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Billy: Thank you. Mmm.

Chelsea: Billy. Hey.

Billy: Hi.

Chelsea: I’m glad I ran into you. I wanted to thank you for the kindness you showed me when we ran into each other in the park. I don’t know if you could tell, but I was kind of having a moment.

Billy: It’s okay. We all have them. You feeling better today?

Chelsea: I am. Thank you. You know, life just keeps rolling along.

Billy: Yeah. That it does.

Chelsea: Speaking of pondering life, I wanted to let you know that I finally got a chance to listen to your podcast.

Billy: Oh, great. Did you enjoy it?

Chelsea: Actually, no, I didn’T…at all.

Michael: Thank you for your help with the situation in new york. That was much appreciated. And, yes, I will set up that meeting with victor newman in return. A deal’s a deal. I don’t go back on my promises. Yeah. Alright. Bye.

Lauren: What was that about?

Michael: Oh, just business stuff.

Lauren: Yes. I could tell. You had your slick voice on, which usually means you’re doing something squirrelly for victor.

Michael: Well, that’s quite the assumption.

Lauren: Hmm. But correct, no?

[ Cellphone thuds ]

Sally: I am not sure how I’m supposed to refer to you now. Your honor? Your royal highness?

Adam: I think those things are reserved for judges and kings.

Sally: How about newman media’s secret weapon?

Adam: Ooh. That’s — that’s not bad.

Sally: Well, that last one was a quote from another glowing story about the press conference. “It was a bold and confident performance by adam newman, who seems poised and ready to take newman enterprises into the future. He might just be the company’s secret weapon.”

Adam: It’s very nice to hear.

Sally: Is it? What’s wrong?

Adam: I don’t know. Everything went…well.

Sally: That’S…good.

Adam: Yeah, unless it went too well.

Sally: There is no such thing.

Adam: Look, I am confident. I am ready to whip this place into shape, but I just can’t help get the feeling that, um, there might be another shoe ready to drop.

Nick: Alright, what is it that couldn’t wait or be sent by text?

Victor: Hi, son. I just didn’t mean to alarm you, okay? I just wanted you to know that everything is in good hands… although ashland and victoria may not think so.

Nick: What does that mean, dad? What’d you do?

Victor: What did I do? What’d your father do? He’s thinking ahead. Whatever venture ashland and victoria are about to embark on, it’s gonna hit a brick wall.

[ Keys clacking ]

[ Door opens ]

Ashland: Hello. I brought us some fantastic thai food, but I’m also bringing bad news.

Victoria: Oh, no. That’s unfortunate because i have some bad news of my own. If the peanut butter in a reese’s could talk

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Billy: Well, I’m very sorry to hear that you don’t like my podcast. Could it be that you just don’t like podcasts in general?

Chelsea: No. No. It was yours specifically.

Billy: Wow. Okay.

[ Laughs ] Do you care to elaborate or…

Chelsea: I’m not trying to be harsh.

Billy: Mm.

Chelsea: I really admire what you’re trying to do, but —

Billy: But you just don’t like it. I get it. It’s okay. You know, it’s not for everyone. I will say, though, you are in the minority ’cause most people have responded quite positively to it.

Chelsea: Okay. Well, I guess I’m in the minority then. You know, maybe I’m wrong.

Billy: Hmm. Look, I’m open for constructive criticism if you would like to share why you find my podcast so off-putting.

Chelsea: Uh, maybe that’s not such a good idea. I’m sorry I said anything.

Billy: No, but you’re not because you wouldn’t have said something. Clearly, you want me to know. So, please tell me. What is about my inner thoughts, about my dreams that is so awful for you?

Michael: I do not use a different voice when I conduct business for victor.

[ Deep voice ] I’m always slick, baby.

Lauren: Oh. You think so, huh?

[ Deep voice ] “I’m calling on behalf of victor newman. This is what we want. Get it done.”

Michael: No. The voice was wrong, but the words were right. Look, I’m doing my job. And I’m doing it damn well, by the way.

