Gloria found Kevin at Michael's condominium. She revealed to him that she told John that the wedding accounts were altered in order to cover for the money that she used to bail Tom out of jail. An upset Kevin told Gloria that he could go to jail for what he did. Michael came in and Gloria explained what she did and promised that no one would ever know that Kevin was involved in her scheme. Michael was impressed that Gloria told John the truth about the money. Gloria told them that she told John that she did it because of Tom's repeated threats against the family. When Kevin asked Gloria if she told John everything (meaning the fact that Gloria and Tom weren't legally divorced), Gloria said that she didn't and Michael accused her of lying by omission. Gloria left, saying she wanted to spend time with her wonderful husband. With Gloria gone, Kevin found Michael deep in thought. Michael told Kevin he was thinking about how Kevin doctored the books for Gloria. Kevin claimed that it was a one time thing and that he wouldn't do it again -- there would be no next time. Michael said that there would be -- that Kevin would always be there to help Gloria out. Michael reminded Kevin that he had come a long way and that now was not the time to give anyone reason to doubt his credibility. When Kevin responds, "you got that right," Michael stares at him, thinking there is more meaning behind his words.
At the Abbott house, John told Ashley how angry he was about what Tom had done to Gloria. When John told Ashley how upset he was that she was still involved with him, Ashley reiterated that she had the situation with Tom under control. When John learned that Tom had given Ashley the flowers, he demanded that they be removed from the house. When Ashley returned from throwing the flowers out, John expressed his concern that Tom would find out that Ashley was leading him on. Ashley told John that it would be for only a little while longer -- that he would be back in jail soon. John told Ashley he was going to try to get Tom's bail revoked. He told Ashley not to go near Tom. Ashley said she would be happy to avoid him.
Gloria returned home and John told her he wanted Tom's bail revoked. John said that he would have done it but only the person who signed the bail slip could do it. Thinking it was Gloria who signed the bail slip, he told her to take care of it today. He kissed Gloria and left.
In a drunken sleeping stupor in Sheila's room at the Motor Arms, Tom talked in his sleep about how the "bitch" Ashley planted the chemicals on Tom's bike and that she had planned the whole set up with Michael. Tom woke up to find Sheila/Jennifer there. Sheila/Jennifer remarked how badly Tom smelled and that she wanted her privacy. Tom remarked how Sheila/Jennifer wanted to kick him out, and that he wanted respect. He realized that it was the women in his life, and not Michael, who were the thorns in his side. When Sheila/Jennifer told Tom that he should never have trusted Ashley, Tom implied that he should never have trusted Sheila/Jennifer because of what she did with the necklace. Sheila/Jennifer said that Tom would have done the same thing if their roles were reversed, and menacingly told Tom to never do anything like that again. When Tom asked if she was threatening him, she said she wasn't and that she was hoping to become "partners in crime" with him again. Tom said he didn't think so but Sheila/Jennifer said she was his friend. When Tom told her that she had a funny way of showing it, Sheila/Jennifer told Tom to put all his faith in her.
Later at Sheila's motel room a frantic Gloria came by and told Jennifer/Sheila that she had to come downtown with her to revoke Tom's bail. Jennifer/Sheila told Gloria she wasn't going to do it. She reminded Gloria that Gloria had asked her to post Tom's bail, that she had saved Gloria's life and that she was out of luck on this one -- Gloria was on her own.
In the Athletic Club dining room Phyllis saw Brad and joined him. Brad told Phyllis that it wasn't a good idea to have breakfast with him after having Thanksgiving dinner with the Newmans -- that the gossip columnists would start talking. Phyllis told Brad that the invitation to the Newmans was a gracious move on their part. Phyllis taunted Brad about his relationship with Victoria. Brad asked Phyllis if she noticed how much tension her and Daniel's presence caused. Phyllis said she felt horrible for Nick and Sharon spending their first Thanksgiving without Cassie. Brad said he was concerned about Sharon -- that it seemed to him that Nick was pulling away from her instead of helping her through it. When Phyllis said she thought that Nick was finally starting to deal with things, Brad remarked that he didn't see it. When Brad reminded Phyllis that she helped work on the Newman website Phyllis sarcastically thanks him for telling Katherine Chancellor about it, which caused a major scene.
