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[ Knock on door ]

Nick: How was the victory tour? From all your messages from the road, it sounds like the trip was a smashing success.

Victoria: That’s actually an understatement. I closed almost every single deal I set my sights on. Legal is gonna have their hands full in the coming weeks finalizing all of these acquisitions.

Nick: Maybe we should send them, like, a gift basket.

Victoria: I am going to send everyone on the team a huge bonus check when this is done for making this game changer possible.

Nick: Vick, I haven’t seen you this happy since — no. You’re even more elated than you were before the merger.

Victoria: Well, that’s because this time is different. This time, it’s — [Sighs] It’s mine. Carefully curated companies, everything that we need. We’re filling in the gaps as a corporation.

Nick: Hey, if you’re happy, I’m happy.

Victoria: And one of the reasons that I have this big smile on my face right now is due to you, because of your — your dedication to the company. And because you happen to be the best brother in the whole world.

Nick: Well, it’s about time you noticed.

Victoria: I was able to go out there and conquer and do what I needed to do without having to worry about what was going on back here. I mean, I know I’ve always been able to rely on mom as my partner, but it’s nice, the three of us together now.

Nick: Feels like a winning combination.

Victoria: Yes. We’re stronger together. We’re unbeatable. So, thank you so much for keeping everything running so seamlessly.

Nick: [ Sighs ] I hate to bring down the mood, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the case.

Chloe: [ Sighs ] There you are. I was five minutes away from calling out a search party. Did you get my text?

Sally: Yeah, I saw it. I was in an important meeting. You said it was an emergency, so I rushed back. What’s so urgent?

Chloe: Oh, just the marketing summit between newman media and the parent company’s marketing teams.

Sally: Okay. That’s later today.

Chloe: No. It just happened.

[ Cellphone thuds ] All of that preparation and work for nothing.

[ Scoffs ] So, what all-important, urgent meeting were you in?

Victoria: So, tell me — what have I missed?

Nick: In a nutshell, dad wants me to fire sally and then replace her with myself as ceo of newman media.

Victoria: Should I be worried that I’m losing you?

Nick: No way, vick. I’m doing what I want to do. I like being a part of the big-picture stuff with you and mom.

Victoria: [ Scoffs ] Why would dad want you to move over to media?

Nick: I’m sure it’s a form of retaliation against adam for abandoning us and also agreeing to be jack’s co-ceo of jabot.

Victoria: Yes, that was pretty shocking for me, too. I got a million-or-so text messages about it.

Nick: I’m sure most of those texts were from me.

Victoria: A bunch of them were from billy. I have to admit, I didn’t see this coming from adam…or jack.

Nick: There was just no way dad was gonna let this kind of betrayal go unpunished. And what better way than to kick sally to the curb after adam fought so hard for her to keep her job than to give me her old seat?

Victoria: Seems a little convoluted, but I can see the logic in it.

Nick: Dad just has to have his way and interfere in everything. He’s got to move the chess pieces around so everyone is exactly where he wants them, no matter what they want for themselves. I mean, can you believe this?

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] Yes, I can believe this. And you’re right. That’s exactly what dad’s doing.

Elena: I’ll go grab us some tea.

Nate: What I’d like is a burger.

Elena: Well, what you need to do is take a deep breath.

Nate: It’s pointless trying to relax.

Elena: Okay. Why don’t you tell me what happened?

Nate: I was foolish enough to think that I could get past devon’s stubbornness. But he’s so threatened by new ideas and just set in his stodgy way of thinking. I —

Elena: Was this that meeting with jill and lily?

Nate: And devon dialed in from virginia. I was — I was so excited to work with my family, to build something that matters, that’ll outlast us all.

Elena: Well, maybe there’s still a way to heal all this.

Nate: What do you mean? You’re the one who had reservations. You just told me the other day that I should leave. And silly me wasn’t ready. Well, guess what. I’m ready now. So you should be happy.

Lily: I mean, nate is one of the most polished, even-tempered men I know. And why would he lose his cool like that, especially in front of jill?

Billy: Because he’s under a lot of pressure, and most of that is self-imposed.

Lily: Well, he was in a good mood at the beginning of the call.