Lauren: Oh, I never said anything about the way you’re doing your job. It’s the nature of your job that I have an issue with.

Michael: And like I said, there is nothing criminal going on. And there’s no longer any danger of me landing in some foreign prison again.

Lauren: Oh, so you say. You’re working for victor newman, so never say never.

Michael: You know what? I think it’s time for another quick trip away. Maybe a romantic weekend?

Lauren: I wouldn’t hate that idea.

Michael: We could hop a plane to somewhere tropical. We could spend a few nights in a luxurious hotel. We could lie by the pool

[Deep voice] Drinking cocktails with little umbrellas…

Lauren: It’s very tempting. It really is. It’s just there’s so many big things going on for jabot and fenmore’S…

Michael: Yeah, yeah, okay.

Lauren: …And I just need to be here.

Michael: I get it. We have to hold off on it, but, you know, not for too long. That trip to france was so amazing.

Lauren: Mm.

Michael: I can’t wait to get away again, just the two of us, with no distractions.

Lauren: I look forward to that.

Michael: You know, maybe we don’t have to wait for another vacation to find… time for romance. Do you have any free time now? We could have lunch… back at our place… maybe in the bedroom.

Lauren: [ Laughing ] Oh, you are too much. It’s a good thing you’re so handsome and sexy.

Michael: It’s a package deal.

Lauren: Mmm, and I love the package. It’s just that I’ve got to get back to work. I don’t have time to go back home.

Michael: Mwah! You can’t blame a guy for trying.

Lauren: Ah, wait a minute. Wait a minute. I said I didn’t have time to go back home. But I never said anything about getting a room upstairs. Hmm? What do you think?

Victoria: You share your bad news first.

Ashland: Okay. Well, turns out we weren’t able to poach that media marketing genius we had at newman.

Victoria: Dan said no?

Ashland: Yeah. He, uh, doesn’t want to jump ship for a new company. He likes the security.

Victoria: A long-standing, successful conglomerate as opposed to a start-up.

[ Sighs ] I suppose that makes sense.

Ashland: Well, I gave him all the reasons I could for him to join us — a change of pace, exciting new challenges. He just didn’t bite.

Victoria: Well, that’s disappointing, but I understand his concern. Dan may have made the best call for himself, though, because our company may have already hit its first roadblock.

Ashland: Your bad news. You heard from the investors.

Victoria: Yeah. Unfortunately, they’ve turned us down.

Ashland: Wait. Wait. All of them?

Victoria: The entire list.

Ashland: No. Come on. It’s hard for me to believe that every single one of them said no. I mean, what are the odds of that? No, something’s not right here.

Victor: I approached the investors who were about to invest in whatever project victoria and ashland want to start. I told them not to invest a dime in it.

Nick: I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by that.

Victor: No, you shouldn’T. You know your dad always thinks a move ahead, right? I also asked michael baldwin to inform some potential future investors and warn them not to invest in any project that has ashland locke’s name attached to it.

Nick: [ Chuckles ] I mean…that’s pretty cut-throat.

Victor: I don’t play games. You know that. I had no other choice.

Nick: I don’t know about that.

Victor: What do you mean?

Nick: I’ve been thinking.

Victor: Oh?

Nick: What if this is a test from victoria? You know, to see if I would tell you what she was planning so she could find out if we actually believed in her for once or if we were undermining her yet again. Because if that’s the case, she got her answer, dad. You shut down her project before it even had a chance to get started. And I will have failed her final loyalty test.

Victor: Well… there’s that.

Frank is a fan of fast.

He’s a fast talker.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ]

Michael: We still got it.

Lauren: [ Laughs ] Baby, we never lost it.

Michael: Ooh. We haven’t played hooky like this in a long time.

Lauren: I know. Feels a little naughty, hmm?

[ Both laugh ]

Michael: It does.

Lauren: [ Laughs ]

Michael: I am gonna respect the fact that you’re on a tight schedule. I’m not gonna derail your day.

Lauren: Mmm. Aww. Don’t rush. Don’t rush. We have time. We’re here. Let’s make the most of it.

