Sharon stopped by Nick's office on her way out to remind him to talk to Cassie. Nick agreed, then he asked her why she'd sent the email in his name to Victoria. He wasn't mad; he knew she was only trying to cover for him. Mystified, Sharon denied sending the email. When she found out what it said, she suggested that maybe Drucilla had sent it to head off a possible return by Victoria. Dru came in, and Sharon left. Nick reaffirmed his faith in Drucilla to do the job he'd hired her for. He wondered if she was going overboard trying to feel safe. Drucilla was startled to hear about the email and denied sending it. She wanted Nick to trust her. Nick finally seemed convinced that Dru was telling the truth. After she left, it occurred to him that maybe the person who sent the email hadn't been trying to keep Victoria away but to goad her into coming home. He rolled his eyes and muttered Phyllis's name.
Brad caught Phyllis before she could leave the Jabot building after she saw Damon. He dragged her into his office to question whether she had any inside information on Jack's plan for the CEO position. Phyllis evaded his questions, but she did finally tell Brad that he should know that if Jack really wanted him to be CEO, he'd already be in the position. After Phyllis left, Brad muttered that he knew that.
At Crimson Lights, Adrian remembered Damon telling her that just being friends wasn't enough for him. After all they'd shared, he couldn't settle for that. Adrian wondered aloud why Damon had given her the silent treatment for so many weeks if that was how he felt. Damon walked up and warned her that talking to herself wasn't a good sign.
Lily, Sierra, and Daniel were also hanging out at Crimson Lights. When Cassie walked up to them, Daniel took note of her suggestive outfit. After she went to get something to drink, he asked the other girls if Cassie seemed to be trying too hard. When Cassie came back, Daniel again looked at Cassie's short skirt and asked if she was going out or something. But he had to leave the girls' table when his mother came in and gave him a warning look.
On the patio with Phyllis, Daniel was annoyed when his mother started in on Lily. He told her that Lily was just his friend. He couldn't stop hanging out with all his friends just because Lily was part of their group. As they were talking, Nick came in. He told Phyllis he'd like to see her in his office in one hour, upping Phyllis's stress level another couple of notches. Daniel suggested that after her meeting with Nick, she should go work out at the club. He'd go home and do his homework, then the two of them could watch a movie together later. Phyllis agreed that was a good idea, not realizing that Daniel was helping Jack set up a special evening for her.
Cassie mentioned a party taking place that weekend and that Max Powers had given her a ride home from school. Sierra noted that Max was a senior, and both girls were alarmed to hear that Cassie had a condom in her purse. Lily warned her not to get in over her head with an older guy; she could get hurt. Their conversation was interrupted by Nick's arrival. After he took Cassie away, Sierra asked if Lily had been thinking about Kevin. Lily said yes; she didn't want anything like that to happen to Cassie. When Sierra said that Daniel seemed to care about Lily, Lily said the problem was that Phyllis and her mother didn't get along, so Phyllis didn't want Daniel hanging out with her.
Nick had a heart-to-heart talk with Cassie in the office of the coffee house. Cassie understood why her mother was freaking out; she'd gotten pregnant when she was a teenager. Cassie thought her parents should be relieved that she had a condom. Even if she was having sex, which she wasn't, at least she knew about protection. Nick said there were other ways Cassie could be hurt by not waiting until she was older to have sex. It was his and Sharon's job to protect her; when Cassie took that step, it would change everything for her. He seemed to be getting through to Cassie, who hugged him and asked him to talk to Sharon so she wouldn't keep getting hysterical about the situation. Cassie said that her father seemed to understand her better, and it was easier to talk to him.
Jack found Ashley in the lab and told her that he'd done something stupid that hurt Phyllis's feelings. He was surprised when Ashley was supportive of him. Ashley said that no matter what personal feelings she had about Phyllis, Jack had been happy when he was with her. If they could find their way back to each other, Ashley was all for it. Jack hugged her and asked what was going on with her and Paul. Ashley smiled and said it was mostly business. In fact, she had something to tell her brother. Jack begged her to postpone it until the next day. He wanted to stay focused on making up with Phyllis. Ashley agreed to wait.
