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Victoria: Claire. How are you?

Cole: We knew this wasn’t gonna be easy.

Claire: I was raised by a difficult woman to do difficult things. I did what I needed to do. I said things that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to put words to. Jordan might not ever realize what she’s done. She tried to ruin so many lives. But she doesn’t get to destroy mine anymore.

Cole: Well, the right thing to do is usually the hardest.

Claire: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you for making this meeting possible and for coming with me. It’s so much more than I expected, especially after everything.

Cole: Whatever you need. All right? Day or night, anything you need.

Victoria: We’re here. We’re all yours. What do you say we get out of here, go home? Come on.

Victor: Hi, my sweetheart.

Victoria: Hi, Dad. I came straight from the airport.

Victor: So?

Victoria: So…

Victor: You look exhausted, my darling.

Victoria: Yeah, well, we did hit some weather over South Dakota that added to my stress level.

Victor: I talked to the pilot.

Victoria: Of course you did.

Victor: Yes. How was the trip? Was the security I provided, was it adequate?

Victoria: Yes, Dad, it was more than adequate. Thank you for arranging all that. Even though that Mom was less than thrilled with the plan.

Victor: Well, I wanted all of you to feel as safe as possible.

Victoria: And we did. Thank you. It was greatly appreciated.

Victor: Was the trip productive?

Victoria: Well, yes. Claire did what she set out to do. She confronted her aunt about her hellish upbringing and all of it.

Victor: Boy, oh, boy, that girl has a lot to sort through, doesn’t she?

Victoria: She’s not the only one. I’m scared, Dad. And I’m so tired. for all of the pain that she’s lived through? And how do I make sure she never feels that hurt again?

Victor: Sweetheart, I– I don’t know what to say. All I can tell you is that as a parent, one never stops worrying.

Lauren: Here we go, some Chamomile with honey.

Nikki: Thanks.

Lauren: What’s wrong? And before you say “nothing,” you haven’t said two words since your sponsor was here.

Nikki: How did he seem to you?

Lauren: Seth? I mean, I’ve only met him twice, so I’m not exactly a good judge, but you obviously saw something.

Nikki: I didn’t want to say this in front of him, but… that look he had. I’m afraid I know it all too well.

Lauren: What does that mean?

Nikki: He said he was under the weather, but I don’t think that’s it. I think he’s drinking again and it’s all my fault. ♪♪♪

Danny: You cannot keep doing this. I can’t follow you down this road, Phyllis.

Phyllis: You seemed to enjoy yourself. I certainly did. There’s obviously a lot of heat between us. I think that we should explore what could come next.

Danny: There is no next. I’m not interested. says otherwise.

Danny: Look, would you just stop it, please? Whatever this– this flirtation, or whatever you want to call it, is completely one-sided and it can’t go anywhere.

Phyllis: It could if you let it.

Danny: I don’t want it to. Don’t you understand? There’s too much history and a lot of it bad and you’re still you. Look, I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but you’re not listening, and I need to get through to you. I really do.

Phyllis: That’s not fair. That’s not fair. I’ve changed. You know I’ve changed. You know that. How many times have you said that lately that I’ve changed? So you see it. You believe it.

Danny: I want to, if only for Daniel’s sake. I have worked really hard to convince myself, and then you pull a stunt like this. Posting that video, implying that there’s something romantic going on between us when you know that there’s not. So, no. From my standpoint, no, you haven’t changed at all.

Victoria: I really don’t know much about the actual meeting because Claire insisted on facing Jordan alone, so Cole and I weren’t in the room.

Victor: Whoa. Well, that must have been disconcerting. I mean, how did she seem afterwards?

Victoria: Drained mostly. She didn’t say much except that she did what needed to be done, and then she slept most of the plane ride home. She went with her team back to Memorial.

Victor: So you flew all that way and there was no– no debriefing?

Victoria: This is what she said she needed, Daddy. I just– I– I wanted to help make it happen. I mean, we all made it happen. Confronting Jordan one last time seemed profoundly important to Claire. I just hope that she opens up to us about it when she’s ready.

