Y&R Transcript Thursday, July 13, 2023

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Mariah: Hey. Have you been ignoring me?

Kyle: No, I didn’t think so.

Mariah: Well, I’ve sent a bunch of texts. I’ve left two voicemails.

Kyle: I– I swear, I haven’t been avoiding you. But if this is your attitude, maybe I should be. What’s the problem?

Mariah: You are.

Summer: Great news. Chelsea lawson is gonna take the creative director job after all. Yeah. I’m going to talk to her more about it tomorrow but I– I think that it was my hard sell that convinced her. I know. I’m– I’m really excited about it. All right, I will let you know details as I have them. All right. Bye.

[ Summer chuckling ]

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Abby: Hey, I heard the news that you and kyle separated. My mom told me that you moved out.

[ Summer sighing ]

Summer: Abby, can we just skip the part where you lecture me and tell me that it was all my fault?

Abby: Actually, I was just gonna offer you a hug.

Jack: Hiya, nik. You waiting for victor?

Nikki: Oh, no, I’m just enjoying a quiet evening on my own. Something about the atmosphere and the music here, I find it very soothing.

Jack: Yeah, I felt my stress level go down a notch or two when I came down those stairs.

Nikki: Well, would you like to join me or are you looking for some alone time?

Jack: Well, that was my original intention, but it’s nice to see a friendly face. Um, I’d love the company.

Nikki: Well, given everything that’s going on at jabot, I’m sure you need a break.

Jack: Yeah, I would welcome a time out.

Nikki: Yeah. I know how hard those kind of conflicts can be, forcing the family to take sides. How are you holding up? I hope there haven’t been too many casualties. Do you have the board behind you?

Jack: What, not you too?

Nikki: Not me what?

Jack: Is this a friendly conversation or is this a fact-finding mission? What exactly are you after?

Diane: Billy, you’re looking comfortable.

Billy: Yeah, that’s one of the perks of being the co-ceo, you can put your feet up on the furniture. You should work it into your contract if you haven’T.

Diane: Oh, my role comes with other benefits.

[ Both chuckling ]

Billy: Like a four-carat ring and a c-suite position. Uh, jack’s not here. I’m not sure where he took off to. Something tells me you knew that he wasn’t gonna be here.

Diane: Yes, it’s– it’s you I was looking for. Um, would you like to grab a drink? My treat.

Billy: Me and you?

Diane: Yes, there’s– there’s something important that I need to talk to you about.

Tucker: Hi.

Ashley: Well, hi handsome. What’s all this? Flowers and– oh, champagne? What’s the occasion?

Tucker: Pff, any night I get to spend with you is a special occasion.

Ashley: Oh. Surely, you can do better than that.

Tucker: [ Laughing ] Okay. Uh, well, for one, we’ve got our exciting new business venture together.

Ashley: Better.

Tucker: And two, my P.I. Is closing ranks on the emt, the carson guy. So, we should have phyllis back in town, and–

Ashley: Yes.

Tucker: The leverage to weaponize her against diane.

Ashley: Definitely something worth celebrating.

Tucker: And then, third…

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Mariah: How could you not tell me you were leaving marchetti?

Kyle: Okay, I’m sorry I didn’t make you my first call when my life was being completely upended.

Mariah: Fine, but I– I could have been the second or even the tenth. But I had to find out from tessa, who only heard it because she’s the face of marchetti.

Kyle: I have had no say in how the news was handled, and in case you’re not up to speed, it wasn’t my idea to resign. My father thought it would be untenable if summer and i both worked there and he chose her to stay.

Mariah: Okay, slow down, and– and back up, that is a lot to process. First, I have a very hard time believing that jack kicked you out of the family company like that.

Kyle: Oh, no, he offered me another position, but at a lower level because billy has my old co-ceo job. I didn’t feel like being demoted when summer rises to the top. So, I declined. Thanks, but no thanks.

