J.T. waited alone in Victoria's hospital room Victoria had been taken down to radiology for some tests. Nikki joined him and wanted to know what had happened to her daughter. J.T. told her that a stack of crates had fallen on Victoria in the alley behind Jimmy's Bar. Nikki wanted to know what Victoria was doing in the alley. J.T. briefly outlined the art forgery sting operation to Nikki. A doctor showed up in the room with good news for Nikki and J.T. Victoria had regained consciousness and wasn't showing any signs of disorientation. The doctor told them that because of Victoria's history of head trauma, they were planning to run a CT scan.
At the Newman ranch, Victor thanked Adam for caring for Ashley while Victor was away on business. Adam said that, in light of what Victor had done for him, he had been happy to do it. A wobbly Ashley joined them in the living room. Adam remembered Ashley falling down the stairs.
Victor asked Ashley if she was having problems. Ashley said that she and the baby were fine, but that she was still upset by her most recent nightmare. Nikki called Victor to tell him that Victoria was in the hospital. As Victor rushed out, Adam assured Victor that he would look after Ashley.
In Daniel's apartment, Daniel and Jana explained the art forgery scheme to Kevin and Amber. They told Kevin and Amber that Balfour, who was the imposter Agent Aucker, had offered to sell Daniel's forgery to Victoria, and that Victoria had called the Feds. Victoria had agreed to wear a wire to entrap Balfour. Jana continued that she had told Daniel that Balfour was going to meet Victoria to finish up their deal in the alley behind Jimmy's. Daniel said that he had gone to the alley to try to retrieve his painting, and that someone wearing a ski mask had killed Balfour in the alley. As the group tried to decide what to do, Agent Aucker showed up at the apartment.
Aucker asked Daniel where he had been that evening. Daniel lied, saying that he had been in his apartment. Aucker thought that was odd, since Jana, Kevin, and Amber had gone to Jimmy's looking for Daniel. Aucker told Daniel that he was on his way to the hospital to interview Victoria, who was his only potential witness in a murder investigation. Daniel asked Aucker if Victoria had seen anything in the alley. Aucker thought it was strange that Daniel hadn't asked who was murdered. He added that perhaps Daniel already knew who the murder victim was.
Aucker showed Daniel a morgue picture of Balfour. Daniel said that Balfour was the guy who was impersonating Aucker. Aucker asked Daniel if he had any knowledge as to why Balfour ended up being shot in the alley, but Daniel claimed to have no information. Kevin, Jana, and Amber claimed that they didn't know anything about the shooting. Before Aucker left, he warned the group that they would be in trouble if he could prove that they were lying. After Aucker was gone, a nervous Daniel realized that the only thing he could do was to tell Aucker the truth.
Paul and Heather had a drink at the Athletic Club. Heather asked Paul how things had gone at the police station. Paul said that thanks to his friends in the department, plus having a daughter who was the assistant district attorney, he was treated well. Heather told her father that stalking was a serious charge. Paul explained to Heather that he had been digging for information on Mary Jane, and then suddenly he was hauled off for questioning by the police. Paul said that because of Mary Jane's overreaction, he was positive that she was hiding something.
Paul brought Heather up to speed on his investigation of Mary Jane. He told Heather how Mary Jane hadn't existed, at least on paper, until a few months earlier. Heather asked Paul if he was investigating Mary Jane for a client, but Paul said he was doing it for himself. He said that he knew Mary Jane from somewhere, although Mary Jane had claimed that she and Paul had never met. Paul went on to say that Mary Jane's answers to his questions just seemed "off," and that she often contradicted herself.
Mary Jane and a man approached Heather and Paul's table. The man served Paul with a temporary restraining order -- Paul had to stay ay least 500 feet away from Mary Jane. Heather looked at the restraining order and told Mary Jane that the order was just temporary until Paul had a chance to tell his side of the story. Mary Jane told Paul that, since she was staying in a room at the Athletic Club, he had to leave. As Mary Jane smiled, an incredulous Paul left the club.
At the hospital, Victor asked J.T. how he could allow Victoria to go alone into a dark alley to meet a criminal. J.T. apologized, and explained that he had planned to accompany Victoria to the alley, but that he had been delayed because he had caught a prowler, Mary Jane Benson, on the Newman ranch. J.T. said that he thought she was harmless, so he sent her away with a warning not to wander around the ranch by herself. Victor said that he would have a talk with Mary Jane.
