Young & The Restless Transcript
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Sharon: Is the baby asleep?
Mariah: Yeah, tessa finally got her down.
Tessa: Aria was exhausted from all the poking and prodding and testing the doctor put her through. But she didn’t wanna close her eyes. She just wanted to be held.
Sharon: Oh, poor baby. Well, at least now we know it is a hearing problem and they can begin to fix it.
Mariah: If they can.
Mariah: Mom, we– we don’t know anything, okay? We don’t know if it can be fixed. We’re gonna have an audiologist here later, and they may say something completely different, so we– we just don’t know anything. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m really, really sorry, I just–
Sharon: I know. I know. You’re scared, and you feel helpless. Your daughter has something wrong and you desperately wanna make it better, but you can’T. I know that feeling. It’s the worst feeling in the world. But now is not the time to panic or lose hope.
Sally: Oh. Seems like you’re not having a good morning.
Nick: No, I’m not.
Sally: Okay, look. If this is about me not telling you about adam offering me the job, I–
Nick: No. Sally, obviously, I would’ve preferred you told me about that, but I’m not upset with you at all.
Sally: Okay. I’m sorry. What’s wrong?
Nick: It’s adam.
[ Sally sighing ]
Sally: What did he do now?
Nick: He just… you know what? I don’t wanna talk about him. I don’t even wanna think about him.
Sally: Okay. Yeah. This– this is an adam-free space as of right now.
Nick: Thank you.
Sally: But I do know something that might cheer us both up.
Adam: Well, thanks for meeting with me.
Victor: You said it was important.
Adam: Yes, I believe it is. Look, when this merger goes through, I wanna be ceo of newman media. It’s obvious that it’s gonna be the dominating force when the companies are folded together and I think that I am most qualified to run the company that I created. With your help, of course.
Victor: How magnanimous of you to acknowledge my contribution.
Adam: This merger was my idea to begin with. So for that reason, and a hundred other reasons, I think I deserve the seat at the head of the table.
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Victor: I can’t say that I’m surprised at your request.
Adam: Well, I didn’t think that you would be.
Victor: Have a seat, please. To be frank with you, I think it is brazen as hell, but then, I’m not surprised because that’s in keeping with your former actions, isn’t it?
Adam: Or would you have preferred false modesty? Some bs that you’d see right through?
Victor: I would’ve preferred a number of things. By the way, did you run this gambit by nicholas and sharon?
Adam: They will, eventually, see the logic in this idea.
Victor: You cannot form a partnership with them, and then, suddenly, run this gambit.
Adam: How can you not see the wisdom in this move?
Victor: Son, it’s your methods that I criticize.
Adam: Okay, well, I apologize for my bad manners for going after something that I want. And by the way, dad, something that I deserve.
Victor: That’s up to debate.
Adam: Meaning what?
Victor: Why the hell would we now upset the dynamics that we had set in place? There’s no reason.
Adam: Of course, you would think that.
Victor: Combining sna with newman media is a complex process that requires a number of people and their input. It’s not just you who’s in charge. What? Now, you’re disappointed with my decision?
Adam: But I’m not surprised. You always like to keep the carrot just out of reach for me.
Victor: Please, son. Stop that self-pity nonsense.
Adam: I’m just stating the facts from a long, painful experience.
Victor: You got what you wanted for heaven’s sake! You got the merger! Why the hell do you have to constantly upset the–
Adam: Nate convinced you about the merger, not me.
Victor: Oh, that’s why you’re upset? Because someone else’s input may have swayed my decision-making.
Adam: How many times did i tell you this was a good idea and you shut it down? And then suddenly, nate hastings opens his mouth and it’s a billion-dollar idea? What’s really going on, dad? Is this some backhanded punishment because of the blackmail scheme?
Victor: Can you blame me if it were?
Adam: But it’s nothing you haven’t done in your career. So, don’t get sanctimonious with me.
Victor: Son, it is not about me, it’s about you. Don’t you get it? It’s about your methods. What’s the matter with you?
Sally: Now, are you feeling better?
Nick: Oh, you have the magic touch.
Sally: Mm. So do you. Okay. There is something that I have been meaning to talk to you about, but now, it feels kinda wrong or maybe awkward given the circumstance.
