Y&R Transcript Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Young & The Restless Transcript


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Mariah: I didn’t know that tessa had called you, so…

Tessa: Well, we have specialists and pediatricians all lined up. What we need right now is a friend who understands.

Devon: Yeah. And you’re looking at him. ‘Cause you both know what I’ve been through. And I can certainly share resources with you if you’d like. But I mean, I mainly just came over here to talk you down ’cause I imagine that your instinct is to panic and that never helps anybody.

[ Mariah sighs ] So, what exactly happened?

Mariah: We noticed that aria wasn’t reacting to loud noises.

Tessa: Like really loud noises. Like thunder.

Mariah: Or, like, a whole boatload of silverware crashing on the floor.

Devon: Right. And then you guys took her to the doctor?

Tessa: Yes, our pediatrician ran some tests and there is definitely an issue.

Devon: Okay. And I’m sure it’s not easy to pinpoint exactly what it is ’cause she’s so young, right?

Mariah: Right. So, I mean, there are more tests to do and– and a million other things, but I– I know you’re experienced with this, so.

Devon: Yeah, I mean, I was– I was concerned, right after dominic was born ’cause I was worried I was gonna pass something down to him, you know? But when it’s your child, regardless, you worry.

Mariah: About everything.

Devon: Yeah.

Tessa: I was thinking, I– I mean, I don’t know, I– maybe you could walk us through it? Maybe explain what it’s like not to hear.

Devon: Yeah.

Mariah: Well, I don’t– I don’t know, those are two totally different situations and I don’t want you to have to relive all that.

Devon: No, no, no, no, please, it’s, um, I don’t mind at all.

Mariah: And it– it wouldn’t be unfair of us to ask of you?

Devon: No.

Tessa: No, maybe I overstepped.

Devon: No, no, listen, you didn’t overstep. It’s not unfair. It’s fine, okay? You’re not gonna invite me to help and then kick me out once I try to, all right? We’re gonna talk about this.

Billy: That was nice, that little work session on the patio. Exactly what the doctor ordered.

Jack: Gotta enjoy these last days of summer.

Billy: It’s a nice change of pace instead of rushing off to the office. I gotta say it’s quiet around here for a change.

Jack: Yeah, mrs. Martinez took harrison to the farmer’s market, I think. Everybody else is at work.

Billy: I guess I’m struck by the, uh, the lack of snarky comments and open hostility.

Jack: You’re referring, of course, to our sister and her new husband.

Billy: I wonder if this lack of communication is a good thing or if it’s, you know, pending doom. I mean, what’s the over/under that they’re really moving on from this anti-diane world domination plan?

Jack: I have no idea what the odds are, but I’m not about to bet on anything right no–

Tucker: Hey, guys. You miss me?

Billy: Oh, yes, tucker, we’ve been pining over you. It’s been torture.

Jack: What brings you by, tucker? I seem to remember asking you to return your house key.

Tucker: Oh, yeah, you’re gonna get that. I just came by for some personal items. And I believe ashley made arrangements to have the rest of our stuff moved out in the next week or so. And we’ll be outta your hair.

Jack: Now why do I have a hard time believing that?

Abby: So, you’re still living at the club?

Ashley: Yeah. We’re gonna get our own place once we find something that’s exciting to us. We’re also looking for office space, you know, for our new company, so spending a lot of time on real estate sites.

Abby: And your truce with uncle jack is still holding strong?

Ashley: Mm-hmm.

Abby: Mom, you don’t have to say it like you’re humoring me.

Ashley: I’m just trying to smooth over your concerns, honey. And let you know that everything is actually okay. It’s a lot easier to have peace when you don’t live with someone, you don’t work with someone, so…

Abby: I think it’s a shame. You have put so much time and energy and love into jabot. I mean, as much as anyone besides granddad. And it’s as much a part of you as you are a part of it.

Ashley: I know that. But jabot is more than a building, isn’t it? It’s the lab, it’s my father, it’s all the products that I’ve helped create and those are gonna go right with me. Wherever I go, I’ll take that with me.

