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Sally: I’m surprised you still have these.

Adam: Why wouldn’t I?

Sally: Just seeing them brings back a lot of memories. But…

Adam: But what?

Sally: It’s just not healthy to hold on to the past. We both– we have– we have to find a way to move forward.

Adam: I understand what you’re saying, but these photos, they represent a time when I was truly happy. It’s hard to just forget about that.

Sally: Yeah, I know. Yeah, we had something really special. Something I will always cherish.

Adam: And you moved on. I know. Doesn’t mean I need to pretend that you and i were never together.

Sally: I’m not asking you to pretend.

Adam: No. You want me to forget all together. But I never thought you would even see these. And I promise, I was not laying a trap to remind you how happy we were or how much we loved each other. I was not inflicting my feelings on you. You went snooping.

Sally: Yeah, I was just tidying up. Just trying to help.

[ Sally chuckling ]

Adam: You were decorating for me. The discussion about moving on was just a bonus.

[ Sally sighing ]

Sally: I really want you to find happiness. To find someone who loves you the way that you deserve to be loved.

Adam: Sally, you have no idea how much you still mean to me. It’s not something that I can just turn off.

[ Banging on door ]

Nick: Adam, you in there?

[ Both sighing ]

Kyle: Call me a genius again.

Audra: Um, then there wouldn’t be enough room in this bed for me, you and your ego.

[ Kyle laughing ]

Kyle: I think we can make it all fit.

Audra: Mm-hmm. You know, your plan was pretty clever. You know, going to victor and exposing adam’s blackmail was a stroke of genius.

Kyle: Oh, I wish I could have seen victor’s face and adam’s when he got an earful from his daddy.

[ Kyle laughing ]

Audra: I can only imagine.

Victoria: Oh, I’m so glad this wasn’t a bad time for you.

Nikki: Oh, darling, it’s so good to see you.

Victoria: Because I wanted to come by and say welcome home, daddy. I assume that your trip was very productive.

Victor: It was very nice. Being home, not so much.

Victoria: What’s wrong?

Victor: Your brother crossed a line again.

Victoria: Oh, well, I assume that you don’t mean nicholas. So, what has adam done now?

Nikki: Do we really have to talk about this? I have almost gotten your father calmed down.

Victor: Baby, come here. I know, but she needs to know. So happens that adam found some incriminating emails on the mccall server about audra charles. Used that evidence to blackmail her.

Victoria: I don’t suppose this has anything to do with her recent pitch to merge newman media with adam’s company.

Victor: That doesn’t surprise you?

Victoria: It’s not too difficult to connect the dots. Adam is a spoiled brat who wants his toy back. He’s convinced that we robbed him of newman media, even though he’s the one who walked away from it.

Victor: Anyway, it has been handled. The evidence will never see the light of day.

Nikki: Yes, audra had the good sense to come clean. She came by tonight to see your father.

Victoria: See. Well, what about adam? I hope that you gave him the smackdown that he deserves.

Victor: He’s been put in his place.

Victoria: And this is the final straw, right, daddy? He’s gone too far. His actions are tearing this family apart and it has to stop.

Victor: Your brother nicholas was just here. He agrees with you. I think we have all reached our limits with adam’s behavior.

Nikki: Well, it’s about time that he faces consequences for his actions. I mean, he has been nothing but a troublemaker for our family, for the company. It cannot continue.

Victoria: No, it cannot.

Victor: Yeah.

Nick: Are you out of your mind? Dad just told me what you and audra were up to with newman media. What were you thinking? Sally? You didn’t live this strong,

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Nick: What are you doing here?

Sally: I just came to see adam. I thought you weren’t coming back ’til tomorrow morning.

Nick: Yeah, I changed my plans. Came home a day early. I went by the club, but you weren’t in your room. Then, I went and saw dad and he filled me in on what adam is up to now.

Adam: Nick, I’m not in the mood, okay? Can we just do this tomorrow when you’ve calmed down?

Nick: I’m not going to calm down. Man, what are you doing? Everything was going great. I’m not going to let you screw this up for sharon.

Adam: Nobody is screwing anything up for anybody, okay? It’s been handled.

