Young & The Restless Transcript
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[ Door opens and closes ]
Victoria: Thanks, all, for coming. I wanted to meet because I have some deep concerns about Tucker McCall. I know that we have all speculated about his real reason for returning to Genoa City ever since he landed on the Abbott lawn. His interactions around town were intended to make us believe that he wanted to reunite with Ashley and Devon and to exploit the Chancellor-Winters IPO.
Nick: Well, in all fairness, we wanted to do the same thing.
Victoria: Yes, true, but since then, he has completely failed both at his personal and his professional goals.
Nikki: Well, he lost any hope of a reunion with Ashley the minute she boarded that plane for Paris.
Nick: Judging from what I’ve heard from Abby, Devon found out what Tucker was up to and no longer wants anything to do with him. So, he struck out on all three fronts. You’re probably wondering why is he still in town and what his next move is.
Victoria: Yes. I had a conversation with him where he implied that he was looking for another target, which means that we all have to be vigilant about his movements, at least while he’s here.
Victor: Well, now I’ve acquired some information about that man which may throw some light on his motives.
[ Knocking on door ]
Billy: Hi. Um, I was just in the neighborhood, thought I’d come by and say hi and, you know, maybe spitball some ideas about the podcast.
Chelsea: Not sure that’s a good idea.
Billy: Okay. Um, if you’re busy, I can — I can come back later.
Chelsea: Actually, I’m thinking the entire podcast might not be a good idea.
Audra: What a waste of time. Okay, why was Phyllis pitching us if she didn’t even have a right to approach us with her son’s project?
Nate: You know, I actually admire her brazenness. And I’m intrigued by Daniel’s gaming platform. If it’s on unsteady ground at Chancellor-Winters, there may be something to pursue.
Audra: I can’t see how. Having been privy to Chancellor-Winters’ legal contracts, I can tell you those things are ironclad. Yeah, I don’t think Daniel can get out of his unless the company decides to release him. You know, and if Lily’s reaction to Phyllis shopping around his idea was any indication, I don’t think that’s gonna happen, which means we’d be wasting time, energy, resources by going after it.
Nate: Mm. Exactly how much access did you have to Chancellor-Winters’ legal contracts, when it comes to projects like Daniel’s?
Daniel: Why would you take it upon yourself to go to Nate to pitch my project to him when I explicitly told you that I wasn’t ready to give up on the deal with Lily and Chancellor-Winters?
Phyllis: Okay, well, you said that that company was putting your project on hold.
Daniel: When I told you that things were shaky over there, I thought I was confiding in my mother and not some opportunist who was gonna go and shop my idea behind my back.
Phyllis: “Opportunist”? Seriously? That’s how you see me? Listen, I just went to Newman Media ’cause, you know, I was doing it as an exploratory thing, you know, to sort of whet their appetite. And I think I did. We need to have alternatives if this thing crashes in. I mean, we need to have a backup plan.
Daniel: Okay, you need to stop talking like this is ours. This is my platform, mine alone. And I’m not gonna trust virtual strangers with my dream project. [ Sighs ]
Phyllis: All right, listen, Daniel, the Newmans are hardly strangers. Nick was your stepfather.
Daniel: Well, nonetheless, I’m wary of getting involved with any Newman-run company. I mean, I got to tell you, the worst part about this is you shared privileged information. I mean, I poured my heart out to you and Dad. I told you how much this project means to me, why I need this so bad, and not just on a professional level. I mean, I can’t just ignore the fact that you have compromised my intellectual property. Now any person or any company that you spoke with about it — they can take my ideas and they can run with them before I ever get Omege Sphere off the ground.
Phyllis: Okay. Okay. I’m sorry. I — I — listen, I only spoke to Nate and — and his COO because, uh, it seems like Chancellor-Winters is shelving this project indefinitely. And I know what that does to you. Listen, I want to see your vision come to fruition. And I didn’t say anything risky to Nate. I didn’t say anything risky. Really. I didn’t even talk to the rest of the Newmans about it.
Daniel: What about Tucker McCall?
Phyllis: What about Tucker McCall? I mean, Tucker just overheard me leaving a message for Nate. Honestly, Tucker — I wouldn’t give him a sip of water if he was in the middle of a desert.
