Daniel was surprised to come home and find Victoria there. Phyllis told him that Victoria didn't want her family to know she was back yet, and Daniel agreed not to tell anyone he'd seen her. After Daniel left, Phyllis again tried to get Victoria to tell her what her plans were. Victoria evaded her questions and asked Phyllis to give her a ride into town.
When Phyllis got to work, she had a meeting with Drucilla. Drucilla was trying to follow Nick's suggestion that Drucilla help him build his team, so her behavior toward Phyllis was pleasant and flattering. Phyllis correctly surmised that Dru was trying to make nice because of Nick's orders. She said that clearly Nick had faith in Drucilla, but there were other people who were better suited for Dru's job. If someone other than Nick started making the decisions, Drucilla might find herself out of a job. Drucilla asked if Phyllis was talking about Victor, but Phyllis just smiled mysteriously and left Dru's office.
Michael came home to find Gloria there with Kevin. He wasn't surprised to hear that things hadn't gone well at the Abbotts, especially since Kevin had showed up there. Kevin said he was glad he'd gone, since all the Abbotts had ganged up on their mother. When Michael found out that John had made her leave, he asked Gloria if that was what she wanted. Gloria said she wanted to go home to John.
At Crimson Lights, J.T. told Mac that Brittany and Bobby were still living in Genoa City. Mac was sorry to hear that Brittany was having a difficult pregnancy, but she still thought she and Bobby should have moved. After J.T. and Mac bickered for a minute, they agreed that Mac would give Brittany a chance if J.T. would do the same for Kevin. However, when Kevin walked up, J.T. found out that Mac had concealed part of Kevin's lottery ticket story and that Kevin had tried to keep the ticket from Michael. Mac defended Kevin, saying he'd returned the ticket of his own choice. Kevin said it didn't matter, since his family was now going to be rich. That was a good thing, since his mother's marriage was on the rocks. Mac and J.T. were shocked to learn that Gloria Abbott was Kevin's mother. J.T. furiously recounted some of what he'd learned in Detroit about Gloria's son being in trouble with the police because he had a gun. When Kevin blamed J.T. for ruining his mother's life, their discussion got more heated until J.T. finally stormed off. Kevin gave Mac a pathetic look.
Sharon was frustrated when Cassie rushed out the door to school without talking to her. She told Nick she was going to call the school later and see if Cassie's story about how she got a condom was true. After Nick left for work, Sharon talked to Cassie's health teacher, who told her that they hadn't covered STDs in their class yet, and even when they did, she wouldn't be handing out condoms. She then wondered why Cassie wasn't in school. Sharon was startled to find out that Cassie was skipping class.
At Crimson Lights, Lily, Daniel, and Sierra weren't in school because their teachers were grading midterms, and Devon was there because his school started later. All of them were surprised when Cassie walked in and joined them after getting a cup of coffee. They warned her that cutting classes wasn't a good idea, but Cassie brushed their concern aside until her mother showed up. When Sharon confronted Cassie about not being in school, Cassie smarted off at her. Sharon made her go with her to Nick's office. Nick was surprised to hear that Cassie had cut class, but she swore she wouldn't do it again and asked her mother to take her back to Walnut Grove. Sharon then told Nick that Cassie had also lied about how she'd gotten the condom. She said that Cassie was either sexually active or was thinking about being sexually active, and the three of them needed to talk.
Brittany made breakfast for Bobby, although he wanted to take her out. Brittany reminded him that they needed to be careful with money. Bobby told her he'd gotten a temporary part-time job as a bartender at the athletic club. Gina was hoping that she could give him a manager's position soon. Brittany told him that she knew he wanted a better job. While they were talking, Brittany got a delivery from Fenmore's, a baby blanket. Bobby insisted that he hadn't bought it, but Brittany told him that she didn't believe him. She had a surprise for him, too. She pointed out that her pregnancy was starting to show. Soon everyone would know they were expecting a baby.
Jack and Ashley were worried about their father's state of mind. They wanted him to take a day off with them and go out of town to a spa. John told them to go on with their lives; he'd be fine. After John went upstairs, Ashley and Jack tried to figure out how to support their father emotionally. While they were talking, Michael showed up and asked to talk to John. Although Ashley and Jack tried to make him leave, John came downstairs and asked what he wanted. Michael said that John didn't have the legal right to throw Gloria out of their home without her consent. When John found out Gloria was outside in the car, he asked Ashley and Jack to leave. He then told Michael to leave after he sent Gloria inside. When Gloria walked in, John looked at her with a disgusted expression.
Michael went home and decided to have a drink even though it was early in the day. Before he could pour one, his doorbell rang, but when he opened the door, no one was there. He stepped outside and looked around, and when he walked back into his apartment, Victoria was standing there and gave him a big kiss.
Thursday, April 7, 2005
Nick and Sharon had a long talk with Cassie about the risks she'd be taking if she became sexually active too early; not only could she contract HIV or other STDs, but she could get pregnant. Nor was she emotionally ready. Cassie kept up her belligerent attitude during their discussion, and Nick told her that she was grounded indefinitely. Sharon asked to speak to Cassie alone, and Nick left them. Sharon said that Cassie's suggestion that her mother was afraid Cassie would repeat her mistakes had hit home. Sharon knew better than anyone the outcome of becoming sexually active before she was ready. Cassie pointed out that if Sharon hadn't gotten pregnant, Cassie herself wouldn't exist. Sharon said that was true, and she treasured every moment they'd shared. However, Cassie should remember that they'd spent many years apart because she hadn't been prepared to take care of a child. Only luck had brought them back together. When she asked Cassie if they were good, Cassie sulkily said yes. Still worried, Sharon took her daughter back to school.
