Are you threatening me?" Grace asks. "That little girl loves me like a mother!"
"And why is that, Grace?" Sharon asks. "How long have you had her now? Almost a year? You kept her to yourself all this time. You allowed that little girl to learn to love you. Now, Cassie is the one who is going to suffer because of what you did!"
"Are you blaming me?" Grace gasps. "Are you saying this is all my fault?"
"I don't want to blame anyone, Grace," Sharon tells her. "But for months you kept her from me without saying a thing."
"I didn't have to tell you now," Grace retaliates. "I could have kept her for my own and you would never have known she was your daughter. Think about that."
"Then why did you tell me?" wonders Sharon. "After all this time, why did you tell me?"
"Because you are my best friend," explains Grace. "Need I remind you that we went searching for you long lost child at a time when we didn't think your baby would survive? As your friend, I only wanted to give you something to hang onto. God was on your side, Sharon."
"I realize that," agrees Sharon. "I can never thank you enough for finding my daughter."
"I don't want your gratitude," Grace practically sneers. "What I want is for you to relive it with me. Do you realize that if we had waited even one day, we would have been too late? You would never have seen your daughter. You have no idea how close you came to losing Cassie forever."
VICTOR/VICTORIA: Leading his daughter blindfolded, Victor takes her to her new office. Is this all for me? She asks. It is fabulous! Vicki begins to walk around looking at the office and it's furnishings.
Victor tells her that it is an office befitting a young president. He then shows her today's newspaper and tells her to turn to the business section. On the first page of the business section, there is a picture and a long article about Victoria and her promotion. I guess this means I have finally made it, she says.
As she reads the article, she admits that it is high praise and she hopes she can live up to it. Victor tells her that he is so proud of her.
The phone rings and it is Tony. He tells her that he just opened the paper and there on the business page was a picture of his date of last night. He thinks they should go out and celebrate. Vicki thinks that is a good idea. Let me get back to you soon, she tells him. She explains that she is in a meeting at the present time. When she hangs up, Victor wants to know if that was the same fellow that accompanied her to her birthday party. Isn't he Grace's boyfriend? "Just what is going on between you and this Tony fellow?" Victor asks disapprovingly.
When Vicki tells her that Tony is just a friend, Victor reminds her that she is a married woman. Just then, the phone rings again and this time it is Cole. "Great picture of you and your dad in the paper," he tells her.
Cole thinks this calls for a celebration. If she is free tonight, why not come on out to the tack room and they will start with champagne and take it from there. Vicki says that if he can tear himself away from his writing, she will certainly be there. When she thanks him for calling, he tells her that she can thank him tonight in a suggestive voice.
Victor is pleased that Vicki and Cole will spend the evening together. He hopes they will be able to work out their marriage problems. "You won't so easily find someone better than Cole," he tells her. It is too bad we are so different, she tells her father, to which he responds that opposites attract.
NIKKI AND SARA: Nikki approaches Sara's door. Before knocking, she remembers Josh's wish that they not accuse an innocent person. I hope I am not overreacting, she thinks, but then decides that she has to find out. She knocks on the door and calls out to Sara. Inside, Sara sits at her dressing table panic stricken.
Finally, Sara opens the door with a towel wrapped around her head. Entering the room with her eyes going over every inch, Nikki tells Sara that she will need her help tomorrow when she takes food to the homeless. She then comments that she didn't realize that the room was so weathered. We need to brighten it up a little for you, she tells Sara.
With Sara objecting that she likes the room just as it is, Nikki walks all about inspecting everything in the room. She even gets down on her hands and knees to "inspect" a carpet stain, but takes the opportunity to look under the bed. We definitely need to replace this old carpet, she says. And look at this wardrobe; do you have enough room? She opens the door and looks around inside, sighting the suitcase behind some clothes.
As she leaves, she remembers to mention the photo to Sara. If you ever run across it while dusting, just let me know, she says and leaves.
DANNY AND JOANIE: Danny calls Joanie and is glad that she answered the phone. He wants to know if she can get away for a little while and meet him at his apartment. When she reluctantly agrees, he tells her he is looking forward to seeing her---and so is my son.
Phyllis comes in after Joanie has hung up the phone. A subdues Phyllis asks Joanie to tell her something truthfully. Joanie appears frightened until Phyllis asks if she thinks she is attractive. Joanie tells her that she is very attractive---in fact, she is beautiful. Phyllis says that when she looks into the mirror since Daniel was taken from her, she hardly recognizes herself.
