RICK is waiting for his dad in his dad's office when Ryan comes in. It doesn't take long for Ryan to see that Nick is in a hurry and impatient for Victor to return. He says that he has a hot date tonight with Sharon and if his Dad doesn't return to the office soon, the plans will go right out the window. He can't just leave the report on the desk because there are some things that he has to explain about it so Ryan tells him to give him the oral report and he will fill Victor in. Great! Nick says. He and Sharon don't have that much time for romance any more between family and work.
MICHAEL is smiling smugly to himself when Christine bursts into the room ranting about how he is skirting the edges of ethical behavior with his latest stunt. "Did you even take Victor's feelings into consideration when you put Diane on that show?" Christine asks. Michael says that he did take Victor's feelings into consideration but Victor isn't his client, Diane is. As he takes pride in how he is handling the case, Christine begins to preach to him about his both his treatment of Victor and his ethical behavior. She reminds him that it is almost time that she make another report to the committee about him. When she reminds her that she warned him once before not to take on Victor Newman, Michael gets defensive and says that under all that bluster and all those threats is merely a man. What can he do to me? He tells Chris that he is tired of paying and paying over and over again for his sins. At some point people should be allowed to move on. He wants her to stop being so sanctimonious. "Okay," Christine says, throwing up her hands. "Don't say I didn't warn you and I will be keeping my eye on you and this situation."
SHARON is visiting with Doris; she says that with her busy life, she doesn't get the opportunity to visit as often as she wants. She tells Doris that Cassie has a sleepover after camp today so she and Nick have a date for a romantic evening. Doris offers to baby sit Noah and Sharon is happy to talk her up on her offer. Just then the phone rings. Answering it, Sharon is surprised to hear Cassie on the line.
VICKI and NIKKI cross paths at the ranch. Nikki mentions that she was looking for her daughter earlier but couldn't find her. Vicki says that she was at the tack house talking to Cole. Nikki takes the opportunity to begin another lecture about staying away from Cole. She thinks that Vicki is not over him even though she says that she is and this only proves it. Vicki says that she was only there to thank him for helping Nikki with the Veronica problem. When Nikki won't let it go, Vicki angrily stomps up the stairs to her room.
MALCOLM stops by the office to pick up Olivia for dinner. While she is getting ready to go, she tells him about Dru's call. She admits that she has told Neil about Dru's visit but she can't quite get a read on how it affected him. She can't help but remember that he is divorcing her sister because she wanted a career and now here he is taking up with Victoria Newman who is very much involved in her own career. Malcolm says that he only has two things to say about that. First of all, he reminds her that a lot of Neil's problem was with a wife who lied to him over and over. Olivia agrees, but says that it was only after Neil had put Dru in an impossible position. Second of all, Malcolm says, there is the question of love. Nobody can figure out love no matter how hard they try. They both agree that they will just have to wait and see what happens. As they are on their way out of the office, the phone rings. Ignoring it, Olivia hurries out of the office but a few seconds later comes back in saying that she just can't ignore the phone. Unfortunately, there is a sick doctor and Olivia is needed to make rounds on his patients. She puts her lab coat back on and leaves.
NEIL returns to his office and Joyce gives him all of his messages. He flips through them and finds the one from Vicki. Joyce tells him that she is at home and wants him to call right away. Alone, Neil excitedly dials the number and Vicki picks up. She tells him that she wants to talk to him but not over the phone. She is on her way to his office.
Going downstairs, Vicki tells Nikki that she is sorry for being so snippy earlier. She just wants her to know that she is truly and completely over Cole. She is excited and happy about the direction her life is headed. Now she has to go to see someone, she tells her mother as she leaves.
MICHAEL is alternating between anger and fear as he paces his office. Jack comes in to discuss the outcome of the Leanna Love Show. When Michael says that they have him on the run, Jack warns him not to get too comfortable. Michael says he is tired of people warning him about Victor Newman as if he were the boogie man. He is just a man. Jack tells him that there are a lot of bones baking in the sun from people who thought they could one-over Victor Newman. He is a man used to getting his own way. Michael says that Jack has his own agenda where Victor Newman is concerned; why isn't he afraid. Jack assures him that he is afraid and that is why he is being so careful. As a matter of fact, they should not be seen together again. If he needs to see Michael, he will get in touch and they will meet somewhere out of the way. Michael says that he will help Jack all that he can. Right now, Victor is probably at his angriest and most distracted; this would be a good time to make a move. Jack says that he has to be certain. In the meantime, he wants Michael to keep the pressure on; Victor can't hold out forever.
LEANNA tells Victor that she isn't playing any games with him but neither does he intimidate her. Victor says that her entire show was a lie, a bald-faced lie. Having Diane on the show was just a performance---a performance she is trying to pass off as the truth. Leanna tells him that there is a lot of truths out there; the "truth" that people see can't always be the "truth" that he chooses for them to see. "Welcome to the Information Age, Victor," she says. "More like the "Misinformation Age," Victor corrects her. "You are the perfect example of that." When Leanna says that she is what is happening now, Victor says that all of that can change in the blink of an eye. "I don't have to be afraid of people like you," Leanna confidently tells him. "I know how fickle the public tastes are and I prepared myself a long time ago for that change." Victor tells her that sometimes it is wise to have a little fear; fear is a healthy response. "What can you do to me, Victor?" Leanna asks. "Are you going to break my legs?"
