Y&R Transcript Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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Victor: Let me understand this. You’re gonna tell ashland that nothing has changed and that you still love him?

Victoria: That’s right.

Nick: How can you stay with this guy after all the evidence we’ve shown you?

Nikki: Sweetheart, I don’t think you can continue as if nothing has changed. I mean, too much has happened. I know that you’re hurting, but you can lean on us.

Victoria: Mother, that has nothing to do —

Nikki: Darling, we will get through this as a family.

Victoria: I don’t think you understand what I’m saying right now. My decision is not open for discussion. I’m leaving to meet ashland to tell him that I believe in him and I still love him, and you all need to back off and let me handle this in my own way.

Nick: So we’re just supposed to stand by and let you go back to him. Why should we let you spend one more minute with him?

Victoria: Because it’s the only way to save the company.

Abby: Ashland? Hi. How are you?

Ashland: Uh, hello, abby.

Abby: Um, I feel like i haven’t seen you in forever. I’m sure you and victoria have been busy at the office.

Ashland: Uh…work does take up a great deal of our day, that is true.

Abby: Trust me, I get it. It can be all-consuming. Feels like you’re in constant motion, and that is just here at the restaurant. I cannot imagine running a global conglomerate. I’m sure it’s hard for you and victoria to find some personal time for each other.

Ashland: Have you spoken to victoria recently?

Abby: No, not recently, but, um…

Ashland: Ah.

Abby: You know, the four of us, we really should do something together. We should go out soon.

Ashland: I would like that.

Abby: Chance and I have just been in baby mode — diapers and bottles. We could really use a night out.

Ashland: Yeah, sounds like more work than running a corporate conglomerate.

Abby: [ Laughs ] Exactly.

Ashland: Yeah, we would love to have dinner with you both sometime.

Abby: Well, that would be amazing. I just popped in to check on a couple of things, but if victoria’s on her way, I’d love to say hello.

Ashland: Well, yes, she’s meeting with me here. I’m assuming she’s just caught up in something at the office, but you don’t have to wait for her. In fact, I’m probably just gonna finish my drink here and — and move —

[ Cellphone vibrates ] Oop, sorry. Oh, well, it’s right here.

[ Both laugh ] Ah, let’s see. Ah.

Abby: Well, is that her? Is she on her way?

Ashland: Uh…

Chloe: And in this one, she changed the hem. It’s, you know, fresher, sportier.

Lauren: [ Sighs ] Yeah, I can see that.

Chloe: You don’t like it?

Lauren: It’s not that. I — I’m just so anxious.

Chloe: Okay, my plan was to distract you with chelsea’s new designs, but in times like this, who can focus?

Lauren: Yeah, definitely — definitely not me.

Chloe: Try not to worry, okay? Kevin will be back soon with news. He promised.

Lauren: Yeah, but with what news? I mean, did he tell you anything before he left?

Chloe: No, he just told me that he got word about michael and he was hopping on a flight to go to san diego.

Lauren: What’s in san diego?

Chloe: I have as many questions as you do, but hopefully he’ll be back soon and he’ll tell us everything.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Lauren: Is that kevin?

Chloe: No, it’s just someone trying to sell me a warranty for my car.

Lauren: [ Sighs ] Why didn’t he just tell you what he found over the phone?

Chloe: It’s not that he refused, he just hasn’t called me back since last night.

Lauren: That’s not a good sign. People deliver bad news in person. You know, if it was something positive, it would be okay, he would have told you over the phone.

Chloe: Don’t think like that.

Lauren: Michael has been missing too long. I can’t take this anymore.

Chloe: Okay, I think maybe you should focus on something else. How about we just look at some more designs?

Lauren: No, I don’t want to look at anything else. I just want my husband.

Kevin: Good, you’re here.

Lauren: Kevin, what happened? Did you hear from michael? Michael.

Michael: Hello, gorgeous.

Lauren: [ Exhales sharply ]

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Lauren: Oh! I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see you.

Michael: Likewise. Somehow, you’ve gotten more beautiful while I was away.

Lauren: Oh.

Michael: How do you do that?

Lauren: [ Sighs ] Don’t you ever leave me again.

Michael: Never. I love you.

Lauren: I love you, too.

[ Chuckles ]

Michael: Mm.

Chloe: I’m really happy that you’re back. I missed you.

Lauren: Well, honey, you look exhausted. Let’s get you home. Let’s get you fed, showered, and some rest, okay?

Michael: That all sounds wonderful.

