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Victor: Son, I’m not used to people walking in here demanding things of me. You understand? Not even you. What is this nonsense about you demanding that I come clean? Come clean about what?

Nikki: What’s going on? What do you mean you’re on to your father?

Nick: I said it’s time to come clean and I meant that. I wanna know what’s going on.

Victor: And what the hell are you talking about?

Nick: Not good enough. I figured it out.

Victor: Really?

Nick: Yeah.

Victor: What did you figure out?

Nick: You draw this?

Victor: It’s a hell of a drawing.

Nick: You don’t have to answer. I already know.

Nikki: What is it?

Nick: It’s a snake, created from the names of his children. At least the ones he’s in business with. Nicholas, victoria and adam. And I know exactly what it means.

Christine: Danny.

Danny: Hi. Oh, wow.

Christine: I didn’t know you were back in town.

Danny: And daniel said that you were in portugal.

Christine: Yeah. Yeah. I– I just got back a few hours ago. I thought I’d come here to get some caffeine. Jet lag, you know.

Danny: Oh, yeah, definitely. I know it. Well, um, come sit and join me. Come on, I’ll order for you. An espresso?

Christine: Yeah, I’ll just– I’ll get something in a minute. It’s okay.

Danny: Okay.

[ Christine exhaling ]

Christine: It’s really good to see you.

Danny: It’s good to see you too. How’s paul? How was the trip?

[ Christine exhaling ]

Christine: Um… not good.

Kyle: Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to mix a little business with pleasure.

Audra: Hm. By all means. Does that mean you’re ready to talk about what we discussed last time? A future where you and I get to run jabot together?

Kyle: You’ve asked me to join your alliance. It kind of sounds like we’re on a reality show, doesn’t it?

Audra: Uh, yeah. Just what’s at stake, it’s just a tiny bit bigger.

Kyle: No kidding. I thought about what we talked about. I’m intrigued, but if I’m gonna help you and tucker take over jabot, I’m gonna need to know a few more details.

Audra: Such as?

Kyle: How exactly do you expect to pull this off? What’s your timeline? Where does this leave my parents and more specifically, how do I fit into your plan?

Tucker: Jack. What the hell are you doing here? Shouldn’t a newlywed be home with his new bride? Don’t tell me there is marital trouble on your front as well.

Jack: Actually, I have something for you. I haven’t returned too many gifts in my day, but this one should go back.

Ashley: Hey, diane.

Diane: Ashley, this is a surprise. Jack didn’t say anything about you coming home today.

Ashley: Yeah, he didn’t know. I didn’t tell anybody. I just, you know, I figured it was time to come back home, so I hopped on a plane.

Diane: Well, I’m sure your brother will be thrilled to see you.

Ashley: I bet you’re happy to see me, right?

Diane: Yeah. You know, we’re never going to be besties, but we are family. So peace for jack’s sake?

Ashley: Absolutely. You saved my life.

Diane: Oh, there is that.

Ashley: So, I will try very hard not to hate you.

Diane: Well, I will try hard not to hate you back.

Ashey: Great. How’s everybody, anyway?

Diane: Um, uh, well, kyle left this morning. I haven’t seen him. Traci, I think she had dinner plans, and, oh, my grandson is upstairs getting ready for his bath.

Ashley: Oh, my grandson. I have to see dominic tomorrow. Absolutely.

Diane: Ashley.

Ashley: Yeah.

Diane: Um, hey, I’m– I’m sorry about the way your marriage turned out. I mean, I– I– I don’t know your side of things directly, of course, but, um, there is no doubt in my mind that tucker is to blame for whatever happened.

Ashley: Yeah. You know what? It’s okay. We don’t really have to dwell on that, okay?

Diane: Okay.

Ashley: Yeah. Uh, I mean, I would like to know what tucker’s been up to since he came back to town. Obviously, I’ve been in touch with abby and jack, so I know, you know, some of the things tucker’s been saying, but… what have you heard? Just, you know, I mean, is he planning something? Um, he came right back to genoa city when he left paris, right?

Diane: Oh, yeah, he’s– he’s here.

