VICTOR AND DIANE are aboard the private jet winging their way to . . . where? Victor still won't even give a hint of their destination. "You are an amazing and infuriating man, Victor Newman," Diane tells him. "But I am going to make you talk," she adds in a KGB accent. Victor smiles and tells her he is looking forward to her "friendly persuasion." He opens another bottle of champagne and she tells him that he is spoiling her much more than usual. "That is because I appreciate you," he tells her. "And I will tell you this much. Wherever we land, you will be very happy." Diane tells him, "Wherever I go with you will be the most wonderful spot on earth."
NIKKI continues to talk with Nick about his problem with Sharon. They go over and over the same thing that they have gone over before. Nikki wants to talk to Sharon, but Nick is adamant that he handles this problem himself.
Beyond the window, the lightening flashes.
VICTORIA AND TONY arrive at Tony's place. "My mother always warned me never to go home with a man on the first date," she says, coyly. She goes on to say that she doesn't feel safe going home in this storm. "Is Grace really taking Cassie and leaving you?" she asks. She cannot believe she would be so stupid. Tony can't believe that she is being dumped either. What is wrong with that guy you are married to? "At least there is a bright side," he tells Vicki. "At least we don't have to be dumped alone.
Vicki looks out the window at the storm that is picking up in ferocity. I would never make it home in this weather, Vicki says, shivering, as another clap of thunder breaks the silence.
"Then don't," Tony tells her. "There is plenty of room here for you to crash for the night. I promise, no funny stuff, at least for the night. I can keep my raging male hormones under control."
While listening in, S/V hears Miguel knock and enter the bedroom. He tells Josh that he is planning on going into town for the night if it is all right with him. Josh warns him that a powerful storm is brewing, but he can go if he is careful. This pleases S/V very much. She begins to wipe off her heavy makeup "Tonight we will be alone, Joshua," she whispers. "After you realize I am still alive, you will never want to be with Nikki again. This is going to be the most incredible night; one that neither of us will ever forget."
CHRISTINE has changed her clothes and is back in her office at Legal Aid. She is surprised when she looks up from her work to find her mother-in-law at the door. Mary tells her that this isn't a social call; she knows what happened earlier at Gina's. It had to be the most humiliating and painful experience of her son's life. You are in love with another man, she accuses. If this is so, do the decent thing before you hurt him any more than you already have.
"You have some gall," Chris tells her. "Don't judge me. You can't even imagine what I am going through. I love your son!"
Mary tells her if she is going to break her son's heart, then make it quick and clean while he still has a chance to salvage what manhood he has left.
Just then, Danny comes into the office. Mary tells him she was just leaving. But do my son a favor and get this woman out of his life, she tells Danny.
Heavy rain pounds the earth while the thunder and lightening gain in intensity. Winter is throwing one hell of a goodbye party!
JACK is surprised when Katherine walks into his office. She tells him that she is reluctant to drive home in this storm---country roads, you know. Jack tells her she is welcome to wait it out in his office. "You are working a lot of overtime these days, aren't you, Jack?" Katherine asks. "It must play hell with your love life. When was the last time you went out on a date?"
"Are you making me an offer?" Jack asks, intrigued. Katherine tells him that he needs to get out of the office and find himself a personal life and the sooner the better. He is wasting his best years in work. Just then, a beautiful young woman comes in asking if she is late. Jack tells her that she is just in time. As he leaves with her, he tells Katherine to feel free to wait out the storm in his office.
JILL comes into the office just as Katherine is getting comfortable. What are you doing here? She asks Katherine. Katherine says that she could ask her the same thing. Jill explains that she was just finishing up some reports, to which Kay responds that it sounds like a lovely way to spend an evening. Jill wonders what she is doing with her life these days.
"I am living alone and loving it," answers Katherine. "Meanwhile, you are wasting your time with Keith Dennison. He is never going to marry you, Jill. You are just a dalliance for him."
"For your information, we are engaged," announces Jill.
"Then where is your ring?" questions Kay. Jill tries to tell her that she just isn't wearing it at work, but Katherine isn't buying that excuse. "You aren't wearing the ring because you don't love the man, Jill. If you marry Keith, you will be bored to death!"
"You are just jealous," Jill responds. Just then, the lights go out. Jill says that if the lights are out, so are the phone and the elevators. Great, she says. We are stuck here until the emergency power comes on. They wonder if Jack has any food in the office, since they are both hungry. Kay finally finds a box of chocolates and begins to eat, telling Jill that she has found her supper, but Jill should keep looking and maybe she will find something. Jill calls her a wart hog too selfish to share. The two settle down to a "supper" of mixed chocolates. Soon, the lights come back on and Katherine takes the opportunity to leave.
