Y&R Transcript Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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Nikki: What are you looking for?

Victor: Just a pen.

Nikki: No, you’re not. You’re checking up on me. You think that’s where I would hide vodka?

Victor: Baby, I just remembered the name of the company that we recently acquired and I just wanna jot down the name, okay?

Nikki: And that’s why you drove me to work and accompanied me to my office?

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: Well, I know that you’re being caring and you love me. But you don’t have to worry about me, because I’m doing better every day.

Victor: And, my baby, I’m very proud of you. Okay? And now, I suggest I take you to lunch. Not to keep tabs on you, just because I enjoy your company.

Nikki: Well, I have to check my schedule because people have been booking meetings for me without checking with me. I have to say, the one thing I miss about claire was she was a terrific assistant.

Victor: Well then, we’re gonna have to find someone who’s even better than that.

Nikki: Yes, hopefully, someone who is not out to kill me.

Jack: Good morning. Ash, you all right?

Ashley: Hi. Yeah, I’m fine. I’m just looking at news regarding glissade and tucker. You know, I’m sure that he put his pr team on damage control. I’m just curious as to what kind of spin he put on it.

Jack: Well, I haven’t seen anything yet.

Ashley: No, me neither. Not a quote from tucker or anybody else that the cover-up was a lie.

Jack: Well, maybe he’s not gonna handle this publicly.

Kyle: Well, he might go for a private counterattack.

Ashley: Thank you. No. Tucker is definitely laying low. No response at all to the news blitz.

Jack: So, could it be that tucker is in retreat or is this the calm before the storm?

Audra: Here you are.

Tucker: Yeah, here I am.

Audra: I’ve been sending you texts all night. You’re avoiding me.

Tucker: No, no, no, I just don’t have an answer for you.

Audra: Meaning you have no plan.

Tucker: I’m regrouping.

Audra: You’re bluffing. The abbotts have knocked you off your game and you’re too humiliated to admit it to me.

Tucker: I’ll tell you what, buy me breakfast, and I’ll fill you in. Heads have already rolled.

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Victor: Now, don’t you forget about lunch.

Nikki: No.

Victor: All right? I have an important meeting now with nicholas and adam. They’re probably waiting for me already.

Nikki: Well, I hope they can live up to your expectations this time, especially adam.

Victor: So do I. Keep it sweet, baby.

Nikki: I couldn’t bear it if you were disappointed again.

Victor: Well, this time, I think I have a solution that will give them both incentives to do what I want them to do. You take care. See you later.

Nikki: Okay. Hi, it’s nikki. I’m having a hard time. Can we meet?

[ Adam sighs ]

Adam: So, any actual bets on what this meeting is about?

Nick: I’m assuming it’s about vic’s leave of absence. And with nate gone as well, we’re definitely shorthanded right now.

Adam: So, more musical chairs in the c-suite.

Nick: Yeah, I don’t know. Dad could be bringing someone else in.

Adam: No, I doubt that. I mean, you heard his speech about family pulling together. His plan is for you and me to work side by side.

>Nick: Yeah, I’d say that’s a fantasy.

Adam: Do you really not think we are capable of holding things down here and working with dad?

Nick: You want to know how I think this plays out?

[ Adam laughs ]

Adam: Please.

Nick: We can try to make this work. You know, to keep the old man happy and it might work for a while. But then eventually, and I will wager sooner rather than later, you’re either gonna get bored or feel snubbed or underappreciated. Then you’re gonna do what you always do, adam. You’re gonna self-destruct. Again.

Kyle: Tucker might hold off for now, but he’ll want to hit back twice as hard.

Ashley: The whole world knows by now that tucker covered up that ugly scandal. It has to affect glissade in some way. It’s a small company with a pristine reputation.

Jack: Well, and their new owner has been outed as a disreputable liar. They cannot be taking that in stride.

Ashley: And then the board members, they’re gonna want his head on a spike.

Jack: So, this is perhaps time for tucker to disappear. To go lick his wounds on some faraway mountain top.

Kyle: You can’t seriously believe that? I’ve been on the inside with the guy lately, he’s determined. There’s no way he’ll fold. And he’s still out for blood after what happened in paris.

