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Chelsea: Billy, hey, got a second?

Billy: Yeah. What’s going on?

Chelsea: I thought we could go over some podcast ideas.

Billy: Sure. I’m actually just going over notes for the next episode.

Chelsea: Oh, I thought you were doing some corporate stuff. You look all business-y and official sitting behind the ceo desk.

Billy: It’s funny you should say that. Lily is actually still in los angeles, so I’m using her desk. But you did pick up on it because I am feeling like a little bit of a suit back here.

Chelsea: Mm. You have a different energy in this room. Different posture, even.

Billy: You know me. I have to wear a lot of hats. You know, I’ve got my corporate chapeau, I’ve got my hipster hosting beanie, and, of course, my favorite, the dunce cap.

Chelsea: Ah, right, so when i saw you at the soccer field the other day, what kind of hat were you wearing then?

Billy: That would be my number-one-dad truck hat, of course.

Chelsea: [ Chuckles ]

[ Sighs ] Um… so when are we going to get the boys together for the playdate?

Billy: Yeah. Yeah, it’s just not a good time right now. Both of our kids just got back from camp, as well.

Chelsea: When would it be a good time?

Billy: I will talk to johnny’s his mother and check in with her and see what she thinks.

Chelsea: Okay. When can you ask her?

Billy: Well, she’s got a lot going on right now. When she has the bandwidth to have this conversation, I’ll have it with her.

Chelsea: Billy, it’s a play date. It’s going to take you two seconds to ask her.

Billy: Chelsea, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Chelsea: Why? The boys know each other.

Billy: Yeah, and they haven’t hung out together for a while.

Chelsea: So what? They get along great.

Billy: Okay, I don’t know if I’m missing something here, but it feels like you’re being a little pushy, and I’m not sure why the urgency.

Chelsea: Billy, you are never going to change your stance towards me when it comes to johnny, are you?

Elena: I just think it’s weird it’s taking so long.

Nate: To get the check?

[ Chuckles ] Just finish your quiche. Give them a minute.

Elena: I’m not talking about the check. I’m still talking about my contract at newman.

Nate: I know you’re frustrated about that, but that takes time, too. Imani’s working on it.

Elena: I’m not frustrated. I’m just saying it’s taking forever.

Nate: You know what? I bet we can take care of that right now. Sally, excuse me, do you have a minute?

Sally: Yep. Doctor. Doctor turned coo. What’s going on?

Elena: Well, I mean, there’s something we’d like to discuss with you.

Sally: Sounds serious. What’s up?

Nate: We’d like to negotiate elena’s departure from askmdnow. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to reschedule the meeting, but the heads of our legal team at chancellor-winters have been dealing with a family emergency.

Sally: Really sorry to hear that, but I’m just a little bit confused. You said reschedule, only I don’t remember a meeting being set.

Nate: The dinner imani arranged to sit down and settle this matter.

Elena: Yeah, nate was told you had to postpone.

Sally: Doesn’t ring a bell.

Nate: It was going to be you, imani, and me, but you had something come up at the last minute.

Sally: No, I don’t remember that.

Nate: Hm.

Summer: Why are you being so mysterious?

Kyle: I’m not. I’m an open book.

Summer: Mm, no. You’re hinting at something, and you’re deliberately not telling me what it is. You’re like one of those diaries I had when I was a kid with little lock on it.

Kyle: And we all know how impenetrable those locks are, so you’re never getting the info you want out of me.

Summer: Just tell me. I’m sure it has something to do with my mom and diane both working at marchetti. What happened? Did they get into a brawl before my mom’s even had her first day at the office?

Kyle: Not that I know of, but I have a great idea for marchetti.

Summer: I like the sound of that.

Kyle: Best of all, it has nothing to do with our mothers’ feud, and it can actually help people I care about.

Mariah: Alright, honey. Tea with lemon. Not too hot. You know, there’s an infinite number of things that I don’t understand about this universe, but I know how to prepare your tea. I’ve got that down cold.

