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Nikki: Well, this is a pleasant surprise.

Abby: Hi.

Nikki: Hi, sweetheart. What brings you by?

Abby: I was hoping to see victoria.

Nikki: Ah, she’s still at the office. Let’s sit.

Abby: Thanks. Yeah, I’ve reached out to her several times since ashland’s death, and I haven’t gotten much of a response.

Nikki: Oh, I’m sure she appreciates her concern. She’s been so busy dealing with everything at newman, but I can assure you that she is being very strong.

Abby: I’m not surprised. She’s the toughest person i know.

Nikki: Yeah, well, ashland’s death was a shock, of course, but I doubt many tears will be shed over him. We are hoping to put that behind us very soon.

Abby: Yeah, I-I… I just wish that chance wasn’t so determined to cross every “t” and dot every “I.”

[ Sighs ] I’m sure this will all be over soon. I mean, what’s left to investigate?

Devon: Okay, well, I was just calling to make sure that you landed safely, but do you want to let me know when you’ve spoken to naya’s doctor? Okay. I love you. Bye-bye.

Elena: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Elena: Sorry. I hope I’m not interrupting.

Devon: No, not at all.

Elena: I was hoping I could ask you a question.

Devon: Okay.

Elena: It’s a personal question…about nate.

Imani: [ Sighs ] Nate.

Nate: Hey. I thought you’d be on your way to see your mom by now. I know amanda’s gone. When’s your flight?

Imani: Later tonight. But I keep forgetting the exact time. Hopefully, I could remember to head to the airport. I’m just an emotional mess right now.

Nate: That’s completely understandable, given your circumstances. Just relax. Give yourself a break. I know this is hard, but you’ll get through it.

Imani: Thank you, nate. That’s exactly what I needed to hear. You always know how to make me feel better. I’m going to miss not being able to lean on you while I’m gone.

Kyle: Hello, newlyweds. Thanks for inviting me to hang. Tessa, I heard your recovery was going smoothly, but I’m glad to see it for myself. You look great.

Voice app: Thanks, but i can’t wait to stop sounding like gps directions.

[ Both laugh ]

Mariah: Tessa is still resting her voice, but I’m not going to lie. I think I’m kind of starting to like it. I mean, the computer automated voice, it’s kind of sounding a little sexy to me, if you know what I mean.

Kyle: Glad to see you’re keeping your sense of humor.

Mariah: Well, you know, if you don’t laugh, you cry.

[ Chuckles ] But in other news, how’s harrison doing.

Kyle: So far, I think he’s handling ashland’s death pretty well, although I’m not sure he understands what happened.

Mariah: And you?

Kyle: I’m okay. Working on the marchetti relaunch. Pretty exciting.

Voice app: Oh, no, you’re not changing the subject that easily.

Diane: Hello, summer. Always good to see you.

Summer: Diane.

Diane: Kyle told me about phyllis coming to work for marchetti. I have to say, it was quite a surprise to hear that your mother would want to make such a gigantic career move. But I want to make it clear that it won’t be a problem. At least not on my end.

Billy: You can’t be serious. Hiring adam at jabot, of all people. I can’t tell you how ill-advised that is, and I can’t be the only family member to think that way.

Jack: I really don’t think hiring adam is is risky as you’re making it out to be.

Billy: Jack, I know you, but this is far too cavalier.

Jack: I believe in his abilities. Besides, he knows I’m going to be watching his every move. He’s not going to do anything crazy.

Billy: Which means he’s going to work twice as hard not to get caught.

Jack: His entire tenure at newman media was devoid of scandal. He built that into a very profitable enterprise. He would never have left if victor hadn’t jerked him around.

Billy: Right, and now he’s upset that he’s not in the top spot, which means, once again, as always, he’s got an ax to grind.

Jack: No, he’s looking for a fresh start, somewhere that he won’t be constantly competing with victoria. He knows he can trust me to treat him fairly.

