Young & The Restless Transcript
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Victor: Come on in.
Nate: Anything I can do to help calm your nerves about this dinner with your mother?
Victoria: I’m not nervous. I’m just a little anxious.
Nate: My mistake.
Victoria: Well, there is a difference. It shows, huh?
[ Nate chuckles ]
Nate: Well, for one thing, you’ve been preoccupied since we got here. For another thing, that was about the fifth time you checked the time in the last two minutes.
Victoria: I’m so sorry. It’s just that this conversation that I’m gonna have with my mom about my dad’s recent decision making, it’s– it’s just not gonna be easy.
Nate: Okay. Fair enough. But why, exactly?
Victoria: Well, because I’m concerned about him and I think that she should be concerned too.
Nate: Are you sure that’s all it is?
Victoria: Well, what else would it be?
Nate: Are you genuinely concerned about your father or are you angry that he’s coming back to newman and taking over your position as ceo? And you’re looking for a way to get back at him?
Victor: I mean, don’t get me wrong, a desire to change and go on a new path, you know, I find that admirable.
Victor: I know you. You try, and, for a while, it works, and then, your darker side emerges and whatever you’ve accomplished, you undo it.
Adam: Every other time, absolutely. But dad, not this time.
Victor: What’s different?
Adam: I have nothing left to lose. You always told me that I needed humility. Well, here I am, dad. I’m– I’m humbling myself before you right now. Just let me start at the bottom. I’ll do– I’ll do whatever it takes, and– and maybe somewhere along the way, I’ll turn into an actual human being and hopefully, I can start erasing some of the damage that I’ve caused.
Victor: Let me think about it, okay?
Adam: That’s all I can ask.
Victor: Okay. Son… if your intentions are sincere… I’m very impressed.
[ Adam laughing ]
Sally: Care to share the joke? You can’t leave without cuddles.
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Adam: Um, there’s no joke. I was just sitting here remembering a string of arguments that I’ve had with my father over the past few months.
Sally: Ah, well, you know, as I always say, for a good time, argue with victor newman. Look, adam, come on. We know each other way too well for this, okay? So, save the act for someone who might actually buy it. I know what your father just did to you and I know that it had to break your heart again. This has to be a rough time for you.
Adam: I mean, you– you would think so, right? But get this. I’m actually glad that this happened. I finally got the wake-up call that I’ve been needing for years.
Sally: No. No. You don’t have a fever and your complexion looks pretty good.
Adam: Okay, uh, don’t worry, I’m fine. But you, of all people, will be glad to hear that I’m ready to grow up and I’m ready to become an adult and I’m even looking forward to it.
Sally: Wow. Finally.
Adam: [ Scoffs ] Okay, I deserve that. Are you, uh, meeting someone?
Sally: No, I actually just came to get some room service before I go upstairs.
Adam: Why not join me for a drink? We can welcome in the new era of adam newman. And I promise I won’t read into anything if you say yes.
Sally: All right. Well, in that case, then, yes. And while we’re at it, you might as well welcome in a whole new era for both of us.
Victoria: Okay, you’re skeptical, I get it, but no, I am more concerned about my father than I am angry. At the end of the day, it’s my dad that we’re talking about and I love him.
Nate: I know you do and he loves you. So, no matter what, please keep that in mind.
Victoria: Of course. That’s a given. The more that I think about it, the less surprised I am that he’s demoting me and stepping back in as ceo of his own company. But what is surprising, and also very troubling, is that he keeps changing the direction that he’s taking newman enterprises. I mean, it’s– it’s just not like my father. It’s erratic.
Nate: Well, I can honestly say that his behavior or decisions have seemed erratic to me, but obviously, you know him a lot better than I do. For the record–
Victoria: No, no, no, not– not for the record, just say it.
Nate: If you were even considering some kind of retaliation instead of simply accepting your father’s decision and making the most of it, I would try my best to talk you out of it, for your sake, not his.
Nikki: Oh, are you joining us for dinner?
Nate: No, no. I was just keeping victoria company until you got here. I have to, uh, head back to the office for an overseas conference call. Well, enjoy your dinner, ladies.
Victoria: Thank you.
Nikki: How are you doing, darling?
Victoria: How do you think?
Nikki: Well, I think you’re probably mad at your father for what he’s putting you through.