"You are the only true loyal person in my life," she tells Joanie. "I'm giving you a raise."
Joanie thanks her, then tells her that she has something on her mind. Phyllis tells her that she can talk to her about anything, but Joanie tells her that this is one of those things that you just want to keep to yourself. She suddenly decides to go shopping. After she has left, Phyllis tells the room that she thanks God that she still has Joanie. She is the only person left that she can truly trust.
NIKKI AND MIGUEL: When Nikki returns downstairs, Miguel wants to talk to her. How would she feel if he were to ask Sara out on a date. She is a nice person but lonely; he would like to get to know her better. Has Sara given him any indication that she returns his interest? Miguel admits that she hasn't, but she does enjoy his company. Nikki tells him that she wouldn't mind them spending time together on their off-duty time.
JOANIE, DANNY AND DANIEL: Danny greet Joanie and asks if Phyllis knows where she went. Joanie admits that she knows that something is going on, but doesn't know what. "Don't worry about Phyllis," Danny tells her. "Soon Phyllis and her bizarre ways will be history." Danny then goes to doorway and calls Daniel. Come see who came to visit, he tells his son.
Daniel enters the room. Seeing Joanie, he rushes into her arms. Danny looks on with a self-satisfied smirk.
"Is Mommy okay?" Daniel asks Joanie, but Danny quickly interrupts and tells him that his mother is just fine. Daniel tells Joanie that he misses his mother; he is worried about her. Joanie convinces him that his mother misses him too. She loves you, you know that, Daniel. She talks about you all the time.
A neighbor comes to see if Daniel can go play with her son. Daniel leaves, but first, he wants to know if Joanie will be there when he gets back. Not knowing if she will be, Joanie suggests a hug before he goes.
After Daniel is gone, Danny reminds Joanie that she is important to his son. Joanie says that she is important to Daniel's mother also. She doesn't know what Phyllis would do without her.
"Which matters more? Phyllis or that little boy?" Danny asks in a stern voice. "I need you. Daniel needs you. You do not owe Phyllis anything."
When Joanie can't make up her mind, Danny tells her he needs to know by the next day.
"What will happen to Phyllis?" Joanie asks.
"Phyllis is a grown woman," Danny tells her. "She can take care of herself. Think about what is best for Daniel."
PHYLLIS AND MICHAEL: While Joanie is out, Michael comes to visit Phyllis. He thought it best to stay away for a few days, but he is worried about her. How is she? How is Daniel? When he learns that Phyllis hasn't been to see Daniel, he tells her she must.
She can't, she tells him. She never realized how much Daniel filled her life until he was gone---until he was stolen from her. But she cannot bring herself to be an unwelcome guest in Danny's house.
NIKKI AND JOSH: When Josh returns home, Nikki tells him that Miguel asked her permission to ask Sara out. As Josh calls her a matchmaker, Sara is setting the table. She listens while Nikki tells Josh that she had nothing to do with it; it was Miguel's idea to ask Sara on a date. At this, Sara drops the silverware on the floor with a loud clatter. The loving couple spring apart and ask Sara if she is okay. Nikki tells her that she shouldn't tell Miguel that she let the cat out of the bag. When Nikki and Josh go back to "making out," Sara gives them one of her "if looks could kill," looks. "You think I'd want to go out with Miguel? God how I hate you, Nikki."
A few minutes later, Sara interrupts the couple to see if they want anything to drink. They tell her no so Sara goes just outside the door. "The walls are closing in; I can feel it. I have to move sooner than I thought. Time is running out; time is running out; time is running out . . . " She picks up a steak knife while chanting, "time is running out." and brings it up face level and looks at it.
SHARON AND GRACE:
"What do you mean?" Sharon asks. "Lose her forever? I don't understand."
Grace begins to go over the story again, telling Sharon that the lawyer who handled the adoption died right after telling her about Cassie. He was the only person who would talk to them. Most people were afraid to say anything. So, Sharon should thank God that she got to the lawyer before he died. Then they followed the trail to the woman who was taking care of the little girl. They found that the woman who adopted Cassie had abandoned her. She was left with an old sick grandmother who was barely able to care for herself. "I just wanted you to know what we went through," Grace says.
With tears in her eyes, Sharon tells Grace that Cassie is an amazing little girl to have survived all that.