Billy: Did you run this by ashley?

Jack: Yeah, she’ll be fine with it eventually. Look, she’s spending almost all of her time in paris, anyway. When she’s here, she’s focused on the lab, and that is out of his purview.

Billy: Oh, yeah, adam is no chemist, but yet he still finds himself in situations and makes them combustible.

Jack: I really think you’re making too much of this.

Billy: And I don’t think you’re taking this seriously enough. That man does not know any boundaries. Jack, you give him an inch and he will take the company.

Jack: Thank you for your input, billy. I am very comfortable with my decision. Besides, it isn’t like I haven’t offered you similar lifelines in the past.

Billy: No, that is true. And how many of those have worked out? And I’m your brother.

Jack: You seemed fine with giving diane another chance.

Billy: Well, some people deserve another chance, and some absolutely don’T.

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Devon: I’m probably not the best person to talk to you about nate right now.

Elena: I guess I’m just trying to get a sense of the work dynamic here, because I can tell that nate is kind of having a hard time. And I know he would hate me broaching this subject with you.

Devon: Well, that’s probably all the more reason not to go there at all, then, right?

Elena: Yeah, but I can’t help but be concerned. I’m guessing that he still feels a little touchy about discussing the situation with me because of my history with you.

Devon: You think that’s still an issue?

Elena: Maybe. And I’m not trying to interfere with your business. I know it’s not my place. But I do care about the relationship between you and nate. I mean, I’ll probably always regret the damage that I caused your family. So I just wanted to know if there’s anything that I can do to help fix things.

Nate: You’re going to do just fine without me. You’re going to have your sister, amanda, to lean on.

Imani: I guess. I just feel so conflicted about everything these days. Going away now, leaving chancellor-winters in the lurch like this.

Nate: We all understand. This is not some vacation. This is about a family in trouble. And that takes precedence over anything else around here. Family is what this company is built on. We’re supposed to stick by each other no matter what.

Imani: Absolutely. But I keep getting the feeling maybe yours isn’t sticking by you.

Kyle: So I’m doing all I can to focus on harrison and help him through losing the man he knew as “father.” And on top of all that, my mom and summer’s mom working together at marchetti might start world war iii. Sorry you asked?

Mariah: No. No, no, of course not. It’s just, um, wow, that — that is a lot. Yeah, you were right. Is there anything that I can do to help?

Kyle: Thanks, but I’m pretty sure this is all stuff I have to handle on my own. I promise I’ll send up a flare if things go south.

Mariah: Tessa, it looks like our drinks are ready. Do you mind picking them up? Thank you.

Ke: I could’ve gotten them. Why did you send tessa when she can’t even say who the order’s for?

Mariah: Honestly, I needed her out of the picture for a secondecause I wanted to ask you something in private. A really, really big favor.

Billy: Well, clearly, there’s nothing else I can say. It’s your call whether you hire that viper or not.

Jack: Exactly.

Billy: Just remember, jack, that adam’s fangs are sharp and poisonous.

Phyllis: Well, look at this. The abbott men spending time together.

Jack: Actually, I was just on my way out.

Phyllis: Oh, it’s okay. I’m just here to talk about business with billy. So I wanted to discuss lily’s very generous offer to buy the grand phoenix. She said if I had a change of heart, I could talk to her or you.

Jack: Well, I’ll leave you two to discuss your business.

Phyllis: See ya.

Billy: Boy, things between you and jack when south fast. At least this time it’s not my fault.

Phyllis: I have moved on from that.

Billy: Mm.

Phyllis: And possibly moving on from the grand phoenix. I’m going to start working with summer at marchetti.

Billy: I’m sorry. What? You and diane working together?

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Phyllis: Thank you. I will only be working at the same company as diane. We’re in different departments.

Billy: Yeah, well, I don’t think marchetti is big enough for the both of you.

Phyllis: You underestimate me. I can handle this.

