Larry spotted Cassie at Crimson Lights and sat down to have a talk with her. When she explained how upset she was with her parents for their refusal to let Adam attend the gala with her, Larry explained how Nick would always feel like she was his little girl. He was only trying to protect her. Cassie insisted that it wasn't a real date, her entire family would be around her at the ranch, and she was no longer a kid.
As Larry was comforting Cassie, Sharon walked in. Delighted to see her daughter, Sharon stopped Cassie from leaving after Larry went back to work. She said that she'd gone to talk to Nick on Cassie's behalf. Since the gala was back on at the ranch, Sharon had been able to persuade him to change his mind. Cassie was thrilled about that but warned her mother it didn't entirely change things between them. Sharon understood and said at least it was a baby step. She looked happy as Cassie left the coffeehouse.
Dru confirmed with Brad that he really did know what Damon was up to with Phyllis. Still, she had plenty of reservations about the whole thing. Not only were they playing with fire because of Jack, but she was concerned that Phyllis was more than capable of not only handling Damon, but getting information about Jabot out of him. Brad still felt like Damon could hold his own and was their only shot at finding out what Victor was up to with Michael Baldwin. Dru asked to be kept in the loop and left his office.
Brad called Ashley, who said she was doing fine. She asked a lot of questions about the upcoming Tuvia launch, and Brad assured her that everything was fine. When Ashley said she and Abby were returning home, because Ashley wanted to see the launch of her new baby, Brad reminded her that the only baby she should be concerned about was the one inside her. A reluctant Ashley finally agreed not to go home, and Brad promised to call her the next day and update her on things. After they hung up, Ashley looked thoughtful.
At Damon's apartment, Damon and Phyllis talked over what had happened. He explained how Dru had discovered her information about their night together. Phyllis was shocked that Dru had managed to get inside his apartment. She worried that Dru was even then telling Jack the whole story. Damon said that had been Dru's intention. He, however, had assured her that he was only plying Phyllis for information about Safra. Phyllis wondered if that was true.
Damon asked if she thought he could have simulated his reaction to her. Phyllis trusted him. Damon said for all he knew, she could be playing him. Both of them assured each other that neither was just with the other for information. Phyllis insisted that she could be friends with him without it getting out of hand. Damon said he wasn't sure he could say the same. Before Phyllis could leave, Victoria called and asked to see Damon, who invited her to his apartment. Feeling a little jealous, Phyllis once against kissed Damon before she left him alone.
Victoria was defying her father's orders where Damon was concerned. Once Neil and Victoria filled in Victor about Phyllis' suspicion that all was not well with Damon at Jabot, Victoria said she didn't think Phyllis was the right person to handle it -- Victoria herself was. Victor said that he had the utmost respect for Phyllis as their webmaster, but he agreed that she needed to step back from Damon. However, he also didn't think Victoria should get involved. In fact, he assured them he would handle Damon himself.
Furious, Victoria said that once again, Victor was shutting her out of the boys' club, just as he had while mentoring Nick. Victor said Victoria had too much to do to get involved in the Damon plan. Victoria stomped out as her father told her that he didn't appreciate her attitude -- and that her becoming miraculously pregnant with his baby was no reason to be a bitch. "Incest is no excuse for insolence," he told her.
At the loft, Brittany accused J.T. of telling Raul about her job at Marsino's. J.T. denied it, saying maybe Raul had followed her. In any case, he hadn't said anything. Brittany wasn't sure what Raul would do, since he had never returned home the night before. J.T. said she needed to quit her job, but not necessarily because of the trouble it was causing with Raul. Bobby was playing her, getting her to do everything he wanted her to do.
If Brittany wanted to sing, she should go for it. But J.T. doubted that any celebrity successes had started out in a strip club. He cared about Brittany and what happened to her. She needed to move on to a place that not only gave her the chance to use her talent but a place where she wouldn't feel bad about what she was doing. Brittany insisted that she was only doing it for the money. J.T. wondered if that money was worth everything she could lose.
When Lauren sensed that something was bothering Raul at the boutique, he told her the story of Bobby buying the necklace and how it had led to his discovery that Brittany was stripping in Bobby's club. Lauren tried to get him to calm down enough to talk to Brittany. Maybe she would offer some explanation about what she'd been doing. Raul said he didn't even want to see Brittany, much less talk to her. As far as he was concerned, she could do whatever she wanted, including taking off her clothes for money. But she was going to do it without him. After Lauren left for an appointment, Raul was surprised to see Brittany walk inside the boutique.
