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Diane: You got up early. What’s got your attention out there? Jack?

Jack: Oh, I’m sorry.

Diane: Hey, what’s wrong? You were restless last night.

Jack: Yeah, I couldn’t sleep.

Diane: Well, that usually means you’re worried about something or someone. Is it Ashley?

Jack: Well, I’m still concerned about Ashley. But no, it’s actually something else.

Diane: Tell me.

Jack: I learned that a friend of mine is suffering from something she thought she had overcome. And I’m afraid I may need to help her. And I’m afraid I may need to help her.

Nikki: Just what do you think you’re doing?

Seth: Nikki. Your assistant let me in. He said I could wait here for you.

Nikki: Did he also say you could go through my desk?

Seth: Yeah, that– that is a violation and I’m sorry.

Nikki: Yes, it was.

Seth: Okay, look, I’ve been worried about you. You reached out and then you didn’t respond to any of my texts or voice mails and I just thought maybe you were drinking and then avoiding me.

Nikki: So you came here to rifle around and see if I had any hidden vodka.

Seth: I overstepped. It’s not my place, even as your sponsor.

Nikki: I don’t think you are here to protect me. I think you are here for you.

Seth: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Nikki: I’m not the only one who started drinking again, am I? ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪

Tucker: Kyle.

Kyle: Tucker. So, you still planning on coming for me?

Tucker: Nah, nah, don’t worry about that. I was just angry because of the right hook. Still smarts.

Kyle: Well, if you’re trying to get me to apologize, it’s not gonna happen. I don’t regret a thing.

Tucker: Okay. How about next time you want a brawl, we put on the gloves and step in the ring.

Kyle: Well, I’m not looking for any more fistfights, but if you twist my arm enough, maybe I’ll make an exception for you.

Tucker: Sit down, I’d like to clear the air with you.

Kyle: And why would I want to do that?

Tucker: Well, because in spite of my sore jaw or maybe because of it, I’ve actually grown to respect you.

Kyle: After all the insults you spewed at me. What new ploy is this Tucker?

Tucker: No, no, no ploy. You just showed me how deep your Abbott family loyalty goes. I can’t say I understand it, but uh, I do find it impressive.

Kyle: Okay, so now you know that I will never betray my family. What interest do you have in any further conversation?

Tucker: Oh, no, no, I’ve always known that you’re a daddy’s boy.

Kyle: This is pointless.

Tucker: Wait, wait, hold on. Let me finish. I always knew that I could never turn you because you’ve got this fierce dedication to your family.

Kyle: Which is it? Daddy’s boy, fierce dedication?

Tucker: It’s a fine line, isn’t it? And it’s a trait you all seem to have inherited. Ashley blew up our marriage because of it. You took a hell of a risk trying to play me on your family’s behalf. And the only reason it didn’t work is because I was onto it all along.

Kyle: Okay, if that’s true, then why did you waste your time letting me play this out?

Tucker: Can we sit down? Come on. I thought, uh, if you shared information about my plans with your family, then uh, you would keep everyone guessing. You know, it might whip everyone into a frenzy and uh, you’d all turn on each other.

Kyle: Well, that was my father’s theory about your motives.

Tucker: Right. And if you were able to provide me with something useful along the way, all the better.

Kyle: Yeah, but your supposed master plan didn’t work. Look, we didn’t turn on each other. I didn’t give you anything of value and we did some serious damage to your reputation. So I guess that was a net gain on our end.

Tucker: Yeah. Yeah, that’s true. I did not anticipate you leaking the cover up. I thought you’d prefer to keep that hanging over my head, use it for a rainy day.

Kyle: What do you want?

Tucker: I would just like to know, once and for all, what is it about the Abbott family that inspires such loyalty and devotion?

Kyle: Okay. You know, the greatest thing about my double agent act being over? I don’t have to put up with your snark anymore.

Tucker: It’s not snark. No, it’s a legitimate question. Sincere question. Not at all facetious. I would really like to understand.

Seth: I came here because I’m worried about you. You reached out and then you avoided me and I’m just concerned about why.

Nikki: And you didn’t get back to me for quite some time after promising me that you would respond quickly. I think you’re the one who has something to hide.

