Y&R Transcript Monday, 11/28/22

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Summer: Daniel! Oh, my god! I am so glad that you are home! Oh, my gosh! It has been way too long.

Daniel: Yeah. It’s good to be back. I’m just excited that my high-powered executive sister had, you know, the time to fit me into her busy schedule.

Summer: Very funny. You know that I will always make time for you.

Daniel: You better.

[ Sighs ] Seriously, though, I am so proud of everything you’ve managed to accomplish.

Summer: It’s not that big of a deal. I’m just lucky I get to do what I love. Enough about me, though. I want to hear about you.

There’s really not that much to tell.

Summer: Come on. Mom’s not here, so you can give me the real story.

Daniel: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Summer: You are being very vague, brother dear.

Daniel: Mm-hmm.

Summer: First, you surprise mom for thanksgiving, and now you’re not telling us how long you’re planning on staying in town? What is up with that?

Daniel: Well, you know, if you’re worried about us hanging out, don’t be. Thinking about sticking around genoa city for a little bit.

Summer: That’s great.

Daniel: Mm-hmm. To that end, I actually have a meeting with billy, lily, and devon. Pitching them something.

Summer: You want to work with chancellor-winters? I wouldn’t think that they would have much use for an artist.

Daniel: Thinking of a new career. And it might just be a game-changer.

Devon: Hey.

Lily: Hey.

Devon: Come on in.

Lily: I brought your pie plate back. I devoured the leftovers this morning.

Devon: You did? You ate it all?

Lily: Oh, my god. It was so good.

[ Both laugh ] Did you recover from your turkey stupor?

Devon: Yes, I did, thank you. I’m well-rested and ready to get to work.

Lily: Okay. Well, first, I want to chat. All right, I let it slide yesterday ’cause it was a holiday, but I could see how miserable you were. I mean, you didn’t even break a smile when moses video-called in from sofia’S.

Devon: What are you talking about? I loved seeing him.

Lily: No, I know you do. I know. But, I mean, clearly, there’s more to this amanda breakup story than you told me. Right? So, come on, open up. Talk to me. Maybe I can help in some way.

Devon: You can’T. There’s nothing that can help the situation.

Lily: Okay. Why don’t you try me?

Danny: Mm. You’re not gonna want to hear this — at all. Um… okay, I’ll tell you. Abby and I slept together.

Nikki: Well, good morning.

Talia: Nikki, phyllis, good morning. I’m surprised you wanted to meet here.

Nikki: Oh, well, my very creative grandson owns the joint.

Phyllis: Yes, that, and there are some people in this town that aren’t too thrilled about our continuing friendship. So, uh, we don’t want to call ourselves out, you know?

Talia: That’s fine. I’m not insulted. Comes with the territory when you’re an investigative journalist. So what was so urgent?

Nikki: There’s a new twist in the diane jenkins saga.

Diane: May I come in?

Jack: Please. If you’re here to see harrison or kyle, they’re not here. They’re on a playdate with one of harrison’s friends. I don’t know when they’ll be back.

Diane: Oh, well, I’m sorry I missed them, but I guess it gives me an opportunity to thank you.

Jack: For what?

Diane: Well, after far too many thanksgivings spent alone, it was really special to be included in what was, for the most part, a wonderful holiday, moments with my family that I’ll cherish forever.

Jack: I know your being here meant a lot to kyle and harrison.

Diane: I just hope you don’t hold me responsible for ashley’s abrupt departure.

Tucker: Hey. Oh, you look lovely this morning.

Ashley: Thank you.

Tucker: Oh. Yeah. It’s a token of my affection.

Ashley: Well, this isn’t a date, so you can forget the flattery and everything. Let’s get down to business. You know why I’m here.

Tucker: Do I? I love what downy does for my sheets and towels.

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Lily: Oh, my god. You and abby were having an affair?

Devon: No, it wasn’t like that at all. It happened just once, but the timing couldn’t have been any worse.

Lily: What do you mean?

Devon: I mean that amanda walked in and caught us together.

