Malcolm and Dru returned to her apartment and found Lily holding the envelope containing the results of the paternity test. Lily asked her mother what it was, and Dru casually stated it was just a medical test and handed the envelope to Malcolm. Lily continued to inquire and asked Dru again what she thought it was, to which Dru replied that she really didn't know and had no idea how it had gotten mixed up in Neil's mail. By that time, Lily had become very suspicious and told them both to stop pretending; she had seen Dru's name on the envelope. She angrily asked which one of them was going to tell her what it was all about.
Devon entered Neil's hospital room to pay him a visit. He still felt guilty about what had happened to Neil. Neil reminded Devon that it was not his fault, and he needed to put it in the past. They then had a nice chat, and Neil inquired about what had been going on at home and made a point of telling Devon to keep up with his studies. Devon wanted Neil to know that he had prayed for Neil when Neil had been gravely ill. He said he didn't like to visit hospitals, as his grandmother had died in a hospital, and he had prayed for her too.
Neil told Devon that he believed God had a plan for everyone. Devon was ready to leave, but Neil wanted Devon to stay and keep him company. Neil was looking forward to happy times, he told Devon. He was happy things were looking up for the two of them and that Devon and Lily had become brother and sister. He was proud of Devon, saying, "You are my son."
After their workout, Phyllis began discussing "plans" with Damon, making sure Adrienne heard it. Phyllis merrily stated that she would fix him breakfast. She left, looking very satisfied, and Damon was still with Adrienne. She remarked to Damon that she hadn't seen much of him lately. She asked if he had gotten the messages she had left. He said he had but that he had been busy and hadn't had the time to return them.
Adrienne asked if he'd been avoiding her. Damon said he was confused as to what Adrienne wanted. She then asked about Phyllis. Damon told her that Phyllis would always be special to him but that Adrienne was the woman he wanted. A bit confused, Adrienne asked him why, if that was so, he had been keeping her at arm's length. Damon told her that it seemed like she just wanted to date, and that wouldn't work for him. He knew he was not the only man she was interested in, leaving Adrienne to ponder where he had gotten that information.
John and Gloria were in the living room of the Abbott house. Gloria feared that John was angry with her. He was not, but he just wanted to know why she had gone to Victor about Jabot. Gloria explained her reasons, with the bottom line being that she had just had his best interests at heart. John voiced his understanding but told her he didn't want her to become involved with his business problems.
As John cast a loving gaze, he told Gloria that she had enhanced his life, adding that he had fallen in love with her honesty. The two shared a long embrace. John told her that if she had any questions about Jabot in the future to just ask him. After telling John that she knew Jack hated her, she turned the conversation to how things could "happen" to people, finally leading to her point about what would happen to her if John died, fearing Ashley and Jack would give her nothing. She claimed she didn't need much, just a roof over her head and enough to eat. John calmed her, telling her she would always be provided for, finally suggesting they retire to bed.
Ashley was at the ranch, discussing with Victor how they had to convince Katherine that Jack couldn't be trusted. Nikki then entered the room, obviously not happy to see Ashley in her living room with Victor. Ashley left. Victor seemed to make a point of telling Nikki that she hadn't been very nice to Ashley. Nikki was feeling angry because she'd had no time with Victor lately.
Victor said he was angry at Nikki, too, as he had just returned from talking with Katherine about Jabot. He was upset with Nikki for voting in favor of the acquisition and for siding with Jack. Nikki saw that as Victor becoming involved all over again. She only wanted him to balance more equally his time with her and the time he gave to his business matters so that maybe they could go on a trip. He blamed Nikki's involvement with Jabot and the position she had taken for them having no time together.
Nikki thought since Victor's time at Jabot was over that they should spend some time together. Victor said he couldn't give an answer about that right then, as he still had to do some things. Nikki emphatically said she wanted time with him, but she was through begging for it and warned she didn't know what would happen if he couldn't put her at the top of his list.
Ashley dropped by Brad's house to visit Abby. The two sat on the couch, and Ashley explained to her daughter how perfume was made. Abby wanted Ashley to read her the book she had taken back from France. Abby left to get the book as Brad and Ashley discussed Jabot business. Ashley told Brad that she and Victor had just been over at the Chancellor mansion, trying to convince Katherine to rescind the deal. Brad actually admitted that he was leaning toward Victor.
Ashley said she had reached the point where she would try to make the best of whatever happened and work toward Jabot being productive. Brad didn't know if he could live with the fact that Jack had acquired the majority of Jabot. Ashley felt it was healthier for them to just let it go and accept things as they were. Ashley then inquired about Brad's personal life, obviously wondering if he was seeing anyone else. Similarly, Brad wondered if Ashley had had a fling while in Paris.
