Young & The Restless Transcript
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[ Daniel sighing ]
Lucy: Hi, dad.
Lucy: Best surprise ever?
Daniel: Uh, yeah. Best since the last time you– what are you doing here?
Lucy: Well, mom is working on phyllis’ case and I just finished camp, so instead of going back to lisbon, I–
Daniel: Came to visit your old man. Oh, okay. Was this your idea or your mother’s?
Lucy: Well, of course I wanted to see you.
Lucy: And maybe mom’s a little worried about you. I mean, just because of phyllis and everything else.
Daniel: I’m fine. I promise, I’m fine. Look, but I love having you here. You guys could have told me that you were coming, you or your mom.
Lucy: And ruin the big surprise? I mean, you should’ve seen your face. Those big eyes and goofy smile?
Daniel: Oh, ha, ha, ha. Well, just for your information, you inherited that same smile.
Lucy: Okay, but I– I make it cool.
Daniel: You do make it cool. What do you wanna do? You wanna go grab one of those frozen mocha ice drinks over at the coffee house? You wanna get some food?
Lucy: Whatever you want. This trip’s all about you.
Daniel: So, you are checking up on me.
Lucy: And I’m bringing my coolness to brighten your day.
Daniel: It does brighten my day. Now look, I’m gonna– I’m gonna say this again. I’m fine.
Lucy: Fine. Then, we’ll just have fun. Maybe mom will need some support because she’s stuck between christine and phyllis. There’s gonna be a trial soon, right?
Daniel: Oh, it’s, uh, it’s looking that way.
Lucy: Mom’s the best at this stuff, right?
Daniel: Yup. Heather’s a great attorney, but you know, your grandmother, she–
Lucy: Gets in her own way all the time. That’s what you always say.
Daniel: Yeah, she really does.
Lucy: What about aunt summer? How’s she doing with all this?
Daniel: Well, I worry about summer. She’s already lost so much, I don’t wanna see her lose anything else.
Chance: Well, look at that.
Summer: Chance, hi.
Summer: What’s going on?
Chance: Oh, no, just in the gym, you know. Been thinking about this case for the longest time and needed to clear my head a little bit.
Summer: Does that usually work for you?
Chance: Yeah, yeah. Doesn’t hurt. What’s, uh, what’s up with you? Kind of seem like one big ball of nerves.
Summer: Uh, no. Nothing’s going on.
Chance: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hey, hey, hey. I don’t wanna push or cross any lines or anything, but I hope you know you can talk to me. You can trust me. I mean, who’s more trustworthy than me?
Summer: You? The cop who arrested my mom?
Chance: Well, you’re not gonna hold that against me now, are ya? I thought we were friends.
Summer: I would really like to talk to you about all of this, but I– I don’t even know how to explain it. All I’ll say is, um, everything’s changed.
Heather: Phyllis, stop talking until we have a chance to discuss this in private.
Phyllis: I’ve never been more serious. I mean it, christine. I will plead guilty to all the charges to avoid trial. I need something from you in return in writing.
Christine: I’m listening.
Phyllis: I need you to confirm that you will not try to prosecute my kids. Summer and daniel are not guilty of anything. They did nothing wrong. They shouldn’t be punished, please. In writing, you will not prosecute them. The only thing they’re guilty of is trying to help their mom, that’s it.
Christine: Okay, I will guarantee no prosecution for daniel or summer.
Phyllis: Good. Can we get in front of a judge now? Today?
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Chance: All right. Hit me. What has changed?
Summer: I got into a fight with my mom.
Chance: Well, that’s not very surprising. You’ve been doing that a lot lately, right?
Summer: This time was different.
Summer: You know what? It’s not worth going into. All you need to know is that my eyes are finally open. Now, I’m on the precipice of something, you know? Like, I could just step off and I would enter this whole other dimension or– or it’s like, I’ve experienced this personal earthquake and everything has shifted. Like, my life could be going in a whole different direction. Okay, I’m not explaining this well. You know what it is? Do you know the feeling that you get when you’re on a really big rollercoaster and you get to the top and you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach and you’re really nervous and you’re scared, but there’s also this acceptance because you’re there? And there’s no turning back, no matter how scared you are.
Chance: Okay, so you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster?
