Victor and Nikki met in the living room before going off to work. Nikki asked Victor what Sharon wanted to discuss at such a late hour the night before, and he told her he really didn't know. He said she told him she had something urgent to discuss with him, but ended up being vague and then just talking about the upcoming gala. Nikki told him she didn't think it was appropriate for Sharon to stop by so late just for that, and he agreed and said there was obviously something more on her mind.
After having their family breakfast, Nick asked Sharon why she tossed and turned much of the night and seemed so distracted. Before she could answer, he asked if it was because of the gala or because of Nikki. Sharon admitted Nikki had been a handful, but felt it was now all under control. He questioned her about why she felt that way, but she was vague in her answer, citing luck as the reason.
After Nick left for the office, there was a knock on Sharon's door-Nikki. She asked Sharon what kinds of games she was playing, but Sharon didn't answer. She was only interested in antagonizing Nikki by giving her a list of responsibilities for the gala, which infuriated Nikki all the more. Sharon informed her it wouldn't be wise to be difficult, and when Nikki asked her what she meant, Sharon told her she already knew what it meant. Nikki finally said that she knew Sharon had overheard something that should never be repeated, and Sharon agreed and asked why she shouldn't. Nikki told her it would destroy her marriage and Sharon agreed again and told her she wouldn't blame Victor if he dumped her after finding out her secret. Hearing that, Nikki began to panic and cry.
Dru and Neil talked over coffee about Lily and how worried they were about her. As they were talking, she came rushing out and told them she had to leave and didn't have time to talk with them. They agreed to pick Lily up from school early and all spend some family time together, hoping to open the lines of communication. Dru took a moment to look at Lily's school schedule and realized she wasn't due to school until the afternoon, and they wondered where she was rushing off to. They were both worried and could only speculate what was going on.
Sierra and Colleen were surprised to see Lily come in and sit down with a smile on her face. She told them she was tired because the previous night she had snuck out and went to Kevin's until 3:00 a.m. She went on to say she was on her way back over to Kevin's for the entire day, and would they cover for her if anyone asked? Her friends were appalled at her behavior and she got upset and left.
When she arrived at Kevin's, he was happy to see her and handed her a present. She opened the gift bag to find a sexy tiger-striped nightie, and looked very uncomfortable. Kevin told her what they had done before was just a preview for things to come. She told him the nightie wasn't her style and that it made her feel uncomfortable. He snapped at her to give it back and told her not to worry, he would never give her another present again. She apologized and told him she brought a robe with her, and she could put it on. He sarcastically told her the robe wasn't exactly "hot." She explained it would help not to have his after shave on her clothes, so her mother wouldn't get suspicious. She also told him she had brought shampoo and a toothbrush so she wouldn't have to constantly bring them with her. Kevin immediately got mad and asked if she was trying to move in or something, and sarcastically asked if she wanted some closet space as well He told her he wasn't ready for her to leave her things over there, and she told him that fact was obvious. He suggested they just break up, since they were so off base with each other, and she begged him not to leave her, saying it would never happen again.
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Drucilla sees Phyllis enjoying a coffee and decides to join her (forcibly). They chat about the gala and Dru wonders who's taking Phyllis. Phyllis boasts that she and Jack will be going as they have reunited completely. Dru doesn't want the details but reveals that Jack specifically mentioned that he would NOT be going to the gala. Dru can't believe Phyllis thinks Jack would go to the ranch considering how his family feels about Victor. Phyllis promises that he will be there and Jack will accompany her.
Colleen and Sierra worry since Lily never came back to school. They figure she did spend the day at Kevin's and worry about their friend. Neil shows up looking for Lily. He was hoping to pick her up and has been waiting for over half an our. He wonders if the girls know where Lily might be. They claim not to know. Later they feel that it may be time to tell Neil and Dru what Lily ahs been up to these days. Lily is way over her head and her parents need to step in.
Dru returns home surprised that Lily isn't back yet. Neil is worried about her too. They once again think that Lily is spending too much time on the internet. Rather than take it away (which they know is fruitless) Neil suggests a program that would allow them to monitor any and all things Lily does on her computer. They know it's an invasion of her privacy and she may never forgive them but they can't take a chance that something awful might happen to her. Before they decide what to do, the doorbell rings. It's Colleen and Sierra. They have something to tell them about Lily.
