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Monday, December 23, 2002

Seeing Michael moping at a table alone, Lauren approached him and sat down. She commented that he looked terrible and brought up Christine and her absence. He told her it had been weeks since he had heard from her and she told him she was sure Paul was probably looking for her. With that, Michael let her in on his hunch that Paul had done something to hurt her. She told him he was Christine's fiancée and not Paul's and assured him that she would call during the holidays. He sadly told her Christine was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and hoped aloud that Paul hadn't done anything to screw that up.

At Paul and Isabella's, they were spending family time together, talking about wrapping gifts and Ricky's first Christmas. Isabella expressed her happiness, and didn't notice the sad look on Paul's face. She did, however, tell him she thought his behavior had been different since the christening, and he told her he was trying not to dwell on it. He tried to assure her, by telling her she was his future and his life with her and Ricky were what mattered most in the world to him, and to try to put Chris out of her mind. Then, he told her he had to go to the store to pick up a last minute present for someone, and left the house.

Instead of going to a store, Paul went over to he and Chris's old apartment. Looking sad, he immediately went and poured himself a drink. He settled down on the couch, and found a photo of he and Chris together stuffed underneath a pillow. He started reminiscing about past Christmases with her, but was interrupted by someone entering the apartment—Michael. Paul asked Michael what he was doing there, and Michael replied he could ask Paul the same question. Paul told him he came by to pick something up. On his way over to get a drink himself, Michael asked if Paul had heard from Christine, and Paul sadly said he hadn't. Michael told Paul he wasn't sure why he was there; he just missed her and that the last few days had been especially difficult for him. He raised his glass and proposed a toast: that she knew people at home loved and missed her. Paul sadly raised his glass, too.

At the homeless shelter, Brittany approached Jill, saying how she noticed the two of them were out of place. Jill told her she wanted to be there, and furthermore it was to help people, not to have fun. She asked Brittany how her parents were, and Brittany replied they were quite disappointed in her at the moment. Jill expressed her surprise at Brittany's statement, and mentioned that she had met them at social functions. She told her to be sure to say hello to her father, and added, "from Jabot" when Brittany looked at her strangely. Raul came over and teased Jill, saying how he had noticed Santa had a crush on her.

Mackenzie came in and she and Jill had a pleasant conversation. They both talked about missing Billy, but looking around the room, Mackenzie pointed out how fortunate they really were. "Santa" walked over, and Katherine smirked in the background. After realizing who it really was, they ended up in the back room together, getting friendly and kissing one another.

A homeless woman approached Brittany, saying she overheard her conversation with "that Abbott woman." She told Brittany she had lost her daughter in a car accident, and that the worst part was that they weren't speaking at the time. She told Brittany it was obvious that she missed her parents, and perhaps they were missing her in the exact same way. Before leaving, she encouraged Brittany to consider calling them. She took the advice quietly.

Wes came home early from Lily's shopping trip, telling Dru he told her it was all right to come home in a cab. It told her how excited Lily was, and how nice it was to see her so happy. Dru stopped him and told him they needed to talk. She gently told him she had changed her mind; that the trip to Paris was off. Surprised, Wes asked what was going on, and guessed it had something to do with Neil and his drinking problems. Dru admitted that was partially it, but more than that, he was really looking forward to spending time with Lily. She ended her explanation by telling Wes she just had to stay, and he agreed. She began to cry because he was so understanding and started even more once he continued. He told her he wanted to be the one to tell Lily, since he was only slightly less crushed than she would be. Touched, she agreed, and told him what a great guy he was.

While she went to Neil's apartment to tell him about her decision, Lily came home. Wes immediately sat her down and explained the trip was off. When she started going ballistic, screaming she'd convince her mother otherwise, he decided to take the blame for the situation. He told her he had screwed up the airplane reservations online and accidentally booked for the wrong month. He told her all reservations for the holidays were taken now, and how sorry he was about it. He completed the lie by saying he hoped she could forgive him, and she fell into his arms crying.

