Paul and Christine were having breakfast when Michael and Lauren joined them. Sensing that something was up, Christine questioned them, and Michael shared the news of his engagement to Lauren. As Lauren began describing Michael's romantic proposal, Paul abruptly left the table. Later, Paul came back in and went to the bar to get coffee to go. Lauren went to him and asked if he was troubled because it was Michael she was marrying. She assured him that Michael was a loving man, and she'd never been so certain of anything in her life. Paul said he didn't understand Lauren's rush. She told him that it was rare to find something so special that you just wanted to grab hold and not let go. Paul conceded that if she felt that way, she shouldn't let go and hugged her.
Across the restaurant, Christine offered her congratulations to Michael, saying that he'd looked happy lately and she was glad he'd found the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Michael gently reminded her that he'd found the one once before and let her slip through his fingers. Later, Christine explained that she'd be working out of the office over the next few weeks because Daniel would be staying with her. As she was leaving the restaurant to pick up Daniel, she received a call on her cell phone and reacted with a shocked, "No!" having just learned about Cassie's death.
At the Abbott house, Gloria was the only one in a good mood at the breakfast table. John asked if there'd been any news about Cassie, and Jack said not yet. Nor was he going by the hospital to check on her after Nick's hostility the day before. John told him not to take that personally; the Newmans had to be beside themselves with worry. Jack told his family that Phyllis had been up half the night pacing, and John hoped she didn't think Daniel wasn't welcome there. Jack said it was a good idea for Daniel to stay with Christine. As his attorney, she could shelter him from the press. When Phyllis came downstairs, Ashley commented on Gloria's good mood, and Gloria confessed that Michael had asked Lauren to marry him and she couldn't be happier. When no one at the table reacted, Gloria said that was exactly why she'd been reluctant to share her news and left the room. Later, John approached Gloria alone. He apologized for their lackluster reaction to her news and said that Michael was getting someone very special in Lauren Fenmore. Gloria was touched when John told her to convey his congratulations to her son.
Worried about Phyllis, Jack suggested that the two of them take the day off of work and do something that would relax her. Phyllis agreed that after Christine picked up Daniel and she went into the office to take care of her most pressing business matters, she'd spend some time with him. She thanked him for always knowing how to lift her spirits.
Later, Phyllis and Daniel talked while they were waiting for Christine to come and pick him up. Phyllis said that although she was sometimes upset with him for the consequences of what he'd done, she still remembered the little boy she used to hold and wanted to protect Daniel from all of that. Daniel told her how much she meant to him. He wanted her to understand that none of this was her fault; she'd been a great mother. While Phyllis went upstairs to finish getting ready before Christine's arrival, Daniel left. Phyllis came back downstairs and was hurt that he'd left with Christine without saying goodbye, so she was startled when Christine showed up at the front door. She asked if Daniel had forgotten something, and Christine said no, she was there to pick up Daniel. The two women shared a stunned look, both of them realizing that Daniel was missing.
Noah woke up on his Aunt Victoria's couch and asked her if it had been a dream. Was his sister really dead? While he cried, Victoria held him and told him that Cassie was in heaven now.
Victor brought some tea to Nikki, who was sitting alone at the piano and trying to cope with the fact that Cassie was gone. It didn't seem real to her. Victor felt helpless and wondered if there wasn't something more he could have done to save Cassie. Nikki reminded him that he'd brought in the country's top specialists. There was nothing more that anyone could have done. Although she wasn't sure what to say to Nick and Sharon, the two of them agreed that the most important thing for them now was to be strong for their children.
Sharon and Nick were downstairs at their house, both grieving their daughter. Sharon watched Nick with compassion until Nick said that he had to get out of there. Without telling Sharon where he was going, he left, and Sharon curled up on the couch to cry. When Victor and Nikki came in, they were concerned to hear that Nick had left Sharon alone without saying where he was going. Sharon asked about Noah, and Nikki reassured her that Miguel was with him; they were feeding the horses. When Sharon wondered about her mother, Nikki told her that Doris was at the house resting. Nikki signaled for Victor to leave them alone.
Nikki urged Sharon to eat something, but Sharon said she couldn't eat. She began to question why she'd let Cassie leave the house that night, blaming herself for her daughter's death. Nikki told her that Cassie had made some bad decisions, as teenagers often did. It wasn't Sharon's fault. When Sharon asked if Nikki was saying it was Cassie's fault, Nikki said no. It was a tragedy; no one was to blame. Cassie had left the house and come home safely a thousand times before. There was no way anyone could have known this was going to happen. Sharon broke down, sobbing hysterically, and Nikki held her, urging her to let it all out. Later, Nikki watched over Sharon while she slept on the couch.
Nick went to the hospital room where Cassie had died. When the orderly who was making the bed realized who Nick was, he left him alone in the room so Nick could grieve. As Nick cried, Victoria arrived and held her brother, trying to comfort him. Finally she told him there was nothing there for him anymore. They needed to leave. Nick lashed out at his sister, wondering where he was supposed to be and asking her to leave him alone. Victoria refused, saying she needed to be with him. Nick said there was nothing he could do for Victoria. Victoria refused to walk away, sitting down next to her brother and putting her arms around him while he cried.
