In Ashley's room at Memorial Hospital, Jack told Ashley that Billy, Steve, and Traci were at the funeral home, making arrangements for Colleen's service. Ashley said that she realized how lucky she was every time that she looked at Faith. Jack looked at Faith and told the infant that she was a miracle. Ashley told Jack that he would have his own little miracle soon. Jack told his sister that Nick had actually fathered Sharon's baby, and then broke the news that Sharon's baby had been stillborn.
Ashley said that she wished she could have been there for Jack. Jack understood, saying that Ashley had a lot going on in her life. Ashley told Jack that ever since she had Faith, she felt an overwhelming desire to regain stability in her life. Jack was thrilled when his sister said that she wanted to return to work at Jabot. Jack asked how Victor would feel about that. Ashley replied that Victor was Faith's father, and would always be a part of Ashley's daughters' lives. When Jack asked about Ashley and Victor's future, Ashley left the question unanswered and told Jack to spend some time with Traci.
Sitting in a lounge at Memorial, Sharon spotted Adam and called him over. Sharon said that she was at the hospital for a doctor's appointment, and that she was planning to visit Victor. Adam told Sharon how sorry he was about her baby's death. Sharon told Adam that she hadn't heard from the funeral home about her baby's ashes. When Sharon started to cry, Adam gently touched her shoulder.
Sharon told Adam that she appreciated his concern, even though they didn't really know each other. When Adam said that he didn't have too many friends, Sharon said that she could empathize. Sharon mentioned Adam and Victor's complicated relationship, and told Adam that he should be grateful that he had a second chance with Victor. As Sharon walked toward Victor's room, Adam called her back and said that he'd meant what he said -- that he was sorry that her baby was gone. After Sharon left, Adam looked concerned, and, to himself, said the word, "Ashes."
Adam visited Ashley, who told him that Jack felt terrible about Nick and Sharon losing another child. Adam mentioned that he had run into Sharon in the hospital lounge. Adam asked Ashley for the location of the nearest funeral home, as he wanted his driver to take Nick and Sharon there. A confused Ashley asked Adam why he suddenly wanted to help Nick and Sharon. Adam said that he had been given a second chance -- and that he wanted everything to be different. Ashley, still confused, told Adam that there was a funeral home several blocks away from the hospital. Adam left Ashley's room, and, in the hallway, called his driver and asked to be picked up.
At the funeral home, the funeral director was going over various types of caskets with the Connellys and Billy. Traci began crying. Billy asked the funeral director if they could have a moment alone. After the funeral director left, Billy said that Colleen would hate all of the morbidity, and that she would have preferred a celebration of her life. Traci loved that idea, and asked Billy to plan the service. After Steve added his support, Billy agreed to arrange the funeral.
Adam, wearing dark glasses and acting as if he were completely blind, went to the same funeral home where Colleen's service was being planned, and met with the funeral director. He lied and told the funeral director that his niece had been stillborn, and he wanted to arrange a service. Adam then purposely spilled a glass of water. When the funeral director left to get a towel to clean up the mess, Adam grabbed a container of ashes labeled, "Baby Doe," and hurried out. As Adam ran down the hallway, Billy spotted him and called out his name, but Adam was already gone.
Billy, Mac, Jack, Traci, and Steve gathered in the Abbott dining room. Jack said that he was happy that Billy was planning Colleen's funeral. Jack said that he had some good news -- Ashley was planning to return to Jabot, and would again be working with Jack and Billy. Billy, looking uncomfortable, asked Jack if they could speak privately. After Billy and Jack moved to the living room, Billy told a shocked Jack that Billy was resigning from Jabot.
After Billy explained that he needed something that was his -- not John's or Jack's -- Jack became angry and accused his brother of running away. When Jack and Billy began arguing, Mac entered the living room and asked what was going on. Jack said that Billy was leaving the security of a multimillion dollar company. Jack was hoping for Mac's support, but she supported Billy. Jack told Mac that she would feel differently when Billy began to spend every night at Jimmy's. An angry Billy stormed out.