Nick: What circumstances?
Sally: Well, you, me just now.
Nick: Really? You could ask me for like, anything right now. You know what I’m saying?
Sally: Okay, that does not make it any easier.
Nick: Just kidding. All right. What is it? What can I do?
[ Sally sighing ]
Sally: Is your offer to fund a business for me still on the table?
Nick: Yes, of course. Always.
Sally: Okay, ’cause i don’t want it to interfere with our relationship. That has always been my biggest fear.
Sally: Look. Okay. I– I will give you a business plan, a profit and loss margin, and–
Nick: Sally. Sally. You don’t have to do this. Seriously, you don’t have to pitch me. Whatever it is you set out to do, I have complete trust and faith in you.
Sally: Thank you.
Nick: Of course. Was that so hard?
Sally: You have no idea.
[ Both laughing ]
Nick: Well, I guess, that means you’re not gonna be working with adam.
Sally: I haven’t told him yet, but no, I will not.
Nick: Well, you know how I feel. I think you’re making the right decision.
Sally: Yeah. I mean, it wasn’t easy. I definitely thought a lot about it, but something just felt wrong about adam’s offer, you know? Especially, since he didn’t even discuss it first with you or sharon.
Nick: Well, that’s the way he operates, you know. He isolates you and then, uh, tells you you’re invaluable, and that you are the only person who truly gets him.
Sally: Yeah. Yep. That sounds about right.
Nick: But in the end, it’s just about what he wants or needs. If you try and stop him, or get in the way of that, he’s just gonna roll right over you. He won’t think twice about it. I really think you dodged a bullet.
Sally: Here we are talking about adam again.
Nick: Right? Ugh. It’s my fault too, right?
Sally: Mm-hmm. Yeah.
Nick: All right, um, let’s talk about something better. You. What made you change your mind?
Sally: You mean about starting my own business?
Nick: Yeah, about letting me fund you. I only asked you, like, I don’t know, nine times.
Sally: I don’t know. I just wasn’t ready. You know, we were so new and I just didn’t– I didn’t want you to think that I was taking advantage of you.
Nick: Never occurred to me. Not once.
Sally: Okay, well, definitely would have to other people. And to be honest, the old me probably would’ve taken you up on your offer in a heartbeat without even thinking it through.
Nick: Okay. Well, I love this new you.
Sally: So do I.
Nick: After what you went through, a lot of people would’ve just crumbled and fell apart, but you didn’t do that. You’re a very strong woman, sally.
Sally: Yeah, it was definitely touch and go there for a while. After losing the baby, I– I really didn’t think I was ever gonna smile again. And now, I smile all the time. Because of you.
Nick: I know. I really missed it.
Sally: You’ve been wonderful. And kind and caring and sensitive. It’s allowed me to dream. To think bigger than I ever have and to want to create something and– and build, and– and nurture something of my own that maybe I can leave to my kids that I really still hope to have one day.
Nick: You’re gonna soar. I mean that. You’re gonna fly higher than all of us.
Sally: Soar. I like that.
Tessa: So, I was doing a little research on the internet this morning. I know, I know. Terrible idea.
Sharon: Yeah, I did the same thing when I was diagnosed. Everything I read, every side effect, every symptom I read about, I immediately started feeling.
Mariah: If it makes you feel any better, I did it too. Yep, it’s, uh, like the darkest, deepest, scariest hole you could ever fall into. It’s just a library full of worst-case scenarios.
Tessa: Yep, the internet is certainly not always our friend.
Mariah: Nope. So, uh, how is sna?
Sharon: Um, it’s just a lot of complicated stuff. It’ll work itself out one way or another, eventually.
Mariah: Okay, well, lay it on me.
Mariah: Mom, you’re kinda forgetting who you’re talking to. See, when somebody I care about tells me that they don’t wanna talk about it, I kinda just become like annoying, yapping, little terrier until eventually you do.
Tessa: Yeah, that’s absolutely true.
Mariah: So, you might as well just save us both the aggravation.
Sharon: Okay. We are merging with newman media.
Mariah: What? Really? When?
Sharon: Well, the papers haven’t been signed yet, and now adam is making a power play. He wants to take control and put nick and me in a secondary position.
