Y&R Transcript Wednesday, January 24, 202

Young & The Restless Transcript


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Heather: I’m not alone in feeling what just happened, am I?

Daniel: You’re not. So…

Heather: So…

Daniel: Yeah. Uh, so, um, what happens now?

Heather: Um, well, what do you want to happen?

Abby: Hi.

Devon: Hey. This is a nice surprise.

Abby: Is this a good time or a bad time?

Devon: Any time is a good time for you.

Abby: Well, that’s very sweet. Thank you.

Devon: Yeah. What’s going on?

Abby: So, should I just launch into it?

Devon: Launch away. Yeah.

Abby: Okay. Well, you and I had a conversation a while ago about how to protect this company from tucker and I suggested that you hire me in some capacity or add me to the board to have another line of defense against tucker.

Devon: All right. I remember that.

Abby: The more I think about it, the more intrigued I am. Any chance of making it happen?

Jack: Have you had anything to eat yet? I can have mrs. Martinez fix you something.

Nikki: No, no, no. Thank you. I’m not– not really hungry.

Jack: Drinking on an empty stomach.

Nikki: I had one drink.

Jack: Yeah.

Nikki: Okay, maybe two. But I called you before it got out of hand.

Jack: And I’m glad you did. I’m glad you didn’t drive here. And I’m glad you feel you can count on me to help you.

Nikki: Would you be willing to take me to a meeting?

Jack: Absolutely. But first things, first. We need to call victor.

Nikki: Oh, no, please don’t do that.

Victoria: Thank you for the talk and also for trusting my judgment.

Victor: You’re so welcome, my darling. I hope things with claire work out the way you want them to. Okay?

Victoria: They will and when they do, you’ll accept her into the family?

Victor: As we agreed.

Adam: What’s going on? Has claire’s situation changed? And what does accept her into the family mean exactly?

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Victoria: Butt out.

Adam: What? I can’t ask a question?

Victoria: No, you can’T. This has nothing to do with you. You don’t know all the facts about my daughter, so you have no right to comment or even express your opinion.

Adam: Well, I know enough to be concerned for dad’s sake and for yours, actually.

Nick: Look at that, he’s being selfless.

Victoria: Right.

Adam: Is it that impossible that I would want to protect the family from outside harm?

Victoria: Says the outsider who’s always trying to claw his way back in. You know, you would think that this situation would make you more sympathetic to claire’s cause.

Adam: I– I don’t know her. I’ve never even met her. All I know is what she tried to do to dad and the rest of you back in oregon.

Nick: Your concerns have been noted. Move on.

Adam: Nick, are you seriously okay with this? Are you okay with welcoming a mentally ill felon into the family with open arms?

Victoria: That’s enough.

Victor: All of you, enough. We’re going into this with eyes wide open. One day at a time. Meaning there is no reason for this to be contentious. Therefore, it won’t be.

Jack: Victor is your main source of support right now. Why would you not want him to know what is happening?

Nikki: I slipped up, but it was minor. As minor as these things can be. I’m not even drunk. I stopped myself. I asked for help. That’s progress.

Jack: Yes, it is. And I’m glad you did. But keeping your husband in the dark, you know what they say in the program, you’re only as sick as your secrets.

Nikki: But you know why, jack.

Jack: It’s not just an empty slogan. You’re suggesting we lie and cover up and sweep all our problems under the rug. That’s how addicts stay addicts.

Nikki: Well, I have valid concerns.

Jack: Of course, you do.

Nikki: Victor is just checking me, checking me, constantly checking me. It’s driving me crazy. It’s taken over his life and mine too.

Jack: Yeah. And the more he hovers, the harder it’s gonna be to sneak a drink, right?

Nikki: It makes me feel claustrophobic and ashamed. I mean, I hate the fact that after all these years, my sobriety is still an issue. Victor even suggested getting away for a while, like a vacation would solve anything.

Jack: That is not altogether a bad idea. Sometimes a change of scenery is a perfect way to change your perspective.