Kevin: As someone who sat next to him on the plan, I can vouch for his need of a shower.

Lauren: [ Laughs ] Let’s not wait.

Michael: No, not yet, not yet. There’s something I need to take care of first.

Lauren: Oh, are you okay?

Michael: No, I’m fine, I’m fine.

Lauren: Alright, well, where else would you need to be besides home?

Michael: I have to see victor.

Lauren: No. No, no, I am not letting you out of my sight until I get some answers. You know, I knew going back to work for victor was a mistake and that it was going to be more stress, but I didn’t realize it was going to be this much stress. You told me it was gonna be a short trip. And then you disappeared and you stopped communicating. I mean, where have you been? What’s happened to you? And who is responsible?

Ashland: This actually is not a text from victoria. In fact, it’s business. Uh, I have to follow up, make a phone call, so…

Abby: Yes, yes, absolutely. I actually need to run to the kitchen. I ordered endives and didn’t see them in a box.

[ Chuckles ] Be right back.

Ashland: Great, thank you. What’s happened? How long ago? So he just walked out. You have a dozen men there, but no one saw michael baldwin just leave? Yeah, okay, well, find him. He cannot leave peru. Do you understand me? Take care of this once and for all. Yeah, hi, victoria, it’s me. Um…I’m still here at society, and I’m eager to talk. I hope you’re just running late and everything’s still okay. I’ll see you in a bit.

[ Sighs ]

Victor: What exactly do you mean it’s the only way to save the company?

Victoria: I’ve got everything figured out.

Victor: Really? Ashland locke came to this town to take over newman enterprises. What’s your plan?

Victoria: You need to trust me.

Victor: Trust you, why? With the fate of the company that I built?

Victoria: Are you saying that this is my fault? Is that what I’m hearing right now?

Victor: I don’t know what your plan is.

Victoria: And if you don’t approve, then what —

Victor: Then I will take over.

Victoria: How? What more could you possibly do to control this situation? You’ve already acknowledged that you’ve been having me followed.

Victor: Do you understand why I had to follow? Don’t you understand that? You’re my daughter. I did it for your own security. You’re married to a bs artist who cheated you, who lied about his cancer to you in order to marry you.

Victoria: So you’re sticking to this story that your surveillance was for my safety.

Victor: You bet it was.

Victoria: I’m sorry, I don’t buy that. I don’t think that you trust me. I think that you think that I’m gonna put the company in jeopardy, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Victor: Really? I did this to protect you.

Victoria: Well, stop trying to treat me like I’m still your little girl. I know what I’m doing and I need you all to back off. I am the ceo of newman/locke.

Victor: And we are not going to back off. This is my company.

Victoria: I will protect my company and the family name.

Victor: How the hell will you do that?

Nick: Look, vick, you have all the information. You know what nate found out about ashland’s medical records. You have to promise me that you’re not gonna believe whatever new story ashland has. If you say that you believe him and that you’re still in love with him, that’s a lie, right?

Victor: Answer your brother. What are you recommending

Victoria: Nicholas, do you think that maybe you could just be a little less patronizing, just for one minute?

Nick: We just want you to explain your plan to us?

Victoria: I don’t owe you any explanation, especially after once again you went behind my back to uncover information that so profoundly affects my life without involving me. You clearly do not trust my judgment.

Victor: Will you understand that we are looking out for you?

Victoria: I did not ask for your help.

Nikki: Victoria, it was the only way we could get you to see the truth. We had to act before it was too late.

Victoria: Too late? Too late for what? You were afraid that ashland was gonna take total control of the company?

Nikki: As much as I care about the business, it’s nothing compared to how I feel about you. And I am not gonna have you sacrifice yourself for some plan to save the company.

Victoria: Please let me handle this the way that I see fit.

Nick: How can we do that? We don’t know what you’re planning to do.

Victor: We are your family. No one loves you more than we do. Please listen to us. Don’t be stubborn. Now, we’ve got to come up with a plan as a family to get rid of ashland locke, get him out of our family, get him out of newman enterprises.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Abby: Is everything okay at work?

Ashland: Oh. Uh…yes, everything’s fine. Yes.

Abby: Oh, you just seem a little tense. I know how my dad can be when there’s a big deal on the table. You can see the stress on his face. He carries it in his jaw.

[ Chuckles ]

Ashland: You are very observant. Yes, there is something major happening.

Abby: I knew it.

Ashland: But don’t worry about it, it’s gonna be fine.

Abby: Great.

