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Adam: Got your message.

Victor: Thank you for meeting me on such short notice.

Adam: Well, it’s not like I have a whole lot else going on lately. So, what did you want to see me about?

Nick: You told him yet?

Adam: Told me what?

Victor: I thought you would bring your sister?

Nick: Yeah, I don’t think vic’s coming.

Victor: That’s disappointing.

Nick: I think she’s made her position very clear.

Adam: Okay, wait a minute. What is this? Is this an ambush? What position? What’s going on here?

Victor: I have some news regarding your future, adam.

Victoria: Hi.

Nate: Victoria.

Victoria: You’re, um, you’re a hard man to get a hold of these days.

Nate: I thought we agreed to spend some time apart.

Victoria: You said you needed some time to process what happened with my father. I just didn’t realize that meant total avoidance.

Nate: Victoria, what–

Victoria: So, I guess I can conclude that, uh, you decided that you no longer want anything to do with me.

Nate: I’m not sure what I’m–

Victoria: Nate, why don’t you just say it? Just– just– just be honest. Just tell me that it’s over.

Audra: Uh, kyle. What a surprise. I– I wasn’t expecting you.

Kyle: I sent you a text asking if we could meet, but you didn’t respond to it.

Audra: Uh, yeah. No, I’ve just been swamped here. You know, with nikki gone for a few days, it’s a marathon of work. But to be completely honest, I thought you wanted to meet about something personal, so I decided to make you wait.

Kyle: Yeah, um.

Audra: But now that you’re here…

Kyle: It’s not about personal stuff, audra. This is about business.

Audra: Oh, you look so serious.

Kyle: I’m having second thoughts about going after jabot.

Nate: I’m not avoiding you, victoria.

Victoria: Yeah? Well, I mean, it sure seemed that way. No response to any of my texts. Radio silence when I left you any voice messages.

Nate: I thought I made it clear that I need some time to figure things out. Not just us. That whole clown show with your father. That– that’s still pretty fresh.

Victoria: So, you couldn’t at least pick up a phone?

Nate: I honestly don’t know what I would have said to you.

Victoria: How about, “hi, how’s it going?” I mean, that would have been enough. I just needed to connect with you. And I– I just needed to know if there was still a chance.

Nate: I’m sorry.

Victoria: I understand that you’re trying to figure a lot of things out right now and I’m not trying to push, but, I mean, can we at least get a drink, you know? Have a conversation? We don’t have to come to any conclusions about us, but we can have a drink as– as friends. I mean, friendship is still on the table, isn’t it?

Nate: Of course, it is.

Victoria: So, anyway, a lot has happened to me since the last time I saw you.

Nate: What do you mean?

Victoria: Well, I mean, that I’m– I’m sort of in the same kind of limbo that you are right now.

Nate: You didn’t quit your job, did you?

Victoria: No, not yet.

Nate: Don’t do that on my account.

Victoria: Okay. It wouldn’t be just that. I know that my dad overreacted, but, you know, his concerns weren’t completely unwarranted, nate.

Nate: He turned on me, victoria. Because he thought I had turned on him. He chose not to accept my explanation and fired me. And you fomented it by choosing to back adam. It fed victor’s belief that I was trying to undermine him.

Victoria: I own that.

Nate: But I swear to you, I set things in motion at the clinic purely as a protective measure to ensure your father had a place secured and the time necessary for treatment.

Victoria: I know, but it was a very presumptuous move. You have to admit that. My dad saw it as a coup.

Nate: I am tired of trying to defend myself.

[ Nate sighing ] So, what are you gonna do now?

Victoria: I don’t know. I don’t know where I fit in right now. My life just feels like, uh, it’s suddenly this completely muddled, confused mess. And I don’t have anyone to talk to about it. My mother’s out of town. Nicholas would just give me advice that I wouldn’t want to follow probably, and forget– forget about my dad. I’m not gonna talk to him about anything. I guess what I’m saying is that I miss talking with you. And nate, I miss you. I miss your wisdom and your kindness and your compassion.

Nate: I miss you too. But I’m not sure I can be that person for you right now.