Billy: I hope so. At least for jack’s sake.

Phyllis: I’m not going to let my daughter down.

Billy: I realize that, but you can only suppress your feelings for so long, and the longer you do

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Phyllis: You know, I’m actually offended by this characterization of my personality. Yeah, why is it that you get to turn your life around, you get to be an upstanding executive, but me, I can’t do that?

Billy: Because I actually like my colleagues. I trust them and admire them.

Phyllis: Okay, well, it’s unfortunate for you that all you’re working with are, you know, your buddies and your girlfriend. I’m going to handle diane very professionally.

Billy: And I’m going to enjoy the popcorn watching you do that.

Phyllis: Okay, well, the grand phoenix is a huge moneymaking endeavor. It’s not like some, you know, podcast.

Billy: My podcasts are actually quite popular. I should have you on the show sometime.

Phyllis: Oh, no, thank you. I’m kind of booked up. But thanks for the offer. Anyway, what I’m saying is the grand phoenix isn’t just some side hustle. It’s a business. And that’s why I wanted to talk to lily about going forward. I don’t think I could handle both marchetti and the grand phoenix.

Billy: Well, I appreciate your new-day mentality, and if that’s what this actually is, then devon and lily will be very happy to hear that. Of course, they told me about the offer, and I was very confident that you were not going to be interested.

Phyllis: That’s how little you know me, billy.

Billy: Well, maybe that’s true. But what I do know, with diane joining marchetti, there’s only two reasons for your new direction. Number one, you’re a fool to sell your hotel to go work with summer. Or number two, you have a plan for diane. And I’ve never known you to be a fool.

Phyllis: You’re right about that.

Billy: Phyllis, you have made some mistakes, some pretty spectacular ones, but you are as savvy as they come. And if you have a plan, well, I bet it involves hurting diane in some way.

Summer: I knew that kyle was going to tell you about my mom coming on board, and I’m glad to hear that you don’t foresee any issues, because we don’t intend to tolerate any turmoil. Marchetti is a business. It’s not a place for anyone to hash out their personal grievances.

Diane: Oh, I couldn’t agree more.

Summer: Great. Well, then we can consider this topic closed.

Diane: Do you mind if I ask a truly honest question before we set this aside?

Summer: Please do.

Diane: Don’t you suspect that your mother’s sudden and massive career move is directly tied to her hatred of me?

Kyle: A really big favor. What do you need?

Mariah: [ Sighs ] I’m worried about tessa. She is super bummed about missing her tour, and she’s putting on a good front, but I can tell. I mean, can you imagine how frustrating it must be? No speaking, no singing.

Kyle: It’s got to be hard, especially for someone with such a beautiful voice.

Mariah: And not to mention all the worrying about how this is going to affect her voice long-term. So I have been trying to think of a way to keep her busy, boost her spirits.

Kyle: Are you pitching that we gift her a free, glamorous, new design from marchetti? Because that’s easy. Go by the showroom. Have her pick something out.

Mariah: That is very, very sweet of you, and I’ll probably end up taking you up on that, but I was thinking more along the lines of a job.

Kyle: Really? You think she’d be interested?

Mariah: Yes. Tessa is a huge fan of marchetti’s line, and she’s always been passionate about fashion. It’s a natural fit, and from a P.R. Standpoint, I’m sure you guys are going to need models for your new U.S. Rollout.

Kyle: Yes, we’re working on it.

Mariah: So who better to team up with than hot singing star tessa porter?

Nikki: Has chance told you exactly what he’s still investigating?

Abby: Not specifically, no. But maybe because of all the lies ashland told, he’s making sure that there’s nothing left uncovered.

Nikki: Well, you have to know how incredibly hard this has been for victoria. And I think the longer the investigation goes on, the more difficult it will be for her to move past it.

Abby: What are you trying to say? That chance should back off the ashland case?

Nikki: Wouldn’t that be what’s best for everybody? Tattoo studio gel pencil liner from maybelline new york.

