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Sharon: Hey, nick, you’re up late.

Nick: Yeah. Got time for a cup of coffee?

Sharon: Sure, sit down. You look exhausted.

Nick: It’s been a long day.

Sharon: Did you talk to victor? Oh, no, what happened? Did he take a turn for the worse?

Nick: No. No, it’s just, uh, dad playing victor newman, the role of a lifetime and the hilarious part is we all keep falling for it.

Sharon: I don’t understand. Falling for what?

Nick: There is no cognitive decline, sharon. Dad is as sharp and cunning as ever.

Sharon: You mean?

Nick: We’ve been played, duped, all of us?

Nikki: Well, I’m relieved that nicholas at least knows the truth now.

Victor: I wanted to tell him on my own time.

Nikki: He had already figured it out. And now you have to go to victoria and tell her you are no more mentally compromised than she is.

Victor: Not yet.

Nikki: Why not? How long are you going to play this game?

Victor: I need to find out what the hell I want to find out.

Nikki: What, that your children are disloyal to you? We already know that adam is and victoria would never betray you.

Victor: That remains to be seen.

Nikki: She is no more an enemy to you than nicholas. Why are you torturing her?

Victor: Sweetheart, to be frank with you, right now I only trust you and nicholas.

[ Nikki sighing ]

Nate: What are you thinking about?

Victoria: I was thinking about what you told me earlier, about adam possibly using my father’s illness against him.

Nate: I thought we agreed to put that to bed for the rest of the night.

Victoria: I know. I know. I’m sorry. It just makes me so mad that I still have to think about adam and worry about what his intentions are. All because my father won’t let him go. Even at the risk of his own health.

Nate: You’re forgetting something.

Victoria: What? What’s that?

Nate: Adam works for me.

Victoria: I know that, nate, but–

Nate: No buts. I’m in a position of power over adam and he knows I’m watching every move he makes. So, if he does anything, anything to exploit whatever victor is going through, I’ll be aware of it. And I will make sure your father is too.

Nick: I absolutely hate it that adam is manipulating you. That he’s manipulating us. And it just proves yet again that all that talk from him about wanting to be a better person was just that. It’s just talk. It’s just adam. He’s always going to be him and it’s clearly affecting you.

Sally: It seems like you’re the one that he’s affecting because it’s not me. Not in any way that matters anyway.

Nick: I think that kiss tapped into some emotional truth for you.

Sally: No, nick, you’re wrong.

Nick: Listen to me. I’m not wrong. You just refuse to see it right now. And until you do, I can’t be with you.

Adam: Sally.

[ Sally sighing ] You and nick, it’s um, it’s over, isn’t it?

[ Adam sighing ] Look, I’m– I’m– I’m sorry.

Sally: It’s okay.

Adam: No, it’s not okay. Once again, I’ve ruined something good for you. You know what, I’ll– I’ll leave you alone.

Sally: Adam… don’t go.

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[ Sharon exhaling ]

Sharon: It was all a lie?

Nick: Dad was setting a trap for whichever one of his children would try and take advantage of dad’s so-called weakness.

Sharon: So he pretended to be losing it?

Nick: You got it.

Sharon: Well, I can’t say I’m surprised, but still, what an awful thing to do to anyone, especially your family.

Nick: It’s not exactly unprecedented. Remember ashland locke?

Sharon: Yeah, of course.

Nick: Dad got ashland to sign over his company to him while he was having a heart attack. Pretty nice, huh? It’s a page right out of the victor newman playbook.

Sally: But you haven’t done anything to give victor cause to doubt your loyalty.

Nick: No, and neither has victoria. She was certainly upset when she got kicked out of the ceo spot, but not to the extent she would ever betray or exploit a weakness. We were very concerned about him. It just makes me feel like even more of a fool for ever believing him.

Sharon: You were just trying to be a good son.

Nick: We all know the target for the scam was the other brother.

Sharon: You think victor suspects adam?

Nick: Yes, of course. Why not? But what I don’t understand, I just don’t get it is he had already purged adam from the company. Why bring him back just to prove what we already knew? He can’t be trusted.

Sharon: Victor has a soft spot for adam. He always has.

Nick: Yes. Why? My brother is nothing but a power-hungry narcissist who will do whatever it takes to get whatever he wants.

