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Nikki: How reliable do you think this doctor’s word is? That ashland would pay the man to alter his medical records? It just seems so far-fetched.

Victor: Sweetheart, michael baldwin was a prosecutor, one of the sharpest legal minds around. He found the testimony credible.

Nikki: Yeah, but, I mean, who knows? This guy doesn’t even work there anymore probably. He could just be a disgruntled employee looking for money or attention or both.

Victor: I have considered all of that, okay? Let me just say that michael is continuing to investigate.

Nikki: I still don’t understand why ashland would lie about his recovery. To what end?

Victoria: Hi.

Nikki: Ohh, victoria. I was just thinking about you.

Victoria: Oh. What’s on your mind?

Nikki: Just wondered how you were doing, how ashland is feeling.

Victoria: We’re both doing well. Thank you.

Nikki: Join me for a cup of tea?

Victoria: Oh, I — I wish i could, but I have to get back to the office.

Nikki: Oh. Is everything alright?

Victoria: Everything is great, mother.

Ashland: Just — just hold on for a second. So — so, it’s confirmed? The american digging up dirt in peru is michael baldwin? Well, that’s just fantastic. Okay. Uh, find him. I want to know everything he’s doing. I want to know what he’s looking for. And listen to me now. Find that doctor right now. Yeah.

[ Sighs heavily ]

Billy: What’s going on, jack? You text me to come over here ’cause you need to talk.

Jack: I wanted to bring the family up to speed on what’s happened and what’s about to happen.

Billy: Okay. Well, you mentioned family, but why is phyllis here?

Phyllis: Oh, because I’m supporting jack ’cause he’s my friend.

Jack: I’m sorry ashley can’t be here. I will fill her in, as well as kyle, as soon as I have some more answers.

Billy: Answers on what?

Jack: About my son — keemo.

Victor: Son.

Adam: Dad. I, uh — I was actually gonna call you. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night after our conversation. Couldn’t stop thinking about what you, uh, hinted at.

Victor: Yeah. Neither can I.

Adam: What is this issue brewing with victoria and ashland? I mean, you asked if you could count on me, and I said that you could, but I cannot help if you’re not gonna let me in on what’s going on. Nick. What are you doing here?

Nick: I have no idea.

Victor: I asked your brother to come here, okay?

Nick: I don’t know if I’d go with “asked.” It was more like commanded. What’s going on?

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Billy: Is keemo okay?

Jack: No, I’m afraid not. I have a received a series of mysterious, anonymous text messages encouraging me to go to an address in los angeles. Phyllis helped me try to get to the bottom of it. We found that the owner of the property was someone named hao nguyen. That is keemo’s grandfather’s name. With a little more work, we learned that keemo had taken his name. With still more digging, we learned that three weeks ago, my son passed away.

Billy: [ Sighs ] I’m so sorry. I… was he ill?

Jack: I-I don’t know any of the details. I’m still in a bit of shock.

Billy: Well, when was the last time you talked to him?

Jack: I haven’t seen or heard from him in years.

Billy: Years? Every time I asked you about him, you said that you were in contact with him.

Jack: I know what I led you to believe. I wasn’t completely honest about that. Keemo cut me out of his life soon after his mother died. He felt betrayed that I didn’t tell him how sick she was, and he never forgave me for it.

Billy: But he made his peace before he left town, did he not?

Jack: He did. No sooner was he out of town than that resentment grew and he turned his back on me. And I had trouble accepting that, and I kept thinking that he’d change his mind, he’d come back to me, and so I convinced people that things were strong and good between us.

Billy: I’m so sorry. I didn’t know. And given this — the situation, I’m sure this is, uh, even more shocking.

Jack: Yeah, it’s been quite a lot. Anyway, I am leaving for los angeles later today.

Billy: For the funeral? Well, just give me a couple minutes and I can pack my bags and I can —

Jack: I don’t know that there’s going to be any kind of funeral service. I don’t know what I’m walking into. All I know is what I have from these texts, the address, and that’s where I’m gonna start — at keemo’s former home. This may just turn out to be a trip to make decisions about keemo’s estate, however big or small.