Daniel: Hmm. Okay. So, you only shared information with the man who sold out his cousins to give Newman the opportunity to acquire a majority holding of Chancellor-Winters. That’s great. No, I just never thought that you would go and do this with Nate without asking me first. I — I don’t know. That’s my mistake for thinking the best of you.
Phyllis: What? You don’t mean that. Daniel. Okay, I’m sorry. Oh, my gosh. I overreacted. Give me a break. I care about this project for you. I just want the best for you. That’s all.
Daniel: Fair enough. But if my platform ever needs a new home, which it doesn’t yet, it’s my call who we go with, okay? My call. And if I’m being honest with you, right now, if I had to choose, Tucker looks like the better option instead of Newman Media.
Billy: So, what made you think that the podcast might not be a good idea?
Chelsea: [ Sighs ] I had my therapy session with Dr. Malone. I told her my idea, and she thinks it’s too soon to venture into something so personal and intimate.
Chelsea: Reliving the trauma of my suicide attempt before I’ve finished processing it could be a potential minefield for me.
Billy: Well, I’m sure that was disappointing, but I — I understand what she’s saying.
Chelsea: Well, I was disappointed…until I talked it through with Dr. Malone. She said that it’s actually a really good thing that I wanted to do the podcast. It means I’m focused on my recovery and I am trying to pay it forward and I’m focusing on the future, which is something I couldn’t say a few months ago. So… all of this is about my recovery, right? So [Sighs] How can I be disappointed?
Victor: Well, now, I asked Michael Baldwin to look into Tucker McCall’s claim that he was a reformed man when he landed in Genoa City.
Victoria: What did he find out?
Victor: Apparently, McCall’s lavish lifestyle — spending money left and right — has put his company under a mountain of debt.
Nikki: How is that possible? The last we knew, he was selling off parts of his company in order to secure capital to buy out Chancellor-Winters’ stock. I mean, you would think he would have some liquid assets available.
Victor: That’s what we all assumed, but then he took out a number of short-term loans. That’s how short he was of his agenda.
Nick: Could just be a desperation move to stabilize his empire.
Victor: But those debts are coming due. So I think what he’s doing — he’s looking for a lucrative company to keep him afloat.
Audra: I told you I didn’t know the details of Daniel’s deal. My insider info was limited to things pertaining directly to the IPO, nothing connected with development or creative planning.
Nate: You never heard anything around the office?
Audra: Uh, I knew Lily and Devon were discussing building an entire gaming division around the idea Daniel was developing. I was also aware that they were preparing a press release towards the end of my tenure with them. Since it never came out, I’m assuming they hit a standstill.
Nate: Hmm. Interesting.
Audra: Why are you asking me all this? Are you thinking of poaching Daniel from Chancellor-Winters? Or stealing his idea?
Nate: No. No, I’m just curious. I would definitely like to know what’s going on at Chancellor-Winters that would make this project so precarious. I’m sure it has something to do with Devon. His inability to collaborate or take chances is probably bringing the entire company to its knees.
Audra: Why do you still care so much about your family’s company? If I remember correctly, you were quite adamant about putting your time there behind you.
Nate: You’re right. Old habits die hard, I guess. You know, it’s too bad you burned your bridge with them, too. It would have been nice to have some inside information.
Audra: We both burned our bridges at Chancellor-Winters. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.
Nate: You’re right. So I’m glad you did.
Audra: Even if I disagree with you about going after the gaming platform?
Nate: Look, let’s get something straight. I appreciate your input. I’m not afraid of being challenged. I like to hear different points of view so I can make an informed decision.
Audra: And I’m willing to support you 100% if you feel strongly about something, even if our opinions differ. But let me ask you this. If you’re not ready to let go of the idea and if we have no insider information to help us sign Daniel, how would you go about pursuing him?
Nate: I say we sit the guy down and sell him on Newman Media, show him why we’re a better, much more stable, fit for his venture.
[ Cellphone chimes ]
Audra: [ Sighs ]
Nate: Everything okay?
Audra: Yeah. Uh, can we finish this discussion in a little bit? I have to go take care of something.
[ Door opens ]
Audra: [ Sighs ]
Billy: Well, that is a great attitude to have, positive and accepting of Dr. Malone’s advice. I remember a time when if someone said no to your idea, you’d fall down the rabbit hole.