Nikki: Jack, you and i both know that I would be taking my addiction with me. And at least here, I have my meetings. I have support. I can’t just up and go. I’ve got to get strong and I have to kick this because my family needs me right now.

Jack: You need a new sponsor. Someone whose recovery is on solid ground. Victor would not begrudge you that.

Nikki: But he wouldn’t want it to be you. You and I both know that. I– I– I can’t start from scratch with some stranger. I have to tell them my story and wonder if I can trust them. No, jack, I need you to help pull me out of this nightmare. Please don’t ask me to jeopardize that.

Daniel: What do I want? Huh.

Heather: Sorry, I didn’t mean to put you on the spot.

Daniel: No?

Heather: Okay, um, I admit i would love to know how you feel about our making love just now and what it meant to you.

Daniel: Look, I know that I screwed up back in savannah and– and, well I made myself forget everything that I had lost, you know? I mean, until today.

Heather: Well, that’s the past. No recriminations, I am all about the present and the future, hopefully.

Daniel: Well, you know, being with you again…

[ Daniel sighing ] You know, lily deserves better.

Heather: I’m not saying that she doesn’t, okay? But look, daniel, you said it yourself, it’s– it’s– it’s not as if you’re in love with lily. Your relationship hasn’t reached that level yet, okay? You– you– you two are spending time together. You’re enjoying each other, having fun, but there’s no formal commitment. You two don’t live together.

Daniel: Yeah. Yeah, but I mean, we are still a couple. There’s certain expectations that go along with that. Like, uh, maybe you don’t see other people.

Heather: Okay. I get that.

Daniel: Look, you’ve been really honest with me about everything that you want and– and I– I respect that. It’s– it’s me, I’m having a hard time respecting myself right now.

Heather: I understand. Look, I– I’m sorry if it affects lily, truly. Um, lily’s been kind to me. She even got me that job at chancellor-winters. But daniel, this is about us. I mean, we have years of love between us. We have a child, okay? We needed to see if we had a chance. And for me, the answer is yes, okay? Because all of the love and the connection, it’s still there. And– and– and you’re you again, so we can be us again. It’s simple. Lily is– she’s wonderful and I– I know you two, you had a history and you have something now, but, uh, does that really compare to what you and I have shared or what we could share again?


the things you loved…

Heather: I won’t push, except to say that, um, I– I feel as close to you now as I ever did before and it– it just feels so lovely.

[ Daniel sighs ]

Daniel: Yeah. It– it does. I mean, I’m not gonna deny that. I– I don’t think I ever even let myself think of us ever being together again. Definitely not the way we just were.

Heather: That was not premeditated. Okay, hoped for, maybe. But that’s just because it’s– it’s impossible for me to be around you and not want to be with you the way you are again.

Daniel: Well, you’re still you. Strong, beautiful, brilliant. I’m not so bad too. You know, now that I’m not such a jerk.

Heather: Hm. Fair point. In fact, you’re so tolerable these days, I will even let you buy me a late lunch. No strings attached.

Devon: So, I’ve also been thinking about you joining chancellor-winters.

Abby: You have?

Devon: I have, yes. Because since I don’t communicate with tucker anymore, I have even less insight into what he’s planning. And if he is still a threat, like you said, having you as part of the company will just create another backstop for us.

Abby: That’s the plan.

Devon: Right, but beyond that, I actually believe that you would bring a lot of value to the company. Because you’re constantly giving me good business advice and your take on what our clients are looking for is always on point.

Abby: Well, it would definitely be more exciting than menu planning and haggling with vendors.

Devon: Yeah, I can imagine. But more than anything, I know that you would always be honest and tell me when you think that I’m wrong about something and that’s what’s most important to me.

Abby: And I would love to contribute more. Just say the word. This company is our son’s legacy and I– it would be an honor to help build it.

Devon: Well, I can’t really think of a better reason to put you on the board.

Abby: Really?

Devon: Really, yes.

Abby: Well, how do we get the ball rolling?

Devon: Uh, just go through a little bit of red tape. Some personal reaching out on my end. I wanna make sure that we have something solid on paper. A real plan before I present anything to lily and jill and billy.

Abby: That makes sense, yes.