Abby: Are you sure you really wanna do this? You wanna just break away and start over?

Ashley: Honey, I can’t work at jabot. Not with diane being part of the scenery, okay? I’ve tried and I’ve tried, and I can’t do it. It’s impossible. And I also tried to convince jack that he was making a huge mistake, that diane was absolutely very dangerous to jabot, but I failed, all right? And now it’s time for me to move on.

Diane: Thank god. And we’re done.

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Mariah: All right. All right, you can stay. So please sit because I’m gonna need you to answer about a million questions…

Devon: It’s okay. …Because I am a pain.

Devon: No, you’re not. You’re not a pain at all. You’re an amazing friend, an amazing mother. You both are. And you’re smart to talk to someone who’s been through a similar experience instead of going online and scaring yourselves with misinformation.

Tessa: That is what I was thinking and doing. The internet is a very scary place.

Devon: Yeah, it’s not good. You don’t need that and any parent would be worried. But, you know, my experience is very different just ’cause of how old I was when I lost my hearing.

Tessa: Yeah, mariah said that you had meningitis.

Devon: Yeah, that’s what caused it, but I was already a teenager. So, you know, I could– I could talk, I could speak and communicate. I just couldn’t hear myself or anyone else.

Mariah: Aria is so little. She can’t say if she’s confused or frightened.

Devon: I know, but what she does have is two people who can care about her and advocate for her and love her. And that’s– that’s the most important thing, right? Well, listen, I’m not an expert though, even though I’ve been through what I’ve been through. Have you guys lined up more appointments?

Tessa: Yes, we have an audiologist coming to the house.

Devon: Oh, perfect. That’s– that’s great. You guys are– you’re doing all that you can, really.

Tessa: Yeah, I mean, you know, we can hope that we’re doing the best things for her. But just every minute is filled with what-ifs. I mean, just imagining things that are gonna happen this week, next month, next year.

Mariah: What if aria… is never able to hear her mother’s beautiful voice?

Ashley: Is there something we can help you with diane? Or you just gonna stand there and eavesdrop?

Diane: Well, I couldn’t help but unintentionally overhear.

Abby: Can I get you a table?

Diane: Ashley, your future affects jack’s future. So, what the two of you were talking about is very much my business. I want abbott family harmony as much as anybody.

Ashley: Of course you do.

Diane: You know what, if you don’t believe me, I really don’t care. I’ve had to resign myself to the fact that there are certain members of the family who will never accept me as an abbott.

[ Ashley sighs ] It’s disappointing and I know that it breaks jack’s heart.

Ashley: Yeah, well, you know, still, your words mean nothing to me. Sorry, they just don’T. They are as sincere today as they were a week ago or a year ago or whenever it was we first met all those decades ago. You even died but you came back. So, see, some things never change. You certainly have not.

Tucker: No, seriously, jack. Ashley and I are moving on. We’ve decided that you and diane are just not worth the stress. Frankly, neither is jabot.

Billy: Are you speaking for our sister again, tucker, or does she actually believe that?

Tucker: No, she actually believes that. I’ve convinced her that any efforts to save jabot from diane are a waste of time. And that the company that we’re starting, that we’re gonna run together, that’s our real future.

Jack: But there’s a little bit of a conundrum there, is there not? I mean, if you’re going to build the simply ashley brand, you’re going to have to go up against jabot. Compete for ad placement, for shelf space.

Tucker: Gee, that’s right. I never thought of that.

Jack: You say you’ve convinced her that the best way to fight jabot is as an outsider, as a competitor. And yet ashley’s justification for this fight all along has been her belief that she has to save jabot, and me, from diane.

Tucker: I think you’re a little confused. May I explain?

Jack: Please do.

Billy: Can’t wait to hear this.

