Young & The Restless Transcript
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Adam: Good morning, boss. I, uh, took the liberty of ordering you some coffee. Should be out soon.
Nate: Adam, thank you for coming.
Adam: Mm-hmm. Uh, I pride myself on being on time. Early even. And as your new assistant, I await your command.
Nate: Hm, I thought it best we discuss how this is going to work moving forward.
Adam: Sure thing, you’re in charge. Um, now how do you take your coffee? Cream, sugar? And is there a paper that you read first thing in the morning?
Nate: The attitude isn’t necessary. And it’s not gonna work with me.
[ Adam clears throat ] I asked you here because I’d like to set some ground rules and expectations, so there are no misunderstandings later.
[ Adam chuckles ] You must be in heaven.
Nate: I’m not sure what you mean.
Adam: Having this much power over me. It’s thrilling, isn’t it?
Victoria: May I come in?
Victor: Yes, please.
Victoria: Good morning. You look very content. The big– big chair suits you. It always has.
Victor: This all sounds very pleasant. Should I be getting ready for another attack or what?
Victoria: You can put your gloves down. There’s no right hook coming, daddy. I just i and make peace. I’m tired of fighting with you.
Victor: Glad to hear that. It’s kind of surprising though. Two days ago, you were very upset about having been demoted and about my resuming the position on this chair. What happened?
Victoria: I know that you must be very frustrated and disappointed by my attitude. But I have thought long and hard about this arrangement, and I’ve made a decision about the future.
[ Knocking on door ]
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Nikki: Oh, claire. Very nice to meet you. Please sit down.
Claire: The pleasure is all mine, mrs. Newman.
Audra: We thought we’d change things up a bit for your interview and meet at one of genoa city’s finest restaurants. You know, give you a taste of the town since you’re not local.
Claire: I love this place. It’s so hip. I’m really grateful to be considered for your assistant role at newman media.
Nikki: So, tell us, who is claire grace?
Claire: I’ve been a self-starter all my life. Education always came first, but I’ve been working since I was a kid. At 12, I started my first small business with friends, going around to neighbor’s houses, cleaning and doing odd jobs.
Audra: Sounds like you had an early interest in hard work.
Claire: Absolutely. But I also have a passion for music. I played the flute throughout school, so that became my minor. But my primary focus was always marketing and business.
Audra: How was your experience at wharton?
Claire: Not for the faint of heart. But I worked hard. Knew I was lucky to be there. And I had professors who pushed me to believe in myself.
Nikki: Well, your educational background is very impressive, but you don’t seem to have a lot of corporate experience. There’s only one previous assistant job here.
Claire: While I was pursuing my mba, I was busy juggling school and work. Bartending, tutoring. Anything that would pay the bills and keep me afloat.
Nikki: Well, we are meeting with a couple of other candidates for this position.Why don’t you tell us why you think being my assistant is the right choice, for both of us?
Claire: If I’m gonna work in business, why not work for the best? Newman enterprises has been a leading innovator for years.
Audra: So, you’re familiar with the company?
Claire: Of course. It dominates in its industries. Newman media is newer, but it’s already a powerhouse with its focus on content in different mediums. Video games, podcasts, streaming services.
Audra: Is there a particular project that interests you?
Claire: When you closed that exclusive deal with crawford pictures, so smart, and you had only just started as ceo.
Nikki: Do you see any way for newman media to expand any markets that we’re not tapping into?
Claire: Well, I’m excited to see how tucker mccall’s company fits into newman enterprises. How it could mesh with newman media. You must have a lot of ideas about that since you used to work with mr. Mccall.
Nikki: Well, newman media has gone through many regimes since its inception. How do you view that?
Claire: There has been a lot of turnover. But with your previous experience as co-ceo of newman, the business community and your employees should be reassured. You have a unique understanding of newman media’s place within the company at large, thanks to your previous position.
Nikki: Well, you have certainly done your research.
Audra: You know, the letter of recommendation from your previous boss is outstanding. And she says the office has never been managed better.
Claire: All you need is a good mentor.