Sally: Okay, what is going on?

Adam: Nothing, it’s nothing worth talking about.

Nick: Nothing?

Sally: Okay, would someone please just tell me?

Nick: Adam somehow got his hands on some damaging information about audra and tucker during the time when audra was working at mccall unlimited. He then used that information to blackmail her into convincing dad and victoria that we needed to merge newman media with our new company.

Sally: Adam, is this true?

Adam: Blackmail is an exaggeration. I presented an opportunity and I made a– I made a valid case.

Nick: You crossed a line.

Adam: If it would have worked, it would have been a coup. It was strictly business. Don’t you think our father hasn’t done the same thing?

Nick: What you did was reckless and everybody is telling you, dad included, that you need to back off. This is not the right way to handle things.

Adam: Nick, you have your methods and I have mine.

Nick: You think you know how this is going to play out? You have no idea.

[ Adam chuckling softly ]

Kyle: Adam had the right idea about merging the two companies. Makes sense for us to join forces and create a stronger, more successful entity.

Audra: Yeah, but without adam, of course.

Kyle: Exactly. We don’t need his reckless behavior and megalomania ruining our plans. But there has to be a way to do this without him.

Audra: I admire your confidence, but no. Nikki, victor and victoria are all against it. So, I’m happy to sit this one out. You know, I think victor might actually sort of like me.

Kyle: Hm.

Audra: All thanks to your brilliant plan.

Kyle: Of course, someday you’ll need to get nikki and victoria on your side.

[ Audra grunting ]

Audra: I’m not sure that’s possible.

Kyle: You’ll figure something out. It’s all in the method.

Audra: I like your method.

Kyle: Hm.

Audra: Show me again.

Kyle: Oh. If you insist.

Victor: Just so you know, I’ve given adam one last chance. You know, I think he got the message.

Victoria: Another chance? Really? Mom.

Nikki: Your father knows how I feel about it.

Victoria: Dad, he is going to continue to defy you. The only thing that’s going to end that is if you stop him in his tracks.

Victor: Let me explain this to you. He’s got to stay where he is right now. I’ve just secured a lot of funds for adustus in europe. Not going to risk losing that because we have a squabble now.

Victoria: Adustus has two other people at the helm. They don’t need adam. He can easily be replaced.

Nikki: Darling, I understand your concerns, but right now, we need to think strategically.

Victoria: Mom, you can’t possibly be defending adam.

Nikki: Absolutely not. I am looking out for the company. And I’m sure it’s not lost on you that nate approached me with this merger at audra’s urging.

Victoria: I am aware, but he believed that there was a very strong financial upside. And if adam hadn’t been involved in this merger, of course I would have considered it. But he was, so it’s a moot point.

Nikki: Okay, you have glossed over the fact that nate can be manipulated into influencing a decision. You should be more concerned about him and the risk he brings to the company.

Victoria: He was trying to defend a colleague and he backed off immediately when I told him that it wasn’t happening.

Nikki: Victoria, can you really trust him?

Victoria: Yes, I believe that he will do what’s best for newman enterprises. I do. He simply was advocating for this merger because he wanted the recognition and he wanted to protect the company’s reputation. How can we fault him for trying to make a smart move?

Victor: He should have come to me. Right away. As audra did. You know how important loyalty is to me?

Victoria: God, please. Audra only came to you because she was out of options. And let’s not forget how adam was able to blackmail her in the first place.

Victor: Let’s put that aside, all right? It has been laid to rest.

Victoria: So, now you trust audra and you don’t trust nate?

Nikki: Frankly, I don’t know if I can trust either one of them.

Victoria: Nate was not involved in the mccall coverup. Audra was. She obviously was tucker’s fixer. And let’s not forget what she tried to do to devon’s company on his behalf. What else do you think she’s capable of? Rsv is in for a surprise.

Victor: So, you are suggesting we replace audra?

Victoria: I don’t think that’s the worst possible idea.

Victor: But you seem rather passionate about it.

Nikki: And yet, you’re still protective of nate, in spite of what he tried to do to devon and lily.

