Lynne went to see Mary and ask her how her trip went. Mary was hoping Lynne had good news about what was going on in Paul's life now that Isabella had moved out. Her wish was that the separation was at least legal now. Although Lynne didn't intend to tell her about Christine's return to town, she did say there was reason to hope that things would change soon for Paul. But she had to tell Mary that Isabella had moved back in for Ricky's sake. Mary's reaction was calm--too calm--and Lynne asked her what was wrong. Mary said that while it was fashionable to blame one's childhood or other traumas for wrongdoing, there was another force alive in the world. Lynne asked what, and Mary said "evil," staring at a crucifix while Lynne gave her a concerned look and asked if that wasn't a little off the deep end.
Isabella continued to talk to Paul about the bad influence his connection to Christine was having in his life. He'd become a man she didn't know--a man he never expected to be. Not only had he forced himself on Christine, but he wouldn't let go of his preoccupation with Michael. While Paul didn't excuse himself for the things he'd done, he said that Michael made him crazy. Isabella finally told him that she would give him whatever he wanted. If he wanted a marriage, she was willing to work hard with him to make a home and a family for them and their son. If he wanted a divorce, she would give him that, raising Ricky alone and giving up her dreams of being a family. When Paul told her that he owed her an apology, she thought that meant he wanted a divorce. But Paul said that he wanted to prove to her that he could be a good husband and father. He was going to do everything he could to put the past behind him and move on with her.
Christine continued to question Michael about his association with Isabella. She couldn't understand, given what she knew of their history and the way Isabella had lied about his being Ricky's father, why he would take Isabella as a client. Michael said that Isabella was desperate, and the two of them were in a similar situation. She was trying to move on with Paul; he was trying to put together a life with Christine. She'd felt desperate and isolated after being questioned by "Kelly" and because of the things Paul had done on the night of the christening. He'd felt compassion for her so agreed to take her case. Christine said that it didn't add up. When "Kelly" had talked to Isabella, she hadn't appeared even slightly concerned about the possibility that James was about to be paroled. That didn't match Isabella's story to Paul that her husband had harassed and threatened her. Nor did she seem "desperate," as Michael was implying. To Christine, there seemed to be some other connection between Isabella and Michael, and she wanted him to tell her if there was. Michael insisted that more than anything, he wanted to build a life with Chris. He loved her. He wanted them to be side by side, always. He knew that couldn't happen if it was based on lies or deceptions. Chris told him that wasn't an answer, and Michael finally said, "There is nothing you should know about Isabella and me." When Chris still seemed distant, Michael said that he guessed sometimes love wasn't enough. As he started to leave, Christine stopped him, walking into his arms and holding him.
Jack found out that another company was trying to get Satine and called Ashley into a meeting. Before she could arrive, Phyllis walked in with Kyle. He was dismayed when Phyllis said she had to leave Kyle there so she could show her face at Newman Enterprises. She'd been working from home long enough; she needed to make sure her career was still safe after all that had happened over the past few months. Jack said he couldn't take care of Kyle and do what he needed to do at work. He suggested they call Diane to babysit, but Phyllis nixed that idea. Finally, exasperated, she picked up Kyle and said she'd take him to work with her.
When Ashley joined Jack, he told her that another company was trying to buy Satine. She told him that she wasn't going to give up. A year's worth of research had told her that women of color were ready for a new cosmetics line that would encompass all ages. If they had to get into a bidding war, she was willing to do it. Jack was delighted. He asked if she was okay with the idea of hiring Dru. Although he found Ashley's assurance that she found Dru adequate a little less than a ringing endorsement, he called Dru and asked her to meet with them.
When Lily found out that Neil had offered Dru a job modeling for a new line of cosmetics for women of color, she was skeptical. She wondered if her father wasn't perhaps using that as a means for getting closer to Dru. After all, most women Dru's age were well past their modeling years. Annoyed, Dru reminded Lily that she was still a beautiful woman, not exactly over the hill. When she received a call from Jack to come in to talk about the Jabot position, she blithely told Lily that Neil wasn't the only person who thought she still had what it took to be a success.