Victoria: I see.

Nate: I was counting on you to back me up and you weren’t there for me. That doesn’t just go away.

Victoria: I’m not just trying to sweep it under the rug. I understand that. I– I didn’t ever mean to hurt you, but can’t we just grab a drink? Have a conversation? I mean, is that really too much to ask?

Victor: I want you both to know that victoria has threatened to walk away from the company if I offered you a position of any power.

Adam: Okay. Well, then why are we wasting each other’s time?

Nick: Look, will you just stop talking and listen for once?

Adam: No. What for? So pops can put a fatherly hand on my shoulder?

Victor: Are you finished?

Adam: Apparently so. At least at newman enterprises. Unless I’m missing something here?

Victor: I told victoria if she insisted on demanding that, that she would no longer have a job at this company.

Adam: What is this? Is this another game? A contest? What hoops have you arranged for me to jump through this time, dad?

Victor: Listen carefully. The games are over and you have won. The stance you took when everyone else thought that that my mental capacities were in decline. I could no longer run this company. You came up with a plan to support both me and the company.

Adam: Yeah. But that was my intention, 100%.

Victor: And I appreciate it. And if victoria doesn’t see it that way, so be it. I run the show around here. If she disagrees with that, she can take a walk.

Adam: Wow. Uh…

Victor: Is that all you have to say?

Adam: You’re gonna have to forgive me if I’m a little surprised that you would overthrow the golden child for me. And I’m a little skeptical. I mean, what’s your angle here?

Victor: No angles, no games. I want this family to finally work together. It is all I’ve ever wanted. Ever wanted. You are as much a part of this family as both nicholas and victoria. That will never change. And if victoria doesn’t like it, she can take a walk and I won’t stop her.

Adam: Well, you’re being a little quiet.

Nick: Yeah.

Adam: Gearing up? Sharpening the metal knife? Well, go ahead, let me have it. Let’s hear your take on all of this. Tide is busting laundry’s biggest myth

Nick: I’m not happy about any of it. Starting with the fact that you faked some mental decline to try and trick your children into betraying you. It says an awful lot about your transparency and trust in us.

Victor: I’ve made my reasons for that clear to you.

Nick: Doesn’t mean I have to like it or agree with it. I also don’t like that victoria feels like she needs to step away from this company because you have weaseled your way back into another position of power that you do not deserve.

Adam: Okay. Well, according to you.

Nick: No. According to everything you’ve ever done since you walked into our lives. Now, I will do what I can. I will talk to vic. I will try and convince her to stay at newman. But when it comes to you? Clearly, this is on dad. And we’re gonna do whatever he wants because if it was up to me, you wouldn’t be in this office right now or the building.

Adam: You certainly don’t disappoint.

Victor: Nicholas, you may disagree with my methods, my decisions. I respect that. But I did all that for one purpose and one purpose only. To bring this family together so that all of us can work together as a team. Do you know how powerful we will be if we all work together?

Nick: I get it, dad. But do you expect us to just live happily ever after?

Victor: That’s up to the three of you.

Adam: Can I assume that nick will replace victoria if she walks? And I’ll assume that I’ll replace nate as coo?

Victor: Would that be all right with you?

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Victor: Nicholas, you disagree?

Nick: Ah, what does it matter, dad?

Victor: Son, I still want your input.

Nick: Here’s my input. Whatever happened to adam starting at the bottom and working his way up? I guess you didn’t mean that either, huh? What a surprise. Looks like I was right about that too.

Audra: What do you mean you’re having second thoughts about our plan? What’s happened?

Kyle: I don’t think I can betray my family just to get a position of power at jabot.

Audra: It’s a position you deserve. We have been over this, kyle. I thought you saw our plan as the best and only way to achieve that.

Kyle: Yeah. I no longer want to believe that. Look, I– I guess I will have to find some other way to get there, but not by betraying my family.

Audra: But you won’t get there, kyle. How much clearer can it be? You know, your father doesn’t trust you. Billy will always stand in your way. Because of that, you were gung ho about joining tucker and me. So what’s really changed?

