Young & The Restless Transcript
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Elena: [ Chuckles ] I held off on ordering the pasta since we are about to go to italy, and I expect to have the best pasta I have ever tasted in my life.
Nate: Hmm. What is pasta made out of, flour and water? You think they have magical ingredients out there.
Elena: I think everything about that place is gonna be magical.
Nate: [ Chuckles ] Far be it from me to argue with that logic.
Elena: Oh, let me live in my fantasy. I’ve never been to italy, and i am so excited.
Billy: Oh, italy, you are going to have a blast.
Elena: Hey, you.
Billy: Hi. And actually, speaking of this double date we’ve been trying to organize, we should do it in italy. Tuscany’s perfect. Some of the best restaurants in the world there are blocks away from the palazzo.
Elena: Well, when are you and lily leaving? Does it make sense for us just to go together?
Billy: I don’t know, maybe. What’s your plan?
Nate: Well, ashland’s sending over his jet from tuscany so we can fly out tonight.
Billy: Yeah, that’s a bummer. Lily is still visiting her daughter, and we got kids’ schedules to figure out, and on top of that, ashland would probably re-route us to antarctica if he knew I was on that plane.
Nate: Mm, yeah, lily mentioned there’s some tension between you guys.
Billy: Well, you know me, i can be a little blunt for my own good. And I’ve told both victoria and ashland that I feel like they’re rushing into things.
Elena: Well, I mean, they definitely have, but I’m sure you can understand why.
Billy: Sure, I get it. He’s on borrowed time. I still feel like there are other considerations that should take precedence.
Nate: Well, since you’re going to the wedding, I take it that you accepted that it’s happening.
Billy: I wouldn’t go that far. I still feel like there’s time for victoria to change her mind, and I’m hoping she does.
Sally: Ready for our trip?
Adam: Hey. What’s up?
Sally: We are going to need a big car to pick us up from the airport in tuscany because i have a lot of luggage.
Adam: Really? Why? It’s not like we’re going for that long.
Sally: Well, I’m taking victoria’s wedding dress and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it, like my sewing machine and supplies, a portable steamer, shoes, accessories.
Billy: Okay, okay, I’ll reserve a limo. Or maybe two.
Sally: That will work.
Adam: I know that you put a lot of work into transporting the dress, but do you have any idea how you’re actually gonna get it in front of her?
Sally: I am still working on that, but, hey, I got the first 5,000 miles planned out, so that last little stretch should be a piece of cake, right?
Adam: The eternal optimist.
Sally: Well, I’m sure I’ll come up with a strategy once i have a chance to scope out the villa.
Sally: Okay. Is that not the same thing?
Adam: Well, traditionally, a villa was a country home with gardens as a getaway, whereas the palazzo was the official residence in town. Mm-hmm. But nowadays, you’re right. It’s probably a distinction without much of a difference.
Sally: Well, I’m guessing that the newman family palazzo is gorgeous beyond belief, old, elegant, luxurious.
Adam: I assume so. I’ve never been there myself, actually.
Sally: Well, good, we can explore it together.
Adam: [ Sighs ] Sally, we’re flying over on the same jet. Doesn’t mean we’re together.
Sally: Eh, sounds to me like another distinction without a difference.
Victoria: So do you feel better now that you’ve had something to eat?
Ashland: I’m a little out of practice jetting off to europe. My body clock’s a little messed up, but that wonderful lunch we had has revived me.
Victoria: Good. I hope you’re finally ready to be completely honest with me.
Ashland: It’s time. But I feel compelled to warn you, once I share with you what I’ve done, and if you choose not to expose what I’ve done — and I trust that you won’t — you’ll become complicit, an accessory after the fact, at least in the eye of the public.
Victoria: Does this have to do with an actual crime?
Ashland: It does. Do you still want to know?
Victoria: [ Sighs ] Tell me everything.
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Adam: Just so we’re clear, you and I aren’t going to italy as a couple. You’re not my date to this wedding. We won’t be sleeping in the same room, if that’s what you had in mind.
Sally: I was kidding, adam. Geez. Yes, I understand the ground rules, and I am fine with them. I realize that you have a very healthy ego, but you might not be quite as irresistible as you think you are.
Adam: Okay, I don’t know where you got the impression that I think that —
Sally: [ Laughs ]
Adam: Oh, that was very funny.