Ashland: Did you find your endives?

Abby: I did, yeah, right underneath the radicchio.

[ Chuckles ]

Ashland: The radicchio — that’s always the last place you look, isn’t it?

Abby: Always.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ]

Abby: So how is everything else with you? I mean, with your, um…

Ashland: You’re asking about my health.

Abby: Yes, I am, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to pry.

Ashland: No, it’s fine. It’s fine. I’m as healthy as can be.

Abby: Wow.

Ashland: Mm-hmm.

Abby: That’s amazing. That’s miraculous, even.

Ashland: Yes. And how’s your little miracle, um, dominique?

Abby: Dominic.

Ashland: Yes, dominic. He must be getting bigger every day.

Abby: He is. He is so cute. Oh, my gosh, I have to show you this picture.

Ashland: Please do.

Abby: You’re gonna love it.

Ashland: I can hardly wait.

Abby: Look at it — wait, here it is.

Ashland: Okay, take your time.

Abby: Ah!

Ashland: Oh, look at how handsome that little boy is.

Abby: Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever? Oh. Gosh, having chance home and all of us being together, it’s such a blessing.

Ashland: I’m sure it is. Family is everything. And how is chance?

Abby: He’s doing better. He’s talking about going back to work on the police force.

Ashland: That’s great. Work is good for the soul.

Abby: Yes, chance feels the same way, and he thinks that going back to work will help him deal with all of his trauma. And if he thinks that, then i will support him 100%. Hey, it worked for you.

Ashland: What?

Abby: It worked for you. You going back to work, it helped you recover.

Ashland: Yes, it did. Yes, it did.

Abby: That and victoria’s love. That can have such healing power. You know, the two of us, chance and I, we really should use you and victoria as shining examples.

Ashland: Ah.

Michael: It is okay. Things got rough, but I’m home. Kevin helped me. And I’m eternally grateful to him for his assistance. So let’s — let’s just focus on the positive.

Lauren: But why didn’t you tell me when he was safe? Why did you have me worry for an additional 24 hours?

Kevin: I didn’t know what i was gonna find in san diego. I really didn’t expect I’d find michael. I thought it might just be a wild good chase.

Lauren: But why didn’t you call when you found him? We were scared to death. I was driving chloe crazy.

Chloe: She did.

Lauren: And we were in agony for all those extra hours.

Chloe: Okay, lauren, hold on. I know that you’re — you’re just expressing your pent-up frustration and anxiety, but i think you’re taking it out on the wrong people, ’cause we are on your side. We have been here through all of it, and I’m sure that kevin has a really good explanation for why he hasn’t told us anything.

Kevin: Well, we needed to act fast —

Michael: No, no, no, no, kevin. Do not blame kevin for anything. He was following my instructions, and I am sorry i put you through this and I will make it up to you, and I will eventually explain everything to you, but time is of the essence, and I have to see victor.

Lauren: No, michael —

Michael: I know, I don’t want to leave you either. I came here on purpose first to make sure that you knew I was alright. But this is an urgent situation, and I need to go.

Lauren: No. No, you are not going anywhere near victor. He’s the one that caused all this. He’s the one that got you into this mess in the first place — whatever this is. Why on earth do you feel obligated to him now? I started screening

Victoria: I am thinking of the company and I am thinking of the family, and I can see very clearly now what I need to do. It’s really the only way to get to the other side of this mess, so please just let me do it.

[ Sighs ] I do have the family’s best interests at heart. You have to trust me. I know I’ve made some mistakes when it comes to love, but i don’t make mistakes in business.

Victor: [ Sighs ] I’m still not convinced.

Victoria: Daddy…we’re standing in what used to be your office. This is where you handed me the reins of newman. Did you do that because you felt confident in me or did you do it as an empathy move? Are you really gonna take all of that back just because of a couple of bumps in the road?

Nick: Vick, come on. You know this is more than a bump in the road.

Victoria: Well, maybe that’s how you see it, but I see it as any issues, any problem that I’ve solved in this company.

Victor: Sweetheart…

[ Sighs ] I’ve told you many times that i admire what you have done for the company, okay?

Victoria: Well, then, please, please trust me on this one. I’m gonna treat it like any business problem. I can — I can handle this.

Victor: Look, if your actions get rid of ashland locke, get him out of our family and away from this company, then i will trust you. Meanwhile, I’m here if you need me.

Victoria: I can handle it. Thank you for your support. All of you.

