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Young & The Restless Transcript

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[ Cellphone rings ]

Noah: Glam club. How can we make your night unforgettable, chance?

Chance: Well, you can reserve the best table in the house tonight for date night with my beautiful wife.

Noah: Consider it done. You and abby celebrating anything special?

Chance: Just the fact that she still loves me, considering I haven’t taken her out in centuries.

Noah: [ Chuckles ] Alright, I got you. I’ll make sure it’s a night you remember. You guys deserve it.

Chance: I appreciate you. Thank you.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

Chance: Well, hi.

Abby: Hi, babe. I am so happy to see you. Today has been a complete nightmare in the kitchen. I mean, patricia I cut her finger. She had to go to the E.R. Then the dishwasher broke, so I’m back there scrubbing dishes. I don’t even want to talk about the little fire that I had to put out, but at least now I know how to clean a grease trap. What’s going on? What is this? Did I miss, like, a birthday or an anniversary or something? What is it?

Chance: Surprise.

Abby: Oh.

Noah: Hey, nate. Why are you here byyourself, man? Don’t you want to be part of the action?

Nate: I’m good.

Noah: Okay, well, if you want to vent about whatever’s going on —

Nate: Thanks, but I wouldn’t subject my worst enemy to what I’m holding back right now.

Lily: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

[ Sighs ]

Lily: Did you confront nate?

Devon: Yes, I did. And then I went for a drive to try and cool off afterwards, and that didn’t work. I just don’t understand for the life of me what the hell he was thinking, how he could look us in the eyes while he’s stabbing us in the back, and then throw around all these ridiculous accusations after the fact.

Lily: Like what?

Devon: He has the nerve to say that I drove him to betray us because I haven’t gotten over neil’s death.

Lily: What? I don’t even follow that logic.

Devon: Yeah. And then he said that I only want to be partners with neil, and that’s the reason why I shut down all of his ideas.

Lily: I see.

Devon: Why would I agree to do this merger with you if that were the case?

Lily: Yeah, I mean, well, it did take you a long time to come around to the idea.

Devon: It didn’t take me that long, and it’s a pretty big decision, so, yeah, I was going to take time to think about it.

Lily: Yeah, and we do keep our two areas of the company separate. I mean, we don’t have any projects together.

Devon: Okay. And you’re saying this why? You think he has a point or what?

Lily: No, no, no. Look, there is no justification to what nate did, okay? I’m not saying that you drove him to betray us.

Devon: Thank you.

Lily: But, I mean, I’m sure that you want a better relationship with your next coo, so… I don’t know, maybe it’s worth it to do some soul searching and see if there’s any truth to what he said about dad.

Devon: Okay. What I’d really like to do is change the subject, if you don’t mind, okay? We can talk about literally anything else. How about you catch me up on what’s been going on here?

Lily: Sure. Okay. Well, there have been some developments.

Tucker: Hey.

Audra: Hey.

Tucker: Sorry I’m late. Nikki newman made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and it turned out she was setting me up.

Audra: For what?

Tucker: An interview with that journalist, talia morgan.

Audra: Wait, I know that name. She’s the reporter who wrote that article on diane jenkins. Why would you agree to be grilled by her after you had her series killed?

Tucker: Uh, show the world that I’m an open book. Nothing to hide, no one to fear.

Audra: [ Chuckles ] Bottle that self-confidence, and it can be your most profitable endeavor yet. But did you find out anything from nikki or her daughter?

Tucker: No, I was not able to verify that victoria is the ceo in cahoots with nate, but even if she was, she’s backed off now that he’s given away their plan. And the same would go for anyone colluding with him. So we need a new plan of attack. If you think all pads are exactly the same…

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Chance: I got it all planned out. I got the night off, I cleaned up, got you some flowers.

Abby: Well, these are lovely, and you look even more handsome than usual, but I am a complete nightmare.

Chance: What? You look absolutely incredible. Are you kidding me? What’s sexier than a woman who works hard?

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

Chance: You’re the boss lady. You get things done. Let me take you out. Let me show you just how much I love you.

Abby: Mm, well, if you think I look good tonight, just wait until what I look like tomorrow night.

