JACK and BRAD are talking about their problems; Jack suggests that Brad needs an assistant and he has the very person in mind. She is smart and cold bloodied but she is in the doghouse with Victor at the moment. Just then, Victor calls and wants to see Jack and Brad. Jack says that Brad is right here and they will both be there momentarily. Jack worries that Victor is having second thoughts about stepping back; maybe he is on to them and their plans, but Brad tells him to stay cool. Jack hints that maybe Brad let something slip; but Brad says that if anything slipped out, it came from Jack. Slapping Jack on the back, Brad suggests to "Twinkle Toes" that they waltz on in to Victor's office and she which one has mud on their shoes.
When the "boys" arrive in Victor's office, he wants to know if they are getting things straightened out between them. Reluctantly, each man tells Victor that they can work with the other for the business. Victor thinks that they are speaking too quickly, but he lets it go. They suggest that he should let the press know the plans and Victor tells them in no uncertain terms that he will know when the right time comes. He and he alone will make that decision, however, he tells Jack that he will be watching over his company carefully from the sidelines. Also, he makes no bones about watching Jack every step of the way. He excuses them. As they leave, Jack allows Brad to precede him through the door, then, without leaving, he closes the door in Brad's face. Turning back to Victor, he says that he wants to discuss something else with him. He suggests that Grace Turner be appointed as Bradley's assistant. Victor points out that if Grace is in that position, she will be privy to all kinds of sensitive information. Jack assures him that he will keep his eye on her and what she sees. Besides, it would be a great way to keep her away from Nicholas. Victor agrees that with Grace in that position, both Jack and Brad could keep an eye on her. "But who will be keeping an eye on you, Jack?" Victor asks.
NIKKI arrives at Sharon's house with a gift for Cassie and a book for Sharon. She remarks that she missed her and the children on Thanksgiving but she realizes that Sharon felt uncomfortable about showing up. She just wants her to know that she is welcome at the Ranch at any time. Sharon looks at the book, When the Honeymoon is Over; can you Save Your Marriage?" Nikki tells her that the author of the book is a therapist who practices right here in Genoa City; she is highly respected, so she has made an appointment for Nick and Sharon to see her. When Sharon looks like she will object, Nikki quickly tells her that with the death of Vicki's baby, she realizes just how fragile life is. It can all be gone in the blink of an eye so we should make the most of every day that we have. She reminds Sharon that the same thing happened in her early marriage to Victor, but they worked through it and now their marriage is stronger than ever. She says that Sharon should learn from mistakes and use them as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sharon agrees that mistakes can be built upon and they can be turned into something positive. She is happy that Nikki was able to work out her problems with Victor but she has to be honest and tell her that she could never have stayed married to Victor Newman. If she had known that Nick would be just like his father, she wouldn't have married him. Nikki looks insulted. She tells Sharon that Nick is just a young man, too young to be burdened with all the responsibilities of a family and all the pressures of work and not be expected to make a mistake now and then. As she leaves, she tells Sharon that if she doesn't keep that appointment and try to work things out, she will be sorry! She tosses the book on the table as she storms out of the house. Looking at the book, Sharon sees that Nicholas has left his gloves. "You've been here!" she says as she picks the gloves up. She grabs her coat and purse and quickly leaves the house.
CARL announces that he is now ready to listen to Paul; he wants to know what the connection is between them. "What is our connection?" Paul shouts. "YOU ARE MY FATHER! I AM YOUR SON!" Carl has a dazed look on his face as he says that he doesn't know Paul. The two are shouting at each other, Carl saying that he isn't Paul's father and Paul shouting that he is. Don't you remember anything? Paul wants to know. He tells him of the maple trees in the front yard, the birdhouses that he made. "What about YOUR WIFE, my mother? She is the woman you were married to for forty years, don't you remember her?" Carl is shaking his head in disbelief. He doesn't know anything about any of what Paul is talking about. He says that he has to get out of the house. Paul tries to stop him but Chris and Ruth pull him away. She tells Paul that the pressure is too much for Jim. Paul is unsympathetic; he begins to question Ruth about her relationship with Jim. Ruth tells Paul and Chris that she and Jim have been together for ten years, ever since she found him almost dead at the side of the road. Suddenly both Chris and Paul are firing questions at her as if this were a real cross-examination. Paul wants to know if she reported finding Carl to the police and when she says that she didn't, he wants to know why not. Why wouldn't she be curious in all these ten years about Carl's past? Finally Ruth admits that she was curious but she didn't question anything about his past for the same reason that she didn't report it to the police. She was afraid that if she reported it, the perpetrators would come back to finish the job and, secondly, she didn't want to know about the life that was so horrible that her Jim could be left along the side of the road near death. Chris suggests that it is time for them to leave. Before they leave, Ruth looks at Chris and tells her that they have been truly happy together. "I warned you, Christine, I begged you to let this go. Now all of our lives are torn apart!"