Michael was furious at Paul for his part in helping Ashley expose the truth about Gloria's past. Paul pointed out that he hadn't known that he was going to uncover that Michael and Kevin were Gloria's sons. Yes, he'd been curious about what was going on between Michael and Gloria, but he'd only been doing the job Ashley had hired him to do. Michael said that as his business partner, Paul could have given him a heads-up before telling Ashley everything. It wasn't the first time Paul had withheld information from him. He'd helped Christine conceal information in Damon and Phyllis's legal case. Michael could no longer trust Paul and wanted him out of their offices by the next morning.
At the Abbott house, John thanked Gloria for their six-month anniversary card and suggested they go somewhere special for dinner to celebrate. Gloria declined, saying she just wanted to stay at home because she had something to tell him. She'd been keeping a secret from him for a long time. John was baffled when Gloria began talking about her past, because they'd had discussions about the way the men in her life before John had treated her. Gloria said it was about her sons. John said that he knew they were estranged and that Gloria had been hurt by their distance. When he mentioned having met them, Gloria finally said that the men he'd met weren't really her sons.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Paul goes to see Ashley at her work. She is worried about her father. Paul says that he's there to help her if she needs him.
Michael comes home to find Kevin trying to call Gloria. He makes Kevin hang up the phone and explains the ultimatum that Ashley gave Gloria. Kevin is optimistic about the situation, saying that he'd like the chance to get to know John. He says he'd bet Michael the lottery ticket that they kiss and make up. Michael thinks Kevin is crazy; there is no way that John will forgive Gloria. Michael warns Kevin not to go over there.
Gloria explains to John that the two boys he met were not her sons. She says that she hired them to play her two sons because she didn't want John to know the truth about her real sons. John is upset that Gloria lied to him. He asks her to tell her the truth about her sons. He wonders what their names are. Gloria says that John already knows them. Just then, there is a knock at the door. It's Kevin; he says he would like to speak to Gloria. John wants to know why Kevin would want to see Gloria. He tells him to leave. Gloria stops him. She tells John that Kevin is her son.
Damon sees Adrienne at the coffeehouse. She is upset that Damon hasn't visited her in weeks and wonders if she should go back to Africa or Georgia, someplace where she feels she belongs. Damon kisses her and asks her for dinner. Adrienne says she will be busy working out. Damon promises he will see her again shortly.
Nick tells Sharon that he doesn't have time to speak with Cassie. Nikki overhears Sharon talking about how worried she is about Cassie. When Nikki asks what Sharon is worried about, Sharon doesn't want to talk about it. Nikki says that if something is wrong with Cassie she wants to know.
Nick asks Phyllis to meet him in his office. He reads her the email and tells her that he knows she wrote it. He tells Phyllis that he doesn't want to fire her, but he needs to know that she is on his side.
Victor goes to visit Nick. He is upset with Nick's business decision to put Drucilla on an executive contract. He says that it goes against company policy. Nick wonders if Victor is going to pull the reins on him again. Victor leaves with a warning.
Jack visits Brad in the office. Brad is looking at other potential executive positions available outside of Jabot. He tells Jack that if he is not named CEO by the following business day, he will leave Jabot for good.
Jack asks for Daniel's help cooking dinner. When Daniel realizes that Jack may be doing it because Phyllis is angry with Jack, Daniel isn't so sure he wants to be a part of it. Jack apologizes for putting Daniel in the middle of things, and they decide to have dinner anyway. When Phyllis arrives, she wonders what Jack is doing in her kitchen. When he asks if she's hungry, she wonders if he is going to poison her.
