#6613, Directed by Sally McDonald
Ryan approached Jack and Brad about his letter of termination from Victoria. Both wanted to know what Ryan wanted them to do about it and told him that he was closely associated with people in the company, namely Neil and Jill, that did not see the takeover as a productive thing. In fact, Ryan was primarily where he was because of the generosity of Victor. Ryan told them that he had worked quite productively and had earned everything he'd been given. Disgusted, Ryan finally said that he shouldn't have to defend himself to anyone, and he'd look into the job offers he'd received in the last several months.
Jack stopped Ryan and said that he could be an asset to the company, and they decided to override Victoria's decision and keep Ryan on the job. Ryan seemed genuinely relieved and said he'd go back to his office immediately and get some work accomplished. Privately, Jack and Brad discussed Ryan's value to their plans, and Brad wondered if the display of loyalty was genuine. Jack commented that if Ryan was in secret allegiance with the Newmans, they'd find out soon enough because he intended to give Ryan just enough rope to hang himself should his loyalty be an act. He'd rue the day he double-crossed them, so Jack intended to keep an eye on Ryan personally.
Ramona offered to hike back into town and get gas for Chet. Then, she could drive Victor away from the compound so no one would know where Chet lived. Chet said he'd think about it but resented that Victor was the kind of rich, greedy man who ruined things for the rest of the world. Ramona commented that Victor was pushing all the wrong buttons with Chet. Changing the subject, Chet wished Ramona would stay longer -- or possibly not leave at all -- but he knew that would never happen because it was her nature to "come and go" as her spirit led her. Chet told her that "this time," she was going to stay a few days extra, and that was all there was to it. Ramona smiled, and they kissed.
Victor was able to get gas out of the fuel line of the truck and save it in a jar. He planned to use it in some way to alert search planes so he'd be rescued. When Chet arrived to check on him, Victor said that he'd discovered a control panel that gave electricity to a fence gate for opening and closing. He knew that Chet was keeping something from him. Chet found that humorous and told Victor to keep busy by trying to discover more about what made the place work. Victor just might decide that he liked the "natural order" of life there.
Alice and Michael met at Yves, and she told him about her visit with Cassie and how her fantasy of how it would go had been dashed by Cassie's non-response to her. She had gotten really upset and had called Sharon in from the main house because she'd thought Cassie might open up more, but in hindsight, it had been a mistake. There were times when Alice had almost blown her top, but she hadn't wanted to give the Newmans ammunition to use against her. Michael told her that she had done a good job, but it was only the first visit, and he advised her not to call Sharon the next time, no matter how bad she perceived the situation to be.
Alice begged Michael to get Cassie back for her. Michael promised to do everything in his power to do just that and said that Alice deserved a second chance. He likened Alice's position to that of a boxing champion on a hill -- because Alice was Cassie's legal mother, she stood on the top of that hill, and the Newmans had a long and difficult climb ahead of them. For the first time during the meal, Alice smiled and told Michael she liked the way he described things to her. Michael genuinely looked sorrowful at Alice's disheartening experience.
After Nick agreed for Al to stay, Al walked around the house, looking at the nice furnishings of the home, commenting that it had to be nice to have all the money a person could need. Nick told him to go if he was there to bellyache. Al finally told Nick that he would take Nick to Millie for the sum of $25,000. At first, Nick balked at the idea, but Al reminded him that Millie could push the edge of the envelope in their custody battle. Nick asked Al to let him talk it over with Sharon, but he was sure they could arrange an agreement. Nick then ordered Al out of the house, and the security guard escorted Al off the property.
Raymond Becker's old law partner, Ann Corriner, went to see Paul while Christine was there. Ms. Corriner mistook Christine for Alice's lawyer, but Christine told her Cassie and Sharon's story and that she needed any information Ms. Corriner could give but reminded her it was not a deposition. Ms. Corriner affirmed that Cassie's adoption was legal -- she had looked over the papers herself because she thought Alice was such an abominable person. She couldn't believe that Alice was still the legal mother, but Christine explained that the biological mother had been hesitant to file papers, so they were up against a much-determined Alice, who had a cutthroat lawyer. Ms. Corriner couldn't give her any more information but agreed to testify if she were needed. Christine said she'd be in contact.
A despondent Mary was straightening the items on the mantel and sighed, "Oh Carl," when she happened across his picture. Paul stopped by to check on her and told her that she didn't have to hide from him the hurt he knew she felt. Mary admitted that she'd had a rough time since Carl had gone back to Norfolk, but he was living as "Jim Bradley." Paul asked about Charlie, and Mary admitted that Charlie had called a number of times, but she couldn't give him what he wanted or needed. Paul left, and awhile later, the doorbell rang as Mary was returning from upstairs. To her astonishment, she found Ruth standing on her doorstep and immediately asked Ruth if something had happened to Carl.