Victoria couldn't believe that Victor was letting Nick be in charge of the company while Victor dealt with legal issues, especially because she thought that Nick was the one behind her father's problems. She demanded that Nick tell her if he was the one who had lit the fuse. "How stupid do you think I am?" she asked Nick. Nick told her not to shoot the messenger; the one to assign the blame was the judge. Victoria told him that nobody liked a rat.
Sharon went to see Victor at the Newman ranch. Victor informed her that Nick would be in charge of Newman Enterprises while he dealt with some legal matters. Sharon was in shock. Victor asked her if she thought putting Nick in charge was a bad idea. Sharon shrugged and said that was not it; it was just that Nick hadn't told her anything about it.
Sharon asked Victor if he was okay. He told her that he was going through a lot at that time, but that she should think positively. As Sharon was about to leave, she looked at Victor with deep concern and touched his shoulder.
Danny was sitting at the bar at the club, thinking about Cricket, when she walked in. She asked him where he had been, saying he looked a million miles away. Danny shrugged it off and asked her how she was doing. She said she had been looking for him to thank him for being there the day before. He said that everyone had their moments. Christine told him that she was starving, and since Danny was always hungry, they decided to have lunch together. After lunch, Christine told him that she had to go off to work but that she hoped to see him again. Danny agreed.
Gina and Phyllis were at the Abbotts', having breakfast, and Phyllis was in a bad mood. As Jack and John sat down, Jack said things were looking up for Jabot, and Phyllis sarcastically said, "Hear! Hear!" Phyllis told Jack she needed to talk to him, and John got up with Gina, saying they would leave them with a little privacy. Phyllis told John that she wanted him to know that even though they hadn't always seen eye to eye, he was a good person, and she respected him.
When Phyllis and Jack were alone, she mentioned that he had slept in the guest room the night before. She decided to be open and honest and asked him what he knew about Victor. She admitted to Jack that she had known the truth about Victor's illegal activity but only for a short while. Jack told her he wanted to forgive her, but he didn't know if he could. Phyllis said that even though she really wanted it to work, she didn't think they could be together anymore.
Jack wanted to know if Phyllis was talking divorce, but she said that she hoped that it did not get to that. She went to him, kissed and hugged him, and then stepped back. "I will have someone send for my things," she told Jack. As she left, she turned back one last time, and although Jack's back was to her, he looked more miserable than ever.
Nikki went downstairs for breakfast and kissed Victor at the table. She told him that she had heard him talking to someone, and he said that Sharon had stopped by to see him. He said she had been acting very strangely, like she had known something was going on. Nikki said that Cassie had stopped by the other day and said the same thing about Sharon's behavior. She said that she didn't want to talk about Sharon at that moment. She wanted to hear about Victor's trip in Toronto.
Victor thanked Nikki for making him go to Toronto; at least it had drawn him and Nick together. He told her that the trip had made him realize that Nick could handle running the company, and he had decided to let Nick be in charge while Victor dealt with some business issues. Nikki was very happy that Nick and Victor were getting back on the right foot. Victor left for work. Just after Victor left, the phone rang. It was Jack, and he told Nikki he was heading over, and she should not go anywhere. When he hung up, he told himself that it was time for Nikki to know the truth about Victor.
Sharon went to Nick's office to talk to him. She wanted to know how she should be handling the situation with Victor. Nick told her to stay away from Victor. Sharon didn't like that advice, but Nick was busy. He told Sharon that she had to leave. Just then, the man meeting with Nick walked in. It was the man that Sharon had recurrent memories about. Sharon looked shocked, and she left right away.
Outside the door, Sharon spotted Michael and dragged him into an office. She said she needed some legal advice immediately. Michael said he could find someone else, but Sharon demanded that he let her confide in him. She told him that a few months before, when she had left her family, she had been going through a really rough time. She had thought about killing herself, and one night at her hotel, she had gone downstairs to the bar. She had been getting really drunk, and there was a man there that had been nice to her.
Sharon said she had taken the man upstairs, and he had continued to give her liquor. She said the man had continued being nice to her, and they had started kissing and making love. However, suddenly things had taken a turn for the worse. The man had begun to hit her with his fists and choke her. Sharon said when the man finally fell asleep, she had taken off and found another hotel. She had known then that she'd had to go home. Michael asked why Sharon was telling him at that moment, and she told him, "The man is here -- in Nick's office -- right now."
