Michael told Paul he knew Paul and Christine had had sex the night of Ricky's christening. Paul assumed Michael had gotten that information from Christine and demanded to know where she was. Michael took that as an admission and accused Paul of manipulating his fiancée into bed, thereby forcing her to leave town because she felt guilty. Paul wouldn't give him any details, but the more Michael talked, the angrier Paul got. When he appeared likely to hit Michael, Michael told him to go ahead. He said that Paul was going to have to live with the things he'd done to Christine every day for the rest of his life then warned him to go nowhere near Christine when she returned to town.
At her apartment, Christine thought about the night she and Paul had had sex. She finally opened her bedroom door and stared into the room with a haunted face. At that point, Lynne went over. She pressed Christine to reveal what she was thinking about. When Christine wouldn't, Lynne admitted that she knew about what had happened the night of the christening. However, she assumed that Christine was feeling guilty about Michael and was pining over Paul.
When Christine refused to discuss her private life, Lynne encouraged her to forget Michael and talk things over with Paul. Christine said that it was more complicated than Lynne knew. Frustrated by Lynne's biased perception of things, she finally dressed in her Kelly Simmons outfit and left the apartment to go to the coffeehouse. Lynne called Paul and asked him to meet her for coffee there, smiling when she hung up the phone, satisfied that instead of finding Lynne when he arrived at Crimson Lights, he'd find his ex-wife. When Paul got to the coffeehouse, he immediately spotted "Kelly."
Jill continued to try to talk Frederick into playing hooky with her. She joked about going to a mall, a movie, or a motel. When Frederick looked a little shocked, Jill said she was only teasing. However, she did think it would do them both good to take a day off and enjoy life. When Frederick pressed Jill about why she was suddenly trying to deal with the idea of mortality by living life more fully, Jill told him the truth about her mother's brain tumor and how it had put things in a different perspective for her.
Frederick, aware that Anita had booked a room at the Lodge for them and was waiting on him, asked if he could take a rain check. Both were unaware that Anita, tired of waiting for him, had returned to the restaurant. She overheard Jill say that one day, she did intend to make Frederick have some fun, including robbing a bank and checking into a motel room with her to snuggle up and watch R-rated movies. Anita then hurried to the table and coldly asked the two of them what they were up to.
Jill and Frederick tried to make her understand that Jill had only been joking, but Anita wasn't buying it. She said she'd overheard some women at the club talking about Jill and how she was a threat to any woman with a husband. Then again, they'd agreed she wouldn't be a threat much longer, as she was getting old. Hurt, Jill told Frederick she was leaving Anita to him and wished him luck before she left the restaurant.
Anita then turned on Frederick for keeping her waiting while he flirted with Jill. Frederick tried to convince her that she'd misunderstood. He promised to take her upstairs and make her forget the whole thing. Anita said she was no longer in the mood. She told Frederick to go to the bank and watch his interest rates then huffed out of the restaurant.
After her walk, Elizabeth Foster went to see Katherine. Katherine was surprised how well she looked then Elizabeth explained that her surgery had been postponed. Katherine and Esther expressed concern for Elizabeth's health, but Elizabeth insisted that she was fine. Since there was a chance that the operation might leave her mentally incapacitated or dead, she was in no hurry to have it. She said that perhaps since she'd always had a slow brain, she also had a slow brain tumor.
Elizabeth's friends were amazed at her sense of humor, but Elizabeth said she really had no choice. After Esther took a few hints and left them alone, Katherine made a couple of rude comments about Jill. Elizabeth reminded her that it took two people to keep the hostility alive between them. Katherine pointed out that Jill was the only person she fought with, whereas Jill fought with everyone.
Katherine wondered if Jill had inherited some flaw from her biological parents. Elizabeth said she really had no idea, but she did love Jill very much no matter what. When Jill walked in, Elizabeth invited her to join them for tea. Jill said that "the viper" had no doubt been saying terrible things about her, so she didn't feel like joining them. She then went upstairs.
Neil tried to get Victoria to talk about what was wrong between her father and her brother, but Victoria said it was just better if the two of them stayed away from each other. She then admitted that part of her problem with her father had arisen from her relationship with Diego, but that had ended. She wasn't sure if she'd ever really loved him, so it seemed best to let the relationship go.
