#6576, Directed by Mike Denney
When RAFAEL enters the bar at the hotel, he immediately zeros in on VICTORIA, who is waiting for Cole to join her for drinks. He hears her order a glass of castilla red wine but he recommends the rojo instead. In Spanish, Victoria instructs the waiter to bring a glass for "mi amigo," which Rafael finds flattering. Victoria bruises Rafael's ego when she tells him that it was easier to refer to him as her friend rather than the "rude local hustler" because her Spanish isn't that good. Rafael offers to give her Spanish lessons and refers to her as "la senorita." Victoria tells him she's a more experienced woman than that. Intrigued by this saucy female, Rafael says that he's a painter and he'd love to show her some of his work. In fact, he'll be her personal tour guide but Victoria says she usually just wanders around when she visits a city. Not to be dissuaded, Rafael warns Victoria that it might take her a month to find the wonderful things that Rafael could show her in a day. Victoria tells him that he's really pushing the envelope on the "Latin lover" routine. He smiles and tells her that it's not a routine; it's a fact. Spanish men are old fashioned because they like their women to serve. In return, the men have much to offer their women. Victoria says that American women have a word for men like him. Rafael scoffs at American feminism, assuring Victoria that it is truly a waste.
COLE approaches, surprised to see them together. Even more surprised is Victoria to find that Cole knows Rafael. Rafael formally introduces himself to Victoria as Rafael Delgado, a longtime family friend of the Abbotts. Victoria explains that she is on vacation from her job as President of Brash 'N' Sassy, a division of Jabot Cosmetics, and that she just dropped off a disk to Cole on this leg of her trip. Should she allow Rafael to escort her in Madrid, Victoria asks Cole? Cole vouches for Rafael's expertise as a tour guide. Careful not to disclose that Rafael is Ashley's stepbrother, he explains that Rafael has been helping Ashley settle the business problems she came to oversee. At the mention of Ashley, Victoria probes for more information but Cole maintains that Ashley's business should remain private. Victoria implies that perhaps there is more going on between Ashley and Rafael than just business and Cole reprimands her. Rafael tells Victoria that he'd be honored if she joined them for dinner, insisting she must try the "tapas," tiny tidbits that are delicious. Victoria capitalizes on this opportunity to flirt with Rafael in Cole's presence by asking about Rafael's last name and what it means. Rafael tells her it means "thin" or "skinny" and that he maintains his figure by chasing beautiful women like her. Victoria smiles seductively.
When asked to submit her vote, DIANE tells JACK that she cannot in good faith vote against Victor without hearing his side of the story. Jack says there are things in business that Diane doesn't understand and BRAD interjects that NE could lose millions of dollars in profits. Jack is insistent that they work quickly to countermand the harm that Victor has done. NICK asks for one day to try to locate his father but Brad says that they don't have time. Diane agrees with Nicholas, telling Brad and Jack that she will wait 24 hours to see if Victor can be found because it's the only fair thing to do. When everyone has gone, Jack tells Diane that, despite what Neil and Jill may have her believe, this is not a personal vendetta against Victor; they're just trying to save the company. Diane assures Jack that she won't be in Victor's corner if he's done this on purpose but that she hopes that Jack isn't using her. Jack reminds her that he advised her to seek the Board seat months ago, long before Victor pulled this stunt. Still, Diane thinks that Victor deserves a chance to explain his motives. It's for sure that she won't be sleeping much tonight, Diane vows. When she's gone, Jack rubs his hands over his face and feels that defeat is more than likely imminent for them. Brad enters the Boardroom and starts a tirade on the bad luck of Nicholas' stumbling in and ruining the meeting. Jack certainly didn't foresee Diane opting to give Victor a chance to explain himself, given their history. Brad knows that Victor will cut them down fast. Picking up a picture of John from a side table, Jack laments that they were so close and he just can't allow Victor to win again.
NEIL, JILL, and Nicholas sit at Gina's, all furious at Jack and Brad. Nick tells Neil that he contacted the hotel at which his mother and father are staying, finding that they are out on a day trip but the hotel is trying to track them down. Neil asks if Nick has any idea where Victoria is because she can vote against Jack and Brad. When Nick doesn't know, Jill suggests that Neil contact Ryan. Tired, Jill tells them she's going home but wants an update when they find out further information.
ESTHER is frantic about Katherine, having called the hospital three times and finding no one that fits Katherine's description has been admitted. SHIRLEY listens in the background. Esther wonders if she has seen or heard anything but she tells Esther to get off her back. With that, Esther calls the police and OFFICER PENDLETON is dispatched to the Chancellor/Abbott estate. He talks to Esther, who doesn't want the media alerted to any potential problem because Katherine is such a private person. Shirley enters and Esther implies to Officer Pendleton that she feels that Shirley may be withholding pertinent information. Shirley says that she doesn't care if Katherine stays gone for good. When Jill comes home and finds the police there, she wonders what could be wrong. Jill remarks that she should be so lucky when she finds out that Officer Pendleton is there to take a missing persons report on Katherine. In fact it would make her day -- her life! Esther tearfully says that Jill shouldn't say those kinds of things and Jill wonders if Katherine is drinking again. Officer Pendleton tells Esther to give Katherine a little more time before filing a report and leaves. Esther's silence leads Jill to ask pointedly if Esther really thinks that Katherine's off throwing all her years of sobriety to the wind. Esther continues to evade the subject, stating that if Jill had half a heart, she'd be worried too as she runs out of the living room. Shirley tells Jill she never saw Katherine take a drink and Jill states she never thought it would come to this!
When CALLIE finds GINA humming a tune, Gina tells her that she has some crazy dreams once upon a time, but singing professionally just wasn't in the cards for her. She wants Callie to give career the best shot and Callie tells Gina that she accepts her offer to help. Gina says that she's already called some producers and set up interviews. Callie assures Gina that she's ready to leave and she feels that she must go because Malcolm and Olivia need to live in GC without her presence. Gina tells Callie that she's doing the right thing and they say their good-byes. Callie sees OLIVIA in Gina's but Olivia is rude to her. Callie tells Olivia she's leaving but Olivia says that she's already done the damage now. Callie states that she's not an issue but Olivia disagrees. Callie kept dragging Malcolm into her life wanting to rekindle an old flame. Callie says that Olivia is a fool is she doesn't let Malcolm come home to her and Olivia tells her she hopes Malcolm didn't ask Callie to speak to Olivia on his behalf. Callie says that she does love Malcolm but Malcolm's whole life is about Olivia and making her happy. Olivia does want to see Callie gone. Callie urges Olivia to allow Malcolm to come home before he decided that he does want to. The waiter comes to take Olivia's take-out order but she tells him that she's lost her appetite.
After a picnic lunch packed by the hotel, VICTOR and NIKKI are enjoying their private little island. Nikki wishes they didn't have to return and Victor asks JAMES, their pilot, to radio the hotel and advise them that the Newmans will be staying overnight. However, the radio in the plane isn't working and Victor wonders if they should return. Nikki pleads for them to stay and Victor gives in. When they hear the sound of a boat approaching, Nikki moans and Victor instructs James to tell whomever it is that they do not wish to be disturbed. However, James and the BOAT CAPTAIN approach Victor with an urgent message from Nicholas that reads: "Dad, Extremely critical business crisis; Must come home immediately."