Victor says that it she is going after him to settle some old forgotten score. She saw her opportunity for payback when Michael Baldwin came waltzing in with Diane Jenkins on his arm. Leanna says that that isn't how it happened, but what if it did? Diane had a story to tell and she had the vehicle for her to tell it. "News is whatever people are interested in," she says. "Have you ever heard of email or web pages? We have had a ton of feedback since Diane was on the show. People are taking her side in droves. You are here to blame me, to blame Diane or Michael Baldwin all because your ego will now let you admit that YOU SCREWED UP!"
"That is not what happened!" Victor insists. "You have made this your problem although it is not your problem. For that, you will regret it! Talk show hostesses are a dime a dozen; your success has gone to your head. Your actions are going to come back to haunt you. YOU WILL PAY, YOU MARK MY WORDS!"
VICTORIA is in a great mood when she enters Neil's office. She flirts with him and he flirts right back. He tells her that he has a girl that he cares about; in fact, he is head over heals in love with this girl. He is so in love that he has even asked her to marry him. He guesses that she is there to give him an answer. Instead, she tells him that she wants to take him to dinner. There is a little club that she wants to show him. Neil can't figure out what is going on until she tells him that they are going out to celebrate. "The answer is yes?" He asks. She tells him that he is the gentlest, most kind-hearted man she has ever known and it would be an honor to marry him and spend the rest her life with him.
At the CROW'S NEST, Callie and Rob are talking about advertising. Rob wants to put a larger ad in the paper but Callie is afraid to draw too much attention to herself. If her manager finds her here, it could really mess things up for her. "If that guy shows his face around here, I'll tie his face in a knot!" Rob promises. But Callie says that she can't take that chance no matter how tempting his plans for showcasing her are. Since it is time for her first set, she goes to get ready.
MALCOLM comes into the Crow's Nest and looks around at the crowd. He is about to leave when Rob announces Callie. Turning back, he watches as Callie walks up to the microphone. As she looks out, she sees Malcolm in the audience and her smile grows bigger.
Back in his office, VICTOR stands looking out the window when Nikki calls. She needs to speak to him but not at the office. Victor tells her that he will be home soon. As Jack walks into the office Victor tells him that he was just about to call him. He wants to know if Jack enjoyed himself watching Diane perform on Leanna's show but Jack emphatically tells him that he had nothing to do with that; he doesn't make a habit of biting the hand that feeds him. As a matter of fact, he thinks that Diane went over the line when she went on that show. Victor wonders why he is suddenly on his side and Jack sees that Victor is suspicious. He says that he has never denied that he thinks that Victor handled Diane abominably but what Michael Baldwin is doing is only making the problems worse. Victor agrees; he says that he is going to crush that SOB. "Michael Baldwin undid all the progress that Diane and I were making." Jack says that containing Michael Baldwin is the answer. Victor wonders if Nikki saw the show; maybe that is the reason she called.
JACK returns to his office and tries to get some work done. As he is about to call someone on a bad report, he realizes that there is someone on the line. Who is there, he asks. "Jack," Brad says. "I didn't hear the phone ring. Never mind, I'm at 38,000 feet headed west." Jack tells him to keep flapping his arms and he will find a car waiting for him at the airport. "Come with an open mind and ready to kick butt and your trip will be worthwhile; I guarantee it!" Jack tells him. When Brad makes a crack about getting a guarantee from Jack, Jack tells him that if he isn't interested to turn around right now and head back to spaghetti land now. He then hangs up with a wide grin on his face.
When NICK walks into the house, he is bearing all kinds of gifts for his bride. Sharon comes out and tries to tell him something but he won't let her. He presents her with a dozen red roses and then with a bottle of champagne. She again tries to tell him something but he is too busy telling her his romantic plans for the evening. First, they are going to drink champagne in a hot bubble bath then he is going to cook her a dinner that . . . Just then, a group of young girls go giggling through the house, Cassie in the lead. "Hi Nick!" she shouts as they head into the kitchen. "We're having a slumber party!"
"Sharon?" Nick asks. "I thought this was to be a special night with just you and me."
Friday, August 28, 1998
CHRIS and PAUL are about to go to dinner when Mary calls and asks them to dinner. Paul tries to tell her that tonight isn't a good night, but Mary tells him that she has invited Charlie; she wants them all to get to know each other better. Besides, she has already put the pot roast in the oven and Charlie is looking forward to dinner with them. Reluctantly, Paul agrees.
Paul and Chris arrive with a bottle of wine. Mary isn't pleased but when Paul insists on opening and pouring for everyone, she takes a glass. Paul and Charlie begin to talk baseball while Mary and Chris get ready to serve. During dinner, Paul observes that Mary and Charlie are getting closer and he seems okay with this. Both he and Chris actually have a good time.