Billy: Of course.

Jack: But for his sake, I’ve got to follow this wherever it may lead.

Victor: Boys, something very serious has come up, something that relates to newman empire and to the entire family.

Nick: Alright, what is this about? And if it involves the family or the business, victoria should be here.

Adam: Well, probably because it is about victoria and ashland. Dad asked me to keep an eye on him.

Victor: Exactly right. We need to find a way to protect not only our family, but especially victoria.

Nick: Protect her from what? If it’s such a big deal, why is this the first time I’m hearing about it?

Victor: Because I’m waiting for confirmation from michael baldwin, who is in peru digging for more information.

Nick: Peru? Is that where ashland went for his miracle cure?

Victor: Yes.

Adam: What, uh, did you find out?

Victor: It puts into question everything we have ever thought about ashland locke and his motives.

Nick: I don’t want to hear any more about this. If michael baldwin is involved, he’s probably out just digging up dirt.

Victor: Trust me, son. You want to hear this.

Nick: No, the last time i trusted you, dad, and i investigated ashland, it hurt my relationship with victoria, and it’s never been the same since. And I don’t want to risk making it worse by going down that path again.

[ Door opens ]

Victoria: Oh, hello there.

Ashland: Hello.

Victoria: You were up and out so early this morning. I thought you could use some coffee.

Ashland: Well, thank you very much, but I think we might need something a little stronger to celebrate.

Victoria: What are we celebrating?

Victor: Business affairs has drafted the new contract that, uh, changes my title to — let’s see — ah, yes, co-ceo of newman/locke.

Victoria: Already?

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Victoria: Wow. The lawyers usually take forever with all of the legalese and fine print.

Ashland: Well, I asked them to put a rush on it.

Victoria: Really? Why did you do that?

Ashland: Well, because, uh, more — more so now than ever, I’ve come to realize that every second of life matters, that we have to take advantage of every precious moment we have and not waste any time. And that’s why I’m also looking forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.

Victoria: You know this contract — it doesn’t really change anything between us.

Ashland: Mm.

Victoria: We’re already equal partners in every way. And, you know, we can also take our time dotting all the I’s and crossing all the t’S. Don’t you think?

Ashland: Well, I’ve already been here for a couple of hours. You know, some of us come in here early. And I’ve already looked over the contract. It is sound. These guys in business affairs — they know their stuff. It is an excellent contract. I’m ready to sign right now. Unless, of course, you’ve changed your mind. I’m amber, I’ve lost 128 pounds with golo,

Victoria: What would make you think that I’ve changed my mind? You’ve made quite a compelling case.

Ashland: Well, I think so, but you were hesitant at first, and I just want you to feel comfortable. Look, the last thing I want is for you to feel like you’re being pressured into something you don’t want to do. If you’re having second thoughts about this, now is the time to say it. But, victoria, our relationship is the most important thing in the world to me. I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that. So, if you want to take a little more time on this, that’s fine. If you want to leave things exactly how they are, that’s fine. I would understand that.

Victoria: I appreciate that. But the original agreement was drawn up because, at the time, we were all very worried about your health. And now look at you. You’re in remission. And that changes everything. And, you know, you should be more than just my advisor. You should be my equal in business, just like you are in our marriage. Right? So, it’s time that we take the next step and we make you co-ceo.

Adam: Nick, aren’t you the least bit curious?

Nick: I learned my lesson. Any curiosity about ashland gets you burned. And I’m surprised you want to investigate him again, dad. I mean, you were his biggest champion and defender. I mean, what turned?

Victor: Let me be up front with both of you. I never really trusted that man from the moment he came into our lives, okay? So kindly just listen to what i have to say, and then you can make your decision, alright?

Nick: I made my decision about what I think about ashland a long time ago, and you know that. If you recall, I was left out of any of the conversations that had to do with dealing with this man’s lies in italy. You didn’t want to hear what i had to say. Why am I being involved now?

