Y&R Transcript Friday, July 15, 2022

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Nikki: Well. Anything interesting going on in the world?

Michael: Always. Are you meeting someone?

Nikki: No, I just came by for some coffee on the way to the office. I happened to see you sitting here all by your lonesome.

Michael: Join me.

Nikki: I guess I have a few minutes.

Michael: So what’s new?

Nikki: Funny you should ask.

Michael: Mm.

Nikki: Just last night, victor told me that ashland is back in town. Apparently, he showed up at victoria’s office while victor was there, and he tried to convince him to lift the restraining order so that he could see harrison. Obviously, my husband denied that request.

Michael: Yeah, victor texted me about it. It sounded like ashland was in rare form.

Nikki: Honestly, the sheer gall of that man.

Michael: That’s one word for it.

Nikki: Well, I suppose after everything he’s done, we shouldn’t assume that he has a sense of right or wrong when it comes to that child. I mean, all ashland cares about is himself.

Michael: It’s called narcissism.

Nikki: Yeah, I sure am glad, though, that you and victor were able to convince kyle and summer to get that order. Just the thought of that monster being with that child makes me crazy.

Michael: I’m afraid I have to disagree.

Nikki: What do you mean?

Michael: About the monster part. For everybody’s sake, I’m hoping ashland defies the order.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: Hey. Why are you still here? I thought victoria scraped you off of the bottom of her shoe.

Ashland: Beat it, phyllis.

Phyllis: Not beating it. I can be here.

Ashland: Yeah. Okay, fine. I admit I am not the guy who decides who comes and goes in this park. In fact, I don’t decide much of anything these days.

Phyllis: It must suck reaping what you sow.

Ashland: Boy, you really are enjoying gloating over my downfall, aren’t you?

Phyllis: I am.

Ashland: Oh.

Phyllis: I actually am. Yeah. What are you doing here? Honestly, I thought victoria got rid of you. And I’m really impressed with her. Maybe I’ll give her a party at the grand phoenix for getting rid of you professionally and personally.

Ashland: That is a fantastic idea. You should get on that right now.

Phyllis: I will.

Ashland: Mm-hmm.

Phyllis: Are you waiting for someone? You’re waiting for someone.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: You’re — you’re looking for harrison? Is that what you’re doing? Wow. Kyle and summer have a restraining order on you. You’re not thinking of violating it, are you?

[ Knock on door ]

Nate: Morning, lily.

Lily: Hey, how’s it going?

Nate: Can’t complain. And you?

Lily: I’m good. Oh. How’s elena doing in hawaii?

Nate: Oh, you know what? Her talk was a big hit, and she seems to be fitting in some r&R.

Lily: Oh, good, I’m glad. She’s so hardworking. She really deserves it.

Nate: Let me show you. Here’s some proof.

[ Chuckles ]

Lily: Oh, my god. Is that her snorkeling?

Nate: Yeah, testing out the limits of her waterproof smartphone.

Lily: Wow. She’s way braver than I am.

[ Chuckles ]

Nate: And here she is at dawn at the top of haleakala.

Lily: Wow, that is so beautiful.

Imani: Lily, hey, were you able to — oh, I am so sorry. I hope I’m not interrupting.

Lily: No, no, he’s just showing me pictures of elena in hawaii. We’re very jealous right now.

Imani: Oh, may I see?

Nate: Yeah, sure. I was just telling lily elena has been getting in some sightseeing.

Imani: Wow.

Nate: Oh, and apparently a couple of the panelists got together and went to a luau in lahaina.

Imani: Hmm. Looks like elena is having so much fun. Not a care in the world.

Lily: Well, I’m sure she misses you, nate. And I’m really sorry that you had to miss the trip because of work. I know you miss her, too.

Nate: Big time.

Imani: Well, I, for one, am glad he stayed. He was a huge help to me last night.

Lily: Oh. What happened last night?

Chelsea: Hey. Thank you both for coming to meet me.

Summer: Of course.

Kyle: I assume you want to discuss our proposal to have you design at marchetti.

Summer: I hope that we can sort out the details quickly because I cannot wait to dive into the creative with you.