Chelsea: Exactly. And that wasn’t that long ago.
Billy: Well, look at how far you’ve come. That’s a good thing.
Chelsea: Thank you.
Billy: [ Chuckles ]
Chelsea: I heard what she had to say, and it’s just not the right time for a podcast.
Billy: You know, uh, I got to say, when you first told me the idea about the podcast, I did share some of Dr. Malone’s concerns. But this is your recovery, this is your process, and I just want to be supportive.
Chelsea: And you have been. You’re more in tune with what’s good or bad for me than you realize. And I want you to know, I really appreciate hearing your honest, unfiltered thoughts. I know I have to run everything by Dr. Malone, but I — I feel like I’m ready to start opening myself up again to feedback, even if it’s negative. So, receiving it from somebody that I know cares about me — that could definitely cushion the blow.
Billy: Well, I appreciate your vote of confidence, although I’m not sure you should be taking my advice. I have screwed up plenty of times, and I’m still playing it by ear.
Chelsea: Aren’t we all?
Phyllis: Daniel, Tucker McCall is not a good guy. He is a snake.
Daniel: Well, at least he’s true to form. And he’s a smart and intuitive businessman. And he made a lot of salient points. He understood that there could be a crossover between our business and our personal lives. Look, I got to tell you, without me even saying anything, he already knew that Lucy and Heather leaving me was a big part of why I created this whole gaming experience and a way for me to heal.
Phyllis: Oh, a way for you to heal. Really? Oh, my goodness. He’s manipulating you. He’s very good at reading people. He’s very good at reading people and then manipulating them to do what he wants.
Daniel: Or another way of looking at it is that he showed some insight. And McCall Unlimited — they have all the resources and infrastructure we need to hit the ground running.
Phyllis: Okay, well, a lot of companies would.
Daniel: Yeah, a lot of companies do, but with McCall, I’d be dealing directly with Tucker — one guy, less hoops to jump through, and more autonomy.
Phyllis: Okay, well, he’d be holding all the hoops. You know this. And if you start working with him and your agenda is different than his agenda, it’s war.
Daniel: I’m not naive. I know his reputation. But I don’t judge people for the worst thing they’ve ever done. And he seemed genuine in his enthusiasm for my vision.
Phyllis: Of course he is — because your vision is brilliant, because you’re brilliant, Daniel. He wants to be a part of that. He is not real. He is not a genuine guy.
Daniel: You know, Omege Sphere is supposed to be about changing people’s lives, right? Giving the opportunity to grow and be better. I think that if Tucker is willing to do that in his own life, then he might be the better alternative than Newman Media. If — if we need one. I’m not ready to jump ship yet. I trust Lily to come through.
Victor: Well, Michael Baldwin is still trying to find out what Tucker McCall’s true motives are. I mean, how is he gonna regain solid footing without selling his entire company? He has no backing, no bank supporting him at the moment. I think the walls are closing in on him.
Nick: There’s something else we should be worried about. Newman Media recently hired Audra Charles. Now, Nate told Victoria that she was working with Tucker to leak information about the Chancellor-Winters IPO. So we need to be very wary of her allegiances. Despite what she’s told us, I wouldn’t put deception past her. We still don’t know the status of her and Tucker’s relationship. They could still be aligned.
Nikki: We need to keep Audra at a distance until we know if we can trust her.
Victor: Well, let’s think about that for a moment. I think it might be to our advantage if she keeps working with Tucker McCall.
Victoria: I think Dad’s right. I think we need to stay on the offense, turn the tables, force him to be on his guard around us.
Nikki: Are you saying you think we should go after McCall Unlimited?
Victoria: I am. And we were looking for a way to expand by taking over Chancellor-Winters. That door has closed, so maybe another one is opening.
Nick: I don’t think that’s the right move at all. If Tucker’s struggling, it could make him an even more dangerous adversary, and we all know what he’s capable of. Tucker could be very close to crumbling on his own. If that’s the case, then we just let him do it. And then Newman Enterprises swoops in, takes up all the pieces as his company falls apart. To blatantly go after him right now seems too risky.
Victor: Or it’s a golden opportunity. His divisions fold nicely into our portfolio.
Nick: If we succeed in taking them over.
Victor: Son, have you ever known me to go into battle without believing I’d win?