Sally: Had you going.
Adam: You did.
Sally: Doesn’t take much. Anyway, I am super appreciative of you helping me convey my show-stopping masterpiece to the bride, and I promise not to read anything more into it than that. We are travel companions and colleagues, end of story. And I also will make sure that nobody else gets the wrong impression, since I get the feeling that is your biggest concern.
Adam: I would call that my second-biggest concern, other than making sure you don’t get the wrong idea either.
Sally: Mission accomplished.
[ Cellphone chimes ]
Adam: Um, there’s something that I need to take care of, so if there’s nothing else…
Sally: Nope. Oh, yes, actually, a plan for later. Are you picking me up or am i meeting you at the airport with all my gear?
Chloe: Hey, guys. What’s this about an airport?
Sally: Chloe, hi. I forget to mention this to you earlier. You ran off too fast. Adam was kind enough to offer me a lift to tuscany.
Adam: Well, I didn’t so much as offer as surrendered to her persistent pleas.
Sally: Yet another distinction without a difference. The point is, I’m going. Isn’t that great?
Chloe: Well, this is interesting news.
Adam: I got to run.
Sally: Text me the logistics, okay?
Adam: Will do.
Chloe: You really need to rethink this.
Elena: I’m not sure how much time you’ve actually gotten to spend with ashland and victoria, but nate and I have become friends with them, and regardless of what you feel about ashland, trust me, he adores her.
Billy: Well, of course he does. What’s not to love? Okay, look, before you go there, let me just be very clear. I have moved on, okay? Lily and I are deliriously happy. I am not pining for my ex, and i hope that victoria is happy as well. And if ashland lived up to the hype, I’d be a fan, too. But certain things have come to light.
Nate: What things?
Billy: Let’s just say I don’t believe he’s the man that he says he is.
Ashland: Well, to understand the choices I made, you have to understand my relationship with camilla rhodes.
Victoria: Your mentor, early on.
Ashland: We met when I first went for my interview. Well, not my interview, it was my friend’s — the original ashland, the real ashland. I was hoping I could bluff my way through it. Ashland was fascinated by news and television and broadcast journalism. He talked about it constantly. Some of it actually sunk in. I did what little research i could, but I was a kid, I was a mess. I’m — I was all alone in the world. I… I had just been in a brutal car accident. I was thrown from the vehicle. I was in shock. I had watched my friend die before my eyes. And now all I had to go on was this idea, this conviction that I wanted to live ashland’s life for him. To somehow make it up to him. Camilla had other candidates for the job that day who were better prepared, better dressed, and more articulate, but no one wanted it more than I did, and she could sense that, and so she gave me a shot. I started off basically as a gofer, and it could have ended there, but she took a liking to me and gave me opportunities and took me under her wing.
Victoria: You were just a boy without a family. You didn’t even have a friend in the world. That must have meant a lot to you.
Ashland: Yeah, it meant everything. Believe me. And I thought it did to her, as well. She had no family, she had no kids. Her husband had died. She was all alone in the world, more or less. Over time, I, you know, worked hard and earned her trust, and basically she treated me like the son that she never had. And from that trust and faith in me, she helped me map out a future for myself in the media realm that I could never have manifested on my own in any way. And then it all went to hell.
Billy: Look, I understand you see ashland in a different light, and that’s fine. He’s a charismatic guy. I’m sure he’s fun to be around.
Nate: No, there’s more to our friendship than that. I admire the man tremendously. I mean, he’s battling a potentially fatal illness, undergoing intensive treatment, and he’s handling the whole ordeal with so much grace. That says a lot about his character.
Billy: No doubt.
Elena: Frankly, if I were you, I would do what I could to support ashland and victoria instead of trying to hold him accountable for something he may have done ages ago.
Nate: Look, billy, you have a past of your own, and lily has chosen to believe you’ve learned and grown from that. She accepts you for the man you are today.
Billy: No, you’re right. Lily knows all about my past. We’ve known each other forever, and I have been open and honest with her about everything. But I cannot say the same thing about ashland. But it doesn’t matter because if looking out for my children and their mother makes me a hypocrite, then I am fine with that. But I am not about to turn a blind eye and ignore the red flags.