Chelsea: Just slow down one second, because I have to get this out. I am — I am so grateful for the opportunity and for the fact that you both have faith in me.

Summer: That’s not sounding good.

Chelsea: I’ve already spoken to lauren about walking away from fenmore’s and designing, so I had to let you know… I’m afraid I won’t be able to take you up on your incredible offer. Listen, I’m done settling. Because this is my secret.

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Summer: Is there anything we can do to change your mind? I mean, if this is about money or creative freedom, I’m sure that we can work out something to make it more appealing to you.

Chelsea: It’s not about either one of those things. I am taking a sabbatical from my career for personal reasons.

Kyle: I hope everything’s okay.

Chelsea: The truth is, I’ve come to realize and accept that I jumped into a way too stressful environment way too quickly. You know, after everything I’ve been through, it’s one thing to go back to work at a, you know, fashion platform that was up and running. But the truth of the matter is, it was with adam, you know? So then suddenly he’s my boss, he’s my ex, we were co-parenting. It was — it was just too much.

Summer: I thought that that was part of the reason you were happy at fenmore’S. No adam drama.

Chelsea: Well, that definitely helped. Yeah, but chloe and I had committed to doing a new line and delivering it in record time. I thought that would be a great challenge for me, you know, a good distraction. But the truth is, the chaos and the pace of the job really caught up to me. And I started ignoring issues I was having personally, issues that I had to deal with that were not going to go away on their own.

Summer: That sounds like a major epiphany.

Chelsea: It was. And I’m just glad I had it before I destroyed my friendship with chloe. Bottom line, I wasn’t ready to jump back into my career as quickly as I thought I was. It was just too much, too soon.

Kyle: Well, I can’t say I’m not disappointed.

Summer: Yeah, me too. I was really looking forward to a strong collaboration with you. But, I mean, we understand if you need to take some time to yourself.

Kyle: Definitely.

Summer: Just know that the offer still stands if and when you ever want to jump back in.

Chelsea: Thank you, summer. I really appreciate that. It’s very generous.

Summer: In the meantime, if there’s anything at all that we can do to help, just let us know.

Chelsea: Actually, I already have something that’s gonna keep me busy.

Nikki: Why on earth would you want ashland to defy his restraining order?

Michael: It is part of the contingency plan victor and i came up with to deal with the man. We assume that he’s going to act true to form and try to see harrison, and when he does, we’ll have him arrested on the spot.

Nikki: Hmm. How are you gonna make that happen? Sounds like there’s a lot of moving parts there.

Michael: I asked diane to help with the setup.

Nikki: Are you kidding me? That is a terrible idea.

Michael: Why? Because you don’t like her?

Nikki: Well, there is that. But more importantly, she’s not trustworthy. How can you put that child at risk?

Michael: Diane is harrison’s grandmother. She would never do anything to put him in any kind of jeopardy, which makes her the perfect person to recruit for this. Diane will protect her grandson at all costs.

Nikki: You have lost all perspective if you think diane has one protective bone in her body.

Ashland: Who appointed you the town police? I’m not up to anything. I’m just the guy taking a walk in the park. You said it yourself. This is a public park. And like you, I have every right to be here.

Phyllis: But everybody hates you, so why are you here still? Why? I know about your cancer charade, by the way. Anyone who listens to “the grinning soul” knows about it. How low do you have to go to execute a plan like that? I just want to know.

Ashland: I find it ironic that so many people in this town with sordid pasts feel they have the right to judge me. This — this is a town chock full of hypocrites. So what if I want to catch a glimpse of my son from a distance? Why is that a terrible thing?

Phyllis: Because you have a restraining order, and I will call harrison’s parents so quickly and the police, if you violate it.

Ashland: You’re all heart, phyllis.

Phyllis: You know, some people cross so many lines from which they can never return. You know that? I put you in that category and I also put diane jenkins, harrison’s grandma, in that category.

Ashland: You people have no mercy. Diane and I simply want the opportunity to have a relationship with that sweet young kid. Why is that a heinous crime?

Phyllis: First of all, I’m not going to discuss diane’s villainy with you. And look at you, you’re spinning out. You’re like a caged animal, ashland. I know how dangerous that is. Trust me.