[ Mariah chuckling ]
Mariah: Oh, no. No. Hell no. You’re gonna fight that, aren’t you?
Sharon: Oh, yeah, we are going to fight. But it has been my experience that, well, when a war breaks out, victor tends to take adam’s side. So, to answer your question, no, I do not know when it’s happening or if a merger will even happen. Everything’s just up in the air right now.
[ Mariah scoffing ] (Woman) what if my type 2 diabetes takes over?
Mariah: You know, it– it’s typical adam. You know, he has to go and ruin something good because everything always has to be about him. And daddy keeps letting him.
Sharon: Well, whatever adam or victor have planned, I have no intention of giving up my third of the company.
Tessa: Good. You should not have to. They are lucky that you agreed to team up with them in the first place.
Sharon: I will fight adam if he tries to take my stake away from me and I will fight victor too if I have to. This is too important to me to just step aside and let the boys divide things up among themselves.
Mariah: Yes. Go, mom!
Sharon: Well, I have been a part of too much newman family drama in my life. I know how it goes and I know how to survive it.
Mariah: Wow. You are so strong and so fearless. I– I– I wish I had some of that energy right now with everything aria’s going through.
Tessa: Hmm. You’re the strongest and bravest of all three of us.
[ Mariah chuckling ]
Mariah: Really? Oh, come on.
Sharon: You are mariah.
Mariah: You guys can’t be serious. I mean, mom, look at everything that tessa has had to overcome in her life. And you just beat cancer for god’s sake. I– I know I talk a very tough game, but on the inside, I mean–
Sharon: Hey, you know what? You are someone who never gives herself enough credit. Your baby girl, she is so lucky to have you, both of you, as parents. Aria’s life is going to be a journey. This is just a moment along the way. And I’m not pretending that it won’t be challenging or that there won’t be bumps in the future. But you’re both very capable and loving and determined, and you have a lot of support. You are not alone. You will survive anything that life throws at you. And your daughter will too.
Mariah: I love you, mom.
Sharon: I love you too.
Mariah: You know what? I love both of you.
[ All chuckling ]
Victor: So, what are your plans now that I’ve refused to anoint you as ceo of the new company? You gonna sulk? Be angry at me, everyone else?
Adam: Well, honestly, I hadn’t thought that far ahead. I figured that you would see this was the best move to make. And nick and sharon would think the same thing.
[ Victor chuckling ]
Victor: I see. Okay.
Adam: But I will accept that you have not seen the logic that I’m most qualified to run newman media. So, I’ll back off for now.
Victor: You mean until we come to our senses?
Adam: You will. I promise. Hey, maybe nate will suggest it, and then it’ll suddenly become a great idea.
Victor: Son… you have known me long enough to know that I do not take one man’s opinion or one man’s suggestion when it comes to business. His influence is far less than you think it is.
Adam: Well, one thing I know for sure is audra charles is redundant in any scenario. You certainly don’t need four people running the company.
Victor: You’re right about that. Too many cooks, no good.
Adam: So, she’s out. Correct?
[ Victor sighing ]
Victor: We’ll see.
Sally: So, where are you off to now?
Nick: Gotta meet up with sharon. See if we can figure out how to deal with adam. How about you?
Sally: Oh, I am going to meet up with adam to tell him that I will not be coming to work for him and get that off my plate. Then, I have a business plan to dust off and update for a certain new investor.
Nick: Well, sooner rather than later, okay? I gotta get my team going so they can put together an investment package.
Sally: God, it’s really happening.
Nick: Yeah, I’d be a fool not to fund you. You’re a hell of an investment.
Sally: Well, thank you. Again.
Nick: Sure. Now, if I could just convince you to come and live with me.
Sally: One life-changing moment at a time.
[ Sally chuckling ] -Fixed. -That’s my son.
Nikki: I just saw adam leaving. What was that about?
Victor: He was just here and he suggested that he become ceo of the newly merged companies.
Nikki: And where would that leave sharon and nicholas?
Victor: They would answer to him.
Nikki: Oh, that just means he’ll continue to force his influence and cause more trouble.
Victor: I wouldn’t worry about that.
Nikki: Well, I do worry about it. I mean, the only reason you sent nicholas over there was to keep adam in line. Although, at the time, I remember telling you I didn’t think that would be possible.
