Young & The Restless Transcript
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Sharon: Big day for you girls. For all three of my girls. You seem a little apprehensive.
Tessa: We know we should be excited.
Sharon: Well, should doesn’t really come into play when we’re talking about your emotions. You feel how you feel.
Mariah: I mean, ever since Aria got fitted for her hearing aids, we’ve been waiting on pins and needles for them to come in.
Tessa: And now that they’re here and Aria can have them put in…
Mariah: We’re terrified.
Tessa: I mean, what if they don’t work? What if our precious baby still can’t hear?
Victoria: What I don’t understand is how you could watch me go through so much worry and concern without speaking up about it.
Nikki: I know and I am so sorry. I came so close to telling you.
Victoria: But you didn’t. You didn’t.
Nick: Vic, come on, take it easy on her. Like you said, Dad put her in an impossible position.
Nikki: Your father seems to think someone is scheming against him and they’re going to betray him soon. And this is his idea of how to trick them into revealing themselves.
Victoria: I just don’t understand.
Nikki: Well, personally, I think this is all Adam’s fault. After years of being double-crossed by his own son, Victor now wonders if he can trust anybody he’s close to.
Claire: Excuse me, Nikki. Did you want me to follow up with accounting?
Nikki: I’m– I’m sorry, what about accounting?
Claire: Is everything okay? And if it’s none of my business, please tell me.
Nikki: No, you’re fine. Just, uh, the same. Family issues.
Claire: Is it something with one of your children?
Nikki: No. Um, Victor and I had a disagreement about how to handle something.
Claire: If there’s anything I can do to help…
Nikki: It’ll resolve itself, everything will be fine. I appreciate your concern.
Adam: You’re not gonna tell Dad what I set up and you’re gonna let the doctor do what he’s come to do.
Nick: Oh, yeah. For some random doctor to fake bump into Dad while he judges his mental competence. Absolutely. No problem.
Adam: I know that you will never believe that I could put genuine concern for our father above everything else.
Nick: Never really given me any reason to believe that.
Adam: Really? I’ve never done anything for this family? For your family? Like, donate a kidney to your daughter.
Nick: Yes, Adam. I remember that.
Adam: Yeah, and as far as Victor is concerned, I took a bullet for him. But the world seems to forget about that, too.
Nick: It was a long time ago.
Adam: I’ll tell that to my scar. Okay, you can think what you want, Nick, but I’m concerned about our father. He’s a judgmental, withholding, egomaniac and the thought of him slipping away like this? No, I’m not gonna let that happen without a fight.
[ Knocking on door ]
Victor: I was just about to leave.
Victoria: Uh, I need to speak with you about the new shipping contract that you just agreed to.
Victor: Can this wait ’til tomorrow?
Victoria: No, not really.
Victor: Well, what about this contract?
Victoria: It’s not a– a good deal.
Victor: What do you mean it’s not a good deal?
Victoria: Daddy, I’m sorry. It’s not. It’s not. The numbers are just not there to make it viable, and I can’t believe that any Newman executive would think that it is. Look, maybe you just misread the file or it was some misunderstanding, but this is not normally a deal that you would endorse.
Victor: Wait a minute. Are you saying that I’m slipping or what?
Victoria: No, I just need you to help me understand how you think this is a smart move.
Victor: Are you saying that I’m unfit to run my own company?
Sharon: You girls have been so brave through this whole process. You have been warriors for your daughter. I can understand you feeling nervous and afraid, but don’t forget to let yourself feel the hope and optimism too. I mean, it’s perfectly natural that you would be going through a range of emotions, but let’s just tackle the specifics. What are you really worried about?
Tessa: I mean, uh, what if Aria doesn’t like the hearing aids? It’s not like we can explain it to her.
Sharon: Well, she might not like them. That’s true. But she’ll get used to them, just like with a sippy cup. Remember? It was only bottles for a while and now she does both.
Mariah: Yeah, that’s true. It’s just, she might grow up feeling different, and that’s so hard.
Sharon: It is. But you’re gonna do everything you can to make her feel less different. And you know what I found online?
Sharon: Baby dolls with hearing aids.
[ All laughing ]
Tessa: Oh, God. That’s brilliant. Of course.
Sharon: See? There are lots of kids and parents in the same situation as you all.
Mariah: Yeah. No. I know. Of course, we know that.
Sharon: Find that community for Aria and for yourself. There are so many, many amazing success stories to be inspired by. You’ll find the encouragement and the support you need there. You can take this journey with others who are in the same situation that you are in. And you know what? You’re gonna do whatever you have to do to make Aria feel more comfortable, whatever the situation.
