Michael was shocked to hear that Kevin had told Lily the truth, but Kevin said he had to clear his conscience and start over. He was hoping Lily didn't intend to tell her parents. When Michael again tried to talk Kevin out of challenging him to a fight, the two started arguing. Lauren came in and told them this situation was ridiculous. Michael hadn't taken her away from Kevin; she had never had that kind of relationship with Kevin. Kevin expressed his continuing desire to fight his brother before he walked out. Lauren told Michael he definitely had a problem; what was he going to do about it? Michael wasn't sure.
In a conversation with Brad, Jack found out that Ashley was going to move home for a while to try to get her head on straight. She was leaving Abby at Brad's house with him. Jack wanted to make sure Brad wasn't trying to take Abby away from his sister, but Brad insisted that wasn't the situation. He was trying to keep things as stable as possible for his little girl. Meanwhile, he was coping with all that he could and hoped Jack wasn't going to make things more difficult. Jack wondered how Victor was going to react to all this, and Brad said that Jack's attitude that he was no longer bothered by Victor was a pretense. Apparently Jack was still hoping to get back at Victor. Jack told Brad he was way ahead of him and left his office.
Abby was happy helping put together a puzzle with Ashley. When Victor arrived, she asked to be excused. Ashley apologized to Victor for Abby's attitude. But once Victor found out the temporary custody plans, he was convinced Ashley was only doing this to hurt him. Ashley said that everything wasn't about him. She'd made a lot of bad choices that had damaged her family; for now, Abby was better off with Brad. Her attitude was defiant when Victor said he was disappointed in her, but once Victor left, she began to cry.
Victor confronted Brad at Jabot, accusing him of using Abby to strike out at him. Brad said that no matter what Victor did, he would always be Daddy No. 2. In Abby's mind, Brad was her real father. In fact, instead of continuing to try to destroy Brad's family, Victor should pay attention to his own family and try to take care of his two sons and his wife.
Sharon arrived home and was thrilled to hear that Brad had called and told Nick she had the job. Sharon told him how she'd pitched herself in the interview, and Nick said she'd obviously impressed Brad, and that wasn't easy to do. To show his pride and support of her, Nick surprised her with a gift: her own attaché case with her initials on it. Inside, she found a brooch to put on the lapel of her business suit.
Jill forced her father and Harrison to sit down and talk about their past issues face to face. Harrison wouldn't back down from his contention that Arthur had killed his mother and taken her money. Arthur said that Harrison had a history of substance abuse and all these were delusions that arose out of that. Although they admitted they'd once been close, Arthur said that drugs had ruined his stepson. After the two men both got angry and left, Jill looked more confused than ever.
Katherine went to see Nikki and explain her dilemma. She didn't want to tell Nikki exactly what the accusations against Arthur were. She simply wanted to know how many times Nikki had shown faith in Victor, no matter what. Nikki said she did continue to believe in Victor, but that wasn't always easy. She advised Katherine to follow her heart. Katherine was grateful that she'd gone to Nikki and gotten that answer; she wondered if Nikki wanted to stand up for her at her wedding, and Nikki said there was nothing she'd like more.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Victor has a meeting with Neil and Nick and informs them that he has decided to make Nick the new CEO of the company. Victor asks that Neil stick around as COO and to show Nick what he's been doing as interim CEO. Neil seems disappointed but thanks Victor for the opportunity and says he will stay aboard to help Nick. Nick wonders what control Victor will still have over the company. Victor tells Nick that it has been a hard decision for him but he is proud to say that the company now belongs to Nick.
Sharon tells Nikki that Brad has hired her on at Jabot as Spokesperson. Nikki is surprised and thinks the position is way out of her league. Sharon asks Nikki if she can help her out so she can make Nick and her family proud. Nikki is reluctant at first but eventually agrees. Sharon hugs Nikki before she leaves.
Victor is happy to see Nikki when he arrives home. He asks where Devon is and says that although he is disappointed about the news, Miss Davis has informed him that Devon is going to go to another group home in a couple of days. Nikki tries to talk to Victor about Sharon but Victor says he would rather not talk business. He tells her that he doesn't tell her often enough how much he loves her. There is something else he needs to talk to her about as well. He needs to go away for awhile to figure something out.
Detective Weber waits for Damon to wake up and calls Phyllis to ask why she hasn't contacted him yet. He says the investigation is far from over. Phyllis feels uncomfortable about the situation and goes to Michael for advice. Michael listens to her but tells her that he can't be with her to talk to Weber because he has a current obligation with his brother.
