Ashley peeks around the door of Victor's office and asks if the coast is
clear. Victor is very cold to her and wonder what that question means.
She mentions that it was very tense before when Victoria arrived. Is
she gone? Victor tells her that she would be uncomfortable too if it
were her husband and mistress they were talking about. Ashley
acknowledges the truth in that statement and wonders what Victor's take
on the situation is. Come on in and I will help you strategize, Victor
tells her. He then tells her that his daughter is not ready to give up
on her husband. I realize that, Ashley tells him. But she won't talk
to Cole about the marriage either. She has to come to some kind of
decision. Ashley then tells Victor that while the two of them are
working things out, her involvement with Cole is nobody's business but
mine, Cole's, and Victoria's. "Are you telling me to keep my nose out
of it? The mustache asks.
Miguel wheels in Doris Collins. Nikki warmly greets her. It has
been a long time since we have seen you, she tells Doris. Nikki then
turns to Sara and asks her to make some Earl Gray and bring it in to
them. "Some what?" asks Sara. Nikki explains that Earl Gray is a tea.
She can find it in the pantry where Miguel keeps it. Also, bring in
some cookies. As Nikki turns back to her guest, Sara stares at her in
an unfriendly manner. Of course, Mrs. Landers, she says sarcastically
to herself. Anything you want, Mrs. Landers. Your wish is my command,
Nikki and Doris make small talk. It has been a while since she visited
with Sharon. They had a really good visit. Noah is really growing.
Our lives get so busy, Nikki tells her. Christmas is right around the
corner. Doris looks pained. What is wrong, asks Nikki. Is something
bothering you? You know you can talk to me. Doris tells Nikki that the
holiday season can be very emotional for her and Sharon. I know you
know about Sharon's first baby---the one that was given up for
adoption. Every year, we can't help but wonder where he or she is and
what he or she is doing.
Cassie is showing Grace her spelling test. Only she and one other
person got 100%. It is because you helped me study, Mom. When
Grace corrects her, Cassie says she doesn't understand why she can't
call her Mom. She is never going to have a real mom. Cassie knows that
Tony doesn't want her to call Grace Mom, but she kinda thinks Grace
likes it. Cassie proposes that she only call Grace "Mom" when Tony
isn't around. It can be just our secret. "He's not here now, MOM"
Cassie smiles winningly. Just then Tony comes in and both Cassie and
Grace look at him guiltily. What is going on? he asks. Cassie tells
him that she and Grace are sharing a secret. Tony tells Cassie that
Mrs. Kramer from down the hall has her granddaughter visiting. She
wants to include Cassie in a trip to the movies. Do you want to go.
Cassie is all excited. "Can I go, Mo---Grace?" she asks. As she puts
on her coat and leaves Tony asks what the big secret is. Grace reminds
him that it is only between the two girls. Tony tells her that she is
doing a big head trip on herself and the little kid, too.
Jack and John are just finishing up a business meeting. They both wish
that Ashley had attended the meeting. John wonders if something is
going on with her. Jack does his best to avoid the subject, but John
insists. He wants to know if Ashley is seeing someone new. She seems
to be walking around on Cloud 9. He hopes she isn't headed for more
heartbreak. He reminds Jack that his kids happiness is important to
him. Jack assures his father that he is looking out for Ashley.
Ashley tells Victor that she didn't mean to say that he had to keep his
"nose out of it." She would just rather that no one else know about the
situation. "I don't indulge in gossip!" Victor tells his ex-wife. But
you must suffer the consequences of your conduct. Ashley then tells
Victor that she has things to do and leaves.
Doris tells Nikki that Christmas is a sad time. We cannot help thinking
about the baby. It was a decision that had to be made and there were no
easy solution. Now, we wonder what happened to the child. Did it get
loving parents the way we wanted? Is it happy? Does it have a good
life? Nikki understands that it has to be difficult for them,
especially when the question can never be answered.
