VICTOR arrives home and tells Nikki that Nick is back in town. He also tells her that there are problems in his marriage. Nikki is surprised because they seemed so close on the day she came home from the hospital. Was it all a masquerade? Victor only wanted to spare her unnecessary concern at the time. He admits that he doesn't know what the problem is, but he suspects that it has to do with Nick; he is so damn angry these days. Nikki thinks that as soon as Sharon comes home from her mother's, things will be better, but Victor tells her that Sharon has been with her mother for weeks. Nikki is shocked. Something has to be done. She thinks they have to do something to help them see that what they have is special and they should hang on to it. She doesn't want them to be like she and Victor. She thanks God that he brought Victor back to her; now if the kids can only remember what they had to begin with.
DORIS wonders what Sharon is trying to decide. It has to be something important for her to be pacing so much. It is important, Sharon tells her. She is trying to decide whether to go home or not. A Doris think that she should go home, but Sharon doesn't know if that is what Nick wants; besides, she can't stand another rejection. Doris tells her that she has to reach out; it is her business to be there to greet Nicholas when he comes home. He may be thinking the same thing that Sharon is. She suggests that she leave Cassie here with her while she takes Noah to see his father. Show him you care, Doris tells her. "I've been hurt so many times," Sharon says. "Do I dare put myself in that position again?"
NEIL AND VICTORIA are at dinner talking business. While they talk and unobserved by them, Malcolm and Olivia arrive at the same restaurant and are seated. Malcolm says that for the first time in ages he has his wife to himself. Now she should just sit back, relax and forget the hospital exists. Olivia says she likes to be around when she has patients like Danny, but Malcolm tells her that Danny will be fine tonight; she can see him tomorrow.
NEIL wonders if they should be getting back to the office, but Vicki says that she wrapped everything up before she left. So did I, Neil says.
OLIVIA makes the toast. "To my marvelous amazing husband," she says. Malcolm says she is amazing also. He hopes Neil can meet a fine caring woman like Olivia. Maybe he already has, Olivia suggests. Malcolm wonders if she is talking about Victoria Newman.
VICKI tells Neil that she isn't in a hurry to order. Neil suggests that they dance. They get up and walk out to the dance floor. They begin a slow dance. Vicki rubs his arms and says that this feels so right. They are very close.
MALCOLM says that he wonders what is going on between Neil and Vicki. Neil keeps saying they are only friends and that is all that he will say. He won't tell me anything. Olivia says that Neil has to live his own life. She gets up to go to the ladies room. Malcolm drinks his champagne and looks around. Suddenly he almost chokes on the champagne. "Well, well, well," he says. "You may not be talking, but my eyes tell me you are in a lot deeper than you realize---a whole lot deeper."
CHRISTINE stares openmouthed at Michael. "You!" She gasps. "You are the live donor? I don't believe this!" Michael says that he explicitly left instructions that this was to be an anonymous act. Chris explains that she heard the nurse talking and followed her. She wanted to thank the donor. She asks how he is. Michael says that he is tired and weak, but he will be fine. As Chris stumbles for the door, he thanks her for coming by. Alone, he winces in pain before falling back asleep.
PHYLLIS is sitting by Danny's bed when he wakes up. She greets him and says she has been so worried about him. He asks about Daniel. After she tells him that Daniel is fine, he drifts off to sleep again. She hears the door open. Thinking it is a nurse, she says that he doesn't need to be disturbed right now. She turns and sees that it is Chris. What is wrong? She asks after taking one look at Chris's face. I have just had the shock of a lifetime, Chris tells her. But I'll bet it isn't a shock to you, she harshly accuses. Phyllis doesn't know what she is talking about and finally Chris realizes this. She tells her that Michael is the kidney donor. "It can't be!" Phyllis objects. "Is Michael dead?" Chris tells her that Michael is fine; it was a live donation. "I thought I knew Michael," she admits, "but right now, I don't know what to say."
"I don't believe you!" Phyllis says. "You are so incredibly cold. What Michael has done means nothing to you. You still think Michael is a horrible person. You can't stand it that you could have been wrong, but I think he is one hell of a man. If you are too blind to see it then Michael isn't the problem, you are the problem." Phyllis turns and leaves the room. Chris stands there, confused, and stares at Danny.
PHYLLIS goes directly to Michael's room. She congratulates him for coming up with the perfect plan. This was the perfect grand gesture for getting Christine to think that he has changed. My hat is off to you, she tells him. But, seriously, how will she and her son ever thank him for what he did for Danny? The real payoff will be when Christine admits that she was wrong; she never thought she would live to see that day.
Michael tries to tell her that it wasn't part of a big plan; he really did want to do something for Danny, but Phyllis doesn't believe him. Later, Christine comes back to see Michael. She wants to know how he knew that Danny needed the kidney. He explained about his job at the hospital. He knew when Danny went into distress. He also knew what it would mean to her if he gave one of his kidneys. "You ask me for some sign that I am a different man. Now you have your answer," he tells her. "I have changed." Chris acknowledges that because of him, Danny now has a chance at a normal life. She says that Gina, Danny's sister, will want to come and thank him, but Michael would rather that she didn't. It is enough to know that he has helped. "The bottom line is," Christine says, "that I cannot deny that what you did was incredible." She leaves. As he moves uncomfortably in the bed, he says to himself, "You did it, Michael." He is almost crying.
NIKKI talks with Miguel. She has questions about Veronica. Miguel tells her how he met her. He thinks he is falling in love with her. He says that she is looking for a job. Since they need to replace Sara, he was wondering if she would talk to Mr. Newman about hiring her.
NICK arrives home. He hangs up his bag and begins looking through the mail. "Hey, there, Stranger," he hears. Looking around, he finds Sharon and Noah waiting for him. "Your son and I just wanted to welcome you home." He speaks to Noah and takes him in his arms. He comments that he is growing like a weed. Sharon says he should be growing; he eats all the time.
Later, Sharon walks into the room and Nick asks if the "Little Scrapper" fell asleep. Sharon asks how his trip went. He is excited while he describes the things he was able to accomplish. How did things go here? He asks. She tells him that she missed him. "It is so weird how things got so off track so quickly," Nick says. "One day I had this good life and then life just changed. We have a good life, but it isn't the way I expected it to be." Sharon tells him that things don't always work out the way they are planned. "But this was my dream," Nick says. "All my life I dreamed of going to college then working for my father. I never planned to get married, but I fell in love with you. Then we had Noah. I love Noah, you know I do, but I thought it would be just the two of us for a lot of years." Again Sharon says that things don't always work out according to plan. "Now, out of the blue," Nick goes on, "I have this stepdaughter and my life is complicated."
"I understand what you are saying," Sharon says. "The fact is, you do have a family. You have a beautiful little boy and I have a marvelous little girl. She exists, Nick. If there is to be any future for us, Cassie has to be a part of it. That is the way it has to be. I have to raise my children. When you are ready to become a husband and a father to two children then let me know. I can't believe that there aren't other women out there in my position." Nick says that he thinks that a lot of guys out there would understand where he is coming from. Now is the time for him to grow as a man, to succeed his father. This isn't just a short time commitment. It is a life long commitment. Sharon says that she thought that their marriage was a life long commitment. "It doesn't look promising for our future," Sharon states. "Maybe some day we can find some way to come to and understanding." "Yeah, maybe someday," Nick says. Sharon says that she is hoping and praying that that time comes soon, because she does love him. Nick assures her that he loves her also. He comes over and kisses her tenderly. He then slowly walks out of the house leaving Sharon fighting to control her tears.