Chance: I can’t tomorrow night. I got a stakeout. I mean, I might be able to do the night after. I’m going to have to juggle some things around.

Abby: No, no, no, we’re closed for a private party. We need all hands on deck. I have to be here to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Chance: I miss you.

Abby: I miss you, too.

[ Sighs ] You know what? Let’s do this. Let’s do this tonight.

Chance: You sure? I mean, you said —

Abby: I know what I said, but there’s a time in my life when I would’ve shut that club down, and I think it’s important that I go there for noah to support him. Family first, right? I know that we have our own family, and I am crazy about being a mom, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop being me, you know? I should still go out and have fun when I get the opportunity.

Chance: You absolutely should.

Abby: I think it’s important for our son to see his mom have a well-balanced, well-rounded life. So I’m going to go in the back and I’m going to work out some minor miracles, and then you better put out an apb.

Chance: Oh, yeah? Why’s that?

Abby: You better put genoa city on notice because the chancellors are going up tonight.

Chance: [ Sighs ]

Audra: I wish I had the perfect plan “b” for you. Chancellor-winters’ ipo was our best option. That is, if convincing devon to merge his years with yours for the controlling majority wasn’t just a pipe dream.

Tucker: Doesn’t matter if devon and lily have given up on it.

Audra: If they have, your only way in is to do something to undermine the company and force them to sell it to you in a hostile-takeover scenario.

Tucker: I hate that word “hostile” ’cause I’m anything but. I just operate under a different set of beliefs.

Audra: Oh, this I’m dying to hear.

Tucker: I believe in family and that some things are sacred. And there are only two people who should be running a katherine chancellor company.

Moi and her grandson. Everyone else is superfluous. So you need to figure out a way for me to set things right.

Noah: Well, I’m happy to play bartender and listen with an objective ear, offer some sound advice. Judgment-free zone.

Nate: Thank you, but I’m sure you have other customers to attend to.

Noah: That’s true, and I’ll attend to their needs, as well, but most of those people are strangers to me, nate. You’ve literally saved the lives of a lot of people I love, so…

Nate: I was a different man back then.

Noah: I doubt that. I hate seeing you beat yourself up like this.

Nate: There are plenty of people out there who believe I deserve it.

Noah: Sounds like you’re really going through it.

Nate: We all have our challenges, right?

Noah: Well, if it helps, we can compare troubles. I’m in a little bit of a situation myself. My ex-girlfriend, she’s back in town out of the blue. Part of me’s wondering what she’s really up to. She’s definitely trouble with capital “T.” And the other part of me is wondering if people can change. I kind of feel guilty for assuming the worst about her.

Nate: Look, I see what you’re trying to do here, noah, and thank you, but there’s no comparison. I don’t want to elaborate.

Noah: Alright, I got you. I won’t push. But if you need anything, just let me know, okay?

Nate: Thank you. Right now, I would just like a quiet drink alone.

[ Sighs ]

Devon: Alright, what are these new developments? Has someone else betrayed us?

Lily: [ Scoffs ] Yeah. Billy and I, we spoke to jill.

Devon: Mm, I’m sure that was fun. What did she have to say?

Lily: Oh, yeah, she was furious.

Devon: I bet she was.

Lily: Mm-hmm.

Devon: She merges her company with mine, and it takes, what, a week for nate to ruin every idea we had.

Lily: Oh, yeah, she definitely had some choice words for nate, that’s for sure. But what was surprising is that she wants to move forward with the ipo.

Devon: You’re kidding.

Lily: Only after we figure out where the other threat is coming from.

Devon: It doesn’t matter where the threat’s coming from. It opens us up to too much risk, as we just learned.

Lily: Okay, I understand your reluctance. I do. Trust me. But we don’t have the threat with nate anymore. He doesn’t have any shares to sell, so he can’t sell anything behind our backs.

Devon: Lily, it doesn’t matter what you say. You’re not going to convince me this is the right thing to do. I’m sorry. It’s just not.

Lily: Okay, look, let’s just table the ipo for now, and we’ll revisit it. I just — I want to talk about the family issue. I mean, this company was supposed to bring us together, and instead it’s torn us apart.