Neil agreed that Victoria had probably done the right thing then tried to get her to talk about Victor and Nick again. He said that Victor was concerned about whether he and his son would ever be able to resolve their conflicts, but Neil had the idea that Victor had gone to talk to Nick. Victoria grabbed her coat and purse and fled from her office, sure that any meeting between the two would be a disaster and that she'd better stop it.
Cassie waited at Victor and Nikki's house for Nick to go there and talk to her about her mother. Miguel worried about how sad and upset she was and tried to cheer her up. He told her that he was sure her mother would be back, because she loved her children too much to stay away long. Cassie wondered how things had ever gotten to that point and sadly looked at a photograph of herself with her parents during happier times. Dejected, she finally pulled on her coat and left the house.
At his house, Nick told Victor that he would never forgive Victor for what Nick had witnessed between Sharon and his father. He'd grown to expect that kind of behavior from Sharon, but he'd always looked up to and respected his father. Victor told Nick that he didn't understand the entire situation. The kiss Nick had seen had been completely meaningless. He reminded his son that Nick had been about to reconcile with Sharon; that could still happen if Nick would put all of it behind him.
Nick said it was over for good between Sharon and him. Although he'd desperately wanted a reconciliation, the pain of seeing his wife and his father all over each other had destroyed all possibility of that. While they were fighting, Cassie returned from the main house, hoping to talk to her father. She overheard Nick and Victor arguing and cracked the door to listen. Nick saw her and called her name. Cassie reminded him that she'd been waiting to talk to him about Sharon leaving.
Victor was shocked to hear that Sharon had left without leaving word where she was going or how long she'd be gone. Cassie sadly left, and Victor continued to question Nick about why Sharon had taken off. Nick said she'd obviously given up all hope and had to have been devastated. Nothing else would make her leave her children because she loved them more than anything in her life. He said that he was no longer Victor's son.
Cassie sadly trudged through the snow, her mind on the pain her family was going through. She wiped tears from her face and dropped her mitten then stared sadly into the distance. She didn't realize that she'd stepped onto thin ice until she looked down and saw it crack under her feet. Before she could do anything, she was completely submerged in icy water.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Larry planned a special evening for Jill at the Colonnade Room. It included a bed with a rose on it and preordered food for them to indulge in. Jill first wanted to leave, but Larry talked her into returning to their love nest. She was nervous about cameras or videos being taken of them. She admitted that she had been accused of flirting with Frederick Hodges and was sure that she was dangerous and was getting old. She wanted to find out who her real parents were. Larry comforted her and told her that they were probably good parents.
Victor paid a visit to Doris, Sharon's mother, looking for clues to where Sharon might have gone. He asked about people that they knew from Milwaukee but didn't seem to get anywhere with Doris. Victoria and Nick realized that Sharon and Diego had left town at the same time and put two and two together. Miguel knew that Sharon had talked to Diego the night before she had left.
Michael went to Christine's apartment and found Lynne there. He noticed blankets on the couch and demanded to know who was sleeping there. Lynne said that it had been her. Michael accused her of waiting for Christine so that she could let Paul know when she was back in town first. Lynne didn't deny it.
Distraught after his encounter with Michael, Paul started talking to Kelly at the coffeehouse. Something she said sounded familiar to him, and he wanted her to go home with him. She resisted at first, but they ended up leaving together.
When Nick and Victoria realized Cassie wasn't in the house, they started a search of the grounds. Someone in the tack house thought that they had seen her heading for the woods. Nick and Victoria continued their search on ATVs, yelling for Cassie everywhere. Victoria found a mitten and then Nick spotted her coat under the surface of a frozen pond. The ice had been broken through. He plunged into the icy water to save his daughter.
Friday, February 21, 2003
Drucilla went to see Olivia, complaining about how her sister had been discussing her personal business behind her back with Wesley and Neil. She wanted Olivia to stay out of it. Olivia reminded her that she'd once asked Dru for the same thing in regard to Brad and Ashley. She questioned her sister about what her plans were, pointing out that Dru had created the situation leading to Neil and Wesley's confusion and frustration. Dru pointed out that she had money in the bank, a daughter to raise, and her own life. She didn't need a man to take care of her. She then huffed out of the apartment, saying she had an interview for a modeling job.