Grace says that the only thing for her and Tony to do was to bring her back to Genoa City. The grandmother agreed that they could have Cassie.
"No," Sharon disagrees. "She agreed for you to bring her back to her birth mother, isn't that right, Grace?"
"We were so excited to find her," Grace continues. "We had her with us at the hospital. But I walked into that room only to find out that Noah had survived. So I didn't tell you about her."
"Why?" questions Sharon. "Why didn't you tell me then?"
"I thought Noah was going to die," Grace repeats. "Then I saw you. You were so radiant. Your baby had survived! It was a miracle. You were the happiest I had ever seen you. I didn't know what to do. You had everything! To shove that little girl at you . . . it would just have complicated your family."
"You are rationalizing, Grace," Sharon accuses.
"No," says Grace. "It is the truth as we lived it. You just don't want to hear it!"
"You expect me to believe you did not tell me the truth to protect me?" Sharon asks. "This is just an excuse for keeping my little girl from me. You kept her all to yourself. As the months passed, you allowed her to love you."
"What did you expect me to do." Questions Grace. "Should we have send her back to that squalor she had been living in? I couldn't do that to her. So I kept putting off telling you about her. As time went by, I grew to care for her. Now I love her just as much as you do. I love her as if I had given birth to her. She loves me like I am her mother."
"Nothing will ever change the fact that I am her real mother." Sharon insists.
"What about how she feels? Isn't that important?"
The telephone interrupts their conversation. It is Cassie. She wonders if her "Mommy" is there. Grace takes the phone and Cassie tells her that supper is almost ready; Tony is making tacos. "Will you be home soon, Mommy?"
"I'll be right home." Grace tells her.
"I love you, Mommy."
"I love you, too," Grace says as she gives Sharon an "I told you so" look. After she hangs up, she tries to say something, but Sharon interrupts. "Just go," she tells Grace.
As Grace leaves, Sharon collapses in tears.
Wednesday, January 28, 1998
TONY is curious about what is going on over at Sharon's, while Cassie wonders when Grace will be home.
When Grace does come home, she is distracted and uncommunicative. When supper is ready, she doesn't want to eat. It takes both Cassie and Tony to convince her that she needs to eat.
Tony asks how Sharon is, but Grace answers him sharply. "Did the two of you have words?" Tony asks.
Not now, okay? Grace answers. "But, we do need to talk."
Okay, let's have it, Tony says, after Cassie goes for her bath. "What went on out at the ranch?"
You'll never believe what Sharon did, Grace begins. "She took Cassie to Doris' place and even told Doris that Cassie is her granddaughter. After promising me that she wouldn't tell anyone. The woman is a loose cannon. Who knows who she will tell tomorrow! She is totally impatient and she is going to blow Cassie's world apart! She warned me, Tony. She actually warned me she wouldn't stand for me to get in her way!"
I have some money saved, Grace continues. "I want to leave Genoa City and I have enough to live on for a few weeks. Come with us, Tony. We could get married. We could move away and start a family. Please, Tony. But, whether or not you come with us, we are leaving. Going away is the one thing I can do to protect Cassie---and I am going to protect her at all costs!"
NICK returns home from work all pumped about his day only to find Sharon in tears. She tries to pass it off to a "womanly mood," but Nick won't accept it. Is it Noah? He knows that he isn't much of a companion yet; maybe she should get away from the ranch more. Sharon assures her that it isn't Noah nor her need to get away.
Grace was here, Nick says, did you two have an argument? Sharon admits that they did have words, but that isn't so unusual between best friends. She refuses to tell Nick what the argument was about, so he guesses it must have been about Sharon's need for another baby. He promises her that as soon as things get more settled for him, they will have as many babies as she wants.
DRU arrives at Malcolm's studio for a shoot with another model, Chloe. They are doing a deodorant commercial by riding a bicycle built for two. Dru is unenthusiastic until she gets into the commercial; then she comes alive for the camera.
After the shoot, she reverts to her blue mood. Malcolm questions her and she tells him that she hasn't heard from Neil since telling him about the fertility doctor. At least he is thinking about it, encourages Malcolm. Don't give up.
I'm not giving up, Dru tells him, and I do want my husband back. But tonight has shown me how much I love this work. To get my husband back, I have to give all of this up, but that doesn't mean I have to like doing it.