Mariah: Wow. That sucks. I– I had no idea.

Kyle: No. On top of all of that, I haven’t been getting much sleep. Harrison’s confused and out of sorts because summer moved out.

Mariah: Does that mean what I think it means?

Kyle: Summer and i are officially separated, mariah.

Mariah: I am very sorry, for your sake.

Kyle: You don’t have to pretend to be sorry.

Mariah: And you don’t have to pretend to put on a brave face. I know that that’s all for harrison. But this is me. You’re still in love with summer, okay? I know that this heartbreak is– is very, very real.

Kyle: Maybe it’s the wake up call I needed.

Nikki: What makes you think I’m after anything? Jack, after everything that you and i have been through, you actually think that I would side with ashley and tucker instead of you?

Jack: If it was only me, no. No, I admit you’d probably have my back.

Nikki: You know that I would.

Jack: But you can’t deny the fact that you hate diane and I wouldn’t put it past victor to try to take advantage of this latest upheaval at jabot. Maybe stage a hostile act of his own, join forces with ashley.

Nikki: Jack, this kind of paranoia is not like you. Now, victor has enough to deal with without going after jabot. And frankly, I am offended that you think that I would have ulterior motives in simply asking how you’re doing. I was concerned after reading the press release about ashley and tucker’s new company. This is big news in genoa city. So, pardon me if I care. I will have that drink by myself now!

Jack: I– I– I apologize. I had no right accusing you of digging for dirt. I apologize.

Nikki: I don’t appreciate being treated like a spy. I am not leanna love looking for a scoop.

Jack: Of– of course, you are not and you are right. I have been overly suspicious lately. Unsure where or when or from whom the next betrayal is coming.

Nikki: Of course you are. I mean, who wouldn’t? I’m sure it hurts that ashley is leaving jabot.

Jack: I learned of ashley’s defection the same way you did. I read about it in a press release.

Nikki: Oh, my god. That’s awful.

Jack: Yeah, being sideswiped by your own sister, pretty awful.

Nikki: Well, I’m sure this has something to do with diane. That ashley is trying to get back at you because of diane’s new promotion. Much less your engagement.

Jack: Yeah, that’s what I thought at first too. I’m starting to think it’s much deeper than that.

Tucker: You just can’t say it. You can’t bring yourself to say the l word, even though all your actions speak it loudly every day. Every way.

Ashley: According to you.

Tucker: And of course, part of this is the pleasure you derive from teasing me.

Ashley: Well, I know for a fact you love to be teased.

Tucker: Yeah, maybe, when I know where it’s going, but… now, I get the feeling that there’s something more serious at play.

Ashley: Like what?

Tucker: Another test of my limits. See how far you can push me before I give up and walk away. You’re so desperate for just a little proof that I’m the old tucker, aren’t you? That I’m– I’m gonna let you down again. I’m gonna hurt you again. When are you gonna accept the fact that that’s not gonna happen?

Billy: As thirsty as I am, there’s no way I can leave the office right now. With everything going on, there’s far too many fires to put out.

Diane: What I need to talk to you about is as important as anything else you need to deal with tonight. I promise.

Billy: Well, you have my interest piqued, so… how about I take a break and we can have a drink right here? Go ahead. Have a seat.

Diane: Oh, thank you.

Billy: So, what’s going on?

Diane: Well, first, I want to thank you for not taking ashley’s side in this latest family battle. It was– it was a welcome surprise that you didn’t agree that me being promoted would destroy jabot.

Billy: I’ve been in your shoes, diane. I’ve been the object of scorn. I have been the odds-on, favorite to fail miserably. I get it.

Diane: Mm, well, I intend to prove myself.

Billy: And I’m genuinely on your side. I’m pulling for you. I have not seen jack this happy in a very long time and I happen to believe that you’re not out to, uh, you know, get jabot.