Nick: I’m not dismissing the idea, Dad. I just think we need to carefully weigh the pros and cons before we make the move. Vick, we really got to go. We’re late for that meeting with VPs.
Victoria: But I would like to revisit this sooner rather than later. It’s a good opportunity. I wouldn’t want to see it slip away.
[ Door closes ]
Audra: I was surprised to hear from you. Last time we spoke, you wanted nothing to do with me.
Tucker: Yeah. I let my temper get the best of me. I apologize. It’s a part of myself that I really don’t like and I’m trying to evolve past. [ Sighs ] But, um…I miss — I miss our conversations and — and your take on things. And I’m in a bit of a crossroads now, and I could use some of that.
Audra: So, you called me here to entertain you.
Tucker: No. No.
Audra: Then you want some kind of information out of me?
Tucker: [ Chuckles ] When did you get so cynical?
Audra: The day I met you. You know, I’ve known you way too long to fall for this “Let’s have an innocent chat” line, okay? Just get to the point.
Tucker: Uh [Clears throat] I was actually wondering if you knew anything about Newman Media’s pursuit of Daniel Romalotti’s new gaming platform.
Audra: Ah! There it is. You want me to use my connections and resources to collude with you again? I’d think you would have more important things to do, like, um, fly to Paris and beg Ashley for forgiveness or mending the rift with your son. Wait. Now I’m starting to think that everything you told me about coming to Genoa City to repair your relationships with them was absolute B.S.
Tucker: No. No. My desire to make things right with them was and still is sincere.
Tucker: Yeah, but dwelling and sulking are not in my nature, so I need to keep moving forward. And this — this gaming project seems intriguing to me.
Audra: Keep your hands off that. If anyone is gonna snatch it away from Chancellor-Winters, it’s gonna be Newman Media.
Tucker: [ Laughs ] I got to say, the idea of competing with you on it makes it even more interesting. I miss you, Audra. I miss our partnership. And we were good friends, right?
Audra: We were. But you blew it.
Tucker: I know I did. I’m sorry.
Tucker: Can we hit reset?
Billy: [ Chuckles ] Thanks for, uh — for joining me.
Billy: Felt like I needed to get some fresh air, you know, clear my head a little.
Chelsea: Mm. I did, too. I was getting a little antsy in the apartment. And it’s nice to finally want to go out and want to go somewhere.
[ Sighs heavily ]
Billy: It’s a crisp, beautiful day.
Chelsea: It is. So, why do you have to clear your head? Is something on your mind?
Billy: No, nothing in particular, really. I guess I’m just, you know, thinking about you and your desire to find your purpose. That’s not an easy thing to do.
Billy: Trust me. I’ve failed at it repeatedly.
Chelsea: Hey, don’t talk about my friend like that.
Billy: [ Chuckles ]
Chelsea: I don’t know. I think the key to finding peace isn’t just [Sighs] figuring out what your purpose is. It’s figuring out what your purpose isn’t. And you are doing that work. You’re narrowing it down. You’re — you’re giving yourself space to explore, you know? I believe that you shouldn’t just choose between things that people offer you. You need to trust yourself and pave your own path.
Billy: That’s a very generous perspective of my life.
Chelsea: [ Laughs ]
Daniel: Lily has been one of the truest and most genuine people that I’ve known for as long as I can remember. If anyone can be trusted, it’s her.
Phyllis: Listen, I really like Lily. I do. And I understand that you have loyalty toward her. I totally get where that comes from. But it just seems to me that her company is imploding. I really think you should get out while you can.
Daniel: Huh. Well, this is just a little bit ironic, don’t you think? I mean, it seems like you’re sitting here telling me that I should cut all ties before they drag me down. You literally just let an old grudge ruin your career and your relationship with Summer.
Phyllis: Okay. Okay. Daniel, everything that I said and I predicted about that situation proved that I was correct.
Daniel: That’s great. That’s fantastic. What did being right get you? [ Sighs ]
[ Door closes ]
Billy: You know, I’ve had a lot of time to think. I don’t have a job. Living alone at the Grand Phoenix, you know, plenty of time to ponder my loneliness, my likes, my dislikes, my joys, despair. I’ve had a lot of sobering moments. But, you know, it’s like I said last time we were hanging out. When I see you, it’s, uh — you know, it’s like a highlight of my day. I guess I’m realizing in all of this that we’ve — we’ve lived parallel lives for quite some time.
