Nick is busy at work when Jack enters his office. He has wonderful
news: he is giving Nick a new project to work on. It is a very
important project and he will be in charge of the hardware, software,
and getting it out on the Internet. Am I in this alone? asks Nick. No,
Jack tells him. He will have a partner, one that he has worked with
before; this person has talent and moxie. Just then, Gracie walks in.
Hi, Jack, hope I'm not late, she says.
Phyllis shows the social worker some of Daniel's drawings. She has
saved all his drawings since he first picked up a crayon. The social worker
finds some kiddy books. Do you read to Daniel? Oh, yes, especially at
bedtime. When he is all bathed and sweet smelling, all tucked into his
bed amid all his little stuffed toys. It is my favorite time. I
believe it gives a child a sense of security to be read to at bedtime.
Sounds like you have been reading books, says the social worker.
Phyllis answers that she has read a lot of books, yes, but she doesn't
think you get all the answers from a book. Being a mother means
following your instincts. It is a huge responsibility having the care
of a young child, one she takes very seriously. The social worker
prepares to leave. Phyllis invites her back anytime. After the social worker is
gone, Phyllis leans against the door and says: Gosh, I am good!
The phone at Gina's rings and Danny answers. It is Chris calling from
New York. She is going to interview the reporter from the tabloid.
Danny wishes her good luck. She wants to know when the social worker
will be there to interview him. He answers that he is expecting her any
time now and he is panic stricken. He sure wishes she were there to
help him through the interview. Chris tells him that she wouldn't be
allowed with him during that interview. She wishes him luck; he will
make a better impression than Phyllis. He isn't so sure he will; not
after Phyllis gets finished with her "Mother of the Year" performance.
After he hangs up, he wonders when this is going to end. When will I
get my life back?
Dru is busy in the kitchen and Lily is coloring a picture when the phone
rings. Her mother asks her to answer the phone and she proudly picks up
the phone and says: Winter's residence. It is her daddy. He just
wanted to say hello to his baby girl since he left early and didn't get
to kiss her good-bye. " I love you, daddy," she tells him and he answers:
me too. When he makes good-bye sounds, Lily asks if he wants to speak to
her mommy. "No sweetheart, that is all right." He tells her and hangs
up. Dru comes into the room just as Lily hangs up. Who was that,
honey? she asks. Lily tells her it was Daddy, but he didn't want to
speak with Mommy.
"Your timing is perfect," Jack says as he welcomes Grace to the room. He
tells Nick that she is his new partner. Nick is taken aback but soon
recovers and welcomes Grace aboard. Jack says that they did such a good
job before that they should do well on this one. It is a big one! Any
advice? Nick asks as he leaves. Jack turns back and tells them to "Make
it fast and make it good!"
The social worker enters Gina's office. She wonders why Gina is there.
Danny explains that Gina is part of Daniel's extended family ---
something his ex-wife cannot give to his son. Gina says that Danny and
Daniel often visit her there. The social worker wonders if they believe
that a restaurant is a proper place for an impressionable child, but
Danny says that Daniel loves Gina's spaghetti. Gina says she takes him
other places when the weather is good: the zoo, the park. The social
worker wonders what they can offer Daniel.
Dru is cleaning. Lily mentions that daddy is busy at work. He hasn't
time to talk with us any more, she says. Dru holds her daughter and
tries to reassure her that Daddy loves them. He is just busy at work is
all. "But isn't family more important than work?" asks a naive Lily. He
doesn't kiss you any more, Mommy. Why is Daddy mad at you? With tears
running down her face, Dru tells her daughter that everything is going
to be just fine.
Malcolm waltzes into Neil's office with big plans for the two of them.
Neil is cold with his brother, but that doesn't deter the jubilant Mal.
He does a dizzying basketball dance and shows his brother the tickets he has
to the game in Chicago.
Phyllis serves Michael coffee. He can't get over her attire. you look
like June Cleaver, he laughs. It is a good thing you already know the
"real me." she tells her attorney. She fills him in on the social
worker's visit. Everything went well. She played the part of a loving,
caring, protective mother. But don't worry. She was not the angry
vindictive ex-wife. However, she wouldn't mind if Danny had a few angry
things to say about HER. Then she tells Michael that she is still
worried about Brian.
Neil wants to know what Malcolm is talking about. Mal whips out two
tickets and tells his brother that he is talking about the Bulls' game.
A customer gave him the tickets; tenth row seats! Neil has a lot of
work to do; he can't keep Victor Newman waiting. It isn't about work,
declares Malcolm. Yes it is, insists Neil. Malcolm tells him he is
just trying to help. You gotta talk about it, Big Brother, Malcolm
says. I don't gotta do anything, insists Neil. Now, if you don't mind,
I need to get to work. No, I don't mind, Malcolm says quietly. I'll
see you when I see you, he tells Neil and leaves.
Chris meets with the tabloid reporter. He was surprised to get her call
but he remembers her from the last time they met. Chris tells the man
that Danny may be ready to tell his side of the story now.
Victor tells Neil that he agrees with almost all the recommendations he
has made in a report concerning salary increases and stock options.
"Almost?" questions Neil. Victor doesn't agree as far as one of the
employees is concerned. As Neil is preparing to leave the office,
Victor wants to talk on a personal level. He wants to know if Neil has
handled the personal problems he was having. No, answers Neil. "Are
things more encouraging?" asks Victor. No, answers Neil. But, adds
Neil, I have taken your advice and not made a decision as yet.
