Jack found Victoria sitting alone at Yves. Once he promised not to harangue her anymore about the job at Jabot, she let him join her. Jack understood that blood was thicker than water, and she was only trying to be there for her family by taking the job with her father. He wondered what Nicholas was going to think about it, and Victoria assured him that Nick would be okay with it. He and Sharon were not only still deeply grieving Cassie, but Nick was having problems with his anger. Victoria then warned Jack that Phyllis might not be working at Newman much longer. Jack defended his ex-wife's work and said that even if Victoria thought Phyllis was a handful, that was why he loved her. He then got Victoria to talk about her feelings of pain and regret over Cassie. Victoria admitted that she felt guilty about Cassie's death. She wondered if things would have been different if she'd been home. Jack assured her that Cassie had made her own decisions; no one was to blame. Victoria was grateful that he'd said that. Jack promised Victoria a shoulder to cry on anytime she needed it.
Tom walked into the athletic club and spotted John and Gloria holding hands over lunch. Surmising that they'd reconciled, he left the club. Gloria didn't spot him because she and John were deep in conversation about how happy their reconciliation had made them. She admitted that she was late for an appointment with Michael and Lauren to talk about their wedding plans. The couple joked about being together again later that night, then Gloria left.
Michael got to his office to find Paul back in town after working on a case in Milwaukee. Michael had more work for him but warned Paul that all work would make him dull, although Michael said Paul was already dull. Paul laughed and left to see Ashley when Lauren and Kevin came in. Later, when Gloria showed up, she made Kevin go to her car with her to get a box full of wedding ideas. While they were alone, Lauren and Michael daydreamed about their honeymoon. He noticed that she was wearing her ring again, and she promised not to take it off. When Kevin and Gloria returned, they all talked about when and where to have the wedding. Lauren seemed a little uncomfortable when Gloria asked for her out-of-town guest list and said she wanted only her friends living in Genoa City to be invited. When Lauren and Gloria went to Fenmore's to look at dresses for Gloria, Michael asked Kevin to stay. Kevin said he'd had enough wedding planning for the day, but he was touched when Michael asked him to be his best man.
Ashley explained to Brad that it was Abby's idea to visit Victor. Although Brad didn't quite believe her at first, he understood how much Abby's visit must have meant to the Newmans. He agreed that if Victor didn't use visits with Abby to insinuate himself more into their lives, then Brad would let things be. Ashley was touched to hear that Abby had invited Sharon and Noah to the zoo with them. She was concerned about what Sharon was going through. While they were talking, Tom arrived. Ashley introduced the two men, then Brad left.
Tom presented Ashley with a gift as an apology for the way he'd snapped at her when he'd thought she was going to answer his cell phone. Ashley said he'd already apologized and thanked him for the necklace he gave her. She admitted that she was making the best of things now that her father and his wife had reconciled. Although Gloria had deceived her father about something very serious, if Gloria made him happy, Ash had no choice but to accept that. Tom praised her for putting her father's feelings ahead of her own. He knew that his children would never do that for him. Ashley warned him never to say never. While they were talking, Paul arrived and was surprised to find Tom there.
At the athletic club, Gina and Sharon were both concerned when they witnessed Bobby's hostile reaction to Brittany's arrival. Sharon went to thank Brittany for her sympathy card and to congratulate the two of them on their baby. She cautioned them to treasure every moment; children grew up too fast. After Sharon left, Brit tried to talk to Bobby, but he wanted nothing to do with her and loudly asked her to leave. Gina suggested that Bobby take the afternoon off, but Bobby insisted that he had work to do. Brittany left alone, crying as she stepped outside of the athletic club.
At the loft, Mac was hurt and furious over the news that Brittany was carrying J.T.'s baby. She wanted to know when it happened, and J.T. said they were together on a night in January, after Bobby turned to Nikki instead of Brittany for comfort over the revelation that his brother was dead. It had only been one time, and J.T. insisted that it was Mac he cared about and wanted to be with. Mac was curious about whether or not Colleen had been in town then, and J.T. said she was, but he hadn't told her about Brittany. Mac was upset that he'd hidden things from Colleen, who he loved. If he would treat Colleen that way, how could Mac believe in him? J.T. admitted that he felt an obligation to Brittany, especially since Bobby wanted her to move out. Hurt, Mac asked if Brit would be living at the loft while they waited for their baby to be born. When J.T. said yes, Mac said she had to get out of there and left J.T. alone.
Brad went back to the athletic club to pick up Abby from Sharon. While Abby and Noah talked about games and Noah expressed his passion for baseball, Brad noticed the sad expression on Sharon's face as she watched Abby. He asked if she was okay, and Sharon said that Cassie had only been a little younger than Abby when she came back into their lives. Abby reminded her of Cassie at that age. Noah's and Abby's faces fell as they saw how Sharon was hurting. Sharon stood up and said she and Noah had to go. Brad looked sad that he couldn't do more for Sharon and promised that the next time they went to the zoo, they'd invite Noah and Sharon to go again.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Paul is surprised to find Tom at the Abbott home when he visits Ashley. Paul asks Tom some questions, and Ashley tells Tom that Paul is a private investigator. Tom says that he'd better watch what he says. Paul says that Tom doesn't have to watch what he says unless he has something to hide. When Tom leaves, Ashley thanks him for the necklace. Paul asks Ashley how she feels about Tom. Ashley says he is a friend she is curious about. Paul suggests investigating him. Ashley is opposed to it. Paul says that he cares about her and is a little concerned about the type of man Tom is. They also talk about the way Ashley feels about Paul. As they flirt, Ashley tells Paul that he doesn't rattle her. As he kisses her passionately, she realizes that he does.
J.T. goes to see Katherine to ask what to do about Mac and Brittany. When Esther opens the door, she is ecstatic about Mac and J.T.'s relationship and wonders when he will "pop the question." Katherine wonders why J.T. is there to see her. J.T. tells her that Mac is going to need her support. He found out that Brittany is pregnant with his child. He has decided he wants to support her. Katherine wonders if J.T. is in love with Brittany. J.T. says he doesn't know what to do. Katherine says that if J.T. wants things to work with Mac he should convince Brittany to move in with her parents and give the baby up for adoption.
Mac goes to see Brittany to find out if J.T. is really her baby's father. When Brittany says yes, Mac thinks she planned it all along. Brittany realizes that Mac slept with J.T.
Nikki tries to talk to Bobby about Brittany. Bobby says their relationship is over. When Nikki asks about the baby, Bobby says he's not the person she should be asking about it.
Bobby comes home and sees Brittany there. He asks if she is alone. When she says yes, they run into each other's arms and begin kissing.
Kevin is pleased when Michael asks him to be his best man. He says that Michael is the best brother a guy could have. Tom interrupts them and asks why he couldn't be Michael's best man. Kevin wonders what Tom is doing there, but he is not afraid of Tom. Kevin tells him as far as he's concerned, he might as well be dead. Tom tells Michael that he has something on Gloria that could tear her world apart.