Sorry everyone, but much thundering and lightening kept me from getting my recaps out in time today. But, here they are, so enjoy!
MICHAEL is dressing for the office when Phyllis begins asking all kinds of questions about the case against Victor Newman. He says he can't get into the specifics of the case, but he can tell her that he has "stirred the pot" so he should be hearing something from Mr. Newman at any time. Phyllis tells him that his confidence is a big turn on for her. She begins kissing him and undressing him. He tries to stop her; he has to get to work. She tells him that it won't matter if he is an hour late getting to work. As they get down hot and heavy, the phone rings and it is Diane wanting to know what to expect today. He tells her that he will be right there.
NICHOLAS nervously enters Victor's office. Victor tells him that he is going over some tedious financial reports, but he can stop for his son. Reluctantly, Nick hands the paper to Victor while telling him that he won't like this.
Victor is completely outraged at what he sees. "What the hell is this?" he shouts. When Nick says that some over-eager reporter was probably digging around for a story, Victor tells him that he is wrong. Only a hand full of people knew about this and he is sure he knows who provided the information.
Just at that moment Jack walks in. He is stopped in his tracks by the evil looks he is getting from Victor and Nick. Since he sees that he has come at a bad time, he excuses himself and starts to leave. However, Victor orders him to stay. Uncomfortable, Nick leaves the office.
Victor tells Jack that he knows how contemptible he is, but he didn't think that even he would stoop this low. When Jack only stands there looking confused, Victor shows him the paper. As Jack looks the paper over, Victor is blasting him for leaking the story to the press. Jack stops him. "When I toss a grenade, Victor, I want the people to know that it was me that threw it," Jack exclaims. He also tells Victor that this isn't Diane's style either, but he can guess where it came from. Besides, all Victor has to do is settle with Diane and there would be no story. Victor rants about how he has already offered Diane a very generous settlement; now he refuses to bow down to someone who is determined to drag him and his family through the mud. Once again he threatens Jack by saying he has ways of paying him back anyone who crosses him; ways that Jack could not even begin to imagine. Jack tells Victor that it is HIS business who he associates with during off hours is his business alone. Victor says he will not tolerate anyone who is disloyal and fraternizes with the enemy. He gives a message to Jack to give to Diane and that lawyer of hers. "You tell them that I am coming after them with everything I have. I will bury that son-of-a-gun. Now get out of here!" After Jack leaves the office, Victor declares, "You want to take me on? I'm ready!"
ASHLEY looks at her engagement ring and she is overcome with emotion. She can't believe that everything is happening so fast, she cries. However, if the wedding is going to happen in three weeks, they have a lot of plans to make. They get started making plans. Cole suggests that they make an announcement in the society section of the newspaper. But before they do, he says he needs to tell Victoria their plans. He wants to do it right away so that they can concentrate only on the wedding.
After speaking with Michael, DIANE shows Marissa the newspaper and tells her that things are going to be getting crazy around there. She says that Marissa may come to regret knocking on her door. After Marissa reads the paper, Diane tells her that if any newspaper reporters call, she should tell them "no comment." If they become insistent, she should refer them to her attorney. Marissa assures her that she can handle that.
TONY calls Sharon who has just put Noah down for a nap. He has changed his mind and now thinks that Sharon had a good idea about sending a message to Grace. As a matter of fact, he feels that they should keep the momentum going and he has a plan. Tell me, Sharon prompts.
OLIVIA comes to Victoria's office to tell her that she has seen Ashley. She warns her that Ashley was on her way to tell Cole that Vicki is still pregnant. She assures Vicki that she didn't say anything; Ashley is a smart girl and she figured it out all by herself. Olivia wonders why Vicki is lying about the pregnancy. Vicki says that she doesn't have to explain herself to anyone, but she does go on to say that she is only waiting until Cole and Ashley are married. She is sure that if she tells Cole before the marriage, he will want to "do the right thing," and she doesn't want him to feel obliged to her in any way. Once they are married, she will tell everyone about the baby. Just at that moment, there is a knock at the door and Cole enters. He tells a stunned Victoria that he has something important to discuss with her NOW. When he sees Olivia, he offers to wait outside until they are finished, but Olivia is ready to leave now. Victoria faces Cole in a panic telling him that she knows she should have come to him with this sooner.