Devon: That’s not true. Company didn’t do anything to us. Nate did. And if you ever expect me to forgive him, you can stop ’cause it’s not going to happen. You can go ahead and exclude me from all the family holiday get-togethers if he’s going to be there, ’cause I won’t be. I’m done with him. He crossed a line that you don’t come back from. Listen, I’m done settling. Because this is my secret.

Lily: Devon, I am not asking you to forgive nate.

Devon: Well, that’s good.

Lily: Because I’m just as furious as you are.

Devon: I would hope you are, because what he did was an attack on your company, too. You know that, right?

Lily: I know that.

Devon: Good.

Lily: But I hate this. I hate it. This is our family. Like, we’re supposed to be stronger than this. I mean, how do we fix things?

Devon: Everything got fixed the day that he walked out of that door. You and I, we move forward together. Who cares what happens to him?

Lily: I mean, what happened between you two today?

Devon: It doesn’t matter, really, and I don’t want to talk about it. The only thing that you need to know is nate isn’t telling us who this other ceo is.

Lily: Well, who knows? Maybe when things calm down, he’ll come clean.

Devon: Don’t hold your breath. And my money’s on tucker still.

Lily: Even though he’s continued to deny it?

Devon: Yeah, absolutely, ’cause he says his main motivation for coming back to town is knowing that he has a grandson, and he’s known that for a year, so he picks the one week we’re going public? No.

Lily: I mean, like we said, it could be a coincidence.

Devon: Well, it’s a better chance that it’s just more betrayal from someone that we’re supposed to be able to trust.

Lily: Look, devon, I know that this hurts, and I know how much it’s costing us, but if you’re going to fight back, you have to do it carefully.

Devon: Yeah, I plan to.

Lily: Okay, good. So what are you going to do next?

Chance: Whoa.

Abby: [ Gasps ]

Chance: Not bad.

Abby: Wow. This place is incredible. I love the music, the color, the vibe.

Noah: Hey, you made it.

Abby: Hi. Come here. I am so sorry that we missed your opening night.

Noah: Don’t worry about it. You’re here now, and you two are my guests of honor.

Abby: Oh, stop.

Noah: No, come on. How often do you get to go out and have some child-free fun?

Abby: I mean, chance has been so busy, it’s kind of been like we’re two ships passing in the night. But you know what? We’re here now, so it’s all good. Mwah.

Noah: Well, as a special thank you for spending your night with us, I’m going to give you two the early bird special.

Abby: No way. I am offended. Yes, we might be here opening this club up tonight, but I assure you we will also be shutting it down.

Noah: Okay, I like a challenge.

Abby: Mm-hmm.

Noah: Alright, best spot in the house reserved for my two newest regulars.

Abby: Ooh.

Noah: First round’s on me.

Chance: Hey, thanks, man.

Abby: [ Chuckles ] Nate’s sitting all alone. Should we go say hi to him?

Noah: I wouldn’t recommend that. He’s not having the best day, apparently.

Chance: We’ll check on him later.

Abby: Okay, well, how’s allie? Where is she? I thought she’d be a regular at your club.

Noah: She was here earlier when she was on break from the lab but had to take off. But, you know, she’s good.

Abby: Is she really? ‘Cause I can sense something in your tone.

Chance: Oh, hey, detective abby, what are you doing? I thought we left the badges at home.

Abby: Okay, yes, I did, but I am still a nosy aunt. So how is allie really?

Noah: Couldn’t be better. Look, I should probably get to my other customers, but I’ll have a server bring over a signature cocktail, and you guys should go check out the multimedia art installation next door.

Chance: Alright. Thanks, man.

Abby: Nice. Okay, did you notice how noah tensed up when I mentioned allie? Do you think there’s something going on with them?

Chance: You know what? I didn’t even notice. You’ll have to forgive me. I’m out with my beautiful wife, and I just couldn’t stop staring at her beautiful face.

Abby: Mm.

Chance: Just keep asking myself, how did I get so lucky?

Noah: Three days ago, you said you were excited about going with me to this opening. All of a sudden you’re refusing?

Audra: Yes, because the gallery owner is a money-grabbing troll. Look, I have no respect for her.