Elena: What does that mean, exactly? Do you intend to interfere with the wedding?
Billy: No, victoria’s very capable of of making her own decisions. I just want to make sure that she knows all the facts.
Nate: The “facts” — according to whom?
[ Cellphone chimes ] Billy.
Billy: I’m sorry. Something very important has come up that I need to deal with. I’ll see you in italy.
Nate: I don’t like the sound of that.
Sally: It doesn’t matter how I get to italy or with whom. The important thing is that i haven’t missed my opportunity to present my wedding dress to victoria. And once she sees what I created just for her, in my heart, i know that’ll be it. She’ll find it irresistible.
Chloe: I still think it’s an incredible long shot.
Sally: Yes, I know. You keep saying that, but I’ve put so much time and energy into this. I have to at least try.
Chloe: Fine. But with adam?
Sally: He’s the bride’s brother, has an actual invite, and I need a way to get past the security that’s bound to be there.
Chloe: Okay, I get it, I get it, but it doesn’t mean I like it.
Sally: Adam and I just clarified. We are not going over there as a couple. This is not some epic date. He is going for family, and I am going for the dress. Our interests just happen to coincide. This is not about romance.
Chloe: Right. A lavish wedding in a magnificent italian palazzo — who could even think about romance in a setting like that?
Sally: You worry too much.
Ashland: There’s no excuse for what I did, the choices i made. But at least I want to try and explain. You see, I was just…a little boy at the time. I was a kid, as you said. And camilla had been my entire support system in so many ways. She’d taken care of me and protected me in ways that my mother wouldn’t or couldn’t do, and I was so grateful for that. When she passed away, it was a terrible loss. It hit me almost as hard as when ashland died. She had always talked to me about, you know, how much she appreciated and supported me and admired me, and I just assumed that there would be some provision for me in her will.
Victoria: There wasn’t?
Ashland: Her lawyer was the senior jesse gaines, and he had told me that her will stipulated that her estate were to go to a charity. And these weren’t reputable institutions… or known foundations. Frivolous little things that she had gotten a kick out of when she was alivE. A cat sanctuary, for god’s sake. It just felt like, to me, that she had taken the trust and faith that I had in her and made a mockery of it. It was a — it was a big joke. I know it sounds like that I’m a spoiled little brat and i somehow was entitled to receive this — her entire estate, but… I just need you to understand —
Victoria: Why did she cut you out of her will? Was she upset with you or something?
Ashland: No, no, it wasn’t that. Jesse had told me that he had read a letter that she wrote stipulating that she didn’t think that I needed to get by on any inheritance in order to be successful, that I could make it on my own, that she had faith in me, and she was right. I could. But I was immature and angry and confused about the whole thing, and jesse, he was angry on my behalf, as well.
Victoria: Why would it matter to him?
Ashland: Well, he had taken a liking to me. When camilla introduced us, she encouraged him to take on more of a paternal role in my life. And it was incomprehensible to him that she would scatter this vast estate to this motley collection of beneficiaries. He fed my resentment. And he said that he had tried to talk camilla out of her plan, but that she wouldn’t be moved. So after stewing over the injustice for a while, jesse and I came to realize that we could fix it. A lot of people think dealing with copd
[ Cellphone chimes ]
Elena: If the budget’s there, I’d like to hire a full-time nurse, someone paid. That way, the clinic is never understaffed in case we’re low on volunteers.
Nate: Mm, great idea. I’ll talk to devon and see where things stand.
Adam: Hey, guys, I’m so sorry to interrupt. Have you seen billy? I was supposed to meet him here. I was a little late.
Elena: He was here a few minutes ago.
Nate: You just missed him.
Adam: [ Exhales sharply ] Must have thought I flaked on him. Sure now he’s mad.
Elena: Uh, no. Nate and I both spoke to him, and he didn’t seem angry and he also didn’t mention you. He just got a text message and he rushed out.
Nate: Yeah, we just assumed there was some breaking news somewhere.
Adam: Huh. Maybe so.
Ashland: So jesse forged a new letter that was supposedly written by camilla the night before she died, with instructions to revise the will, and it effectively became a codicil to the original will, overriding its provisions.
Victoria: How much did “camilla” leave you in this letter?
Ashland: All of her estate. We were hurt and angry and did a terrible thing. Had camilla known what we had done, she would have been outraged.
