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At Forrester Creations, Jackie asked Nick to view the designs on the models. Nick was deep in thought about his childhood and did not hear Jackie. The designs were created by Clarke. Jackie wasn't too fond of them
Stephanie arrived and told Jackie that the dresses needed better fabric in order to look good. Stephanie told Jackie she would never be able to run Forrester Creations and that she was ruining the company. Stephanie noticed the spring designs and recognized them as Eric's designs. Stephanie told Jackie if she used Eric's old designs she would be the laughing stock of the fashion industry.
Jackie and Stephanie continued to have a hostile conversation. Jackie reminded Stephanie that Taylor told Nick if she helped him in therapy he would have to sell the company back to the Forrester's Jackie accused Taylor of playing with Nick. Stephanie told Jackie she did not approve of Taylor being around Nick for concern that Nick would hurt Taylor. Stephanie again clarified to Jackie that she did not mean to hurt her when she fell off of the stairway landing.
Nick asked Taylor to meet him at the Shady Marlin for a therapy session. Nick began to remember that he awoke during the night and thought his mother was being hurt by someone. He stayed awake and saw that his mother was having sex and accepted money. He realized that his mother was a prostitute. He could not remember for certain if it was Captain Kramer or not who was with his mother.
At Forrester, Stephanie questions Jackie about Nick's therapy sessions. Once Stephanie realizes that she has hit a nerve she runs with it, asking Jackie if she is worried that Nick will find out what a slut she is. Jackie can't believe how close Stephanie is to the truth. Frantically she lunges at Stephanie trying to slap her, but Stephanie holds her off effortlessly.
On the Shady Marlin, Nick is horrified when he remembers that Jackie was a paid prostitute to all of the sailors including Captain Kramer. Nick doesn't understand why he is just remembering this now. Taylor explains that he held the memory in because he adored his mother and would never have wanted to shame her when he found out; he only wanted to make her life better. Nick says he remembers pretending he didn't know what was going on and Taylor feels that is probably the most loving thing he could have done at the time. Nick said he used to hide and be very quiet until Jackie was paid and the men left. He angrily tells Taylor that he knows the difference between right and wrong and his mother could have found a respectable way to earn money if she had tried. Taylor suggests that is why right and wrong is such a high priority in Nick's life and why he holds himself and others to such high standards. She thinks when people violate Nick's standards he doesn't give them a second chance. Nick says that is why he left home at 16 on the first ship that would have him. He says Jackie was upset when he told her that he wanted to be a sailor, but that was the quickest route to get him the furthest away from her life. He didn't want to be like the sailors who used his mother, but he was determined to be giving them orders one day, so he worked his way up to the top. Even though Nick sent money to his mother, he tells Taylor he didn't go back to visit anymore for a long time. Nick doesn't understand how remembering this awful thing about his mother can possibly help him now. Taylor thinks his new awareness will affect his life positively. Before he faced the truth, Taylor said he responded to humiliation by trying to overcome those who caused it. She feels it also it made him overprotective of the women in his life because he couldn't do that for his mother. She hopes this memory will help him to see himself in a new light. Nick thanks her for caring so much about him. After Taylor leaves, Jackie walks in to find Nick brooding. Fearing what Nick might have recalled in his session with Taylor, Jackie nervously blathers on about Clark's inadequacies as a designer. Sensing that her son is not himself, Jackie encourages him to stop therapy and get back to work. Nick brings up their past when they had no money. Jackie says at least they always had their pride, but Nick disagrees. He questions her again about the pearls he gave her from Kramer and she admits that she sold them. Nick wishes he could have given her more to pawn. Not liking the direction their conversation is heading, Jackie attempts to leave for Forrester. Nick stops her, demanding for her to tell him the truth about how she supported them while he was a child. He stresses that nothing she could tell him would be any worse than what he already thinks.
Meanwhile, back in Taylor's office, she records her thoughts about Nick's session. She fears it may have been his last session due to his negative feelings toward therapy. Stephanie drops by and overhears her saying that Jackie had been a prostitute.
As Jackie stood before her son, she was forced to admit that the things that he was thinking about her were true. She told him that she did sleep with Captain Kramer and the other men that he sent over also. Nick told her that she didn't just sell herself but she sold him also, and to this, she took leave not being able to listen to anything more.
In Taylor's office, Stephanie gloated. All kinds of phrases were coming out of her mouth, including that of calling Jackie a tramp. She couldn't wait to use what she now knew and thanked Taylor for finding a way to get their company back. Taylor asked what happened to the new Stephanie that wanted to be a kinder person. Taylor warned Stephanie that if she said a word to anyone about this, it would mean the end of everything between Taylor and her forever.
Taylor made a trip to see Nick aboard his boat. While he tried to act aloof, Taylor saw between the lines. He told Taylor that he had all ready met with his mother and words were spoken.
Jackie, in the meantime went to see Taylor at her office, but ran into Stephanie instead. It seemed as though every other word that came out of Stephanie's mouth pointed to the fact, that fit what Jackie once was a long time ago, degrading the all ready depressed Jackie. Stephanie warned her that she better be prepared for the "times a coming, because they wouldn't be good ones."
Stephanie, Eric, Ridge, Brooke, Felicia, Thorne and Taylor are celebrating on New Year's Eve. Stephanie is concerned with Eric's pain of losing Forrester Creations and convinces Taylor to tell everyone about Nick's breakthrough. Stephanie goes on to say how Nick made a deal with Taylor to sell the company back. Taylor recounts that she is not able to reveal any information, but is indeed trying to work something out. Nick tells Jackie that he'll never look at her the same way and that it will be hard to ever have the same closeness with her. Nick later calls Taylor over to give her a gift. Taylor is hoping it will be papers signing the company back over to the Forresters. Instead Nick presents her with a crystal globe, for giving him the world back. Nick then leans in and kisses Taylor.