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Monday, February 25, 2002

Offering to help, Michael advises Diane that Jack's restraining order forces her and Kyle to remain in Genoa City. Jack approaches Phyllis about raising a child. Colleen heads to the front door to light up a joint when she hears Abby choking. Over dinner, Ashley suggests to Brad that they find a job for Colleen at Jabot. They're interrupted by a call from Colleen about Abby's choking spell. Brad and Ashley rush home to find the paramedics examining the baby. They decide to take her to the hospital for an examination. In front of Ashley and Brad, Reese congratulates Colleen on performing the Heimlich maneuver to save Abby's life. However, Brad senses that Colleen is feeling guilty. In Kenya, Victoria comments to Neil about Nate now losing another father with Malcolm's death. Neil vows to remain there until he finds his brother. Alex interrupts and blasts Neil for fighting with Malcolm earlier. Neil insists he didn't start the fight. She orders him to leave but Neil refuses. Meanwhile, Olivia and Mamie wonder why Malcolm hasn't called lately. Nikki remembers her days as a stripper and Victor's desire for her. Reminding him how he saved her life by marrying her while on her deathbed, Nikki asks Victor if they should continue with their relationship.



Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Hotel Room:

Jack tells Phyllis he already has a child. She loses it thinking he got someone pregnant recently. Maybe he planned it when he found out she couldn't have a baby. He explains it happened over a year ago and he just found out. She wants to know everything and NOW. He confesses that the mother is Diane Jenkins. He explains how the sperm theft is how it happened. Phyllis blames Nikki for the switch. He tells her it's just a coincidence. She wonders if Diane is just going to magically give her child to them. She warns him not to even think of sharing custody with Diane. He thinks he has a chance at FULL custody. They could raise Kyle on their own. It's not the ideal situation but he is Jack's child. She pulls away from him and storms out.

Michael's Office:

Diane vents to Michael that she plans on blasting Jack for trying to take Kyle away from her. Michael strongly suggests to her not to give Jack ammo to attack her character with in court. He will handle things, legally. She tearfully begs him to tell her there isn't a chance for Jack to take Kyle away. She has been a fantastic mother for over a year but Michael can't make that promise. Michael points out that she was the one who started it by stealing the sample. What Nikki did is irrelevant. She will not put Kyle in jeopardy. She has only one option, she declares. She will leave the country despite the court order. He reminds him that she will never be ale to return to the US. They then notice a man standing guard outside the office. Michael recognizes him as one of Paul Williams' men. Jack has her under surveillance.


Ranch:

Victor wonders why Nikki is thinking back to their past. She's at a crossroads she feels. He wonders what happened to keeping things simple. She laughs at that considering their history. She can't believe they couldn't keep it together even after the incredible second chance they got when she recovered from Sarah's attempt to kill her. She thinks that maybe they aren't meant to be after all. Victor disagrees. He reminds her that the reason they aren't together is because of her. She felt that marriage to him wasn't enough. She didn't want to be in the position where she had to sit around waiting for him to come home to fulfill her life. She knew then that the attention he lavished on her in the hospital was fleeting as he would shift attention to work. She searched for something for herself and that led to things falling apart for them. She thinks they've grown apart. He doesn't understand. He thinks they can have a future. She makes sure he understands that she likes who she is now and won't change back. He tells her that maybe he's changed too. They kiss and then without a word he leaves.

Chancellor House:

The house is getting ready for Jill's party. Larry and Amanda arrive. Amanda reveals that her daughter lives there. Kay is surprised to see Amanda there as Larry's date. Larry is amazed Kay remembers him from the Ranch and around Jabot. Amanda and Jill meet and realize who they know in common. Kay is more than delighted at the awkward moment. Amanda tells Jill that she is very impressed with Billy. Sean enters and Jill tries to pull him away to talk but he isn't getting it. Jill serves hors-d'oeuvres and silently tips Larry how to eat them. Esther whispers to Kay that Larry looks shifty but Kay sternly instructs her to treat him with respect. Jill compliments Amanda on her dress who explains that she made it herself. Jill tries to stall hoping Billy would show but Sean tells her they'll have him over another time since he clearly isn't coming. Larry calms a nervous Amanda about the formal service by telling her to follow his lead.