[ Chuckles ] You know, it’s a beautiful day. You know, maybe we could make some sandwiches, do a picnic by the lake.

Voice app: You are being so sweet. Thanks. But I don’t want you to ignoble.

Mariah: Ignoble? I don’t know what that means.

Voice app: Ignore.

Mariah: Right, but what does ignoble mean?

Voice app: Ignore.

Mariah: I understand. What am I not supposed to ignore? “Go to work.” Well, I’ve got everything taken care of a jabot, you know, and right here is where I need to be. If I go to work, who’s going to entertain you, spend time with you, make your tea? There are times, I wonder…

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Mariah: All caps. It’s practically like you’re shouting.

[ Chuckles ] So you’re sure everything’s fine? Okay? It’s perfect? Nothing could be better? Okay, sure. I believe that. You know, canceling all those concerts wasn’t frustrating at all. You know, not being able to sing the songs to your adoring fans. And the best part is you get to listen to me all day and never be able to respond.

Voice app: This is my dream. Having you dote on me is all I ever wanted.

Mariah: A dream? That’s what this is?

[ Sighs ] Babe, the connection we have, it’s no joke. You know, it’s like a sixth sense. A seventh sense. [ Chuckles ] We can practically feel what the other is going through, right? Like, for example, when I was abducted by that maniac stitch and he locked me in that little room when I was pregnant, you could tell that I was scared and in danger, right? So it’s pretty pointless trying to keep things from me because everything that you’re going through, I feel it, you know, like it’s happening to me. And speaking from experience, keeping things in, that’s not the way to go. It just grows, and it gives it power. Don’t do that. Whatever you’re feeling, I want to help you carry it.

Kyle: So, I was talking to mariah about tessa’s predicament.

Summer: Yeah, she can’t speak or sing since the surgery.

Kyle: She’s going to need extensive voice therapy to recover, so her career is on hold for the foreseeable future.

Summer: She must be so scared.

Kyle: Well, I’m sure she is, but it’s tessa, so she’ll tough it out and never let us know how frightened she is.

Summer: That’s how I would be, too.

Kyle: [ Chuckling ] No, you wouldn’T. Like, I love you, but you’re not the tough, stoic type.

Summer: I’m going to prove you wrong about that someday. What was this great idea?

Kyle: Mariah was looking for something else for tessa to focus on. She pitched an idea that would direct tessa’s energy into something productive and give marchetti a new face for the new line.

Summer: You’re talking about hiring tessa as a model.

Kyle: For the print campaign. Her fan base is growing. It’s the exact demographic we’re looking for. Tessa has the look I think we want, and best of all, she loves our product.

Summer: Hm. I mean, I love that photo of her on her new album. I mean, it’s stunning.

Kyle: The camera loves her.

Summer: I like the idea. I’m not thrilled that mariah is the one that brought it to you. That means that she’s going to be involved, which always turns into a whole thing.

Kyle: She will be on her best behavior.

Summer: That’s what we’ve been saying about our mothers, and they’re going to require a lot of managing. I don’t want me and mariah to be another source of potential conflict.

Kyle: Hey, mariah is genuinely happy for us and you’re happy for her and tessa.

Summer: We’ve reached sort of a peaceful coexistence, but that’s only because of your friendship.

Kyle: Maybe, but she’s changed, like when she gives you a hard time now, it doesn’t really have any animosity to it. Like, I mean, like, at the winning. She was legitimately happy you were there.

Summer: Babe, she called me “snowflake” for years.

Kyle: It was in fun — mostly. But, look, mariah has her hands full at jabot, so she won’t have time to play show-biz wife to tessa. Look past all the mariah stuff. Won’t it be awesome for tessa to be the face of marchetti?

Billy: No, I am not trying to prevent you from seeing johnny. It is a tricky time.

Chelsea: Right. Back from camp, you said.

Billy: Well, it’s not only that. My kids had a relationship with ashland locke. And now they are dealing with his death.

Chelsea: All the more reason johnny should go out and kick a soccer ball around with connor for a few minutes.