Lily and Kevin are hanging out. He is still moody and manipulative of Lily who wants to spend time with him in public. She wants hi to meet her parents but he is adamant about not wanting to. She eventually suggests going to the Newman Gala. That way there will be no one on one pressure with her parents and they won't have to stay long. He thinks about it.
Nikki is stunned that Sharon knows about Abby's paternity. Sharon admits that it's true. She can't believe Nikki would keep this from her husband. She must to believe that Victor loves her. She accuses Nikki of being selfish for keeping this. Nikki desperately tries to keep Sharon quiet. Many lives would be destroyed by this if it got out. Sharon doesn't think they will ever agree on this. Nikki begs her to keep quiet until after the gala. To ensure that Sharon suggests Nikki do the tasks Sharon earlier assigned her. Nikki stoically takes the list and heads out.
Michael, waiting for Victor, gets a call from one of the department stores he had bribed to make Safra a success. The man wants more "incentive" to keep Safra up front. Michael refuses as Nick walks in overhearing the conversation. When Michael hangs up, Nick demands answers but Michael stays mum as per Victor's orders. They spar until Mike tells Nick to tell Vic that he waited as long as possible but had to leave. When Victor arrives he and Nick argue over Michael. Nick can't understand how Vic expects him to take over if he's kept in the dark about things. Vic tells him to mind his business and leave. Later Victor angrily calls looking for Michael.
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Victor had some choice words for Michael about Nick overhearing Michael on the phone with one of the buyers who was bribed for Safra shelf space. Michael assured him that Nick hadn't really heard anything; he was just guessing. Victor wanted an update on Victoria and "that chemist," and Michael assured him that nothing was going on between Victoria and Damon. However, if Victor wanted to be sure that Victoria didn't show up at the Arts Council gala on Damon's arm, would he give Michael permission to ask her? Victor told him this was a one-time deal and he wasn't to start getting close to Victoria.
Damon called Victoria and told her that he'd been considering her invitation to escort her to the gala. As much as Victoria wanted to annoy her father, Damon couldn't in good conscience defy Victor's wishes in Victor's own home. Therefore, he was declining. Disgusted, Victoria hung up the phone then jumped in alarm when Nick came into the tack house. Nick told her Michael's side of the conversation he'd overheard, insisting this was proof that Victor had done something underhanded in regard to the Safra and Tuvia launches. Victoria finally agreed with him and told him to go ahead and look into it. Nick wanted her promise that she wouldn't get all sentimental about their father and leave him high and dry. He was determined to figure out what Michael was up to. At that moment, Michael arrived. Nick gave Victoria a meaningful look and left them alone.
Michael then extended his invitation to take Victoria to the gala. After a bit of verbal sparring and flirting, in which Michael declared that he was always going out on a limb for her, Victoria agreed to be his date. However, he wasn't to expect another kiss from her. Michael said that he realized she'd only kissed him in an attempt to extract information from him, but at least he'd gotten the kiss. He then left a smiling Victoria so they could both get ready for the big night.
Diane went to the lab to see what kind of architectural and design updating it could use. At first Damon resisted her suggestion that the lab needed any improvements, but finally he agreed that it was a little outdated. Diane then asked him how he was getting along as a newcomer to Genoa City. Sometimes people could be a little snobby, and she enjoyed annoying them. Damon said social climbing wasn't his thing. When Diane mentioned the gala, he admitted that Victoria had asked him, but he'd turned her down. Diane decided it would be great for the two of them to go together. She was only going to get on the Newmans' nerves, and she'd love for him to be her escort. Damon agreed to be her date for the occasion.
At Gina's, Phyllis was trying to get Gina to help her with a plan for getting them both to the gala. Although Gina was the last person to want to help Phyllis, she did agree that she wanted to go. When Jack and John arrived after a summons from Gina, the two women sat down with them and had them test desserts. Both men finally demanded to know what was going on, and Phyllis began making her pitch. Jack adamantly refused, saying that if Phyllis wanted to attend, she could go alone. John agreed, saying he had no intention of going to Victor Newman's house. He'd be glad to write the Arts Council a big check. Phyllis then changed tactics, saying she couldn't believe Jack was intimidated by Victor and was going to sit licking his wounds. Jack commented that she knew how to push all the right buttons, and gave in. John was still holding strong, until Phyllis reminded him that he was one of the few men who'd ever taken a swing at Victor and gotten away with it. They needed to prove to the business people of Genoa City that Jabot was not cowering from Victor. John finally agreed to escort Gina, and the two women high-fived each other.