Tucker: So I know from the beginning you thought that I had some, um… devious plan to use ashley, right? To rekindle our relationship solely for the purpose of acquiring jabot. So, that’s just not the case. She’s, uh… she’s seeking peace and prosperity, and uh, I’m just along for the ride, really, just helping her out.

Jack: ‘Cause that’s the benevolent kind of guy you are.

Tucker: No, no, just because I saw what this war with you was doing to her. She was really obsessed by it. It was unhealthy and I helped her see that too. Can I let you in on a little secret, jack? All this time that you were worried about me, what I was gonna do? Your real threat was a little closer to home.

Jack: And now thanks to you, ashley is no longer a threat?

Tucker: No, I’m not talking about ashley.

Jack: Then whom?

Tucker: Your, uh, carus frater over there. He was ready to sell you out for control of jabot.

Mariah: Dr. George.

Dr. George: Yes.

Mariah: Hi, hi, come on in, please, um… I’m mariah and this is my wife, tessa, and, uh, this is our friend, devon winters.

Devon: How you doing? I don’t know if you remember, but I’m pretty sure you were on my care team at memorial years and years ago when I got a cochlear implant.

Dr. George: Ah, yes, that’s right.

Devon: I’m right, huh?

Dr. George: My practice is focused on pediatrics now, but I remember you. You had quite an interest in music if I recall.

Devon: Yes, yes, that’s a great memory. Absolutely, that was– it was all I could think about, even though I didn’t know if I was gonna be able to hear.

Dr. George: But you got your cochlear implant and have been doing quite well from everything that I’ve read.

Devon: Yeah, fortunately, there were advancements with, you know, the technology and my, uh, my father, tucker, uh, arranged for me to get surgery in texas. So, yeah, it was a miracle.

Dr. George: Modern medicine can do wonders, but so can the human spirit.

Devon: Absolutely. Well, listen, I’m gonna take off and let you get to work. Um, ladies, you’re clearly in good hands. And uh, I know that aria’s spirit is stronger than all of ours combined. So, you have nothing to worry about.

Jack: While billy may not be diane’s biggest fan, there is no way he would choose you and ashley over me and the company our father founded.

Tucker: That’s where your insights into human nature falters jack. ‘Cause billy’s the kind of guy that is capable of anything if the price is right. Am I wrong?

Billy: You’re dead wrong, tucker. And you’re lying through your teeth. Shouldn’t be surprised by that.

Tucker: I see, so… when ashley and I came to you and asked for your help in weakening jabot from the inside, so we could take it from jack and diane and offered you the ceo position once you were successful, you turned us down? Is that it?

Billy: That’s my story, 100%. Sticking to it.

[ Tucker laughs ]

Tucker: With a straight face too. Guess it’s all that poker experience. But I’m not surprised you’d play it like that, I– I know a thing or two about deceit and ambition.

Jack: The first true statement you’ve made.

Tucker: I think my instincts in this situation are a little better than yours, jack. Because what I saw in billy’s eyes, what I heard in his voice… the hunger, the ambition… you can’t fake that.

Jack: Let’s say I believe you. Let’s say my faith in billy is forever shattered. Why do you care?

Tucker: Oh, I just wanna do my new brother-in-law a solid. No, I thought you’d like to know that billy’s dislike for diane goes a little deeper than he pretends. And while you were worried about ashley and what she was gonna do, it was your baby brother who was ready to stick a knife in your back.

Diane: Ashley, you are so hung up on the past, aren’t you? I bet you lie awake at night plotting revenge against all the mean girls in high school. Oh, wait, sorry, you were probably one of them.

Ashley: You know what they say, diane? They say that the best predictor of future actions is past behavior and well, your past behavior sucks.

Diane: You know what? Your self-righteousness is kind of tacky–

Abby: Okay, just stop! Please, please, both of you stop! Or take it somewhere else because my customers here, they didn’t pay for lunch and a show. Now, please. Devon, hey. Uh, yeah, yeah, I can meet you at the park right now. I’ll go grab dominic, and I’ll see you in a bit. Okay, bye. I have to go. Um, but will the two of you please behave yourselves? No broken dishes? No bloodshed?

