Today's recap was submitted by Jill Stanton.
JACK IS ANXIOUSLY awaiting Grace's arrival in his office. He is perturbed she is late but when she does arrive, Grace apologizes, telling him that she is late for court; she was
preparing with Chris for the trial for Cassie. She asks if it bothers him that she is helping the Newmans and Jack says that he is glad that she is helping them. Jack says it was just yesterday that Grace was standing in an empty office about to quit. Grace gives Jack credit for changing her mind about staying with the company. Jack then tells Grace he is about to take her up on her offer to do anything to help.
Nick is speaking with the search team that now has help from Victoria, who they admit is a natural detective. Nick says that if the team can find the very attractive Spanish woman, that he believes she can lead them to his father. Nikki is coming down the stairs and overhears Nick. She asks him why he thinks the woman made an anonymous phone call and what she was up to. Nick admits he wishes he knew. Sharon and Cassie enter the room and prepare to leave for court. Cassie wants Sharon to stay with her, but Sharon explains that she and Nick have to be in court. Cassie begs Nick again not to let the judge take her away from them. Nikki asks for
a hug from Cassie, who is spending the day with her, and Cassie is trembling. Nikki tells her its ok to be scared. Cassie admits that she is scared and runs to Sharon again telling her how much she loves her. Nick assures Cassie that things will be just fine as Miguel comes in to tell Cassie that there's a big surprise for her, a pool party with three of her friends. He tells her that she can help him with a very important project in the kitchen. Nick and Sharon leave the ranch for court.
Back in Jacks office, Jack tells Grace he is building a new company that he feels she could be a major player in. Grace is anxious to leave for the trial, but Jack says go if you want, but you need to grab the "brass ring" while you can. Grace waits to hear what Jack has to offer, and he
tells her he is promoting her to Director of Research and Product Development of the Consumer Division. Grace can't believe it, and tells Jack she has no idea how she will repay him and Brad. Jack says that Brad doesn't know anything about the promotion yet. Grace says she owes Jack so much and that she won't let him down, to which Jack replies to himself, "I know you won't."
In the courtroom, Alice comes in and sits by Michael. She has a lot of anger for Chris, but Michael warns her to keep her emotions under wraps for the sake of appearances with the judge. Alice promises to try to remain under control. Sharon and Nick arrive, questioning Chris about
whether or not she's received the report from the social worker. She tells them that she hasn't.
At Gina's, Nikki is waiting on the cake for Cassie's pool party, telling Gina she hopes it cheers Cassie up. Brad comes in and asks to join Nikki, who says he can suit himself since she is leaving soon anyway. Brad asks her what is bothering her and they banter back and forth about the take-over, etc. She admits she is also worried about the trial. Brad digs for more information and asks if it could be that she is worried about the young, beautiful Spanish woman being part of the reason Victor is not home yet, given Victor's past track record. Nikki admits that it's crossed her mind, but she's sure that that is not the case.
Court is called to order, with the judge stating she is familiar with the case, and is ready to proceed without opening remarks. Michael asks the judge to allow him to put on a witness
out of turn. He calls Ms. Ann Koerner, attorney-at-law, a witness that is, also, a witness for the Newman's. The judge agrees, as does Chris, and Ms. Koerner is sworn in. Michael asks if Ms. K. knew the attorney who handled the adoption proceedings when Cassie was adopted; she replies she did. Later, she took over his practice upon his death. Michael asks if she knew
Alice, to which Ms. K. indicated that she did and that Alice was Raymond Becker's girlfriend. "You didn't like her much, did you?" Michael asks. "In fact, you extremely disliked her, didn't you?"
At Gina's, Diane meets her assistant and tells her that it took her all day yesterday to locate Jack. She says that she was tired of feeling like their relationship is unimportant. Diane says that sometimes she feels that she is planning a wedding but doesn't know if the groom is going to show up. She says that she is going to change things right now, once and for all.