Phyllis went to see Jack and thank him for dinner the night before. She again tried to ascertain what decision he'd made about the Jabot CEO. She agreed that Jill was out of the question unless he could change Katherine's mind, but she thought he should appoint Brad, who was the most qualified for the job. Jack realized that Phyllis knew something he didn't know and tried to find out what it was. Phyllis didn't tell him that Victoria was in town, and Jack said he guessed their next meeting would be Phyllis trying to make up to him for whatever secret she was keeping. That was fine; she should call him when she was ready. Phyllis left without telling him the truth.
Nikki went to see Dru and suggest that Dru ask Nick to put her through the same probationary period the other executives went through. Dru insisted that Nicholas had faith in her. She'd offered that option, and Nick had turned her down. She didn't want to get in the middle of the Newman battles and resented Nikki's attempt to intimidate her. Nikki said that if she had to take sides, it wouldn't be against any member of her family. The loser would be Drucilla herself. Dru asked Nikki to leave her office. After Nikki left, Phyllis showed up, said that she knew Nikki had been to visit her, and asked if Drucilla felt the screws tightening.
Mac got Kevin to tell her the whole story of his mother and what his father had put them through. She was upset by the things Kevin told her and said she hated his father even though she'd never met him. Kevin said that he'd once dreamed of hitting Tom or locking him in a closet so he'd know how Kevin had felt. But in fact, if Tom was in front of him, he'd probably pass out from fear. Mac said he didn't have to worry. Tom didn't know where they were and couldn't hurt him anymore. Unfortunately, at that moment, Tom was looking at the newspaper photo of Kevin. He muttered something about the little cockroach winning a million dollars.
Michael and Victoria talked over how things had been going for her in Italy. Then she asked him some questions about Newman. She was sure that even if Nick was CEO, Victor was still pulling the strings. Michael said he didn't think so. Michael didn't spend much time at Newman, but Nick was definitely the one in charge. Horrified, Victoria said that meant Nick's decision to let Drucilla head the cosmetics division could be permanent. When Michael chided her for pretending not to care about business, Victoria changed the subject to a more personal one. She still seemed interested in Michael romantically and wondered if he'd met someone else. At that point, Lauren breezed in. The two women circled around each other, both of them trying to assert their claim to Michael. Lauren tried to figure out if Victoria was going to stay in town, but Victoria evaded her questions. When Victoria left, she kissed Michael, which didn't please Lauren at all.
Ashley and Brad talked in the lab about her father's situation and Jack's slowness in appointing a CEO. Brad suggested that Ashley take some time off and get her father out of town. Ashley agreed it would be a good idea, but she couldn't do it if Brad was planning to quit his job if Jack didn't come through with the CEO offer. However, she supported Brad. If he felt he had to go, she'd find some way to handle the family crisis. At that point, Jack came in. Ashley told him to stop stalling and give Brad the job. Jack asked Ashley to go home and be with their father, then he told Brad to come to his office in ten minutes. When Brad got there, he demanded that Jack give him an answer.
Gloria and John talked about their situation. He said that he couldn't imagine ever getting to the point that he could talk cordially or supportively to Gloria about her sons. Not only did he feel loathing for Michael, but he'd never be able to forgive Kevin for what he'd done to Colleen. Gloria said there was no proof that Kevin had done that, but John brushed her protests aside. Gloria wondered if they could ever get past it. She wanted to stay, but she'd go if that was what John really wanted. John told her that he didn't care what she did. Later, Ashley called John to tell him she was coming home to spend the day with him. John told her not to; he was on his way into the office with some contracts. After they hung up, he went upstairs and got the contracts. As he was walking down the stairs opening the envelope with his letter opener, he tripped, fell, and landed semiconscious at the foot of the stairs, the letter opener jammed into his leg.
Friday, April 8, 2005
Neil tries to inform Drucilla about her position. He tells her in a nice and businesslike manner that she needs to change her attitude and be the person she is meant to be. Neil says he will work with Drucilla to develop a foil proof fan.
Phyllis comes home to find Victoria painting. She wonders how things went with Michael. Victoria questions Phyllis how she knows where she has been. Phyllis explains that Michael is her best friend and she knows where he lives. Victoria presumes that Phyllis also knows about Michael's relationship with Lauren Fenmore.
Gloria returns home to Michael and Kevin's apartment and tells them she is unsure whether or not she even wants to return to the Abbott home. She tells Michael and Kevin that if John cannot accept them, she will choose her sons over her marriage. Michael tries to convince her that her marriage is not a lost cause and she should try as hard as she can to save it.
Meanwhile, John lays on the floor after suffering a cardiac arrest. He winces in pain as he pulls the letter opener out of his leg. He tries to get up, but cannot. He cries out for help.
Kevin is determined to change John's mind about Gloria and her two sons. When he arrives at the door of the Abbott home he finds John on the floor.
Nikki asks Nick what has been going on with Cassie. At first, Nick doesn't want to admit it but explains that he feels uncomfortable that Cassie has been changing and not talking to her family about it. He tries to change the subject quickly before Nikki asks him any more questions.
Brad tells Jack that he will quit if Jack does not appoint him. After Jill receives a letter from Billy, Katherine decides to take Jill in for awhile.