Downstairs, Dru broke the news to Neil that they were staying home, and much to her surprise, he was not happy. He told her there was no reason to stay, especially since he knew it was because she was worried about him drinking again. She asked incredulously if he'd rather they go, and he told her yes, and that he had his blessing. Then, the conversation took a turn, and he told her he had just figured out the real reason she was staying. He surmised out loud that she really just wanted to spend the time with him. With that, he grabbed her and kissed her, stopped because she strongly pulled away. She yelled that she should slap him for that, and stormed out.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002

The show began with Phyllis smiling, looking out the window. She sat down at her vanity table, and Jack came over and surprised her by placing a lovely diamond necklace around her neck. He wished her happy holidays, and also a happy anniversary. They reminisced about their wedding one year to the day earlier, and talked about continuing the tradition of reading the Christmas story from the Bible. Meanwhile over at Diane's hotel suite, she read a story to Kyle and looked sadly over at the gift under the tree to Jack from Kyle.

At the ranch, Nikki mentioned to Victor that the children would likely be up soon. Victor looked sad, and admitted he wished Vicki and Nick were coming, too. Nikki did her best to cheer him up, even laughingly offering to do a strip tease, but he assured her he would be all right once Noah and Cassie got there.

Noah and Cassie were pouting, angry that Nicholas was not there with them. Sharon tried to put on a happy face, saying she knew that he would be there soon, and she was certain he would have a very good reason. Cassie got mad, saying Sharon shouldn't try to keep acting like everything was normal, because it just wasn't. With perfect timing, Nick walked in with a bunch of packages, which sent everyone, including Sharon, into gales of laughter. They decided to let the children open their gifts, and Nick shyly told Sharon he had something for her, too. He had some of Sharon's special chicken and dumplings, and also agreed to have some wine. The kids were ecstatic over their presents, and Cassie led Noah away for a minute so her parents could be alone. Sharon told him how grateful she was that he came by, and he told her of course he wouldn't miss it. He began to ask if the children doubted that, and she quickly told him she reassured them. Cassie and Noah came back into the room, and when they asked if Nick could stay the night, he agreed if it was all right with Sharon. Sharon quickly agreed, and everyone was all smiles again.

Vicki and Diego were talking about the Christmas holiday in their motel room, and Vicki started to look sad. He told her the true meaning of Christmas was to be with the ones you love, and with that, encouraged her to go to the ranch. Nikki and Victor were delighted to see Victoria walk in with bags of presents. She told them she couldn't stay long, but did agree to stay until Cassie and Noah got there. Nikki excused herself to leave Victor and Victoria alone. They had an uncomfortable silence and small talked a bit about work. When Victoria commented on the tree, she shared with Victor a very special childhood memory when she cut down the tree herself. Seeing her tears, he told her he appreciated her dropping by, and she told him Diego was the one who insisted she come. At that point, the children came in and Victoria was convinced to stay.

Brittany and Raul were spending some tender moments on a park bench in the snow, when a homeless man walked near them. Raul immediately jumped up and said he was going to give him all of his money, and Brittany snidely said, "What are we, the Rockefellers?" Ignoring her, he approached the man and apologized that he only had this small amount of money to offer. The man was extremely grateful, and seeing that, Brittany was touched and gave him her stack of cash as well. Impressed with her change in attitude, Raul praised her for her actions. When they sat back down, Brittany told him she was really broke, but she was going to cook a wonderful dinner for him when they got home. She really wanted to do it, not only as a gift to him, but to make things more festive. He told her how happy he was just to be together.

