From his office at Newman Enterprises, Neil phoned Nick to tell him how impressed he was with the prospectus for the advertising tie-in between the Beauty of Nature cosmetics line and Nick's new magazine venture. Neil committed to the project even though Victor, expected in the office later that day, hadn't had a chance to review it.
Phyllis wanted to know if Nick was going to call Victor. She felt that Hope's death might provide an opportunity for father and son to reconnect, but Nick threw the ball in Victor's court, saying that Victor knew where to find him if he wanted to talk. Phyllis predicted that Nick would never talk to his father, and Nick said if humanly possible he wouldn't. She asked Nick to imagine how he would feel if, in 30 years, Summer refused to speak to him. Nick countered that he would never be the type of father to alienate his children. He asked a slightly put-off Phyllis to stop pressing the matter.
Reed and Victoria were sleeping in the bedroom of the loft apartment when J.T. came in and moved the baby to the bassinet. Victoria's cell phone rang and woke her up. Victor was on the phone, wanting to know if he could stop by and visit Victoria and Reed later in the day. Victoria told her dad that she would rather get out of the house, so they planned to meet for lunch at the Athletic Club. Victoria told J.T. that she had a bad dream-in the dream she was safe after the Clear Springs explosion but Victor and Nikki were trapped. When J.T. said that meant she must be more concerned with her parents than she let on, Victoria said she was just glad that Victor had returned to town.
Victor ran into Nikki and David at the Athletic Club. Nikki expressed her condolences about Hope's tragic passing. Victor asked Nikki if she and David were planning on leaving the Newman Ranch. When Nikki said they were, Victor said "the sooner the better." Victor walked away as Nikki started saying that she had no great desire to be near him.
Victoria met Victor for lunch and informed her about Hope's death. When Victoria asked how Vic was doing, Victor told her that he and Hope had finally told Vic that Victor was his biological father. Victor also informed her that he offered Vic a job at Newman Enterprises. A surprised Victoria asked Victor if he might be jumping the gun, but Victor sang Vic's praises, telling Victoria that her half-brother graduated 2nd in his class at Harvard Business School and had a great job at a New York investment firm. Victor asked his seemingly skeptical daughter if she would support Vic if he worked at Newman.
Victoria told Victor she learned that he and Nikki fought about Victoria's medical treatment while Victoria was comatose. Victoria said she felt that may have played a big part in her parents' divorce, but Victor assured her that his problems with Nikki started long before Victoria's accident. Victor was thrilled to learn that Victoria planned to return to work on a part-time basis. When Phyllis and Nick stopped by to offer Victor their condolences, Victor pointedly told Nick how impressed he was with his Vic.
Back at the loft, J.T. told baby Reed that when he grew up he would have to find his own path in the world, but that he and Victoria would be there to help him. As he told his infant son how much he and Victoria loved him, Victoria came home. When J.T. told Victoria that she seemed depressed, Victoria said she didn't want to talk about it-all she wanted was for J.T. to hold her.
At Newman, Neil told Victor that Brad had resigned to work at Jabot. Victor was thrilled to hear this news, but Neil was concerned that Newman was losing too many employees. Victor said that he would rather work with a small group of people he could trust, mysteriously adding that the short-staffing situation would probably end soon.
At the Kansas farmhouse, Vic was on the phone thanking someone, adding "...I appreciate that... I hope I am making the right decision... only time will tell." Victor left a voicemail for Vic, asking his son to call him back. Later, Vic took a long look around the farmhouse, turned out the lights, and walked out.
In the Jabot conference room, Nikki and Brad went over Brad's contract while David looked on. Nikki said she wanted Brad on board at Jabot as soon as possible. When Brad left, Nikki told David she sensed he didn't like the idea of Brad working at Jabot. David told Nikki he trusted her judgment, but he just didn't have a "good read" on Brad yet. Nikki told David that Brad would be a great fit for Jabot, and asked him not to be suspicious of the people she had working for her.
Outside the conference room, Cane introduced himself to Brad. He told Brad he was glad to have him aboard and that he valued Brad's no-nonsense approach. Later, at the Athletic Club bar, Brad asked Cane about office politics at Jabot. Cane said that his philosophy was simply to be nice to people.
At Crimson Lights, Michael told Kevin and Gloria that he had just returned from Korea. He had managed to track down Jeff's "mystery woman," who, evidently, Jeff has known for years. When Michael informed Gloria that Jeff was transferring large sums of money to a Korean bank account, she became livid thinking that Jeff might move to Korea to be with this woman-after sending Gloria to prison. Gloria told an unsympathetic Michael that there had to be a way to stop Jeff from draining her bank account. Michael told her that although immoral, there was nothing illegal about what Jeff was doing. Gloria feigned stomach pains, which Michael attributed to stress caused by the Abbotts moving back in. When Gloria started whining about not being able to drive the Abbotts out, Lauren told her mother-in-law that she should stop acting ridiculous and buy a mansion of her own. Gloria said that would never happen, as John wanted her to have the Abbott mansion. After faking another pain, Gloria invited Michael and Lauren to come to dinner at the Abbott mansion that night. The Baldwins reluctantly agreed.