Phyllis visits Damon and he tells her that he would like to be a part of Daniel's life. Phyllis thinks that would be a good idea but also wants to tell him that she needs some time to think about her feelings about Damon. Before she gets a chance to however, Detective Weber comes into the hospital room and says he has to talk to the both of them.
Lily runs into Kevin at the Athletic Club and he can't resist asking her if she talked to her parents about his actions. Lily says that she hasn't told her parents and she hopes she won't regret that decision. Kevin says that he has changed but then reveals to her that he is about to fight his brother at the Rec Center. Lily is upset and doesn't understand. Kevin says that being honest and telling his brother that he wants revenge is better than his old way of reacting to a situation. He says the old Kevin would have just set his car on fire or something. Lily looks concerned when Kevin leaves to go fight Michael.
Michael is waiting for Kevin at the Rec Center when he arrives. Michael tries one last time to let bygones be bygones but Kevin isn't having it. He puts on the punching gloves and advises Michael to do the same.
Drucilla is shocked when Malcolm arrives at her door. She begs Malcolm to meet Neil halfway and talk to him. Malcolm says he doesn't want to talk about Neil. Drucilla thinks maybe he's wrong about his feelings. Why would he be at Neil's home if he didn't want to see him? Malcolm mentions that he talked to Devon and thinks that Drucilla and Neil have been having problems in their marriage. Malcolm thinks that Neil is cold and unfeeling and is the reason behind Devon not having a place to stay. Malcolm says that he knows how caring Drucilla is. Lily comes home just as Malcolm is touching Drucilla's face.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Lily was shocked and happy to come home and find out that her Uncle Malcolm was alive. When Drucilla suggested that Lily get something to eat, Malcolm had a better idea. He wanted to take Lily out and get caught up with his niece. Dru reluctantly gave in, so she was alone when Neil came home. He told her about Victor's decision to make Nicholas CEO of Newman Enterprises. Neil was back in his old position of Executive Vice President and COO. Dru made Neil laugh when she wondered if her job was safe; he said she was the only person who could have made him end up comforting her about her job after the day he'd had. He was no longer amused, however, when he found out Lily was out with Malcolm. Although he was glad to hear that his brother was still in town, he felt driven to confront him and work through Malcolm's anger. He left the apartment to find them, finally coming face to face with a hostile Malcolm at the athletic club restaurant.
Sharon was happy to hear that Nick had been reinstated at Newman, especially when Nick told her that Victor had promised to back away and let Nick handle the CEO job on his own. Nick started worrying that his father might follow his old pattern of leaving town for a while after making a big decision, and he and Sharon left their house to go to Victor and Nikki's.
Nikki was upset to hear that Victor wanted to leave town for a while and work out some things that were bothering him. He said that he felt like he'd tried so hard with Abby because he was hoping to fill a void inside himself. Nikki speculated that he might be going to look for Victoria and warned him that their daughter had asked to be left alone. Victor said that it was something he had to do. He was almost ready to leave when Nick and Sharon showed up. Nick said he probably understood why his father needed some time away; he was just worried about his mother. Victor asked him to take care of Nikki. Nick promised that Nikki and the company would be in good hands, and Victor assured him that he believed that. He hugged Nick goodbye then said goodbye to Nikki and left with one last glance through the window at his family.
Hank Weber continued to question Phyllis and Damon about the circumstances surrounding their run-in with Dominic. Phyllis insisted that Dominic should never have been let out of prison; he'd been trying to shoot her when Damon pushed her aside and took the bullet for her. She said that she'd tried to convince Dominic not to come there from Georgia, but there was no one who could prove that. Hank suggested that Dominic might have been defending himself against Damon and his sword; in fact, he thought he might be investigating their conspiracy to murder Dominic.
Kevin and Michael finally ended up in the ring at the rec center in boxing gloves. Michael was still trying to persuade Kevin not to fight him. Kevin took a couple of swings at him, and Michael hit the floor. Kevin taunted him into getting up, but when he and Michael were face to face, it wasn't Michael Kevin was seeing. He was remembering his father beating him and locking him the closet. Michael realized that Kevin's words of rage and hurt weren't directed at him at all; they were directed at Tom. He let Kevin flail at him a few times, finally holding his brother and assuring him that it was Michael with him, not his father. Kevin remembered Michael opening the closet door and holding him, telling him everything would be okay, and the two sank to the floor, with Kevin sobbing as Michael held him.