Chelsea: Well, that’s kind of a stretch.
[ Both chuckle ]
Billy: Well, maybe my issues haven’t been quite as intensive as yours, but, you know, there are similarities there, both emotionally and mentally. You know, this — this journey that we’re on — I don’t know. I guess that’s maybe why we connect. I guess what I’m saying is I’m very grateful for this friendship.
Nate: Everything okay?
Audra: Yeah, absolutely. Ready to jump back in.
Nate: Whatever you had to do seemed to put a pep in your step.
Audra: Oh, I, uh, had to put some issues from my past to bed. And, um, yeah…I feel good.
Nate: I hope this brush with the past doesn’t involve anything that might take you away from Newman and back to London.
Audra: I’m not looking for a new gig. I like it here. But it’s good to know that I’m valued. And I’m coming around the idea of going after Omege Sphere.
Nate: Really? Great.
Audra: So let’s put our heads together and figure out a way.
[ Knock on door ]
Victor: Baby, you have been awfully quiet since we broached the subject of potentially acquiring Tucker McCall’s company.
Nikki: I’m hoping that Michael will find something that will make a takeover less hostile and risky.
Victor: I’m still in favor of making a move on his company.
Nikki: Well, I can certainly see the upside for us, although Newman Enterprises really isn’t lacking in anything right now. And for Victoria, I know for her it’s more the love of the game, which she inherited from you. What I don’t understand is why you seem to be so invested in this.
Victor: Baby, you just said that Victoria inherited her love of the game from me. Doesn’t that explain everything?
Nikki: Not this time.
Nikki: It seems like you are specifically going after Tucker McCall. And if that’s the case… I want to know why.
Nick: I am glad that didn’t take long.
Victoria: I know. The VP meetings are much more efficient when we eliminate all the small talk at the beginning.
Nick: Agreed. Thank you, Andy. What looks good to you? I’m starving.
Victoria: Before we worry about what we’re gonna eat, I have to ask you — why are you not sold on this Tucker idea? I mean, the upside is enormous. The reach of McCall Unlimited is international, and having that brand under the Newman umbrella, it would just solidify our position in the global community. Plus, snatching Tucker’s company out from underneath him would be delicious karma, especially after all of his past lies and machinations.
Nick: That’s all true, but something about this doesn’t sit right with me. I can’t shake the feeling that this is all part of a bigger plan that Dad’s put in motion by telling us about it.
Victoria: Well, that wouldn’t be the first time.
Nick: Doesn’t make it alright.
Victoria: Anything else troubling you?
Nick: [ Sighs ] What do you mean?
Victoria: I don’t know. Call it sisterly intuition, but I feel like you’ve been carrying around this personal weight all day. Whatever it is, you can talk to me about it, alright? Because if we have learned anything this past year, it’s that we can trust each other. Tucker. Join us.
Daniel: Sorry for stopping in unannounced and for all the confusion with my mother earlier. I just wanted to clear the air. Obviously, she overstepped. Her intentions were good, but she jumped the gun on something that she doesn’t know a lot about and doesn’t have any control over.
Audra: I suspected as much since I remember hearing about your collaboration with Chancellor-Winters when I worked there, and I assume it wasn’t as easy as just placing a bid.
Daniel: You’re right. It’s not. I have an active contract with them, and I have every intention of honoring it. After our encounter, I just felt like I should come here in person and, you know, clarify any misconceptions. But if anything does change in the future, I’d be happy to sit down and discuss possibilities. So, again, sorry for any confusion.
Nate: Uh, hold on a second. If you have a few minutes and there’s an opportunity for some kind of future collaboration, however small the chances are, what’s the harm in letting us sell ourselves to you?
Chelsea: You’ve been thinking about this a lot, haven’t you?
Billy: Does it seem that way? Well, I guess it’s just, you know, we’ve — we’ve both had our fair share of struggles.
Billy: And I’m not comparing mine to yours or anything like that, but I know — I know that darkness…
Billy: …When you’re trying to find that light or that saving grace. I know that feeling. You know, we’ve both been adrift when it comes to finding a career or something that fulfills us. And don’t take this the wrong way, but we both struck out on love.
