In the courtroom, Brian Hamilton is called to the stand, but he cannot be found. The judge orders Christine to call another witness even though he will be out of order. She calls Chad Atherton, the hotel clerk, who testifies that he rented the room to a gorgeous redhead who signed in as Mrs. Brian Hamilton. He also states that when Brian checked into the hotel, he was not drunk or drugged. However, under cross examination, he admits that he only saw the stranger once and for only a few seconds.
Nick and Sharon reminisce about Thanksgiving and the wonderful time everyone had. Nick is especially happy that his Mom and step-mom got along so well especially since the holidays are so important to his Dad. Victor was wonderful with Noah, Nick says, while Sharon tells him that Diane had the look of a woman ready to have a child of her own. Nick is surprised. Remember, you heard it here first, Sharon tells her husband.
Jack visits Diane in the office and asks how the Thanksgiving celebration went. I survived, Diane tells him bitterly. It was the worse Thanksgiving of my life!
Nikki arrives in Victor's office and brings his share of the leftovers. Sweetly, she comments on how smoothly things went, especially since Diane really didn't want to be there.
Why do you say that? Victor wants to know.
Back in the courthouse, Danny leaves the courtroom and goes outside looking for Brian and Paul. He finds them in an anteroom, Paul trying desperately to talk Brian into testifying. Brian wants nothing to do with going against Phyllis. She could make my life miserable, he tells Paul. Paul says he cannot guarantee anything, but Phyllis is making empty threats. Just my coming here is enough to ruin my life and marriage, Brian tells him.
Danny joins in trying to persuade Brian to testify. "I hope you aren't thinking of leaving!" he tells Brian. Your testimony is critical. Remember, there is a child involved here.
Brian leaves the room with Danny in hot pursuit behind him.
Tricia pays Ryan a visit in his office. She didn't hear from him all weekend and wonders if he was avoiding her. Ryan tells her that he had a bad time over Thanksgiving and didn't want to spoil her holiday time.
Nina and Phillip visit Jill's office. Jill is excited to see her grandson and gives him a catalog to look through for selection of something for Santa to bring to him. Nina sends him to the commissary for a snack; she needs to talk to Grandma Jill for a while. After Phillip leaves, Nina tells Jill that she has to do something about Tricia.
Diane tells Jack that seeing Nikki all sweetness and grace made her want to throw up. Jack seems surprised at Diane's reaction, but tells her that she did a good thing by giving it a shot. At least you made your husband and the kids happy. But Diane can't forget that it is thanks to Nikki's meddling that she won't be having Victor's child. Seeing Victor hold Noah was like twisting a knife in his chest. And to sit across the table from Nikki was all she could do; she doubts she could ever do it again. When Jack wonders if she will try it again for Christmas, she says she will do all she can to avoid that!
Nikki tells Victor that she knows their coming to the ranch was his idea and not Diane's; they were there only because he put his food down.
"Why are you looking for trouble?" Victor shouts. "I told you that Diane and I had private plans. But we gave up our plans to be at the ranch. I think that was a very generous gesture for Diane to make. Why can't you just accept that and thank her for her gesture?"
"Don't be so defensive!" exclaims a wide-eyed Nikki.
"You have to accept the fact that I am married," Victor warns.
Nina tells Jill of Tricia's visit. Why is she tormenting me? Did she just want to twist the knife? Does she want us to be "best friends?" Jill is horrified at Tricia's nerve, but she assures Nina that it wasn't malicious, just stupid. She will see that it doesn't happen again.
Phillip returns and when Jill accidentally calls him "Phillip McNeil," he tells her that he is Phillip Chancellor. He never wants to be called "McNeil" again. He hates his "father."
Jill is called to a meeting, but before she goes, she makes amends with Phillip and also makes plans for a day of shopping and lunch. Nina holds Phillip close.
As Brian, Danny and Paul enter the hallway at the courthouse, they see Joani and Daniel sitting there. Danny introduces Daniel to Brian. This is the most important person in my life, he tells Brian. I want him raised with morals and values. Help us!
Once again, Christine calls Brian Hamilton to the stand. When he doesn't answer the call, she calls Danny Romalotti. Danny enters the courtroom and is followed by Brian. Glad you could join us, the judge says.
Nikki laughs. "You think I am jealous? Don't be absurd. I have a loving and wonderful husband. I am certainly not jealous of Diane."
"Then leave my wife alone." Victor yells. "Go home and dote on your wonderful husband and leave my wife and me alone."
Just at this point, Diane enters the office. She is warmly greeted by Victor. Nikki turns and smiles sweetly at Diane. "How wonderful that you could join us Thanksgiving," she says. "You are family now and welcome at the ranch anytime. It is time we got to know each other better."
Jill returns home and confronts Tricia. Why did you go to Nina's? Tricia tells Jill that it was "no big deal."
"You have no idea what you have done?" Jill exclaims. "You are the other woman! You have helped to cause horrible pain and suffering to a woman and her child. You have helped to break apart a commitment that should have lasted a lifetime. Of course they were having problems! They were married. All marriages have problems; without outside influence, they can work them out. But you didn't stay out of it. You made yourself available every chance you had. No matter what your intentions, you are a part of this. That little boy will have scars for the rest of his life."
Tricia begins to cry as she realizes that Jill is telling her the truth.
"You went to Nina in order to absolve yourself of your guilt, but you cannot do that. No matter what, you are guilty. You cannot be absolved of that responsibility just by going to see Nina. This is what your father and I have been warning you about. This is why we didn't want you involved with a married man." She pulls a crying Tricia into her arms and tries to soothe her. "We know you didn't mean to hurt anyone," she says as she tries to comfort her.
In Jill's office, Ryan walks in on his wife giving comfort to his son. He speaks to Phillip but Phillip just walks out of the office.
Victor tells Nikki thanks for stopping by, but she isn't ready to leave just yet. She comments on Diane's handling of the children at the party and tells her that she "must be a natural with children." She then issues an invitation for the Christmas holidays.
"We'll consider it," promises Victor. "Now let me show you out." As Nikki walks toward the door, Victor gives his wife a kiss and says he will be right back.
As Diane considers the Christmas invitation, she says, "Christmas at the ranch? NO...WAY...IN...HELL!"
In court, Brian gives testimony. He has known Phyllis for a few years. They were intimate until she "dumped" him for Danny Romalotti. Passing through GC a couple of years ago, he stopped by and Phyllis told him to "get lost." That was when he learned that Phyllis was a mother. Later, Phyllis called him, just a few months ago, and tells him that she misses him. He comes to GC for sex, although she didn't promise that in so many words. After checking into the hotel, he and Phyllis talked for a while then shared some wine. He only had one drink, but suddenly he blacked out.
"Do something, Michael. NOW!" whispers Phyllis.