After Michael and Lauren left, Kevin complimented Gloria on how real her make-believe stomach pains appeared. When Gloria said how tired she was of the pretending and lying, Kevin told her how good she was at it. He reminded her that the "last performance" would be dinner that night and they reviewed their plan: during dinner, Gloria would collapse, and Kevin would take her to the hospital. Kevin reminded her to increase the dose of poison and to hide the bottle in Jeff's room.
In the Abbott living room, Sharon stumbled upon Jeff's hidden camera. When Jack told her it was a spy camera, they wondered exactly who was spying on whom: Jeff on Gloria? Gloria on Jeff? The Bardwells on the Abbotts? Jack popped the disk out of the camera and into his laptop. On the video, they saw Jeff placing a vial of clear liquid into Gloria's purse. The Abbotts agreed that Jeff had a guilty manner and look about him. Jeff came in to remind them that their allotted time in the living room was over, and Jack quickly closed the laptop. Jack told Jeff that he seemed to be edgy lately-Jack wondered if the newlyweds were quarreling. Jeff told Jack that he and Gloria were very happy, and loved living in the mansion. Jack said that it had to be difficult for the Bardwells to live there with the Abbotts, and offered to buy out the Bardwells' half of the mansion for $5 million. As Jeff muttered, "It's too low," Gloria came home and told the Abbotts to get out of the living room. When Jeff followed Gloria to the kitchen, Jack and Sharon rifled through Gloria's purse and found the vial. Jack thought they might be nose drops, but stopped Sharon from tasting the liquid. They replaced the vial and the camera before they left.
Later, at the Athletic Club, Jack and Sharon met up with Phyllis and Nick and they toasted bringing on Beauty of Nature as a major sponsor for their magazine. Nick tempered the celebration when he advised them that Victor wasn't aware of the deal yet. The Abbotts told Nick and Phyllis about the spy camera they found in the Abbott living room.
Back at the mansion, Gloria told Jeff that Michael, Lauren, and Kevin would be joining them for dinner. Jeff told a surprised Gloria that the dinner would be a great way to say goodbye to the mansion. He informed Gloria that Jack had made an offer to buy the Bardwells out and that, in spite of Gloria's sentimental attachment to the mansion, he was accepting Jack's offer. Jeff said that he was sick and tired of the scheduling arrangement with the Abbotts. When a teary-eyed Gloria said she was sick and tired of Jeff controlling her life by blackmailing her, he said that they could move to a new mansion-or Gloria could move to a 4-by-6-foot cell. When Gloria left the room, Jeff retrieved the spy camera and hid it in the dining room.
Alone with Kevin, Gloria told her son that she was feeling fine and must have developed a tolerance to the poison. Michael and Lauren arrived and Michael questioned the true purpose of the dinner, assuming that Gloria was up to something. Jeff returned from running an errand, and he and Michael started sniping at each other. Gloria told them to stop, as she was not feeling well. Lauren said that Gloria should consider seeking medical attention. Gloria surreptitiously spiked her martini with poison, and said there wasn't anything wrong with her that a drink wouldn't take care of.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Neil tells Victor that he decided to advertise in Nick's magazine. Victor says that he's not interested. Neil thinks Victor would have the sense to listen to the deal before he turns it down. Victor says that Neil is wrong; he doesn't want anything to do with Nick's business.
Jack, Nick, Phyllis, and Sharon decide to name their magazine Restless Style. Neil calls to tell them that Victor has shot down their proposal. Nick says that he had a feeling this would happen. Jack tells Nick not to let this thing with Victor get him down. Phyllis can tell that Nick is more upset than he is letting on. Nick says he's not thinking about going over to Victor's to give him a piece of his mind. Phyllis can tell that that's exactly what Nick wants to do. She tries to convince him otherwise, but Nick is out the door. Nick goes to Newman and tells Victor that he's making a big mistake. Victor wonders just what Nick knows about the magazine business. Nick says that he will soon find out. J.T. talks to Victor about wanting to buy a house for them. Victor says that he would loan him the money. Victor gets a surprise visit from Vic.
Jack and Sharon think Jeffrey may be considering their offer. When they find out that the Baldwins and Bardwells are having dinner in their dining room, they decide to go out to dinner. They wonder what it was that they found in Gloria's purse. They decide to toast to Gloria for getting them out of the house to spend a nice night on the town together. Jack receives a call from his lawyer and is thrilled to hear that he is no longer a suspect in Ji Min's murder.