In the courtroom, testimony continues with Ms. K stating upon questioning by Michael that she didn't believe that there was anything inappropriate about the adoption proceedings. However, she says that after Alice and Becker broke up, she went to check the background of the procedure and the documents, which were on microfiche, and found them missing. At this point she is Michael's witness to avoid attempts, says Michael, of the Newman's trying to show that the adoption wasn't legal. Chris then questions Ms. K. about her impressions of Alice at the
time. Ms. K. states that she had serious reservations concerning the well-being of any child in Alice's care. Alice seemed to be immature and needy and instead of trying to further herself with school or full-time work, she just wanted a child to love her and to fill her own neediness. It seemed to her, that Alice was totally unaware of what it would take to raise and care for a child, and that Alice was not up to the everyday task. Michael loses it and starts to verbally attack Ms. K., screaming at her about her ability to know what Alice was capable of. The judge admonishes him, and calls for a recess.
Diane arrives at Jack's office to again be rebuffed by him and his claims of being too busy to spend time with her. Diane tells him she is tired of not being a top priority and demands they go right then to look for sites for their new home. Jack tells her that regaining the company for his father is the most important thing on his mind right now. Diane asks if that is more important than their relationship. She tells him she can't think of anything else until she feels number one, and wonders aloud what else she doesn't know.
Michael receives a call from Jack informing him that Jack followed through on giving Grace a promotion, without letting on that it was Michael's idea. Michael is pleased and Jack reminds him that he (Michael) owes him one. Chris, Nick and Sharon are uneasy about Grace's testimony; it will be so crucial to the case. Sharon is upset because Grace is late but at that moment Grace arrives and court resumes to find Grace being sworn in.
Friday, June 4, 1999
Grace testifies that trying to find Cassie was just an idea that she acted on because Sharon had just given birth to a premature Noah whom was expected to die. All she wanted to do was share the well being of Sharon's first child, whom she'd given up for adoption several years earlier, and possibly ease the guilt associated with the adoption and the pain of her second child's death. Judge Brainard asks if Grace had given any thought to how it would make the adoptive parents feel and Grace hesitates but honestly answers that she had not. This seems to displease the judge. Michael objects to any information that Grace uses in hearsay statements made by a non-present Millie Johnson. The judge says that she will hear statements Millie made to Grace to establish Millie's state of mind -- not to establish that Alice abandoned Baby Doe. Grace goes on to say that she found Baby Doe well fed but with no playmates. She also tells the judge that she's having trouble referring to Cassie as "Baby Doe" and the judge instructs the court reporter to substitute Baby Doe for any references made to Cassie's identity. Grace tells the court that Millie loved Cassie but she was sick, and Michael again objects to Grace's use of hearsay. Grace quickly adds that Millie told her about her state of ill health and gave Grace permission to take Cassie back to her birth mother. Michael objects again and Grace wonders if he's accusing her of kidnapping and complains that words are being put in her mouth. The judge is not sympathetic and tells Grace that this is normal for court. After several more objections, Michael and Chris come to verbal fisticuffs in front of everyone. The judge informs Michael that if he remained silent during the rest of the plaintiff's direct examination it will be sufficient for her. After Chris finishes with Grace, the judge suggests a recess and Michael asks that the recess be foregone as to not interrupt the energy of testimony. The judge is curt with Michael, telling him that if he wants to maintain energy, he should take a brisk walk during the recess Judge Brainard despite Michael's objection. Thoroughly dressed down, Michael leaves the courtroom during recess.
Outside, Grace jumps on Michael and tells him that she was afraid he was going to object to the dress she was wearing but he explains that this judge is smart and he must maintain the appearance of seeking his client's best interest. He further informs her that it's going to get even worse, which does not thrill Grace. She insists that Cassie's best interest is to remain with Sharon and Nick. Michael assures Grace he's on her side but Grace says that doesn't matter. Either he's on Cassie's side or he's not.
Inside, Chris tells Nick and Sharon that she got all the information they needed from Grace. Sharon asks why Chris didn't ask about how Cassie adjusted to her and the kind of home that she and Nick have provided for Cassie at the ranch. She reminds them that she didn't want to give Michael anything that would open up the pitfalls where Grace is concerned. Nick is positive that Michael is going to go for those pitfalls and Chris tells him that she'll have a chance to smooth things over in redirect.