Victoria: So you used her money to buy the tv stations?
Ashland: Which became the foundation for my media empire.
Victoria: All built on a lie and stolen funds.
Ashland: Camilla deserved so much better after all that she had done for me. And when I had grown up and realized what I had done, it was just too late to change it and there was no point in exposing jesse’s complicity.
Victoria: I don’t understand. Why would he take such an enormous risk? What was in it for him?
Ashland: Well, it wasn’t as big of a risk as you might think. There was no one to challenge it. Camilla had no other heirs. Making me the beneficiary of her estate seemed to be a logical choice. I mean, it was generous, but not suspicious. Jesse had just really wanted my service and commitment to her and her company to be financially rewarded.
Victoria: And his son, too. Gaines junior. He works for you, doesn’t he? Is he in on this?
Ashland: Absolutely not. Junior is an idiot, an absolutely worthless human being. Even his father knew that, and there was no way that he was gonna take him into his confidence.
Victoria: Well, he must have known something about it. You wouldn’t have just put an idiot on your payroll. Why did he suddenly show up in genoa city? Why is he harassing you?
Ashland: Well, gaines senior had made a foolish mistake. He did not dispose of the note that camilla wrote, stipulating that I was to receive no inheritance, and…junior found out about that and…he decided to use it for future leverage.
Victoria: Of course he did.
Ashland: So after his father died, there was no legal or ethical threat, and so he decided to blackmail me. And he’s been doing it for years. And when he found out that I was dying, he panicked and realized, “whoa, this is the end of the gravy train.” And he — he’s really not bright enough to create any other source of an income or a living, so he demanded that I make one last lump sum payment.
Victoria: Let me guess. That lump sum of money that you went to your banker for wasn’t for a surprise wedding present. It was to pay off jesse.
Ashland: I’m ashamed that i lied to you and that I did so easily. That scared little boy that became a ruthless cutthroat. After living that way for a lifetime, it’s become second nature. And I so desperately wanted to shield you from the ugliness of all this.
Victoria: So where do things stand with gaines now? You paid him off? Is he gone?
Ashland: Yes and no. Gaines is gone, but I’m not the one who paid him off. Your father beat me to it.
Marty: Welcome home.
Billy: Marty. You found the key okay? Any trouble getting in?
Marty: Nope, none.
Billy: Good. Well, to say that I was blown away by the text message you sent would be an understatement. The fact that you and your team were able to find gaines and bring him back to genoa city so quickly is a good thing. Where is he?
Marty: Mr. Gaines, would you join us, please?
Billy: Jesse. It’s good to see you again.
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Adam: I’m on the chanccomm site. I don’t see any recent blockbusters. So whatever billy was working on, it must be still in progress.
Nate: Can I ask — why were you meeting with him in the first place? I thought you two weren’t on the best of terms.
Adam: That’s the reason. My sister’s wedding in italy is coming up, so I wanted to negotiate a temporary truce in in the sake of family unity.
Elena: Wait. Are you going?
Adam: [ Chuckling ] Yeah. Yeah, it surprised me, too. But I’m happy to accept the invite. Nick and I are in a much better place after faith’s transplant, and I want to improve my relationship with victoria, too. Billy and I — we will never see eye to eye on much, but I was hoping we could at least agree to be happy for victoria and ashland and make a pact not to disrupt the wedding. What? What’d I say?
Nate: I wouldn’t be so sure you’re on the same page about that.
Adam: Really? Why is that?
Elena: Ask billy. He’s very open about his feelings when it comes to the wedding.
Adam: Fair enough.
Elena: Fyi — we will be in tuscany, as well. Nate is actually ashland’s best man.
Adam: You are? That is terrific.
Nate: I was pleased to be asked.
Adam: Oh. Well, I look forward to seeing you both there.
Nate: Alright. Well, catch you later.
Adam: Catch you later.
Elena: See you soon. Hmm. Wow. I’m really glad that adam is being supportive of his sister. I wouldn’t have expected that.
Nate: He’s probably trying to score points with victor.
Nate: Whatever the reason is, it’s a good thing. Adam can be trouble. And ashland and victoria have enough to deal with.
