CASEY looks at the doctor, speechless. The doctor explains that although
Nikki isn't out of the woods yet, her vital signs are stabilizing. This is
the first positive indicator that they have had. Olivia leaves to notify Mr.
Newman. Casey goes to the bedside and says, "Thank you, God."
VICTOR walks to Diane and they embrace. She tells him how glad she is to see
him. She also tells him that she has no regrets about what she did, because
she would do anything for him. Victor tells her that he is deeply indebted
to her and he thanks her from the bottom of his heart. She has proved to him
that she would do anything for him.
Victor tells Diane that he and Nikki are married; he and his children
appreciate what she has done. She offers to make him something to eat, but
he tells her that he will be going back to the hospital soon. The doctors
still don't expect Nikki to last the night.
LYNN enters Paul's office and warns him that Paul is outside. Paul thinks on
it for a minute, then says to send him in and he will deal with him.
Walking in, Danny says that the two of them need to talk. They need to get a
few things straight. Danny suggests that the two of them should leave Chris
alone; give her the space she needs to come to her decision about who she
wants to be with. He suggests that neither should see Chris unless she calls
them. How about it? Danny asks as he stretches his hand out to Paul.
DORIS tells Cassie that her question is a very complicated one. Sharon says
that she would like to answer it for Cassie. "Nick doesn't like me very
much, does he?" Cassie asks.
Sharon begins to explain by reminding Cassie that Nick's mother has been
very sick, but Cassie reminds her that even before that, Nick made her feel
like she was in the way. "You had such a nice family before I came along,"
Cassie says. But you are now a part of that family, Sharon tells her. I love
you very much and as soon as Nick gets to know you, he will love you just as
I do. Doris reminds Cassie that Nick has a big job to do, but Cassie tells
them that Tony always had time for her. "I just don't think that Nicholas
has much use for me," Cassie quietly tells them. "That is what Millie would
say." She tells them she is tired and wants to go to bed.
After Cassie leaves the room, Sharon wonders how she messed things up so
badly. She feels that she is in the position where she has to choose between
her husband and her child. Nick isn't ready for the truth, especially after
what has happened to Nikki. She grabs her coat and rushes out of the house,
telling Doris that she has to clear her head.
VICKI AND NICK are at the caretaker's cottage. Vicki tells Nick that after
what happened at the main house, she would rather crash with him tonight.
They talk about all that happened at the hospital and how incredible their
dad is. Vicki says that at least their mother had some peace. Nick shouts at
her to stop it! Don't eulogize Mom just yet; she is still alive!
Vicki encourages Nick to call Sharon; you need her now, she says. Nick tells
her that he needs to be number-one on her priority list right now, and he
hasn't been there in a long time. Besides, there is that Cassie girl always
getting in the way. Victoria says that he has questions that need to be
answered and if he will not call, then she will.
DORIS answers the phone and when she knows it is Vicki, she tells her how
sorry she is to hear about her mother; she has been praying every day for
her recovery. Vicki tells her that it has been really hard on them,
especially Nick, and she would like to speak to Sharon. Doris explains that
Sharon isn't in at the moment and doesn't know when she will be back. After
hanging up, Nick says, "She wasn't there, was she? But Noah and Cassie was,
right? Why doesn't that surprise me? Nothing about Sharon surprises me any
more. What the hell is going on?"
CHRIS is lying on the couch. She tells Nina that she doesn't know how she is
going to choose between the two men she is in love with.
AT THE HOSPITAL, Jack stops by to see Nikki. Casey tells him about the
wedding; there wasn't a dry eye in the room, she tells him. She then shares
the exciting news that Nikki is beginning to stabilize; for the first time,
there is reason to hope. She leaves Jack to share a private moment with
Nikki. He tells her she now has the best reason in the world to live—her
family. He tells her that he is rooting for her. He tells her he is leaving;
there is someone he needs to see, but he will be back.
AT GINA'S PLACE, Paul and Christine are having wine. Paul tells her that
he misses her and wants her back. "I was a jerk to ask you to move out; it
was foolish and impulsive and I could kick myself for it. Come home where
you belong, Chris. I miss you and want you so bad." She thanks him for his
apology, which was unnecessary, but she can't give him an answer right now.
She is still so confused. She needs a little more time. "At least you didn't
say no," Paul says.
