Y&R Transcript Thursday 8/10/17
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Episode # 11233 ~ Jack enlists a new partner in crime; Nick asserts his independence; Victoria turns to Chelsea for advice.
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Victor: So, when is this set to go live?
Victor: Really? I'll be damned.
Abby: Yeah. And, dad, it's not just a simple matchmaking platform. This is a think-outside-of-the-box game changer.
Victor: What I think would be a good idea for thinking out of the box would be to create an app that allows you to move on from people that you're done with.
Chelsea: So... will I see you later?
Nick: Yeah, after my meeting. What?
Chelsea: The meeting. Does it have something to do with victor?
Nick: [ Chuckles ] Are you reading the tone of my voice now?
Chelsea: No. It's just, after the whole mess that happened over your membership at the club, I just thought...
[ Nick sighs ] Have you seen your father since?
Nick: You know what, why bother? I have my own ways of handling things with my father.
Victoria: Thank you very much. And have a safe trip back to new york. Oh, hi, mom.
Victoria: You having dinner?
Nikki: No, I just had a massage up at the spa. I didn't expect to see you here.
Victoria: Oh, I just had a business meeting. I negotiated a discounted rate with one of our key suppliers. Which is a relief, considering the financial strain that my company is under right now.
Nikki: Well, I hope that doesn't mean you're going back to the office for another late night.
Victoria: No, no. I'm headed home to check on the kids. And then I have a date.
Nikki: Oh! Really? With whom?
Victoria: Well, you don't know him. I don't really know him, either. I mean, not really. But the one time that we went out, apparently we hit it off.
Nikki: You're not sure?
Benjamin: Jack. Are you stalking me?
Jack: I don't know. Should I be?
Benjamin: Oh, I thought you might be trying to find out if I've been seeing any more of victoria newman.
Jack: Well, I certainly hope so, or those lovely flowers i sent her with your name attached would be a waste.
Benjamin: That was you?
Jack: Well, yeah. I thought I made it abundantly clear I would love to see you and victoria get closer. If it benefits me.
Benjamin: Well, what if i told you that I honestly like victoria, and I'm not looking to exploit her to sink my teeth into her company?
Jack: Then I would tell you every man has his price.
[ Keys clacking ]
[ Laptop chimes ]
Ashley: Oh. Is this the projection you've been working on?
Ravi: Uh...yeah. Along with something else.
Ashley: Mm. Okay, what am I looking at?
Ravi: That's the abbott cabin. Well, it's a satellite image. I thought you'd enjoy it.
Ashley: That is so cool! I've never seen it from this perspective before. Wait. Come here a second. This is a little silly, but... right here, ravi, this is the exact spot where I fell off of a makeshift tire swing when I was little, and I hurt -- I hurt this wrist right here. Right there. Right there.
Ravi: When were you there last?
Ashley: It's been a while. But I am looking forward to going with you there tomorrow.
Ravi: Me too.
Ravi: And since the lipstick project is the only thing standing in our way, I will pull an all-nighter if necessary.
Ashley: That's not necessary. We are way ahead of our benchmarks.
Ravi: Oh, yeah?
Ashley: Yeah. Which means we can go have dinner.
Ravi: Sweet. Order in.
Ashley: Actually, I have plans with abby.
Ravi: Oh. Well, I just thought that, uh... never mind.
Ashley: Ravi, I want you to come along.
Ravi: It's fine. I don't want to intrude.
Ashley: You're not. She's bringing a date, too. Her business partner, zack.
Ravi: Oh, yeah. From the newman event. Yeah.
Ashley: Uh-huh. Exactly. They're launching their new app tonight. You know what, I want you to take a peek at it.
Ravi: Ohh. I'm gonna be your tech spy.
Ashley: No, I want you to be my date.
Noah: You sure you don't want to go out?
Tessa: Sorry. I just don't really feel up to the underground.
Noah: Yeah, well, you know, tonight was your first recording session. It's a big deal. You should celebrate.