Victor: Yeah, you told me that several times
Nikki: But you didn’t listen to me.
Victor: Sweetheart, I always listen to you. I take what you say seriously. It just takes time to sink in, you know?
Nikki: Well, I have an idea.
Nikki: I don’t know if you’re gonna like it though.
Victor: Try me.
Nikki: Okay. What if adam were in the secondary position and you let sharon and nicholas be in charge? I mean, that would be fair. It would be good for the company. What do you think?
Esther: Uh, what will it be?
Esther: Yep. The new manager of crimson lights. Thank you very much. What do you think about that?
Adam: Uh, uh, I’ surprised. I had no idea that sharon hired you.
Esther: Well, she had a lot on her plate, as you already know. So, coffee?
Adam: Um, uh, espresso.
Esther: Coming right up on the house in celebration of my new job.
Sally: Adam. Hi. Thanks for meeting with me.
[ Adam sighing ]
Adam: Yeah, of course, I, uh, I headed right over as soon as I heard from you. I’m hoping this is good news about you coming to work with me.
Sally: I am afraid it’s not.
Nick: So, how are we gonna deal with adam’s latest power play?
Sharon: Well, what else is there to say except, “no, you cannot be king or boss or whatever it is that you think might soothe your gigantic ego.”
Nick: We both know if adam doesn’t get what he wants, he’s gonna find some other way to make our lives miserable. We need to anticipate what that’s going to be.
Sharon: Why, nick?
Nick: So, we can stay one step ahead of him.
Sharon: No, i understand that. But why are we jumping through all these hoops just to keep adam on a leash? He says he’ll behave, he promises that he will work collaboratively, but he doesn’t do that. Or I don’t know, maybe he can’T. I’m not sure, but you know what? I am just really getting sick of the whole thing already. I can’t imagine what things are gonna be like a month or a year from now.
Nick: So, what are you suggesting?
Sharon: What if we back out of the whole deal? We take back kirsten and make it our own. Free of newman, free of victor, and especially, free of adam. Somedays, I cover up because of my moderate
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Tessa: Hey. Do you wanna go on a hike or something? Put the baby in the backpack and go see some butterflies or something?
Mariah: Um, maybe later.
Tessa: Okay, um, just remember that aria is seeing the specialist later.
Mariah: Right. Right. I’m– I’m sorry, I just… I don’t know where my brain is at. Um, yeah, let’s– let’s go.
Tessa: I mean, I don’t really want to, I’m just trying to figure out a way not to think about it.
Mariah: Well, you can’t and I can’t until we know our daughter can hear, so…
Mariah: I don’t know, I just keep thinking I should have noticed this sooner.
Tessa: Look. We could have a million what-ifs, but we have to remember that that’s our brains torturing us. That’s not reality.
Mariah: I know, I know, but I can’t help it, tessa. I mean, maybe if– if they had been able to find this sooner, they could have done something or anything. I don’t know, I just– my wheels are spinning, and I’m kinda going crazy.
Tessa: Yeah, look, I totally get it. I just think that we need to think about–
Mariah: We need to think about…
Tessa: Uh, hold on. I am gonna make a call.
[ Esther laughing ]
Esther: Hi, nikki.
Nikki: What are you doing back there?
Esther: Oh, not much. Just being a master barista.
Nikki: Oh, hard times?
[ Esther laughing ]
Esther: No, it’s not hard times, nikki. This is me on top of the world. I still have my job at chancellor-winters and now, I’m also working here as manager while sharon is off becoming a mogul. Reinvention is the rage these days. You should really try it.
Nikki: Oh, no. No. I’m– I’m just fine where I am, thanks.
Esther: This was supposed to be sort of temporary, but I can’t see sharon coming back to work here anytime soon. I have never seen her so excited or so committed to something like this new business. So, good for her and good for me.
Nikki: I’d hold off ordering business cards if I were you.
Nikki: Esther, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but confidentially, seems like this great new wonderful venture for sharon could be blowing up. So, don’t get too accustomed to being behind that counter.
Nick: Are you serious about this? You wanna blow up the deal and just go off on our own?
Sharon: That was the plan from the start, nick. To take kirsten’s company and turn it around, build it into something positive.
