The doctor told Jack and Ashley that Phyllis would be fine, no permanent damage was done. They were overjoyed and relieved when they entered her room once again to find her waking up. Jack told her what happened and scolded her for not telling him what she had been feeling during the days before she was admitted to the hospital. Ashley decided to go home and while Jack walked her to the hallway, she reminded him to go easy on Phyllis, she loved him very much. He agreed and reentered the room. Phyllis was very sorry for keeping her symptoms from him, it was just that, before she had Jack, she became so used to taking care of herself and not involving other people in deeply personal things. She had put the pregnancy above all else, and Jack assured her that she was the most important thing to him. He told her that he planned to stay by her side all night and that she should get her rest.
Back at the Carlton home, Diane was doing her best to recruit Brad's help in finding out exactly what Nikki was up to involving her visit to Milan and questions about her son. He tried to convince her that Nikki was harmless, but pretty soon she had herself believing that Nikki may be working with the father of her baby to plan a way to take him away from her. She admitted to Brad that her feelings had changed now that her son had been born -- he was enough for her, she didn't need Victor like she thought that she did. She would do anything to protect her son, and decided that she must find out who the father was so that she could stop whatever Nikki had in mind. . .
At the coffeehouse, J.T. wouldn't go along with Rianna to work on the yearbook so she shared her feelings of disappointment with Mac after he left to get something to eat. She also told Mac that their relationship was sexual in nature, which really had Mac concerned. Rianna left and Mac had a talk with J.T. He refused to get into it with her, but hinted that he really wasn't as crazy over Rianna as she was about him.
Over in a booth, Brittany and Raul talked about going out to a jazz club together that night. Diego's name and the fact that he was gone for good were mentioned, then here he came, wanting to talk to Raul alone.
Brittany left them to harass J.T. about how he was screwing up with Rianna and was about to break her heart. He jabbed her about "hanging around with the Brain". He talked about the perfect solution, somehow nudge Rianna and Raul back together. She refused to help him after he had talked to her the way he did.
Diego told Raul that he made it to Kansas, but had to come back and see what was eating his brother. He knew it was something about pressure put onto him by the family to do well in college and succeed. Raul admitted that his grades were slipping big time at school, but wouldn't get into it. When Brittany came back to their table, Raul wouldn't take it anymore and they left Diego behind. Soon, Mac approached him. He asked her if she knew what was wrong with his brother, but she was as confused as he was. She asked him if he was staying in town for awhile, and he told her that it looked like he had no choice. . .
Paul and Lauren talked about staying at his apartment and dancing for a romantic evening, then she stopped herself once again, telling Paul that she wouldn't go any farther until he had a talk with Isabella. He still didn't understand why she wouldn't let that go. She suddenly wanted to go dancing at Gina's, so they took off. Before they could really start enjoying their evening, Paul looked up from dancing to see Michael Baldwin and Isabella on the dance floor. He stopped in his tracks and insisted on leaving. Back at the apartment, Lauren reminded him that this seemed familiar -- it was the shadow of Christine that pushed Isabella away in the first place. Paul denied it and asked what it was going to take to make her realize that he was over Isabella. . .
Sharon was getting the children ready for bed when Nicholas called to tell them goodnight. Cassie talked to him and could tell that something wasn't normal. Sharon asked her if something was wrong and denied any problems when her daughter told her that she could sense something out of place. She sent Cassie to bed, then Nicholas walked in the door. He had come to get some papers and wouldn't be there very long. She asked him to stay for a few minutes so that she could talk to him about Cassie's suspicions. They agreed that they couldn't keep this from her much longer, but weren't able to talk that night. He planned to come back after the kids left in the morning. He drove off in his car, and Sharon stood in the doorway, looking out after him. . . .
Friday, January 18, 2002
Brad asks Ashley where she was last night. She explains that she was at the hospital with Jack watching out for Phyllis who almost died. Ashley regrets all the bad things she said to Phyllis. Brad tells his wife about Diane's visit from Diane Jenkins. Ash worries that she's after Jack again but Brad assures her she's not but can't go into detail.
Jack wakes up in a chair next to Phyllis' bed. She's feeling better now. He's very relieved that she's okay. He's surprised when she's ready and willing to try to still get pregnant. The doctor agrees with Phyllis. There is no reason she can't try again as long as they monitor her more closely. Jack is very concerned but Phyllis doesn't want to give up yet.
Nick brings by some reports earlier than expected. He's trying to clear things up so he can take time off to speak with Sharon. They need to figure out what the next step will be. Later, Nikki stops by and Victoria updates her on Nick and Sharon. Nikki then fills Victoria in on what Sharon accused Nick of (killing the baby). She explains the whole story including the paternity test and fights. Victoria, full of anger heads out to the Ranch to tell off her sister-in-law. Nikki stops her insisting that Nick and Sharon need to work out themselves.
Nick arrives home to meet with Sharon. The meeting is tense. They don't know how to handle things with the kids and get nostalgic over their family. Sharon suggests putting the best spin on it(they'll still see Nick and it's not necessarily permanent). Nick wonders if she wants to fight for their marriage. She's not sure. When he asks if she's changed her mind over his part in the baby's death she tells him she has not.
Raul and Mac talk about Diego's unexpected stay in GC. Raul's not expecting much, he'll bail as usual soon enough. J.T. and Rianna talk about Raul and Britt's growing relationship and his growing dependence. J.T. thinks that it's Britt's doing and suggests that Rianna talk him out of it. She can't do that. He picks a fight by wondering if she still has feelings for Raul. She assures him she does not. Britt's on to J.T.'s plan to get Rianna to dump him and tells Raul the details including J.T.'s infatuation with Mac. Later he asks Mac what she thinks of J.T. and Rianna and Britt's suspicions of J.T. Later Mac asks Rianna how things are going. Rianna wonders if this is coming from Raul. Mac says it was from someone else and Ri wants to know who.
Billy bumps into Diego who was hoping to see him. He wants to talk about Raul. He wants Billy's help to get Raul out of his depression. Billy goes over the things that have contributed to Raul's mood. They talk about his falling grades and poor essay. Billy's tried but Raul's been near impossible to talk to. Diego will be staying in town to help Raul out though he's not looking forward to staying with his parents. When he pays for the bill we see he's out of cash. He notices the Help Wanted sign and asks Cody for a job waiting tables.
Diane brings Christian by to see Michael. She wants to chat. She's surprised on how much interest he took in her baby. Diane reports that she suspects Nikki know who Christian's father is. The father could have a claim to the baby. Michael tries to calm her as she is making assumptions: 1) that Nikki knows who the dad is and 2) that the father wants a kid. Diane is determined to find out who the dad is. She traces the sperm's travels around GC. She figures out how to find out who the father is: there were two samples, the father's and Victor's. The true father's was placed in Vic's container while Vic's went into the other. Once she can figure out who's really in Victor's container she'll know who the father is.