At dinner, Jeffrey tells Michael, Lauren, and Kevin about Jack's offer. Michael thinks it's a good idea for them to take the money. Gloria admits that she ordered takeout instead of actually cooking. Jeffrey admits that he sends money to an old girlfriend who calls him all the time because he's such a good guy. When Gloria and Kevin go to get dessert, Michael asks Jeffrey just how much money has he sent over to this woman. Jeffrey says that it's nothing compared to the amount of money Gloria has. Meanwhile, Kevin pours a lot of poison into Gloria's wine glass. Gloria says that she can't even taste it anymore. They prepare to bring out the dessert. After dessert, Gloria begins stumbling. She passes out on the floor. Jeffrey sits there and eats his dessert.
At the coffeehouse, Maggie and Heather discuss the suspects in Ji Min's murder. Amber tries to listen in on their conversation as she pours them coffee. Heather gets frustrated at the lack of evidence they have in the case. When Paul sits down with them, Heather tells him that they are going to have to drop everything they have on Jack. When Heather tells her boss that she doesn't have any evidence on Jack, her boss hangs up on her. Maggie gives her a hug. Paul suggests that maybe it's time for a change. He tells Heather that he believes in her.
Daniel shows up at the coffeehouse and Amber is excited to hear about his trip. Daniel says that it wasn't exactly what he thought it would be. Amber says that Heather and Maggie have been having an interesting conversation. Daniel wonders why Amber cares. Amber tells him that he should ask Heather out. Daniel wonders just what Amber is thinking. Amber says that everything is cool-she's okay with it. She tells Daniel not to hold back in fear that Amber might get her feelings hurt. Daniel decides to ask Heather to dinner. Heather says yes. Amber watches them walk away. At dinner, Heather and Daniel have a good time together. Heather asks Daniel if he'd like a nightcap at her place.
Victoria sends a second email to an old friend named Sabrina. She wonders why she hasn't heard back from her yet. She goes to Jabot to visit Nikki. Victoria admits to Nikki that she is restless. She says that she is ready to get back to work. Nikki tells her to take things slowly. Victoria goes to visit Phyllis. She introduces Reed to Summer. Phyllis tells Victoria that she should work with them. Victoria says that she belongs at Newman and that Victor needs her. When Nick comes home, Victoria asks Nick how he's doing. Nick says that he'd rather not talk about it, considering it's about their father. Nick also tries to convince Victoria that she should work with him and his partners. Nikki comes to Phyllis' to see if Nick is okay.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Michael, Lauren, and Kevin stopped by Crimson Lights, after having left Gloria with Jeff at the hospital. Lauren wondered what could have made Gloria collapse, and Michael surmised it was probably nerves or indigestion. Kevin tried to cast suspicion on Jeff, hypothesizing that perhaps Jeff poisoned Gloria. Michael remembered that several days ago he caught Kevin and Gloria with a vial of fluid, which, at the time, they "joked" might be poison. Michael found it strangely coincidental that now Gloria was ill and Kevin was suggesting that their mother was poisoned. Kevin said he didn't follow Michael's logic.
Jack and Sharon returned home, and were pleasantly surprised to find they had the house to themselves. Michael, Lauren, and Kevin showed up and told the Abbotts that Gloria had to be rushed to the hospital after collapsing at dinner. Jeff and Gloria arrived, informing them that the doctor's diagnosis was exhaustion. Michael became even more suspicious when Kevin asked Gloria if the doctor had noticed even a mild case of food poisoning. When Gloria said no food poisoning was present, Kevin said that didn't make sense. Jeff rushed the Baldwins and Kevin out. As they left, Jeff thanked them for coming and remarked that he had a great family. Outside the front door, Lauren and Michael confronted Kevin, accusing him of knowing in advance about Gloria's "collapse." Kevin told them they should be glad that Gloria was all right, and walked off.
When Gloria told Jack she knew it was time for Jeff and her to leave the living room, Jack said he would bend the time limit rules since Gloria was ill. Jeff tried to take Gloria up to bed, but she refused his help, insisting on going upstairs alone. With Gloria gone, Jack asked Jeff if he had decided to take Jack up on his offer to buy the Bardwells' half of the mansion. Jeff said they were considering it. When Jeff went upstairs, Sharon said it looked like Gloria was repulsed by Jeff when he offered to bring Gloria up to bed. Sharon suggested looking at the spy camera video to find out what was going on. When she went to get it from the bookcase, it was gone.
From Crimson Lights, Kevin called Gloria and told her to meet him there as soon as possible. Gloria snuck out of the house when Jack and Sharon were in the kitchen. Jack and Sharon started up to bed, but when Sharon came back downstairs to get her book, she saw Jeff in the dining room, retrieving the spy camera.
