At Nick and Phyllis', Phyllis donned a crown, crafted of aluminum foil, that she had made with Summer. Nick entered and asked when he was going to get his crown. Phyllis teasingly said that Nick would have to prove his devotion first. Summer held up the DVD of the Newmans' wedding, indicating that she wanted to watch it again. When Phyllis mentioned that Summer had watched the video six times the previous day, Nick said that their little girl must like happy endings.
While the wedding video played, a frustrated Phyllis unsuccessfully tried to get Summer to say the names of various guests. Nick said that he was glad to see the video again, as it reminded him of one of the best days of his life. When Phyllis asked him if he would do it again, Nick said that he would.
Nick made a phone call to bow out of the Newman board meeting being held that day. Phyllis tried to talk herself into believing that Summer was improving. Nick admired Phyllis, telling her that she always gave everything she had to the people she loved. He said that as long as he and Phyllis were together, there wasn't anything they couldn't survive. When the Newmans kissed, Summer shouted, "Again!"
Nick told Phyllis that he had missed her. He began to kiss her, but Phyllis pulled away. Nick didn't blame Phyllis for being scared of him, as he had put her through hell. Nick said that it wasn't about him, or Phyllis, or Summer. It was about the synergy of the three of them. Nick got down on his knee, made a ring from aluminum foil, and told Phyllis that he didn't want to live without her. Nick then proposed to his giggling wife.
Jack called Sharon from the hallway of the Athletic Club. Sharon, who was putting her dry cleaning into a bag, told Jack that she had a doctor's appointment, and asked him if he wanted to accompany her. Jack said that he would be thrilled to. He then lied and told Sharon that he was at the Abbott mansion and would pick her up at the club shortly. As Sharon placed the bag of dry cleaning outside her suite's door, she saw Jack right across the hall, opening the door to the room that he had secretly rented. Sharon wanted to know what was going on.
Jack entered Sharon's suite and explained that he was worried about Sharon, and wanted to be close to her. Initially, Sharon thought that Jack was concerned that she might be stealing again, but Jack explained that he was worried that Mary Jane Benson might go after Sharon, because of Mary Jane's obsession with Jack.
Jack told Sharon that Mary Jane, in an effort to reconcile Nick and Phyllis, had given Summer the peanut butter cookie that nearly killed the little girl. Jack revealed that Mary Jane had left a dirty, defaced doll outside of Sharon's room. He told Sharon that she was a threat to Mary Jane's imaginary relationship with him. Sharon said that it seemed to her that she was in greater danger from Mary Jane with Jack staying across the hall. She told Jack to move back to the Abbott mansion immediately.
Jack said that he wanted to protect Sharon and his unborn child from "this nut case." Sharon said that she wanted to stand on her own two feet, and insisted that she could take care of herself. Jack said that it wasn't just about Sharon, as Sharon was carrying his child. Sharon told Jack that the baby wasn't his. When Jack asked if Sharon was joking, she told him that she was telling the truth. Sharon said that she just couldn't lie about the baby's paternity anymore. She told a stunned Jack that Nick was the father of her child.
Billy showed up at the Chancellor estate, angry at Jill for not having returned his phone calls. Billy asked his mother if she had given him the CEO position at Jabot while under duress. Jill evaded his question, but when Billy continued pushing, Jill admitted that if it had been up to her, she wouldn't have appointed Billy to the CEO position. Billy, hurt by Jill's remark, demanded to know who had forced Jill to appoint him CEO. He was shocked to learn that Victor, who at the time possessed a large portion of Jabot stock, had forced Jill to promote Billy.
Billy realized that the reason that Victor had Ashley fired from the CEO position was just to "screw Jack over." Jill told Billy that he had been living irresponsibly at the time, and that he shouldn't be surprised that Jill wouldn't have appointed him CEO. Billy revealed that he had learned about Jill's hand being forced from Cane, but that Billy had hoped it wasn't true. When Jill asked what Billy wanted from her, he said, "Nothing. I don't want a damned thing from you, Mom." He then walked out of the house.