[ Nick sighing ]
Nick: But then you brought on adam.
Sharon: Yeah, I know. That is on me.
Nick: But even I saw the benefit to that. And frankly, if adam was a normal human being and could work along with other people, we might have been able to pull it off.
Sharon: I guess it was naive and stupid of me to think that adam could ever be anything more than he has always been.
Nick: Why does everyone keep clinging to that hope?
[ Sharon laughing ]
Sharon: I don’t know. So, what are we gonna do?
Nick: Are you serious about this?
Sharon: Well, if we stay on this track, adam will scheme, victor will meddle and the two of us will be pushed to the sidelines while they work out their familial issues. No, thank you.
Nick: I mean, I hear you. And I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but the problem is the paperwork’s already been filed. The merger’s almost done. If you pair that with the fact that dad is focused on this, it is front and center for him. It’s gonna be very difficult to get out of this deal.
Sharon: I already have attorneys reading over the contracts.
Nick: I mean, that’s good and it’s smart, but is it the right move for us? Could we fight dad on this? Absolutely. But it would mean a bunch of lawsuits and delays and some more family drama. It would dominate your life and mine. But we’ve been there before.
Sharon: More times than I care to remember.
Nick: So, what if we just grit our teeth and stick with it?
Sharon: The idea of that makes me shudder.
[ Nick laughing ]
Nick: I’m just trying to play devil’s advocate.
Nick: But could it be done? Could we get mccall and kirsten into the company we both want it to be?
Sharon: I don’t know.
Nick: It’d be hard. It would mean pushing back every time dad and adam tried to mark their territory. But is it possible to turn kirsten into the vision that you originally had for it with dad and adam involved?
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Esther: So, you’re telling me that sharon’s new business could actually fold before it even gets off the ground?
Nikki: That’s what I’m hearing.
Esther: But why? What happened?
Nikki: All I can tell you is that once again, adam is rocking the boat and if he hasn’t sunk it yet, he’s well on his way.
Esther: Darn him.
Nikki: Yeah. Double darn.
Esther: All the work that sharon put into it, all the hopes and the dreams.
Nikki: I know. I wish her well. I really do. We’ve mended our fences, but right now, I’m more concerned about my family.
Esther: Got it. So, what did victor’s son exactly do this time?
Nikki: What he always does. He’s making things difficult and giving his father false hope that this time, this time, he’ll turn into the son that victor has always wanted him to be. That’s where we are right now. And as usual, nicholas is caught in the middle.
Esther: That’s– you know what? I just don’t get it. I just don’t get this whole business plan.
Esther: Well, nick and adam working together. I mean, they hate each other, right?
Nikki: There’s no love lost.
Esther: And they each had a relationship with sharon and she’s the third partner. So exes working with exes? I mean, that just sounds like trouble. The hopes and dreams. I can just kick mine to the curb now.
Nikki: What are you talking about?
Esther: Nikki, I had real plans for this place. Me moving things out and spicing up the menu and then entertainment. I was thinking about a jazz trio and a piano bar, you know, like the great american songbook. And now, look, it’s just all gone. And after all the time that I have invested.
Nikki: Esther, you’ve been in charge for five minutes. You’ll get over it.
[ Esther sighing ]
Adam: So, you still haven’t given me an answer. Do you wanna come work with me or not?
Sally: I am very flattered by your offer.
Adam: Well, flattery has nothing to do with it. This is about wanting someone who’s super talented to join my team.
Sally: I appreciate that. I– I appreciate all of your kind words and your support, but…
Adam: You’re turning me down.
Adam: Hm. Uh, may I ask why?
[ Sally chuckling ]
Sally: I have decided to take nick up on his offer to fund my own business.
Adam: Wow. Um… I admit, I was not expecting that.
Sally: It’s time, adam. It’s time for me to create something for myself.
Adam: Mm-hmm. Well, I– I think it’s a mistake.
[ Sally chuckling ]
Sally: I figured you would.
Adam: I mean, not because I don’t think that you will thrive in whatever it is you choose to do. That I believe with all my heart. But how do you know it’s gonna be yours with nick’s money behind it?
Sally: Well, we discussed it. He knows that it would just be an investment and he is gonna be hands off of everything else.
