To the readers: Recently, I have been grouping all the scenes of each plot together, whenever possible, rather than write the update scene by scene. I need some feedback. If you like it this way---or if you don't---I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks, Gladys
MAY I HELP YOU:
Besides being worried about her friend, Sharon is also concerned about Cassie's well being. Despite Nick's advice to "let her fight her own demons," she has to go to Grace's one more time to see if there isn't something she can do.
Before leaving for Mrs. Cramer's, Cassie has given Grace a picture she has colored of the two of them. Grace is looking at the picture when Sharon knocks at the door. At first, Grace ignores the knock, but Sharon is persistent. Sharon tries to assure her friend that she wants to help. She even suggests that she take Cassie to the ranch for a few days while Grace sorts things out. "NO! No Way!" Grace answers.
Why? asks Sharon. She is puzzled at Grace's reaction. Why do you think it is a terrible idea? She wonders if this environment is good for a child.
"No way are you taking my little girl!" Grace yells as she jumps up.
When Cassie comes home, Sharon tells her that they were just talking about her. She came over to invite Cassie to spend a few days at the ranch with her and Nick. She could ride the horses and play with Noah. Cassie appears to be torn by the idea and staying with Grace, however, in the end, she tells Sharon that she can't leave Grace right now.
Ashley finds Jack planning a New Year's Eve party. He invites Ashley, but she says she is waiting for a call from Cole; if he finishes his work by midnight, he will call. Jack wonders if she isn't making herself too available for Cole. Maybe she should start making some demands.
Ashley tells him that she can't exactly twist his arm for a commitment, but she isn't going to wait forever.
HUMBLE PIE, ANYONE:
"The cafeteria was all out of olive branches, so I brought you a
cappuccino instead," Nikki announces in a joyful voice, as she waltzes into Victor's office. When he acts cold and angry to her, she makes an apology for upsetting him. He tells her that he doesn't want an apology. He wants her to apologize to his wife. Can she do that?
Nikki can't believe that he is that upset. She was only voicing her opinion---one which she still has, by the way.
"The first thing out of your mouth when you heard my wife was ill was that she was faking her illness," Victor shouts as he points his finger at her. "It would behoove you to show a bit more class. Even when I tell you her illness was real, you still continue to insult my wife. NOW LEAVE! I don't want to see you again until you make amends to my wife."
When Nikki tries to answer him, he interrupts her: OUT! NOW! he screams at her.
As Nikki walks to the door, Victor repeats: Don't you dare come here and insult my wife!
SEE WHAT YOU ARE MISSING:
Vicki drops by the tack room dressed to kill on the pretense of picking up more clothes. Cole is busy at the computer, but he stops to ask her how she is spending her New Year's Eve. She tells him that she has a date. She didn't have any other plans, so when she was asked, she accepted. Cole tells her that he has set a deadline for himself; he is going to finish this part of his book by midnight. Vicki hopes that Ashley can wait.
As she prepares to leave, Vicki walks over to Cole and gives him a long deep kiss (which Cole appeared to return), and tells him that the one thing about computers is that they don't kiss back. Maybe this will hold you until Ashley arrives.
WE NEED ANSWERS:
When Nick walks into Grace's office, he finds Tony writing a note to Grace. He begins to question Tony about Grace, telling him that Grace walked out on him earlier. He and Sharon are worried; Sharon is even worried about what this is doing to Cassie. Tony tries to explain that Grace is a complicated lady with a lot going on. Nick asks if the marriage is off. This really surprises Tony who answers that when he last saw Grace, they were engaged. Tony admits to Nick that he is also worried about Cassie and he is trying to do the best for her.
MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS:
Cole leaves his computer and covers the table with a table cloth. Just then, Ashley arrives with a bottle of champagne. She is happy that he called. She would rather be here alone with him than at the big party Jack is throwing at Gina's. She asks about Vicki; will she be interrupting them? Cole tells her that his wife is on a date. "You should have seen how she was dressed," he adds. He then reminisces about his and Vicki's time together. He talks about how they were going to travel---well, he says, that was Vicki's plans. And travel she did. Every time something went wrong, she would take off. Mostly, she just wanted someone to chase her.
Ashley is more interested in the fantasy he has had about her. She wants to know more about it---details. But Cole says that it is too personal.
