman/locke, so I just made a counteroffer for him to come work with us at chancellor.
Billy: Okay, but hold on, does that mean he’s leaving medicine? That’s — that’s crazy. That’s huge.
Lily: Yeah, I know.
Billy: And now he’s trying to decide between going to work with the villains at newman and freedom and happiness and family? That seems like an easy choice.
Lily: I don’t know, he’s very close with ashland. I mean, he was his best man at his wedding, remember?
Billy: Yes, I remember, as much as I’ve tried to forget that day. He’s a smart guy. He’s got to realize it’s time to keep his distance from ashland, which is a lesson I wish we would all learn, including me, especially me.
Lily: Sorry, what does that mean?
Billy: I ran into him at society. And victoria showed up.
Lily: Oh, god, what happened?
Billy: It wasn’t my proudest moment.
Victoria: [ Sighs ] I’m so sorry you had to endure that.
Ashland: Listen, some of the accusations he made about me —
Victoria: No, no, I don’t want to rehash it. It was just billy being billy. He can evolve in so many different ways, but then there’s just certain things that he can’t let go of. Some people that just stoke hatred and anger in him. Adam being one of them. And it seems that he’s added you to the list.
Ashland: I have been despised and resented by some of the most powerful people in the world, and I actually thrive on that. It reminds me that I’m doing the right thing. So billy is of no consequence to me whatsoever. I am concerned, though, about the toll it’s taking on you.
Victoria: Don’t worry about me.
Ashland: There something else on your mind?
Victoria: I had an unforeseen encounter on the way here, and I — I think you would be interested to know what i learned.
Sally: I am glad you got my message to meet me here.
Adam: What, uh, did you have in mind?
Sally: I was hoping we could talk in private before we dove into our busy day. First, I got you a coffee and a cinnamon roll.
Adam: [ Chuckles ] You shouldn’t have. That’s very nice.
Sally: It was my pleasure. Especially since dropping by crimson lights came with a bonus.
Sally: I ran into victoria and I set a few things straight.
Adam: Should I be expecting an angry phone call or a passive-aggressive lunch invitation?
Sally: Don’t worry — all i did was lay my cards out on the table.
Adam: And what exactly did that entail?
Sally: I just told her that i knew she wasn’t happy with you naming me coo and that I was determined to prove that i belong here by making the company a force in the field and bigger and stronger than anyone could’ve ever imagined. Why are you smiling at me like that?
Adam: I’m impressed by the way you stood up for yourself.
Sally: I mean, at this point, it should hardly be a surprise.
Adam: No, you excel at fighting for what you want.
Sally: Well, then I should also mention that she asked if we were more than professional partners.
Adam: What did you tell her?
Sally: I shut her down and stayed on point, promising that newman media was our top priority, but you should definitely be aware that she’s on the hunt for information about your personal life.
Adam: Hmm, great. More scrutiny from my darling sister. But I can handle her.
Sally: What were you up to this morning? Is everything alright? ‘Cause you seem a little off.
Adam: Um…well, for starters, um…I did not get much sleep last night.
Sally: Why not?
Adam: I was thinking about you.
Sally: Oh, tell me more.
Adam: [ Chuckles ] Not like that. I was thinking about our conversation we had yesterday and how I needed to stop playing games and look out for myself. So I invited my dad to come to the office this morning.
Sally: What happened? Adam?
Adam: I, um… I think I may have overplayed my hand with my father.
Billy: I told ashland that he doesn’t fool me and that victoria needs to open her eyes. At least, that’s the cleaned-up, abridged version.
Lily: [ Chuckles ] I’m sure it fell on deaf ears.
Billy: Either way, it needed to be said. I’m just not happy with the way that I handled myself. I let the residual bitterness towards the man take over.
Lily: Oh, it’s fine, we all have our off moments.
Billy: Yeah, no, I understand that, but for weeks, I’ve been telling you that I’m not that guy anymore. And as much as I’m trying, clearly I still have a lot of work to do.
Lily: No, you’re being too hard on yourself. Okay? I mean, he got under your skin, which is exactly what he was trying to do. But you said your piece, you left, you’re acknowledging right now that you lost your cool. Okay? I mean, as long as you’re not concocting some scheme i should worry about…
Billy: [ Chuckles ] No, I’m not. You can rest easy. I think you’re right, and honestly, ashland doesn’t deserve another second of my time. I got more important things that I need to focus on.
Lily: That’s right, you do. Look, I know that you’re a different man, okay? It’s time that you start believing it in here.
Adam: I don’t know my exact words. But I told him that I was not gonna spy on ashland for him.
Sally: Oh, my god, you actually said no to victor newman.
Adam: Well, then I insisted that I be allowed to do my job with no strings attached, no more jumping through hoops, no more loyalty tests.