After Nick dove into the icy pond to retrieve Cassie's unconscious body, Victoria threw him a rope to help him out. She then called 9-1-1 and went to the house for blankets. Nick said Cassie wasn't breathing and continued performing life support measures on her. After the paramedics arrived, they were able to detect a shallow pulse. As Miguel and Victor joined them, Victor questioned what Cassie had been doing walking by herself near the pond. Nick reminded Victor that he'd been stuck arguing with Victor instead of talking to his daughter.
Later, at the hospital, Dr. Walker told them everything possible was being done to revive Cassie. He reminded Nick that his daughter was a fighter, so they should hope for the best. Victoria tried to keep peace between her brother and her father as Nick told Victor that whatever happened, he was holding Victor responsible. Later, when Nick sat by Cassie's bed, begging her to wake up for him, he told her that they would find Sharon and reminded her how much Sharon loved her and Noah counted on her.
Victoria told Victor they needed a miracle. She asked when Nikki was returning, and Victor said she should be home that night. He then went to Crimson Lights to ask Cody if he'd seen or heard from Sharon. Cody hadn't. Jack overheard Victor and asked if everything was okay. Without giving Jack information, Victor just said he needed to find Sharon.
Jack admitted that Nikki had told him about the trouble between Nick and Sharon. He said that he cared a lot about Nick and had helped raise Nick when he had been married to Nikki. Victor insisted that was ancient history. Jack then said his own experience had taught him that when things were at their worst, it was best to hold on. They would get better. When Victor asked if that was Jack's advice for Nick, Jack said it was advice for Victor, too. Victor left Crimson Lights.
Jack returned to the office, where Dru dropped in on him. She put up a good show of everything going well for her then asked if Jabot had any products they could use her modeling skills for. Jack said they already had a full group of models. He took Dru's numbers and promised to call if anything opened up. She left, slumping outside his door in despair and wondering what she was going to do.
Dru's agent, Sid, stopped by Neil's apartment. Neil said that he was on his way out and Dru wasn't there. Sid said he was there to see Neil, not Dru, and told her ex-husband about the phone conversation he'd had with Dru. Her modeling career was over, and Sid was worried about how she was doing. Later, when Dru returned home, Neil had candles burning, music playing, and an exquisite dinner prepared for a "date" with her. Even Lily had gone to spend the night with a friend.
Dru let Neil pour her a glass of champagne. Neil drank nonalcoholic champagne. She told him that Jack had offered her a job, but it was one Sid would have turned down. She then said Jabot might have something for her later in the year, but she didn't intend to sit around waiting. Neil gently told her that Sid had stopped by, and Neil knew the truth. Dru broke down in tears as Neil said he was very sorry.
At Paul's apartment, Paul sent Ricky's babysitter, Santana, away and began to confide in "Kelly Simmons" about the troubles in his marriage. He exonerated Isabella of any wrongdoing, but "Kelly" told him that trouble in a marriage was usually the fault of both partners. Paul admitted that Isabella hadn't been totally honest with him at first, but he insisted he was the one who was to blame for the mess his life was in. He'd been fixated on his former wife and had been less than honest with Isabella about it.
Christine began to be uncomfortable as Paul shared his feelings with her. First, she poured herself a cup of coffee to break off the conversation, and finally she kept her back to him, so he wouldn't know how much he was upsetting her as he talked about his ex-wife. He admitted that he'd had sex with her on the night of Ricky's christening, but said it hadn't been the way it had once been. Christine had tried to throw him a lifeline, but instead, he'd dragged her down with him, treating her in a way that she hadn't deserved, and he would never forgive himself for it.
As Christine fought her tears, Paul said it was the worst decision he'd ever made in his life, and he only wanted to find a way to tell Christine how sorry he was, then said, "I'm sorry, Christine." Christine turned around, startled, wondering if he'd seen through her "Kelly" disguise.