Michael: You want to get your money’s worth for this room, don’t you?

Lauren: Well, I am an excellent businesswoman.

[ Laughs ] Let’s take our time.

Michael: What the lady wants, the lady gets.

Sally: I wouldn’t worry about another shoe dropping. You have to remember where you are now — on top of the world. You can handle any crisis that pops up.

Adam: [ Chuckles ] Well, I’m not concerned about things regarding the company itself, but when it comes to the man who built this company, I have to be on my toes. Victoria could call him and say that she made a terrible mistake. She could say she wanted to come home, provided she could get her job back. My father would kick me to the curb as fast as possible because that’s been his plan all along.

Sally: I’m not discounting what you’re saying, but I don’t envision that happening. Victoria made such a bold statement in walking away, i can’t see her just doing a 180 and rushing back home. If she really loves ashland the way that we think she does, despite everything that he’s done to her, why would she throw all that away and come back just to spite you? It doesn’t make any emotional sense.

Adam: I agree. But, uh, my sister is much more complicated than you know.

Victoria: You know, I’m as surprised about the investors’ reactions as you are. I thought that our business plan was solid and our — our proposal was strong.

Ashland: And both you and i come to the table with a proven track record.

Victoria: [ Sighs ] Well, not proven enough, apparently.

Ashland: What reasons did the investors give you for turning us down, hmm?

Victoria: They were vague. I mean, some talked about other investments taking priority, and some said that they just had prior commitments.

Ashland: No, no, there’s something off here. If they had prior commitments, they would not have come to meet with us in the first place. Is it possible that someone found out what we’re trying to do here and reached out to dissuade the investors?

Victoria: I know what you’re thinking.

Ashland: Who else? This is exactly kind of move your father would make.

Victor: Now, son, I know that you were reluctant to share this information with me. But trust me — this time, you made the right decision.

Nick: I’ve heard those words before, dad, and I’ve lived to regret it.

Victor: You won’t this time.

Nick: Do I even want to know what you’ve done to make sure people don’t invest in victoria and ashland’s company?

Victor: I’ve let people know that ashland locke suffered from small cell lung carcinoma. Very problematic cancer to deal with, okay?

Nick: So, you told them he’s dying.

Victor: Yeah. In essence, yes.

Nick: But he’s not dying.

Victor: Well, he told the world he has cancer, you know, an especially difficult form of it. So, who is gonna invest in a company led by a man who’s about to die?

Nick: I mean, it’s pretty clever.

Victor: Well, the beauty of it is that michael baldwin and i have not said anything that isn’t true. Only ashland locke has. Told a lie. Coming back to bite him.

Nick: I’m guessing you’re walking a fine line.

Victor: Your father’s often walked a fine line, okay? Let me ask you, son. You’ve always complained about the fact that I never brought you into the loop. Now I have. Aren’t you happy about that?

Nick: No, I, uh — i appreciate you bringing me in. I do, especially when it comes to matters of the family. I’m just… I’m feeling guilty. Victoria’s gonna know I betrayed her. And I am nervous about the blowback when this all hits the fan.

Victor: I’m not, son. We have to do everything to save your sister and to save this company. And I’ll do whatever it takes to do so! Can dove stop 98%

Sally: Again, I don’t want to insult you.

Billy: Mm.

Sally: But if you want me to be honest with you about your podcast, I will be.

Billy: Please. Go ahead.

Chelsea: Okay, so, here’s the thing. I feel like the first few episodes are too mired in self-recrimination and pain from the past.

Billy: Well, um, I try to make my audience feel seen, to make the whole process feel cathartic.

Chelsea: Right. Well, I can only speak for myself. I just found it difficult to continually listen to all that darkness, you know? I want to laugh. I want to listen to something that is uplifting and entertaining. I mean, I understand the whole adage of “misery loves company” —

Billy: So, my podcast made you feel miserable.