DANNY continues to tell Chris what a wonderful life they will have together if she will only say the word. "I will love you like no other man ever will. What's it going to be, Chris? Do you want me?"
JOSH is engrossed in his book. He lays down on the bed and continues to read. S/V knocks and enters before he has a chance to tell her to come in. She announces that she has brought him his favorite tea. Without looking up, he tells her to put it down anywhere.
Sara puts the tea down, then walks over to the bed and sits down beside Josh. Startled at her familiarity, he looks up. "What are you doing?" he demands. She just looks at him and smiles a little Mona Lisa smile. "I mean it, what are you doing? Leave now!" He tells her.
"You don't understand," she tells him. "You don't have any idea, do you? You are going to be so surprised when I tell you."
"Leave NOW!" Josh again demands. "Have you been drinking? You are going to feel foolish in the morning. Now I am asking you again to leave." He gets up from the bed and walks across the room.
"2303 Cherokee Lake," Sara says, continuing to smile as she watches her "love." Josh is confused and doesn't know what she is talking about.
"Yes you do," she tells him. "Remember that little apartment on the second floor where you took your wife after your honeymoon? You had to leave because you were on call. You were just an intern."
"How do you know all this stuff?" a baffled Josh asks.
"What happened to your wife, Josh?" Sara goes on.
AS THE STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE, Vicki comes into the living room where Josh is sitting on the couch. She is wearing one of his shirts which comes down to about mid-thigh. "Wow!" He exclaims. "You look sensational! Don't worry, I'm not losing control; I'm just paying you a compliment. Sit down, there is a great old movie coming on.
As the lightening flashes and lights up the room, Vicki shivers. Tony puts an afghan around her legs and she lays her head on his shoulder just as the movie begins.
MARY arrives at Paul's office. She tells him that she went to visit Christine. While she was there, Danny arrived, she tells Paul. She tries to talk to Paul about the situation, but he won't listen. He orders her out of the office.
JOSH tells Sara that she is being ridiculous; he isn't going into any of this with Sara.
"You believe she drowned," S/V goes on as if he hadn't spoken. "But she didn't. Here, let me show you." She reaches up and removes the wig. Then she shakes out her hair until it is falling all around her shoulders.
"OH MY GOD!" Josh exclaims. "This is not possible!"
"Yes, it is me, Josh, your wife. I am not dead, my darling. I came back to you. It is so wonderful being with you again like this. There is so much I have wanted to say. Oh, Josh, I have never stopped loving you!" She throws her arms around Josh's neck.
Josh pushes her off. "They found your body. They gave me your ring."
"My wedding ring, yes. But I wasn't wearing it. After we separated, I became despondent. I gave the ring to a homeless woman. It was her body that they found."
Josh is beside himself with disbelief. "Dear God!" he gasps.
"I never thought I would see you again until one day when I saw your picture in a medical journal. Now I have found you. You don't know how hard it has been all these months being so close to you and not being able to say anything." She throws herself into his arms again.
Josh pushes her away, roughly. "I am not happy to see you!"
"I haven't changed that much, have I?" Veronica asks as she removes her negligee. "You used to tell me how much you loved my body. You used to love making love to me."
Josh is horrified.
CHRIS arrives at Paul's office. Lynn tells her that her boss is in a foul mood. Chris goes into the office anyway and asks if he is ready to call it a night. When Paul isn't ready to go home, she tells him that his mother visited her earlier. She had a great deal to say. Of course, she is usually happy to see his mother and isn't upset at anything she says; however, tonight Mary wasn't able to be fair and objective. I guess she told you that Danny stopped by? She asks.
Paul tells her that he has been pretty understanding with her situation. He knows she has a lot to sort out, but so does he. He thinks it would be best if they spent some time apart so that they can sort things out. You should move out of the apartment, he tells her.
Chris says that she had no idea he felt this way; she loves him. Love isn't the issue here, Paul answers. It is more complicated than that.
"And you think living apart will make it less complicated?" Chris asks.
Paul doesn't know, but it is what he wants. Chris doesn't know who she wants to be with and he thinks she needs time to figure it out.
"I'll go home and pack a bag. I will be out of the apartment tonight."