Billy: Well, yeah. He’s worked very hard on his music festival idea, and like i said on the call, I’m impressed. I think it’s a good idea.

Lily: I think it’s a good idea, too. But devon doesn’t like it.

Billy: No. That is clear. And I think nate was offended by his negative reaction. What?

Lily: Well, it just —

Billy: What’d I say?

Lily: It really sounds like you’re taking sides right now, and I would hope that you, of all people, would know that i can’t deal with that right now.


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Nate: Thank you.

Elena: Mm-hmm. Now, the only reason I suggested that you leave chancellor-winters was because of all the tension between you and devon. That’s also why I suggested that you slow down with your plans for the music festival.

Nate: Yes, in retrospect, that was a good idea.

Elena: I’m gonna take a wild guess that you told lily about your plan while devon’s been away in virginia?

Nate: No. That was my original intention. I pitched it to billy. And he loved it.

Elena: And?

Nate: Then billy brought it up in our video call with jill and devon.

Elena: [ Chuckles ] And I’m sure devon was not very happy to be caught off guard in front of everyone about something he thought was dead in the water.

Nate: Okay, I did not expect billy to put it all out there like that.

Elena: Yeah, but that doesn’t change the fact that devon probably felt blindsided.

Nate: Which was the last thing I wanted. But am I supposed to just sit quietly while the rest of the executive team actually likes my idea and wants to hear details?

[ Scoffs ] I’m truly befuddled. I don’t understand why you keep taking devon’s side.

Nick: I don’t get it. Why aren’t you more bothered by dad’s interference?

Victoria: It’s who he is. I mean, at this point, I could write his playbook. You could. So, it’s okay. Let him — let him make his suggestions that he wants to make. Ultimately, we’re gonna make the call on how to handle this.

Nick: Okay.

Victoria: What do you want?

Nick: Oh. What do i want? Uh, I would like to no longer be a part of any more of dad’s mind games targeting adam.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] Well, good luck with that. What else are you thinking?

Nick: I have some concerns about sally.

Victoria: Like what?

Nick: She seems to be second-guessing herself.

Victoria: About what?

Nick: You know, she had all these great plans to reinvigorate omega media. Then the numbers came back. They weren’t great. Then she was talking about scrapping the whole thing. She came to me for advice.

Victoria: Did you disagree with her judgment?

Nick: That’s the thing. She didn’t have an opinion about it either way. Uh…I don’t know. It’s like she’s questioning her instincts.

Victoria: Well, that’s not a good sign, especially not in the c-suite.

Nick: She seems to have lost that strong leadership and management style that she spoke so passionately about when she was pleading to keep her job.

Victoria: What do you think happened to her?

Nick: I have my suspicions about what’s got her off kilter. Pretty sure it’s adam.

Sally: That marketing summit is in two hours.

Chloe: [ Chuckles ] No. It just happened. And do you know why I’m so certain? Because I was there.

Sally: Oh, no.

Chloe: Oh, yes. I did that presentation alone. And everyone from our team and theirs was wondering where you were. “Where’s your ceo?” “I hope she’s alright.”

Sally: Damn it. It’s the right time in my calendar, but — I don’t know — for some reason, I swore it was later today.

Chloe: Are you serious?

Sally: Look, you know what? It’s fine, though, ’cause I am positive that you were amazing because you are so poised and polished. So, what was the response, generally?

Chloe: I mean, I did my best, but, honestly, everyone was a little confused and kind of annoyed that you were a no-show.

Sally: Okay. Well, I will just e-mail everyone and tell them that my assistant put the wrong time in the calendar.

Chloe: But that’s not what happened.

Sally: Okay, well, this is one of those times where a little white lie is best, okay? I really did think the meeting was later today. Otherwise, I would not have gone to the athletic club roof.

Chloe: Why were you there?

Sally: Just to clear my head.

Chloe: But you said you were in a different important meeting.

Sally: It was impromptu. I ran into someone that I have been trying to catch up with, and — and I just got a little distracted.

Chloe: With who?

Sally: I really don’t see why it matters.

Chloe: Okay. Well, if you forgot about your meeting because you had a different, important meeting, i think I have the right to know.

