While KATHERINE scuffles with the two muggers, a young girl comes to her rescue calling out for the "officer" to come quickly. This sends the would-be thieves running and the girl tells Katherine that there is no policeman; she used it as a ruse to scare those people away. She's very worried about Katherine and although Katherine resists, the young girl, MAC, short for Mackenzie she tells Katherine, takes her back to the shelter. At the shelter, Katherine collapses but refuses to see a doctor or go to the hospital. Mac continues to be protective of Katherine. Katherine tells NED and ELLEN that she overheard them discussing whether she was a thief or not. Ned explains that they can't harbor criminals but Katherine assures him her late husband gave the rings he found to her. Afraid that they might call the police, Mac asks them to leave "Kay" alone and suggests they get her some hot soup. When they are alone, Katherine mentions that Mac has now saved her life twice and wonders where Mac's parents are. Mac is defensive so Katherine knowingly suggests that they both respect each other's privacy. Mac smiles and nods. When Mac walks away, Katherine pulls her coat around her and gives a small smile herself.
JACK and DIANE dine at Gina's and Jack welcomes her to the "eye of the storm," meaning that Victor hasn't descended upon them yet. Diane expresses her concern for Jack -- she doesn't want him to turn into another Victor Newman. Jack warns her that when Victor does return things will happen fast and furious and she can't hesitate like she did at the Board meeting. Diane wonders if their marriage hinges upon her voting with him. Jack doesn't answer her directly but states that he won't be the easiest person to live with if her hesitations cause problems in the future. He asks if she's willing to ride this deal together until the wheels fall off and he needs to know now.
NICHOLAS and JILL are up in arms because Victor hasn't returned and there have been no messages from him. PAUL enters the office and Jill senses that he and Nick have something personal to discuss so she excuses herself to talk with Connie. Paul tells Nick that he didn't find Millie when he went to Madison but he believes that she's still alive because Alice alluded to the fact that Millie's condition was improving. Nick wants Paul to go back to Madison and grill Alice and Al until they tell him where Millie is but Paul knows that it would tip their hand. Jill comes back in with no news and they tell Paul what's happening with NE and the fact that Victor seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. Paul offers to contact his friend in international air traffic control. If Victor took a flight anywhere, his friend will know. Nick thanks Paul for his generous offer. Infuriated, Nick states that when his father returns Jack and Brad will pay dearly.
COLE has dashed off several chapters and confidently states, "I've not lost my muse, Victoria!" He calls STEVE CONNELLY in New York and tells him that he's going to send him the chapters so he can show them to Cole's impatient editor. Steven mentions that Traci is in Genoa City handling some company crisis and says that Jack is looking for Ashley. Dryly, Cole tells Steve that Jack is going to have to get in line with his request.
In the hotel bar, RAFAEL drinks his beer and expresses his extreme unhappiness with a stream of words in his native tongue. VICTORIA tells him not to worry but Rafael is embarrassed that his car broke down ten miles outside of town. Victoria tells him they did get to see Cervantes' home and regales him with the wonders she encountered as they rode in the back of a pick up truck in order to make it back to Madrid. Victoria tells him that usually one drink is her limit, but she orders a second round for them both. Rafael thinks that Victoria is an enigma and tells her that he believes she came to Madrid looking for love. He'd like to paint he so that he could get to know her but Victoria sloughs it off. Rafael tells her that his mother had "the gift," referring to seeing into the future, and trying his hand at telling Victoria's fate, he states that the object of her affection is here in Madrid. He playfully points to one, two, three men and then points to Cole, who walks into the bar as if on cue. When he sees them, he joins them but grills Victoria about her plans to leave Madrid, telling her it's best if she goes soon. Victoria and Rafael flirt outrageously in front of Cole. Victoria tells Cole that he should be upstairs writing instead of worrying about her holiday in Spain. She leans across the table and tells him that she remembers the days when the pages used to flow out of him like wine. Standing, she kisses Rafael and tells them both she's going to shower and then book a flight to Genoa City. After she leaves, Rafael suggests that they drink all night but Cole declines, saying he must go back to work. "If you don't live," Rafael warns him. "You have no fire to put in your work!" Rafael even offers to entice Victoria to join them but Cole asks Rafael not to encourage Victoria to stay in Spain. Rafael wonders what secret Cole and Victoria share.
