Young & The Restless Transcript
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Adam: Diane is alive? After all these years? Are you sure? Have you seen her?
Victor: Unfortunately, yes.
Adam: How in the hell did she pull this off? And where has she been all these years?
Victor: I don’t know the full story.
[ Knock on door ]
Adam: Why would she come back here?
Victor: She claims she wants to reunite with kyle. Who knows what her true motives are?
Sally: Um, hi. Is everything okay?
Adam: Someone we thought was dead a long time ago has just turned up alive and well.
Sally: I take it neither of you are fond of her?
Victor: Complicates matters. Since kyle now has married into my family.
Sally: Wow, so who exactly has risen from the dead?
Adam: Diane jenkins. Kyle’s mother.
Jack: Hey, how you doing?
Kyle: Seeing harrison always makes me feel better. He’s upstairs having a ball with his new bff traci.
Jack: Oh, I’ll bet he is. Traci has that effect on a lot of people.
Kyle: Such a relief knowing that he’s safe and sound and taken care of. Thank you and phyllis for spending time with him, too, while I’ve been getting my bearings.
Jack: Well, if I can speak for everyone else, it was our pleasure. We all love harrison and we all know how difficult it is for you to be face-to-face with your mother.
Kyle: I’m still no closer to making a decision about how to move forward.
Jack: Don’t rush that decision. Diane took years contemplating all of her possibilities before she sprung this on you. You take all the time you need.
[ Door opens ]
Nikki: Got your message. I assume you want to talk about my meeting with the logistics team.
Victoria: I actually want to talk about a different project — my father.
Nikki: Uh-oh. What happened after I left?
Victoria: Dad was trying to suggest that adam take ashland’s position as co-ceo. Of course, he framed the suggestion as a response to my supposedly fragile emotional state, which was infuriating.
Nikki: [ Sighs ] Sometimes your father isn’t the most tactful.
Victoria: It’s insulting.
Nikki: I agree. But maybe your anger should be directed at ashland.
Victoria: Well, at least ashland is no longer a threat, but you know who is — adam.
Nikki: I know you’re not gonna like hearing this, but adam is a big reason why ashland is no longer with the company.
Victoria: Yes, he used a half a billion dollars of dad’s money to make that happen, and even if it did work, that doesn’t entitle him to the co-ceo position.
Nikki: Well, none of us are happy about the lengths we had to go to to get rid of him. But the important thing is that our family is still a strong unit, and I want it to stay that way.
Victoria: You know what? Maybe you ought to save that speech for dad, since I left the ceo decision up to him.
Nikki: You did?
Victoria: I did. I told him that he could appoint as co-ceo if he wants to, but if he does, I’m out.
Billy: So I take it you’re staying here because victoria threw you out.
Ashland: Brilliant powers of deduction.
Billy: Why are you here at all? I mean, you’ve kicked to the curb at newman/locke, your marriage to victoria is being annulled. What’s the point?
Ashland: I have my reasons, none of which have anything to do with you.
Billy: Well, you better tell& me they don’t have anything to do with victoria.
Ashland: Again, none of your business.
Billy: I’m gonna need to insist that you stay the hell away from her.
Ashland: You really would never make a good poker player, would you? I mean, you just lay all your cards on the table for everybody to see.
Ashland: It’s abundantly clear that you’re still in love with victoria. And it’s surprising to me that someone as smart as lily hasn’t figured that out yet, but then again, maybe she has. Maybe she resents the fact that you keep barging in to protect your ex.
Billy: Lily and I are just fine. Thank you for your concern. And as far as victoria, I am not worried about her ability to deal with you. She’s already proven that she can handle herself. My warning was directly to you for your own sake, because you are playing with fire.
Ashland: You will never understand my relationship with victoria. She’s not nearly as angry at me as you think she is.