Billy went to visit Ashley. He told her that Colleen's funeral would be untraditional. Billy informed his sister that he and Jack "got into it again" -- after Billy told Jack that Billy was resigning from Jabot. Billy explained to Ashley that he hadn't been happy at Jabot for a long time, and that he needed to find something that he could be passionate about. Ashley advised Billy to follow his own path, and assured him that Jack would eventually accept Billy's decision.
Billy returned to the Abbott mansion. Jack apologized to Billy for being so hard on him. The brothers said that they needed to concentrate on Colleen's funeral. Mac finished up a phone call, and told Billy that they could pick up their stuff at the party store in the morning. Steve entered and said that he had called everyone on the list -- and had asked the guests to dress colorfully.
Steve asked Traci if she was okay with the plans for Colleen's funeral. Traci said that she was. Traci told the group that she couldn't help thinking about the losses that the Abbott family had suffered -- John, Brad, and Colleen -- without falling apart. Traci said that she should be curled up in a ball crying, but instead, she was helping to plan a party. She added that she couldn't help thinking that John was looking down at them, thinking, "Way to go, kids."
Adam returned to the hospital and made a phone call to a courier service, arranging to have a package delivered to Sharon at the Athletic Club. He then eavesdropped on Sharon's visit with Victor. Victor was saddened when he learned that his granddaughter had died. Victor assured Sharon that she would always be a part of the Newman family. Sharon told Victor to focus on getting better, because her world wouldn't be the same without Victor Newman.
Sharon said that she felt bad about the trouble she had caused in Nick's marriage. She said that Nick had been a rock -- but that Nick needed to concentrate on Phyllis and Summer. Victor told Sharon that what Nick felt for Sharon would never go away -- and that Sharon was the true love of Nick's life. Sharon, cheered by Victor's remark, wished him well, and left the room. As Adam watched Sharon walk down the hallway, he received a phone call from the courier service informing him that his package had arrived at the Athletic Club.
Nikki approached Adam in the hospital hallway and said hello. Adam told Nikki that she didn't have to be nice to him -- that he knew that Nikki thought he was a creep. Nikki said that she hadn't forgotten some of the unforgivable things that Adam had done, but that Victor loved him and wanted to forgive him. She told Adam that he had been given a second chance with Victor, and that it was up to Adam to prove that he deserved it.
In her suite at the Athletic Club, Sharon was on the phone with St. Mary's Children's Hospital, trying to find out what had happened to her baby's body. She said that her baby had been delivered by Dr. Charles Taylor. Sharon was stunned to learn that there was no Dr. Taylor on the hospital's staff.
Interrupted by a knock at the door, Sharon hung up the phone. Sharon answered the door, and one of the club's bellboys handed Sharon a package. Sharon opened it, and inside found the container of ashes that Adam had stolen from the funeral home. The label on the container had been changed to read "Baby Newman."
A depressed-looking Adam returned to the Newman ranch, and thought about his mother. He remembered how proud she had been when she learned that he had been accepted to Harvard, and how she had said that he was a good man with a good heart, who would do wonderful things with his life. Adam began walking up the steps, but collapsed and said, "I'm sorry I let you down, Mother." He then began to cry uncontrollably.
Noah visited Nick at the tack house, and told his father how sad he was that he had lost another sister. Nick hugged his son. Noah said that he understood why Sharon had initially lied about her baby's paternity. Noah apologized for having behaved like a spoiled brat, and said that he wanted to help Nick and Sharon. Nick said that he appreciated Noah's new attitude -- but that neither Nick nor Sharon wanted Noah to stop living his life.