Billy: It’s not the right time. Can we please move on from this?

Chelsea: No, actually. No. You know, a few weeks ago, I would have accepted your response. I wanted to make everybody else happy, not create any waves. I was just feeling grateful that people were putting up with me. But now it’s about what’s best for me. Now it’s about what I want.

Billy: Wait a second now, okay, ’cause I am on your side. I mean, I brought you in on this podcast to be a partner.

Chelsea: I know, because you knew I could make it better.

Billy: Well, that is true, and it’s working because we are open and honest with each other. We are in sync in that way.

Chelsea: Well, except when it comes to johnny.

Billy: See, I disagree. I think we’re in sync there, too, because victoria and I have raised johnny exactly the way that you wanted him to be raised.

Chelsea: Billy, he is my biological son, and I don’t even get to see him or spend any time with him.

Billy: That was your choice, chelsea. This agreement that we have has worked for many, many years up until very recently. So you tell me, is something else going on? This isn’t charmin! No wonder I don’t feel as clean.

Sally: No, nothing. I didn’t have a business dinner scheduled all week. And you said imani arranged it for the three of us?

Nate: That’s right.

Sally: [ Sighs ] I mean, it was a hectic time at newman. Victoria had just come back, adam left newman media, but if it was in the books, it would’ve been here.

Nate: Okay, well, I guess there was some conflict with scheduling. Regardless, we’re here now, and we’d like to talk about the issue at hand.

Elena: But, first, we’d like to congratulate you on officially taking over at newman media.

Sally: Thank you, elena.

Elena: Yeah, I mean, it’s a huge job, but I’m sure you’ll crush it.

Nate: Yeah, I know something about taking a hard left in your career path. It’s tough but rewarding.

Sally: Yes, it is.

Nate: Well, elena would also like to make a move in her career. She wants to join us over at chancellor-winters, but to do that, she needs to be released from her current contract with newman media.

Sally: I see.

Elena: And I really appreciate and I’m grateful for my time at newman media. It was a really great experience.

Sally: And it shows. I mean, I think that’s why you’re such a great host at askmdnow. The audience can tell that you love what you’re doing. Visits to the site are up almost 20%. Average visit duration is up, bounce rate is down. Those are trends that advertisers pay for. So I can see why chancellor-winters would want to poach you.

Nate: It’s not a poaching situation.

Sally: Isn’t it? ‘Cause you’re trying to lure talent we have signed under contract. I’m not sure why I would let that happen.

Chelsea: What’s changed? A lot. Since I recovered from what my mother likes to refer to as “a huge emotional breakdown,” I have a different outlook on life. I’m a work in progress.

Billy: Welcome to the club.

Chelsea: I’ve always been an outsider here. Everyone’s always looked at me and viewed me with suspicion. And I can’t say I blame them because of my past and my history and the way I showed up to town. To be honest with you, it didn’t used to even bother me. I reveled in it.

Billy: You don’t feel the same anymore?

Chelsea: [ Sighs ] When I hit rock bottom poisoning rey, I lost myself. I really did. I lost any sense of self-worth. I mean, even when I came home, I practically begged adam to take me back. What was I thinking?

Billy: Well, right now, I’m thinking that you’re glad that he didn’t take you up on the offer and that he is not in your life.

Chelsea: Listen, it’s hard to get some people out of our system, kind of like you and victoria.

[ Sighs ] The truth is, when I was in that really dark place, rey was the only one who reached out to me. He was so kind. When he died, I just felt like the rug got ripped out from under me. So I held on to things that made me feel safe and comfortable, you know, like my partnership with chloe and my design work.

Billy: Yeah, even I could see you were struggling.

Chelsea: I don’t think people realize what a big step it was for me to walk away from design, fashion. It’s all I knew I was good at. It was a huge part of my identity, but it didn’t make me happy. I had conditioned myself to believe that that’s as good as it’s going to get, but that something amazing happened. I realized I deserve more. I deserve to be happy.

Billy: Of course you do.