Victor: Well, sweetheart… you really seem stressed out by this. I’m worried about you.

Victoria: Dad, you’re always worried about me. Look, I promise you, I’m– I’m gonna be able to handle it. I just, um, I just already feel this really strong connection to Claire. You know, I look into her eyes and there’s so much that I don’t know, but there’s also this familiarity and this recognition. You know, the thought of losing her again is– It’s unbearable.

Victor: I understand.

Victoria: I really want to know my daughter. I wanna try to find a way to make up for the horrible life that she had because of Jordan. She deserves to know who we are, and– and she should know who she is too. She’s worthy and she’s– she’s deserving and she’s lovable.

Victor: Sweetheart, I feel compassion for you, okay? I’ve gone through similar issues.

Victoria: Oh, yes. Because of Adam.

Victor: Yeah. When I think back, I should never have allowed Hope to raise that boy all by herself.

Victoria: Do you know, Daddy, every time he self-destructs, he pushes you away, and that just reopens the wound.

Victor: Yeah. I tried to reconnect with Adam many a time, you know? Don’t know if I ever succeeded. But one thing you’ve got to know, Claire is a victim. All the hurt she has suffered will not wash away overnight.

Victoria: I know that. I know. And even if she softens her stance towards Cole and me, it could be months or years before she trusts us.

Victor: I’m very glad you’re being realistic, my sweetheart. But there’s something else you need to reconsider.

Victoria: What’s that?

Victor: Claire just met Jordan again. That may have reawakened her loyalty towards that terrible woman. Something you may have to deal with.

Victoria: Yeah.

Lauren: Hold up there. You don’t get to blame yourself. Even if you’re right and Seth is drinking, you are not responsible for his actions.

Nikki: That is true. I said the same thing to Victor just this morning. He– he wanted to know why my sponsor hadn’t stopped me from drinking.

Lauren: Well, he can’t. It’s not his job. You get to decide if you’re gonna take that next drink.

Nikki: Oh, that is true. But every day is a battle. They tell us in the program, the only thing we have to do is not drink. But that’s a very tall order.

Lauren: Yeah, Fen says that it’s one day at a time. And that is a goal for a very select group. Because when an addict is tempted to use, it can be one minute at a time.

Nikki: And then when you see somebody stumble, then you worry about your own sobriety. You– you fear that a relapse is inevitable and then it just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Oh, I just– I could see it in Seth’s eyes, in the puffy face and gritting his teeth. I think he’s drinking again and was dying to get back to it. And I would hate myself if I caused my own sponsor to go off the wagon.

Lauren: And I would hate for this misguided guilt to set off a negative reaction in you. Nikki, what can I do to help? two of my favorite people. Uh, bad timing. Am I interrupting?

Nikki: Well, hello, Jack, and bye. I’m afraid I’ve got to get home. Thanks for keeping me company.

Lauren: Yeah, why don’t I drive you back to the ranch? Is Victor there?

Nikki: Oh, well, at this hour, I can’t imagine he wouldn’t be.

Lauren: Well, there’s something I’d like to run by him and I would feel better if we left together.

Nikki: Oh, Lauren, no. It’s fine. In fact, I’m sure that Victor’s probably in bed by now. So, have a nice rest of your evening.

Jack: You take care, Nikki.

Lauren: Drive safely.

Nikki: Always.

Jack: I’m sure it’s none of my business, but is Nikki okay?

Victoria: That’s one thing we don’t have to worry about. Claire is done with Jordan. This trip made that very clear. They’re not gonna be teaming up or posing any threat to us.

Victor: I want you to proceed with caution, okay?

Victoria: I will, Daddy. Absolutely, I will. But I want you to promise me that you’re not gonna hold any grudges against her.

Victor: No, I won’t.

Victoria: Claire’s not to blame for Jordan’s manipulations and her abuse. I’ve let that go, all right? I wish you would too.