Victoria: Mom, I am much more than mad. I’m worried as hell.
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Nate: If I’m, uh, interrupting something–
Victor: No, no. Come here. You’ve seen victoria?
Nate: Briefly. Um, I ran into her at society. She was meeting nikki for dinner.
Victor: Mm-hmm. I’m sure she was shocked to learn that I am retaking the reins of my company. As I’m sure you were surprised.
Nate: Yeah, I have to admit, I did not see it coming and neither did she.
Victor: Well, I want you to know, as I hopefully made it clear to her, I did not make the decision to take over the company again because of anything she did or didn’t do as a ceo. She does a great job. You know? I just felt like taking it over again.
Nate: Your company. The one you built from the ground up and you have every right to run it how you see fit.
Nikki: I can understand you being upset over the changes your father has made.
[ Victoria chuckles ]
Victoria: I love how everyone keeps talking about the changes as if dad had just come in and rearranged the furniture or something like that. He demoted me. He shoved me out of a position that I more than earned. So, yes, I’m sorry, I am having a hard time taking it.
Nikki: And I get that. But what is it that you’re worried about?
Victoria: I’m worried about him, mom, and frankly, I’m surprised that you’re not.
Nikki: Well, he’s concerned about his company. I would be more worried if he wasn’t trying to do something about it.
Victoria: Oh, really? Even though what he is trying to do about it involves one contradictory and impulsive decision after the other? He keeps changing his mind about everything. He’s making all of these rash, and to me, wrong-headed decisions. I’m beginning to believe that maybe, he is– he’s acting irrationally.
Nikki: All right, I think you’re being very unfair right now and rather extreme.
Victoria: Am I? Really, mom? Am I? Because I’m– I’m sorry. I’m sorry if this isn’t right for me to say, but I’m beginning to wonder if maybe dad is not capable of running his own empire anymore.
Adam: So, nick is still out of town?
Sally: Yeah, he still has a few more cities to hit. You know, the kirsten divisions need some help dealing with the recent changes. The latest being that kirsten is no longer affiliated with newman, which is huge.
Adam: You know, I wish for once that my father would realize or even care that real people are affected by his little corporate whims, but nope, it’s all just one big high-stakes chess game to him.
Sally: [ Clicks tongue ] Ooh.
Sally: Just sounded a little bitter, maybe, even cynical. That’s something maybe the old adam would say, not the new adam. You know, the one we’re supposed to be celebrating?
Adam: Okay, well, you know, it is a process, but thank you for calling me out. What now?
Sally: This isn’t your first drink, is it? Had you already started celebrating this new era of adam before I showed up?
Adam: I mean, sparingly, maybe. Why?
Sally: Well, just because I know how morose you can get whenever you’ve been drinking.
[ Adam sighs ] Have you eaten anything?
Adam: I have been– I’m very busy today. It’s a very busy day.
Sally: Yeah, well, I have been busy too. So busy that I actually forgot to eat all day, and now, my stomach is yelling at me.
Adam: Are you– are you suggesting that we have dinner together?
Sally: Apparently, I am. (Vo) you were diagnosed with thyroid eye disease
Adam: Oh, and, uh, can we get a bottle of champagne?
Sally: More alcohol?
Adam: Hey, just–
Adam: Just one glass of champagne a piece. To toast our mutual new beginnings.
Sally: So, you really mean this. You think that– that you can play out this whole new direction of yours and not get frustrated or give up?
Adam: You have no idea how determined I am.
Sally: I mean, don’t get me wrong. I– I love this whole “starting at the bottom” move for you. I think it’s great. But, I just don’t wanna see you set yourself up for another failure.
Adam: Hm, failing at the bottom. Well, thank you for the vote of confidence, I appreciate that.
Sally: It’s gonna be ego-crushing. Are you ready for that?
Adam: You know what? I’m gonna deal with it.
Sally: Okay then, because i am pulling for you.
Adam: Well, same to you. I’m excited for you. Starting your own interior design venture. You’re gonna be brilliant at it.
Sally: Thank you. God knows I’m willing to work as hard as I have to, to prove myself.
Adam: Hm, we both are, which means, I do not believe that either one of us will fail. I have everything plotted out, I will have you know.
Sally: I wish you had found a different way to word that.
Adam: What do you mean, what– what would I– should I say?
