Nikki and Victor returned to their Athletic Club suite after a walk with their new puppy, Segundo. Nikki said that Segundo seemed tense. Victor told Nikki that dogs tended to pick up on the emotions of the people around them. Victor said that he couldn't believe that Tucker McCall had taken over Chancellor Industries. Nikki said that she hadn't trusted Tucker from the day she had met him during the Christmas holiday. Victor said that the situation with Tucker could be fixed.
Nikki wondered whether the problems between Nick and Adam could be repaired. Victor said that Nick and Adam were both his sons, and that they both wanted Victor's approval. Nikki said that Victor was like King Solomon -- and, referring to the Newman ranch, said that every king deserved his castle. Victor promised Nikki that he would get the ranch back from Ashley.
Nikki reminded Victor that Sharon and Adam were also living at the ranch. They discussed Sharon and Adam's marriage, which they both felt was fraught with unpleasant possibilities. Nikki said that she thought that Victor's illness would unite the family, but it seemed as though the family was further apart than ever. Victor decided to have an extended family dinner -- he called the Athletic Club dining room and reserved the largest table available.
At the tack house, Phyllis continued to try to talk Nick into moving away from the Newman ranch. Nick said that he needed to be at the ranch to keep an eye on Adam. Phyllis reminded Nick that Adam couldn't drive off with the ranch. Nick said that Phyllis and Summer would always be his priority, but that he was still bore a responsibility to the Newman family.
Phyllis answered a knock at the door -- it was Victor. Victor asked Phyllis and Nick if Segundo could stay with them until Victor and Nikki moved back to the ranch. Nick was surprised to learn that his parents were moving back. Phyllis did not look pleased. Victor said that he wanted to be close to his children and grandchildren.
Summer ran up to Victor and told him how much she had missed him. Phyllis looked uncomfortable with Victor holding Summer, but Nick just smiled. Victor gave Summer a present -- a doll that he had bought for her in Belgium. Victor invited Phyllis, Nick, and Summer to dinner at the Athletic Club that night. Phyllis initially declined the invitation, by saying that she had already fixed dinner. Victor said that he realized that there was still quite a rift in the Newman family, but that he wanted the family members to grow closer. When Summer said, "Please, Mommy," Phyllis reluctantly changed her mind. When Victor left, Nick thanked Phyllis.
Nikki met with J.T. at Crimson Lights. Initially, J.T. thought that Nikki wanted to talk with him about Tucker McCall. J.T. told Nikki that he hadn't known that Tucker was planning to take over Chancellor Industries. Nikki was pleased to learn that, but told J.T. that she was there to invite him and Reed to dinner at the Athletic Club. J.T. was reluctant to go. Nikki said that she knew that he and Victoria were going through a tough time in their marriage, but that J.T. was still family. She urged J.T. not to give up on his marriage. J.T. said that Victoria wanted Reed to remain close to the Newman family, and agreed to attend the dinner. A thrilled Nikki hugged him and left.
At the Newman ranch, Adam and Sharon were sharing a kiss when Abby and Noah rushed into the house. Sharon showed Noah all of the "neat stuff" she had gotten, courtesy of Lauren's gift certificates, to replace their burned-up possessions. Noah became angry and told Sharon that he was tired of everyone blaming Eden for the fire.
Abby told Adam and Sharon that Noah was upset because Eden was going to Paris to stay with her aunt. Noah said that he had told Eden to go, but that had made Eden angry with him. Abby said that Eden was a loser. Noah told Adam and Sharon that he couldn't figure girls out. Adam said that perhaps he could help.
Adam told Noah about a girlfriend, Lisa, who Adam had in the ninth grade. Adam said that he and Lisa were prepared to spend the rest of their lives together, but then Lisa and her family moved away. Noah asked Adam what had happened to that relationship. Adam said that he and Lisa both moved on. Noah swore that wasn't going to happen to him and Eden -- that Eden was the girl he loved, and that he and Eden were going to be together forever.