Billy: Yeah, what about your ex-father-in-law? You know the one that stood there, watched you gasp for air while you were having a heart attack. And that was before he knew that you were lying about having cancer, screwing over his daughter. I’m pretty sure that you are on the top of his hit list right now, ashland. And believe, it’s not a fun place to be.
Sally: So if this diane person is kyle’s mom, were she and jack married?
Adam: It never got there. She was married to my dad, though, twice.
Victor: Son, let’s not get into that, alright?
Sally: Well, it sounds interesting to me.
Adam: Well, she also dated nick.
Victor: Enough. Diane jenkins always was and always will be a dangerous person. And I wanted you to know that she’s in town and I wanted to warn you to stay away from her as far as you can. Lest she remind you of your connection with her and tries to wrangle something from you.
Sally: Wait, adam had a connection with her, too?
Adam: Not really. Look, I don’t want to have any contact with diane, so why don’t we drop that and we get back to your conversation with victoria?
[ Clears throat ] She didn’t seem very happy when she left here, so is there any chance that you were discussing me?
Victor: She’s not very fond of you, son.
Adam: I am aware.
Victoria: My brother is a snake, and from the moment that he agreed to come and work for me, he’s been looking for ways to undermine me. So appointing him co-ceo is just gonna make things worse.
Nikki: Your father sees things differently.
Victoria: [ Scoffs ] Yes. I know that, because he’s always had a soft spot for adam — or should I say a blind spot.
Nikki: Well, victor did take a risk setting adam up at newman media when nobody else thought it was a good idea. I have to admit that adam has been successful running that division and seems to have proven that he can be a reliable family member.
Victoria: Whenever it suits his purpose. Mom, are you making an argument for adam becoming co-ceo?
Nikki: Oh, no, not at all. I’m just stating the facts.
Victoria: Oh, gosh. I guess it’s pointless. I know dad is never gonna see adam the way that I see him. It’s never gonna happen. But…
Nikki: But what?
Victoria: But what if i agreed that I could use a co-ceo and then I hire someone that dad would have to concede is a far better choice?
Nikki: Good luck finding that person.
Victoria: I think I already have. I’m looking at her.
Jack: You know, if you need someone to run all of this by, I’m happy to be a sounding board.
Kyle: Appreciate that. And I will take you up on it at some point, but I’ve spent a lot of time talking about it today.
Jack: Wait, with whom?
Kyle: First traci, then mariah. Look, I ran into her while I was out, and I wasn’t planning on telling her what was going on, but then we started talking and I ended up spilling my guts.
Jack: I’m sure she’s as shocked as the rest of us are.
Kyle: Of course. It’s just so bizarre.
[ Exhales sharply ]
Jack: All the more reason for you to take your time. You have to get past your own shock in order to make a decision that could impact the rest of your life.
Kyle: I still have so many questions.
Jack: I know you do, son.
Kyle: Problem is, there’s really only one person who can answer them.
Jack: Would you like me to go with you?
Kyle: Mnh-mnh. I think my mother will be more forthcoming if it’s a one-on-one talk.
Jack: I agree. Good luck.
[ Cellphone rings ] Hello?
Ashland: Jack, it’s ashland. Can we meet? I have something important I’d like to discuss with you. I was on an antidepressant,
Adam: I don’t know why victoria continues to see me as a threat to her.
Victor: You don’t think you bear some responsibility for that? When you had the brilliant idea of paying ashland locke $500 million for him to get the hell out of our lives? It bought us some time, you know? But you did all that without consulting any of us. You did it behind victoria’s back, as well. And that she didn’t like.
Sally: Well, if adam had gone to her, she never would’ve gone along with it.
Victor: Probably not.
Adam: Okay, but in the end, we all worked together to neutralize ashland, right? Shouldn’t we continue to do that? Isn’t that what you want — a big, happy family working together?
Victor: You’re absolutely right, okay? Now, I encouraged her to assign you as co-ceo of the company.
