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Jordan: Wake up, Claire. You’ll never escape me. I’m a part of you. You’re a part of me. We’re just alike, you and I. You can’t escape. I’m burned in your soul forever. You’re not alone.

Cole: Good morning, Victor.

Victor: Cole. Thank you for coming, my man. Please have a seat.

Cole: Thank you. Thank you.

Victor: Yeah.

Cole: It’s been a while since I’ve had one of your private summons. I wondered when you’d want to lay down the law.

Victor: I have no intention of laying down the law, Cole. But, you know, I’ve been thinking. The fact that the daughter you and Victoria thought was lost, is very much alive, changes everything, doesn’t it?

Cole: I mean, after all these years, I’m a father. It’s almost unreal.

Victor: It’s very real. So, I think steps have to be taken.

Cole: Hm. Well, it’s a little too soon to be taking any steps.

Victor: No, it’s not, Cole. Okay? Never too soon to prepare. And I want you to tell me what I need to know.

Cole: And that is?

Victor: What are your intentions in regard to Claire? as I got your message. I’m sure you’ve talked to Jack by now.

Nikki: Yes, I have.

Lauren: We just want you healthy, safe, and sober, bottom line. I know you must feel that I betrayed you and that Jack crossed the line, but I stand by my reasons as to why I did it. And I would do it again if I had the chance.

Jack: Morning. Going to the office? Ash?

Ashley: Hey, did you say something?

Jack: Yeah, I said good morning.

Ashley: Morning.

Jack: Hey, what’s going on? Is this Tucker again? What’s he done now?

Ashley: He’s still trying to convince me that I imagined his explosive outburst in Paris. That he was never violent and that I’m lying to myself.

Jack: That son of a bitch. He not only blew up at you, now he’s doubling down on this? That’s disgusting. Ash, there is a way you can shut him down.

Ashley: Please tell me.

Jack: Stay away from him.

Billy: By the way, did you, uh, get a chance to check out the revised budget? I had to add a few things because of an unexpected personnel change.

Devon: Mm-mm. I can take a look when we get back to the office though.

Billy: Right.

Tucker: Well, look at this. The new Chancellor-Winters power couple. So, I guess I was such a threat, you felt you had to circle the wagons and join forces, huh? I’m flattered.

Billy: You know, we consider any vicious, amoral corporate raider a threat. So, I’m not surprised you’re flattered by that. It basically defines you.

Tucker: It’s a misguided concern at this point. I’m putting all my attention into Glissade.

Billy: Glissade? Really? I gotta be honest, I– I assume that the board would’ve made that company just simply go away once they found out about your cover-up scandal. I mean, you’re radioactive. They got to know getting close to you means that they burn alongside you.

Tucker: Glissade’s entire board of directors has been replaced.

Billy: Oh, there you go. Imagine replacing your entire board before the company even gets off the ground. You probably think that’s a successful launch, don’t you?

Tucker: Indeed, I do. And just so you two can sleep at night, I want to make this perfectly clear. Glissade will be my one and only focus.

Ashley: It’s not that simple, Jack, and you know it. I can’t just cover my eyes and pretend that Tucker doesn’t exist. I’m gonna run into him. I mean, unless I leave town.

Jack: No, that is unacceptable. You are not ceding any territory. This is your home.

Ashley: It’s my home, right? It’s not his. I’m not going anywhere.

Jack: So, don’t let him get under your skin.

Ashley: What he did to me was awful, but what he’s doing now is even worse. Why is he being this way? Why is he being so cruel to me?

Jack: Ashley, the annulment is finalized. You are legally free. What is it gonna take to get yourself emotionally free?

Ashley: Are you not hearing what I’m saying? He’s trying to make me doubt my sanity, Jack. It’s not okay.

Jack: Honey, you know the truth about what happened in Paris. You know who Tucker is. You know what he’s capable of. It’s time to purge yourself–

Ashley: It’s not that easy!

Jack: There’s no way we’re going to get him out of our lives, any of us, until he’s out of yours, for good.