When they went home, the door was ajar, and they realized someone had broken in. Much to their surprise and chagrin, the thieves had stolen their T.V., boom box, leather coat and Raul's cell phone. While both were angry, Brittany suggested they just try to cheer up, because she didn't want to spend Christmas—and their first Christmas together—filling out a police report. She told Raul they should just count their blessings, and went into the kitchen to go cook her holiday dinner. When she opened the refrigerator, she realized their food had been stolen, as well. She was especially sad because it was the only thing she had to give Raul for Christmas.

Just then, there was a knock on their door, and it was Raul's parents, armed with gifts and food. When Mrs. Guiterrez said she hoped they weren't overstepping, Brittany jumped up and gave her a very sincere hug. Just a moment later, there was another knock on the door—this time it was Brittany's mom. Brittany's first reaction was to ask if her mother was there to rub in the fact that she wasn't in their nice house, but that wasn't the case. Her father walked up with gifts and food, as well, saying her mom had cooked her a special dinner. Mrs. Hodges commented that Brittany was, as usual, biting the hand that feeds her, and Brittany immediately apologized, saying she didn't mean to come across as a brat. Raul was inviting to her parents and they all decided to eat together. After eating together and joining in pleasant conversation, they all sang Christmas carols.

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Wednesday, December >25, 2002

Due to the Christmas holiday, The Young and the Restless did not air an original episode today. Instead an episode from Christmas 1992 aired.

The show will resume tomorrow, December 26th, where Tuesday's show concluded.

On behalf of everyone involved with Soap Opera Central, I'd like to extend to you, your family and loved ones our wishes for the happiest and merriest of Christmases.

Dan J Kroll
Owner/Founder, Soap Opera Central

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Thursday, December 26, 2002
by Ruth

The Abbott family surprises Colleen on her 16th birthday. Traci reveals that they have one other surprise guest, and Billy enters. Colleen is grateful her whole family is there on her account. J.T. calls Colleen on her cell phone to wish her a happy birthday. Billy is happy to be home and all he wants to do is focus on Mac. Brittany admits to Raul that she has changed because of him. Colleen tags along with Billy and Mac to the coffeehouse, in hopes of running into J.T. J.T. wants to see Colleen for her birthday, but Brittany advises him to stay away. Jack notices something is bothering Ashley, but she tells him to focus on his wife and son. Diane refuses to let Jack and Phyllis spend the day with Kyle. Jack reminds her of their arrangement, and realizes Diane is playing hardball. Isabella advises Diane to spend less time worrying about revenge, and more time worrying about the strong case the D.A. has against her. She suggests Diane get a good lawyer, and Diane orders her to leave. Detective Weber arrives, suspecting Diane set the fire and tried to frame Phyllis. Nick and Sharon discuss how difficult it was to spend the night in the same house. Sharon throws herself at Nick, but he rejects her. Nikki realizes Diego is not a man they approve of, but suggests that they mold Diego into someone else. Victor is against Nikki's suggestion that he hire Diego. Sharon runs to Victor and explains that Nick left again, and her only option is divorce.

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Friday, December 27, 2002

Phyllis and Diane bickered after Phyllis showed up at Diane's hotel room to take Kyle for a day of sledding with her and Jack. Diane refused, saying she and her son had other plans. Phyllis warned her that, with the police breathing down her neck to prove that Diane had set the pool house fire, Diane couldn't afford to "play it" that way. She needed to stop using her son to manipulate them and focus on keeping herself out of trouble. She then chided Diane for still wearing the cast on her leg, and Diane challenged her to remove it herself. Phyllis reminded Diane that she wasn't someone to mess around with and told her that Jack was even then meeting with John Silva to see about custody of Kyle. Diane insisted she was innocent of arson and had nothing to worry about. Furthermore, she had no intention of letting her son spend time with a lunatic like Phyllis. Phyllis laughed and said that Diane was the pot calling the kettle black. Diane said that she hadn't even begun to fight. Phyllis said that one day, when she was Kyle's new mommy and Diane was in prison, she might just be too busy to bring Kyle to see his mother. After Phyllis left without Kyle, Diane looked worried and frustrated.