JACK arrives at Jill's office at her summons. She tells him that she needs to talk to him about his father. She is about to do something that he won't be pleased with her about. She wants to undo a mistake she made; she wants to bring Billy back to Genoa City. He isn't happy in boarding school, and his grades aren't improving. Besides, she misses him terribly.
Jack thinks that is a good idea. Why would his dad not agree with this decision? Oh, yes, Jack says. You are afraid that Dad is going to get into another custody battle with you, aren't you? Maybe he is going to question your judgment for putting the kid in a boarding school in the first place. And you know what? He has a good case against you! Believe me, you have reason to worry!
JOHN calls John Silva at his office and asks him to come to the house. He has an urgent problem to talk to him about.
When John Silva arrives, John tells him it is about his son Billy. Silva warns him that this is a conflict of interest since he is Jill's attorney, but Abbott won't take no for an answer. He tells him that he questions Jill's commitment to his son and she isn't considering Billy's best interest. He wants Billy back!
Silva tells John that he knows that Jill loves the boy; she calls him everyday.
So do I, John tells him. But Jill didn't even ask him about this school before enrolling Billy in it. He knows his son is unhappy in this school, but Jill has him brainwashed into believing that it is unmanly to complain. He doesn't belong there; he belongs here at home. He is an inconvenience for Jill---living with a man and not married to him. She doesn't deserve custody.
He demands that Silva talk to her and convince her to give custody to him. He is prepared to give liberal visitation, but make her understand that if she doesn't agree to his terms, she is in for the fight of her life!
NEIL fakes an illness just so he can get to see Olivia. She tells him that he didn't need to do that just to talk. He tells her about Dru's visit to the fertility doctor. After all the betrayal and lies, he doesn't know if he can ever trust her again.
Olivia tells him that she understands, but she knows that Dru really wants to save the marriage. Is he interested in saving the marriage?
Neil doesn't know. What he does know is he does not want a wife who is traveling all over the country. Lily doesn't need a part-time mother and he doesn't deserve a part-time wife. "I am asking you, Olivia, has Dru really changed? Has her priorities changed?"
Olivia doesn't know what to tell him. This is something he needs to talk over with Dru. You just have to trust her, she says.
How can I trust her? he asks. "I don't know what to believe. Dru talks a good rap, but what if it is all just talk. I refuse to set myself up again. I don't deserve to be hurt again."
VICKI arrives at the tack room. "So, what is the special occasion?"
How often does a man's wife become president of her company and sit on the board of Newman Enterprises? Cole announces as he pours champagne. "Relax, Madam President, tonight we are going to celebrate."
When they get to the bottom of the bottle of champagne, Vicki wonders that this evening is all about. Do I have to have something in mind? Cole asks.
No, but you do, Vicki tells him, seductively. I think you want to be with me. I think you took a long look at our marriage and decided it wasn't bad. That is why I didn't hesitate when I got your invitation. It was the perfect opportunity to melt the wall between us.
Cole thinks this is an odd conversation for a married couple to be having, but Vicki says it might not be so odd when the party is over.
Vicki admits that she is having fun and Cole agrees that he is also. Does she have to get another promotion for them to celebrate like this in the future? Cole is sure that between them they can come up with many other excuses to have fun.
They speak at the same time, then laugh at themselves. You first, Cole tells her.
Let's make love, Vicki says. "Now what were you going to say?"
Do we really want to be married? Cole asks quietly.
GRACE is scared to stay in GC. She cannot trust Sharon, she says. The next thing you know, the Newman's will be at the door with all their money and lawyers. The only thing to do is to move away.
Tony says he can see why she is so worried. "Are you really willing to marry me?"
Yes, Tony. Let's leave now. We can tell Cassie we are going on a surprise trip; we will go as a family.
Cassie enters and wants to watch some television before bedtime. They tell her she has to get a lot of sleep, because they are getting up real early in the morning. They are going on a surprise trip. Like a vacation? Cassie asks. Oh thank you Mommy; thank you Daddy.
When she goes to bed, Grace observes that Tony liked having Cassie call him daddy. He admits that he liked it; he loves the kid too, he tells her. He cares about both the kid and Grace. He loves her so much. They kiss and it turns serious. However, Grace pulls back and tells him they haven't time for this; they have to pack. She wants to leave first thing in the morning.
They are almost finished packing. Tony asks Grace if she is sure she wants to do this. She is leaving a great job and Cassie likes her school.