Sally: Adam. Alright? It was adam.

Chloe: [ Laughs ] That is so funny because I heard you say “adam” twice. I just must be hallucinating.

Sally: Okay. Well, you should be happy because now I finally have absolute clarity. The world is full of make or break moments.

Victoria: So, sally’s been knocked off center by adam. It’s such a pity that nobody warned her she should stay away from him.

Nick: Come on. We’ve all been gutted by break-ups. They throw you off your game. They make you question yourself and your life.

Victoria: Nicholas, I know that better than anyone. I’ve just been through hell and back. But I need everyone to be in fighting form for the next phase of this company. There’s a world of difference between having a couple of bad days and being completely unqualified for the job.

Nick: I never said she couldn’t cut it. I just don’t think she’s in the best headspace right now.

Victoria: Oh, I’m so sorry. This is not a charity organization. We do not take workers under our arm and give them a how-to on being an executive or regaining one’s confidence after adam.

Nick: Look, I’ve said it before. I’m gonna say it again. I think it’s bad for optics if we replace her so soon after replacing adam. Is she perfect for the job? Probably not. But do I think she can grow? I absolutely do, vick. I really think she deserves credit for coming to you and warning you that adam wanted to publish evidence about dad’s cover-up.

Victoria: I was impressed with her loyalty, nicholas, but that’s not enough reason to keep her around.

Nick: Just trust me, okay? I’m gonna keep an eye on her. Let’s give her some time. Maybe she’ll turn it around.

[ Cellphone pings ]

Billy: I’m not taking sides, but I do want this conflict between nate and devon to smooth out as soon as possible.

Lily: Well, then, maybe you shouldn’t have had nate bring up the music festival idea on the call.

Billy: Yeah, okay. You have a point there. But I thought it was important that my mother and devon both see that nate has good instincts. I mean, he took every problem that devon had with his music festival idea, and he fixed them. He made it better. What else can you ask for?

Lily: Well, maybe devon felt blindsided, like his authority was being undermined, you know, which apparently is how he felt, given his mood after the call.

Billy: Yeah, I did not expect nate to walk out, that’s for sure.

Lily: If we don’t do something about this, he might walk away for good.

Billy: How do you feel about that?

Lily: I mean, like a failure. You know? I’m in charge. I’m supposed to be able to help everyone through this.

Billy: I understand that’s how you feel because that’s who you are, but let’s not lose sight of something very important here. Devon is your equal partner, okay? If he has a problem with nate, they need to figure that out outside of this office. It’s not your job to mediate.

Lily: No, but it is my responsibility as the person who pushed for this merger and as their family.

Billy: Okay. Well, then you need to have a serious conversation with your brother because if they don’t fix their issues, your cousin could be jumping ship.

Elena: I’m not taking devon’s side. I’m just trying to see his point of view so that you could see his point of view. My whole objective here is just to get you both to resolve your issues.

Nate: I wish that were possible.

Elena: And for the record, i am sorry that things did not work out with chancellor-winters. I know how excited everyone was to work together. But I do believe that things will be better for you when there’s less friction and tension.

Nate: I’ll be a lot less stressed.

Elena: So, what’s next? Have you officially given your resignation?

Nate: No, but in my head, I’ve done it 100 times in a 100 different ways.

Elena: Okay, well, as long as you don’t burn any bridges. You want to keep your relationship with devon and lily intact.

Nate: Of course I want to be fair to lily, but I’m not sure i can swallow my anger at devon.

Lily: But you’re gonna try, right?

Nate: I have to cool off before I answer that.

Elena: Well, I’m still gonna take that as a “yes.” Let’s talk about your future. What you want to do next?

Nate: [ Sighs ] I haven’t thought that far.

Elena: Well, if it were up to me, I still think you should go back to memorial. And I’m not the only person who thinks so. Everyone misses you there.

Nate: Send them my best wishes because there’s no way I’ll go back. I hated the bureaucracy there when I was the chief of surgery. That’s the whole reason why i left. And besides, that position was filled months ago. The only way I’ll go back to medicine would be as a surgeon. And you and I both know that’ll never happen because of devon.