Jack came in, causing Brad to leave. When Jack asked Phyllis how her Thanksgiving was, Phyllis told him about her disaster with the frozen turkey and how Daniel was thinking of Cassie and that when they brought the Newmans a pie they were invited to stay. Jack was startled, and started harassing Phyllis about the fixing the "backdoor" in the Newman computer system -- he said that her ability to access their system could have been a major coup for Jabot. They fought about the ongoing war between Jack and Victor. Phyllis told Jack that things were different at Newman now -- that Victoria and Nick ran the company, not Victor. Phyllis said that she was tired of all the battling and fighting and all she wanted now is a good life for herself and her son. Phyllis told Jack she didn't want to lose him over this. Jack felt the same way and they kissed. When they broke apart from their kiss, Phyllis told Jack she needed to do something and quickly exited.
At Sharon and Nick's, Sharon found Nick, who decided to work from home today. When Nick remarked that he was surprised that Sharon was up so early and had not been sleeping well, Sharon told Nick how hard Thanksgiving was for her -- particularly with Phyllis and Daniel at the dinner. When Nick asked Sharon why she didn't say anything at the time, she told him that it was because Noah seemed to want Daniel there. Nick told Sharon that he took comfort in talking with Phyllis and Daniel because he knew that's what Cassie would have wanted. There was a knock at the door and Nick opened it to find Daniel. Sharon was obviously uncomfortable as Daniel explained that he had brought a basketball magazine to give to Noah, and that he wanted to thank them for the invitation for Thanksgiving dinner. When Sharon left, Nick called Noah down to get him ready for school and to give him the magazine that Daniel brought. Noah reminded Nick that he had basketball practice tonight and that Nick had promised to coach the team. When Nick told Noah that he might not be able to make it to all the practices, Daniel volunteered to fill in when Nick was unavailable. Nick asked Noah what he thought of the idea and Noah thought it was great. Noah left for school and Nick got the basketball schedule for Daniel. A touched Daniel told Nick how much the opportunity to coach Noah meant to him.
Later, at Nick and Sharon's, Nick is on the phone with his secretary when there is a knock at the door. It is an obviously upset Phyllis, who accuses Nick of ratting her out to Jack -- she couldn't believe that Nick would do that to her.
At Newman Enterprises, Sharon showed off one of the new fragrances for Brad, and asked her if she was excited about the upcoming photo shoot. Brad sensed something was wrong with Sharon and realized that Sharon was upset about Thanksgiving without Cassie. She opened up to Brad about how she felt she was further along in the grieving process and that she hadn't even made if through dinner. Brad told Sharon that she had handled herself really well under the circumstances. Sharon talked about Daniel being there and how she thought she had her feelings towards him under control -- that she realized that Cassie's death was an accident but that seeing Daniel had triggered all kinds of bad memories -- that when she saw Daniel talking to Noah she felt that it should have been Cassie talking to Noah. Brad said that it killed him seeing her like that, and that when she ran off he felt like running out after her.
In the gym at the Athletic Club, a smug Tom feigns surprise running into Ashley, who is working out. Ashley thanked Tom for the flowers and the poem. Tom remarked that he had Chinese takeout food for Thanksgiving, but he looked forward to being more of a member of the family soon. Ashley said that people will see him differently when he beats the drug charges. Tom told Ashley that she had an opportunity to show how supportive she was of him -- by taking him as her date to Lauren and Michael's wedding. When Ashley reminded Tom that he wasn't invited, he told Ashley that she was and that it would mean so much to him to be her escort. When Ashley said she would think about it, Tom asked her if she was blowing him off. Ashley again said that she had to think more about it. Tom asked Ashley if she thought he would make a big fuss -- that he knew he wasn't on good terms with Michael but that he wanted to start mending fences. When Ashley asked Tom if he thought Michael would want him there, Tom thought they should let bygones be bygones, and that it would mean much, much more if Ashley were with him at the wedding.
