Y&R Transcript Thursday, August 17, 2023

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Sharon: Hey! You’re back from your trip. How did it go?

Nick: It was great. The foreign mccall divisions are all completely on board with kirsten incorporated and excited about the merger and the future of the company.

Sharon: Wow, and that’s terrible news.

Nick: No. It’s actually fantastic. What’s not fantastic is that adam is now resorting to blackmail to ensure that newman media merges with our new company.

Sharon: Oh, no.

Nick: Another not fantastic thing is dad refuses to fire adam because he doesn’t wanna risk losing the financing that we just secured. Yet another not fantastic thing, my whole future right now, my success, hinges on my amoral brother not screwing everything up and we both know that is exactly what he is going to do.

Sharon: Okay, nick.

Nick: Adam is more of a liability than ever and my father doesn’t seem to care about it.

Sharon: May I say something?

Nick: Sure. As long as it’s not calm down.

Sharon: No, it’s not calm down.

Nick: Okay, then go ahead.

Sharon: Victor refusing to let adam go is par for the course. There’s no surprise there. And there’s no surprise in adam being adam, going after what he wants using any means available to him. We are where we are. We both want this to work. We just have to figure out how. We can do that and we will do that. Oh, no. There’s something more going on, isn’t there? What happened?

Sally: Thank you.

Adam: Hey. You’re in a good mood.

Sally: I am. Yeah. I’m meeting with your father today to tell him I’m accepting his job offer. I’m really excited about it.

Adam: I hope it’s everything that you want.

Sally: Thank you.

[ Sally sighing ] Is this about last night?

Adam: What? No, I’m just– just, uh, got a lot on my mind.

Sally: Can we talk about it?

Adam: What? About the photos that I kept of us? I thought we already covered that.

Sally: I’m not talking about the photos. You said that there was something that you wanted to talk to me about whenever we got back from victor and then nick showed up and you never got around to it and I’m– I’m curious. What was it?

Victoria: Honestly, I– I mean, I thought that we had already settled this. Johnny and katie love boarding school. They’re excited at the possibility of going back. I don’t understand. Why are you hesitating?

Billy: I like having my kids near us, you know? I’m not– look, let me ask you. Are– are you– you want them going away to boarding school because you do believe that’s the best thing for them or are you okay with them going away because that gives you time to focus on your work and your relationship with nate?

Victoria: What? You cannot seriously be accusing me of sending the kids away so I can fixate on my love life. Don’t even dare go there, billy. You haven’t approved of anyone that I’ve been involved with.

Billy: How many times have I been right?

Victoria: You haven’t been wrong in some cases. You know, I’m starting to wonder if maybe you have a problem with me being happy without you. Is that– is that what you want, billy? You want for me to be miserable?

Billy: I’ve never, ever wanted that. So, either you don’t know me well enough, which I don’t think is true, or something is– is really wrong right now.

Victor: Nate! Thank goodness. Come in.

Nate: Victor, uh, thanks for seeing me.

Victor: Yeah. Please have a seat, nate. So, what can I do for you?

Nate: I’ll get right to the point.

Victor: Okay.

Nate: You and I haven’t had the chance to talk since audra’s plan about the merger came out. I wanted to, uh, clear up any suspicions you might have about my involvement in it. I’m concerned that you and your family might think I overstepped. If things aren’t okay between us, tell me what I can do to make it right. Want luxury hair repair that doesn’t cost $50?

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Nick: So, you don’t think it’s enough that adam is manipulating every single situation to get exactly what he wants, all while jeopardizing what we’re trying to build in the process? Unless, of course, you think blackmail is warranted at times.

Sharon: Stop it. We shouldn’t be focusing on adam’s actions. We need to look at the bigger picture. It’s not surprising what his ultimate goal is, despite the despicable way he went about trying to get it. He wants what we want, to build our company into a massively successful powerhouse. Joining forces with newman media, that’s smart, it’s innovative.

