Y&R Transcript Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Young & The Restless Transcript


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Victor: Nikki, are you in there?

[ Nikki sighs ]

Nikki: That was close.

Jack: It’s been a long time since I felt the need to sneak around. I didn’t miss the feeling at all.

Nikki: Now, jack, don’t make a big deal out of this.

Jack: You were afraid to breathe just now in your own office. And it’s going to stay that way as long as you keep secrets from victor.

Nikki: You said you were ready to help me. Whatever I need.

Jack: Yes, I did, but this…

Nikki: Is what we agreed upon.

Jack: Then maybe we should reopen the topic. Are you sure you won’t tell victor that I’m your new sponsor?

Nate: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Nate: You at an okay place to take a break?

Devon: Uh, close enough, yeah. What’s up?

Nate: Why don’t we both call it quits for the night? Let me buy you a drink at the club.

Devon: That’s the best offer I’ve had all day. Let’s do it.

Tucker: There she is. Didn’t expect to see you so soon. Or ever, after our last conversation. Hi. Uh, just my usual, thank you.

Audra: I’ll put it on my tab, please.

Tucker: Oh, sweet. The deluxe apology.

Audra: What’s a few angry words between old friends?

Tucker: Is that how we’re playing?

[ Tucker scoffs ] Okay, then. Yeah, I’m– I’m surprised. Did not expect to hear from you. I guess you’re becoming as mercurial as everyone says I am. I must be rubbing off on you.

Audra: Mm. Not in the right ways. You know, last time I checked, I’m not rich beyond my wildest dreams like you.

Tucker: Not yet. Thank you very much. I could change that for you if I wanted to.

Audra: Yeah, you know, you mentioned some plans. Among other things.

Tucker: So, first you turned me down. Now, you’ve changed your mind. Did my pitch get under your skin, audra? Or am I just that irresistible? I won’t let me moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

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Audra: It’s not that I find you irresistible, but that your offer for me to come work with you at glissade just might be.

Tucker: Which you recently not-so-graciously declined. Very emphatically. What’s changed?

Audra: I had some time to think things through, that’s all.

Tucker: Uh-huh. This is a major reversal. You were very decisive up in your suite.

Audra: Yeah, I had a knee-jerk reaction to the mention of jabot.

Tucker: And ashley.

Audra: But I’m calmer now.

Tucker: No, you’ve– you’ve pushed back before. This is different. And you– you– you were done with me, right? In all ways.

Audra: Well, I decided to leave newman media. Effective immediately.

Tucker: Well, now.

Audra: There’s no upward mobility for me there. And it’s a closed shop. Only the newmans are allowed in the inner circle, and that’s never going to change. I thought it was worth it to have it on my resume, but why bother now when there are other, much better options on the table?

Tucker: And you just realized this?

Audra: Yes. I just realized that.

Tucker: Same job it was a week ago. Something must have happened.

Audra: Think whatever you want. Is your offer still on the table?

Tucker: Maybe. Only if you’re honest with me.

Audra: About?

Tucker: Something tells me you didn’t quit. Something tells me you ticked nikki off and she fired you. Hm?

[ Tucker laughs ] She did, didn’t she? What’d you do to lose your job, audra?

[ Phone ringing ]

[ Nikki gasps ]

Nikki: It’s victor.

Jack: Take it.

Nikki: Hi.

Victor: Sweetheart. I came by the office and the doors were locked. I thought you’d left for the evening, but then I saw your car in the garage. So, everything all right?

Nikki: Oh, yeah, I– I– I got a little stir-crazy, so I just went out for a walk to clear my head.

Victor: Wait a minute, why would you go for a walk out in the freezing cold?

Nikki: Yeah, that’s why I’m back in my office already so soon. Did you need to see me?

Victor: Yes.

Nikki: I’ll come to you.

Victor: All right, I’m in my office.

Nikki: All right, I’ll be there shortly.

[ Nikki sighs ]

Jack: You see how this is affecting you?

Nikki: I can handle it.

Jack: Nikki, just tell him.

Nikki: No. I have made up my mind. Right now, it is best that he not know you are involved. So, if you want to ease my stress, tell me that you will understand that, and you won’t bring it up again.