Tessa: Noah, I practically tanked the session.
Mariah: Yeah, but you're forgetting how happy devon was with the last take.
Noah: Yes. You nailed it.
Tessa: Ugh! Where's my charger? I'd swear I put it in here.
Mariah: You can borrow mine if you want.
Tessa: Oh, thank you.
Mariah: Are you expecting a call or something?
Tessa: Oh, I guess I just, uh...hate to be without it.
Scott: Are you okay?
Sharon: Crystal's the one who's in trouble. That's why she called me. I gave my statements to the detectives, but --
Scott: Okay, okay. Okay. Just -- just tell me what happened after you got here, okay?
Sharon: Crystal was going to leave with me so that I could take her someplace safe, but then this scary guy shows up and drags her out of here. He must have been waiting for her the whole time.
Scott: You shouldn't have come here alone. What if that guy had gotten violent?
Sharon: I didn't even know if I would find her. By the time I got to this room to confirm that crystal was here --
Christine: I've heard what you've done, sharon. I just wish I knew what you were thinking.
Scott: Sharon reacted in the moment. She was just trying to help.
Christine: Check in with the detectives. Help them do the door-to-door. Thank you. Gosh!
Sharon: Where is paul? Why is the district attorney --
Christine: Paul is away on assignment. I heard what went down. Sharon, what were you thinking, getting mixed up in something like this?
Sharon: Someone needed my help, christine. There wasn't time to consult paul or find any other options.
Christine: How long does it take to dial someone's phone number?
Sharon: A young girl called me, frightened and helpless. She said no police. I did my best to help her.
Christine: And now she's gone, right? You could've been hurt. You could've been kidnapped.
Sharon: It didn't work out. And as frustrated and infuriated I am by that, I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
Christine: Sharon, this isn't for you to handle.
Sharon: I have had intermittent contact with this girl. I've built a relationship with her. Paul has even encouraged it.
Christine: Yes, when you were taking her phone calls at the crisis center, not going out --
[ Sighs ] Has crystal given you any information we can use?
Sharon: Paul told me you're concerned about a sex-trafficking ring that's expanding.
Christine: Right, that could be coming to genoa city. Did she say something about that?
Sharon: What more do you need, christine? Find crystal and you could blow the whole thing wide open.
Noah: I need to get to the underground. Are you sure I can't convince you for just a, I don't know, mini-celebration?
Tessa: Maybe after my next session. Hopefully it'll go better than this one.
Noah: Listen, when devon sends you a mix of that song, you're gonna feel differently. You're just too close to it right now to realize how good you did.
Tessa: [ Scoffs ] Maybe.
Noah: All right. Well, uh... what are you two gonna do tonight?
Mariah: Um, probably just call it a night, right?
Tessa: Well, actually, i wouldn't mind hanging out for a while. I need to unwind, and I don't really feel like doing it by myself.
Mariah: Yeah. Yeah, sure. That sounds great.
Noah: I'm proud of you.
Tessa: Hey, it was all you tonight. You're the reason I got a halfway-decent take of that song.
Noah: You still seem... I don't know.
Tessa: I-I know. Distracted. I just... I keep replaying in my mind all the things that i could have done... should have done. I promise it's not you. Okay?
Victoria: If I know one thing about my evening with this guy, it's that I wasn't quite myself.
Nikki: Really? What do you mean?
Victoria: I don't know. It's hard to describe. The truth of the matter is I haven't felt like myself in a while.
Nikki: Mm, like how long of a while?
Victoria: Too long. Maybe it's work. Maybe it's the stress just spilling into the rest of my life. But this first date was... it was... [ Sighs ]
Nikki: I don't need to hear details.
Victoria: It was just nice. Having a man be attracted to me. It's been a while, you know? And I guess I had a little too much to drink, and I opened up to him about... things. Life... billy.
Victoria: Yes. I know. I know.
[ Giggles ] But it didn't scare him away. And he even sent me some beautiful flowers the next day.