Kevin went to work on Lily so that she'd stop asking him to meet her parents and go with her to the gala. He reminded her that her parents would never allow her to date anyone so much older than her. If she brought their relationship into the open, her parents would forbid her to see him. Furthermore, had she forgotten all the ways her parents had hurt her? He was the only one she could count on, and he'd take her away from all the turmoil at home. Lily gave in, assuring Kevin that no one was more important to her than him.
Neil and Dru were horrified to hear Sierra and Colleen's account of where, how, and with whom Lily had been spending her time. Not only had she ditched school, but she was lying to them about Kevin, who was actually much older than Lily--in his twenties, in fact! Sierra told them what a creepy guy he was. Neil finally got Kevin's address from the two girls and stormed out of the apartment to get Lily. When he arrived there, Lily went down the fire escape so he wouldn't catch her there. Neil then confronted Kevin, who cowered from him, especially when Neil told him that if he touched his daughter, Neil would get him for statutory rape. Unfortunately, in telling Kevin that he knew about his secret relationship with Lily, Neil revealed that Lily's friends had told him. After Neil threatened him again and left, Kevin began furiously throwing things around his apartment.
Lily arrived home to find Sierra and Colleen with Dru. When she questioned why they were there, both girls apologized and said they'd only been looking out for her. They left, and Dru hit the roof, demanding to know the truth about Kevin. Lily continued to lie, saying that she'd ditched school to work on a school project at the library. Dru wasn't buying it, suspecting that Lily already knew Neil was confronting Kevin, and she sent Lily to her room to think things over.
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Drucilla is sick to death waiting for Neil to return home. When he finally arrives, he tells her that he threatened Kevin to never lay a hand on his daughter again. Dru says she wished she could believe Lily's story that she was at the library all day because the idea that Lily is having sex is too much for her. Neil says that their idea about tracking her instant messages on the Internet is a good plan. Suddenly, Neil remembers the Arts Council Gala. Although Dru doesn't want to go because of the crisis with Lily, Neil convinces her to go alone to represent herself as a spokeswoman for Tuvia. Neil will stay at home and talk to Lily.
Nikki tells Victor that she is afraid the gala will end up being a disaster. When Victor asks her what's bothering her, Nikki says she can't put her finger on it, it's just everything they have been going through lately, business, Victor being blamed for Ashley's accident, it's enough to drive anyone insane. Victor suggests they get away on vacation for a little peace. Nikki is ecstatic about the idea.
Kevin sat alone at Gina's drinking and thinking about things that Colleen had said to him. "You're a scared little boy," he remembers as her words cut into his angry head. He scrawls the words "bitch" on a napkin on the table.
When Brad comes home with dinner, Ashley tells Brad she thought they were going to the gala. Brad is surprised that Ashley wants to go, and she tells him she has been looking forward to showing off her baby boy for weeks. Brad doesn't understand that Ashley is actually being disillusioned, that in order to cope with her feelings, Ashley really believes that Robert is alive. When Ashley tells Brad what a perfect and beautiful baby she has, he agrees that yes, Abby was a beautiful baby. But that's not who Ashley is talking about...
Raul is working at the boutique when Lauren shows up. Raul says he has been feeling weird about Brittany, he doesn't know what to do with himself anymore. Lauren tells him if he wants some excitement, maybe he should go with her to the gala. Raul wonders if people would think she was robbing the cradle, but then decides if they did it would be their problem. Lauren says she will meet him back at the boutique in an hour so she can go and get ready.
Bobby shows up at the loft and asks Brittany how she's doing. Brittany tells him that she is not feeling all that great. Bobby suggests that Brittany go to the gala with him. Brittany says she's not up to it, but Bobby tells her if she really wants to be famous one day, she's going to have to learn to grin and bear it. Finally, Brittany agrees to go.