Harrison: Father!

Ashland: Harrison. Come here. Come here. Oh. I have missed you so much.

[ Chuckles ]

Michael: This is all academic anyway. When I asked diane to help out with the ashland situation, she turned me down flat. The last thing she wants is to alienate kyle.

Nikki: Really? Hmm, she’s thinking with her head for a change. Will wonders never cease.

Michael: Nikki.

Nikki: Frankly, I would prefer that ashland and diane each decide to leave town on their own. But clearly, they need a little push. Maybe my new investigator will come up with something on diane very soon.

Michael: [ Chuckles ] I still haven’t forgiven you for firing me.

Nikki: Well, you have victor to thank for that. He’s the one that convinced me that you would not be suitable.

Michael: No. Victor loves me.

Nikki: And then there is that minor matter of a conflict of interest, seeing as you befriended that woman for some bizarre reason.

Michael: Even though you booted me off the investigation into her past, the pr firm i hired in los angeles did uncover something about diane before I could call them off the case. Care to know what they learned?

Nate: Imani and I was supposed to have dinner with sally spectra. We were hoping to discuss a way to get elena out of her contract with newman media so she can join us here at chancellor, for our own medical podcast.

Lily: Yeah, I really hope that we can make that work, because aside from needing more podcasts, to have the former face of askmdnow back here would be a huge win. But I assumed amanda could get anyone out of a contract. So is there a problem?

Imani: Well, I’ve been handling it since amanda’s been caught up with our mother since her stroke. But I assure you, I am more than capable of covering this legal negotiation.

Nate: Sally backed out at the last minute, so we weren’t able to broach the subject.

Lily: Okay, so what happened last night? How were you hopeful?

Imani: Well, I was freaking out because I just found out my mom had a seizure, and nate was kind enough to stay and peel me off the ceiling, even though our business meeting was canceled.

Nate: Mostly, I lent a sympathetic ear.

Imani: Sympathetic and compassionate. You eased my concerns more than you know. I stayed up all night researching that rehab center you told me about that’s in virginia, and I think it’s exactly what my mom needs. Now, if I could convince my dad and amanda to consider it, that would be great.

Ashland: My gosh, just look at you. Is it possible you’ve grown like a foot since the last time I saw you?

Harrison: Maybe.

Ashland: Oh, then that means I’ve been away for way too long. I-I — I’m so sorry that we haven’t been able to spend more time together.

Harrison: I miss you, father.

Ashland: I miss you too, son. I’ve just been… I’ve been traveling. I’ve been very busy.

Harrison: With work?

Ashland: Yeah. Yeah. And I may have to leave again soon, so I’m really glad that I’m seeing you right now.

Diane: Why on earth wouldn’t you want me to keep harrison away from ashland?

Michael: For one very good reason — if you were to accidentally slip up and allow ashland to go ahead and visit with harrison, we could catch him violating the restraining order. He may even see time in jail.

Diane: Whose idea was this?! Victor’s? Because it sounds like something he’d think up. Michael, I think it’s unconscionable that you would use that man’s love for his child against him.

Michael: Well, it’s a preemptive move to keep him away from victoria. The family would appreciate your cooperation.

Diane: Oh, please.

Michael: And nikki might even be prevailed upon to drop her investigation into your past.

Ashland: Listen, listen. How about if we go over there and I’m going to buy you an italian ice from that cart? How would that be? I think they might have raspberry, which I happen to know is your favorite flavor. And then I want to hear about all the fantastic things that have been happening in your life since the last time we saw each other, okay? I mean, assuming, of course, we have time.

Diane: Well, why don’t — why don’t I go by the italian ice and you can sit on the bench and talk?

Ashland: Are you sure?

Diane: Positive.

Ashland: Thank you, diane. I really appreciate it.

Diane: Enjoy your time with your son. Harrison, harrison, listen, I’m gonna be right over there at that cart, so I will be watching you the whole time. Be good, okay? I won’t let you out of my sight for a second. Okay? Want your clothes to smell freshly

Nikki: Michael, of course I want to know what your investigator found, so stop being coy.