"You know what I think?" Ashley asks. "I think you are in love with BOTH of us."
Cole appears intrigued with this idea, but Ashley tells him that it is time for a decision. Will it be Victoria and resuming his marriage? Or, will it be a new start with her? Cole says that he has been thinking about just that, but for the moment, his first priority is finishing his book. "Can you wait that long?" He asks.
"Ninety days. Hummm," Ashley says, smiling. "If someone else doesn't come along before you are ready to decide. So, better hurry. Wouldn't want you to miss your honeymoon."
WAR OF THE WORLDS:
After leaving Victor, Nikki heads straight to the hospital to see Diane. Diane is surprised to see her, but tells her to come in. In a most syrupy sweet voice (which anyone can tell is fake), Nikki asks how she is feeling. "Everybody was so worried about you. At least Victor was. He rushed right to your side. So, is the pain all gone?"
Diane tells her that she is feeling some better now. (Of course you are, Nikki coos). She doesn't believe this sudden show of compassion and asks her if she is really interested.
"Was the operation a success?" asks Nikki, with insincerity. (What operation? Diane asks). "When you were first admitted, Victor said you were going to have to have an operation. What were they going to cut into?"
A surprised and confused Diane tries to tell Nikki that they only do surgery as a last resort, but Nikki continues without listening.
"Your taut little tummy, perhaps? What a shame that would be."
"That is enough! I think it is time for you to leave." Diane angrily tells her visitor. "I don't need you coming here and treating me like this."
"Like an outsider?" Nikki continues. "I don't blame you for not wanting to feel like an outsider."
"I only feel like an outsider because you make me feel that way," Diane tells her. "So, don't stand there pretending to be friendly and concerned about my health when nothing could be further from the truth."
"No pretense with me," Nikki smiles. "What you see is what you get. The only difference between you and I is that I am honest."
"Alright, you want honesty?" Diane begins. "I'll give you honesty. I hate your ever loving guts. You can't stomach the fact that I am married to Victor, so, you zeroed in on my most precious dream and destroyed it. Because of you, I will never have a child with the man I love."
"I did that?"
"Yes, you did that. God how I hate you for what you have done."
"I am glad that Victor was smart enough to avoid having children at his age and with a woman he won't be married to for very long. Your marriage is doomed to fail." Nikki pronounces.
Clap, clap, clap. Diane sits and gives applaud to Nikki's performance.
"Congratulations. Thanks to you, I will live out the rest of my days without children with the one man I really love. But despite what you have done, I still have Victor. Victor really loves me and that drives you crazy. Even though you protest that you love your husband, we know that you have never gotten over him. Now, live with it. You will never have him again."
"You are wrong; I love Josh." Nikki says.
"Victor adores me and, unlike you, we don't need a child to make us happy. But then again, it didn't work for you, did it?" Diane tells her. "Now I want you to leave---NOW!"
Nikki picks up her coat and leaves with a shocked look on her face. Diane sits on the bed with her hand over her abdomen.
Guests begin arriving at Gina's for the party. Once everyone is there, Gina announces that Jack is their host. Eat, drink and be merry, he tells everyone.
At the end of the night, Jack tells them that the time has come to bare their souls and tell everyone their hopes and dreams for the new year. Katherine is the first to make her toast. She begins by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Then her special wish is that after all the money she has put into her new face, she hopes it will pay big rewards.
Jill wishes everyone peace, joy, prosperity and love. Her special wish is that her Billy will grow up into a fine man despite the fact that neither of his parents are living together.
Lynn is happy to have a great job, a great boss and great friends. Now all she needs is a man to go with it.
Malcolm has everything his heart could desire. All he wants is more of the same. Olivia echoes her husbands wish, except that she also wishes that the rest of her family can find the same peace and joy.
Nina wishes for better times for her son and herself, a chance to heal, and the sense to know when to reach out to friends. Vicki wants a brash and sassy year---both personally and professionally.
Neil hopes that everything will be alright with his little girl once again.
Last, Jack hopes he can unscramble his personal life. But most of all, he just wants "ol' Smiling Jack to be smiling indefinitely into the future."
Gina signals that it is time. Everyone grabs their hats and whistles. As the band plays, they all sing "Auld Lang Syne."
Thursday, January 1, 1998
Due to the New Year's holiday, The Young and the Restless did not air today.