VERONICA is in tears as Josh tells her to stop this right now! "Have you forgotten how incredible we were together? Nikki is not the right person for you. Remember what we had, Josh!"
"We did not have a real marriage. We didn't love each other. You are out of your mind. Leave! Now. Pack your bags and get out of here tonight. I want you to go far away from here."
"You don't mean that!" Veronica cries, as she rushes toward him.
"I love Nikki!" Josh says as he once again pushes her away. "You have no business here. GO! I did not love you then, and I do not love you now. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEAD, ONCE AND FOR ALL"
In tears, Veronica grabs her negligee and backs out of the room. She rushes to her room. Once in her room, she takes down the satchel as if in a trance. She takes the key and unlocks the satchel. Putting her hand into the satchel, she pulls out the gun and, staring off into space, cradles the gun to her chest.
The lightening brightens the room while the thunder crashes all around!
Friday, March 20, 1998
VICTOR AND DIANE have landed in some tropical-looking paradise. They are enjoying their second honeymoon, but Diane wonders how long it will last. Victor tells her that it will last as long as his beautiful wife desires. The world is truly at your disposal, he tells her.
"We can really go anywhere in the world?" Diane asks. Victor tells her that they have a jet at their disposal and an open flight plan. "And no emergency back in Genoa City can lure you back?" Diane asks. Victor tells her that the only emergency he cares about is taking care of their honeymoon. "So, where do you want to go next? Paris? London? Rome?"
"Where do I want to go now? Back to bed," Diane tells him. He gathers her up in his arms and carries her inside to the bed.
PAUL'S OFFICE: Lynn tells Paul that his mother is back. Paul says he doesn't have time to see her, but Mary hears from the door and tells him to make time. As Lynn is leaving, Paul tells her to stay. He has something to tell them both. He then announces that he asked Chris to move out. He is tired of her "conflicted emotions." For all he knows, Chris has moved in with Danny. Lynn thinks Paul is making a mistake, but Mary disagrees. He asks Lynn what he should do. Should he get down on his hands and knees and beg her to forget Danny and stay with him? He knows there is some kind of connection between the two of them, but he is sick and tired of trying to fight that connection.
NINA welcomes Chris to her apartment with a hug. She is happy to lend a hand to her best friend. Chris has been there for her so many times that it is the least she can do in return. She can stay as long as she needs to, but just remember, this is not the answer to her dilemma.
Back in her room, VERONICA has put her uniform back on. She remembers how Josh pushed her out of his room while telling her that he never loved her. She screams and begins talking to herself again. "He hates me now and it is all because of you, Nikki. Nikki did this to me. It is all because of that bitch, Nikki." As lightening lights up the room, she reaches into her uniform pocket and pulls out the gun.
OLIVIA'S OFFICE: Malcolm surprises Olivia at her office. He tells her that he hasn't been seeing enough of her since she has been working every night. I can't wait forever, he tells her. He then tells her that since she is staying at the office, he has brought a romantic interlude to the office. Olivia is quite pleased as he puts out the silverware, opens a bottle of non-alcoholic wine, and puts two plates of filet mignon down on the table. To top things off, he lights candles and turns down the office lights.
DRU AND NEIL talk about how nice things are now. Dru asks him to promise that they will never let anything separate them again. They begin kissing, but Neil remembers that he needs to go to the hospital and pick up a prescription before they close. He promises that he will be right back and they will pick up where they left off. Dru watches the storm outside the apartment.
After he leaves, Sid calls and reminds Dru of the offer he made her a couple of days ago. He can't wait forever, he tells her. Dru passes on the job even though it is a chance of a lifetime; however, she can't completely tell Sid to stop calling.
OLIVIA'S OFFICE: After the dinner, Neil drops by to tell Olivia how happy he and Dru are. Things are finally back on track. After Neil leaves, Olivia rushes home to Dru's apartment and tells her about Neil's visit. She is happy things are back on track. Dru explains that she is making her family her first priority, but she can't help but think about her modeling career. She tells her about Sid's call, but assures Olivia that she isn't going to let herself get sucked back into the past life.
JOSH'S BEDROOM: Josh can't believe that Veronica is alive. Dressed in the maid's uniform, but without the wig and glasses, Veronica comes back into the room. "I thought you were packing to leave," he tells her. "You need to be packing and finding a place to stay. You can't stay here. Leave now."
"I cannot leave now," Veronica tells him. "You are the reason I came back in the first place."
"You need psychiatric help," Josh tells her.