Devon: Yeah. Mm. Hm. Looks like my two o’clock just got canceled. Do you want to go have lunch with me and we can discuss it further?

Abby: Fantastic idea. And I’m buying.

Jack: I am honestly touched that you have that kind of faith in me.

Nikki: Well, can you have enough faith in me to know that I know how this has to happen?

Jack: I would love to, but keeping this from victor… what’s gonna happen when he eventually finds out?

Nikki: We’ll just make sure he doesn’t find out.

Jack: Ever? How? He usually knows what’s happening the minute it happens.

Nikki: I’ll just tell him I found a different sponsor.

Jack: Oh, good. We’ll just compound the lie.

Nikki: Why can’t you let that go?

Jack: Because deceit is part of this disease. The sneaking around, the lying, the withholding information.

Nikki: So, you want me to find somebody else, even though I told you what a burden that would be for me. I would be so stressed out, jack.

Jack: Okay, okay, okay. We’ll play it your way, for now. We’ll see how it goes, okay?

Nikki: Thank you. Thank you.

Jack: Since we have this time and we can talk, I would like to know what caused you to take your first drink today? Lauren gave me some idea of how it was you lost your sobriety. Somebody forced alcohol on you without your consent?

Nikki: It was the most terrifying experience of my life. But there’s a lot more to it than what I told lauren. Some of it is so horrific, I– I just wanted to spare her.

Jack: I can see it in your eyes without knowing any details. You have been through a nightmare.

Nikki: And victor, victoria, nicholas, they were there too. And cole howard.

Jack: Well, there’s a name from the past.

Nikki: We’ve been trying to keep it private. As private as we can. But what I’m about to tell you is just between us. It has to do with what I was talking about. My family needing me, especially victoria. And the newest member of the newman family who has a lot of issues to deal with as well.

Adam: Am I the only one that’s wondering what this is gonna look like down the road? If claire can convince her doctors to release her early, you don’t think that her crazy aunt is gonna be part of that picture too, hm? I mean, what are you gonna say to your daughter when she begs you to accept jordan as rehabilitated as she was?

Victor: That is not going to happen.

Nurse: There’s a call for you, claire. Your mother, victoria.

Claire: Oh, uh, okay. Yeah, I’ll take it. Thank you. Hello.

Jordan: Claire? Claire, don’t hang up, please.


Jack: My god. What those women put you through. It’s just– it’s–

Nikki: I know that. There are no words. When you’re hooked up to an iv with a vodka drip, you can feel it burning.

Jack: Oh, geez.

Nikki: Going through your veins and then it clouds your thoughts. Your thoughts, your emotions. I– I didn’t know what the hell was going on at first. It was a familiar feeling, but I guess without the taste in your mouth or the weight of the glass you– I don’t know, I couldn’t place it. But then when I did, I realized that jordan knew exactly what she was doing. She knew my history. She knew what it would mean to me as a recovering alcoholic, down the road. She wanted me to know that she was totally in control of– of me at first. And then before killing my family with claire at her side. Thank god, she was unsuccessful.

Jack: Oh, my god. What a sadistic woman. And claire. I– I remember when victoria and cole were grieving the loss of, well, what they thought was the death of their child.

Nikki: Yes, it was heartbreaking seeing victoria suffer like that. And yet, decades later, miracles of miracles.

Jack: Oh, yes. The child lives. It’s a miracle and it’s a tragedy.

Nikki: Mm. On so many levels.

Jack: And for claire to have her psyche twisted like that. If you want to have a relationship with her, this is– it’s going to take months, maybe years, and with a world of patience. All of this while you are trying to recover from the damage caused by– god, the torture they inflicted on you.

Nikki: Well, the only way out is through.

Jack: I will be with you every step of the way.

Nikki: I went to see claire at the hospital today. I wanted to know how it would feel being alone with her. You know, would I pity her, would I be enraged? Would I believe her when she said that she wants to get better?

Jack: Was she receptive?

Nikki: Surprisingly, yes. After a while, she did open up.

Jack: And what was your takeaway when you left?