Diane: [ Laughing ] Yes. I mean, why would I destroy my fiancé’s company? It doesn’t make any sense.

Billy: Tucker, on the other hand, I do not trust him at all.

Diane: Well then, why do you think that we should just let ashley and tucker burn out on their own?

Billy: You seemed to be on board with my approach earlier this morning when we were discussing it with jack.

Diane: Well, I don’t agree.

Billy: Well, that’s interesting. What changed?

Diane: I’m worried about jack’s role in this battle. I mean, I– I know tucker and I know he doesn’t like to fail, and I’m scared he will play as nasty as he needs to in order to win. And I just– I just don’t want to see jack have to stoop to that level.

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Abby: Are you and kyle talking?

Summer: No. He says that I betrayed him and he doesn’t trust me anymore. And to be honest, I don’t blame him.

Abby: Unfortunately, I know what that feels like.

Summer: I made a mistake. If he would just give me another chance, you know?

Abby: I wish I had some useful advice, but I’ve realized that what happens in a marriage is between the two of you. I hope that you can come to a resolution that you’re both happy with. And in the meantime, I am a sympathetic ear.

[ Summer sighing ]

Summer: In that case, could we change the subject?

Abby: Yes, of course. Okay, um, well, what’s the topic?

Summer: Anything else.

Abby: Okay. Then, why don’t you tell me what’s going on at jabot these days?

Jack: Things are just untenable between ashley and me. It isn’t easy when your sister despises your fiancee.

Nikki: Well, jack, did you really expect her to welcome diane to the family with open arms?

Jack: I am not naive. I didn’t expect her to be thrilled that I was engaged to diane. Didn’t expect her to be thrilled that I would promote diane to a new position at jabot, but to leave our father’s company?

Nikki: Yeah, that’s a big statement. But she’s left before and come back.

Jack: Yeah, this just seems different. We’ve always had a contentious relationship.

Nikki: You’ve both been vicious with each other in the past, but you came back from it. I’m sure that you can overcome a rift about diane.

Jack: I don’t know. Somehow, this just seems more profound. The level of vitriol is crazy. It’s like the wound between us never healed. And something is driving this fury and it’s not just diane. This seems targeted at me.

Nikki: This is really hitting you hard.

Jack: I know, I just feel like tucker has tapped into a rage there and he’s exploiting it. That diane is just an excuse for ashley to come after me and the company.

Nikki: Well, I can’t pretend to understand what goes on in ashley’s mind, or tucker’s for that matter, but I do understand how complicated it is to work with family. Isn’t there something I can do to help?

[ Jack sighing ]

Ashley: Am I testing you? I don’t know, probably, on some subconscious level. So what? We’re doing great together, tucker. We’re– we’re a great couple. We’re making great strides. And we have an understanding that this is a transactional agreement.

Tucker: It’s more than that for me.

Ashley: But we both understand the rules of engagement.

Tucker: Rules change.

Ashley: Stop being such a baby. Come on, admit it. You’re having fun.

Tucker: Occasionally. When you’re not building a wall around your heart. I just don’t know why you choose to deprive yourself of so much joy.

Ashley: How do you know I am?

Tucker: Because I feel it when we’re together. I just– I just wish you would join me.

Ashley: What if I don’t want to? What if I like things the way they are? And what if this is as good as it’s gonna get?

Diane: You’re jack’s brother. Soon to be my brother-in-law. I hope you don’t think I’m setting you up to do anything unethical.

Billy: It’s fine, diane. You don’t have to worry about offending me.

Diane: Well, apparently, I do. I think you’re misunderstanding.

Billy: Hm, am I? I mean, we’re talking about protecting my family, my family’s legacy, correct? I’m very capable of playing dirty. Just like I know you are.

Diane: Well, I’m not suggesting that–

Billy: Ah, I thought this was a truth serum.