Summer: Yeah. I mean, I’m letting go of my mom. I love her. Obviously, I love her. She’s my mom, but… she’s in charge of her own fate. I can’t control her and I can’t change her.
Chance: What about kyle?
Summer: There’s no going back. So, I’ve gotta move forward, right? And I just– I have this weird… energy, you know? I don’t– I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what it is. Maybe… maybe it’s me letting go of all this crap that I’ve been putting up with for the last few months, you know? Maybe this is what liberation feels like.
Christine: Thank you, your honor, for seeing us on such short notice.
Heather: Please take a beat and think about this.
Judge: Is the defendant going against counsel’s advice?
Phyllis: Yes, I am, your honor. I am going against counsel’s advice and I– I know exactly what I’m doing and why.
Judge: Have a seat. Okay. I understand that you want to change your plea. You’re now pleading guilty to all charges against you.
Phyllis: Yes. I plead guilty to all charges against me. I don’t want this going to trial. I want this to be over. I know exactly what I’m doing. I want my kids to be safe, but I– I just ask– I ask that you hear how I ended up here in front of you, begging for mercy.
Judge: Very well, ms. Summers. District attorney has submitted a, uh, sentencing recommendation. I don’t have to accept it. What would you like me to know before I make my decision? Postmenopausal women with hr+ her2-
Phyllis: I was terrified of jeremy stark. You know who he is. He did horrible things. He– he served time in prison.
Christine: So had you.
Phyllis: Um… diane jenkins’ testimony, that’s– that’s how I landed in prison. And so, he hated her, obviously. Um, he knew that I hated her as well, so he had this idea that I would fake my death and we would frame diane for it. Duplication of something diane had done herself many, many years ago.
Judge: And you went along with it?
Phyllis: Yeah, for revenge, at the time. I just didn’t understand how– how everybody gave diane jenkins a free pass and no one did the same for me. I’ve never been given a free pass for anything in my life. So, my kids had already left me, um, and I– I felt lost and jeremy saw that and he preyed upon that. The way that I felt, he manipulated it, my isolation, but there was a real undercurrent of a threat the whole time.
Judge: Against you?
Phyllis: Against me. Um… but mainly against my kids at the time that if I didn’t go along with the plan, that maybe he would do something to them.
Judge: But you married him before this plan went into effect, is that correct?
Phyllis: Yes, but that was one of his stipulations, that I marry him, and at the time, it doesn’t even matter because I’d be dead anyway, so I know it’s crazy. I know– I under– it– it– huh. His idea seemed like the answer.
Judge: And after you were legally married?
Phyllis: That’s when everything went into overdrive. I mean, what the– the gala, the poisoning. He had everything planned out. The ambulance crash. Everything was set up. All the clues to indicate that diane jenkins was guilty.
Judge: And you also intended.
Phyllis: But at this point, I, um… I was just trying to protect my family, if that makes sense to you. My kids had a memorial for me. I went to it and I hid in the back. My kids were in so much pain and I realized I caused that. I caused their pain. My daughter went from numb to anguish to fury. My son had such unbridled rage towards jeremy stark.
[ Phyllis sighing ] I did that to them. That’s when things changed to me. I couldn’t bear living the rest of my life without my children. So, I wanted out, but jeremy wasn’t gonna let me out. No. So, now he started overtly threatening my children and he took a life insurance policy, named himself as the beneficiary. Oh, and then he changed the plan.
Judge: In what way did he change the plan?
Phyllis: First, he was just gonna help me disappear and then he changed the plan. That we’d be together forever and we’d be connected in some deserted island somewhere. That we’d be a married couple and everything that that entails and I refused. And that’s when he said he’d kill me and he attacked me… and I defended myself.
Judge: This is the attack that was witnessed by mr. Carson?
Phyllis: I didn’t know that he saw it, but I guess he was looking through but I killed him before he killed me. I did that. I stabbed him. I killed him. It haunts me. I wake up at night and I see his face and I hear his voice and I feel his hands on my neck.
[ Phyllis sighing ] But I killed him. I took a man’s life and I can’t take it back. In a split second, I made that decision. I took his life. I did that and I take full responsibility for doing that. I truly do. Please… I ask you… that you understand the coercion and that I was a victim of it and that I was in terror in the hands of a man who was my captor. I am begging you. I am begging you for mercy, please.