Nikki: She is so damaged. Her whole world has been upended. It’s like she was hypnotized her entire life and just had that aunt feeding her lies. She doesn’t even know what she did or– or the consequences for what she did. All she knew were the lies that jordan said. That victoria and cole didn’t want her and that the newman family rejected her.

Jack: Her aunt is an evil woman.

Nikki: She is evil incarnate.

Jordan: Claire, are you there? I can hear you breathing. I’m sorry that I lied and told him that your mother was calling. I just knew that if I told them it was me, you wouldn’t answer.

Claire: We have nothing left to say to each other. It’s over. You’re dead to me now.

Jordan: No. No, don’t say that. Don’t say that. I only have a couple of minutes, but you have to listen to me. This is important. There’s something you need to understand.

Claire: What?

Jordan: The newmans, they’re not good for you. They’re going to take you into their world and annihilate you. They don’t deserve you.

Adam: Dad, I– I know that you like to control every outcome, but when you’re dealing with unstable, deceitful people, it’s a different story.

Victoria: Yeah. Yeah, you’re the expert. We know, we know. You know, claire was brave enough to confront jordan. She cut all ties with her.

Adam: Wait. The two of them met up since they’ve been arrested? Nobody thought that that was suspicious? I mean, what if they’re planning another escape, victoria?

Victoria: Cole and I took her to the prison in oregon, all right? We had a full security detail with us. It’s what claire said she needed to help with her therapy.

Adam: Hm. What did they talk about?

Victoria: It was a private conversation.

Adam: You weren’t even in the room with them? So, you have no idea what they talked about. Uh, did– did you know about this?

Victor: Son, I told you, I trust your sister’s instinct. Okay?

Adam: Tell me you at least have a recording of what they said.

Victoria: Would you stop? We know because claire told us in no uncertain terms that she’s done with jordan. No more contact. No more conspiracies.

Adam: Yes, and she would say anything to get you to forgive her, victoria. Trust me, I know. I’ve been in claire’s shoes with all of you.

Nick: So nobody should believe anything you say. Is that it, adam?

Adam: No, I’m gonna prove myself to you with my actions over time. Claire only has her words. Okay, we need to approach the situation with a lot less compassion and massive amounts of caution.

Victoria: Oh, look at that. The newman black sheep telling us to watch ourselves. How ironic.

Adam: Dad, you know I’m right.


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Abby: Oh, look, daniel’s here with heather.

Devon: He is.

Abby: Well, it looks like you guys had the same idea we did.

Daniel: What idea is that?

Devon: To get a late lunch.

Daniel: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Abby: Hi, heather. How are you?

Heather: Doing very well, thanks. It’s so nice to see you both out and about, taking a little time for yourselves.

Devon: You too. Yeah, we just wanted to say hello. Didn’t mean to interrupt your conversation.

Daniel: You’re not interrupting. No worries.

Heather: We were actually just discussing lucy’s schedule. There’s so much back and forth, all the logistics to work out.

Devon: Oh, yeah, we’re just starting to know about that ourselves.

Abby: Mm-hmm.

Heather: I’m sure.

Abby: Well, enjoy your lunch.

Daniel: Yeah, you too.

Devon: See you.

Abby: Is this table okay?

Devon: Yeah, that’s fine.

Abby: Thank you.

Nikki: Thank god, claire is free of that mad woman. If there’s any justice, jordan will spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Jack: It sounds like claire is someone you empathize with. That strikes me as hopeful.

Nikki: There was a glimmer of hope. There was a moment when I thought maybe in time, I could forgive her. But then when she broke down, I couldn’t bring myself to hug this poor girl, my granddaughter. And then– then I felt ashamed and upset, and then self-pity that I’m even in this damn situation. I know, my emotions are all over the place. I’m sorry.

Jack: Hey, I think that’s to be expected, don’t you?

Nikki: I don’t know. Sometimes, I think I have a handle on it. As soon as I left the room and the images of my kidnapping came rushing back, and whenever that happens, I am completely overwhelmed. And I guess that’s why I wanted to have a drink so bad.

Jack: And then you called me and that was a profoundly positive step.