[ Diane laughing ] We both know damn well what you’re suggesting. You sought me out to have a conversation that jack doesn’t know about. Like I said, I’m very busy. So, if you’re gonna continue to play coy, I’m gonna skip the drink.

Diane: All right, fine. Cards on the table.

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Jack: I just don’t see an easy fix to this situation. I don’t know how you can help.

Nikki: Well, it’s an open offer.

Jack: I appreciate that. Your friendship means the world to me.

Nikki: As does yours. Oh, there is something about being in this room. I always feel the spirit of friendship and love.

Jack: Yeah, I know what you mean.

Nikki: Our dear, dear neil. I miss him so much. That’s probably what drew me here tonight.

Jack: Yeah, I miss him too. Especially, at times like these. Why is it family is our greatest source of joy and our greatest source of pain?

Nikki: You and I both know the answer to that.

Jack: Yeah. Hey, you should feel very proud of what you’ve done to honor neil in creating this space. And for stepping into his shoes tonight.

Nikki: Oh, no, nobody could do that.

Jack: No, we honor him by reaching out to those we care about and you did that for me tonight and I’m very grateful and you did neil proud.

Nikki: Well, it was my pleasure.

Jack: And you somehow managed to do all of that without once chastising me for my relationship with diane.

Nikki: Ah, well, that took a lot of willpower and a little tongue-biting.

[ Jack laughing ]

Billy: Let’s start with what we do know. We are both more than willing to tarnish our pristine reputations in order to get what we want. Me… I want to protect my family. And my father’s legacy. But what’s in it for you? Your tenure here at jabot has been short. Why such a fierce allegiance?

Diane: My loyalty is to jack. And by extension, jabot. He’s– he’s risked everything to help me and it’s only fair that I do the same.

Billy: Yeah, I wouldn’t underestimate jack. He doesn’t need or want protecting. He’s very capable of getting his own hands dirty.

Diane: I’m– I’m well aware of that, but he crossed many lines, uh, helping me with jeremy stark and that’s why I’m concerned. I want to protect him and his reputation. I want to keep him free of the mud if it comes to that.

Billy: But I’m fair game.

[ Diane chuckling ] Again… I don’t offend easily.

Diane: Good. Because we have bigger things to worry about.

Billy: Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t think we need to resort to unscrupulous methods here. You know, I– I firmly believe that if we take a few precautions and we double down on this quarter, we’ll outperform what we need to do and whatever ashley and tucker are working on will fizzle out before their company even gets started.

Diane: Yeah, well, what if you’re wrong?

Billy: Well, if anyone makes a move to hurt jabot… for instance, if ashley and tucker pull their patents or they try to take down jabot in any sort of way, I will not only enjoy, but I promise to get down in the mud with tucker mccall and fight like hell. No one is going to mess with my father’s legacy. Not ashley and certainly not that piece of work, tucker mccall.

Tucker: So, this is the best I’m gonna get, huh?

Ashley: Maybe.

Tucker: A transactional relationship with a steel-hearted woman. Wow. What a storybook romance.

Ashley: Excuse me? I don’t have a steel heart. I have a guarded heart for good reason. And as much as I enjoy talking about our feelings, can we please put a pin in it? I have something urgent I need to discuss with you. So, please pour some champagne right now, please. I want to talk about the next stage of our plan which I’m ready to set in motion.

Tucker: All right. What’s next on the agenda?

Ashley: Okay. Here. Okay, that’s good, that’s good, that’s good. Okay. Ready?

Tucker: Yeah.

Ashley: Okay, here’s to… pulling the rug out from under jabot. One employee at a time.

Mariah: So, you’re telling me that you’re totally fine with everything that’s happened to you lately. Your mother-in-law frames your mom for murder, your wife betrays your trust, your dad fires you from the family company, but it’s no big deal. In fact, it’s a good thing.

Kyle: Obviously, it’s not the way I would have liked for things to play out. At least I see summer for who she is now.