[ Phyllis sobbing ]
Judge: Madam district attorney, anything you’d like to say?
[ Christine sighing ]
Christine: While I appreciate ms. Summers coming forward to tell us the details of what happened, expressing remorse for her role in deceiving an entire community, for framing an innocent woman and taking the life of a man, laws were broken and we cannot forget that.
Judge: Having heard ms. Summers account of her own ordeal, do you feel any differently about the sentencing recommendation?
Christine: I do not, your honor. While ms. Summers’ guilty plea does save the state time and cost of a trial, foregoing the right to one was her choice, and while a lighter sentence may be in order, it has to be in keeping with the severity with the crimes that were committed.
Heather: My client has shown great character speaking here today. That said, I am not surprised that the district attorney would continue to argue for a significant sentence. Her history with ms. Summers is, uh, well known.
Christine: Ms. Stevens knows full well that I would never let my personal feelings get in the way of the duties of my office. Your honor, consider we have no corroboration of the facts ms. Summers confessed beyond mr. Carson’s statement. That he witnessed mr. Stark attacking her. And mr. Carson isn’t even a reliable witness. He lied to authorities more than once and we have no proof that stark threatened her children and we can’t interview a dead man. My position on this is based on facts and ms. Stevens is out of line to suggest otherwise.
Daniel: Hey, mariah.
Mariah: Sh. It’s nap time.
Daniel: Sorry. And I– I remember those days well, even though they seem like they were a long time ago. Have you met my daughter, lucy?
Mariah: No. Hi! It’s so nice to meet you. You’re here visiting your dad and, oh, your mom. That’s perfect.
Lucy: Yup. Have both of them in the same place for once. Um, my flight’s one way for now. Departure tbd.
Mariah: You are a very lucky man, daniel.
Daniel: Yes, I am. This one here thought she better come and check on me.
Lucy: Well, when we text and call, he’s always like, “I’m fine. Everything’s fine. No need to worry.” But, I just wanted to come and check for myself.
Mariah: Well, your dad does have a lot on his plate right now, so you’re very sweet to check on him.
Daniel: Guys, I am– I’m fine. I am. Okay, maybe I’m not totally fine. Maybe this is a weird time for me. Everything that’s happened with my mother and you know, trying to get a new career of the ground with the omegasphere and trying to be a better father. I am. You know, a better father and a better man ’cause that’s what lucy deserves and that’s what lily and– and summer deserve, but it’s a process.
Mariah: Yeah, I– I totally get it.
Daniel: Distancing myself from the people I care about when things get tough, it’s kind of what I do, but I’m working on it. I am. I genuinely would like to be the kind of person that steps up rather than stepping back and just letting whatever’s gonna happen happen. Watching people that you love and you care about do damage to themselves and do damage to their relationships ’cause they just keep making the same stupid choices over and over again? I don’t think I have the time or the energy for that anymore. I don’t know if I ever will.
Chance: Liberation? Yeah. I– I guess you could be there. I don’t know. I feel like you still have a lot to process.
Summer: Okay, if it’s not liberation, what is it? What am I feeling?
Chance: Adrenaline? Coming off a big fight with your mom. I don’t know.
Summer: Maybe. Maybe. It could be adrenaline, but I don’t know. I feel… reckless, maybe.
Chance: All right.
Summer: I don’t know, chance. This feeling… it feels good. Like I have the old summer back.
Chance: The old summer?
Summer: I feel like I need to do something. I need to do something to get this energy out so that I could actually, potentially, refocus.
Chance: What’d you have in mind?
Summer: Maybe I need to find an actual rollercoaster?
Chance: Oh. Oh, wow. Didn’t expect that.
Summer: Think about it, though. Think about it. You’re up there really high and you can see for miles. I mean, there’s gotta be some clarity that comes from that, right?
Summer: And then the wind hits your face and your stomach drops and it feels like anything could happen next and you just… go with it because you don’t have another choice. Come with me.
Judge: Ms. Summers, what do you think is a fair and appropriate sentence given the charges against you.
Phyllis: That, um… I think if I answered that, that would be very self-serving.
Judge: I’d still like to hear it.
Phyllis: Well, I feel like I’ve already paid a price for what I’ve done. I lost, uh, people I love. I’ve lost their respect, I’ve lost their trust. I’ve seen what my actions have done to my kids, my daughter in particular, what it has cost her. I’d like the opportunity to make that right.
