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Sally: Thank you, sir.

Adam: My pleasure. So, what are we thinking? Thinking old favorites or something adventurous off the specials list?

Sally: Food can wait. You said you had news.

Adam: Uh, I do, indeed.

Sally: So?

Adam: It’s a surprise for later.

Sally: Come on, adam. Seriously? I mean, you can’t leave me in suspense like that. I’m never going to make it through the appetizer.

Adam: Patience is a virtue.

Sally: To heck with that. Is it a vacation? A weekend getaway? Hopefully someplace warm?

Adam: Uh, we can do that too, but no.

Sally: Okay, well, it’s news. Big enough to keep a secret. Did you get me a puppy? A lamborghini?

Adam: Not even close.

[ Sally sighs ]

Sally: Oh, my god, my own private jet. Oh, my god. Honestly, adam, really, you– you shouldn’t have.

Adam: Good things come to those who wait.

Seth: You have a beautiful home, nikki.

Nikki: Oh, thank you. So, I have us set up in here with coffee. You take it black, right?

Seth: That’s good memory.

Nikki: Well, please sit down.

Seth: Oh, thank you. Thanks. And, uh, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me, nikki. I’ve been feeling just really bad about letting you down.

Nikki: Oh, seth, there’s no reason for you to feel that way. I mean, how could you have helped me maintain my sobriety when you couldn’t maintain yours?

Seth: Yeah. So, when I agreed to become your sponsor, I was– I was making a promise, you know, to be there for you. To help you kick the bottle no matter what it took. When I didn’t follow through, I just felt– I felt shattered. Yeah, that’S… well, I just– I mean, I took my first drink and here I am.

Nikki: So tell me, are you drunk right now? Or are you at that stage where you’re just maintaining a constant buzz?

Audra: Nate, it’s good to see you.

Nate: Good to see you too.

Audra: Is it? It’s a little hard to tell from your expression.

Nate: Oh, I’m surprised you’re not with tucker. You two seem to be joined at the hip lately. You know, for someone who’s trusted him, not trusted him, been his closest ally and plotted to take him down.

Audra: Look, I understand that’s how it must seem to you.

Nate: No, that’s how it is, audra. Confusing as hell. You’re all over the map with this guy. Do you love him? Do you hate him? Are you indifferent? I can’t keep track.

Audra: Well, fortunately, you don’t have to, since I can handle tucker all on my own.

Nate: Ah, if you say so.

Audra: As a matter of fact, he’ll be joining me soon. Can I buy you a cocktail while I wait?

Tucker: You’re the last person I expected to break into my room.

Ashley: Who’s at the top of the list? I’m intrigued.

Tucker: What do you want?

Ashley: I believe you. You’re right and I’m wrong. Hi, I’m sally.

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Tucker: What exactly are we talking about here? Because I’m right about a great many things.

Ashley: I’m talking about paris. The fight that ended us.

Tucker: Yeah, I kind of figured.

Ashley: I looked at the situation from every angle. I even went to paris to investigate.

Tucker: Right, and discovered that I bribed an entire waitstaff.

Ashley: It was kind of extreme. Like how I reacted to just about everything that happened.

Tucker: It’s funny, you’ve been so adamant that I’ve been gaslighting you out of spite. And making you question your own sanity.

Ashley: Yeah, it seemed like that’s how it was at the time.

Tucker: And now all of a sudden, here you are and I’m not this violent monster and you’re the one acting extreme.

Ashley: Better late than never.

[ Tucker laughs ]

Tucker: Wow, what a load of bull.

Ashley: What?

Tucker: You’ve been playing me this whole time, haven’t you? With this endless drama and now all of a sudden here you are so, so cool and in control. As if it were just a– a little misunderstanding. What the hell’s going on with you, ashley?

Audra: My neck’s getting stiff. Have a seat, why don’t you?

Nate: I’d rather avoid running into tucker.

Audra: Hm. He’s upstairs making calls. I imagine he’s gonna be a while. Sit.

Nate: You seem…

Audra: Happy? Maybe because I am.

Nate: Because of tucker?

Audra: You don’t believe me?