When Dru got to Jabot, Ashley and Jack told her they wanted her to be more than someone who did a couple of ads for them. They felt that with her expertise and background, she could be a more important part of the Jabot team. They wanted her to act as a mentor for all of their models. It would involve a lot of travel and energy and a full-time commitment. When they wondered if she was ready for that, Dru said she realized it was a great opportunity. She just needed some time to think it over. They said they'd draw up the contracts so they could go full speed ahead as soon as she committed to them.
At Newman, Victoria told Neil they had a problem. She was less than pleased with Phyllis's recent absence from the office. Neil reminded her that Phyllis had been going through a lot, but had still managed to work from home. Victoria insisted there was another problem. If Brash and Sassy was going to go head to head with Jabot to get into a new market, they didn't need to worry about Phyllis's loyalty. As Jack's wife, Phyllis might be a liability to them.
In her office, Phyllis was dismayed to look over and see that Kyle had spread her files all over the office floor. She picked him up and distracted him with a toy while she tried to continue to work. When Victoria and Neil came in, she assured them that Kyle's presence was due to an unusual set of circumstances, and she wasn't going to make a habit of bringing him to work. Victoria called Phyllis's assistant and asked him to take care of Kyle for a few minutes so they could have a meeting. After Bryce took Kyle away, Neil and Victoria informed Phyllis that they were terminating her contract immediately. Shocked, Phyllis told them that in spite of everything, she'd been working hard from home and the numbers hadn't changed. Victoria said that the numbers might have risen if Phyllis had been committed to her job full time. Phyllis said she didn't know a two year old was grounds for termination. Victoria evaded Phyllis's questions, saying she was good at what she did and wishing her luck. She then suggested that Phyllis might even go to work at Jabot since she had an "in" with the CEO there. After a few moments, Phyllis insisted that nothing was adding up. She guessed that Brash and Sassy was considering an expansion and they were afraid she might give information to Jack, which she had never done and would not do. Neil handed Phyllis an envelope detailing her severance package and left the office with Victoria. Phyllis picked up the envelope and brooded.
Jill told Larry that she was going to see Frederick Hodges seeking help in finding her birth parents. Larry decided that he would be supportive and offered his own help. Jill graciously declined, kissing him goodbye.
Before Jill arrive at the bank, Frederick and Anita had another fight about Brittany and their lack of a relationship. Frederick left Anita in his office and she was gone by the time that he returned. Jill arrived and soon he was close to her, glad to see a friendly face. He almost kissed her, but she thought better of it and backed away.
Larry paid a visit to the Records department at Genoa City Memorial Hospital. He wasn't about to be shown up by Frederick Hodges. . .
Dru tried to weasel a deal out of Neil and Newman Enterprises like the one that Jack and Ashley had described to her the night before. Neil was a bit condescending, sure that she didn't want to travel so much or work so hard. That didn't sit so well with Dru, as became apparent when she talked to Wes about it later.
Phyllis and Jack discussed her new predicament at Newman Enterprises. Phyllis knew that there was more to it than her new child and her marriage to Jack – she decided to pay a visit to Victor Newman. Jack was a little bit glad that she may have a reason to stay home with Kyle.
At Victor's office, Phyllis stood to plead her case with him. She was hoping to reach Victor's more logical business side by reminding him of the value that she brought to the organization and to the Brash & Sassy product line. . .
Friday, March 14, 2003
Larry, dressed in his security uniform, went into the hospital records office and told Devon he needed to file a report on the man and woman who'd tried to obtain a birth record. Devon refused to cooperate, saying if she messed up one more time, she'd be in serious trouble with Mrs. French and she was working for school credit. After Larry charmed her a little, Devon finally said that she would open the drawer and leave the envelope sticking out of the file. Then she'd go out the back door on her lunch break. Larry swore he wouldn't tell anyone she'd helped him. But as he emerged from the records department later, Mrs. French caught him. She knew immediately that he wasn't hospital security, and when she saw which birth certificate he held, she called Jill to tell her that if there was another incident, she would call the police. If any more of Jill's connections wanted to see the birth certificate, they'd better come with a court order.