At Crimson Lights, a nervous Phillip thanked Chance for agreeing to see him. Chance said that he was seeing his father in order to placate Nina. He asked Phillip why he had faked his death and left Genoa City. Phillip said that he had to make a choice -- to leave Genoa City or remain there and live a lie. Chance said that he was all for living the truth, but wondered why his father couldn't live the truth in Genoa City. Phillip told Chance that he was gay.
Chance took Phillip's revelation relatively nonchalantly, and wondered why being gay would have forced Phillip to go as far as faking his own death. Phillip explained that 20 years earlier, there was less acceptance of homosexuality. Phillip said that, as a Chancellor heir, he was under a lot of pressure, found himself playing a role, and began drinking heavily. Phillip wondered if Chance understood. Chance said that no matter how much suffering Phillip had to endure, it didn't excuse him from leaving his wife and son. Chance said that he wouldn't be able to live with himself if he did something like that, and wondered how Phillip could.
Phillip told Chance that he hoped that his son never had to face an impossible choice. Chance still didn't understand why Phillip didn't tell his family that he was gay 20 years earlier. Phillip admitted that it was possible that his family might have accepted him, but that he wouldn't have been a very good husband or father. Phillip apologized for leaving Chance and Nina.
Chance said that Nina had turned out to be a great mother. He also thanked Phillip for returning to Genoa City in order to be tested for the gene for Huntington's disease -- Chance said that took guts. Phillip told Chance that he was just trying to do the right thing. Phillip added that he didn't have to return to Australia, and could stay in Genoa City indefinitely, if that was what Chance wanted. Leaving Phillip's question unanswered, Chance shook his father's hand, and then watched as Phillip walked out of the coffeehouse.
Phillip went to the Chancellor estate to see Jill, and told his mother that he couldn't tell if Chance wanted to see him again or not. Glaring at Jill, Phillip wondered where he learned to put his needs above the needs of his child. Realizing that Phillip was referring to her, an annoyed Jill said that she might have sent Phillip to boarding school for a few years, but she didn't disappear from his life or fake her death.
Phillip apologized for insulting Jill. He said that he wanted to change the dysfunctional pattern that seemed to plague their family. Jill said that, according to Phillip and Billy, she had screwed up both of her sons' lives. Phillip said that Jill had done her best, and that she loved her sons in her own way. Touched, Jill caressed Phillip's cheek and told him how much she had missed him. Phillip took Jill's hand in his.
J.T. showed up at Jimmy's to help Mac with her plans to install a security system. He explained that he had a lot of free time, since he had resigned from Newman. He told Mac that Victor had kicked Colleen off of the Newman board for flashing her breasts at Jimmy's. Mac asked if Victoria could change Victor's mind. J.T. said that she couldn't, and that was part of the reason that J.T. had quit -- he didn't like seeing his wife give in to Victor.
When J.T. went upstairs to inspect the bar, Nina showed up and told Mac that the producers of her movie about Katherine's life had heard about the "Chance/Phillip" angle, and that they wanted Nina to focus on that. Nina said that she didn't know if she wanted to write "pretty personal stuff" about her son and her ex-husband. Mac suggested that Nina do the rewrite, but then delay giving it to the producers, so that Phillip and Chance would have the opportunity to get to know one another better.
Later, Nina met Chance at Crimson Lights. He asked his mother why she hadn't told him that Phillip was gay. Nina said that she had just learned about it herself. Chance said that Phillip's homosexuality made no difference to him, and added that the only reason that he had met with his father was because he thought that Nina was still in love with Phillip. Chance assumed that was no longer the case. Nina said that Phillip had been the love of her life -- and that he probably still was.