Adam said that if Noah and Eden were meant to be together, then a few months' separation wouldn't ruin the relationship. Before he went upstairs to do homework, Noah thanked Adam for the advice. After Noah was gone, Sharon, who had been watching the conversation, told Adam how thrilled she was that he was developing a fatherly-type relationship with Noah.
Victor called Adam and abruptly told him that the Wilsons were to join him for dinner at the Athletic Club. He told Adam that Abby and Noah were to join him as well. After Victor hung up, Adam told Sharon that they had been summoned. He suspected that something was up, but Sharon said that it was merely a dinner invitation. Adam said that with Victor, everything seemed suspicious.
In Patty's padded cell, Patty was acting like a drug addict undergoing withdrawal. To herself, she said, "You can do this. You don't need those pills." She lifted a ripped mattress seam to reveal where she had been stashing her medication. About to take a pill, she began screaming, "No! No!" She placed the pill back into the mattress just as Paul showed up for a visit.
As they played the card game "War," Paul asked Patty how things were going with Dr. Jasper, who was taking over Patty's therapy from Emily. Patty said that Dr. Jasper was okay, but wondered why Emily wasn't seeing her anymore. Paul laid down a card and, before realizing the possible implications, blurted out, "Jack! You lose!" Patty began freaking out and said that she always lost with Jack, who had slept with that "slut" Diane Jenkins the night before Patty and Jack's wedding.
Patty began living in the past and told Paul that Jack was still sleeping with Diane. Obviously believing that she was pregnant, Patty screamed that Jack didn't want the baby, and said that the only reason that Jack had married her was so that John would promote Jack to the Jabot presidency. She began chanting, "Jack! Jack!" and ripped up the playing cards. Paul grabbed her and asked her if she was okay. Returning to near-normalcy, Patty hugged Paul and told him that she was fine.
At Crimson Lights, Jack and Emily were going over designs for their wedding cake. Emily received a text message from Dr. Jasper and left the table to call him back. When Emily returned to the table, Jack seemed down and told Emily that he had left ten voicemails for Katherine, but that she hadn't called him back. Realizing that Jack was worried about Jabot's future, Emily suggested that they scale back or postpone their wedding. Jack said that he wasn't going to let Tucker ruin their "fairy tale" event. He said that he had always put business first, but he was going to make Emily his first priority. Emily and Jack kissed.
Paul called Emily from the psychiatric facility and told her that Patty seemed to be regressing. Emily said that she would be right over. Jack said that he would talk to Chloe about the wedding cake, and hoped that everything was okay with Patty.
Emily found Patty sitting on her bed, and drawing a picture of some flowers. Emily and Paul grew concerned when Patty said that they were pictures of the flowers from the Abbott mansion, where she lived with Jack. Emily asked Patty to draw a picture while Emily and Paul slipped outside the cell. Paul asked Emily what had happened to his sister. Emily wasn't sure -- she thought that perhaps Patty needed a medication adjustment. When Paul asked if Patty was regressing, Emily said that she hoped not. Paul looked through the cell's window and saw a seemingly peaceful Patty drawing a picture. As soon as Paul stopped looking, Patty made a move toward the stash of pills that she had hidden inside her mattress.
The Newman clan began gathering for dinner at the Athletic Club. Sharon, Adam, Abby, and Noah showed up first, followed by Phyllis, Nick, and Summer. J.T. and Reed were not too far behind. Phyllis asked Nick if he wanted to leave -- Sharon posed the same question to Adam. Victor and Nikki walked up arm in arm. Victor said that no one was leaving -- that it had been too long since they had all been together as a family.
Victor approached J.T. and told him that he was glad that J.T. was resigning from Tucker McCall's employ. J.T. said that Victor's information was incorrect -- that J.T. was staying with Tucker. Nikki walked up, and, weakly attempting to defend J.T., commented that she knew how upset J.T. was that Tucker had taken over Chancellor Industries. Victor, referring to Katherine, said that Tucker had hurt a dear friend. J.T. said that it was business -- and reminded Victor that Victor had hurt Colleen in the name of business.