Summer: Of course, i considered that my mom’s career shift might have something to do with you coming to work at marchetti. And believe me, I let her know my suspicions, as well.

Diane: But you hired her anyway.

Summer: Yes, I did. With the same warning that kyle gave you. We’re going to be keeping a watchful eye on both of you. And my mom has assured me that there won’t be any problems. And I have high hopes that she means what she says, because this is an amazing opportunity for me and my mother to work together just as it is for you and kyle.

Diane: Well, you don’t have to worry about me. I want this to work out more than anyone. In fact, I would love it if phyllis could find a way to forgive me. You know, maybe this whole thing will just be a miracle in disguise.

Phyllis: You know, I find it annoying, ridiculous that everybody in this town seems to think that I always have some nefarious plan, some nefarious intention.

Billy: Yeah, it’s super annoying and ridiculous that people would be curious why you would be selling your prized possession out of the blue to go work with your sworn enemy.

Phyllis: I’m not working with my sworn enemy, billy. I’m working side-by-side with my daughter. I’m helping her attain her vision of marchetti.

Billy: Once again, phyllis, you’re casting yourself in a supporting role, and that’s not you. You are the queen bee.

Phyllis: You know, I like a challenge. You know that, billy.

Billy: Mm-hmm.

Phyllis: I thrive for a challenge, don’t I? And I’ll be overseeing the home-design division of marchetti. It’s a huge, huge position. It’s hardly a supporting player.

Billy: Okay, then. Why didn’t you say that? Because that actually sounds like a cool gig.

Phyllis: It is a cool gig. It’s a great gig. So that’s why I have risen above my hatred for diane, a hatred that cost me my relationship with jack and any sort of happiness that I would find with him. The sort of happiness I’ll never — I’ll never get again, I’m afraid.

Billy: Oh, boy. You are definitely up to something.

Devon: Yeah, I appreciate your concern, but what’s going on between nate and me has nothing to do with you or our history.

Elena: [ Sighs ] Good to know.

Devon: Yeah. It’s just… like, work doesn’t change the way I feel about him as family, but as a c-suite executive, he’s created a few issues. But it’s not all his fault. I take a little bit of blame, too.

Elena: Yeah?

Devon: Yeah.

Elena: In what way?

Devon: Well, I just sort of eased him into this high-level position instead of just throwing him into the deep end and expecting him to swim.

Elena: Oh. Well, look, I know you have a lot of business experience, and you were fortunate to have neil as a guide. But nate isn’t some wet-behind-the-ear college grad just starting out in the world, so he probably shouldn’t be treated as one. I mean, do you think it’s possible that you’ve put up some defenses when it comes to nate?

Devon: No. No, not at all. The only thing I’ve done is clearly lay out how I believe the hierarchy should work, and, for whatever reason, he’s been reluctant to embrace it, which is now causing me to wonder if I made a mistake altogether bringing him on board.

Nate: You’re dealing with enough right now. The last thing you need from me is to burden you with my troubles.

Imani: Honestly, I could use the distraction. I have the whole plane ride to virginia to worry about my mother’s condition. So in the meantime, let me be here for you for a change.

Nate: Okay. As long as you remember, you asked for it.

Imani: I did. Now, tell me what’s going on.

Nate: Devon is apparently worried that I’m some sort of liability to chancellor-winters. We had a slight misunderstanding about something that I was able to fix once I realized it was a problem.

Imani: Mm, that doesn’t sound like a big deal.

Nate: First year post-merger is critical for chancellor-winters. Devon is afraid that I made us look bad, and he wants to give me a mentor.

Imani: A mentor? Are you serious? You just started your business career. Devon didn’t even give you enough time to prove yourself. Meet febreze’s miracle spray: Febreze fabric refresher.

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Mariah: So? What do you think? Don’t you think tessa would make a great model while her voice recovers?