Nikki: You could never scare anybody away. And the flowers -- nice touch.
Victoria: The conversation that I had with him is still a bit fuzzy. But the fact that I was able to open up to him... and that I felt safe with him makes me think that maybe... I don't know. Maybe there's something there. Maybe we should give it a try. You know, in a casual way.
Victoria: Might bring some balance to my life. That sort of thing.
Nikki: So, what is this guy's name?
Victoria: Benjamin hochman. He's from chicago.
Nikki: Benjamin hochman... why does that seem familiar to me?
Victoria: I'm sure dad has mentioned his name before.
Nikki: Is he in investments?
Victoria: Among other things. He's very successful. And he's very attractive, which is not a bad thing.
Nikki: Well, good. That's nice. What -- what are your plans for tonight?
Victoria: Tonight? I don't know. We're just gonna, you know, go out to dinner and have some drinks and forget about work for a while, that sort of thing.
Nikki: You need to relax.
Victoria: I do. You know what, I think I might even buy a new dress. But if I'm gonna do that, i better get a move on, 'cause it's getting late, isn't it? Yes, it is. Okay, mom. I got to go.
Nikki: All right. Be careful.
Victoria: Thank you. I love you.
Nikki: I love you.
Jack: Ben, ben, ben, don't talk like there's nothing in this for you.
Benjamin: It seems to me jabot benefits if brash & sassy suffers. And they are your direct competitor.
Jack: And you've had lots of practice buying distressed companies, breaking them up, selling them in pieces, making lots of money. Have at it.
Benjamin: There is no confirmation that victoria's company is in distress. However, acquisitions is a profitable game if played well.
Jack: And no one's better at that game than you.
Benjamin: Oh, flattery's gonna get you nowhere on this one, jack. I mean, there are a ton of other companies out there to make a buck off of. But there's only one victoria newman.
Jack: Wow. That almost sounds noble. Or is it smitten? Ben, you and I both know the day will come when a lovely, beguiling creature will come along and distract you. And then you will want to go after brash & sassy.
Jack: I'm just trying to accelerate your time table so that it lines up with mine.
Benjamin: [ Sighs ] Hypothetically... what's in it for me?
Jack: I'm glad you asked that. I would like to hire you as an outside consultant. Someone who can feed me business information about brash & sassy.
Benjamin: Like what?
Jack: Like upcoming product launches, costs, vulnerabilities.
Benjamin: And you think I'm gonna be able to get that in-depth information from victoria during, what, pillow talk?
Jack: No. Pillow -- talk is cheap. And unverifiable. No, I want inside intelligence that has documentation.
Benjamin: [ Laughs ] How am I gonna do that?
Jack: That's up to you.
Benjamin: All right, jack. I'm intrigued. But it's gonna take a lot more than a paycheck for me to supply you with that kind of... consultation.
Jack: Well, I thought somehow the, uh, ancillary benefits were evident. Maybe, uh, you need further clarification. You would get a powerful friend and ally moving forward, one who never forgets a favor. I thought you'd see things my way.
Dean: I assume you have more properties you want to bid on for the club expansion?
Nick: Actually, dean, I wanted to meet with you because I'm letting you go.
Dean: [ Scoffs ] What? Why would you...?
Nick: There's a number of reasons.
Dean: Look what I've done for your portfolio, nick. The strong returns of the last year. Why would you want to change?
Nick: It's important to me that I take more personal control over the direction of my finances.
Dean: Look, I know you're disappointed with the losing bids for those other properties --
Nick: It really has nothing to do with that, dean. All right? You've done an amazing job over the years with the newman accounts, and you're gonna be so busy dealing with the rest of my family, you won't even know I'm gone.
Dean: [ Sighs ] Nick --
Nick: Look, with this new venture I'm taking on, I think another firm will give the independence I'm looking for. Really, dean, it's nothing personal. But my mind's made up.
Victor: So, explain this to me. What happens after the couple has coupled?