Tucker: I’m done. Goodbye, ashley.

[ Ashley exclaims] You go to hell!

Ashley: Okay.

Jack: Ash? Hey, everything okay?

Ashley: Yeah, I just– I’m not over that fight we had in paris. I just– I see tucker and his anger.

Kyle: Yeah, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have mentioned it.

Ashley: No, don’t apologize. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen. Even though that’s what tucker’s trying to do.

Jack: Well, of course, that’s how he’d handle it. Showing responsibility for his actions is not something he can do. I just hate that it’s still bothering you.

Ashley: Well, I’m trying really, really hard not to dwell on it, jack. It’s just that lately every time I see tucker, I’m– I’m– I’m right back there. It comes crashing in and I’m back at that cafe and I’m face to face with tucker’s intense rage.

Audra: I imagine the glissade board and staff haven’t taken well to the news that you covered up one of your star recording artists’ crimes.

Tucker: We. We covered it up.

Audra: Uh, just a reminder my name wasn’t in the article.

Tucker: Then it was a cover-up of a cover-up.

Audra: Mm. I hope that’s not the defense your spin doctors have come up with.

Tucker: There’s gonna be no defense. No pr countermove.

Audra: So, the strategy is to just let the news cycle die out?

Tucker: That’s right. Strategy is lay low, regroup. See what happens. People don’t have any attention span anymore. They’ll be on to the next scandal in a couple of days.

Audra: Well surely the good people of glissade won’t forget or forgive so easily.

Tucker: No, they are angry, disgusted.

Audra: Did they find a way to oust you?

Tucker: Mm.

[ Tucker clears throat ] Just the opposite. I’m firing all of them.

[ Tucker coughs ]

Audra: So, the captain is going down with a sinking ship. And you’re throwing everyone overboard first.

Tucker: No, no, I have no intention of walking away, just because of a little hiccup.

Audra: You know, well, I say it’s more than just a hiccup. It’s more like a death rattle.

Tucker: Listen, I can put together another board. I can find a new staff. I can surround myself with people who are willing to look past my missteps. So, the answer to your question is no, the abbotts have not defeated me. They haven’t won and they won’T. Listen, your deodorant just has to work.

Audra: If you’re not giving up on glissade, does that mean you’re sticking with your plan to go after jabot?

Tucker: All in due time.

Audra: Look, just tell me what you plan on doing with the information kyle says he has about their new product.

Tucker: I have no further use for kyle until he can convince me that he’s not setting up another abbott trap.

Audra: And how do you intend to figure that out?

Tucker: My secret weapon. Just find out where he truly stands.

Audra: I already know the answer to that. Kyle has been playing you all along. Just like you suspected. So, whatever product secrets he would be passing along, it’s just another setup.

Adam: You may have been right that I would have blown things up in the past. But my 2024 goals specifically indicate no more self-destruction.

Nick: Right. The new and improved, ultra-responsible, highly focused adam newman.

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Nick: Heard a lot about that guy. I’ve never met him once.

Adam: It’s adam newman. Nice to meet you.

Nick: I don’t buy it. Sorry.

Adam: Come on, you know that we are capable of finding common ground, of pulling together. We did it to save faith. I mean, we– we put aside our hostilities to help sally when she had complications with the pregnancy, I mean, and we were– we were working pretty well together with sharon at sna.

Nick: That’s a small dent in your long history of betrayals and we both know it. Including you continuing to chase after sally after she chose me.

Victor: Morning, boys.

Nick: Morning.

Adam: Morning.

Victor: Thank you for coming.

Nick: Sure.

Adam: Of course.

[ Adam clears throat ] What can we do for you?

Victor: You both know this has been a rather… difficult time for newman enterprises. After all the corporate turmoil and all the assaults in our family, time to start new.

Nick: Yes, I’m assuming with vic’s leave of absence, there’s going to have to be some changes made.

Victor: Well, we don’t know how long victoria will be gone. So, I shall make all the decisions.

Adam: Well, we are ready to help, in any way.

Victor: You know, it warms my heart to see both of you. You know, I’m proud of both of you. Okay? And now you’re gonna work alongside your father.