Chelsea: Working with you has been a big part of that epiphany. I realize I have a different skill set. Not just design, not just, you know, running cons.

Billy: Yeah, I think we’re all glad that you’re not in that line of work anymore.

Chelsea: Stepping into a new field where I had zero experience, zero training, and miraculously not sucking at it was a huge confidence booster. You know, I’d been so isolated for so long, and suddenly there are these people on the internet commenting that they are connecting with what I had to say.

Billy: No, I know the feeling. It’s kind of interesting. You think all those weird, quirky things that make you unlikable are actually things that make you relatable.

Chelsea: Yeah. So it’s made me realize I want to be open to letting other people into my life. And I think johnny’s a big part of that.

Billy: I’m not sure why you think that way.

Chelsea: Johnny already knows that victoria is not his biological mother. Would it really be so terrible if he learned that I am?

Billy: [ Clears throat ] We have an agreement, chelsea.

Chelsea: I know, billy. I know we have an agreement, but that was a long time ago. And I was in an entirely different place. I was a different person. You and victoria have given him everything. You’ve done an incredible job, but I’m not the same person i was when I signed that agreement years ago.

Billy: I understand that, but that does not negate the agreement that we signed.

Chelsea: Don’t you agree with me that kids deserve to know the true information about their birth? No secrets, no shame. You can’t deny johnny and connor are connected. Don’t they deserve to get to know each other? To have a bond? It would mean so much to them as they grow up.

Billy: I promise you, I will have the conversation with victoria.

Chelsea: [ Sighs ] Thank you.

Billy: I will let you know how it goes.

Chelsea: Wow, okay. Well, thank you. Now that that conversation is behind us, I guess we can focus on podcast ideas.

Billy: Yes, I would like to do that.

Chelsea: But?

Billy: But right now I’ve got an empty stomach, and I do not like to work on an empty stomach. So can we please get out of here? Lunch is on me.

Voice app: You’re right. It’s making me crazy. I can’t do what I love.

Mariah: And you’re positive that a picnic by the lake wouldn’t help? What if we brought pie? I’m sorry. Okay, I’m trying. I really am. But sometimes I feel like, I don’t know, I’m making it worse or I’m getting in the way.

Voice app: You are not the problem. You are wonderful.

Mariah: Oh, I know.

[ Chuckles ] But it’s very strange hearing that from a robotic voice. Nice, though. Very, very nice to hear it out loud. You know what we should do? I think that we should find something different for you to do during this time. You know, channel all of that creative energy into something, right?

Kyle: Hey, you two.

Mariah: Hey.

Kyle: Just who we were looking for.

Mariah: Oh, well, if you’re wondering why I’m not at jabot, it’s a funny story.

Summer: Save it. We actually don’t care why you’re not at jabot. And when he said you’re just who we’re looking for, he wasn’t talking about you.

Kyle: We want to talk to tessa.

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Sally: The hard work that elena is putting into the site is just now starting to pay off.

Elena: Yes, but I think there are plenty of other doctors who would do just as good of a job as I have, and it would be easier for them because they’ve already built the foundation.

Sally: But we don’t have a list of replacements.

Elena: Actually, you do. I’ve compiled a list of 12 names of doctors who I think could start right away.

Sally: Is there a reason that you want to leave? Are you unhappy with us?

Elena: No, not at all. Like I said before, I really enjoyed my time at newman media.

Nate: But as the guy who was the original face of askmdnow, I was impressed with how elena stepped into that format seamlessly. She built on what we had created, and I am confident that any of the people on her list can do the same. The audience will continue to follow.

Sally: But we don’t know that for sure. Audiences don’t like change. Even when you left, nate, there was a drop-off. And when you’re on that screen, elena, you are not just a doctor. You’re talent. You have an intangible quality that not everyone has.

Nate: Well, I just made it tangible. I’ve written down a figure. It’s a financial incentive to release elena from her contract.

Sally: I will be sad to see you go, but best of luck.

Elena: Really? That’s — that’s it?

Sally: Yeah, I will have the papers drawn up today.