Adam: And you– you believe him?
Sally: Yeah. I do.
Adam: Well, who knows? Maybe– maybe, you’re right. But I think that I know nick pretty well and he might pretend like he’s gonna be hands-off, but in the end, he won’t be able to resist. It’s a trait that he and our father share.
Victor: Well, may I join you?
Nick: Yes, of course.
Victor: Thank you. So, I assume you have spoken with adam.
Nick: Oh, yes. He informed us that he wants to be top dog at newman media, which I’m sure he then went and told you the same thing.
Victor: He proposed the idea to me.
Nick: Well, I hope you said no. A, because he doesn’t deserve it. And b, if that happens, I walk.
Victor: Uh-huh. What do you think?
Sharon: Well, I’m with nick. I believe if adam were in charge, unchecked, that would be a mistake. He would work to marginalize us and do whatever he wants.
Victor: Are you both forgetting that I still run newman enterprises?
Sharon: Yes. In fact, I have a few questions for you about your intentions with kirsten incorporated, the company that I still own.
Victor: Go ahead.
Sharon: Do you feel that kirsten is crucial to this venture?
Victor: Well, otherwise, I would not have approved of the merger, would I?
Sharon: And yet you believe it should be stripped down to its bare essentials, essentially becoming a cog in a bigger machine called newman media.
Victor: It should be stripped down because only a stripped-down and lean company can compete in today’s marketplace.
Nick: Are you talking about the company itself or the three of us working together? You love rich, delicious ice cream.
Mariah: So, are you ever going to tell me what this big surprise you have planned is?
[ Knocking on door ]
Tessa: Oh, you are about to find out right now. Thank you for coming.
Devon: Hey. Of course.
Mariah: Hey. [ Laughing ]
Devon: Hello. Hey. So, um, tessa here told me that aria might be experiencing some hearing loss. And, uh, I just wanted to come over and help in any way that I can or answer any questions you both might have.
Nikki: You left before we had a chance to talk about my idea.
Victor: What idea?
Nikki: You know, about having sharon and nicholas run newman media and adam would be reporting to them.
Victor: Well, there may be some other issues.
Victor: Sharon may become the sticking point.
Nikki: How so?
Victor: She’s threatening to pull out of the whole arrangement.
Nikki: Can she do that?
Victor: Legally debatable. But I’m worried that our son, nicholas, may… follow suit.
[ Nikki clicks tongue ]
[ Nikki sighing ] What?
Nikki: Is it really worth it? First, the endless drama with adam and now this? I mean, how does that benefit you in any way?
Sally: [ Sighs ] I told adam I will not be working for him.
Nick: And how’d he take that?
Sally: Mmm. [ Clicks tongue ] As well as can be expected. He doesn’t trust you. And I’m sure he assumes you talked me out of it.
Nick: You know what? I couldn’t care less, you know, what adam assumes or how he feels about me. Frankly, I’m beginning to wonder why I’m even involved in this merger in the first place. Dad and adam are never gonna change. Sharon herself is thinking about pulling the trigger and just going out on her own. I don’t know. Maybe I should just bag the whole thing and focus on your new business venture.
[ Sally chuckling ]
Sally: I totally get where you’re coming from and why you would say that.
[ Sally clicks tongue ] Uh, there is something that, um, I need to talk to you about. And please don’t take this the wrong way.
[ Sally sighing ]
Sally: I am accepting your capital as an investment. I’m not looking for a business partner. The quickest way for there to be trouble between us is if I feel like I suddenly have to answer to you. So, can we please make an agreement right now that I am running the show? Otherwise, there’s no deal.
Esther: Oh, no. It’s over, isn’t it? You’re taking control of crimson lights? I had such high hopes for this place. But I understand, it was premature. We got ahead of ourselves. But you never should have gone into business with two of your exes.
Sharon: Are you finished?
Esther: Yeah. I’ll leave you the keys.
Sharon: Esther, you do not need to leave me the keys. Nothing’s changed. I’m not taking back crimson lights.
Esther: So, your new business hasn’t been blown straight to hell?
Sharon: Nope. Everything is right on track. In fact, things look even better than they did before.
Esther: Oh! Oh, good.