[ Lock engages ]
Billy: Well, jesse, where did we leave off? Oh, yes. I remember. You promised to give me the scoop on how ashland locke started in business. And then you up and vanished.
Gaines: What can I say? I got a better offer.
Billy: From victor newman, I am to assume? How much did he pay you?
Gaines: More than you were offering before and less than I’m expecting you to offer now.
Billy: Okay. So you want to re-open negotiations.
Gaines: Hold on a second. We need to settle something else first.
Billy: Sure. What is it?
Gaines: Well, newman won’t be happy that I gave his people the slip. He’s gonna be even more furious if I go back on my word and tell you what I know about locke. So I need you to guarantee me protection from him, or this conversation ends right now.
Victoria: Are you saying that you went to my father for help in dealing with gaines?
Ashland: No, of course not.
Victoria: Well, then how did this happen?
Ashland: I-I don’t know how victor figured it out, but when I showed up to the grand phoenix with cash to pay off gaines, gaines was gone and victor was there. He said he’d handled it, and he didn’t want me to think about it any further.
Victoria: You must have been in shock over this.
Ashland: To put it mildly.
Victoria: I don’t understand. Why would my father intervene?
Ashland: Well, he made it clear that it wasn’t for my sake.
[ Chuckles ] He loves you so much and he just sees how happy you are and he wants you to stay that way. He said, “consider it a wedding gift.”
Victoria: There has to be something more.
Ashland: Well, nothing is ever simple when it comes to victor newman. And I guess with the newman/locke merger, he was worried about its public image.
Victoria: You’re probably right.
Ashland: I would imagine with victor that he’d take some delight in knowing that he’s got some leverage over me. But aside from that, I take the man at his word. He said he understood what i had gone through, as he had made some difficult choices when he was young that he had regretted, and that he didn’t want foolish things that I had done in my youth to get in the way of our future together.
Victoria: Well, it sounds like you and my father have come to quite an understandinG.
Ashland: Well, still, as much as I appreciate what victor has done, the threat hasn’t been eliminated. Far from it. I brought in ensure max protein, with thirty grams of protein.
Billy: I’m confident I can protect you from victor. I got you here safely, didn’t I?
Gaines: I’m gonna need more than just your word. I want to sign off on every detail of whatever plan your security team comes up with for me.
Billy: I’m sure we can find a way to put your mind at ease. I do have one question, though. If you are concerned about victor’s reaction, why are you here in the first place?
Gaines: You’re complaining?
Billy: No, not at all. It just feels like there’s more to this than money.
Gaines: Oh. Well, what is your theory?
Billy: Well, if it was just money, you could go back to victor and ask for more — or ashland. We both know they have deeper pockets than I do. Of course, they’re gonna keep this story quiet, and that doesn’t sit well with you. You want the truth to see the light of day, every shady thing that ashland did to start his career. My question is — why? What’s your beef with him?
Gaines: Alright. I admit it. It is personal. And you will find out why after we make our deal, not before.
Elena: Mmm, that was amazing.
Nate: Any room for dessert?
Elena: Actually, I don’t think we have time. I need to finish packing.
Nate: Okay. Didn’t you say you were mostly done with that last night?
Elena: Well, there’s packing, and then there’s finishing packing, which involves me going over my checklists and playing my favorite game of, “what did i forget?” Because what if we decide to go climb the leaning tower of pisa and I don’t have my walking shoes?
Nate: Got it. Because there’s no place in europe where you couldn’t just buy another pair.
Elena: I just want this to go well. This trip is really important to me. And I think it’s going to be a great step forward for us both. And if I haven’t said it before, I am really glad that you decided to give us another chance to get things right.
Nate: I am feeling good about us, too, and I can’t wait to take off from work and spend time together. It wouldn’t even have to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth. It could be fresno, for all i care.
Elena: Fresno?! Yeah, I guess fresno has a lot to offer. I’m pretty sure it’s the raisin capital of the world.
[ Both laugh ] But I think it’s better we stick with the original plan.
Nate: [ Sighs ] If you insist.
[ Both laugh ]
Victoria: Gaines is still a threat? After my father dealt with him? Is — is there some loose end that he didn’t know about?
Ashland: Victor handled this without consulting me, so he didn’t know about the first letter or that he had to retrieve it in order to neutralize gaines. Now gaines can hold that over my head, irrespective of how much money we throw at him, because he despises me and he always has.