Victor: What do you think about the treatment she’s getting at Memorial? Do you think she’s in the right unit?

Victoria: I honestly don’t know. I mean, she’s an adult, so her sessions are private. Dad, I don’t know. This is just all just new territory for all of us. We’re just a little lost, I guess.

Victor: Well, at least Cole seems to be a rather steady ally. By the way, how does it feel to, you know, have him in your life again after all these years?

Phyllis: When we kissed just now, you were hardly a pillar of stone. You kissed me back. You didn’t push me away and you could have. That should tell you something.

Danny: You caught me off guard. It won’t happen again.

Phyllis: Really? You’re gonna stand here and tell me that was nothing?

Danny: This is pointless.

Phyllis: I beg to differ.

Danny: Look, would you just forget the kiss, all right? That’s the least of it. Posting that video online, suggesting that we’re romantically involved? That was way out of line.

Phyllis: Are you kidding me right now? Really? You’re a rock star. People post videos of you all the time, Danny. Walking down the street, eating at a restaurant. As long as it’s respectful, it’s fine. Or maybe this is about something else. Is it? Is it about your precious Christine? That you want her to feel safe, and I feel–

Danny: Wrong.

Phyllis: Excuse me?

Danny: This isn’t gonna work. It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel right. Maybe some version of friends, for Daniel’s sake, but… anything else, no. Never.

Danny: Hey, gorgeous. Boy, am I glad to see you.

Christine: Oh, wait. What, did Phyllis get called away on an emergency? Is that why you suddenly have free time? video of me at the piano.

Christine: Even better. I saw the two of you live and in person downstairs.

Danny: Now, look, what you saw… Phyllis tried to set me up. Okay? Just– just listen, okay? I have– I’ve seen the change in her. At least I thought I had. But then she just steps right back into her same messy patterns and you were right. You were right when you told me that she was gonna come after me to get to you, and this video, it’s just proving that she just wants to needle you, and hey… I was so foolish, all right? To– to give her the benefit of the doubt. But just now I’m gonna tell you, I made it very clear to her. I said, “Look, this has got to stop.” I’m not– I’m not taking part in this competition of hers.

Christine: Danny, I saw the kiss. It didn’t look to me like you were set up at all.

Victoria: Cole is– He’s a wonderful man. Yeah, I mean, he’s a little quiet at first, but he’s very calm and reassuring and he– he cares about Claire, Daddy. He– he feels the same connection to her that I do.

Victor: Seems the two of you have had some important conversations.

Victoria: Well, yes, because we’re the only two people who understands how this feels. I mean, so I understand why he wants to see this through. Because I want the same thing.

Victor: But you know, you both have put your lives on hold, so that will have some ripple effects.

Victoria: Do you miss me at Newman?

Victor: What do you think?

Victoria: So, how is everything working out with Nick and Adam?

Victor: Working out all right. That’s a decision I had to make on the fly.

Victoria: Dad, is that a reprimand? Because I thought you were on board when I announced that I was taking a leave of absence? You’re not upset with me?

Victor: Sweetheart, I fully understand that you have to be there for Claire, okay? And I want you to know that you obviously are, obviously, an invaluable part of Newman Enterprises. You always will be.

Victoria: Thank you. It’s good to know that I can take the time without it disrupting the business.

Victor: I’m gonna tell you something. I’ve lived a little longer than you have. I’ve always found that whenever I was stressed, it’s just good to get away to work, you know? Really.

Victoria: Oh, yeah, sure. No pressure.

Victor: No. No, no.

Victoria: You know, Dad, the more that I think about this journey that Claire’s on, the more that I know I have to be a part of every minute of it.

Nikki: Oh! Oh, Victoria. I– I didn’t realize you would be here.

Jack: I don’t mean to put you on the spot. If this is private or it’s none of my business, but if Nikki’s in trouble, I’d like to help.

Lauren: You’re a good friend, Jack.

Jack: To you and Nikki, I hope.

