GRACE is planning her get-away. "Every step has to fall into place for this to work," she says. The secretary enters with an envelope brought over by messenger. It is the tickets for her and Cassie. "Step one," she says.
JILL and Victor discuss the organ and tissue donor project. Jill has it already underway. The first step will be to educate the employees of how easy it is to become a donor. It has been a gratifying project for her.
"Is your personal life also gratifying?" Victor asks her. "You are living with this man, Dennison. Are you going t marry him?"
Jill tells him that she is satisfied with her personal life right now. As to marriage, she doesn't know if she would want to marry again. She is satisfied at the moment just living with Keith, but she doesn't know if he is the man for her. It is all a moot point anyway, since he hasn't asked her to marry him.
TRICIA interrupts Ryan at work and asks what Nina had to say. He tells her that Nina surprised him. She said that nothing he did would cause her to make waves as far as the divorce is concerned. This makes Tricia very happy, but he adds that Nina did remind him of something that won't make her so happy. He tells her that he is finally making some progress with Phillip. It is so important that he regain the boy's trust and love. They have to be careful that what they do won't upset his progress. Tricia tells him that she understands.
Ryan surprises her by saying that when his divorce is final, he is going to her father and talk to him about the two of them. It is important for him to be up-front with her dad.
PHYLLIS makes breakfast for Michael. She tells him that she loves having him around the house; they are beginning to act like an old married couple. Michael reminds her that their relationship works well for both of them---for now.
After breakfast, Michael prepares to go out; he says he has an appointment. Phyllis guesses that today is the day he is going to see Christine. Michael says he is about to plead the most important case of his career. There is nothing like being a lawyer and taking a case from the start to the finish. To become a lawyer again, he needs Christine's help.
DRU, wearing sexy granny glasses and looking good, visits Olivia and invites her to lunch. Olivia can't leave, but she has a few minutes for her sister. She asks how things are going and Dru tells her that they are going great. Great, if you compare them to just a few weeks ago; not so great, if you compare them to the beginning. What is wrong? Olivia asks.
"It is embarrassing," Dru begins. She eventually tells Olivia about Neil's inability to make love to her the other night. It was not because he didn't want her; something happened, and he couldn't perform. Olivia tells her sister that this happens sometimes; it is nothing to worry about. Just don't put any pressure on Neil to perform. She then suggests that Dru get her man home early any way that she could. She should dress in sexy lingerie, light candles and give Neil a massage with scented oils. This is just the prescription Dru is looking for.
NEIL is working at home when Malcolm drops by. He reminds Neil that he has stayed away for some time now to give Neil and Dru time together, but he is curious about how things are going. He is sure that there have been fireworks; that happens to be the best thing about fighting with your woman---you get to kiss and make up. Malcolm keep talking about all the good lovemaking that must have been going on, while Neil is uncomfortable and trying to change the subject. Finally, Malcolm talks Neil into going out for lunch.
MICHAEL arrives in LA just in time to hear Chris arguing over the phone about the same old plumbing problem. When she hangs up, he compliments her on how she handled it. "Now my day is really getting off to a bad start!" she comments. "What are you doing here, Michael?"
Michael tells her that he has something to talk to her about. When she argues that she has clients, he tells her to consider him a client. Chris wonders why he keeps coming back; she doesn't trust him, she doesn't like him, yet he keeps dropping by with his hat in hand. Please listen, Michael begs. Chris tells him he has three minutes.
Michael tells her that he is stagnating both professionally and personally and will for the rest of his life if the bar doesn't let him practice law again. He could do some good; she holds the key. My fate is in your hands, he says.
"How ironic," Chris says flatly.
"You are doing very well," Michael tells her. "I am happy for you."
"It took me a long time to get over what you did to me," Chris tells him.
"I am begging for a second chance," Michael says. "I have admitted that I did wrong. I have spent my time in prison. I know you believe there is some good in everyone. The good in me has grown and I am determined that the bad won't be seen again."
Chris tells him that he is too persuasive, but she can't believe him. He tells her just to think about it. In the meantime, he has a list of people that she can call about him, including a woman he is dating.
"I thought you were living with Phyllis!" Chris exclaims.
"I am," he admits. "It is only an arrangement. Phyllis is a needy woman and I am a lousy housekeeper. We tried the love thing, but it didn't work out. There is only one person Phyllis has ever loved."
Later, Chris looks at the list. She makes a call to Debbie Thompson, the woman Michael says he is dating. She introduces herself and says that Michael gave her permission to call. Are you dating Michael? The woman tells Christine that yes, she is dating Michael; she loves him but isn't sure how he feels about her. He has been nothing but a gentleman with her. He has told her everything about his past, prison, the charges, everything. Chris tells her that it was not just sexual harassment; he was abusive to her. "I know that," Debbie tells her. "I am not the kind of woman who will take abuse from anyone! I believe that he has changed."