Jack: Even if I can see how much this secret is stressing you. I know that you don’t agree with my decision, but I need for you to respect it. And just being in this position, it– it makes me feel so ashamed. No matter how many meetings I go to, I still can’t seem to string two days together without the urge to drink. I mean, I go looking for a bottle without even thinking about it.

Jack: Just focus on one day, one day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute if that’s what it takes.

[ Nikki sighs ]

Nikki: One minute at a time. God, just hearing that makes me feel so weak. And I am sick of draining the life out of people for my own selfish reasons. God, I– I know this program. I know how it works. I should have been over this. I should have beaten it weeks ago.

Jack: Take it easy. Take a breath. Relax. Take it easy.

Nikki: And that’s only what I’m going through. I mean, how would victor react if he knew that I was already relying on you? What would that do to him?

Jack: He’s a fighter. Just like you are.

Nikki: How long does he have to fight? He is already going through stress with the family and I am not going to add to that by telling him I have chosen somebody else to support me. He would be terribly hurt.

Jack: Okay. Breathe. Breathe again. Let me– let me get you some water, okay?

Nikki: I’ve got it. I mean, I hate lying to him, but I have to spare him. I can handle it.

Jack: Okay.

Nikki: Thank you. Thank you for dropping whatever you were doing so you could come spend time with me. It really helped. More than you know, jack.

Jack: For what it’s worth, when you called, I was at society, having a drink with victor. I was trying to get a read on how he’s reacting to all this.

Nikki: What? That is exactly what you’re not supposed to do. – “Best thing I’ve ever done.”

Nikki: How could you do that, jack? Only a handful of people even know that I have slipped. What did you do? Seek victor out so you could interrogate him?

Jack: It was one drink, that’s all.

Nikki: And then what? You waited for him to bring up my drinking?

Jack: I was trying to gauge where his thinking is right now.

Nikki: And was he suspicious of this casual conversation?

Jack: Nikki, it was fine.

Nikki: What exactly does fine mean?

Jack: It means I’m an old hand at getting information out of that man without him realizing it. And I got one big thing out of it. Nikki, he loves you a great deal. And he will do anything in his power to protect you. Including, perhaps, accepting me as your sponsor. But that’s not going to happen if you don’t talk to him.

Nikki: No. No. I won’t have it, jack. I won’t have you dropping hints or him knowing anything about this. I don’t want him to see that I’m so fragile, that things are as bad as they are.

Jack: Nikki, he knows you have a problem. When you had that drink or how many you had does not matter.

Nikki: It matters to me. I can’t let him see what a mess I am. I need to do this myself with the support of somebody who truly understands what I’m going through.

Jack: I’m your guy.

Nikki: And thank god for you, jack.

[ Knocking on door ]

Victor: Come in.

Nick: Hey.

Victor: Hi, son.

Nick: I was just about to take off for the night. You want to grab a drink?

Victor: Uh, I’m going to have dinner with your mother.

Nick: Good. Some other time then.

Victor: Yeah.

Nick: How’s she doing?

Victor: I don’t know. She pretends to be stronger than she is, I think.

Nick: Yeah, that sounds like mom.

Victor: Yeah. But I don’t like the fact that jack abbott is snooping around. Trying to find out what’s going on with all of us.

Nick: Snooping around how?

Victor: I was sitting at the bar earlier, and he bellied up to me, asking question after question as if I didn’t know what he was up to.

Nick: Well, what does he know? Does he know what went down with jordan? Does he know about claire? Does he know that mom’s having some rough times right now?

Victor: I don’t know.

Nick: I really don’t think you need to be worried about jack, dad. I know he drives you crazy at times, but he knows there’s a need for discretion here.

Victor: Jack abbott being discreet? Are you kidding or what?

Nick: And he certainly has mom’s best interests at heart, especially if he knows that she’s been drinking.

Victor: How the hell did he find out about it?

Nick: I don’t know, dad, maybe– maybe she mentioned something to him. They’re friends. He’s dealt with the same issues. It would make sense that he would be concerned and want to check in on you and just sort of see how we’re all holding up.