Ashley: You’re absolutely right. I’ve got to talk to him. I’ve got to settle this whole thing once and for all. Lauren, I am angry. In fact, I’m furious. But I’m not angry with you. I am angry with myself. I hate what I have done to my family and friends, dragging them through my own private hell. It’s not fair and it’s got to stop.

Lauren: You do not need to worry about us. You need to focus your energy on you and your recovery.

Nikki: I know. It is my battle. It’s my fight. I have to face this on my own without dragging other people into it.

Lauren: That is way too big a burden to bear. You should not be shouldering this by yourself. I wouldn’t want that for my son and I certainly don’t want it for you.

Nikki: Lauren, I’ve got this. I am managing very well and you’ll be happy to know that I haven’t had another drink since you came to my rescue the other night.

Lauren: Well, that’s wonderful to hear. But now the hard part starts. You are winning the day-to-day battle, but the war isn’t over.

Nikki: Believe me, I am well aware of that. I just have to keep fighting.

Lauren: And what about an AA sponsor to help you through the rough times? You know, Seth is fighting for his own sobriety and he is losing the battle, so you cannot rely on him. And that is why I thought about Jack. He certainly understands the trauma of addiction and– and what it takes to overcome that. Plus, he adores you. He will do anything possible to help you through this.

Nikki: Yeah. But yet again, I would be dragging a dear friend into my chaos.

Lauren: A dear friend cannot be dragged. A dear friend stands by your side and fights along with you. There is no guilt and shame here. This was not of your making. This was forced on you.

Nikki: And that just makes it even more infuriating.

Lauren: I know. But Jack knows you almost as much as Victor does. And remember, he needed help for his recovery in the past and I’m sure that he would want to pay that forward, especially for you. That’s who is.

Nikki: Well, I can’t argue with that. There’s just one thing.

Lauren: What’s that?

Nikki: Well, turning to Jack might compound my issues and lead to another. Victor.

Cole: Well, as far as Claire is concerned, I try not to get too far ahead of myself. It’s step by step, moment to moment. You know, I just try to do everything I can to provide the kind of care and treatment that she needs.

Victor: Mm. I understand. But now, what about you? What about your life, your career? Are you putting it all on hold the way Victoria intends to do?

Cole: Well, actually, I’ve uh, been on a sabbatical from my teaching to work on my book, so there’s really no urgency for me to return to Oxford. You know, I can write anytime, anywhere, whenever I want, basically. So, there’s no urgency there, but there is with Claire. She needs me here and she needs me now.

Victor: Has she said as much?

Cole: She doesn’t have to. If she needs me by her side, I’m there. If she prefers to keep me at a distance, so be it. I mean, whatever happens, Victor, I plan on being a part of my daughter’s life.

Victor: So, in other words, you are planning to move back to Genoa City?

Cole: For the time being. So, what about you? What steps do you plan to take?

Victoria: I hope that you don’t mind that I’m here. Um, I know that you asked to be left alone, but I wanted to check on you after our trip.

Claire: Okay.

Victoria: I’m really proud of you. I know that, uh, it must have been very emotional seeing your aunt. It couldn’t have been easy confronting her again. I know the reason that you wanted to see her in the first place is because you were hoping to find some sort of resolution. To be able to speak your peace. Am I wrong in thinking that you achieved your goal?

Claire: There was a moment when I first saw her sitting there as a prisoner that I felt relieved. Like justice was being served and I was at least a little bit in control of my own life. Maybe it was the end of something and the start of something new. I could just focus on the work with my therapy team. But now…

Victoria: Now?

Claire: I’m not so sure. I know the worst of it’s behind me, but there’s still so much to do. It scares me.

Victoria: Have you talked to your therapist about this?

Claire: They just call me brave and remind me that the damage took years to create. It’s like a cancer that we have to treat. We have to replace it with healthy thoughts and behaviors and the healing process won’t take place overnight.

Victoria: Well, that’s exactly right. I mean, you’re rebuilding your life. You’re– you’re starting from scratch. You’re creating a new you. You’re deciding who you are and what your place is in this world. And you’re doing so well. I mean, look at all of the progress that you’ve made so far. You’ve confronted your aunt, you see her for who she really is. You know now that you can thrive, you can survive without her. That’s a really, really big step in your healing and in your recovery.