Audra: May I ask why you would leave your job in chicago if your previous boss speaks so highly of you? You know, why apply for this job? What brought you to genoa city?
Sally: Good morning.
Nick: There she is. She wakes. Good morning, beautiful. It’s freshly squeezed.
Sally: Why so fancy?
Nick: Just, uh, felt like spoiling you.
Sally: Well, you better watch out ’cause I could get used to it.
Nick: I hope you do.
Sally: I thought you had work to handle.
Nick: Yeah, I got some stuff later, but honestly, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with you.
Sally: Me too.
Nick: Here’s a thought. Why don’t we just give up all these dreams and plans we have for all these other businesses and just do nothing? Seriously, we just hang out with each other. Live off love and, uh, spoil each other rotten.
Sally: Well, we might wear each other out pretty quickly.
Nick: Are you questioning my stamina?
[ Sally chuckles ]
Sally: Never. Mm-mm. No, I’m just saying that we both have to work. I mean, I don’t think either of us would last more than a week without a sense of purpose.
Nick: So, our connection isn’t purpose enough? Wow. Okay, well, it is for me.
Sally: What has gotten into you?
Nick: I don’t know. I just– I woke up this morning and I was just really, really grateful that I get to wake up next to you. I really missed you.
Sally: I missed you too.
Nick: Do you remember before I went on my trip and I told you that I had fallen in love with you?
Sally: I recall that, yeah.
Nick: Well, on my trip, I kind of can’t believe how much I missed you and it got worse every day. It– it like hurt away from you. I love you, sally, more than I ever thought was possible.
Sally: You’re really sweet. I– I… I don’t know what to say.
Nick: Well, it might be the sort of thing that gives you the urge to say, “I’m falling in love with you too.”
Victor: So, what is it you have decided?
Victoria: After much contemplation, I… I’ve seen the wisdom of your– of your actions, and I’ve accepted them.
Victor: That’s quite a change of heart. I mean, you and I have been at each other’s throats for days.
Victoria: Well, I have had my concerns, daddy, and they’re not selfish.
Victor: Your brother, nicholas, has told me that you had questions about my ability to run this damn company.
Victoria: Well, first of all, nicholas is exaggerating. I mean, I haven’t understood and accepted some of the choices that you’ve made lately and the erratic way that you’ve gone about handling things.
Victor: But what happened to make you think that now I can run this company, that I know what I’m doing?
Victoria: I realized that you are indeed looking at the long game. And that you stepping back in as ceo has nothing to do with me or my role at newman. You’re returning to– to unite a fractured work environment.
Victor: Well, we agree on that. Now, in your opinion, how did this become a fractured work environment?
[ Victoria sighs ]
Victoria: I think you know the answer to that, dad. Look, the problems all started with the initial acquisition of newman media from ashland locke.
Victor: Yeah, well, that we can agree on. Ashland locke’s entrance into our lives has caused a lot of problems.
Victoria: It began there, and it continued with the purchase of mccall unlimited. For some reason…
[ Victoria sighs ] It tore our family apart instead of pulling us together.
Victor: And what do you think is the reason for that?
Victoria: Daddy, it’s really simple. There’s only one reoccurring factor in all of this. It’s adam.
Nate: You think I’m enjoying this?
Adam: I mean, there has to be a small part of you that does.
Nate: Well, you seem to be the one with the flippant attitude here. Making cracks about your role as my assistant, naming duties I haven’t assigned to you.
Adam: Okay. You’re right. I was going for light and I came off snide.
Adam: But look, I want you to know that I– I accept this situation as it stands.
Nate: Tell me something. Why would you be okay with this arrangement? I mean, your father made me your boss and like you said, you have more business experience than I do.
Adam: Well, quite frankly, I had it coming. This situation is entirely of my own doing. I went to my father and I told him that I want a new beginning and I wanna start from the bottom.
Nate: And he called your bluff.
Adam: No, no, it– it wasn’t a bluff. I am determined to do things differently. And I didn’t ask for any special treatment or give him any suggestions on how this should go. I let him decide how he’s gonna handle this. I mean, if– if at all.