Jack expressed his disbelief to John Silva that Diane wasn't in jail. John pointed out that the evidence against Diane was as circumstantial and risky as it had been against Phyllis. Although he doubted Diane's innocence, he pointed out that the police were not likely to make the same mistake again. They wanted the truth. There was no confirmation that it was Diane on the video buying the paint thinner. She might have been so distraught the night of the fire that she thought she had taken a sleeping pill. And she might have been wearing the cast as a ploy to get Jack's sympathy. He reminded Jack that another custody battle would mean dredging up Phyllis's past and warned him not to take matters into his own hands. Jack insisted that he would do anything to protect his son.

Victor was dismayed when Sharon told him she was considering filing for divorce now that Nick had rejected and humiliated her. He told her it was too soon to give up and comforted her with an embrace. As he left Sharon's house, Nikki was lurking outside and saw him. She then confronted Sharon, questioning her suspiciously about how long Victor had been there and accusing Sharon of playing on his sympathy. Sharon responded furiously to Nikki's accusations and said Nikki was talking like a woman who'd never made a mistake. Nikki said that she'd never claimed to be perfect, but the disappointment in Sharon's life was of her own creation. Sharon told Nikki she would no doubt be happy to hear that she and Nick were on the verge of divorce.

Victor went to Nick's office and told him he was taking him off of a high-pressure project because Nick needed to get his priorities straight. Putting his marriage back together should be his primary focus. Nick told his father that he wasn't going to be forced back home by either Sharon or his father. He was sure he understood Sharon better than Victor did, regardless of what Sharon had told Victor about considering divorce. Victor warned him that unless he found it in his heart to forgive Sharon and move on, his family was going to slip away from him. Nick said that his difficulty in accepting the mistakes Sharon had made were no different from Victor's refusal to get past what Diego had done, but Victor disagreed.

J.T. came to Brad and Ashley's house hoping to get Brad's permission to wish Colleen a happy birthday. Brad wasn't there, but Ashley told him that she couldn't permit it. J.T. had agreed to stay away from Colleen for two weeks to allow Brad to help her settle into her new home. J.T. told Ashley that everyone had the wrong impression of him. He was not interested in Colleen for sex, and most of the college girls he knew were less mature than Colleen. He simply wanted to give Colleen a gift for her sixteenth birthday. Ashley said he could leave the gift, and she and Brad would discuss it. But J.T. said it wasn't something he could leave, although he tried to get Ashley to take a birthday card. Ashley refused and went upstairs to check on Abby after J.T. told her he could let himself out.

At Crimson Lights, Brittany and Raul decided to go home and let Raul catch up with Billy later. Billy and Mac talked to Colleen, who was angry that Billy had warned J.T. to stay away from the coffee shop. She'd merely wanted to see him on her birthday. Billy reminded her that J.T. had made a promise to Brad and needed to keep it. Besides, J.T. was not the kind of guy his niece needed to get involved with. Colleen decided to return home, and Mac left to drive her there. J.T. showed up at the coffee house, which made Billy, who had told him to stay away, angry. The two exchanged harsh words that escalated into a fight. Cody broke them up just as Mac came back. She reminded them that they weren't kids anymore and needed to stop acting like it. While Billy glared at J.T., J.T. left the coffee shop.

Colleen told Ashley how miserable her birthday was because she'd only wanted to see J.T. She knew they all expected her to be grateful for being there instead of in boarding school, but thanks to their rules, her birthday was ruined. Ashley urged her to be patient. When Ashley went upstairs, Colleen found the birthday card from J.T. hidden inside her book. After Ashley left to take Abby to a doctor's appointment, Colleen went outside and read the card. Her misery changed to happiness when J.T. showed up with a guitar to serenade her on her birthday. She was touched by his actions and begged him to stay a little longer, but J.T. said they shouldn't risk it. He kissed her goodbye and left.

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