Back at Jimmy's, Billy showed up and accused J.T. of being part of the reason that Colleen had been kicked off of the Newman board. Billy was surprised to learn that J.T. had resigned from Newman. After J.T. left, Mac asked Billy why he was so upset. Billy told Mac that Cane had been telling the truth about Jill not wanting Billy to be the CEO at Jabot. Billy revealed that "master manipulator" Victor Newman had forced Jill to appoint Billy.
Billy said that he was tempted to tell Ashley what a snake she had married, but Mac said that he shouldn't add to the stress of Ashley's pregnancy. Mac also reminded Billy that Victor might take revenge on Jill. Billy said that Jill should have thought of that before she became Victor's patsy. J.T. returned to discuss his plans for the security system with Mac. Mac made Billy promise not to go anywhere. After Mac and J.T. went upstairs, Billy said to himself that he wouldn't let Victor hurt his sister anymore, and left Jimmy's.
At the Newman ranch, Victoria told Ashley how happy she was that Ashley was joining the Newman board. Ashley thanked Victoria, then left to get dressed for the board meeting. Victoria told Victor that Colleen might try to retain her board seat, but Victor assured his daughter that Colleen was through at Newman Enterprises. Victoria mentioned that J.T. was, also. Victor said that he was sorry, but that J.T. had made his own decision when he resigned. Victoria asked her father if he would consider reinstating J.T.
Victor told Victoria that if J.T. wanted his job back, he needed to approach Victor and discuss it in person. Victoria said that J.T. wouldn't do that, as he was upset that Victor had ousted Colleen from the board when the clip of Colleen's exposing herself at Jimmy's had surfaced on the Internet. Ashley entered the room and heard Victoria's remark about Colleen flashing at Jimmy's. She told Victor that she thought that Colleen had resigned for personal reasons. Victoria received a phone call and stepped away. Victor said that they would discuss Colleen later, but Ashley said that she wasn't going anywhere until she knew what was going on, and why Victor didn't mention anything about the incident with Colleen.
Victor lied and told Ashley that the board had demanded Colleen's resignation. Ashley said that she was upset to see Colleen lose her seat on the board -- Colleen's tribute to Brad -- over a silly incident. She added that she certainly didn't feel right taking Colleen's seat. Victor assured Ashley that Colleen would want Ashley to fill her seat.
At Newman, Victor continued to prod the reluctant Ashley into taking Colleen's board seat. He and Ashley entered Victor's office, where the board members and the press were waiting. Victor spoke to the crowd, telling them that Colleen Carlton had resigned her seat on the Newman board, and that he was proposing that his wife and the mother of his child, Ashley Abbott Newman, fill the vacancy on the board.
Victor was about to put Ashley's appointment to a vote when Billy showed up, saying, "You might wanna rethink this, Sis." Victor said that it was a private meeting, and asked that security be called. Billy said that J.T. had quit Newman when he found out about Victor's machinations, and that Billy was about to share that information with everyone in the room. Victor told Billy to quit while he was ahead -- or he was going to regret it.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Kevin and Jana paid a visit to Daniel in jail, where they discovered he was very upset about Amber.
At the Athletic Club, Jack was furious as Sharon told him why she lied about Jack being the father of her unborn child. Sharon was in tears and apologized profusely, saying that she learned about the paternity the same night Summer went into the hospital, and Sharon couldn't take Nick away from his daughter. Sharon claimed that she wasn't thinking clearly when she told Jack he was the baby's father. Jack told Sharon she had no right to do what she did. Sharon apologized again, but Jack didn't want another "I'm sorry" from her.
Sharon tried to make excuses for her lies, but Jack wasn't buying them anymore. Jack told her that it had been tough for him because Sharon had given him so little. But Jack got through it because Sharon always assured him that he'd be a great father. Sharon said she was too messed up for him and too weak. Jack didn't want to hear her self-pity.