Sally: I don’t know, just if you had said “planned out” or “worked out” or “thought out,” I just– you and the word “plotted” makes me feel like maybe, you have something else in mind other than taking the legitimate route from the bottom to the top of the corporate ladder.
Adam: Look, sally. I have been wide open with you about this, and yet, you still doubt me.
Sally: Yeah, maybe it’s because I’ve known you so well for so long. Or maybe, it’s because you keep making these little slip-ups, like little bit of cynicism here or an old adam word there.
Adam: Have I ever complimented you on your flair for the dramatic?
Sally: If I need to worry about you… tell me now.
Victoria: Are you really telling me that you haven’t thought of these things yourself in the past few months, mom?
Nikki: What things are you talking about?
[ Victoria scoffs ]
Victoria: Well, let’s see. He set up nick and sharon and adam with their own business and then, he changed the rules on them before they even had a chance to get it off the ground. He let adam’s blackmail scheme go unpunished, and then, later, he fired him, and then, he went forward with the merger plan that he told adam was a no go two weeks earlier. He offered sally this great job at a new division at newman enterprises, and then, he ripped the rug out from underneath her five minutes later.
Nikki: Okay, you know what I think? I think that you are taking some of your father’s decisions out of context. It is his company. He’s allowed to change his mind and do whatever he wants to with it.
Victoria: Of course, but he’s doing it so erratically. Can you not see that? There’s no rhyme, no reason to some of the choices that he’s made. No sound business sense whatsoever. It’s like these decisions are more about him flexing his corporate muscle just to show that he can and putting people in their place, sometimes just to be vindictive.
Nikki: What exactly are you getting at? And how far are you planning on taking things?
Victor: As you know, nate, my daughter thinks very highly of your opinion. That’s why maybe, you can help her smooth the waters between her and me. Because I still need her. I need her expertise, her acumen, her knowledge about what has gone on here in the last few months. That goes for you as well.
Nate: I appreciate hearing that, victor.
Victor: Have you spoken with her since I have?
Nate: Look, um… as you know, this is a huge change for her and I think she just needs some time to process it. When she’s fully settled into her position, I believe she’ll realize that this decision you made is a positive one for both of you. And it isn’t your way of punishing her for something.
Victor: I appreciate that. Maybe, you can help her make that transition.
Nate: I will do anything and everything I can to help make this transition go as smoothly as possible.
Victor: Good man.
Nate: Well, I’m sure you have a lot of work to do while you get settled in, so, uh, if we’re finished here…
Victor: No, no, just pour yourself a drink, will you? Do you struggle with occasional nerve aches
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Victor: Have a seat, nate.
[ Nate clears throat ]
Nate: I wish I could guarantee that I could persuade victoria, one way or another, if she’s already made up her mind. I know I don’t have to tell you how decisive she can be.
[ Victor chuckles ]
Victor: She was stubborn the day she was born.
[ Nate laughs ]
Nate: Why am I not surprised?
Victor: You should have seen her when she started in this company.
Nate: Where did she start?
Victor: The mailroom.
Nate: Really? The mailroom.
Victor: Yeah. I didn’t want anybody to get the impression that I gave her preferential treatment because she was my daughter. You know, she knows this company inside out and she never, never accepted a promotion until she thought that she deserved it.
Nate: Yep. That sounds like her. She is definitely her father’s daughter. And she really hit her stride sitting at the top spot here.
Victor: Mm-hmm. Let me ask you something. Um, can you give me an honest answer? Do you think she still deserves to be in this position?
Nate: Listen, victor. Um, it’s not my place to be in the middle of this. Like I said, it’s your prerogative to make that choice. I’m just interested in encouraging her to get past her anger.
[ Victor sighs ]
Victor: You think she’s so angry that she may plan retaliation?
Victoria: I’m not suggesting anything. I’m just venting. I know. If you’re wondering, I don’t have some master plan up my sleeve to hold on to my ceo position.
Nikki: All right. Good.
Victoria: Oh, no, I’m finished. Thank you.
Nikki: Honey, I wish you would eat something.
Victoria: No, mom, I can’T. I’m not hungry. I’m too upset about dad.
[ Victoria sighs ] And frankly, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I blame adam for most of this.
Nikki: [ Scoffs ] You’ll get no argument from me on that.