Friday, January 2, 1998
: Danny shows up at Phyllis' wanting to see Daniel. However, he is out with Joanie. Danny can't wait until Phyllis loses her case and he has Daniel all the time. He is confident that the judge will give him to his father. Phyllis happily reminds him that he is not Daniel's father. "Legally I am," Danny tells her. "My name is on the birth certificate." Angrily, Danny grabs Phyllis and shakes her. "If I were a man I would . . ."
"Go ahead," Phyllis taunts. "Hit me; I know you want to." As Danny releases her, he is still angry. "I think I will tell Michael about your threats and volatile temper." Just then, Daniel and Joanie arrive home. He runs and throws himself into his Dad's arms.
Even though Daniel is just now getting home, Daniel suggests he take him for hot chocolate. Phyllis objects; he just got home and it isn't good for him to go out while he is so tired. However, Danny doesn't listen to Phyllis and starts walking out with Daniel. Daniel asks his mother for permission and she tells him okay. She tells Danny not to keep him out for long.
After they are gone, Phyllis damns him and promises that it won't be long and he won't be bothering them.
THE LOVE NEST
: Paul and Christine are making out on their last day of vacation. It was a great vacation, Christine says. Paul admits that he likes playing hooky. When Paul tells Christine he is feeling frisky, she wonders when he is going to run out of steam. Never, he says. He even thinks they should call the office and tell them they have a really serious bug and can't come in. They will have one extra day of vacation, but Christine tells him that there is no way they can do that. It is back to the salt minds for them.
MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY
: Tony and Grace continue to argue about telling Grace about Cassie. She is sick of his nagging and he is sick of her stalling. She tells him to stay out of it. He says that he can't; he has been in it from the beginning and he sees a totally different woman since she began this.
Tony reminds Grace that her best friend, Sharon, has never stopped feeling guilty about giving up her baby. "You did the impossible," he tells her. "You found Cassie for her against all odds. Now it is time to give her back. A really good life is waiting for her. How could you forget all the reasons why you did this for her?"
Grace insists that giving Cassie back will ruin Sharon's marriage. "Do you want to see that little girl rejected again?"
Tony doesn't believe she will be rejected. He tells her that she has one more day to tell Sharon the truth or he will. "I have waited and waited for you to do the right thing," he says. "So do it now or I will."
"If you do that, I will take Cassie and leave. I promise you, Tony. You will never see us again."
"Can't you see how obsessed you are?" Tony says as he walks out of the apartment.
FLY AWAY HOME
: Dru, Lily and Sid are flying back to Genoa City. Sid tells her that it was a heck of a shoot. "You are in demand, Dru. You are a rising star. And it was a great holiday for Lily---all that glitz, glamour and watching her mother work."
"It was our first holiday apart," Dru says.
"No one would ever have known it," Sid tells her. "You are a real pro. You smiled for the camera and never let anyone see the sadness you were feeling."
"Lily didn't understand why Neil didn't come over on Christmas Eve," Dru says in a resigned tone. "Now what are we doing? Going home to more rejection and pain."
"Maybe Neil will surprise you," Sid says. "Maybe he missed you and has come to his senses. Maybe he will be there waiting for you with open arms."
A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS
: Malcolm and Olivia are remembering their Christmas. It was a great holiday; only one thing would have made it more perfect. They both agree that they are hoping that Dru and Neil will be able to work out their problems.
Lily calls from the plane. Dru tells Olivia that they will be landing in less than an hour. Olivia tells her to stop by before going to her apartment. They need to talk.
KNOCK, KNOCK, WHO'S THERE
: After stopping by the office and learning that Paul and Christine are still "on vacation," Mary goes by the apartment.
Inside, Paul has just served Christine a fresh cup of coffee. She thinks she could get used to being waited on. Paul can't believe they lasted this long. Chris can't believe his mom hasn't called. Paul thinks they have to do something to make up with her and Chris suggests taking her out to dinner.
Suddenly there is a knock at the door. "Sounds familiar," Chris comments. They argue for a few seconds about who will let her in, but Paul finally loses. Chris says that it could be she is bringing them some sauerkraut and ribs.
Everyone is cordial to each other considering the last time they were together. Mary asks how the vacation went and they tell her that it was wonderful---just what they needed. They would recommend it to anyone, especially if they forgot to make plane and hotel reservations. They wonder how she resisted the impulse to call.