Carlton House:

Brad tries to figure out how Abby could have chocked. He finds Ashley's button in the crib and realizes Abby pulled it off. They realize they are more to blame than Colleen. Later Brad tells Ash how Colleen still seemed upset about what happened despite his apology. Ash thinks her reaction is normal for a 14 year-old. Ash was impressed by how C handled herself.

Abbott House:

John learns of Abby's ordeal and how Colleen saved her. They wonder how Abby could have gotten the button. Colleen flashes back to finding Abby chocking because she was distracted by the joint she just rolled. Brad shows up and explains about the button. He apologizes for thinking she was at fault. Later Colleen flushes the pot down the toilet.

Diane's apt.:

Diane opens her door to find a very angry Phyllis.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002
by NAT

Isabella and Paul are having a special dinner "to celebrate a new chapter in our lives." Isabella asks how Mary Williams is taking the news of the pregnancy. Paul said Mary wasn't too thrilled with the idea -- nor their relationship. Paul assured Isabella, "You and this baby are my top priority and if my mother can't realize that, then I guess it's her tough luck." Isabella hopes Paul can feel more "at home" in her apartment. Isabella makes a bold statement and tells Paul, "I'm going to bed. You want to join me?" Paul feels that his relationship with Isabella is still a bit new to him. Isabella tells Paul "there is still something new you haven't tried yet." Isabella places Paul's hand on her stomach, in order for Paul to feel his baby kicking inside Isabella. Paul couldn't have felt more joy.

Larry and Esther are talking about cars. Larry offers to help Esther look at her car, since it seems to be having problems. Larry tells Jill he learned a lot while he was in prison about cars. Amanda and Larry had a wonderful date. Amanda was impressed Larry knew what to do with the silverware and the glasses at the dinner party. Larry told Amanda he had a last minute crash course from Jill about proper table manners. Amanda is happy things are going well in Mackenzie's life. Larry tells Amanda "Mackenzie is lucky to have a Mom like you. You're awesome." Jill still seems to be furious with Mackenzie and the fact that she is still keeping Billy away from Jill. Jill tells Sean outloud "there are consequences to be paid." Sean advises Jill "don't go looking for trouble or it trouble will find you." Billy comes into Crimson Lights for a coffee to relax. Billy notices Raul and Brittany are there. Raul asks his friend what's the matter. Billy replies "Mackenzie and I broke up. It's over." Mackenzie walks into the Chancellor Estate and she's all quiet. Katherine asks Mackenzie what's wrong. Mackenzie replies "Billy and I...we broke up." Mackenzie seems very reclusive as to tell Katherine about her breakup with Billy and how it all happened. Mackenzie seems confused and wonders why things went wrong. Raul wonders if Billy and Mackenzie had a disagreement. Billy assured Raul they tried to talk out their problems but then realized they have "no future" and are "not on the same page anymore." Larry was pleased about how things went with his date and wanted to give Amanda a proper farewell goodnight so Larry kisses Amanda. Amanda was a bit shocked but then again, felt surprised. Brittany was surprised Mackenzie could string Billy along "and still remain the Virginal Saint." Raul got ticked off on how Brittany "gets off on other people's pain." Raul doesn't want to be seen with Brittany and leaves the Coffeehouse. Mackenzie asked Katherine "if Billy said I had loved him, and if it were true, then why do I feel so empty inside?"

Phyllis threatens Diane to leave the country. Diane tells Phyllis, "If I could I would." Phyllis doesn't seem to believe Diane's word until Diane shows Phyllis court documents, forcing her to stay in the United States. Diane mentions that Jack hired a private investigator to keep an eye on her. Phyllis doesn't want custody of Kyle and has no idea what Jack and his lawyers are up to. Jack tells Ashley about the news that Jack fathered Diane's baby and he has a child out there. Ashley asks if Jack has told Phyllis about the news and how she reacted to it. Jack knows Phyllis doesn't get along with Diane at all. Ashley is "concerned" about Jack "and your marriage." Phyllis has an idea on how to help Diane sneak out of the country and go home back to Milan. Phyllis comes home to see Jack, standing in the dark. Jack wonders if Phyllis is still keen on the idea of a surrogate mother. Phyllis replies "not if the surrogate mother is Diane Jenkins!."