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Nick tells Phyllis that he didn't tell a soul about the access portal in the website. Phyllis assumes that someone else must know about it. Nick invites Phyllis to lunch later in the week, and she apologizes for accusing him. Kevin runs into Jack at the G.C.A.C, and Jack demands that Kevin to give him the backup CD's as proof that Phyllis tried to do mischief to the Newman Enterprises website. Kevin lies that he doesn't have them, but Jack doesn't believe him. Kevin reluctantly gives Jack the backed-up CDs. Phyllis sees Kevin and Jack talking in the G.C.A.C. and realizes that Kevin was the mole. She can't believe that Jack would accuse her of going behind his back, when he also went behind hers. Victoria becomes frustrated when she tells Victor that he thinks of her and Nick's contributions to the company as equal, when that isn't the case. Later, Nikki tells Victor that she thinks Victoria is right; Victor does seem to favor Nick. She thinks that Victor is pitting Nick and Victoria against each other, but stacking the deck in Nick's favor. Before the "Beauty of Nature" photo shoot, Nick notices the bond that has formed between Sharon and Brad. Paul invites Ashley to his place for dinner tomorrow, and she's excited to finally have a real date with him. They kiss passionately. Gloria pleads with "Jennifer"/Sheila to go and revoke Tom's bail. When Tom returns to "Brenda"/Sheila's motel room, she tells him that Gloria wanted her to revoke his bail, but she refused and now he owes her. Gloria tells John that she can't get Tom's bail revoked because she asked a friend of Tom's, Jennifer, to sign the bail paperwork, and that same person thinks that Tom is innocent. John demands to know where Jennifer is living, but Gloria pleads with him not to go see her. At Sheila's motel room, John Abbott pounds on the door, demanding to speak to "Jennifer."
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Gloria had to tell Ashley that she couldn't get Tom's bail revoked, and Ashley realized that Jennifer Mitchell was Tom's friend, not Gloria's. She was upset to hear that her father had gone to see Jennifer and said that if anything happened to her father, she was holding Gloria responsible. Ashley got a call from Paul about their date that night, and she agreed to meet him in his office later. Gloria told Ashley that she was glad she was seeing more of Paul, but Ashley was more concerned about when Gloria's lies to John were ever going to end. As Gloria tried to defend herself, Abby came downstairs. Gloria made a contribution to Abby's fundraising effort for school--the fight against AIDS in Africa. Ashley and Abby then left to go to the athletic club, where Abby planned to get more donations, and Gloria assured Ashley that their little problem would be taken care of soon.
At the motel, John asked Sheila (disguised as Jennifer Mitchell) to revoke Tom's bail by getting John's money back. When Jennifer refused, saying that she believed that Tom was innocent, John exploded, telling her that Tom was a threat to the entire Abbott family. Tom came out of Jennifer's bathroom, goaded by the things John was saying about him. John told him to keep away from his family, and the two men nearly came to blows, but Sheila separated them and made John leave.
Tom furiously denied that he would ever hurt Abby, and Sheila told him to give up on his dream of walking off into the sunset with Ashley. Tom said he had no such dream; he wished he'd never come to Genoa City, and he might as well leave before he ended up in jail. Sheila told him to trust her; she had a plan that would blow him away. Tom said that he wasn't even sure who she was--Jennifer or Brenda. But he finally agreed to stay and listen to what she had to say.
Victor asked Neil if he thought that Victor favored one of his children over the other. Neil admitted that it was a tight line to walk at Newman because of having to report to both Nick and Victoria. But he understood that Victor wanted them to run the company together, and he said that it could work out. Victor asked Neil to keep an eye on things and report to him if there were problems. Later, Neil walked into Victoria's office to find her in a passionate embrace with Brad, who left to take some photos from the recent shoot to Sharon. Victoria admitted to Neil that it was frustrating to feel like she had to work twice as hard as Nick to get her father's approval. However, she was up for the challenge.
Dru was telling Sharon what a great job she was doing, and Sharon said she owed a lot of it to Brad. She hoped that Victoria wasn't just using him for her own agenda though. When Brad came in, he and Dru got excited when an opportunity came up for Sharon to go on a promotional tour for the Beauty of Nature line. Could she leave for St. Louis the following day? Later, alone with Dru again, Sharon said that she and Nick had been hoping to get away. She was going home to try to talk him into turning her tour into a working vacation by going with her, even if it meant missing Lauren's wedding.
