Katherine and Murphy played gin at the Chancellor mansion, but Katherine's mind wasn't on the card game -- she was concerned about the ramifications of the Chancellor Industries IPO. Katherine reminded Murphy that she was meeting with Tucker McCall, the billionaire businessman who wanted in on the IPO, the following day. Katherine said that all Tucker needed to do was "sneeze in the direction of a company," and that company's stock would go up. Murphy thought that would be good for the company, but, with an eye toward eventually turning the reigns of the company over to Jill, Katherine was concerned that Tucker might pose a problem for Jill if he owned a significant part of Chancellor Industries.
Jill, in New York on business, stopped by a posh bar for a drink. Tucker McCall stood behind the counter, and Jill, not recognizing him, thought that he was the bartender. Tucker made his specialty, Spanish coffee, for Jill, and promised her that it would "curl her toes." Tucker sat at a table with Jill, who was surprised that a bartender was allowed to mingle with the customers. When Jill asked Tucker what his name was, he said, "Call me Mick." Jill introduced herself and asked Tucker if he flirted shamelessly with all of the customers. He said he only flirted with the beautiful ones.
Tucker said that he was good at reading people, and correctly guessed that Jill was a successful, wealthy businesswoman, but that she knew about struggle and had to work hard to get where she was. Impressed with Tucker's insight, Jill tried to guess about "Mick's" background. Jill thought that Mick hadn't always been a bartender, that New York wasn't his home, and that he was an adventurous traveler. She said that she detected a sadness in Mick -- as if he had suffered a loss that he had never completely gotten over. Mick nodded his head, indicating that Jill was right.
Katherine called Jill, who was sitting alone, and Jill told her that the meeting with the New York lawyers had gone well. Katherine confessed that she was becoming nervous about taking part of Chancellor Industries public, and that she wasn't convinced that Tucker McCall would be a good fit for the company. Katherine told Jill that she was interested in getting Jill's take on Tucker when they met in Genoa City the following day. Katherine wished Jill a safe trip back to Genoa City, and hung up.
Tucker returned to Jill's table with another drink, and asked her if the phone call had been about business. Jill said that the call was about the biggest business deal of her career, and she began explaining to Tucker what an IPO was. Jill thought that she was boring Mick, but he said that he was fascinated.
Tucker saw how excited Jill was when discussing the IPO, and he asked for more information about her work. Jill received a phone call from Paul, which interrupted her conversation with Tucker. Paul told Jill that he had learned from some old microfilm in the Genoa City Hall of Records that Katherine's daughter had been placed somewhere in Ohio. Paul warned Jill that it might be a solid lead -- or a dead end. An excited Jill reminded Paul that she needed him to be discreet -- she didn't want Katherine to learn that Jill and Paul were trying to locate Katherine's daughter. Paul told Jill that he would call her when he arrived in Ohio.
Jill told Tucker that she needed to leave, and tried to pay him for her drinks. Tucker told her that the drinks were on the house. Jill left Tucker a tip -- a 20-dollar bill on which she had written, "Fascinate me. Room 1622." Jill left the bar, followed by Tucker.
Amber went to the jail to visit Daniel. She found Deacon in the visiting room, having a serious conversation with a vicious-looking inmate. Deacon whispered, "Just so we're clear" to the inmate before the inmate left. Deacon taunted Amber about Daniel's imprisonment, and he invited Amber to call Deacon if she ever became lonely. Deacon walked out of the visiting room just as Daniel was escorted in. Amber pointed out the vicious-looking inmate to Daniel, and told him that Deacon had been speaking to the man. Daniel told Amber to forget about Deacon, saying that since Daniel and Amber had gotten married, there wasn't anything that Deacon could do to her.
Phyllis met Paul at the Athletic Club. Paul had some good news -- he had located a time-stamped surveillance tape from a gas station's service station. Paul had a collection of still frame images from the tape, recorded on the night of Ray Elkins' murder. They showed a man wearing a ski mask speaking on a cell phone while driving a car. The man pulled up to a dumpster behind the gas station, got out of the car, placed his mask and his cell phone into a gym bag, and threw the bag into the dumpster before driving off. Unfortunately, the video was too grainy to identify the man's face. An excited Phyllis said that the man on the tape must be Elkins' real murderer.