Victor: We don’t need his concern, okay? And your mother doesn’t need his support.

Audra: Thank you for your faith in my personal skills, tucker. But nikki didn’t fire me. I quit.

Tucker: Uh-huh.

Audra: Ask her yourself if you don’t believe me.

Tucker: I’m sure she’d love that.

Audra: Are you scared of nikki newman?

Tucker: Are you changing the subject?

[ Audra sighs ]

Audra: You know what? This is not the pleasant drinking chat I hoped for.

Tucker: Oh, what did you hope for, audra? And please be specific. Let me just do the math here. Let’s see.

Audra: Um, excuse me?

Tucker: Well, I, uh, first I find nate up in your room. And now you guys are giving each other the eye. Hm? Is this an element of the equation here?

Audra: What are you even talking about?

Tucker: Something’s going on between you two. And I’m sure it’s related to you quitting newman media. Some people have minor joint pain plus stomach problems.

Devon: Hey, you’re not still friends with audra, are you?

Nate: Uh, not sure you could ever have called us friends.

Devon: You guys were close enough to do deals together and make plans, right?

Nate: Yeah, that’s true. Um, and I learned my lesson. But, uh, we’re still polite to each other, though. But no, uh, not a friendship per se.

Devon: Mm. Okay.

Nate: Any particular reason you’re asking?

Devon: Just the vibe I picked up on.

Nate: Oh, well, tucker over there caught my attention. Why she still gives him the time of day is beyond me. That’s some messed up codependency. The guy’s toxic. Sorry, I didn’t mean to–

Devon: No, please. I– I came to that conclusion about him months ago.

Audra: I’m sorry devon blew you off.

Tucker: Did he? I hadn’t noticed.

Audra: One of your most endearing qualities is how much you love your son.

Tucker: One of my most endearing qualities? What are the others?

[ Tucker laughs ]

Audra: Maybe I misspoke.

Tucker: Are you going to take that one back too? Like you telling me you wanted nothing to do with me was just a knee-jerk reaction?

Audra: You know, now you’re fishing for compliments. Shall I make you a list of your good points, so you can tape it to your mirror to remind yourself that you’re still part of the human race?

Tucker: Your skill set is astounding.

Audra: Is it?

Tucker: Simmering looks.

[ Audra chuckles ] Clever gibes, the underhanded compliments. Cruelty.

Audra: You know, you make me sound fascinating.

Tucker: Oh, you are. Earlier, I opened a vein with you, bared my soul, and you just shut me down without batting an eye. Cut me out of your life. And yet here you are, filled with regret… after you claim that you’ve suddenly quit your lucrative job at newman media. And then you use my estrangement with devon to pretend you care. All the while exchanging sly looks with nate hastings across the room. Are you a part of the human race? Yeah, you’re playing some long con here. I’m dying to know what it.

Diane: Hi!

Jack: Hi.

Diane: Hi. I thought you’d be home earlier.

Jack: Yeah, I got a distress call from nikki. Went to check on her at the office, and victor almost walked in on us.

Diane: What do you mean?

Jack: Well, the door was locked. Victor kept knocking. Nikki didn’t answer.

Diane: Well, that must have been awkward and unnerving.

Jack: Yeah. I hate it. I hate what this is doing to nikki and I– I frankly hate what I’ve agreed to.

Diane: I know. So, how is she doing?

Jack: Not well. I’m worried about her.

Nick: Hey, mom.

Nikki: Hello. Why are you looking at me like that?

Nick: Like, uh, like what?

Nikki: Oh, I don’t know. Like, uh, I’m seconds away from falling apart. I’m not. All is well. I’m sorry I worried you when I went out for some fresh air.

Nick: It’s freezing outside, mom.

Nikki: Yeah, that’s what your father said, too.

Victor: How’s it going with your new sponsor?

Nikki: Very well. We’re a much better fit.

Victor: Uh-huh. Well, I’m glad to hear that.

Nick: What happened to your original guy? What’s his name? Seth?

Nikki: Oh, yeah. He had a stumble of his own recently and I needed somebody who was on more solid ground with their recovery.