Mariah: And I am a very loyal friend who will resist pointing out that I have been warning you about snowflake for years.

Kyle: Thanks for that.

Mariah: But you cannot convince me that you are happy about getting booted from marchetti.

Kyle: Okay, I’ve already landed another job. One that I wasn’t handed based off of my nepo baby position.

Mariah: Don’t you dare diminish everything you’ve done at jabot just because–

Kyle: Because what? It’s my birthright? All right, I’m not saying I didn’t do good things there.

Mariah: Yeah, you crushed it.

Kyle: Sure. Maybe. But that’s the thing. I’ve realized that there’s a voice in the back of my head asking me if I would have had the same opportunity if I wasn’t jack abbott’s son. Look, I know I’m good at what I do, but you have to admit the outside world can look at me and think I’ve been handed every opportunity.

Mariah: Who cares about the outside world?

Kyle: Well, maybe I do. And now, I have to prove myself based off of my own merits. It’s exciting for me.

Mariah: Okay. Where is this dream job?

Kyle: A– at newman media as C.O.O. Working with audra charles.

Mariah: Noah’s ex?

Kyle: She’s smart and driven and not afraid to take big swings. She has a real passion and energy.

Mariah: You got all of that from one job interview?

Kyle: Okay, you can put a lid on that judgment.

Mariah: I’m sorry, but I– I’m your friend. I have to tell you the truth and I am just not buying all of this. The family company meant everything to you. You have “jabot 1” as your license plate. So, I think you just need to slow down and take a breath before you take this job at newman media. I mean, you cannot convince me that that’s what you really want.

Kyle: Why does everyone think they know what’s best for me? Trelegy for copd.

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Abby: It’s so toxic.

Summer: I blame diane. I’m kind of surprised that your mom hasn’t filled you in on all of this.

Abby: We haven’t had a heart-to-heart recently. I felt like she was dodging me, but I thought it was because she was planning this wedding to tucker. I had no idea she was starting her own company.

Summer: Yeah, it’s all coming to a head.

Abby: It sounds like it. And my biggest problem used to be straddling the newman-abbott fence.

Summer: And now there’s a fence in the middle of the abbott living room. I’m just glad that I don’t have to deal with that tension anymore. Abby, what are you gonna do if this conflict between your mom and jack comes down to a board vote?

Abby: I have no idea. My mom’s hinted around about whether I’d support her, but she hasn’t asked me directly. And I can’t imagine my uncle jack would suggest I’d vote against my own mother.

Summer: Uh, I wouldn’t be sure about that. It’s gotten pretty vicious.

Abby: I can’t vote against my uncle jack either. I mean, I– I guess if it comes down to it, I would have to abstain.

Summer: Diplomatic. I mean, not voting? That’s making a statement. So, why not make it count? I think that you’re gonna have to pick a side.

Jack: So, does this newfound willpower mean that you’re coming around about diane?

Nikki: Oh, no. No, that will never happen. I can never forget and forgive what she did to me, framing me for her murder. Although, I probably won’t be forming a new cabal to banish her either. I’m just tired of wasting all my time and energy on her. No offense.

Jack: No offense taken. Actually, I’m happy to get any victory I can here. So is diane. I enjoy distracting her with positive thoughts these days.

Nikki: Well, I hate to admit it, but you do seem happy. I haven’t seen that sparkle in your eyes in a very long time. And even though you’re going through all of this with jabot, all you have to do is say her name and you light up.

Jack: I am unequivocally in love with diane. She is a changed person. She has left behind the thing that everyone hated about her, all of it.

Nikki: Well, maybe not all.

Jack: Look, she deserves a chance at this new life of hers. I will not get tired of saying that. So, I’ll be damned if I let anyone, least of all, ashley, take that from us.

Nikki: Jack, did it ever occur to you that maybe that’s not what she’s doing?

Jack: No, not at all. Ashley is single-mindedly determined to bring diane down.