Judge: And how would you do that?
Phyllis: Well, if I’m in a jail cell, I can’t do that. What I’m asking for is a chance to make amends. I desperately want to be a better mother. I want to be a better person. Judge, I have learned my lesson. I am asking you, I am begging you, please, please give me the opportunity to change, please.
Christine: Your honor, if I might add something–
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Chance: You know what? I think a rollercoaster is exactly what you need right now. Unfortunately, I can’t come with you.
Summer: Oh, I see. You don’t want me to see how scared you get.
Chance: Uh, no. That’s not it. I’m not scared. Okay? I’m not. I got a couple of reports on my desk that are due soon, so I gotta go get that done.
Summer: I think I need to do this. I think I need to ride an actual rollercoaster.
Summer: Are you sure that you don’t wanna come with me? I promise you I will not tell a single soul that you shut your eyes and held on for dear life.
Chance: You know what? I’m gonna show you just how brave I am, just not today, all right? Rain check. Well, I’m sure I’m gonna see you very soon, so tell me how this goes, okay?
Chance: Hey, summer. Rooting for you.
Mariah: Got it.
Daniel: Got what?
Mariah: Well, I got what you said. About watching the people you love making bad decisions because daniel romalotti is such a saint and everybody else needs to step up their game.
Daniel: That is exactly what I meant. You know, uh, mariah here is really good friends with kyle and with kevin.
Lucy: Your bestie.
Daniel: My bestie.
Lucy: So, you know my aunt summer?
Mariah: Yeah, we go way back.
Lucy: Not a fan?
Mariah: Uh, not to be mean about it, uh, but… team kyle forever.
Daniel: Hm. Right. So maybe you’re just a little biased about me.
Mariah: That’s fair, but how does that relate to you being quick to pass judgement on others?
Daniel: I’m not judgmental. Oh, come on. Maybe a little bit. Maybe a little judgmental.
Lucy: Mom says that when we have been kind of a mess and then we pull ourselves together that we expect others to be able to do it too and then, when they can’t, we don’t understand why.
Mariah: Well, perfectionists, and I don’t know if this applies to you, daniel, but they don’t just expect perfection out of themselves. They expect it out of other people too. Does any of that ring true?
Daniel: You know, if I wanted therapy, I’d, uh, head on over to the coffee house and talk to sharon.
[ Mariah laughing ]
Mariah: All right, all right. That’s fair.
[ Mariah chuckling ] You know, when I– when I look at aria, reminded about how miraculously unique each of us are. Now, I have my own path, my own pace. So do you. So does lucy. And so does aria. I’ll be out in the park like this or at the grocery store and other moms will ask me about the milestones and there’s this sort of unspoken competition going on. But what I do know is that aria, she’s just simply aria. She’s going to do exactly what she needs to do, exactly when she needs to do it and it’s not up to me. She’s got her own timeline. It’s not up to tessa. I feel like people change if and when they want to and change can be… extraordinarily difficult. Take an extraordinarily long time. I mean, I know that first hand. But the people we love, I don’t know, I feel like we need to give them the space and the trust to make all of those changes that they need to.
Phyllis: So, what do you think? Do you think the judge believed me?
Heather: I still don’t love that you came to this decision, changed your plea without consulting me. However, I’m impressed. I think you did the right thing and I believe that you’re sincere about wanting to change.
Phyllis: Well, can you tell my kids that?
[ Phyllis chuckling ] Summer thinks that everything that comes out of my mouth is a lie. I think that’s really the main reason I wanted to plead guilty. I wanted… to show my daughter that, um, I’m ready to face the consequences of my actions.
Heather: Summer will come around.
Phyllis: Daniel? I know he’s ashamed of me. That’s what he said. They always have been and always will be the best part of me. My kids. I wanna earn back their trust starting now. Known as a loving parent.
Heather: I know you know that you screwed up. I mean, there were probably a thousand ways you could’ve dealt with the hurt and the loneliness you were feeling, but you chose the absolute worse. But now, you’re back to your senses. The thing is, I saw it with daniel. You know, he pushed us away and he went down this, uh, terrible, dark hole, but when he came out, he realized what he’d done and what he lost.
Phyllis: So, you’re saying that there’s hope for me and my kids?