Nick: Yeah, that makes sense.

Nikki: But I think this new person will work out very well. They’ve been in recovery a lot longer, and, uh, very– very solid and calm.

Victor: Hm. It’s nice to know. Son, uh, why don’t you have dinner with your parents?

Nick: Oh, I would, but christian just reminded me that it is tacos and video game night, so I got to go.

Victor: That’s important.

Nick: Yeah.

Victor: Okay. Give them our love, okay?

Nick: I will. Mom, just so you know, we’re all here for whatever you need, okay?

Nikki: Thank you, darling.

Victor: Good night, son.

Nick: Good night. Love you both. Oh what a good time we will have

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Nate: You and I have had more than enough battles, and I am grateful we’ve come back around to being able to work together again. You know, have dinner, celebrate holidays. Because family means everything.

Devon: Hope, you’re not going to tell me that I should reach out to tucker.

Nate: No, no, I’m not. I’m saying I’m sorry, because I know it’s hard not having your father in your life.

Devon: Oh, he’s never really been around, so it’s actually not that hard. And I’ve already had the only father I’ll ever need, and tucker will never be half the man that neil was. I actually should have walked away from him long before I did.

Nate: So, what was the last straw? The news about the cover-up?

Devon: That and just everything combined. All the guy does is lie. And when you have somebody that you can’t trust a single word that comes out of their mouth, why would you want them in your life, and I didn’T.

Tucker: Nate’s trying so hard not to look over here at you.

Audra: Do you want to go sit over there with him? I’m happy to let him pick up your tab instead of me.

Tucker: I know you’re dying to tell me what you’re up to. How does nate fit into it?

Audra: You know, he’s an attractive man, tucker, okay? Maybe I just like looking at him. Does it really bother you that much?

Tucker: He keeps looking over at you.

Audra: Well, I am an attractive woman. Or maybe you’ve just forgotten since you’ve known me for so long.

Tucker: I know you are dangerous. You’re up to something with nate.

Audra: You’re right. We’re sleeping together.

Tucker: No, you’re not. But even if you are, I couldn’t care less. It would just be you using sex again as the means to some end. What end is the question.

[ Audra chuckles ]

Audra: Can you just focus on us and our partnership?

Tucker: Who said I still want to partner with you?

[ Audra scoffs ]

Audra: So, you offer me the world, and now you’ve just changed your mind?

Tucker: I’m thinking about it. See you around. Gentlemen.

Sharon: The key is to make each customer feel like they’re our most important account, if not our only account. Now, how do we do that? Through relationships. Building them with research and communication, and maintaining them with excellent follow-through. You each have your own unique style of relating to people, but the common denominator here is service. Anticipating our client’s needs, which only happens when you make it a point to understand their business inside and out. Everyone in this meeting is very good at that. You have a gift for it, which is why I chose you to be part of cassidy first’s sales team. Okay, I guess that’s it for tonight, but before we sign off, there is a little homework assignment. Um, I’d like each of you to design a questionnaire that will get to the heart of what a client needs in bespoke software products. Go beyond just who’s going to be using it, and what will it be used for. Get creative, there is no right or wrong. Just send them to me by friday, and we’ll use them to brainstorm with next week’s meeting, all right? Any questions? Fantastic. Have a great evening, everyone. Enjoy.

Nick: Wow.

Sharon: What?

Nick: You’re amazing.

Jack: I have seen nikki fight this battle more than once, but there’s a look in her eye, a fear I’ve never seen before, and it’s like she’s doing everything she can to look like she’s in control.

Diane: Is that what it was like for you?

Jack: Frankly, I don’t remember the pills, the urge. I do remember the ugliness that the pills caused and detox was a living hell.

Diane: You know, jack, maybe this is too much for you to take on right now.

Jack: Oh, look, honey, I didn’t mean to scare you. There’s no reason to be concerned. Though I love that you are concerned.

[ Diane chuckles ] Right now, I would like to spend the rest of my evening focused on you, not nikki, and certainly not victor.

Diane: No argument from me.

Jack: How does champagne and dancing sound to you?

Diane: Are you serious?