Jill had been in her office dealing with an unwelcome visit from Katherine, who was there to tell her how Liz was doing. Jill said that she'd been visiting her adoptive mother and resented any implication that she'd been negligent. Katherine admitted that Liz had told her that Jill had been attentive. As she started to leave, Jill asked Katherine if she'd seen Larry that morning and if he'd told her he was willing to help her find her birth parents. Katherine said no, and if she'd known that, she would discourage him. Not because she didn't think he could be helpful, but because she didn't feel this was something Jill needed to pursue. Jill was fortunate to have lived the life she had. She should be grateful. When their conversation was interrupted by the call from Mrs. French, Jill's worst fears were realized. At that point, Larry came in and Jill berated him for going to the hospital. She was furious that he hadn't left the matter in the more capable hands of Frederick Hodges.
Dru saw Phyllis in Crimson Lights and excitedly told her that she was joining the family. When Phyllis gave her a blank look, Dru mentioned the wonderful job offer from Jabot. Phyllis was convinced that Dru had been sent by Neil to trick her and prove that Phyllis couldn't be trusted. Dru assured her that this was not the case. She went on to babble all about how Jabot and Newman were in a bidding war for Satine Cosmetics. Both companies had also offered her a job. However, Jabot's offer was much bigger and she intended to take it. When she found out Phyllis had been fired by Victoria and Neil, she told her she was better off, because Jabot was going to win this fight against Newman.
At Newman Enterprises, Victor warned Neil and Victoria about what they might be risking by firing Phyllis. Victoria reminded her father that he'd never fully trusted Phyllis either, which was why he'd limited her web access. Victor said that keeping Phyllis where he could watch her, with some restraints, might be a better bet than letting her go. Not only did she have valuable information about Newman Enterprises that she was now free to share with Jack, but she was angry and might be vindictive enough to do it. He told them to think about that; he was leaving for the hospital to see Cassie.
Phyllis went to Newman Enterprises to see Victor, but instead found Victoria and Neil. Without telling them how she knew, but adamant that it wasn't from Jack, she relayed what information she had about the African-American cosmetics deal. She told them they'd be making a big mistake, because Jabot had everything in place to succeed in that market, whereas Brash and Sassy was just a little division of a huge congomerate. Victoria and Neil asked her to wait outside while they talked things over. After Phyllis left, they discussed the pros and cons of having Phyllis at Newman where they could keep an eye on her.
At Jabot, John, Jack, and Ashley met with the legal representative of Mr. Peabody, owner of Satine Cosmetics. They said they were now willing to meet Mr. Peabody's asking price of twenty-million. But the attorney told them the competing bid was for twenty-five million. Jack exploded, wondering if they were being played, as there was no way Satine was worth that much money. The attorney told him that was subjective, and the other buyer obviously thought it was. When John said they were withdrawing their offer, the attorney walked outside and made a call. Jack overheard him telling the person on the other end of the phone that Jabot had withdrawn; Satine was theirs. Just before he hung up, he said, "Thanks, Ms. Newman." Jack then turned and told his father and sister that it had been Newman who outbid them. John was disappointed and angry, but left for another meeting.
Victoria was thrilled by the call letting them know Newman had the deal with Satine. She and Neil called Phyllis back in and told her the details. Victoria then pointed out that if Phyllis was working there, she needed to be aware that they were going full force against her husband's company, and they didn't intend to lose. Was Phyllis willing to be a part of that?
Ashley and Jack tried to figure out how Newman had gotten wind of the Satine deal. Ashley speculated that maybe Satine had just put the word out and Newman got lucky. But Jack was sure Victor was behind it. He said they'd even fired Phyllis, implying that she couldn't be trusted with company-sensitive information. When Ashley wondered if Nikki had said something, Jack said Nikki would never do that. In any case, she hadn't known about the deal. The two of them agreed that they needed to stop worrying about what soured their deal and start concentrating on developing their own products and infrastructure. Jack said they were ready to forge ahead, especially with Dru as their spokesperson. Ashley got a sick look on her face and admitted to her brother that she'd told Dru a couple of weeks before about Satine. She suspected that Dru had said something to Neil, who'd jumped right on it. Jack was stunned, but before he could reply, Dru waltzed in and said she was there to sign her contract. She was a little surprised by the speculative glances she got from the Abbott siblings.