Chloe: If you think I’m glad that you missed your meeting because you were flirting with adam, you have well and truly lost both your mind and all perspective.

Sally: I wasn’t flirting, okay? It was a civilized conversation. It was almost as if none of what recently took place actually happened. And it felt good.

Chloe: Yeah, I bet.

Sally: Adam and I have always had this chemistry.

Chloe: And it’s still there?

Sally: Yeah. Off the charts. But when things could have gone completely off the rails, i looked in his eyes and I said no. And I put on the brakes.

Chloe: And you’re sure that my emergency text isn’t what slowed things down?

Sally: Okay, you are not paying attention.

Chloe: Do you see what’s happening here? Adam is so deep inside your head that he is screwing with what you swore was your number-one priority — becoming the best damn ceo newman media has ever had.

Sally: I am not letting my personal feelings get in the way of my work, okay? I missed one meeting. It’s not the end of the world.

Chloe: Well, it could be the beginning of the end of your career, all because you’re distracted by adam.

Sally: You are overreacting.

Nick: Everything okay in here?

Sally: I should ask you the same question. Is everything alright?

Nick: What makes you think there’s something wrong?

Sally: You’re the boss. Whenever you show up unexpectedly, it makes me a little nervous. Hopefully you don’t have any bad news.

Nick: Nah, it’s just an information-gathering mission. I wanted to see how the marketing summit went.

Sally: What would you say, chloe? I would be interested in hearing your take ’cause, I mean, as far as I’m concerned, you were brilliant.

Chloe: Yeah, I did, uh, my best. I wouldn’t go that far.

Sally: Oh, come on. Don’t be modest. You were, uh, really great in the coo role.

Chloe: And I was grateful to, um, be able to do the presentation. And, you know, if it weren’t for sally — I mean, she’s just such a great leader, willing to give others the spotlight.

[ Chuckles ]

Nick: So it went well then?

Chloe: Yeah. It was great. People were very engaged.

Sally: Yeah, my — my inbox is blowing up. I’m gonna be answering e-mails all day.

Nick: Well, the way you’re both talking, it’s as if you want me to believe sally was actually there when we all know she wasn’T.

Elena: If you blame devon for ending your surgical career, does that mean you blame me, too?

Nate: No, absolutely not. My point is, once again devon has screwed up my career path.

Elena: Nate, those are two very different things. And I think it’s dangerous to conflate them. The first was an accident because devon felt that we both betrayed him. And this is just a matter of different business philosophies.

Nate: No. He’s threatened. He doesn’t want me to outshine him. Why else would you shoot down someone’s ideas without trying to make them work?

Elena: I don’t know about that. Devon is an established music producer. He’s a successful businessman. I don’t think he has anything to prove.

Nate: I’m not interested in psychoanalyzing the situation.

Elena: Well, I’m just trying to understand —

Nate: It’s a waste of time. It happened. It’s over. I’m done.

Lily: And when jill said that she wants to take the company public…

Billy: Yeah. Not the news I was expecting. What do you think?

Lily: I mean, I haven’t even fully processed it yet.

Billy: I know you said on the call that you’re gonna have to talk to devon about it, but clearly he has concerns. So maybe we should, uh, unpack this a little bit, see what we got.

Lily: Okay. Why don’t you start?

Billy: Alright. Well, I will say initially I had the same concerns as devon. We’re gonna lose the power to make decisions on our own, in the room, collectively. We’re gonna lose control to a bunch of stockholders, and that makes me nervous.

Lily: I mean, yeah, it makes me nervous, too. It makes me…excited. You know, I think that you have to give up some control of some things to gain more control over other things.

Billy: Such as?

Lily: Well, I mean, this could provide us with the financial freedom to pursue other projects, like the music festival. I mean, that would help alleviate, you know, devon’s main concern, which were the financial pitfalls.

Billy: If that is actually the main concern, if that’s the reason why devon actually has a problem with nate’s idea in the first place.

Lily: Yeah. I guess all things lead back to my family feud.

Both: [ Chuckles ] You know, when we started this merger, I never imagined that my mother and I would be getting along better than nate and devon.

