Directed by Mike Denney
JACK and BRAD talk about how happy the stockholders seem when Brad delivers the strategies that Michael has provided them as requested. When Brad asks about Ashley's support, Jack doesn't jump to say that Ashley will be joining their team, which worries Brad. Jack tells him that he's sure that he can bring her around but this is not what Brad wants to hear. Jack feels that she won't vote against them. Brad morbidly asks if Jack hopes that Victor is dead. Avoiding an answer, Jack says that he just hopes that Victor likes wandering in the desert better than running a company. Brad knowingly says that Victor will be back.
VICTORIA accuses RYAN of only worrying about his position in the company despite the loyalty they've always shared as friends. Ryan admits that he's worried about his job but he remains loyal to the Newmans. When Victor returns, Jack and Brad will be out, Victoria assures Ryan. Ryan tells her that he thinks Victor is going to have quite a battle on his hands. Victoria is tired of being patient and wants to do something. Ryan suddenly has an idea and tells her to trust him. "What choice do I have?" she asks dejectedly.
Ryan greets Brad with feigned surprise and comments that he can't afford to leave town again. In fact, Ryan hopes he's not a casualty of the takeover. Brad looks him squarely in the eye and tells him it all depends on where his loyalty lies.
Stunned by MEGAN'S announcement for a spring break trip with Tony, TRICIA asks her to repeat what she just said. When Tricia begins to lecture Megan on the morality of the situation, Meg tells her that she's a hypocrite and reminds Tricia of her jaunt to Aspen with Ryan. Then Meg realizes that Tricia is comparing Tony to Ryan and Megan tells her that she's sick of her attitude where Tony is concerned. Meg's one final request is that Tricia not tell their father the whole truth -- just that she's gone off with a friend. Tricia agrees and Meg hugs her, saying she'd ask Tricia to wish her a good time but knows that would be futile. When Meg leaves, Tricia is definitely out of sorts.
TONY is finishing up a call to JOE when Meg arrives, bedecked in sunglasses and a new travel outfit. When Tony sees the size of her suitcase he teases her, saying that he thinks that Tricia's inside. Meg admits that Tricia isn't happy with her but she's doing what she wants to do. She tries to explain that Tricia heart is in the right place and Tony can see that -- it's just her mouth that he has trouble with sometimes. Meg and Tony cuddle and Meg suggests that they don't have to go to Florida but Tony says they have to get going so he can stop by the garage and pick up some money from Joe.
ASHLEY looks downcast when COLE joins her in the living room. She tells him that she doesn't want to ever go to bed angry like they did last night. After they kiss and make up, then Ashley discusses her conversation with Jack. Cole gets testy stating that Ashley hasn't heard the facts are they are -- just Jack's presentation. He even tells Ashley that other than Nikki, she knows Victor Newman best of all. Does she think that he deserves this? Ashley tries to tell him that you have to be loyal to family when Jack walks in and suspects something is amiss. The three of them start to discuss the situation and Ashley demands that Jack give her facts so that she can make her decision. She tells him not to sugarcoat anything because she needs answers.
Things are tense in the courtroom when SHARON is testifying. MICHAEL makes several objections, especially when Sharon uses the term "my daughter." Chris mentions that there is some concern to the plaintiff that ALICE only became concerned about "Baby Doe's" whereabouts when she found out that the child was now Victor Newman's granddaughter. Michael further objects. JUDGE JENNINGS tells everyone that they are going to go easy on the semantics of Baby Doe's relationship to each woman due to the personal nature of the situation, but for all intents and purposes, ALICE is "Baby Doe's" mother. The fact that Sharon is the birth mother will have no bearing on his judgment today. The adoption isn't being contested. Chris continues her questioning by having Sharon explain where they live, who is part of the family, and how Cassie has adjusted to living with her. Sharon describes what a lonely, withdrawn little girl Cassie was and how all that has changed, especially how well she and Nicholas get along and how Cassie thinks of him as her father. She testifies that she believed that Cassie's adoptive mother had abandoned her when Grace brought Cassie to her. When Michael cross-examines, he shows records of Cassie's report cards are her elementary school in Madison and tries to contradict the notion that Cassie has been transformed into this magnificent student and child --when in fact, he states, she was already well adjusted with Millie. Sharon gets upset several times and the judge tells her that she must answers Michael's questions, warning her against outbursts. When Michael is finished Sharon sits and Chris tells the judge that they have no more witnesses, meaning that Nick has not appeared and they don't expect him.
When Alice takes the stand, she tells about her rough childhood and the problems that made her leave Cassie with her mother. Even though she states that Millie was not a great mother, Millie and Cassie had a thriving relationship; something in Millie changed when Cassie came to live there. That's why she felt it was safe to leave Cassie with Millie while she got her life together. She admits that she only called sporadically but became concerned when she would call and Millie made continuous excuses for Cassie not to speak with her. Once she came home, she immediately started looking for Cassie. She tells the judge that she and "her husband" want to remodel the garage so that Cassie has her own room and that Millie will continue to stay with the. She introduces Al Fenton as her husband and says that he's here, ready and willing to testify about the loving home they can provide for Cassie. She looks at Sharon as if she's thrown a dagger.