Nate: Well, considering how many times I’ve heard the frustration in your voice, your talks of using him, turning the tables?

Audra: Okay, and?

Nate: Are you really that cold and calculating, audra?

Audra: Hm… what do your instincts say?

Nate: That underneath all that scheming and naked ambition, lies a warm-hearted, vulnerable woman who just wants what we all want. To love and be loved back by someone she knows in her heart won’t hurt her.

Audra: That’s very sweet of you. And not far off the mark.

Nate: So, I’m completely baffled you’d go looking for that with mccall. He will let you down, audra. He is a user.

Audra: People change.

Nate: No, they don’T. Not really. Unless it serves them somehow.

Audra: Well, he’s not using me, and I’m not using him, and I must say, it’s lovely.

Nate: Such a brilliant woman, and yet…

Audra: Look, I know it’s a lot to ask, but could you be just a little bit happy for me? My eyes are wide open. Tucker and I are in love. And it’s the real thing.

Nate: And you believe it is reciprocated?

Audra: I know it is. We’re two of a kind, totally in sync. And it’s not just power, it’s not just work. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more.

Nate: Wow. I am fond of you, audra. Really, I am. And I’d hate to see you get hurt, but anyone who lets down their guard with tucker lives to regret it. Just ask devon, or ashley, or– or anyone else who’s had dealings with him. If you let yourself get in deep with this guy knowing what you know, then you’re a fool.

Audra: So then, not happy for me. Got it.

Nate: Hear me when I say, this is going to end badly. You will not be the exception that proves the rule. You’ll just be tucker mccall’s latest casualty. Do you really want that for yourself?

Audra: You know, you are wrong. Things are different this time. This is gonna work. Count on it.

Sally: So, how was your day?

Adam: Ah, it was good, for the most part.

Sally: What was the not-so-good part?

Adam: I’m kind of wishing that I, um, I hadn’t told you that there was news.

Sally: Really?

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Sally: Why?

Adam: Because the surprise that I had planned for you, uh, hit a little speed bump.

Seth: I’m not going to lie to you, nikki. I was in a really bad way when I called you.

Nikki: I’m sorry to hear that.

Seth: You were on my mind, so I thought I’d take a chance. I thought maybe talking to you, I don’t know, would help me snap out of it.

Nikki: Well, as I said on the phone, I– I can’t be your support system. My situation is too precarious.

Seth: Yeah, understood. You know, maybe I just needed to hear you say that, you know, you don’t blame me for failing you.

Nikki: You didn’t fail me. It was my decision to take a drink. You had no control over that. We can’t think of the weakness that this disease causes as a personal failing.

Seth: Yeah, I know. I know. You– you’re right.

Nikki: You stumbled. You fell. But you reached out. You were strong enough to ask for help and that’s a positive step.

Seth: Yeah, thanks to a friend, you know, someone else who wants to get sober.

Nikki: Oh, really? Who’s that? (Imitating chicken clucks)

Seth: I– I promised that I wouldn’t bring her up to you.

Nikki: Oh, so it’s a woman.

Seth: Can– can we just forget that I said anything?

Nikki: Well, I don’t mean to put you in an awkward position, but I would like to know who suggested you contact me.

Seth: It’s no one you know. You know, not well, anyway. It’s just someone from meetings who was surprised to hear that I’m not your sponsor anymore.

Nikki: And does this someone have a name?

Seth: She just wants to be anonymous, okay? And I have to honor her wishes. You can appreciate that, can’t you?

Sally: So, is this a little bump? Or…

Adam: Well, I’m sure that I can work things out, but, you know, maybe I should hold off on telling you until then.

Sally: Oh.

Adam: I can see you’re disappointed.

Sally: No, it– it– I mean, maybe like a little “oh, well”-ish. No, disappointed is reserved for when I think about my career.

Adam: Because the initial flurry of work hasn’t led to more?

Sally: Yeah. Chloe and I met and bounced around ideas on how to keep the company afloat, but, I don’t know, maybe sally spectra design is gonna have to do something bigger. Maybe going to pitch to chancellor-winters again.