Devon couldn't understand why Lily was making sandwiches for her school lunch, but Lily evaded his questions. Devon said he was worried about her involvement with Daniel, who was in a lot of trouble. He didn't want to see Lily get caught up in Daniel's problems. Lily thanked Devon for his concern but said she had to stand by Daniel, who needed her support. Neil came in as they were talking and wondered what was going on, but Lily and Devon both kept quiet on the subject of Daniel. They told him they were worried about Cassie. While they were talking, Victor called Neil and told him his granddaughter had died the night before. After Neil hung up, Lily reacted with shock at the news of Cassie's death. She hurried from the apartment, saying she wanted to be alone. Devon agreed with Neil that she was just upset about Cassie, but he looked worried about what Lily might be up to.
Later, Lily met Daniel at their secret place on the Abbott estate, asking if he'd gotten away without attracting notice. Daniel said that his mother thought he was waiting for Christine to pick him up. Lily had brought Daniel some food, and as he began taking it out of the grocery sack, he noticed Lily's somber mood. When he asked what was wrong, Lily gently told him that Cassie had died. After his initial shock, Daniel broke down crying in Lily's arms.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Chris and Phyllis can't believe Daniel has disappeared. Chris says that the worst has happened. Cassie passed away last night. Phyllis goes to see if Daniel's passport is gone and she can't find it. When Chris calls Glen Richards, she finds out that Daniel's charges have been changed to manslaughter. Phyllis is almost glad Daniel has left.
Lily tells Daniel about Cassie. He tells Lily to leave him. She still wants to stay by his side. Daniel says he will feel responsible for Cassie's death for as long as he lives.
Victoria tells Nick he should go home to be with his family. He doesn't think he can handle it. He thanks Victoria for being there for them.
Vinny goes to see Bobby and gives him another proposition to pay his money back. Bobby says no again. Vinny wonders what's wrong with Bobby's head. When Bobby goes to work out after work, he sees Nick using the punching bag. Bobby wonders what's wrong. Nick mentions Cassie's accident. He is obviously enraged at Daniel.
Sharon wakes up and hears Noah calling her. He had a bad dream about Cassie. Sharon talks to him about Cassie in heaven. Noah wonders if he can still talk to her. Sharon tells him that Cassie will always be there with them. Noah tells Cassie how much he loves her. He hugs Sharon and tells her he loves her too.
J.T. returns to the loft to find that Mac is making breakfast for him. He had gone out to get some coffee and donuts. They have a nice breakfast together and J.T. tells Mac how happy he is to have her as his roommate again. Katherine comes by and wishes Mac luck.
Jill attacks Ashley for not telling her about Damon leaving. Ashley doesn't like the way Jill is accusing her. When Ashley storms off, Katherine witnesses them and tells Jill that instead of yelling, she needs to learn how to lead people.
Gloria tells Michael and Lauren that she wants to be their wedding planner. Michael isn't too happy about it, but Lauren likes the idea. They talk about having the best wedding around. Gloria gets excited about the prospects.
Ashley goes to Jack and tells him that she can't work with Jill. She wants to know what he will do about it.
Friday, May 27, 2005
At the gym, after Lily told Nick how sorry she was to hear of Cassie's death, Nick asked her if Daniel knew that he'd killed Nick's daughter. Lily said that he knew and his heart was breaking. Nick wondered if Daniel would have the nerve to tell him that to his face. Lily explained that Daniel was too terrified to face Nick, but that didn't mean he didn't care. Nick said that Daniel should be scared, because the time for him to care was when he decided to drive drunk with Cassie in the car. Lily could deliver a message to her little boyfriend; Nick was going to make sure he spent the rest of his life in jail.
Later, Nick went home, where Sharon tried to talk to him about his feelings. She understood his grief; she shared it. But she felt like Nick was very distant and cold. She suggested that it would be better if he didn't keep everything bottled up inside. Nick said that he couldn't give in to his feelings. He was so angry that he felt like killing someone. All he could think about were the things that Cassie would never do, like graduate from high school. Nor would he ever be able to walk her down the aisle. If he let his feelings out, he might never stop. Sharon reminded Nick that she needed him; this was something they should get through together. Noah also needed him. Nick assured her that he'd be there for Noah; he just needed some time. Right now, he hated the world. He couldn't bear to live in a place where a fourteen-year-old girl was allowed to die.
Sharon went upstairs and brought Noah down. Nick was able to pull it together for his son, agreeing that maybe one day they'd all see Cassie again. He also admitted that he'd been crying and might cry again. Noah said that he and Sharon had done that, too. When Noah went to get a glass of water, Sharon asked how Nick could hate a world that Noah lived in. Nick said he had to sleep. He asked Sharon to tell Noah that he loved him and would see him later. Sharon looked worried as Nick went upstairs, but she snapped out of it when Noah called to her from the kitchen.