Mariah: Ah, I guess our biggest fear is… what if it doesn’t work?
Sharon: Okay. Well, I understand that, but your doctor ran the tests. She knows that this condition resolves with the hearing aids. There’s no reason for you to think that Aria will be any different, so this fear is–
Tessa: Completely irrational.
Mariah: One hundred percent.
Tessa: But I still can’t shake it.
Mariah: Yeah. Neither can I. I mean, ever since Aria got definitively diagnosed and Dr. George fitted her for the hearing aids, we have been waiting for this day. We’ve been anticipating and now that it’s here…
Tessa: We just want it to be over.
Tessa: I mean, happily over. That the hearing aid’s a success.
Sharon: I understand. You know, your lives changed when Aria came into the world. And you faced a crisis. Because of the great moms that you are, you found a solution. And today is definitely a success, to have even gotten this far. And things are only gonna get better. Think about the joy on Aria’s face when she hears the world around her.
Mariah: Or she hears her moms’ voices.
Sharon: You know how her sounds are really beautiful and special to you? Well, your sounds are gonna be magical to her.
Mariah: Yeah. All right, I guess we should, uh, we should go.
Tessa: Oh, uh, we have time.
Mariah: Yeah, but it wouldn’t hurt to get there a little early.
Nick: So, tell me again how this is gonna work? You have some doctor buddy who’s gonna casually stroll in, you’re gonna invite him over, introduce him to our father and then I guess he’s going to assess Dad without him knowing it? Am I getting that right?
Adam: Nick, he’s– he’s not gonna be taking notes, okay? He can pull this off.
Nick: Oh. Okay then. So he’s a doctor and an award-winning actor. Nice. You don’t think Dad’s gonna wonder why you invited this complete stranger over to join us? I mean, how do you even know this guy? It sounds pretty unethical to me.
Adam: This is the last resort. You know our father would never agree to have a test on his own.
Nick: Actually, he told Mom and Vic he would consider it.
Adam: Yeah, probably to get them to shut up. And, you know, at the last minute, he would just say he doesn’t need to do it, there’s no problem. Or he would just pay somebody to say that there is no problem.
Nick: That does sound like something our father would do.
Nick: In a normal situation. This is not a normal situation.
Adam: Exactly. And the longer that he stalls, the worse that this is gonna get, okay? I’m just– I’m begging you to go along with this. Do not tank this. You can hang me out to dry after this is all over. I don’t care. But just give me a chance to find out if he needs us more than he would ever admit.
Victoria: Dad, I am not questioning your decision-making ability.
Victor: Oh, really?
Victoria: Really. I’m just– I’m looking for a little clarification. I mean, there must be something in that agreement that I missed.
Victor: If I need to explain to you what is a good business deal, then I’m mistaken about you. I’m gonna meet Adam at the club. Talk to him about the Kirsten/ McCall/Newman media merger, all right?
Victoria: Daddy, that– that merger…
Nate: Victor, I’d be happy to drive you to your meeting with Adam.
Victor: Why would you do that?
Nate: It’d be no bother. I can pull my car up around the front.
Victor: Why the hell would you do that? First, you are questioning my business acumen and now you’re offering to drive me to a meeting with my son.
Victoria: Daddy, Nate’s just trying to help.
Victoria: Ridiculous. I have my own driver. He’s a hell of a good driver.
Sharon: All right. Prepare for joy.
Mariah: Prepare for joy.
Tessa: Well, when you see this little one again, she will be able to hear your silly little baby talk that you do when you think no one is listening.
Sharon: Okay, I can’t wait. Call me with an update the minute you leave Dr. George’s office.
Mariah: I will video chat you as soon as we are able. The second, we’re done.
Mariah: I promise. All right, let’s go.
Claire: Nikki, I’m so sorry if it sounded like I was prying. I would never do anything to–
Nikki: You did nothing wrong, Claire.
Claire: I’ll be at my desk if you need anything. I’m always available to listen.
Nikki: Thank you.
Nick: You really do love pissing Dad off, don’t you? Because that’s absolutely gonna happen.
Adam: Look, you stay or go, Nick, okay? But I’m not gonna talk to you about this anymore, all right?
Nick: Oh no, I’m sticking around, Adam. Because I don’t trust how you’re gonna handle it.
Adam: Oh, here he is. So, be cool.
Nick: Yeah, I’ll be cool.
Nick: I brought Vic up to speed about your mental fitness. The truth about your health.