Nick: I don’t like this at all. I’d feel a lot better if I knew what she was doing. If she has a plan, what do you think it could be?

Victor: If she doesn’t have a plan, I do.

Michael: Please believe me when I tell you this will all be explained to you in due time, but this is not on victor.

Lauren: Then who is responsible?

Michael: Ashland locke. And victor needs to know what happened immediately.; There’s been no safe way to get information to him. I will be home right afterwards, within the hour.

Lauren: Do you promise?

Michael: I promise.

Lauren: Is he still in danger?

Kevin: I don’t think so.

Lauren: Where did you find him? I mean, how did he get from peru to san diego?

Kevin: You know what? It’s michael’s story to tell. Besides, I don’t know anything about what happened in peru. He was quiet about that.

Chloe: Quiet like a secret or quiet like he was traumatized?

Kevin: Quiet like it never came up.

Lauren: [ Sighs ] Why did I let him out of my sight? I’m gonna go to victor’S. Kevin, I’m really sorry for earlier. Thank you so much for bringing him home.

Kevin: Of course. I feel terrible about what she had to go through. Why are you glaring me like that? Should I not feel terrible?

Chloe: You should. But what about me? You call me from work last night and say that you have to get on a flight and go to san diego, and I don’t hear from you until you saunter into crimson lights, and I have been home worried sick with the kids.

Kevin: I’m sorry. Michael’s instructions were explicit.

Chloe: Look, I — I know that you didn’t want to say anything in front of lauren, but he must have told you something. Where has he been? And what does ashland locke have to do with it?

Abby: Look at the time. You know, I really wanted to stay and say hello to victoria, but I really need to head home.

Ashland: I will pass on your regrets to victoria when I see her, which I hope will be soon.

Abby: Well, please give her a big hug from me, and I am just so happy that you’re feeling better.

Ashland: Thank you.

Abby: Now you and victoria need to work on that work-life balance.

Ashland: Yes, we do.

Abby: [ Chuckles ] And you can start by going out on that double date that we talked about.

Ashland: I would love that. I know victoria will, too.

Abby: Well, just pick a date and time and we’ll be there. It’s good to see you.

Ashland: You too.

[ Sighs ]

[ Cellphone rings ] Yeah. Uh-huh. Okay everyone,

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Michael: Victor.

Victor: Michael baldwin! Man, what the hell?

[ Groans ] Thank god you’re here.

Michael: You should also thank a couple of healthful dock workers at the port of lima, but whatever works.

Victor: My goodness, how the hell did you get back to genoa city?

Lauren: I’d like to know the same thing, michael.

Victor: Yes.

Michael: I thought we agreed to meet at home.

Lauren: We did, but I decided that I wanted to find out what happened to my husband and why he’s been gone so long without a word. Your boss isn’t off the hook for any of this either, so I would like to hear everything you say to victor.

Michael: [ Sighs ]

Nikki: Thank you.

Nick: I just don’t even know what victoria is thinking.

Nikki: I’m wondering the same thing.

Nick: How can she even think about spending one more minute with this lying weasel of a man she calls her husband? What does she think’s gonna happen, she can just pretend like nothing has changed?

Nikki: I am trying very hard to have faith that she really does have a good plan.

Nick: Well, then she’s deluded, because she’s either gonna put herself in a position where ashland can worm his way right back into her heart or she’s gonna be playing with fire, mom, trying to outwit this guy.

Nikki: Well, I’m worried about her emotional wellbeing. Remember, after everything with J.T., She questioned her judgment. It was a very low point for her. And now, after ashland is misleading her about all these things, she could start to doubt herself again.

Nick: I just don’t even know how she could consider making ashland co-ceo after she knew about all the evidence we have against him.

Nikki: [ Sighs ] It just shows how vulnerable she is to him.

Nick: You know, I didn’t want to say anything earlier ’cause i didn’t want to antagonize victoria anymore, but she did open up to someone about ashland, and it turned out to be billy of all people, which, to me, is a sign of how little trust she has that her own family has her back.

Nikki: [ Sighs ] That is very concerning.

Nick: I’m also worried that maybe she just believed everything that ashland told her, you know? All this talk about her handling it her own way was just a way for us to back off and leave her alone, because every time i think we get through to her, she just runs right back into ashland’s arms.

Nikki: Well, now, I think we should give her a little more credit. She has too much pride. She knows that the fate of newman is in her hands, and she will do whatever it takes to save it. And that’s what has me worried.

Victoria: Hello.

Ashland: Oh. Hello. You just missed abby.