Ashley: Okay. So, lay it on me. Tell me the whole ugly truth.

Diane: Of course, I’m going to tell you the truth. Look, we might have our differences, but we do share a common goal. And we both want to protect the abbotts and jabot from whatever plan tucker has up his sleeve.

Ashley: Right.

Jack: When I realized you were listening in, I was tempted to beat you at your own game.

Tucker: All right.

Jack: Yes. Some fake conversations, send you charging off in the wrong direction. The entertainment value was hard to pass up.

Tucker: But you did, pass it up.

Jack: Well, I realized I didn’t want to stoop to your level.

Tucker: There’s good old jack, righteous as ever.

Jack: I don’t need to stoop to your level. See, I have no doubt in my mind, the abbotts will always have the upper hand where you’re concerned, so whatever it is you’re really up to here, whatever it is you want to accomplish, I have some advice. Give it up. Go away, back to your monastery or your mountain top. Anywhere but here.

Tucker: No, I like being close to my son and my grandson. Besides, running away is really not my style. It sounds like more of an abbott trait.

Jack: I’m sure I don’t have to remind you, we have some serious dirt on you. If it is released, and my brother, billy, is all too eager to do that, you would be disgraced in the business world. Totally discredited.

Tucker: Ah, credibility. Who needs it, really? Look at you. It’s obviously not a prerequisite for success or accomplishing any of my goals.

Jack: And what are those goals, tucker? Creating mayhem, getting revenge? What else?

Audra: It’s tucker’s plan, not mine. I’m just along for the ride.

Kyle: And the top spot at jabot.

Audra: That too.

Kyle: Ah. But the basic idea is that tucker would assume control of my family’s company.

Audra: Look, as I understand it, tucker is so angry at ashley that he’s gone back to his original idea. You know, what brought him to town in the first place? Taking over jabot.

Kyle: Jabot is a top cosmetics company, but it’s not a conglomerate like he’s used to running. Like mccall, which he doesn’t even own anymore.

Audra: Well, tucker sold mccall for ashley, you know, and then she just changed her mind at the last minute about partnering with tucker on a new venture. So, I think he feels like he’s owed something.

Kyle: Look, I– I don’t know details about what happened between my aunt and tucker. I mean, I’ve heard a few things from my dad and abby, but surely tucker doesn’t think the breakup with ashley was all her fault.

Audra: Well, tucker doesn’t like to take the blame for anything. And with breakups, don’t we usually point the finger at the other party?

Kyle: Mm-hmm. So, where’s tucker’s head now? What’s he thinking?

Audra: Well, I can’t be sure. You know, tucker’s hard to read sometimes. It’s hard to know his true intentions. You know, it’s a skill I admire when he and I are on the same side, but it’s infuriating as hell when we’re not.

Kyle: I don’t get it, audra.

Audra: Get what?

Kyle: Why do you trust the guy? And why do you think I should?

Nikki: Where did you get that?

Nick: Adam found it in dad’s desk drawer.

Victor: Did he? So, adam went through my desk?

Nikki: And he gave it to you?

Nick: I took it from him. Adam has no idea what it means. But I do.

Nikki: Well, what does it mean?

Nick: It’s from a story. The serpent of names. Dad used to read it to me when I was little. Do you remember that?

Victor: Yeah, I have a vague recollection.

Nikki: Oh, yes, I remember. It was one of your favorites.

Nick: It was my absolute favorite. I would make dad read it to me every night when he put me to bed. The serpent of names was our thing, dad. We shared that. That drawing was for my benefit. You wanted me to find it.

Victor: Now, wait a minute. You have a rather fertile imagination, don’t you?

Nick: I think it was a cry for help. You realized something’s wrong and you need me. You can’t trust victoria and adam right now. But you can’t possibly think that victoria would use whatever struggles you’re having to betray you. I couldn’t betray you. I’m not at the company right now, but adam–

Nikki: For god’s sake, victor, this has to stop. Please tell nicholas the truth.

Nick: Tell me the truth about what? Mom? Dad?

Nikki: Victor.