Adam: Okay, but hasn’t chancellor-winters already had someone to do their design work?

Sally: Yes, but this time we would be going to them with an even bigger proposition. Asking them to be a financial backer. To take us on to the company and create a division.

Adam: Okay, don’t do that.

Sally: Why?

Adam: Just–

Sally: Do you not think that we can make a deal? Do you not have confidence in us?

Adam: No, it’s just the opposite, okay? I have infinite confidence in you and chloe. I just– I don’t want you going to chancellor-winters.

Sally: I don’t understand. What’s going on? Do you know something that I don’t know?

Victor: Well, hello.

Sally: Oh.

Adam: Hey.

Sally: Hi. You look well.

Victor: Hi, sally. Thank you. Son, I need the deal memo you’re working on by noon tomorrow, all right?

Adam: A day early.

Victor: There a problem?

Adam: No. No, that’s doable.

Victor: What about the redline on the franklin contract?

Adam: Uh, it’s not back from legal yet.

Victor: Well then, light a fire, all right? It’s time-sensitive. I need it.

Adam: Got it.

Victor: Okay. Thank you.

Adam: Anything else?

Victor: No, thank you. Nice to see you.

Sally: Nice to see you.

Victor: Let me have a double shot of tequila, please. Thank you.

Sally: I thought you and your father were getting along. Did something happen?

Audra: I’m not gonna argue with you about tucker. We’re building something incredible, okay? Something lasting. And I am confident with my choice. Look, I don’t expect you or anyone else to understand what he and I have together.

Nate: He is a psychologically abusive narcissist who steamrolls over anyone who gets in his way. You used to be able to see that. Now, you have complete trust in him. What did tucker promise you to lure you back into his orbit? Are you really that easily bought?

Audra: I am very close to slapping you.

Ashley: I had an awakening. I did. I really did. I mean it. Everything you said about me is true. I have a fear of commitment. And I have a hard time trusting people, specifically men. So, I exaggerated things and made you the villain in my story. Not to say that you’re blameless in what happened.

Tucker: I know that I’m not blameless, ashley. I’ve always accepted my role in what happened.

Ashley: And it wasn’t as intense as I made it out to be. There was no broken glass, no thrown chair. It was upsetting, but never violent.

Tucker: And why now? Why tell me this? Why break into my room now to tell me this?

Ashley: I really want to let go of the past. I’m desperate to be free of all this rage and this confusion.

Tucker: It’s starting to make a little more sense to me now. I think you’re forcing yourself to say all this, right? Because it’s the cleanest way to make the break from me. It’s a clever tactic. There’s just one hitch. I told myself I was ok

Ashley: You asked me why I came to see you and I told you.

Tucker: Except that it’s a lie. You don’t believe any of it. Which is why it won’t last.

Ashley: I see.

Tucker: These strong emotions you mentioned. Maybe they’ll subside for a minute, but they’re not gonna go anywhere. They’re gonna fester and burn inside you, and then you’re gonna have to let them out. And you’re gonna hate me.

Ashley: No, no–

Tucker: Yes, you’re gonna hate me, and you’re going to blame me for something else. And around and around and around we’ll go.

Ashley: I do not agree with that. I had an epiphany. Because of a fender bender.

Tucker: What?

Ashley: I know. It’s true.

Tucker: You all right?

Ashley: Yeah, physically. And mentally. I had this clarity wash over me and I realized that all the rage and confusion that I was blaming you for was actually my fault. So, I made– you remember how conflicted I was about marrying you. I was in no place at all to make a commitment to you because I didn’t trust you.

Tucker: Ashley. Ashley, please.

Ashley: It’s the truth.

Tucker: Please stop. Would you just–

Ashley: What?

Tucker: Would you please cut this crap out?

Ashley: What crap?

Tucker: The animosity you have shown me lately, it doesn’t just vanish. You’re doing one of two things: You’re either brainwashing yourself, like I said, or you’re setting me up for something. Either way, this conversation is over. Get the hell out of my room.

Nate: Go ahead and slap me if it’ll make you feel better, but it won’t change my mind. If you let yourself get in deep with this guy–

Audra: Why do you care, one way or the other?