Why are you on my case again? shouts Grace. Tony knows that Grace is
planning a future as Cassie's mother. Grace tries to convince Tony that
she is just taking it day by day. Tony reminds her that the time will
come when she has to give that child back to it's mother. She is
growing too attached; it is going to be more painful the longer it takes
for her to give Cassie up.
Sara questions Miguel about Nikki. Wasn't she once married to Victor
Newman? What is he like? Miguel tells her that Victor is an amazing
man, the head of an international company. Sara wonders why they were
divorced. Miguel answers that sometimes even Mrs. Landers wonders the
same thing. But, he tells her, Mr. and Mrs. Landers are very happy. So
she has no regrets? asks Sara. Miguel tells her it is best not to
discuss their employers. He leaves the room and Sara looks into the
distance. Hmmm---Victor Newman.
Nikki visits Victor. She wants to know what he knows about Vicki's
marriage. She is worried. Victor tells her that he is staying out of
it. He has learned his lesson. Nikki won't give up. She suddenly gets
the idea that Vicki has met someone while on her trip. They have to do
something. She could leave and be on the road all the time! They might
not see their daughter but a couple of days each year. Help me,
Victor. Tell me please!
Nick tells Grace that Sharon and Cassie belong together. He knows it
will be hard to give her up, but she will be able to visit Sharon and
see Cassie as much as she wants. He then tells her that Christmas is
coming and what better gift to give her best friend than her long lost
daughter. I love her and she loves me, Grace cries. But you are not
her mother. Sharon is, Tony tells her. Grace decides to go to the
office. You mean well, Tony, but I am tired of hearing all that I am
Sara is arranging flowers. She looks down at Nikki and Josh's wedding
picture. She begins to remember when she was with Josh. Josh was
telling her that their marriage was not working. Veronica tells Josh
that she loves him. The only problem in their marriage is his
schedule. If he could just spend more time at home with her! Josh
tells her that he is a doctor; his time isn't his own. Veronica says
that after he finishes his residency things will be better. No, he
tells her. I will have to work very hard for years building up my
practice. It will be years before I can give you the time you need.
You are a wonderful person. I think it is best if we ended the marriage
while you can still find the right person for you; someone who will
fulfill all your needs. As he leaves for the hospital, he tells her to
think about it. She is alone, sobbing. I won't let you divorce me,
Josh. It will never happen----never!
She is brought back to reality by Josh. I think I have caught you
daydreaming, he says.
Nick and Grace are working together. He says Jack was well pleased with
the proposal they worked on before. That late night felt like years,
Grace tells him. Nick says he could not have done it without her and
asks if she wants to continue working together. She can be his right
hand. She leans over his shoulder and asks what they will work on next.
Nikki tells Victor that she is not going to leave until she gets an
answer. Victor gives in and tells her that there is another woman. It
is Ashley Abbott. Well, whaddya know! Nikki says. Thank you Victor.
Jack tells his father that his sister is an intelligent woman---a grown
woman. They can't tell her who she can and cannot see. But don't
worry, I am looking out for her. If I need your help, I'll come to you.
Ashley is working in the lab when Nikki arrives. She wonders if Ashley
has no scruples at all. My daughter was barely out of town when you
set your sights on her husband, accuses Ms. Landers. Ashley tells her
visitor to be careful. I do not need this right now. You broke up my
marriage, Nikki accuses. Now you have set your sights on my daughter's
Nick says their next project will have to do with holiday advertising.
Grace reminds him that this year will be Noah's first Christmas. Are
you excited. We want you to bring Cassie over to share the season with
us. Nick says he isn't into it yet, but Sharon is. Maybe in another
year or two, there will be a new addition to your Christmas card, Grace
suggests. Another addition? asks Nick. Grace wonders if there will be
another baby. Nick is surprised but answers that their cup is full. He
doesn't see a new child for a while. Sharon is ready for another baby,
he confides, but he doesn't think he wants another. Nick admits that he
hasn't given much thought to another baby, as he promised Sharon he
would, but now that he has voiced his reservations, he knows what he
doesn't want. So now it is time he shared this with his wife.
