At the main house, Sharon and Nick are waiting for the visit to be over. Nikki comes in and wonders what they are doing there and whose "wreck" is parked in front of their house. They explain about Alice's visitation with Cassie. She is outraged that the judge would allow that woman to be with Cassie alone; at least there should be some neutral person there for Cassie's sake.
Meantime, down at the cottage, Alice begins using the Cindy doll to help trigger Cassie's memory. But all Cassie remembers is that Alice yelled a lot and she had to be quiet because Alice slept during the day. Alice pleads with Cassie; she reminds her that she never hurt her. Cassie says that she is sorry. She knows that Alice wants her to like her but she wants her mommy. As she continues to plead with Alice to allow her to call her mommy, Alice finally gives in and tells her to make the call.
Sharon asks if Cassie is okay and she says that she is. She says that Alice wants to talk to her.
Alice tells Sharon that she needs to come back to the house. Sharon is worried but says she and Nick will be right there. Alice says she would rather only she came. Sharon rushes out of the house. Nick begins to tell Nikki that he has did all that he can do and now he feels useless. Nikki tells him that he hasn't done all he can do. He has to fight for his family. She predicts that this problem, this bump in the road, will only make the family stronger.
Sharon enters the house and Cassie rushes into her arms calling, "Mommy!' Alice says she would like to talk to Sharon alone so Sharon sends Cassie upstairs. Alice tells Sharon that she wants to work with her for Cassie's sake. Sharon reminds her that she offered before going up to the main house. Alice says that she wants to do what is best for the child but Sharon says that if that were true, she wouldn't be there. Alice gets angry and tells Sharon to go on back up to the house and let her finish her time with her daughter.
Jack isn't happy with the way things are at the moment; he has Diane at home pulling him one way and Brooke Logan in LA keeping him at arms length. Diane suggests that he ask Ashley and Cole to leave. Since she isn't Diane's biggest fan, they will get along better with some distance between them. Jack says that he can't do that. Diane tells him that she wants half the space over the garage. There is enough room for Cole to do his writing and for her to do her work. As Jack tries to talk her out of it, she says that she won't be treated like a second class citizen; not if they are getting married. She says that this is a small request and she expects him to support her. During this conversation, Cole has come down the stairs and listened. After Diane leaves, he lets his presence be known. He has a very pompous attitude as he laughs at jack for being between a rock and a hard place. He thinks that Jack has out maneuvered himself with this one. He needs Diane's vote but he also needs Ashley's vote. He says that he will not share the garage apartment with Diane so he had better make other arrangements. He says that he is working on a deadline but Jack reminds him that he is always working on a deadline yet he found time to spend months in Spain. And by the way, just what were they doing in Spain all that time. Cole tells him that if he wants to know, he should ask his sister. He turns to go and tells Jackie Boy that he doesn't envy his position at all. He is caught between two women who despise each other.
Jack mood has darkened considerably by now but as he opens the door to head out to work, he is surprised to find Mamie Johnson there. He tells her that she is a sight for sore eyes and invites her in. He thought she was off on a cruse with Trent but Mamie says that that turned into a nightmare and she would just as soon not talk about it. She wants to catch up with what is going on with the family. Jack fills her in and she is surprised that Diane---THAT Diane---is living at the house. She mentions the animosity between Diane and Ashley and Jack says that he is hoping that they will sign a peace treaty. He wonders what Mamie has planned for the future. When Mamie says that she hasn't any plans at the moment. Jack invites her to stay with them since she is like a member of the family. Mamie agrees saying that may be the right thing for right now.
Diane meets Marissa for lunch and they talk about moving the office to the Abbott home. She tells Marissa that although she won't have an ally there, she is not going to allow Ashley to dictate to her. She assures Marissa that she will still have her job and she will have her office. This time, Ashley has met her match.
Surprised to see Raphael, Ashley asks how he got there. He tells her that his paintings aren't selling right now but he had a benefactor who paid his plane ticket to GC. Vicki, still grinning impishly, says that he is living in the tack house now; Cole moved out just in time. Rafael think it would be a really good idea if the four of them went out some time and had some fun. Ashley says that she doesn't think the four of them will be hanging out together any time soon. She marches out of the office leaving Rafael amazed at how Cole can have so much influence over these two women. Vicki tells him that she overheard the conversation between him and Ashley back in Madrid and she knows that he has strong feelings for Ashley. Rafael says that Ashley is a married woman but this is a subject that needs to be explored further.
Callie returns to GC and visits Gina. She says that her big gig in Milwaukee was fantastic and she thanks Gina for turning her on to this new manager. Right now, she hasn't any plans but thinks that she might like to sing in Gina's for a while. Gina doesn't think it is a good idea for her to come back and stir things up. Callie says that she is so in love that nothing else matters. Gina warns that she is going down a dead end street.
As Callie is leaving, she sees Neil. She goes over to speak to him but he is very rude to her. Despite the fact that he tells her to beat it, she sits down at his table anyway. He lays into her for coming back to screw up his brother's marriage more than she already has. Callie says that she isn't the problem in Malcolm's life; Olivia is the problem. If she really loved Malcolm, she would be honest with him and trust him. She declares that Olivia doesn't love Malcolm any more and the sooner he figures that out, the better. Neil is disgusted and leaves the table.
Malcolm can't believe what he is hearing. Olivia went after this new job and then lied to him about it. Olivia says that she didn't mean it to be a problem but her feelings are tearing her apart. Malcolm says that if she is finally able to admit her guilt then they can work it from there. She says that it isn't guilt that is bringing her here to confess. Then what is it? She says that his "friend" Callie has threatened to tell him if she doesn't. So Callie pushed you to this confession? You wouldn't have told me otherwise? Olivia admits that she wouldn't have told him otherwise. She says that she needed space and Malcolm wouldn't give it to her. He tells her that this isn't fair to him or to Nate. But now, she can have all the space her little heart desires and he walks out.