Nate: Because I thought we were friends.

Audra: Hm.

Nate: Was I wrong, audra? Or were you using me to goad tucker? Or as a fallback plan? Or both?

Audra: Don’t flatter yourself.

Nate: Let’s hope I’m wrong for your sake and you get everything you want out of this deal. Silver lining, you’re no longer planning to take tucker down. I never thought that was a workable plan. But you’ve traded one risk for another.

Audra: Yes, you’ve made your opinion clear.

Nate: I only want what’s best for you, audra. And I mean that. But I don’t see how this ends without you getting your heart broken.

Audra: That’s the difference between you and me, nate. You’ve been burned before, and it’s made you weary. I’ve been burned, and it’s made me fearless.

Adam: I asked my dad to revisit the idea of giving you a design division under the newman umbrella.

Sally: That’s your big surprise? Why would you do that?

Adam: Because it’s a smart business move, okay? Even nick agrees with that.

Sally: You talked to nick about this before asking me? Adam, what if this isn’t something that I want?

Nikki: I can see how important it is for you to not betray this woman’s trust. I value privacy too, so I will respect that.

Seth: All right. Yeah. You know, she gave me a lot of great advice too. I was telling her how bad I messed up by trying to be her sponsor when I was kind of teetering on the edge myself.

Nikki: And what did she say?

Seth: She told me that I shouldn’t assume that you hate me or blame me for what happened. That I should give you credit, you know, for– for being compassionate.

Nikki: And that’s when she urged you to contact me?

Seth: Yeah, exactly. And I’m so glad I did because I feel so much better now that we talked.

Nikki: Okay, again, I can’t be your support system. Not at this stage of my recovery.

Seth: I 100% understand that, nikki.

Nikki: Okay, good.

Seth: You know, maybe– maybe we can at least be friends again. Coarse hair

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Seth: See, the thing is, I’ve been drinking out of guilt and shame. Feeling so horrible about just falling apart and leaving you in the lurch when you needed me the most.

Nikki: No, no, no, you mustn’t think that way. That’s too much responsibility for me. You were the one who decided to drink again. I had nothing to do with it.

Seth: Yeah, that’s– that’s true.

Nikki: Although, I can see why you might have thought you would harm me somehow. I mean, I felt it was my fault when you stumbled because you watched me fail over and over.

Seth: I mean, whatever it is that triggered me to fall back in the puddle again, it was absolutely not your doing.

Nikki: Well, I appreciate you saying that. Now, as far as this idea of remaining friends while we’re still struggling, I don’t know if that would be good for either of us. I mean, most likely we would end up being drinking buddies instead of actual friends, don’t you agree?

Seth: Well, look, you know, it– it depends what we’re drinking, right?

Nikki: Well, today it’s coffee, but tomorrow, who knows?

Seth: Yeah, who knows? One day at a time, nikki, right? As far as what it’ll do for me, I mean, I plan on making amends.

Nikki: While you’re still drinking?

Seth: You know, I mean, you gotta start somewhere.

Nikki: Seth, please hear what I’m saying. I’m fighting my own battle. I feel for you, I really do. But I don’t know that us being in touch right now is a good idea.

Seth: Oh. Well, then why– why did I– I mean, this is–

Nikki: I know, I know, I agreed to meet you today, but that’s not to say we should make a habit of it.

Seth: Okay, fair enough. I won’t push. You need to do whatever’s right for you.

Nikki: The most important thing is that you get rid of any guilt where I am concerned. That’s in the past. You need to move forward. Get a real sponsor and keep it going.

Seth: Yeah, that’s– that’s exactly what I plan on doing, you know? And it’s what I need from you, just a little bit of forgiveness, so I can move past all these bad feelings I’ve been holding onto and– and, you know, start fresh.

Nikki: Seth, you need to forgive yourself, okay? You need to get to a meeting tonight, if at all possible. If you are truly serious about getting sober again, do 90 meetings in 90 days.

Seth: Yes, those are both great ideas and I– I swear I’m gonna go as often as I can.

Nikki: Okay, good.