Nate: Well, like I said, I had nothing to do with his decision to have you work for me. God knows it wasn’t my choice.
Adam: No, I know that it wasn’T. But he seems to think this is an appropriate beginning. So, I’m very, very grateful for that.
Nate: You’re grateful?
Nate: How is that possible?
Adam: Because I know how candidates fight tooth and nail to become assistants and to get on a desk is– is a blessing. It’s, uh, it’s a ladder to climb.
Nate: Mm-hmm, and most people climb that ladder at the start of their careers. Not when they have your level of expertise.
Adam: This is where I am now and this is where I need to be. So, put me to work, nate. I’m ready.
Nate: Mm. I figured you would, um, have this attitude at the start of your new role here, for your father’s sake as well as your own. Only, I’m not buying it for a second. Are you guys watching? This is my favorite part.
Adam: You think that I’m being insincere? You think that my desire to change is not real?
Nate: I think you view this position as a foot in the door. The only way to get back into the company after you screwed things up with your family.
Adam: I– I don’t see how that and accepting the position are mutually exclusive. Hell yeah, I want back in. That’s why I told victor I would be willing to start from the bottom instead of taking my resume and going somewhere else. Newman enterprises is where I wanna be, for personal and professional reasons. And yes, I know I have a lot to make up for, but I serve at the pleasure of whoever is my boss and right now, that’s you.
Nate: You’re good. The way you use words to spin things every which way. But I agree with victoria’s assessment. Trusting you with this job is a foolish move on victor’s part. He is putting you in a position where you will have access to key company information.
Adam: How do you figure that?
Nate: Well, as my assistant, I will rely on you to review and pass along pertinent, and sometimes, confidential information. You’re far from dumb, adam. You know that information is power.
Adam: And you think that I’m going along with this situation so I can use my new place to what? To gather company secrets?
Nate: Let me make this a bit more clear for you. I trust you about as much as victoria does.
Nate: Which is not at all.
Adam: Well, aren’t you two in sync?
Nate: I’ve thought about it and this is how it’s gonna work. You will handle only the menial office tasks, sorting my mail, keeping track of office supplies.
Adam: Sharpening your pencils? Okay, and what happens to the important assignments?
Nate: I will hire another personal assistant out of my own pocket. Someone I can trust with more substantial and sensitive work.
Adam: Have you, by chance, run any of this by victor? You haven’t, have you? Because he would have already shot you down. Nate, you’re– you’re bucking the spirit of the old man’s orders. I– I give you points for a bold move, but it’s one that could seriously cost you.
Victor: Well, for a moment there I was optimistic, but you’ve gone right back to scapegoating adam.
Victoria: Except that it’s true. He’s responsible for the failures at newman. And if I had stepped out of line as many times as he has, you would never forgive me.
Victor: He has never been given the benefit of the doubt. And quite frankly, I’m tired of it.
Victoria: Well, we’re tired of you repeatedly making the same mistakes.
Victor: I will no longer discuss adam with you, with your mother, or nicholas. He’s my son. I love him. I have faith in him.
Victoria: He’s only gonna disappoint you. He has to have some sort of agenda at play, accepting the position of nate’s assistant. I mean, come on, that’s– it’s clearly a ploy.
Victor: What, now you doubt that nate can control him?
Victoria: No, I trust nate implicitly.
Victor: But you don’t think he can keep him in line?
Victoria: Who can, dad? No one can. Not even you. Look, I don’t want to continue to argue with you. If you’re asking me to give adam another chance… well, then I accept and support that.
Victor: You’re folding too easily. What’s going on?
Sally: Nick, I–
Nick: I have no idea why I did that, I’m sorry. I don’t want to put you on the spot like that.
Sally: He– hey, I love you very much.
Nick: Love me, but not in love with me. Not yet.
Sally: It’s not you.
Nick: Oh, “it’s not you.” That is the thing that people say when they don’t mean it.
Sally: No, but in this case it’s true, okay? I have been through so much emotional and romantic turmoil over the last few years, some of my own doing. It’s just really hard for me to get my heart there.
Nick: That makes sense. I get it.