Friday, April 23, 1999
Tricia is dressed seductively as Ryan prepares to go to work. She invites him back to bed but he says that he has to go to work. While she is seducing him into a "quickie" he gets a phone call from Victoria. She is cryptic as she tells him to meet her at a diner on the other side of town. He says that this isn't a good time but she insists. Later, he shows up angry at being fired and by her of all people. He says that he put his career and family on the line for her and she has sprung this on her. She says that she has been a little distant and short with him and for that she apologizes. Ryan says that if Brad and Jack want him gone, then he is gone since they are totally in charge. Victoria says that she will hire him back if that happens but he tells her that she won't be able to do that.
Olivia walks into Yves with a huge load of patient records. As she sits, she knocks something over from the table and has to be reseated. Everyone around her looks on at her bumbling. Just as she sits, Ashley, who is sitting nearby, sees her and walks over. Olivia tries to get rid of her but she insists on joining her for lunch. She says that she can see that something is wrong so she asks her about it. At first Olivia won't talk about it but eventually she tells her that her marriage is falling apart and she is to blame. Ashley reminds her that it takes two but Olivia says that in this case, that isn't true. She expects that any time now, she and Malcolm will separate. Ashley tells her to have faith in their love.
Malcolm is going over in his mind the announcement by Olivia and he is fuming when Callie walks in. He turns on her and says that it is her fault. Callie says that she didn't do anything but Malcolm says that she threatened Olivia. Did you want to go on in ignorance about what she did? Callie asks. He says that she should have come to him. Callie asks if he would have believed her. Anyway, she says, it was Olivia's place to tell him since it was her secret. Malcolm calms down and says that he guesses it isn't right to kill the messenger but he still wonders what is in this for her. She says that that is up to him. She will do whatever he tells her to do. If he wants her to leave town, she will leave. She would rather stay in town because she likes it here. She likes being able to sing in different clubs in the area instead of being out on the road all the time. If she is going to be a success, she wants to do it slowly. But, just say the word and she will go, she tells Malcolm. Malcolm says that he needs a friend; he wonders if she can be satisfied with just being a friend. She says that if a friend is what he wants and needs, then she will be there for him as a friend.
Tony and Megan stop in a small diner just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She mentions that this is the first road trip she has ever been on since her family always flew to where ever they were going. Tony is sorry that the trip is boring but she says that it isn't boring at all. She tells him that she has always fantasized about driving around the country, stopping when she wanted to and staying as long as she wanted to. This is fantastic! This is also Tony's dream. Tony goes to pay the check while Megan calls Tricia. Tricia is sure that something is wrong and insists that Megan tell her what it is. Megan tries to tell her that nothing is wrong; she is just bummed because the trip had to be cut short. This in turn gives Tricia something else to worry about but Megan says that the car had to be delivered earlier than originally planned. She says that they should be home by tomorrow.
Sharon and Alice discuss the problem with Alice insisting that she is only thinking of Cassie's welfare. When they can't come to a mutual agreement, Alice asks Sharon to leave and let her finish her visit with Cassie. Cassie rushes to Sharon and begs her not to leave. Sharon looks at Alice who tells her to stay. Sharon won't stay unless Alice puts it in writing. Alice reluctantly nods yes. Sharon and Cassie sit beside Alice on the sofa. Cassie remains quiet as Alice begins to make plans with Cassie for when she goes home. She is going to redecorate the room just for her and she would like Cassie to help her. Cassie asks Alice if she can see Millie but Alice says that she has been sick. Cassie says that Millie was sick a lot when she was there. She wants to see Millie but she wants her to come here without Alice. Alice lies and says that after Millie got better she went on a long trip and no one knows how to reach her. Sharon has a hard time hearing this and keeping quiet; you can see her lips press together. Alice sees this reaction and looks more belligerent than guilty. When Alice promises that when Cassie comes home with her, the two of them will go see Millie, Sharon calls an end to the visit.
Jack and Brad continue to worry about the takeover and hope that they can get their ducks in a row before Victor gets back. Neither of them feels that they can completely trust Ryan since he has strong ties to the Newman family. He could be playing one side against the other. Jack says that it is crucial that they get Ashley on their side. Brad doesn't see that happening so far but Jack is sure that she will come around. He says that they need to find out what happened in Madrid. Brad looks guilty but covers very nicely. He wonders what that has to do with the takeover. Jack says that what happened in Madrid may not be important to the takeover but it could be used to get her to their side. Brad is shocked that he wants to blackmail his own sister. Jack doesn't look at it as blackmail; he looks at it as leverage. Their discussion is interrupted by Ryan's appearance. Jack tells him that they are busy but Ryan only wants them to read the letter that he just received. Reading the letter, Jack is surprised that it is from Victoria and she is actually firing Ryan.
Sharon is berating herself for making so many mistakes with Alice and Cassie but Nick is comforting her and telling her that she has handled things just fine. First, Sharon was so upset that she forgot to have Alice sign the permission for her to stay. Now she is probably with her lawyer who will tell the judge that she disobeyed his order. Then she says that it was a mistake to stay because she feels that with her by her side, Cassie feels freer to respond to Alice. Just then, there is a knock at the door and the security guard says that there is a visitor there who is not on the list. Nick tells him that if he isn't on the list to get rid of him. Al pops his head around the corner and tells Nick that he is going to want to hear him out; he is there to help them get Cassie.