Kyle: Well, I have to admit it is an intriguing idea, and summer did mention finding a fresh face to usher in the new era of the fashion line.

Mariah: Great minds.

Kyle: Of course, I would have to talk to her before I commit to anything. She is the creative eye of the brand.

Mariah: I know that it’s not a done deal. I’m just happy you didn’t dismiss it out of hand. Okay, please don’t say anything to tessa before it’s a done deal, alright? I don’t want to get her hopes up for nothing. Okay? Cool. Hey. Oh. Thank you so much.

Kyle: Thank you.

Voice app: What?

Mariah: What?

Voice app: My voice may be gone, but my eyes and ears still work. What’s going on with you two?

Mariah: No, nothing. I was just discussing this awesome weather that we’re having.

Diane: Maybe having phyllis come to marchetti will give us a chance to bond on some level.

Summer: I think you’re laying it on a little thick now, diane.

Diane: Am I? Think how different things would be if your mother could find a way to forgive me the same way kyle has and jack seems to be on the verge of doing.

Summer: I wouldn’t put too much hope into total forgiveness.

Diane: You’re probably right. It’s probably just wishful thinking on my part.

Summer: I’m not just talking about my mother. I mean, that is a tall order for jack, too.

Diane: I see.

Summer: Diane, I’ve watched you with harrison. I mean, you are absolutely wonderful with him, especially given everything that’s going on. But that doesn’t erase your history.

Diane: I realize that, summer, and I know that I have a lot more work to do in that regard.

Summer: A lot more. Jack is working hard to keep the peace for kyle and harrison’s sake. But, you know, I’m going to give you the same warning I gave my mom. Don’t attempt to manipulate jack the way that you have in the past. I am just as protective of him as I am of kyle.

Diane: Good to know.

Summer: And if you do pull anything at all, you’ll have to contend with me.

Phyllis: Why can’t you believe that my heart is in the right place?

Billy: Okay, just stop. Stop the phony denials for a second, okay, and just hear me out. I’m not here to criticize you. I’m speaking to you as an ex-lover and a semi-friend.

Phyllis: Semi? Pushing it. Really.

Billy: Take this for what it is, phyllis. Let it go. Whatever you have planned for diane, walk away. Because even if you win — and my money’s on you — you will still lose in the end.

Phyllis: What makes you think I will lose?

Billy: Because there is always collateral damage in war. And I’m looking at the battlefield, and I see that collateral damage is going to be summer.

Phyllis: It’ll never be summer. Summer won’t be near the line of fire, billy.

Billy: [ Sighs ]

Phyllis: If there was a line of fire, which there is not.

Billy: Okay, well, let me share another little tidbit of breaking news with you, because it could cause more damage to this equation.

Phyllis: Alright, tell me.

Billy: You’ll be working at marchetti, but, of course, that’s still under the jabot umbrella. Kyle is leaving jabot to go run marchetti. Which means the powers that be at jabot will be shifting.

Phyllis: Who exactly is shifting?

Billy: Brace yourself. Adam. Jack offered adam a job at jabot. (Tonya) smoking damaged my heart.

Phyllis: Adam is working at jabot?

Billy: Believe me, I was just as surprised as you.

Phyllis: What is he going to be doing?

Billy: He’s filling in for kyle. Co-ceo.

Phyllis: Co-ceo? He’ll have power.

Billy: Yeah.

Phyllis: Jack is literally filling his son’s shoes with adam.

Billy: Apparently, adam hasn’t decided whether he wants to take the job or not, but there’s no talking jack out of the offer because we know jack. Not only is he filling a corporate need, but he’s saving adam’s soul.

Phyllis: This is unbelievable. It’s unbelievable. Adam is yet another person who gets an umpteenth chance to redeem himself in jack’s eyes. I mean, this is how it is. It’s diane, adam, and then me.