Claire: If I can heal, if I can get better, yeah. Yeah, maybe they’ll let me out of here. But even if they do, what happens to me then?

Victoria: Well, when you heal and when you get better, then we get out of here, then we’ll just take it slowly. We’ll– we’ll go at your pace. We’ll get to know each other and then you can decide if you want to be a part of our family.

Claire: But I already know all about the Newmans. I practically spent my entire life researching and preparing to pull off Jordan’s plan. I saw a lot working for Nikki. You guys all hold some pretty terrible grudges against each other.

Victoria: Not all of us.

Claire: Cold and spiteful. And even worse with strangers.

Victoria: Well, look, maybe, um, in some instances, maybe that’s true, but you’ll just have to find out for yourself firsthand, up close and personal. Not through the internet or the news or worse, through your aunt’s warped perspective. I mean, then you’ll see for yourself how loyal and loving and kind we can be. I mean, at least you’ll get to decide that on your own, based on your own opinion and not someone else’s opinion.

Claire: Are you saying I’d be part of the Newman family?

Victoria: If you want. I mean, of course, it’s your decision, but that would be my hope.

Claire: What about my dad? Would he be part of my new life too?

Victor: Now Cole, I don’t need to remind you that you’ve been away from this town for quite a few years, all right? A lot of things have happened, you know?

Cole: Yeah, I’m sure it has and a lot’s happened with me as well.

Victor: I bet it has. In fact, I know about some of it.

Cole: Well, I’m sure that you’ve got a solid report on me over the last couple of decades, but if you want a more personal rundown, I’m happy to share.

Victor: Not necessary.

Cole: Victor, there’s nothing in my past that you need to be worried about. My only focus is just to be here and help my daughter and Victoria through all of this.

Victor: I understand. But I want to remind you that you have not raised a child. Are you ready now for this responsibility?

Cole: Claire was taken from me just like she was Victoria. And at the hands of my mother and her sister. Her spirit has been crushed from the day she was born, Victor. And I have no choice but to do whatever I can to try to help heal the hurt and the pain.

Victor: Cole, I understand your feelings and I empathize. But let me make one thing clear. As much as you’re concerned about your daughter, I am concerned about mine. And nothing and no one will take precedence over her well-being.

Tucker: I have no intention of damaging Chancellor-Winters. Devon’s my son and Dominic’s my grandson, so I don’t want to destroy their legacy.

Billy: Look anything, frankly, everything you say, we take with a grain of salt. And far be it for me to tell you what to do with your company, but if you do wanna turn Glissade into a powerhouse, why don’t you do it from Paris.

Tucker: Good to see you, son.

Ashley: Hey, uh, could I talk to you for a minute, please?

Tucker: I can’t imagine what we have left to say to each other, but okay. You want to go to my room?

Ashley: No, I don’t. You think you’re gonna be more convincing in your room?

Tucker: It’s a private place to speak, Ashley. What’s the issue with that?

Ashley: We’re talking just fine here.

Tucker: We got a bit of an audience. And you know that nothing went down in Paris the way you say. So, what are we doing here?

Ashley: Follow me, please.

Lauren: You’re the priority here. Not Victor’s reaction to your choice of sponsor.

Nikki: Well, I doubt Victor would be very pleased if I turned to Jack of all people.

Lauren: I know the rivalry is legendary and goes back decades, but at the end of the day, doesn’t Victor just want what’s best for you?

Nikki: I think he would rather be the one to fill that place for me if he can.

Lauren: But he can’t. You need a sponsor who understands what you’re going through. Who’s been through it and beaten it. You need a real sponsor, not just love and affection. And you need that person right now. So, is your only issue with Jack how Victor is going to respond?

Nikki: Well, it’s a valid concern. Although Jack does understand the loneliness of addiction. He’s been part of my life for so long. I mean, he’s seen me at my best and my worst. Sober and not sober.

Lauren: And Victor has too. I would let him in as much as you want. But you need a knowledgeable, experienced AA member who is currently sober.