GRACE is still crying as she relives the scene of the day before when she told Nick that she loved him. As the tears stream down her face, she remembers his rejection. Aloud she says that she will never forget what she said and she doubts that Nick will forget either. She is startled when she turns around and finds a solemn Sharon and Tony standing there. Overly serious, they tell her that they need to talk to both her and Nick. Grace looks guilty as she asks what this is all about. Sharon says that this has gone on long enough and they are there to let the two of them know how upset they really are. Just then, Nick comes in and asks what is up. Grace says that Sharon and Tony are upset at them for something. She is surprised and relieved when they announce that the two of them are spending too much time at work and not enough time with the people who love them. Tony has made reservations for them to have a long lunch at Yves; afterward, Sharon wants them to go walking by the lake for the afternoon. Nick says that he can spare the time for lunch, but not for the afternoon at the lake. Sharon is more than happy to settle for lunch.
JACK goes to Michael's office furious about the article in the newspaper. He blasts Michael with both barrels, telling him that he is only out for himself. He says that what Michael did was not in Diane's best interest and he isn't going to sit around and see him drag Diane down with him. He warns him that Victor Newman is going to bring him down because he has pushed too far. Nothing Jack says seems to faze Michael in the least.
AT YVES, Nick and Sharon, Grace and Tony are seated and enjoying drinks. When Tony comments on how quiet Grace is and asks if she is feeling okay, Sharon agrees that Grace is looking a little pale. Grace assures them that she is okay; her head is still back at the office with the load of work on her desk. Grace tells her that she should get with the program; this is pleasure and she will be back at work soon enough. Sharon makes a show of kissing Nicholas intimately; following her example, Grace begins to kiss Tony. When Nick sees it, he looks a little uncomfortable. Sharon asks about the wedding and tells Grace that Cassie is looking forward to being the flower girl; Nick agrees. Sharon begins to talk about how she appreciates how Nick has changed; he wants to spend all his spare time with her and the kids. This has meant so much to her; she gives Nick another passionate kiss. Nick responds by that he means to fulfill all the promises he made to her; he wants the marriage to work, so she is stuck with him for a lifetime. Tony says that there is still tension between the four of them; Sharon admits that she has let her close friendship with Grace suffer and that she was separated from her husband for a while. But that is all behind them now. Now it is time to get their four-way friendship back on track. Grace excuses her self to go to the ladies room. Sharon asks if anything is wrong, but Grace asks what could possibly be wrong.
COLE and Victoria talk. When Cole is speaking, he assumes that Vicki knows he is talking about the wedding. When Victoria speaks, she assumes that Cole es talking about the pregnancy. Eventually, before Vicki can dig herself in any deeper, she realizes that Cole doesn't know about the baby; he is talking about marrying Ashley. He explains that he didn't want her to read about it in the newspaper. Vicki thanks him for coming to her and telling her in person. She wishes him and Ashley a good marriage. Cole asks if she is okay and she tells him that she is; she is a big girl now and can take care of herself. After Cole leaves, Vicki gently rubs her stomach and says, "That was your daddy. I'm so sorry little one; I'm sorry that it has to be this way." Tears are streaming down her face as she realizes that she has said goodbye to Cole and their life together.
Friday, July 10, 1998
SHARON drops by Vicki's office after lunch and tells her that she hasn't seen her in such a long time; to rectify that, she invites Vicki to dinner. Vicki looks forward to getting with Sharon for some girl talk, but can't be sure when that will be. She mentions watching Sharon and Nick at the pool party and thinks that Sharon was going out of her way to show how close she and Nick are now. Is it true or was she trying to send a message to someone? When Sharon says that she was sending a message, Vicki learns that it was a message to Grace. She warns Sharon no to let down her guard where Grace Turner is concerned. Sharon assures her that she has it covered.
JACK is still laying into Michael about the article in the paper. Jack is not thrilled with Michael's strategy; he thinks he is going about this the wrong way. Michael says that just because Jack deals with business people on a daily basis doesn't mean that he knows how to handle a delicate legal situation. Jack accuses Michael of only trying to make a name for himself at Diane's expense; he doesn't give a damn if Diane loses. Michael asks how he could "make this name for himself" if he loses the case? He has Diane's best interest at heart all along the way. Michael says that Diane should be glad that he has an ego big enough to take on the great Victor Newman. Jack says that a lot of people have thought that they had Victor Newman right where they wanted him and the graveyards are filled with their tombstones.