Nick: But you think it’s gonna stop there? It’s not, sharon. He doesn’t want this merger for the right reasons. This is about to sticking it to victoria and you saying it’s just adam being adam is a lousy justification for what he’s doing.

Sharon: That’s true and I do expect more from him.

Nick: You know, if this was about just some shady business move, I might be able to deal with that, maybe. Probably. But it’s not. This is personal and it’s vindictive. Adam doesn’t want what we want. Adam is only focused on one thing and one thing only, and that is getting back what he thinks was stolen from him. And I promise you, he will burn everything in his way to get that.

Victoria: You’re right. I do know you better than that. I was out of line. I’m sorry.

Billy: I’m sorry, okay? Victoria, you are an amazing mother, okay? We know that. Our kids wouldn’t be the incredible kids they are if it weren’t for you.

Victoria: And yet, you have an issue with me and nate.

Billy: It’s more of a concern than an issue, okay? Because I– I– I can’t help it. I think you deserve better than what you’ve had in the past. Ashland, jt… me.

Victoria: Eh. You know. All things considered, you weren’t really that bad.

Billy: All things considered meaning that I didn’t actually fake cancer or try to kill you? Yeah, you’re right. I probably should get points for that.

Victoria: It’s the little things.

Billy: You know if something’s going wrong right now, you can talk to me about it, right?

Victoria: And if something weren’t wrong, per se, but maybe just not quite right?

Billy: Yeah, that– that falls into the same category.

Victoria: All right. But you have to promise not to turn around and use this against me or nate.

Billy: No judgment. No ulterior motives.

Victoria: It’s complicated and I can’t really get into all of it.

Billy: Okay, that’s fine. Just tell me what you can.

Victoria: Nate came across some information that could’ve damaged newman if it got out and he wanted to parlay it into a very risky business move.

Billy: What reason did he give you?

Victoria: He claimed that he kept it a secret because he was protecting the company and as a favor to a trusted colleague that asked for his discretion. But the thing is, he kept it from me as well, saying that he was trying to protect me too. Obviously, I have to wonder… can I really believe him? Should I really trust him? I don’t know. Is there something he’s not telling me that I should know?

Nate: As we all know, I, uh, I screwed up big time at chancellor-winters. I was ambitious and self-serving. My first loyalty was to myself instead of my family.

Victor: Okay.

Nate: When I got to newman enterprises and started to really get involved in the company and the honor of working there, my loyalties shifted to newman and obviously, victoria. When this whole audra thing came along, I honestly didn’t give one single thought to how I might be able to use it to my advantage. All I could think about was making sure the mccall scandal didn’t go public and damage newman media and ultimately, newman enterprises.

Victor: I appreciate that.

Nate: Victor, I was trying to protect the company and victoria. And yes, audra too because, with all due respect, victor, I found adam’s attempt to blackmail her despicable.

Victor: Is that it?

Nate: Right or wrong, that’s it.

Victor: All right, nate. I want you to know that I appreciate you coming here, meeting me face to face, man to man, and I appreciate your loyalty toward newman enterprises and especially, your loyalty to my daughter.

Nate: I am glad to hear that, sir. So, um, are we good?

Victor: For the time being.

Adam: Well, if you’re accepting my dad’s offer to work at newman, then what I was going to talk to you about is– is a moot point.

Sally: Okay, now I’m even more curious.

Adam: I was going to try to convince you to work with me when newman media merged with adustus. You would’ve been perfect for it. You’re the only one that knows newman media as well as I do.

Sally: Wow. Well, thank you for saying that.

Adam: But I don’t know when the merger is going to happen, if ever, and when and if it does, I don’t even know if I will be there. I suspect that my days at adustus are numbered. (Vo) wish you knew what your cat was feeling?

Nick: You know, if I thought adam had put us through all of this for the good of the company and it wasn’t just some power move against dad or vic, I probably wouldn’t be so pissed off.