Phyllis asked Paul if the police had that evidence. Paul said that they didn't, but that they certainly should. Phyllis wholeheartedly agreed, saying that people didn't normally drive around wearing ski masks in June. Paul agreed, but warned Phyllis that there was another explanation -- that there had been another robbery in Genoa City the same night that Elkins was killed. Phyllis thanked Paul for his hard work, took the set of photos, and told him that she would show them to the authorities.
On the Crimson Lights patio, Phyllis showed the photos to an excited Amber. Amber decided to return to the jail and tell Daniel of the possible exonerating evidence. After Amber left, Deacon showed up. Phyllis chided Deacon for having pleaded the Fifth at Daniel's grand jury hearing, and she showed him the photos of the masked man. When Deacon said that the photos didn't have anything to do with him, Phyllis said that they had everything to do with him. After warning Deacon that he was going to be sorry, Phyllis marched inside the coffeehouse to show the photos to Heather. Heather told a shocked Phyllis that the photos were useless.
Deacon eavesdropped from the patio while Phyllis argued with Heather that the photos showed the real murderer. Heather told Phyllis that there was no evidence that tied the man in the picture to the Elkins' murder, and that whatever had been tossed in the dumpster was probably buried in a landfill. Heather said that all the physical evidence pointed to Daniel as Elkins' murderer, and that she believed that Daniel had killed Elkins. Phyllis said that she hoped that no one in Heather's family was ever accused of a crime that they hadn't committed. Heather said that she wasn't trying to be a bitch, but that the district attorney's office would laugh at her if she asked them to investigate the man in the photographs. Phyllis promised to prove Heather wrong. Still on the patio, Deacon made a phone call and said, "Remember that little message we discussed? It's time to deliver it."
Amber returned to the jail to tell Daniel about the surveillance tape. She thought that with Phyllis taking the photos from the tape to the authorities, Daniel might be granted bail. Daniel was excited, and said that it was just like Phyllis to make things happen. After Amber left, Daniel noticed the vicious-looking inmate staring at him. As Daniel walked by, the inmate started to follow him.
Amber went to Crimson Lights, where Phyllis informed her that the "incompetent" assistant district attorney said that the photos were useless, as there was no direct connection between the photos and the murder. Phyllis told Amber that it was up to the two of them to find the connection. Phyllis wondered why the masked man would take the time to toss a gym bag in a dumpster. Phyllis and Amber vowed to tear the whole landfill apart, if necessary, to find the gym bag.
Paul met with Heather, and she scolded him for not warning her about the photos that he had given to Phyllis. Paul told Heather to check her cell phone, because he had called her and left a message letting her know about the photos. Heather told Paul that there was no connection between the crime scene and the "random stranger" in the photographs.
Heather went to the Restless Style office to visit Billy. She told Billy that he had posted confidential grand jury testimony on the Restless Style website, and that both he and whoever had leaked the testimony had broken the law. Heather said that if Billy revealed his source, he wouldn't be charged with a crime. Billy said that his posting the testimony was protected by the First Amendment.
At the Hellstroms', J.T. was busy working on his laptop computer, while Victoria urged him to take a break and talk with her. J.T. said that their previous talks had been pointless. He told his wife that he couldn't deal with her affair with Deacon, or her resentment of his new career, because he was too busy, and that Victoria's drama would have to wait until after the weekend.
Victoria asked J.T. how he would feel if she went to Dubai for a few weeks. J.T. said that time apart wasn't the answer. Billy showed up with flowers for Victoria, saying, "I come in peace." J.T. told Billy to get out. Billy apologized to Victoria for printing the article about her and Deacon, and admitted that he had made a rookie error by not asking Victoria for her side of the story. Before she marched out, Victoria told Billy that he had a lot of nerve. Billy looked at J.T. and said, "I tried."