Jack said that Sharon being scared wasn't a good enough excuse for telling the lies she told. Jack told her she was a grown woman who was too smart and strong to not be able to handle the situation they were in. Jack felt he deserved better treatment from Sharon. Sharon asked if she could somehow make it up to Jack. Jack wondered if Sharon planned to run back to Nick again, ruining his relationship with Phyllis and Summer. Sharon had no idea what she was going to do. Jack said he didn't care anymore, because he wanted nothing more to do with Sharon.
At their home, Nick got down on one knee and proposed to Phyllis, asking her to marry him again. Nick was thrilled that Phyllis said yes to his marriage proposal. Nick wanted to get married immediately, and convinced Phyllis to agree to renew their vows after Summer woke up from her nap. Daniel called to say he was out of jail and at Crimson Lights. Phyllis was excited that he'd been set free. Daniel asked how Summer was doing and after catching him up, Phyllis told Daniel that she and Nick were going to be renewing their vows. Daniel was glad that things were good between the two of them. Phyllis invited him to the renewal ceremony and Daniel said he would be there.
Nick told Phyllis the justice of the peace was on his way, and Noah had called to say he was heading over. Phyllis showed Nick a couple of dresses and asked him to choose one for her to wear at the renewal. They agreed to only invite the family.
When Noah arrived, Phyllis told him how Nick had proposed. Noah questioned why Nick and Phyllis were reuniting so soon after Nick and Sharon were shopping for a new house. Noah wondered if Jack being the father of Sharon's baby altered Nick's feelings. Nick admitted that Jack being the father of Sharon's child had something to do with it, but Nick was committed to Summer and Phyllis. Noah agreed to attend the ceremony.
In the garden, Nikki appeared just as the renewal ceremony began. Nick asked his mother to stay. Daniel received a big hug from Phyllis, who was thrilled that he was out of jail. Noah teased Daniel about being a jailbird. Summer was overjoyed and called Phyllis a princess. Nick started the music on a boom box and the justice of the peace began the ceremony. From down the path, Sharon approached, unaware that Nick and Phyllis were about to say their marital vows again.
Nick and Phyllis wrote and recited their own vows. Nick recalled the first time he fell for Phyllis and how he admired her because she was such a fighter. He called Phyllis a warrior princess. Nick said he felt closer to Phyllis than ever. Sharon listened from nearby. Phyllis was moved by Nick's words. Phyllis's spoke and recalled the time at Michael's bachelor party when she first saw the real Nick Newman. Phyllis called Nick a thoughtful and great man. Phyllis loved that Nick accepted her as just as she was and she promised to love and inspire Nick no matter what happened in the future. They exchanged rings. Nick surprised Phyllis with a stunning new ring. The justice of the peace declared them officially Nicholas and Phyllis Newman ... again. Sharon listened to the finality of those words and held back her tears.
Over coffee at Crimson Lights, Amber told Daniel that she would have picked him up from jail. Daniel wanted to talk about how Deacon was able to lure Amber into bed. Amber said she only did it because Deacon promised to send the DVD that would exonerate Daniel to the D.A. Amber hoped that Daniel was completely in the clear, but Daniel explained the D.A. could still go after him for the shooting in the alley. Amber cried that it had to be over because she wouldn't have slept with Deacon otherwise. Amber asked for Daniel's forgiveness, but Daniel said he wanted to forgive her, but he wasn't sure he could. Daniel told Amber to tell him everything about her and Deacon and get it all out into the open.
Amber admitted that she and Deacon went way back. Amber said she had a sordid past in L.A., and when she saw Deacon again at the club, she freaked out. Amber said she had hoped Deacon would go away. Without warning, Deacon showed up unexpectedly and taunted Daniel about how hot Amber was in the old days-and said still was. Daniel responded by punching Deacon in the face.