Nick: Well, I am willing to step into victoria’s co-ceo role, dad, for the time being if that’s what you want.

Adam: I assume that means one of my duties won’t be picking up nick’s laundry.

Victor: I have bigger plans than that. So I didn’t think I needed swiffer,

Seth: Nikki, I am so glad you called.

Nikki: Seth, thank you so much for meeting me. I’m– I’m having one of those days.

Seth: May I?

Nikki: Oh, please.

Seth: All right, come on. Talk to me.

Nikki: Well, I’m having a hard time putting it behind me. The horrors that my family went through.

Seth: Yeah. Being forced off the wagon that way.

Nikki: Yeah, I– I know that sounds like an excuse.

Seth: No. No, it doesn’T. What that woman did to you was an assault, you know? Worse than a physical attack.

Nikki: Unfortunately, the alcohol doesn’t know the difference.

Seth: Listen to me, that woman unleashed your inner demons. She set your mind and body against itself. I mean, on top of, you know, battling the relapse, you must be furious at how it was triggered.

Nikki: Sometimes, the rage is so infuriating. And I know that that’s dangerous because letting those feelings of– of anger, letting them take over. I mean, it just makes the urge to drink worse. But I am trying with everything in me.

Seth: I get it. Yeah. I do have one question though.

Nikki: Okay.

Seth: I mean, we’ve seen each other at meetings, we’ve spoken briefly, right? And I’ve left you messages letting you know that I’m here for you.

Nikki: And I appreciate that.

Seth: Oh, okay. So, why has it taken you so long for you to call your sponsor?

Nick: Well, don’t keep us in suspense. What’s the big plan?

Victor: You’ll be working as equals, under me.

Adam: In what capacity?

Victor: As co-ceos. Working with your father. Neither one of you outranks the other.

Nick: And if we don’t agree?

Victor: I hope that won’t be the case, but if it is, then I shall make the final decision. You think you can handle that? Or will you be at each other’s throats before we even get started?

Kyle: Ashley’s having a rougher time than I thought.

Jack: Yeah, the fight she had with tucker in paris was more than a lover’s quarrel. She was shaken to the core.

Kyle: Even so, did you get a sense that she’s having second thoughts about destroying tucker?

Jack: No, I don’t think that. I am concerned about her emotional wellbeing.

Kyle: But you agree we need to move forward with phase two of the plan.

Jack: Absolutely. The best thing we can do for ashley, for all of us, is to get tucker out of our lives for good. He was knocked off balance by this news blitz. I can’t help but think that glissade has taken a major hit. And you’re right, thinking that he’s in retreat is wishful thinking. We need to finish the job.

Kyle: I couldn’t agree more.

Jack: So, how’s this plan of yours working right now?

Kyle: I told him I have the work up for a new fragrance jabot’s set to launch in 2025.

Jack: And he’s still interested?

Kyle: He’s not sure if he wants to move forward with taking over jabot now that you’ve released the news of the scandal. Not only that, but he wants me to give him the information and then he’ll decide how to proceed.

Jack: Sounds like he wants to change the terms of your agreement.

Kyle: And there’s no way I’m playing that game. I told him to reach out if he wants to go ahead with the original plan.

Jack: So, the ball is in tucker’s court.

Tucker: How did you come to this conclusion about kyle?

Audra: Um, he confessed it to me.

Tucker: When?

Audra: The timing doesn’t matter. But the point is kyle tried to get me to switch allegiances. To join him on what he claims is the winning side. Look, I won’t lie. I was tempted. You’ve been less than forthcoming about the details of your plan.

Tucker: Why tell me now then?

Audra: Because in spite of how frustrating you can be, I know you’ll be the one to come out on top. I’ve invested too much in you and our partnership to give up now.

Tucker: Yeah, you’re gonna have to do better than that.

Audra: I have more of a connection to you than I can ever have with kyle. I know you think I’ve fallen for kyle. I haven’T. And it won’t happen. My loyalty is here with you. Look, our relationship is twisted and fickle, but it’s probably the strongest connection I’ve ever had with anyone. So, if it’s you or him, look, it’ll always be you.

