Directed by Heather H. Hill
JACK slams his phone down and announces to MICHAEL and BRAD that VICTOR has
summoned him in his usual totalitarian way. Brad tells Jack to be cautious
and Jack tells him he always is with the "Black Knight." After Jack leaves,
Michael says that he's glad he's not in Jack's shoes because he saw Victor's
initial explosion about the Board seat.
With no secretary to stop her, PHYLLIS wanders into Victor's office. Victor
finds her there and instructs her never to enter his office like this again.
Phyllis wants to know why he never called her back and he curtly tells her
that her services are no longer needed. Neither of them knows that Jack has
arrived and is listening outside Victor's office door. When Victor
summarily dismisses her, Jack ducks into the room behind Connie's desk and
waits for Phyllis to clear the hallway. Jack is furious with Phyllis, but
must take care of the matter at hand. He knocks on Victor's door and
enters. Victor tells him that a settlement has been reached which included
a seat on the Board of Directors at NE. Jack feigns disbelief when Victor
tells him he agreed to it just to get the whole matter resolved. "Did you
know about this?" Victor inquires. Jack lies and tells Victor he knew it
had been on the table at one time or another, but he swears that he knew
nothing about it before now and he had nothing to do with it. He strokes
Victor's ego by telling him he admires what Victor did for Nikki's sake. He
should be making Nikki happy just as soon as he possibly can. Victor tells
Jack that he imagines that Nikki isn't the only happy woman and tells Jack
that he and Diane can move on with their plans. Victor informs Jack that
now that the divorce is behind him, he will be more involved at the company.
Jack tells him that he and Brad are on top of everything, so Victor needn't
hurry. Victor says he knows that they are and as Jack leaves, Victor sits
at his desk, contemplating the conversation he just had with his most hated
DIANE comes to see Jack but finds Brad conducting business in Jack's office.
When Brad tells her that Jack is with Victor, she gets worried because she
knows how mad Victor was about the seat on the Board. She still doesn't
understand why Jack felt it necessary for her to fight for that Board seat,
but it doesn't matter because she has it now. In fact, she's going to The
Lodge to have a drink to celebrate and asks Brad to pass along the message
When Jack returns, Brad asks if he's there to clean out his desk and Jack
tells him that for now, he's still on the payroll. He tells Brad about his
meeting with Victor and they decide that they must now move quickly, since
Victor has made it clear he's coming back to the helm. Jack decides that
they need to meet with all the key people again and use the "smoking gun" in
Victor's computer to bring him down. One little digit, Jack gloats, and
suddenly $20 million worth of credit become $200 million -- and
misallocation of funds will not be taken lightly. They know Victoria will
not be in their corner, but they don't know about Neil or Jill. It's
imperative that Jack and Brad find out where those two stand without tipping
their hands. Jack assures Brad that Ashley will vote with them, although
Brad tells Jack that she has a mind of her own. They expect Victor to go to
Los Angeles and meet with Forrester again, so they must plan their meeting
within that time frame. Brad tells Jack to go and keep Diane happy while he
works on a timetable for the upcoming events.
NICK is astounded that Chris thinks he should move back in despite his and
Sharon's marital problems. Sharon assures him that it's because they need
to keep up appearances for the court's sake. Nick feels that Sharon's
hesitating to heed Chris' advice because she doesn't want Nick to move back
in. Sharon tells him that she just wants to keep Alice away from Cassie.
Nick agrees with Chris and tells Sharon that she should fight for Cassie
legally, but Sharon is so afraid of losing her daughter. If it would help,
Nick offers, he'll bring in his father's lawyers but Sharon feels more
comfortable with Chris. Sharon mentions that there is another option and
Nick tries to get her to promise that she won't just take the children and
run away. She asks Nick when he'll be leaving town and if he'll call her to
say good-bye before he goes. Hopeful, Nick says that he doesn't know when
he's leaving yet, but he'll call if Sharon wants him to. Sharon tells him
that he's got to say good-bye to the kids and Nick realizes that the call is
not for Sharon's sake personally.
NEIL tells VICTORIA that he and OLIVIA need to talk but Olivia's beeper
sends her off to attend to a patient. Victoria cuts to the chase and tells
Neil that she wants to move in with him. Like Ryan, Neil asks if she's seen
Cole recently. Victoria tells him that Cole is with Ashley in Europe having
a wonderful time and they should be having a wonderful time as well. Neil
needs a woman, Victoria says. Neil disappoints her when he tells her that
Malcolm will be moving in with him because of his and Olivia's problems.