PHYLLIS is undressing herself for Michael but he reminds her that this is an office. What if some of he partners came in? She walks over to the door and locks it. That is taken care of, she tells him. The ringing of the phone saves Michael. When he answers, he finds Grace calling to whine about her situation. She is still in her empty office just waiting around for someone to finally tell her what is going to happen to her. She says that she can't take this much longer. Michael commiserates with her but reminds her that she can handle anything. He tells her to hang tight and they will talk about it at dinner tonight. When he hangs up, Phyllis isn't happy about what she heard but she tries to pretend that it didn't bother her. She tells him to go ahead and have his little fling; she will be there waiting when he gets over it. She tells him that she loves him so much and that is why she gets a little crazy at times. She is sorry about the kidnapping; she really went overboard there, but she will spend the rest of her life making it up to him. She reminds him that Christine forgave him and what he did to her has to be much worse than anything she could do. He tells her that there is a big difference. Yes, Christine forgave him but no trust was involved. With her, he can't trust her. He can't sleep in the same bed with someone he can't trust. She tells him that one day he will trust her. She gently kisses him and tells him that no one will ever live him the way that she can. She leaves. Out side the door, she begins to button her blouse. "You'll come around, Michael," she says. "And when you do, you will regret the way you have treated me!"
NEIL joins Olivia in Gina's. He is happy that Victoria will be coming home today but his happiness is short lived when Olivia tells him that she doesn't think that it is a good idea for Victoria to move in with him. She thinks that the decision to live together should be postponed until Vicki is more emotionally stable. Neil tells her that whatever Vicki wants to do will be fine with him. He gets up to leave and Olivia can feel his displeasure with her.
Tired of waiting in her empty office to see what is going to happen to her, GRACE goes to see jack and tells him that she is tired of being jerked around. He tells her that he has been busy with her problem. He thinks that he has a solution but since she has already "screwed" up her future here at Newman Enterprises, he has to have her word that she will not mess up again. He isn't ready to take a fall if she is unable to learn from her mistakes. She assures him that she has learned, but she thinks he is more worried about a lawsuit than he is finding her a position. He says that he knows that she is a hard worker and he thinks that she is ideally suited to work with one of their key people. "But, first things first," he says. "Can I count on you to stay away from Nicholas Newman?" Just as Grace tells him that she can stay away from Nick, Brad walks in. Jack tells him that he has been thinking about an assistant for him and he thinks he has the perfect solution. He introduces Grace; Brad says that he does have several people in mind. Grace is disappointed and tells Brad that it is too bad; she would have loved working for him. Jack leaves to let them work it out. Grace says she when she is getting the brush off and starts to leave. Brad calls her back and says that they can start with a clean slate. He has made his share of mistakes and as long as she is smart and dedicated, he doesn't care about her past record. Grace says that she is a dedicated worker. Brad says that he will see her at 8:00 AM in the morning ready for work. He leaves and Grace smiles. "Well, what do you know?" she asks herself.
NEIL shows up at the hospital and tries to be cheerful for Vicki's sake. She wants to go home but she doesn't have anything to wear. He suggests the dress she wore to the service but she doesn't want to wear that and she is surprised that he could be so insensitive. He offers to go out to the ranch to get her some clothes; he even offers to go to the store and buy her something, but she says that she is expecting her mother with some clothes. Just then, Nikki arrives with an overnight bag. Neil goes to check on the paperwork while Vicki changes. As Nikki begins to take the clothes out of the bag, she begins to talk about how wonderful it will be to have her daughter back at the ranch. She says that she and Miguel will enjoy waiting on her hand and foot.
NICK is in his office looking at the picture Cassie drew of her family. He hopes that he hasn't ruined things for his family. Just then, Sharon knocks and comes into the office. He is happy to see her but she tells him that she only stopped by to give him his gloves and to ask him not to "just drop by" from now on. It would be better if he called before coming. She sees the picture on his desk and exclaims that she has been searching all over for this. He says that he is sorry; he saw it there and it reminds him of his family and what he may have lost. Sharon says that she would gladly have given it to him if he had only asked. She tells him that it might be better for her if she took the kids and left the ranch. He begs her not to but she says that she can't take all the pressure that he and his family is subjecting her to. He promises that he will back off and give her some space and he will see that his mother backs off also. He says that he hopes and prays that she will one day forgive him; it would kill him if he lost his family because he screwed up. Sharon is ready to leave when the phone rings. Nick is reminded that he is late for a meeting. She tells him to go ahead; she will make a phone call from his desk and leave.
Sharon calls her mother and tells her that she has one more stop to make and then she will be home. As she hangs up the phone, there is a knock at the door. The door opens and Grace walks in. When she sees Sharon, her mouth hangs open. Sharon is in shock. "I don't believe this!" Sharon says. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?"
"I just stopped by to tell Nick about my new job," Grace tells her.