Sharon: Okay, well, let’s take adam out of the equation for a minute. Let’s say that it’s just you and me. We would fight for the merger in a heartbeat. And I’ll bet you that victor’s objection is about nothing more than keeping adam down.

Nick: Well, I hate to say I told you so.

Sharon: No, you don’T.

[ Nick chuckling ]

Nick: I just knew working with this human wrecking ball was gonna be a big mistake.

Sharon: Do you regret this?

Nick: No, I don’t regret it at all. I think we are on the verge of accomplishing something very cool. What I cannot stand is that adam could undermine the whole thing and we’re stuck with him.

[ Nick sighing ]

Sally: Hopefully, you are just being paranoid, but yeah, I mean, you can’t really offer me a job if you don’t have one yourself.

Adam: Well, victor claims I’m on thin ice, but it hasn’t cracked through yet, so we’ll see how long that lasts.

Sally: Well, because you decided to blackmail someone to get your way.

Adam: I really wish everyone would stop using the word “blackmail.” I mean, it’s really ugly. It’s extreme. I went after something that I believed in. Nobody was gonna get hurt and in the end, it still would’ve been business as usual. But, it didn’t work.

Sally: If it was just business as usual, it wouldn’t have mattered so much. You’re trying to prove yourself to your father and probably, also to yourself. It is okay to admit that.

Adam: I have often wondered, usually around two o’clock in the morning, if admitting what something really means to me, if it’s inviting trouble, if it’s inviting fate to take it away from me. I just have been so close to getting what I really want so many times and yet, here I sit, not a lot to show for it, so why admit it in the first place?

Billy: Can you trust nate? Hm, uh, I don’t know. Can you trust nate? I mean, he’s a smart guy, of course. You’re obviously attracted to him. What else do you know about him?

Victoria: He’s ambitious. So am I. I think he is learning that he actually enjoys being ruthless. He can compartmentalize enough to go behind his family’s back for a deal, and I believe that he would probably sell out audra charles in a heartbeat if he felt cornered. Or if he felt like it would be to his advantage to lose her.

Billy: So, he would sell out his family, he would sell out a colleague. He would probably sell out almost anyone, including you?

Victoria: No. No. He would not do that to me.

Billy: No? How do you know that?

Victoria: Because nate’s tactics and his goals are completely different when it comes to me. He told me that his ultimate fantasy and what he dreams about is working side by side with me and running an empire together and I believe him.

Billy: His dream is to run an empire with you, side by side?

Victoria: Yeah. I mean, you don’t think that he means it?

Billy: No, I don’t think that’s the problem. I think that anyone that expresses that kind of hubris about anything is– is a little bit, uh, is a little bit dangerous, even when they’re being sincere. Take it from a guy that knows a guy, okay? And when we screw up, all that’s left is collateral damage and I think you’ve had enough of that to last a lifetime.

Victor: I’d like you to take a look at this.

Nate: I’d be happy to. What is it?

Victor: Well, those are financial projections for adustus put together by nicholas and sharon and adam. Go through it, tell me what you think about it.

Nate: I’m, uh, I’m on it. You want my opinion on it?

Victor: Nate, you are now the coo of newman enterprises and as such, I expect you to be acquainted with all the divisions of this magnificent company.

Nate: I couldn’t agree more. I will read every word of it and give you my immediate feedback. My honest feedback.

Victor: I expect nothing less. My late father-in-law lit up a room,

Sharon: Nick, you and i both know that our new company is off to a very strong start. Stronger than even adam could jeopardize. I think that you are making this as personal as you claim that he is.

Nick: Please understand, I’m just trying to protect our company. I have lived through years and years of watching adam act selfishly and ruthlessly. For all his talk about healing and dealing with the past, the bottom line is he cannot be trusted. He just can’T. Not in business, not with sally. Sure, I said it. This has to do with sally as well. You know, he’s taking advantage of the situation. He’s trying to rekindle their relationship. Now, I’m confident sally won’t let that happen, but I cannot stand it that he keeps putting her in this awkward position. You know, she’s working so hard to get back on her feet after they lost their baby. I’m telling you, he cannot let it go. He won’t let it go.

