Nikki goes to Victor's office; she questions Victor's feeling for Diane. He refuses to tell her what he is planning for Diane and she responds by saying that he is always the romantic. He thanks her for sending the flowers when Diane came home from the hospital. Does that mean that you are no longer thinking of that nonsense about her faking her illness? Well, she answers, it is a new year. She reminds him that Vicki will be having her 22nd birthday next week. Victor is thinking of something special as a gift for her, but won't say what it is right now. Nikki is planning a celebration at the ranch, where else, she asks, and wonders if she can assume that Diane will be well enough to be there. Victor accepts for himself and his wife.
PAUL AND CHRISTINE'S HOME:
Paul, Danny and Christine talk about how upset Phyllis was that they got the manuscript. Danny said she was like a cornered animal. Chris reminds everyone that they are due in court in a matter of minutes. Sylvia is still sleeping, but she has the manuscript. It has to stay with her for legal reasons. Danny is still exulting about Phyllis. She really lost it, he says. They wonder if she'll be able to make it to court today.
Phyllis sits hugging Daniel. Michael arrives and asks Joanie how long she has been like this. Joanie tells him that she was like this when she arrived. She is worried about her. Michael gently speaks to Phyllis. We have to talk, he tells her gently. You are scaring Daniel. Let Joanie take Daniel; we have work to do. After Phyllis sends Daniel to the Children's Museum with Joanie, she turns to Michael tells him that she is so scared. I've lost him; I've already lost my son. Michael tries to convince Phyllis that the case is far from over. He wants to know all the details about the manuscript, no matter how small. Phyllis becomes hysterical and threatens to do whatever she can to keep Danny and Christine from taking her son. Michael grabs her before she can rush out of the apartment. He orders her to get herself under control. He will go see if there is anything he can do; she should get dressed and meet him at the courthouse. She has to be the strong, sensitive, loving model mother for Daniel's sake.
Malcolm arrives in the doorway just in time to overhear Neil talking to his lawyer about a divorce and custody of Lily. Malcolm asks him what he's doing. Neil tells him that he is trying to figure out what is in his future, so keep your distance. Malcolm tries to talk some sense to him; he reminds him of the pain that Lily is going through. He says that he must talk to Dru. Neil says that he thinks of Lily every day. If not for his little girl, he would already be gone. He and Dru cannot talk; the things that mean the most to him don't mean a damn to her.
If you rush into something like this, you will live to regret it, Malcolm warns his brother.
Thanks for the tip, but my life is my own, little brother, Neil tells him.
Josh and Nick are playing chess when Sara comes in to see if they need anything. They both want some coffee, so she goes to get it. Looking after Sara, Nick has a confused look on his face. He asks how Sara is doing and Josh says that except for a few little idiosyncrasies, she is doing fine. Nick thinks it is hard to come into a household full of strangers. Josh reminds him that he did just that. But now, everyone knows almost all there is to know about him. If he has any questions, now is the time to ask them. Nick does wonder about his first wife. Josh tells him that his first wife died. Listening, Sara drops the coffee cup, which shatters with a loud noise. The two men rush to her side and help her pick up the pieces. She takes the shards of glass into the kitchen and stands there hearing Josh's voice over and over repeating that his first wife is dead.
THE WILLIAMS' HOME:
Sylvia, Paul, Danny and Christine are reading through the manuscript. I felt so good when we got that manuscript, he says. It was like holding my son in my arms. Paul and Christine warn him not to get ahead of himself; it isn't for sure that the Judge will allow the manuscript into the record. The doorbell rings and there is Michael and a police officer. He there with the officer to retrieve stolen property that he is sure is there in the apartment. As a matter of fact, there it is. Christine says that it isn't stolen. Michael says that it was addressed to Peter Garrett. Did Peter Garrett make a complaint? Michael isn't sure, so the policeman says that if that is so, then they should let a judge settle the dispute. Christine says that that is exactly what they are going to do.
THE NEWMAN PENTHOUSE:
Victor arrives home and surprises Diane. He tells her he is never too busy for her. He says that since they didn't get to celebrate Christmas together, he has planned to spend it with her today. He has the dining room set us with all the usual Christmas decorations. But first, he gives her the gift he had planned to give her. It is a fabulous diamond and ruby necklace. Diane is breathless with surprise. Victor tells her that he loves giving her things and Diane says that he never ceases to amaze her.
When they are ready to sit to the table, Victor tells her that there is one more thing they have to talk about. He tells her that Vicki will be 22 years old next week. Diane says that surely they will want to celebrate her birthday. Live musicians come into the room playing "I've grown accustomed to her Face." The couple gets up and begin dancing.
Malcolm goes to Dru's place and tells her that he just came from Neil's. Neil is talking to a divorce lawyer. She has to do something quick if she wants to save her marriage.
There is so much tension in the courtroom that you could practically see it. When the judge arrives, Christine tells him that she isn't ready to rest her case; she has another witness who will testify about the manuscript. Then she plans to put the manuscript into evidence. Patrick objects to the entering of the manuscript, but in the end, the judge decides that he must read the manuscript to determine if it can be admitted into evidence. He adjourns court until he has read the manuscript and made his decision.