Sharon calls Nick home for a special lunch and announces that she is pregnant. Mac suggests to Rianna that she's still bothered by her moment in bed with J.T. because it was her first time making love. When Rianna admits she's hurt by how nicely J.T. treats Mac, Mac urges her to talk with Raul about this but Rianna refuses. Meanwhile, J.T. tells a curious Raul to mind his own business. Mac and Rianna arrive and Raul insists that Rianna have a chat with him. Nikki talks to Brad about a new plant discovered in Brazil that has supposed recuperative powers. He suggests that she go to Brazil and then the two discuss Colleen living with Brad and Ashley. Victor finally leaves Ashley and Abby in the park and urges her to keep an eye on Colleen. Back in town, Phyllis stops by Michel's office and listens to his concern for Chris. He becomes upset and asks her to leave when she points out that Chris left town rather than stick around after her troubles with her husband. Lynne's pleased when Paul asks her to book him on the next flight to Australia. Isabella responds by threatening to pack her bags and leave if he boards that plane. Paul's shocked to receive divorce papers from Chris.
Mac and Billy were poolside at the Glo by Jabot house discussing J.T.'s behavior and the problems that Raul and Rianna were having. Inside the pool house, Raul pushed and pushed, asking Rianna repeatedly what made her so upset about whatever J.T. did to her while they were together last year.
Neil found Alex taking a breather on the couch in his office, worn out after the tragedy that Malcolm had just been through. He didn't like the news, but thought there might be some hope of salvation. Just after Malcolm had arrived, Neil took off for Olivia's apartment.
Paul stood stunned, reading the divorce papers that had just arrived at his door. Isabella entered the room carrying her luggage, promising to be out of there very soon. She noticed how upset he was and asked what he was reading. He flipped through the pages and found that Michael Baldwin had signed for Christine. This sent him packing immediately off to Michael's office.
Sharon was thrilled to know that Nicholas' reaction to her news of being pregnant was quite positive. They talked of how their lives would change and asked each other if they could handle it. Together, they were ready to bring a new baby into the family.
Neil talked to Olivia and found out that she hadn't been softening her stance about visitation; she had just started resigning herself to the fact that she would lose the case. Now things were totally different. He left knowing that he was wasting his time trying to talk to her. After he left, she seemed exasperated and upset with the whole situation.
Paul stormed into the law office, ready to pick a fight with Michael. His response was that Christine didn't want to wait with the papers and that he was acting as her power of attorney. Paul refused to believe it and blamed Michael. Michael said that he could go ahead and blame him if he needed a scapegoat, but Christine had made the decision herself. Paul ran to the telephone and ordered Chantal to get Chris on the phone. Her secretary answered and gave him a prepared statement -- the divorce papers spoke for themselves and Chris didn't want to talk to him.
Back at Paul's apartment, Isabella called Michael wondering why he hadn't told her about the divorce papers. He said that Chris called after the two of them had seen each other. They warned each other NOT to let anything slip -- they both had a lot at stake in the whole twisted mess. Mary Williams arrived at the door soon thereafter, surprised at the news, but obviously not upset. When Isabella seemed resigned to the fact that she must leave because Paul had planned a trip to Australia, Mary told her that what really mattered was whether or not she could look into her heart and see what she really wanted. . .
Alex tried to convince Malcolm to offer a compromise to Michael Baldwin that would result in less time with Nate, but at least some time. He took the suggestion personally and reacted with accusations and biting remarks. She tried to say that she had feelings for him and that she would never suggest something that would hurt him. He wasn't listening.
As Billy and Mac came closer to an all-out fight over the J.T. thing, Mac hinted that J.T. wasn't just pulling their chain when he said that he and Rianna shared a secret. Inside, Rianna finally caved in to Raul's persistent questions -- she admitted that she had slept with J.T. . . .