CALLIE calls GINA from Chicago and tells her that she's had several auditions and feels good about them. She's waiting to hear from the producers and she just wanted to thank Gina for making the connections. She loves what she's doing. However, she does ask about Malcolm and Olivia. When she left, Olivia didn't even want him to move back home. Although Gina hasn't seen them, she tells Callie that she knows that Olivia and Malcolm are together. She warns Callie to leave those thoughts behind and concentrate on her future. Gina tearfully tells Callie she misses her and the conversation ends. Callie wonders if what Gina said about Malcolm and Olivia is true -- or if she's just saying it to put her off.
NEIL stops by OLIVIA'S office. He parallels the situations between him and Victoria to the situation between Olivia and Malcolm, saying it's his turn to offer advice now. Olivia asks if she should just pretend because she can't get over the fact that that although she knows that nothing happened between Callie and Malcolm on a physical level, but she knows that he still has a great emotional attachment to her. She doesn't know if she can get past that. Neil urges her not to be so hard on Malcolm. He's a wonderful father for Nate and Malcolm loves her. Olivia's problem has little to do with Malcolm and everything to do with her own fears.
MALCOLM prepares for a photo shoot and Neil drops by for a visit. He asks how things are at home and Malcolm tells him that he and Olivia are fine. Neil suggests that perhaps Olivia isn't as satisfied with their reunion as Malcolm is. Malcolm tells Neil he's wrong and asks if there's some reason Neil wants to cause problems in his marriage. Neil tells him that he's just concerned for the two of them. In fact, Neil believes that Malcolm needs to take a sensitive approach with Olivia. Malcolm bluntly tells Neil that he's a sensitive kind of guy and Neil leaves. At first, Malcolm rolls his eyes at the thought of what Neil said, but then he becomes thoughtful, almost unsure.
A male and a female model are the subjects of a very steamy, sexy photo shoot in an island setting. Malcolm finds that Olivia is standing behind him, watching him work. Malcolm tells the models to take a break. He and Olivia share a seemingly romantic moment but when Malcolm suggests going home for an intimate dinner, Olivia insists they keep their reservations at Gina's and won't be persuaded otherwise. When the models and Malcolm go back to work, Olivia continues to watch. She becomes uncomfortable and imagines that the two models who are holding each other in sensual positions are not the models, but Callie and Malcolm. In her mind, she sees them kiss and then they look at her as if to mock her. The vision leaves her but a single tear trickles down her check. Will she ever be able to forget about the past Callie and Malcolm shared?
Friday, March 19, 1999
Concerned for his father's well being, NICK allows PAUL to check on the international flights that Victor may have taken but to no avail. Paul wonders about private flights but is ominous, telling Nick they'll cross that bridge when they come to it. Nick calls the hotel and although Nikki hasn't checked out he's not able to reach her. His next plan is to call Wally but to do that he needs to go to Victor's office. JILL warns him that Brad and Jack have already set up shop in there so perhaps it's not a good idea if he goes.
In the bar at his hotel in Madrid, COLE drinks alone until VICTORIA joins him. He rudely tells her that she ought to be winging her way out of here by now but Victoria alludes to the fact that Rafael has intrigued her and perhaps she will be staying after all. Cole scoffs that she hardly knows Rafael and Victoria asks bluntly Cole if it really matters that she might be falling for another man. Cole is sullen, implying that Victoria is dreaming. Victoria tells him that despite this "mission of mercy" that Ashley has been on for ages, she thinks there's something else going on between Cole and Ashley. There's a story there; she just doesn't know what it is yet.
At MALCOLM'S studio, the visions of the models turning into the faces of Malcolm and Callie appear again in OLIVIA'S mind. She picks up her beeper and turns it off and then on again so that it appears she has a message from the hospital. Malcolm can tells something is wrong but Olivia promises to meet him at Gina's.
GINA meets Malcolm at the restaurant and asks how things are. He tells her that he and Olivia are back together and things are fine. Gina leaves to answer a phone call and it's CALLIE, in Chicago, stating that she is hopeful that several of the auditions are going to prove fruitful. She thanks Gina and Gina jokes that there'll always be a waitressing job for her but Callie says her days of waiting tables are through if things work out. She just asks that Gina tell Malcolm that things are going well. Gina delivers the message before Olivia arrives late for dinner. She is cool and distant. Malcolm can't seem to start a conversation with her about the models, asking if the girl reminded Olivia of someone. Olivia begins to get angry but then Malcolm mentions the name of one of their former neighbors and Olivia lies, saying she thought so too. Uncomfortable, she tells him she must cover for one of the doctors tonight and wastes no time in getting out of Gina's. Worry engulfs Malcolm's rugged face.
