Victor questions Tricia about her release from the clinic. She goes on to blame Matt for all of her troubles, insisting that she too was tormented by the deranged man, given pills and raped. She claims that she's still in therapy but then accuses Victor of not being satisfied with all she has done. Keith returns and, as Tricia secretly listens from the kitchen, the two face off about whether Keith's daughter should be free to live in Genoa City. Ashley and Brad bring Abby over and convince Colleen to swim with them. Brad decides to do what he can to get Colleen to be with the website kids. She's not interested but does get excited when he mentions signing her up for a dance class. Brittany calls to get the phone number to Mac's school in St. Louis. J.T. senses something is up and warns her about hurting Mac. J.T. then warns Mac as the Glo by Jabot Boutique opens with in-store appearances by the website kids. Michael accuses Phyllis of being afraid to marry Jack because she knows he's the perfect man for her. He urges her not to let her past mistakes ruin her future. She later considers attending a West Coast computer conference. Meanwhile, Nikki can't believe it when Jack admits he asked Phyllis to marry him. Hearing she refused to answer, Nikki guesses her marriage to Danny may be at play here. Just then, Phyllis calls and reveals her travel plans and suggests that when she comes back, she may take up his offer and move out if things with Colleen aren't solved.
Mamie visited Malcolm at the Studio and tried to console him about his problems with Olivia. While she was there, a box arrived holding a brand new disco ball -- something he had in store as part of a surprise for Alex. He acted like he may not go through with it, but she would hear nothing of it. He headed for Gina's to talk to her.
Before he arrived at Gina's, Alex found Michael Baldwin at a table alone. She quickly joined him and proceeded to accuse him of doing whatever it took to win the case against Malcolm. He would not take responsibility for the situation -- an attorney has to do what the client wants him to do. He did seem somewhat in agreement about what was really best for little Nate and she seemed to sense that.
Malcolm talked to Gina about reserving her new room, Gina's II, some night soon. She wouldn't be able to oblige right away, so she called her friends at the Colonnade Room and reserved the private dining room for him that same evening. Just as he was about to fly into action, Alex arrived to ask what the excitement was all about.
Victor asked Keith Dennison to leave the house with him so that they could talk about Tricia privately. They left her alone with her imaginary friend, Matt Clark, and Matt tried to get her to divulge her sinister plans for the Newmans. She admitted that her targets were Sharon and Victoria, but nothing else. He warned her that she must get Victor off of her back in order to get anything done -- she could not trick herself into thinking that he wasn't dangerous.
After Victoria left Ryan behind at the coffeehouse upset about not being able to tell Victor about Tricia himself, she arrived at her father's office to find him visiting with Keith. Keith stood his ground insisting that he would keep a close eye on his daughter and wouldn't consider sending her back to the hospital. Victor granted him a leave of absence and asked him to make sure that she was taking her medication.
Before J.T. could get into any detail about his suspicions of Brittany, Billy cut in to see what he was talking to Mac about. J.T. did some chatting on the computer and Rianna asked him about his memories of their time together. He wouldn't admit to regretting anything, which upset her. Mac could tell that she wasn't herself -- Rianna asked Mac to keep it quiet and that she had no problem with him being part of the group.
Behind the curtains, Brittany talked to someone at Mackenzie's school about getting in touch with her "old friend." They would not divulge any information, but agreed to forward a letter. Brittany wrote a note to Mac's parents telling them that she had some information about their daughter and was looking forward to hearing from them.
Jack slid his way into Phyllis' hotel room along with her assistant as she came out of the shower with a towel on. She threatened to have them call Security, but he appeased her in time. He apologized for his family's behavior and wondered why she wasn't willing to fight for what they both knew was the best thing. She continued to fight against being pressured into marriage -- they couldn't seem to get through to each other. Finally, he headed for the door, telling her to call him when she returned to Genoa City and they would decide what to do with her things. . . . . .
Friday, July 13, 2001
Phyllis' Hotel room:
A teary-eyed Phyllis stops Jack from leaving her hotel room. He doesn't want to leave until he knows exactly why she is so adamant about not marrying him. She feels that marriage closes doors but he tells her that he is tired of searching. He's found the woman he wants to love forever. She worries she'll mess up and he tells her she probably will, as will he; they're not perfect. He's sure his family will eventually come around and if they don't that's their problem. He wants to be with the woman who gave him back his life. She's shocked that he thinks she did that to him. He asks her to marry him again. She's not good at marriage but he tells her he is not Danny Romalotti nor is she the same woman who married him. She finally accepts his proposal. He promises her the most wonderful life together with never a dull moment. They kiss.
Victoria stops by to tell Nick that Tricia is out of the hospital. He thinks she's talking about Larry still working at Jabot. Nick is as surprised as she is that Tricia is out. She fills him on Vic's visit to the Dennison house and his plan to keep tabs on Tricia through Keith.
Tricia watches as Keith lays out mousetraps filled laced with poison. He asks if Victor's visit bothered her but she says she's fine. She asks if Victor was going to try to have her committed. He tells her that he convinced Vic not to take any action by appealing to hiss compassionate side. Tricia is skeptical but Keith is sure that everyone will soon see the remarkable changes in her. She heads out to her therapy session and convinces him not to take her to it. Before she leaves she pockets one of the mousetrap baits.
Alex wonders what Malcolm and Gina were talking about but both clam up. He tells her to keep tonight open but she can't make promises. He then gets Gina to stall as long as possible. She gets Alex to try a new red pepper sauce. Alex realizes it's a stall tactic and wants to know why. Before she is about to leave Malcolm calls her and tells her to go to the Colonnade Room. He will explain everything there.
Malcolm puts the finishing touches on his surprise for Alex. She finally arrives and demands to know what's going on. She figures it's some sort of party but tells him that she isn't dressed for such an occasion. He proceeds to have several dresses brought out for her. She is touched by the gesture but hesitates putting anything on until he explains but he keeps mum. Dressed up, he pins a corsage on her dress. He escorts her into the main room made up as a prom from 1988 complete with music and decorations.
Paul is bothered that he had to be called in on another case in the middle of an important development in the Isabella case. Nikki stops by and notices the tension between him and Lynn. She asks how things are with Christine but he says the more time passes the more he loses hope of reconciliation. She senses that maybe Isabella has something to do with his changing attitude. Marissa notices Lynn's melancholy over the Isabella/Paul situation. She is sure there's something she could do to help. Nikki tells him that he is on the rebound and should tread carefully. It's not one sided he tells her. They've helped each other. Once the case is over something more may develop. Nikki decides to check out Isabella more thoroughly.
Mary keeps Isabella company while she looks through her husband's papers. They find old pictures of Isabella which makes her regret not having a family of her own. She's happy she didn't with James but still wonders what it would be like to have children. Mary tells her that children are a way to bring a couple together and laments that it was children that drove a wedge between Paul and Christine. Christine put her career first and Paul wanted a child very much.
Sharon has to leave but Doris will be late picking up Noah. Nick arrives and will take Noah over himself later. He tells his wife that he knows about Tricia. She asks if Victor had her put away yet. He tells her that Keith got Victor to back off. She's furious that Vic caved so easily. Tricia is a murderer! They don't notice Tricia sneak in through the back. They realize that they must stay on their toes. Tricia overhears Sharon bad-mouthing her and notices Noah playing with the sugar packets. She approaches Noah and asks if he likes sweet things. She has something even better than sugar and offers him the mouse poison.