Brad and Ashley were admiring the Christmas tree with their little girl when the conversation wandered to the way that John was treating Brad in regards to the situation with Colleen. Brad expressed his anger to his wife about being told to "practice being a Daddy some other time" by her father. She tried to be understanding toward both sides.
Jack brought in a surprise for Phyllis and made her turn around while he had the guys bring a large, live Christmas tree into the living room and set it up. She loved it and they shared the tradition of hanging a favorite ornament that no one else in the family could claim. They were just wondering whether John would be back in time for their wedding and whether or not Steve and Traci could be there when Colleen walked in the door with her grandfather close behind. They had arrived late the night before. John told Jack and Phyllis why they were there, which upset Colleen somewhat. Jack and Phyllis promised not to nag her about it, then Jack and John left the girls alone. Phyllis made the observation that she "really screwed up big time, huh?" which put Colleen on the defensive. Phyllis switched the topic to decorating the tree and choosing an ornament to hang. Colleen insisted that she was not considered part of the family, but hung an ornament anyway.
Billy paid Mac a visit early in the morning that day. He brought two gifts for her and wanted her opinion about the one that he bought for Colleen. First he upset her by asking whether or not her mother was on her gift list for the holiday. She reacted badly and he dropped it. He brought out a music box for Colleen and she immediately began reliving her happy past with her mother -- a time when she sang her to sleep every night when she tucked her into bed. She told Billy about it and he was encouraged. He wanted her to open one of his gifts for her and leave the other under the tree. She opened a framed picture of the two of them at the prom -- a special reminder of how it all began.
Amanda found Larry Warton in the office at the homeless shelter waiting to volunteer to help out. He was happy to see that she hadn't left town and asked her again about why her staying depended upon what someone else decided. He let it slip that he was an ex-con and on probation then started to leave -- she stopped him saying that she could cast no stones at anyone given her past. She admitted to him that her daughter was in Genoa City and she was trying to make things right with her. The Christmas present of her dreams would be finding her way back to a relationship with her daughter. Tears came to her eyes and Larry offered her his handkerchief. Their hands held together for a moment -- a very special moment. . .
Diego complained to Nick and Sharon about how parents treat you like a kid no matter how long you've been gone. They couldn't relate that well because, they explained, they lived right next door to Nick's mother and he worked for his father. After Diego left, Nick told Sharon that he had a little more shopping to do and asked her about what she may be wanting. She didn't cooperate very well, which wasn't surprising given their strained relationship of late. He ended up at his father's office telling Victor about his problems and plans to solve them. Victor told him not to give up and to work as hard as he could to make things right.
Back at the coffeehouse, Diego was there when Sharon brought in the mail for the day. He made small talk about it as she found a special envelope -- its return address was the DNA Diagnostics Center. As he talked, she remembered her words about wanting to know the paternity of their lost baby. . . .
Malcolm and Nate ran into Neil at Gina's that morning. Nate went on and on about how fun Christmas would be with them altogether celebrating and ice skating. Neil was hesitant about whether or not Malcolm had really agreed to that and, after Neil left, Malcolm told Nate that Neil could not be there despite his son's urging.
Neil talked to Victoria at the office and she tried to find out more about what caused the lost deal earlier that week and her father's mistrust that the problem was solved. He overreacted and yelled at her, then she finally left him alone. Soon he was pouring another drink straight up and down the hatch. . . .
Friday, December 21, 2001
Nick and Vic talk about the strain between Nick and Sharon. The paternity is still an issue but Vic doesn't see why. The baby is gone, it's time to move on. He's disappointed Nikki won't be around especially since Sharon was starting to perk up with the idea of a big family get together. Vic promises a surprise for them all to make it all right. Nick now regrets asking Sharon to get the test done. Later Vic gets the A-OK on his plan. Vic promises Nick an adventure.
Mac thanks Billy for his early present to her (the prom photo) and they are 'caught' kissing by Kay. She reminds Billy to get ready for Jack's wedding. They talk about Colleen and John's trip idea. Later Kay and Mac talk about how far Billy has come since he came back to GC, mostly thanks to Mac's influence. Mac mentions how the music box Billy bought for Colleen reminds her of the one Amanda got her when she was little. Kay asks her if she could invite Amanda for Christmas dinner.
Rianna and J.T. talk about Christmas. She has a present for him but he wants to open it later. Brittany interrupts just as Rianna has to leave. J.T. isn't sure about spending time at Rianna's house on Christmas day. Britt wonders if J.T. has thought this through. If Mac finds out J.T. only used Rianna for sex she'll hate him. She then wonders if he and Rianna have already slept together recently. Britt sees nothing but disaster in his future.
Sharon opens the letter from her doctor regarding the paternity of her baby. She tells Diego that it's a bill for a test she had run but not the results she was expecting. He suggests calling the doc to get the results. Later Raul shows up looking for his brother. Diego notices the icy look Rianna gave him and asks about it. He explains that he was his ex. He mentions that he is seeing a new girl but keeps mum on the details. Raul wants details on Diego's life including info on this girl Carol Diego wrote about. They were together for four years but broke up when she was frustrated with his directionless life. Raul asks him to stick around longer. He doesn't think it's a good idea. Diego bumps into Sharon and asks if she got her test problem straightened out. She opens the envelope and discovers who the father was. Diego sees her tear up and gives her a hug.
Larry and Amanda chat about him volunteering at the shelter. They toast to 'survival'. Ned didn't know they were acquainted and Larry fills him that Amanda is the reason he's volunteering. Ned needs him Christmas day which Larry signs up for. Amanda's impressed. She hopes that Mac will stop by Christmas day. Larry is intrigued by her strange relationship with her daughter but doesn't pry. They talk about the positive stuff he got from his days in prison. He looks forward to seeing Amanda again.
Phyllis and Jack are getting ready for their wedding. He brings her tea and toast to calm her nerves. They fool around a little but Phyllis puts the breaks on, since they are getting married very shortly. Jack gets a call from Nikki, explaining why she can't be there. Phyllis isn't the least bit disappointed and wonders about Nikki's involvement in the sperm switch. They were in the middle of looking for the info on the mystery donor. Nikki never mentioned what she found but he doubts she found anything as she would have gone to him right away.
Billy, Ashley, Brad and Abby arrive. Brad asks about Colleen and Jack tells him that she's in GC now. Brad and the others reel from the news of what Colleen did in NY. Brad thinks John was right to bring her to GC. Colleen overhears them talking and is sick of being lectured. Later she runs into Billy and is surprised he isn't giving her a lecture too. He tells her that he once messed up big too but with booze. He hopes she sees this as a wake-up call.
Sharon demands to know from her doctor why she didn't get the results of the paternity that she's been billed for. The doc admits to getting the results but hasn't opened them yet. She was hoping Sharon would forget about the whole thing. Sharon isn't angry at her husband anymore but there's still a gap between them. She thinks it's because they don't know. The doctor hesitantly hands them over to her.
Michael gets a call from Diane in Milan, asking him for a favor. She wants Michael to send J&P a wedding gift in his name. He already sent a gift, so she asks him to send it anonymously. He wonders why she'd do it, and she passes it off as sentiment. Going back to GC was a mistake but she still can't stop thinking about Jack. He tells her to forget Jack and get back into the dating world. She agrees but asks him to send the gift anyway, as a good-bye.