Gina answers another phone call from Callie -- this time, Callie wants Gina to know that a legitimate manager has taken her under contract. She is tearful and tells Gina that she owes this all to her. Gina wishes her the best of luck and gets emotional. When Gina says that Malcolm and Olivia were in earlier tonight and that they are a happy couple again, Callie's demeanor changes, even though Gina cannot see it. Callie's tears are not so much of happiness for her new manager as they are for sadness for a dream that she must finally let go. She tells Gina that she will keep in touch.
Also seated at Gina's are DIANE and JACK. She wonders if they will ever get past the fact that she didn't immediately vote with him in the takeover. Jack tells her that many important issues will be coming up over a short matter of time and he must know that he has her support. She tells him that she is her own woman and can make up her own mind. She loves Jack but she can't just check her conscience or her intelligence at the door when the Board is called into session. She admits that she feels insecure, having entered the Boardroom on the first day in the middle of a war zone. She asks Jack just one thing -- does he love her? Jack tells her that he will show her and cups her face with his hands, kissing her lovingly. He says that he would love to take the matter a whole lot further but duty calls. He'll stop over later at the apartment for a nightcap. Diane stares at her engagement ring after Jack leaves, never having heard the words, "I love you."
MICHAEL and BRAD discuss the fact that Victor has yet to grace them with his presence. Perhaps he's in Los Angeles with the Forresters, shoring up his allegiance there. Jack joins them and tells them that Victor would do just that kind of thing and likens Victor to a snake in the grass ready to strike at a time unknown to his victims. That's why they must anticipate every move that Victor will make on the offensive and be ready with a counter-defensive attack. Jack however doesn't believe that Victor has the clout to overturn their power now that they have involved the minority stockholders. Jack just wishes that Ashley would return from Europe. As if on cue, Jack gets a call from STEVE, Traci's husband and Cole's editor. He passes on the message that Cole hasn't talked to Ashley in awhile himself and seems quite anxious for her to return. Jack asks for a number but unfortunately Cole called him. He does offer to email Cole with an urgent message. After the phone call, Michael agrees with Jack that they have enough reinforcements to make their power stick. Brad still thinks they don't need to rest on their laurels. They must be alert at every moment for an unexpected attack from Victor. He's not going to take this lying down.
RAFAEL has his arms full of groceries when he comes into the studio. As is his ritual, he goes over to "La Senora" but something is wrong. He sees that this is the forgery he painted. ASHLEY (now played by EILEEN DAVIDSON) steps out of the shadows and tells him that she now has the real "La Senora." Rafael begs her to leave the painting with him but Ashley tells him how she had to beg Lady Huddleston to even sell it back to her. Besides, she now has a bill of sale and it makes it their conversation non-negotiable. Two men have come to prepare the painting for shipping to Genoa City where Ashley plans to take it home. Surely Rafael didn't think she was going to pay $10 million dollars and then just give him the painting. Ashley has the men to wait a moment. Rafael searches for leverage and mentions that he would hate to see the scandal concerning John Abbott spread in the tabloids. Ashley raises her voices and declares, "Rafael, give me my life back." Little does either of them know that Victoria is listening from the outside door of the studio, intrigued by what she hears.
NIKKI pouts as she waits in the hotel room for Victor's return. Her masseuse waits for her but Nikki fidgets about like a child. Seeing the call light on the phone blinking she finally gets the message from Nicholas and return the call. However, she is so angry that Victor's "precious business" has ruined their perfect little rendezvous. Nikki won't let Nick get in word in edgewise, although she does manage to give him the information that Victor took a small plane back to the main island in order to catch a commercial flight. Nikki is perturbed that she'd been expecting Victor back by now and he hasn't even arrived in Genoa City. She seethes with anger. Nick apologizes for bothering his mother and hangs up. Paul tells him it's best not to worry Nikki now. In her hotel room, Nikki continues to sulk and even tells the masseuse that she doesn't know if she has a reason to stay on the island anymore.
Now that Paul, Nick, and Jill know that Victor took a shuttle plan to the mail island, and that there were reports of bad weather in the same vacinity of the island where Victor and Nikki were staying, Paul tells Nick that they must be prepared for every conceivable situation. Nick stares into mutely space and mutters that it means that there's a possibility that his father's plane could have very well gone down.