Adam: Oh, I can only imagine how that went over.
Victor: She refused to entertain that idea. She said she’d rather resign than have you be co-ceo of newman/locke.
Nikki: I don’t know how to respond to your offer.
Victoria: Well, I hope that you will accept it. I mean, you are quite literally the only person that I trust to be on equal footing with me.
Nikki: Normally, I would be very flattered, but I don’t know how I feel about being a pawn in your game with your father. He’s gonna know what you’re up to.
Victoria: And that’s okay with me. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I want to thwart his plan to promote adam. And the brilliance of you becoming co-ceo is that, you know, dad will have to agree that you are the most qualified and the most experienced candidate. I mean, you’ve been my coo from the very beginning. You understand my vision. You support it. And most importantly, especially for dad, as far he’s concerned, you’re family.
Nikki: [ Sighs ] I was just saying I don’t want to see anymore strife among us. I certainly don’t want to be in the middle of it.
Victoria: You’re not really going to turn down my offer, are you?
Diane: Kyle. Please come in.
Kyle: Are you leaving?
Diane: Oh, I wasn’t planning to, but after our conversation, I thought it might be a while until I hear from you again, so I wanted to give you space.
Diane: Unless, of course, you’ve had a change of heart.
Kyle: I wouldn’t say that. And don’t read too much into this. I’m not here to declare my forgiveness or anything, but i have some questions. A lot of them.
Diane: Okay. I’m ready to answer any and all of them.
Kyle: They really all boil down to one. How can I know you’ve really changed?
Jack: Hey, there. I don’t have a lot of time. Dealing with a bit of a family situation at home. If my phone should ring, I may have to run.
Ashland: I appreciate you making the time at all.
Jack: I assume this is about harrison. You want to spend more time with him while he and kyle are in town.
Ashland: Sort of, yes. I take it you haven’t spoken to your brother or heard the news?
Jack: About what? Wait, don’t tell me your medical condition has taken a turn for the worse.
Ashland: No, no, that’s not the case. Um…uh, there will be some news surfacing about me soon, i think. Um…I have done some reprehensible things. They’ve come back to bite me. Nothing I don’t deserve, but i want to make sure that harrison is impacted as little as possible.
Jack: Why don’t we stop dancing around the subject and you just tell me what it is you’ve done?
Ashland: [ Sighs ]
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Victoria: Now, before you say no, just try to envision yourself as co-ceo, because, oh, you would be brilliant. We already work well together, so that transition would be perfectly seamless. And you know what? You are always telling me that i take on too much and I work too many hours, so what better way for me to ease up than for you to just jump right in and take some of this work off of my plate.
Nikki: Honey, I know you would be happy to do that, but would you let me? Because I get the feeling that this would be a promotion in name only, just to fend off adam.
Victoria: No. Mother, this is a sincere offer. I would be so excited to partner with you. We would have so much fun.
Nikki: Well, I don’t know how much fun it’ll be once your father finds out.
Victoria: I think it is the greatest idea. And you know what? Dad is gonna kick himself that he didn’t think of it.
Nikki: Alright, okay. Before we even entertain this idea, we have to think about the possible repercussions.
Victoria: I have already done that. I have, and they’re all positive. Mom, it would only strengthen the company.
Nikki: Adam’s not gonna be happy. He thinks he deserves more responsibility, and your father agrees. So do we really want to create more family drama just as the news about ashland is about to break?
Victoria: I am not going to let adam’s potential hurt feelings dictate my decisions. My hope is that we can keep the reason for ashland’s departure from becoming public knowledge.
Nikki: Well, we’ve been able to keep it quiet so far, but very soon, it’s gonna get out. So shouldn’t we prepare for that by presenting a united front to the world?