Nikki: True. True. But how do I let Jack in instead of my husband?

Lauren: Nikki, I don’t think you’re giving Victor enough credit. He loves you and all he wants is your complete recovery. And if Jack is instrumental in that–

Nikki: It would hurt Victor’s feelings if he knew that I turned to Jack for support. I don’t know, I think I would be better off if I did that privately.

Lauren: Oh, I don’t think starting this with a secret is your best option.

Victor: My goodness, Lauren Fenmore. I haven’t seen you forever. Two friends chatting with each other. How nice is that?

Victoria: I know he wants to, Claire. Your dad definitely wants to be a part of your life. We both do.

Claire: Like a family? After everything I’ve done?

Victoria: Can you do something for me, please? Can you start seeing what you’ve done in terms of what your aunt did to you? Because that’s how Cole and I see it. He’s a really good man. He would have been a wonderful father. We were just heartbroken when we thought we’d lost you. You know, we never got the chance to be the– the parents that we wanted to be to you. Maybe we can do that now?

Claire: You’ll be good parents. But what about me? Do I even know how to be someone’s daughter?

Victoria: You know, maybe you can start thinking about when and– and not if you’ll recover. I mean, you’re gonna get better, you’re gonna get out of here.

Claire: What makes you so sure?

Victoria: I’m sure because I see you working towards a goal. It’s not impossible. And I hope that you’ll let us help you get there. Please. Please, Claire, please. Give me and my family a chance to make up for the time that we lost with you. Let us help you find your place in this world. Please.

Claire: I’m so afraid.

Victoria: I know you’re afraid. Of course, you are. It’s a frightening leap of faith that you have to take. But you’ve come so far already and I’m not gonna let you give up. I’m right here for you. You can lean on me.

Victoria: Claire, this is what family’s about. Just being there for each other, through the good and the bad.

Claire: I should probably get ready for my next session.

Victoria: Yeah, of course. I’ll go. I hope this means that, um, Cole and I can– can we continue to visit you? That’s all that I want. Okay, I’ll go. I’ll go. But um, just call me if you need anything, anything at all, okay? Okay.

Nikki: I was just thanking Lauren for being so wonderfully supportive.

Lauren: I told her she didn’t need to thank me. I was just doing what any friend would.

Nikki: A good friend. So, what brings you by? I thought you had a meeting.

Victor: It ended sooner than I thought and I was going to take you to lunch.

Nikki: Oh.

Victor: Yeah.

Nikki: Well, I’d love to.

Victor: Won’t you join us?

Lauren: Oh, I’m sorry, I need to pass. Work calls.

Victor: Okay. Now, meanwhile, I want to thank you for continuing to be a friend to my wife.

Lauren: Well, your wife is a very impressive woman. Strong and committed. I can’t help but admire her.

Billy: Well, that was a frosty reception for dear old dad. You weren’t kidding when you said that you cut him out.

Devon: No, I don’t kid about stuff like that.

Billy: And do you buy his claim that he’s no longer seeking revenge?

Devon: No, not even a little bit. I’ve been burned way too many times making that mistake. I think that we definitely need to stay on guard when it comes to the company because I’m sure he’s just waiting for us to lose focus.

Billy: I agree. I’m glad we’re on the same page.

Devon: Yeah.

Billy: Just wish I knew for sure my sister was on the same page.

Devon: Would you like to go check on Ashley?

Billy: Ooh, I would love to defend my sister against him, but I know my sister and she would not want me to be involved. She likes to handle things on her own.

Devon: Just like her daughter.

Billy: I just hope she’s telling him to go to hell right now and for good.

Tucker: Too bad the bar isn’t open. I could use a drink.

Ashley: I need you to stop with these mind games. I’m not playing. This is not a joke to me. You need– you need to admit what happened in Paris that day and you need to admit it right now.

Tucker: Who’s really playing games here, Ashley? This fantasy that you have created about what happened between us simply is not true.

Ashley: We both know Tucker, what happened that day.

Tucker: No, what I know is for some reason, in order to justify breaking away from me, you have created this fake–

Ashley: Why? Why would I do that?