Lily: What?

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: Oh, my god. I mean, poor amanda. It’s like she was gone, dealing with this medical emergency with her mom for months. She comes home, thinking she’s gonna have this romantic reunion with you, and walks in on you and abby?

Devon: If you’re trying to make me feel better, you’re doing a great job.

Lily: No, look, I’m sorry, okay? I’m not. I’m not judging. I just… I mean, wow. She would have had every right to slap you or even trash this place.

Devon: Oh, believe me, I know that, and I’m glad that she didn’T.

Lily: Wow. I mean, now I see why she had to leave town and resign so quickly.

Devon: Yeah, so do I. She wanted to get the hell away from me. And I don’t blame her. It’s the second time I’ve cheated on her like this. All she’s ever done is support me in this relationship. She supported me when I agreed to have a child with abby and chance. She even drew up the damn paperwork. And she had my back when i wanted to have a bigger role in dominic’s life, and this is how I repay her.

Lily: Wow. Wait. What about chance? Does he know?

Devon: Yeah. Yeah, he knows. Because he was with amanda when they walked in and caught us.

Lily: [ Scoffs ] Devon, I mean, this is a disaster.

Devon: I know. And abby’s pretty sure that their marriage is over.

Lily: Wow. I mean… now I see why you’ve been so miserable. Look, I hate to ask, but, I mean, come on. What were you and abby thinking?

Devon: I don’t — we weren’t thinking, obviously, lily. She just came over to talk. We were both upset about things going on in our lives, and we turned to each other for support like we always do ’cause we’re friends. And…it just happened. And now there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s done, it’s over with. Can’t take it back.

Jack: Now, hold on. I am not holding you responsible for ashley leaving in the middle of the meal. Look, I understand her upset, but you are sharing your heartfelt feelings about your newfound place in the family.

Diane: Well, I’m glad that my true feelings came across, at least to some people at the table.

Jack: Unfortunately, I don’t think ashley’s ever going to accept you as an abbott.

Diane: Well, her nasty attitude towards me I can live with. But it’s her sheer determination to destroy me that’s the problem. And now she’s amassed this ruthless mini army behind her. She’s got nikki and phyllis, that reporter, talia morgan, and tucker. They have basically forced me to declare war to defend and protect myself.

Jack: Let’s be careful of the language we use. Saying it’s war is pretty extreme.

Diane: Yes, but it’s accurate. And I am terrified of how you and kyle might feel if things get ugly.

Jack: This doesn’t have to be a battle. Sometimes non-engagement is the best defense. Or is that out of your skill set?

Ashley: I haven’t changed my mind. Diane pushed me too far. And she had the nerve to insinuate her way into my family. She sat her butt down at the abbott dinner table on thanksgiving, no less.

Tucker: The nerve.

Ashley: Yeah. The nerve. I’m done. I am lowering the boom on her.

Tucker: I hope you are successful. I feel like I’ve given you all the ammunition you could possibly need. But my involvement with diane officially ends here.

Nikki: All those years in L.A., We knew diane was up to no good.

Phyllis: Yeah, yeah. And then, when we heard — or, found out, rather — that she was moving money illegally for a known felon, jeremy stark, I mean, this was more than we could have even imagined.

Nikki: Oh, she was aiding and abetting. And somehow, he got sent to prison, but she was never even arrested.

Phyllis: Yeah, interesting. Without any scrutiny by the fbi.

Nikki: We think that she may have cut a deal with the feds to send stark to prison.

Phyllis: What do you think of that? That’s a good story.

Talia: I’m still trying to persuade my publisher to get past his diane jenkins moratorium. And I definitely wouldn’t risk my professional reputation by attempting a freelance article or pitching a book based on hearsay. So do either of you have any proof that diane worked for stark or the fbi?

Phyllis: Well, we’re working on that.

Nikki: We were hoping that you would have your own resources to help us nail that down.

Talia: I’m sorry, ladies. I don’t like where you’re taking things.

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Summer: So, what is this idea that could keep you in town for a while?