Victoria: Daddy, Nick told me that you’ve been fooling us this whole time. I can’t believe you. I can’t believe that you would let me think that there’s something seriously wrong with you. I mean, did you feel that my loyalty needed to be tested that badly? Do you actually think that I would exploit your health just for a job title?
Victor: Are you trying to trick me?
Victoria: Oh, god. Come on. You know that’s not true.
Victor: I know what you’re doing. I know exactly what you’re doing. You’re trying to convince me that I’m losing my own mind.
Nick: I don’t know what to make of Dad’s behavior. I wasn’t expecting that.
Victoria: I feel like there are only two explanations for what just happened.
Nick: All right. Care to share?
Victoria: Dad’s explanation to you the other night about his odd behavior. It’s just a cover-up to hopefully keep us from pursuing this further.
Nick: Meaning there is something wrong with him mentally and he doesn’t want it to get out.
Victoria: That’s one option.
Nick: What’s the other?
Victoria: Dad’s acting like he didn’t tell you that he was faking his illness because he still doesn’t trust me.
Nick: What would be the point of that?
Victoria: His end game has changed. He’s come up with another trap. But this one’s for me.
Victor: Well now, I’ll be damned. My two sons sitting together talking about building a powerful new media empire.
Adam: Dad… I think you’re forgetting–
Nick: Dad, this has to stop, Dad. All right. It has to stop right now.
Victoria: What in the world was all that about? I mean, my father is on his way to a meeting with Adam of all people convinced that a merger that he killed a long time ago, is still happening. Why didn’t you let me say something to him?
Nate: Because correcting him wouldn’t do any good and it might just agitate him instead. You don’t want that right now.
Victoria: So, what are we supposed to do? Just pretend like everything’s perfectly fine?
Nate: To a degree.
Victoria: We should have at least stopped him from going. I mean, god knows how Adam is gonna try to manipulate Dad if this confusion or memory loss or whatever it is continues. He’s gonna use it to his own advantage. I know that. He might even try to expose Dad to the entire world, which will just cause his company and my father to be even more vulnerable than ever.
Nate: Victoria, I have to tell you something.
Victoria: Well, whatever it is, it’s gonna have to wait. I need to get to the club. I wanna be there when Dad talks to Adam.
Nate: Just, I’m asking you to slow down and just listen to me first. I wouldn’t ask if it weren’t important. Please come sit.
[ Victoria sighing ]
Victoria: All right. What is it?
Nate: I promised Victor I wouldn’t tell anyone. But then I realized this shouldn’t be a secret from you.
Victoria: Well, Nate, whatever’s going on right now, you’re making me nervous.
Nate: Your father confided in me that, um, he’s concerned that something is terribly wrong with him.
Victoria: He admitted that he needs help? Oh, Daddy.
Nate: And he asked for my help. Discreetly, of course, to find out what’s going on. And once we have a diagnosis, figure out the best way to treat whatever it is.
Nate: And I agreed. The man needs help. I will do whatever I can. That he needed help.
Nate: At his insistence.
Victoria: You really considered not telling me this? That my father admitted to you that he needed help.
Nate: At his insistence. Of course, I wanted to tell you.
Victoria: Yeah, but you didn’t.
Nate: Victoria, he and I only just discussed this. This wasn’t some long-term secret. Victor asked me not to tell anyone, okay? My initial concern was that breaking that promise might make him back away entirely out of the idea of treatment. But you know what your father is going through and like I told you before, I don’t want secrets between us.
Victoria: So, he admitted that he needed help?
Nate: Yes. And he seemed scared.
Victoria: What did you tell him?
Nate: That the only way to get everything he wants, a proper diagnosis, privacy, is to go away to a clinic.
Victoria: Do you mean to put him away?
Nate: Don’t look at it that way. Your father can’t see some specialist here in genoa city. Even if they came here or to the ranch, it’s too risky that it could slip out, okay? Any hint of gossip about your father not being all there.
Victoria: No, the fallout for that would be horrible for him.
Nate: And for the company.
Victoria: So, do you know of a place like– like this where he could go and they would keep it private? There would be no leaks?
Nate: I do. I do. Great reputation, top specialist. I met a few of them through the years.
Victoria: And how long do you think it would take for a diagnosis?
Nate: A thorough one? I’m not sure. Um, a week, maybe a little longer. But it will all depend on how cooperative your father is.
Victoria: And, uh, when you talked to my father about going someplace like this, he was on board?
Nate: I wouldn’t say he’s 100% on board. Not yet. And I didn’t push. I made it clear to him that this has to be his call.
Victoria: Are you absolutely sure this is the right course of action?