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Thursday, February 28, 2002
by Ruth

Mac awoke wondering if Billy had called -- no he hadn't. Jill and Sean argued in their suite about whether or not Mac was to blame for Jill's problems with Billy. Sean wouldn't give Mac that much credit -- Jill was at the edge of her sanity with paranoia. Sean gave her a choice -- chill out about the kids or give up her relationship with him. She exclaimed, "Some Choice!"

Downstairs, Jill insulted Mac who quickly left the house. Esther blurted out the news of the kids' breakup and Kay tried to hush her up. Jill was ecstatic and would only think positively about that girl being out of her son's life for good!

Backstage, Brittany asked about the cast list, which wasn't quite done yet. J.T. showed up -- he was trying out for a part as well. They exchanged insults as usual -- she told him about Mac and Billy breaking up then assumed that he would be hot on Mac's trail. He wondered what was going on between her and Raul. She had been so intense about him. She replied, "Bite Me!" to that one.

Billy ran into Raul in the media center and shared the true reasons why he and Mac were now apart. Billy wondered if Raul was going to call him on the carpet about it -- he didn't, he just said that Brittany had predicted the reason earlier. Mac arrived at school and saw them talking. She soon disappeared. . .

Mac ran into her mom backstage after asking about her job on the set. Her mother assumed that she and Billy were having more fun together the night before -- she shared the real reason for the breakup with Amanda. Her mom tried to comfort her by telling her that people mature at different speeds, especially at her age. What hurt so bad was that Billy told her that she must not care for him as much as he did for her. . .

Later, Raul found Brittany in the media center and received an earful of her scorn for disapproving of her behavior at the coffee house. She was convinced that he would follow Mac around now and she would end up in the shadows. She told him to go back to his "Do-Gooders of America meeting" and that she wasn't Little Miss Mary Sunshine like he thought. She was upset that he was judging her and told him to find someone else to hang around with. She insisted that he was all talk and no action -- he grabbed her and asked, "You think that I'm all talk?" ---- then pulled her close into a passionate kiss. . . .

Paul readied for work in the morning -- Isabella had made his lunch. He asked about her day -- there was a doctor appointment with a sonogram. He wanted to tag along. He also asked about the things that Michael had purchased for her and the baby. She took offense at first, but agreed with him that they wanted Baldwin out of their lives for good. He explained about the awkward moment the evening before -- she must be aware that even though they were together for the sake of the baby, there was more to it than that. . .

Just when Diane was ready to take off again, Phyllis arrived at the door with a plan. It took Diane only a couple of minutes to agree -- they would trade clothes, leave the building together, Phyllis would take Gratiella with her and they would pretend to have the baby with them. They would keep the detectives busy at a restaurant in order to give Diane time to get to Chicago and take a plane from there to Milan with her baby. They exchanged clothes and hair and put the plan into place.

Meanwhile, at Gina's, Michael asked Jack if he could join him at his table. He made no bones about his disappointment and disgust for what Jack was doing to Diane and her baby. Jack tried to find out what Michael had heard from Diane and Phyllis and told Michael to stay out of it. Michael left one last jab -- "Just when I'd been lead to believe that you were worthy of Phyllis' love." . . .

The restaurant that Phyllis chose was Gina's. She and Gratiella sat down with the empty car seat. Just when they were ready to call Diane to tell her that the coast was clear, they spotted Jack. . . .

A loud knock came to Diane's door. She answered it to find Michael. He realized that the women were trying some hair-brained plan and implored Diane to stop the whole idea before she lost her son forever. . . .