Victoria sees that even if Olivia and Malcolm's marriage were perfect, Neil
would still find an excuse for her not to move in. She tells him that they
were so happy before Eve's death but that everything changed for her after
that. She removes her engagement ring and Neil accepts it when she hands it
back to him. He kisses her on the forehead and they embrace. "I'll always
care for you," Neil says softly as Victoria cries in his arms.
While ASHLEY is waiting for COLE in the restaurant of the hotel, RAFAEL
arrives and tells her about the tour that he took Cole on. He suggests that
he keep Cole busy so that when that "American work ethic" kicks in and Cole
will realize that he needs to go home. Then he can get to know his
half-sister better, Rafael suggests. Ashley tells him that they must
replace the reproduction Lady Huddleston has with the original painting that
Rafael has suddenly attached great sentiment to. He finds it amusing when
Ashley tells Rafael he's thrown a "monkey wrench" into their plans. Cole
joins them, attired in the fashion of Madrid, and tells Ashley that he's
going to call Miguel and have his research disk for his book sent to him.
He left it in the tack room and he doesn't want to leave her so soon. He's
decided to work in Madrid. Ashley says that she just doesn't want to see
him in trouble with Steve. Cole isn't worried about that. When Cole leaves
to call Miguel, Ashley tells Rafael there's more to this than saving her
good name and her friendship with Lady Huddleston; she doesn't want any sort
of scandal because it would kill her father to have this all over the
tabloids and newspapers. Rafael reminds her that John is the man she
"calls" her father. Ashley threatens Rafael -- if he values his life, he'll
make sure there is no scandal.
Running a bit late, MEG meets TONY at Crimson Lights for breakfast. She
tells him that she wouldn't have been late if she'd stayed the night with
him and Tony tells her she's living dangerously. She says that he never
knows what tonight may hold but is disappointed when Tony tells her he has
plans. Explaining that he has to work all night on an important customer's
car, Tony realizes that Meg thought he might have had a date with someone
else. Meg wondered if he was seeing Sharon and he tells Meg that Sharon is
a friend in trouble. He did do as she suggested and talked to Nick to get
him involved. Tony's entire demeanor changes and Meg turns to see GRACE as
she gets coffee and sits in a booth. When Meg asks if Tony is all right, he
tells her he was testing the waters to see if he felt anything for Grace,
but all he feels is pity.
Michael comes into Crimson Lights to meet Grace. He compliments her and
tells her that the coffeehouse makes him feel like a kid again, but Grace is
in no mood for chitchat. She is worried about Alice getting custody of
Cassie and Michael tells Grace he's working very hard to see that it doesn't
happen. First they have to meet with her and find out if all she really
wants is money. If there is even the slightest hint that Alice wants Cassie
back, then they will tell her that the deal is off and she can just find
Cassie on her own. Grace just wants the Newmans to sweat blood for how
they've treated her since the Denver incident. Michael gently takes Grace
by the hand and promises to take care of everything. Grace and Michael
happen to see Tony and Michael releases Grace's hand. He tells her the
meeting is over and he'll talk to her later. Grace sits and ponders what
Meg insists that Tony is just dying to go over and talk to Grace but he
assures her that he has no need to talk to Grace when he's got her. Meg
tells him that's the nicest thing he's ever said to her and they share an
intimate little kiss, which Grace just happens to see. Grace shakes her
head, feeling more alone now than ever.
Phyllis is drinking alone at the bar when Diane runs into her. She offers
to buy Phyllis a glass of the finest champagne to celebrate her settlement
with Victor. Phyllis says she'll stick with "the hard stuff" and continues
to drown her woes with alcohol. She mentions that in a short while Diane
will be a very rich woman and Diane tells her that's part of the settlement.
Phyllis gives her a hollow congratulation. Diane tells Phyllis she's
waiting for Jack to join her but while she's waiting, she's going to "powder
her nose." When Jack shows up, Diane is not back from the ladies' room.
Jack asks if Phyllis has seen her and Phyllis tells him that Diane just
left. She takes his hand and assures him that she is available for him.
Phyllis has missed Jack and she knows he's missed her as well. Jack looks
at her with disdain.
Brad is still working out of Jack's office when Victor arrives. He tells
Victor that Jack is out of the office in a meeting, but Victor hasn't come
to see Jack -- he's come to see Brad.
Thursday, February 18, 1999
Directed by Kathryn Foster
JILL discusses her failed efforts to ruffle KATHERINE'S feathers with
SHIRLEY just before Katherine joins them in the living room. Jill mentions
to Katherine that they should fix the cracks around the pool before they
fill it for the season. Katherine informs Jill there are only two cracks
and feels that the moss growing out of them looks distinguished. Not to be
deterred, Jill says that she'll have them fixed herself and bill Katherine
for half. Before going to breakfast, Katherine tells her she hopes Jill has
a good collection agency. Again, Jill is amazed at Katherine's fortitude.
