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Jack: Something troubling you?

Ashley: Why would you ask me that?

Jack: I’m very familiar with that look.

Ashley: Why are you talking to me? I thought after our last conversation, you washed your hands of me.

Jack: I won’t pretend that I’m not still furious at you for being part of that unholy trinity that drove diane out of town. I’m not sure what I walked in on here, but I’d like to think that what you’re feeling right now has something to do with regret.

Ashley: No. Not even a little bit.

Tucker: Sharon. Hey. I have been in here so many times since I moved back to town. How is it that I have not seen you?

Sharon: I guess I’ve just been lucky.

Tucker: [ Laughs ] I guess my coffee’s gonna come with a little spice today, is it?

Sharon: I’ve heard that you picked up right where you left off — crashing summer and kyle’s vow renewal, circling all of the genoa city businesses like a vulture.

Tucker: Whereas your ambitions seem to have grown considerably more modest since you and I were running newman together.

Sharon: Oh, you mean back when you manipulated me into being your puppet?

Tucker: Ah, don’t sell yourself short. You had a great mind for business. Seems a shame to waste it on finding the best deal for sugar packets.

Sharon: Well, it is very satisfying work, for your information, running a place that serves the community. I have created a space that everyone feels welcome in, including you.

Tucker: I know. I love it here. It was the perfect spot for me and ashley to warm up yesterday.

Sharon: Don’t tell me you’re gonna suck her back in again.

Elena: Nate!

[ Laughs ]

Nate: It is so good to see you.

Elena: Ah, you scared me. You’re back from L.A. When did you get here?

Nate: Uh, just got home a couple of minutes ago. I tried calling you.

Elena: Ugh, it was nonstop at memorial. Every emergency you can imagine. But it was actually a good thing because I didn’t have to think about how much I missed you. How was your trip?

Nate: It was amazing. I met so many great people. They were giving me the star treatment everywhere victoria and I went.

Elena: As they should. You are the brand-new ceo of newman media.

Nate: It was amazing, you know, walking into all those meetings, having the faith and trust of all these movers and shakers. Everyone — and I mean everyone — at newman’s los angeles office was so welcoming.

Elena: That must be so reassuring. You are in the right place doing the right thing.

Nate: It was incredible. So much to do and so little time.

Elena: Ah. I wish I could have been there to see it.

Nate: Next time. I couldn’t wait to get back and tell you all about it.

Elena: Oh! What happened with the meeting with the k-pop star?

Nate: Victoria likes him, but whether we can make a collaboration happen remains to be seen.

Elena: Well, if anyone can do it, it is my brilliant boyfriend.

Nate: [ Chuckles ] This all feels so natural, like I finally found where I’m supposed to be, where my ideas are heard and respected. I’m gonna pretend like I didn’t see that yawn.

Elena: I’m sorry, but I am glad that you’re back.

Nate: You’d better be.

Elena: I was recording episodes for the podcast to complete my obligations with chancellor-winters earlier, and then I spent all night covering for dr. Faulkner. And as much as I want to hear more, can it wait?

Nate: Of course. I remember how exhausting those shifts at the hospital can be.

Elena: Thank you for understanding. And you can tell me all about the rest of your trip as soon as I wake up.

Nate: Sweet dreams.

Elena: Love you.

Nate: Love you, too.

Elena: Ah.

Nate: [ Breathes deeply ]

Summer: Hey. There you are. Can I talk to you for a second?

Kyle: Um, do you mi–

Summer: Oh. Is there something more important than conferring with your creative director?

Kyle: Of course not. I’m just focused on tying up loose ends so I can send everyone home early for the holidays.

Summer: Oh, so you’re gonna be the boss with the heart of gold?

Kyle: This is how I’m building employee loyalty.

Summer: [ Chuckles ] Well, I agree with your strategy, but this is something that we need to discuss right away.

[ Knock on door ]

Victoria: Come in.

Billy: I knew I would find you here. You always work double time over the holidays to give your undivided attention to the kids.

Victoria: Yeah. Well, the work of a ceo/mom is never done. That being said, it’s obvious that you are interrupting me right now. So, is everything okay?

Billy: Everything is fine, yes, but I want to give you a heads-up. Chelsea bought johnny a christmas gift.