Jack: Yeah, I’m serious.

Diane: Then, it sounds absolutely perfect.

Jack: Good.

Victor: Thank you. So, my baby, how’s your appetite?

Nikki: I could eat.

Victor: Good. I had a talk with jack abbott at the bar earlier.

Nikki: I hope you were civil to him.

Victor: He asked me all kinds of questions.

Nikki: Really? About what?

Victor: Well, apparently, you told him about your abduction, which I find interesting. Then, he also knew about your drinking.

Nikki: Yes, jack knows.

Victor: I see.

Nikki: Well, I didn’t want to hide what’s going on with people who care about me. That– that just makes me feel even more ashamed.

Victor: But sweetheart, you know–

Nikki: Talking about it is good, I always feel stronger afterwards.

Victor: You know damn well that I like to keep problems like this within the family, okay?

Nikki: Yes, I know how you feel about privacy.

Victor: For everyone’s protection.

Nikki: From jack? Victor, you– you keep calling it an issue, but the issue is me, my recovery.

Victor: My issue with the whole thing is that jack abbot cannot be trusted. I have never trusted him.

Nikki: All right, please don’t make more out of it than it is. I would’ve called yesterday.

Sharon: Well, that is some compliment. Do you mind if I ask what it is you find so amazing?

Nick: How much time you got?

Sharon: Well, I’m pretty busy working on cassidy first, but I have a few minutes.

Nick: I mean, you’ve been tearing it up lately, all this drive and energy. You have never been a slacker, but this is next level stuff. It’s very impressive.

Sharon: Well, thank you.

Nick: I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation with your sales team. Your advice? Spot on, sharon. Can, I assume they’re, uh, you know, younger people?

Sharon: It’s like they’re speaking a foreign language when it comes to technology. I feel like I’m taking a crash course every time I have a meeting with them.

Nick: Yeah, but you got the other side of it. You know, you’ve got the drive and the vision. They’re very lucky to have you as a mentor. I mean, the fact that you’ve kept your hand in this place while running your new company, it’s quite remarkable.

Sharon: Well, esther has been a really great manager, and I’ve leaned on her a lot. I just can’t bring myself to sell our cute little coffee house, even though I probably should. There’s just so many memories here, you know?

Nick: Yeah, there’s a lot of history here. I’m glad it’s in the family, you know, so to speak.

Sharon: It is. We are. So anyway, thank you for noticing that I’m managing to keep all these balls in the air as of now.

Nick: Don’t come at me with all this modesty stuff, sharon. I’ve worked with you before. I’m sure you’re going to continue to crush it, and impress me and everyone else the way you always do.

Sharon: I really appreciate you saying that. It makes all the hard work that I’ve been doing even more worth it.

Nick: I bet.

Sharon: So, tell me about you, what’s going on?

Nick: Ooh, me.

[ Nick chuckles ] Well, I am, uh– I’m boring in comparison.

Sharon: Okay, that’s a lie. But go ahead, avoid talking about yourself. Tell me about nikki, how is she?

Devon: Uh, I mean, when you get down to it, every single thing about tucker is a lie. You know? And what really annoys me is that he feels like he can pull one over on anybody he wants, including myself. And it’s bad enough when you’re in the dark about things, but then it’s that much worse when you find out the truth, and find out that you got played like a sucker.

Nate: The cover-up is one lie on top of another. The news must have destabilized a new company he bought, glissade.

Devon: Probably.

Nate: Would be better for everyone if he just went to france and tried to manage it from there.

Devon: Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.

Nate: Why not? Pretty much everyone in town hates the guy. What is he, a glutton for punishment? Because I frankly can’t understand why else would he stick around genoa city? Unless he’s still holding out hope that you might forgive him one day, that he’d have another shot being around you and dom.

Devon: Yeah, probably. Probably all the above. ‘Cause he always thinks he can win, but he’s certainly not going to let anybody think that he got chased away. It’s kind of like you not too long ago, you had everyone pissed off, but you were determined to have your family forgive you.

Nate: Comparing me to tucker mccall, wow, that’s, uh– that’s unnerving.