Ashley: I promise, and I’m very sorry about that. I will not waste your china, and I certainly will not waste my breath.

Abby: Thank you. I love you.

Ashley: I love you too.

Diane: Bye.

Abby: Bye.

Ashley: You see, diane, I really am trying to move on from your toxicity. And you know, frankly, I couldn’t be–

[ Ashley choking ] Oh, hello! Hi!

Diane: Here. Let me help you.

[ Diane grunts ] Is that it?

[ Ashley coughing ]

[ Diane panting ] Ashley, are you okay? Just…

Ashley: Oh, my god.

Diane: …Try to– try to keep breathing. Did it all come out? Just– okay, just try to– try to get some breath, some– could she get some water or something?

[ Ashley coughs ]

Ashley: Oh, god.

[ Diane panting ] Did you just save my life?

Abby: I see somebody.

Devon: Hey.

Abby: Hi!

Devon: Aww!

Abby: Hi.

Devon: Hey. I love you. Hey, buddy.

[ Abby chuckles ]

Abby: He was very excited to see daddy.

Devon: Yeah? Let’s go sit down. Let’s go sit down.

>>Abby: Wanna sit? Let’s sit. Let’s take your dinosaur for a little sit.

Devon: Oh, thank you for getting away… to come and see me. I appreciate it. After I, uh, left mariah and tessa’s I felt like I needed to see my family as soon as possible.

Abby: Well, don’t get me wrong, I love being missed but what happened at mariah and tessa’s? Is something wrong?

Devon: Yeah, um… I got some bad news about aria.

Abby: Oh my gosh. What– what is it?

Devon: The pediatrician ran some tests on her and she might not be able to hear.

[ Abby sighs ]

Abby: Devon.

Devon: I know.

[ Abby sighs ] But, like I told them, we’re not thinking extremes yet just ’cause there’s a lot of testing that still needs to be done. And even if there is a problem, there’s so many things out there. Hearing aids and cochlear implants, like the one I had.

Abby: Uh, that’s why they wanted you to go over because, well, you know, something about that?

Devon: Yeah. More than the average person. But, I mean, I mostly just went there to try and talk them down so they didn’t panic because there’s so much we don’t know yet.

Abby: Yeah, there’s so much uncertainty.

Devon: Yeah, it’s horrible. But they will be all right. I just– I’ve never been more grateful to have a family with you. ‘Cause, like mariah and tessa, I know that what we have can get us through anything.

Tessa: Ooh, I wish I was as relaxed as aria is about this. She already passed out.

Dr. George: Why don’t we have a seat, moms?

Mariah: Yeah.

Dr. George: I performed two types of tests. The first was to determine if aria’s inner ear responds to sound.

Mariah: Oh, my god, she failed?

Dr. George: The absence of what we call auto-acoustic emissions could mean hearing loss, but it might not. I did another test that checks how aria’s brain responds to sound. The results suggested hearing loss connected to the auditory nerve, deep in the ear. But again, it’s a little early to make assumptions.

Mariah: Uh, okay, um, but if… if this is what you think it is, is it treatable?

Dr. George: It is treatable, yes. But there is no cure.

Jack: The only backstabbing son of a bitch in this room is you.

Tucker: If you say so.

Jack: What is this, some new tactic to create tension between my co-ceo and me? Any efforts to destabilize jabot in the past haven’t worked. We are strong. Jabot is solid.

Tucker: I hear you. I hear you. Jack. You gotta let go of all this hostility. Ashley and I, we’re not a threat to you. And if you want to continue to trust billy, that’s your call, be my guest. Apparently, blood is thicker than betrayal.

Jack: Well, he didn’t miss a beat, did he? Good thing I trust you. He made a hell of a case.

Billy: What do you mean by that exactly, jack? If your moderate to severe crohn’s disease

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Billy: Tucker didn’t say anything to you that you don’t already know. I played my part exactly as I was supposed to.