Agent Aucker questioned Victoria after she was returned to her hospital room. Victoria said that, in the alley, she had yelled out Balfour's name, and then heard someone running after that she discovered Balfour's body and was knocked out by the crates. Aucker told Victoria that the briefcase containing the money was missing, so there must have been someone else in the alley. Victoria insisted that she hadn't seen anyone else.
Victor, Nikki, and J.T. returned to Victoria's room. Victor was incensed that Aucker was questioning Victoria so soon after her injury, and had J.T. escort Aucker from the room. Out in the hallway, Aucker received a call from Daniel. Daniel and Aucker agreed to meet at Jimmy's.
Later, in the hallway, Paul arrived to comfort Nikki. Paul told Nikki that Mary Jane had taken out a restraining order against him. Victor said that it was the second time that he had heard Mary Jane's name within the previous hour, and that obviously the woman was a nuisance. Nikki spotted Victoria's doctor and went to speak with her. Nikki and the doctor went to Victoria's room, and found Victoria cuddling with J.T. The doctor reported that Victoria had suffered a minor concussion, and that she would be able to go home that evening.
After receiving the good news about Victoria, Victor and Nikki spoke in the hallway outside of their daughter's room. Nikki informed Victor that strange things had gone on at the ranch while Victor was away on his business trip. Nikki told Victor that there had been a violent storm and that Victoria had called her and asked her to check on Ashley. Nikki went on to say that she knocked at the front door, but no one answered. She told Victor that, after using her key to enter the house, she encountered Adam, who had told her that Ashley was out with Jack. According to Nikki, Adam was lying, as she had just seen Jack, alone, at the Athletic Club. When Victor asked why the maid hadn't answered the door, Nikki told him that Adam had given the maid the night off.
Nikki said that she returned to the house later to confront Adam, only to find a Dr. Taylor examining Ashley, who had been suffering from cramps. Victor said he didn't know a Dr. Taylor, and that he would have a background check done on him. Nikki said that she felt bad that Adam was going blind, but that there was something about him that she didn't trust. Victor said that he would check her story out.
Paul and Nikki went to Crimson Lights. He told her that he wasn't concerned about the restraining order that it added spice to his life. When Paul said that he was going to continue to investigate Mary Jane, Nikki said that she didn't want to be married to a convict. Paul said that he wouldn't violate the restraining order, but that he was more determined than ever to find out why Mary Jane became upset whenever he asked her a question.
In her hotel suite, Mary Jane spoke to a picture of Paul, saying, "Why can't you just leave it alone?" She was about to add his picture to the "My Enemies" page of her scrapbook, but, as she began sobbing, she told Paul's picture, "I just can't do it. I don't want to be enemies with you."
At Jimmy's, Daniel, Amber, Jana, and Kevin met with Agent Aucker. Daniel admitted that he had gone to the alley to get the forgery from Balfour before Victoria did. Aucker accused Daniel of being Balfour's accomplice, and hypothesized that Daniel killed Balfour in order to get all of the money. Daniel told Aucker about the mysterious masked man who had shot Balfour, but Aucker told Daniel that the only fingerprints found on the gun were Daniel's.
Daniel said that his prints were on the gun because he had picked it up and tossed it across the alley so that Balfour, in his dying moments, couldn't retrieve it and shoot Daniel. Daniel said that he would take a lie detector test, and swore that he knew nothing about the briefcase containing $100,000. Jana insisted that Daniel was an honest person, but Aucker reminded the group that Daniel had been charged with vehicular manslaughter, and, a few years after that, was involved in the disappearance of a large amount of money and the suspicious death of Plum. Aucker said that a guy was dead, and that Daniel's fingerprints were on the murder weapon, making Daniel a prime suspect.
Aucker warned Daniel not to leave town, and told him that if the $100,000 came into Daniel's possession, Daniel was going to jail for a long time. Daniel said that there was nothing to worry about and that the money wasn't Daniel's problem. At Crimson Lights, a person wearing a glove and carrying a briefcase in his or her gloved hand, snuck inside the kitchen and placed the briefcase on a shelf.
At the Newman ranch, Ashley told Adam that she could feel the baby kicking. She placed Adam's hand on her stomach and asked him if he could feel the kicking. Adam lied and said that he could.
Adam summoned Dr. Taylor to the ranch and asked him how a woman who had a miscarriage could feel a baby kicking. Dr. Taylor said that Ashley had definitely miscarried and that she was suffering from a hysterical pregnancy, in which her body was following her mind's delusion that she was actually pregnant. The doctor explained that some women actually went through hysterical labor and experienced hysterical births.