VICTOR paces the apartment. Diane tells him that she is there for him; they
will make it through this together. As Victor embraces her, the phone rings.
It is Olivia calling with the news that there has been a change. She warns
him that it doesn't mean Nikki is out of danger, but there are some positive
signs. He tells her that he will be right there. He tells Diane that there
is a change and he must go to the hospital right away.
Danny stops by Nina's apartment with a large bouquet of yellow roses just
moments after Chris has returned from her date with Paul. He tells her that
he has been thinking about something. He wants to help her make up her mind
and he feels that proximity is the key. He wants her to move in with him!
Chris is stunned and tells him that she can't do that. He reminds her that
he has a spare bedroom. Come on, take a leap, he tells her. "You can't keep
hiding out at Nina's place. You need to acknowledge what you feel for me.
You need to find out if we still have all that fire and chemistry that we
once had." But Chris tells him that she cannot rush into something. "At
least you didn't say no," he responds. "Promise me that you will think about
it." He grabs her and they kiss.
A SHORT TIME after Victor leaves, Jack returns to the penthouse. Diane tells
him about the call Victor just received. Could it meant that Nikki has died?
Jack tells her that he just came from Nikki's room and there is good news.
"According to her doctors, there is cause for hope. Nikki's vital signs are
improving. Nikki just may survive this terrible ordeal. Isn't that great?"
He pulls Diane to him with joy, but Diane doesn't know what to think.
VICTOR arrives back at the hospital. Olivia is about to explain Nikki's
condition when she is paged. Victor goes into the room and Casey explains
that even though Nikki's condition hasn't changed, it is no longer hopeless.
Victor tells Casey that he will not leave Nikki's bedside tonight just in
case something happens. Looking around at the medical equipment and then
down at Nikki, he sits and takes her hand.
Later, Casey returns to find Victor resting his head on the siderail of
Nikki's bed. Nikki begins to stir, then she begins to try to talk in her
sleep. Victor raises his head and calls to her. She awakens as Victor tells
her that he is there. "I am so glad!" she whispers. Victor kisses her
Thursday, April 9, 1998
VICTOR wakes with a start! He is surprised that he has been sleeping. Casey
isn't surprised since he must be exhausted. Victor returns to the bedside
just as Nikki begins to awaken. She sees Victor and tells him that she is
confused. She had the strangest dream. It doesn't make much sense, but the
entire family was there and she had the feeling that there was a wedding.
Then she remembers that it was she and Victor that were marrying and he put
a ring on her finger. She looks down and sees her wedding ring and is even
more confused until Victor explains that she wasn't dreaming. They are
married. She smiles at him and says, "Yes, ‘til death do us part." She
wonders at him making them a real family again.
The door opens and the doctors enter. They have good news. She is being
taken off life support and her condition is being upgraded from critical to
serious. It looks like she has turned the corner. "I am going to live?"
Nikki asks. "I am not going to die?" They tell her to thank "the man
upstairs" for her change.
For a moment, she glances upward, then she looks at Victor. Thank you for
letting me live a while longer, and thank you for bringing Victor back to
me, she says.
JACK is having breakfast with Diane. He is in one of his better moods today.
He tells Diane that the doctors are encouraged by Nikki's improvement. He
comments that Victor didn't think that she would live but she surprised them
all. Now Victor is faced with one hell of a problem; wonder what he will do
now? Diane gets angry at Jack for constantly undermining Victor's motives.
Why can't you accept his compassionate act at face value? She asks. She
tells him that she never wanted Nikki to die, but Jack wonders if she is
trying to convince him or herself. He does admit that Nikki owes her life to
Diane. Diane tells him that she has faith in her husband to come back to
her. And when he does come back, it will be better than ever, especially
after the wonderful news Jack has given them about the vasectomy. She can't
wait until he comes home to give him the fantastic news.
AT THE HOSPITAL, two detectives come to talk to Nikki Landers about the
shooting. The doctor will not let them speak to her yet as she is only now
showing any improvement. They leave their card and are on their way out when
Cole catches up with them. He asks how the investigation is coming. They
tell him that they have found that Sara presented the hiring agency with
false papers. They are at a dead end; she could be out of the state by now.
VERONICA is again in the diner reading the paper when Miguel comes in for
coffee. He walks up to her table and asks to join her. During the
conversation, he tells her that he works at the ranch. It is a great day
because his employer, who was near death, is still alive and doing better.