VICTOR shows John Silva the article in the paper but John has already seen it. He says that there is no slander for libel involved in the article. He advises him, once again, to settle. When Victor says he could take Michael Baldwin apart with his bare hands, John tells him that he can't blame Michael here. Victor says that no matter how much Michael tries to humiliate or goad him, he is sticking by his guns. John advises Victor to see Diane without any lawyers present and try to settle this once and for all. "Don't bring this to the courtroom, PLEASE!" John says as he is leaving.
GRACE is having a drink at the bar at Yves and fuming about Nick. It wasn't smart to blurt out her feelings to Nick. She doesn't know how she is going to be able to go back to the office and face him. Michael sits down near her and orders a drink for himself and asks what the young lady is drinking. When the bartender tells him she is having the house white wine, Michael pushes it away and orders her the best Chardonnay. "Life is too short to drink the cheap stuff," he tells her. He asks if she is having a lousy day and she tells him that he is right. She wouldn't make good company, she tells him. He says that sometimes talking to a stranger helps to get an objective view of the situation. Grace tells him that she did something really dumb; she told her boss how she really feels about him and he didn't reciprocate. He told her to forget it ever happened, but she can't do that. Michael advises her to do some damage control and play it cool. Cut your loses, he tells her. You don't want to mess up your future with an office romance. You have to look out for yourself; nobody else will. She thinks that he is right and thanks him for the advice. As she is leaving, he gives her his business card.
PHYLLIS has just walked in and wonders who his "little friend" is. Laughing, Michael says that she is a potential client and he is so glad that Phyllis doesn't have a jealous bone in his body. Phyllis says that jealousy is a wasted emotion; it is only for people who can't protect their territory. Michael is in all his glory, bragging about the case for Diane. He thinks that any minute now, the phone will ring and it will be Victor or his attorney wanting to sit down at the table and offer the settlement of the century.
JOHN calls Victor's office and asks if he has given any thought to arranging a meeting with Diane sans lawyers. When Victor says that he thinks he is going to do that, John warns him to put aside his personal feelings for the meeting. "Just who do you think you are talking to?" Victor shouts into the phone. Of course he knows how to put his personal feelings aside; he does it every day in his business dealings. He slams down the phone.
TRICIA and MEGAN are talking; Tricia tells her that she and Ryan are going to elope tonight. Megan doesn't like it that they are eloping and tells her so. They argue and when Ryan arrives, she leaves. Tricia tells Ryan why Megan is so angry and Ryan understands. He promises her that they will have two weddings; they will make it legal today, then when Phillip accepts it, they will have the wedding of her dreams. This makes Tricia happy; all she wants is to be Mrs. Ryan McNeil. Ryan says that he is going to go and talk with her dad, but Tricia doesn't want him to do that. She begs him to just let it be; they can tell her dad after they are married. The doorbell sounds and when Ryan asks who is there, there is no answer. He opens the door and a contrite Megan is standing there. She apologizes to Tricia and tells her that what she did was an immature thing to do. If she will have her, she will be honored to attend her wedding---and she will bring the tissues. "That is what a Maid of Honor is supposed to do," Tricia tells her. Ryan goes to get ready so that they will have time to stop by and get their marriage license on the way to the Justice of the Peace.
NICK is busy at work when Grace comes in and wants to talk to him. He tries to discourage her; he tells her several times that everything is forgotten, but she won't give up. She has to get this off her chest, she says. She doesn't want him to be uncomfortable working with her. He was right, she tells him. She doesn't love him; she was getting her feelings for work confused with her feelings for him. After accepting her apology, Grace leaves the office with new work to do. Just as she leaves the office, Sharon is walking up. Unseen by Grace, Sharon listens as Grace congratulates her self on solving the problem.
MARISSA answers the phone when Victor calls and becomes "nervous" when he announces who he is. She hands the phone to Diane, but Diane tells her to say she isn't in. Marissa says it is too late for that. Diane takes the phone and says hello. Victor asks how she has been; Diane says that things have been rough around there. Victor says that they are rough for him also. He says he would like to have lunch with her and Diane asks if the attorneys will be there. Victor says that he wants to have dinner with her alone in the private dining room. Diane agrees to meet him there. After she hangs up, she starts to call Michael, but changes her mind. Looking into space, she wonders if the reason Victor called was because he wanted to get back together with her. "Could it be? Oh, dear God, could it possibly be?"