Friday, October 22
Jill tries to comfort Kay, telling her that she has lost a son and that won't be easy to get over. Kay on the other hand, is more worried about Mac. She says that Mac is trying not to show her feelings but she senses the pain the girl is feeling inside. Jill says that it isn't possible for Mac to be feeling the same pain as Kay because she never knew Brock. Kay says that she only made things worse by going to look for Brock. Jill says that her intentions were honorable and there was no way she could have predicted what happened to Brock. She should stop punishing herself. She doesn't know how Mac is feeling because of the emotional state that she is in. If Mac is feeling a loss, she will confide in Kay soon and then the two of them can help each other through this loss.
At the Academy, Billy talks with Mac about her feelings at the loss of her father. Mac puts on a brave front saying that she doesn't feel anything because she never knew Brock. He is just another man who died. However, Billy can see through her and asks her to be honest about her feelings. She is. She tells him about how he was her fantasy all of her life and how she always knew that one day he would come back just when she need him the most. Now she has not only lost her father but her fantasy. All her life she built him up in her mind until he as bigger than life. All she had to do was wish hard enough and he would be there. Now that is all over. Billy tells her to look on the bright side, now she doesn't need her fantasy any longer. She has people who care about her. Her grandmother loves her a lot. He wonders if she has told him everything that she feels. Mac admits that she feels hard at Kay for waiting so long to go looking for her father. If she had gone sooner, she would have found him before he showed up at that village to be fired upon. She can't understand why Kay hasn't been in contact with her own son for so long. Billy reminds her that she doesn't know what went on on either side. The class bell rings and Billy asks her if she would like to go home. But she says that she will go to classes. After Billy leaves, Mac thinks for a while then goes to her locker, puts her books up and grabs her coat and leaves the school.
Megan and Tony catch Tricia going through Megan's bag and ask him what he is doing. She says she was only looking for a tissue but Tony doesn't believe her. She asks if he is accusing her of stealing or something. Tony says that she is up to something. Megan reminds him that he needs to go back to work and she walks him to the door. She tells him that sisters go through each other's purses; it is okay. While she is kissing him goodbye, Tricia goes through the purse again and takes the keys. Back at the table, Megan says that she feels like she should be a referee and this proves that they aren't ready for a dinner together. She is ready to go shopping for dinner and Tricia panics because she has Megan's keys. She tries to delay her but without luck. Therefore, she says that she will go with her. While Megan pays her bill, Ryan comes in. Tricia talks him into keeping Megan at the coffeehouse until she gets back. She tells a puzzled Ryan that she is going to get a surprise for Megan.
When Michael announces they don't want unlimited visitation written into the custody agreement, Malcolm goes ballistic. Jumping up, he yells at Olivia about keeping him from Nate. John tries to keep him quiet but he goes on to say that they cannot take Nate away from him. Michael quietly says that there was no formal adoption of Nate. Malcolm says that Michael is trying to screw him. He turns on Olivia and says that her attorney is just trying to find things to cause them to fight. Michael says that this is just part of the law. "You are a joke!" Malcolm shouts. Olivia has never seen Malcolm act this way and she is both frightened by his behavior and puzzled. John grabs Malcolm and pulls him aside, telling him that he is playing right into Baldwin's hands. He reminds Malcolm that this is what he warned him about. He wants him to leave now before it gets worse. He gets ready to leave but before he does, he turns back into the office. "Olivia, I can't believe you! How can you allow this man to manipulate you like this." Turning to Michael he says, "You are brainwashing her, man." John grabs his arm and hustles him out of the office while telling Michael that he will call him about setting up another appointment. After they are alone, Michael asks Olivia if she is okay. She says that she has never seen Malcolm like this before. She begins wondering if there is a chance he will lose it with Nate. Michael says that he will probably never lose control when he is with Nate; probably he will be a perfect role model for her son. However, it is up to her to protect Nate and never let there be a chance of this happening. Olivia says that she didn't want this to get ugly and Michael tells her that they didn't do anything to make it ugly; it was Malcolm who lost control. He promises her that if she is strong and stays the course, she will thank him later.