Friday, December 5, 2003
Raul and Brittany both picked on J.T. for getting excited about the winter ball, a yearly dance at Genoa City University that J.T. was taking Colleen to. J.T. insisted that he was excited on Colleen's behalf, because she was really looking forward to going. In fact, he thought Brittany should go, too. Raul pretended not to listen to them as Brittany said she didn't want to go stag. When Raul didn't follow up on her hints, Brittany said she had something else to do that night anyway. After she left the loft, J.T. scolded Raul for the way he was treating Brittany. She obviously still loved him, but if Raul was going to continue to be cold to her, he was going to lose his opportunity to work their relationship out.
Brittany went to Marsino's to berate Bobby for telling Raul that she'd only quit her job because she was worried about her ex-boyfriend's health. Bobby said he'd done her a favor. Her relationship with Raul had been okay for a high school romance, but she needed to move on. Although Bobby sympathized with Raul over his diabetes, he said Raul needed to learn to live with it. When Brittany turned to leave, after reminding Bobby that she was no longer his employee, Bobby said he couldn't let her go without doing something. He pulled her to him and began to kiss her passionately.
Colleen was dismayed to hear her father's news when they sat down to have a talk. He said she'd have to cancel her plans to go to the winter ball with J.T. He'd talked to Traci, and Traci wanted their daughter to go to New York for a visit. She'd been worried about Colleen since the fire and wanted to see for herself that she was okay. Colleen tried to change the timing of the visit, but Brad reminded her how good Traci had been about letting her stay in Genoa City so she could be with her friends and her boyfriend.
Colleen admitted that was true. She agreed to go to New York as planned before Traci left on a book tour. She went to the loft and gave J.T. the bad news. He was glad to hear that Brad had been saying great things about him to Traci. Even though he was disappointed, there would be other dances, and at least they'd be spending Christmas together. He promised to make Colleen a special dinner that night so they could have a happy goodbye.
At the Athletic Club, a pensive Ashley was surprised to see Victor. They talked about how sad it was that Gina's restaurant had burned down and remembered all the mornings they'd met for coffee there. Victor was glad to see that Ashley was doing better, and he asked about Abby, telling Ashley that he was fond of her little girl and knew she was happy to have her mother at home. He was surprised by the kind way she was talking to him; it wasn't the behavior he was receiving from the other Abbotts. Ashley told him that she was aware of the allegations against him, and she said, "Shame on you," but she said that she didn't blame him for the things that had happened to her.
Victor assured her that he'd never wanted to hurt her, and Ashley pointed out that when he hurt her family, he did hurt her. If she could have one wish, it would be that all of the bad feelings and behavior could be put behind them all. When Victor got up to leave, she told him that she didn't blame him for the death of Robert. Victor said that was the one thing she could have told him to make him feel better. Ashley watched him leave with tears trickling down her face.
Nikki wasn't happy to see Jack at the ranch and hear more of his allegations. When Jack said that he wasn't simply accusing Victor of things, that there was proof that Victor had broken the law, Nikki refused to believe him. Jack said she should ask Nick, who was very upset about the things his father had done, at least partly on Nikki's behalf. Nikki then expressed her belief that Jack had turned Nick against his father because of Jack's hatred for Victor.
Jack told her that it had been Nick who had approached him, not the other way around, and she should be proud of her son for his sense of right and wrong. He also told her that he and Phyllis were separated, as Phyllis had known what Victor had done and had failed to tell her husband. It was obvious that Nikki began to believe him, and Jack tried to embrace her, but she rebuffed him and asked him to leave. Once he was gone, she broke into sobs.
By the time Victor returned home, Nikki was composed and cold. When Victor asked what was wrong, Nikki took a swing at him, demanding to know how he could do what he'd done.
At Newman Enterprises, Sharon and Michael talked privately about what had happened to her the winter before. She had been alone and desperate, feeling like she'd lost her family, and she'd been suicidal. That was the reason she'd ended up with Cameron, who'd brutally beaten her after having sex with her. Following that incident, she'd hit rock bottom and had known she had to return home. She was upset because Cameron was in Genoa City and was in Nick's office.
Michael was sure that Cameron was only there on business and might not even remember Sharon if his behavior with her had been part of a pattern. Sharon was sure that he remembered; she was afraid he'd say something to Nick. Michael said that in that case, she needed to tell Nick the entire story. Sharon panicked and said that she was just getting her life back to normal. She could never tell him the truth.
Sharon also did not want to make personal or legal threats to Cameron. She just wanted the problem to go away. Michael told her to get control of herself and hope for the best. Nick's assistant entered and told Sharon that Nick wanted to see her immediately.