Hanging up, Christine says that she would really like to believe that was real. But how could she be sure?
GRACE walks toward Nick's office. "Now for step two," she mumbles to herself. "Nick is out of the building and will be out for most of the afternoon. Now is the time to make my move." She walks up to Nick's secretary, Sherry and tells her that Nick wants her to call his wife. He needs his wife to come to the building this evening for something special. It is very important. Sherry suggests that Grace call Sharon, but Grace says that Nick asked her to tell Sherry to do it. When Sherry agrees, Grace leaves. "This has got to work!" she says. "Everything depends on it."
NEIL is blown away when he steps back into his apartment. Dru is standing in the candlelight wearing a white transparent shortie. She tells him that she is going to make all his dreams come true. Forget about what happened the other night; the two of them are going to work through this. "Now go into our bedroom and take off all your clothes and lay down on the bed. Call me when you are ready."
In the bedroom, Dru straddles Neil and begins to give him a massage. This feels great, Neil tells her.
Soon, the two of them are making love, but Neil abruptly turns away from her. It has happened again.
"Relax," she tells him softly. "We have all the time in the world. There is no pressure here."
"Don't bother," he snarls as he gets out of the bed. "Don't you know what a humiliating experience this is for me? You don't understand!"
"Don't get discouraged," Dru pleads. "Everything will be fine." But Neil leaves the room; Dru is left alone and in pain.
JILL is staring out the window. "Caught you daydreaming," Keith says as he enters the room. "Thinking about a big business deal?" Jill answers that she is only thinking about herself. She is feeling a little down. The reason? Just the clock and calendar.
"Let me cheer you up," Keith says, as he pulls a box from his pocket. He opens it and there is an engagement ring. "Let's get married," he proposes.
Jill doesn't know what to say, but Keith has a lot to say. He tells her that he loves her and he loves her spirit. He loves the devotion and dedication to her son and his daughters. "You are an exceptional man," Jill tells him. "Exceptional enough to marry?" Keith wants to know. He doesn't expect an answer now, he tells her as he slides the ring onto her finger.
SHERRY places the call to Sharon who is showing a more relaxed and happy Cassie how to do a jigsaw puzzle. Sherry tells her that Nick would like for her to come to the office this afternoon, but she is unable to answer all the questions that Sharon has. She finally tells Sharon that she will transfer her to someone who can answer those questions.
Sherry calls Grace and tells her that she will have to talk to Mrs. Newman. She is hesitating about coming into the office and has a lot of questions. Grace doesn't want to talk to Sharon, but Sherry insists.
When the call has been transferred to Grace, she tells Sharon that Nick wanted her to be called. He is out of the building on a very important meeting at the moment. She doesn't know when he will be back, but he said that it was important that Sharon come into town. There is an important client in town; he brought his wife along and the couple needs to be entertained tonight.
Sharon remarks that Nick seldom asks anything of her, so maybe she should do this for him. Grace emphasizes that Nick will be pretty upset if she doesn't join him. "I will be there as soon as I can," Grace says, and hangs up.
"Step two completed," Grace says with a determined look on her face.
Friday, March 6, 1998
JACK is debating on what he should do with the information he has on reversing vasectomies. He wants Diane to be happy for the long term, but is Victor capable of the long term?
Speak of the devil, Victor walks into the office and begins discussing business with Jack. After finishing business, Victor wonders if there is something on Jack's mind. Actually there is, Jack says. He has been thinking about Diane and wonders if this is a real marriage. Is Victor really committed to his wife and what kind of future can Diane expect from him?
"You have a lot of gall!" Victor yells at Jack. "Make no mistake, I love Diane and intend to stay with Diane for the rest of my life. And I am warning you, Jack, do not poison Diane's mind with your self-serving crap. Now STAY AWAY FROM HER! Don't you come anywhere near her or you are OUT OF HERE! GOT THAT?"
After Victor storms out of the office, Jack says, "As much as I hate to say it, Victor, I think I have got it."
Sarah/Veronica is daydreaming about Josh while she is dusting. "Nikki is gone, Josh. We will have the house all to ourselves," she whispers. Josh comes in calling out to his "sweetheart," whom S/V says is visiting her son. "Can I get you a martini?" she asks. Josh says that would be good, thank you. As S/V goes to make the martini, she turns back to Josh. "Would you mind if I made one for myself?"
NIKKI shows up at Sharon's to babysit. Sharon is a rush to get into town and really appreciates Nikki sitting with the children. If it were up to her, she wouldn't go into town, but this seems to be so important. Nikki doesn't mind staying with Noah and Cassie has never been any trouble. She encourages Sharon to stay as long as she likes.
As Nikki is flipping through some magazines, Nick comes into the house and is surprised to see his mother there. He is puzzled about where Sharon could be going this late in the day. He is puzzled about his wife, period, these days. He never knows what he is going to come home to. She is preoccupied, nervous and distracted. But on the other hand, there are days when she is her warm loving self. Nikki suggests that maybe they should take Jack's advice and seek professional help. When Nick assures her that he can take care of the kids himself, she leaves.