Victoria: Well, he was upfront with me about the audra situation at the very least.

Nikki: Only after he made a direct pitch to me to go along with adam’s idea.

Victoria: Yes, that’s true. But as I said before, he was just trying to score his own business success. He wasn’t trying to cover his ass or bow to any blackmail. Look, his only crimes are friendship and ambition. Audra seems a lot more comfortable with betrayal and duplicity, almost in fact as comfortable as adam is. So get rid of adam and fire audra, is that it?

Audra: Victoria is clearly victoria’s golden child. So if she wants you by her side, there’s nowhere else you should be.

Nate: I plan to continue to make myself indispensable to her.

Audra: Just don’t get complacent. You know, this is just the beginning. And the next step is clear. You must solidify your relationship with victoria. Take things to the next level.

[ Nate sighing ]

Tucker: Nate.

Nate: Tucker. Hello. I heard rumors about a wedding. Congratulations.

Tucker: Thank you very much.

Nate: Ashley is quite a woman.

[ Tucker chuckling ]

Tucker: Yes, she is. And I’m the luckiest of men. Hey, how are you? Scotch. Neat, please.

Nate: So, what brings you here alone on your wedding night? No honeymoon?

Tucker: In time. Yeah. But there’s just too much to do here in town, you know? Personally and professionally.

Nate: You must be eager to get back to the business world after selling mccall.

[ Knocking on door ]

Tucker: Uh, yeah. Now with ashley as my partner, we can’t lose.

Nate: I suppose you had a chance to talk to audra then. Seems like you both managed to dodge a career-killing bullet.

Audra: So, you think that I can win over nikki as well?

Kyle: You’ve got a secret weapon. I mean, she’s always liked me.

Audra: Oh, yeah? More than her own granddaughter? But, you know, if you’re right, we’d have both victor and nikki supporting us, and with victoria distracted by nate, the sky’s the limit for us at newman media.

Kyle: Mm-hmm. See how easy that was?

Audra: Look, imagine the control we could have over a massive media empire. You know, the power it could give us politically, financially, globally. And media holds the key to shaping the world and influencing the masses. Yeah.

Kyle: You do not think small, do you?

Audra: Winners never do.

Kyle: Hm.

Adam: Look, I’m sorry, nick, but I’m not interested in more of your righteous indignation. You can afford to act that way, but sometimes, some of us have to do the dirty work.

Nick: Or not.

Adam: Tell that to our father. Merging this company is a good idea. You know it, sharon knows it, our father even knows it. He’s just being difficult to put me in my place. And victoria, she won’t go along with it because she’s threatened by me.

Nick: No, adam, no. She hates you. It’s a big difference.

Sally: Adam, what exactly did you do with audra?

Adam: It’s not relevant.

Sally: Please, tell me anyway.

Adam: Audra and i had an agreement. I found some incriminating information in some of the old mccall files and I agreed to destroy it as a favor to her.

Sally: In exchange for what?

Adam: I asked her to use her influence to talk to victor and victoria, so they would take my idea into serious consideration because we all know that victor values other people’s opinions over his own son.

Nick: That is a hell of a way to spin that.

Adam: Look, nick, will you just back off?

Nick: What he’s leaving out is that audra felt trapped, so she went to my father, confessed everything. Does that sound like two people exchanging favors?

Sally: No. No, it does not.

Adam: Okay, well, I had to try. Newman media used to be mine.

Sally: Yes, but it is not anymore. So, why would you think blackmail was the way to get it back?

Adam: I don’t owe anyone an explanation for my actions. It was a calculated business move. It was one just like our father has made over the years to accomplish his goals. Was it sketchy? Perhaps. Was it ruthless? Maybe. But the ends justify the means.

Sally: No, adam. They do not. You know what, I– I cannot be here anymore. I will meet you back at the club.

Nick: What’s up? What’s going on here, anyway?

Sally: I will explain it all to you later. Goodbye, adam.

[ Door slamming ]

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Tucker: Can you be more specific? What bullet did we dodge exactly?

Nate: Hm. You know, the singer, cover-up, the blackmail by adam. Or was that such a common occurrence, it just slipped your mind?