Tucker: That’s my question. Why? I realize that I am far from a perfect man, Ashley. Maybe imperfect does not even begin to scratch the surface. But why? Why the need for this fiction that makes me out to be some kind of monster? I think maybe you need to come to terms with–

Ashley: Say it!

Tucker: You have a problem with commitment. You say you fell back in love with me, right?

Ashley: Yeah.

Tucker: Well, I believe you. When we stood at the altar, I believed you. But I think for some reason, it just scared the hell out of you. It’s just too dangerous. What if I break your heart again, right? I think when things get a little too real, you figure a way out. And what we had was real.

Lauren: I’m sorry just to stop by. Is now a bad time?

Jack: No. Go ahead. Come on in, please.

Lauren: I just came from seeing Nikki. She insisted on seeing me.

Jack: Okay, I have an apology to make. I tried very hard to cover and keep you out of it, but Nikki was already convinced that you had spilled the beans and she wasn’t going to let me off the hook until I confirmed it.

Lauren: I understand and she understands. She does not blame either one of us.

Jack: Well, that’s good. Maybe that means she accepts that we have her best interests at heart, Even if she’s reluctant to accept my help.

Lauren: Well, please don’t give up on that because whatever you said to her hit home on some level. I think she’s starting to come around. It’s sinking in how valuable it would be to turn to you.

Jack: You really think?

Lauren: Yes. She actually acknowledged how important it would be for a friend to be her sponsor. I mean, someone who knows her, someone who understands the battle of sobriety.

Jack: Trust is the key to the whole thing. Nikki knows she can always trust me and she knows I have the utmost faith in her.

Lauren: Right and you also know what’s at stake for her. I can’t think of anyone better to fill the role.

Victor: My sweetheart, it is so nice to have lunch with my beautiful wife.

Nikki: Well, I hope you weren’t worried about me.

Victor: Well, I’m always concerned about you. But I’m mostly concerned at the moment about our daughter.

Nikki: Has something happened with Victoria?

Victor: No, but she’s gone through a lot. That’s why I insisted on having a talk with Cole Howard.

Nikki: Well, I hope you didn’t try to pressure him in any way. They’re trying to get through this thing with Claire.

Victor: I know. I just want to know from him what his plans were moving forward.

Nikki: And what did he say?

Victor: He said he wanted to get to know his daughter.

Nikki: Well, that’s a good thing.

Victor: Well, kind of strange to know that Eve Howard’s son is moving back into this town.

Nikki: Hm. Brings up so many memories. The hell Eve put us through.

Victor: Remember how she insisted that he was my son? Which, of course, was total nonsense.

Nikki: That woman was pure evil.

Victor: Yeah. When I asked him what his plans were, he was kind of vague, you know?

Nikki: How so?

Victor: He said he wanted to get to know his daughter, but I said are you moving back into Genoa City or what?

Nikki: Well, I would imagine that would depend on Claire’s recovery. That could play out any number of ways.

Victor: But you know what it also would mean, right? That he would be close to Victoria again.

Nikki: And you’re worried about that?

Victor: I’m very worried about that, sweetheart. She has gone through a lot. I don’t want her to go through more emotional turmoil.

Victoria: Our daughter is– She’s scared, Cole. I think she’s overwhelmed by the time and the work that it’s gonna take for her to heal.

Cole: But she– she knows it’s gonna happen?

Victoria: You know, for the first time, I could actually see some hope in her eyes. Like, um, like she could see that there was a path forward.

Cole: That’s wonderful. I mean, Vic, she can do this.

Victoria: Yeah.

Cole: If she just lets us help her, maybe it’ll happen all that much sooner.

Victoria: Well, that’s the amazing part. I actually said the exact same thing to her and she hugged me. Can you believe it?

Cole: That’s amazing.

Victoria: I know.

Cole: Oh, my gosh. She’s just been so unreachable and– and distant, you know, up until now.

Victoria: Holding our daughter in my arms, I– I could just feel the -plus years of absence and– and just longing. I know– I know she’s an adult now, but she’s just so fragile. And she just so desperately wants her parents’ love and support.