Nikki: I’m just grateful that you were available.

Jack: I am always available to you. I mean that. You can count on me. If you’re struggling, if you just need someone to talk to, call me, day or night. I’m there for you.

Nikki: Thank you. You don’t know what that means to me.

Jack: You’d do the same for me.

Nikki: Yeah, I would if I weren’t such a mess.

Jack: Well, let’s take one disaster at a time, huh?

Nikki: Good plan. Now, I need you to swear that you won’t tell victor anything.

Jack: I said I wouldn’t and I won’T. You said you maybe wanted to go to a meeting. It’s kind of late. Why don’t– why don’t I take you back to the ranch, okay?

Nikki: I think I’ll have our driver pick me up and then I’ll get my car at the hospital later.

Jack: Okay.

Nikki: Thank you, so much. Thank you.

Victor: Son, I understand your questions and I assure you that no one, least of all victoria, wants to put our family in danger again.

Adam: Yeah, that is all well and good. I just don’t trust any of it.

Victoria: Well, what you think and who you trust isn’t relevant here. Claire’s my daughter. I’m her family. In fact, you know, we’re all her family.

Adam: Well, unless I misheard, that hasn’t been decided yet. It was if and when, according to you and dad, when I walked in.

Nick: You’re really not helping your cause, adam. You need to let it go.

Victoria: You know, why don’t we just cut to the chase? What this is all really about? You’re worried that my daughter is gonna jeopardize your place in this family and that we’re gonna love her more than we love you.

Adam: Well, any love would be more love than I get from you, so no, that’s not my concern.

Nick: Then what is, adam?

Adam: Claire’s aunt. I seriously doubt we’ve heard the last from her. And you would all be wise to think the same way.

Claire: You’re wrong, jordan. The newmans care about me. They want me to get better. They want me to have a future. I’m the one who doesn’t deserve them and you don’t deserve me. You ruined my life.

Jordan: Claire.

Claire: I want you dead. Do you hear me, dead?

Jordan: Claire. Claire, don’t leave me! If you’re still having bladder leaks,

Abby: Okay. So, before you commit to anything or make some sort of presentation, I wanna make sure you really think it’s a good idea to bring me on the board.

Devon: I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s a great idea. And I don’t think I’m gonna have to do a lot of selling either because I know that lily and jill will see the value that you bring straight away.

Abby: Well, good. I’m glad to hear that because besides beefing up defenses against tucker, the thought of being back in the corporate world, it really excites me.

Devon: Yeah? Are you not enjoying running this place anymore?

Abby: No, I am. I do. I love it here. This place has been successful since the day it opened. I just– I feel like I’ve hit a ceiling.

Devon: How so?

Abby: Well, the only way to make this place more successful is to expand, open another location and then it wouldn’t be as exclusive and I don’t want it to lose its cachet.

Devon: Have you thought about doing it though? About a whole new location, a new clientele, a different vibe.

Abby: I have. You know, I thought maybe genoa city could use another private dining room like the old colonnade room.

Devon: Oh, yeah. I can see that working.

Abby: But honestly, I’m not a restaurateur. I mean, all of this, it just kind of fell into my lap.

Devon: That’s true. You have taken on a lot of challenges since I’ve known you. Have you stuck with just one project for as long as you’ve been here at society?

Abby: This place has been very good to me for a long time. And it was perfect when dominic was a teeny baby.

Devon: It’s just not perfect anymore.

Abby: I know, I just– i don’t want to get pigeonholed into the hospitality field. You know, I have so many other interests and honestly, I’ve been feeling a little bit antsy. And when I think about when I worked at newman, the rush I used to get being in the c-suite.

Devon: I remember you being frustrated when you had that job though.

Abby: Okay. Yes, I did, a little bit because there were a lot of players involved and being a baby in the family. I mean, no one really took me seriously or listened to what I had to say, but I just– I love the idea of the day-to-day, like being involved in the corporate world.

Devon: Really?

Abby: I do. Yeah.

Devon: You miss that? You never talk about it. What do you miss about it?