Billy: Look, I get it, okay, but I think you need to focus on the ramifications, because you know just as well as I do, you throw adam into any mix, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Phyllis: [ Sighs ] Well, it doesn’t matter with marchetti because summer and kyle are running marchetti. I mean, you don’t think that jack is going to involve adam in that company, do you?

Billy: I don’t know. But if he does, whose side do you think is going to take, yours or diane’s?

Phyllis: Oh, well, adam’s definitely going to take diane’s side, given their history.

Billy: Right.

Phyllis: And jack is just going to follow along and give diane the benefit of the doubt like he’s been doing.

Billy: So think about it. Do you want to be the one responsible for throwing oil on the fire?

[ Cellphone rings ]

Phyllis: [ Scoffs ] I have to take this. Hello?

Nikki: We need to meet.

Imani: I hate that you’re getting so little support from your cousin. You don’t deserve to be treated like that.

Nate: Unfortunately, I don’t think devon’s is going to change his mind. He’s determined to view me as some sort of screw-up.

Imani: That’s ridiculous. I know you could be doing so much more. You have so much potential, and you are so close to taking off and soaring. Maybe devon is threatened by that.

Nate: Thank you, imani. It’s nice to get some support from a colleague for a change. You know, I have felt like devon’s been holding me back.

Imani: Mm.

Nate: But there’s also a chance he might be right. Maybe I overstepped a few times, but not out of malice or arrogance or anything like that. It was from pure enthusiasm. I don’t know. Maybe I need to learn to play the game a little better.

Imani: Mnh-mnh. That’s one way to go, but I don’t agree with that strategy. Clearly, devon needs to be the only one in full control.

Abby: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Abby: Mwah! How lucky am I to run into you?

Devon: Oh, it’s always good to see you. Oh, and thank you for that new picture of dominic you sent me here. It’s my screen saver now.

Abby: Oh, my gosh. It’s so cute. Chance did the same thing. He wanted to see the picture every time he pulls out his phone.

Devon: Is he going to be stopping by later?

Abby: Oh, no, I highly doubt it. He’s been working these crazy hours trying to tie up any loose ends on the ashland locke car crash.

Devon: What loose ends could there be?

Abby: You know, I keep asking myself the same question, and the more I think about it, the more I think I’m not going to like the answer.

Devon: Why do you say that?

Abby: [ Sighs ] I think chance is keeping something from me because my family’s involved, and that can’t be good.

Phyllis: Where’s ashley? Is she going to grace us with her presence?

Nikki: Oh, I’m afraid not. She had to go out of town on business. Please have a seat.

Phyllis: Out of town on business, huh? Okay, I thought this was supposed to be a group effort, but one of our coconspirators is completely useless, nikki.

Nikki: Oh, no, she is not. She is completely committed to our cause, although she is still concerned about your sabotage plan. In fact, that’s why I asked you to come over, because I need to know the details of your next moves.

Phyllis: The details? I thought we were good. Wait a second. Are you saying that you don’t trust me?

Nikki: Well, in a word, no.

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Devon: I get why you’d be concerned about what chance is working on, but, you know, you can trust him to do the right thing.

Abby: Oh, of course he will. I’m just — I’m worried about my sister. Victoria has been through so much.

Devon: If anybody can handle it, she can.

Abby: Yeah, I keep telling myself that. But enough of me and all of my worries. How are you and amanda?

Devon: Uh… well, I wish I could give you some happier news, but we’re actually going through a difficult time because her mother is dealing with some serious health issues right now. Naya slipped into a coma.

Abby: I am so sorry to hear that.

Devon: Yeah, it’s rough, so amanda is back in virginia right now with her mom, and i wish I could’ve gone with her.

Abby: Oh, well, why didn’t you?

Devon: I offered to go, but she said that it was fine and she had it under control. And, plus, things have been a little tense at chancellor-winters lately.

Abby: Oh.

Devon: So, yeah. Working with family has its own set of complications.