Chelsea: Alright, alright, I get it.
Billy: You’re not finding any comfort in what we have in common?
Chelsea: No, please, please carry on.
Billy: I don’t know. You know, it’s just we’ve both fought back against being pigeonholed into these opportunities that other people think are right for us.
Billy: Instead, we search for what makes us feel good, what our passions are. And I think — [ Sighs ] I think that’s what I loved about the podcast, you know? I mean, the back-and-forth was great, of course, but I think it was getting to know each other on that — that deeper level.
Chelsea: I think so, too. You know, when you said the parallel lives thing earlier, I thought you were just trying to make me feel less alone, but now I believe you actually mean it.
Billy: I do. You know, I’m — I’m very proud of all the work that you’ve done and how determined you are. And it makes me feel determined, too.
Chelsea: [ Breathes deeply ]
Nate: The first thing I would say as far as Chancellor-Winters versus Newman goes is that Audra and I have worked at both places and we have found Newman Media to be a much happier business home.
Daniel: Well, I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience at Chancellor-Winters, but that hasn’t been the case for me.
Audra: You had to have noticed the turmoil there.
Daniel: I am committed to Lily and her company. My word — it means a lot to me. When I make commitments, I do my best to honor them and to not betray the people that believe in me. This project means everything to me. It’s literally my future. It’s not a “sell to the highest bidder” kind of thing. So, I hope that’s something that you can both understand and accept and respect. [ Chuckles ] Again, thank you for your time.
Nate: I am more intrigued than ever.
Audra: If you intend to go after Daniel’s platform, you should know you have some competition waiting for you. Tucker McCall has the same idea.
Nate: And you know that how?
Chelsea: [ Sighs ] You did not have to walk me home, but that was a very chivalrous gesture.
Billy: All good. Um, so, listen. I, uh — I have a few things to take care of today, but maybe we can grab dinner soon.
Chelsea: Sure. Um…I could cook us something.
Billy: Yeah, yeah, we can do that, or we could — could go out, you know, unless it’s too stressful.
Chelsea: No. I don’t think it would be too stressful. I’d like that.
Billy: Okay, good. Some food, some — some fun.
Billy: [ Chuckles ] Alright, uh… well, we’ll figure it out.
Chelsea: Sounds great.
Billy: Okay. Have a good one.
Chelsea: You too.
Billy: See you.
Victor: But I have other reasons for wanting to acquire McCall Unlimited.
Nikki: Care to fill me in?
Victor: [ Breathes deeply ] I have a feeling that one of the divisions might be appealing to Adam when he comes back.
Nikki: You mean if he comes back. Victor, don’t tell me that’s what this is about — trying to lure Adam back to Newman Enterprises.
Victor: No, no, no, no. As I said, there would be many benefits to acquiring McCall Unlimited.
Nikki: And you realize that your other children are not pawns in your constant battle with Adam, right?
Victor: I know that. Don’t you worry, okay? I’ve thought this through. I think this will be good for everyone concerned. But when Adam realizes that we have McCall Unlimited in our portfolio, that would give him a very strong reason to stay.
Tucker: A, uh — [ Laughs ] an invitation from the Newman siblings? That’s…a suspicious surprise.
Victoria: No, we — we just wanted to talk.
Tucker: Oh, really? What about?
Nick: Your future plans.
Tucker: Yeah, I figured. Say, did you fill him in on the nasty rumor you started that I’m coming after your company?
Victoria: Oh, that? Uh, no, I — I hadn’t given it a second thought since we spoke, since the idea of you being successful at it is dubious at best.
Tucker: What, then?
Victoria: Oh, we just wanted to let you know that there’s another nasty rumor floating around.
Tucker: Oh. Do tell.
Nick: Your company’s in trouble.
Tucker: Well, you know you’re on top when people feel the need to start gossiping about you. But, uh, I don’t believe rumors. Neither should you.
Next week on “The Young And The Restless”…
Nate: Someone else in my place might wonder if you’re working Tucker…or me… or both of us.
Phyllis: I’m going out of town. Um, I just wanted to let you know.
Summer: Okay. Where — where are you going?
Phyllis: I’m going to meet with Heather. [ Sighs ] I’m gonna convince her to take your brother back.
Kyle: I found something interesting, something I think you can use to get Adam out of the company.