J.T. warned Billy to leave Victoria alone. Billy said that his publishing the article wasn't personal -- he just wanted to show his readers that the "high and mighty" Newmans had flaws. J.T. accused Billy of not caring who he hurt. Billy claimed to be a journalist. J.T. said that Billy wasn't a journalist -- rather, he was an opportunist. Billy said that J.T. was really the pretender -- he said that J.T.'s expensive suit might look good, but, at the end of the day, J.T. was just a glorified security guard. J.T. called security to have Billy tossed off the Newman ranch.
Victoria went to Crimson Lights, where she ran into Heather and Owen Pomerantz, the district attorney. Victoria asked them what they planned to do about Billy's posting of the grand jury testimony. Heather said that Billy had refused to name his source, and that he was protected by the First Amendment. Owen interrupted and said that the D.A.'s office needed to make a "swift example" of anyone who leaked grand jury testimony. Victoria thanked Owen, shot a smug look at Heather, and left.
Murphy went to the Athletic Club to pick up dinner for himself and Katherine. He ran into Paul, who said that he wanted to speak with Murphy. Paul told Murphy that Jill had hired him to look for Katherine's daughter. Paul asked Murphy, a relative newcomer to Katherine's life, to ask her some questions and try to jog Katherine's memory about giving up the baby. Murphy was reluctant -- afraid that Katherine might find out that her daughter had led a tragic life that could have been prevented if Katherine hadn't given her up. Paul asked Murphy to think about it, and Murphy said that he would see what he could do.
J.T., dressed to the nines in his suit, entered the Athletic Club just as Murphy was leaving. Paul warmly greeted his former employee and told him that he never thought that he would see J.T. in a suit. Billy entered the club and was about to go after J.T., but Murphy stopped him and escorted him over to the bar.
Paul said that he was proud of J.T., who replied that he wished that Victoria felt that way, as his career move seemed to be ruining his marriage. At the bar, Billy asked Murphy if he was disappointed that Billy had posted the grand jury testimony. Murphy said that the point wasn't whether or not Murphy was disappointed -- rather, the point was if Billy was proud of himself. Murphy said that he had been raised with old-fashioned values -- and that Billy should have never hurt a lady. Murphy walked out, leaving Billy to think about his words.
Victoria went to see Katherine, telling her that she had been unsuccessfully trying to reach Nikki for some advice. Katherine said that Victoria could cry on her shoulder. Victoria said that since J.T. had started his new job, his priorities had changed, and that the Hellstroms' relationship was spiraling downward. Katherine told Victoria that J.T. needed time to find his own way.
Katherine offered Victoria a position at Chancellor Industries, but Victoria said that where she worked wouldn't change her relationship with J.T. Victoria told Katherine that she didn't know if J.T. would ever trust Victoria again.
At the Athletic Club, J.T. told Paul that he and Victoria had been discussing spending some time apart. Adding that Victoria was thinking of going to Dubai for a few months, J.T. said that he didn't like the idea of being away from Reed for that long. J.T. claimed to be over the hurt of Victoria's affair with Deacon, but Paul said that it wasn't easy to recover from a spouse's betrayal. J.T. admitted that he might never be able to trust Victoria again.
Back at the Chancellor mansion, Murphy and Katherine played another game of gin. Murphy told Katherine that he had run into Billy at the club, and had given him a good kick in the pants. Katherine said that all she could do was to be there if Billy needed her, just as Murphy was there for Katherine on the day he found her unconscious on the riverbank.
Victoria found J.T. at the Athletic Club. When J.T. asked how she knew that he was there, she said that she had a homing device implanted in his brain when he got his flu shot. The joke broke the tension between the Hellstroms. J.T. admitted that perhaps he had thrown himself into his work to the exclusion of everything else. Victoria said that they could deal with it.
J.T. noticed that Billy was sitting alone at the bar. J.T. wanted to hit Billy, saying that he should have earlier. Victoria told J.T. that she had already taken care of Billy. At the end of the bar, a process server handed Billy a piece of paper and told Billy that he had been served. Before he left, the process server said that the paper concerned Billy's posting of the leaked grand jury testimony. Billy turned around and saw the Hellstroms smiling at him.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Lily and Cane met Mac at Crimson Lights, where they discussed getting the pregnancy test results later that day. Lily beamed that her blood count had gone up. Mac worried about disappointing Lily, but Lily promised to deal with it if the pregnancy didn't take.