Adam asked the doctor what they should do. The doctor said, "Not we you. You've got to stop this before it goes any further." Ashley entered the living room, saw Dr. Taylor, and told him how sweet it was for him to return for a follow-up visit.
Ashley mentioned that she couldn't wait for Victor to meet Dr. Taylor. Dr. Taylor asked Ashley if she could bring him a cup of coffee. When Ashley left the living room, Dr. Taylor expressed his fear of being "squashed like a bug" by Victor Newman. Adam told the doctor not to worry about Victor, and said that if Dr. Taylor didn't do what Adam told him to do, Taylor's career and reputation would "go down the toilet."
After Dr. Taylor left, Victor returned to the ranch. He had questions about the goings-on at the ranch during the night of the storm. When Victor asked Adam why he had told Nikki that Ashley had gone out with Jack, Ashley defended Adam by saying that she and Jack had discussed leaving the ranch, and that Adam must have simply misunderstood. Victor wondered why Ashley hadn't told him about her cramps. Ashley said she hadn't wanted Victor to worry. When Victor asked Adam why he had called Dr. Taylor, rather than Olivia, Ashley defended Adam again, saying that she had specifically asked Adam not to call Olivia.
Ashley told Victor that the baby had kicked earlier that day. Victor said he was sorry that he wasn't there to feel it. Ashley went up to bed. Victor asked Adam why he had given Bonnie, the maid, the previous night off. Adam explained that Bonnie was a newlywed, and he had thought that she might want to enjoy the thunderstorm with her new husband.
Victor said that he was sure that Adam meant to be kind, but that he no longer wanted Adam and Ashley to be alone together in the house. Victor said that he wanted someone else there at all times, in case help was needed. After Victor went up to bed, Adam said to himself, "Sorry, Victor. We're doing things my way now."
Friday, June 12, 2009
At the Chancellor mansion, Chloe returned from shopping to find Billy feeding Delia. Billy was surprised that the baby was giggling and smiling already, and he asked Chloe if she had videotaped those magic moments. Chloe commented that if Billy had been there, he would have seen his daughter's firsts in person. Chloe needled Billy, suggesting in the future he might be there for Delia's first steps if he wasn't making love to another man's wife. Billy mentioned to Chloe that Sharon had left Jack and that Jack couldn't even look at Billy anymore. Chloe remembered when the Winters and Chancellor families treated her like that, right after Delia was born.
Mac told Cane on the phone that she could close the bar for him. To herself, Mac wished that she could be another kind of person, someone more adventurous and exciting. Mac put her hair down, unbuttoned the top buttons of her blouse and approved of her new, saucy look.
When Mac went downstairs, she was surprised to see Billy and Chloe in the living room. Mac overheard something about Jack. Chloe told Mac that Sharon had left Jack. Mac exited to go to the bar, and Billy questioned Chloe about what she'd said to Mac. Chloe explained to Billy that she had no intention of telling Mac that Billy had slept with Sharon.
Billy kissed Chloe goodbye and thanked her for letting him see the baby. Chloe assured Billy she wasn't playing games anymore; she was Chloe 2.0 version, with no tricks up her sleeve. He left and Chloe picked up her cell phone, saying to herself, "Like hell I don't."
At Jimmy's, Billy walked in and watched as Mac tried to do bar tricks with a bottle. Billy took the bottle out of her hands before she hurt herself. Billy said that for just one night, he didn't want to talk about relationships and marriage; he just wanted to talk about the weather or anything else. Mac agreed to keep things light.
Back at the Chancellor mansion, Chloe snuck into Mac's room and looked through her closet. Chloe found Mac's wardrobe boring, but then took down a box. Inside were Mac's souvenirs from high school. Chloe started to read Mac's scrapbook. When Chloe read Mac's notes from September 2000, a date with Billy at Crimson Lights, Chloe became interested.
Another note was about Billy and Mac at Jack and Phyllis' wedding. In the note, Billy talked of marrying Mac and then going on a six-month honeymoon. Mac wondered if they'd globetrot the rest of their lives, but Billy wanted to settle down in Genoa City. Mac asked if they'd live in the Abbott pool house, but Billy promised to never ask his wife to live like that. Chloe was depressed when she read that Billy wanted a house with a picket fence and 2.5 kids, and all because he wanted it with Mac.