Sharon: Guilt will make people do some irrational things sometimes.

Nick: Yeah. Like give adam what, his 500th chance? I’m sick of it. I’ve had enough.

Sally: Just so you know, it’s not over, over, between me and nick.

Adam: What does that mean?

Sally: Just that there’s no finality to it because he won’t discuss it, at all. He’s frustrated and hurt with good reason. You were responsible for some of that.

Adam: Yes, I know.

Sally: No, don’t get me wrong. I was right there too. I just– it would be very easy to just blame it all on you, but the truth is you were just being honest with me about where your heart is. It’s just not what I wanted to hear.

Adam: Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that I, uh, I didn’t read the room.

Sally: I think the kiss confused us both.

Adam: Yeah. Maybe. I don’t know. Maybe it was just me doing what I always do. Bulldozing my way through without any regard whatsoever for what you really wanted, which was nick. You know, you had a right to be resistant. I poison whatever it is I touch.

Sally: Adam.

Adam: No, it’s– it’s the truth. You know, sometimes I think that I’m just cursed to be this– this catalyst of bad fortune. And it’s not that I try to be, but sometimes I just always end up in the middle of it. With my career, my relationship, family. Even when I have good intentions and god knows I have not always had them, I just always manage to screw it up. With you, my father.

Sally: What now with victor?

Adam: It is just– it’s– it’s more the of same.

Sally: Tell me.

Adam: Sally, come on, it’s not anything that you need to bother yourself with right now. It’s just family stuff.

Sally: That is clearly upsetting you.

[ Adam exhaling ]

Adam: Yeah. Yeah, it is. I think that I’ve finally driven my father over the edge.

Nikki: Did you not see the genuine fear in victoria’s eyes when she was over here or hear it in her voice? She is terrified that something is happening to her father. She can’t fake that.

Victor: Well, if that is true, then she has nothing to worry about.

Nikki: What do you mean if that is true?

Victor: I demoted her as ceo. She has plenty of motive. Don’t you forget that.

Nikki: She is your daughter. She has proven her loyalty to you time and time again, so I don’t understand why you’re suddenly throwing all of that out the window and putting her on the same level as adam.

Victor: I am perfectly aware of what adam is capable of, all right?

Nikki: And yet you’re still insisting on testing them? Victor, please. Please tell victoria the truth and put adam back where he belongs, on the outside looking in. Hi, I’m sharon, and I lost 52 pounds on golo. On other diets, I could barely lose 10-15 pounds.

Victoria: Thank you.

Nate: What for?

Victoria: For your support.

Nate: You will always have that.

Victoria: I know and I’m grateful. It just feels like sometimes I’m being pulled in a million different directions and I– you know, it’s– it’s helpful to have someone in my corner like you. I’m scared, nate. I’m– I’m really worried about my father right now. Something’s wrong with him.

Nate: We don’t really know what’s happening.

Victoria: We know that he’s not himself. I know that he’s not himself. And if it’s something more serious, then we need to get him the best possible care and we need to do it now.

Nate: Agreed.

Victoria: And I also have to– to be practical about the business. Because if news of this gets out, I mean, it could inevitably impact newman enterprises both inside and outside of the company.

Nate: Okay. So, what’s the next step?

Victoria: First, we just need to– we need to arrange for my father to see a specialist first thing tomorrow morning. First thing. And they’re probably gonna want to arrange to do some tests on him, maybe bring in some more doctors. But we need to get the ball rolling right away. What? Do you not– do you not think it’s a good plan?

Nate: No, no, no. I– I– I think the plan is great. It’s exactly what I would do if it were my family going through something like this.

Victoria: So, why do I get the feeling you think it’s not gonna work?

Nate: This is about your father, who happens to be victor newman. Titan of industry, legendary businessman who didn’t get to where he is by showing vulnerability or weakness. I’m betting he’s not gonna just quietly fall in line when you tell him he might need treatment.

Victoria: Well, then what am I supposed to do? Nothing?

Nate: Of course not. I’m just reminding you the trick won’t be to come up with a plan. The trick will be to get victor to go along with it.

Sharon: It always comes back to adam, doesn’t it?