Victor: There are new developments. I’ve learned things about ashland locke that will not only affect our business, the newman empire, but our entire family, including you. I’ve learned things about him that will shock you. And there are things that are more repulsive than anything we’ve ever learned about him.

Billy: I’m sorry that you, uh — you felt the need to have to cover up what was really going on. I don’t like the fact that you had to paint this rosy, “everything’s fine” picture for us.

Jack: I didn’t just paint it for you. I painted it for me. It was self-defense, a wall i built to keep the pain away.

Billy: Well, nothing you just said changes anything for me, okay? And if you let me, I’d like to come to L.A. To be there for you.

Jack: No, no, no, I meant what I said. I don’t — I don’t need you. I don’t even know what I’m walking into.

Billy: Well, that’s even more reason why I should be there for you. Jack, this — this kind of pain, this kind of grief — I know it, okay? It shuts your brain down. You end up not being able to think clearly. So let me be there for you to support you, please. Will you let me? Why do dermatologists worldwide recommend la roche-posay?

Jack: I’m sorry. I really feel I need to do this alone.

Traci: Jack, I agree with billy. Now is the time to rely on your family. You’ve kept us at arm’s length way too long. You’ve been living with all of this alone. I appreciate that you’ve told us what’s happening, but I’m asking you, please take the next step. Let us all the way in. You can’t go on doing this. That’s why I want to go to los angeles with you.

Billy: She’s right. We should both go.

Phyllis: Well, we should all go. All of us. Jack, you’ve… I mean, you’ve always been there for us. Let us be there for you.

Traci: Jack, I know how hard this is gonna be to face. We know what it’s like to lose a child, and I know this, too — no matter how well you think you’re handling all of this, the pain is going to be waiting to resurface cruelly, when you least expect it. That’s why I want to be there by your side through this.

Jack: I appreciate the offer. I really do. But that is the best reason for you and billy not to be any part of this. I don’t want my losses to compound yours.

Billy: No, you don’t need to worry about us. We can handle it, okay? We need to be there for you. In fact, I don’t want you going anywhere alone.

Jack: Fine. I won’t go there alone. Phyllis has been instrumental in getting me through the first part of this puzzle. If you’re able to get away, I’d like you to go with me.

Billy: Jack, I understand phyllis has been helpful, but, uh, she’s not family.

Jack: I appreciate what you’re saying. This is what I need to do. This is what is best for me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go get packed.

Phyllis: If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go get packed. I mean, I know you’re both upset because jack chose me to go to los angeles with him, but I want you to know that I have his best interests at heart.

Traci: Phyllis, I know how much you care about him, but i also know that your relationship has been on tenuous ground for months now. So I’m asking you — please, can you put that aside?

Phyllis: Traci, traci, traci —

Traci: No, no, jack is really fragile right now.

Phyllis: I understand he’s fragile. I get it. He’s on edge. I understand. I care about him, too. Listen, I think getting to the bottom of this mystery will help him with his loss. I will take care of him. I promise you.

Traci: [ Sighs ]

Nikki: Excuse me.

Ashland: Oh!

Nikki: Did I hear you correctly? You’re changing your titles to co-ceo?

Victoria: Yes, mom. As a matter of fact, we are.

Nikki: Well, I thought ashland was very happy serving as an advisor.

Victoria: Well, that was before his recovery.

Ashland: Yeah, I’m feeling much better now, more like my old self. You know, I’m really wanting to get in there, take a little more responsibility, maybe have a stronger hand in running things around here.

Nikki: Oh, well, I would say you already have a strong hand at newman/locke. I’ve seen the deference you’re treated with. They clear the halls when they see you coming down.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ] That’s only because I’m standing next to, you know, her. No, look, what I need is for people — the employees here — to respect me in the same way they respect victoria, at an equal level.

Nikki: Uh-huh. Um, do you think that’s the right way to go about it?

Victoria: Yes, mom, it is the right thing to do, given the new circumstances. And please don’t think it will in any way change your role here.