He tells her that if she had died, the world would have lost the most
charming and gracious person. He finds it difficult to believe that the
housekeeper could have done this terrible thing; she was a quiet young woman
who was fond of both Dr. and Mrs. Landers. But you never know what darkness
lies in someone's soul. Veronica doesn't think there is any darkness in his
soul; not with that smile of his.
MICHAEL calls Legal Aid and gets Christine's answering machine. It gives a
number to call if she isn't in. He calls the number and discovers that it is
Nina's number. He tells Phyllis that it looks like Chris has moved out on
Paul. She isn't surprised; Paul is such a fool. Suddenly she realizes the
implications. She realizes that she is trying to put something together with
her ex-husband. She is trying to get back with Danny! Phyllis goes into a
tirade against Christine. Michael tries to calm her down, but finally gives
up and leaves. All the time he is going out the door, she is screaming at
him for walking out on her.
ASHLEY arrives at the hospital and finds Cole thinking about what the
detectives have told him. They discuss the information, or lack thereof, and
Cole tells her that there is more here than meets the eye and he is going to
find out what it is.
MICHAEL goes to Legal Aid to see Christine. He is there about getting his
law license back, but also wants to offer her his support and sympathy.
Chris tells him that as far as she knows, no one has died. He is speaking of
her marriage, which, when one ends, is just as painful. He tells her that he
likes Paul, but anyone could see during the trial that she and Danny were
bonding again. There is nothing like your first love and if he were in her
shoes, he would go for it again. Chris tells him that he is jumping the gun.
She and Paul are fine except for a few problems, which they are working out.
She asks him to leave. As he leaves, he tells her that no matter who she
chooses, he is always in her corner. If he can be any use to her in any way,
he is just a phone call away.
PHYLLIS enters the living room to find Michael sitting there looking
unhappy. "Well, did you see Prissy Chrissy? And did she welcome you with
open arms?" She tells him that Christine will NEVER help him, but Michael
says that never is a word not found in his vocabulary. He WILL find a way,
with or without her help.
VICTOR is staring out the window of his office and thinking about his
conversation with Diane when he persuaded her to give him the quickie
divorce. There is a knock at the door and he comes back to the present.
Nicholas and Victoria enter, saying that they are here at his request. He
wants to tell them about their mother and talk to them about something else.
He tells them that Nikki is better today and will probably live. He reminds
them that he did this for her so that she would die at peace. Victoria tells
him that is was a wonderful thing for him to do. Now they are a real family.
Mother never stopped loving you, she says, and now they are all back
together. Nick echoes his sisters feelings. Victor is overwhelmed by their
words and can't go on to tell them what else he wanted to talk to them
After the children have gone, Victor sits at his desk staring at some
business papers. When Jack comes into his office, he tells him that he doesn
't remember having an appointment with him. Jack says he just wanted to stop
by and talk. Victor wants to talk to him about something also. He has heard
that Jack has been spending a lot of time with his wife while he was on a
mission of mercy. Jack says he was only offering the lady some support while
Victor was riding in on his white horse to save the poor dying maiden. "Do
you expect me to offer you my gratitude?" Victor asks. "Not from you," Jack
replies. "I guess you have gotten yourself in quite a pickle!" Jack
observes. "You didn't think that Nikki would make it, did you. You thought
you could send her off to the great beyond with a smile on her face then
trot back home to Diane and live happily ever after. So what are you going
to do now?" Victor orders him out of his office and tells him to stop
meddling in his personal life. As Jack starts to leave, he tells Victor that
he doesn't have to meddle; you are doing a wonderful job of that all by
yourself. "But, you didn't answer my question. How are you going to handle
this situation? And, I just realized that Diane is no longer your wife."
Victor reminds him that this situation is only temporary, but Jack says that
Diane is now a free woman—a very free woman and that has created some very
Slowly and deliberately, Victor stands and squares off at Jack. "IF I WERE
YOU, JACK, I WOULD GET OUT OF THIS OFFICE NOW!"
"Just thought I would give you something to think about. Have a nice day!"
Friday, April 10, 1998
JACK is sitting at Victor's desk when Jill walks into the office. She comments that she wonders how he finds to time to work; he is busy these days keeping the present Mrs. Newman company while Victor is taking care of the former Mrs. Newman. After taking care of business, Jack comments on Jill's distracted attitude. She tells him that Keith is pressuring her for an answer to his proposal. Jack advises Jill not to marry Keith; this is no way the Jill he knows would want to spend the rest of her life.