Billy was still at the bar and Mac again tried to impress a customer with a bar trick. Billy said Mac was too serious about having fun. Mac reminded Billy of the karaoke CD they made in high school to the song "Smile Like This." Mac remembered how nervous and uptight she had been when she sang back then, but she had changed so all she wanted was to sing as loud and as off-key as possible. Billy smiled and offered to show her how to do the bar trick. Billy put his arms around Mac and, as they got close, she got nervous and pulled away. Mac walked into the back room.
When Mac returned, Billy was putting the stools up on the bar for the night. Mac asked Billy what he would do again if he could go back to high school. Billy said he would hold on to his dreams. As he got ready to say goodnight, the song "Smile Like That" started on the jukebox. Mac thought that the universe was trying to tell her something. Following her impulse, Mac kissed Billy with passion.
Chloe read in Mac's scrapbook that Billy had said the only girl for him for all time was Mac. Tearfully, Chloe pondered Billy's words. Delia's crying roused Chloe, and she cleaned up Mac's stuff and left the room to check on her baby.
At the club, Mary Jane told a client, Mr. Vanderwood, how available she was to serve him. Jeffrey overheard Mary Jane and then asked her if she would be interested in doing public relations for him. Mary Jane said she was not interested in the small-time work Jeffrey had in mind. As Mary Jane walked away, Gloria went to Jeffrey's side and asked what he had learned about Mary Jane. At the bar, Gloria ordered water for them both, because they were too broke to continue stalking Mary Jane at such expensive places. Jeffrey scowled and said if he were right about Mary Jane, they would be able to order anything they like very soon.
At the Abbott house, Sharon was carrying down the last of her luggage as she prepared to move out. Sharon looked around and remembered a playful popcorn fight with Jack from movie night. Jack entered the foyer and was upset to see Sharon's bags all lined up. Sharon apologized for not being gone already. Sharon was sorry she had hurt Jack and wanted to avoid doing it anymore. Jack told Sharon he forgave her and would do it all again. Jack asked Sharon to stay, but Sharon said it was goodbye.
Later, Jack helped Sharon with a heavy box, reminding her not to lift. Sharon recalled the popcorn fight with Jack. Reminiscing about the bad movie they watched together, Jack again asked Sharon to stay. Jack explained that he was offering Sharon complete freedom, a no-strings-attached arrangement. Jack asked if Nick could offer her the same thing. Sharon said she would miss Jack, but that Nick was her life.
Michael was visiting Phyllis and told her about Kevin's therapy and how he was doing. Michael realized that Phyllis wasn't really paying attention. Michael demanded that Phyllis talk to him about what was going on with her. Phyllis didn't want to talk, because she was not ready to give up on her marriage to Nick.
Michael offered to invite Lauren over and rent some videos and share some wine so that Phyllis wouldn't be alone. Phyllis was grateful, but told Michael to go home and keep his marriage intact. As Michael reached for the front door, Nick entered the house. Michael blasted Nick for showing his face at Phyllis's. Phyllis appreciated Michael's gallantry, but asked Michael to leave.
Nick wanted to know how Summer was doing and Phyllis said their daughter had trouble sleeping because Nick was not at home. Phyllis didn't know how to tell Summer than Nick had chosen his other family over them. Phyllis offered to let Nick see Summer when the sitter was there the next day. Nick wanted Phyllis to file for divorce, promising that he would not fight the divorce, and would give Phyllis whatever she wanted in a settlement.
Phyllis was insulted that he was bringing up divorce less than 48 hours after walking out on her. Phyllis told him to file the divorce papers because she wasn't ready to give up on the years they invested in their marriage. Nick said he felt bad and was sorry for causing Phyllis so much pain. Phyllis refused to play the weak woman for Nick, suggesting that was Sharon's specialty.
Nick said for the sake of their kids, he and Phyllis should avoid getting vindictive. Phyllis told Nick she was glad to hear that he felt bad and was in pain over what he was doing to her and Summer. When Nick's cell phone rang, Phyllis correctly guessed it was Sharon calling. Phyllis told him to get out. After he walked out, Summer entered and asked if Daddy had been there. Phyllis lied and said it was just the television.
On the phone, Sharon told Nick that she was all packed and ready. Jack overheard Sharon saying that she loved Nick. Nick's car pulled up in the driveway and Jack told Sharon her ride was there.
Nick entered the house and admitted to Sharon that his talk with Phyllis had not gone well. Sharon had second thoughts about their decision to be together. Jack listened from the other room as Nick convinced Sharon that people would be hurt by what they were doing, but it wasn't the wrong decision. Nick assured Sharon that they would get through it together, including getting a paternity test to determine if Nick was the father of her child.