Chelsea: [ Stammers ] I just feel like what people really need right now is to be lifted up, you know? They need to hear you saying things like, “we’re all gonna get through this,” and, “let’s all try to enjoy life for a little while.”

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Chelsea: You know, for me, i had a really hard year. It was emotionally draining, you know? I need to be pulled up out of that darkness, maybe in some fun, crazy way.

Billy: And my podcast does the opposite.

Chelsea: I just feel like you are, when you want to be, one of the funniest people I know. And when I listened to that podcast, I just felt like I was missing out on all of the levity, you know, all of the humor. It’s just my two cents. But maybe try reminding the folks out there that life should be joyous and not reminding them that the world is a crazy place right now because guess what, billy. We already know.

Billy: Yeah. No. Um… wow, chels, you make it sound like I don’t have any joy, like I don’t enjoy life whatsoever, and I do. I’m not walking around in some dark cloud 24 hours a day, okay? That’s just not true.

Chelsea: Okay. I feel like you’re getting a little defensive, which is a sign to me that maybe deep down you know I’m right.

Billy: Mm. I can see where you’re coming from.

Chelsea: Well, thanks for hearing me out.

Billy: I guess I’ve just forgotten how well you used to know me.

[ Both laugh ]

Lauren: Whoo!

Michael: Yes!

Lauren: We should do that more often.

Michael: [ Sighs ] You don’t have to ask me twice.

Lauren: Aw, I hate to break this off, but I’ve got to go back to work.

Michael: Oh, fine. Fine.

Lauren: [ Laughs ]

Michael: Our stolen moments upstairs will tide me over till tonight.

[ Sighs ] In the meantime, I have a few more phone calls to make…

[Deep voice] In my slick voice.

Lauren: [ Laughs ] I’ll see you tonight, tiger.

Michael: Mm.

Sally: Victoria must be a complicated woman because why else would she be involved with a man like ashland, not once, but twice?

Adam: Well, my sister’s issues go far beyond locke. Her need for power and dad’s approval may just prove to be stronger than her love for ashland. So, we can’t write her off just yet. She might change her mind and come back.

Sally: I have to say i disagree. You may know your sister, but i am better on love.

Adam: I hope you are right.

Sally: But in the meantime, you should just enjoy your time in the big chair.

Adam: Okay. [ Clears throat ] Okay, I will try. ‘Cause it would really suck to get deposed from the throne before I had a chance to prove myself.

Sally: You are going to prove that you’re the best person for this job. And I can’t wait to watch you do it.

Adam: [ Chuckles ]

Victoria: You know, I’m sad to say it, but your theory sounds all too possible. My father — he has always amazed me with his ability to find out the most private things about people and everything. I mean, it’s like his superpower. And his connections and his reach are wider than anyone could ever imagine.

Ashland: And he used them to prevent his own daughter from raising capital to start a new company?

Victoria: Well, I’m sure he justified it by telling himself that I turned my back on the family and he just couldn’t stand for that. Leave it to him to ensure that i wouldn’t be able to make a clean break.

Ashland: It is infuriating and insulting that your family will not let you just live your own life. I mean, I don’t know how you put upwith their interference for as long as you did.

Victoria: It took you coming into my life to make me finally see that and to want to push back.

Ashland: Okay, well, we’re not gonna take this lying down, okay? The first thing we have to do is figure out how victor found out what we’re doing here. Did you say anything to anyone, even by accident? Maybe just mentioned to somebody that we were going to new york city?

Victoria: No.

Ashland: To nikki or billy?

Victoria: No. I haven’t said anything to anyone, not even billy yet. I’m still so frustrated and angry with them. I mean, I need some time and some space to just calm down before I can even speak to them again.

Ashland: Hey, look, um, i know — I know how much this hurts you, even more than you’re letting on. But I have to ask this question — are you sure you really want to do this? Are you able to start a whole new life with me and leave your family behind? I’m jonathan lawson

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Billy: Well, that wasn’t exactly easy to hear, but i appreciate your candor. And, yeah, maybe you’re right. Maybe my podcast could use a little lightness, maybe even a few jokes.