Seth: Okay, you’re turning this around on me. I mean, is that deflection? Have you been drinking today?

Nikki: I am perfectly sober. And I see the signs when somebody is trying to evade. In fact, I’m an expert at it. Believe me, if anybody understands, I do. It’s not easy to stay sober. I get it. And the fact that you came here to my office tells me you get it too. You were looking for your next drink or– or for me to try to talk some sense into you, or both.

Seth: I came here to check on you, I swear.

Nikki: Okay, if you want to keep pretending that, that’s fine. But I know you are here looking for help because you knew that I would see the signs.

Seth: Okay. You’re right. I fell. I fell hard and it has been many years since I’ve done that and I’m just so ashamed, you know, and, but– but– but last night was my last drink and– and, you know, today’s a new day.

Nikki: I– I understand and I sympathize, I really do. Have you been to a meeting?

Seth: Well, I was thinking we could go together, we could help each other.

Nikki: You know, that’s not possible. I can’t rely on you as my sponsor now that you have relapsed.

Seth: But I’ve already picked myself up, okay? I did it and it’s not gonna happen again. I swear, it’s…

Nikki: Oh, God. How many times have I said that? Seth, go to a meeting, go to several and call your sponsor because I can’t be around you right now.

Seth: You know what? I don’t– I don’t have to be your sponsor anymore. I– That’s off the table, okay. But just don’t get rid of me altogether. I need a friend.

Diane: It sounds like this friend is going through something painful and private. I– I won’t pry.

Jack: No. No, look, it is sensitive but I want you to know about it. If I am going to help her, I don’t want this coming between us.

Diane: Well, I appreciate that, but I– I trust you, so if you feel the need to keep this person’s identity a secret.

Jack: No, no, please. No more secrets.

Diane: Because of all the secrets I kept.

Jack: No, I– I didn’t– I didn’t mean that as a reprimand. After all we’ve been through, I don’t want to keep anything from each other ever again.

Diane: Neither do I. So, why don’t you tell me what you can? And I promise to keep this person’s confidence.

Jack: Before I do that, um… there’s something I need to tell you about me.

Diane: Are you saying that you’ve kept something from me? We just said no more secrets.

Jack: It wasn’t anything that I intentionally hid. It was a long time ago.

Diane: Well, just tell me whatever it is.

Jack: I was addicted to painkillers.

Diane: What? When?

Jack: It was years ago? Remember? I told you I had surgery from the complications from the gunshot wound.

Diane: You told me about it when I saw the scar.

Jack: What I didn’t tell you about was the pills they gave me. It helped with the pain, but it became a source of a much deeper pain, something much harder to overcome.

Diane: I’m– I’m so sorry. I had no idea, but why did you never say anything about that to me?

Jack: It is not my proudest chapter. And I closed that chapter.

Diane: I know, I know that addiction can happen to anyone and I know how strong you try to be, so to feel out of control, that must have been horrible for you.

Jack: Oh, God, all the lying and secrets and endless cycles of guilt and shame and the things I did to get pills. The things I did when I was on pills. It was a very dark time.

Diane: Where was Kyle during all of this? Did he know?

Jack: Yeah, Kyle knew. It impacted him in a big way. In fact, he’s the one who leaked the secret of my drug abuse to the gossip column to get me to wake up, to stop using.

Diane: And I wasn’t there for either of you.

Jack: Well, I made my way out of it. Neil and Phyllis helped me through the worst of it.

Diane: Phyllis?

Jack: Yeah, Phyllis. Phyllis helped me through a particularly nasty withdrawal and that was the beginning of my road to recovery. Is that hard for you to hear?

Diane: Uh, well, you know, I don’t like her and I never will but, um, I’m glad she was there for you. And I’m glad you shared this with me. So, this friend that you want to help…

Jack: Look, I just– Because I am a recovering addict, I am in a perfect position to help. With guidance and– and advice and support. If I– If she will take it, This friend is Nikki and she…

Diane: Oh, Nikki. All right, you don’t have to say it. She’s drinking again.

Nikki: The fact that you’re even asking me this shows me that you’re not thinking clearly.