Sally: You’re amazing. Honestly, I mean, how could i not love you? And if– I mean, if I can’t fall in love with you, then what does that say about me?
Nick: Ah, come on, it’s, uh, it’s not the sort of thing you rush. There’s certainly no timetable on it. The last thing I ever wanna do is put pressure on you.
Sally: You haven’T.
Nick: You know what, I could take it back. I could do that. Just take it back, put it right in my pocket. Just save it for some other day.
Sally: No, no, no, no. Not a chance.
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Claire: Chicago is great. There’s so much to do, but the chaos of big city life just isn’t for me. I’m originally from a small town in oregon, so I prefer a place that’s a little more real, honest.
Nikki: Now, what made you decide to look at wisconsin? You could go anywhere in the country.
Claire: I actually had a college friend who was from genoa city, spent a few summers here with her, really liked the feel of the place.
Nikki: Really? What’s her name?
Claire: Sophia carmichael.
Nikki: Oh, my god, I know the carmichaels. We’ve done several charity events together, but I never met their daughter.
Audra: So, what’s your family situation? Um, how do they feel about you being so far away?
Claire: Unfortunately, my parents were killed in a car accident when I was very young.
Nikki: Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that.
Audra: My condolences. You know, I apologize if I brought up any painful memories.
Claire: It’s okay. Are always there anyway. But I was raised by my great-aunt, it was a good life. She still lives in oregon, but we talk all the time. She’s got lots of advice and stories, oh, and recipes. She thinks I don’t cook.
[ All laughing ]
Nikki: Well, the next time you speak to her, tell her that nikki newman says she raised a very smart and interesting young woman.
Claire: Thank you. She’ll love that.
Audra: Would you give us a moment to speak in private?
Claire: Of course. I’ll leave you to it. Excuse me.
Audra: So, um, what do you think?
Nikki: Well, she’s green, but I get a good feeling from her.
Audra: Yeah, she’s energetic, smart, has definitelyework.
Nikki: And she clearly wants this job.
Nate: I don’t care what you think about my decisions or your take on the situation.
Adam: Yeah, maybe not. But victor will.
Nate: My sole interest is to protect newman enterprises.
Adam: Listen to me. Nate, do you really believe that I am that much of a threat?
Nate: I really believe you’re capable of just about anything. Disruption is your forte.
Adam: You tried to blackmail your own family and workplace when it suited your needs.
Nate: Well, when I’m assigned to be your assistant, feel free to second-guess me. But that’s never gonna happen.
Adam: Listen, nate, come on. Look at my recent track record. All of my plans have failed miserably. I’ve been humiliated, stripped of everything, put in my place by my father, okay? This was a wake-up call.
Nate: So you say. But as far as I’m concerned, that really changes nothing. I have no faith in you, adam.
Adam: Okay, well, you may not like me, but you know that I am capable and I can handle this job.
Nate: It’s not about that. The belief I have that you can change was destroyed when you tried to blackmail audra.
Adam: Look, that was a dark moment. It was. And it’s behind me now.
Nate: It wasn’t just a moment, adam. It is who you are. Your actions show it. I don’t, for a second, believe that you can change your very nature.
Adam: Okay. Well, let me prove it to you then.
Nate: You can’t, but i understand victor will always hold out hope that you can turn things around. He’s your father.
Adam: Yes, I know that I have let him down. And I’m glad that he gave me this opportunity because I’m going to prove to you and everybody else that I mean what I say.
Nate: It’s not just about me or my feelings. Victor has a broader agenda, I believe.
Adam: I imagine that’s true. That’s usually the case. But what does that have to do with me?
Nate: I suspect he’s preparing for the worst. That you will use this job to inflict damage on newman enterprises. In fact, I believe he put me in this role as a safeguard against you. And I take that very seriously.
Adam: Is that a warning, nate?
Victoria: I’m not being disingenuous, I meant everything that I’ve said.
Victor: I’m just a little surprised at your turnaround, you know? It seems very abrupt. Too much so.
Victoria: When you demoted me, I know I fought you on it.