Michael: Very well. As I myself predicted before I was so unceremoniously dumped from the case, the pr firm couldn’t find so much as a traffic ticket for diane jenkins or taylor jenson as she called herself there. Her record is pristine for the entire time she lived in los angeles.

Nikki: Hmm. Well, you forgot to add “so there.”

Michael: It’ll be on my bill.

[ Chuckles ]

Nikki: [ Sighs ] Of course I’m disappointed to hear that, but rather disturbed at how gleeful you are in passing that information on. Frankly, I think you’re gloating too soon.

Michael: Really?

Nikki: The fact that your investigators didn’t find anything in the short amount of time they looked doesn’t mean there’s nothing there. Knowing diane, it’s buried deep.

Michael: [ Chuckles ] So deep it doesn’t exist.

Nikki: Oh, my god. I was so right to dismiss you, since you were not willing to put the tenacity into finding the truth. I am telling you, diane is a master of covering her tracks. I mean, really, michael, for a man as savvy as you, how can you be taken in like this?

Michael: Do you mean to sit there and claim that in your entire life, you have never once needed forgiveness for anything?

Nikki: I have never don anything that sunk to the level of evil of what diane has wrought on my family and me.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Michael: Hold that thought. Ha.

Nikki: What? What is it?

Michael: It looks as if diane has made one step towards rectifying some of her so-called evil.

[ Chuckles ]

Ashland: Look at how perfect that — look at that. You know, I really wish I could spend more time with you. I really do, but I also know how much fun you’re having in that big, giant abbott house there and how much your father and your stepmom love you.

Harrison: And dee dee.

Ashland: Yes, and dee dee. She loves you, too. In fact, one of the things that makes it easier for me to be away from you so much is knowing that you’re around people who love you and will play with you and take care of you. Like dee dee

[ Cellphone chimes ]

[ Laughs ] Ooh, you got a big one that time. Let’s see. You think so?

Harrison: It’s dark. The light ones are easy. The dark ones are hard.

Ashland: Yeah.

Harrison: But if they’re really light, they’re really hard to see.

Chelsea: Do you want to tell them the news or should I?

Billy: Go ahead.

Chelsea: Billy has asked me to consult on his podcast.

Summer: Wow. That’s — that’s not what I was expecting you to say.

Chelsea: It’s a real kicker, right? It’s totally out of the ordinary, yet still creative. I mean, you couldn’t get further away from the fashion world.

Billy: Are you calling me unfashionable?

Chelsea: No.

Kyle: It’s definitely a twist. We were just getting used to the idea that billy had become a podcast host.

Billy: Yeah, I know. I’m the last person you’d expect to be a self-help guru. I get it. Listen, before I forget, congratulations on making it home and bringing marchetti with you under the jabot umbrella. Fantastic work. I know jack is thrilled to have you and harrison back on home turf.

Kyle: Those two, it’s cute. I’ll come down for breakfast, and they’ve been up for an hour playing games and making pancakes.

Summer: [ Laughs ]

Chelsea: Really adorable.

Billy: Yeah, well, he was missing his grandson like crazy. I’m sure it’s the same with phyllis. She’s happy to have you home from italy.

Summer: For sure. She’s all smiles.

Kyle: Yeah, she’s happy we’re here. Not so much that my mother’s in our lives.

Billy: I can imagine that. But you know me, I’m pulling for diane. As someone who’s had a handful of second chances, I hope that she redeems herself. It’s not going to be easy in this town. She’s got a lot of enemies.

Kyle: They’re judgmental, alright. They have long memories.

Billy: On the flip side, probably not easy for phyllis either. Diane put her through the ringer back in the day. And now you two are stuck in the middle of your two mothers. Not so fun. Believe me, I get it. I have some experience with a mother who’s got a reputation for being difficult.

Summer: I’m impressed. You’re able to see it from all sides and empathize with everyone.

Billy: Yeah, it’s very mature of me, isn’t it?

Kyle: Yeah, it really is.

Billy: Well, sure took me long enough.

Chelsea: [ Chuckles ]

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Kyle: We got to go.

Billy: Is everything okay?

Chelsea: Is something wrong?