After dinner, Charlie has to leave; he has a date with his grandchildren early in the morning. Before long, he returns and says his car won't start; he wants to use the phone but Paul offers to drive him home. Paul and Chris are about to leave but Mary asks Chris to stay a little longer. After the men are gone, Mary asks Chris if she thinks that Paul is okay with her seeing so much of Charlie. She wants an honest answer and Christ tells her honestly that Paul is growing used to the idea and he certainly likes Charlie. Mary says that it isn't serious; she will always love Carl; he was the love of her life!
Mary brings out the photo album and begins showing pictures of Carl and reminiscing. When she gets up to go start on the dishes, Chris remembers the man at the airport and slips one of the pictures out of the album and puts it into her purse.
NEIL is all smiles as he realizes that Vicki has accepted his proposal. He has to call Mal and Olivia and give them the good news, but when he calls, he finds out that Mal is out and Olivia is working. He asks if she would like to share the good news with her parents but she says that she would like to to that in person. They agree that Neil will accompany her when she tells her parents. Right now, they have a celebration to start!
NICHOLAS is not a happy man. As a matter of fact, he is looking angry when Sharon comes into the bedroom. She knows he is disappointed. "Why would I be disappointed?" Nick asks. "Just because I have five little girls in my kitchen?" Sharon understands but what could she do when Caitlin's mother became ill and she saw the disappointment on their little faces? As they kiss, the girls rush back into the living room with a Spice Girl's movie to watch. Holding hands and giving each other longing looks, Sharon and Nick suffer through the movie and the giggling girls. When the movie is over, Sharon tells them that it is time to gather up their sleeping bags and go to the tent for bedtime. Once again, Nick and Sharon get down to business; she is sitting on his lap and they are engaged in some heavy kissing when the girls run screaming back into the house. They are afraid; they heard a noise outside.
Nick is in bed alone punching at the pillows; he is not a happy camper and he is even a little angry. Sharon returns and tells him that all the little girls are asleep; putting on the outside light did the trick. Now she is his alone. As they begin to make love, Noah begins to cry (I thought Doris was going to babysit. Maybe she didn't because she knew the girls were coming to Sharon's house). Nick wants her to let Noah cry himself back to sleep, but Sharon can't bear to hear him crying, so she goes to see about him. "What about my time with you, Sharon?" Nick asks after Sharon leaves the room.
GRACE has invited Tony to Gina's as a way of making up to him for their earlier argument. Tony isn't buying her apology; he tells her that he is really ticked off and wonders if she really wants to marry him. Grace uses her body to convince him that he is the love of her life. She kisses him seductively then tells him that she has a little more work to do and then she will come home and finish what she started.
Back at the office, Grace goes to see Jack for some feedback on her proposals. Jack tells her that she is doing a very fine job. He tells her that he thinks that she should go on the trip with Nick. Grace hesitates; isn't she needed to hold down the office while Nick is away? Jack says that he will talk to Nick, but he thinks that the company will survive without them for a while. Leaving the office, Grace looks like the cat that swallowed the canary.
Seeing MALCOLM in the audience, CALLIE quickly changes the song that she wants to sing then dedicates it to anyone who has ever suffered a broken heart. As she sings "In My Solitude," Malcolm can't take his eyes off of her; he eventually walks over and takes as seat at the bar. Rob watches him watching Callie. After the song, Callie goes backstage after one last look in Malcolm's direction. Malcolm gets up and is about to leave when Neil and Victoria walk in. They tell Malcolm the good news and he congratulates them. They want him to stay and help them celebrate but Malcolm says that he has to leave.
JACK is in the park. Using his cell phone, he calls Jennifer and tells her to call him on the cell phone in thirty minutes; he cautions that she should keep this just between them. As he takes a seat on the park bench, Bradley arrives. Brad wants to get straight to business, but Jack talks in circles. Finally, Brad tells him to get to the point of this meeting or he is leaving. Jack tells him that there was nothing but positive responses to Diane's interview on the Leanna Love Show. Bradley mentions that only unimportant people watch that kind of television but Jack goes on to tell him that they are getting the same response on the company web site. At the company web site, 100% of the email is solidly behind Diane and against Victor. This is not your ordinary people; this is the heads of industry who are supporting Diane. Victor Newman's life is a royal mess and he is totally out of touch with the business. This problem isn't going anywhere any time soon. "Old Victor isn't minding the store," Jack says with a meaningful look. "This is a fact that I thought you would appreciate as much as I do." Bradley says that he might be interested if Jack could cough up a few more details, like, what he wants and how he, Brad, fits into this plan. When Jack begins to hem-haw around again, Brad gives him 10 seconds to start talking or he is leaving. As Jack begins to talk seriously, the phone interrupts. Shouting at Jennifer that he told her not to interrupt him, Jack pretends that she is calling with some bad news. Hanging up, he tells Brad that this is an emergency but asks him to meet him here tomorrow at 9 AM.
OLIVIA is in her office when the phone rings. Answering, she is delighted to hear Drucilla's voice over the wires. She hopes that Dru hasn't changed her mind about coming to GC next week, but Dru assure her that she hasn't. Olivia says that this would really be a good time for her to come but she won't say any more. After she hangs up, Dru wonders why this would be a good time?