I have no choice, she tells him. "Sooner or later, Sharon is going to be here with a lawyer and a court order. She will drag Cassie out of her kicking and screaming."
Don't get worked up, Grace, Tony tells her as he holds her. "I'll take us someplace safe where no one can find us."
Just then, there is a knock on the door.
Grace, Sharon calls out. "Open the door. I have to talk to you."
Thursday, January 29, 1998
NICK stops by for a short visit with his mother after having to go into the
office for a while. He wonders how Sharon was when she dropped off Noah.
He tells her that she has been on this incredible high for days now, but
tonight, he came home to find her in tears. She tried to lay it off to
"woman's moods." Nikki assures him that this is true about women-one
moment you are up and the next you are crying your eyes out.
Nikki suggests that Nick show Sharon how much he loves her; he should plan
a romantic little get-away just for the two of them. When she hears that
Sharon wants another baby, she is sure that she is feeling insecure about
his love and really pushes the get-away. Nick promises to think about it.
SHARON stands outside Grace's door. "I have to apologize," she tells
herself. "I can not risk losing my daughter! I can not risk them taking
off with her." She knocks at the door and begins to call out to Grace.
GRACE and Tony are startled by Sharon's knock. They hurriedly take the
suitcases into the bedroom. Grace goes to the door and opens it only a
crack. "What do you want?" she snarls.
"We have to talk, Grace," Sharon tells her. "We have to settle something.
Tony comes up beside Grace and stares belligerently at Sharon. Grace asks
if she is here alone.
"Why?" questions Sharon. "Oh, I see. You think I am here with my lawyers?
Relax, I would never put Cassie through something like that. Come on, let
Once inside, Sharon apologizes for the words they had earlier. She
shouldn't have said all the things she did; she was out of line. It is
just that she is so overwhelmed by learning about Cassie. She promises
that she will not let it get out of control again.
Tony wonders why they should believe her.
"We have to trust each other," Sharon quietly tells Tony and Grace. "I had
to tell my mother. Can't you understand, I was so full of joy that I just
had to tell someone. But, I will not tell anyone else. I will wait until
the time is right for Cassie.
"I have been thinking," she continues, "maybe there is a way you can create
a separation so I can start to bond with Cassie. Maybe you could tell her
you have to go on a little trip. Then you could leave her with me so that .
"You want me to back away from my daughter!" Grace exclaims, horrified.
Tony casts a startled look in her direction.
"Not your daughter," Sharon tells Grace, firmly but softly. "She is my
daughter. We have to find ways to help her through this. We don't want
her to be scarred in any way by this situation."
COLE is busy typing away while Victoria lies seductively on the bed. He is
sorry to interrupt her celebration, but when the publisher called, he had
no other choice but to do this rewrite. While Cole is busy at the
computer, Vicki checks her calendar. The timing couldn't be more perfect
she smiles to herself.
The phone rings and Cole answers it. It is Ashley. She wants to come
over, but he puts her off. As he is trying to make excuses why she
shouldn't come, Vicki loudly asks if the call is for her. A crushed Ashley
hangs up the phone.
Cole asks Vicki why she did that. Vicki tells him that this is her night
to celebrate. And speaking of celebrating, she urges him to hurry and
finish so they can get started again. As he finishes up, she mixes a
shaker of martinis.
As they are finishing their first martini, Vicki suggests that they dance.
To slow music, they dance a slow, sexy dance. Vicki interrupts the dance
to push for more martinis. They dance and drink, until Cole starts to feel
a little woozy. He has to sit down, he says, but he ends up laying on the
bed. Vicki lies beside him and begins to kiss him.
"This isn't a good idea," Cole slurs.
NINA stops by Legal Aid to see Chris. She wonders if Chris has decided
what to tell Paul about a baby, but Chris has no idea what to say. As Nina
is saying that she still hasn't heard from Ryan's attorney about the
divorce, John Silva comes in with some papers for Chris. What a lucky
break to find you here, he tells Nina, as he pulls out the preliminary
divorce papers for her. Nina accepts them, but she looks a little sad.
Later she tells Chris that this is what she has wanted for so long, but now
that she has them, it is sad. However, it is for the best. She intends to
personally see to it that Phillip and Ryan get close again.
TRICIA and Ryan are out for a fancy dinner. As they drink wine and toast
each other, she reaches into her handbag and pulls out a key. It is to
room 840 of the Genoa City Hotel! They are going to celebrate their
"Anniversary?" Ryan asks, confused.