Abby: Well, they continue to receive date suggestions. They'll get links to different movies, concerts, restaurants.
Victor: How do you monetize this?
Zack: Well, the free-level entry is ad-supported to get people in the door.
Abby: And then we offer lots of incentives for them to upgrade to subscription level.
Zack: From there, couples can book dates, overnights, even entire vacations.
Abby: Yeah, giving us referral fees from different flights, hotels, excursions.
Victor: Let me ask you. An obvious question. Is it so difficult for people these days to meet each other and talk to each other and create a relationship?
Victor: How's the target demo ever going to forge a lasting relationship if all they do is hunch over some cellphone and type messages?
Abby: [ Laughs ] Well, dad, we live in an age where everything happens at warp speed. Your generation had an actual 9:00-to-5:00 workday, while we're expected to answer e-mails and work through the night 24/7. So you had time to pick up the phone and actually plan a date.
Victor: Mm. Well, remember those explanations when the press asks you questions, okay?
Abby: You were testing me?
Victor: Well, now, let me ask you this -- there are a lot of people that you won't reach with your app. How are you gonna convince them?
Abby: Well, I -- I'll just tell them what i just told you. Consider it done.
Victor: I think you backed a winner. And I'm very proud of you for not taking no for an answer.
Abby: Thank you.
Victor: And, zack, I think you have a future, as well.
Zack: Thank you, sir.
Abby: Um -- oh. Actually, zack and I need to get going. We are supposed to meet mom. I love you, dad.
Victor: Bye, sweetheart.
Victor: Thank you. Zack, a moment, please. I understand that you are... getting closer with abby.
Zack: Your daughter, she's amazing.
Victor: Just remember that i am very protective of her. All right? You have a good day.
Chelsea: You see anything you like?
Victoria: Uh, yes. A few things. Thank you for inviting me over here to do this privately.
Chelsea: Oh, yeah. Of course.
Victoria: I appreciate it.
Chelsea: But you do know fenmore's has a wider selection of my designs, right?
Victoria: Oh, yeah. I know. I just prefer to stay away from that store now that they're a part of jabot.
Chelsea: Oh. The rivalry's gotten that intense, huh?
Victoria: It's all jack's doing. What do you think about this one?
Chelsea: Uh, well, it depends. What's the occasion?
Victoria: I have a date.
Chelsea: Good for you.
Victoria: Yeah. Well, you know, it's a little nerve-racking, actually.
Chelsea: First one in a long time?
Victoria: [ Sighs ] Yeah.
Chelsea: Um, okay. Well, is it the kind of date where you're like, "hands off," or is it the kind of date where you're like, "touch me now"?
Victoria: You know, I'm just sort of trying to nudge myself out of my own comfort zone.
Chelsea: Clothing-wise or otherwise?
Victoria: Both. I just -- I kind of took a hit. Um, you know, um... uh...confidence-wise... when I finally realized that billy and I aren't getting back together, and...
Chelsea: Because he's with phyllis.
Victoria: Yes, exactly. And now I'm gonna date this businessman who, um... I mean, I didn't think that he was my type, but maybe he is my type. I don't know.
Chelsea: Okay. Okay. Well, I think i might have just the dress for you, then. How about this number?
Victoria: I'm -- I should try that on.
Chelsea: Yes. You can use my bedroom if you want.
Victoria: Oh, thank you. I will.
Chelsea: Of course. That'll look great on you.
Victoria: It's sexy.
Chelsea: [ Laughs ] It is. As are you.
Victoria: Heh. Thanks.
[ Doorbell rings ]
Chelsea: Oh, excuse me one second. Oh, hi.
Chelsea: This is A... coincidence.
Nick: Oh, yeah? Why? Some other guy who adores you drop by tonight?
Chelsea: No, because your sister victoria is here.
Nick: Oh, yeah?
Chelsea: Yeah. She's upstairs trying on a dress.
Nick: Okay. I wonder how she's gonna take the news when she finds out i moved all my money from the family bank.