Josh tells Sara that she is doing a great job. Does she still like it
out at the ranch? Sara tells him that the ranch feels just like home to
her. Josh leaves, telling Sara to let Mrs. Landers know that he will be
late getting home. Yes, I'll be sure and tell her, Sara says. After
Josh is gone, Sara says: I am still your wife, Josh. The divorce you
wanted so much never happened. I am still your wife.
Jack brings Nick's report to Victor. He did a fine job, Jack says. I
am proud of that kid. Victor is also proud of the work his son has
done. I'd like to speak to you about my sister, Jack tells Victor.
Jack believes Ashley belongs in the boardroom. She is smart and
experienced, he tells Victor. Let's not waste it. She spends too much
time in the lab. Victor agrees that it is a good idea. Who should
bring the subject up? It is decided that it would come best from
Victor. About your sister, begins Victor. As Jack hesitates, Victor
tells him to never mind.
Ashley reminds Nikki that Cole and Vicki were having problems before she
came on the scene, but Nikki says that it was she who brought them to
the point they are at today. Ashley explains that she was only helping
Cole with his book. They enjoyed each other's company and that turned
into a wonderful friendship. We are very close, she tells Nikki. I am
sure you are, agrees Nikki.
Wait a minute, Ashley tells Nikki. We have not slept together---not yet
anyway. Nikki says she will not stand by and allow Ashley to ruin her
daughter's life. I warn you, Ashley. Stay away for Cole. And if I
don't? wonders Ashley. Don't test me, threatens Nikki. And don't say
you weren't warned!
Nick arrives home. Noah has just been put down to rest. He wore
himself out at Mom's today. We need to talk, Nick tells his wife. You
ask me to think about a baby. I know it is what you want, he tells
her. But it is not what I want.
Nikki walks into her house and slams the door behind herself. Damn that
woman! she exclaims. Sara is startled. Are you all right. Nikki
apologizes for her abruptness. Can I get you anything? a drink,
perhaps? asks Sara. Talk about temptation! Nikki says. I don't need
anything unless . . . How are you with poison, Sara? Nikki wonders.
What? asks Sara. Never mind, Nikki laughs. I am going for a hot
Cole is busy on his novel when there is a knock at the door. It is
Ashley. Should I have called? she asks. No, he tells her. If you had
called, I would have told you not to come. But now that I look at your
beautiful face, how could I have given up this pleasure? She wonders if
he has talked with Victoria. He tells her about the dinner party the
night before. Sharon and Nick were trying a little family
matchmaking---a little food, a little wine, and things would be right
back where they left off. He laughs at the fiasco the night turned
Cole admits that he had a good time at the dinner. Vicki was witty and
funny. It reminded him of what she was like before they began to have
problems. Ashley tells him that she had a chat with Victor and now he
knows. How did he take it? wonders Cole. Better than Nikki did, Ashley
assures him. Nikki came into my lab on a broomstick and read me the
riot act, she tells him. She is just a mother protecting her young,
Cole says. Not exactly, Ashley says. She is good about taking the
moral indignation high ground when it suits her but she has her
moments. Tomorrow it will be in the tabloids, laughs Cole and they
You don't want another child? asks Sharon. Not right now, answers
Nick. I don't want to plan on having another child for a few years. We
both have to want this. I'm sorry, but you need to know how I feel.
Sharon is in tears. He apologizes for upsetting her. When he sees just
how upset she is, he says maybe he should change his mind. He didn't
realize she wanted it so much. But she tells him that he is right.
They both have to want it for it to work. Thank you for offering, but I
can wait until you are ready. I love you, Sharon, Nick tells her as he
pulls him into his arms. I love you so much, Nick, a tearful Sharon
tells her husband.