Nate: We already have the agreement written up. We can fill in the numbers and send it over to you.

Sally: Even better.

Elena: Thank you so much, sally.

Nate: It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Sally: You, too. And I really hope this move works out for you, elena. You’re a real talent.

Nate: We’ll be in touch soon.

Elena: Thanks.

Kyle: Tessa, we were wondering if you’re up for a new challenge.

Mariah: Oh, my gosh. We were just talking about that. You know, something to pour her incredible energy into, like baking or sculpting, juggling.

Summer: Or maybe something completely different.

Kyle: Would you be interested in being the new face for marchetti?

Mariah: What? That’s amazing.

Kyle: Yeah, we came up with the idea while we were brainstorming our new print campaign. You know, who would we want to represent the company now it’s a part of jabot?

Summer: And you’ve got a fresh look — elegant, sophisticated, fun. I mean, that is our brand.

Mariah: I agree. She would be perfect.

Kyle: And we loved the photo on your album and said that’s the exact look we’re going for, and we were like, “we should get someone like tessa.”

Summer: Then we were like, “why don’t we just get the original, tessa herself?”

Mariah: I am stunned. I can’t believe this. What do you think, babe?

Voice app: I’m speechless.

[ Laughter ]

Mariah: Okay, I see what you did there.

Voice app: I’m really flattered, but it’s a reminder of what I might be losing.

Nate: I thought you’d be more excited about being released from your contract.

Elena: I’m happy.

Nate: Are you sure?

Elena: I mean, I’m not dancing in the streets, but, yeah, I’m pleased.

Nate: Good, because we did it. We got what we wanted. And I did not think sally was going to let you go, but she saw all those zeroes in my offer and waved goodbye.

Elena: Yeah, good job. You read the situation perfectly. At least with sally.

Nate: What do you mean? What did I miss?

Elena: I think it’s crazy that I even have to explain this to you. You remember all the confusion about the first meeting that imani set up between you, her, and sally?

Nate: What are you getting at?

Elena: The reason sally couldn’t remember canceling the meeting is because she was never invited in the first place. So that dinner between the three of you was really supposed to be an intimate night with just you and imani. She set it all up. I’m steve.

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Billy: You good with couch?

Chelsea: Yeah, yeah. Just give me one second.

Billy: Alright.

Chelsea: Sally, hi.

Sally: Chelsea.

Chelsea: [ Sighs ] How are you? I’ve been worried. I’m sure it’s sinking in the way adam just dumped you like that, you poor thing.

Sally: I don’t want or need your sympathy.

Chelsea: You know, I really admire the way you’ve been handling this breakup. You’re so brave. Sitting here in public, probably wondering if everybody’s out there whispering about you.

Sally: Did you handle it well whenever adam broke up with you?

Chelsea: You seem a lot better than the last time I saw you, and you went chasing after adam. Eugh, not particularly dignified. I felt so bad for you.

Sally: Well, if anyone can empathize with adam breaking up with me, it’s you. How many times did it take for you to realize that he wasn’t the one? Five, six? It’s such a shame ’cause you guys have a kid, and you still couldn’t make it work.

Chelsea: Well, if you’ll excuse me, someone’s waiting for me. Have a great day.

Billy: Hey. Is everything okay?

Chelsea: Everything’s perfect.

Mariah: Tessa, you would not be losing anything. You know, losing your ability to sing, that’s temporary. Frustrating as hell but temporary. You’ll come back.

Kyle: You will.

Summer: Better than ever.

Mariah: And in the meantime, seems like kyle and summer want you to be a part of their new adventure. You love marchetti. You would be draped in their clothing. So glamorous. You’d be the face that launched 1,000 pair of high-end shoes.

[ Chuckles ]

Kyle: Better be a whole lot more than that.

Summer: Tessa, this might be a perfect time for you to try branching out while you recuperate. You wouldn’t have to use your voice at all, and you could really focus on healing.

Mariah: Yeah, and your face plastered all over billboards, magazines — that’s good for the tessa porter brand. You would expand your fan base for when you get back to performing.