Chelsea: The world will thank you, and so will I.

Lily: Hello.

Chelsea: Hi!

Billy: Hey there. Chelsea was just giving me a not-so-glowing review about the podcast.

Chelsea: I didn’t want to offend you, but you asked me my opinion. I’m gonna give you an honest answer.

Billy: I’m not sure I asked. Kind of just gave it to me.

Lily: Well, let me guess. Was the gist that the podcast needs a little more levity and less misery?

Billy: Misery? I’m miserable now?

Lily: [ Laughs ] No. I just figure that if someone’s gonna give you criticism, it would be that the podcast is a little, you know…dour.

Billy: Oh, wow.

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Billy: Ah.

Lily: No, I mean, look, i think that you’ve done a great job with it and I know that you’re going through a lot and i think this was kind of your way of, you know, working through it all, so…

Billy: Well, it wasn’t really about me working through things. I mean, not exactly. It was about connecting with people that may be going through similar things. It wasn’t, like, a comedy podcast.

Lily: No. I understand. I agree with chelsea that maybe the medicine needs to go down with a little bit of sugar, you know?&

Chelsea: I was telling billy he’s, like, one of the funniest guys I know. You know, you want to hang out with him at a party because he’ll make you laugh and you’ll learn a few things.

Billy: That’s who I thought i was being. I thought I was that guy. Clearly, I’m a little stuck in my head. So, if, uh, two smart, savvy women are telling me so [Sighs] Then I better listen.

Lily: [ Laughs ]

Nick: Dad, you saw how adamant victoria was about having her independence. And I’m afraid that your next move or the ones you’ve already done are just gonna set her off even more. I’ve tried many times to reach out to her. She’s not answering any calls or texts

Victor: Well, there’s nothing more for you to do right now, okay? Just sit back and give your sister some time.

Nick: [ Sighs ] Look, I know you’re hoping that putting adam in the ceo seat will force victoria to come home and retake the reins of the company, but when I talked to victoria, she already knew about the press conference. She was completely unfazed by it.

Victor: I highly doubt that. She still has newman blood running through her veins, okay?

Nick: Okay. So, I mean, what are you thinking? Is there another chess move to be made here?

Victor: I just wonder why victoria would tell you that she and ashland went to new york to start a new venture.

Nick: Do you think she knew that I would tell you? I mean, are you already seven steps ahead?

Victor: You’ll find out.

Nick: Look, I just — I don’t like all the deception that is required with all these moves and counter moves. Is more gamesmanship needed here? You know all the lies we had to pry out of ashland and everything we had to do to counter them. I just don’t know if it’s necessary. Do you think it’s gonna reunite the family?

Victoria: I am not going back on my decision. And [Sighs] I couldn’t stand letting myself be controlled and coddled by them for one more second. I don’t need their so-called protection. I need them to see me as a person that cannot be manipulated. I know what I want. And I’m doing the right thing. It’s — it’s — it’s the only thing to do.

Ashland: I know you don’t need my approval or my opinion, but for what it’s worth, i agree. I think it’s time for you to stand up for yourself, and i want to be standing right there beside you while you do. Your family has pushed and pushed and pushed, and they deserve whatever they get from this point on.

Victoria: Yes. And in time, they’re gonna realize that I know exactly what I’m doing.

Ashland: Oh, and I hope I’m there to witness that moment when the newman family finally admits defeat. I’ll tell you what — why don’t we stop talking about newmans?

Victoria: Yes.

Ashland: Let’s eat.

Victoria: Oh, yes, let’s eat. Ugh. I’m ready to relax.

Ashland: Ah. Do you struggle with occasional nerve aches

Lauren: Ah. Hello, everyone.

Chelsea: Hi.

Lauren: Have I arrived at a different meeting than i thought?

[ Laughter ]

Billy: No, no, just a chance encounter. We’re not getting into the fashion business.

Lily: No, we have enough on our plate.

Billy: Chelsea was just sharing some, uh — some very sound advice about the business of podcasting.