Tucker: That may sound familiar.

Nate: You know, I– I– I learned that it’s always a good idea to check your spam folder and delete everything.

Tucker: Thank you. Yeah.

[ Tucker clears throat ] Well, if you say we dodged it, then I’m certainly relieved.

Nate: Thanks to audra.

Tucker: Actually surprised you two are so close.

Nate: We share many of the same interests.

Tucker: Do you share a lot of interests with victoria?

Nate: Victoria’s a wonderful colleague. I couldn’t be more honored to work with her.

Tucker: Nice. Oh. Word of advice regarding audra. That woman is a self-centered and vicious person. She will take control of whatever she needs to to get what she wants, and she’s very good at it. And you won’t see it coming.

Kyle: You love it, don’t you? The game.

Audra: Well, what’s the point of life if you’re not having fun? You know, in business, pleasure, life. It’s not just about the power or money.

Kyle: Hm.

Audra: Yeah, it’s about the rush.

Kyle: Oh. You know, I found that a healthy dose of pragmatism goes well with a powerful ambition.

Audra: Hm. Well, I’m always pragmatic. You know, I trained under tucker. Look, I just want to enjoy myself, you know, in the process. And you strike me as someone who hasn’t had enough fun lately.

Kyle: Ooh, I mean, it has been a while.

[ Both chuckling ]

Audra: That’s why we’re good for each other, you know?

Kyle: Hm. I guess I’ll have to stick around, see how it all plays out.

Audra: Yeah. You know, I think that we’re reaching the point where, uh, spending the night together sounds quite appealing.

Kyle: Appealing?

[ Knocking on door ]

Tucker: Audra, it’s tucker.

Audra: Oh.

Victoria: Maybe audra did what was necessary. And maybe we can trust her. But adam, dad, the more you keep rewarding him, the more he’s gonna believe that he’s completely untouchable.

Victor: Don’t you worry about him, okay? He got the message. He’ll fall in line. He’s focused now.

Victoria: How long is that gonna last? I mean, come on. He’s driven by his ego. He’s constantly trying to prove that he’s more superior to me, to nicholas, even to you.

Nikki: Believe me, I know how you feel. But right now, we need to keep adam in place due to the capital your father just secured.

Victoria: Then, let’s just find some other capital.

Victor: Not going to happen.

Victoria: I will say this now and then I’ll be done, but it is past time that we cut adam off at the knees. He needs to stop manipulating and undermining our family. We’ve given him enough chances, and he’s shown that he’s only out for himself. And I just hope by the time you figure this out, daddy, I hope it’s not too late.

Adam: Well, this is exactly what I expected, nick. We just see the world through different lenses.

Nick: No, there is a right way and a wrong way.

Adam: Yeah. And you are always right. We know.

Nick: Adam, it’s not that simple. Dad is furious. He is fed up with you and about to cut you loose. You are jeopardizing your entire future.

Adam: Would you stop pretending like you actually care? And it’s dad’s prerogative. If he wants to fire me, he can do that.

Nick: When are you gonna grow up?

Adam: Just call me what you want, okay? But I’m not gonna compromise who I am. I’ll do things the way I want. If you think that that’s childish, I really– I don’t care.

Nick: You know, this. I– it’s another example. Look at me. She is not with you anymore. She is with me. You need to respect that.

Adam: Nick, sally ordered the food. See, she set the table. She unpacked boxes for me. You see, she thinks that she loves you, and I’m part of her past because I hurt her, but the memories of that hurt are not going to last forever. And soon she’s going to remember what it’s like to be with somebody who loves her more than you ever will. Feeling sluggish or weighed down?

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Nick: Now, you are delusional and selfish. Sally doesn’t want your love anymore. She doesn’t want your vision for the future. You need to move on. She has made her choice.

Adam: Yeah, you. But you’ll never put her first, and you damn well know it, nick.

Nick: You just keep bringing up that night with cameron. Sally seems to understand, but you just can’t do it, can you?

Adam: You know, let me make something clear. I don’t owe you anything. I respect sally’s feelings, but yours, they do not concern me. I’m fine to work with you. It’s what sharon wants, it’s what victor wants. And it’s important assets that sharon brings in the financial backing that victor has, but personally, I don’t care what you think or how you feel.