Victoria: Oh, did she?

Billy: She did, and I’d like you to hear me out before you make a decision.

Victoria: No. I already have. It’s out of the question. These little cups would make

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Billy: So, you’re not even willing to consider this?

Victoria: Look, I’m sure that chelsea’s intentions are good, and I support her efforts to heal herself, but requesting to spend christmas with our son — I’m sorry. It’s just — it’s going too far, billy.

Billy: She’s not trying to finagle an invitation.

Victoria: Okay, well, then what does she want from us?

Billy: She wants to give me a gift, and then you and I can decide on when we give it to johnny.

Victoria: Well, bravo for her for going through the proper channels, but I still don’t think it’s a good idea. You remember what happened the last time she tried to give him something. You didn’t accept the baby blanket in the way that she wanted, and I believe that that started her spiral.

Billy: Well, it wasn’t, okay? It wasn’t one thing.

Victoria: Well, I don’t doubt that it was a contributing factor, and I worry that — that her desire to give him something else is a sign that she’s regressing.

Billy: I think you’re — you’re blowing this out of proportion a little bit, okay? Our son is showing interest in spending more time with chelsea, and it would be wrong for us to get in the way of that.

Victoria: Well, we are his parents. It’s our job to set boundaries and limits.

Billy: Yeah. You’re right. You have a point there. Maybe you and I shouldn’t be the ones to give johnny the gift.

Victoria: Thank you, billy. I appreciate you listening to reason.

Billy: Chelsea should be the one to give it to him.

Nate: [ Clears throat ]

Audra: Mm. If isn’t newman’s most recent executive hire.

Nate: Audra charles. It’s been a long time.

Audra: Too long. I have fond memories of our dinners when I first got to town.

Nate: So much has changed since then.

Audra: I’m dying to hear the details.

Nate: Let’s just say it’s a whole new world over there.

Audra: I have a tremendous idea. We can pick up where we left off, and you can fill me in on everything you’ve been up to.

Nate: [ Chuckles ]

Tucker: Ah, thank you. Yeah, uh, ashley and I have been getting reacquainted.

[ Sniffs ] At first, she was as wary of me as you are, but I think I’m winning her over.

Sharon: And how on earth have you managed to do that?

Tucker: Uh, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve convinced her that I’m a changed man.

Sharon: Oh. Are you?

Tucker: [ Chuckling ] Yeah. I had a near-death experience recently, and, uh, it made me reevaluate my priorities. And so now I’m concentrating on those people who matter the most to me — ashley, devon, dominic.

Sharon: Hmm. Somehow I just don’t find that completely plausible.

Tucker: Based on what?

Sharon: Well, a few years ago I got my degree in psychology, and I actually…

Tucker: Did you really?

Sharon: …Work as a therapist now. Yeah, and it’s given me very good insight into people.

Tucker: Analyze me. Come on. Let’s — let’s hear it. I think it’s gonna be challenging for you.

Sharon: I don’t think that you are as complicated as you think you are.

Tucker: Mm.

Sharon: You think you’re the smartest one around, and that’s why you believe that we’re all gonna buy what you’re selling.

Tucker: Well, my car crash is a matter of public record. You could just look that up yourself.

Sharon: Well, I don’t think you’re lying about that, but real, long-lasting change — that usually doesn’t come in an instant, from one traumatic experience. It takes work, tucker.

Tucker: I’ve done the work. I spent a little time in an ashram.

Sharon: Ooh! Well, I bet that impressed ashley.

Tucker: Not really.

[ Laughs ] But I’m showing her that she’s my priority now, and I’m gonna make her dreams come true.

Sharon: Based on everything you’ve said, sounds more like you’re hoping that she will help you make your dreams come true.

Jack: Then you are wholly unrepentant about driving diane out of town.

Ashley: You are the one that should be repentant because of your actions. It was harmful and irresponsible to let diane back into our lives.

Jack: Oh, ash.

Ashley: When are you gonna get it through your head, jack? She’s playing you.

Jack: She is not. She was in real danger. She had to leave.

Ashley: Did she really?

Jack: I don’t get why it’s so hard for you to understand she would be legitimately afraid of a convicted felon who came to town looking for her.