Daniel: Yeah, it’s just something that I’ve been working on that…I think could be really big.

Summer: Bigger than coming to work with me at marchetti? Because I was kind of thinking about offering you a position.

Daniel: I really feel like this project is worth pursuing. Yeah, look, I just — I don’t want to talk about it too much. I don’t want to jinx it.

Summer: Okay. I won’t press. But I really do think that we could use your talents at marchetti — if this other idea doesn’t pan out. God, how amazing would it be for harrison to grow up with his big cousin lucy?

Daniel: Right. Yeah, but, I mean, I told you that heather and lucy, they’re in portugal for the foreseeable future.

Summer: Well, you are more than enough for now. I really cannot wait for you to meet harrison. Look at us. Making mom a grandma twice?

Daniel: Oh. Yes. Doesn’t that just sound like mom? Hmm? Can you just picture her as a sweet little innocent old granny?

[ Both laugh ]

Phyllis: Um, talia, I’m sorry. Uh, maybe you misunderstand. We’re just trying to expose the truth here. I mean, diane always has been a criminal. She’s a criminal, and she needs to be stopped.

Talia: I get that that’s your endgame, but in my business, the ends don’t justify the means. It’s looking to me like all you’re interested in now is hearsay, anything and everything that could hurt diane.

Nikki: Now, talia, we cannot forget who this woman is, the crimes she committed and very well may still be committing.

Talia: You’ve made your hatred of diane more than clear, but, frankly, enough is enough. I’m sorry. I’m a journalist, not a hatchet woman. Unless you have something solid, please don’t contact me again.

Lily: I mean, is there any way that you can work things out with amanda and find your way back to each other?

Devon: No, lily. She deserves a lot better than what I’ve done to her.

Lily: Well, I mean, I don’t disagree with you. But I thought you and abby were always solidly in the friendzone. It’s like, what, are you gonna be together now?

Devon: No, she’s trying to still work things out with chance, so I don’t see that happening.

Lily: Okay. Then why don’t you fly to virginia and try to work things out with amanda?

Devon: Because she’s made it very clear she doesn’t want me to do that, and it wouldn’t work even if I did. So, honestly, I don’t even know how I feel about the whole situation, aside from the fact that I hate that I’ve hurt somebody that I care about and that I love, and that I’ve essentially ruined a marriage. It’s now going to affect dominic.

Lily: Look, you can’t just blame yourself. Abby played a part in this, too.

Devon: Yeah. She was going through her own rough patch with chance.

Lily: Yeah, but still, I mean, it’s not just your fault. She chose to handle it the way that she did. You’re both responsible for this.

Devon: Oh, I know. I’m well aware. I’m well aware we acted on impulse, and I just feel like I’ve lost my grip on how to maintain relationships in my life that actually matter to me. What’s that look?

Lily: I don’t know. I just understand… how you feel about maintaining relationships. I feel like I’m losing my grip on my own relationship with billy.

Ashley: I can’t believe that you’re actually going to abandon me when I need you most.

Tucker: I’m not abandoning you. I’m just letting you take the lead on all the diane business.

Ashley: I thought you were a take-charge kind of guy, tucker.

Tucker: I am, but I’m also a “delegate when someone else has more expertise” type of guy.

Ashley: Then you do have more intimate knowledge where diane’s concerned, don’t you?

Tucker: But I think my feelings for her are not quite as passionate as yours are. I think you hate her more than I have hated anything or anyone in my entire life.

Ashley: Please. I find that very hard to believe. And don’t — don’t tell me this crap about how your time in the ashram gave you some kind of great love for humanity.

Tucker: I have every confidence that you and your merry band of co-conspirators can handle things without me. And I’m still here for you in case…other needs should come up for you.

Ashley: Yeah, well, I’m very disappointed because I was counting on you to help us make our next move regarding jeremy stark. Whatever happened to “your goals are my goals”? Remember when you said that? Because it wasn’t that long ago.

Tucker: I — I’m still on your side. It’s just that my immediate goals have shifted a bit.

Ashley: Uh-oh. What are you after?