Noah: You were just trying to get your own show there. What did you have this great epiphany?

Audra: Since I found out what she’s really looking for.

Noah: What is that? What is that? Some kind of dig at my work?

Audra: [ Chuckles ] Come on. Look, we both know the only reason you got this is because the owner wants to sleep with you.

Noah: Why? Why do you do this? What the hell is wrong with you, audra?

[ Cellphone rings ]

Audra: Anyone important?

Tucker: Very. Hey, what’s the latest?

Devon: Hey, I was just wondering if you had time to grab a drink tonight.

Tucker: Of course. Where?

Devon: How about we do the glam club?

Tucker: Perfect. See you there.

Devon: Alright, I’ll see you in a bit. Well, it’s all set.

Lily: Good.

Devon: Let’s see what kind of information I can finesse out of him. If you’re on medicare, remember,

Abby: This was a spectacular idea. I mean, when was the last time that the chancellors were out after dark without dominic, having some fun?

Chance: It was about time the earth was cooling [Chuckles] And I’m sorry about that.

Abby: We’ve both been busy. I get it.

Chance: And, hey, I know things were bumpy there for a minute, but we rallied just like I knew we would. We got right back on track.

Abby: Better than ever. I think this calls for a toast.

Chance: Oh, yeah?

Abby: Mm-hmm.

Chance: What are we drinking to?

Abby: To the lucky few who have found their perfect spouse. I love you.

Chance: I love you 10 times more.

Abby: Mm. Cheers.

Chance: Cheers

Abby: Really? He has to show up here tonight of all nights?

Chance: Just ignore him, alright?

Abby: If he showed up in town trying to stir things up with my mom —

Chance: Look, whatever happens with ashley, that’s her call, alright? And she is more than capable of taking care of herself.

Abby: Well, there’s someone else who’s even more important that can’t protect themselves that I’m worried about. That’s our son, dominic. At some point, tucker is going to want to meet him, and I do not want him anywhere near our family.

Chance: Hey, don’t do this to yourself, not tonight.

Abby: I know that you think I’m being some crazy, overprotective mom, but, I mean, yes, devon wants to have a relationship with his father, but even he doesn’t trust him as far as he can throw him.

Chance: Well, did devon say that tucker was going to be a danger to dom?

Abby: Devon said he thinks he has some sort of hidden agenda.

Chance: Well, maybe he’s had a change of heart.

Abby: Why would you say that?

Chance: Mm.

Tucker: Hey, good to see you, son.

Devon: Yeah, man, i appreciate you doing this.

Tucker: Anything for you.

Devon: Well.

Tucker: [ Chuckles ]

Nate: I wanted to make the most of this position I had been given, to be a full participant, for at least some of my ideas to be implemented. But it became clear that as long as devon could pull rank, that was never going to happen. So when a different opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it, took the initiative, set things in motion that would allow my voice to be heard and respected. Because I knew it was the only way I’d ever have a chance to prove myself.

Lily: But it wasn’t the only way, nate. It was a choice.

Nate: Yeah. So, uh…I guess that’s it.

Lily: Get out.

Nate: [ Sighs ]

Lily: [ Sighs ] Audra. Hi.

Audra: Mind if I join you?

Lily: No, please. I would love the company. But if you’re looking for an answer on whether we go public or not, I think you will be disappointed.

Audra: It pays to be prudent in situations like this. There’s a lot to consider. But if there’s anything I can do to help tip the scale, I’d be happy to lend an ear or make suggestions.

Lily: Yeah. I don’t know. I think I’m too blindsided to look at anything from a business standpoint right now.

Audra: I understand. This is a very complicated family issue for you. Every emotion that you’re feeling right now is absolutely valid.

Lily: Yeah. Well, I mean, it’s not just me. You know, devon and billy are just as furious. It’s like, we trusted nate, you know, and he let us down in the worst possible way. And, honestly, I feel like I can’t even talk to devon about it because I feel so guilty.

Audra: Why?

Lily: Because it’s my fault. You know? I proposed the merger. I encouraged nate to take the job. I convinced devon that we should go public. I mean, I thought we were protected from a hostile takeover, but who knew that it would come from our own inner circle?