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Phyllis discovered that Dru had not told Jack about her meetings with Damon. However, Dru still did not buy Phyllis' story about her relationship with Damon being strictly business. Victoria vented to Neil about Victor's chauvinistic attitude forbidding her to pursue Damon. Later, she decided to pay Damon a visit and invited him to go horseback riding with her at the ranch.
Brittany tried to rationalize keeping her secret from Raul, but Raul stressed to Brittany that stripping was immoral, if not illegal. Brittany insisted that she wouldn't stop, since the job paid so well. Raul once more encouraged Brittany to quit, but she stormed out, refusing to let Raul run her life. Bobby barged into the loft, looking for Brittany. He forced it out of J.T. that Brittany was with Raul, which made Bobby a bit jealous.
Sierra and Colleen discussed Lily's tainted view of what she saw in Kevin. Lily explained to Wes what she saw in Kevin, portraying his controlling nature as romantic. Wes offered to take her to the movies, but Lily was not interested and wanted to be alone. Kevin broke into J.T.'s loft and smashed all the windows. He overheard Colleen leaving a phone message for J.T. to meet her in the park. He deleted the message and thought of a plan.
Friday, August 22, 2003
Victoria and Phyllis had another confrontation at the office about Damon Porter, with Phyllis insisting that she was a happily married woman who had no personal interest in Damon. She urged Victoria to go for it if Victoria was interested in a personal relationship with him. However, she felt like any business dealings with Damon should be handled by Victor. Victoria said that she didn't always do what her father wanted, and she felt like she was the right person to handle the Damon situation. She warned Phyllis to stay out of her personal life, or there could be repercussions at work. Phyllis countered by saying Victoria might want to reconsider getting rid of Phyllis just as they were launching the Safra line.
Dru told Brad about her meeting with Phyllis, including Phyllis' confession that she had only been trying to pump Damon for information. Neither Brad nor Dru bought it. They felt like Damon had managed to really get under Phyllis' skin. Brad just hoped there would be a way for Jabot to use that to get information about what Victor was up to. Meanwhile, he had somewhere to be. He left, telling Dru he'd see her in a few hours.
Ashley was surprised by a visit from Victor and wondered how he'd found out where she was. Victor sidestepped, saying he was only there out of concern for her. Ashley was sure he had some other agenda and demanded that he be honest with her. Victor said he just wanted her out of the middle of the battle between their two companies. He always worried about her and wanted her pregnancy to be untouched by stress over work.
Ashley reminded Victor that he was the one who was turning it into a battle. He could stop that any time he chose. Victor said that he never made business decisions based on his personal relationships. Ashley was sure that was going to hurt him at some point. As she began to seem more stressed out, there was a knock on her door. She opened it, expecting to see her midwife, but instead, Brad walked in and gave her a hug. His happy expression vanished when he saw Victor standing there.
Sierra tried to make peace between Lily and Colleen, but when Colleen acted friendly, Lily let her have it. Colleen and J.T. had not only ruined her evening with Kevin, but he was obviously finished with her. He wouldn't respond to her instant messages. Colleen insisted that Kevin was too old for Lily and was acting like a predator. Lily hotly defended him then stomped off. Colleen left with the hope of meeting J.T. in the park. Sierra again tried to reason with Lily, but Lily insisted that she would never be friends with Colleen again.
As Detective Weber was questioning J.T. about the vandalism to the loft, Brittany walked in. She was furious when J.T. said the only person who might have done it was Bobby Marsino. Weber knew who Bobby was, and he listened as Brittany defended her boss. J.T. insisted that when Bobby had been there earlier, looking for her, he'd threatened J.T. Detective Weber left to question Bobby, while Brittany and J.T. continued to argue about Bobby.
At the club, Bobby found Kevin doing paperwork in his office. He said he'd had a meeting earlier and suggested that Kevin take a break and catch the show. When Kevin declined, Bobby made a comment about how his bookkeeper wasn't interested in girls. Kevin said that he was, but not the girls who worked at the club. As the two bickered about the strippers, Detective Weber entered to question Bobby about the vandalism to J.T. and Brittany's apartment.
Kevin listened, then failed to back up Bobby's story that he'd been at the club for over an hour. After Weber left, Bobby turned on Kevin, wondering why he'd said Bobby had only been there five or ten minutes before Weber arrived. Kevin said he was bad with time. Bobby kicked him out of the office, and Kevin went to the park. He was thinking of all the things Colleen had done to upset him while he remembered wrecking J.T.'s apartment. Since he'd heard Colleen's message that she was going to meet J.T. at the park, he grew impatient when she didn't show up. When Colleen finally arrived, he loomed in front of her menacingly, and Colleen began backing away from him.