Tucker: I’m happy to hear that. Diabetes can serve up a lot of questions, like…

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Nikki: I should have reached out to you sooner.

Seth: Hey, this is not about making you feel guilty, okay? The disease does enough of that already, right? This is just about me letting you know that I’m here for you. As your sponsor, it’s my job to help. And I just feel like you’ve been avoiding me. We both know what that’s a sign of.

Nikki: White-knuckling. Trying to do it alone.

Seth: Yeah. How’s that going?

Nikki: It works some days. But, um, others…

Seth: Like today?

Nikki: Yeah.

Seth: Okay. Come on, tell me.

Nikki: Well, um, my family has been very supportive, my husband especially, he– he’s always checking in on me. He practically never leaves my side.

Seth: Checks in or checks up?

Nikki: Well, today, it was more like hovering. I caught him going through my desk drawer and he said he needed a pen, but I know what he was looking for.

Seth: Did he find it?

Nikki: No.

Seth: ‘Cause it wasn’t there or because you’ve hidden it well?

Nikki: You know me too well.

Seth: [ Laughs ] No, I don’T. I– I know the disease well. Hey, I’ve been there, remember? I mean, listen, I have faltered so many times. And I– I didn’t need people to force alcohol on me. I– I was really good at doing that all by myself. But– but anyway, you know, about what victor didn’t find?

Nikki: Well, it was my, um– it was my office flask, but it– but it was empty. I swear.

Seth: Lying to me is not gonna help you.

Nikki: [ Sighs ] It’s just something that I’ve been keeping as a test to prove that I can say no to it, that it cannot control me anymore.

Seth: And that’s really the reason you keep it? Or that’s just the excuse you tell yourself?

Nikki: Oh, man. It is such a relief to talk to somebody who understands and has no judgment. You don’t see the worry in their eye.

[ Sighs ] My husband thinks I’m the strongest woman in the world.

Seth: Oh. That’s a lot to live up to.

Nikki: Tell me about it. But he has saved me so many times in the past. I owe him my life, really.

Seth: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Listen, man, I don’t have to tell you how dangerous it is to give anybody in your family that much power, right? You can’t do this for victor. You can’t even do this for your children. You– you have to do this for you.

Nikki: Thank you for reminding me.

Seth: No, and you don’t have to white-knuckle it. That’s what sponsors are for. And you can call me anytime you want, day or night.

Nikki: Thank you. I– I can get through this. I– I’ve done it before. I don’t know, there’s just something different about it this time, it’S… harder.

Seth: Well, maybe. But listen to me… you do not have to face this alone.

>Adam: I am totally committed to making this work. I mean, I’m not sure if nick feels the same way.

Nick: I will do my best to give adam the benefit of the doubt. I seriously hope he doesn’t do anything that makes me regret that decision.

Victor: Well, that’s a start. I certainly hope we can build on that. I have a task for both of you. I want you to draft a presentation that shows how we can fold the new acquisition into the existing newman corporate structure. There’s a meeting about that this afternoon.

Adam: Well, I can reach out, and reschedule for later this week, I know with everything–

Victor: No, you will not reschedule, son. I want you to come up with this presentation. After lunch, I shall review it.

Adam: I guess, we better get to work then.

Nick: Adam, I’ll catch up with you later. I need to talk to dad. It’s a personal matter.

Victor: See you after lunch.

Nick: I mean, you don’t seriously think this is gonna work. I mean, what happens when vic decides to come back, do we both get demoted back down to coos? Does one of us stay on as her number two? Have you seriously thought this through?

Victor: You don’t think I have? Your task is to get along with your brother, that’s all.

Nick: Yes, I– I will do my absolute best, I promise you. I hope you know, I’m only doing this for you.

Victor: And i appreciate that.

Nick: I can tell. I just hope adam doesn’t let you down again.

Victor: You know, that is not an option. Not for either of you. All right? Keep that in mind.

Audra: What’s wrong? Hm. Ashley. Of course.

Tucker: She said something to me the other day that I just can’t shake.

Audra: Dare I ask?

Tucker: She accused me of being physically violent during our fight in paris. Smashing a wine glass and throwing a chair.

