Victor arrived at the Ranch at breakfast time, as Nikki was starting her day. She tried to be pleasant, but he made no bones about it -- the only thing that they have in common is their children and she is starting a wayward home for criminals, so there was nothing else to talk about. He had come to meet with Nicholas about their plan to postpone the travel that he would have to make in order to start those new coffee houses.
Nicholas tried to introduce the idea to Sharon by telling her that his father had two exciting projects at Newman Enterprises for him and it would be hard for him to work on the coffee houses if he took both of them. She made it clear that she wanted the coffee houses to be the priority and she didn't mind him being gone from home while he was working on them.
Victor found out from Nicholas that Sharon still needed some convincing to get her to agree to their plan. He paid her a visit and told her more about it. He wanted to "keep it in the family." He asked her if she knew what he was saying and she confirmed that she did -- and she didn't like it one bit. . . .
Jill awoke at Sean's apartment wearing a robe that he left for her, smelling a delicious breakfast in the making. The previous evening had been so special for both of them. She had to run off to a meeting, but wanted to stay to make sure that she didn't have to wait so long the next time. . . .
Alex woke Malcolm from sleep at his studio with his favorite rolls and coffee. They talked again about her childhood -- she said that "Happiness in the Projects was an apartment without roaches." He told her that his photo shoot had a prom theme, which lead to talk of their prom nights. He told about his funny hair do and wanted to exchange pictures, but she wanted to drop the subject right away. Malcolm was very thankful for the breakfast and Alex seemed a little distant when they talked of the past. . . .
During breakfast at the Abbott's, Jack and Billy talked about any reservations that Billy might still have about letting Brittany be in on the summer project. Billy said that he wouldn't have agreed if Mac hadn't, it was Jill he was worried about. Jack had a plan that may work in that arena -- but he wouldn't disclose it quite yet. He sent Billy off to school to be happy -- something that he hadn't been for a very long time.
Mac came downstairs and was greeted by Esther who wanted to congratulate her for the good news and gave her a hug saying that she was part of the family the minute she stepped in the door. When Katherine entered the room and Esther left, Mac confided in her grandmother that she wasn't very happy about watching Brittany on the website all summer and having to stay behind the scenes. She asked Kay if there was any possibility that her mother could get her now -- Kay said that a fuss would postpone things, but not stop the guardianship. Mac reveled at the news and ran off for school. . .
Jill arrived at the estate giving Esther a bad time and starting in on Katherine too. Kay had some papers to show to her -- the guardianship papers. Jill acted like it didn't matter and that the kids would probably break up on their own -- Kay rubbed it in that Jill had no control over the matter for once. Jill was not convinced. Then a call came from Jack -- he wanted to meet with her ASAP in the boardroom. No Questions Asked. . . .
Mac arrived at the computer lab seeing Brittany talking to Billy. Brittany was getting the deaf ear from him as she thanked him again for the chance to work at Jabot for the summer and told him to trust her, she wouldn't do anything to cause problems. Mac bounded into the room with wonderful news. She had decided that she wanted to be more than a stagehand this summer -- she wanted to be a genuine Glo by Jabot kid -- in front of the camera and everything. . . . .
Friday, June 22, 2001
Walnut Grove Academy:
Mac announces to Billy and Brittany that she intends to be on camera for the Glo by Jabot campaign this summer. Britt, clearly annoyed wonders why. Billy questions if it's a good idea, hinting about her mother. She assures him it will be fine. Mac tells them it was Brittany who was responsible for giving her the idea of being on camera. Britt told them that her working for the GLOW house would add drama. Showing Billy and his ex staying friends would be great. That's when she realized: what would make the campaign more interesting than having Billy's new girlfriend joining them?
Jill arrives per Jack's demand. He wants to make sure she stays in line where Billy and Mac are concerned. He reminds her how he promised to pay her back for what she did to him and Phyllis. He tells her he knows all about her and Sean. He wants details and mentions seeing them kiss passionately in her office. She slips that she didn't come home the night before. She asks what he could possibly do to her. He warns her to stay away from Mackenzie. He doesn't buy her new stance to stay out of it. Jill tells him Mac is a non-issue. Billy is too important to risk it over her. He tells her to stay in line or he'll play the "Sean" card, meaning he'll sick Phyllis on her by filling her on the extent of Jill's relationship with him. She's even more vengeful against Jill and the only thing keeping her in check is Jack's wishes.