Nikki: Maybe starting a new company is her way of coping. Now, I know that you have managed to let go of all of your issues about diane, but you can’t expect all of us to do that. I mean, maybe ashley is putting some distance between herself and diane as a way of saving your family, not destroying it.

Jack: That’s wishful thinking. My sister is forcing my hand and I am so worried that there is no coming back from this rift.

Tucker: Eh, I don’t know. Bringing jabot down one employee at a time seems pretty slow and tedious and potentially unsuccessful. Why can’t we do something more positive? Why can’t we concentrate on getting simply ashley up and running, right? We don’t have time to make jabot die a slow and painful death.

Ashley: I don’t want jabot to die a slow and painful death. I don’t want it to die at all. I want to save it. I want to make jack see that there’s no loyalty under diane. And we tried to use the board against her.

Tucker: Right. And failed to get a majority.

Ashley: Exactly. So, now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna lure the staff away with more money and better positions and the knowledge that jabot is headed for a crash because of jack.

Tucker: Jack appears to have acquired a lot of loyalty over the years. It’s not gonna be easy.

Ashley: Okay, we’re gonna undo that. We’re gonna make all these people, all these employees see that jack’s obsession with diane is costing the company greatly. Diane is the key. She’s the key. We have to make them hate and distrust her as much as they love and respect jack. Listen, if I can’t save my brother, I am going to save my father’s legacy.

Diane: Here’s to fighting ashley and tucker and protecting jack.

Billy: If it comes to that. Seriously, diane, you don’t need to worry about this stuff. You’ve got this epic wedding to plan. You gotta make sure that your gown is ready and the location is locked and all the invites are ready to go out. I’m sure the guest list is massive.

Diane: Uh, thanks, but I’ve got it under control. I’ve been working my way down my to-do list when I’m not focused on learning the ropes of my new position.

Billy: And speaking of them, I bet you wish you would have waited ’til after the epic wedding before you took on the new job.

Diane: No, I love being chief talent officer. Getting up to speed on staffing and networking with headhunters.

Billy: Because from what jack said, it’s gonna be quite the party. I mean, you really should be focusing just on that. You don’t have to worry about petty human resource issues here at jabot.

Diane: You know, billy, I find it hard to believe that you’re that interested in the details of our ceremony. Why are you focusing on this?

Billy: Because I’m gonna urge you to do something. Something that you’re probably not gonna want to do. But it is in the best interest of jabot. And more importantly, jack.

Diane: What’s that?

Billy: Resign. I’m jonathan lawson

Tucker: So, the idea is to sick phyllis on diane, which will throw diane off the rails and then weaken jabot by taking back your company and your patents. It’s pretty good. I do like the way your mind works.

Ashley: Thank you. I appreciate that. And just having phyllis in diane’s vicinity is gonna completely throw her off her game. She is going to do something stupid, jabot will stumble, and simply ashley will be up and running and ready to go.

Tucker: Staffed by former jabot employees.

Ashley: Yes.

Tucker: And then we swoop in and take over the weakened jabot.

Ashley: Yeah.

Tucker: Wow, you’re ruthless.

Ashley: Only because I have to be. And by the way, it’s very exciting. Thank you very much for helping me make it happen.

Tucker: Uh, in that case, why don’t you reward me by admitting you’re in love with me?

Mariah: I’m not trying to tell you how to feel or what you should do, I’m just trying to be a friend. And sometimes that means pointing out hard truths.

Kyle: No, no, I heard you. You think I’m too angry to think straight, but mariah, I have more clarity than I have had in a long time. So, I’m gonna be a friend to you too. I think you should jump ship from jabot.

Mariah: Oh. Wait a second, are– are– you want me to leave in solidarity?

Kyle: No, no, not for me, for you. If I am an example of how they will treat family, just imagine how they will treat you.

Mariah: I– I think you and I are in very different situations.