Phyllis returned home and called out to Daniel. She then made a phone call to a past associate, Julie, who worked at the lab where the paternity test had been performed. She thanked Julie for letting her know when the envelope was to be delivered. Phyllis wanted just one more favor -- for Julie to tell her what had been in the envelope. Julie refused, stating it was confidential material that she couldn't disclose.
Daniel returned home. Phyllis asked him how things had been with Lily. He remarked that things over at the Winterses' house had seemed rather strange between Lily and Dru. Phyllis wanted to know what had happened. Daniel then told her that Dru had gotten upset about Daniel and Lily looking over Neil's get-well cards and that it had had something to do with an envelope. Phyllis asked what it had been, and Daniel said it had looked like some lab results.
Phyllis said she had worked in a lab at one time and was familiar with that type of terminology and that maybe she could explain it. Thinking about it, Daniel wasn't sure he should tell his mother; he informed her it was confidential. Phyllis convinced him it was okay. Seemingly trying to picture what he had seen, Daniel stated, "Sample A excluded for paternity from Sample B." Daniel asked what it meant. Phyllis casually replied that Dru had said she'd been doing some genealogy work, so that had to be it. Daniel went off to do his homework, leaving Phyllis to ponder what she had just learned.
Back at the Winterses' apartment, Dru casually told Lily that she had just had a test run on herself. Lily then turned to Malcolm for answers. He told her to let it go. Lily knew they were lying and said she would tell Neil. Dru quickly snapped back that she "will not" tell Neil. It had become blatantly obvious to Lily that they were both lying.
Finally realizing it was a paternity test, Lily knew it was about her and that they had done the test. A shocked and hurt Lily screamed at Malcolm, "Am I yours? Tell me the truth!" Malcolm cast a glance at Dru and softly stated, "It's time." Lily told them she deserved to know who her father was. Looking over at Dru, Malcolm said she was old enough to know.
Lily demanded to know how he could do that to Neil. Malcolm then promised to tell her the whole story but insisted that she hear him out and that it was not what she thought. Malcolm began talking calmly to Lily, explaining to her that he and Dru were not having an affair. Dru tried to intervene in the conversation, but Malcolm said he would handle it.
Malcolm admitted to Lily that it was all his fault, that once, a long time before, Dru had been really sick. Neil hadn't been around, so Malcolm had gone to check on her. She had been heavily medicated and very out of it, he explained. He wanted Lily to understand what he had done had been wrong, that Dru had been good to him when he had arrived in town. When she had been sick, she had reached out, and he had misunderstood. She hadn't known what she had been doing, didn't know it had been Malcolm, and had actually thought it had been Neil.
Malcolm told Lily that when she had been born, they had not really been sure who her father was, but in his heart and soul, she had been Neil's child, and they had let it go at that. When he had almost died in Africa in the recent past, a lot of questions had arisen in his mind, Lily's paternity being one of them. Lily then opened up the envelope, wanting to see the results. She read the results out loud about "Sample A and Sample B." Not knowing how to interpret the results, she tearfully asked, "So who's my dad?" Malcolm stared. Dru was sobbing.
Dru told Lily that the test proved Neil was her father. Lily then ravaged a verbal attack on Malcolm for taking advantage of her mother and then lashed out at Dru for defending Malcolm. Lily hysterically screamed at Malcolm to get out. Dru reached to comfort Lily, who screamed not to touch her. A sobbing Dru collapsed into the bookshelf, as the books began to fall.
Phyllis again called her past associate, Julie. Seemingly exasperated with Phyllis, Julie confirmed to Phyllis that there had indeed been two paternity tests but warned Phyllis not to call her again because she could not discuss either one of the tests. Phyllis hung up, likely calculating what her next move would be.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Nikki brooded about the kiss she'd shared with Bobby. When Victor appeared downstairs and suggested they have dinner together that night, Nikki jumped at the chance to spend some time with him. She wanted to go to breakfast and perhaps for a ride together. Victor didn't go along with her plans, insisting that he had some loose ends to tie up at Jabot. Nikki reminded him that he was no longer working there, but Victor said that hadn't been formalized yet. When Nikki said she wanted to begin a new life together, including traveling, Victor said maybe they could plan a trip for the end of the summer. Nikki pushed him to take advantage of the lag in his work life to go away with her immediately.
Bobby and Brittany discussed their plans to start a new life in Chicago. Brittany admitted that she hadn't told any of her friends yet. She knew that J.T. was going to give her a hard time, but she was sure her parents would be relieved that they wouldn't have to run into their daughter and the grandchild they didn't want. Bobby said that he was going to sell the club to Angelo; that would provide the nest egg they needed to start their new life. He also told Brittany that Nikki knew they were going and understood and supported their decision.