Devon: Well…

Nate: My actions were low, yes, but, uh, nothing compared to what he’s pulled over the years.

Devon: Yeah, the biggest difference, though, is that you’ve proven that you can actually change and make amends and he’s proven that he can’t or he won’t, so he doesn’T. Either way. Hey, I need to get home to abby and dominic. It’s getting late, thank you for this drink, though.

Nate: Yeah, thanks for coming out.

Devon: For sure.

Nate: I hope, uh, tucker didn’t make it too unpleasant.

Devon: No, no, not at all. I’ll see you around, though.

Nate: Night.

Devon: Night.

[ Nate sighs ]

[ Diane laughing ]

Jack: Oh.

Diane: Look who’s here.

Jack: He’s alone, as he should be. Come on, ignore him.

[ Diane clears throat ]

Tucker: Ah, good evening.

Jack: Tucker.

Tucker: Say, I heard ashley went back to paris.

Jack: That’s none of your business. And how would you know that anyway? When migraine strikes you’re faced with a choice.

Nate: Tucker was eyeing me. What was that about?

Audra: That was about you eyeing me.

Nate: I was curious.

Audra: Yeah, obviously so. You need to work on that.

Nate: What else did he have to say?

Audra: You gave me the perfect suggestion for how to take glissade from tucker. I need to undermine him from the inside, which means I have to get back in his good graces.

Nate: Or maybe that’s just an excuse so you can let yourself get sucked back in by him again.

Audra: You better watch yourself with an accusation like that. I know exactly what I’m doing.

Nate: Yeah, and tucker probably knows, too.

Audra: That’s how the game is played, my friend, at least for tucker and me. And it’s my time to win.

Tucker: I make it my business to know things, jack, but it’s pretty obvious why ashley went back to paris anyway.

Diane: Excuse me.

Jack: You know, I’m not really interested in your theories. I think I’d like to join my wife.

Tucker: What she did was take my advice, and return to the scene of the so-called crime, which means she’s about to find out that everything she claims happened in that bistro did not. And that I have been telling the truth all along.

Jack: Okay, there’s one scenario, here’s another. You’re the liar here. And when ashley comes back from paris, she’s going to purge you from her heart forever. It’ll be so thorough, even you will get it. And you will be more lonely than you have ever been in your entire life. Even your delusions won’t keep you warm.

[ Tucker chuckles ]

Nick: I don’t know how to answer that question about mom. She’s one of the strongest people I know, but this disease does not care. It goes in for the kill, no matter who you are.

Sharon: That’s for sure.

Nick: Dad thinks she’s putting on a brave front you know, to try and hide how fragile she really is.

Sharon: Is that your impression also?

Nick: I mean, it’s possible. She was thrown back into alcoholism against her will. She was doing great, you know? Comfortably in recovery. Her sobriety was solid. Then, her whole world was turned upside down by this psychopath.

Sharon: Well, the good news is nikki is surrounded by people who love her and who will help her get this under control again.

Nick: If she can.

Sharon: Do you really doubt that, or is that some old deep fear?

Nick: I don’t know. Is there a difference?

Sharon: My money’s on nikki. She’s gotten through this several times in the past and she can do it again.

[ Nick sighs ]

Victor: Thank you. So, I understand you had to make some difficult decisions lately.

Nikki: Who have you been talking to?

Victor: Talked to that audra woman.

Nikki: Mm.

Victor: She explained to me why you let her go.

Nikki: And you disagree with my decision?

Victor: No. I’ve told you before, when it comes to newman media, you hire and fire whoever you please, okay? I just don’t want any more stress added to your life. That’s not good for you, baby.

Nikki: Well, when I find the right people who understand boundaries, I will bring them on board. But in the meantime, I have other resources I can utilize. The work will get done and I won’t overdo it. I promise. Really, victor, it’ll be fine.

Victor: I’m serious, okay?

[ Phone chiming ] Excuse me. Yes.

Guard: Mr. Newman, the prison where jordan is being held, there was a major fire. No word yet on how many casualties or survivors.

Victor: All right, um, keep me informed, okay?

Nikki: What’s wrong?

Victor: Just business, baby. Nothing to worry about.

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