A restless Vicki paces Victor's office. She stops by the phone and makes a call to the Abbott house, saying she is glad when Cole answers. She says she was just wondering how he was doing. He says he is fine and she goes on to ask him about Ashley and whether things are okay with them. He isn't comfortable talking to her about his marriage. He asks why she called and she says that she just wanted to hear his voice. Without her knowing, Victor has walked into the office and is listening. He hears her ask Cole when she will see him again and wants to be sure that they stay in touch. When she hangs up, she tells her father that she was talking to Cole but she doesn't want to talk to him about it; she wants to talk about something else. He sits behind his desk and tells her to go ahead. She says she wants to know what happened to the evening he had planned with her mother. He says that the evening was a disaster and that is putting it mildly. He tells her what happened saying that when her mother finally showed up she was in a lousy mood. "Couldn't you charm her out of it?" Vicki asked. He says that he tried but she refused to be charmed. Vicki says that there was another reason she was in a bad mood; she got there in time to see him playing hands with another of his ex-wives. He tells her he knows that Nikki saw him with Ashley, but it was completely innocent. Vicki says it wasn't innocent to her mother but Victor says that he doesn't know where this incessant jealousy is going to end. His conversation with Ashley was perfectly innocent and that is the end of the discussion. He then wants to know what is going on with her and her ex-husband. Why was she talking to Cole. She says she was just checking in with him but Victor says that he doesn't believe it. He wants to know the truth; what is going on between them? Why did she bring him to the tack house except to have him near her? Vicki denies anything between them but Victor says she is protesting too much. She finally admits that there is something between them and has been since their baby died. She can't bury her feelings for Cole and he can't either. Victor says she shouldn't be opening up old wounds. He also reminds her that Cole is now married. Vicki asks her father if Ashley seemed like a fulfilled woman loved by her husband. She says that it is too late for Ashley; there is nothing she can do to save her marriage.
Ashley is busy in the board room when John comes in. She says that she stayed at work all night because she couldn't sleep. John sets in on talking about Cole and the way he is treating her. She insists that now is a good time for them to put their marriage back on track. When he says that it is a one-sided arrangement with Cole taking but not giving, she gets angry at him and tells him not to be putting her marriage down. She says that now that the book has been finished, they will have more time to work on the marriage. John says that now that the book is finished, he will be busier than ever with selling the book. She tells him that if all he can do is spread doom and gloom about her marriage, she would rather he just left her alone. He tells her that he will be there for her when she needs it and he feels that she will be needing him soon. He leaves and as Ashley is putting away some papers, she examines a baby picture of Billy. She seems to have made up her mind about something and leaves the board room.
John and Malcolm go to the coffeehouse. Malcolm is still very angry and John tells him that he had better get a grip and try to control himself as he is playing right into Michael's hands. When Malcolm says that he wishes he had knocked Michael's head off, John says that it is statements like that that will cause him to lose the case. Callie comes into the coffeehouse and joins them. They tell her what happened in the lawyers office. She tries to point out the positive to Malcolm saying that Olivia didn't say he couldn't be a father to Nate. But Malcolm is sure that Olivia wants to take Nate away from him and he wasn't going to have it. John says that he didn't hear that at all. He says that if he had been Olivia's lawyer, he would have advised the same thing. He points out that each of the attorneys are doing the best they can for their respective clients but the negations are not at an end. Callie agrees with John. Malcolm accuses them both of being on Olivia's side. He gets up and walks out of the coffee shop.
When Ashley arrives home, Cole is reading the paper. He greets her but she doesn't answer at first. This causes him to think that she is still upset with him, that and the fact that she didn't go to bed all night. He asks if she slept on the couch and she tells him that she went to work. He takes the blame for her staying out especially since he has been staying at the ranch. She says that they still need to celebrate and he says that he would like that but first they need to clear the air. Cole says that they need to talk more and keep the lines of communication open. Ashley says that they have just been going around in circles but she isn't giving up. She says that she feels that they need something to solidify them as a family. Do you have something in mind? Cole asks her. She says that she does. How would he feel about having a baby?
Tricia makes a rush visit to the key makers and asks if he can do a rush job for her. When he says that he can, she hands him Megan's ring of keys and asks him to make a copy. Since she doesn't know which is the one she needs, she tells him to make a copy of all of them. This makes the man suspicious and he wants to back out of doing the job. She says that if he will make the copies, she will pay him double.
Meanwhile, Ryan is boring Megan with office stories trying to keep her there. She finally tells him that she has to go but he again tries to stop her. She asks him if he is trying to keep her there. When he says that he isn't, she doesn't believe him. She notices that he is anxious and uneasy and she accuses him of stalling her to keep her there for some reason. She wants to know what he is up to.
Kay is in tears as she grieves for Brock. "Why can't I get you out of my mind, Brock?" She cries aloud. "Stop torturing yourself, Kay. He is gone. All you have now are your memories." She has a flashback to when Brock wanted to come home. He had been telling her that he had found God and she didn't believe him. As she considers whether to allow him to return, he begins singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic to her. "Mine eyes have seen the glory..." he sings to her. Kay, in the present, slaps her hands over her ears trying to block out the sound. She returns to her flashback and Brock begins preaching to her about how God has forgiven him. He talks about how there is a connection between God and man just as there is a connection between mother and son. Would she deny him the privilege of returning home? He is her flesh and blood, he reminds her. In the present, Kay says, "Now you are with Him. My biggest regret is that I never had the chance to say goodbye." She hears him singing again and realizes that she isn't thinking back in the past. As his voice continues to fill the room, Kay cries out for it to stop. She puts her hands over her ears but it doesn't block out the sounds. She says that she has to go for a walk. Jumping up, she goes to the closet and grabs her coat. As she opens the door, someone is standing there. As she begins to faint, Brock rushes in and grabs her. "Duchess..."