Nikki: I’m not worried about that at all. I mean, I don’t need a contract or a title to feel secure about my position here. I’m just surprised because victor never said anything to me about this.

Victoria: Well, that’s because we didn’t feel like it was necessary to tell him.

[ Door closes ]

Victor: So, michael baldwin has discovered that ashland locke told us a whole story about that clinic in peru that supposedly had a life-saving therapy for his cancer. He didn’t go there for that reason. He has been funneling money to that place for years through a shell company.

Adam: Why would he do that?

Victor: He said he had to do that because of some international tax law. I thought that was bogus. So I told michael baldwin to go down there and investigate the situation.

Adam: Well, something definitely sounds shady.

Victor: Well, michael baldwin talked to a physician who worked at that clinic. And he had that physician talk on camera and testify to the fact that ashland locke went down there to have them falsify his medical records.

Nick: Why would he lie about his recovery?

Adam: Yeah, I mean, why do something cruel like that and let victoria believe they have more time than they did, give her some false sense of hope?

Nick: Who does that? And what does it mean? Is ashland still dying?

Victor: Guys, you’re both missing the point. The point is, ashland locke was never sick at all. Goal!

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Nick: Are you sure ashland is faking his illness?

Adam: Yeah. How can that be?

Nick: I mean, you got any proof? Because if this is all you’ve got, some disgruntled employee, it’s not enough to destroy victoria’s life.

Victor: Michael baldwin ran into another physician who used to work at at that clinic who corroborated everything the other doctor had told him. Ashland locke never went there for any treatment. He was never ill.

Nick: I don’t get how this is possible. Didn’t victoria go with ashland to new york after he received his diagnosis, where he was then given confirmation that he is terminally ill?

Victor: I believe so.

Adam: Yeah, and he was undergoing chemo here in genoa city with a doctor.

Nick: And this is long before he received any treatments in peru.

Victor: That is how nefarious and deep ashland locke’s deception is.

Adam: Okay, so, for this to be true, his doctor in new york would have to be in on it, or he would have to pay money for false records to get a doctor to say he was sick when he was perfectly healthy. So, what about the doctor here?

Nick: So he was lying about going through chemo.

Victor: If you remember, he never wanted anything to accompany him to his appointments.

Adam: But what about nate? He was also consulted. I mean, out of nowhere, ashland asked him to be his best man at the wedding. So, was he in on the scam, too?

Victor: I don’t think he has anything to do with it.

Nick: So, if what you’re saying is true and he was lying this whole time about being sick, he is now pretending to be miraculously cured.

Victor: That’s right.

Adam: So, what are you going to do now?

Victor: My boys, I have enough evidence to deal with that man. And I will deal with him.

Nikki: Victoria, I really think that it’s a mistake for you to do something like this without your father’s input. Victor needs to know.

Victoria: It’s not dad’s decision to make. It’s mine and mine alone.

Nikki: Yeah. Well, a plan of your own will cease to exist once you sign that agreement.

Victoria: I realize that.

Nikki: I mean, you have done such an amazing job controlling the company that your father built from nothing. Victor has always been your strongest advisor. I mean, the least you can do is let him know what you’re planning. You owe him that much.

Victoria: I guess you’re right. I think we should let my father know before it’s a done deal.

Nikki: Oh, well… ashland, I hope that you’re not offended. I mean, of course I am thrilled to learn that you are doing so well. And we want you to be around for a good long time. You make my daughter so happy. That makes me happy.

Ashland: I am not offended.

[ Chuckles ] I would not want to make a change like this that’s so important without the blessing of all the newmans.

Traci: [ Sighs ] I still cannot believe jack kept so much pain private for so long.

Billy: I know. And we all just trusted him and believed him when he said that he and keemo were in touch and that, you know, they had made peace.

Traci: And I hate that he felt like he had to maintain this lie. He couldn’t trust us with the truth? It must have been devastating to live with that secret.

Billy: Every time I asked him about keemo, his response was very quick. Now that I think about it, it was almost too quick. Like, I didn’t even have a second to ask him how his son was doing. He’d almost just kind of moved on already.