After the recess, Michael informs Judge Brainard that he has been personally associated with Grace and has given her legal advice on occasion. Chris explodes and demands to know why this wasn't brought to light until now. The judge is also curious of Michael's motives but tells everyone that in the absence of a jury, she will keep an eye on the situation. When he begins his cross examination, Michael twists Grace's words and picks apart her statements about Alice not being present in Cassie's life when she visited the Johnson house in Madison. Did she check Millie's phone records to be sure there were no long distance calls from Alice? Did she look in any closets to see if Alice's clothes were gone? Grace has to admit that she didn't do either of those things and Michael concludes that Grace taking Cassie from Millie and Sharon's subsequent defacto "adoption" of Cassie are the result of good intentions gone bad.
At the search headquarters in New Mexico, Victoria enters and speaks with Cory Mullins. She says that she's spent a rather fruitless day working the area. The terrain is rough, agrees Mullins, stating that Mother Nature often gets exactly what she wants out there. Victoria becomes concerned and asks if he thinks that her father is dead. Mr. Mullins assures that those who have a greater will to survive have a better chance. Victoria points to the map, stating that she had been in sector G-3 today and wonders if she should move over to sector G-4 or move down to sector H-3. Mullins tells her that Nick called and made a connection with the voice on the tape and thinks the owner of the diner knows whose voice is on the tape. At the diner, Mullins approaches Helena, the owner, and tells her that he runs the Newman Rescue Operation. He plays the tape and Victoria watches as Helena tries not to react when she hears Ramona's voice. After Helena denies knowing either of the voices, she asks if "they" had done anything wrong. When Mullins questions her term usage, she tells him not to play tricks with her. Mullins leaves but Victoria stays and talks with Helena, who immediately mentions that Victoria is one of the voices on the phone. "You're not as dumb as you pretend to be," states Victoria. Helena reacts nervously.
Out of coffee in the tack house, Rafael comes to the mainhouse and is welcomed by Miguel. Miguel tells Rafael that Cassie is having a party to distract the events of the day, which Rafael acknowledges having talked to Victoria. Cassie and three of her friends burst into the house but Cassie seems subdued. Rafael introduces himself to Cassie and tells her that he's a "real" artist and he'd like to sketch her because she's such a pretty girl. She hesitates, but when Rafael offers to sketch all her friends as well, the girls get excited and she agrees. Rafael tells them that there is better light by the pool so everyone heads outside.
At Gina's, Nikki tells Brad that she should have known better than to share anything with him because he went straight for the jugular where Victor is concerned. Brad quickly recants his speculation that Victor and this mystery woman are perhaps involved. Gina brings the cake that Nikki ordered bordered with beautiful flowers in bright colors inscribed, "Love You Cassie!" Brad asks about the occasion of the cake but Nikki ignores him. Instead, she leaves and as she's searching for her car keys Nikki tells herself how stupid she was to confide in Brad that she revealed too much. Then she thinks better of it and wonders if she really has said too much. Her eyes widen as she considers the ultimate possibilities. When she finds that her car won't start, she walks back into Gina's and sits down with Brad again. Gina offers to take care of calling the auto club for Nikki. Brad offers to take her home and Nikki accepts.
Victor stumbles into the clinic and the receptionist immediately recognizes Ramona. Victor tells her that Ramona has been poisoned and need immediate help. After Ramona is in a room, the doctor enters and tells Victor that Ramona should be fine but they are checking for kidney and liver damage. The doctor won't release Victor until he's had some liquids and electrolytes, telling Victor that the fastest way is through an IV. Victor allows the doctor to treat him and the nurse inserts the I.V. while he sits vigil over Ramona. When Ramona rouses, she thanks him for getting her to the clinic and he tells her that she showed him the way. When Victor comments on what a wonderful facility the clinic is, Ramona begins to cry because it was Chet that helped her build it. Victor comments that Chet is the kind of person who is either too good or too evil for this world. Ramona says that Victor must be impatient to get back to his family but Victor is concerned about the timing of his return to Genoa City. Victor assures her that she must never blame herself for what happened to Chet. When Ramona mentions that she met Nicholas when she was in town while Victor was being held at the compound, she apologizes because she was too scared of Chet to tell Victor. This information touches Victor and he knows that his family must be so worried. The doctor overhears Ramona call him "Victor" and asks if he is Victor Newman, explaining that there are hundred of people searching for him. Victor begs him not to call the information hotline and the doctor reluctantly agrees.