Jack: Yes, you did, I know that.

Billy: Okay, so then, what good case did he just make?

Jack: It was a clever move telling me that you were tempted by the opportunity to run jabot.

Billy: Because I’m that predictable, jack?

Jack: Well, let’s not get into a big argument here. That is exactly what he’s banking on.

Billy: Let me just be very clear here, okay? I am not trying to steal jabot from you. Yes, tucker and ashley offered me the brass ring, and I pretended to be interested in it because that was the right thing to do to stay on the inside.

Jack: I get it. But no one would be surprised that maybe, a kernel of this is true. That you might be tempted to run jabot.

Billy: Because my last go around at jabot didn’t quite end like everyone expected? So this is my opportunity to redeem myself? As you just said, who wouldn’t do that? Especially, if your name was billy abbott.

Jack: Billy, I don’t believe you would follow through.

Billy: No, but you don’t really 100% trust me, do you? Tucker just planted the seed. I’m just shocked how quickly it’s taken hold.

Jack: I trust you. I know I can count on you. You have proven time and again–

Billy: It’s your instinct. You fully believe that I’m just gonna fall right back where I came from.

Jack: That is not what I said.

Billy: Tucker and ashley offered me the leadership role at jabot. And I pretended that I was interested in it, but I was in control the whole entire time.

Jack: Yes, and tucker bought it, completely.

Billy: Yes, and then they retracted the offer, even though they doubled down that I was the best way to get what they wanted. So, maybe, maybe this white flag that they’re flying right now is legit.

Jack: I seriously doubt that. But why don’t you think I can’t trust you?

Billy: Because it’s your instinct, jack. Because you think for one second that I might go to their side. To go against everything that I promised to the company, to our family, to our father’s legacy. The promises that I made to you.

Jack: I’m sorry that you took what I said that way.

Billy: Give me a break, jack. There’s only one way to take that.

[ Jack sighs ]

[ Door shuts ]

Diane: Ashley, don’t be dramatic. I did what anyone would have done. I– I didn’t even think about it.

Ashley: Thank you so much.

Diane: Yeah, well, we should really go get you checked out at urgent care.

Ashley: Oh, god, listen, I’m okay, all right? I will be okay.

Diane: No, no, no, no. There can be complications after a choking incident. Or if you’re too stubborn to see a doctor, let me at least drive you back to the club.

Ashley: Diane, please, please, I choked, and you saved me, and I’m okay. Come on now.

[ Diane scoffs ]

[ Footsteps departing ]

Devon: Oh, my gosh. I really just tried to keep mariah and tessa from going off the deep end and assuming the worst without having all the facts, you know? But I mean, I completely get it, because I’d be the exact same way if we were talking about dominic.

Abby: Yeah, I mean, it’s gotta be so awful not knowing if your baby is ever gonna hear all the wonderful sounds in the world. And aria is so little. She can’t say whether or not she had her hearing and then lost it, or if she’s scared.

Devon: I know. I remember, gosh, I was terrified when I lost my hearing. And I wasn’t very good at expressing it either. But dru and neil and lily were great about it. And daniel too. They actually all learned sign language for me. And they tried their best to help me cope with it. But I remember there were a lot of times where I’d get really angry that it was happening to me at all. And I’d start feeling sorry for myself, and I’d lash out.

Young devon: I’m gonna have to find a whole new way to pick up girls. You know, I wonder how many girls are into deaf guys.

Neil: Hey, now, slow down.

[ Keyboard clattering ] Slow down, partner. Devon, you’re young, handsome, and smart. You have a good heart. Plenty of women will be attracted to you. You just have to be confident. Why don’t we go leave? Shoot some hoops?

Young devon: Now?

Neil: After dinner.

Young devon: I can’t, I…

Neil: What? What?

Young devon: Damn! I can’t– I can’t remember the sign for homework.

Neil: Devon, takes time.

Young devon: I don’t have time.