Sharon tells Nick that she is so excited because the gala is going to be on television. Nick asks if there is anything else bothering her, because his dad had hinted to him that there was. Sharon denies there being anything besides the pressure of making sure the gala runs smoothly. Nick confides in Sharon telling her that he thinks he has found out some crucial evidence that Victor is guilty of manipulating sales. Sharon tells him to lay-off, that Nick is becoming bitter and that Victor is really a good man and everyone has been treating him badly. Nick says he can only go by Victor's track record. Nick says as a boy Victor was never there for him, he sent Nick away to a boarding school and his parent's were divorced with Nick was born. Nick mentions Victor junior, whom Victor hardly ever mentions. Sharon seems to consider some of these words.
Colleen tells J.T. that her and Sierra told Lily's parents about Kevin. J.T. says he is happy that Kevin will finally be out of their lives. When J.T. asks Colleen what she wants to do tonight, she says she has two tickets to the gala. J.T. doesn't seem too enthused to go, but Colleen persuades him in the end. They agree to meet at the boutique in an hour.
John shows up at Gina's and Gina tells him she is going to close up early to get ready for the gala. When Gina asks John if Colleen will be going, Kevin overhears the information. When Gina and John leave, they tell the bartender to close up. Kevin hides and waits for everyone to leave. When he is alone at Gina's, he steals more alcohol from the bar and calls over to the coffeehouse to ask if Colleen is there. Kevin tells Cody that her grandfather wants Colleen to meet him at Gina's.
When Colleen shows up at Gina's looking for her grandfather, she calls out in the dark but nobody answers. A door opens slowly, and as she opens it and goes inside, Kevin grabs her and pushes her all the way in and locks her in as she screams for help.
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J.T. couldn't understand why Colleen wasn't at the boutique, where they'd arranged to meet. He called Cody to see if she was by any chance at Crimson Lights. Cody told J.T. that Colleen had left earlier, but she might be at Gina's. When J.T. asked why, Cody said that someone, presumably John's assistant, had called and told Colleen to meet her grandfather at the restaurant.
As Colleen beat on the door and begged for someone to get her out of the locked cooler at Gina's, Kevin went through the building pouring alcohol and cleaning solvent all over the kitchen, dining room, and bar. He muttered that Colleen was responsible for getting Neil worked up and sending him to Kevin's place to make threats against him as if he was some kind of pervert. Finally satisfied and probably a little drunk, Kevin vowed that it was time to make Colleen pay. If she was cold, she didn't have to worry; it was about to get very warm. Inside the cooler, an unaware Colleen sank to the floor with tears streaming down her face.
Lily was disgusted to find out that Neil had sent Dru to the gala without him. She figured she was never going to be alone again after what Colleen had done. Neil told her that Colleen and Sierra had told them about Lily's involvement with Kevin because they were worried about her. He then went on to tell Lily that he'd warned Kevin that he was in danger of being prosecuted for statutory rape. Lily freaked out and begged Neil not to call the police. She then realized that she was revealing too much, and assured her father that Kevin and she hadn't done anything. Neil was judging Kevin without even knowing him. Neil said he knew enough. A man in his twenties had no business hitting on girls in an online teen chatroom. Lily retorted that Kevin was the only one who cared about her or understood how she felt. Neil again reiterated that Lily's friends cared. Moreover, he and Dru cared. They loved her and wanted to protect her from men like Kevin. Could Lily not see that separating her from everyone who cared about her and making her feel like he was all she had was his means to taking advantage of her? Did she even know how old Kevin was? Lily ran from the room in tears.
At the ranch, Sharon and Nikki began arguing about Victor's right to know about Abby's paternity just as Victor walked up. He demanded that they stop fighting for the night. The evening would be tense enough if any of the Abbotts came. He would not tolerate any more of their bickering. Later, Sharon saw Nikki and Victor being interviewed for the TV show "Extra." Nikki was taking full credit for the gala. Sharon edged her way in front of the camera and said she'd be glad to answer any questions; she was the one in charge. Nikki gave Victor a "See?" look and walked away.
Cassie introduced Adam to her parents then left to go listen to cooler music at the stable. Nick said he'd check on them later, and Cassie protested that he didn't have to do that. Nick was barely civil to Michael when he came in with Victoria as her date. Sharon warned him not to start anything. Victoria watched Sharon with distaste, calling her the matron of the manor. Sharon wondered if Victoria meant mistress of the manor. Victoria walked away with Michael, only to be met with the sight of Damon walking in the door as Diane Jenkins' escort. Michael could tell Victoria wasn't having a very good time and tried to flirt with her, but her mood was sour.