Deacon was there for a reason. Deacon gave Daniel a file he'd collected of clippings about Amber's activities in L.A. with the Forresters. Amber asked Daniel not to open it, but Daniel did and read all about Amber taking her cousin's baby and passing it off as her own. Deacon elaborated on the details. Daniel was shocked by Amber's arrests and antics. Daniel asked if all the stories were true. Amber tried to explain that she was not the same person anymore. Daniel walked away angrily, throwing the file on the table. Amber slapped Deacon with the file and said she hated him more than ever. Deacon insisted he was doing it for Amber's sake, so she could have an honest relationship with Daniel.
Deacon comforted Amber by saying things weren't so bad. He gave her a jewelry box and told Amber that diamonds were a girl's best friend. Amber wanted Deacon to back off like he promised he would. Amber was embarrassed by the contents of the file Deacon gave to Daniel. Deacon said that he could accept Amber as she was, which was something Daniel couldn't do.
Amber resented Deacon and wanted nothing to do with him. Deacon offered to back up the DVD evidence with his testimony to the authorities that would exonerate Daniel completely. Amber asked what he wanted in exchange. Deacon said he wanted Amber. Daniel returned and saw Deacon walking away from the table. Amber called to Deacon and threw the gift at him as he left.
Daniel sat at the table and Amber asked about Summer. Daniel accused her of changing the topic, but said that Summer was better. Daniel told Amber that he watched Nick and Phyllis renew their wedding vows. Daniel said that listening to their vows gave Daniel some clarity about him and Amber. Daniel told Amber he was not ready for that kind of commitment with her. Daniel wasn't sure who Amber really was anymore. Daniel asked Amber to move out of the apartment.
Adam answered the door at the ranch. Nikki identified herself and said she was there to see Victor. Adam tried to close the door on Nikki after saying that Victor was at the office. Nikki barged in and asked if Ashley was home. Adam said that Ashley was with Victor. Nikki explained to Adam that Victor would be having a difficult day because it was the anniversary of Sabrina's death. Adam resented Nikki lecturing him and said he cared about Sabrina, too.
Later on, Adam was on his computer searching for stories of Sabrina's death. On the Internet, he watched scenes from the gala and reports of David Chow and Sabrina's accident. Adam saved a news clip on a flash drive. Adam called Dr. Taylor to say that he should go to the ranch because Ashley would be having a bad day.
At the Newman board meeting, Billy interrupted just as Victor was about to appoint Ashley to a seat on the board of directors. Billy explained that it was Colleen's seat. Victor called for security, but Ashley stopped him. Billy told Ashley that Victor had bought Gloria's five percent of Jabot stock and used it to manipulate Jill into firing Jack and Ashley, and install Billy as the CEO. Ashley and Victoria refused to believe Billy, and Victor asked Billy who told him that story. Billy asserted that Victor would do anything to hurt Jack. Billy explained that Victor would do anything to isolate Ashley from the Abbott family and control her. Ashley asked Victor if Billy was telling the truth. Victoria cleared the room of reporters and board members.
Ashley demanded that Victor tell her the truth. Victor told Ashley he did what he did to protect Ashley. Victor claimed that he had always looked after Ashley's best interests. Billy asked Ashley to leave with him, but Ashley was too upset to go with Billy or stay with Victor. Ashley was furious that Victor had done the Jabot deal behind her back. Ashley walked out angrily.
Victor warned Billy that he would regret what he did. Billy confronted Victor about the way he manipulated people. Victor called Billy and Jack losers. Billy refused to back down despite Victor's imperious threats. When Victor started to get physical with Billy, they were about to get into a fistfight, but J.T. rushed in and pulled Billy and Victor apart. J.T. pushed Billy out of the conference room.
Victoria was grateful that J.T. intervened. Victor thanked J.T., too. Nikki appeared just as Victoria mentioned that it was a difficult day for her father because it was the anniversary of Sabrina's death. Nikki was there to check on Victor. Nikki offered her support. Nikki believed that Victor wouldn't feel comfortable talking to Ashley about Sabrina because of Ashley's delicate condition. Nikki was concerned about Victor. Victor recalled that he nearly hadn't made it through losing Sabrina, but he had put her things aside and finally gotten over the pain.