Kyle: Sure as hell hope not. If you have age-related macular degeneration,

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Lily: In-patient rehab is a big step. So, I mean, what’s the plan now?

Imani: The plan was for her to have in-home care when she was released from the hospital. That’s what we thought she would want, but now it appears she may need a lot more highly skilled therapy than we realized. Nate helped me to understand this is going to be a long process.

Lily: Wow. I’m really sorry.

Imani: Yeah, and once they realized how serious of a setback this is, amanda and devon ended up spending the night.

Lily: Oh, okay. When was last time you talked to them?

Imani: Well, my dad called this morning, and I had him put amanda on the phone to tell them about the rehab center in virginia and try to get them to at least consider it.

Lily: Think they will?

Imani: It’s hard to say. Amanda’s worried that mom won’t like the idea, and my dad believes that she’ll be more comfortable at home.

Nate: In the short-term, perhaps, but if she wants any reasonable hope of getting her life back…

Imani: Yeah, and after reading up on the place and everything they do, I think she could really benefit from a stay there. She’s going to have to relearn a lot of basics, I’m afraid.

Nate: In all likelihood, she’s going to need intense physical therapy, speech therapy.

Imani: And an aide coming to the house a few days a week, that’s just not going to cut it. But my mom can be stubborn at times, and this place, they have a very strict schedule for the rehab patients, so that could be a conflict.

Lily: I’m really sorry. I know these decisions are really hard and complicated to make.

Imani: Thank you.

Nate: Hey, I offered a suggestion, but everyone has to be on board with it, starting with the patient.

Imani: Well, I feel in my heart this is what’s right for her. Maybe this is my role — to help my dad and amanda see that. I gave them the paperwork, and I’m going to let them review it and I’ll talk to them later about it.

Nate: If they have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to try and answer them.

Imani: That is so lovely of you, nate. Thank you.

Nate: You’re welcome.

Imani: And even if this facility is something we can agree on, just having you there to talk to last night, that really lifted me up.

Nate: Glad I can be useful. Well, the day is young and I have a full inbox. I will see you ladies later.

Imani: Oh, you know what? I should head out, too.

Lily: Oh, imani, actually, can we chat for a second?

Chelsea: Well, I am so excited about this. I could hardly sleep last night. I have so many fun ideas for your podcast.

Billy: Okay, stop right there. It is not my podcast. It is our podcast. You are the co-host.

Chelsea: Okay.

Billy: And enough about this whole consulting thing, alright? Because the only way this works is if we don’t pull any punches. Got it?

Chelsea: Thank you for clarifying.

Billy: Good.

Chelsea: Gosh, it’s just so energizing. You know, it’s such a drastic change of direction for me.

Billy: I hope by drastic, you mean that in a good way.

Chelsea: Of course. No, my instincts are telling me this is exactly what I need.

Billy: And so giving me grief about my take on the world is life affirming for you. Good to know. The choices I’ve been making. You know, I thought I was going in the right direction creatively with my designs, but really I’m just treading water, you know? No wonder chloe was so worried about me. I was so focused on just being back, bringing my a-game, that suddenly it became more about quantity versus quality.

Billy: That’s never a good thing.

Chelsea: I was stuck, you know? I was doing the same thing over and over. Nothing new, nothing fresh was coming to me. So I started procrastinating and I started missing deadlines. Chloe started going bonkers. It really took a strain on our friendship.

Billy: I’m sorry to hear that.

Chelsea: But you know what? Now that I’ve realized all this, it’s been like an awakening. You know, you don’t realize how& good it feels just to let go. To say to the universe, “I surrender.” To just be honest with myself and the world about what it takes to plot a new course.

Billy: I’m very happy to hear you say that, because I had a very similar moment when I decided to go forward with this podcast.

Chelsea: So what are we waiting for? When do we start?

Imani: What did you want to discuss?

Lily: Well, I just wanted to apologize for making you feel pressured about elena’s contract. I don’t want you to think it has to be resolved by some, you know, arbitrary deadline. I mean, we have staff attorneys that can deal with that. So I know that you and amanda are going through a lot right now, and I just want to make sure that chancellor-winters always puts family first.