Nick: It is the common denominator. Every crisis that this family has gone through ever since he showed up.

Sharon: And victor loves him.

Nick: Boy, he absolutely does and I have no idea why.

Sharon: It doesn’t really matter why, nick. It’s a fact. And you keep bumping up against this every time you try to figure out what victor wants to do.

Nick: Oh, I won’t deny that adam makes my blood boil every time I have to deal with him.

Sharon: Well, maybe just consider this from victor’s point of view. Maybe he really thought that adam was genuine and sincere when he promised to change and he just wants to give him another chance.

Nick: Yeah, yeah. But then, as usual, adam does something to make my father suspicious. I already thought about that.

Sharon: And?

Nick: If that were the case, then dad would have already figured out what he needed to know. So then why continue this game? Why keep pretending like you’re losing it and putting your family through that? It doesn’t make sense. What are you thinking about?

Sharon: What if adam isn’t victor’s target?

Nick: Well, then my dad really is losing it.

Sharon: No, think about it. He already suspects adam and you’re in the clear because he told you what he’s been doing. And that leaves victoria.

Nick: No, no way.

Sharon: No way what? That she would ever betray him or that he would think she would? I’m just asking you to consider the possibility that maybe victor doubts her loyalty and he’s just waiting for her to make a move.

Sally: So, what is going on with victor?

Adam: He’s um, he– he’s been acting erratically lately. You know, victoria was the first to notice it. Uh, I didn’t really believe her at first.

Sally: Why not?

Adam: Because I thought she was just angling to get dad declared incompetent so she could get her old job back, but then I started to see things.

Sally: Like what?

Adam: He would forget things. He would like lose the thread of the conversation. He would have these drastic mood swings that he would turn on a dime. And then earlier today, I went to his office and I looked in his drawer and there was this weird– weird little drawing that he had filed away like it was important business.

Sally: And you think you’re responsible for that, how?

Adam: Because it all goes back to the moment that I was pushed out of newman.

Sally: I’m sorry, adam, it just seems like a really big leap to me.

Adam: No, no. Not if you add it on to the years and years of him wanting me to succeed. Giving me every opportunity more than anyone has ever gotten. And then me letting him down every single time. And this last time probably pushed him over the edge.

Sally: Yeah, but you did change, adam. You told victor that you wanted a reset and you were willing to start at the bottom and he’s given you that chance. So, I just– I’m not really seeing the connection.

Adam: Yeah, he probably saw right through me. To the truth.

Sally: I don’t understand.

Adam: It was all bogus, sally. It was a scam to get what I thought were my just rewards. To punish the people who hurt me and I think that my father in his infinite wisdom figured it out and it gutted him.

Sally: So, you lied to everyone. You lied to me. No catharsis, no redemption.

Adam: None. Just revenge, pure and simple.

[ Sally sighing ]

Sally: I don’t know what to say. I guess you fooled everyone.

Adam: Well, not everyone.

Sally: Well, you fooled me.

Adam: I am truly sorry about that, but all I could think about was paying them back. Victor, nick, victoria. I wanted to punish them all. And what better way to do that than from the inside? Pretending that I’d seen the light.

Sally: And so what? I was just collateral damage?

Adam: Sally, if I had told you what I was up to, you would have tried to talk me out of it. And I did not want to be talked out of it. I wanted to destroy all of them. There’s just this thing when I get angry or hurt, it clicks on in my brain and it just shuts off all logic, all compassion. And all that’s left is just pure, blind rage and that’s what I wanted. That’s what was driving me.

Sally: Well, I’m sorry for you then.

Adam: No, you shouldn’t be. The irony is I got the revenge that I wanted. I pushed my father off the deep end. And I actually, I– I feel sick about it.

Nate: Still thinking about your dad?

Victoria: Nope.

Nate: Want me to guess?

Victoria: No, you’d just laugh.

Nate: I promise you, I won’t laugh.

Victoria: I was just laying here imagining what it would have been like to have been born into a– a normal family.

Nate: Is there such a thing?

Victoria: I’m sure. I mean, there has to be, right?

Nate: Okay. Are we talking like tv version? Like white picket fence, dad goes to work, mom stays at home with the kids?

Victoria: Except in my family, the mother would work too.