Nate: Yes, I am sure. And while he’s away, we can say he’s on an extended business trip or a well-deserved vacation. And you can step in as interim CEO, make sure the company runs smoothly in Victor’s absence.
Victoria: And you ran that part of the plan by my father?
Nate: I did.
Victoria: I can’t imagine that he took that too well?
Nate: He said he’d think about it.
Victoria: Yeah, I’m sure he will. That’s where you left it?
Nate: Well, he said he needed to meet with Adam before he made a decision.
Victoria: Adam? Who can’t even be trusted under normal circumstances, let alone when my father’s facing a crisis.
[ Victoria sighing ]
Nick: Dad, this has to stop, okay? No more tiptoeing around it. You need help.
Victor: What are you talking about?
Nick: Your memory is failing. Your grasp on reality is not good. Your ability to make those brilliant business decisions that you’ve always been known for. It’s just– there’s something clearly wrong and it’s getting worse. Adam asked you to meet him here so he could stage an accidental meeting with a specialist who could observe you and make a diagnosis.
Victor: Is that true? Is that true?
[ Indistinct baby chatter ]
Mariah: Oh, it has been agony waiting for those.
Dr. George: It’s only been a few weeks since Aria was diagnosed with sensory neural hearing loss and fitted for hearing aids, but I’m sure it felt a lot longer to you.
Tessa: Oh, boy does it.
Mariah: And when we found out that she for sure had inner ear damage and she couldn’t hear.
Tessa: We just wanted to fix things right away for our little girl.
Dr. George: Yeah, of course you did.
Mariah: But now the hearing aids are here and we’re all here, so.
Dr. George: Yes. So, let’s help Aria start hearing the world around her, shall we?
Dr. George: I have every reason to believe these are the right hearing aids for Aria, but we won’t know for certain until we put them in. I’ll need to ensure they fit snugly inside the ear, do some tests to make sure she can hear speech through them, make any adjustments to meet her individual needs.
Mariah: Great. And– and then?
Dr. George: Then, I will teach both of you how to put the hearing aids in and out. And I’ll have some tips for you as well.
Tessa: Uh, tips?
Dr. George: Aria’s not going to like having something new in her ears. She’ll probably try and tear them out at first. Some infants try to play with them, put them in their mouth. So, you’ll have to keep a close eye on her.
Mariah: All right. Uh, so how do we convince Aria that these hearing aids are the greatest thing ever?
Tessa: And not a snack?
Dr. George: We’ll start gradually.
Tessa: What do you mean?
Dr. George: You’ll put them in for short periods of time at first. Then begin increasing the time she has them in, make it fun.
Mariah: Okay. Like a game.
Dr. George: Exactly.
Mariah: And then eventually, she’ll get to the point where she wants to wear them all the time?
Dr. George: Yes. Yes. But try not to get frustrated. Every child is different and it may take you a while to get there.
Tessa: Well, if it helps her, we’ll take however long it takes to get her used to them.
Tessa: Take this. Hi. Ah. You look so good. Yes.
Nate: Well, hello there. Watching where you’re going this time, I see. But you look a little stressed. Has Nikki been piling on the work?
Claire: No, Nikki’s a fantastic boss. She’s so supportive and says thank you often, which is not that common.
Nate: No, but it should be. A good reminder for me to start that with my own team. So if, um, everything’s going so good, why the expression?
Claire: Type-a overachieving, people-pleaser? Is that a type?
Nate: Sounds valid.
Claire: This is obviously a big job. So good for my resume. Not that I’m planning on leaving, but… I want to be the best assistant Nikki’s ever had. So, I try to anticipate her needs. And sometimes after the fact, I’m not sure I did the right thing.
Nate: Oh, I have no doubt you’re doing a great job.
Claire: I’m trying. It’s just hard to know exactly how helpful to be.
Nate: Is there a such thing as too helpful?
Claire: I might have misinterpreted Nikki’s friendliness and pushed a little too hard asking personal questions. I want to be there for her, whatever she needs, but sometimes it’s hard to know what that looks like.
Nate: I’m sure it’s fine. And Nikki will let you know if you cross the line, don’t you think?
Claire: That’s true. Yeah, she’s not the type to hide how she feels.
Nate: Mm-hmm. A Newman family trait.
Claire: Well, thank you for talking me down. You seem to have mastered the art of succeeding at Newman without being a Newman.
Nate: I guess so.
Claire: And not to be too pushy again, but maybe we could get together outside of the office and you could give me some pointers?
Adam: Nick is right. I did speak to a doctor, a specialist, because I was trying to understand what is going on with you.
Victor: What’s going on with me?