Lily and Cane went to the car, and Billy entered to see Mac sitting alone. Mac couldn't understand how Billy could humiliate Victoria for things he'd done himself. Billy responded that the Newmans hadn't had a problem humiliating Colleen. Billy asked how things were with Mac, and she announced that she'd find out if she were pregnant later that day.
Mac, Cane, and Lily went to the Chancellor house to play cards while they awaited the pregnancy test results. As they played, Mac received a call from the doctor, announcing that she was pregnant. Lily burst with excitement, and they all hugged each other.
Rafe met Billy on the coffeehouse patio to say that if Billy's source had been a juror, then that juror had committed a crime. Rafe said he'd invoke the First Amendment at the hearing; however, Billy could be held in contempt for refusing to reveal his source. Billy sarcastically said that day shouldn't be different from any other.
At the Athletic Club, Victoria approached Heather to ask about Billy's impending hearing. Heather felt that nothing would result from it, since Billy would no doubt invoke the First Amendment. Victoria responded that it had been a personal grudge, not freedom of the press. Victoria guessed that Heather thought Billy's informant was a juror from Daniel's Grand Jury hearing, and quipped that Billy must pay more than jury duty.
When Billy arrived in court, Victoria already had a good seat. She said she wished they sold popcorn, but Billy retorted that she was only making a bigger story that would sell him twice as many magazines. Victoria retorted that the damage had been done, and she'd make him pay.
The hearing began, and the judge asked the bailiff to show Billy photos of jurors present during Victoria's Grand Jury testimony. Bill said that the pictures wouldn't help, because it had been a "deep throat" kind of thing. The judge asked if Billy were mocking the court. Billy replied that he was simply alluding to freedom of the press. The judge said that Restless Style had practiced pornography, not freedom of the press.
Rafe objected, calling Billy a journalist. A snarky Heather asked if the judge wanted to hear Billy's journalistic credentials, citing that he'd only owned the magazine for a few weeks. The judge ordered Billy to reveal his source or be held in contempt.
"This judge is awesome," an amused J.T. said during court recess. He told Victoria that she'd done the right thing by taking Billy on. Victoria regretted putting J.T. in a bad position, but he said he supported her all the way. Further down the hall, Rafe implored Billy to hand over his source. Billy reasoned that he'd never get another one if he did that.
Court reconvened and the impatient judge asked if Billy would reveal his source. Billy said he couldn't look at himself in the mirror if he did. "Then you, sir, are going to jail," the judge decided. The bailiff handcuffed Billy.
At the Chancellor mansion, Neil seemed excited to work with Tucker McCall, whom Neil dubbed the "Evel Knievel" of the business world. Katherine appreciated McCall's talents, but she still had her reservations. Jill breezed in, announcing that she'd just returned from New York. Neil took off, and Katherine wished Jill wouldn't have cut things so close.
In her mind, Jill fondly recalled giving a New York bartender a twenty-dollar bill with the words "fascinate me" scrawled on it. "I took a later flight," Jill said with an amused grin. Jill wanted to freshen up, but Katherine balked that there wasn't time. Jill said Tucker wanted to meet Katherine, not Jill. Jill promised not to miss much of the meeting, because she was sure it would be fascinating.
J.T. showed Tucker McCall around his new apartment, saying that McCall never had to leave, since the place had everything. Tucker stared out his window at the view of the Chancellor building. "Perfect. I've been waiting for this for a long time," he remarked.
McCall asked how Neil stood on the deal. J.T. felt that Neil was intrigued by the proposal. When Tucker asked about Jill, J.T. replied that she'd been hard to read. A contemplative Tucker replied that Jill was a wild-card indeed.
Later, Neil and Katherine met Tucker in the Jabot conference room. Katherine inquired about Tucker's intentions, and Katherine and Tucker exchanged witty banter. Jill waltzed in late, and almost choked when she recognized Tucker as the man she'd been with in New York.