Wednesday, October 5, 1997
Sharon drops by Grace's apartment but she's still at work so she chats it
up with Tony. They discuss his progress with Grace, or lack of it. Sharon
gives him a pep talk, and assures him that she'll do her best to continue
to convince Grace to go for him.
Cole calls Ashley at the lab and invites her over for dinner. She accepts,
but is delayed by Jack dropping by. Jack angers Ashley when he admits that
he went to see Cole. She tells him to back off and stay out of it but he
says he can't. He pleads with her to let Cole and Victoria have a fighting
chance and to just back off for a while.
Meanwhile at the tack house, Cole has dinner cooking and gets into the
shower. Victoria drops by and lets herself in. Deducing that he has a
dinner guest coming, she waits to talk to him. To her surprise, Ashley
calls and leaves a message with her that she needs to cancel their dinner
plans. When Cole gets out of the shower, Victoria gives him the message
then asks if she can stay for dinner instead. He reluctantly agrees. They
have a cordial dinner, and Victoria tells him that he's fair game, and
she's going to try to win him back.
Neil thinks back to the night that Dru dropped her birth control pills into
a glass of water and announced that she was ready to have another child. He
realizes that they weren't the same type of pills that he found in her
purse, and decides to take them to a pharmacist and find out for sure what
they are. Neil is devastated when the pharmacist reveals that not only are
they birth control pills, but that Dru had the prescription refilled just
two weeks ago. Overcome with shock, Neil heads for a bar and has a stiff
Back at home, Dru can't track down Neil. He's late, and hasn't called, so
she fears the worst. Panic stricken, she calls Olivia and Malcolm over,
rambling that she thinks Neil is missing and hurt somewhere. They tell her
to calm down, but to no avail. Finally, Neil walks in the door. Dru races
to hug him and say how much she was worried about him but how glad she's
home. Neil mutters through gritted teeth that he has a lot on his mind, but
says it's work related. He goes off to bed, so Olivia and Malcolm leave.
Alone, Dru is happy that her man is home, and thinks that all he needs is
some good ol' lovin' from her to cheer him up.
Thursday, November 6, 1997
Dru talks with Malcolm and tells him how out of it Neil seems to be. After
briefly speaking with him, Malcolm agrees that something heavy is weighing
on his brother's mind. Malcolm tells Olivia about it, and they both presume
that there's more on his mind that just business, like he claims. Olivia
goes to Neil's office to find out what's going on, but Neil denies anything
is wrong. "I can't believe that you'd lie to me," Olivia challenges.
Tricia comes home to talk to Megan but she's not there so she reluctantly
talks to Jill. They discuss Ryan and Nina and before Jill can lecture,
Tricia tells her that she plans to stay away from the situation for awhile.
Jill says she wishes she could believe her. Tricia is on her way out the
door when Ryan shows up. He tells her that Nina is being released from the
hospital and he plans to pick her up and take her home. He also announces
that he plans to stay with her for awhile until she's back up on her feet.
He makes it clear that he's doing this only out of responsibility and a
sense of obligation. Jill asks to speak to him alone, and lays into him
about staying away from Tricia.
Phyllis discusses the custody battle with Joani and while thinking aloud,
discovers that she's left one stone unturned. She realizes that there's
someone out there that could testify against her if Christine got to him
first -- Dr. Reid. Phyllis rushes to his office and reminds him that he gave
her the pills that she used to knock out Brian. She explains about the
custody battle and says that she needs his help.