Ashley: Would you just stop, please? I’m not naive. Quite the coincidence, isn’t it, that kyle left town on business the same day his mother leaves for parts unknown?

Jack: Don’t assume the two are connected.

Ashley: All diane kept saying since she came back to genoa city is how she regretted not having more time with kyle. So, why would she leave without saying goodbye? Didn’t make sense to me… until I started thinking, “well, maybe there wasn’t a long, emotional goodbye because she didn’t really leave.” Is that what you’re doing, jack? You’re riding to diane’s rescue, ready to save the day again? Hi, I’m karen.

Jack: Before you start accusing me of having a savior complex, how about you take a deep breath and consider the possibility that diane was so frightened of jeremy stark that she left town? Not out of just fear for herself.

Ashley: Right.

Jack: She didn’t want to put kyle and his family in danger.

Ashley: Okay. You just keep making excuses for her because she’s got you wrapped around her little finger, right?

Jack: Instead of worrying about me, how about taking responsibility for going too far? You did the wrong thing. Admit you were wrong and apologize.

Ashley: Except I’m not wrong. Diane has created this sweet little cocoon for her three favorite boys — you and kyle and harrison — where she is loved and supported and protected. She’s not gonna walk away from that, jack.

Jack: I wish you could hear yourself.

Ashley: She’s gonna keep that going for as long as she can. What’s very sad to me is that you and kyle are getting as much out of this as she is. Now, kyle I understand. He just wants a mother. But you? You’re getting her adoration, which I find particularly disgusting. So, I have a hypothesis here.

Jack: And I’m sure I’m going to hear what it is.

Ashley: Yes. Um, I think that you and kyle have created this little disappearing act for diane so you can continue to keep rewarding her duplicitous behavior in secret.

Summer: I want you to listen to this suggestion with an open mind.

Kyle: Okay.

Summer: I know how important it is to you to spend christmas with diane.

Kyle: It is something I’ve dreamed about. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but the little boy in me does want to relive waking up on christmas morning and seeing my mother stand there.

Summer: That is nothing to be ashamed of. Look, I understand why, after all of these years apart, you would want to spend the holidays with your mom. But do you know what my christmas dream is?

Kyle: I would like for you to tell me about it so I can try to make it come true.

Summer: You, me…

Kyle: Mm-hmm.

Summer: …And harrison all sharing christmas together. Our son deserves to be with both of his parents.

Audra: So, how is newman media treating you?

Nate: Like a rock star. It’s like night and day compared to how things were at chancellor-winters.

Audra: Mm. That sounds fantastic.

Nate: As a matter of fact, victoria and I just got back from L.A.

Audra: Huh. You went on a business trip already? How was it?

Nate: Inspiring. Exciting. I met so many people who wanted to support my vision.

Audra: Wow. That must have been electrifying.

Nate: You have no idea. It’s just an affirmation that i made the right choice.

Audra: Well, congratulations, nate.

Nate: I try not to think about what things would have been like if I had gotten the same respect at chancellor-winters.

Audra: It’s their loss.

Nate: You’re the only one there who isn’t holding a grudge.

Audra: Well, I mean, I’m a contract employee. Your actions didn’t really impact me. And I — I think that I believe the ipo will still move forward. And as you know, I’ve been in the corporate world for a while now to know that things can get cut-throat. I mean, people in the executive suite are supposed to shake things up.

Nate: Exactly.

Audra: I didn’t find what you did particularly, uh, shocking or infuriating. And it wasn’t personal. But I think everything went wrong because you mixed business and family. And in my experience, that often leads to problems.

Nate: I had to learn the hard way.

Victoria: I’m sorry. You’re gonna have to walk me through this because I don’t understand how it’s a good idea for chelsea, who is still recovering from her terrible ordeal, to be spending alone time with our son.

Billy: So, that’s your problem, then? You don’t want johnny and chelsea spending time together, alone, one on one? So, we invite connor. They get along great.

Victoria: Great. So, the three of them can play pretend happy family.

Billy: Vick, there’s nothing pretend about it, okay? Before johnny found out the truth about chelsea, him and connor were cousins. They always have been. Chelsea’s always been his de facto aunt. Biologically, they are family.