[ Sighs ] It just– my feelings were hurt because my position had just been stripped away from me, and I– I mean, I took it so personally.
Victor: It was a business decision.
Victoria: I see that now.
Victoria: I’ve put aside my anger and I’m willing to let go of these feelings that I have about adam. I know that this company is stronger than he is. I know it can survive anything.
Victor: I’m very glad you feel that way, okay? Because I was beginning to feel that our relationship was becoming… untenable.
Victoria: [ Sighs ] Well, what would you have done if that had been the case?
Victor: I would have fired you. And should it get to that point again… I still might. To give your teeth a dentist clean feeling.
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Adam: I see what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to push my buttons, trying to get me to react. Show that the big, bad adam newman lives.
Nate: Why do you say that, hm? ‘Cause you’re about to blow? No, I am not aiming for a reaction. I am stating facts and I appreciate your father’s faith in me.
[ Adam laughs ]
Adam: What, that he entrusted you to babysit me?
Nate: I see this as an opportunity. A final chance to open victor’s eyes about you. That you are incapable of becoming a good, decent man.
Adam: You know what? You’re wrong. I have changed. So, you can try to push my buttons or enact some scheme to undermine me, but it’s not gonna work. You can’t touch me, nate.
Nate: I don’t have to. You have a– a unique ability to ruin things for yourself.
Adam: Not this time. I’m gonna put in the work. I’m gonna pay my dues. I’m gonna keep my head down, keep my nose clean. And if it’s what you want, I will gladly sharpen your pencils or organize your office supplies. Whatever you want. I’m in it for the long haul and I’m not even about to give you the satisfaction of thinking you can break me. So, don’t even try.
Sally: Are you busy for the rest of the day?
Nick: Well, I got to go, and meet and, uh, sign our final contracts for the new office we’re leasing. And then, I’ve got to jump on a video call with sharon and find out how her west coast trip is going.
Sally: Sounds productive.
Nick: Yeah, and my dad wants to meet for lunch. I’m sure to put more pressure on me to come back to newman enterprises.
Sally: Are you gonna hear him out?
Nick: I mean, it seems like a waste of time for both of us, so I’ll probably come up with some excuse to avoid him for now. How about you? What’s your day like?
Sally: I am going to be busy for the next few hours talking to vendors and suppliers, but I was hoping, maybe, you would join me in the park for lunch?
Nick: Such a better offer. Yes. Yes, I’m in. Can I bring anything?
Nick: I get the feeling you’re planning something. Do you wanna tell me what it is?
Sally: And ruin the surprise? No, thank you.
Nick: But you are up to something, right?
Nick: Okay, before I go, I gotta make a quick phone call. But first, I’m gonna do some more of this stuff.
[ Sally chuckles ]
Victor: Have i made myself clear?
Victoria: Yeah, crystal clear. It’s not the first time you’ve threatened to fire me, I’m sure it’s not gonna be the last.
[ Phone ringing ]
Victor: Yes, son.
Nick: I just wanted to let you know that something’s come up, I’m not gonna be able to meet you for lunch.
Victor: Oh. You’re trying to avoid me?
Nick: Don’t read into it.
Victor: Nicholas, I just want to spend some time with my son.
Nick: I know, dad, but I’ve got, uh, other important plans.
Victor: I see. All right, well, so be it.
Victoria: Nick’s dodging you too?
Victor: Yeah, I guess so.
Victoria: Mm, he must be suspicious of your motives.
[ Sally sighs ]
Sally: Was your father upset?
Nick: He really doesn’t like it when things don’t go his way, but it’s not my problem.
Sally: But you still love him. Despite the business horror show with your family and newman.
Nick: Yeah, well, I have a hard time reconciling the two at times.
Sally: Okay, well, maybe, for now, you should just show your father that you still love him?
[ Nick sighs ]
[ Both chuckling ]
[ Nick sighs ]
Victor: What is it?
Nick: I was thinking maybe, you and I could meet at the end of the day for a drink.
Victor: Oh, all right. I, um, I’d like it very much. Known as a passionate artist.
Audra: Thank you for giving us a moment.
Claire: Of course.