Kyle: There’s a battle brewing. It’s gonna get uglier before it gets better. You are talented. There are dozens of companies who will hire you in a minute.

Mariah: Thank you. I appreciate that, but I’m– I’m not looking for that kind of upheaval in my life right now. I have– I’ve got a family. I got a baby to take care of. And, I mean, what about tessa? Are you gonna demand that she resign as the face of marchetti? We’re not the abbots. We rely on paychecks.

Kyle: Suit yourself. I have to go.

Mariah: Hang on, hang on! Are you seriously upset with me because I won’t resign in protest?

Kyle: You were honest with me, so I’m being honest with you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Good luck. Enjoy working with summer.

Nikki: I’m concerned to hear you predict a point of no return with ashley. And I know how committed you are to your father’s legacy. How far are you willing to go to save jabot and diane?

Jack: As far as I have to go. No two things are more important to me in my life.

Nikki: What about your son? What about harrison? I mean, you’re talking about igniting a family war.

Jack: This isn’t about them. This is between ashley and me.

Nikki: I know you can be tough, even cutthroat if you want to be, but tucker mccall, he is operating on a whole other level. If he is provoked, he can be as unpredictable and mean-spirited as they come.

Jack: That’s why this fight is so important. We’re about to become in-laws if ashley follows through with this sham engagement.

Nikki: Jack, it has been so many years since you battled with victor. Do you really want to become that person again?

Diane: So, that’s what you wanted all along. To get me out of jabot. I thought you were on my side, but it sounds like you’re working with ashley.

Billy: No, no, no, no. Come on. Don’t be ridiculous. You know that’s not happening. Okay? This is my idea.

Diane: So, jack doesn’t know about this.

Billy: No.

Diane: No because he wouldn’t approve.

Billy: Unless he thought it was your idea.

Diane: Billy, even if I were to convince jack that it was my idea, he’d never buy it. And giving up my job means that ashley wins and I am not about to let that happen.

Billy: Diane, I’m not asking you to walk away forever. It’s just until things calm down and the dust settles.

Diane: I am not gonna walk away at all. That’s exactly what ashley and tucker are waiting for. Any misstep on my part they can latch on to to prove that I don’t deserve to be chief talent officer or any job at jabot.

Billy: I get it. I really do. I understand your reluctance. But if you pull back a little bit and look at the big picture, I think even you can agree that you are the driving force in ashley’s declaration of war. And if you remove yourself from the equation, well, then maybe this doesn’t get so ugly. Look, you say you want to protect jack and jabot. This is your opportunity to do that, by putting them first. Do you struggle with occasional nerve aches

Ashley: I’d like a refill, please.

Tucker: Before I pour, I want to know you’re gonna toast to us. I want to hear you tell me you love me.

Ashley: Has anybody ever told you that you talk too much? What’s that saying… about actions?

Diane: You’re asking me to give up something I’ve worked extremely hard for.

Billy: Okay, look, I– I don’t mean any offense, but let’s just be honest, jack gave you this job with a big bow attached to it.

Diane: Yes, but becoming the person who deserves it took decades of reinvention.

Billy: Diane, I don’t see the sacrifice in temporarily walking away from the job if it means avoiding an escalation from ashley. Look, you say you want to protect jack and I believe you. This is the way to do it with the least amount of bloodshed.

Jack: What are you both doing here so late? Everything all right?

Diane: Uh, yes, billy and i were just discussing how to handle ashley and tucker.

Jack: And?

Diane: And billy believes that they won’t ultimately prove to be a threat.

Jack: I could not disagree more. We can’t afford to think that way. We need to prepare for war. I will be very disappointed if I can’t count on you, billy.

Billy: Jack, just because I see the threat differently than you doesn’t mean I’m against you.

Jack: But are you willing to fight for the family company if I’m right and they come after us?

Billy: When it comes to you and jabot, I will do what needs to be done. Always.

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