Diane: Jack, the last thing I want is war. But I think this situation is too far gone for inaction. Believe me, jack, I would hate for things to get ugly for you and kyle. But I’m not the one driving this, they are.

Jack: No, believe me, I am upset with them, too, and I made that very clear to my sister.

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Diane: I am warning you, jack. Ashley’s little nasty trio has no idea of the hornet’s nest they’re kicking. And I would be remiss if i didn’t try my hardest not to prevent some terrible outcome.

Jack: Just how terrible are we talking here?

Diane: I’m not exaggerating about how dangerous he is. I mean, jeremy might have gone to jail for financial crimes, but he’s alluded to many darker acts without confessing to them.

Jack: Like what?

Diane: [ Sighs ] Well, when we were together, he would make these offhanded remarks about how bad things happen to people who crossed him.

Jack: Do you think it would make a difference if ashley knew she wasn’t dealing with just any white-collar criminal?

Diane: No. I doubt it. Her hatred of me has clouded her judgment, so I need to be prepared for the worst. And I’d be willing to take this on myself if I had to, but it’s the people that are closest to me that I’m worried about the most.

Jack: What, you think he’d come after your family, that kyle and harrison could be targets?

Diane: And maybe summer and you. And jeremy might still have the resources to attack jabot. Ashley would be putting the whole family and the business at a huge risk if she reaches out to that man.

Tucker: My focus has switched to supporting my son right now.

Ashley: What’s going on with devon?

Tucker: Oh, apparently chancellor-winters is in disarray ’cause the two coos jumped ship or were fired. And since he has much more business experience than lily, he’s essentially running this big corporation by himself now.

Ashley: I think you’re kind of selling lily short. So far, she’s made a terrific ceo. I mean, she has jill’s complete support.

Tucker: Nevertheless, I just feel like he needs my help. And I think it wouldn’t be wise if I were engaged in some subterfuge against some, uh, just released federal criminal simultaneously.

Ashley: Mm. Okay. Well, I get the whole parental drive, but, I mean, I think you’re making a mistake by easing up on diane. I mean, she did go to jack. And she told him that, you know, you were going after jabot.

Tucker: Yes, I know. I know. I know. Jack showed up at my door to confront me about that very thing.

Ashley: Ohh. Way to go, big brother. You do know that he wouldn’t be the only abbott that you’d have to contend with, right?

Tucker: Yes. I’m sure you’ll make a formidable opponent.

Ashley: You’re very blasé about this. Diane is your enemy, too.

Tucker: Mm.

Devon: So, what’s billy pulled this time?

Lily: No, billy hasn’t pulled anything. It’s just more like he’s slipping away.

Devon: Does it go hand in hand with him walking away from chancellor-winters?

Lily: I don’t know. I don’t know how or why the distance is building between us. I mean, it’s not like either one of us have done anything wrong, exactly.

Devon: Well, something must have happened.

Lily: All I remember is falling in love. You know, we worked so closely together, and it just felt so natural and — and right. And now that the working relationship is gone, it’s too. I mean, he has a new focus now. I wake up in the morning, he’s already gone, and it’s just becoming clear that I’m not a part of it.

Devon: I’m sorry.

Lily: Well, thank you for not saying “I told you so.” I know you warned me about him from the beginning.

Devon: Yeah, but I would never say that to you. Especially not now. Who am I to say anything to anybody about relationships?

Lily: I always take your words to heart. And I do listen to you, and i know that a lot of what you said has been true, but I’m not ready to give up, you know? I’m still gonna try to work on things.

Devon: Well, that’s good. That’s exactly what you should do if it’s what you want. I’ve only ever wanted you to be happy. So, if he does that for you, then you should always fight. Now, if he hurts you, though, I’m gonna —

[ Knock on door ] Yo, man, look who it is! Welcome back to town.

Daniel: Aww, thanks. It’s so good to see you.

Devon: You too.

Daniel: Lily.

Lily: Hi.

Daniel: Nice to see you again.