Victoria: Yes, and that is exactly what we would be doing. Our partnership would be a partnership that would have longevity. Look, if I cave in and I agree to work with adam, mom, how long do you think that’s gonna last, really? He’s gonna be continually trying to sabotage me and I will be playing defense, and then the entire family will have to choose sides. And then it will create this warfare. It will be an absolute disaster for the family and for the business. You know I’m right, don’t you?
Sally: Have you considered calling victoria’s bluff? Because I find it hard to believe that she would give up on her dream job just because she has to share it with her smart, capable brother.
Adam: Have you met my sister?
Victor: The last thing we need right now is a public conflict over control of the company.
Adam: So what does that mean for me? That there’s no chance of advancement and all these ideas that I have to further the company’s success are just gonna die?
Victor: Son, think this through for a minute. Victoria was ceo of newman/locke when she brought you on board, alright? She still is. Nothing has changed. What you have to show her now is that you are loyal to her, that she can trust you, that you will work with her. You have to convince her of your ideas — your very good ideas.
Adam: Well, it looks like i have my work cut out for me.
Victor: You do.
Ashland: I lied to victoria and to everyone about my cancer diagnosis. I was never sick. I never had cancer.
Jack: What? Why would you —
Ashland: To speed things along. The newman/locke merger, my marriage to victoria.
Jack: That is horrifying.
Ashland: Yes, it is. And when I think back on my recklessness and my…my cruelty, I am disgusted with myself.
Jack: I couldn’t care less how you feel. What about victoria? She opened her heart to you. She let you into her family. She thought you were going to die. I have lived through the death of a spouse. I have some idea of the anguish, of all she was preparing for. For your sake. Only to find out this was a hoax?
Ashland: It wasn’t entirely a hoax. I genuinely fell in love with victoria.
Jack: I don’t want to hear this. I’m sure victoria doesn’t either.
Ashland: I have agreed to have my marriage annulled. I have agreed to walk away from the company. I’m doing everything I can to make this as easy on her as possible. I — [ Sighs ] Even though I know it’s too little, too late.
Jack: Boy, there is a colossal understatement. I hope you’re going back to new york or wherever, and stay out of her life forever.
Ashland: That’s part of why i wanted to talk to you. I didn’t want to leave town without seeing harrison, and I’m worried about how kyle and summer might react when they hear the news.
Jack: You damn well should be.
Diane: I don’t expect you to trust me or believe me — not now, maybe never. And if that’s the case, I’ll have to accept it because i brought it on myself. Kyle, I — I deceived you when you were growing up with what in my mind were good intentions. I just — I wanted you to see the kind and loving version of myself, the one that made you the center of my universe.
Kyle: It worked. I thought you were the best mom ever.
Diane: Yeah, and that’s why i was so angry with phyllis when you read that exposé she had written detailing my exploits.
Kyle: Yeah, to be honest, I’ve never been able to reconcile the two versions of you. This sweet, sensitive, incredible mom that I knew and the version of you that I read and heard about. Who blackmailed people, committed arson, and destroyed relationships and never seemed to care.
Diane: You are seeing both sides of me now — the good and the very, very bad. So go ahead, I’m — I’m an open book. Ask me anything. If you have type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure
“The young and the restless”
Billy: The majority of my listeners will never cross paths with the so-called elite of the business world. Well, consider yourself lucky. I had a run-in today with a man who shall remain nameless, a mogul who seemingly has everything and yet he still wants more and more. And he lies and manipulates to get it. I mean…this guy takes and takes until he sucks everyone around him dry, as if it’s gonna make him feel more powerful. I mean, if you ask me, it’s like he doesn’t trust his own business acumen so he has to lie and deceive to get his upper hand, causing pain to everyone close to him. And he thinks he’s gonna get away with it. And who knows, maybe he will. But if he does, if wealth and power offers a person blanket immunity, is that not an indictment on all of us?
Adam: Well, that diane thing kind of threw me.
Sally: Yeah, it was pretty crazy. But nothing you haven’t heard before, right? Or experienced? You and diane have that in common, the whole used-to-be-dead thing.