Ashland: His father had zero respect for him. He would compare junior to me, unfavorably, to his face.
Victoria: It just sounds like a twisted form of sibling rivalry.
Ashland: Yeah. I suspect that he has been fantasizing about taking me down for quite some time, but only due to my financial largess does he hesitate to go through with it. But now that my days are possibly coming to an end, gaines probably realizes it’s now or never.
Victoria: And if he tries to come after you in any way, you do realize that it’s gonna blow back on my company, don’t you?
Ashland: Our company.
Victoria: Fraud, conspiracy, grand theft. This is gonna be a huge scandal.
Ashland: Yeah —
Victoria: And you’re right, you know. If I don’t come forward right away, I’m — I’m gonna be complicit.
Ashland: I think that we’re protected from any legal repercussions.
Victoria: Are you sure?
Ashland: The statute of limitations has long expired. But if this were to come out, my reputation would be tarnished, as well as locke communications group. And since our companies have merged, newman would also face a fallout.
Victoria: I-I don’t know what to say. This is just — this is a lot to take in. I don’t even know how to begin to address this.
Ashland: If you can, just try to put that aside for a moment. What’s in your heart? Do you think you can still go through with marrying me, even though you know what I did? Need long-lasting freshness?
Sally: Ah! There you are. I’ve been looking for you everywhere.
Adam: Huh. Problem?
Sally: More like an opportunity. I just found these earrings that would go perfect with victoria’s wedding dress, so I was curious if you were looking for suggestions as to what to get her for a wedding gift.
Adam: Uh, I actually already have that covered. My assistant found a personal chef who’s gonna cook them a delicious home-cooked meal for the newlyweds and the kids on a night of their choosing.
Sally: Wow. I love that. It’s like the perfect balance. It’s special and kind of posh, yet considerate and homey. Nicely done.
Adam: I try.
Sally: Well, I’m sure she will appreciate the effort that you’re making. It is quite touching. I’ll be right back.
[ Clears throat ]
Victor: Son, are you on the way to the airport?
Adam: Uh, soon. I have some information that, uh, you’ll want to know.
Victor: What is it?
Adam: I learned billy got a tip of some sort earlier today. Apparently, he’s still focused on putting a stop to the wedding, which leads me to believe that it’s something to do with ashland.
Victor: That’s very disturbing, son. I just learned that jesse gaines slipped through the fingers of my security team. And I have a feeling that billy boy abbott had something to do with it.
Adam: Well, wouldn’t shock me.
Victor: Please stay on it, okay? Got to make sure that this man does not cause any further damage. Is that clear?
Adam: Very clear.
Billy: Please. We have a lot to talk about.
Gaines: We haven’t settled —
Billy: I understand we haven’t worked out the details of our arrangement. But it is clear to me that you want the facts to see the light of day. And I sure as hell want to hear them.
Gaines: Sounds like a good start.
Billy: So, I have deduced that your attorney father and ashland locke cooked up a scheme that launched his career. Gave him the seed money to buy the two stations. Now, I’m guessing that deal was shady at best, possibly outright illegal.
Gaines: You’re on the right track.
Billy: Thank you for the confirmation.
Gaines: And as long as you can guarantee me protection from victor and we settle on the money, I’ll tell you everything you want to know.
Victoria: As ceo of the merged company, it is my responsibility to focus on the business aspect of this first.
[ Sighs ] If this story comes out, it is gonna undermine everything that we’ve accomplished.
Ashland: Victoria —
Victoria: I have spent years trying to make newman strong and resilient. And now I have to worry about a ticking time bomb!
Ashland: Victoria, I still think that there’s a chance that we can keep all this under wraps. But what’s really pressing on me right now is what’s going on between the two of us. I don’t want to pressure you right now to follow through with this wedding. You don’t need to make that choice, not at this moment.
Victoria: Don’t tell me how I should react right now. I shouldn’t have been put in this position in the first place.
Ashland: Of course. I-I never intended, when we first got involved, to put you in this position. I have tried to keep this secret under wraps for 40 years and intended to go to my grave with it.
[ Breathes deeply ] I can’t express how sorry I am that you’re going through this, especially now. But I want you to understand why I did what I did. And is there any chance that we can work through this?