At Crimson Lights, a frantic Gloria and Kevin tried to figure out why Gloria didn't become ill. Gloria told Kevin that the doctors found no trace of poison in her bloodstream, and that she had felt fine all day. Kevin said there was only one explanation for this -- but he hadn't figured out what it was yet. Later, with Gloria gone, a nervous Kevin smelled, then tasted, the liquid in the vial, and realized it was water.
Back home, Gloria ran into Jeff in the living room. He told her he knew about the poisoning scheme she had cooked up with Kevin. When Gloria asked him if he was going to send her to jail, he told her he wasn't mad-in fact, he was excited. He and Gloria decided to continue to play mind games with each other, and may the best person win!
At Phyllis and Nick's, Nick was reviewing blueprints for the Restless Style offices as Phyllis prepared to go to an exercise class at the Athletic Club. Phyllis thought it was cute when Nick started talking about the "flow" of the office space. She told Nick he had become a different person since they embarked on the magazine venture. Nick said he felt like a different person.
Victoria, J.T., and Reed relaxed at Crimson Lights. J.T. told Victoria about Victor's offer to sell them the guest cottage. When Victoria said she liked the loft apartment, J.T. said that the cottage would be a better place to raise Reed. Victoria admitted she liked the idea of being back on the Newman estate, but questioned whether J.T. would like working for Victor as well as living next door to him. J.T. said it wouldn't be a problem. Nikki stopped by and they told her they would be moving into the cottage as soon as Nikki and David moved out. Nikki wished the Hellstroms good luck in their new home and told them that she and David would be moving out the next day. J.T. and Nikki left.
Nick ran into Victoria at Crimson Lights. She told him that she and J.T. were planning to move into the cottage. Nick told her the cottage was a great place to raise a family. Victoria told him she was feeling a little isolated and planned to return to work at Newman the next day. Nick suggested that Victoria spend more time with her friends, but Victoria countered that her friends either worked or were in Europe.
Victor was pleasantly surprised when Vic showed up in his office. Vic decided he wanted to take Victor up on his job offer. He told his father that he had taken a leave of absence from his New York job, as he wanted to try working at Newman on a trial basis. He emphasized that he was there to work-not to bond with Victor. Victor said he would set up a senior management meeting to introduce Vic. Vic said he wanted to go by his middle name, Adam. He felt using "Vic" would send the wrong message. Victor said he hoped that one day Adam would be proud of the name "Newman."
Victor gave Adam a tour of the office. As to what department Adam would be working in, they decided to play it by ear. Victor invited Adam to stay at the ranch, but Adam said he would rather stay at the Genoa City Hotel. Victor said that the hotel was nice, but that the Athletic Club was nicer, and offered to pay for Adam's accommodations at the Athletic Club. Adam agreed to stay there, but didn't want Victor to pay. After Adam left, Victor called the Athletic Club to inform them that a Mr. Wilson would be checking in. He told them to give Mr. Wilson the VIP treatment, and to send the bill to Victor.
Victoria and Reed stopped by to see Victor. She told Victor she would be back at work the next day. When Victor protested that it was too soon, Victoria insisted she was fine. Victor told her he had a surprise-someone new was starting at Newman. The new employee would work closely with Victor and assume some of Nick's responsibilities. Victoria begged Victor to hire Nick back, but Victor refused. Victor told his daughter than the new employee's name was Adam Wilson-and that Adam was his son.
While placing a takeout order at the Athletic Club, Phyllis ran into David and Nikki. Phyllis told Nikki she was surprised that Nikki hired Brad to work at Jabot. Nikki said that Brad was a great businessman. Phyllis countered that he was a lousy human being, and left for her exercise class.
David and Nikki talked about how excited they were to move into the Athletic Club. She told him that J.T. and Victoria were moving into the guest cottage as soon as she and David moved out. David asked Nikki if Victoria was happy. Nikki said she was, but Nikki worried that Victor might try to get "his claws" into her. Nikki told David that his friend Walter called and left a message-he wanted to have dinner with David. A concerned David told Nikki that Walter was not his friend-in fact, he was kind of a pain. Changing the subject, David suggested they sit down and get something to eat before they went home to pack. On the way to a table, Nikki bumped into Adam.
While waiting for her takeout order, Phyllis met Adam. Adam told her he was new in town and was starting work the next day. He flirted with Phyllis, but when she showed him her wedding ring he became embarrassed and apologized.
At home after dinner, Phyllis told Nick that "some guy" tried to hit on her at the Athletic Club. They had a laugh about it, then began kissing passionately.
Alone in his office, Victor thought about his children: Victoria, Nick-and Adam.