Adam: Well, there were quite a few similarities between diane and the man that I used to be.
Sally: Do tell.
Adam: [ Chuckles ] Another time. Right now I’m more focused on what dad told us about victoria. I miscalculated. I thought dad was gonna be ready to throw her in the penalty box for the mess that she created with ashland.
Sally: Yeah, but instead, victor feels protective of her. Though it does make sense to me after the accident. He almost lost her.
Adam: Yeah, well, that hit him pretty hard.
Sally: But on the bright side, victor seems to have your back. He was championing you to victoria, and winning him over was definitely not a given. That is a huge accomplishment in and of itself, so now you only have to win your sister over.
Adam: Sure, no problem. Victoria is very stubborn. It’s a newman trait.
Sally: Well, you are very charming and persuasive. So those must be newman traits, too.
Adam: Well, I’ll see how far they can take me. Wish me luck.
Sally: You won’t need it.
Ashland: Look, I — I know what you must think of me. My behavior has been abhorrent. Except in one area — I have been a good father to harrison.
Jack: Oh, have you? You lied to that little boy about being sick.
Ashland: Jack, there are two people in this world I love, period. Harrison and victoria. Now, my wife may never forgive me, but I can’t lose my son. I will do whatever it takes to keep that boy in my life.
Jack: And you want me to advocate on your behalf to kyle. Why would you think I would want to do that?
Kyle: What kind of work did you do on yourself in la? When we talked before, you mentioned therapy.
Diane: Oh, I got a whole bunch of it. Along with everything else under the sun. Oh, but I — I finally found a psychologist who called me out on my crap. She really forced me to look at myself, and she had zero patience for my excuses.
Kyle: [ Sighs ] How’d that go?
Diane: [ Chuckles ] Well, uh, terribly at first. I was offended and indignant, and that first year, I stormed out of my sessions in a huff more often than not. But somewhere inside of me, i knew that what she was saying was true. You know, I wasn’t a victim. I was a narcissist. I made everything about myself. And through a lot of self-realization, I realized that that had gotten me nowhere. I mean, none of the things that I was so desperate to get — money and power and attention and affection — had ever come to me. You know, instead, my behavior had left me…broke and anonymous, invisible, and, um… alone. And worst of all, it cost me the one pure unselfish joy I had ever known — my life with you. My beautiful son. It was crushing. But it was also the first step on a long, hard road that eventually brought me back here to you, to ask you for your forgiveness.
Kyle: I can appreciate what you’re saying and understand how difficult it is to admit. But what if all the work you did still doesn’t get you what you want? What if I say no? She’s feeling the power of listerine.
Ashland: Jack, you and I are both at an age where we’ve seen a lot of life. We are both mature enough to recognize that people are complicated. We can do admirable things in one aspect of our lives and despicable things in another. Nothing is black and white.
Jack: I have heard enough of this sick, twisted reasoning lately. I’m done with it. You find somebody else to make your case.
Ashland: Okay. I understand. I will talk to kyle directly.
Jack: No, no, no, I would recommend you not do that, trust me. Now is not a good time to go to kyle seeking forgiveness.
Diane: Nothing’s going to happen if you turn me down. I’ll go back to la and I’ll leave you alone.
Kyle: Really? After all the effort you made to reunite with me?
Diane: You matter to me more than anything. But I’ve learned what a mistake it is to try and force people to give me things I didn’t deserve. And it never worked anyway. So you don’t owe me a thing. I’m grateful that you were open enough to hear me out. And would I love it if you were willing to forgive me and I had a place in your life? Of course I would. And I would also love the chance to try to make up for some of the hurt and damage that i caused.
Kyle: I just don’t know if that’s possible.
Diane: I know.