Seth: Okay, I wasn’t last night, but– but I’m fine today and I– I just really think that we can help each other, okay?

Nikki: I feel for you, Seth, but you’re going to have to reach out to somebody else in the program because I can’t be exposed to somebody’s relapse, especially yours. My sobriety is too precarious.

Seth: Please. Please.

Nikki: Don’t make this any harder for me than it already is.

Audra: I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you were in a meeting.

Nikki: I’m not. He was just leaving, weren’t you?

Seth: Yeah. I’m sorry I let you down, Nikki.

Nikki: Don’t worry about me. You take care of yourself and I’ll do the same. You take care of yourself and I’ll do the same.

Audra: Are you okay?

Kyle: No surprise you’re looking for tips on how to build family loyalty. My father tells me your own son isn’t even speaking to you these days. So clearly, you don’t know the first thing about being a good parent or a part of a family.

Tucker: Continue, oh, wise one.

Kyle: It looks like to me, the only relationship you’ve been able to maintain long-term is the twisted one you have with Audra.

Tucker: So, you’re an expert on family and mentorship?

Kyle: Mentorship? That’s what you call it.

Tucker: She wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for me.

Kyle: Oh, no and she’d be the first to acknowledge that. That’s why she’s stuck around you for so long. She attributes much of her success to your mentorship. But you know, Tucker, let’s be real. At the end of the day, we both know your relationship is, um, is transactional.

Tucker: Yeah, you keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better about what you two had.

Kyle: Once Audra realizes she doesn’t need you to become rich and powerful, do you really think she’ll stand by your side? Even then if you don’t have her for loyalty or to lean on her, bask in her admiration, would you even want her around?

Tucker: Is there a point coming?

Kyle: No, no, there is. Without Audra, you have no one. Not one other single person, no friends, no family. Look, family loyalty is a mystery to you because you only know how to burn bridges, not built them.

Tucker: Because I’m evil. Devoid of human emotion. Yes? Just out for revenge. Except that the Abbotts are as mean spirited and as aggressive as anyone I have ever known. Maybe that’s what bonds you? You gotta find a common enemy so you don’t turn on each other. And I fit that bill perfectly, don’t I? Yeah. All for one, one for all, as long as you’re coming after me.

Kyle: Yeah, because it’s all about you.

Tucker: Look me in the eye and tell me at no point did you want to throw in with me in exchange for the top spot at Jabot. Right. Uh, never mind. I guess there’s really nothing to admire about the Abbotts. And by the way, I’m still coming for you.

Jack: It isn’t like Nikki hasn’t been through this before. She has had relapses. She has emerged stronger. That could happen again this time.

Diane: Still, it can’t be easy. I mean, she’s been sober for a while now as I understand.

Jack: Yeah, it doesn’t help that her sponsor has also had a slip and that’s the last thing in the world she needs. Lauren has tried to help her, but she reached out to me in confidence, asking that I step in. She thinks I have an insider’s perspective on the help that Nikki really needs.

Diane: But Jack, do you know what you’re stepping into? I mean, something had to have happened to get Nikki to start drinking again.

Jack: Lauren told me part of the story. No, I don’t know all the details.

Diane: Well, it sounds like you’ve already made up your mind to help her.

Jack: If you have a problem with any of this–

Diane: Look, obviously Nikki and I haven’t been on the best of terms since I came back to Genoa City. And then at our wedding reception, she warned me that if I ever hurt you, she would make my life a living hell. That was the quote, I believe.

Jack: And then she toasted us.

Diane: Oh, please. It had its barbs. But I guess she did wish us well. I’d like to believe that we’ve turned a small corner.

Jack: So the question is, are you comfortable with me reaching out to her?

Diane: I’m not going to get in the way of anyone’s recovery. That’s more important than any bad blood.

Jack: Even if she and I have a past?

Diane: A past? You mean married?

Jack: Yeah. Yeah, that.

Diane: Well, like I said, I trust you. So, if you feel the need to be there for her, then you have my support. It’s just, there’s just one thing.

Jack: What’s that?

Diane: Do you think that by helping her, you could, I don’t know, reawaken your own addiction?

Jack: Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Absolutely not.