Nick: This is the life you are choosing. Think about it. You’re just so focused on everything that you think was stolen from you, newman media and sally’s love, but you can’t think beyond your own rage and loss. You have nothing and no one and you can’t blame anyone but yourself for that.

Adam: Get out, nick. Sally is waiting for you, so don’t disappoint her.

Nick: Oh, I won’T. Count on it. You’re crazy if you think I’m going to let this slide.

[ Adam sighing ]

Tucker: Hey. Uh-oh.

Audra: Hm?

Tucker: What you got going? Some kyle abbott action, huh?

[ Tucker laughing ]

Kyle: Uncle tucker.

Tucker: You guys hard at work? So impressive.

Audra: You know, I didn’t expect to see you here. Shouldn’t you be all curled up with your new bride? Aw. Did the wedding get called off last minute?

Tucker: No, we went ahead with it. Went very well, now I’m a happily married man and my new bride is sleeping peacefully in our suite. It was a lovely ceremony. Isn’t that right, kyle?

Kyle: Uh, what I saw didn’t seem very festive or romantic.

Tucker: Well, you got there a little late, didn’t you? Hey, I wonder if you wouldn’t mind getting lost for a little bit. I’d like some alone time with audra and myself.

Audra: If this is about the mccall issue, kyle is up to speed. Besides, the threat has been neutralized, so, uh, this is over.

Tucker: You’ll forgive me if I’m going to need a little more than just your say so.

Kyle: It should be enough.

Tucker: Who the hell’s talking to you?

Audra: If I’m not worried about it, tucker, you shouldn’t be either, okay? You can go check in with adam if you want. But as far as we’re concerned, this is over.

Nate: Hey, victoria. I was just about to head out. How did things go with your parents?

Victoria: It was quite eye-opening. It turns out that audra did seek out my father’s help in regards to adam and it’s all been resolved.

Nate: That’s good to hear.

Victoria: You know, I had the most interesting conversation with my mother.

[ Phone ringing ] I need to get that. It’s probably the kids wondering where the dessert is at.

[ Nate laughing ]

Nate: Kids always have a way of reminding us of our priorities, don’t they? Is everything okay? You seem a bit troubled.

Victoria: I am. Your involvement with audra caught me off guard. Why didn’t you come to me first?

Nate: Yeah, you’re right, uh, I apologize, victoria. I should have been more transparent with you from the start.

Victoria: You know, if you and I are going to have a strong relationship, both professionally and personally, we’re going to have to be open with one another.

Nate: Yes.

Victoria: No matter how difficult the situation might be.

Nate: I absolutely agree. Look, I don’t ever want to hurt you or make you feel like you can’t trust me.

Victoria: I appreciate that.

Nate: From now on, no more secrets.

Victoria: Good. Postmenopausal women with hr+ her2-

Nate: I know there are still doubts about me. Your mother certainly seems to have them. I wanna prove myself every single day. Not just for the job. I want to be by your side in every aspect. This is the most at home I felt since my days as a young surgeon.

Victoria: You know, you’ve already proven yourself to me in so many ways. I believe in your potential. It’s not just about the job for me either. I think it’s about the connection that we have and I want us to continue to grow together.

Nate: I hate to think that helping audra without consulting you first would somehow jeopardize us. But I need you to understand I did it because I believed it was the right thing to do. To keep the mccall scandal quiet.

Victoria: I know. We all make mistakes.

Nate: Mm. And I learned from mine. I would do anything for you.

Victoria: Anything?

Nate: Anything and everything.

Nikki: I have to agree with victoria. You have given adam countless chances and he continues to disappoint you. But at some point–

Victor: Sweetheart, you’ve got to trust me. I know when it’s time for it all to be over.

Nikki: I know. But it’s very hard for me to stand by and watch him hurt you like this.

Victor: Yeah, I know. I’ve always given adam many opportunities to change and redeem himself. More opportunities than I have given to my other children. That’s because of his past, you know? He was a damaged boy. Anyway… maybe, it’s time to hold him accountable.

