Y&R Transcript Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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Ashley: Hi. Hi.

Phyllis: Hey.

Ashley: I came as soon as i got your message. What’s going on?

Phyllis: Diane’s back.

Ashley: Ugh! And I was hoping we were finally rid of her.

Phyllis: Mnh. She never really ran, by the way. That was just to cover so jeremy stark would leave town looking for her. And the worst part for me is my own daughter blew me off for christmas so she could spend it with diane and her husband so he could, you know, live out his childhood dreams with his mom.

Ashley: I am so sorry. That must have been very painful.

Phyllis: I’m not done. There’s more. Ashley, my daughter has always confided in me. She’s always trusted me before diane corrupted her. And my daughter let everybody in town think that I was the one who chased diane out of town, when, really, there was — i don’t know — a jabot-sponsored motorcade bringing her up to the abbott cabin.

Ashley: Listen, I understand your anger because jack did the same thing to me.

Phyllis: Seriously?

Ashley: Yes. He lied right to my face, telling me that diane had fled genoa city in fear. He continues to defend her, and he continues to blame us.

Phyllis: Ashley, what are we gonna do? We’re all in danger now.

Diane: Now that he’s taken the bait, I need to make sure that jeremy doesn’t have any doubts that I want to be with him again.

Jack: No, he has to believe that you’re all-in, that you’re ready to be part of his criminal activities again.

Diane: Well, I also need to make him believe that I’m drawn to him, that I missed him, and that I want to be with him romantically.

Jack: He doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who trusts easily, if he trusts at all.

Diane: Well, it’s true.

Jack: Well, you’re gonna have to be pretty convincing to persuade him that you’re still attracted to him.

Diane: That’s the plan. Jack, are you worried that i won’t be able to pull this off? Or that I will?

Devon: Hey, look who it is!

Abby: Hi! You want to go see dad?

Devon: How you doing, buddy?

Abby: Yeah!

Devon: Mmm! How you doing? Oh! It’s good to see you. How you doing? Is it cold out there?

Abby: So cold.

Devon: We’re gonna get you all warmed up. How’s mommy?

Abby: Sorry it took us so long.

Devon: Oh, don’t be sorry at all. Gave me a chance to get it all cleaned up around here.

Abby: [ Chuckles ]

Devon: Look at you. Look at this jacket. Look at your hat.

Abby: Ooh, I can get you one.

Devon: It’s very cute. Can you?

Abby: Mm-hmm.

Devon: I’d love that. Same size, please. I want to match this guy.

Abby: Daddy is so silly. What are we gonna do with him?

Devon: Want to get you out of this? Let’s get you out of this jacket, huh?

Abby: Tucker’s not here yet.

Devon: No, no. He’ll be here any second. But, uh, I appreciate you being okay with him spending more time with dominic.

Abby: Yeah. You know, I’ve thought about it, and I want to dominic to know his entire family. It’s the right thing to do.

Devon: Well, it means a lot to me. It really does. And I think that the more love he gets, the better, right?

Abby: Exactly.

Devon: Yeah.

Abby: Yeah. Hi.

Devon: Doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna protect this little guy. I don’t care if it’s family or not. I’m always gonna be there for him.

Abby: I would like to be here for the visit, though, if that’s okay.

Tucker: That is quite a sight.

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Jack: You know what? It doesn’t matter how I feel about your plan.

Diane: Well, you’ve made it clear that you hate it.

Jack: Well, the point is, I played my part. I pretended to be outraged that you came back to town only because you couldn’t stand to be away from jeremy stark any longer. The only reason I went along with this scheme is because there didn’t seem to be a viable option to getting this man out of our lives.

Diane: Jack, I promise it will work and I will be safe.

Jack: How can you say that when you’re dealing with a man like stark?

Diane: Because I know how to handle him.

Jack: You just finished telling me he can’t be trusted. Now you’re putting yourself in a situation where you have to convince him you really want him back in your life. I’m not comfortable with any of this.