Nick said that he knew what it was like to be raised by parents in a less-than-perfect relationship. Noah said that if Nick could forgive Victor, then Noah could forgive Nick. Noah said that he wanted to attend the memorial service for the baby. Nick hugged Noah and told him that he was a good boy. After Noah left, Nick called Phyllis and left a message that he was going to visit Victor.
In Victor's hospital room, the cardiac surgeon told Victor and Nikki that, if all went well, Victor would be released in about two weeks. They discussed concerns about Victor's body rejecting the new heart, but the doctor said that the heart was doing fine. The doctor referred to Nikki as Victor's wife, giving her credit for spending so much time with Victor. After the doctor left, Nikki told Victor that she had been mistaken for his wife a lot during his hospitalization.
Victor told Nikki that she had set "all this" in motion when she sent Ashley to Paris to track him down. Referring to Faith, he said that there was a new life in the world because of Nikki's selflessness.
Nikki stopped by Ashley's room to see Faith. She said that she and Ashley hadn't had a chance to talk since Nikki's return to Genoa City. Ashley said that she wanted to clear the air about the night of the storm -- the night that Nikki left town. Nikki remembered her conversation with Victor on the night that she left town -- when Nikki told Victor how much she loved him. Nikki told Ashley that they should get everything out in the open.
Ashley said that she didn't remember everything that happened that night, but that she remembered driving one of Victor's cars. Shocked, Nikki realized that Ashley had been driving the car that had almost hit her.
Nikki said that she had been standing in the road that night, waiting for a cab. She added that she was a wreck, having just left Paul at the altar, and having had an "unsettling" conversation with Victor. Nikki continued and said that she saw headlights and jumped out of the way. When Ashley apologized and said that she could have killed Nikki, Nikki told her that when she moved out of the path of the car, she fell and sustained some minor cuts and bruises.
Nikki said that she had sent letters to the Newman ranch, alerting her family that she was at a resort in Colorado, but that the letters apparently were never received. Ashley said that was too bad, since she wouldn't have felt guilty about possibly killing Nikki if she had known that Nikki was alive and well. Nikki realized why Ashley had reacted so strangely when she first saw Nikki at the hospital -- Ashley had thought that Nikki was a ghost.
Nikki and Ashley were glad that they cleared everything up. Ashley said that she wanted to put the horrible summer behind her, and forget about the way she had allowed herself to be used and manipulated. Just before she left, Nikki commented that Faith looked just like Nick, when Nick was an infant.
After Nikki left, Ashley spoke to Faith, and asked the infant to forgive her for what she was about to do. She assured her daughter that it was going to be the best thing for both of them. Ashley then removed her wedding ring.
Nick visited Victor at the hospital. After some small talk, Nick began discussing the night that Victor had been shot, and the terrible things that he had said to Victor that night. Nick said that in the past two days, he had nearly lost his father, and that he and Sharon had lost their child. Victor said Sharon had visited and told him that the baby had died. Nick said that he couldn't stay angry with Victor -- that he needed Victor's support. Nick began sobbing.
Nikki returned to Victor's room, and found Victor telling Nick that Cassie was probably giving Nick's baby girl the grand tour of heaven. Nick said that he had a lot to be grateful for -- Nikki was back, Victor was alive, Noah had his act together, and Summer was improving. As Nick spoke, Ashley, holding Faith, peered into Victor's room. Nick said that he mourned not being able to see or hold his infant daughter. Ashley, holding her infant daughter, apparently decided not to interrupt the Newman family moment. Ashley walked away from Victor's room.
Friday, October 9, 2009
In Victor's hospital room, the doctor examined Victor and asked how he felt. Victor was weak. Nikki wondered if the doctor was increasing the anti-rejection medication. Victoria asked if Victor's body might reject the heart, but the doctor downplayed that possibility.
The doctor explained to Victor that it would take time for Victor to heal from the heart transplant. The doctor was pleased with Victor's progress. Nikki guessed that Victor was thinking about Colleen's memorial service . Victor admitted he was.