Diane: All right. Then, you have my– my full support.

Jack: Thank you for understanding.

Diane: Well, how can I not? You’ll always go out on a limb for people that you care about. It’s– it’s who you are. No, I’m– I’m not upset that you want to be there for Nikki. In fact, it makes me love you even more.

Nikki: I don’t know what you think you walked in on.

Audra: Oh, just a vibe. But if it’s not Newman Media business, maybe it’s none of my business either.

Nikki: Audra. The other day, you told me about your father’s struggle with alcoholism.

Audra: I apologize if I was out of bounds.

Nikki: Oh, no. No. Uh, I appreciate you trusting me enough to share that. And I hope you understand that what I’m about to tell you goes no further.

Audra: Of course.

Nikki: That man that was here is my sponsor. And he drank. And I told him I can’t rely on him now and I can’t be around him.

Audra: I am so sorry. You know, but it sounds like you took care of yourself given the situation.

Nikki: But now I’m worried that the rejection might push him even further down into a spiral.

Audra: He needs to take care of himself first. The same way that you’re prioritizing your recovery.

Nikki: I know that logically, but it doesn’t make me feel any better.

Audra: Well, is there anything I can do to help? I can take over any pressing work issues to free up your schedule. You know, if you need some extra time.

Nikki: Thank you, Audra. But um, you already have plenty on your plate.

Audra: Well anything to help, truly. Look, don’t worry about my workload. You know, even after all these years, whenever I hear that someone relapsed, it just leaves a pit in my stomach from when it used to happen to my father.

Nikki: Don’t take this the wrong way, but this is a new and thoughtful side of you that I have never seen before.

Audra: No offense taken. It’s pretty clear to everyone how ambitious I am. That I always prioritize my work and career. But this is probably my one and only soft spot.

Nikki: I don’t know if I believe that. But, uh, thank you for your offer. It’s very kind. I appreciate your concern

Audra: Is there a problem?

Nikki: Just an out of the blue request. And I think I have an idea what it’s about.

Jack: Well, hopefully it’s good news that Nikki agreed to come here.

Diane: I can imagine that she probably knows something’s up.

Jack: I am determined to protect Lauren’s confidence. So, I’m just going to start an open-ended conversation. If the subject comes up, well, that will be our start. In the meantime, this is going to be anything but a short situation. Um… I have to ask.

Diane: You don’t have to ask. I won’t break your trust and I won’t add to Nikki’s problems by sharing this information.

Jack: God, I love you.

Diane: Well, God, you should. Okay. I am late to have breakfast with Kyle, so I will leave you two alone. Anyway, seeing me would probably put Nicky on guard.

Jack: Hey, thank you. Thank you for understanding.

Diane: Yeah, well, I don’t wish this on anyone. And you know what? If you can be of service, you should be.

Jack: Just act naturally.

Diane: Nikki. Come in. What a surprise.

Nikki: Jack asked me to come by.

Diane: Well, I would love to join you, but I’m late meeting Kyle for breakfast. So anyway, take care, Nikki.

Nikki: I will.

Jack: Well, thanks for coming by.

Nikki: Your text seemed like a summons. It sounded important.

Jack: Well, I didn’t mean to alarm you. I just wanted to make sure you were okay. I was a little concerned.

Nikki: Why’s that?

Jack: Well, the recent ordeal your family just went through.

Nikki: Ok, Jack, it’s me. Just stop the fishing expedition.

Jack: I don’t know any of the details. I just want to make sure you were holding up well.

Nikki: Mm-hmm.

Jack: Nikki, I’m just reaching out as a friend.

Nikki: Jack, I know you’re a good liar, but you’re not that good. Lauren told you everything, didn’t she? Lauren told you everything, didn’t she?

Audra: Okay, thank you.

Tucker: Hey.

Audra: what is it?

Tucker: I was just about to order some coffee. You wanna join me?

Audra: Why?

Tucker: Talk about us?

Audra: There’s no us, Tucker.

Tucker: Okay. I’m sorry that I’ve disappointed you. And I hope you won’t stay angry at me.

Audra: This isn’t about anger. This is about me needing to distance myself from your toxicity, before it poisons me.