Nick: Has this whole thing been a setup? Have you been putting on an act? The mental slippage, the forgetting of past events, calling people by the wrong names? Are you kidding me? God, I knew there was more to it than that. There’s no way your faculties declined that far, that fast. I just don’t understand why. Why would you do that? Why would you let us be so worried and afraid for you? Why?

Victor: Because I had to find out who could be trusted.

Danny: All right. So, now that we’ve got you properly caffeinated, tell me about the trip. What happened?

Christine: I’d rather hear about you.

Danny: Come on, you’re upset. Talk to me.

Christine: I mean, why would I want to talk about my not-so-wonderful life when I can hear about the latest adventures of a rock star? Or– or what brings you back to genoa city for starters?

Danny: Well, I got a couple of months off from the tour. We scheduled it that way so I could spend more time with daniel.

Christine: And with phyllis?

Danny: Phyllis?

Christine: Yeah, I saw her leaving when I got here.

Danny: Oh, well, you know, I mean, she sort of comes with the daniel package. I know how you feel about her. We both feel that way, but I think she’s sincere about wanting to change.

Christine: Like you’ve never heard that before.

Danny: Okay, that’s– that’s fair.

Christine: I mean, for what, like the last 25-plus years?

Danny: She talks passionately about turning her life around after she beat this murder charge.

Christine: She didn’t beat the charges. I mean, she walks around telling people that. She was guilty. She had as much as admitted that. She talked a good game of remorse and the judge gave her a pass. It’s not exoneration as much as she’d like to pretend that it is. And, you know, let’s not forget that she should have been put away years ago for attempted murder.

Danny: Hey, I get it. Okay? I really do. It’s hard for you to give phyllis a break.

Christine: It’s impossible, danny.

Danny: It’s hard for me too. We both know what she did. All the harm she caused for so many years. But maybe, just maybe, this is the one time to try.

Ashley: I was at the most incredible cafes all over paris and somehow I still managed to miss mrs. Martinez’s coffee. So tell me, you’re convinced that tucker’s planning something. Is there anything specific I should know about?

Diane: No, it’s just a bit of cat and mouse at the moment.

Ashley: What does that even mean?

Diane: Billy found evidence that tucker was trying to bury a cover-up of some criminal activity by one of the artists signed to the mccall label.

Ashley: Yeah, yeah. The statutory rape case. I know that the pr people covered it up and then audra and tucker tried to bury the cover-up, but they did a crappy job of it because there’s emails out there, so.

Diane: Exactly. You knew about that?

Ashley: Well, yeah, I mean, we were married. He told me after the wedding.

Diane: Uh, well, we tried to use it as leverage to get tucker out of town.

Ashley: That didn’t work, obviously.

Diane: Nope, he’s still here.

Ashley: So, now what?

Diane: Billy wants to take the information public. Use it to discredit tucker, ruin his reputation, with the hopes that it’ll stop any idea he has of coming after us.

Ashley: That’s ridiculous. I mean, tucker does not care if he’s seen in a bad light. He knows that people have very short memories and he’s very good at spinning everything in his favor. You know what? I need to talk to jack, and billy, right now.

Jack: I am done with your games, tucker.

Tucker: I’m not. I’m having such a ball getting under your skin and keeping you guessing. It’s immensely rewarding.

Jack: We’re done here. Now, I pretend you don’t exist.

Tucker: No, no, don’t do that, jack. That would make it far too easy for me. I mean, you do you, as they say, but with that attitude, you’ll never see me coming.

Jack: Why, that’s a lot of talk. A lot of bravado for a man trying so hard to cover his desperation. You’re running scared, tucker. As delightful as this conversation has been, it is over.

Audra: Tucker may be hard to read sometimes, but you know, I feel like I know him better than almost anyone else. I’m a pretty perceptive gal and you know, I can read his demeanor and– and push him in whatever direction I think he should go.

Kyle: Okay. So, you know how to use him. That’s what you’re saying?

Audra: It’s a good skill to have.

Kyle: Look, I know you and tucker go way back, that you used to be close, but it’s sounding more and more like you still are. Just how close are we talking?