Lauren: You know, Michael is out of town and I could really use some advice.

Jack: Any way I can help.

Lauren: But what I’m about to share with you is strictly between the two of us. Can I trust you with that kind of confidentiality?

Jack: Absolutely. Always.

Lauren: Nikki is in trouble. And I’m in over my head. You have been down this road yourself, and you will understand, and I know you won’t pass judgment.

Jack: Nikki is drinking again, isn’t she?

Lauren: Uh, I think we should talk about this privately.

Jack: Uh, yeah. Can you meet at my house right now?

Lauren: Yes. Yes, absolutely.

Jack: Good. I will see you there.

Lauren: Okay.

Victor: Baby… you seem agitated.

Nikki: Yeah, I– I suppose I am.

Victor: Did something happen?

Nikki: I ran into Seth, my sponsor, and he didn’t seem himself and I think I know why. I think he’s been drinking again.

Victoria: Do you know for a fact he’s been drinking or are you just projecting?

Nikki: I know the signs.

Victoria: I’m not saying that you don’t, Mom.

Nikki: And I am so afraid that I drove him to it.

Victor: Sweetheart, stop it right now. That’s not how it works and you know it.

Victoria: Yeah, Dad’s right. You don’t have that power. Not over alcohol or anyone else.

Victor: Victoria’s right. You’re not responsible for his behavior and he’s not for yours. You told me that yourself.

Nikki: I know. And I know our circumstances are completely different. I know that too.

Victor: Yes. They put a needle in your veins.

Nikki: And I did not ask for the vodka to be injected into my system, But I did buy the pint afterward. I have the flask. I took the drink. Yes, I had a trigger, but so did Seth. And I am his trigger.

Jack: Can I get you anything?

Lauren: No, thank you. I’m fine.

Jack: Yeah, but Nikki’s not.

Lauren: No. To answer your question from before, she’s drinking again.

Jack: Oh, I couldn’t be sorrier about that. Any idea what started it this time?

Lauren: You know, I don’t have all the details, but it’s awful and sordid. There was this vile, vengeful woman who forced alcohol on her and now her addiction is in full force through no fault of her own.

Jack: Poor Nikki. She has been clean for a long time.

Lauren: Years. She is devastated. Shame comes off of her in waves.

Jack: So, you say you’re trying to support her and that’s all anyone can really do from the outside. Why do you say you’re in over your head?

Lauren: Because Nikki thinks her sponsor is drinking again.

Jack: Wow. Oh, boy.

Lauren: And that it’s her fault. As if watching her struggle has caused him to break his sobriety.

Jack: Yeah. They call that stinking thinking. You’re absolutely convinced things will only get worse. The downward spiral is intense. It’s amazing how quickly it takes hold once the booze is in control again.

Lauren: She’s overwhelmed with shame and guilt and I’ve told her she’s not responsible for his actions.

Jack: No, she can’t see that at this point, not while she’s still in the throes herself.

Lauren: So, if logic isn’t working and if everything that she knows from the big book isn’t getting through to her, I’m at a loss. I mean, I’m trying to stay close to her, but not hover. She won’t stand for that. I mean, you saw. Tonight, she was adamant that I not drive her home.

Jack: Is that because Victor doesn’t know and she’s worried about tipping him off?

Lauren: No, he knows, and he’s involved as much as he can.

Jack: Well, that’s a good thing.

Lauren: She’s mortified. She doesn’t want to be a burden. She doesn’t want him to see her at her worst. And before you say that’s absurd, I’m just telling you how she feels.

Jack: But he’s helped her in the past. I realize I’m preaching to the choir here.

Lauren: Nikki needs someone who’s been an addict to give her real support. Real support her sponsor should be giving her while actively working his own recovery. But if Nikki’s right and Seth is drinking, he is the last person she should be talking to.

Jack: You’re asking me to step in, aren’t you?

Danny: You know how Phyllis can be when she’s after something.

Christine: Yeah, utterly relentless. Is that your excuse? That she wore you down with her questionable charms?