In the limousine, Ashley was sitting in the back seat, angry about Victor's manipulative actions and his lying to her. Ashley doubted that Victor loved her. Ashley worried that Victor would someday take her baby from her. Suddenly, the image of Sabrina appeared in the car and warned Ashley that her life was in danger, hers and the baby's. Ashley screamed in terror as Sabrina said, "Here he comes." Victor climbed into the backseat and asked Ashley why she was screaming. Victor told her that the driver heard her screaming that someone was trying to drive them off the road. Ashley asked Victor not to hurt her. Victor was stunned. Ashley said that Sabrina told her that he was going to hurt her.
Dr. Taylor was at the ranch a short time later and Adam revealed his plan to leave the contents of the flash drive on Ashley's computer so Victor would think she was going crazy. Adam warned Taylor not to try to tip off Victor about Adam's actions anymore. Adam realized that Taylor had tried that before and Adam was onto him. If Taylor tried to cross Adam again, Adam would destroy the doctor's career. Victor called Taylor on his cell phone. Taylor told Adam that Victor wanted the doctor to check on Ashley and he was on his way home with her.
When Victor and Ashley returned to the ranch, Ashley was too agitated to talk. Ashley rushed to her room. Dr. Taylor hurried after her. Victor told Adam that Ashley had a hallucination in the car and the driver had seen her agitated state. Victor said that according to Ashley, she had seen Sabrina. Adam was sorry to hear that Ashley was so ill.
Mac wasn't surprised when Billy returned to Jimmy's. Mac guessed that he had confronted Victor at the Newman board meeting. Billy was hot under the collar about how Victor had lied to Ashley. Jack showed up and asked Billy why he had called him. Billy told Jack about the latest action with Victor. Jack scolded Billy for confronting Victor. Jack said he would have thought of Ashley first. Billy had hurt Ashley by doing it the way he did. Jack reminded Billy that Ashley's pregnancy was high-risk and a public scene wasn't good for her or her child.
After Jack left, Billy asked Mac why she was so quiet. Mac confessed that Billy's impulsiveness drove her crazy at times. Despite his impulsiveness, Mac admitted that she loved Billy. Billy smiled and kissed her passionately.
At Crimson Lights, J.T. told Victoria that Billy had always gotten in over his head when they were kids. Victoria asked if he went to Billy's aid for Mac's sake. J.T. said he intervened because it was the right thing to do. Victoria asked J.T. about returning to Newman, but J.T. said he had no interest in working for her father again. J.T. believed that Billy told the truth about what Victor had done to the Abbotts. J.T. felt that Victor condemned Colleen for her lack of morality, but asked when Victor had ever answered for his wrongdoings.
Victoria was surprised that J.T. hated her father. J.T. said he didn't hate Victor. Victoria and J.T. were at an impasse. J.T. left saying that he would see Victoria at home. After he was gone, Deacon entered from the patio and greeted Victoria. Deacon saw that she was upset. Deacon offered to buy her a cup of coffee and talk things over.
At the Athletic Club, Jack was moving out of his room and ran into Sharon as she was returning. Sharon told Jack that she had decided not to tell Nick about the baby. Sharon was going to stand on her own two feet. Sharon said she was on her own and that's what she deserved. Jack told her she wasn't alone. Sharon hugged Jack. Jack said things between them could never be the same again, then he walked away.
Nick carried Phyllis over the threshold. Phyllis was thrilled that Nikki agreed to take Summer for the night so Phyllis and Nick could have the night alone. Phyllis told Nick she loved the new ring and wondered how he managed to get it for her. Nick confessed that he had it messengered over when she was dressing for the ceremony. Nick said it was a new ring for a new start. They both said, "I love you" and kissed.