Nikki: But darling, he never learns. How much longer are we going to let him create havoc in our family and keep disappointing you? I mean, we have faced so many challenges together. And we learned long ago that we are much stronger if we stand united.

Victor: Yeah. We have learned that much, sweetheart.

[ Victor sighing ] Maybe, it’s time to reassess my relationship with adam.

Nick: I’m sorry our reunion was overshadowed by adam. I definitely didn’t want you to see me go off on adam like that.

Sally: Yeah, I won’t lie, it wasn’t pretty.

Nick: Well, I– I wanted to surprise you. That’s why I didn’t call you when I got back from my trip.

Sally: Instead, I surprised you. I really should explain why I was with adam and what happened because I– I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings between us.

Nick: It’s okay. I’m– I’m sure adam tricked you into seeing him.

Sally: Um, it wasn’t quite what you think. There has been a gradual change in my relationship with adam. Obviously, and especially, after the loss of ava. I have gotten to a point where I can forgive him and I can recognize that he’s dealing with his own pain. So, I brought him a housewarming gift as a gesture of goodwill and to show him that I– I really am trying to make an effort to move forward.

Nick: Well, I’m happy for you, uh, but you wanting to reach out to adam rarely goes the way you want it to.

Sally: Yeah, and this time was no different. Right before I got there, he got a call from victor saying that he needed to go to the ranch, so he asked me to stay and ordered dinner. He said that, I don’t know, there was something important that he wanted to talk to me about, but when he got back, he was really upset.

Nick: What did he want to talk about?

Sally: I don’t know. You showed up and everything got really complicated.

Nick: Sorry, I didn’t want it to be like that. I really didn’T. So, can we just, like, start over? Can we just forget about adam and I can come home from my trip all over again? And we can make up for lost time.

Sally: Welcome home.

Kyle: Yeah.

Audra: Cheers.

[ Indistinct chattering ]

Adam: Hey, let me guess. You’re celebrating because you managed to weasel your way out of a very compromising position.

Audra: Look, you and i have nothing left to say to each other, adam, so.

Adam: You know, I can’t decide if you are a genius or you’re just a total coward.

Audra: Hm. You know what your mistake was? Underestimating me, which is always a bad idea.

Kyle: Mm, it’s always a bad idea.

Adam: I really love your confidence, but how do you know I’m not going to release that damning information anyway?

Kyle: I don’t think you’d wanna piss victor off like that. Or me.

Adam: Kyle, audra may be impressed, but I’m not. Is that the best that you got? Lean cuisine.

Nate: I know a simple apology may not be enough to make things right, but I hope you can forgive me.

Victoria: You are saying all the right things.

Nate: But you still need convincing. Perhaps, we could discuss this further in private upstairs.

Victoria: As enticing as that sounds, johnny and katie are waiting for me.

Nate: Right. Right. Their desserts.

Victoria: And also, it’s getting close to bedtime for katie anyway. I should probably, just get going home, but we’ll talk tomorrow.

Nate: Sure. Tomorrow. Good night.

Adam: My father and I, we reached an understanding.

Audra: Oh, I’m sure you did.

Adam: Yeah, let me make something clear to you, audra, and to your little puppy dog. I will regain control of newman media one way or another.

Audra: Will you now?

Adam: It should have been mine all along, and it will be again.

Audra: Even if you have to burn the world down to do it.

Adam: Whatever it takes. You know what, I think I’m going to get a drink somewhere else.

Kyle: Yeah, it’s probably a good idea.

[ Adam chuckling ]

Adam: Enjoy your evening.

[ Kyle sighing ]

Kyle: He probably means it that he will burn it all down. Adam newman does not hold back when he wants something. If an innocent bystander gets hurt, so be it.

Audra: I’ve heard that about him. You know, the whole self-destruction thing.

Kyle: Mm-hmm.

Audra: I might actually get to see it myself.

Kyle: Oh. Are you scared?

Audra: Oh, please.

[ Audra sighing ]

Nick: Did you miss me?

Sally: Oh, you can’t tell?

Nick: I’m gonna need some convincing.

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