Kyle: I-I-it’s not that i don’t want what you say you want. I do. You’re my mother. I’ve never stopped loving you, and I’ve missed you every day since you’ve been gone, but I’m still trying to figure out if the version of you that i remember ever actually existed or if it was just an act you were putting on because you needed adoration from someone who was too young to know better.
Diane: Kyle, you have to know that my love for you was never an act. It was the only good part of myself.
Kyle: I think…I’m willing to leave the door open wide enough to give you a chance to prove you are who you say you are.
Kyle: Yes. Please don’t go back to la.
Diane: Oh, kyle.
[ Knock on door ]
Adam: Hey. I don’t mean to intrude, but i was hoping that you had a minute to talk.
Victoria: For you, I’ll make the time.
Adam: [ Clears throat ] Um…dad filled me in on your conversation. So I wanted to come by and clear the air. First of all, I want you to know that I was surprised to learn that he asked you to promote me as co-ceo.
Adam: If I had known, i would’ve asked him to hold off until you and I could have a conversation.
Victoria: And what conversation would that me?
Adam: The one where we hash out if we can work together. One where I could convince you that I could make a good partner.
Victoria: Are you going to offer me $500 million of someone else’s money to give you the promotion?
Adam: [ Scoffs ] Look, what I want to say is the company has almost doubled in size since the acquisition with ashland’s business holdings, and your workload is gonna increase by that much. You’re gonna need some help. I know that we’ve never been close. I know that you don’t trust me. No matter how much I try to support you and the family. There is just a whole lot of history in the way. I’m here to see what I can do to change that. And to show you that us working together could be a positive thing.
Nikki: I just had a very surprising conversation with victoria.
Victor: Oh. Surprising? Amazing how she keeps us always on the edge, doesn’t she?
Nikki: She does. Brace yourself, because you will find this very surprising as well.
Nikki: She offered me a promotion.
Victor: Wait a minute, there’s only — only one title ahead of the one you have right now.
Nikki: That’s right. She offered me the co-ceo job. And I accepted.
Victor: Really? From the very first touch.
Victoria: You know, it doesn’t really matter how or when dad pitched me the idea of promoting you. I — I was never going to agree to it. However, I did listen to what you had to say, and you are right. My workload is going to increase. I actually might need some help now that ashland’s out of the picture.
Adam: Well, if the title thing is tripping you up, i don’t — I don’t need it, at least not now. I’m just happy to pitch in and look at this as an opportunity to see how well we could work together if we tried.
Victoria: Oh, I’m sorry if i gave you the wrong idea. I didn’t mean to imply that i needed your help. I’ve decided to take on a partner. Someone that I can trust.
Adam: You’re going to hire someone new as your co-ceo?
Victoria: Yes. In fact, I already have.
Victoria: Well, the only logical choice. My mother.
Nikki: I know you wanted adam for the job, but just think about it for a minute before you respond. My stepping into the position makes a lot of sense.
Victor: Mm-hmm. Very smart move on victoria’s part.
Nikki: Of course, you and i both know that it was the strategic move to keep adam out, but I will do an excellent job.
Victor: Yes, my baby, I’m sure you will. And you will lend this company the stability that it needs right now, desperately.
Nikki: So you won’t fight victoria on this?
Victor: No. If I impose my will on her, she will be very upset, and if i prefer adam over her, I’ll never hear the end of it.
Nikki: I’m happy you can see that.
Victor: Madame ceo.
Nikki: [ Chuckles ]
Victor: This makes me very happy. My beautiful wife running the company. Oh, boy.
Nikki: [ Chuckles ] I don’t think you have to worry.
Victor: I’m not.
Nikki: [ Chuckles ]
Victor: Because I’ll keep on looking over your shoulder. You know that.
Nikki: Like always.
Jack: How did it go? How was your talk with your mom?
Kyle: I’m not sure. I’m still conflicted. I threw a lot of questions at her, and she gave me what seemed to be honest answers.& It was intense. Um, dad…I told her I would give her a chance to prove herself to me.