Friday, April 1, 2005
Lauren was hoping for a romantic evening with Michael, but he warned her that Kevin was in the other room. He told her that Gloria was even then telling John the truth about her sons. John could come storming through the door with a shotgun any minute. Lauren defended Gloria's decision about keeping the truth from John, who probably wouldn't have married her if he'd known who her sons were. Wouldn't Michael rather see his mother happy with a man like John instead of back in Detroit with more losers like her former husbands? Michael received a call from a client in Oakdale. He was going to have to leave town at once for a case. Lauren promised to keep an eye on Kevin while Michael was out of town. They figured out that Kevin wasn't in the apartment, which meant he was probably at the Abbott house.
John couldn't believe his ears when Gloria told him that Kevin was her son. He began to wonder if everyone else had been right, and Gloria had been using him all along. Kevin came to his mother's defense, insisting that Gloria really loved John. She hadn't married him for money; Michael and Kevin would take care of her, after all. In fact, she hadn't really even lied to him so much as kept something from him. John lashed out at Kevin, saying that he wasn't surprised by Kevin's ability to make the truth be whatever he wanted it to be. It was exactly what he'd expect from someone like Kevin the arsonist.
As Gloria tried to convince John that what they shared was real, Ashley brooded in the lab about what her father was going through. She called home to check on him, but as soon as John realized that Ashley knew the truth, he said he couldn't talk and hung up the phone.
Phyllis eyed Daniel and Jack apprehensively when she found them in her kitchen. Jack finally talked her into going upstairs for a massage he'd arranged while he and Daniel finished cooking dinner. Afterwards, while they ate, Phyllis was charmed at the way Jack and her son had worked together on their surprise for her. When Daniel left to spend the night with a friend, Jack and Phyllis cuddled on the couch. He told her that he'd never gotten over her or found anyone who could measure up to her. Jack wanted them to find their way back to each other. Phyllis told him they'd have to wait and see how things went. Their evening was cut short by a call from Ashley, who demanded that Jack meet her at the Abbott house.
When Ashley arrived home, she wanted to know what Kevin was doing there. Kevin again defended his mother and said she wasn't to blame for the things he'd done. He was beginning to think that all the Abbotts were stuck up. As Ashley hotly defended herself to Kevin, Jack stormed in and demanded to know what was going on and who Kevin was. When he learned Kevin's name and asked what that creep was doing there, John told him "that creep" was his stepbrother.
Sharon was stressing out to Nick about Cassie, but he told her not to worry. He felt like Cassie was okay after the talk they'd had, and Sharon would only make things worse if she kept the conflict going between them. When Cassie came home, she brushed off her mother's attempt to talk to her and went upstairs with plans to turn in early. Sharon told Nick she felt like sometimes she didn't know her little girl anymore. They then talked about Victor's disapproval of Nick's decision to give Drucilla an executive contract. Nick insisted that his decision wasn't based on fear that his sister would return. He did regret that he and Victoria weren't as close as they'd been once, but he felt like she'd never forgive him for turning their father in to the feds. Sharon urged Nick to make overtures toward his sister and find some common ground. She reminded him that Victoria would eventually come home; wouldn't he rather greet her with a hug and kindness?
Victor had a talk with Drucilla about her plans for the cosmetics division. Put on the spot, Drucilla wasn't able to answer all his questions with quick answers. Victor wondered if she was really up to the job that Nick had hired her for, and Drucilla insisted that she was. Later, Victor was getting rid of his frustration by working out when Nikki joined him. Sensing his pent up anger, she reminded him that he'd promised not to interfere with Nicholas's decisions at Newman Enterprises. Nor should he turn his disappointment over Victoria's refusal to return home into a reason to doubt Nick. They had to let their children live their own lives and hope for the best. Victor told Nikki how grateful he was to have her in his life.
Meanwhile, Victoria arrived at her parents' house and was disappointed to find no one there. She mused aloud that she wasn't sure if she was really happy to be home.