Kyle: I– I guess I have. Look, I– I made that decision out of frustration and anger.

Audra: And don’t forget ambition.

Kyle: Yeah, I can’t deny that. But at the end of the day, I have to be able to live with myself and I just don’t think I can if I go down this road.

Audra: Look, kyle, I know this has been hard for you. I sympathize with that. I really do.

Kyle: You’re not gonna talk me out of my decision.

Audra: Look, it’s only natural you’d have some misgivings about going against your family, who, let’s be honest, has never exactly returned that loyalty. But I promise you, all of your doubts will vanish once we take control of jabot.

Kyle: No. They won’T.

Audra: Kyle, I know much more about these things than you do, but you’ll get there. You will find how intoxicating true power is.

Kyle: No, audra. Stop. Okay? You’re not listening to me. Yes, I deserve this job. But I want it given to me by my father the right way, not by ripping the company away from him and taking control.

Audra: You’re a fraud. You know, I never expected you’d end up afraid of going after what you want because daddy might disapprove. You know, tucker warned me. You know, I guess I just had more faith in you than you actually deserved.

[ Nikki sighing ]

Nikki: Claire! Claire, where are you? Oh, god. Claire! Where are you? What is happening to me?

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Nikki: Claire. What– what’s going on? Where am I? My purse. My purse. Where’s my purse? My phone?

[ Nikki panting ]

[ Nikki grunting ] Please, somebody! Somebody help me! Please!

[ Knocking continues ]

Nate: So, here we are.

Victoria: Thank you. I appreciate that you could bring yourself to sit down and talk to me.

Nate: Victoria–

Victoria: No, really. I mean it. You’re not obligated to listen to me, especially given the circumstances, so thank you for doing it.

Nate: Okay. So, what’s been going on?

[ Victoria sighing ]

Victoria: Chaos as usual.

Nate: At newman?

Victoria: Adam is the man of the hour now because of the way that he handled the situation when we all thought that dad’s mind was deteriorating.

Nate: You backed him up.

Victoria: Clearly, that’s still a sore point with you.

Nate: It was the only point. It helped victor decide he couldn’t trust me, so I was out.

Victoria: No, dad made that decision when he learned that you already practically committed him.

Nate: See, that’s what I mean. You still believe it too.

Victoria: Look, if I could go back, I would realize that adam was just saying everything that dad wanted to hear and I was blindly and stupidly following along. I should have been asking myself, “what’s in it for him?” Because there’s always, always something in it for adam, no matter what he does.

Nate: So, you do regret it.

Victoria: Yes.

Nate: Okay. Well, thank you for that. So, was adam promoted? Did victor give him my job?

Victoria: I don’t know what his role will be, but dad wants to bring him back into the fold in a very high position. I threatened to walk out the door if he did that.

Nate: Seriously?

Victoria: Yeah. I basically told him either adam goes or I do.

Nate: Come on. That would be a very foolish move, victoria. You need to go back and convince victor you were wrong.

Adam: And if victoria stays on as your right hand, does that mean that nick is gonna replace nate?

Victor: That’s one possible scenario, yeah.

Adam: So, what’s left for me? Am I gonna be nick’s assistant so I can continue paying penance for all my sins?

Victor: We’ll find something for you. It will suit your particular proclivities.

Nick: What would that be? Con man in residence?

Adam: Dad, whatever it is, I accept.

Nick: I’m surprised you don’t think you deserve something more.

Victor: That’s enough, son.

Nick: Sure. Dad, it’s just, you know, you discount the kids who have stood by you and are loyal to you and you reward one who has clearly shown all he cares about is gaining more power, no matter how that happens.

Victor: Son, that’s enough. I’m sick and tired of all the bickering among you.

Adam: It has grown quite tedious, nicholas.

Victor: Okay? No more. I will assign a job to you that is of importance. Nicholas, you will take over nate hastings’s position. And you will both do your best to convince victoria to come back to the fold, all right?

Adam: Would that be okay for you, nick?

Nick: It doesn’t look like I have any choice.