Traci: And I feel terrible about it. I mean, why didn’t I notice this and ask questions? Maybe I could have coaxed the truth out of him. For god’s sake, I’m a writer. I’m obsessed with language and the use of words. Why didn’t I notice that he was being purposefully vague?

Billy: I hear you. I get it. Honestly, traci, we can’t do anything about that now.

Traci: You’re right.

Billy: We just be here for him.

Traci: Because we both know the hell that’s headed this way, and when it hits, it is going to hit hard.

Billy: What’s going on here? I mean, somebody sending him anonymous text messages? Do you know anything about this? All he said was that they were mysterious.

Traci: And that’s what I know about them — very mysterious. Someone is sending them, and they are not willing to identify themselves. They’re telling jack to go to los angeles, where he is going to find a world he never knew existed, and he’ll be sorry if he doesn’T.

Billy: I don’t like it. Somebody’s hiding something, and jack is vulnerable right now. It’s not good.

Traci: I agree. And I raised all of these concerns with him. But phyllis has been pushing him from the very beginning to pursue this. She thinks it would be best for him to focus on finding out what really happened with keemo.

Billy: Well, I guess I’m not the only person that thinks taking phyllis is a bad idea, for no other reason than it’s phyllis. Trouble is going to follow her. We know that.

Traci: I just don’t know if there’s anything that we can do to change his mind at this point.

Billy: You’re probably right.

Traci: I feel so helpless. Ugh. But I can do something. You know what? Sustenance. The last thing he’s gonna think about is getting something to eat, so I’m gonna run out and get some food for the trip, okay?

Billy: I can stay. I don’t think he should be alone right now.

Traci: Thank you, honey. I’ll be back shortly.

Billy: Okay, I’ll see you in a bit.

[ Door closes ]

Jack: Wow, it seems the room has cleared out.

Billy: Yeah, it has, and now it’s just the two of us. Brother to brother, I got to ask you — are you sure about this? When I get a migraine,

Jack: I assure you I can handle this trip to L.A.

Billy: Well, I hope you’re right, jack, because, you know, you said it yourself — you’re not sure what you’re walking into.

Jack: Billy, I have no choice. There’s too much I don’t know about my son — where he lived, how he lived, how he survived these last several years. What did he do? How did he die? There’s too much I missed that I don’t know. I need some closure.

Billy: Jack, unfortunately, i don’t think closure comes when you’re talking about the death of a child. That’s not the kind of pain you put on a shelf and just lock away. Look, I understand you needing to find answers. And a lot of times, the imagination can be worse than the truth.

Jack: Thank you for understanding that.

Billy: I hope you find your answers. And if you need anything, you call me and I’m out on the next flight.

Jack: I know that. I can always count on you.

Billy: And I would be remiss if I didn’t say this, so I’m going to. You be careful, and you make sure that phyllis has your best interests at heart, not her own.

Jack: Phyllis is my close friend. I trust her implicitly. She has proven time and again that she has my back. That is why I am taking her with me.

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: Ah, traci, please. I’m going with jack. Please don’t try to talk me out of this, okay?

Traci: Phyllis, phyllis, stop. That’s not what I’m here for. Listen, unlike billy, I just wanted to tell you I’m very grateful that you’ve decided to go with jack on this trip.

Phyllis: Well, I’m surprised to hear you say that.

Traci: Why? I understand why jack would prefer to take you over billy and me.

Traci: Yes, yes, we can relate to losing a child. But I can see that jack is on the edge.

Phyllis: Yeah, he’s very torn.

Traci: And I’m also afraid that this wall that he’s built around his feelings with keemo for all of these years — at any moment, it could just come crumbling down. And I think he senses it, and i think he’s terrified. And at some level, I think he also knows that if this situation were to re-ignite our grief over the loss of our own children, he wouldn’t be able to handle it. And he needs his reserves for what he’s going to face.

Phyllis: Exactly. I think you’re right.