Shortly, ESTHER comes in and admonishes Jill and Shirley for leaving a dirty
breakfast room. When asked if she can load a dishwasher, Shirley infuriates
Esther by answering, "No." Almost issuing an invitation to disaster, Esther
picks up the duster and tells Shirley to dust everything in the living room
except Katherine's desk because there are many valuable items there. Jill
instructs Shirley to do as Esther suggested and Shirley deliberately knocks
off a Greek vase that was given to Katherine by Phillip. Upon surveying the
damage, Katherine holds her temper and tells Esther not to worry because she
still has the sweet words and the memory of Phillip giving the vase to her.
When Katherine leaves to run errands, Esther furiously tells the cohorts
that she hopes they're pleased with themselves and stalks off in a huff.
Shirley can't understand why Katherine and Jill are fighting over a house so
many years after the man they both loved died. Jill tells her that all the
love she had for Phillip has now been transformed into hate. It's much too
late to forgive and Jill refuses to surrender what she fought so hard to win
after all these years.
PHYLLIS seductively greets JACK when he walks into the bar at The Lodge but
he tells her that he's meeting DIANE. Saying that Diane just left, Phyllis
goes on to embellish on how much she's missed him and she wants to hear him
say that he's missed her as well. As Diane is returning from the ladies'
room, she hears Jack viciously explaining to Phyllis how very little she
means to him. A Diane smile as Jack rips out Phyllis' heart and steals her
dignity by telling her that she means nothing to him. Pouring salt in
Phyllis' open wound, Diane suggests that Phyllis join them in toasting
Diane's divorce settlement with Victor. Telling them they both can go to
hell, Phyllis rushes out of the bar. When Diane and Jack sit together, she
bluntly asks when the two of them are getting married. Jack reminds her
that they live in a state with a six-month waiting period and so Diane
proposes to set their wedding six months from the very date of the court
hearing and Jack agrees.
NIKKI bursts into the main house and delivers the good news of the signing of
the divorce settlement to VICTORIA. Showing Victoria her conquests from an
afternoon of shopping, she also tells her daughter that Victor has planned a
romantic getaway for the two of them. Victoria is so inspired that she
tells her mother that she may go someplace warm as well.
Later, a befuddled Katherine arrives at the ranch and MIGUEL wonders if
something is wrong. Katherine tells him that she needs to see Nikki and is
relieved to find that she's home. Nikki is bubbling with the excitement of
the divorce settlement and her romantic holiday so Katherine masks her worry
and disorientation from Nikki. She tells Nikki she only stopped by to tell
her that she was following Nikki's advice and has taken stock of her
priorities. Katherine only wanted to show her good friend that she's doing
just fine now. Nikki's not so sure, but Katherine won't be the one to rain
on Nikki's parade. Telling Nikki that she'll go and allow Nikki to get
ready for the trip, Katherine leaves the ranch with a false smile. However,
as soon as the door shuts behind her, she looks like a lost little girl.
VICTOR surprises BRAD while he's still in Jack's office. It seems ominous
as Victor closes the door behind him but all he wants is a report on Jack.
Brad informs Victor that he and Jack are working closely together so he'd
know if Jack were up to something. Victor says that he's signed a
settlement with Diane and now intends to take Nikki on a holiday for about a
week to ten days. Brad is surprised that it's not going to be a longer
trip, given the turmoil Victor has been through with the divorce. Victor
tells him that there will be time for an extended vacation later because he
wants to come back to NE and implement some changes -- changes that will
make Brad, but not Jack, a happy man.
Later, Victor is basking in the happiness of the moment when Nikki asks if
he thinks now is a good time to be leaving. After all, Nikki says, she's
worried about the children. Victor tells her that Nicholas has practically
pushed them out of his life, asking for no interference, and Victoria seems
to be doing much better. Nikki shares her concern about Katherine and
Victor is touched that Nikki would think of others in their greatest moment
of joy. Whatever concerns Nikki has are pushed to the back of her mind as
she and Victor are caught up in the excitement of their impending excursion.
COLE calls the ranch and speaks to Victoria, telling her the trip is going
well. He wants to write while he waits for Ashley to finish her business
and needs a disk from the tack room. Victoria tells him that instead of
bothering Miguel, she'll be glad to courier the disk to him. She takes down
the pertinent information and after hanging up the phone, tells herself that
her idea to join Cole in Spain now seems to be a bust.