"Silly, it has been one month since we shared so much in that condo in
Aspen," Tricia tells him. She has told her father that she will not be
home tonight. She is an adult and can spend the night with the man of her
dreams if she wants to, she assures him.
JACK walks into the lab to find Ashley in tears. She tells him that she
has made a fool of herself -again. She has interrupted him and his wife.
Vicki knew it was her on the phone and she sent a message-one that she
received loud and clear. She doesn't think Cole will ever get Victoria out
of his system. "I know, you warned me," she cries. "But, I love him so
much. And I know Vicki. If something hasn't happened already, it will."
DANNY comes by Legal Aid to see Chris. He says that Joanie is still
deciding whether she will work for him or not. Phyllis is treating her
like a paid companion these days, he adds. But that isn't why he is here.
He had to see her!
"I needed to be with you," he pleads, desperately. "I cannot pretend any
longer. Now that you know I never betrayed you, it changes everything."
"Not for me," Chris tells him. "I can't just walk away from my husband."
"Please, Chris," Danny continues. "Let us spend time together-have dinner
with me. You are married, but I know you love me. You love me, Chris."
"No," Chris tells him. "I love Paul. I have a commitment to Paul. You
can not expect me to pick up with you where we left off. Maybe you didn't
betray me, but you married her. And you have told me in the past that
there were times when you loved Phyllis."
"That wasn't love," Danny objects. "I only married Phyllis because I
thought she was having my baby. She tricked me. I always loved you. I
have suffered so much."
"I have suffered too," Chris reminds him. "It is only because of Paul that
I have put my life back together. I have moved on. Now if you will excuse
me, I am late for a meeting."
After she leaves, Danny says that it isn't that simple. Nothing about this
situation is simple.
SHARON tells Grace that sooner or later, Cassie will be living with her.
She must have known it would happen. Otherwise, why did she tell her about
"She calls me mommy," cries Grace.
"That does not change the fact that she is my daughter and we are going to
be together," Sharon answers quietly. "I will always be grateful to the
bottom of my soul that you found her for me. It is the greatest gift
anyone could give. You did it because you are my friend-my best friend-and
we are in this together. I know you are a big part of Cassie's life. Just
help her to understand who her real mother is. Help me with Cassie."
PAUL tells Chris that he will not keep bugging her about having a baby.
When she is ready, he will be ready.
GRACE wonders if they can work together. She does not know how to give
Cassie up. Sharon tells her that they will make it possible. Neither of
them want to hurt that beautiful little girl. And, she adds, you don't
have to give her up. She can still be a part of Cassie's life.
Cassie wakes up and comes into the room. She would like a glass of water.
She is happy to see Sharon there; can she stay a while? No! Grace quickly
says. Sharon tells her that she is just leaving, but first, how about a
big hug and kiss. "I love you," Sharon tells Cassie.
"Why was Sharon crying?" Cassie wants to know. Tony explains that women
cry a lot because they are happy. As she is going back to bed, Cassie
tells Grace that she loves her. I will always be here for you, Grace
COLE awakes to find both he and Vicki are naked. What happened? Did I
"Not exactly," Vicki purrs. "You were, how should I say it, overcome." I
have fallen in love with you all over again.
"Is that all that happened?" Cole asks.
"Time will tell," Vicki tells him with a mysterious smile.
CASSIE goes back to bed. Grace still wants to leave in the morning, but
Tony feels that Sharon has her head on straight again. He reminds her that
they would be on the run and it would be awful hard to escape the Newman
Grace finally agrees to stay-for now!
Friday, January 30, 1998
It's a new day in Genoa City as Victor arrives at the ranch at Nikki's invitation. She tells him that something is going on with Sharon. She noticed that Sharon is distracted, while Nick says that she is up and then down. She thinks she knows what is wrong, but Victor isn't going to like it.
Nikki tells Victor that his son looks up to him a lot. This doesn't bother her; in fact, she is happy that he has such a good relationship with his father. However, there is one aspect of Victor's personality that she would just as soon her son did not emulate and that is his habit of putting business first and family last. Victor agrees that he wishes he had spent more time with his children when they were growing up, but how does that tie in with what is wrong with Sharon?
Nikki thinks that Nick should take some time and go away with Sharon. She hopes Victor will encourage this, but she doesn't want Nick to know that she and Victor had this talk. She doesn't want to be thought of as a "meddling mother."