Victoria: Yes, but legally and emotionally, so are we. I mean, I’m his mother. Johnny’s my son. I’m responsible for him. I get to make the decisions.

Billy: So, we’re drawing lines in the sand now?

Victoria: Yes! Yes, billy. That is exactly what we’re doing. We have to set some boundaries here before things get out of hand. There’s just — there’s too much at stake.

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Billy: So, what do you think is at stake? ‘Cause I don’t believe we’re gonna lose johnny because his family gets extended, right? You didn’t — you didn’t lose reed when mac became his stepmother.

Victoria: Okay. This is not remotely the same thing.

Billy: I just don’t think there’s too many people that a kid could love or that love him, you know?

Victoria: Billy —

Billy: No one benefits then.

Victoria: I realize that. But what you’re ignoring is johnny’s freedom to be a kid without worrying about these adult-level problems. That’s what I’m concerned about.

Billy: Okay. So, if you’re worried about chelsea, I understand that, but I vouch for her, okay? She’s doing really great. She’s taking this one step at a time. She’s not overextending. And I think she’s ready for this.

Victoria: I’m more worried about whether or not our son is ready for this. He’s already blamed himself to some degree for the issues that she had after he rejected her. And what if he’s doing all of this just for her sake? No. That would be unacceptable.

Billy: Then let’s ask johnny. We said all along that this was gonna be his call. And in the beginning, he chose not to have anything to do with chelsea, and we respected that. So I think we should respect that if he decides to spend more time with her, that it’s his choice.

Tucker: Yeah, reuniting with ashley is my dream. Of course, I want to make it mutual. I just want to make her happier than she’s ever been in her whole life.

Sharon: And you think you’re charming enough to do that?

Tucker: I have more to offer than my charm.

Sharon: Ooh! I hope that wasn’t some sexual innuendo.

Tucker: You just have to see the worst in me, don’t you? I will have you know that I want to connect with ashley on a higher level than that.

Sharon: So, what? Are you saying that you want to marry ashley again?

Tucker: Mm… there are other ways to forge a lasting bond with someone, isn’t there?

Sharon: Has she given you any reason to believe that’s what she wants?

Tucker: Well, I’m an optimist.

Sharon: Oh, in other words, no!

Tucker: Well, I’m working hard to prove that I’m worthy of her trust, and I think eventually she’ll — she’ll let her guard down and, uh, yeah, we’ll make something special together.

Sharon: Mm. Well, I guess time will tell.

Tucker: I’m gonna prove you and all the other doubters wrong. Ahh. So nice to see you. Take care.

Audra: Thank you.

Nate: That was the most detailed order for a salad that I have ever heard.

Audra: Eh, it was a little extra, right?

[ Both laugh ]

Nate: You know what you like. That’s a good thing.

Audra: Yeah. I hate being disappointed. And when I am, it can be a bad thing.

Nate: Really?

Audra: Yeah.

Nate: I have not seen that side of you. Then again, there’s a lot i don’t know about you. So, tell me — who is audra charles?

Audra: Hmm. Where do I begin?

Nate: What do you want out of life?

Audra: More.

Nate: Of what?

Audra: Everything. Adventure, excitement, knowledge.

Nate: You came to genoa city as the ipo guru for chancellor-winters, poised to launch the company into the stratosphere. But what are you getting out of this besides a paycheck? What are your goals?

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Audra: Hmm.

[ Sighs ]

[ Cellphone thuds ] I’m not entirely sure.

Nate: What happens when chancellor-winters decides what to do with the ipo? Do you stay in genoa city, or do you go?

Audra: That’s a good question.

[ Chuckles ]

Nate: What people say when they don’t want to give a direct answer.

Audra: Alright. Okay. Initially, I — I planned on leaving once my position ended, but this town is growing on me.

Nate: I hope you stay. We need more players who understand the game. And if you ever find yourself in need of a new job, you should come talk to me.

Audra: You’d hire me at newman media?

Nate: Why not? I believe in surrounding myself with smart, savvy people.

Jack: So, you think that kyle and I have diane in hiding somewhere?

Ashley: Yep, I do. I do ’cause I know you would do anything to protect her.