Nate: Obviously.

Victoria: But it wouldn’t be a family business. It would be… I don’t know, just…

Nate: Something simple?

Victoria: Yeah, yeah. Like the day wouldn’t start with overnight markets and end with a– a bottle of wine. It would– everyone would just, you know, they’d just go to work and maybe be able to do something worthwhile.

Nate: Is that what you want?

Victoria: No.

Nate: Okay. You had me worried there for a minute.

Victoria: No, but I do sometimes wish that my dad, that he could just be my dad. Not my boss or my– my business partner. So that, you know, I could just talk to him about something, you know, other than newman enterprises, like we used to. I could ask him how he’s feeling without him worrying that I’m trying to push him off his throne.

Nate: Don’t you though?

Victoria: Don’t I what?

Nate: Want to replace him? Be him eventually. I mean, you’ve spent your whole life being groomed for that.

Victoria: Well, yeah. Yeah, but every time I get close, I mean, he just– he pulls the rug out from underneath me. So then what, you know? Sometimes, it feels like we’re this royal family where all the children are just waiting around for the king to die so they can fight over his crown. Nate, I don’t want my dad to die. I don’t want that. And sometimes, you know, like right now, right in this moment, I don’t know if I want the crown either.

Sharon: I know you feel protective toward victoria.

Nick: This is not about me being protective. This is about me knowing my sister.

Sharon: Well, she was pretty angry when victor demoted her and that wasn’t the first time either.

Nick: Look, I don’t for one second believe that my sister would exploit what she thought was dad’s real illness. Yes, she can be angry. She can be vindictive, but she loves him. She would never betray him like that.

Sharon: Okay, you know that. But you’re not victor. Who knows whatever goes on in that complicated mind of his? He told you the truth, but he didn’t tell victoria.

Nick: Well, I basically forced it out of him.

Sharon: Okay, but still, it’s clear that he may not completely trust her.

Nick: He claims that’s about nate, all right? He clearly doesn’t trust him either, which I agree with. So, he doesn’t want victoria spilling any of this to him.

Sharon: Okay, now this is starting to sound a little bit paranoid.

Nick: The worst part is victoria is genuinely concerned about dad’s health. So, there he is, letting her suspect the worst while also potentially setting her up to take the fall. Tell me again why I agreed to go back to the family business, even temporarily.

Sharon: Because you thought they needed you and you felt like you could help.

Nick: I should just be focusing on our thing, you know? It’s more fun and far less aggravating.

Sharon: We’re still getting things done, nick. We haven’t fallen behind.

Nick: I know, but…

Sharon: It’s okay. Look, I understand. You feel like you need to be there to help sort this out and you will, you always do.

Nick: Sharon, I don’t know this time. I mean, it’s like dad’s disappointment in adam is filtering down to the rest of us. I have no idea how it’s gonna play out this time.

Victor: You know damn well I don’t want to see the worst in any of my children.

Nikki: We are talking about victoria specifically.

Victor: I’m very aware of her qualities.

Nikki: And her loyalty?

Victor: Darling, you’ve got to trust me, okay? There’s one last part of the plan I need to put into play.

Nikki: And what is that?

Victor: You’ll see.

Nikki: What do you have up your sleeve this time?

Victor: Details aren’t important.

Nikki: The hell they’re not.

Victor: I don’t want to put you in another compromising position.

Nikki: Oh, are you afraid that I’m gonna spill the beans again like I did with nicholas?

Victor: Well?

Nikki: I stepped up and told him the truth and you still resent me for that, don’t you?

Victor: I don’t resent you.

Nikki: Well, then tell me what your plan is. Unless you were lying when you said you trusted me.

Victor: I trust you, all right? But I’ve got to do this my own way. The stakes are very high.

Nikki: Just so you know, doing things your way have caused everyone close to you to be sad or angry or both. You just don’t want to be wrong. It’s as simple as that. And this will not end well. You can trust me on that much.

Nick: I think I have to tell vic the truth. You don’t agree with me?

Sharon: Well, normally, yes, I do think you should let her know. I’m just thinking about how much victoria idolizes her father.

Nick: I don’t think she’s idolizing him very much at the moment.