Abby: Well, I miss all of it. I miss having a bird’s eye view into everything going on in the corporate world. You know, all of the things that happen there. You know, being able to put in place corporate policy that will make a difference in the world. And yes, I know, I know that there are a lot of politics involved and there might be some roadblocks in making a positive change and I– I understand that.

Devon: There’s definitely politics on every board, of every company, including chancellor-winters. And it’s not to the extent of a newman or jabot, but you might want to taper your expectations.

Abby: I understand and I have a lot of experience with that. My feet are firmly planted on the ground.

Devon: Except when you’re dancing with dominic around the living room.

Abby: I just– I think I have a lot more to offer being on the board at chancellor-winters than just a vote against all things tucker.

Victoria: Jordan is in custody. She is no longer a threat. Once she’s convicted, she’s gonna die in prison.

Adam: You can’t guarantee that. And if she ever gets out, we’re gonna be her first stop, victoria.

Nikki: Sorry to interrupt.

Victor: There you are. Where have you been, my baby, I’ve been worried about you. You all right?

Nikki: Yeah, I’m fine. What did I walk in on?

Victoria: Apparently, claire poses a terrible threat to adam’s ego.

Adam: No, it’s not about being threatened. Okay, I don’t know all the details, but I do know that you all went to hell and back over christmas and maybe I’d like to know that you’re safe now. And there aren’t some threats hanging out in the air.

Victoria: Oh, all right. So just add mistrust and paranoia to being threatened.

Adam: Victoria, is– is it really just all in the past for you? It’s all over. It’s done now.

Nikki: Of course, it isn’T. But we are handling it.

Victoria: Okay, I know what jordan is capable of. I know that. But claire was her victim a lot longer than we were, so we need to have a little compassion, a little understanding, not your knee-jerk suspicions.

Adam: You know, I bet if nick was giving you this advice, you would take it to heart more.

Nick: Don’t count on it. Vic’s all in. Her daughter is her main concern. It took me a minute, but I support her, so I see her side of things.

Victor: You need to do the same, my boy.

Adam: Whatever you say. I gotta get back to work.

Victor: You have a good day.

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Claire: Please don’t ever bring me a call from that number again. That wasn’t my mother.

Nurse: Sorry, I’ll make a note of it. Who was it on the phone?

Claire: The devil. If you have chronic kidney disease

Devon: All right, babe. So, you’re serious about doing this, right? ‘Cause I’m gonna pull the trigger.

Abby: I am. Unless you think it’s a bad idea?

Devon: Please. I love the idea of getting to work alongside of you. And the idea of you doing something that’s different than running a restaurant.

Abby: I think it would be great. I mean, I think I would be a great asset to chancellor-winters. And it would push me to maximize my creative instincts.

Devon: Of which, there are many.

Abby: Yeah.

Devon: No really, I, uh, I appreciate you bringing this idea to me because I’m excited to see where it goes.

Abby: Okay, what’s going on?

Nikki: Funny you were talking about claire when I came in. I just came from seeing her.

Victoria: You went to see claire?

Nick: On your own?

Victoria: How does she look? No, how does she sound?

Nikki: Still fragile, but gathering strength. And I learned a lot about her. It made me see her in a new light.

Victoria: I’m so happy to hear that.

Victor: Sweetheart, why in the world would you confront her by yourself? I mean, no backup, no support.

Nikki: It wasn’t a confrontation. It was enlightening.

Victoria: Really? In what way?

Nikki: Well, she shared her feelings with me, her fears. And I asked her how she spends her days. She’s allowed to walk around the hospital for exercise, uh, supervised, of course. And her favorite place to go is the children’s ward.

Nick: Why there?

Nikki: She likes to see them interact with each other and with their families. ‘Cause that’s something she never had.

Victoria: That’s terribly sad. But you went there to see her to try to understand her more and I bet that gave her some hope. I bet it means a lot to her that she has a family that wants to support her.

Nikki: Well, she’s not really clear on what family is. But those walks she takes will help her learn. Claire is trying to fill an empty place in her heart. I think those instincts are exactly right. We have to have faith that she will get there.

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