Traci: And as much as I want to be there for jack, I think it’s better that he doesn’t have to worry about my feelings, that he can focus on his own.

Phyllis: That’s very nice of you. Jack is very lucky to have such a considerate sister.

Traci: Well, I’m counting on you, phyllis, to give him what he needs.

Phyllis: [ Scoffs ] I’ll do that.

Traci: Phyllis, I know that there is a mystery to be solved here. And jack could not have picked a better partner to help him get to the bottom of whatever this is. But first and foremost, please, please take care of my brother. Protect his big heart.

Adam: I still can’t get my head around why ashland would go to such extreme. I mean, was this merely a ploy to win over victoria out of sympathy? What, does he not trust his abilities to win her over on his own?

Victor: Far more sinister than that. It’s a long con with a very bad end game. And I wonder how long he’s been planning this.

Nick: This goes beyond any of past crimes.

Victor: You know what he was after? Power and control over two huge business empires — newman enterprises and his own.

Adam: Why would he need to resort to faking cancer for that? The guy’s almost as good at making deals as you are.

Victor: Because it made people feel empathetic. They felt sorry for him. And everyone fell for it, including victoria. And she fell deeply. But so did most of us. Except you, son. And I had my doubts about the son of a bitch from the beginning.

Nick: Well, I wish I was wrong about it, but I knew that he was just a liar and a criminal. And he took advantage of victoria’s love for his own greed and financial gain. I’m gonna kill him. Truth is… I’ve never really known how to care for my hardwood floors.

Traci: I can’t imagine for a moment you remembered to eat something, so I got you some sandwiches and fruit and snacks for the trip for you and phyllis, and you’ve got to keep your strength up. Phyllis, make sure he follows instructions.

Jack: Thank you for looking out for me. You always know what’s best.

Traci: I just wish I could do more. But you’re in good hands, and you need to keep in touch with us. Let us know what you find.

Jack: Okay. A lot’s gonna be going on. I might not be great at telephone calls and…

Phyllis: I’ll keep you updated.

Jack: Well, I guess we should go.

Billy: You be careful. And you promise me you’ll stay on guard.

Jack: I promise. You ready?

Phyllis: Yeah. The question is, are you?

Jack: Well, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I want to know what’s on the other end of these texts. And if I don’t get closure, at least I want to find out more about the man my son became. Love you.

Traci: Love you.

Nikki: Ashland, I think it’s very wise of you to want victor’s blessing. After all, he has been your biggest defender through all the crises we have had to face. Why would this be any different?

Ashland: Uh, because this is not a crisis? This is more of a celebration of my recovery. Think of it as a crisis averted.

Nikki: Well, that’s, uh, one way to look at it.

Ashland: Yeah. Uh, if you two will excuse me, I, uh — I have some things i need to tend to.

[ Clears throat ]

[ Door closes ]

Victoria: Mom…are you okay? You seem like you’re troubled.

Nikki: No. Uh, I-I’m a little tired, that’s all. Other than that, I’m fine.

Victoria: Okay, good. I’m glad to hear it. So, if there is nothing wrong, then do you want to tell me what’s on your mind?

Nikki: Victoria, you really need to speak to your father about this title change. He needs to know.

Victoria: Okay. I — I understand. I get it. I’ll go talk to dad.

Nikki: Good. And if for some reason, that doesn’t happen… I will certainly tell him.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

Ashland: Uh, dr. Reilly? Yeah. No, I have not given anyone permission to look at my medical records, nor will I. Thank you.

[ Sighs heavily ]

Victor: Okay, I understand your anger, my boy. I feel the same, okay? This man has managed to infiltrate our family and is threatening to destroy the empire that I built for decades. No one does that.

Nick: Forget the empire. What are we gonna do about the damage to victoria?

Victor: Don’t forget the empire, son. Part and parcel of the same thing. In regards to victoria, we have to tread very carefully. This news will be devastating to her.

Adam: So, what do you suggest do? I don’t see how we do this without upsetting her.

Victor: Son, I’ll handle him my way.

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