Later, Nick introduced Sharon to Frederick and Anita Hodges. The two of them were admiring the decorations when Brittany walked in on Bobby's arm. Anita wondered who the handsome man was, and Frederick informed her that it was Bobby Marsino, the man who owned the club where their daughter was a stripper. Brittany introduced him to her parents, and when he got a less than warm welcome, she told them it would be better if they went their separate ways for the evening. She and Bobby then walked into another room only to come face to face with Raul and Lauren. Raul couldn't believe Brittany had come with Bobby. Brittany was just as outraged that he was there with Lauren. Bobby told them they obviously needed to talk, but it wasn't the time or place for that. He pulled Brittany away from Raul. Lauren looked on sympathetically as Raul watched them leave.
Nick approached Jack, telling him that they needed to talk. When Jack wondered why, Nick said he had some information about Michael, his father, and the cosmetics launches. Jack assured him that they could talk any time. Nick later ran into Lauren, who apologized for not being able to give Safra better shelf space in her stores. But she had an existing relationship with Tuvia, which she hoped Nick understood. In fact, it had really surprised her to find Michael Baldwin pushing cosmetics for women of color. He'd stopped just short of bribing her when he was trying to pressure her for better shelf space for the Newman line. Nick felt like he finally had the answer he was looking for; Michael had been bribing retailers for better shelf space.
All the women in Damon's life had their own little crises of the night. Phyllis and Dru had arrived wearing the same dress, a Forrester original. Both women were appalled when they came face to face, then threw their wineglasses in a potted plant while several people looked on in amusement, including Jack, Nick, and Sharon. Later, Dru begged Damon to get her a glass of water and some aspirin.
Phyllis was disgusted to see Diane at the gala. She warned Diane that she'd better be nice to her. When Victor destroyed Jabot, Diane would need to know someone with a job. Diane wasn't worried. Phyllis then asked if Diane had hired someone from an escort service to bring her to the gala. At that point, Damon walked up, and Diane asked him if he'd ever worked for an escort service. Damon laughed and said not that he could remember. He asked Diane to give him a moment alone with Phyllis, but before the two of them could talk, Victoria walked up and asked Phyllis to leave. She told Damon she was surprised to see him. Damon tried to be nice to her, but Victoria walked away in a huff.
Jack and John were disgruntled when they walked into a room with Phyllis and Gina and came face to face with Victor. He thanked them for putting their differences aside for a worthy cause. John bitterly reminded him that the Arts Council gala had always been one of Ashley's favorite events. However, as Victor well knew, she couldn't be there that night after all she'd been put through thanks to him. Victor again said that he hoped they could be civil for the evening. As Victor walked out, John had to be restrained by the others to keep from going after him.
Meanwhile, after her victorious moment with Dayna Devon of "Extra," Sharon was surprised when Agnes scolded her about the lack of food. People were drinking a lot; perhaps Sharon should make sure they had something to eat? Sharon went to talk to Laird Worthington and was reassured that everything was going well. After Nikki made a couple of snide comments to Sharon, she watched from a distance as Laird came up to Sharon. They had a crisis. The caterer's truck had been in an accident. Although no one was hurt, their food was now road kill. They had nothing to serve the guests. He walked away and Sharon looked stricken while Nikki watched her.
Brad was heating up Chinese takeout at home and trying to cheer Ashley up. As they talked, Ashley's mind kept wandering as she daydreamed about holding little Robert in her arms. While Brad talked about how worried she was making him and suggested that she might need professional help, Ashley assured him she didn't need any help. Little Robert was perfect and beautiful. She had wanted so much to give him a son. Brad was remorseful that Ashley had seen Robert in the morgue when he drifted off to sleep at the hospital. He agreed that any child of Ashley's would be beautiful. But he'd been thinking; maybe when Ashley was feeling better, they could discuss adoption. Ashley told him they didn't need to adopt a child; their family was perfect as it was. Brad again missed the implications of her words, not knowing that in Ashley's mind, Robert was still very much alive. When he went to the kitchen, Ashley picked up the blanket she'd made for Robert and walked out the front door in her robe, cradling the blanket as if it was an infant.
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