[ Phyllis chuckling ]
Heather: You’ve proven to yourself that you’re capable of doing the right thing. It feels good, doesn’t it? Really, really good. I hope you never forget what this feels like.
Phyllis: Uh, no, I won’T. I can’T.
[ Christine sighing ]
Chance: Madam D.A., What’s the latest?
Christine: Phyllis just went in front of a judge and plead guilty on all charges. Now, I’m just waiting to see if the judge takes my sentencing recommendation or if she throws it out and does her own thing.
Chance: Hm. Do you really think they’re just gonna let her walk?
Christine: I hope not. Heather accused me of going after phyllis as if I have a vendetta.
Chance: I mean, you two do have a history, but I’m sure you were nothing but fair, as always.
Christine: Of course I was. I mean, you know this case. It’s been very unnerving. And then, I– I just left the courthouse and I… I noticed that I had a voicemail from paul.
Chance: Oh, yeah? Is he still in portugal?
Christine: Yeah, he wants us to talk.
Chance: All right. When’s he coming back?
Christine: Not here. He wants me to go to lisbon.
Chance: Oh. Right in the middle of a case?
Christine: Chance, look I need to make time for this once phyllis is sentenced. He, um… he wants to talk about our future and I have to say, his tone didn’t sound very positive.
Chance: Hm. Well, I guess the question I have for you is how do you want all of this to end?
Christine: My marriage?
Chance: No. Phyllis.
Christine: I’m torn. I want her to have to pay for her crimes for once and not out of vengeance. Because it’s what’s right. It’s what I stand for as the D.A.
[ Christine sighing ] But at the same time, I– I do want what’s best for phyllis’ kids, you know? What would make it easiest for them to just move forward.
[ Christine sighing ] The judge has made a decision.
Heather: Judge is ready. Time to go. Come on, phyllis. You’ve made it this far. It’s time to see it through.
Phyllis: Yeah, my– my kids will know I did whatever it takes. That’s all that matters. Want luxury hair repair that doesn’t cost $50?
Mariah: Well, I should be getting this one home because she does not like to miss a meal.
Daniel: Yeah, this one’s like her old man. Gets really hangry if I don’t feed her, so.
Lucy: Well, I mean, that was the deal.
Mariah: Look, daniel. I– I really do hope everything works out with phyllis. Uh, I’m new to the whole mother/child relationship thing, but I do know how special moms are. I know mine is and I would do anything to make sure she was safe and I hope aria feels the same way about me one day.
Daniel: Well, thanks for the talk.
Mariah: Well, I will leave you guys, but lucy, it was very nice meeting you.
Lucy: Yeah, you too.
Mariah: Bye. See you guys soon.
Lucy: Hey, dad. Do you think you could take me to go see phyllis right now?
Daniel: Look, I know that you love her and you want to support her. I think we need to hold off for a while. You okay with that?
Lucy: But I’ll still get to see her, right? At some point?
Daniel: Yeah, you will.
Judge: Take a seat.
[ Sighing ] Ms. Summers, I’ve listened carefully to your story. I’ve heard how you were influenced by jeremy stark, how you were coerced by a dangerous criminal to commit to the series of crimes. The facts of the case are that you went to great lengths to commit fraud. To make it appear as if you’d died. You framed an innocent party, made your children accomplices to your crimes, and ultimately, killed a man when you felt the walls closing in. Mr. Stark was a dangerous criminal. He had a serious criminal record, so it’s reasonable to believe that you feared for your life. Furthermore, there were no witnesses to contradict your story. The only witness to come forward is mr. Carson, who confirmed your story that you acted in self-defense. I have taken into account his written statement. I’m going to reject your recommendation, mrs. Williams. Ms. Summers, I’m sentencing you to six months community service and a year of probation. Be anything but a model citizen during that year and I will see you back here immediately and I will not be as forgiving as I am today.
Phyllis: I understand, your honor. Thank you. Thank you.
Judge: Thank you, ms. Stevens. Mrs. Williams. Ms. Summers, you are free to go.
[ Christine sighing ]
Christine: You have been given a gift. Don’t squander it.
Phyllis: I won’T.
[ Phyllis sighing ]
Heather: It’s over, phyllis.
Phyllis: Oh, not yet.
[ Rollercoaster clicking ]
[ Summer screaming ]
[ Summer laughing ]