Chelsea: Why did you that?
Nick: Freedom, baby.
[ Clicks tongue ] Freedom.
Sharon: It was a dark car, a four-door sedan.
Christine: And that's all you remember about the pimp's car? All right, officer. That'll be it. Thank you.
Scott: Thank you.
Sharon: How soon do you expect there'll be any action in this case?
Christine: We have to be really cautious and not rush things.
Sharon: Shouldn't a sex-trafficking ring be a priority?
Scott: Yeah, isn't there a task force assigned to this?
Christine: Yeah, one I formed with the other D.A.'S and the feds. You know, surveilling big players that move into the state. Now, sharon, I've gone over paul's reports about your interactions with this young lady, with your communication, even finding her at this cash-only motel. It doesn't necessarily add up to a sex ring.
Scott: Yeah, but it could be.
Christine: Well, we have no evidence to substantiate that. What happened here tonight could be local prostitution, which is handled by the gcpd.
Sharon: But if crystal wants out and they won't let her --
Christine: I need concrete details and leads. Now, I will direct the police to follow up on this so we can find out what this could be. But in the meantime, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's focus on what we have first.
Abby: You would not believe dad's reaction to the app. He actually said he was proud of me.
Ashley: Well, honey, he's told you that before. More than once.
Abby: I know, but this was different. I could see it on his face.
Ashley: Oh. Well, you've worked so hard chasing his approval. You have it. So now just sit back and enjoy the rewards, please.
Abby: Well, I am very grateful to you for actually encouraging me to go through with my incubator.
Ashley: Whatever I can do to help.
Abby: I know tonight is, um, supposed to be the four of us, but I was thinking maybe you and me, tomorrow night, just the two of us? I want to take you to dinner as a thank-you.
Ashley: Uh, actually, I'm going to the abbott cabin. With, um... ravi.
[ Ashley laughs ] Okay. Okay. Finally showing more than just a professional interest?
Ashley: You know, uh, well, I haven't been to the cabin in a long time, and I thought I could use some rest and relaxation.
Abby: Uh-huh. And ravi.
Ashley: Well, he's always, you know, chained to that computer screen, so...
Zack: Ready to head out?
Ashley: Yeah. Definitely.
Ravi: You know, I can't say enough good things about the app.
Zack: Well, coming from a tech genius like you, that's high praise. Thanks.
Ravi: Where'd you learn to code? Michigan? Carnegie mellon?
Zack: Yeah, more like the school of hard knocks.
Abby: So, um, where should we go?
Ashley: Uh, what about the underground? You guys have a cool new app, and I'm sure you'll have a lot of potential clients there, right?
Abby: Hmm. Mom, you're so hip and with it these days.
Ashley: Oh, please.
Abby: What's changed?
Ashley: Shall we?
Abby: Thank you.
Chelsea: Honestly, it's perfect.
Victoria: Thank you.
[ Sighs ] Now, back to dean. You know, he's handled our accounts for years, and he has done a really good job, nick.
Nick: That was then. This is now. I don't want all my money in the same bank where my dad is a major shareholder and on the board of directors.
Chelsea: Makes sense to me.
Victoria: To a point. I heard about the club membership.
Nick: Separate issue.
Victoria: I can't help but feel that this is an escalation. And it's an unnecessary one. Do you really feel like dad is gonna have some sway over the returns on your investments?
Nick: Look, it's just a matter of principle, all right? If I want to be my own man,
[Voice fading, distorting] It's got to be all the way. And, you know, this doesn't have to be an issue between us, vick. It's just something I decided to do.
Victoria: Okay. [ Sighs ] Look, I'm not gonna waste my time trying to change your mind, because that's not gonna happen. And I have got to get going. I have a date.
Nick: Yeah, uh, I heard about that. The dress --
Victoria: Is for my date, not my brother. Chelsea, I'll send you the check. And thank you. This dress is perfect for tonight.
Chelsea: Good. Have a great night!