Lily: We need to solve this issue before it causes any more disruption. I mean, you’re my coo. Do you have any ideas?

Nick: I got a message from the head of newman marketing saying the ceo of newman media was not at the meeting. At first, I thought maybe you were sick or something, but I’m really hoping there’s a reasonable explanation for you not being there.

Sally: Unfortunately, I do not have one of those. I screwed up. I had it in my calendar, but in my mind, for some reason, i thought it was later today. I should have set an alarm to remind myself. I’m — I’m sorry. I will personally make it up to both teams.

Nick: Chloe, may I please talk to sally alone?

Chloe: Yeah. Of course.

Nick: Thank you.

[ Door opens ] You know, I can count on one hand the number of people who want to see you succeed. And I’m one of them.

Sally: Yeah, I know. And I appreciate that.

Nick: Then level with me, sally. You missing this meeting is a big deal, and I need to understand why it happened.

“The young and the restless”

will continue.

Elena: Well, hopefully we can finish up this conversation at dinner. I would love to map out a plan for your future and a way to amend things with your family.

Nate: I’ll see you later. I’ve been hearing some terrific things are in the works at newman.

Victoria: I have just returned from a very successful shopping spree.

Nate: Mm. Something tells me this has absolutely nothing to do with an afternoon at fenmore’s?

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] I’m buying companies, not clothes, but that’s all I can say for now because it hasn’t officially been announced yet.

Nate: Ah. Sounds exciting. And it’s good to see you this happy.

Victoria: Thank you. I’m doing what I was meant to do and I’m where I’m supposed to be. I hope that things are going equally well for you at chancellor-winters.

Nate: Mm. Ah — whew. How should I put this? I am interested in pursuing other opportunities.

Victoria: I’m surprised.

Nate: I was initially intrigued when I was first offered a job at newman. At the time, there was a lot of talk about how my experience and ideas could make me a great fit.

Victoria: You know I’m a big fan, right? But I have to ask — why would you even think about walking away from chancellor-winters?

Billy: I think devon’s reasons for always pushing back on nate’s ideas are excuses. I think every problem that devon has had, nate has figured out a workaround and he’s been doing a great job at it. Yet devon still won’t budge.

Lily: I mean, what do you think it is? Residual hurt feelings from nate cheating with elena?

Billy: Possibly. Or devon’s worried that his accolades are, you know, not being recognized. Look, nate’s a smart guy. He’s a surgeon, and now he’s working the way around the boardroom pretty well. I mean, even I’m a little bit jealous of him. People learn how to deal with healthy competition, but when it comes to family, it’s a whole new thing. And maybe that’s devon’s thing. I mean, he is well respected in this industry, and he’s worked very hard to earn that respect. And now there’s some, you know, new blood coming in that’s getting a little attention. Maybe that hurts devon’s ego a little bit. Whatever’s going on between them, I think it’s deeper than a music festival idea. The question is, what can we do about it?

Lily: I mean, look, regardless, whatever it is, we have to figure this out. Otherwise, it’s just gonna keep bubbling over until everything explodes, and that is not good for our family and it’s not good for the company.

Sally: I screwed up. And there’s no excuse, so I will just tell you the truth about why I missed the summit.

Nick: That’s always a good strategy.

Sally: I ran into adam.

Nick: You missed a meeting because you saw adam?

Sally: Yes. But also no — because I was positively convinced that the meeting was later today. I mean, look, if I’m being completely honest, I have been a little bit distracted processing my feelings about adam and our break-up. So I went to go clear my head, and I [Chuckles] Ran into adam, of course.

Nick: I didn’t know you two were on speaking terms right now.

Sally: We’re defrosting. He apologized, and he asked for forgiveness. Shocking, right? But we’ve actually gotten to the point where we can stand to be in the same room with each other. You know, we can have a conversation without things turning ugly.

Nick: Well, that’s good, I guess.

Sally: We indulged in quite a bit of small talk, actually. He told me things are going really well at jabot. He finally found where he belongs. Which is great, you know, ’cause whenever you find that…

Nick: This whole mess with adam has really done a number on you, huh? And despite your best efforts, you just can’t seem to get past it.