Diane: [ Sighs ] Well, try to keep your personal feelings out of this and just focus on making the plan work.

Jack: I think I can do that.

Diane: I know you can. Just look at it this way. My job is to make jeremy think that he’s in control.

Jack: Yeah. And when this is over, you will be free of him forever.

Diane: Right. And if I’m going to make my act convincing, I think I need to get back to my hotel.

Jack: Well, no. No, that’s is the last place you should be — under the same roof with this man you don’t trust, alone? No. I want you to stay here.

Ashley: But, see, I’m not surprised by this because i didn’t believe for a second that diane would actually walk away from her meal ticket. In fact, after she had “left town,” I asked jack if he’d actually stashed her away someplace and was getting his kicks by being the hero, you know?

Phyllis: He denied it, of course.

Ashley: Much worse.

Phyllis: Yeah?

Ashley: His righteous indignation was absolutely epic. He expected me to apologize for my part in getting her to leave town. The lies just keep rolling off his tongue. It’s unbelievable.

Phyllis: She has him completely fooled.

Ashley: It makes me wonder. I mean, how far is he willing to go to protect her?

Phyllis: He’s blind. They’re all blind.

Ashley: I know.

Phyllis: I mean, instead of stark being a threat to her and her leaving town, she’s used this to dig in even further.

Ashley: I guess it doesn’t really do any good to remind you I wasn’t a big fan of him.

Phyllis: Well, I know you weren’t — because he was a threat.

Ashley: Yeah.

Phyllis: Jeremy stark was a threat. But she spun this whole thing to her advantage. Really. And she’s manipulated your entire family and my daughter to think that anybody…

Ashley: I know.

Phyllis: …Who points out the truth…

Ashley: I know.

Phyllis: …Is the enemy. She is a sociopath. Her plan is working.

Ashley: I know.

Phyllis: [ Sighs ]

Summer: Mom. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you.

Phyllis: I can’t imagine why.

Summer: Can we please talk?

Phyllis: It’s not a good time.

Tucker: This does my heart such good, being here with you guys. Dominic, you’re one lucky guy.

Devon: [ Chuckles ]

Abby: Well, we make sure to tell him that every day, whether he’s at my place or here with his dad.

Tucker: And believe me, i know how fortunate I am to do this — ’cause I know I wouldn’t be able to if you weren’t on board with it. So I want you to know how much i appreciate it. Ah, you’re gonna change the world one day, aren’t you?

Abby: Aww.

Devon: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Abby: Poor baby.

Devon: Got to get a full night’s sleep before he changes the world, huh?

Tucker: Yeah.

Abby: I think he’s starting to wind down.

Tucker: Yeah.

Devon: You know what? I’m gonna try and calm him down a little bit. You don’t want to hang out with anybody while you’re tired. Right?

Tucker: Thank you, dominic.

Abby: Aw.

Devon: Let’s get you relaxed.

Tucker: And thank you for letting me be in his life.

Abby: Well, you’re his grandfather.

Tucker: Mm.

Abby: I think it’s important for dominic to know his entire family. In fact, I would like to get reacquainted with his grandfather. So, what have you been up to?

[ Both laugh ]

Tucker: Geez. Where do I begin?

Abby: Well, I know you have business interests around the globe, so I’m sure you have many things clamoring for your attention.

Tucker: Mm, nothing as important as being with family.

Abby: Mm. Do you have any plans for your business while you’re in town?

Tucker: Nothing set in stone.

Abby: How long are you gonna be in town?

Tucker: I haven’t decided yet.

Devon: Hey.

Tucker: Hey.

Devon: I think he’s done for the night. I’m gonna put his pajamas on.

Tucker: Oh, sure. Okay.

Devon: So…

Abby: I love you.

[ Smooches ]

Tucker: Good night. Sweet dreams.

Devon: Say “night, night.”

Tucker: Night, night.

Devon: Say “night, night.” I’ll be right back when he’s asleep.

Tucker: Okay. Well, take your time. We got a lot to talk about.