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Friday, March 1, 2002

Diane's Apt:

Michael pleads with Diane (disguised as Phyllis) not to leave the country. In the eyes of the law it would be kidnapping. She explains that she has her bases covered thanks to Phyllis. Michael wonders if Phyllis' help is part of a ploy by Jack. Diane is sure Phyllis hates her so much that she wants her out of the country. She's desperate to get rid of her but concedes that something is up. Why is Jack so desperate for this baby if they are so happy together. She asks Michael if the marriage is on shaky grounds. Michael assures her that they love each other very much. Diane is sure that something is up. She wonders if J&P can't have children. He doesn't confirm it but she is sure she's right and tells him to leave now. She then races through a phonebook. She calls around to various fertility doctor's pretending to be Phyllis' assistant and finally gets the info she was looking for.

Gina's:

Phyllis (disguised as Diane) is with Graciella. They are about to call Diane to let her know the guard followed them as planned when Phyllis spots jack. She manages to avoid him noticing her. Graciella gets up to double check the lobby and make sure the guard is still there. Phyllis waits anxiously when she hears Ashley calling out "Diane?." Phyllis reluctantly turns around and claims it's just a new look. Ashley sees through it and asks how Phyllis is doing with the news. She asks Ashley if Jack has reassessed his position. Graciella is about to return but sees Ashley and hides. Phyllis treis to get Ashely to leave. Ashley then gets a message that the meeting was canceled. Phyllis lays out the plan to Graciella. They call Diane to let her know they are moving. Diane says she will keep in touch with Graciella. Privately Diane tells herself that she may not be leaving after all and heads into the office of Phyllis' doctor.

Walnut Grove:

Brittany rails at Raul for presuming to kiss her. Just because they've spend time together doesn't give him that right, she snaps. It was just a kiss to show her he's not all talk he explains. He didn't plan it and he knows they don't make much sense as a couple but she obviously enjoys spending time with him. She denies it. Britt tells him she won't take the part in the play if eh insist on reading things into it. He doubts that and they both learn that Brittany got the part. Britt takes the script, but doesn't say if she'll accept. Raul points out that she wanted him to kiss her.

Mac talks to Amanda about her break up with Billy. She assures her mom that her problems with Ralph are not the cause of her not wanting to have sex.

Billy runs into J.T. and expects an "I told you so" from him. J.T. called this one months ago but Billy doesn't want to hear it. J.T. offers to help Billy with girls. Billy rejects the "offer." Later J.T. goes up to Mac and tells her she's better off without Billy.

Amanda runs into Billy and tells him she knows about the breakup. She doesn't think he's some sort of sex fined she promises. She asks why he brought up Ralph with Mac. Did he pick up on something? When they first got back together she mentioned him a lot, but nothing recently. She prays that it doesn't have to do with Ralph.

Kay, Esther and Amanda surprise Mac at school with a birthday cake to share with the cast and crew of the play. She makes a wish and blows out her candle. Kay wishes that she could have made Mac happier but she sees the effect Billy still has on her. They all wish her well and leave. Alone, Mac senses something in the room. Raul comes in asking for help with the set. She tells she felt as if she was being watched but brushes it off.

Victor's Office:

Nikki brings lunch and they flirt some more. They reminisce about the first time they had strawberries and whipped cream. They are interrupted by a call from a client. Nikki notices in the paper an article about Julia Newman, his first wife. A hostile takeover is threatening her design firm. He has to go to a meeting and reluctantly leaves her. He appeases her childish pouting with dinner at the Colonade Room. After she leaves he glances at the article. He has his meeting which turns out to be with a jeweler. Vic selects a ring. He glances at the article about Julia again and then has Connie cancel his appointments for that day.

Jack's Office:

Jack meets with John Silva and tells him that his men are following Diane. They can't force her to stay but it would look bad in the eyes of the judge. John has filed for reasonable custody. If they want to make a bigger move they should do it now. John thinks full custody is a mistake since Diane would definitely fight it but may relent to joint. Jack is positive joint custody would not work. His conversation with Phyllis confirmed that. Ashley interrupts and confronts Jack on his actions. She's concerned about Phyllis. The way she was dressed raised some major red flags for her. She reminds him of Phyllis eccentric past and her mood swings. Keep your eyes open, she warns him.

Lake Forest:

A woman puts some files away in her office. It's Julia Newman. She hears a voice and recognizes it as Victor's. She's happy and surprised to see him. He tells her that she looks wonderful. He tells her he knows about the takeover bid and offers to help.

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