Mary says it was sheer will power. There wasn't a day she wasn't tempted since she knew they were only across town. She assumed that there must have been a good reason for their doing this---by the way, could there be any little grandchild on the way? "Not that we know of," laughs Christine.
TALKING IN CIRCLES
: Tony arrives at Crimson Lights and orders a coffee and ice cubes. Once he is sitting alone at a table, he takes out a flask and pours a liquid over the ice cubes. Victoria arrives and joins him. She sniffs his drink and asks when they started serving Scotch here. "Trouble at home, Tony? It must be serious for you to be drinking this early in the day."
Tony tells Grace that he needs the Scotch for medicinal purposes. He thinks that he and Grace are breaking up. Why? Vicki asks.
"Believe me, I'd love to get the whole thing off my chest, but if I told you, it would be like dropping a nuclear bomb."
"What could be so explosive?" Vicki wonders. "Can't you talk to her? Maybe you just need to see her point of view."
Tony assures her that he does see Grace's point of view. They have talked and talked, but Grace just goes ballistic. Tony says that he is right; she is wrong. "Grace is facing a tough decision. Something has to give. If she wimps out on making the decision, then it is up to me to do what is right."
Victoria warns Tony not to do anything rash. He should give it more time; don't act on impulse. But Tony is adamant. If Grace won't handle it, he will and then the sky will fall in.
: Dru and Lily arrive at Malcolm and Olivia's apartment. They tell her that Neil showed up right after she left for the airport. Dru thinks he must have listened to what Lily said, but Malcolm thinks he changed his mind because she laid such a guilt trip on him. How did he take it that she had gone out of town? Dru asks.
Malcolm says that he was disappointed and a little ashamed. "Don't feel bad, Dru, you did what you had to do. In the long run, maybe you did what was best for you and Lily." Dru appears hopeful for the first time.
LONGING FOR YOU
: Danny has Daniel at his place. He calls Lynn and finds out that she expects the vacationing couple back at work on the morrow. After hanging up, Danny decides that if they are going back to work tomorrow, they must be home now.
Paul walks Mary downstairs and will check the mail. While he is out, the phone rings. Christine ignores it until she hears Danny talking to the machine. She rushes over and picks up the phone.
Danny tells Christine that Phyllis let him have Daniel for the day. He can't wait until he has him all the time. How long before the case is all wrapped up? When will I finally have custody of my son?
Christine thinks it will not be long; she is sure Danny will win custody. He can't thank her enough for all her help. He just wishes . . .
"What?" Christine encourages him. He tells her that he wishes he had never met Phyllis. They would still be married. Christine tells him that they shouldn't be talking like this. Danny guesses it is because Paul is there. They say goodbye.
Paul returns but Christine doesn't tell him that Danny called.
: Phyllis and Joanie are talking. Joanie wonders if Phyllis should get her hopes up so high; maybe she should prepare herself in case she loses. Phyllis doesn't think Danny has a chance. She is the mother; she carried that little boy and gave birth to him. He is hers and unless the mother is an ax murderer, the judge will favor the mother. Danny and St. Christine haven't a prayer of winning.
: Neil is in the apartment with a gift for Lily when Dru and Lily arrive home. Lily is happy to see him and runs into his arms. He asks if Santa found her in Hawaii and Lily tells him that he sure did. She reminds him that he forgot to say hi to mommy. Neil turns to Dru and with a definite lack of a, tells her hi.
Lily goes into the bedroom to get the gift she bought for her daddy. Dru tells him that Lily picked it out herself. She tells him that Lily missed him. It would mean so much to both of them if he would stay. We can get through this, she tells him. "How can you say that?" Neil asks. "Obviously, it is easier for you than for me."
Lily comes back with her gift. It is a silk antique Hawaiian shirt. Neil tells her how much he likes it and can't wait to wear it. He picks her up in his arms and asks her to go home with him and spend the night. Lily tells him that she can't; they just got home and she wants to stay with mommy. "But you can stay here, Daddy."
"No, I can't," Neil tells his daughter. "Why? Just because I can't. I am sorry."
: Grace slowly walks into a church and approaches the kneeling bench.
"God, this is Grace. If you can hear me, I need your help desperately. Tell me what to do about Cassie. I don't know what is the right thing." She prays.