Chelsea: I apologize again if I was too blunt.

Billy: You weren’T. Hey, lauren, have you heard the one about the blunt pencil? Forget it. It’s pointless.

Lauren: Oh!

Chelsea: Oh, my god! What have I done? I take it back. You’re not really that funny.

Billy: I have only started. Wait till the next episode.

[ Laughter ]

Chelsea: Well, we should go.

Lauren: Okay, let’s go.

Chelsea: You guys have a good day.

Lily: You too.

Lauren: Bye.

Lily: Bye.

Lauren: You want to get A…

Billy: Um, excuse me, miss. Why did you not tell me that my podcast was miserable?

Lily: No, I — I wasn’t sugarcoating my opinion. I thought that your tone was refreshing. I mean, there’s a lot of chipper podcasts out there, and i thought that yours was very, you know, real.

Billy: “Real.” To you, that translates into dour. I mean, honestly, am I a morose person?

Lily: Okay, stop. Don’t let a little constructive criticism send you down a rabbit hole.

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Lily: Okay? No, look how many people are listening to just your podcast. And the comments on social media — people like it. Even chelsea thought you were funny.

Billy: Ah. Well, she’s not wrong. I do have a great sense of humor. Or about people needing joy and laughter in their life.

Lauren: I’m so sorry I’m late. You can, uh, blame my husband for the delay.

Chelsea: Ah. Looks like you’re really upset about it.

Lauren: So upset.

[ Both laugh ] It was a much-needed respite.

Chelsea: I get it. A little love in the afternoon. Lucky you.

Lauren: I am lucky. I’m married to the love of my life.

Chelsea: Mm.

Lauren: Alright, now let’s talk about fashion.

Chelsea: Okay. Well, I heard about gloria’s trip to london. And I know I’ve been out of the scene for a while, but I am really interested in all the trends and designers over there.

Lauren: Oh, yeah. There are some wonderful, fresh ieas coming out of the city. I’ll put the two of you together.

Chelsea: Okay. Perfect.

Lauren: There is one thing. Um, when I sat down with gloria, she seemed very concerned about you. She felt like there was some tension between you and chloe.

Ashland: There’s got to be other investors we can reach out to. I’ll go back through my list of major players.

Victoria: Yes, and I’ll go through mine, as well, but so far, I can’t think of any that my father can’t get to.

[ Sighs ] It’s frustrating to admit, but I think that my father’s influence outweighs ours by a bit.

Ashland: Boy, victor really is a piece of work, isn’t he? You know, most fathers — they want to support their daughters’ choices, not actively sabotage them. And I don’t understand why he keeps trying to rule your life with such a tight grip. I mean, what does he get out of that? He’s just driving you further and further away. But — but having said all that, I am not going to let him thwart our dream, alright, of starting a whole new company together. We’re just gonna have to figure out something else.

Victoria: I know that you’ve had your reservations about this, but maybe we should give some more thought to funding our venture ourselves. Yes, I know. I know. It’s risky, but, I mean, is it really such a big risk when we’re betting on ourselves?

Ashland: Okay, well, that’s a fair point. We both certainly know we’re capable of doing great things.

Victor: I know that we’ll be successful. I know it. And we won’t have to, uh, waste our time and effort going back to the financial community and begging for money. And we will save ourselves the humiliation of possibly knocking on doors and getting them slammed in our faces around town.

Ashland: Once it gets out there that we’re having trouble raising money, it’s gonna cast a shadow over everything we’re trying to do. And the idea of going back to investors and possibly being rejected — I don’t like that at all, no.

Victoria: The more rejection we face, the worse the perception of our new company will be.

Ashland: That’s the last thing we want.

Victoria: No.

Ashland: Maybe it would be a bigger thrill and there’d be more satisfaction in starting something entirely on our own, creating something from scratch. And doing it with you — that would be the world to me. I… maybe you’re right. Maybe this is the best move. And think of this, too — if all the investment capital is ours, then all off the potential profit is ours. I mean, why give away part of the house when you can have the whole thing?