Sharon: Well, it goes a lot deeper than that. Victor has been her mentor and her guide for most of victoria’s life. Unless you believe that his holding back from her really is about nate?

Nick: He just doesn’t trust her right now.

Sharon: If she finds out that he’s been putting her through this test or this trap or whatever it is he’s calling it, that could destroy their relationship forever.

Nick: Yeah, I’ve thought about that. They have a special connection, one that the rest of us don’t have with him. But what does it matter if it’s built on a lie this big?

Sharon: She could end up hating him.

Nick: Well, if that happens, that’s on dad. He made this mess.

Sharon: So, you are going to tell her?

Nick: I don’t see that I have a choice.

Sally: You really are a mystery, adam.

Adam: Well, I’ve been called worse.

Sally: No, seriously. You are. I mean, you say that you regret your part in whatever’s going on with victor, but I know the history. There have been other regrets and other broken promises.

Adam: So, in other words, you don’t believe a word that I’m saying.

Sally: I want to believe you, but there is a part of me that just keeps going back and forth. Like is he actually sincere this time? Or is this just another ploy to gain my sympathy?

Adam: No, I–

Sally: No, I don’t want to have those thoughts but I just can’t push them away.

Adam: No, I– I– I get it. There’s probably not an answer I could say right now that you would believe. I mean, I have earned that distrust. I guess I just thought if there was anybody out there that would give meI believe you.Ou are going to tell her?

Nick: I don’t see that I have a choice.

Sally: You really are a mystery, adam.

Adam: Well, I’ve been called worse.

Sally: No, seriously. You are. I mean, you say that you regret your part in whatever’s going on with victor, but I know the history. There have been other regrets and other broken promises.

Adam: So, in other words, you don’t believe a word that I’m saying.

Sally: I want to believe you, but there is a part of me that just keeps going back and forth. Like is he actually sincere this time? Or is this just another ploy to gain my sympathy?

Adam: No, I–

Sally: No, I don’t want to have those thoughts but I just can’t push them away.

Adam: No, I– I– I get it. There’s probably not an answer I could say right now that you would believe. I mean, I have earned that distrust. I guess I just thought if there was anybody out there that would give me the benefit of the doubt, it would be you. There is nobody else, sally. The only person that I can count on is you.

Sally: Well, that really puts me on the spot, doesn’t it?

Adam: Look, I don’t mean to do that, but I swear to– to– to god that this time, this time it is real.

Sally: Okay.

Adam: Okay?

Sally: I believe you.

Adam: Is this a leap of faith or is this coming from your heart?

Sally: A little bit of both.

Adam: What changed your mind?

Sally: The look in your eyes. I can see the fear, the compassion, the guilt.

Adam: Oh, there’s plenty of that.

Sally: Yeah. So, I guess the bottom line is that I have decided to trust you one more time.

Adam: And I cannot tell you how much that means to me.

Sally: I also believe that if you told victor what you just told me that he would believe you too.

Adam: I don’t know. I think it might be a little too late for that.

Sally: How so?

Adam: Oh, my father doesn’t seem to be inclined to want to deal with what’s going on with him. I mean, how is an apology from me gonna change anything. If he can’t accept something’s even wrong with him, how is he gonna accept somebody taking responsibility for it?

Sally: Okay. Then what can you do?

Adam: I, um, I reached out to a doctor.

Sally: A psychiatrist?

Adam: Mm-hmm. And I told him what was going on. I told him how he was acting and he agreed that it was serious. But then again, how do I get him to talk to a man without him realizing what’s really going on?

Sally: Yeah. No, I agree. It’s a risky move.

Adam: And it could completely backfire. He could just think this is me trying to work another angle. This is another con. But I’m gonna have to take that chance. I’m gonna have to follow through with it because honestly, I don’t know what else to do.

Sally: Well, I did think of another option.

Adam: Oh, yeah. What’s that?

Sally: Talk to your family about it. Get together with nick and victoria and face this together. Victor’s three children as one united front.

Adam: Yeah. Well, dad always did preach family unity.

Sally: Well, there you go. See?

Adam: Yeah, I already tried that. I already talked to nick and he completely dismissed the idea of working together. And victoria? Come on, we can barely stand to be in the same room with each other.

Sally: Okay. So, you’re just gonna give up?