Meanwhile, Paul discusses the case with Lynne, and while thinking aloud,
wonders where Phyllis got the tranquilizers that knocked out Brian. He
calls Danny and tells him to bring the credit card receipts from when he
and Phyllis were together. Danny goes to the apartment but finds Joani
alone. She explains that Phyllis had to go out and she's on her way to pick
up Daniel. Danny doesn't give her much choice but to leave him alone in the
apartment. Phyllis returns and finds him there, and immediately demands an
explanation. Danny lies and says that he was simply picking up some sheet
music that he left behind. Phyllis freaks out, and accuses him of
Ryan goes to the hospital and cheerfully greets Nina, congratulating her on
doing so well that she can go home. He explains that her doctor called him
and told him of her release so that he could drive her home. Ryan is
shocked when she tells him that she doesn't need a ride from him. She calls
Flo and says she's ready to be picked up. When Ryan adds that he wants to
live with her until she's better, Nina puts her foot down. She tells him
that since he's only doing this because he feels obligated, she doesn't
need his pity and doesn't want his help. She tells him not to feel any
obligation to her anymore. "But I'm your husband," Ryan pouts. Nina tells
him that their only married by legal definition, but their marriage has
been over for a while. "For a long time, I held onto every crumb of
attention I could get from you," Nina explains, "But I deserve better than
that." Ryan tries to fight it for some reason, but Nina tells him not to
pretend anymore and cuts him loose.
Megan is surprised when Tricia tells her of Ryan's plans to move in with
Nina. She starts to lecture her, but the phone rings and interrupts. It's
Nina, and she tells Tricia that not only is Ryan not driving her home, but
she's also released him of all responsibility where she's concerned. "If
you want him, he's yours," Nina announces, "You two deserve each
Friday, November 7, 1997
Jack questions Ashley about her evening with Cole, but she tells him that
she cancelled their dinner plans. Jack is pleased to know that what he said
got through to her.
Danny makes up some excuse as to why he has a bottle of Phyllis' medicine
in his hand but she doesn't believe him and takes it back. After he leaves,
she wonders what he was really up to. Michael comes over and she tells him
about it but he says he has good news for her. He explains that he's got
some witnesses to testify against Danny that will make him look really bad
in court. Phyllis tells him about her trip to see Tim and says she's sure
he'll be keeping his mouth shut.
Meanwhile, Danny goes to Paul's office and tells him that he found a bottle
of pills in the medicine cabinet that he thought might be the ones that
Phyllis used to knock out Brian, but Phyllis took back the bottle. However,
he smugly explains how he memorized the name of the drug on the bottle, and
even wrote it down when he got to his car so he wouldn't forget it. Paul
checks it out, but it's not the same as the drug they found traces of in
Brian's blood. Paul wonders if a doctor would've given Phyllis the pills,
and Danny says the only doctor of Phyllis' that he knows was Dr. Reid. Paul
says he'll go talk to him.
Olivia tells Neil that she's not leaving his office until he tells the
truth about what's got him so upset. Neil is obviously distraught, but all
he reveals is that no one can help him with his problem.
Dru talks to Malcolm about Neil. Since Neil will only say that it's his
work that's got him so upset, she assumes that someone is pressuring him
too much at work. She goes to Victor's office looking for answers. Victor
is surprised when Dru demands to know who is stressing out her husband.
However, he tells her that it's highly doubtful that it's work that's got
him so upset. Dru is pleased when Victor offers to talk to Neil and find
out what's going on.
Paul goes to Tim's office and quickly lays a huge guilt trip on him about
being indirectly involved in a fraud case for giving Phyllis the pills.
When he tells Tim what Phyllis used them for, Tim buckles and says he'll
testify in court that he gave Phyllis some pills from his own prescription.
Victoria tracks down Ashley in the board room and rubs it in about what a
good time she and Cole had at dinner the night before. She finally gets on
Ashley's nerves, and she lashes back. Ashley reminds Victoria that she was
a bad wife for going out of town for months and never calling, and says it
serves her right to lose her husband now. Victoria reminds Ashley that she
and Cole have a history, and she plans to use that to her advantage to win
and keep him. Ashley tells Victoria that she doesn't really want Cole, she
doesn't want anyone else to have him.