Adam: Mm-hmm. Like Nick said, you– you’ve been confused lately, Dad.
Victor: The hell I have.
Adam: It’s true, okay? We’ve all noticed it and because you’re you, you deny it. And you walk it back because you don’t wanna show any weakness. But the shift, it was– it was sudden and I was concerned.
Victor: You tried to trap me.
Adam: No, I didn’t, okay? I want to help you. Dad, I– I knew that if I came to you and I told you what I had observed and I wanted you to meet with a specialist, you would refuse.
Victor: Of course, I would refuse.
Adam: Well, that’s why I wanted an outsider to see if I was wrong. I was hoping that I would be wrong. I just wanted a simple fix to whatever is going on with you.
Victor: I don’t need a specialist. I don’t need anyone to help me. Do you understand? I don’t.
Victor: The fact that you tried to trick me tells me everything I need to know. What are you doing here? You have some things to say about your father as well? Is that it?
Victoria: I knew that you were meeting with Adam to discuss a deal.
Victor: Are you trying to insert yourself? Is that it?
Victoria: No, Daddy? No. I was just trying to observe because I don’t trust Adam’s intentions.
Adam: Did the two of you plan this? To ambush me in front of Dad?
Victor: What are you talking about?
Nick: Shut up, Adam.
Victoria: You, Daddy. Whatever’s going on with you. Can we– can we go to the ranch to talk about this further? Or maybe we should just go back to the office?
Victor: We’re all going to the office, now.
Dr. George: Okay, hearing aids are in. Go ahead.
[ Gentle guitar music ]
Tessa: Waiting all of my life for the day we’d be as the sun goes to sleep Mariah: Aria. Tessa: Time for you to dream milky way drift away to stars like an ocean here I’ll stay keep you safe ’cause dreams are for hoping so please, go to sleep please, go to sleep please, go to sleep
Nate: The Newmans are private. They protect their own. The Newman way can take some getting used to, that’s for sure. But it’s never personal. The ugly truth is they’ve dealt with a lot of threats throughout the years. To the family and to the company. So they have every reason to be cautious.
Claire: Oh, sure. I understand, of course, but I just want to be someone Nikki can trust as much as possible.
Nate: Well, that’s obvious. And I’m sure you didn’t cross any lines with her. But if your instincts are telling you to back off, if you sense the need to rein your natural curiosity in, listen. But, um, beyond that, I don’t think I’m the right person to give you more advice.
Claire: Why not?
Nate: Look, I’m a little, uh, pressed for time, but maybe we can grab some coffee sometime soon. And I’ll dispense some wisdom on how to navigate those Newman corporate waters.
Claire: I’d like that very much.
Sharon: Right. There you go, Claire. This wouldn’t happen to be for Nikki Newman, would it?
Claire: How do you know?
Sharon: Oh, I’ve made, gosh, I don’t know how many of those for Nikki over the years?
Claire: You know Nikki well?
Sharon: You could say that.
Claire: Oh, she was your mother-in-law, your family.
Sharon: That’s right. Um, in a way.
[ Phone ringing ]
Sharon: Duty calls?
Claire: Something like that. Nice to see you. Aunt Jordan. Yes, I understand. I just thought I’d have more time. I’m making progress. Of course, I will. Consider it done. I love you too.
Sharon: Oh, well, this is not a video chat.
Mariah: No, it’s not, but we thought in person was so much better.
Sharon: Face to face with my favorite girl.
Tessa: Hey, sweetie. Hi. Look.
Sharon: Is she wearing her hearing aids?
Mariah: Yeah. Say hello to your granddaughter.
Sharon: Aria. Did you have fun at the doctor’s office? Oh, I think she heard me.
Tessa: I’d say she did.
Sharon: Oh, my god. It’s wonderful.
Mariah: We are very much feeling the joy.
Sharon: Well, I honestly had no doubts at all. But I was ready, just in case. Grandmother.
[ Tessa laughing ]
Tessa: Say [Indistinct]
Victoria: Quite frankly, Daddy, I don’t know what to think. I’ve just– I’ve been worried about you for quite a while now and… oh, gosh. Even though my brothers didn’t see it at first and they assumed that I was only seeing what I wanted to see, which– which was a hideous assumption. I mean, there has been none of this that has been fun for me.
Nick: Don’t be afraid. All right? We’re here for you. All of us. We will get you the help you need. Your health is the most important thing.
Nate: Victor, I got your text and, uh– what’s, uh, what’s going on?
Nikki: That’s what I’d like to know. Victor?
Victor: All right. The time has come to tell you all the truth.