While visiting NE later with intentions to see Jack, Victoria overhears Brad
talking to ASHLEY, who has called from Europe to ask Brad to retrieve some
stock certificates from her private safe in the lab and send them to her
broker. Brad immediately wants to know what's going on, as does a very
Ashley has decided to buy the painting back from Lady Huddleston for $10
million dollars and expects RAFAEL to give her the original. Rafael asks
her if she really expects him to give her the original "La Senora" when he
was willing to risk his own freedom to keep it. Ashley tells him she will
not allow him to play Russian Roulette with John Abbott's life. It would
kill him if the tabloids got wind of what had happened and made the
connection between Ashley and Rafael. She tells him that in every way, John
is her father and she will not hurt him. Cole joins them, his phone call
completed, and asks Rafael to keep him entertained until the disk arrives if
he doesn't mind. Cole wants to see Rafael's studio and leaves to call them
a cab. Ashley warns Rafael not to allow Cole to see the painting and he
promises he will not.
At Rafael's studio, Rafael enters first, takes down "La Senora" from the
wall, and covers it with a cloth. Bringing Cole in, Rafael shows Cole his
unfinished landscape and tells him it exists only in his mind. Cole is
surprised because he pictured Rafael as an abstract artist and is quite
impressed with Rafael's technique. The phone rings and ties up Rafael for
several minutes in which Cole uncovers "La Senora." Rafael sees Cole
looking at the painting when he finishes his phone call but says nothing.
Alone at the estate, Katherine looks at the broken vase and remembers
Phillip's words when he gave it to her. Driven to the point of distraction,
she begins hearing Phillip's voice every time she picks up an object that he
gave her. She looks at herself in the mirror above the liquor decanters and
pours herself a glass, making herself believe that alcohol is the only loyal
friend she's ever had. The light catches the glistening, dangerous liquid
in the glass and Katherine laughs through her tears, amused with it.
"Hello, friend," she fairly giggles as she contemplates a drink.
Friday, February 19
Directed by Mike Denney
NICK comes into the bar at The Lodge and surprises JACK, who expected that Nick would have already left Genoa City for his new work assignment. Nick tells Jack he doesn't know when he's leaving because he has to do something first. Jack says that if Nick doesn't show up at this client's office, Nick will make them both look bad. Nick abruptly tells Jack that he doesn't
know when he's leaving, but when he knows, Jack will be the next to know. "Well I'll be damned," mutters Jack.
Jack is still at the bar when JILL enters some time later and he asks her if she's trolling tonight. Jill ignores the dig and sends one of her own, telling him that it looks like pickings are slim. The couple between them leaves and Jill tells Jack he sure knows how to clear a room. Jack moves
next to Jill and asks her how she feels about the Newman-Forrester deal. Jill has no problem with it and when she finds out that Jack's opposition is Victor's superseding him and Brad, she accuses Jack of having a bruised ego. Jack is surprised because Jill is President of Jabot, but Jill tells him that she doesn't worry about things she can't change. Besides, other things have Jill's attention at the present and Jack knows she's speaking of Katherine. Jill swears that she couldn't adjust to life with Katherine if they were both dead and buried in the same grave. She's done everything to run Katherine off and Jack says that when Jill sets her mind on being unpleasant, she is the unrivaled queen -- which Jill ignores. "I have never in my life seen anyone as stubborn as that woman is!" exclaims Jill. Katherine just keeps hanging on like a bad cold, she complains. Jack suggests that they sell the house, split the profits, and build two houses on the property -- or better yet, cut cards for ownership. Jill scoffs at his joke, telling him that at least she owns 50% of the house now. Another suggestion includes murder and Jill tells Jack he's absurd. Jack smiles and adds that he bets Katherine has.
When PAUL finds CHRIS lounging with a glass of wine after work, he inquires about the lawyers' meeting and she informs him that both Victor and Diane showed up. Paul is intrigued at Michael's ability to pull a NE Board of Directors' seat out of the hat for Diane but Chris feels that Victor was just tired of fighting and conceded the seat so he and Nikki could get on with their lives. A bit worried about his own mother, Paul tells Chris that Mary will see Carl by herself for the first time tomorrow. He knows that she's on her own and there's nothing Paul can do to protect her. Paul fills Chris in on the information he gleaned in Madison. Since Millie is talking,
they believe that Alice has stashed her mother someplace where she won't be able to talk to anyone significant. Feeling that this bit of information may push Sharon to make a decision to file custody for Cassie, Chris leaves to visit her.