Tucker and Jill pretended not to know each other, and Tucker asked that they get down to business. Tucker said that he'd only participate in the stock offering if he could purchase the entire 25% block. Katherine was astounded that Tucker expected her to shut out investors that she'd already offered options to. Tucker assured Katherine that it would be beneficial to Chancellor Industries, but Katherine retorted that she'd be the one to decide that. Tucker left, stating that his offer stood until midnight.
Jill urged Katherine to decline the disingenuous Tucker McCall. Katherine said she would have turned him down flat if she'd known what he'd really wanted. Neil felt that it was their chance to work with the greatest minds of all time. Jill reminded Katherine of the promises she'd already made, but Katherine decided to at least consider Tucker's offer. After Jill left, Neil sensed that Katherine was leaning her decision in a certain direction. Katherine noted that partnering with Tucker could be worthwhile.
Later, Tucker admired his new view until Jill arrived, asking what kind of game he was playing. She wondered why he'd masquerade as a bartender, but he countered that he'd been pouring himself a drink at his own bar in his own hotel when she'd mistaken him for an employee. Jill said she'd never have slept with him had she known his identity, because she had to be objective as one of Katherine's top advisors.
Tucker seductively said that he couldn't think of anything but hearing her call his real name. "Oh, hell..." Jill gasped as he seduced her into a kiss. After Jill and Tucker had sex, he returned to his window. Jill noted that the view was spectacular.
Michael met Phyllis at the hospital to say that the warden had labeled Daniel's injuries accidental. The warden had said that the weight had just fallen on Daniel, but Michael suspected that someone had pulled the pin out of the machine. Phyllis wanted Michael to get Daniel released, but Michael said it wouldn't happen, since Daniel was a flight risk. Phyllis blamed everything on that "twit Heather," and went in to see Daniel.
Amber tended to Daniel, who suffered from cracked ribs. Daniel joked that the internal bleeding in his liver meant that he could spend more time in the hospital with Amber instead of in jail. Amber worried that they'd lock him back up when the doctor released him. "Not if I have anything to do with it," Phyllis said, entering the room.
Heather arrived at the hospital after receiving Michael's urgent call. Michael requested protective custody for Daniel, since someone had sabotaged the weight machine. Heather said she couldn't act without proof.
When Heather and Michael entered Daniel's room, Phyllis bombarded Heather with questions about how they'd keep Daniel safe. Heather said that so far, it appeared to be an accident. Phyllis threatened to sue Heather, the state, and the warden. Amber suggested that Phyllis and she leave Daniel and Michael to talk to Heather. "This is on your head," Phyllis said, heading out with Amber.
Daniel revealed that ever since Deacon had visited an unknown inmate, that inmate had been stalking Daniel. Daniel couldn't prove that the inmate had done anything, and Heather couldn't believe that Michael had wasted her time. The doctor entered, saying that she might release Daniel that evening. Heather said she'd tell the warden to expect Daniel, and she left.
Phyllis and Amber returned to Daniel's room, and Phyllis suggested that Daniel suddenly develop severe abdominal pain. Michael canned the idea, and Phyllis vowed to find some exonerating information to shove down Heather's throat. Phyllis stormed out, and Daniel asked Michael to get Phyllis a tranquilizer dart.
In the hallway, Michael caught Phyllis arranging to search the county landfill for the discarded gym bag. An outraged Michael exclaimed that she'd never find the bag under months of garbage, bacteria, and stench. Phyllis reasoned that the truck always dumped in the same quadrant. Michael seemed sickened at the idea, and Phyllis desperately asked if he had another idea. "You can't expose yourself to garbage!" he replied to a sobbing Phyllis.
Later, Michael told Daniel that Phyllis had gone home. Daniel asked Michael to go home to Lauren and their anniversary celebration. Michael left, and Amber asked if Daniel and she would celebrate anniversaries. He asked her not to lose hope, because the truth would surface. Meanwhile, with a flashlight and a map, Phyllis maneuvered through the landfill.