Nikki was concerned about Victor's condition. Nikki thought it was ironic that after all the feuds with the Abbotts, Victor had an Abbott heart keeping him alive. Nikki was sure that the Abbotts would not sully Colleen's memory by resenting Victor having her heart. Nikki wondered if the situation had been reversed, if the Newmans would have been so merciful.
Victor said he was dizzy, but he didn't want to see the doctor. Victor was concerned about what the newspapers were writing about him. When Nikki reached for the newspaper, Victor suffered a seizure. Nikki called for help. While Nikki watched in tears, the doctors worked to stabilize Victor.
At the Chancellor mansion, Murphy and Kay were preparing for Colleen's memorial service. When the doorbell rang, they opened the door and greeted Nick, Noah, and Phyllis. Kay noticed that Noah was wearing a red sweater, which was Colleen's favorite color. Murphy said that the service was Billy's idea and it would be a celebration of Colleen's life.
Phyllis asked about Traci, and Murphy said the Abbotts were still at the cemetery, where Colleen was buried beside Brad. Nick and Phyllis advised Noah to be especially comforting to Abby because of losing Colleen. Phyllis and Noah left to help Murphy set up the chairs for the service, while Kay gave Nick her condolences over the loss of Sharon's baby.
Sharon and Doris were at Crimson Lights having coffee and discussing the loss of Sharon's baby. Doris wished that Sharon had called her after the labor. Sharon said she had been in shock. Sharon told her mother that because of the baby, she had grown stronger. Sharon was sure that she wouldn't crumble or do anything self-destructive. Doris asked about Nick, and Sharon said that Nick had Phyllis to lean on. Sharon accepted that she and Nick were not meant to be together.
Sharon told her mother that if she couldn't reach Sharon for a day or so, it was because Sharon was going to the Abbott cabin to spread the baby's ashes. Doris urged Sharon to include Nick in the ritual. Sharon felt that Nick had other matters to attend to. Doris asked Sharon to wait until Nick could go with her. Sharon was compelled to spread the ashes immediately. Sharon left, kissing her mother goodbye.
Devon and Neil went to Cane and Lily's to pick them up for the memorial, Neil was concerned when Lily appeared looking pale and weak. Neil was worried about Lily's condition and when Cane felt her face, he noted that Lily was burning up. Cane insisted on calling the doctor.
The doctor made a house call and said that Lily was running a fever . She recommended that Lily stay away from the memorial service. Lily wanted to honor her best friend, Colleen, by showing up. Neil offered to appear and represent Lily.
Cane stayed with Lily and offered her the medication she needed. Lily was upset that she was too ill to leave the house. Lily asked Cane to leave her alone. Cane returned a while later and told Lily he had a visitor for her -- Humphrey. Lily was thrilled to hold the dog, and welcomed his affectionate reaction to seeing her.
In the backyard of the Chancellor mansion, Billy and Mac prepared for the memorial service. Billy thanked Murphy for all he and Kay had done for Colleen's memorial. Inside the house, Kay took Traci a cup of tea and offered to help in any way. Jack showed Ashley a note from Mamie.
Jack pointed the big flower arrangement out to Ashley and they both assumed their mother had sent it. Ashley told Jack that Traci had been a great mother to Colleen. Jack and Ashley credited their parenting skills to John. Jack wished that John had lived to see Ashley's baby, Faith.
The doorbell rang and Mac was surprised to see Chloe. Chloe had a large package that she said was from Jill. Bill explained to Mac that Jill was at the office covering for Neil at Chancellor. Kay welcomed Chloe. Billy thanked Kay for hiring his mother again.
Chloe asked if she could stay for the service. Billy was surprised that she wanted to, but Chloe remembered that Colleen had stood up for her as her maid of honor. Chloe called Colleen a class act.