Audra: Well, you know, we, um– we have an interesting dynamic. You know, at times it’s one thing, then it’s another.

Kyle: Has it ever been sexual?

Audra: Would it bother you if I said yes?

Christine: It’s unbelievable that phyllis can have you brainwashed after all this time.

Danny: No, no, wait a minute. I– I’m not defending anything that phyllis has done. I just– I’m just saying that some second chances are warranted.

Christine: Second, third, a hundredth. You know, I don’t want to talk about phyllis.

Danny: Okay. Let’s talk about your trip then.

Christine: No, I– there have to be other topics, you know, than my trip or phyllis. How about my godson? Omegasphere is doing really well, right?

Danny: I know you so well, cricket. I think you do want to talk about what went down in lisbon. And who better with than me? Long time friends. Great listener. Always gives his exes another chance. Come on, talk to me.

Christine: So, I went to see paul in portugal. I think, you know, that he went there to stay with lucy and heather after he retired. So, we hadn’t seen each other in months.

Danny: But you stayed in touch?

Christine: Yeah, I’m– I don’t think we talked about this when you were here for the bicentennial, but paul and I had been going through some problems. Nothing huge or insurmountable. At least not that I thought. But as soon as he retired and spent more time at home, it was like our issues became magnified and– and we had such differences of opinion.

Danny: But you didn’t think the marriage was over?

Christine: I thought we’d separate. You know, spend some time apart and– and figure things out. We were still communicating. I was texting him every now and again. I– I– I called him on his birthday, but I knew that I needed to give him some space. Because after all, he crossed an ocean to get away from me.

Danny: I’m sure it wasn’t like that.

Christine: If you say so. Anyway, at the end of phyllis’s case, paul reached out and asked if I wanted to come to lisbon so we could discuss our future. And I– I looked at that as a really positive sign.

Danny: Yeah, it sounds positive to me.

Christine: So, I got there and– and at first it really did seem like he wanted to work things out. You know, we explored the city. And we went to all these like really great places to eat and we– and we went to the beach. I mean, you guys were friends. You– you know how fun he can be.

Danny: Yeah. I do, I do.

Christine: We just– we didn’t talk about our problems or what was next. We just… we just enjoyed each other’s company. And for a minute, it felt like the good old days. It felt like we traveled back to when– when we were happy, you know? When… when things weren’t strained. When– when we wanted the same things.

Danny: Well, it sounds wonderful.

Christine: Yeah. It just didn’t last because eventually, we realized that we had to talk about things. You know, really talk and not just gloss over all of our conflicts and– and try and pretend like everything was okay, only because we wanted it to be.

Danny: Okay. So, you talked.

Christine: We talked and we talked and– and we tried to figure out if there was any hope for us. Or for our marriage.

Danny: And?

[ Christine exhaling ]

Christine: There’s nothing. There’s nothing.

Kyle: Okay. You and tucker as colleagues, as friends, I guess I can see that. But sleeping together, I mean, you seem too strong and independent to be seduced by him.

Audra: Maybe I seduced him.

Kyle: I guess that’s more plausible, but why? Tucker is– well, tucker is a lot of things, and devious is pretty high on the list. Why would you want that kind of involvement?

Audra: What are you saying?

Kyle: Well, tucker isn’t the most stable guy in the world? I mean, look at what happened with ashley. One hint of betrayal, at least in his eyes, and he goes ballistic.

Audra: Yeah. Well, um, I can control tucker. That’s never been a problem. And as far as I’m concerned, he’s just a means to an end. For me, okay? And for you too if this all works out. So, kyle, are you in? Are you ready to sit in that jabot co-ceo chair you deserve? You know, the one your father doesn’t want you to have.

Jack: Hey, welcome home, ash.

Ashley: Hey, thank you. Good to be here.

Jack: Oh, I missed you.

Ashley: Thank you.

Billy: Yeah, so did I.

Ashley: Hello.

Billy: Hi.

Ashley: Hello.