Abby: [ Sighs ] Yeah. I totally understand that. That’s why I’m so happy to have society. It’s my own special place. No judgment, no interference. Yeah, and thanks to you and all the advice that you gave me, this place is a big success.

Devon: Good.

Abby: I just realized something.

Devon: Mm-hmm. What?

Abby: That you, devon hamilton, have been instrumental in two out of the three loves of my life, my work and dominic.

Devon: Mm. Well, at least I’ve done something right.

Abby: Mm.

[ Both chuckle ]

Imani: Listen, I understand that you want to think the best of your cousin, but devon isn’t looking at the bigger picture here. In my opinion, the last thing you need to do is take a step back. If anything, you need to turn up the heat, not give in.

Nate: But I don’t want to create more conflict.

Imani: Maybe not, but it’s clear and sad devon doesn’t value what you bring to the work. And I’m sorry, but slow and steady isn’t going to convince him otherwise.

Nate: So what do you think will?

Imani: Remember how you took the bull by the horns at the launch? Hm?

Imani: People responded so positively to you.

Imani: You need to do something like that again, only bigger and bolder. Something that will demand attention and respect.

Mariah: [ Chuckling ] What? Nothing is going on with us. Seriously.

Kyle: Yeah, we were just catching up. There’s nothing for you to worry about. Hey, there’s my beautiful wife.

Mariah: Hey. Hi, summer. Kyle was just talking about you, actually. All good things, of course.

Summer: I would certainly hope so.

Mariah: And I wish that we could stay and chat, but we have to go.

Summer: Please don’t go on my account.

Mariah: Oh, no, no. No, I think you and kyle need some private time, so we’re going to go, but we’ll see you guys later. Yeah, bye.

Kyle: What’s up?

Summer: I just had a very interesting encounter with your mother.

Kyle: Mm. Interesting how?

Summer: She was spinning this fantasy about my mother forgiving her and the two of them bonding.

Kyle: Well, that’s never going to happen.

Summer: I know. So I have to wonder, are we asking for trouble here, expecting our mothers to peacefully work together?

Kyle: If we pull a job offer from either one of them, it could spur off into something even worse now.

Summer: It would probably launch an all-out war.

Kyle: I think we have to get them to stick to their word.

Summer: And if they don’t?

Kyle: It’s up to us to keep the peace. And there’s still a chance that both our moms could happily surprise us.

Summer: I would so like to believe that that’s possible.

Phyllis: Okay. Surprise. Surprise. Guess what. I don’t trust you and ashley, either.

Nikki: Well, you might be surprised to know that the reason I don’t trust you is somewhat of a compliment.

Phyllis: Oh, really? I have to hear this.

Nikki: Phyllis, I am worried that you might back down at the last minute out of concern for summer, and I completely understand that maternal instinct to want to protect your child. You and I have that in common. But it doesn’t really help our cause. The best way to keep summer and her family safe is to get diane out of town for good.

Phyllis: Yes, I know that. I agree with you. Nikki, I mean, I don’t appreciate your backhanded compliment about protecting my daughter. I don’t appreciate that, especially since I’m the only one in this triumvirate who’s actually doing something. So you have worries, you have concerns. I get it. But until you really contribute, keep your opinions to yourself, okay?

Jack: Hi. Could I get a coffee, black, to go, please? Diane. Hey, I’m glad I ran into you.

Diane: Oh, that’s nice to hear, but why?

Jack: Well, I have been reading to harrison from the books you gave him that deal with loss and grief, and they’ve been very special, very, very helpful. I can already see the positive effects they’re having on him.

Diane: Aww, that’s good. I’m glad. Hey, thank you for sharing that with me.

Jack: The ones I was reading to him today were the teddy bear stories. Yeah, and he got it right away. He saw the parallels between the story and his loss of a man he always thought was his father.

Diane: Well, we’re lucky we have such a bright grandson.

Jack: We are indeed. Thank you. I mean it. Thank you for a very thoughtful gift.

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