Victoria: His arrogance, his petulance, his relentless sense of self-entitlement. It’s one self-serving betrayal after another. And maybe all of that is just built up in dad and pushed him too far and his business sense has gone straight out the window.
Nikki: Like I said, I think you are taking some of your father’s recent decisions out of context.
Victoria: Oh, okay, mom. Well, let’s just say you’re right. You live with him, mom. You love him. You know him better than any person on this planet. And you have had a front row seat to everything that he has been through and the toll that it’s taken on him. And now, on– on top of that, he wants the added stress of going back to run newman again? You must be worried about how that might affect his health.
Nikki: Yes, of course, I am. But–
Victoria: Newman enterprises, newman media, adam’s mind games, nicholas leaving the company, all the power plays, who’s in charge, who’s not? It’s all so damned important right now. But I’m telling you, if any of those things cost me my father, they’re worthless. And if you and me just stand by and let it happen, we will never forgive ourselves.
Nikki: No, no, darling. I promise you, there is not a chance in hell I would allow that to happen.
Adam: Why does everybody always suspect that I have a hidden agenda? Okay. Never mind. Um, forget I asked that, but you’re just going to have to trust that I’m serious, that I’m sincere. I’m excited about the future for the first time in, geez, longer than I can remember and I refuse to even let the possibility of failure even– even enter my mind.
Sally: Okay then. I am excited for you. Everyone deserves a new beginning.
[ Adam groans ]
Adam: Now, here is something else that you probably never thought I would say: Enough about me. I want to hear about you for a change. Tell me everything about the interior design business.
Sally: Okay. Consider this a warning. You may be sorry you asked because I am on a complete, exciting, exhilarating design high. Like, it is a whole new thrilling world for me. I’m serious. I– I never expected it, but I actually found something that I love as much as fashion.
Adam: Wow. I didn’t think that that was possible.
Sally: Yeah, neither did I. It’s becoming kind of an addiction. Like, I actually go through sketch pad withdrawal when I’m away from it for too long. These ideas, they just keep pouring out of me.
Adam: No, I know, I’ve seen them. I mean, you’re okay. I mean, you’re good. Okay, you’re really good.
Sally: Yeah, I know, it’s true.
[ Both chuckling ]
Adam: And I can’t tell you how good it is to see you happy and energized again and to hear that laugh.
Sally: Definitely come a long way from losing ava.
Sally: These new paths that we found, they almost… seemed like a miracle, don’t they?
Adam: I don’t, uh, mind admitting, but I almost feel reborn in a way and it’s exciting.
Sally: Reborn. That is a perfect way to describe it.
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[ Both sighing ]
[ Both chuckling ]
Sally: So much for “one more glass.”
Adam: Ugh. We should probably be ashamed of ourselves.
Sally: Uh, we probably will be in the morning. Speaking of which, it is way past my bedtime and I actually have a really busy day tomorrow.
Adam: Yeah, I, uh, need to get going, too. But first, may I, uh, do something that I haven’t done since we were together?
Sally: Probably not.
[ Sally chuckles ]
Adam: May I walk you to your door?
Sally: Okay. Sure. If you insist.
[ Both sighing ]
Adam: Thank you, sally.
Sally: For what?
Adam: For inviting me to dinner. You know, it means a lot that we can talk like this again and relax and hang out together. I missed my friend.
Sally: I missed my friend, too.
Adam: After you.
Nikki: Sweetheart, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ll tell you what, I’ll make a deal with you.
Victoria: Another deal? What is it with this family?
Nikki: You let me worry about your father’s health. I’m going to talk to him about it and he’s going to hate it, but since when has that ever stopped me?
Victoria: Not once that I can think of.
Nikki: And he is going to be relying on you as his co-ceo so he can focus on reunifying the company. I mean, that was really the reason he chose to go back in the first place.
Victoria: Are you sure that’s the only reason?
Nikki: Well, that’s what he has told me and I believe him. And I also believe that he misses getting up in the morning and going to the office, sitting behind that desk, being productive.
Victoria: But what if he can’t handle it, mom?
Nikki: We’re just going to have to wait and see. If I see a hint of anything affecting his health, I will come down on him like the wrath of god. Don’t worry, we’re not going to lose your father. I got this.
Nate: Victoria and i didn’t really have time to get into much. Naturally, she was surprised and upset about being demoted, but that was pretty much as far as we went and she certainly didn’t mention any retaliatory thoughts she might be having.
