Victor is looking out the window of his office when Michael comes in. Michael tells Victor that he is surprised that his office isn't more secure. Michael says he's heard about Ashley's baby and that certain people hold Victor responsible. Victor doesn't think he has anything to worry about. He asks Michael if he is still keeping an eye on his daughter. Michael says he suggests Victor back off of Victoria a little, to leave the poor girl alone. Victor says that Michael doesn't have any children, so he shouldn't be giving him any advice. They go on to discuss business matters, and Victor thanks Michael for his hard work getting companies to shelf the Safra line ahead of Tuvia's. Victor thinks that since they now have brought Jabot down on one knee, if the time is right to deliver the final knockout punch. Michael suggests that Victor let Jabot fall on their own so that Victor won't appear to be the one who completely crushed them.
Phyllis goes to Victoria's office and throws down her work, apparently in a bad mood. Victoria wants to know what's going on, she says that Phyllis and her should discuss the work, but Phyllis says there is something she has to discuss with Victor. Victoria seems upset that Phyllis won't tell her what's going on. When Phyllis asks Victoria about Damon, Victoria says that two can play at being mysterious. Phyllis says that Damon is her friend, and Victoria tells her that it appears that their friendship has cooled off. But Phyllis informs her that it hasn't, as a matter of fact, she just saw him last night. Victoria can't believe that Phyllis had seen Damon after their dinner date at Yves last night. She thinks Phyllis must be stalking him.
Paul goes to his mother's house to get his brother Todd's number. When Mary wants to know why he wants the number, he says that he hasn't talked to him in a long time, and wants to know how Todd is doing. Since Todd is a priest, Mary thinks maybe Paul wants Todd to marry him and Chris. Paul says it's not that, he has no plans yet to marry Chris. Mary keeps pushing him, asking that if it's not that, then how are things with Paul and Chris? Paul says things are fine, and that he has to go, that he and his mother will get together soon to have dinner. Mary wants to know if Chris will be there, and when Paul isn't sure, she assumes that there is something definitely wrong.
Jack sits in his office calling around looking for Brad. When the door opens, he thinks it may be Brad, but it's Damon. Jack tells Damon that Brad and Ashley are having problems and that Brad is missing. Jack says that Ashley needs Brad right now, and he doesn't want Brad to end up in a body bag. When Damon asks Brad what Jack means by that, Jack tells him that Brad is on a rampage for Victor's hide. Jack says it's a weird world, some things are good, some are bad, and sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Damon says that the email he received cutting the R&D funds made him want to cry. Jack tells him to relax, that things have changed and there is some good news with that. With those words, Diane walks in. Jack introduces Diane to Damon, and says although he has to leave, they can hang around and get acquainted if they wish. As they talk, Damon says he already knows a little about Diane from Jack's wife, Phyllis. Diane acts surprised that Phyllis told Damon about her. Damon says that Phyllis mentioned that Jack and Diane have a baby together. Damon asks Diane if she is married now. She tells Damon that she once was married to Jack's archenemy, Victor Newman.
It's Ashley's first day home, and as she plays with Abby, it seems as if she hears a baby's cries in the background. John comes in to see her and asks if she is all by herself. Ashley tells him no, that Francis is there with her. John asks how she is, and if there is anything he can do. Ashley says she hasn't been much of a mom to Abby lately. He tells her of course she is, and that Abby should be a comfort to her now. Ashley can't shake her feelings. "A week ago, everything was so beautiful," she says. She pulls out something she knitted for the baby. "It's all finished," she says, "Everything is finished." She tells John that because of the accident, she will never be able to have children again. John tries to comfort her, and tells Ashley that she really is blessed, that she has her family, and a husband and a child who love her. Ashley tells him that Brad isn't there, that he never came home last night. When he found out that she told Victor that she couldn't have children anymore before she told Brad that Brad took off, probably headed Victor's way. Ashley begs John not to go and do the same thing.
Loren visits Chris for the first time since the Isabella nightmare. Chris tells Loren how much she appreciates her. Loren asks if there is something going on between Chris and Paul, she says it seems like the two of them have something weighing on them. "It's in your eyes," Loren tells her, as Paul walks in. Loren and Chris's faces are extremely serious, and Paul asks if he was interrupting anything. Loren says no, she was just coming by to see Chris, as she leaves. Paul says he wanted to come and see Chris. That he has been thinking about her. He says he wonders how she can stand the sight of him. He's talking about the rape, and says he doesn't even know himself anymore. Chris tells him not to think about it anymore, that Paul is a kind, supportive man, with so much love. But Paul still feels terrible. He goes to call his brother. When Todd answers, Paul tells him that he needs to see him. He needs his help. Todd tells him that he will come and see Paul right away. "That's what family is for," he says.