Nikki: Well, I have good news. I am pleased to offer you the job.
Audra: Someone from our office will reach out to you later today with the contract details.
Claire: Thank you both so much. I promise I won’t let you down.
Nikki: I would be very surprised if you did.
Claire: [ Laughs ] I really appreciate this. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me, and for having faith in my abilities. I can’t wait to get started.
Audra: We’re looking forward to it.
Claire: I’ll start to make arrangements to relocate immediately, find a place to stay.
Audra: You know, human resources can help you with that. And just let us know if you need anything.
Claire: Thanks again. You don’t know what this means to me.
Nikki: We’ll see you at the office soon.
Claire: Yes, you will. Thank you again.
Audra: You know, you do seem to enjoy taking on a mentoring role with young people.
Nikki: Yes, I do. As long as they impress me.
Audra: Claire clearly did.
Nikki: Now, if a potential protégé got in my way or slowed me down, well, then, forget about it.
Audra: I assume you’re not just talking about claire?
Nikki: You assume correctly.
[ Audra sighs ]
Victor: Well, I’ll be damned. Nice to see the two of you together.
Nate: I hope we’re not interrupting anything.
Adam: Nate and I just had breakfast. We, uh, thought we would pop in.
Victor: My goodness, well, you seem to be pleasant with each other. Does that mean that you have accepted your position as nate’s assistant?
Adam: I have, and I’m grateful, so thank you.
Victor: Well, that’s nice to know. Great.
Adam: Yeah, we had a chance to talk about our working dynamic and we have come to an understanding.
Victor: How about you, nate?
Nate: I have no reason to think otherwise at the moment.
Victor: Well, that makes me happy, that’s nice.
Adam: I’m happy that you’re happy.
Victor: Yes. I am indeed. Your sister’s come around, you’ve gotten in line and I am where I belong. So I didn’t think I needed swiffer,
Adam: Well, I better go get settled in my new office.
Victoria: I actually have a meeting that I need to get to. Excuse me, dad.
Adam: Uh, nate, thank you for taking the time to have breakfast with me. I really look forward to working with you. Dad.
Victor: See you, son. So… what was your discussion like with adam?
Nate: Well, he claims to be sincere in wanting to put his best foot forward. Says he’s grateful for the opportunity to show that he can change.
Victor: You believe him?
Nate: Cautiously optimistic.
Victor: I’m less so. They’re all falling into line… too easily.
Victoria: I really don’t know why you get an office. Shouldn’t you be in a cubicle with all of the other assistants?
Adam: If it was up to you, I would be in the janitor’s closet.
Victoria: If it was up to me, you wouldn’t be here at all.
Adam: Well, it’s not up to you, not anymore. You lost your seat in the big chair yet again. I mean, that must sting to be dethroned and defeated.
Victoria: You know, just to be clear, I’m not buying this whole turnaround thing, adam. Not for one second.
Adam: You know, I’m gonna prove myself to our father maybe even better than you ever have.
Victoria: Well, fortunately, when you start to show your true colors again, nate’s gonna be there to bust you.
Adam: Right, because nate has never broken a rule in his life. And for the record, I’m not buying your act either. There is no way that you’ve accepted losing a job to our father.
Victoria: You can think whatever you want, no one cares.
Adam: You know, you are the one he really needs to worry about, and the moment that you show your true colors, I’m gonna be happy to nail you to the wall. Oh, after you.
Victoria: I’ll get the next one.
Nick: Sally! Get your hands off her!
Sally: Nick, please.
Nick: What is going on here? Are you having an affair behind my back?
Sally: No, it is not what it looks like.
Adam: Actually, it is. It’s what I’ve always told you, bro. She’s in love with me, not you.
Nick: Is that why you couldn’t say it back to me? Why you couldn’t tell me you love me?
Sally: No, nick, please, let me explain.
Nick: I told you I loved you months ago, but you left me hanging this whole time!
Sally: Nick, I’m so sorry.
Nick: You’ve been using me, carrying on with my brother. You’ve never let him go. Sally? Hey, is everything okay?
Sally: Adam kissed me.