Adam: No, I told you. I tried.

Sally: Okay. Well, try harder. Tell them that this is way bigger than whatever is going on between the three of you. And tell them for your father’s welfare, they need to work as a team.

Adam: You know, you’re really good at this.

Sally: What?

Adam: Pep talks. I’m sure when you get your new company off the ground, you’re gonna be an inspiring boss.

Sally: Thank you.

Adam: Mm-hmm. I know that you inspire me.

Sally: So, are you gonna do it?

Adam: You’re forgetting one thing, big thing, in between me and nick.

Sally: No, I’m definitely not forgetting it. And I do know that I am part of the conflict between the two of you, but this is way bigger than that too. And nick will eventually see that if you tell him what you just told me.

Adam: Yeah. I– I don’t know about that.

Sally: Look, just tell him, adam. Arrange a meeting between the three of you where nothing else has to matter except for your father’s health and welfare. If you guys want to go back to hating each other afterward, then so be it. But please do not let any of this get in the way of helping victor now.

Nick: Thanks for this.

Sharon: For what?

Nick: Just, uh, listening very patiently. You know– you know, went back and forth trying to figure out what I needed to do. You never once yawned or told me to stop talking.

Sharon: You’ve been there for me too. More than a few times.

Nick: I guess that’s the way it is with old friends.

Sharon: It’s nice that we can be that for each other after all these years.

Nick: It is.

Sharon: So, are you gonna call her?

[ Nick sighing ]

Nate: You could stay.

Victoria: Mm. That’s really tempting, but…

Nate: Yeah, big day tomorrow.

Victoria: Oh, they’re all big days.

[ Phone ringing ] Nick.

Nick: Hey.

Victoria: It’s late. Is everything okay?

Nick: No, everything is not okay.

Victoria: Oh, my god. Is it dad?

Nick: No, dad’s all right, but I do need to talk to you about him.

Victoria: Yeah. Look, um, I think that maybe I convinced him to talk to someone. To sit down and just let them get a sense of what’s going on with him.

Nick: Vic.

Victoria: And I promise if they don’t find anything, I– I’ll let it go.

Nick: You don’t need to worry about that. But there is something I need to talk to you about and I’d prefer it if we do it face to face.

Victoria: Okay.

Nick: It can be tonight, tomorrow, whenever you want.

Victoria: Uh, well, I can meet you now.

Nick: Great. I’ll, um, I’ll be at society waiting for you.

Victoria: Okay, I’ll see you there. That was nick. Um, I’m gonna meet him.

Nate: So I heard. Is it about victor?

Victoria: Uh, well, whatever it is, it sounded urgent because he didn’t want to talk about it over the phone.

Nate: Okay. Keep me posted.

Victoria: Yeah, I will.

Nate: And if you need anything, I don’t care what time it is. I’ll be here for you.

[ Nate exhaling ]

Adam: Well,

Adam: Well,


Adam: Well, I guess this is good night.

Sally: Good night.

Victoria: What is it?

Nick: You should sit down.

Victoria: Would you please stop with all the mystery and just tell me what’s going on? If dad’s getting worse, just say it.

Nick: Dad is fine.

Victoria: What are you talking about?

Nick: He’s as sane and healthy as ever. Probably more so after everything he’s been putting us through.

Victoria: I don’t understand.

Nick: He was lying. Everything that we thought we saw, everything that we thought he was going through was just a trap to test our loyalty.

Victoria: No. I mean, that can’t be. How did you find this out?

Nick: He told me.

Victoria: He told you?

Nick: Yeah, after I busted him. Told him I figured the whole scheme out. He’s been playing us.

[ Phone ringing ]

Nate: Victor.

Victor: Nate, I need to see you.

Nate: Uh, when?

Victor: Right now. Come to the ranch, okay? And don’t tell anyone where you’re going.

Nate: Uh, yes, victor, of course. But uh, can you at least tell me what’s happening?

Victor: They think that I don’t know what’s going on, but I do happen to know what’s going on.

Nate: Who are they?

Victor: I cannot talk about that right now over the phone. Just get here and make sure that no one knows where you’re going.

Nate: Absolutely.

Victor: You’re the only one I can trust, nate.

Nate: I’ll be right over.

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