Sally: Or what?
Adam: Or I’d walk away from the company for good.
Sally: And then?
Adam: Oh, then he insisted that I didn’t understand how important it was for him to know what ashland is doing and it’s my duty to protect the family.
Sally: But isn’t that his responsibility?
Adam: Oh, not according to him. He wondered why I didn’t understand how important it was that I be his mole. And then it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to him calling me selfish, disloyal, and arrogant.
Sally: [ Sighs ] That is… really infuriating. Look, maybe he didn’t mean it. Maybe he was just angry that you showed independence, and he lashed out.
Adam: Oh, no, he meant every word, at least he did at the time. He hates being challenged, especially by family.
Sally: What do you think he’s gonna do now?
Adam: Well, whether he’s gonna accept it and come to understand my perspective remains to be seen. If he doesn’T…
Ashland: I’m sorry, I’m going to need you to repeat that information.
Victoria: You heard me. After our conversation, I’m convinced that adam and sally gave into temptation and they are now a couple.
Ashland: [ Laughs ] Oh, man. Well, I can’t say that it’s a surprise, but it’s a terrible time, given the current situation.
Victoria: It’s a recipe for disaster.
Ashland: [ Laughs ]
Victoria: And I suspect that sally will prove to be such a distraction, she will make it impossible for adam to do his job.
Ashland: Yes, well, she does have a way of putting herself at the center of attention.
Victoria: Couple with that the fact that, although she is very talented, she’s completely underqualified for this position. I foresee some trouble at newman media.
Ashland: Right. Victor may soon regret his decision to support adam and sally as ceo and coo.
Victoria: Exactly. And I don’t want to create a war with my father by bringing it up. In fact, what would be the point? We don’t need to come up with a way for adam to fail so that we can fire him. We’re just gonna sit back and let it happen. As a matter of fact —
[ Cellphone rings ] Oh. Hello.
Victor: Hello, my sweetheart. I was hoping that I could grab a few minutes with you.
Victoria: Well, that can be arranged.
Victor: Come over and see me at newman media as soon as you can, okay?
Victoria: I’m on my way.
Victor: See you soon.
Ashland: Was that your father?
Victoria: Yes, it was my dad. I’m being summoned.
Ashland: For what?
Victoria: I’ll find out soon enough. (Peaceful music)
Billy: What are you smiling about?
Lily: [ Chuckles ] Well, I’ve been thinking about your podcast, and I think we should move forward with it.
Billy: But you’re worried that I won’t have enough time to handle my coo responsibilities.
Lily: No, look, I think that sharing your experiences and having a creative outlet will be good for you. You know, and I think that people can relate to the stories that you have to tell.
Billy: Look, it’s very important to me that you actually believe and trust that I can do both things and make sure that I take care of everything.
Lily: No, I’ve realized it will work as long as it doesn’t take up too much of your time.
Billy: Well, you have my word. You can count on me to be your coo, no matter what.
Lily: Alright, then you have yourself a deal.
Billy: Is that right?
[ Chuckles ]
Sally: The way that you’re acting right now, it isn’t you.
Adam: Well, run-ins with my father occasionally have this effect on me. It’s one of his special talents.
Sally: I just mean the adam that I know is never nervous or filled with self-doubt — and with good reason.
Adam: [ Clears throat ] I don’t know if you are trying to compliment or you actually think that I’m a robot.
Sally: I have intimate knowledge of just how human you actually are. And how you can turn any situation around into your advantage, even those that involve the intense and demanding victor newman. Look, your father is a titan of the business world. Okay? He respects strength. So as worrisome as this might seem right now, he will come to his senses and admire you for standing up to him.
Adam: Well, I am not so sure about that. But I am really glad that you believe it. And that you believe in me.
[ Tablet rings ]
Victor: Michael baldwin. Listen, I observed another large withdrawal from my discretionary fund. Does that mean you got the peruvian doctor to talk?
Michael: Indeed. I’m no longer just your attorney. I am a filmmaker now. I persuaded the good doctor to share his story on video.
Victor: Is that video on the way to me?
Michael: It should be hitting your inbox momentarily. But, uh…I can give you a preview of the highlights.
Victor: I hope he said something that gives us the proof we need.
Michael: He told me that ashland paid the clinic a substantial sum to falsify his medical records.
Victor: Are you serious? In what way?
Michael: To make it appear as though he were suffering from terminal cancer when he was, in fact, perfectly healthy.
Victor: Whoa. So we have got him now, right?
Michael: I’ll admit I had my doubts that anybody could stoop so low, but the doctor’s statement was very persuasive.
Victor: I’m sold, but I need more evidence to convince everyone else.
Michael: Hmm, alright. You want me to follow the money.
Victor: Send me the entire paper trail.
Victoria: What is this all about?