Victor: You’re damn right you don’t have a choice. I call the shots, no one else. And if any of you don’t like it, you can all walk. I’ll replace all of you. Type 2 diabetes? Discover the ozempic tri-zone.

Victor: Glad you’re taking some time to relax. Love and miss you already.

[ Loud banging on door ]

Nikki: Claire! Can you hear me? What is going on? Why are you doing this?

Claire: Well, here it is. It’s nothing like the newman ranch but it’s home.

Nikki: After traveling, tea will just hit the spot. Oh, thank you. Hey, this tea is very different. What kind is it?

Claire: I couldn’t say.

Nikki: Well, you haven’t even touched yours. I– I really don’t feel well at all.

Claire: It’s okay. Soon everything will be as it should.

Nikki: What? What do you mean?

[ Groaning ] Oh. I don’t understand. What is happening? What? What is happening? But why? Why is this happening? It doesn’t matter why. Getting out of here is what matters. Oh, breaking the glass won’t work. It’s too far a drop. Maybe there’s a way out from there. Damn it. I can’t panic. I need to stay calm.

Kyle: Thank you, audra.

Audra: For what?

Kyle: For showing me who you really are. This wasn’t about building something for the two of us. You were just using me until you got what you want.

Audra: What we want. You know, welcome to real life, kyle. You know, this is how the world works outside of the abbott cocoon. You know, at least the world I live in. I thought you understood that.

Kyle: Yeah, so everything is transactional.

Audra: You’re damn right it is.

Kyle: I feel sorry for you.

Audra: Oh, just save it. Okay? You know what your problem is, you want to have it both ways. You want all the power and prestige and everything that comes along with it. But you don’t have the guts to fight for it. You know, daddy might get mad. You might not get invited over for christmas.

Kyle: Yeah. Well, at least I have people I care about and who care about me. Who do you have, audra? Hm? Tucker? You think he gives a damn about you? Do you think he would sacrifice anything for you?

Audra: At least he’s a man who’s not afraid of going after what he wants.

Kyle: You know, when I walked in here, I didn’t know what I wanted.

Audra: Don’t try to spin this on me. You’d already made up your mind.

Kyle: No. No, I didn’T. I was conflicted. I needed to talk to somebody who I thought was on my side. Who understood my position. But you were just stringing me along until you got what you wanted. And the second I showed any doubts or any human emotion, you turned on me.

Audra: I don’t have time for cowards. Deal with it.

Kyle: Fine. I will. I am seeing things very clearly now. Sorry for wasting your time, audra. And mine.

Victoria: You know what staying at newman would mean, don’t you?

Nate: I’ve got a pretty good idea.

Victoria: Adam wins, again.

Nate: Adam wins if you leave.

[ Victoria scoffs ]

Victoria: How does that work?

Nate: You’d be giving him all the power and relinquishing your own. Adam becomes victor’s shining light. And you become the disgruntled daughter who walked out the door because she couldn’t get what she wanted.

Victoria: But nate, you of all people know that it goes a lot deeper than that.

Nate: Doesn’t matter. That’s what victor will think. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it because you’ll be gone. And where to, by the way?

Victoria: Where to, what?

Nate: Where would you go? What would you do?

Victoria: I’m sure there are a lot of companies that would be happy to know that I’m suddenly available.

Nate: Oh, I have no doubt. But would the situation be better than what you have now? Think about the bigger picture, victoria. Adam would still report to you. Right?

Victoria: Probably. Yes.

Nate: And how long do you honestly think victor is going to last as C.E.O.? A year? Maybe two? Eventually, the stress will catch up with him and he’ll want to retire again. And if you’re not there, who will he give it to? Not nick, who always has one foot out the door.

Victoria: He’ll give it to adam.

Nate: Which may be the long con adam’s been playing all along. And you’ll just have handed him the keys to the kingdom.

Victoria: I hear what you’re saying, nate. And it’s– it’s really good advice.

Nate: But?

[ Victoria sighs ]

Victoria: But the thought of working with adam again, day in and day out makes my stomach turn.

Nate: I didn’t say it would be easy.