"No!" she answers. "I will not talk to anyone. You are the one with a problem. How can you say you never loved me? It isn't true. I gave my love to you completely; I have never forgotten it for a moment."
"It was never a marriage. We spend so little time together. You have to remember how it really was. You are just clinging to the past. It won't work. You have to move on."
"No, Joshua," she says, shaking her head. "I want you so much. I need you, how could you turn your back on me? I have always loved you."
"I am married, Veronica. I have a new life."
"What about our life? We could have it all again. It would be like it was before. You don't love Nikki; Nikki is just a diversion."
Josh tells her that she has five minutes to pack and leave the house or he will call the police. Sobbing, Veronica leaves the room. Standing in the hallway, she reaches into her pocket and pulls out the gun. She walks back into the room where Josh is standing with his back to her. As the room is lit up by another flash of lightening and the sound of thunder reverberates, she points the gun at Josh.
PAUL calls Danny and asks him to come to his office to talk. Even though he is busy, Danny agrees to make time to see him if it is important. Paul says it has to do with the woman he claims to love. I'm on my way, Danny says.
Once he reaches the office, Danny wants to know what this has to do with Chris. "That was some stunt you pulled at Gina's," Paul begins. "How could you have the nerve to perform to my wife like you did? And I saw that little kiss you gave her at the office." Danny doesn't apologize; instead he claims that Gina's was a "lucky coincidence." Paul shouts that just because he has asked his wife to move out that doesn't mean he is giving up on his marriage.
Danny is surprised to hear that Chris has moved out, even though Paul thought she would have called him right away. However, Danny tells Paul that he and Chris deserve a chance to get back all that they have lost. Paul reminds him that he, Danny, is the reason he lost Chris. Danny tries to blame it on Phyllis, but Paul will not allow him to abdicate his responsibility in the affair. Still Danny says, leaving you means she is one step farther from you and one step closer to me!
JOSH turns around and sees Veronica with the gun. What are you thinking? Don't do something you will regret.
But Veronica tells him that she has enough regrets to last a lifetime. "You are contemptible, Joshua. How could you do this?"
"Put the gun down and leave. Leave now!"
"No, you are the one leaving." Lighting flashes and thunder rolls very close together. At the same time, Veronica pulls the trigger. When it is over, Josh looks at Veronica with an incredulous look on his face. He rushes toward Veronica, but she shoots again and he falls back on the floor. Veronica looks surprised at what she has done.
The phone rings and Veronica answers it. It is Miguel calling to see how things are at the ranch. She tells him that it is peaceful, but Miguel warns her that the storm is headed her way. It won't be peaceful for long. He tells her that he is staying in town over night; will she tell Dr. and Mrs. Landers?
NIKKI calls the ranch and Veronica answers. Nikki wants to talk to her husband, but Veronica tells her that she can't. When asked why not, Veronica tells her that he is asleep. Nikki tells her she is on her way to the ranch, but would Sara put a note by the bed so that if her husband wakes up, he will know that she is on her way. After hanging up, Veronica says aloud, "He will never get your note, Nikki. Your husband will be asleep for a long, long time.
Nikki tells Nick that they should go home, but Nick says he is going to crash at the office for the night.
Later, Nikki arrives home. Is my husband still asleep? She asks the maid. I don't think he will be awake any time soon, Veronica tells her boss. She then informs her that they are all alone. Nikki tells her that she is tired of her insubordinate attitude.
"And I am tired of yours," Veronica responds. "And I don't intend to take it any longer. You took him away from me."
"Have you been drinking?" Nikki asks, astonished at the tone Veronica has taken with her.
"Funny, your husband asked me the same thing." Nikki demands that she go upstairs and pack her bags and leave or she would call the police. Veronica tells her flat out that she is not leaving. She is through taking orders from Nikki.
Nikki begins calling out for Miguel, but Veronica only laughs at her, telling her that Miguel is staying overnight in town. It is just you and me, she says. Nikki orders her to leave the ranch, but Veronica tells her she won't leave. "I am his wife," she announces. "You took him from me. You ruined everything for me, but no more. You will never screw up my life again."
A bewildered Nikki doesn't know what she is talking about. She goes to the phone, telling Veronica one more time to leave her home. As Nikki dials the phone, Veronica pulls out the gun and aims it at Nikki. There is a loud crash of thunder mingled with the sound of the gunshot. The camera goes to the phone. It is hanging down from the table. Beneath the dangling phone, Nikki lies face down in a pool of blood.