Christine tried to get some information from Katherine about Isabella. The only thing she found out, however, was that Kay understood how much pain Paul had been in after their breakup. They discussed Christine's plans to catch a flight that afternoon, then Chris decided to make a phone call before any more time went by. . .
Lynne quizzed Paul down about his time with Chris and he told her to stop pushing. He admitted that it had hit him very hard, harder than he had expected. As they talked, Lauren stood just outside the door. Lynne turned around and gave her a disapproving look, then Lauren walked into the office. Lynne left and they talked about Christine and how vulnerable he was after losing a friend. He became suspicious of her conversation and insisted on knowing where she was going with this. Just then, the phone rang and he jumped at the chance to talk to Christine some more. They planned to meet at the coffeehouse. . .
Sean and Jill were talking about how worried she was about Phillip losing Ryan and about his work at Jabot choosing models for the new ad campaign. He suggested that they talk to a beautiful woman sitting alone at a table across the room. They approached her -- it was Isabella. She was thrilled at the prospect of modeling for them. As they prepared to leave the coffeehouse, Christine arrived. She asked Jill who the woman was at the table -- she confirmed that she was Isabella Brana. . .
Sharon awoke to find no one else at home. Soon Nicholas came in the door and told her that he took Cassie to school and Noah to the main house. He wanted to let her sleep because he knew that the week had been very hard on her, but he wanted to know what else he could do to get their relationship back to normal again. She cried tears of sadness over Victoria's loss and didn't know what to do about her feelings of emptiness. He held his wife and they kissed -- perhaps a new beginning. . .
Neil ignored his doorbell until Malcolm yelled at him enough to let them in. He and Alex had breakfast in hand and were surprised to see Neil unshaven and disheveled. Alex noticed the broken glass on the floor and questioned Malcolm about it. He didn't want her to make a big deal about it. Malcolm was called away to the studio, so Alex finished cleaning up. Neil told her that she didn't have to -- they talked about Olivia's promise to keep her suspicions from Malcolm. Olivia had said, however, that trouble would find them, so she didn't have to start it. Alex felt assured that the two of them could keep their feelings out of the picture -- they were adults after all. After she took off for work and he shut the door behind her, Neil said to himself, "At least YOU feel like you can do that." Then he picked up a bottle of whiskey and looked at it. . .
Diane paid Michael Baldwin a visit and they talked about how she met Isabella and how fascinating she found her. Before too long, she became very agitated when he mentioned her son and his unknown paternity. She threw a jab at him about "taking to fatherhood" then was gone.
Jack hugged Nikki and they talked about Victoria's feelings of guilt about Ryan's death. That lead to Nikki admitting that she felt guilty for the situation with Diane and switching the sperm samples instead of just stealing the one that Diane had. Jack offered to help her find the real father of Diane's baby -- he made a phone call to the lab. He knew that there had been excellent notes taken about everything that had happened with those samples, even though the man from the lab was now dead. They knew it was a long shot, but Jack would be there for her every step of the way. . . . .
Friday, December 7, 2001
After a nightmare about her stepfather, Mac tells Kay what he did to her and admits her nightmares started when Amanda came to town. Jack and Nikki meet with the wife of the now-dead detective who helped Nikki deal with Diane. Amelia offers them the chance to peruse all of her husband's files with the warning that they're in no particular order. Meanwhile, Ashley confronts Diane at Gina's and wishes her well in Milan in hopes that she'll stay there and never come back. Upset to see Isabella at the Crimson Lights, Christine guesses that Paul lied to her. After Isabella leaves, Paul arrives and finds his ex-wife upset. She accuses him of knowing that Isabella was there and though he denies it, she claims she can't trust him. Paul quickly ends their meeting and leaves. Mary arrives at Paul's office with the news that Isabella's back. Paul returns and fills everyone in on his disastrous meeting with Christine. Mary leaks the news about Isabella's return which clears things up for Paul who tells Lauren it would not have worked out with Christine. Isabella and Michael offer each other legal documents regarding her pregnancy but before they can debate which he'll sign, Christine arrives in the outer office. Michael kisses her goodbye before she leaves for the airport and then returns to his office to sign Isabella's document.