Imani: Well, there’s no need to apologize, lily. I assure you, I can handle both the workload and my mom’s situation. There’s bound to be ups and downs after my mom’s stroke. And nate caught me at a down moment, and he helped me come to grips with that. I’m so grateful for his kindness.

Lily: Well, good. Well, look, I mean, if you need time off to go be with your family, please do it, honestly, because sometimes these things are easier to work out in person than over the phone.

Imani: I appreciate that. Given the circumstances, I think it’s better for us to divide and conquer right now. Let amanda handle things in person while I take care of things from a distance and pick up the slack here at work, because, quite frankly, all the tension is causing some stress between my sister and me. There are times, I wonder…

Billy: Okay, so this is it. Pretty straightforward. Two chairs, two microphones, and a computer.

Chelsea: I’ll have to learn this equipment.

Billy: Oh, you’re gonna be fine. Why don’t you go ahead and sit there? I’ll sit here just in case i need to do any of the controls.

Chelsea: Sounds good.

Billy: So what do you think? What’s going on? Any thoughts, any ideas come to mind?

Chelsea: Actually, yes. What really struck me last night was this idea.

Billy: Let’s hear it.

Chelsea: Comparing my past to yours.

Billy: Okay.

Chelsea: The con artist and the gambler. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by the story of a long con or a high-stakes poker game?

Billy: Okay, so you want our listeners to be able to live vicariously through our scandalous pasts?

Chelsea: Oh, well, yeah, i mean, a little bit of that, but it’s more about getting past the layer of salaciousness, you know, no superficial entertainment layer, something deeper. The notion that we are all just human beings living a competitive world. You know, sometimes bluffing our way to the top, and sometimes that takes risks. It takes cheating. Both are about winning. Just not fair and square.

Billy: And so a life of addiction and crime is actually easier to get ahead.

Chelsea: No, that’s not what I’m saying. That’s my whole point. I just think of myself back in the day, you know, I had the mindset of identifying someone else’s weaknesses and preying on them. You know, people think that that’s going to make it easier to get to the top, but, really, that’s just a mirage. They think they’ll only have to do half the work, but really it just makes them spiral into a pit. They just dig themselves deeper and deeper into misery and despair.

Billy: So you think we can use our stories, our past to — to find a deeper truth?

Chelsea: Absolutely. Absolutely. But we have to be honest about our past, what we’ve done, and how we’ve grown, how we’ve changed. I think the key is — and you mentioned this earlier — we can’t let each other off the hook. You know, we can’t let each other gloss over any missteps or make excuses. We have to call each other out. Because who better to know when a con artist or a gambler is cheating —

Billy: Than a former gambler and con artist. Yeah, no, I get that.

Chelsea: Seems like you’re still skeptical.

Billy: No, it’s good. I’m just wrapping my head around it. I think what I hear you saying is it takes one to know one. Is that the vibe?

Chelsea: Exactly. Because think about it — no one has a crazier history than the two of us. The listeners are going to eat it up.

Imani: I am so relieved you and my dad were able to mom to go. This is the best possible choice for her, you know? Yeah, I’m glad we could agree on this, amanda. No, how about we check in about work later? Yeah, everything’s okay. I got this. In fact, lily said you could take whatever time you need to help mom make the transition. Okay. Alright. I’ll talk to you later. Give mom and my dad my love. Okay. Alright, bye.

[ Sighs ]

Nate: Hey, imani. I’m sorry. I couldn’t help overhearing. Was — was that amanda?

Imani: Yeah.

Nate: Is everything okay?

Imani: It’s better than okay. We’ve all decided that mom, she goes to the rehab place in virginia.

Nate: Okay. I hope I didn’t push you in a direction you weren’t comfortable with. With the facility out of state, it’s — it’s got to be a tough call.

Imani: Not in this case. I feel strongly that this is what’s right for her. I gave them the information and some time to process it all, and they came up with their own conclusion that this is what’s best for her.

Nate: Yeah, it’ll benefit naya to have full-time care from professionals who specialize in stroke recovery. You did your family a good service right here.

Imani: Thank you for saying that. This whole situation is just — it’s tough. I know I should feel relieved, but I’m just so scared.