Jack re-entered the room, saying hello to Nick. Jack promised not to make a scene. Nick told Sharon to get into the car. Jack didn't want to hear anything from Nick, but he did tell Nick to take care of Sharon. After Nick left the house, Jack made a call, saying he needed to see the person he was calling. A short time later, Jack arrived at Mary Jane's room at the club. Jack kissed her passionately when she greeted him at the door.
Jeffrey spied Jack and Mary Jane as they went into the room, and then rushed back to the bar to tell Gloria what he had witnessed. Jeffrey told Gloria that he believed Mary Jane was a high-priced hooker.
After having sex with Mary Jane, Jack was dressing quickly. He said he had business to attend to and couldn't stay. Mary Jane doubted Jack really had a midnight business meeting, and in her mind, she recalled seeing Jack making love to Phyllis a few nights before. Jack said he would see Mary Jane in the office in the morning, and then he left.
Mary Jane looked at her book of enemies and touched the photograph of Phyllis. Mary Jane made a phone call, pretending to be from Restless Style and canceled a reservation to shoot a layout the next day at the Mountain View Lodge. When Mary Jane made a second call to confirm the cancellation, she laughed to herself for the trouble she had created for Phyllis.
At Phyllis's, she and Summer were coloring. Phyllis used the opportunity to explain to Summer that Phyllis and Nick were having a problem and Nick was moving away for a while. Phyllis told Summer that her father loved her a lot and everything would be all right.
Noah rushed out of Crimson Lights, going past Lauren as he left. Lauren joined Eden, who had been having coffee with Noah. Eden said that Noah had to hurry to meet Sharon at the club. Eden told Lauren that Sharon was moving there because she had left Jack. Eden thought that Sharon was more of a drama queen that Eden was, and she hoped that whatever was happening with Sharon would not screw up Noah's life any further, especially since Sharon and Jack were also having a baby.
At the club, Sharon opened the door to her room and welcomed Noah in. Noah wondered why Nick was there, and Sharon explained that she and Nick were reconciling. Noah was confused, especially since Sharon had said that she and Jack were going to be together because of the baby. Sharon had to let Noah know that the baby might be Nick's. Noah insulted both his parents for cheating on Phyllis and Jack, respectively. He didn't think much of Nick or Sharon's antics and Nick warned Noah to watch his mouth.
Noah was ready to walk out, but Sharon insisted that they all stay and talk it out as a family. Sharon admitted that they had not been very good role models of late, but they were determined to redeem themselves in Noah's eyes. Nick asked Noah to meet them halfway as they tried to win back his respect. Noah asked if they were getting married again. Nick and Sharon couldn't say yes, which made Noah doubt their sincerity. Noah left, disappointed in both his parents. Sharon worried that too many people were being hurt by what Sharon and Nick were doing.
Eden was shocked to hear from Noah that Nick and Sharon were living together at the club. Noah said he wanted to get as far away from his parents as possible. Noah revealed to Eden that he had decided to file for emancipation. Rafe, Adam's lawyer friend, had told Noah that he could do that for Noah. Noah said he would sell his car and then get his own apartment. Eden could visit with him whenever she wanted, and Noah and Eden could have a normal life.
In their room at the club, Nick and Sharon looked at real estate brochures. Nick was determined not to waste any more time. Sharon unpacked the drawing Cassie had made of their family years before. Nick said it would be the first thing they hung in their new home. Nick kissed Sharon deeply, then Sharon pulled away and took Nick's hand so he could feel the baby kick. Sharon hugged Nick comfortingly and Nick said they would soon have their lives back together again. But when Nick looked at Cassie's drawing, he was reminded of Summer.
At Phyllis', Summer was playing dress-up with her mother. There was a knock on the door and Mary Jane appeared to tell Sharon that Mountain View had called to cancel the Restless Style shoot. Phyllis was beside herself when she heard how screwed up the shoot had become. Phyllis said she would have to go to the office immediately to fix things.
Mary Jane offered to sit with Summer for Phyllis. Phyllis kissed Summer goodbye after saying that Mary Jane would be staying with her until Phyllis returned from the office. Mary Jane offered to play dress-up with Summer because it was fun to pretend to be someone else. There was another knock on the door and Mary Jane opened the door to find Jack. Jack wondered what Mary Jane was doing at Phyllis'.