Victoria: Try impossible. I know that adam is gonna try to undermine me and nick whenever and wherever he can. And dad is just gonna blame us for not making the effort to get along with him.

Nate: So you’ll have to stay one step ahead of him.

Victoria: [ Sighs ] I know. It’s just the thought of it is exhausting. I don’t know if I can go through that again.

Nate: Then we’re back to the question of… where do you go from there?

Victoria: I don’t know. I’m just gonna have to figure that part out. But thank you.

Nate: Thank you?

Victoria: Thank you, very much, for letting me bend your ear when the subject of me and my family is probably the last thing that you want to be talking about.

Nate: I do care about you, victoria. I want to see you happy and successful in everything you do.

Victoria: Oh, god. That sounds like a breakup line.

Nate it’s not a line, it’s how I feel. And whatever happens with us going forward isn’t going to change that. Feelings don’t just go away.

Victoria: Good and the bad. Right? So, what about you?

Nate: What about me?

Victoria: Well, I spent the last hour talking about myself. I wanna know what’s going on with you. What are your plans?

Nate: I’ve got something in the works.

Victoria: Oh?

Nate: It’s big, actually. Got a few details to iron out and some obstacles to overcome, but… in the end, it will all be worth it.

Victoria: Well, that sounds exciting. What is it? No, look, it’s okay. You– you don’t have to tell me about it.

Nate: No, no, it isn’t you. I guess I just don’t want to jinx it, you know, by saying anything until it happens.

Victoria: I had no idea you were superstitious.

Nate: Usually I’m not.

Victoria: Come on, you can tell me. Just give me a little hint, for old-time’s sake.

Nate: All I can say is… I’m going home. My advice to you is to do the same.

Audra: Hi. I’m sorry, I handled that poorly. I don’t want this to come between us. Please call me.

Nikki: Wait a minute. It could be a trick. She drugged me before. I can’t take the chance. Maybe there’s something that will help me pick the lock. This might work. Come on. Keep it together. You’re going to be all right. Victor knows where you are. So when he doesn’t hear from you… of course, she took my phone.

Claire: Nikki, are you awake? Nikki?

Nikki: Claire? Claire. Why are you doing this to me? What is happening? Claire! Claire! I have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Nick: I see you and nate have made peace. It’s nice of you to give him the benefit of the doubt after what he tried to pull with dad.

Victoria: Not now, nick.

Nick: Just an observation.

Nate: Wow. You may think you know what my intentions were, nick. But the truth is, you have no idea.

Nick: Ah, nate. I know exactly what you were hoping to get out of all this.

Adam: And more importantly, so does our father.

Nate: I want you to think about my suggestion.

Victoria: I will.

Nate: Have a good night.

Victoria: Good night.

Adam: What suggestion was he referring to?

Victoria: That was a private conversation. It’s none of your business.

Adam: Whatever you say, victoria.

Victoria: What are the two of you doing here together anyway?

Adam: We’re looking for you, actually.

Nick: We came to talk.

Victoria: About what?

Nick: Our family.

Victor: Hello, my sweetheart. It’s your lonely husband calling, you know. You’ve only been gone a day and I miss you already. I want you to have a good time. I want you to relax and enjoy your time with that assistant of yours and her aunt. Okay? I’ll take care of things around here. I promise you. Okay? I miss you a lot, my baby. I really am lonely without you. Bye.

Nikki: Claire, answer me. What do you want? Why are you doing this?

Claire: There’s water on the nightstand and more in the drawer. There’s cans of food in the armoire with a can opener. I promise you it’s all safe.

Nikki: Why should I believe anything after what you’ve done to me? You’re not gonna get away with it. My sister is expecting me.

Claire: No, she isn’T. You made it very clear you were gonna surprise her.

Nikki: No. No.

Claire: I have to get back to genoa city and make all the other arrangements.

Nikki: What other arrangements? What are you going to do?

Claire: I’m leaving now, nikki. And don’t worry, you’ll be with the rest of your family soon. So there’s no real need to panic.

Nikki: You leave my family alone. Claire. Claire, can you hear me? You stay away from my family. Claire.

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