Psst psst.

Sally: Sure. Yeah. This whole mess with adam hurt. But it is hardly the first time I’ve gotten my heart broken. And I know now that adam was being noble. You know, he wanted me to keep my job, and he didn’t want you or victoria’s hatred of him getting in the way.

Nick: That doesn’t excuse what he did.

Sally: No. It doesn’T. And in some ways, it makes it harder to reconcile the fact that he deliberately hurt me because, in his own twisted way, he was just trying to protect me.

Nick: “Twisted” is often used to describe adam’s motivations.

Sally: I know you can’t stand the guy, but that’s not really fair.

Nick: Sally, actually, i don’t hate my brother, alright? We’ve had a lot of disagreements and issues over the years, but I’ve come to realize we share common ground. I’m starting to understand him a little better.

Sally: I’m glad to hear that. And I’m sure adam would be, too.

Nick: But I’m here to talk about how this affects you.

Sally: I’m fine.

Nick: Listen to me. I can’t ignore the fact that you missed this meeting. Like I said, it’s a big deal. It impacts everyone’s perception of you as a leader. Now, newman has a lot of very important acquisitions in the pipeline, and I need to know that you can do this.

Sally: I can. I will make things right. I promise. I — I don’t know how yet exactly, but I swear I will not let anything come in between me and my dream job.

Nick: But something or someone has. Look, I know adam can mess with your mind. I’ve seen it before. But I believe in you, sally. I’m doing everything I can to set you up to succeed. And I’m confident that you will,

if you can get adam out of your system.

Nate: Let’s just say it’s more difficult working with my family than I thought. There are just simply too many personal factors at play.

Victoria: You have wonderful instincts. And you are definitely a forward thinker, and you deserve to be somewhere where people appreciate your contributions. But right now, I just don’t have a good fit for you.

Nate: Oh, it’s — no worries. I know something will turn up eventually and, um, I’ll end where I belong.

Victoria: Hold on. Don’t jump too fast too soon. Once the dust settles on my new acquisitions, I’m gonna need people like you to run those divisions. I’m gonna keep you in mind.

Nate: Please do.

Victoria: You know, working with family — it can be complicated and it can be exhausting, but it kind of forces us to push through those difficult moments and make it work.

Nate: Mm. That’s good advice.

Victoria: I hope you figure it out.

Billy: Come here. Stand up.

Lily: What are we doing?

Billy: Come on.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] What — [ Laughs ]

Billy: Whoa.

Lily: What?

Billy: Okay, that’s not working. Sit back down.

Lily: [ Laughs ] Why?

Billy: Come here. Stand up.

Lily: [ Laughing ] What —

Billy: Come on. Bring it in. We got to try this again.

Lily: Try what?

Billy: Oh, lordy.

Lily: What is wrong?

Billy: Well, at first i thought it was me, but it is definitely you.

Lily: What is me?

Billy: I feel like I’m hugging a statue. Will you please just relax a little bit?

Lily: Oh, my god. Okay. I mean, that’s how I feel, and I don’t like it.

Billy: Lucky you have me to help you relax.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] Oh. Oh, wow.

Billy: Yeah? It’s okay?

Lily: That’s nice. Thank you.

Billy: You like that?

Lily: Oh, my gosh. I didn’t realize how tense i was. Ahh.

Billy: You have an ability to look cool and collected when the rest of us are all losing our heads.

Lily: [ Chuckles ] That is the true sign of a leader.

Lily: Yeah. Or someone in complete denial.

[ Breathes deeply ]

Billy: You’re born to be a ceo. And you’re doing it. You are merging two powerful companies into one major corporation…that is not gonna stop for anything. And you’re managing complicated family dynamics.

Lily: Hmm.

Billy: And my mother is so impressed with you that she wants to take this company public. And I am in awe of you.

Lily: Thank you.

Imani: Nate?

[ Chuckles ] Nate!

Nate: Hey. Ah.

Imani: [ Chuckles ]

Nate: I’m sorry. You got to forgive me. I’m stuck in my own head.

Imani: It’s alright. I’ll just grab a coffee, and when I come back, you can fill me in on the big move you’re gonna make while devon’s out of town.