Devon: Alright.

Abby: Do we?

Tucker: Yeah, we’ll start with the big issue. You don’t trust me. And, frankly, you shouldn’T.

Abby: [ Breathes deeply ] How do I do it all?

Abby: This isn’t about whether or not I trust you or your intentions. I just know what it takes to run a business like the one that you’ve created.

Tucker: Ah. Do tell.

Abby: Well, you’ll do whatever it takes to get what you want, very driven. God help whoever stands in your way.

Tucker: [ Chuckles ] Yeah. That’s a, uh — [ Chuckles ] That’s painfully accurate of the way I lived in my life. But notice I used the past tense there because the man you just described — that’s not the one standing before you now.

Abby: What’s changed?

Tucker: Hmm. Well, uh, I experienced an event that, uh, made me reevaluate everything. It kind of, um, changed my outlook, gave my life a deeper meaning. I guess you could call it a — a revolution in perception.

Abby: Hmm. I assume you’re talking about your time in ashram?

Tucker: You don’t believe that?

Abby: No, I believe you were there. I’m just wondering if it was more of a corporate maneuver or a way to sway public opinion.

Tucker: No, it was very much real and very much enlightening.

Abby: I assume that you understand why I’m so protective of dominic.

Tucker: Of course. Oh, my god, yes. But I would never — I would never do anything to hurt him. I — ever.

Abby: Mm. But I’m sure you said the same thing about my mother.

Summer: Ashley, I’m sorry to interrupt.

Ashley: No, it’s — it’s fine.

Summer: Mom…

Phyllis: Hmm?

Summer: …This is important.

Phyllis: Well, whatever it is, it’s gonna have to wait. I’m having a meeting right now.

Ashley: No, actually, this — this can wait, okay? Call me. It’s fine.

Summer: Mom, you can’t avoid me forever.

Phyllis: I can’t have this conversation with you right now.

Summer: Why not?

Phyllis: Because, um — well, because I’m devastated.

[ Chuckles ]

Summer: Okay. That’s fine. But can you just listen to me, then, please? Mom, I am so sorry. I don’t even know what’s going on with this whole diane and stark thing from minute to minute. It’s overwhelming, and I’m just trying to keep my family safe.

Phyllis: I’m your family.

Summer: I didn’t mean for it to sound like I was excluding you. I’m not. It’s just, I’m — I’ve just been so worried about harrison and kyle.

Phyllis: Ah. Okay. I understand that. Because you would do anything for them, right? You’d bend over backwards for them. But would they treat you like trash? Would they make you think that maybe you don’t matter?

Summer: I’m sorry that I made you feel like I don’t value you.

Phyllis: I am your mother. I don’t care what diane is feeding you. But i am your mother. I know I’ve made mistakes. I know I’ve screwed up. But I [Voice breaking] Would move mountains for you. Mountains, summer. I’d walk through fire for you. I would do anything for you.

Summer: Mom, I know that. I do, okay?

Phyllis: You keep on believing diane over me. I don’t know how to forgive that anymore, summer. I don’t know what to say.

Daniel: Hey, you two. Uh, how about I get us a round of drinks?

Phyllis: Oh, no, I — I have to go, uh… I have a meeting to go to.

Summer: Where? What —

Phyllis: Yeah. I-I just have to be anywhere but here, you know?

Summer: Mom, wait.

Phyllis: Yeah. No. I-I just — I have to — I have to go. Please. I-I can’t talk about this anymore.

Daniel: What the hell was that all about?

Diane: I appreciate the invitation, jack, but I can’t stay here.

Jack: I am not taking no for an answer.

Diane: Well, think about it. I’d be putting everyone at risk.

Jack: We will find some way to work around that.

Diane: What, and — and uproot an entire household? Send them away until it’s safe to come back? You know you can’t do that. And if jeremy got the slightest idea that I ran to you for protection, it would totally undermine the fight that we staged earlier. No!

Jack: You could use that to your advantage. You tell him that you moved in so you could make sure I gave him the second half of that fortune I promised him.