Audra: That doesn’t sound like you. But then again, ashley gets to you in a way no one else does. Sounds like you caused quite a scene.

Tucker: I mean, it was a bit of a scene. And I stormed off, and a wine glass tipped over, and I may have shoved a chair out of the way when I left, but there were no violent actions.

Audra: Well, it obviously scared ashley. I mean, unless she’s exaggerating for effect?

Tucker: I don’t think so. I know when she’s playing games. She seems to genuinely believe that that’s how things went down.

Audra: You know, maybe you’re the one refusing to admit it. Because you’re hoping on some level that things didn’t get too ugly. That you can still salvage your marriage.

Tucker: I’m done. Goodbye, ashley. Go to hell.

[ Sighs ] I’m done.

[ Glass shatters ] Goodbye, ashley.

[ Ashley screams ] You go to hell! Don’t go anywhere. Hey, ashley, wait a minute. Hey, wait a minute.

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Ashley: Don’t touch me. I have nothing to say to you.

Tucker: I don’t understand what’s going on. It’s like you’re fleeing just because I’m in the room.

Ashley: Exactly.

Tucker: How have we gotten to this point? Are you saying you’re afraid to be around me even in public?

Nick: All right, what are your ideas?

Adam: It is a strong company. Great leadership. In my opinion, it is undervalued.

Nick: That’s because it’s a relative newcomer to the field.

Adam: I say that we bring it under the umbrella of our real estate division, and we brand it as a boutique shop and we let them shine.

Nick: You can’t just bring a start-up into the newman fold, and expect it to be welcomed with open arms.

Adam: Okay, just because it isn’t a legacy company, and it doesn’t have the newman track record, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to contribute. It’s accomplished a lot of great things. It’s innovative.

Nick: Interesting choice of word, I would have gone with “risky.”

Adam: I’d say entrepreneurial. They’re shaking things up.

Nick: Others would say destabilizing.

Adam: Why would you acquire them if you don’t believe in them?

Nick: I didn’t want to. I didn’t like the idea at all, but dad was pushing for it.

Adam: Are we talking about how you feel about the acquisition or me?

Nick: My feelings about both are strangely similar.

Adam: You just told dad that you were willing to give me a chance. But if this is how you’re gonna play this, you’re right, we’re doomed.

Nick: Maybe we just do our own presentations, and let the best man win.

Adam: We’re five minutes into this partnership, and you think we should run to dad to decide. Is that really how you want to play this?

Nick: You’re right. Sorry, I’m not even trying. That’s not fair or productive.

Adam: So, how about you take the giant chip off your shoulder and at least pretend that we can get along.

Nikki: You’re right. I have been avoiding you. In the past, I would always rely on dear friends to support my recovery.

Seth: Friends are great. But sponsors, we’re a different animal.

Nikki: No, I know. Maybe that’s why I waited so long to reach out to you, I– I was missing my friends.

[ Sighs ] They were always such a great help to me. Unfortunately, now they’ve both passed on. And I think I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do this again without them.

Victor: Hi, sweetheart.

Nikki: Hi.

Victor: I didn’t realize you were meeting someone.

Nikki: Victor, this is seth.

Victor: Hello, seth.

Seth: Mr. Newman, it’s very good to meet you, I am nikki’s A.A. Sponsor.

Victor: I’ll be damned. You never mentioned him before.

Seth: Well, that’s probably because nikki takes anonymity very seriously, and what is said in the room, stays in the room.

Victor: Ah-ha. I hope that applies to you as well.

Nikki: Seth is very discreet.

Seth: The thing about being somebody’s sponsor is, it’s a great responsibility and it’s also very humbling. You know, I– I try to help where I can, you know, by butting into people’s lives where it seems appropriate. But usually I– I just like to give them freedom to make their own mistakes because that’s how we learn. Right? It’s progress, not perfection.

Victor: Oh, exactly. And I don’t anticipate any missteps now, do you, darling?

Kyle: Yeah, I left it to tucker to reach out, but I wouldn’t say that means he holds all the cards.