Sharon: Well, if that’s the case, that sounds like adam’s problem, not yours, not sally’S. There’s nothing either one of you could do to change how he feels.

Nick: Well, he has no respect for her feelings. He keeps saying how much he loves her. He keeps making it about himself. It’s reprehensible.

Sharon: Why does any of this matter if you say that sally won’t be getting involved with adam again? What are you worried about? Maybe adam’s not the only one who’s having a hard time letting go. Maybe you’re having a hard time letting go of your hatred for your brother.

Sally: Yes, I know that 2 A.M. Thought spiral all too well. My personal favorite is the one where I decide I know exactly how something’s gonna play out, get all worked up about it, only to find out I could not have been more wrong.

Adam: Yep, that definitely sounds familiar.

Sally: Yeah. Just last night, I was lying awake wondering what it was that you wanted to talk to me about after you got back from victor’s and I had convinced myself that it was about us and trying again, another chance. Never even entered my mind that you were going to offer me a job.

Adam: Were you surprised or were you disappointed?

Sally: Um, let’s not go there. Really. My– my– my point is is that the thoughts in the middle of the night are usually not very healthy, like you losing sleep pretending that victor is gonna change if you defy him often enough or figure out all the ways that you can defy him so you can prove to him and the rest of the world that you can, I mean… admit it, that has to be exhausting.

Adam: Oh, there is no doubt about that.

Sally: So, since trying to fight your way to the top isn’t working, maybe try cooperating? Just do your job and do it well, and stop making trouble and stop picking fights with nick.

Adam: Nick started it.

Sally: Stop acting like you’re five years old. Maybe it’s time to give up the adrenaline rush of creating chaos. Seriously. Why not? What do you have to lose?

Adam: Hm.

Nate: Hey, how’s it going?

Victoria: Not bad. And you?

Nate: I, uh, I just got back from a meeting at the ranch with your father. It was a– a pre-emptive move on my part. I wanted to make sure he understood why I handled the whole audra situation the way I did.

Victoria: Oh. And how did that go?

Nate: Really well.

Victoria: Seriously?

Nate: Yeah, yeah. I was surprised too.

Victoria: Huh. Well, I’m glad to hear that. You’ll have to tell me about it later though. I lost a lot of time this morning talking to billy about the kids.

Nate: About boarding school? Well, not that it’s any of my business, but, um, I think you’re absolutely right about wanting them to go. You said they both love it there and it would give them a chance to pursue some of the new interests they’ve been telling you about. I mean, from what I read, the school has a first class soccer program that johnny would love and katie would have a chance to keep up with the ballet classes and continue working on becoming an equestrian like her mother.

Victoria: I had no idea that you were listening so closely when I go on about my kids.

Nate: I always listen. Anything that’s important to you is important to me. Somedays, I cover up because of my moderate

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Nate: Yes, I am genuinely interested in what’s going on with your kids, and yes, I am trying to smooth things over between us, but if this is a bad time.

Victoria: Nate. Please, sit down. I’m gonna get a lot more work done if you just say whatever it is that you want to say, so go on.

Nate: I can’t help but feel that something shifted between us after you found out that I kept my actions from you, even though I was trying to protect the company.

Victoria: I won’t deny that. Trust is more important to me than anything.

Nate: And I betrayed it. I should never have done that and I regret the hell out of it. And it will never, ever happen again. Which you have no reason to believe just because I’m saying it. But if you give me time, give me a chance, I will prove it to you. I will do whatever it takes to make things right between us. Just tell me it’s not too late. I’ve got too much to lose.

Victoria: Yes, I know. You’ve made it clear how important your coo position is to you.