Victor: Mm-hmm. Would you have told me if she had?
[ Nate sighs ]
Nate: Victor, um, you’re putting me in a tough spot here. You’re my boss. So is victoria. And as you know, I’m personally involved with her, so I’m not comfortable being put in the middle of this.
Victor: I understand. Nate, as long as you are willing to smooth over the waters between me and my daughter… you and I are good.
Nate: You definitely have my word on that. We’re on the same team when it comes to making sure both victoria and newman enterprises come out on the other side of these changes stronger and more unified than ever.
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Victor: Well, my baby.
Victor: Hi, my baby.
[ Both moaning ] I’ve missed you. Why do I get the feeling that you have to talk to me?
[ Nikki groans ]
Nikki: You know me too well.
Victor: Yeah. Is that a complaint or a compliment?
Nikki: I think I’ll let you keep wondering.
[ Victor groans ]
Victor: So nate tells me that you had dinner with victoria. How’s she doing?
Nikki: Yeah, she’s, um– she’s upset. She was demoted and she feels insulted.
Victor: I assume you assured her there was nothing for her to be insulted about.
Nikki: Of course, I did. But, uh, you know victoria, she– she needs time and space to process and get ready for her new position.
Victor: Yeah, well, there’s nothing that bothers me more than a rift between me and my daughter.
Nikki: Well, I have an idea that might prevent that.
Victor: Let me hear it.
Nikki: I think that you should delay going back to the office for a couple of weeks, maybe a month.
Victor: Why would I do that?
Nikki: Well, for one thing, it would give victoria the time and space that she needs.
Victor: And for another?
Nikki: You and I are about to have big changes in our lives. You’re going back to take charge at newman enterprises. I’m taking over at newman media. I mean, those are both possibly very stress inducing commitments.
Victor: Sweetheart, not to mention exciting and– and stimulating.
Nikki: And that is my point. I think that we should take a long relaxing trip. Just the two of us. We can charge up our batteries and just spend a little time together before our schedules start to pull us apart.
Nikki: I mean, we really need it. We need it for our mental health, our physical health, for victoria’s peace of mind, and for the company that you have been worrying so much about. I really do think it’s the best thing, darling. I promise you it will be. So please say yes.
Victor: You will still have power. You make the day to day decisions, but I will retake the reigns of this company that I built, because I’ve noticed lately that things around here seem disjointed. So, I will take over. Is that clear?
Victoria: Well, let me tell you, this hardly feels like unity. You’re either pushing or driving everyone away.
Victor: I don’t give a damn what you think!
Victoria: Including me!
Victor: I will take over again!
Victoria: I don’t deserve this, daddy. Well, victor newman’s not one to waste time. I’ll give him that.
Nate: Yeah, I know. I was here talking to him earlier.
Victoria: Yeah, I do– I– I see that. [ Laughs ]
Nate: His invitation.
Victoria: Then, of course, you accept it.
Nate: Victoria, I’m just trying to keep things as calm and peaceful as possible around here until the dust settles.
[ Victoria laughs ]
Victoria: Good luck with that.
[ Victoria sighs ]
Nate: Just so you know, victor seems to suspect that you’re looking for a way to stop him from coming back to newman.
Victoria: And let me guess, you confirm that yes, I certainly am.
Nate: Why would you think I’d do that to you?
Victoria: Because you don’t think that my idea is a good idea and you want to impress the big boss by warning him.
Nate: Actually, I protected you, but you’re right. I don’t agree with you at all. I think it’s exactly the wrong way for you to handle this.
[ Victoria laughs ]
Victoria: Well, I’m really sorry you feel that way, nate, because I was counting on you to come around.
[ Nate sighs ]
[ Both sighing ]
[ Sally chuckles ]
[ Both sighing ]
[ Adam sighs ]
Adam: I’m sorry. That was, um– [ Laughs ] That was a mistake.
Sally: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, it was.
Adam: Well, in my defense, um, it wasn’t me that kissed you. It was my, um, champagne brain. Would you, uh, mind if we just pretend like that never happened?
Sally: Pretend what never happened? I– I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Adam: Thank you. Good night.
Sally: You’re welcome. And yeah, good night.
[ Sally sighing ]
[ Sally sighing ]