Jill's spirits were soaring as she contemplated all the changes she wanted to make at Jabot. Not even Katherine's sour mood daunted her. She was hoping to break down the barriers that existed between upper management and the people working in the trenches, who often had great ideas that were ignored. When Katherine didn't give Jill the reaction she expected, she asked her mother if she wasn't excited for her. Katherine said she was very excited about what was about to happen to Jill then hurriedly left the room to make a phone call.
Ashley and Jack exchanged a few words when he arrived downstairs for breakfast. She told him that she'd gone with Victor to talk to Katherine, but Katherine had decided to let the deal stand. As far as Ashley was concerned, that was the end of it. She intended to keep her eye on Jack, but for the time being, all she wanted to concentrate on was turning Jabot back into the great company it had once been. Jack told Ashley it wasn't him she needed to keep her eye on, but Gloria, who'd gone behind their backs to warn Victor about Jack's plans.
When John and Gloria arrived downstairs, Jack and Ashley were full of plans for Jabot, but John wanted to talk about something else. He said that he'd decided that it was important to make sure Gloria was provided for if anything happened to him, so he planned to change his will. Ashley and Jack put their differences aside as they contemplated Gloria and tried to determine how she'd talked John into that. John didn't appreciate their attitude and told them from that point on, they'd treat Gloria with respect, or they could find somewhere else to live. After John left, Jack congratulated Gloria on looking out for herself.
Jack got a call from Katherine demanding to know why Jill thought she was going to be running Jabot. Jack said he hadn't had a chance to talk to Jill yet. After he hung up, he left Ashley alone with Gloria so he could go to the Chancellor house and talk to Jill. Ashley told Gloria that while she knew Gloria had been protecting Victor's integrity, it probably hadn't been a good idea for her to go behind everyone's backs to talk to him. Nor was she smart to immediately afterward put her hands in John's pockets. Gloria insisted that when two people married and promised to take care of each other, no time was too soon.
Lauren didn't understand why Michael was feeling so frisky all morning. He suggested that the two of them take the day off, and Lauren wondered if his talk with his mother had left him seeing dollar signs. Michael denied it. After Lauren left for work, Michael received a visit from Ashley. She said that she'd just learned that her father was making plans to provide for his new wife. Michael understood that the Abbott children were hoping to head off Gloria and told a confused Ashley that he probably wasn't the attorney she was looking for.
At breakfast with Damon, Phyllis kept brooding over what she'd learned about the DNA tests Dru had ordered. If there were two envelopes, it was possible that Dru was up to something. Although she couldn't tell Damon the details, she said that she had some information that would hurt one friend but that another friend deserved to know. Damon said it sounded like she'd gotten in the middle of something that was none of her business and suggested she stay out of it.
Lily told Dru that she didn't want to talk about the situation with Malcolm and her disputed paternity. She felt like she'd been lied to all her life. After Lily left for school, Malcolm stopped over to talk to Dru. At first she reproached him for all the trouble he'd caused.
When Malcolm expressed his remorse and regret, he asked her if she wanted him to leave town for good. He'd never wanted to hurt Lily or anyone else. Dru said no; they were a family. Somehow they'd get through it all together. However, whatever Lily intended to do as far as telling Neil was out of their hands. While they were talking, Dru got a call from Phyllis, who wanted to see her. Dru was just as eager to have it out with Phyllis and told her to stay put at the stable; she'd be right over.
Lily went by the hospital to see her father. He thought her sad mood was caused by his accident and encouraged her to put everything behind her. Lily, thinking of the DNA test, said she wasn't sure she could do that. Neil told her that as his daughter, he knew she could do anything she put her mind to. From the moment he'd learned Dru had been pregnant, Lily had been the most important part of his life and always would be.
Neil wrote an excuse note to keep Lily from getting in trouble for being late for school and vowed that was the last time he was making excuses for her. Lily smiled and left without telling him anything about Malcolm and Dru.
Thursday, March 3, 2005
Nick went to see Phyllis to ask her for information about Jack's takeover. Phyllis admitted she didn't know anything. Nick told her if she did find out any new information, he wanted to be the first to know.
Brittany told Bobby that she had found a new place for them to live. It was in Chicago, and it would be available right away. Bobby decided they should take the apartment. Brittany went to see J.T. to get some of her stuff. J.T. told her not to leave without saying goodbye.
Bobby talked to Angelo about selling the Cabaret. Bobby said that he wanted Angelo to be the baby's godfather.
Katherine talked to Nikki about her problems with Victor. She told Nikki that she should give it her all. As they talked about Victor, Katherine realized something. Victor might want to ask Katherine to be her CEO.
Nikki was playing a sad song on the piano when Bobby walked in. She wondered how long he had been standing there, watching her. Bobby wondered if Nikki was okay. She said her emotional state had to do with the music. Bobby told Nikki that he had found an apartment and might be leaving as soon as the next day.