GRACE opens the door to the cab driver and tells him she will be down in a few minutes. He takes her bag and leaves while Grace wanders the apartment. She had hoped Tony would be home before she left, but she can't wait any longer. As she is going out the door, Tony does arrive. "Going somewhere?" he asks.
Grace tells him that she has a meeting out of the office so she came home to change her clothes. Tony tells her she is acting really mysterious. Grace tells him that it has been so great knowing him and having him for a friend. "You act like you are never going to see me again," Tony says. After Grace leaves, Tony has a real mystified look on his face.
NEIL and Dru are dressed. She offers to cook for him, but he tells her that he had lunch earlier with Malcolm. She wonders if he told Malcolm about his problem. Neil explodes! He doesn't want anyone to know what is going on. Don't you dare tell, he warns her. The look on her face tells him that she already has.
"You told your sister?" Neil shouts. "How could you? She may be a doctor, but she is also my sister-in-law. I don't want the family knowing about this."
Dru tells him that she is sorry. She tells him that this problem won't go on forever, she is sure of it. We still have time. Do you want to give it another shot? NO! Neil shouts. We can't make things work. Stop pressuring me.
"So you blame me, don't you?" Dru says. "You do! You think this is all my fault!"
"Dru, don't force me to say something I don't want to say. It will not help to have you hammering away at me."
"Well, if you don't want me around, then I am out of here," Dru says as she slams out of the apartment.
MALCOLM bounces into Olivia's office and tells her that he just had lunch with Neil and things are going great. Olivia says there is that one little problem, to which, Malcolm wonders what little problem? Olivia can't believe Neil didn't say anything; maybe she shouldn't say anything either. However, Malcolm says that he is her husband and Neil is his brother; he has to know what is going on. When Olivia tells him the "little problem," he can't believe it. He is going to see Malcolm right now and get to the bottom of this.
NICK is going over some papers when Cassie walks quietly into the room. She doesn't want to interrupt Nick's work; she just wants to tell him that Noah is awake and she put him in the playpen. Nick tells her that is a nice thing to do. Cassie says she is going to do some schoolwork just as the doorbell rings. Nick goes to the door and is surprised to find Grace standing there. But, Nick isn't half as surprised as Grace is to see Nick at home.
JOSH is speechless at what S/V has suggested. He tells her he hopes she was joking. Before she can say one way or the other, Nikki comes in and is excited to see her husband home early. She rushes into his arms. "You can go, Sara," she says. "You aren't needed any longer."
In the other room, S/V is fuming at her dismissal. Why did you have to come home just when we were getting close? He is my husband. You are not going to keep him, you bitch!
DIANE visits Jack in his office. He makes sure she leaves the door open for his job's sake. Diane guesses that Victor has been there, so Jack admits that they got into it again. Oddly enough, he tells her, I finally believe that he really loves you and plans to spend the rest of his life with you. He is committed to you in a way I have never seen him committed to any of his former wives. He adamantly told me that you are his one and only! But, if he didn't like our friendship before, you can bet he will hate it now. Diane is happy to know how Victor feels about her and rushes out for home.
NEIL is staring out the window and having a drink when the doorbell rings. He ignores it even after it rings again and again. Malcolm opens the door and bursts in. I have to talk to you, brother.
"What is wrong with you?" Neil shouts at him. "What right do you have to walk right in. I don't feel like talking so I want you to leave me alone."
Malcolm isn't leaving until he gets some answers. Neil admits that he has a problem, but he doesn't want the family sticking their nose into this private matter between him and his wife. "So, back off and leave me alone!" he says.
NIKKI and Josh cuddle. She tells him she has had a terrible day, starting with Victor stopping by and becoming his arrogant self. He left telling her he didn't ever want to see her again. Josh says nothing, so Nikki admits that this is probably good news for him.
Victor arrives home; he and Diane have a long smooch. He tells her that he wants to give her something special. If she can clear her desk, he wants to take her on Phase Two of their honeymoon---a trip around the world, first class.
S/V goes to her room, ranting about Nikki. She keeps hearing Nikki's words as she was dismissed. She can't stand seeing Josh with that woman. Her patience is wearing thin. She takes her satchel out of the closet and unlocks it. She pulls out a gun. "Time is running out for you, Nikki!"
CASSOE runs into Grace's arms and they hug. Grace tells her that she has come to take her home. Cassie is delirious with joy and rushes to pack her things and say goodbye to Noah. Grace tells Nick that she has been thinking about what he said to her earlier. She talked it over with Sharon and they both feel that it is time for Cassie to be with Grace and Tony. Nick is happy at the outcome and remarks that Cassie is one happy kid!
When they walk out the door, Grace tells Cassie that they are going on a trip and they are leaving right now!
"Let's go!" squeals Cassie.