Neil: Son.

[ Keyboard clattering ] You’re learning a whole new language. It took me a year of studying spanish before I felt comfortable.

Young devon: You know what, I’m gonna practice every day, all day until I get this, ’cause I’m not gonna lose a whole year out of my life.

Devon: I’m sure it was scary for my family at the time too. I just wasn’t very good at understanding that.

Abby: You lost your hearing because of meningitis, right?

Devon: Yeah.

Abby: Do they know what caused aria’s hearing loss?

Devon: No. They have no idea. But I guess, I mean, at this point, it doesn’t really matter.

Abby: No, you’re right. All that matters is that we are there for mariah and tessa, and we give them all the love and support they need.

Devon: Yeah, which is absolutely what we’ll do.

Abby: Yeah. They’re really good people and parents. You know? Dom wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for mariah.

Abby: Yeah. Well, we will help them however we can.

Devon: Yeah.

Abby: And I’m just really thankful that I have such a loving, caring man in my life.

Dr. George: Once we arrive at a definitive diagnosis, we’ll start with a hearing aid first.

Tessa: Really? A– a hearing aid for a baby?

Dr. George: Yes, I’ve seen great success with infants and toddlers.

Mariah: Okay, um… what if that doesn’t work?

Dr. George: There are other things we can consider.

Mariah: Like– like, a cochlear implant, like devon’s?

Dr. George: Yes, that– that could be an option.

Tessa: How did this happen? Did we do something wrong? Okay, again, this is a status bar.

Mariah: Is she right? Is there something that we should have done or shouldn’t have done?

Dr. George: No, from everything I’ve seen, you are excellent parents. It’s very likely aria’s condition is genetic. That she inherited it from one of her birth parents. I saw in her files, you adopted her. Do you have any medical background on both parents?

Tessa: Uh, we’re in touch with her bio mom. We can find out.

Mariah: Yeah, uh, right– right away, um, but… what is the next step?

Dr. George: I would like to see aria in my office where I can do further testing, and then, we’ll most likely look into the most appropriate hearing aids for her.

Tessa: Okay, um, how long will that take, for her to get hearing aids and for us to know whether they’re working or not?

Dr. George: Not long. Now, try not to worry. I know, that’s a silly thing to say to a young child’s parents, but do your best not to get too worked up. Aria needs you, and I can assure you, she will get the best medical attention and care possible.

Mariah: Well, uh, thank you. Thank you so much for the house call and– and for everything. We are very grateful.

Dr. George: Of course. I’ll see you soon.

Mariah: Yeah.

[ Doorbell ringing ]

Abby: Hello. Team taria is here. We figured you’ve been so busy worrying that you probably forgot to eat.

Tessa: Yeah, I’ve never understood when people say that.

Devon: So what did, uh, what’d dr. George say?

Tessa: That–

Mariah: Aria failed a couple of tests.

Abby: Meaning what?

Tessa: Meaning she’s experienced some hearing loss.

Devon: Okay. What happens next?

Mariah: Hearing aids.

Tessa: And maybe surgery.

Abby: Well, now, you have a road map and a plan. That’s good, and a huge safety net of love and support for both you and aria.

Devon: Absolutely. Whatever you guys need.

Diane: [ Sighs ] Look, why don’t you let me at least call abby or tucker? Jack?

Ashley: I’m okay. I really am.

Diane: Well, you don’t look fine.

Ashley: I got a little lightheaded when I went into the bathroom, but I’m okay, honestly.

Diane: You know what, forget it, you’re not driving, and you’re not going anywhere without me. Come on, let’s go. I’ll take you to the club.

Ashley: Okay.

Diane: You all right?

Ashley: Fine.

Tucker: I take it the turncoat left?

Jack: Diane and i came to your wedding. We were beyond civil. We wished you well. I gave ashley everything she asked for. Why couldn’t you just turn the corner, and get on with your new lives together?

Tucker: That’s exactly what we are doing.