Jack: You know what? You believe whatever you have to believe to sleep at night. It doesn’t change the fact that you and nikki and phyllis set all of this in motion. You were told what would happen, who would be affected, and you did it anyway. And now your nephew and your grand nephew are spending christmas without diane.

Ashley: Aw, gee, that’s the only kind of christmas harrison’s ever known. And kyle hasn’t spent the holidays with his mother in years, right? So, do I feel for them? Of course I do, jack. But they’re still gonna be with people that actually love them, that have been there for them —

Jack: We’re talking about kyle’s mother.

Ashley: Why is she a mother?! Because she gave birth to him? That doesn’t make her a good mother, does it? You know what I find so pathetic about this? The only reason why this christmas is special is because she actually wants to spend it with her son.

Jack: Yeah, but because you and your co-conspirators lured an ex-convict into town —

Ashley: Listen, if she gave a damn about kyle, she would have been there for him every christmas, every birthday, but she wasn’T. If she had a heart, she would have moved heaven and earth to tuck her son in at night, to give him a goodnight kiss! But she didn’t! She chose not to return, jack, year after year! And I have done whatever I could to protect you and kyle from her! Too bad you don’t like my methods. But it doesn’t mean I’m wrong.

Jack: No, I don’t like your methods.

Ashley: I’m still right. And I don’t know what diane being back in town has done to your brain, but it’s wrecked. Your judgment is just completely off.

Jack: Your complete lack of compassion for everyone involved…

Ashley: Oh, please.

Jack: …Is appalling to me. You have allowed your hatred for diane to make you small and spiteful. And I have heard enough of this.

Ashley: Unbelievable.

[ Scoffs ]

[ Door slams ]

[ Sighs heavily ]

Kyle: Hey, you know how much I want to spend christmas with you and harrison.

Summer: Well, we need this. Harrison has endured so many changes this year. Coming back to genoa city, changing languages…

Kyle: Losing ashland… mm, then let’s make it happen.

Summer: Really?!

Kyle: What if we three spend christmas at home? Then we can wake up early. Hurricane harrison can rip open all of his presents. Then I go to the cabin and spend the rest of the day with my mom.

Summer: Okay, you had me right up until the last part.

Kyle: What’s wrong? You don’t want me to leave to go see my mother somewhere? She’s just been alone for so many holidays.

Summer: I’m not saying that i don’t want you to go. I’m saying that harrison and i are coming with you. This cough.

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Tucker: Fascinating. Right on time.

Audra: You know, you said to get here as soon as possible. I did.

Tucker: Something more entertaining happening?

Audra: Oh, nothing is more entertaining than you, tucker.

Tucker: I know you. You’re distracted.

Audra: No.

Tucker: Would you like to share?

Audra: What did you need to talk about?

Tucker: Uh, the plan is evolving. I spontaneously offered to help ashley break away from jabot and start her own company.

Audra: Oh. Did she accept?

Tucker: Not yet.

Audra: Mm. Do you really believe she’s gonna turn her back on her family?

Tucker: I saw a little glimmer in her eye that said she was tempted to. So, yeah, I think in time, she’ll come around.

Audra: [ Chuckles ] I am beyond thrilled that you called me all the way over here to tell me that the woman you’re obsessed with didn’t exactly turn you down.

Tucker: It’s progress.

Audra: Except for taking a single step in making any of your plans a reality. But, sure.

Billy: Thanks, hannah. We’ll see you in a few. You good?

Johnny: Yeah. Whew. Hannah wouldn’t really tell me why she was driving me here, but, hey, I will never say no to a hot cocoa.

Billy: I don’t blame you, but first things first. Your mom and I have a question for you.

Johnny: Okay, if this family meeting has anything to do with the length of my christmas wish list, I can explain. I don’t expect you to get me everything that’s on there. I really just wanted to give you options.

Billy: Well, that’s very considerate of you, but, uh, we — we just want to talk about one gift in particular.

Johnny: The playstation? I realize it’s a big ask.

Billy: Actually, it’s not

what it is. It’s who it’s from.

Victoria: Uh, chelsea has a present that she’s hoping to give you, and we’re wondering if you want it.

Kyle: What do we do about telling harrison where we’re going? How do we pack up his entire christmas and take it to the cabin?