At the athletic club, Phyllis talked to Nikki about a business proposition based on Nikki's long-since abandoned work on the anti-aging cream. Nikki was intrigued by what Phyllis had to say about Jabot taking an approach to the "whole woman," perhaps including spas and clinics. But she quickly called the meeting to an end when she spied Ashley and Abby across the restaurant talking to Victor, who was beaming at them.
Victor was impressed by Abby's concern for those suffering from AIDS in Africa. Abby read him a beautiful and hopeful poem written by a young child who was living among that continent's devastation from the disease. Victor promised to make a large donation in her name, and he also donated some money to Abby's school. After Ashley and Abby left, Victor spied Phyllis leaving the restaurant and called her over. He wondered how she could be involved with a man like Jack Abbott again. Phyllis changed the subject to Victor, asking what he planned to do now that he'd handed over Newman to his children. Victor said that Abby had reminded him about all the problems facing the world. Maybe it was time for him to focus his energy on something else. As Victor left, Phyllis seemed lost in thought.
Nikki went by Newman to check on Victoria, saying that she, too, was frustrated by Victor. Every time she saw him with Abby and Ashley, she saw red. She hoped that Victoria's interest in Abby wasn't just a means to get closer to Brad though. Victoria denied it, and she said that even though Nikki didn't really approve, she was pursuing her relationship with Brad. Nikki said that Victoria might be seeing less of her around the house. When Victoria asked if Nikki had cabin fever, Nikki said it was something like that. Later, Victoria met up with Brad again. After she kissed him, Brad locked the conference room door, and the two of them began undressing each other.
John went to see Paul, telling him about the near-violent meeting with Tom and how Jennifer refused to help him put Tom back in jail. He wanted Paul to put a tail on Tom, but he also wanted Paul to give him a gun. Although Paul was reluctant to do so, he agreed to give John one of his guns for protection, although he insisted that they transfer ownership of it. John agreed, and Paul gave him a loaded gun. John quickly put the gun out of sight when Ashley came into Paul's office and wondered what the two of them were doing.
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Kevin and Michael talk about the wedding. Michael lets Kevin know not to worry about Tom, Michael is sure that he will be in jail. They talk about how Tom is a threat, but the necklace came back clean, so they are assured that at least Tom is not a murderer. Kevin wonders about how Michael is so calm and collected. Michael says he is ready to get married. They talk about the first dance. Michael tells Kevin he will teach him how to dance and does so.
Lauren and Scott are out to dinner. They talk about the wedding, and Scott tells Lauren that he is looking forward to partying at the wedding. He says that they only thing that is upsetting to him is that Brenda wont be at the wedding. Lauren admits that she is not upset at all. She tells Scott that she feels Brenda is strange. He says she is strange because she had to relive horrible things from her past for the book. He assures Lauren that Brenda is harmless.
Scott and Lauren walk in on Michael and Kevin. They all talk about their honeymoon. Michael and Lauren are going to the Caribbean.
Brenda and Tom talk about her plan. Tom doubts Brenda and her intentions as far as the plan goes. Brenda tells Tom the plan is that they will kidnap Lauren and ransom her for millions of dollars. She then brings out a bag full of items for this kidnapping. She asks Tom if he is in. She explains that Tom will kidnap Lauren and take her to a field house outside of town. Then they will wait until Michael gets there with the money and they get out of the country with fake passports and the like. Tom doubts her and says he thinks that this is just another excuse for her to murder someone. Brenda denies this. He then questions her about Scott, and how if they are so close how she can just walk away from him. Brenda lets Tom know that Scott and she are meant to be a part of each other's lives. Brenda then pushes Tom again to know if he is in our out.
John, Ashley, and Paul are all in Paul's office. They talk about Jennifer Mitchell. John tells Ashley that he went to see Jennifer and she did not agree to revoke Tom's bail. Ashley wonders why John is at Paul's office if Jennifer said no. John explains that he is talking to Paul about getting a restraining order. Paul lets Ashley know obtaining a restraining order is not going to be easy. Paul tells Ashley there is nothing they can do but wait for trial. Ashley tells John to say out of the whole fiasco and be careful. John responds that he will stay away from Tom as long as Tom stays away from him. John leaves as Ashley and Paul have a date. Paul runs after John and asks if he is sure about the gun situation. John tells Paul he prays that he doesn't have to use it, but will do anything to protect his family. After John leaves, Ashley tells Paul that she wonders why her dad has to be involved. She also tells Paul that something about Jennifer gives her a bad feeling.