Malcolm and Dru were angry with Phyllis for involving herself in their personal lives. Malcolm went to see Neil and said that he still felt like a part of him was missing. Neil tried to comfort him, saying that Malcolm was an uncle and a brother.
Dru went to a mailbox and pulled out the second paternity test. Phyllis called Dru, and Dru showed up yelling at her. Phyllis said that she had called Dru to ask her about the other paternity test.
Ashley tried to talk to Michael about Gloria trying to get money from John. Michael said he was not the right person to talk to about it. He suggested to Ashley if she was worried about the takeover, she could sue for not being informed. Ashley said that she wanted nothing to do with that, but she wanted to do something about Gloria. Michael showed her the door.
Friday, March 4, 2005
Nick went to Jabot to find out what was going on with his father. Victor said that he was leaving, but he'd just received a memo indicating that Jack intended to implement all of the changes Victor had suggested. While they were talking, Jack entered to tell Victor that his services were no longer needed. He also had a check to cover most of the debt Victor was holding for Jabot.
Jack didn't appreciate Victor sharing the contents of a private memo with the CEO of Newman, and he wanted both Victor and Nick to leave the building. Once Jack was gone, Nick told Victor about a problem he was having with one of Newman's distributors. Victor offered to take care of it for Nick so Nick could spend more time with his family instead of going out of town.
Brittany and J.T. ran into each other at Crimson Lights. J.T. ordered her a coffee then went to talk to Mac. Mac assumed he was there to meet Brittany, but he was actually having a meeting with Paul. However, when Paul was talking business with him, J.T. was distracted when he saw Brittany sit down at the table with Mac. He told Paul he didn't get women. Mac was interested in Kevin, and Brittany had married a lowlife like Bobby.
Paul suggested that if J.T. had something to say to Bobby, he should find him and tell him before Bobby left town. J.T. went by Marsino's, but Angelo told him Bobby wasn't there. He advised J.T. to leave Bobby alone; his old boss had enough problems. When J.T. wondered what problems, Angelo said that he didn't think Bobby really wanted to move to Chicago. He was doing it for Brittany.
Brittany told Mac that she and Bobby were moving to Chicago. She warned Mac not to do anything to hurt J.T., who'd already been hurt twice by Colleen. Mac said it was amazing how fascinated Brittany was by J.T.'s love life. She wondered who Brittany was going to run to with all her problems once she was living in Chicago and wouldn't have J.T. to turn to. In fact, Mac thought maybe Brittany was leaving so she wouldn't always have to be reminded that she'd given up J.T. for Bobby.
Nikki told Bobby how much his friendship had meant to her. She was going to miss him and Brittany and the life they'd added to her home. When Bobby reminded her that she had Victor, Nikki said even though she knew Victor loved her, there was an empty place inside of her that wasn't being filled anymore. She understood her husband. He thought needing anyone was a weakness. But she didn't feel that way.
While Nikki and Bobby were talking, Victor called to cancel his dinner with Nikki, since he was going out of town on business. After Nikki hung up, she told Bobby to keep reminding her how lucky she was and how much she had. Her mind told her that, but her heart was telling her something else. Bobby said their timing was off and told Nikki how much he would miss her. They embraced and shared a passionate kiss just as J.T. walked up and saw them through the window.
Lily went by the hospital to see her father and found out he was being released. Neil suggested that she drive him home. Lily said she wasn't really ready to drive yet. When Neil said that was okay, Malcolm could drive him, Lily quickly said she'd do it and promised to be careful. Neil tried to talk to her about the importance of having other people besides her parents in her life, including her Uncle Malcolm. He wanted her to dig down deep and overcome whatever her problems were with Malcolm. Lily insisted that it wasn't that easy.
Phyllis told Dru that she knew there was another paternity test. Although Dru tried to deny it, Phyllis said that either Dru would tell Malcolm, or Phyllis would. Dru told Phyllis to stay out of her business. Phyllis had already caused enough damage to Lily and the rest of them.
Malcolm stopped over to have it out with Phyllis, but instead, Phyllis told him that Dru had something to tell him. When Dru wouldn't confess, Phyllis told him there had been a second paternity test. The first one had been a fake. She then left the two of them alone to talk. Malcolm demanded to know what Dru had done.
Dru admitted that she'd given Malcolm fake results. She'd been terrified that if he found out Lily was his, he'd take her daughter away from her. When she told him that she hadn't seen the results, which were in her purse, Malcolm found the envelope and tried to throw it into the fire. Dru grabbed it and ripped open the envelope, saying she wasn't going back. She had to know the truth; she couldn't go on living a lie. She looked at the results then held out the paper to Malcolm.