Jack: Listen, I am so sorry for all you have been through. I promised myself I wasn’t gonna push or reach out in any way beyond simple business stuff until you told me you were ready.

Ashley: Okay. It’s fine. I knew I had your support. Thank you so much.

Billy: That husband of yours is an idiot.

Ashley: I told you so? Is that where this is going?

Billy: No, I just think it needs to be said.

Ashley: Because honestly, I have been beating myself up enough about another failed marriage, billy. So, please don’t rub my nose in it. I don’t need you for that and i don’t need you for that either.

Jack: I would never do that, ash.

Ashley: Of course you would. But please, could we just focus on what tucker’s up to and what we’re gonna do to stop him?

Billy: Yes. Abbott band back together.

Ashley: Yeah. We need to have a united front against what I’m sure is a planned attack.

Jack: We are absolutely united against tucker mccall, but I don’t think he has the ammo for a big attack. He is a hurt and desperate man these days.

Billy: I agree. He– he seems to be trying to hold on to power, make himself seem relevant.

Ashley: Right. Okay, so I don’t think it’s a very smart idea to underestimate tucker. You know, I don’t think that’s smart.

Diane: Ashley’s right.

Billy: Okay, let me ask you a question. I, um– clearly, we’re very, very thrilled that you’re back home, but why– why are you here now? I know that you were concerned that coming face to face with tucker would only make him more angry, so–

Ashley: Yeah, I was. I was and then he reached out to me a couple of times. You know, he said he wants to fix things so, I thought I could use it to my advantage.

Jack: I think I have some idea where this is heading and I don’t like it at all.

Audra: So, does that mean you’re in?

Kyle: Oh, I am totally, completely in.

Audra: You know, you were worried about betraying your family. You’re not anymore?

Kyle: I’m tired of being pushed to the side. Treated like jabot isn’t my birthright just as much as it is my father’s and my uncle’S. I’m going to take control of my future by helping you and tucker take control of jabot.

Nick: Let me just get this straight. You put me and vic through hell just so you could prove what we already knew? That adam cannot be trusted. Or more accurately, adam and nate.

Victor: You have got to trust that I know what I’m doing, all right?

Nick: Just so you know, I have no problem whatsoever with any plan that proves adam’s quest for redemption is a load of crap. But dad, you cannot keep letting victoria go through this. It’s cruel.

Nikki: Yes, it is. And I’ve been opposed to this idea since I first learned of it.

Victor: And I don’t like the idea that you exposed it before I was ready.

Nick: Dad, come on. You wanted me to figure it out.

Victor: And you did.

Nick: Why didn’t you just come to us instead of letting us worry about you? Instead of testing us? You obviously don’t trust victoria. You don’t trust me. It’s more than just adam you’re worried about.

Victor: I have faith in you. Now that you know the truth, I’m counting on you.

Nick: You used me. You stressed me out. You let me worry about you night and day. And now you want me to be your ally? You gotta be kidding me.

Nick: If you need my help to sell your mental state to victoria, adam, and nate, that means you don’t trust my sister, your daughter.

Victor: You know damn well how furious she was when I demoted her.

Nick: Vic would never let you suffer in order to get her position back.

Nikki: Of course, she wouldn’T. And you know that.

Nick: Yes, vic likes to be in charge. I mean, I’ve had my run-ins with her. She chose nate over me. You think that didn’t hurt? That it still doesn’t hurt? But I have no doubt about her loyalty to this family or to you. She needs to know the truth, dad.

Victor: Son, it’s all too soon. I need to know who I can trust.

Danny: I think I’m missing something here. You and paul are in lisbon together. It’s going well, you’re having fun. And then, all of a sudden, what? You’ve decided it’s over?

Christine: I’m giving you the shortened version. After paul and I spent some time in portugal, we decided to take a trip. We had the time. I had all these vacation days saved up for something. And so, we thought it would be a good idea. And we– we realized that you really get to– to know people better when you travel.

Danny: That’s true.

Christine: So that was, you know, part of it. We were gonna– we were gonna get to know each other again. And we were gonna go to places that we had been before that made us happy. And we were gonna use all those good times as a backdrop. To try and figure out what went wrong after all these years together and a couple trips down the aisle.