Jack: You drag my brother into your plot to destroy my family’s company. And then you come here and try to sow dissent between my brother and me pretending that billy’s the one that’s pulling the coup at jabot.

Tucker: I just thought you’d like to know the truth.

Jack: You listen carefully. Whatever tension is between my sister and me is between my sister and me. It is a family matter. We will deal with it.

Tucker: I’d like to think I’m your family now too, jack.

Jack: You will never be any part of my family, mccall. And I promise you, if you hurt or cause heartache for ashley in any way at all, I swear to you, I will destroy you. That is not a threat. That is a promise you can take to the bank.

Tucker: Don’t push me, jack. I know I give off this air of not giving a damn about much. Don’t fool yourself. You do not want to cross me. See you around.

[ Door shuts ] Even when I was with the people I love,

Tucker: Thanks. What the hell’s going on here? You guys are hanging out together?

Ashley: Listen, I’m– I’m– it’s okay, I’m fine, really. You’ve done enough, I appreciate it, you can go. She can go.

Diane: All right. All right! You know what, um, she should see a doctor or go to the hospital.

Ashley: I’m fine.

Tucker: Are you sick?

Ashley: No, can we just go upstairs, please? Could we just make that happen? Thank you.

[ Footsteps departing ]

Mariah: Well, it’s certainly not the best news ever but it’s like devon said, we just have to trust the doctors, and take this one step at a time, right? One step at a time. [ Chuckles ]

Tessa: I just can’t help but think that we did something wrong. That– that I did something wrong.

Mariah: Hey, hey, you gotta stop that. And for– for all we know, this could be something on– on delphine’s side of the family or her dad’S. It doesn’t really matter either way, you know? All we can do is what’s best for our daughter. Try to plan for her future.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Aria gurgles ]

[ Tessa laughs ] Stay positive.

Tessa: But we’re gonna do whatever we can, okay, bunny? I know you can’t hear me now, but you will, because mama and I love you, and we are gonna do whatever we can to help you, okay?

Mariah: We’re gonna do whatever it takes.

Jack: Hey, it’s– it’s me, billy. Um, I– I am so sorry about our conversation earlier. Everything got out of hand, and I hated the way we left things. Can we maybe talk? Let’s– let’s get together for a drink. Give me a call, okay?

[ Door slams ]

Jack: Oh, am I happy to see you.

Diane: Hey.

Jack: Hi. Hey, what is it? What happened?

Diane: Ashley could’ve died.

Jack: What?

Diane: She could have died, and I saved her life.

[ Ashely coughing ]

Tucker: So, tell me what happened.

Ashley: I still can’t believe it.

Tucker: Believe what?

Ashley: Well, diane did something truly amazing.

Tucker: Do tell.

Ashley: Okay, well, I was having lunch at society with abby. Um, and diane walked in, and so I– you know, I told her she was toxic, of course.

Tucker: Yes, of course. No news flash there.

Ashley: Yeah, well, I popped a grape for emphasis as I was telling her.

Tucker: You popped a grape for emphasis?

Ashley: It was stupid. I mean, a really stupid move, because I choked on the damn thing.

Tucker: You choked on it?

Ashley: I did for real. I mean, like, I couldn’t breathe or anything, yeah. But diane, she didn’t miss a beat. She came up behind me. She did that, you know, you– you squeeze–

Tucker: The heimlich?

Ashley: Yes, I don’t think they call it that anymore. But, yeah, but she– she didn’t miss a second. I mean, just–

Tucker: [ Laughs ] God. But you’re okay now.

Ashely: Mm-hmm. So, why did she mention the hospital?

Ashley: She thought maybe I should get checked out, but I’m okay.

Tucker: You sure?

Ashley: Mm-hmm. Well, I mean, you know, physically, I’m okay but… I don’t know what to do with this, because mentally, and emotionally, the woman that I hate more than anybody on the planet just saved my life.

[ Notification chimes ]

Billy: Not interested, jack. Delete.

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