Diane: Which you never should have done. Why did you offer him so much money?

Jack: I honestly thought i was buying your freedom.

Diane: Well, I fully intend to get that money back. I mean it. Every cent.

Jack: Don’t — don’t worry about that. Right now, we have to stay focused on how we get there.

Diane: Exactly.

Jack: So, you let him know that you’re willing to use me and my resources, that you’ll use your role as mother and grandmother to manipulate all of us.

Devon: Alright, devil’s advocate — why would you let me back in after the fight we had at crimson lights?

Jack: Because I have a forgiving nature. Because there’s nothing you will do that I won’t excuse. Hell, half the people in my life already believe that. That should be an easy sell. Besides, this — this feeds into the story that part of you is still attracted to that jet-setting criminal lifestyle. You’ll do anything for stark, including put the family you love in danger.

Diane: No, jack. I’m sorry. It won’t work. We have to do this my way.

Ever notice how stiff clothes can feel rough on your skin?

Diane: I can’t tell you what it means to me that you’re willing to risk so much for my safety.

Jack: Of course we are. We’re talking about your life here.

Diane: But I need to make this look real. I need to walk the walk, live the lie. Everything hinges on me selling this to jeremy.

Kyle: How can we help?

Diane: [ Sighs ] Well, the first thing I’m going to do is tell him that I found an apartment where I’ve been hiding when I ran and, while I’ve been there, I’ve decided what I want to do next.

Kyle: Which is?

Diane: To move back into my suite at the grand phoenix.

Kyle: You can’t go back there. There’s no security.

Diane: Kyle, there’s no other way. There’s no other way. I have to be smart. I have to think five steps ahead. Jeremy will never think I’m on his side if I was to stay here.

Jack: Well, you’re not planning on cutting off all contact with us?

Diane: No, no, of course not. I will also tell him that just because I’m working with him that I’m not going to abandon my family, that I’ve — I’ve tried too hard to reconnect with my son and having my grandson in my life is too important.

Jack: And when stark questions that choice?

Diane: Well, then I’ll let him know that I’m aware of the inherent risks, but I’m confident that I can pull it off. I mean, after all, if I can make everyone believe that I was dead all those years, there’s nothing I can’t do.

Jack: [ Groans ]

Diane: I’m sorry, but it is imperative that I sound cold and calculating, or jeremy will never believe that I’m the person who used to launder money for him. He needs to know that I can work some kind of scam with him while keeping it a secret from the people I’m closest to.

Kyle: This seems like a bad idea. What do you think?

Jack: Oh, I agree with you. I don’t like it.

Diane: But it’s necessary. And I can’t pull any of this off unless I know that the two of you trust me.

Kyle: [ Sighs ] Will you at least let me drive you to the hotel?

Diane: No. I should be careful with every move I make. I don’t want him to see you dropping me off.

Kyle: I don’t like you staying in the same place as this guy.

Diane: I will be fine. Do you two trust me?

Kyle: [ Sighs ] Of course we do.

Jack: It’s stark we’re concerned about.

Diane: I’m going to make this work. I have to. It’s the only way I’ll ever be part of this family.

Daniel: You ready to tell me what I walked in on between you and mom?

Summer: We were arguing about diane again.

Daniel: Ah. What’s the latest?

Summer: Diane wanted it to look like she left town out of fear for this criminal from her past.

Daniel: But in fact…?

Summer: She was at the abbott cabin while jack and kyle tried to figure out a way to deal with the situation.

Daniel: Still doesn’t explain why mom was so furious with you.

Summer: [ Chuckles ] I didn’t tell her what was going on. So I guess that means that I’m choosing diane over my own mother.

Daniel: Yeah, well…

Summer: What?

Daniel: That’s what it looks like from the outside. I can only imagine how she feels.

Summer: Daniel, I’m stuck in an impossible position between kyle’s mom and my own. And I have a child of my own to protect now. Are you — what am I supposed to do? This criminal rolls into town. He’s capable of anything. He’s making threats. And mom was the one that got that ball rolling, by the way.