Victoria: Oh, well, I’ll have to give her a call, but honestly, I’m glad she’s not here. I’m not really up for interacting with any more newmans right now.

Ashland: [ Chuckles ] Well, she was actually being quite friendly, you know, very abby, which I guess means she hasn’t heard anything about the smear campaign against me.

Victoria: I could really use a drink.

Ashland: Are you okay?

Victoria: Yes, I’m okay. I’ll just be a lot better when the bartender comes back.

Ashland: Well, you just seem agitated. I mean, has victor filled your head with more lies about me? See, this is what I feared when you went to see your family without me being there to defend myself.

Victoria: Why, is there more that I should know?

Ashland: No, that’s not at all what I meant. I just — I’m just afraid that they’re getting to you again.

Victoria: Yeah, I guess. I guess my nerves are a little frayed. I, um — I just feel like I’m being pulled in several different directions right now.

Ashland: Well, I understand that. Your family has created this untenable situation where they’re putting you under unnecessary stress.

Victoria: I can handle them.

Ashland: Okay. So, uh, what did they say about me this time?

Victoria: Oh. [ Sighs ] They’re on the warpath.

Ashland: Ah.

Victoria: My mother thinks that you’ve broken my heart and that I will never be the same, and nicholas is being protective, as usual.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Victoria: And then my dad —

Ashland: Yeah, you don’t have to tell me what your dad thinks. I — I kind of know what he thinks. What I want to know is where we stand, you and me.

Victoria: I know that the love that we have for each other is real. I know that. And that you would not and could not fake that. And I know that you wouldn’t deceive me in the way that my family is claiming that you would. So that’s where I’m at. I’m right here. I’m right by your side. Effective skincare can be affordable.

Michael: The moment — the moment I sent evidence linking payoffs to the doctors at the clinic to a subsidiary of locke’s company [Scoffs] The local police picked me up. I was thrown in jail on some trumped-up cross-border espionage charge.

Lauren: You were in jail?

Michael: Yes, yes, for a while.

Lauren: And they wouldn’t let you make a phone call?

Michael: It wasn’t exactly a due process situation. I knew the charges against me weren’t real. These were locals, not federal agents. My phone and my id were taken away. I had no access to the outside world. I had no way of contacting you. I couldn’t even hire my own lawyer.

Lauren: What a nightmare.

Victor: How’d you get away?

Michael: [ Chuckles ] I charmed my way out.

Victor: Huh.

Michael: I befriended a guard, javier. He — he had some legal trouble. I advised him on how to keep a lender from taking away his house. I mean, I saved his family home.

Victor: Oh, I see, so he owed you.

Michael: He did.

Victor: Uh-huh. So he recovered my passport. He gave me the name of a friend down at the dock, and then he let me slip away.

Lauren: Thank god for javier. But why didn’t you call once you were freed?

Michael: Number one, I still didn’t have a phone, and number two, I was sure ashland was behind my arrest. I have no proof, but it’s pretty clear that’s what happened. At that point, I thought he was capable of anything. He could be listening in on your phones. I couldn’t risk it. I was technically a fugitive. So I made my way down to the docks. I finagled my way onto a boat going to san diego, and once i was there, I could contact kevin.

Kevin: So I got a text from an unknown number claiming to be michael, telling me to get to san diego immediately.

Chloe: Well, if it was unknown, how were you certain it was actually michael?

Kevin: I tested him. He wrote that I shouldn’t say anything to you or to lauren, so I asked if I could tell gloria. To which he responded, “sure, she won’t care.” Only somebody who knows our mother would respond that way.

Chloe: Good test.

Kevin: Since this was the only lead we had on michael, i had to follow it. When I got off the plane, there was a text from another number. It was an address. So I went there, cautiously, because I didn’t know if this was a trap. It was a park near the airport. Michael was there, frazzled, scared. I wanted to check into a hotel, get him rested up, but he was eager to come home. We got on the next flight. And he was looking over his shoulder the entire time.

Chloe: What was he afraid of?

Kevin: I don’t know. But he was on edge. Seeing lauren seemed to calm him down.

Chloe: Wow. Look, I know we have been talking about wanting more excitement, like in our younger years, but not like this. If anything had happened to you…

Kevin: I know. I really was scared. And that’s why I didn’t want to worry you, but I had to help michael.

Chloe: I know, and I think it’s great that you were willing to do anything to keep your brother safe.