Lily: You too. I hope you had a good thanksgiving.

Daniel: Oh, yeah. No, it was great. It was fantastic. I spent most of it with my mother in a club.

Lily: Oh.

Devon: That’s very phyllis.

[ Laughter ]

Daniel: But, look, now that the holiday is over, I’m very excited to be meeting with you guys. So, thank you for fitting me into your schedules so quickly.

Devon: Yeah, absolutely. We’re excited to hear about this big idea you have.

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Devon: By the way, thanks for agreeing to have the meeting here. We do have nice offices, i promise you, but baby dominic is being dropped off today.

Daniel: Oh, that’s right. I heard that you and abby and chance all have a kid together. That’s got to be pretty incredible. I mean, you’re gonna have to fill me in on all the details on how that happened.

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: Yeah, we’ll save th so, tell us about your business idea.

Daniel: Are we not gonna wait for billy?

Devon: No. He’s not gonna be, uh — he’s not gonna be joining us. He actually left the company not too long ago.

Lily: Yeah, so we’ll just get started. So, what’s your proposal?

Daniel: Okay. Um, like I already explained to lily, art is still very much a part of my being. It’s just, I no longer have the passion to paint on commission or to do gallery shows.

Devon: That’s too bad.

Daniel: Actually, it’s a positive thing. I’m caught up in this new energy. It’s like I feel like I want to put my talent towards something with a bigger payoff. And I’m not just talking financially. Like, I want to reach a much wider audience. You know, being a starving artist — it was fine and fun when I was younger, but not anymore.

Devon: Okay. So, what’s your plan then?

Daniel: A mega universe gaming platform.

Devon: Wow. That sounds cool. We don’t do gaming, though, at chancellor-winters.

Lily: Well, I mean, we could. We talked about it in the past. And, actually, chanccomm had a gaming division before we were sold to newman.

Daniel: That’s right. And that platform had 20 million daily active players. No reason why we couldn’t get 50 million.

Lily: No, no reason at all.

Daniel: No, no, no reason. I mean, it only takes a massive new universe of intertwined games, crossover, playable, and non-playable characters, and an actual point to playing — you know, not just to blow time, but to problem solve, to explore, to expand, to — to grow. I mean, I’m talking about games where you could actually fight your fears or conquer self-doubt. We’re talking about a universe, a universe where you will come out a better person than when you entered.

Lily: [ Laughs ] I mean, is that possible with video games?

Daniel: It is. It is. And if we partner on this, not only will we make money, but we’ll actually put something useful and worthwhile out into the world at the same time.

Devon: You really believe that, don’t you?

Daniel: Absolutely. I do. That’s why I came here — because I know that together we can make this happen.

Jack: I admit your warnings are worrisome. Precautions have to be taken. We have to protect the family and the company above all.

Diane: So, what are we going to do?

Jack: Well, ashley doesn’t listen to me any more than she listens to you, and if she thinks it’s not a real threat, then she’s gonna do what she’s gonna do. She always has.

Diane: Yeah, and if I know tucker, he’s throwing gasoline on ashley’s fire and making things even worse.

Jack: Well, that may be, but we have to focus on those who actually believe this is a real danger and want to do something about it. So kyle has to be told everything, including tucker’s demand that you give him information on jabot.

Diane: You’re right. You’re right. But I would like to be the one to tell him. I-I was going to do it anyway. I just — I just thought I would wait until after the holidays.

Jack: He needs to know now.

Diane: [ Sighs ] Alright. I will tell him today so that he can be on guard for potential attacks. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. This is about me trying to protect all of us from physical harm.

Jack: Good.

Diane: [ Sighs ] You know, it’s also about my commitment to my son and my grandson. After reconnecting with kyle and bonding with harrison, if I ran away now, I mean, it would be heartbreaking for everyone involved. They would think that I care more about self-preservation than being with them. And that’s not true. Not anymore. I will never abandon my family again. It’s not an option.

Tucker: Yeah, thank you for the warning about diane. I’m not surprised that she would take sides against me, but i just don’t see her as any kind of personal threat right now.