Nate: Victoria, I’m not talking about the job. I’m not talking about newman. I’m talking about losing you. Losing us. I can’t let that happen. You and I have an extraordinary personal connection. The way we think, our priorities, the way we approach problems. I have tried my best not to let my feelings interfere with that or jeopardize it in any way, but I can’t deny the fact that our other connection, our personal connection, the affection, the attraction, it’s becoming stronger and more important to me every single day.

Adam: Well, I have to hand it to you, sally, you are not the woman you were at newman media. You have outgrown a lot of those old self-destructive behaviors. Sometimes, I wonder if I ever will. Maybe that’s why I was hoping that you would accept my job offer and, uh, the new you would rub off on me.

Sally: Well, I’m touched that that even occurred to you, but, I mean, we can’t go back to working together anymore than we can rekindle our relationship.

Adam: Has it really gone that far? I mean, I understand why you wouldn’t want to be in a relationship with me, but that doesn’t have to apply to work, does it?

Sally: Adam, you are not able to separate your career from your emotions any more than I used to be able to. I mean, you lead with your emotions in every single thing that you do. Us working together again, yes, you might try and keep it all business all the time, but I just– I really don’t think you can. It’s not who you are and my being there just would not be fair to you.

Adam: So, you’re protecting me?

Sally: I’m protecting us. Look, I might not feel the same way that I used to, but it does not make me happy to see you hurting.

Adam: No, you’re probably right. I’d end up with my heart broken again and true to form, I would end up resenting you. It was a bad idea on my part. I don’t blame you for turning me down, even if you weren’t going to work for my dad, where I know that you will knock it out of the park, by the way.

Sharon: I feel safe in saying that sally can handle herself when it comes to adam, or anything else for that matter. She’s not gonna let him get under her skin and I want you to do the same thing. Don’t let adam get under your skin or else it could complicate things at the company. Or even in your relationship with sally, for that matter.

Nick: You think I want that? I mean, everywhere I go, every facet of my life, there’s adam. Always adam and I’m just… I’m tired of it.

Sharon: I get it. I do. But let’s be realistic about this, adam is not going anywhere, at least not right now and every time you let him get to you, he wins.

Nick: You’re right.

Sharon: Look at it this way, adam is not the devil incarnate, he’s not the golden child. Adam is just adam and pretty much every destructive action he takes is a reaction to you or your father or the way that anybody else treats him. The only thing that you can control in this equation is you. It’s time to stop focusing on what adam does and focus on the things that you can do something about and stop making me wonder if I made a mistake bringing kirsten incorporated into this mix.

Nick: Yeah. My heart failure diagnosis changed my priorities.

Nick: You know what? You’re right. Adam doesn’t deserve the bandwidth I’ve been giving him and I could be putting it to much better use, especially towards our new company.

Sharon: That’s what I like to hear. What do you have in mind?

Nick: Well, we have a corporate majority right here and we can start with something that has been driving me absolutely crazy since we started this and that is the stupid, stupid name, adustus. I hate it so much. Let’s just get rid of it. Let’s– let’s call ourselves, um… S.N.A. Media.

Sharon: Sharon, nick, adam. I love it!

Nick: It’s clean. I love it. And maybe adam will hate it, and if we get lucky, he’ll quit.

Sally: Speaking of your father’s offer, I really should get to the ranch and give him the good news.

Adam: Congratulations, sally. You know, I’m happy for, um, for both of you.

Sally: Thank you. Hey… we have gotten through the worse of losing ava, and I am… letting go of my anger towards you. I may not always show it, but I just hope you know that.

Adam: Thank you for, uh, telling me that. It means a lot.

Victoria: On an intellectual level, I understand what you did, but emotionally, I feel lied to.

Nate: I never lied to you–

Victoria: A lie of omission is still a lie. So, tell me something. If I hadn’t pushed you to come clean about what you and audra were up to, would you have ever told me?

Nate: Honestly? Probably not. Until it was all said and done with and I could brag to you about what a great job I had done handling it on my own. I had my heart set on being your hero. As wrong as it was, I want you to admire me someday as much as I admire you. I wanna be worthy of you because I’m falling in love with you.