Kevin: Yeah, as many times as he’s come to my rescue, I owed him. But I have to admit, michael’s drive to get home as soon as possible, to run and see victor, it’s all very unnerving.

Chloe: What do you think he meant when he said that this was all ashland locke’s fault?

Ashland: [ Sighs ] I love you, victoria. And I know that our love can withstand any and all attacks against us. And I will find out who’s behind this.

Victoria: I know you will. I know that. And we’ll face this together.

Ashland: I can face anything as long as I know you’re with me. I need your love and your trust to get through this.

Victoria: And you have it. You know, but we’re gonna have to be really smart because it won’t be easy fighting my family. My father is not gonna let go of this easily. He’s gonna come at you with every weapon that he has in his arsenal to try to get you out of my life and out of newman, but we’re just gonna have to be prepared for that.

Ashland: I agree. Look, I know you needed a night away just to think things through, but I’m hoping you’ll come home so we can have a conversation about this, maybe make some plans. What do you say?

Victoria: Actually, I have a better idea. I’ve been thinking about what you said, and I think that you’re right.

Ashland: Right about what?

Victoria: I think that we need to get far away from genoa city so that we can strategize without my family’s constant attacks. Let’s just go to the villa in tuscany. (Clucking noises)

Kevin: Michael didn’t say much on the flight back. He was tight-lipped, preoccupied. He kept worrying that somebody was listening or watching. But one thing was clear — ashland locke was behind his detainment in peru.

Chloe: Why would locke do that to him?

Kevin: I don’t know. But he put my brother through hell.

Chloe: Well, look, I’m just glad that you two are home safe and sound.

Kevin: Yeah, I am too. But I’m not gonna forgive locke anytime soon.

Nick: I’m not convinced that victoria is willing to get rid of ashland. As you said before, victoria has been betrayed by so many men in her life, so maybe she’s so vulnerable that she can’t admit that yet another relationship has failed. So buying locke’s story is a way to prove that she hasn’t made another mistake.

Nikki: [ Sighs ] I pray she’s stronger than that.

Nick: Well, whatever the reason, if victoria decides to stay with ashland, I promise you I will find a way to get rid of him on my own.

Lauren: Well, I hope the information that you gathered was worth you being in jail, being in constant danger, and having me worried day and night.

Michael: I do too.

Victor: Trust me, it was invaluable.

Lauren: Does not get you off the hook for not calling me the minute you got to san diego.

Michael: Listen to me — if i had phoned you, you would’ve insisted on going with kevin. Now, I was concerned I was still in danger. I wasn’t gonna put you at risk, okay?

Lauren: And you really think that that was still an issue once you were back in the united states?

Michael: If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this adventure, it’s how ruthless ashland locke is. What matters now is that I’m home and safe with you.

Victor: Let’s toast to that.

Michael: Salud. And don’t blame victor. I knew the risks when I took this job.

Lauren: Mm, still gonna blame you.

Michael: So what’s happening with locke?

Victor: Well, as they say in french [Speaks french] Things have blown wide open. And victoria’s right in the middle. So…we’re gonna have to figure out a way to get rid of ashland locke, get him out of the company, out of our family.

Ashland: Hold on, you want to go back to tuscany? I’m surprised.

Victoria: Why? I love it there.

Ashland: Well, you were against it just a couple of days ago.

Victoria: Yes, but things have changed. I thought you wanted to go.

Ashland: I did, but removing ourselves from the battlefield, being thousands of miles away, that may not be the smartest move.

Victoria: So what has changed for you?

Ashland: Things have escalated since I first suggested it. Look, stepping out of the line of fire may seem like a safer move, but — but it may also look like an admission of guilt.

Victoria: To who?

Ashland: Victor, of course.

Victoria: My father already thinks you’re guilty.

Ashland: Well, then it might look like an admission of defeat, which is even worse.

Victoria: Exactly. If we retreat, it will make it look to my father that we’re running scared and he might be more likely to show his hand. It’s the smart move, trust me.

Ashland: Uh, you know, I love the way you’re always one step ahead of everyone, including your father, and I do agree with the idea of it. In fact, it would be nice to go back to tuscany, be alone with you at the site of our wedding.

Victoria: Yes, and you’ll be able to spend time with harrison while you’re there. You should do that.

Ashland: I can see my boy. I would love that. Okay, let’s go to italy. I’ll make some phone calls, start making arrangements immediately.

Victoria: There’s no need. I’ve already handled everything.

Ashland: Oh.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ]

Ashland: Oh. Fantastic.

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