MALCOLM stops by to see Neil, who gives him five minutes by the clock to say what he has come to say. Neil admits that he hasn't heard from Dru and Lily, but didn't expect to hear so soon. Malcolm offers to set Neil up with one of his "cutie-pie" models for a night on the town, but Neil refuses. Malcolm laughs and tells his brother that it was just a test to see if he had forgotten about his marriage. Since he hasn't, he invites Neil to dinner with Olivia, Nate and himself. Neil tells him that it is too hard seeing Malcolm and his happy little family, but he promises to see them soon.
SHARON and her mother are talking. Doris wants her to be honest with her husband, but Sharon says she can't talk to her husband; it is like talking to a brick wall. Doris thinks she doesn't give Nick enough credit. Sharon reminds her mother that Nick doesn't want any other children now, especially a ready-made child. She thinks the best thing is to go away for a while; she isn't talking about running away, she tells Doris, she just wants to take a vacation from her problems.
Cassie is standing behind Sharon. She tells Sharon that if she is having problems with Nick, then maybe they shouldn't go away. She remembers when Sharon and Nick were so happy. Sharon reassures Cassie that none of this is her fault. She goes into the bedroom to take care of Noah.
While Sharon is with the children in the bedroom, Doris gives Nick a call. He warns him that he needs to get over here in a hurry before something happens that he doesn't want to happen.
LYNN observes the her boss is in an exceptional good mood today and wonders if it has anything to do with Chris. Paul says that he is hopeful that things are going to work out soon.
Lynn calls to ask Mary if she would like to have lunch with her. Mary says she doesn't think so; she isn't feeling up to it today. After hanging up, Lynn decides to drop by; Mary didn't sound like herself. Paul tells her that if anything is wrong with his mother, to give him a call.
MARY answers the door and tells Lynn that she isn't ill; she is just feeling a little unwanted and unneeded at the present time. It is just a part of getting older; maybe this is the way it is supposed to be, she tells Lynn.
Lynn returns to work and tries to avoid telling Paul about her visit with Mary, but Paul gets it out of her anyway. Paul becomes concerned about his mother and tells Lynn that he is going to see her himself.
NEIL is having lunch at an outdoor café when Vicki comes in and joins him. She tells him that her mother is doing better. She reminds him of the "date" they made to go out and celebrate her mother's recovery. Neil begins to make excuses, but finally, he tells Vicki that Dru is out of town on a modeling assignment. He then goes on to tell her that they are separated. He wanted what Dru could not give him and she wanted her career more than family. Vicki admits that her marriage is over and her problems were similar, so she knows what he is feeling.
PAUL arrives at his mother's house and tells her that "a little bird" told him that she was down in the dumps. He offers to help, but Mary doesn't want to burden him. She finally admits that she thinks that Paul doesn't want or need her in his life any more. He explains that she is important to him. He was upset with her before, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't need her. Mary tells him that she is feeling a little guilty; she thinks she is the cause of Paul and Christine's separation. Paul tells her that it was he, not her, that made that decision, but he feels that they are about to work that problem out.
Paul wonders if she is as involved with her church group as she used to be. She tells him that she doesn't go there any longer; someone else is the president of the women's club. Paul says it is time she runs for office again and he will be her campaign manager. He then calls Lynn and tells her that he won't be returning to the office today.
SHARON is packing a suitcase when Nick knocks at the door. She puts it behind the couch before letting him in. Nick stands there looking at her so harshly at her that she assumes that something has happened to his mother. "My mother is doing better," he replies. "But, I cannot imagine that is of any interest to you." He goes on to say that Doris called and told him to hurry over. "So, what is about to happen that I will not like."
Sharon explains that they can't communicate any longer; they are on different wavelengths. So she is going away. She needs some time and space to sort things out. "What things?" Nick wants to know. Sharon reminds him that she has asked him to be patient with her, but he has not given her that. So she is going to take her Mom, Noah, and Cassie and go away for a while.
"Take Cassie?" Nick shouts at her. "Why are you going to take Cassie? She is not yours. She belongs to Grace."
"You are wrong; totally wrong!" Sharon tells him. "You could not be more wrong."
"If you have something to say to me, then say it now or I am walking out that door!" Nick tells her.