"What's going on, Gracie?" Tony asks Grace. "I feel like everything is all tied together for you---you, me, Cassie. What about our plan?"
Grace tells Tony that she never agreed to the plan. She got so tired of him preaching at her that she just quit arguing with him about it. It is too soon to drop this bomb on Sharon and Nick, she tells him.
Jill visits the Abbott home. Jill wonders what his plans are for the holidays. Jack is his usual insulting self planning to be as far away from her as possible. However, Jill tells him that can't be possible as she will be around for the holidays. Billy is coming home from boarding school for the holidays and naturally he will want to spend time with his father. Jack thinks Jill is trying to dump the kid on his dad for the holidays---what's the matter? The kid cramping your style?
Chris visits Nina at her office. She is on her way shopping with Phillip. She asks how the case is going, and Chris gives it to her with both barrels. "Do you know what Phyllis pulled? She started spouting off about how I haven't gotten over Danny. Like I am some kind of obsessed female. Can you believe the audacity of that Bitch?"
Tony tells Grace that she cares too much. There is nothing wrong with that---it is only natural that she would want to take care of Cassie---but, Sharon is her mother---her REAL mother.
"It isn't going to be that simple," Grace tells Tony, and he agrees. "I told you that when you first wanted to go to Madison to find Sharon's baby." Tony reminds her.
"Nick has told me over and over that he is perfectly happy with only one child, and that he doesn't want another for a long time." Grace says. "You paint an idyllic life for Cassie at the Ranch, but to me, I see disaster. I am just trying to be realistic. What if taking her back to Sharon causes problems for that marriage and devastates that little girl? We would be destroying the only stability she has ever known. Won't you just consider it, Tony?"
Nina tells Chris that it sounds like she has gotten more involved in this case than is wise. Chris can't help it; there is too much at stake. But, she tells Nina, the case is recessed until after the holidays, so she and Paul are planning a romantic getaway to a warmer climate.
Chris then asks about Nina's plans. Will she be spending any time with Ryan. Nina tells Chris that if she invited Ryan, Phillip would lock himself in his room all day; it would be a disaster. However, could it be possible that Phillip doesn't hate Ryan at all but is only being protective of his Mom? This is his way of being protective, supportive and defending while trying to hide his feelings for Ryan.
Danny is visited by Katherine. He explodes while telling her about Phyllis' outburst in court. "How could she attack Chris like that? How could she even question her professionalism?" Katherine wonders how Danny is handling his feelings for Christine. Can he honestly say that he doesn't still have those feelings for her? She feels that what Phyllis said had an impact on him. In any case, what would your father advise you if her were here, she asks.
Danny says that his father would tell him to follow his heart. And that is what he is trying to do. Chris is happily married to Paul. He has been robbed of a future with Christine, but he doesn't want to tear people's lives apart.
Katherine invites Danny and Daniel to her home for Christmas.
Phyllis thinks a little improvisation isn't bad, but Michael is adamant that Phyllis follow instructions and not go off on her own like she did in court. If she really wants her son, she will listen to him and do what he tells her. I know what I am doing, Phyllis tells him.
"Really? You knew what you were doing when you used a phrase from the manuscript? Remember telling me about the 'corkscrew through the heart' phrase?" Michael demands.
Phyllis is horrified that she did that; she didn't even realize she had used that phrase. Now she is ready to listen. Michael wonders about the manuscript. Is she sure---positively sure---that all the manuscripts are destroyed? She had better be sure!
The phone rings and Danny wants to have his son for Christmas. Phyllis tells him Daniel isn't his son and he forfeited his rights when he walked out. However, she relents and tells him he can have him either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. She will let him know.
Cassie comes home with a large bag of gifts. She tells Grace and Tony that they are for them; Sharon took her shopping. But they are forgetting something. They promised that the three of them could pick out the Christmas tree as a family. So everyone gets ready to go tree-shopping.
Nina and Phillip stop by Gina's for hot chocolate. Phillip's attention is completely absorbed by the family at another table---a mother, a child and a father.
Jill and Jack are still bantering when John enters the room and demands to know what is going on. Jill tells him that Billy is coming home from school and she is sure that John would want to spend time with his son. John wonders if she ever considered that maybe he had already made plans? Why don't you give me some advance notice that the boy is coming. But, no, you just want to drop him off so that you will have time for all your other activities. Why don't you spend time with him? You are his mother!
Jill tells him that she does plan to spend time with him. But, he will want to see his father. She is just trying to be civilized about the arrangements. He is Billy's father and should take some of the responsibility of seeing that he has a happy Christmas. "I'll do my part, John," she says as she leaves. Just see that you do yours."
"Merry Christmas, Jill," Jack calls out as she leaves. "Hope Santa leaves you a nice chunk of coal in your pantyhose."
"What did I ever see in that woman?" John asks as the door closes behind her. "Thanks to her, I get to spend the entire holiday with my son."
Chris visits Paul in his office. She wants to talk about their getaway. Where is he taking her? Didn't you pick up the tickets? Paul asks. I thought you were doing that, Chris says. "No, you said you'd get your secretary to make the arrangements," Paul tells her in a louder voice. I thought Lynn was going to do it, Christine says in a raised voice. Did you ask Lynn to do it? shouts Paul. No, she isn't MY secretary, responds Chris in a louder voice.
They decide that shouting isn't accomplishes anything; they need to do something productive. Chris gets on the phone with the travel agent while Paul calls the airline.
"Why are you laughing?" Paul wonders after he tell them he is looking for tickets for the holidays.
The only thing they can get is two cancelled tickets to Fargo. They finally accept the fact that they aren't going on a romantic getaway, but Chris promises him a romantic getaway anyway right here in GC.
Grace and Cassie watch as Tony puts up the tree. Sharon calls and invites them all to their home on Christmas Eve. This is exciting news for Cassie who wonders if she can go horseback riding.
After Cassie goes to clean up, Grace tells Tony that they are Cassie's family. Why can't he accept that? Tony tells her he is going out for some air.
Outside the door, he tells himself that Sharon has got to know the truth---even if he has to tell her himself.
In New York, Peter and his girlfriend are preparing to set up the tree. She goes to the closet for the decorations and finds the manila envelope. I wonder if it is silly to worry about you, Sasha. Should I just give it to Peter?
However she puts it back in the closet and goes to help Peter with the tree.
Grace calls Sharon and says that New Year's Eve is too soon. She doesn't want to rush things. "What is too soon, Mommy?" Cassie asks.