Malcolm arrives home in a distracted mood. Olivia asks if Neil is going
with him to the game. Malcolm tells her how his brother acted when he
visited. And when I brought up his wife, things really got tense. He
asks Olivia if she knows more than she is saying about Neil's situation.
This project sounds exciting, Grace tells Nick. Nick tells her that the
project they worked on before was just the tip of the iceberg. This
project IS the iceberg. She had better alert Tony that he will be doing
a lot more babysitting. We will be spending a lot of time on this; our
butts are on the platter. I thought it was "head on a platter," smiles
Grace. Well, if we drop the ball on this one both ends will be on the
platter, Nick tells her.
Victor wonders if Neil has considered whether he can bend a little, but
Neil asks him what he thinks is the most important thing in a marriage.
Love, of course, answers Victor. Respect, communication, but I think
the most important thing is trust. "Exactly!" answers Neil.
Even though Michael tells Phyllis that it is possible that Chris only
put Brian's name on the list to rattle her, they really should make sure
he is "towing the line," as it is better to be safe than sorry.
Chris tells the reporter, Glenn, how Phyllis falsified the paternity
test. She even drugged the natural father and drew his blood. She then
switched the samples so that it would look like Danny was the father.
But Danny found her out and now he is suing for custody of Daniel.
"Well, I wish him luck," Glenn says. That is up to you, Chris tells him.
She wants him to go to GC and testify for Danny. Oh, no, Glenn says.
He always protects his sources. It doesn't matter that his source is
now deceased. Chris begins to tell him how important his testimony
could be. It could be the difference in a little boy being raised by an
immoral woman or a loving father. He could give this story a happy
ending. Sometimes you have better copy if the bad guy wins, Glenn tells
her. But she believes that his readers will like it more if he does the
right side for an innocent child. Please come to GC, she pleads.
The social worker notes that the record shows that Danny is not Daniel's
biological father. He tells her that for a long time he thought he
was. He loves the boy as if he were his and when he gets custody, he
plans to adopt Daniel. Where do you plan to live? she asks. Danny
doesn't have a place yet. He is not looking just yet; he is waiting
until he gets custody, but she can be sure it will be the best place
available for his son. He will have all the best of everything ---
clothes, private schools goes without saying, the best food, everything
he will want or need. It isn't about money, she reminds him. He knows
that. His child will be stable and secure; he will want for nothing.
His son will be the center of his life; not like his mother. Phyllis is
the center of her own universe, he avows. But not for him. He promises
--- no, he guarantees it. In answer to another question, Danny assures
the social worker that he isn't on the road touring as much now as he
used to be. She asks about who will care for Daniel while he is touring
and Danny tells her that he is planning on asking Joanie to work for
him. I'll make her an offer she can't refuse, he says.
Sharon interrupts her busy husband with a picnic lunch. He tells her
about the new project and she tells him how proud she is of him. She is
sitting on his lap giving him a congratulatory kiss when Grace walks in
with sandwiches. Whoops, she says when she sees Sharon.
Dru has broken trust with me, Neil tells Victor. He makes it clear that
it isn't another man, but it is something very serious. What Dru did
was cold and heartless and I don't believe I can stay married to her.
Victor tells him that he can empathize. He tells Neil that he once
divorced a woman for the same reason. Something she did was a complete
breach of trust. Then you do understand, nods Neil. Yes, I understand,
but I still care for this woman. I love her and always will. But now
there is no going back. I have burned too many bridges. It was a
mistake, but what's done is done. It sounds like there is a serious
message there, states Neil. If there is, it is to be patient, to go
slow. Do not let reason become overwhelmed by emotion. But Neil tells
Victor that he is being ripped apart.
Phyllis calls and Brian answers. She renews her threat and Brian
acknowledges his fear. I'm not stupid, he tells her. I'm towing the
line. But when he hangs up he says: you are going to get yours,
Phyllis. And I cannot wait to see the look on your face when I testify.
Glenn tells Christine that he will testify for her. You won't regret
this, she assures him.
Sharon tells Grace that she doesn't have to leave and Nick assures Grace
that their project can wait another half hour. Sharon is delighted that
her friend is also working on the project. It is a good opportunity for
her. Grace tells Nick that he is right; the project can wait a little
while. She will be back later. Nick turns to his wife and asks for one
more kiss before they eat.
Olivia insists that she doesn't know any more than Malcolm does, but he
isn't buying that. He is glad that his brother has someone to talk to
and he encourages her to help any way she can.
Victor wonders if Neil knows the circumstances that lead up to the lie.
Do you know what motivated her? Nothing justifies her lie. I cannot
forgive her, Neil tells his boss. Sometimes you need to step back and
get a look at the big picture, Victor tells Neil. If we act just to
react, we may not like the consequences. He suggests that Neil take a
long hard look at things before he makes a decision he may later
regret. We are all human; we all make mistakes. However, he tells Neil
that he is always there for him.
Dru is pacing the apartment; she is moody. Okay, this has gone on long
enough, she says and heads for the phone. She calls the office and is
told that Neil is unavailable. "Unavailable to everyone or just to me?"
she asks. Tell him he can't keep on avoiding me. He had better call me
or I am coming down there. I don't think he will like that so he had
better call. She hangs up breathing hard and staring determinedly into