Audra: I mean, no one ever does. You know, I’ve seen more backstabbing and betrayal in the corporate world than you can imagine.

[ Sighs ] It’s never pretty. I mean, from a stranger, you might expect it.

Lily: Yeah, but when it’s family…

Audra: It’s downright brutal.

Lily: You know what? Changed my mind. Why don’t you tell me whatever advice that you have?

Audra: Trust no one.

Tucker: Is there a problem? Is it the venue? Is it me?

[ Both chuckle ] Seem a little upset.

Devon: No, not at all. It’s not you. I actually specifically chose this place ’cause I thought I’d be able to avoid running into him.

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Devon: Yeah.

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Devon: Things changed.

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Devon: Don’t leave on my account. Please.

Nate: What I said about you and neil was the truth. One day, I hope you finally accept it.

Devon: Why don’t you leave neil’s name out of your mouth, since he’d be disgusted with you if he were alive?

Nate: Keep telling yourself that, but we both know the truth. Neil would want new blood, new ideas.

Devon: You don’t know a damn thing about what he would want for his company.

Abby: I think I should go over there. Maybe I can help.

Chance: No, honey, they are fine. They’re family. It’s an argument. Let them hash it out.

Abby: A couple of months ago, devon told me that he and nate were having some work-related issues. I thought they had resolved them, but clearly not. They’ve come to blows before.

Nate: You were the one who brought neil into this…

Chance: Alright, let me handle this.

Abby: No, no, no. I know them both really well.

Chance: Trust me, I’ll calm things down.

Nate: That’s what I think.

Devon: And this is coming from the guy who’s never ran a business a day in his life, right?

Nate: Wow. I know how to treat people with respect at least.

Devon: Respect?

Chance: Can I offer an opinion here?

Devon: If you had any bit of self-awareness, you’d actually be ashamed of what you did, but you’re not.

Nate: Me? Ashamed of what I did?

Devon: You have the nerve to stand here in front of me and point fingers like you’re the victim when you’re the one that crossed the line with your family.

Chance: Gentlemen. That’s enough. I don’t know what’s going on here, but this is not the place.

Devon: I agree. And you’re not worth any more of my time.

Nate: [ Chuckles ] Yeah, you’re not worth my time, either.

Devon: Sorry about that.

Noah: Hey. Is there a problem?

Devon: No, man. Everything’s great. Couldn’t be better.

Lily: I mean, there have been occasions where I’ve made the mistake of trusting the wrong person, but I refuse to believe that I should be skeptical of everyone, you know? Like devon, for instance. I trust him completely. I would do anything for him, and I know he would do the same for me.

Audra: I admire that, truly, but I got a reminder today about putting too much faith in someone. There was a man in my life who I thought would never betray me, but then he disappeared from my life, moved on without even dealing with our unresolved feelings. I mean, of course he sees things differently and blames everything on me. I’m oversharing. Sorry.

Lily: No, no, no, please. It’s fine.

Audra: What I’m saying is, i sincerely hope devon won’t ever turn on you.

Lily: Why do you say that?

Audra: When money and power are involved, people’s true selves emerge. Their masks come off, and it’s not always pretty.

Lily: Well, I don’t know. I like to think that people can surprise us in good ways, too. That’s something that my father taught us and lived by. God, I wish you were here to help me fix this mess. He would know exactly what to do.

Audra: I’ve heard of neil winters. He was very well-respected.

Lily: Well, whatever you heard does not do him justice. I’m really sorry. I have to go.

Audra: One last piece of advice, if I may.

Lily: Yeah, sure.

Audra: I know you must be feeling a little traumatized right now, but in all the ipos I’ve worked on, very few companies have regretted taking that big step. Should the transgressions of one person with an ax to grind rob you of that glory?

Chance: [ Sighs ] Potential fight averted.

Abby: What the hell happened?

Chance: I don’t know. I think you were right, though. It did sound like it was work-related. But, hey, nate left, devon said he’s all good, so there shouldn’t be any more problems.

Abby: Well, you know whose fault this is, right? It’s tucker’S. That man is toxic. He poisons everything he comes in contact with.