Having a drink at the athletic club bar, Jack was greeted by Lauren. He asked her what on earth she was doing marrying into the Baldwin clan. Offended, Lauren told him that she and Michael were ecstatically happy. Not only that, but she liked Gloria, who was refreshingly direct. Jack agreed that Gloria was directly into his father's wallet. Lauren reminded Jack that the two of them went back a long way. She'd like for him to be at her wedding, but he should bring his good manners as a guest---if he still had good manners.
After Lauren walked away, Bobby approached Jack and asked if he'd heard about Cassie. Jack was shocked to hear that Cassie had died, and Phyllis came up and confirmed it. Apologizing to Jack for being the one to give him the bad news, Bobby left to run an errand. Although Jack needed to get to the office, Phyllis begged him to come with her. Daniel was missing, and Phyllis needed Jack's help. They went to the coffee shop searching for Lily. When Phyllis spotted her, she flew into Lily, who claimed to think that Daniel was with Christine. As Jack tried to keep Phyllis calm, Phyllis told Lily not to pretend. She wanted to know where Daniel was now. Lily denied knowing anything about Daniel's whereabouts. After Jack left for work, Phyllis approached Lily again. She told Lily that she might have fooled Jack, but Phyllis was sure Lily knew where Daniel was. Daniel needed his mother now; Lily should tell Daniel to call her. Lily said that like Phyllis, she would never do anything to hurt Daniel. If she saw him, she'd tell him to call.
Kevin was excited to see Mac at Crimson Lights; he'd missed her over the past few days. His mood plummeted when Mac told him where she'd been. She was hopeful that she and J.T. might finally be reaching a point of working out their relationship. Kevin warned her that J.T. had strung her along before, but Mac said this time was different. She hoped Kevin and she could still be friends. Muttering about the word "friends," Kevin pretended that he had something to take care of and took off.
At the Abbott house, Gitta received bad news. She couldn't continue to work in the country and would have to leave. John overheard her call and sympathized with her. Their conversation was interrupted by Kevin's arrival. He was looking for his mother. John told him that Gloria wasn't home and that he couldn't wait inside. Gitta was surprised by the way John treated Kevin. She was also disappointed when John said he was going to the club--alone. He was rewarding himself for his progress after all their hard work. When John was gone, Gitta complained that she was no longer needed; she could leave the country for all they cared. After some thought, Gitta went outside and invited Kevin in. By clever questioning, she found out that Kevin wasn't married and didn't have a girlfriend. Flattered by Gitta's attention, Kevin played it cool, but he was delighted when she suggested that he show her where to have a good time in Genoa City.
John spotted Lauren at the athletic club restaurant and sat down with her. Lauren was defensive, saying she didn't need to hear any more from the Abbott family about what a mistake she was making. John was sorry to hear that Jack had given her a bad time, but he didn't feel the same way. If Lauren was happy, then he was happy for her. Not only that, but he hoped she intended to invite him to her wedding. Lauren happily told him that he'd be at the top of the list.
Victor was concerned about Nikki as she tried to make arrangements for Cassie's service. Nikki told him that she couldn't bear thinking about what had happened. She felt like she'd been a bad grandmother and this was the last thing she could do for Cassie. Victor hugged her, telling her that Cassie had loved her. He understood Nikki's need to keep busy; there would be time to grieve. After he left to help with the arrangements, Nikki agreed that Victor was right; they'd all have a lifetime to grieve. She notified the chapel that donations should go to organizations involved with preventing drunk driving, then she received a visit from Bobby. He offered his sympathy and reminded her of a time that she'd been there for him. He suggested they go riding to take her mind off of her loss. Nikki protested that there was no time for that, then she fell apart, saying that she wasn't up to the task of making all the arrangements. Bobby held her and finally persuaded her to go with him to visit Cassie's horse.
Ashley wasn't happy to get back to the lab and find Jill there, but Jill was in a conciliatory mood. She apologized to Ashley for the things she'd said earlier and suggested that the two of them try to compromise for the good of the company. At the end of a productive work session, Ashley felt surprisingly better, and Jill said they might end up being a powerful team. After Jill left, Ashley received a visit from Victor. He told her about Cassie's death and how hard it had been for him to make some of the arrangements. Ashley understood; Victor felt that he had to be strong for his family and couldn't express his grief. But he could always do that with her. Victor gratefully hugged her and talked about how painful it was to think of Cassie being gone.
In his hideout, Daniel was being tortured by fantasies. First he imagined that a kiss with Lily was broken up by the arrival of the police, as one of the officers dragged him away to jail while Lily screamed. Then he imagined Cassie's empty hospital bed. He broke down, expressing his sorrow over what he'd done to Cassie. Later, when he heard someone at the door, he thought he saw a man in a police uniform coming for him. But it was Lily, who'd brought him something to eat. She said that she'd seen Phyllis, who was worried about him and wanted Daniel to call her. Daniel said that he couldn't do that yet. He asked if Lily had seen Malcolm and if Malcolm was willing to help them. Lily said she hadn't found her uncle, but she no longer thought it was a good idea for her to tell anyone where Daniel was. Daniel could tell that something was bothering Lily, but she wasn't about to tell him about Nick's anger and his threats.