Sally: Hello, victor.

Victor: Hello, sally. Thank you for coming.

Sally: Yeah, thank you for taking the time to see me.

Victor: We need to talk.

Sally: Yes, we do. I know that you are very busy man, but I thought that it would be better to have this conversation face to face. I have decided to accept your offer to head up the new media division at newman enterprises.

Victor: Sorry to hear that. If you’re taking an antidepressant

Sally: You’re sorry to hear that I’m accepting your offer? I… I don’t understand.

Victor: Have a seat. Sally, there won’t be a design division at newman enterprises. Not now, not ever because I want to devote all my energies to straightening out adustus. And to working on the constant rivalry between my two sons. I want them to work together as a team.

Sally: I see. So, is this a temporary decision on your part or a more permanent one?

Victor: No. There will be no design division at newman enterprises. Not now, not ever.

Sally: Well, that is a shame since I set aside my chancellor-winters account to accept his offer and I can’t really go back thanks to the company you found them to replace us. Did– it– I’m so sorry. Tell me. Did you– did you dangle this in front of me just to yank it away to punish me for getting involved with both of your sons?

Victor: I don’t do that. You’re a businesswoman and as such, you know that one makes tough decisions for the good of the company. So, thank you for coming by and now I need to devote myself to a conference call, all right? Good luck, sally.

Sally: Okay.

Sharon: So excited. I love it.

Adam: You guys wanted to see me?

Nick: Wanted is a pretty strong word. Yes, of course, adam. We did. Sit down.

Adam: So, I’m guessing there’s a reason that you asked me to meet you here.

Sharon: Two reasons, actually. Nick and I have made a few big decisions about the company we thought you should know about right away.

Adam: Okay.

Sharon: Well, first of all, we think we have found the perfect office location. Our realtor just sent us these photos.

Nick: There were two other bidders. We put in a higher offer ’cause we wanted it, so it’s ours. Hope you like it.

Adam: It looks good. That sounds great.

Sharon: Well, I’m glad you’re as excited about it as we are. The other decision you may not handle as well, but we feel very strongly about it. Do you want to tell him or should I tell him?

Nick: No, you’re doing great.

Adam: Okay, guys. Just– come on. Just tell me.

Sharon: We’ve decided to change the company name from adustus to S.N.A. Media.

[ Adam laughing ]

Adam: S.N.A. Media. I like it! Yeah, it’s– that’s good. It’s much better to remember than adustus, which, I admit, was really– it was stupid, wasn’t it?

Nick: Yeah, it was stupid. I mean, you look like adam. I might need to see some id or something.

Sharon: Could you please just take yes for an answer.

Adam: No, it’s– it’s okay.

Nick: No. She’s right. I was being a smart ass. You really like the name?

Adam: I really do.

Sharon: Well, this meeting is going very differently than I expected it to go.

Adam: I know the feeling.

[ Adam exhaling ] Look, I’m sure that you guys were, um, expecting me to come in here and– and brace yourselves for battle. I don’t blame you guys, but I’m tired. I don’t wanna do it anymore. I don’t wanna ruin what we’re building here. It’s all I have left.

Nate: Clearly, that’s not what you were expecting to hear, but yes, I am falling in love with you. But victoria, please know I’m not saying that to try to win you back or force your hand.

Victoria: Good, good because to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what I’m feeling right now.

Nate: That’s understandable.

Victoria: Having the man that I am involved with keeping things from me is not something that I can shrug off so easily like it’s no big deal.

Nate: Nor should you. It’s a very big deal and I will do anything and everything I can to regain that trust and respect.

Victoria: I can’t do this right now. I’m sorry. I’m hours behind and I have to get caught up. In fact, I might need you to cover the bennett meeting for me. You’re up to speed on that, aren’t you?

Nate: Consider it done.

Victoria: Thank you.

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