Victoria: Yeah.

Ashland: Let’s do this. Me and money are all-in.

Victoria: [ Sighs ]

Adam: Hey, guys.

Victor: Hey.

Adam: What’s going on here? If it has anything to do with newman, sally and I should probably be in the loop.

Nick: Hey, congratulations, you know, on your promotions.

Sally: Thanks.

Adam: Wasn’t, uh, something we were necessarily expecting, at least not the way it came to pass.

Sally: Yeah, who would have imagined victoria would have walked away from everything like that?

Adam: I always thought the company was her top priority, but I guess not. Sally thinks her running off with ashland is romantic.

Sally: Well, she obviously loves him, and in the end, that’s the most important thing, right?

Adam: I know that you only care about victoria’s well-being since you don’t give a damn one way or another who’s running newman. You’ve made it clear that you’re not invested in the family business.

Nick: Yeah, well, things may be changing on that front.

Adam: Really? Well, um, I look forward to hearing more about it. Excuse us.

[ Cellphone thuds ]

[ Glasses thud ]

Victor: What did you mean by your last remark? Can dove stop 98%

Chelsea: I venture to guess that her concern is just gloria being gloria.

Lauren: [ Chuckles ] Well, I know my mother-in-law well, and I certainly know how she can be. And this was not about gossip. She was genuinely concerned about the dynamic between you and chloE.

Chelsea: Chloe and I are best friends and old pros. Of course we’re gonna have disagreements every once in a while, but we’ll get through it. We always do.

Lauren: Okay. Good. I’m relieved to hear that.

Chelsea: Yeah. Please don’t even give it a second thought.

Lauren: Alright. So, let’s move on. Have you heard from summer?

Chelsea: Yes. Actually, I have a meeting with her later today.

Lauren: Mm.

Chelsea: Do you know what she wants to talk to me about?

Lauren: I do, but I don’t want to step on her news.

Chelsea: Oh. Okay, well, that’s a tease. I’m even more intrigued now. Can you give me a hint?

Lauren: No.

[ Both laugh ] You’ll know soon enough. I would love to talk to you about your fabulous fabric choices, though.

Chelsea: Alright. If you insist. I’m so glad you like them. I am definitely attracted to prints that are layered, bright, and interesting.

Lauren: Oh. That’s fantastic. Oh, yes, I love this. Especially this.

Chelsea: Mm-hmm.

Victoria: This is so exciting. And, you know, I’m as eager as you are to get the ball rolling on this. I think the first thing I want to do is I’m gonna open a corporate bank account for our newly formed company.

Ashland: [ Laughs ]

Victoria: You know what you should do? You should call our real-estate broker and have him look for a property for us.

Ashland: Ah.

Victoria: We need an entire building.

Ashland: Oh, you don’t think a floor of offices is gonna be enough?

Victoria: No, no. We need to think big. Come on. Why? Why would we waste the time and money on a lease when we’re gonna be growing at a rapid rate? I mean, I assume so, don’t you?

Ashland: I just love the way we both look at the world the same way — as something to be devoured.

Victoria: And I can’t wait to savor every morsel.

Ashland: I feel like we’re so close to recapturing the magic we had when we first met.

Victoria: Closer than you can imagine.

Nick: I didn’t mean anything by what I said about the company. It was just a knee-jerk response to adam.

Victor: You sure about that? I’ve noticed an increased interest on your part in newman business.

Nick: [ Chuckles ] You’re reading too much into it.

Victor: I am?

Nick: Yeah. I was just trying to get under his skin.

Victor: Hmm.

Nick: Look, we both know he doesn’t give a damn about victoria. He only cares about running newman enterprises. And I just wanted to give him something to worry about.

Victor: Huh.

Ashland: Yes, you heard me correctly. We want to buy an entire building! Yeah. Yeah, no, can you take a look, see what’s on the market? We want to move quickly on this thing. Right. Yeah. No, that sounds like it might work. Yeah. Interesting. Okay. Uh-huh. Great. Okay.

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