Jack: So follow up. Put some pressure on him to make a decision. If his deal with you is a no-go, we need to know that sooner rather than later.

Kyle: That’ll shake an answer out of him, only because the guy doesn’t like to be pushed.

Jack: Perhaps he is hesitant, because he is on to your act.

Kyle: Is that what this is about? You don’t think I’m capable of fooling tucker?

Jack: This is not a slight against you, put your ego aside. This family made a major move against a very powerful man. He thinks of you as an abbott, despite your supposed disillusionment. Look, as much as I hate to admit it, he is cunning. He is insightful. He’s also a sociopath and that is a very dangerous combination. With moderate to severe plaque psoriasis,

Victor: Well, I’m not going to interrupt anymore. I’m sure you have important things to discuss.

Seth: Well, actually, I was just leaving, I think we covered all the main topics unless you wanted to continue?

Nikki: Oh, no, thank you. This has been very helpful.

Seth: All right, uh, mr. Newman, it was very nice to meet you, I’m a big fan of your wife’S.

Victor: Thank you very much. Nice meeting you.

Seth: You’ve got my number.

Nikki: I will use it.

Victor: How come you never mentioned that guy before?

Nikki: Well, as he said, anonymity is so important. He’s been my sponsor for a while. I– I feel comfortable with him. I trust him. And I just haven’t felt the need to reach out to him. Things have been going so well, until recent events.

Victor: But my baby, you felt the need to meet with him today. After you had assured me that everything was all right.

Nikki: What are you accusing me of?

Victor: [ Sighs ] You know, I adore you. But I’m saying that you haven’t been honest with me. Are you struggling more than you’re letting on?

Nick: That is on me. And if we come up with anything good, I’ll throw in a brownie.

Adam: Ooh, thank you.

Nick: You know, newman E. Ventures. Newman E. Ventures, it just doesn’t say anything to me. How about newman real ventures.

Adam: Newman real ventures?

Nick: Real ventures.

Adam: Uh, it has a nice ring to it. I’m sure that I could sell people on it.

Nick: There you go.

Adam: Yeah, I– I have another idea, and I don’t know that, uh, you’re gonna like it.

Nick: Try me.

Adam: Okay, our usual mo is we fold in companies, we look for redundancies, we cut staff.

Nick: Yeah.

Adam: Okay, what if instead, we guarantee two years in the boutique setup?

Nick: Hmm. I mean, that would come with a significant cost.

Adam: Or it’s an investment in a company whose assets we sought out. I mean, we bought them for a reason, why not–

Nick: Let them shine.

Adam: Mm-hmm. We lead with trust.

Nick: Trust? I like it. Looks like I owe you a brownie.

Kyle: I can handle tucker. I thought I convinced you of that.

Jack: Anyone who says they can handle tucker is setting themselves up for a fall. He is slippery. You need to stay on guard. We all do, look– look what just happened with ashley and me. We both considered his lack of a response to a media blitz as a sign of maybe him retreating.

Kyle: And I’m the one who set you straight.

Jack: Don’t make it wishful thinking on your part. You have to allow for the fact that he might be on to you. He might know you are working for our side.

Kyle: Is that a possibility? Sure, but I do not believe that’s the case, we have tucker backed into a corner. Dad, he is rattled about losing ashley. And we’ve landed a crippling blow with the smear campaign.

Jack: Which makes him all the more dangerous. Look, this man is operating on adrenaline and rage. Looking for a way to lash back at us.

Kyle: Yes, which is why we need to land the final knockout punch.

Jack: I’m just saying sometimes you need to change course, even if it’s a good plan.

Kyle: Dad, dad. Let me handle this. It has to work so our family can move on. So we can be done with tucker mccall once and for all.

Tucker: Have you convinced yourself that I was actually violent in paris?

Ashley: Please, don’t you dare try to gaslight me. That’s exactly what happened and you know it.

Tucker: No, it isn’T. Ashley, at the very least you’re misremembering or you’re for some reason–

Ashley: I know what you’re doing, tucker, you’re trying to minimize your rage, and your actions to let yourself off the hook.

Tucker: That’s not true.

Ashley: Well, one of us is wrong, and it’s not me.

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