Sharon arrived home to find Victoria playing cards with the kids. She sent the kids up to get ready for bed and Victoria confronted her about what was going on between her and Nicholas. Sharon told her where they stood and that there was nothing more to talk about right now. Victoria tried to convince her that life was too fragile and that they couldn't give up on what they had. The kids came back into the room and Sharon sent Victoria home.
Brock was in shock at the sight of Amanda. He was upset that no one had told him about her sooner. Amanda apologized for everything and admitted that she had been a bad mother. He asked Mac and Katherine how they felt about her being there, then he sent Amanda packing.
Right away, Brock insisted that Mac tell him about why she ran away from Amanda's home. He was devastated to hear what had happened to his daughter. Billy told him that he thought that it was a good idea for Mac to give a relationship with her mom a chance and Katherine was a bit more cautious, not wanting Mac to be hurt. Brock told them that he had planned to stay just one night, but Amanda's presence had changed everything. Mac didn't want to stop his important work and was a little worried about how it was affecting her father inside. He told her that Amanda was ancient history for him. Later, after Mac went to bed, Katherine asked her son if he really didn't have feelings for Amanda any longer. . .
Ashley returned home from work to find Brad cooking supper with the baby in bed. They talked about an intimate evening, but soon the topic of Colleen arose. He was very angry with her and her family when he found out that Traci changed her mind at the last minute and allowed Colleen to stay without consulting him. Ashley insisted that she thought that he already knew. They forced themselves to change the subject and move back to their evening. He agreed and hugged her, but his mind was not free. . .
At the coffeehouse, Raul and Diego argued about the essay. Diego didn't want his brother to throw away his chance at success, but the bottom line for Raul was that he was tired of carrying their family's dreams on his back. He refused to take any advice from his brother who never stayed in one place very long. Raul ran off and Brittany had a conversation with Diego. She listened to his reasons why he should stay, but he had to go -- then gave him food for thought about the merits of staying. He took off abruptly at that point. . .
Larry was working at the shelter when Amanda returned. He was glad to hear that she had a nice visit with her daughter, but could tell that something was not right. She shared her fears with him and told him the story of how they met. She had hurt Brock very deeply and was afraid that she wouldn't have a chance with Mackenzie if she couldn't win him over.
Nicholas asked his father if he could move in with him in light of the impasse where he and Sharon seemed to be. Both Victor and Nikki were dismayed and upset about the news. Nikki tried to tell him that Sharon wasn't thinking clearly, but Victor agreed that he wouldn't put up with such accusations if he were in the same situation. Nicholas left for the penthouse and Nikki asked Victor to hold her in support during this terrible time for their family. . .
Cassie couldn't sleep, so she was downstairs when the phone rang. It was Nicholas wanting to say goodnight to the kids. He told her that he was in Milwaukee working on something with the coffeehouse. She handed the phone to Sharon and ran off the bed. Sharon put on an act for her daughter -- all she heard was a dial tone buzzing when she put the phone to her ear. . .
Friday, January 11, 2002
Brad and Ashley start their day. Ash tells him about a dream she had about Abby who was all grown up. She feels a sadness for the short time they'll have shaping Abby's future. Brad thinks the upheaval with Colleen is what's bringing this out. Brad knows they've had a rough time with Colleen and they'll have some rough times with Abby but he's sure they can make it just fine. John and Colleen stop by. The meeting with the headmaster at Walnut Grove went well but he has to speak with the board. Colleen asks if there's anything she can do to help. Abby has a babysitter but she volunteers to strip the old wallpaper down from the nursery. Later Brad and John have a moment alone. They disagree with how they are dealing with Colleen but it's Traci's call.
Brock opens the door to find Amanda there. She comes in and they chat about how they left things the night before. Both were surprised to see each other. She needs to know if he's judging her for what she's done. He was shocked when he found out about Mac. She understands how he must have resented her. He says time has softened him to what she went through. But what happened since then, what drove Mac to run away is what concerns him now. He asks about her husband but she hasn't spoken to Ralph since she left St. Louis. She knows she's made mistakes and should have seen the problem signs. What kept her going all those years was the letter he sent her, telling her he'd always be there for her. She realizes what a mistake she made not believing Mac and has since thrown herself at her daughter's mercy and knows that she needs to do the same for Brock. Mac arrives and asks how things are going. Being in the same room as both her parents feels weird -- but in a good way. Amanda leaves them to speak. Mac is leaning towards letting Amanda back in her life. Brock is concerned. He wants what's best for Mac and doesn't want her to be overwhelmed. He himself is feeling overwhelmed. Amanda returns and asks if Brock's made a decision about her.
Nikki interrupts a kiss between Phyllis and Jack. She apologizes for missing the wedding. Phyllis thanks her for the wedding gift. Phyllis excuses herself but not before Jack tells her he'll see her at the doctor's. Nikki asks how things with the in-vitro are going. Everything seems to be going well. Nikki then apologizes for not finishing her report and explains that Nick and Sharon have separated. He's sympathetic. He then apologizes for blowing up about the paternity issue of Christian. He still disagrees with her decision not to tell the father. He can't imagine not knowing about a child while the child is not being taken care of the way he should be which is a strong possibility with Diane. Nikki confesses that she went to see Diane in Italy. Christian is happy and healthy. He and his mother have a great relationship. Jack is surprised but not completely impressed since Christian is still just a baby. Jack is still frustrated that she won't tell him who the dad is. Later Nikki is surprised when Diane Jenkins shows up. Ever since Nikki showed up in Milan Diane can't stop thinking about what's going on in Nikki's head. She wants to know and she wants to know now.
Victoria picks up the proofs she needed for Brash & Sassy. Malcolm tells her how impressed he is for how she's put her life back together. She's says she's to fully up to speed yet and asks about Alex. Malcolm hedges and says they haven't set a date. Victoria's tells him almost frantically not to wait. Start their lives together ASAP. She asks him about Neil and how he's taking Ryan's death. She confesses that Neil screwed up a big deal and has seemed to make up for it but obviously something big is going on in his life for that to happen. She wonders if Mal knows what's going on. He claims to not know anything. She senses that there's a problem between the brothers but he refuses to explain more.
Neil is running haggard and very late. He's got a massive headache. He's got a big deal to close today. Alex stops by. She's there to thank him. He could have made things worse but chose not to and she appreciates it. He's still bitter about her saying there was nothing for him on her part. He coldly dismisses her but not before wishes her and Mal well together. He then warns her not to let her eye wander again because the next guy won't be as willing to take the fall for her like he did. After she leaves, Neil makes himself another drink. Later, Neil is suffering during the meeting; it's not going well. They argue about the details and things de-escalate to the point where the deal is about to fall through. Victoria overhears this last part.
Michael and Phyllis catch up as she gushes over her honeymoon. He's happy Jack is treating Phyllis right. He asks about the in-vitro. She needs a few more treatments and hopefully they can try it. She asks about the two gifts but he claims to know what she's talking about. She confronts him that she called Fenmore's and found out he was behind it. His reaction confuses her. He tells her that the champagne flutes weren't from him, they were from Diane Jenkins. She is floored. Michael assures her that it was strictly a nostalgic gesture. Se has nothing to feel insecure about since Diane is long gone and isn't coming back. Later, Phyllis is feeling a little ill.