A while later, out back, Kay noticed that Chloe was watching Mac comforting Billy. Murphy told Chloe that Esther was watching Delia, and the baby had stopped crying. Chloe confessed that she had been overprotective of Delia ever since learning of Colleen's death. Kay was sorry Delia would never get to know Colleen. Billy overheard and said that he planned on telling his daughter all about Colleen.
Kevin told Traci how much it meant to him that he had a chance to say goodbye to Colleen. Daniel gave Traci a drawing he had made of Colleen. Traci was touched and put it on the display with the other pictures of Colleen. Ashley admired the drawing and spoke with Traci about Colleen. Traci was grateful about all the condolence calls she'd been receiving for Colleen.
Noah and Abby spoke with Phyllis and Nick about missing Colleen, and Phyllis offered Abby some advice about grieving. Devon and Neil appeared at the memorial, and when Daniel asked about Lily, Neil explained why she wasn't able to be there because of her cancer.
Doris called Nick from Crimson Light to tell him about Sharon's plan to spread the baby's ashes at a spot near the Abbott cabin. Phyllis suggested that Nick leave the memorial to go to the cabin and be with Sharon. Noah volunteered to join him, but Abby needed Noah, so he stayed at the service for Colleen. Phyllis understood why Nick wanted to be with Sharon, and gave him permission to go. Phyllis said she would represent the family.
Later on, Sharon was alone at the cabin. She gazed at the box containing the ashes of her baby. Sharon heard a noise, opened the door, and saw Nick standing there.
As the memorial service began, Billy spoke to the group about Colleen's fine qualities. Billy said that to honor her life, the memorial had to be happy, not sad. Traci was the first to stand up and speak. She told the story of Colleen's birth in the Chancellor mansion. Traci said that Colleen had touched many people's lives, including the people who received her organs via transplant. When Traci was overcome with tears, Steve comforted her. Traci asked if anyone wanted to speak up and share his or her memories of Colleen.
Victoria stepped forward with a letter from her father. Victoria said that Victor had sent her to read it to the group, if that was all right with the Abbotts. Billy objected, but Traci gave Victoria the go-ahead.
In the letter, Victor expressed his gratitude to Traci and the Abbotts. Victor said that Colleen would never be forgotten. Victor said he would remember Colleen every time he held his new baby or played with his grandchildren. Victor felt he and the other transplant recipients were Colleen's living legacy.
J.T. spoke of his friendship with Colleen. J.T. admitted that Colleen was more mature than he had been, and she changed his life.
Jack said that he had adored Colleen and couldn't say no her. Jack revealed how Colleen had tried to get him into Latin dancing.
Ashley went up next, and she recalled how Abby had always loved her big sister. Ashley assured Traci that they would always love Colleen. Abby remembered the great advice Colleen had given her. Abby promised to be a good older sister to Faith, like Colleen had been to her.
Neil spoke about Lily's friendship with Colleen. Devon phoned Lily so that she could hear the memorial. Neil appreciated how Colleen had cared for Lily during her illness. Neil felt that Colleen was still watching over Lily.
Kay mentioned John, suggesting that Colleen's grandfather was with her again.
Kevin asked to speak and Traci said yes. Kevin appreciated that Colleen had given him a second chance. Kevin said that Colleen had been a better person than many people he knew. Kevin was grateful to have known her.
Billy spoke about Colleen while Mac handed everyone a red balloon. Billy said that Colleen saw beauty in every one and every thing. Billy held a red balloon in his hands and wondered why everyone didn't see the world the way Colleen had.
Abby thanked Victoria for reading Victor's letter. Later, Mac spoke with J.T. about Victoria's letter. J.T. was not happy about Victor having received Colleen's heart. Victoria overheard J.T.'s comments. J.T. apologized and Victoria explained the Victor had never meant to hurt Colleen.
Back at Cane and Lily's, Neil and Cane took Lily to the front door and she released a red balloon. At the same time at the memorial service, the mourners gathered and they all released red balloons, as well, in honor of Colleen.