Danny: It sounds like a good plan.

Christine: Except it backfired. Instead of all those romantic memories bringing us closer together, it actually… it made it very obvious that the distance between us had grown to a point where there was just– there was no way back.

Danny: Chris, I…

Christine: We just don’t work together anymore. You know, we both saw it so clearly and it wasn’t about us growing apart. It was– it was about paul pulling away. He’s just not in love with me anymore.

Jack: What? You’re not seriously considering pretending to rekindle things with tucker to find out what he’s really up to?

Ashley: Well, it worked before. I know him better than anybody.

Jack: Yes, you know, his volatility up close and personal. You know he’s a wild card and you cannot be sure that he will believe that your overtures are real. Ash, there are too many variables. I cannot let you do this.

Ashley: It’s a good thing I don’t need your permission.

Danny: I’m so sorry, chris.

Christine: Thank you.

Danny: You know, I love you both. You and paul. And I hate to see you like this. You’re positive there is no hope? Counseling or maybe some more time apart.

Christine: No, no, no. It’s– it’s over. I– I don’t have any more doubts. Not anymore. And there’s something about that conviction that almost brings me a sense of peace.

Danny: So, what happens now?

Christine: I’m just gonna have to figure it out.

Danny: And you will.

Nick: You really need to tell victoria what’s going on.

Victor: That is not a good idea right now.

Nick: If you’re that concerned about adam being a threat, then we should all fight him together.

Victor: Let me tell you something. Adam is not the only threat.

Nick: You can’t possibly mean victoria. Is it nate? Is that who you don’t trust?

Victor: I cannot rely on victoria not telling and not alerting nate.

Nick: Okay. I can understand that. But I’m telling you, if vic finds out about this on her own, she is never gonna forgive you.

Ashley: Hey.

Kyle: Ashley, you’re home.

Ashley: Yeah. Hi.

Kyle: Nobody told me you were coming back.

Ashley: It was a surprise.

Jack: And we’re all very happy about it.

Kyle: Well, I’m sure abby’s thrilled. I mean, how are you doing after everything that happened? I guess you’ve been discussing tucker.

Jack: So, where were you, kyle? Linda came down a little while ago saying that harrison was ready for his bedtime story. I didn’t know where to tell her you were.

Kyle: Yeah, I’ll get right on it. Um, you know dad, if you must know, um, I was with audra.

Diane: I thought you said things were over with her.

Kyle: Well, it’s not. No reason for us not to see each other now that I’m no longer working at newman media.

Jack: Kyle, I know you and summer are divorcing. You are certainly free to date anyone you want, but don’t you think you could do better than audra charles?

Kyle: Oh, seriously, dad? Have you learned nothing about judging other people’s choice in partner?

Jack: I am just trying to spare you–

Kyle: No, no, no, no. You know nothing about her. I mean, not really, and you, of all people, mom, should know what it’s like to be judged unfairly and not given a second chance.

[ Diane scoffing ]

Ashley: Ah, I mean, you do know that tucker and audra are close, right? I mean, they’re very close.

Kyle: I’m aware of this.

Diane: We just want what’s best for you, kyle.

Ashley: Ah, she’s his confidant, actually. And I mean, have you considered the possibility that she’s using you? I mean, have you even considered that?

[ Knocking on door ]

Audra: Oh, my god. What are you doing here, tucker?

Tucker: Well, I just saw handsome kyle abbott downstairs, and a-ha, I figured he might have come from here. How goes the conquest?

Audra: Well, you gave me an assignment and I’m– I’m carrying it out. I don’t need you breathing down my neck.

Tucker: Sometimes you like it when I breathe down your neck. Oh, sorry. How about a little progress report?

Audra: All you need to know is that kyle is on board.

Tucker: Good job.

Audra: I mean, surely you didn’t doubt my ability to convince him?

Tucker: Oh, no, no, no. I know how persuasive you can be.

Audra: So, what’s next?

Tucker: We find out if we can trust him.

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