John goes to the club and meets Gloria. He tells her he was unable to convince Jennifer that she should revoke Tom's bail. Gloria just doesn't understand why. Gloria then blames herself. John lets her know that everyone will be safe and fine, and Gloria believes him.
Ashley and Paul talk more about Tom. She tells Paul that when Tom invited her to the wedding she didn't say no, she said she would think about it. Paul is disturbed by this and says that it was a mistake for her to do that.
Brad and Victoria wake up in bed together. They discuss how long it has taken them to get to this point in their relationship. Victoria asks Brad if he has any regrets. Brad says no and wonders why there would be. She confronts Brad about the situation with her parents, and how upset they would be. Victoria agrees with Brad that she in insecure. Brad assures Victoria that this is none of her parents business and she should not be stressed out about their relationship. He tells her he is ready for their relationship to go public. He asks her to attend Michael and Lauren's wedding with him.
Sharon runs home to tell Nick the good news about the trip. She tells him that she will be doing a campaign in St. Louis based on how well the webcast did. Nick is very happy for Sharon. Sharon asks Nick if he will go with her to St. Louis. Nick says he can't. Sharon asks why, and explains that she wants time alone with him. He tells her he wants to but can't. He tells her he has a bunch of meetings. Sharon is visibly upset that Nick wont attempt to change things around so they can go together. She tells Nick they need this time to fix things between them, and this could be one of the last chances to fix things. Nick says that yes they have things to work out but it isn't their last chance. Sharon explains to Nick that there is cause for concern and that there is distance between them.
Devon and Neil come back from a game of basketball. Drew calls Neil and asked for some paperwork, and that she is thinking about going to St. Louis with Sharon. Neil leaves to go to give Drew what she needs. Yolanda comes in and talks about how she had been cleaning. Devon seems upset. Yolanda asks Devon what the problem is and Devon responds nothing. Devon is still upset and goes and does his homework.
Later, Yolanda knows something is wrong with Devon. He finally tells her that he is upset because seeing her chapped hands (from cleaning) reminds him of his grandmother and how she was always working. Yolanda makes Devon a deal that says he will come to her and talk about things that are bothering him and she will do the same. She tells Devon that she doesn't want anything to come between them. Devon agrees. Yolanda helps Devon with his Algebra homework, and Devon is pleasantly surprised.
Neil gets the proper papers to Dru and they talk about Sharon and the trip. They are both hopeful that Nick will go with Sharon, as they believe she needs him. Dru and Neil also talk about Devon. Dru notices that Devon has been leaning on Neil, and she is happy that is taking place. Neil and Dru discuss Yolanda's progress and how she is committed to her treatment.
Back at the hotel, as Tom and Brenda are discussing the "plan", Tom gets a phone call from Ashley. She informs him that she doesn't think it is a good idea that they attend the wedding together. Tom is upset and hangs up on her. Brenda is standing there and presses Tom again about their "plan." He tells Brenda he will think about it and tell her in the morning. Brenda begins to seduce Tom. She tells Tom that he needs to shave and that will giver her time to get more comfortable. While Tom is in the bathroom, Brenda begins to talk to herself about how Tom should have never sold her down the river. Her plan is now to get Tom as well as Lauren.
Meanwhile Ashley tells Paul that she needs to end it with Tom and that she feels Tom sounded dangerous.
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Nikki came by Newman to find Victoria daydreaming. She wondered why her daughter seemed to be glowing, but when Brad came in, she figured out that Victoria and Brad were getting closer. After Brad left, Nikki asked Victoria if they were going to Lauren's wedding together and reminded her that because Brad was Victoria's employee, they should be more discreet. Victoria assured her mother that they wouldn't be making out on the dance floor, then told Nikki not to leave mad. Nikki said she wasn't mad and warned Victoria to proceed with caution.