Victoria: Okay, I will. Thanks again.
Chelsea: Victoria works so hard. It's nice to see her take a break from brash & sassy for a second and have some fun.
Sharon: [ Sighs ] I can't stop thinking about crystal.
Scott: You, uh -- you built a connection with her.
Sharon: I know what it's like to feel that alone and that helpless.
Scott: You talking about your own sexual assault?
Sharon: [ Sighs ] I just keep trying to imagine where crystal is right now, what she's feeling. Is she worried that there's no end in sight to this? Or... if there is one, it could be a horrible one.
Scott: Hey. Hey. You got through it.
Sharon: You never completely do get through it. That's the problem. I mean, how many sleepless nights did you spend when you were kidnapped, wondering if you were ever gonna be rescued?
Scott: Too many.
Sharon: Okay. I'm gonna make some coffee.
Scott: Hey. Paul and christine are gonna do everything they can.
Sharon: But I'm not gonna walk away from this, scott.
[ Door opens ] I've got to let that poor girl know that she's not alone.
Mariah: Hey. What's wrong?
Scott: [ Sighs ]
Sharon: There's a situation with the girl I told you about from the crisis center. She is in terrible trouble.
Tessa: What girl?
"The young and the restless"
Nikki: Excellent suggestion, dining on the roof.
Jack: I think you'll find I'm full of wonderful ideas.
Nikki: [ Laughs ]
Jack: Or maybe not.
Nikki: No, I'm laughing at myself. After all the trouble we went to to get away, alone, and have private time, here we are in public. Not a soul recognizes us for us to scandalize.
Jack: It's still early. My mother could still pop up and scold me for spending time with you.
Nikki: Ohh, dear. How are things going with dina?
Jack: On the upswing, I think. I just gave her a project at jabot.
Nikki: She asked?
Jack: Ashley's idea.
Nikki: Really? I thought that ashley was determined to spend as little time near dina as possible.
Jack: Well, ashley was the one who posited the idea that mother was perhaps a little depressed not having mergeron to keep her busy, so this was my remedy. And, no, ashley didn't expect that.
Nikki: Hmm. You think that's the right approach?
Jack: I am a little nervous about it. She comes with so much experience, though. It could be best for everyone.
Nikki: Well, they say that risk brings rewards.
Jack: You thinking of taking a risk yourself?
Nikki: Actually, I'm thinking about victoria. She has a date with a guy who could or could not be her type.
Jack: A blind date?
Nikki: No, they've been out once before, and apparently it went well. In fact, you may have even heard of this guy -- benjamin hochman?
Victoria: Oh, thanks. Bottoms up!
Benjamin: Oh, wow. You look dazzling.
Victoria: Thank you.
Benjamin: You know, this, uh... this is a little bit different than what I had planned for us tonight. When I got your text, I, uh, expected...
Victoria: Something more established -- like top of the tower?
Benjamin: Yeah, that seems more your style.
Victoria: Yeah. I just, you know... this place is fun, and I felt like having some fun tonight. Don't you?
Benjamin: Yeah, I'm with you.
[ Sighs ] Ah. Although it looks like you've already got a head start.
Victoria: Oh, no, no. This is just sparkling water. I have to be sharp for work tomorrow. Besides, I don't need to drink to have a good time.
Benjamin: Mm. Are you sure you haven't had anything? You seem so...up.
Victoria: Well, maybe I was just looking forward to our date. I don't do things like this often enough.
Benjamin: Ah, me either. Well, like you, I'm working all the time.
[ Both chuckle ] Although I would love to see you in your element as C.E.O. Maybe I could get a private tour of brash & sassy sometime.
Victoria: Do you really want to talk about work?
Benjamin: All right. You pick the topic.
Victoria: [ Sighs ] Okay. Well, I opened up to you, apparently, about my personal life, so... maybe it's your turn.
Benjamin: What? [ Scoffs ] You think I have deep, dark secrets to share?