Ashley: Oh, because you’re so powerful?

Tucker: No. Because she’s so weak. I’m just sure that you and nikki and phyllis will send her packing very soon. You know, what I do find fascinating is how you’re taking her accusation about me going after jabot in such stride — ’cause jack was, well, not nearly as blasé as you’re being about it.

Ashley: Well, that’s because he believes her lies. He’s bought her story that you asked diane to get jabot’s financial information.

Tucker: But you trust me about that. That’s good. I’m gonna take that as a positive sign.

Ashley: Oh, don’t do that. See, what I was saying is that diane is lashing out irrationally, you know? She’s trying to lie her way out of everything, and I just don’t see you being foolish, you know? You wouldn’t be foolish and go after jabot, not when you gave the company back to my family all those years ago, right? And I don’t see you being stupid, right? Because, I mean, that would be so incredibly…

Tucker: Stupid. Yes.

Ashley: …Stupid of you to even try something like that.

Tucker: Yes.

Ashley: ‘Cause you must know that there’s no way in hell it could possibly happen.

Tucker: No way in hell, no.

Ashley: Right.

Tucker: But despite the, uh, ironclad logic of that argument, your brother has decided to assume the worst in me.

Ashley: Shucks. I guess you guys have history.

Tucker: Yeah. That’s true. I — I expect nothing less from jack. But you… you. I see you. No matter what you say, I sense — no, actually, scratch that. I — I truly believe that you’re starting to come around about me. You’re starting to realize that my intentions towards you are sincere, aren’t you? Hmm?

[ Plate scrapes ] You’re close. You are shockingly close to giving me a second chance. And you just don’t want to admit it, do you?

[ Fork clatters ] If you think all pads are exactly the same…

Lily: I mean, it’s a very interesting proposal.

Daniel: So, are you saying chancellor-winters might be interested?

Devon: Yeah, no, from a business standpoint, it makes a ton of sense just ’cause the gaming industry continues to blow up, especially with gen Z.

Lily: But what you are talking about is a huge undertaking.

Devon: Yeah. It’s not just an expansion. It’s gonna take a lot of research and development and market analysis.

Daniel: Mm-hmm. I’m gonna shoot you over some numbers. I want you to take a look at them when you’ve got some time. Now, listen, I’m telling you, with the infrastructure that you guys have, this is all doable.

Lily: I mean, to be fair, daniel, if we want to get into gaming, we could work with a company that’s already established.

Daniel: So, why me?

Devon: Pretty much.

Daniel: Because this is my sole focus. There isn’t a single person out there that could possibly want this more than me. I even have a passion project rolled in. It’s called “finding princess louisa.”

Lily: Oh, that sounds fun.

Daniel: The player will travel through this mythical, mystical landscape, and, uh, they’ll be searching for the missing princess. I even patterned the fearless heroine after my daughter.

Devon: Oh, wow. That’s really cool. Does lucy know? Has she seen it?

Daniel: No, not yet. She will. She will. But, look, getting back to the business aspects of this, parents — they are willing to spend a lot of money on products for their kids, especially if there’s an educational component to it.

Devon: Yeah, no, that’s — that’s very true. But this is — this is not a small step into the gaming world. This is — it’s not just a game. It’s a platform.

Daniel: Well, why think small? 50 million daily players. I’m telling you, it can be done.

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: I don’t know. I like it. I like it. It’s smart. It’s lucrative. And I think if it can help people, then it’s worth doing it right.

Daniel: Well, great. Fantastic.

Lily: [ Laughs ] I mean, I’m excited for you. I’m excited for all of us. This could be a huge opportunity. Maybe, uh — maybe little lucy is our little good luck charm.

Devon: [ Chuckles ]

Daniel: Yeah, she’s more than that. I mean, I have my daughter to thank for turning me on to gaming. You know, it’s given me a new direction and, um, a new purpose.

Tucker: Hey, audra, just checking in. Um, hope you’re making progress. Things are coming to a head here, so I think it’s time we make our move. See you later.

