Victor went to the ranch to talk to Nikki about their daughter. He told her of his conversation with Ashley. "She has told Cole that she wants nothing more to do with him. I believe our daughter's marriage will be back on solid ground after tonight," Victor said.
"If we can believe Ashley," Nikki responded, adding, "Oh, well, Ashley's loss is Victoria's gain. By the way, what do you think of that epic your wife staged in your office today?" Victor said, "I was very moved. It was a wonderful way to commemorate the founding of my company."
"With a portrait?" Nikki purred, declaring, "It didn't do you justice. It could have been better." Victor countered, "But I liked it. Everyone that has seen it has complimented me on the likeness." Nikki challenged, "You know no one will tell you the truth but me. How long before it ends up in a closet with all the others?" Victor laughed and said, "I may end up liking it. I may just get used to having myself look down on everything I do. Anyway, you aren't upset about the portrait. You are just miffed that you didn't think of it yourself."
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Nikki insisted, "I am not the least bit jealous of Diane. She has her way of doing things, and I have mine, and besides, she isn't my style." Victor said, "Anyway, I just came to tell you about Victoria," as he got up. "I see her car at the tack house. I guess she is getting ready for the big reunion. I will just go down and speak to her."
Victoria told Ashley that if Ashley wouldn't listen to what she had to say, she would just leave.
"I just had a long talk with Cole," Victoria said. "I love my husband, but I realize that it is too late. I wish we could start over, but he has made it clear to me that there is only one woman he loves and wants, and that woman is not me -- it is you. A part of me is dying. I cannot stand to lose my husband, but it is worse seeing you be so stupid. He is definitely over me. You will never know how much this hurts, especially when seeing what an idiot your are being. I love him enough to let him go. I thought if I came here, you might listen to me. So, I am telling the woman who broke up my marriage that he is all yours -- you have won. But let me tell you this, we will never be friends again."
Nick was telling Jack that Grace was back on track. She had gotten her act together. Jack said he was worried about Nick and asked, "Are you having trouble on the home front?"
Nick began to recite all his worries about Sharon. They had no communication at all. He had once thought they could talk about anything, but he had begun to wonder. She was perfect with the baby, but as a wife, she left a lot to be desired. "I never know what I will find when I walk through the door at home," he said as he sighed.
Jack suggested that maybe Nick had done or said something and that it was never only one person's fault. However, Nick couldn't think of anything he had done, "unless…" He then told Jack that Sharon wanted another baby, but they had talked, and she seemed to understand why he wasn't ready for another child. Then there was a seven-year-old who kept going to the ranch -- the little girl that Grace was raising. For some reason, Sharon was wild about the girl. He had told Grace to stop taking Cassie to the ranch. He had tried to get Sharon to go on a vacation, but she refused.
"Be patient," Jack advised. "Keep reaching out, and she will return."
Grace put Cassie to bed then talked with Tony. Tony told her that he hated to see her in such pain, but kids were able to adapt. It was inevitable that she would end up with Sharon, but it didn't have to be the end of the world. "Look at this as something positive, and we can help her adjust," he told her. "I love you and want to make your world perfect," Tony said, asking, "Don't you know that after all this time? I want to build a life with you."
Paul returned to Christine's office, but she told him that her client was still in the area. While they were talking, Sharon returned, and Paul was surprised that she was the client. Before Christine could give an explanation, one of the judges on a case called. Christine went into another office to talk with him. "It is obvious you have told Christine a great deal more than I know," Paul said.
"Everything is out of control," Sharon whispered, "I thought everything was so simple, but now I don't know if even Christine can help me. But she just has to help me. I've got to get my daughter back."
"You have a daughter!" exclaimed Paul. Sharon told him that when she had been sixteen, she'd gotten pregnant. Her mother had been newly paralyzed, and they'd had no jobs or money. They hadn't been able to take care of the baby.
Sharon told Paul about Grace going in search of Sharon's daughter, and miraculously, she'd found her. But instead of giving her daughter to her, Grace had kept her and had only recently revealed that Cassie was Sharon's daughter. Sharon had only been aware of Cassie's real identity for a month. "So, this child is the precious possession you were worried about?" Paul rightly concluded. "If Grace has her way, we will never tell Cassie," admitted Sharon.
Christine reentered the room to hear the last of Sharon and Paul's conversation. She questioned Sharon about whether Grace had anything that would legally give her custody. Sharon assured Christine that if Grace had anything legal, she would have thrown it in Sharon's face already, so she clearly didn't have anything.
"Then the adoptive mother still retains legal custody," Christine said. "We need all the information we can get about the adoption and the adoptive mother. You have to get it, but you have to be very discreet. If Grace learns you have contacted a lawyer, she may run. Do you think you can handle this?" Sharon declared, "Yes! I am determined that I will have my daughter back!"
Ashley was working in the lab and smiling a little smile to herself. Cole entered. "Let me prove that I love you," he begged. "I want you like I have wanted no other woman. I am not leaving until I make you believe me. I have been an idiot. I know that. You are the only woman I want!"
Ashley told Cole that Victoria had been by, and Ashley did believe him. She knew he was ready to make a wholehearted commitment to their future. "It took a lot of class for Victoria to do what she did. She put her own feelings aside and came to tell me that her marriage is over. What an incredible gesture, especially when it is obvious that she still cares for you. She loved you enough to let you go," Ashley said. "Yes, regardless of all the games she has played, in the end, the lady was all class," Cole agreed.
Sharon was home when Nick entered with a large bouquet of tulips. Sharon thanked him a little half-heartedly, but it was obvious that she had something on her mind. Nick began to question her about what she had done all day. He asked if she was tired or if she'd had any visitors. He asked if Cassie had stopped over.
"Did Cassie come over?" Sharon repeated. "How could she when you have told Grace not to let me have her? You think she is a problem for me. Let me tell you something. My problem has nothing to do with Cassie coming here. Because of you, I haven't seen her in days, and it hurts so badly. I miss her more than you can know. Then there is how you went behind my back and told Grace not to bring her, especially when I told you she was the brightest spot in my life!"
Nick began to tell Sharon that she was in such bad shape, he didn't know what else he could do. "How could you talk to Grace about the most intimate parts of our life?" Sharon asked incredulously. Nick denied doing that, but Sharon told him that Grace had told her everything they'd talked about. "Because you are a wreck!" Nick shouted.
"That's not the problem," Sharon insisted, "I have told you and told you how much I care about that little girl, but you obviously don't give a damn about what I want! … She brings joy to my life," continued Sharon, "and you conspire behind my back to cut her out of my life. Why? Have I neglected you or our son?"
"To be honest -- " Nick began. "Oh, don't you dare accuse me of that!" Sharon told him, demanding, "Don't you dare go there!"
Victoria wandered around the tack room, tears in her eyes. Victor entered and began rambling on about the reunion she was about to have. He had talked to her mother, and they were both very pleased. On and on he talked, not noticing that Victoria was constantly wiping at her eyes and wouldn't turn to face him. Finally, Victoria couldn't take it any longer.
"There is not going to be a homecoming!" Victoria cried out as she turned to her father. She was openly weeping. "My marriage is over. He doesn't love me anymore. He loves Ashley. My marriage is all over. He doesn't want me!" Her father gathered her up in his arms while she cried.