[ Laughs ] I wish. No, the biggest thing in my life going on right now is this nasty custody battle that I'm having with my ex.
Victoria: I'm sorry. That's brutal.
Benjamin: You can't really want to hear about that.
Victoria: You know what? You're right. I don'T.
[ Benjamin laughs ] To hell with talking. Let's dance.
[ Dance music playing ]
[ Benjamin chuckles ]
[ Victoria laughing ]
Tessa: That was really brave of you, sharon. Dropping everything to help that girl.
Sharon: Not being able to give christine and the police more to go on was excruciating.
Mariah: Scott, what are you doing?
Scott: I'm just getting some details down. I'm gonna write a piece for hashtag.
Mariah: Wait, so you're already trying to exploit this poor girl's story? So you can sell ads online?
Sharon: This kind of exposure can only help. Sex trafficking, that's the real exploitation. And it's going on right in front of us -- at the house next door, at the gas station down the street. And someone has got to shine a bright light on this abuse. Wouldn't you agree?
Tessa: Sure. Yeah, of course. I-I totally get it. Um, excuse me. I'm just gonna see if my phone's charged.
Sharon: I thought we'd saved her, but then she ran.
Mariah: I don't understand how the police can't track this girl down. I mean, they have a name.
Sharon: Just crystal.
[ Phone clatters ] I didn't have a last name.
Mariah: Tessa? You okay?
Tessa: Yeah. Just... a little clumsy.
[ Music playing, victoria laughing ]
Victoria: Oh, hey! Come on over!
Victoria: Hey! What's going on?
Victoria: Hi! This is my sister abby and her boyfriend, zack.
Benjamin: Nice to meet you.
Victoria: [ Laughs ] This is benjamin. Oh, and -- and -- and this is abby's mom, ashley abbott, and her business associate ravi.
Benjamin: Ashley and i have known each other a while.
Benjamin: Ravi and I are also acquainted.
Victoria: Well, I have to say that you are looking very, very stylish, ravi.
Ravi: Thank you. Uh... it's great to see you again, victoria.
Victoria: Thanks. I'm gonna head to the ladies' room and freshen up. I will be back in a jiff. Okay?
Ashley: Excuse me.
Victoria: [ Sighs ]
Ashley: Hey, victoria!
Victoria: Ooh! Yeah?
Ashley: Um... is this thing with benjamin, is it, like, a business meeting?
Victoria: Uh, actually it's more like a date. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Ashley: N-- uh... well, I kind of know him. And just watch your step, 'cause he can be kind of a jerk.
Victoria: O-oh. Maybe. Or maybe you're just too uptight to appreciate him.
Ashley: Excuse me?
Nick: I got to be honest. I was expecting more blowback from vick when she found out i moved all my money from the newman family stronghold.
Chelsea: Well, like she said, she could tell that you were determined. Besides, she had a date to focus on.
Nick: Yeah. She seemed, uh, giddy. Very excited about that.
Chelsea: Yeah. She was actually a little more subdued before you got here. But maybe the dress turned that around. You know, clothing, it can really change your outlook on life.
Nick: That's a very convenient attitude from the resident fashion designer.
Chelsea: Well, listen, I'm just living my brand.
Nick: Oh, okay.
Chelsea: So... are you worried about how victor's going to react when he hears what you did today?
Nick: [ Sighs ] Let's see. I'm worried about that, on a scale of 1 to 10, like... -50.
Victor: This move could be what nicholas told you -- that he wants independence. And he wants to challenge me.
Victor: Or he has figured out what I've planned for him.
Nick: My dad was probably trying to embarrass me with that membership thing at the club, but it got me thinking, you know? So much of my life is outsourced.
Chelsea: Just automatically left to victor.
Nick: Yeah. I never even thought about getting my own membership. I mean, it's silly, because I've never even seen my bills. Dean always pays them before.
Nick: Yeah. I know it sounds like a problem for the one-percenters, but if I'm gonna get control of my life, I need to know what's coming in and what's going out. Especially since noah and I are starting this underground expansion thing.