Summer: We could leave during his nap time. He can sleep most of the way there. We can tell him that it’s a christmas eve adventure.

Kyle: What about when we get back? How do we keep him from telling everyone he woke up on christmas morning and saw dee dee?

Summer: We’ll tell him that she’s one of santa’s elves and that’s why she had to leave before christmas. I don’T…

Kyle: I suppose we could tell him we’re driving to the north pole. He’s a little too young to understand distance. But I don’t like the idea of telling him to keep a secret.

Summer: I know. I know. But in this case, it’s — it’s the only way. We just need to figure out the right way to frame it.

Kyle: You aren’t gonna let this go, are you?

Summer: No. Because it’s important. So I’m gonna keep arguing my case until you say yes.

Kyle: [ Inhales deeply ] Yes. I would love to have you and harrison come with me. But there is one more obstacle in our way. We have to make sure stark is distracted. We cannot risk him following us. If you think all pads are exactly the same…

Summer: Do you really think that stark is watching us, following our every move, thinking that we’ll eventually lead him to diane?

Kyle: It’s pretty clear that whatever payback he wants from her is about more than just money, and I don’t have a handle on how far he’s willing to go to settle the score.

Summer: Well, if he is spying on us, he could just as easily follow you if you go to see her alone. All stark has to do is follow you there, wait for you to leave, and then go after diane when she’s alone again.

Kyle: [ Sighs ] You’re right. As much as I want to spend christmas with my mother, it’s a liability none of us can afford.

Johnny: Chelsea wants to get me a present? She doesn’t have to do that.

Billy: No, but it’s the holidays, and people do all sorts of zany things.

Johnny: Yeah, but that means that she was thinking about me enough to want to get me something, even with all the stuff she’s been through.

Billy: Yeah. Yeah. I mean, look, we can accept it for you, or you can accept it yourself if you want. Whatever — whatever you’re comfortable with.

Victoria: Of course, we haven’t agreed to anything yet. We wanted to make sure that you were okay with it first. But if you don’t want this gift or if you don’t want to spend time with her, if you’re not ready yet, that’s fine.

Billy: Or maybe you can check with connor and see if he wants to hang out with the both of you.

Victoria: Yeah, there’s no pressure.

Johnny: Connor’s cool. We have a good time together. So, sure. Sounds like fun.

Nate: [ Chuckles ] This is a wonderful surprise.

Elena: Well, I thought i should give you a proper welcome home. So, welcome home, ceo.

Nate: Back at our place —

Elena: I was the walking dead. But what a difference a shower and a triple shot of espresso can make. So now I have energy to celebrate your successful trip to L.A.

Nate: That was a quick recovery. I saw how exhausted you were.

Elena: How about this? You can keep telling me what a marvel I am while I treat you to a “welcome home” lunch.

Nate: [ Chuckles ] I’d love to, but I’ve already eaten.

Elena: Did you?

Nate: I was gonna grab some takeout from society, and i bumped into audra, who was alone, and we just ended up grabbing lunch together.

Elena: [ Scoffs ]

Tucker: Don’t stop. Speak your mind.

Audra: You don’t know what you want, okay? One minute, it’s jabot, the next, maybe not. You know, then you say you want chancellor-winters. Or maybe you just want devon to betray lily so you can work with your son. Do you have an end game, or are you just jerking everyone around for fun?

Tucker: Weren’t you the one that was accusing me of biting off more than I could chew?

Audra: All I want to know is where I fit in your plans.

Tucker: You —

Audra: When you asked me to work with you, you promised me that you were gonna —

Tucker: I know what i promised you, audra.

Audra: And now you’re stalling.

Tucker: No, I’m not stalling.

Audra: Yes, now you’re stalling.

Tucker: No.

Audra: You know, perhaps you lost your confidence and your ability to get any of this done.

Tucker: No, I’m applying what I’ve learned in life. You’ve got to be flexible and adaptable and, above all else —

Audra: Look, I am not gonna play the long game without knowing more about what the payoff is. Perhaps it’s time for me to make my own plans.

Tucker: Okay. Yeah, sure. I’M… no one’s holding you back. I, uh… I wouldn’t want to stand between you and your destiny.

Audra: You are s– such an insufferable son of a bitch.