VICTORIA still eavesdrops as BRAD virtually begs ASHLEY to tell him what the problem is. Ashley tells him she must take care of this on her own, but she wants him to call when he's sent the stock certificates to her broker. As the conversation comes to a close, Victoria slips out of ---the doorway unseen but reappears moments later, asking Brad if he was on the phone with a client.
Correctly assuming that Victoria overheard his conversation, Brad mentions this to Victoria who denies it, saying she was hoping to see Jack. With no time for Victoria or her questions, Brad suggests she leave a note for Jack and exits himself. Victoria muses that Cole's trip is not going as well as he led her to believe.
Later in her office, Victoria receives a visit from her brother, who tells her about the situation with Sharon and Cassie. She is stunned that Sharon might lose Cassie but she's even more surprised at Nick's reluctance to jump at a chance to move back home. Victoria tells Nick that he's being childish. Whether he wants to admit it or not, he and Sharon both want the same thing -- to be reunited. She advises him not to make Sharon spell it out for him and warns that Nick's pride may be his worst enemy. "Tell me the truth. Don't you want to move back in with your family?" asks Victoria.
In RAFAEL'S studio, COLE and he discuss "La Senora." Rafael shares that the painting has been in his family for generations and is his greatest treasure. It is what inspired him to be a painter. Cole wonders why Rafael would want to cover it and he tells Cole that some things are private. Senor Rivera, Rafael's landlord, knocks on his door and Cole sees Rafael cover the painting. The landlord is demanding the two months back rent that Rafael owes him immediately. Cole leaves so the two men can discuss business. After Cole is gone, Rafael offers Senor Rivera a fine silver bowl in exchange for his debt. Senor Rivera accepts it but wonders how Rafael will pay his future rent. Rafael assures him that he's going to receive a large commission and future rent will not be a problem. When the landlord is gone, Rafael unlocks a desk drawer and takes out a portfolio that contains Ashley and Cole's wedding announcement. After looking at it briefly, he returns the portfolio to its place and re-locks the drawer.
Ashley is impatiently waiting for Brad to call her when Cole returns, bearing news that Rafael seems to having trouble making his rent payments. Rafael's studio is definitely a real life artist's place, according to Cole. He tells Ashley that he didn't get to see much of Rafael's work, but
describes "La Senora" and Ashley's eyes widen with fear. Noticing her pale complexion and stiffened posture, Cole asks her what's wrong.
TONY wonders if SHARON is mad at him because he went to Nicholas about Cassie's situation. She assures him she's not and he asks if Nick going to move back in with them. Sharon sadly tells him that she's not sure because she's rejected Nick for long that she doesn't know if he wants her back. Tony tells Sharon that maybe he needs to have another talk with Nick but she
dissuades him. He's sorry that Nick and Sharon couldn't come to an understanding. Sharon admits that she's scared Nick will let her down and she'll lose her daughter.
When CASSIE returns from a birthday party, Sharon sees how sad she is and
asks if Cassie's all right. At first, Cassie denies any problem but she
soon turns to Sharon will tear-filled eyes and asks if Nick will ever live
with them again. She thinks about Nick a lot. Sharon tells Cassie that
Nick's job has a lot of responsibilities but Cassie questions if they
Nick's responsibility as well. Before Cassie answers a knock at the door,
she tells Sharon that it seems that they aren't a family anymore. Chris
enters when Cassie opens the door and compliments Cassie's new dress.
After Cassie goes upstairs, Chris shares the news Paul discovered about Millie.
She is afraid that Sharon is headed for serious trouble. Sharon asks if
Chris really thinks Alice will be able to find them and Chris tells her
that Alice seems to be going all-out in her search. When Sharon says that
she'd thought of taking the children and simply running, Chris tells her that
authorities would eventually find them because Sharon can't run forever.
All she needs, Chris assures Sharon, is one phone call to get things
Nick enters the house unexpectedly and Chris leaves. Sharon and Nick
at each other awkwardly.
Almost out of control, KATHERINE stares at the glass of liquor, debating
whether to take her first drink in many years. Picking up the entire
decanter, she tells herself that she's fought years to stay away from it,
but she's endured too much pain and constant violation as of late. Jill
chiseled at her sense of well being for so long that she's beginning to doubt
herself. She's become a prisoner in her own home. She starts to hear
Phillip's words again but this time, the words aren't as loving as before.
She remembers when Jill came to be her paid companion and cannot come to
peace with the betrayal she suffered when Phillip fell in love with Jill.
What good did it do to turn her life around if all she has to look forward
to is more of what she's currently enduring? Katherine picks up the glass
of liquid fire and brings it to her lips, but the image of herself in the
mirror unbridles all the anger she's bottled up. "No!" she groans and
throws the glass at her image, shattering the mirror.