Seth: It’s just, you know if only to show you that I– I can pull myself together. You know, that’s– that’s gonna be the ray of hope that’s gonna see me through.

Nikki: Well, I’ll admit I do miss our conversations.

Seth: Yeah? Me too. I don’t know, some– maybe a cup of coffee once in a while between friends?

Nikki: Okay, I’d like that.

Ashley: Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince you someday.

Tucker: Convince me of what? I mean, what the hell difference does it make? What is it you’re after, please?

Ashley: I think you know.

Tucker: I have no idea, I’m telling you. I have no idea what this new bizarre game you’re playing is.

Ashley: I’m not playing a game. I just want peace.

Tucker: Yeah, you want peace. That makes sense. So, you broke into my room and ambushed me, for peace.

Ashley: I really hate what we’ve been putting each other through. And I hate that what we had, which was magnificent, I hate how that ended so abruptly. And I hate how I felt when you left me alone in that cafe in paris. Everybody staring at me, feeling sorry for me. It was so incredibly humiliating and overwhelming and I don’t want to ever feel that way again. I don’t want to feel that kind of pain and anger. I just don’t anymore. So, maybe we can see where things go. Is that so terrible? Why don’t you think about it? And then, you know, maybe we can talk sometime soon. Okay?

Tucker: Okay.

Ashley: Bye. Au revoir.

Tucker: Bye, ashley.

Nate: I believe you’ve mistaken recklessness for fearlessness. But I guess it’ll take getting burned again for you to learn the difference. I hope, for your sake, you do this time. Can I get an old fashioned?

Ashley: Let’s get something straight.

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Audra: Hello, ashley.

Ashley: Did you hear what I said?

Audra: You said you wanted to talk about something?

Ashley: I’ll talk. You listen.

Audra: Okay. Um, I’m not sure what we have to discuss.

Ashley: Well, this thing that you’ve got going on with tucker, it’s not gonna last. And I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but frankly, he’s out of your league.

Audra: Aw. You know, that sounds like something, um, a woman who’s still in love with him would say.

Ashley: Does it?

Audra: Yeah. Not to mention a little jealous and insecure.

Ashley: You don’t know the first thing about me, little girl, but if you want to psychoanalyze me, then you go ahead.

Audra: So, we’re insulting each other now? Okay, lady. It’s your party.

Ashley: You’re so cocky, aren’t you? So self-confident. At least on the outside. But while you’re busy convincing yourself that tucker belongs to you, this dynamic is changing.

Audra: What dynamic? What does that mean, exactly?

Ashley: You’ll see. Hi.

Tucker: And what are we up to now?

Ashley: Not much. Just catching up with your assistant. I’ll see you later.

Adam: Yes, I talked to nick. I mean, can you imagine the blowback if I tried to pitch this to our dad behind his back?

Sally: But you didn’t think that there would be any from me?

Adam: Sally, look. I was trying to be honest. And above board. Something I thought people would appreciate. But apparently, you and my brother have a problem with my methods.

Sally: No, what I have a problem with is you coming to me after the fact.

Adam: Okay, look. I– I understand why you feel I overstepped.

Sally: You absolutely did. Look, what– what made you even do this in the first place?

Adam: Okay, first of all, it’s great business for newman. And second, it would be great for you, too.

Sally: Based on what?

Adam: Sally, you just told me that your business hit a plateau already. You’re worried about finances enough that you’re thinking of going to chancellor-winter’s hat in hand, asking for an infusion of cash. Wouldn’t you rather come to newman and work more closely with me?

Sally: Axing nick out of my work situation completely?

Adam: Since the two of you broke up, you haven’t felt all that comfortable with having him as a sole backer. Wouldn’t this help you feel less guilty about that?

Sally: Why would it?

Adam: I’m guessing that newman would buy him out. He would get his investment back. You would be off the hook for owing him anything. It would be a lot cleaner that way.

Sally: Adam, that’s still my decision to make. And– and what– what exactly were you thinking, us working closer together? I mean, would you be my boss or–

Adam: What? No. No way.

Sally: Okay, then what would it be?