Chance: I don’t know, honey. It kind of sounded like he was on the periphery of whatever this was, and his name didn’t even get brought up.

Abby: Well, he certainly didn’t do anything to cool it off.

Chance: I got an idea. How about we quit worrying about everybody else, and we get back to enjoying our night? Huh?

Nate: Last man you wanted to see, right? In fact, as far as you’re concerned, I’m probably public enemy number one. Tattoo studio gel pencil liner from maybelline new york.

Tucker: Hey, I don’t want to pry into what’s going on with you and nate, but, judging by your reaction, I’m guessing nate is the chancellor-winters insider who’s been sharing information with some predatory ceo?

Devon: That’s personal company information, tucker, and I’d really rather not talk about nate, if you don’t mind.

Tucker: Roger that.

Devon: Thank you.

Tucker: Hey, I’m happy you called. It’s good to see you. I felt like last time we got together, it kind of got off track.

Devon: Yeah, yeah. No, that’s — that’s really ’cause of me, and I apologize for coming at you so aggressively. I’m sure you can understand how it looked from my perspective to have you randomly show up in town the same week and find out there’s a mole in the company.

Tucker: Yeah.

Devon: So I think if I wasn’t suspicious, I’d be a fool, right?

Tucker: Right, right. I guess if I were in your shoes, I’d be pointing fingers at me, too. I’m just sorry that — although I’m not surprised, that anytime anyone hears my name in this town, they instantly conclude the worst.

Devon: Well, give me a break.

Tucker: No, it’s a nuisance, man. There’s nothing but rumors and innuendo. Nobody trusts me.

Devon: I mean, yeah. I think you kind of relish in that, though, ’cause it adds to your whole mystique.

Tucker: My mystique.

Devon: Yeah.

Tucker: Is that how you see me? Really?

Devon: I mean, I think that’s just how you are. You know, no one expects you to ever be the good guy, so you have to play by any rules. Sounds freeing, if you ask me.

Tucker: Yeah, I suppose being a ne’er-do-well has its advantages, but I’m very pleased that the apple has fallen far from the tree.

Devon: Is that right? Why do you say that?

Tucker: Well, because two guys exactly like me, that wouldn’t work. But the two of us balances everything out.

Devon: Yeah, I can — I can agree with that. I’ve actually been thinking that you and I should spend some more time together.

Tucker: Really?

Devon: Yeah. I know you’re a busy man, of course, but I have dominic this weekend and was wondering if you’d like to find some time to come and meet him.

Tucker: You kidding? Meeting my grandson means everything to me.

Devon: To me, too.

Abby: [ Sighs ]

Chance: You know what I want to do?

Abby: What’s that?

Chance: I want to kiss you on that dance floor over there. You know what? I’ll kiss you in the art gallery. Doesn’t matter to me. What do you say?

Abby: Mm. I would love that.

Chance: That wasn’t a yes/no question.

Abby: Okay, so you assume that because I’m eavesdropping on tucker and devon’s conversation that I didn’t hear what my very handsome husband was saying?

Adam: Eh, something like that.

Abby: Let me clarify. I would like to kiss you on the dance floor and in the art gallery.

Chance: Ooh, with pleasure.

Abby: Mm.

Chance: I say we start in the art gallery. We can “ooh” and “ahh” at all the artwork.

Abby: Nice picture you’re painting, mr. Chancellor. I think I am the one who’s with the artist tonight.

Chance: Ooh.

[ Cellphone pings ]

Abby: Work?

Chance: It can wait.

Abby: Are you sure? ‘Cause, I mean, what if there’s some sort of crime spree in genoa city, and you are the only person who can stop it, but you and i are in the art gallery making out?

Chance: Ouf. I’m not going to lie. That does sound like something right out of an action movie. Alright, you convinced me. I’ll see what it is. Not urgent. You have my word. Genoa city will be safe for a few more hours. Now, before we head into this art gallery, I say we take a peek at this menu, see what other masterpieces they can whip up back there, because that last drink was actually pretty good.

Abby: That is a wonderful idea.

[ Sighs ]

Devon: Alright, so when do you think would be a good time to come and meet your grandson?