Daniel: How?

Summer: She made an anonymous call that led him here so that he could find diane.

Daniel: Look, I get it. I can see why you’d be upset with her.

Summer: Thank you.

Daniel: But it does sound like mom was right about diane. So, why would you just ignore that fact and blame her for everything?

Summer: I don’T. I blame diane.

Tucker: Abby, I come in peace. I would never mean any harm to ashley or dominic — or anyone, for that matter.

Abby: [ Sighs ] Look, I want to believe that you’re this changed man, that you have a new outlook on life. But let’s look at the facts. You only reappeared in genoa city after diane returned. The two of you had some sort of relationship in los angeles. You never bothered to tell any of us that she was still alive. So it seems more like a familiar pattern than a brand-new way of living.

Tucker: I’m not sure I see your point.

Abby: I have a reason to be skeptical. I’m the one who walked in on you and diane when you cheated on my mom — for the first time. And then, of course, there was the next time you cheated on her with devon’s mom — harmony. And I told my mom not to reconcile with you.

[ Chuckles ] So, when I see the two of you together — mnh — the alarm bells start going off. So, you can sit there and you can tell me that you’ve changed, that you love my mom, that you would never hurt her, blah, blah, blah, but those are just words. They mean nothing to me.

Tucker: You’re absolutely right. Trust needs to be earned. And until I can demonstrate that I am worthy of your trust, all i ask of you is… that you give me the gift of neutrality, considering the situation we find ourselves in. I mean, after all, you and devon are gonna be in each other’s lives forever.

Abby: What’s that supposed to mean?

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Tucker: No, I just meant that since you and devon had dominic together, you’ll be forever bound by that connection.

Abby: Of course.

Tucker: How’d it go?

Devon: Oh, it went alright. He went right to sleep.

Tucker: Nice, nice.

Abby: Hopefully he’ll sleep through the night.

Devon: Yeah, I hope so, too. I apologize. I’m sorry you didn’t get spend more time with him.

Tucker: Oh, no, no, no. I treasured every second.

[ Cellphone chimes ]

Devon: You gonna check that?

Tucker: No, no. I know who it is. It can wait. Hey, thanks so much for including me here. It means a lot to me.

Devon: Absolutely. It means a lot to us, too. The more love that boy has, the better.

Tucker: Mm. Yeah. Well, uh, you two enjoy the rest of your evening.

Devon: Thank you. You too.

Tucker: I think I’m gonna go put myself to bed.

[ Laughter ]

Devon: Well, don’t be a stranger.

Tucker: Oh, you know I won’T.

Devon: Thanks for coming.

Tucker: Okay. Good night.

Devon: Night.

Abby: Good night.

[ Door opens ]

[ Door closes ]

Devon: Sorry that I left you guys down here so long together.

Abby: Ah, no. Why — why do you think something’s wrong?

Devon: Well, the look on your face when I came back, for one.

Abby: Mm. No, um… no, we were just having an honest conversation, you know, which I think is important since we’ll be spending more time together.

Devon: I like the sound of that. What happened between you guys?

Abby: What do you mean?

Devon: What do you mean, what do I mean? When I came down here, there was a clear vibe going on. So, you gonna tell me about it?

Kyle: As if this plan wasn’t dangerous enough already, on top of everything else, phyllis found out my mother is back in town. Dad, this concerns me.

Jack: Yeah, she was already feeling ostracized and angry. This only makes phyllis more of a wild card.

Kyle: And hopefully summer can help put out that fire. She went to track down her mother to apologize for keeping her in the dark.

Jack: So, what’s your sense? Does phyllis have a frame of mind to accept an apology?

Kyle: I sure hope so. I mean, I will do whatever it takes to get jeremy stark out of my mother’s life, but this is starting to put my wife in the middle of things, trying to balance her relationship with phyllis while supporting me in my relationship with my own mother.

Jack: Yeah, summer has really been there for you, hasn’t she?