Adam: Okay, well, newman would strictly be the money for your enterprise. I’m not gonna be looking over your shoulder. I’m not gonna be second-guessing your design or your business decisions. Of course, you can always come to me for any kind of advice. That is a given. But I trust you to run your own shop. That’s why I support your vision.

Sally: You’re saying all the right things. That’s exactly what you do when you’re backed into a corner.

Adam: Come on.

Sally: No, adam.

Adam: Sally.

Sally: Adam, I’m not sold on this. I’m not. At all.

Adam: What can I say to you to convince you that this is a great idea?

Sally: Victor teased me with the possibility of handing me my own division, and then reneged after he knew very well that we walked away from a steady gig at chancellor-winters. I always assumed it was personal and intentional to screw me over and– and put me in my place, so what is stopping him from doing that again?

Adam: Do you know what’s going to stop him from doing that again? Me.

Sally: Look, adam, I appreciate you wanting to protect me. But how can you be successful with victor running the show? I’m assuming that’s the speed bump that you hit earlier, right? Victor turning you down flat because he doesn’t want me on his payroll. Not now or ever.

Adam: Look, this will be an actual offer, okay? On paper. No more of this verbal agreement stuff or leaving you in limbo. I will have protections put in place for you, I swear. And nick will too. In case I wasn’t clear, nick is very much a fan of this plan moving forward.

Sally: Honestly, that’s another issue altogether. I– I just– no, I’m not– I’m not convinced. Look, the point is, adam, you made a career choice for me without giving me the courtesy of coming to me about it first. This is my business, adam. My future. I would’ve called yesterday.

Adam: Look, I– I went about this the wrong way. Obviously. But my motives were pure. And I believe that this is a smart move for newman and for you. It’s definitely better than you going someplace else long-term. When victor made that handshake offer with you, you were willing to ditch chancellor-winters. Shouldn’t that tell you something? And I’m willing to bet if they actually gave you the money, they would definitely not be hands-off.

Sally: Well, you just have my whole future mapped out for me, don’t you? Once again, you know best.

Adam: Will you– will you give it some thought? And then we’ll talk? Once you’ve had some time to think it over, I think that you will see that this makes sense.

Sally: Not if victor doesn’t think it does.

Adam: He hasn’t nixed the idea. Just says he needs to think about it more and needs a little more time to consider it. Look, can we just let this play out? Try to keep an open mind?

Victor: There’s my sweetheart.

Nikki: Hi, darling. That didn’t take very long.

Victor: So– well, I wrapped up a few things that i had to deal with and then I came straight home. How did things go with that seth fellow?

Nikki: Ah, he just left. I– I think it went well.

Victor: Glad to hear that.

Nikki: He’s really been struggling, so I think it helped for him to talk to somebody.

Victor: Well, always helps to talk to people when things are troubling you.

Nikki: Yeah, I– I think I gave him some hope. By the time he left, I felt that I had done some good for him. At least I pointed him in the right direction.

Victor: Well, at least you feel you accomplished something, you know?

Nikki: Yeah, well, after all the help I’ve needed lately, it felt good to be on the giving end for a change.

Victor: You know, I can sense that you’re coming around now. Feeling good about yourself, I think, is the most important thing for your recovery.

[ Phone chiming ]

Tucker: Hey, I hope I didn’t keep you waiting too long.

Audra: I managed to entertain myself.

Tucker: That dude does not like seeing us together.

Audra: Well, that’s too bad for him. Although, I’m much more interested in what’s going on with ashley.

Tucker: Yes, I could ask you the same question.

Audra: What did she say to you over there?

Tucker: Uh, that you and she were having a chat.

Audra: A chat.

Tucker: What about?

Audra: On my end, nothing. Although, ashley confronted me like a jealous lover warning me off her turf. You know, when a day ago she supposedly couldn’t stand the sight of you. So, what’s up with that?

Tucker: No clue. I’m as, uh, I’m as confused by it as you are.

Audra: Well, it had to come from somewhere. Did you run into her earlier? Did she say something to you then?

Tucker: No, this is the first time I’ve seen her this evening.

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