Tucker: Oh, you just tell me when you’re free. I’ll clear up my schedule. It’s not every day a man gets to meet his first grandson.

Devon: His first. No pressure. Hey, listen, no pressure at all to talk to me about what’s going on with nate. But I want you to know I’m a pretty decent sounding board. Alright? So it’s an open offer. You just let me know. I’m here. Whatever you need.

Devon: I appreciate that. And… you were right that nate is the one that sold us out. He lied to all of our faces and was ready to sit back and watch us lose everything that we built. You know, I just — I don’t, for the life of me, understand how someone who calls himself family could do something that malicious and that unforgivable.

Audra: If you’re worried about running into your potential enemies, you just missed lily.

Nate: Last thing I want is another run-in with top brass at chancellor-winters. I almost got into a fistfight with the devon tonight. And, frankly, I wouldn’t be shocked if you wanted to take a swing at me, too.

Audra: Why would I do something like that?

Nate: I’m the guy who potentially torpedoed your well-crafted plans for chancellor-winters.

Audra: True. I did have to put in some overtime figuring out what might come next, but trust me, I don’t consider you an enemy.

Nate: Why not?

Audra: Well, I’ve been in this cutthroat business world for a while now. I mean, I’ve seen it all, and there’s not much I take personally. In fact, I appreciate your creativity. This is gloria.

Audra: What’s with the look?

Nate: I feel like I should remind you of which side you’re supposed to be on.

Audra: Make no mistake. Look, I know very well who pays my bills. I’m not condoning what you did, but I appreciate a man who sings for the fences. You can’t win big unless you take chances.

Nate: Hmm. I see. You like to live dangerously.

Audra: Life is short, so you should grab every single morsel of excitement out of it. I want to know your story.

Nate: Why?

Audra: I’m curious to know why you did what you did.

Nate: Why would i share that information with you?

Audra: Because you look like you need someone to talk to. And I like an exciting story. Something tells me this one’s going to be a doozy. Pull up a chair. I want the inside scoop.

Nate: I guess I have a few things to get off my chest.

Audra: Mm.

Nate: But I know better than to think that anything I say here is going to stay between the two of us.

Audra: You’re underestimating my ability to keep a secret.

Nate: Mm. I will say this much. Maybe I made the mistake of putting business before family, but devon was so focused on family that it got in the way of the business.

Audra: Oh. In what way?

Nate: You know what? It’s a chancellor-winters issue. You should ask the man yourself. Although, he lacks the self-awareness to give you an honest answer.

Audra: That’s why I’m asking you.

Nate: Forget about it. I’m in this mess because I shared too much information with outsiders. I’m trying to learn from my mistakes.

Audra: [ Sighs ]

Tucker: I might not be the best guy to talk to about family loyalty given my business history with katherine. But I have changed since then, so you know.

Devon: Yeah, let’s hope so. No, it’s just the fact that the winters half of the company is what I created with neil, and it’s a piece of him that he left behind. And it means a whole lot to the family. And you would just think that it’d meant a little more to nate. That’s all.

Tucker: That’s interesting you should say that. Does that tie into what nate was saying regarding neil?

Devon: Why would you bring that up?

Tucker: Well, first of all, i don’t want it to be difficult for you to talk to me about neil. I know what he meant to you. He was dad, right?

Devon: Yeah. Yeah.

Tucker: Yeah. Also, I’m really — I’m really sorry that I wasn’t there for you when you lost him.

Devon: You really don’t need to apologize for anything. It’s completely fine. But, yeah, I mean, neil was everything to me. And, you know, when you share so many good memories with someone on top of a lot of dreams that didn’t have time to come true, how can it might affect you?

Tucker: Absolutely. Absolutely. Yeah, it’s been difficult for you.

Devon: Sure, yeah. But not to the point where it’s held me back from anything. Nate said some nonsense about me not being able to move on from his death and how my connection to him is going to be the company’s downfall, ’cause, according to him, I’m convinced that no one could ever measure up to the legacy neil left behind.

Tucker: Well, is that true? I mean, is that why all this is affecting you so profoundly? Is he right? ‘Cause if he is, I think that you need to think long and hard about it and figure out a way to deal with your issues before they take down chancellor-winters.

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