Kyle: And when things are back to normal, you can have your music career and continue to model for us.

Mariah: Best of both worlds.

Nate: I can’t believe your mind went there. What?

Elena: Tell me, did you speak to sally or her assistant before the meeting?

Nate: No.

Elena: Exactly. Imani arranged the whole thing. She told you that everything was set, and then she told you that it got canceled last second. And you bought it.

Nate: I had no reason not to. Meetings get canceled or postponed all the time. Things come up. It happens. Look, just because imani’s involved doesn’t mean there’s some secret plot. Come on, elena. You really have it in for her, and it is clouding your mind.

Elena: No, nate. I have a very clear picture of the situation.

Nate: I cannot believe we’re having this conversation.

Elena: Neither can I. And I can’t help but wonder if the reason you’re not seeing what she’s up to is because you don’t want to. Girls trip.

Chelsea: I love the personal episodes, but I think it would be really fun if we dug our teeth into something meatier.

Billy: What do you mean by that?

Chelsea: Like true crime. You know, we found an unsolved mystery and just started digging?

Billy: Yeah, no, I like that. You got anything in mind?

Chelsea: No, not yet. But I can do some research. You know, you can find something that affects an entire town, a whole family.

Billy: Mm-hmm. That’s good, right? Find the skeletons in the closet.

Chelsea: Skeletons are always good.

Billy: Always good.

Chelsea: Look how “the grinning soul” hit a gold mine when he started discovering ashland locke’s secrets.

Billy: Yeah, no, absolutely. I mean, he found the right target. Ashland locke is the gift that keeps on giving. I got to hand it to the guy. I really respect him, and I really like that podcast.

Chelsea: Yeah, I’m sure “the grinning soul” respects you, too.

Billy: I hope so. I have to say one thing, though. He’s definitely impressed that I brought you on board.

Chelsea: Ah, well, I have another idea. You know, we can find somebody that got a terrible rumor spread about them online, the damaged it caused, how they survived.

Billy: Understand why they started it and who started it. That’s good, too.

Chelsea: Exactly. Exactly. You know, I keep thinking about the scams anita and I pulled. There’s a lot of material there. Maybe an entire series.

[ Both chuckle ]

Billy: Scamming, scheming.

Chelsea: Mm-hmm.

Billy: All that. I think our audience is going to eat that up.

Chelsea: Yeah.

Billy: And, of course, coming from us, there’s a lot of backstory there. A lot to unpack, isn’t there?

Chelsea: Mm. You know, you have an entirely different energy when you talk about this stuff. It looks good on you.

Billy: Well, thank you. I appreciate that. To be honest, I love it. I love sitting here finding a topic and riffing off it and, you know, observing people and the planet and seeing how it all mix together. And right now, it’s very nice to be out of the corporate arena.

Chelsea: Why do you keep going back to the corporate world, then?

Nate: I’m not trying to avoid seeing anything.

Elena: That’s disingenuous. You’re acting like I’m out of line for even suggesting that imani is capable of engineering a dinner between the two of you.

Nate: Are you accusing me of being attracted to her?

Elena: No, I’m not saying that it’s sexual. But the way that she’s always fawning over you, that’s got to be a pretty big ego boost. Not to mention, you just told me that she’s been fueling all your frustrations with your situation with devon. Maybe she’s even pushing you to be a little more aggressive?

Nate: I don’t need my ego boosted. And as for imani, she’s noticed there is a family dynamic at play, that devon sometimes tries to hold me back. The same thing happens between her and amanda, and it is refreshing to have someone to talk to while I’m at work who supports me.

Elena: Oh, as opposed to your girlfriend who couldn’t comprehend? What, because I’m not an executive?

Nate: I didn’t say that. You have been incredibly supportive. This has been a big change from medicine to the corporate world, and you have been there for me every step of the way.

Elena: And yet you still don’t think I really understand what’s going on — at least, not in the way that imani does.