Danny: No, no, I– Look, I didn’t… If I’m guilty of anything, it’s being naive. And you were right, you know, about her messy patterns and motives, and– and I was wrong. And– and– and I should have set her straight when she first started making eyes at me, but part of me was thinking that she would get the hint and she would, you know, back off, but… I– I didn’t want to say anything hurtful to her.

Christine: No, no, you don’t wanna hurt Phyllis’s feelings. She’s so delicate and fragile. It still doesn’t explain the kiss or– or was that your way of setting things straight?

Danny: Christine–

Christine: You know what? On second thought, it doesn’t matter, okay? I’m not gonna play this game. I have zero interest in competing with Phyllis for your attention and I– I know you’re used to this being on the road and with fans, and maybe– maybe it’s something you like, but it’s just not a road I wanna go down. can we just go someplace, just the two of us, and talk?

Christine: I don’t think so. No. You need to figure out what the hell you want. And you need to do that without me.

Danny: I know what I want. I want you.

Christine: Do you? I mean, do you really want either of us, or is it just too much fun being in the middle?

Danny: No, this is not fun. Cricket, you know me better than that.

Christine: Or is it because you got caught? If you want to be with Phyllis, it’s fine. I mean, it– it’s crazy, but it’s fine. Okay? It’s– it’s your choice to make. You have to make it. Because the kiss I witnessed tells me you’re not sure.

Victor: Well, sweetheart, I’m sorry you have to go through all this torment again. It may seem right now as if it’s really all happening, but it is not. Although in the moment, you feel it is.

Nikki: Thank you for understanding.

Victoria: You know what? Maybe you just need a good night’s rest, and then in the morning–

Nikki: I don’t think that I was overreacting. I don’t believe that I was, Victoria. And as much as I would like to detach from this, I am worried about Seth. I mean, they call AA a support group for a reason. Because we look after each other. And on the way home, I reached out to him. No response. He normally answers right away or he calls me back within minutes.

Victoria: Well, he could be busy, Mom. He could be at a movie or dinner.

Nikki: All right, I– I’ll give it more time.

Victor: Sweetheart, I think that’s wise.

Nina: Is it my imagination, or are you just a big ball of tension?

Christine: It’s been one of those nights.

Nina: Oh, well, I was considering something red.

Christine: Uh, yeah, please.

Nina: Um, excuse me, can we have two glasses of house cabernet, please? Thanks. So, talk to me. all, can I just say how grateful I am that you’re back in town and that you’re up so late?

Nina: Oh, is it? I don’t know. I’m on California time. I’m wide awake.

Christine: Okay, good, ’cause this might take a while or I might just scream at the top of my lungs and let it all out.

Nina: Oh, wow. Something’s really got you going. Is it… Is it Paul? Did you hear from him?

Christine: Oh, no. Other than some generic Christmas card, no. I– I don’t expect to.

Nina: Well, that just leaves Danny, and you guys were gonna spend the holidays together last time we spoke.

Christine: Yeah, we had a great Christmas.

Nina: Oh, good, New Year’s?

Christine: Even better. And– Thank you. We had in the books to go away on a romantic getaway this weekend, which is now on an indefinite hold.

Nina: So, I’m sorry, what am I missing?

Christine: Not what. Who.

Nina: Oh. I only know one person who can put that look in your eye. Like you could actually commit murder.

Christine: I tell you, I was so close to just diving in, seeing where things would go with Danny. I should have known better than to trust his feelings with Phyllis in the mix.

Nina: Whoa, no. Danny and Phyllis? There’s no way.

Christine: Not yet, but… I don’t know, it seems like it’s possible and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna sit by and watch that happen.

Nina: Okay, so just back up. I need details here.

Christine: Sorry. Okay, earlier tonight, she posted this video of Danny playing her a song. And she captioned it, “That feeling when your ex plays you a love song.”

Nina: Oh, jeez. The nerve on her. Making it sound like she and he are–

Christine: Okay, but hold on. It gets worse. I was able to see from the video that they were at the jazz lounge, so I went to go find Danny.