Tucker: So, we should just keep it business then, huh? Just purely transactional. I have big plans for Glissade and they include you.

Audra: Count me out.

Tucker: You know what? I’ll hold on to it. These are minor issues. I’m working them out.

Audra: Really? Does that mean you’ve turned your back on Ashley once and for all?

Diane: Ah, there you are. Hey, sorry I’m late. I got caught up at home with your father.

Kyle: Everything okay?

Diane: Um, I don’t know. You know what a big heart he has.

Kyle: The biggest.

Diane: Yeah. And I’m worried that he might be putting himself in a complicated situation to help out a friend.

Kyle: Well, who better to help than Dad. I mean, I wouldn’t sweat it. He can look after himself, just like he looks out for everyone else.

Diane: You’re probably right. So. how are you doing? How are you feeling? I’m– I’m sure you’re relieved that you don’t have to play double agent with Tucker.

Kyle: Yeah. Yeah, I’m fine. Glad I can give Jabot my full attention.

Diane: Look, Kyle, I understand if you’re still resentful that Jack hasn’t talked to you about replacing Billy, but I am working on it.

Kyle: No, don’t.

Diane: No, be patient. Give it time.

Kyle: I don’t need any more time. Look, Mom, I’ve changed my mind about the job.

Diane: Kyle, we’re so close. Jabot is where you belong.

Kyle: Yeah, I know that. And the COO job is where I deserve to be as well.

Diane: I don’t follow.

Kyle: Okay. I was too damn close to blowing things up with Dad. Look, I let my pride and sense of entitlement get in the way and I felt I deserved the top spot and refused to see things his way. I mean, it almost made me do something incredibly stupid. I mean, I was enticed by Tucker.

Diane: But then you realized that you couldn’t betray your family.

Kyle: Yeah. Thank God. But then, I see now more than ever that– that inclination was incredibly wrong. I mean, can you imagine if I’d gone through with Tucker, Mom?

Diane: But you didn’t. You let Jack and everyone else know where your loyalties lie.

Kyle: Yeah. It’s a bullet dodged. And Dad is right. I need continued lessons in humility. Now is not the time for me to take that position. And the COO job is– It’s been more rewarding than I expected.

Diane: It’s really noble of you to say that, But I think you’re overcompensating. Besides, it doesn’t solve the problem of us filling that position.

Kyle: I have an idea of who Dad should give the job to.

Diane: Who?

Kyle: You.

Jack: Please don’t be angry with Lauren. If I bungled this coming to you–

Nikki: I’m sure she told you out of concern. You and I are close and she wants to help. So, please just say what you want to say.

Jack: Lauren is worried about you. She’s terribly worried. She didn’t tell me the whole story, but when I heard you had slipped, I was worried too. I want to be there for you. I want to help you with the support you need, to listen to you. I’m making that offer /.

Nikki: Well, that’s very generous of you, Jack, but I know how busy you are. I don’t want to burden you with something like this.

Jack: You would never be a burden to me. Besides if you were struggling, I would worry myself sick that I wasn’t part of your support team. Consider it doing me a favor.

Nikki: My God, you’re stubborn.

Jack: Yes. So are you. I have been where you are, Nikki. Being too proud to ask. Thank God Neil and Phyllis were there for me. I want to be there for you. You can beat this. Let me be your sounding board. Let me be your punching bag, whatever you need to win this fight.

Nikki: Why is this so important?

Jack: Because I care about you. And there’s another reason. Because when you first started drinking, we were married. And I did not handle it well, at all. It is not my proudest moment and I have carried around a lot of guilt about that for a long time.

Nikki: Well, you shouldn’t?

Jack: Well, I do. I’m stuck with it. And then going through my own addiction, I realized… Well, I saw what you’d been through in a whole new light. I want to make that up to you.

Nikki: I– I don’t know.

Jack: You don’t have to agree to anything right now. Just know, I am here for you when you need me, day or night. Let me be the one you call.

Tucker: Why does everything with you always come back to Ashley?

Audra: I’ll take that as a no. You still haven’t let go of your ex and you never will. Ashley is your Achilles Heel.

Tucker: No matter my feelings for her, that doesn’t have an impact on you and me working together.