[ Scoffs ]

Voice app: Thank you for this life-changing offer. Sorry for my pity party.

Mariah: Hey, you have nothing to apologize for.

Kyle: Absolutely. We know you’re dealing with a lot.

Summer: We don’t want to pressure you. We’re just excited about the possibility. Don’t let our enthusiasm scare you off.

Voice app: Exciting opportunity. Might be perfect, especially now.

Mariah: Yeah. And you get to do something fun while you heal.

Kyle: I think it’d be perfect for you.

Summer: Definitely.

Mariah: So we all think that you would be an amazing model.

Summer: Look at that, mariah and i agreeing on something.

[ Both chuckle ]

Kyle: Well, let us know what you decide.

Summer: Alright, reach out if you have any questions.

Kyle: Keep us updated.

Mariah: Bye, guys. How about that? That is so exciting. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this.

Voice app: Stop pretending. This was all you, wasn’t it? Your heart is at the heart of everything you do.

Voice app: I saw you and kyle conspiring yesterday. It was your idea, wasn’t it?

Mariah: No. No, this was — this was all kyle. I mean, you saw how excited he was. Okay. Okay. I know. We can’t lie to each other. It’s not good. So… maybe this was my idea. Okay? You know, maybe I thought I found the perfect thing for you to do while you recuperate. And maybe, selfishly, I want to see my beautiful wife’s face on billboards and in magazines. Is that really so bad?

Voice app: I should be mad, but I’m too much in love.

Mariah: [ Breathes deeply ]

Sally: [ Sighs ]

Chelsea: I’ve known you a long time, billy, and I have seen this scenario play out time and time again with your family. You think you need to live up to expectations. You think you need to act a certain way, and then you do for a while until you can’t take it anymore and then the real billy comes out.

Billy: I haven’t exactly been a model abbott.

Chelsea: Well, maybe not, but you do look really good in a suit.

Billy: Thank you. Appreciate that.

Chelsea: The problem with these expectations is you don’t fit into a little abbott box, and then you rebel.

Billy: Let me ask you a question. How much is your hourly rate for this kind of analysis?

Chelsea: Just a little friendly observation.

Billy: Is that right? Just a friendly observation? Okay, well, look, I am in a really good place right now. I know that you have seen me fall back into that cycle in the past, but I believe that I am past the need to rebel.

Chelsea: Really? So you feel fulfilled being a part of chancellor-winters?

Billy: Well, yeah, I mean, I, uh… it’s a little difficult to answer that honestly.

Chelsea: That means the answer is no.

Nate: You want me to be honest?

Elena: Always.

Nate: I honestly feel like you take devon’s side whenever we talk about those dynamics.

Elena: [ Scoffs ]

Nate: “He has more business experience.”

Elena: That is the truth. Why would that offend you?

Nate: It feels dismissive.

Elena: It takes experience to make the right decision. Just like you can’t walk into an operating room and get it right the first time out. Why would it be any different with business?

Nate: I have a business education. I have run an entire hospital department. I know how to navigate those complicated relationships — when to compromise, when to stay strong.

Nate: So then what you’re actually saying is that I’m just not supporting you enough. Or not in the way that imani is. Look, I don’t know what this girl’s motives are, but she is trying to be your champion.

Nate: You’re blowing this all out of proportion.

Elena: No, I am not. I think you are consciously or unconsciously refusing to see what is right in front of your face. And I respect you so much that I am trying to tell you the truth, but you keep pushing me back. I think you just like the story that imani is telling better, the one where you’re misunderstood and underappreciated. She is telling you everything you want to hear. A beautiful woman stroking your ego. And what could be more enticing than that?

Next week on “the young and the restless.”

Kevin: I’ve got something new to show you. It’s a game changer.

Devon: Yes, my rules. Who else, nate? Who do you work for? You’re my coo. How do you not understand that?

Nate: Getting all worked up. What are you going to do, punch me again?

Nikki: I told her about diane’s resurrection.

Talia: And I became very interested. I sensed that would be a fabulous story for my magazine.

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