Friday, August 3, 2001
Raul has taken the news that Rianna and J.T. slept together badly. He's disillusioned and angry at J.T. for taking advantage of Rianna. She tells him not to be but he can tell something still bothers her. She tells him J.T. still gets to him but only because he was her first. She didn't tell him because she didn't want to hurt him. He's furious once again being left in the dark. He asks her if she loved him. She thought she did and begs him to stop asking questions about it. He asks her to leave him alone. Later Billy tries to comfort his friend. He tries to downplay it but Raul can't get the thought of sleazy J.T. touching her. He assumed they broke up because Rianna wouldn't sleep with him. He wanted both their first times would be together. Maybe if she's not it than she's not over J.T. Billy tries to calm him down but Raul points out that Billy felt the exact same way when he thought J.T. was with Mac and that was only a rumor. Rianna loves Raul Billy tells him. Raul needs time to think.
Billy can't believe that J.T. was actually telling the truth about sleeping with Rianna. Mac heard it from Rianna herself. Mac points out that it was Ri's first time, which is why J.T. gets to her. They decide to give Raul and Rianna some space until they notice a teary-eyed Rianna emerge from the house. Rianna recounts the ugly scene with Raul. She worries that it could break them up.
Alex and Malcolm argue about his actions recently with Nate and his refusal to cut a deal with Michael Baldwin. Neil returns from speaking with Liv. She was rethinking her position but now is even more determined to keep Mal away from her boy. Neil sides with Alex about going to Baldwin. It's his best option now to make a deal for visitation. It may be that or nothing. Malcolm insists that he did nothing wrong but finally concedes. He kicks himself for blowing it. He then recounts to his brother how he had planned to cancel the trip but caved at the last second. They wonder what is taking her so long and she finally returns with news that she met with Michael and Olivia. Malcolm doesn't like the settlement but it's the best she could do and what she expected. She gets a call from Michael. Olivia refused the deal and they will go to court.
Mary tries to convince Isabella to stay in GC and be there for Paul. Isabella doesn't think it will help but Mary insists. She asks about what happened between her and James and the feelings divorce causes. Isabella explains that she has a sorted past. Paul claims to be over it but she's not sure. Mary tells her that if he said he doesn't care she should take his word for it. She urges Isabella to take some time to think it through before she leaves town. She even offers Isabella a place to stay while she does.
Nick & Sharon's:
Nick and Sharon wonder how they will reveal the news that Sharon's expecting. They want to tell the kids first. Sharon estimates that she's only a few weeks old but will go to the doctor for a check-up.
Sharon and Nick begin her prenatal care with her OB-GYN. When the doctor wants to do a sonogram, Sharon thinks it's early. The doctor assures her it will be fine. The baby is perfectly fine and tells them the baby is due much sooner than Sharon thought.
Chantal notices Michael's swamped and asks him how the Winters custody case is coming. Alex arrives to announce she's formally representing Malcolm and offers a compromise. Olivia enters and is eager to hear this. Alex wants to speak to Michael alone but Olivia refuses. Alex concedes that Malcolm made a mistake and confronts her about her stall tactics. Up until recently Mal had very good case but Liv downplays Mal's role in Nate's life and focuses on the negative aspects he has on Nate. Michael won't even consider cutting visitation by one-third. He offers two-thirds but Alex won't go lower than one-half. She leaves him to discuss it with Olivia. He tells Liv that it's a good deal. Malcolm's error doesn't destroy him; it just levels things. It could go either way and asks her if she really wants to put Nate on the stand. He recommends taking the deal.
Isabella is flattered that Mary is offering for her to stay there but questions if it's a good idea.
Lynn and Marissa don't understand why Paul suddenly canceled his trip. Paul doesn't want to get into it and refuses to change his mind. He's as much in the dark as they are. Lynn notices the divorce papers and tries to reach out but Paul asks her to leave. Later Victor shows up wanting to see Paul. Vic tells Paul about his encounter with Christine at Gina's and offers his help. The news that she was in town shocks Paul. Vic tells him that Christine knew that Paul considered the marriage was over and Paul wonders how since they didn't even speak. She was back since the night before. Paul calls his doorman to see if he saw Christine the other night. He did and at first she seemed like her old self, friendly and sweet. Oddly, she left only a few minutes later looking confused and hurt. Paul realizes what she saw.