Nina: And?

Christine: And I found Danny with Phyllis, attached at the lips.

Nina: Nah, come on. Time out.

Christine: They were kissing. Yes. Yes.

Nina: Did they see you?

Christine: No, I– I turned around and got out of there.

Nina: Okay, let’s just take a step back here. This is Phyllis that we’re talking about, all right? I mean, she could have staged the whole thing. It’s exactly the kind of thing that she would do. She would lure you with the video and then kiss on cue.

Christine: Okay, and timed it to the exact second when I walked in the lounge?

Nina: Maybe the timing was luck, but I wouldn’t put it past her. You know how conniving she is. I mean, she has no shame, zero pride. I can totally see her throwing herself at Danny and then making you nuts in the process.

Christine: I don’t know. It’s an interesting theory. It’s just– There’s just one thing. You didn’t see the way he kissed her back.

Lauren: If you’re willing to put the time in?

Jack: There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Nikki.

Lauren: I was hoping you’d say that. I don’t think there’d be anyone better.

Jack: Yeah, there is one caveat though. I saw the look she gave you when she left us at the coffeehouse. She does not want me to know what’s going on.

Lauren: Well, she’s given me no choice. I mean, she doesn’t want Victor worrying, and I can’t imagine that she would reach out to anyone else in AA because of the terrible guilt she’s carrying.

Jack: Yeah, but I don’t want to jeopardize your very important relationship with her. She needs to know she can confide in you. I don’t know how I can offer to help her without bringing you into it.

Lauren: I really appreciate you wanting to protect me. Uh… So, maybe you ask to spend some time with her and an opportunity will arise.

Jack: Yeah, and given our history, the subject may well come up on its own. It’s worth a shot.

Victor: You know their presentation was very sound.

Nikki: Well, that’s good.

Victor: Well, if you had asked me before if Nicholas and Adam would get along together and work together, I would have doubted it, but I’m very pleased with the outcome so far.

Nikki: Well, I’ve never trusted Adam. I doubt that I ever will, but if they’re getting along, great.

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: I’m more concerned about Victoria. How did things go with Claire? Was she able to hold her own against Jordan?

Victor: That whole thing has concerned me a lot. But Victoria thought that it was cathartic for Claire to meet with her aunt and get this whole sorry subject done with, you know? She was happy with the outcome.

Nikki: Well, thank God, because things could have gone a different way.

Victor: Oh, yeah. But I have to say, I trust Victoria’s instincts. She’s tough. She knows what she’s doing. And she’ll work it out. “Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Are you okay? Do you need help?”

Victor: Wait a minute, sweetheart. This the Seth character?

Nikki: Yes.

Victor: Well, don’t answer him.

Nikki: Why not?

Victor: Sweetheart, if it is true what you’re saying, then he broke his sobriety. He shouldn’t be your sponsor. Don’t be in contact with him. Call AA, have them find another sponsor for you. Let them deal with it.

Nina: Well, if Danny was into it, uh, that adds a whole new wrinkle.

Christine: Either he’s got feelings for Phyllis that he’s having trouble fighting or… he’s so weak that she’s got him wrapped around her finger. Look, either way, I refuse to get hurt again. So, I’m just gonna end things before I get in any deeper.

Phyllis: What’s bugging the bug?

Danny: You went too far, Phyllis.

Phyllis: Excuse me?

Danny: Leave me alone and just let me live my life.

Phyllis: Danny, come on.

Danny: No, we’re done.

Phyllis: We’re done? Really? What does that even mean? We share a son, a granddaughter. We have a family.

Danny: We’re nothing. Not after tonight. And I wish you the very best. I sincerely do. But we have no relationship after tonight. No, not in any form. You just might have blown the only future I have with Christine.

Phyllis: Mm. You wouldn’t be so angry if you weren’t conflicted.

Danny: Enough, okay? Enough. Just leave me alone.

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