[ Cellphone thuds ]

Phyllis: She just walked out. I mean, we gave her gold. That would have been an amazing story, and she walked out on us.

Nikki: I can’t really blame her for leaving after you came on so strong.

Phyllis: Me? I came on strong? I was trying to keep her around. Well, we just have to find another reporter, one who gets it.

Nikki: I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I mean, she had a point. Publishing a story without proof would be irresponsible, and it could backfire. Diane might start looking even more sympathetic than she already is, and she’ll just say, “mean people arengPllis: Yeah, yeah. You’re right. You’re right. That’s what she does best. I can’t believe that she has dodged every bullet that we have fired at her. Every single one. She is a master manipulator.

Nikki: That woman is an affliction that cannot be wiped out no matter how hard we try.

Phyllis: No. That’s not true. She can be bested.

Nikki: I’m beginning to lose confidence.

Phyllis: Don’t lose confidence. We need to take a more drastic measure.

Diane: [ Voice breaking ] I will never make the same terrible mistake that I did before. Leaving kyle was the most devastating thing that I could have done to him. I can — I can see how much it cost him and how much pain that I put him through. Nothing and no one will ever pull me from my son or my grandson ever again.

Jack: I understand. I feel the same way. Protecting kyle and harrison is my top priority, but someone has to protect you.

Diane: [ Exhales sharply ]

Jack: I hate to admit it, but you’re right. Inaction is no longer an option.

Diane: Well, I’m glad you see that now.

Jack: Yeah, well, for the sake of your son and your grandson, I need you to rely on me to do everything I can to keep this from turning into a full-on battle.

Diane: I have complete trust in you. Thank you for standing up for me.

Jack: Hey. Hey.

Diane: [ Sobbing ]

[ Door slams ]

[ Sniffles ] How white do you think your teeth really are?

Daniel: I got to tell you, i knew coming back to genoa city was gonna be the right decision. And this is gonna be an incredible opportunity. And I am so excited to start working with you guys.

Devon: Yeah, so are we. We’re excited to learn about this new universe you’ve created.

Daniel: Oh, you’re gonna love it.

[ Laughter ] And the profits.

Lily: Oh, we don’t doubt it.

Devon: Yeah.

Lily: So, I guess you’re sticking around town a little bit longer?

Daniel: Yes, I am. I mean, thanks to you, I have a ton more work to do. Um, so, I should probably get to it.

[ Laughter ] Good seeing you guys.

Lily: Alright. See ya.

Devon: Take it easy.

Daniel: Yeah. Thanks, man.

Devon: You got it. Good to see you, man.

[ Door closes ]

Devon: He made a great pitch, huh?

Lily: Yeah, he did. Did he seem like himself to you?

Devon: Yeah, he did. He’s definitely passionate about this project, you know? He’s clearly emotionally invested in it.

Lily: Yeah, you’re right. Maybe that’s what happens when we get older — things are more urgent when you know what’s at stake.

Nikki: What kind of drastic measure are you talking about?

Phyllis: Mm, well, jeremy stark — he was released from prison yesterday, right?

Nikki: Yes, I am well aware of that. Aren’t you the least bit concerned about making contact with a hardened criminal?

Phyllis: We’re not in danger. Only diane is.

Nikki: We’re not out to put her in any physical danger, either.

Phyllis: Okay. En jeremy stark being in town is enough to send diane packing and going somewhere else and creating a fake identity or whatever she does. Who cares? We’re running out of options. It’s time we got in touch with diane’s ex.

Diane: Thanks for your support, jack, but I should get going.

Ashley: How in the world did you become so completely irrational where that woman is concerned?

Jack: I could say the same thing to you. When did tucker mccall’s words suddenly become gospel?

Ashley: There’s a big difference, jack. When it comes to tucker and me, I’m not the one being played.

Jack: You’ve taken it too far, ashley. My family is now in potential danger.

Ashley: You are in danger! You are in danger right now, succumbing to diane again!

Jack: You go to war with diane, you’re going to war with me. Is that what you want?

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