Sharon called Dru and arranged to meet her at the airport, telling her that Nick wasn't going on the trip with her after all. After Noah left for school, Nick suggested to Sharon that when she got back, they might be able to do something together. Sharon said that would be nice, kissed Nick goodbye, and left to go by the office before she caught her flight.
At the office, Brad asked Sharon if it had been her who'd called him and hung up the night before. Sharon admitted that she'd just needed to hear his voice, but once he answered, she hadn't known what to say. Brad told her that she could always talk to him. He assured her that she would be fine on her promotional trip. He hoped she and Dru could make some time to have fun. Sharon wondered how Brad and Victoria were getting along and was curious about his somewhat lackluster answer. Brad assured her that things were fine; they were just at the beginning of their relationship. He wondered if that bothered Sharon, and she admitted that she and Victoria weren't close friends, just relatives. But for Brad's sake, she'd bend over backwards to get along with Victoria, because he deserved to be happy. When Victoria came in and wished Sharon well on her trip, Sharon left, but turned around in time to see Victoria and Brad share a passionate kiss.
Nick was looking at a photo of himself with Sharon, Noah, and Cassie when Nikki arrived at his house. Nikki told him that she was working on a new project at Jabot with Phyllis, who she found to be a very bright, creative person. Nick grinned and said he guessed he shouldn't have fired her then. Nikki turned to a more serious topic when she wondered why Nick hadn't considered going with Sharon on her trip. Nick said that Dru was the better person to launch Sharon's publicity tour. After more questioning from his mother, he finally admitted that there was a distance between him and his wife that neither knew how to bridge. When he was with Sharon, he felt guilty. Nikki urged him to talk everything over with Sharon when she returned and get some counseling if they needed it. Nick promised his mother that he would.
As Dru was getting ready for her trip, she noticed that Yolanda and Devon were forming a mother-son bond. Neil pointed out that if Yolanda began acting more like a mother, then he and Dru had done their job, but he understood that it was making Dru feel a little insecure. As Devon got ready for school, Yolanda noticed Dru's beautiful outfit and commented on what an exciting life she must lead. Neil seemed interested to hear that Yolanda had helped Devon with his math homework and that she'd been a good student in high school. He looked like he was thinking that over as Dru went to say goodbye to Devon.
Michael surprised Lauren with breakfast on their wedding day, but their intimate morning was interrupted by Gloria's arrival. Gloria assured them that the wedding plans were all under control. Lauren said she needed to get ready for her hair appointment, but Michael told her not to go. He'd arranged for her stylist to come there. As the three of them were talking, the doorbell rang again, and Lauren's mother, Joanna Manning, surprised everyone by her arrival. Lauren hadn't known where to send her mother a wedding invitation, and Gloria was offended when Joanna seemed ready to take over the wedding. Joanna insisted that Michael leave, since he shouldn't be with Lauren before their ceremony.
After Michael left, Scott arrived. Joanna was shocked to see how grown up he was, and a little put off when he called her his grandmother. She insisted that he should just call her Joanna. While they were talking, Sheila, pretending to be Brenda, called Scott on his cell phone to find out who was in Michael's apartment. She was startled to hear that Lauren's mother had arrived, because she knew she had to get everyone out of there to carry out her plan for Tom to kidnap Lauren.
Tom was uncertain about Brenda's scheme to kidnap Lauren for ransom. She assured him that she had everything under control. She gave him the chloroform and told him to put his cell phone on vibrate, then to wait outside Michael's apartment until he heard from her. She told Tom that they were going to ask for two million dollars. What Tom didn't realize was that Sheila didn't plan on asking for ransom at all. She intended to kill both Lauren and Tom.
Sheila, in her Jennifer disguise, went to the Colonade Room, where she barely escaped being spotted by Michael, who'd come by to make sure the wedding plans were really under control as Gloria had promised. After he left, Sheila snatched up the seating chart. When the man who was handling the preparations found it missing, he called Gloria, who said she'd come there immediately. Not to be outdone by the mother of the groom, Joanna insisted on going with Gloria. Sheila called Tom, who told her that Gloria and Joanna had just left, and Scott had left earlier. Sheila told him to proceed with the plan. While Lauren was talking on the phone, Tom slipped into the apartment with a key that Sheila had given him. He hid from Lauren and took out the bottle of chloroform and a cloth.
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