Kyle: It’s been tougher than she’s been letting on, but she knows my mom needs our support right now.

Jack: I am sorry that summer and her mother are at odds, but I don’t feel a moment of sympathy toward phyllis. She played dirty, and it backfired. She’s done it before, and knowing phyllis, she’ll do it again. She’s impulsive, and she goes to extremes without considering the consequences.

[ Pounding on door ]

Open up! It’s jeremy!

Diane: [ Scoffs ]

Tucker: It’s tucker! Sorry. I just couldn’t resist. Hey.

Diane: You’re a son of a bitch.

Tucker: Uh-huh. Ah, I see.

[ Door closes ] So, first you couldn’t pack because you were in such a panic to get out of town, and now you’re packing because…? Hmm? I think I know. You’ve booked a finely appointed suite at the abbott house.

Diane: Go to hell. Just between us, you know what’s better than mopping?

Summer: I mean, did mom call stark and tell him where he could find diane? Yeah. But everyone’s forgetting a very important fact. Stark is a criminal. It was only a matter of time before he found diane all by himself. They have unfinished business.

Daniel: That’s a good point. Sounds like everyone was being way too hard on mom.

Summer: I agree. But…how do I tell my husband that the mother he is so grateful to have back in his life has brought nothing but nonstop misery and chaos to our doorstep? You know, I’ll give him that harrison loves her, and, yeah, she’s great with him, but it doesn’t change the fact that she’s the reason our child is now in danger. And she is the reason that our marriage is now complicated beyond belief.

Daniel: It’s, uh… it’s a lot. Sorry, I had no idea that things had gotten this bad.

Summer: That’s because I have been trying really, really hard to just keep everything inside. I mean, I have just been going along with everything that kyle wants for the sake of our marriage.

Daniel: So, what are you gonna do now?

Diane: What are you even doing here?

Tucker: I need to know when jeremy stark is leaving town.

Diane: Why? You getting nervous?

Tucker: I got big plans, and he could mess them up, so I want him gone.

[ Clicks tongue ] Make it happen.

Diane: I’m trying. But in case you haven’t noticed, my life is in danger.

Tucker: You have such a flair for the dramatic. You’re far better off than you’d care to admit.

Diane: [ Scoffs ]

Tucker: By the way, I just think you did a spectacular job with jack. Remarkable, what you’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. I should really pat myself on the back for aiding you in your quest, though.

Diane: How the hell can you say that you’ve been helping me? When I told jack about my past with jeremy, you lost your hold over me. You couldn’t force me to be your spy and give you intel about jabot’s financials, so you turned on me. You told ashley all about jeremy being released from prison, knowing full well she was involved with that coven who was doing everything they could to run me out of town. You know, you set this in motion, tucker. You put all the people I care about in danger in the process. You were sacrificing all of us just so you could, what, win over ashley?

Tucker: And yet here you are, back in the saddle.

Diane: Yeah. Yeah. Forced to deal with jeremy stark, to eliminate the threat that you brought to this town. I mean, I’ve become toxic to my family. So, as a matter of fact, to answer your question, I’m checking back in to this hotel.

Tucker: Something tells me jack will find a way to turn things around.

Diane: No. I’ve — I’ve lost him.

Tucker: Oh, give me a break. You got him wrapped around your finger. You know, diane, I’m starting to think that I could learn a thing or two from you.

Diane: [ Scoffs ]

Tucker: Well, may we both get the abbott of our dreams. See you around.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Door slams ]

Diane: [ Sighs ]

Abby: Tucker just pointed out that you and I will always be connected…because of dominic.

Devon: He’s not wrong.

Abby: You know, I don’t think it would be the worst thing in the world for dominic and tucker to spend time together, occasionally, to be in each other’s lives.

Devon: Yeah. Well, you’ve clearly had a change of heart.

Abby: Mm. This is purely for your sake, not for your father’S.

Devon: I still appreciate it. How you doing otherwise?