As per Nick's request, Victor tells Sharon he knows what's best for Nick where work is concerned and that focusing on NE would be better than expanding the coffee shops. Nick wants to focus on two major projects for the company but feels obligated to do what Sharon wants. Sharon wonders why Nick didn't say anything. He wants Nick to be ready to take over NE one day and asks her to look at it from his point of view. It can be so good for Nick. She agrees to speak with Nick about it.
Nick apologizes to Nikki for putting her in the middle of Victor's line of fire with the Larry situation. She tells him not to worry. She knew what she was doing and believes in her decision./ Victor will never come around and they shouldn't expect him to ever admit he's wrong. They would have issues even if Larry weren't a problem. Later Nikki tells Victor that he missed Nick. They talk about Nick's concern about Sharon and their plan. She finally asks him point blank why they have to be this way to each other. He can't believe she doesn't understand it. She understands the Larry situation but they've been through so much. He tells her to drop the sentimental nonsense. Remember last summer when she invested $35 million in Jabot, she then went against his wishes and helped free Larry Warton plus she's partially responsible for Diane's baby coming into this world. She asks him to get past what can't be changed and be friends again. They've always been emotionally attached no matter if their lovers or enemies. If they can't be together romantically, why not friends. He asks her why she does these things and storms out.
Alex meets with Raul's doctor wanting to ask some questions. He doesn't want to speak with her when he finds out she works for NE. He bristles when she tells him doctors should earn their living by providing care, not withholding it. Alex bumps into Olivia and they talk about Malcolm postponing the custody suit, hoping that Liv's request was not just a delaying tactic. Olivia wonders if Malcolm has managed to take the relationship to someplace other than casual fun. Look past the handsome face and see the lack of character. Neil got the morals and decency in that family and hopefully Alex will be able to see that. Alex tells her that Olivia is the one who is the blind one. Later Raul's doctor speaks with Olivia. She tells him Alex is gone so he can relax. She wonders why he wanted to avoid her. He explains that NE filed suite against Lawson medical. She wonders why he would be concerned. He's just about had it with Lawson he explains.
Neil gets a visit from Malcolm. He's excited now that Nate's school is out and he can now pursue custody. Neil tells him he knows about the clandestine meetings with Nate and warns him to be careful. Malcolm tells him how Olivia almost found out recently at the coffee shop. He can hold out for a little while longer. Neil wonders if Malcolm's proposed yet. He's still working to that but in the meantime is enjoying the ride and learning about Alex. Malcolm mentions how she clamed up when asked about her prom. Neil thinks Alex couldn't go and he drudged up bad memories. He feels bad for what he did and thanks Neil for his amazing insight into Alex. Neil leaves him to check his messages. Later Alex stops by and is surprised to see Malcolm there. She mentions bumping into Olivia at the hospital. She wonders why Malcolm is there but he playfully keeps mum and leaves.
Sharon goes to see Nick and tells her about Vic's visit. She doesn't understand why he's putting the pressure on Nick to do both projects now. He continues to play down how rough it will be to expand the coffee shops now. He wonders if the timing is right. She's upset that he assumes she can't handle it alone. He knows she's fine and apologies. After he leaves she has another flashback of Matt attacking her. When will the nightmare be over she asks herself.
Britt tracks down Jill in the boardroom and fills her in on the good news: she got Billy to let her be apart of the campaign; and the bad news: Mac will be on camera too. Britt knows the reason she was camera shy was because of something Jill had on her and wants to know what Mac's secret is.
Billy and Mac are in a great mood. She explains why she can now be on camera with him and the others. Kay has filed for custody so Amanda is no longer a threat. He's excited for her. He later asks her what exactly is it that Mac ran away from. She's kept it in for so long she doesn't know how to tell him but she realizes she can tell him anything. It's time he knew everything.