Chelsea: I think that's a really good idea. As long as this is about your personal goals and not about your dad.
Nick: Can't it be a little of both?
Chelsea: I guess so.
Chelsea: Seems like you feel this is the right decision.
Nick: Honestly, it's gonna be smooth sailing from here on out.
Dean: I've known nick for a number of years. If had figured out what we were doing, I would have sensed it.
Victor: Mm. It's just like nicholas, you know? All he thinks he has to do is make a little effort, and things will fall into place. Like magic. That boy has always had a tendency to overestimate himself. And to underestimate his father.
[ Dance music playing ]
Noah: Hey, zack. Congratulations on the new app. Very impressive.
Zack: Thanks, man. I appreciate it.
Abby: Which will be launching in just a few short hours. Will you be signing up?
Noah: Well, I'm, uh -- I'm with someone, so...
Noah: But how about this. How about some champagne on the house to celebrate?
Zack: All right.
Abby: Nice. Thank you so much, noah. That's very sweet.
Noah: To the hottest new app.
Abby: [ Claps ] I'm so excited!
[ Cellphone rings ]
Zack: Ah, it's one of my techs. I'm gonna take this in a quiet corner.
Zack: I've been waiting for your call. Everything's on schedule. Yeah, we go live in a couple hours, so it's time to take everything to the next level. You know what to do.
Mariah: Tessa, do you want some hot tea or kombucha?
Tessa: Whatever you're having is fine. Sharon... this girl... what was it that she said or how she sounded that got to you?
Sharon: Um... well, I could catch the fear in crystal's voice. And then, when that scary guy showed up, I-I was terrified for both of us.
Tessa: At least you tried to save her.
Sharon: You know, it was crystal who thought fast. She came up with this excuse why I was there, and... she ended up saving me and protecting me.
Tessa: You're sure she's a prostitute?
Sharon: [ Sighs ] There's no doubt. She was in that motel room with a client. Why all these questions, tessa?
Tessa: Uh, I'm just trying to help. I, uh -- I still play at the park and different places around town. Maybe if you described her i could keep a lookout.
Sharon: Okay. Well, she's -- she's about 5'4", she has long, straight, dark hair, dark eyes.
Tessa: Uh, black hair?
Sharon: Brown, and -- and brown eyes. But I doubt you'll run into her, tessa. That man seemed to have total control over her life.
Tessa: Oh, that's awful. I can't imagine what that's like for her.
Jack: I actually haven't had much exposure to ben hochman over the years. Uh, I don't really have an opinion. Ashley does, I know. She's not a fan.
Nikki: Oh, really? Why is that?
Jack: Well, she spent some time with him in new york. Kind of rubbed her the wrong way. She thinks he's a blowhard.
Nikki: Well, given her tendency to judge harshly, I'm gonna take that with a grain of salt. Victoria's been under a lot of pressure lately. If this guy can put a smile on her face, I'm all for it.
Victoria: I think we lost far too much dancing time when I stepped away. And this song, oh! This song is even better than the last song. So, what are we waiting for?
Benjamin: You tell me.
[ Slow music playing ]
Abby: I don't know what's going on with victoria. Her moods keep morphing. I can't keep up.
Ashley: What do you mean?
Abby: Well, one minute, she's crying on my shoulder, the next, she's telling me to mind my own business. A few days ago, she was miserable. And now look at her. She's the life of the party. She's so volatile and unpredictable.
Ashley: Well, there's nothing wrong with having a good time, obviously, but I just hope she knows what she's doing with that guy.
Ravi: I second that. Hochman's an ass.
Abby: Well, victoria does know how to take care of herself.
Ashley: Usually. I just hope tonight's not the exception.
Next on "the young and the restless"...
Victor: What the hell is this?
Nikki: It's my new address. I've moved out of the ranch.
Tessa: I'm desperate, zack. I need your help.
Ravi: Hey. Hey, ashley. You ready to head to the lake?
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