Abby: You know, when we’re with each other… things just feel so… uncomplicated and easy. It just — it feels right. What? [ Laughs ]

Devon: No, it’S… I feel exactly the same way. Dry skin is sensitive skin, too.

Devon: I really want you to stay.

Abby: I want to stay.

Phyllis: [ Slurring ] Amanda, why didn’t you answer? Ugh, I’m having a hard time. I miss you. You’re the only one who gets me. I have abandonment issues. You know that about me.

[ Chuckles ] My daughter turned her back on me. You moved. So… I need to talk to you. Call me back. Or just move back here. Alright. I’ll talk to you later. I love you.

Tucker: Sounds like you could use someone to talk to.

[ Chuckles ]

Phyllis: I’m impervious to your charm, okay? That’s never, ever gonna change, tucker. You know?

[ Sighs ] If I need a friend, I will go find… one of mine.

Tucker: I see. Well, you know, we don’t have to be friends to have a mutually beneficial relationship.

Summer: I mean, I deserve an award for all the acting I’ve had to do. Every day is this massive production about protecting and defending diane, and I have to sit here and pretend like i believe that she’s the victim. This is a woman that burned her own life to the ground before she faked her death and stayed away for years, living a life of crime. And jack and kyle — they’re operating under this delusion that our mom is the problem, that she’s the one that created this whole mess. And you want to know what’s even more infuriating?

Daniel: Oh, there’s more?

Summer: Diane convinced kyle to lie to me about a piece of her past. I mean, he told me the truth anyway, eventually, and I was sure to let her know that. I told her not to come between me and kyle.

Daniel: What did she say?

Summer: She said all the right things. She always says all the right things. Every conversation with her is so carefully curated.

Daniel: How’s kyle handling all this?

Summer: Great. I’m hiding all my feelings, and he believes every word she says. She’s his mother.

Daniel: Mm. But how could he forgive her for abandoning him when he was a child?

Summer: He thinks she’s changed, that she’s incapable of being that same person that she was decades ago when she left him.

Daniel: Well, this can’t be easy for you.

Summer: I feel like I’m holding my breath 24/7. And it’s not like I can even go to mom and unload any of this. I literally have no one to talk to. I’m just… I’m glad that you’re here so i can finally be honest with someone.

Daniel: Look, I’m happy to listen. I will always listen. I don’t think you should have kept it all bottled up in the first place.

Summer: I’m dealing with this the only way that I can. I mean, kyle and I have managed to stay strong, so…

Daniel: Because you’re lying to him.

Summer: Only by omission. I’m protecting him. I’m protecting our marriage.

[ Sighs ] You’re right. It’s gonna get a lot more difficult now that diane has decided to stay and drag my husband even deeper into her mess. I don’t know how much longer kyle can just ignore the havoc that she’s caused before his blindness about his mother starts to come between us.

[ Door closes ]

Diane: I’ve unpacked. Hopefully everyone will think that I’ve returned to genoa city to be with jeremy stark.

Kyle: Did you see him?

Diane: No, not yet. I just wanted to get back here to reassure you guys that I’m okay.

Kyle: You need to know that even though I hate this plan, I’ve got your back. I’ll do whatever you need, help however I can.

Diane: I couldn’t ask for a better son.

Kyle: I couldn’t ask for a better mom. Now that you’re okay, I’m gonna go check on harrison.

Diane: Okay.

Jack: I can see that this is already wearing on you.

Diane: Mm. Well, I need to keep my game face on and, uh, not be so transparent with jeremy if I’m going to pull this off.

Jack: Which is all the more reason you should rely on me. What you’re doing isn’t easy. You can let your guard down with me.

Diane: [ Chuckles ]

Jack: You can talk about this, identify problems, hone the plan…

Diane: [ Chuckles ]

Jack: …Find the perfect way to get jeremy stark out of your life for good.

Diane: Thank you, jack, for everything.

[ Door opens ]

Ashley: Come on.

[ Door slams ] I mean, really, what is going on?

Jack: [ Sighs ]

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