Victor agrees not to mention their visit, but tells her she isn't a meddler; she is just concerned for her children. They look at each other for endless moments. He approaches and slowly kisses her. He walks toward the door. Just as he gets to the door, he stops and looks back at Nikki. They stare into each other's eyes for a few seconds, then he turns and walks out the door.
SHARON has a baby sitter come to the house while she goes to visit her mother. Once there, she tells Doris that she is very worried about the relationship between Grace and Cassie. She doesn't know what to do. Grace loves Cassie and treats her like a real daughter. The two of them mean the world to each other. She is afraid that Grace is not going to let go, but if she pushes too hard, she is afraid that Grace will take Cassie and run away. She may never see her daughter again!
VICKI, dressed in nothing but one of Cole's shirts, brings coffee to the bed where her husband is sleeping. He awakens to Vicki blowing in his ear. He is surprised to find her there. Did you sleep here last night? Oh, no! We didn't, did we? We did?
Yes, and it was wonderful, Vicki tells her shocked husband. So don't apologize. We are consenting adults as well as husband and wife.
Cole tells her that he didn't mean for this to happen, but Vicki doesn't believe him. If he didn't want this to happen, why didn't he invite her to a swanky restaurant for a celebration?
RYAN is awake in the bed next to Tricia. He looks a little uncomfortable with the situation, but when Tricia wakes up, he begins to make love to her again. She thinks it is so nice to wake up in his arms.
PHYLLIS asks Joanie if she has taken care of that personal problem she was talking about yesterday. Joanie admits that she has a decision to make, but hasn't made it yet. After much probing from Phyllis, Joanie admits that she has been offered another job. Phyllis guesses correctly that Danny made the offer. She is outraged that Danny would first steal Daniel from her and now he is going after Joanie.
Joanie thinks that Phyllis would or should want Daniel to be cared for by someone he loves and trusts. She says that Phyllis doesn't really need her now but Daniel does need her. Phyllis warns her that if she goes to work for Danny, she will have all the responsibility for Daniel. Danny won't be spending a lot of time with Daniel like she did. He will be gone all the time plus when he has a tour, he will be away from town for weeks and months at the time. She thinks Joanie should think long and hard about changing jobs, because it could be a really big mistake.
KEITH wakes up in a foul mood. He didn't get much sleep last night because he was thinking of his daughter sleeping with McNeil. After talking about it for a while, he heads for the door. He is going to the hotel and confront the couple. Jill tries in vain to stop him from going.
After he is out of the house, Jill calls the hotel and speaks with Ryan. She warns him that Keith is on the way. Does he have a shotgun? Ryan seriously asks.
MARY visits Paul at his office hoping for some good news. However, Paul dashes her hopes---for the present.
NICK returns home and dismisses the babysitter. Soon Sharon returns and is surprised to find him home. He wants to talk to her about something important.
He hates seeing her so down as she has been. He tells her that Mom can take care of Noah and they can fly away for a week alone together. Sharon is pleased that he would do that for her, but she can't possibly get away right now. She can't tell him why she can't leave town right now, so will he just trust her? Okay, he says, I won't push. Just know that I am here for you when you are ready, he tells her.
CHRISTINE is busy at work when Phyllis enters her office. Chris looks up and tells her that she is the last person she wants to deal with today---or any day for that manner.
Phyllis tells her that she has come to apologize---to wipe the slate clean. Maybe they can even be friends in the future. Why should we be enemies? She wants to know.
"Bull!" Chris answers.
"When are you going to give up?" Phyllis shouts. "You took my child and now you are taking Joanie away from me."
"I had nothing to do with that," Chris answers. "You can take your paranoid accusations and leave. If you had one ounce of maternal love in your bones, you would be spending time with your little boy. I have seen him. He is miserable. He wants his mother. You may have lost custody of Daniel, but that little boy wants to see you. How can you just cut him out of your life?"
"You have no idea what it is like for me," Phyllis counters. "How can I make an appointment to see my own son? I cannot even be alone with him; I have to have Danny there giving me the evil eye."
"Are you a mother or not?" Christine asks. "Can you just toss Daniel aside? Daniel is only a trophy to you."
"You have all the answers, don't you," Phyllis sneers. "It must be wonderful to be so perfect----;so self-righteous."
Christine leaves the office. "You haven't seen the last of me," Phyllis says with determination in her voice.