Nate: It all blew up. I crunched some new numbers, ran it all by billy.

Imani: And I’m sure he loved it.

Nate: Yeah, but that turned out to be the problem.

Imani: [ Scoffs ] How?

Nate: Well, we had a big conference call with jill. She asked what everyone was working on. I wasn’t gonna say anything specific, but billy piped up and volunteered my pet project. And you know what? Devon got all bent out of shape. So jill asked lily what her opinion was on the matter. She didn’t take my side, so…

Imani: I’m sorry it played out that way.

Nate: Me too. But I’m not surprised.

Imani: Okay. So, how did it end?

Nate: I walked out.

Imani: [ Laughs ] While jill was still on the call?

Nate: Not my proudest moment. But it doesn’t matter. Today was my last day. I’m leaving chancellor-winters.

Imani: [ Scoffs ] You know why I love halloween?

Sally: How could I have been so careless? What was I thinking?

Chloe: You weren’T. Adam made your brain short-circuit.

Sally: I’m just grateful that nick is being so understanding, but if I make one more misstep, I’m history.

Chloe: So, you want to fix this?

Sally: Do you know a way out?

Chloe: You have to stay the hell away from adam from now on.

Sally: Okay, I get that you hate him and you want the rest of the world to despise him, too, but did you ever once think about it from my perspective? Did you ever once, for one minute, think that, after all of these years of heartache, that i actually thought that I finally found the person that i absolutely belong with?

Chloe: You don’t belong with adam. No one does. You are better than that.

Sally: Okay, I am tired of all of these warnings about how terrible he is.

Chloe: After all the things that adam has done, you don’t under–

Sally: Okay, I have also been accused of despicable acts, alright? And the more people criticize me and try to control me, I just want to fight back. That is why I believe i understand adam maybe better than anyone else. Adam and I are cut from the same cloth, and I can’t just erase him from my heart because you and everyone else tells me to.

Chloe: Okay! You throw away your whole future! I — I swear — I’m done.

[ Door slams ]

Nick: Hey.

Victoria: Hey. So, tell me — what did sally have to say for herself?

Nick: I’m not gonna get into details. Let’s just say there were extenuating circumstances. Sally messed up. She took ownership of it.

Victoria: Nick, I’m sorry, but that’s just not good enough. And I understand if you don’t want to go over to newman media. Frankly, I want you to stay. But we need to come up with other viable options if sally’s not up to task.

Nick: I really, really think she is.

Victoria: Well, I think the marketing department would beg to differ. I’ve already received several messages from them expressing their irritation that the ceo of newman media couldn’t even show up to the summit.

Nick: Come on. Who hasn’t missed a meeting?

Victoria: At bare minimum, you should make it clear to her that there will be no second chances.

Nick: Seems pretty harsh, vick. Who doesn’t deserve a second chance?

Victoria: We have overlooked a lot when it’s come to her. And there are plenty of good executives out there. Nate, for example. I just ran into him. He let me know that he’s looking for a new job.

Nick: Why would he leave his family’s company?

Victoria: I don’t know. I have no idea what went wrong over there, but he’s ambitious. And his drive to make a mark in the business world seems stronger than ever.

Imani: Listen. This disagreement with devon is no reason to walk out on chancellor-winters.

Maybe it’s a sign that i shouldn’t be there — because nothing that’s right should be this difficult.

Imani: Is this about elena? Because I know she was urging you to quit.

Nate: No, this is entirely my call. I cannot fight with devon anymore.

Imani: But where will you go?

Nate: Someplace I’m appreciated.

Imani: I appreciate you.

Nate: [ Sighs ]

Imani: [ Chuckles ]

Nate: Thank you. But unfortunately, you don’t have the authority to green-light my projects. Devon does.

Imani: Yeah, well, there may be another solution besides walking away. If you leave now, it’ll confirm to devon that he was right, that you couldn’t handle the position.

Nate: I don’t have any other choice. I have played by devon’s rules, and I defied them, as well. Nothing has worked.

Imani: Hmm. Well, then maybe [Clears throat] It’s time to start thinking a little more, uh…ruthlessly.

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