Audra: Oh, they absolutely do. You know, you’ll never think straight as long as she’s around and she’s still very much a part of Glissade.

Tucker: Not in any meaningful way.

Audra: You still can’t admit it. You know, any hint of Ashley and you’re compromised. She’s why you couldn’t anticipate the Abbotts leaking the cover up scandal. You know, you thought your precious Ashley would never do that to you. But she sure as hell did. Which proves you don’t really know her. She’s nothing but an ideal to you and no matter how many chances she gives you, she’s never gonna accept you for who you truly are. But you just refuse to accept that she’s not the one you should be with.

Tucker: And who do you think I should be with?

Diane: Kyle? Me as co-CEO? Where in the world did you get that idea?

Kyle: It just makes sense. I mean, Dad clearly loves working with you at Jabot. He needs someone who he can trust and who supports his leadership unconditionally. I mean, who better than you?

Diane: Kyle, that job belongs to you, not me. You and Jack worked so well together and he knows that. No, no, no, I’m– I’m too unproven. I don’t have enough experience for such a crucial role.

Kyle: Oh, is that you talking as chief talent officer or as my mother?

Diane: Well, it’s me talking as both. Jack wouldn’t take that chance and I wouldn’t advise him to. We had enough push back when he made me CTO. No, no, I will be pushing for your promotion.

Kyle: Mom, I’m telling you, this is the way to go. Even if the family baulks, your track record speaks for itself. Your instincts in the cosmetic business, they’re spot on. You’ve already brought so much value to Jabot. I mean, sure, you’ll probably have to weather a little push back, but I have no doubt you’ll prove your worth.

Diane: Kyle, I am– I’m really touched that you have so much faith in me, but I could say all those things about you, and more. You’re the one who needs to be working side by side with your father. This is– this is my dream for you, for all of us.

Kyle: Yeah, and we will still be working together. That’s what matters, right? I mean, that’s what would make Dad happy.

Diane: You and I had a plan.

Kyle: And that is part of the problem. We weren’t even completely honest with Dad. And when I finally came clean about working with Tucker, it was such relief. Look. We are stronger when we’re united. I fully regret throwing in with Audra and Tucker.

Diane: But honey, you apologized for all that. And he forgave you.

Kyle: Did he? I mean, he’s withheld the job for a reason and look, he’s not wrong. I have a lot to learn and not about spreadsheets, but about the kind of man Dad is. Look, it’s not my time for this position. You are the one who should be replacing Billy and I’m going to make sure that Dad agrees.

Audra: Look at you. You think I’m gonna say you should be with me, don’t you? That we don’t let anger come between us. That we have great sex. That we’re just two selfish people who put their careers and ambitions first. You know, maybe we are. You know, but I like to think I still have a shred of humanity and I like to cling to that before you destroy it in me. So, who do I think you should be with? I’m beginning to believe that your fate is to be utterly alone.

Nikki: Lauren, it’s me. Can we meet? we need to talk.

Diane: How did it go with your friend?

Jack: Well, things are still a bit up in the air, but I’m hopeful I can help. What were the two of you discussing?

Kyle: A replacement for Billy as co-CEO, actually.

Diane: We don’t need to get into that right now. I know you need more time.

Jack: Actually, I don’t. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I’ve come to a decision.

Kyle: Yeah, before you say anything, I have something–

Jack: Let me go first. You have come a long way toward proving yourself to me in these last few months. Galvanizing us all against Tucker, showing the risks you’re willing to take to protect the family company.

Kyle: Wow, you have no idea how much that means to me to hear you say that.

Diane: Well, it sounds like you found your new co-CEO.

Jack: Indeed, I have.

Kyle: No, no, no. Before you tell us, um… Dad, hear me out. You should give the job to Mom.

Jack: Wait, wait, how did you know that? Uh, you already had that idea?

Jack: Great minds.

Diane: Jack, I’m– I’m really flattered but Kyle is much more qualified than I am.

Kyle: No, stop, Mom. Stop. Look, I want this for you. Dad wants this for you. It’s the right call.

Jack: I absolutely agree. It is the dawn of a new era for Jabot.

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