Phyllis goes to see Victor telling him that she is seriously upset and that it has been a very interesting day. She informs him that Diane has given Jabot a lot of money-an open-ended checkbook, in fact. Phyllis says she thinks that Jack accepted the money and hired Diane to get at her, and she doesn't like it one bit. When Victor tells her to keep her eyes and ears open, she informs him that she has been staying in a hotel. Victor says now there will be more battles to fight; that it's possible down the road Tuvia might get ahead. Victor says he doesn't like to tie, and in the end, only one company can remain standing. He hopes that Phyllis can live with that.
Friday, September 26, 2003
Jill went to see Michael and get clarification on what needed to be done to fire Esther without fear of a lawsuit. Michael told her to give her a good severance package and pay for her insurance for a couple of years. Jill thought it was a good idea; if she offered Esther a good deal, maybe everyone wouldn't hold it against her for not being willing to live in a house with Esther. Michael wondered what she wanted---a relationship with Katherine or Katherine's money. Jill said she didn't see any reason why she couldn't have both.
Larry was happy to see Mrs. Chancellor getting around so well, but that turned to concern when Katherine expressed her anxiety about firing Esther. Although he sympathized with Esther, he pointed out that she never let up on Jill. Maybe Jill was right. If the two women had a chance to work out a mother/daughter relationship, Esther was going to have to go. When Larry left for work, Mrs. Chancellor tearfully asked him to send Esther to her if he saw her.
Dru was relieved to hear that Diane had made Jabot a loan to keep the company afloat over the next few months. Nikki wasn't so sure and wondered what Diane was going to get out of it. Jack said she'd asked for nothing except the going interest rate. He had, however, offered her an office to use while she was helping the company with some renovations of their space. Nikki pointed out that Diane's money had been extorted from Victor. Jack angrily reminded her that they wouldn't be in the position they were except for Victor's underhanded business dealings. Nikki countered that Jack had no proof of that. Jack took their argument up a notch by blaming Victor for Ashley's accident and the loss of her child. He was also worried about what Brad planned to do. Nikki left in a huff, saying that she was not going to listen to anyone else blame Victor for things that were not his fault.
Victor walked over to Diane at the health club and turned off her treadmill, saying he wanted to talk to her. Diane said he could wait until she was finished with her workout, but Victor was persistent. He told her that he knew all about her loan to Jabot. Had she forgotten that was his money? Diane said that she'd been one of the few people who'd ever won a battle with Victor Newman, and she was going to help her son's father win another one. Victor warned her that he was going to destroy Jabot and leave Diane penniless. Diane looked somewhat worried as Victor left.
Ashley expressed her anger to Brad when he finally came home without any explanation of where he'd been. She was upset that Jack had to drive her home from the hospital and Colleen didn't know where he was. Brad said he was the one who had a right to be upset. How could Ashley have told Victor such a private detail about their lives without telling her own husband first? Ashley reminded him that she hadn't invited Victor to the hospital, and she had asked him to leave. She was coping with everything and so emotional that when Victor had reminded her that she and Brad would have other children, she blurted out the truth. Brad wasn't sure that Ashley didn't still have feelings for Victor, especially now that she knew the only child she would ever have was Abby. It created a bond between Ashley and Victor. As much as it hurt Brad to admit it, sometimes all he could see when he looked at Abby was Victor. He just didn't understand why Ashley always excused the things Victor did. Ashley said that she had a hole in her heart from the loss of their son. She wasn't going to fill it with hate. She continued to try to reason with him, but Brad stormed out of the house, obviously intent on confronting Victor.
Christine was surprised that Paul wanted to get in touch with his brother. Paul said there were things he couldn't get off his conscience. Christine tried to reassure him that she held nothing against him, but Paul couldn't forgive himself. Christine said that she'd like to meet his brother while he was in town.
Mary came by Paul's apartment with a devil's food cake and tried to pump Christine for information on Paul and their relationship. She told Chris that she'd gotten the idea that Paul was going to call his brother, Todd, who was a Catholic priest. Did Christine know that, or know why Paul might want to talk to him? Christine told Mary that it was very inappropriate to ask for that kind of information. Maybe she should be talking to Paul, instead. Annoyed, Mary said that she should have known Christine wouldn't cooperate with her. She obviously hadn't changed at all. As she started to stomp out, Christine told her that she should remember, next time, that Christine's favorite was carrot cake.
Father Todd arrived at Paul's office ready to listen. The two brothers admitted that they'd had differences in the past, but now they were adults. Todd knew some of the details of what Paul had been going through. If he needed to talk about Isabella, Todd would be happy to listen to him. It was obvious to him that his brother had gone through some kind of life-changing experience that had shaken him to his core and left him asking a lot of questions. Paul agreed that Todd was right, but the problem wasn't what he'd gone through with Isabella. It was something that had happened last fall with Christine. As Todd listened, Paul confessed that he'd raped his former wife.