Tucker: I know. I’m sorry. Tyson boneless buffalo bites and hot wings

Jack: Hey. Why the long faces? Have you heard from stark?

Kyle: Not a word.

Jack: Then why do you both look like christmas was canceled?

Summer: ‘Cause it was, basically. At least, my version of it was.

Kyle: Summer wanted to bring harrison to the cabin to spend christmas with me and my mom.

Summer: But no matter how many times we go through the potential scenarios or possible hiccups, we just can’t find a way to make it work.

Kyle: Any trip to the cabin, including mine, puts my mother at risk, and I don’t want to put her in danger just so I can live a childhood fantasy of spending christmas with my mother.

Jack: After all the work to rebuild, to reunite this family, you deserve to spend this time with your mother, your wife, and your son.

Kyle: I can’t risk it. It’s not worth it.

Jack: Yeah, the hell it isn’T.

Summer: We still haven’t found a way to neutralize stark. He’s a danger to us all.

Jack: You leave him to me.

Victoria: You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. If you’re agreeing to see chelsea out of guilt or because you’re feeling pressured, then you —

Billy: What your mom’s trying to say that this is one of those rare occasions that you don’t have to be polite. You can be completely honest with us. Do whatever you’re comfortable with.

Victoria: Yes. And you’ll have plenty of time to get to know her down the road, okay?

Johnny: I don’t have to see her if you don’t want me to.

Victoria: What are you talking about?

Johnny: It must be kind of weird for you. If seeing chelsea is gonna upset you, then I won’t do it.

Victoria: You know, it’s very sweet and mature of you to worry about me, but I’m — I’m absolutely fine with you hanging out with connor and chelsea.

Johnny: Sweet. So, when’s this gonna happen?

Billy: No time like the present for a present.

Victoria: Sure.

Billy: Let me check and see if she’s upstairs. “Hey. Victoria, johnny, and I are downstairs. If you and connor around, do you want to come down?” There we go. We’ll see.

Johnny: Okay. Wait. But wait.

Billy: Hmm?

Johnny: We don’t have connor’s present, and I have to get something for chelsea.

Victoria: Well, you don’t have to do that.

Johnny: Wouldn’t it be kind of rude for me to not get her something when she’s getting me?

[ Cellphone pings ] Was that chelsea?

Billy: Yeah. She’s not available. She has an appointment.

Johnny: So, maybe later today?

Billy: That could work, right? We could go get connor’s gift, and then we can try and find something for chelsea.

Johnny: What do you think she’d like?

Billy: [ Chuckles ] I don’t know, buddy. I think she would love anything that you get her.

Johnny: But does she like jewelry, perfume? What are her hobbies?

Billy: All very valid questions, and together, the two of us will figure that out.

Elena: Chancellor’s ipo expert had lunch with a disgraced former executive. Doesn’t that blur the lines a bit?

Nate: Audra knows what I did wasn’t personal. And it’s not as if we were trading company secrets with each other.

Elena: Just saying, it’s strange.

Nate: We respect each other professionally, and we shared a meal, nothing more.

Elena: I’m not questioning your intentions. There’s just something about her that doesn’t sit right with me.

Nate: You barely know her.

Elena: Yeah, and the little time I’ve spent with her, it’s like she’s always working an angle, like there’s some sort of opportunity to be gained from working at chancellor-winters.

Nate: I’m sure she’ll get a bonus if the ipo goes through. What else could there be?

Elena: I don’t know. Can’t put my finger on it. But I don’t trust her.

[ Knock on door ]

Audra: [ Whispering ] You expecting someone?

Ashley: Tucker, are you there?

Tucker: Ashley?

Ashley: Open up.

Tucker: [ Whispering ] Hey, hey, hey. Would you mind?

Audra: You can’t be serious.

Tucker: Well, this looks questionable for you, too.

[ Normal voice ] Um… hold on a second. I just got to get decent.

Ashley: Well, that’s gonna take a while.

Tucker: [ Chuckles loudly ] That’s — that’s so funny. You have such A… refreshing sense of humor.

Audra: [ Exhales sharply ]

Tucker: [ Groans lightly ] Hey.

Ashley: Looks like I caught ya at a bad time.

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