Cole: She didn’t have it for a lifetime because of Jordan. Listen, what our daughter needs is reassurance and affection. As much as we can give her.

Victoria: Yeah. You know, it’s crazy. It’s like for the first time, I– I truly feel like we’re gonna get our daughter back.

Nikki: Darling, I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

Victor: No.

Nikki: Claire is what Victoria is focusing on right now. Now, if you are worried that she and Cole will rekindle their romance, I really don’t think that’s going to happen.

Victor: Sweetheart, do I need to remind you that they were once very much in love with each other?

Nikki: Yes. And they broke up and that was even before the baby was born. So, don’t worry that they’re going to suddenly fall in love again after all these years.

Victor: But wait a minute. What if they suddenly decide that they want to provide a family life for Claire? One that she has never had?

Nikki: Well, I suppose that is a possibility, but I still think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

Victor: No, I’m not. Think of what Victoria has been through the last few years. How many doomed relationships she was involved with? What if this is another one?

Cole: Finally there’s some light at the end of this tunnel. You– you connected with our daughter. That’s– that’s amazing. I mean, even if it was just for a minute, she let you in. I have to admit, I am so jealous right now. I just wish I could have been there.

Victoria: Well, you will, next time. She’s gonna let us come back.

Cole: I mean, think about it. Just a week ago, she’s pushing us out of her life and now she’s hugging you? That’s incredible progress. You know, I just wish that everyone was so positive and hopeful, you know?

Victoria: What? Why? What– what happened?

Cole: Well, your father. He– he invited me to the ranch for a meeting.

Victoria: Oh. Oh, yes, I should have seen that coming. He can never manage to stay out of his kid’s lives. He always has to intervene under the guise of being protective. Overprotective is what I say.

Cole: Hm. Well, it hasn’t changed in all these years.

Victoria: I desperately love him, but he can be very maddening. So, what did he want?

Cole: He had some questions regarding, um, my future plans uh, with Claire.

Victoria: Oh, of course.

Cole: You know, honestly, it– it– it– it could have gone worse. And, uh, he seemed to accept the idea that I’m gonna be staying around a while.

Victoria: Well, at least that’s something.

Cole: Yeah. And also too, he seems to be more open to Claire, you know, which is a really big deal for him. And he even talked about taking steps of including her in the family.

Victoria: Really? He said that?

Cole: Those exact words. Now, we just have to hope that Claire is open to it and then we can start to build a real relationship with her. And you know, I– I sure as heck never thought I would say it, but I seem to have something in common with Victor. We both feel the need to protect our daughters.

Victoria: We will. We’ll protect– protect her together.

Tucker: I know you truly love me, Ashley. But I think it’s just– It’s too much for you. And so you– you chose the comfort of the Abbotts.

Ashley: I was never choosing. Why can’t you understand that?

Tucker: What do you want me to understand? I think you had to save face. You– you– you feel like you have to cover up your inability to commit to me by convincing yourself that it was all my fault.

Ashley: Okay.

Tucker: No really. You have to make me the bad guy.

Ashley: I see, listen you can totally concoct this entire scenario, so you know.

Tucker: No, I was a fool to believe that I could compete with the Abbotts anyway. It’s obvious that will always be the case.

Ashley: Ah, yeah. Shucks. And here we go, psychoanalyzing me again.

Tucker: Yeah. Sorry. But this is why you’ve never been able to maintain a relationship. You– you– When things get too real, you just– You run away to the comfort of your family.

Ashley: Okay. Well, you think you know me, but you don’t.

Tucker: Okay. Well…

Ashley: Go.

Tucker: Ashley, you could have such an incredible life, but that life will always be out of reach for you because you’ll never let yourself have it.

Announcer: Next week on The Young and the Restless.

Traci: There’s your version, there’s his version–

Ashley: And then there’s the truth.

Traci: The truth. That’s right. So, how can we get closer to the facts?

Ashley: I know of a way.

Heather: Is a future with Lily still what you want?

Daniel: You know, I’m not sure.

Jordan: Claire? Claire. Don’t hang up. Please.

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