Nate: Hey, none of this is easy, okay? It’s gonna be okay. With depression, you just feel…blah.

Ashland: That sounds like the most fantastic race car I’ve ever heard of. Did you say it was yellow? Oh, man. And do you have a track for that car? Is there, like, little houses and little buildings and — and roads and bridges and —

Nikki: Oh, my god, what is he doing with him?

Michael: Nikki, the police will be here any minute.

Ashland: Man, you’re lucky.

Chelsea: I’m sensing some ambivalence. You don’t like my idea?

Billy: No, I love the idea. I do. It’s just —

Chelsea: Uh-oh.

Billy: No, it’s not a bad thing. I think I just have to remind you that people are going to hear this, you know, and you might not want everyone to hear it. For instance, connor. I thought long and hard about johnny and katie, and I went over this extensively with lily before I even put out the first episode.

Chelsea: Well, I have thought about it, and the truth of the matter is, everyone in this town already knows my history. And as far as connor goes, I’ve told him everything. I had no choice. I had to because we went to see anita.

Billy: Oh, my gosh. Are you kidding me? What, was she reliving the old days?

Chelsea: Yeah. Every chance she got.

Billy: In front of your son?

Chelsea: Oh, the woman has no shame. She spent hours regaling to my child every story of every scam.

Billy: That sounds lovely.

Chelsea: It was horrifying. It really was. Anita kept telling me that I was being an “uptight goody two shoes,” pand I needed to lighten up a little bit.

Billy: No cooperation there.

Chelsea: Oh, zero. But — but I decided to turn the situation around and use it as a teaching moment for myself.

Billy: Okay. How so?

Chelsea: Well, I just told connor. I was like, you know, “people have skeletons in their closet. It does not define them for the rest of their lives. You can turn things around and you can be a good person and make better choices.” And I also made sure I didn’t glamorize the things I did with anita. I told him I hurt people. I caused people pain. And I’m not proud of that.

Billy: Good job. Way to go.

Chelsea: That’s kind of what I’m hoping we can say to the world with our podcast.

Billy: In a fun, exciting, non-dour way, of course.

Chelsea: Exactly.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Billy: Let me take this real quick.

Chelsea: Of course. Please.

Billy: Hey, babe.

Lily: Hey. Where are you?

Billy: I am in the studio with chelsea, just spitballing some ideas.

Lily: Oh, nice. How’s it going?

Billy: It’s going fantastic. Thank you.

Lily: Good, I’m glad. Look, don’t forget to schedule that meeting with the vp of purchasing at amalgamated. You said that you would take that off my plate.

Billy: Got it. No worries.

Lily: Okay. Thank you.

Billy: Alright, we’re wrapping up. I love you.

Lily: Love you, too. Oh, actually, before I forget, I just want to — billy?

Chelsea: So? My concept is go?

Billy: I think we’re a go. Yeah, I think it’s great.

Chelsea: Yes. I’m so excited. I’m even more excited than before. I didn’t know that was possible.

Billy: That’s good. Good. Energy, excitement, sincerity — those are things that you cannot fake. Scratch that. You can fake them. But an astute audience is going to know the difference and they will disengage, which is the kiss of death when you’re podcasting.

Chelsea: Good to know. Okay, well, I should let you go. You have another job, right? As a coo.

Billy: I got time and we’re on a roll. I don’t want to lose any momentum.

Chelsea: What do you propose?

Billy: Let’s put one down. Let’s see what we got.

Ashland: Harrison, I have to go. I’m sorry. But dee dee has your italian ice. Can you give me one last hug? Come on. One big hug. Giant hug. Oh-ee! Ah.

Diane: Come on, harrison.

Ashland: You almost broke me in half there.

Diane: Come with me. Come on.

Ashland: Oh.

Kyle: Hey, where the hell do you think you’re going? And where’s my son?

Next week on “the young and the restless”…

Adam: You are standing between me and everything that I want.

Nikki: If we all pooled our talents.

Ashley: Maybe we can get diane out of our lives.

Phyllis: Forever this time.

Victor: No one breaks my daughter’s heart and gets away with it. No one!

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