Victor suggested that J.T. "forget this Tucker nonsense" and return to work at Newman Enterprises. J.T. declined Victor's offer. Victor asked J.T. if he thought that working for "that low-life McCall" made J.T. his own man. J.T. said that working for Tucker might not make J.T. his own man, but that not working for Victor did. The irritated J.T. grabbed Reed and left, while the rest of the family, who had been watching the exchange, stood there speechless. Unfazed, Victor sat down at the dinner table and raised a glass to toast to his family.
Later, at Crimson Lights, J.T. called Victoria and told her that Tucker had taken majority control of Chancellor Industries from Katherine. Victoria was obviously upset that J.T. was still working for Tucker. The Hellstroms began bickering on the phone. J.T. said that they could discuss the matter further when Victoria returned home. Victoria hung up on J.T. To himself, J.T. said, "Whenever that is."
At the Athletic Club, Victor approached Sharon and questioned her about her marriage to Adam. Sharon said that she had always seen Adam through the eyes of others, but once she got to know Adam, she fell in love with him. She told Victor that Adam made her happy. Victor said that, if ever a time came when Adam made her unhappy, he wanted to know about it. Sharon said that she planned to be Victor's daughter-in-law forever. Sharon and Victor hugged. Adam was surprised when Sharon told him that she and Victor had a civil conversation about the Wilsons' marriage.
Phyllis spoke with a waiter to make sure that there weren't any peanuts in the food being served. Nikki approached Phyllis and said that Victor had already called the kitchen to check on that. Nikki said that she knew it hadn't been easy for Phyllis to go to the family dinner. She added that Victor adored Summer. Phyllis said that, ironically, Summer adored Victor.
Noah was upset that Eden wasn't answering his text messages. Abby told Noah to forget about Eden, and added that Abby's friend, Josie, was interested in him. Noah said that he didn't care about Josie or anyone else except for Eden. Nick noticed that Noah seemed upset. Sharon told him that Eden was leaving for Paris, and that Noah was beating himself up for having encouraged the trip. Nick said that he was going to talk to Noah, but Sharon stopped Nick, and told him that Adam had already given their son a pep talk. Nick was obviously upset as, from across the room, he watched Adam try to comfort the distraught Noah.
As the dinner began to wind down, Victor thanked the family for attending. He told them that being with all of them was what was important -- that family meant everything to him. When he said, "We're Newmans -- we stick together," Jack walked by the table and said, "Here, here! Welcome home, old boy." Victor was not pleased to see Jack.
Paul entered the Athletic Club, went to the bar, and ordered a Scotch. Nikki approached him and asked how he was. Paul said that he was worried about Patty, but that he didn't want to talk about it. The tension between Nikki and Paul was palpable. Nikki excused herself as a despondent Paul finished his drink, threw down some cash, and left.
Phyllis told Adam that, while doing some online research, she had run across an article about Dr. Taylor. A nervous Adam feigned interest and told Phyllis to forward the article to him. Phyllis needled Adam about the article by telling him how renowned Taylor had been, and how wonderful it was that Taylor had paid a house call on Ashley. Phyllis then went on to discuss the argument between Taylor and Adam, which ended in Taylor's grisly death. Sharon told Adam not to let Phyllis bother him, and the Wilsons walked off. As the guests trickled out, Victor and Nikki wished them all a good night.
Victor and Nikki saw Emily enter the club. Victor said that Patty's doctor had obviously not left town. They were shocked when they saw Jack greeting Emily with a passionate kiss. Victor told Nikki that they should talk to Jack and Emily. Victor and Nikki approached them, and Victor asked Jack what was going on.
Jack told Victor and Nikki that he and Emily were getting married. Victor thought that was disgusting. Jack thought that Victor should be grateful to him for convincing Traci to give Colleen's heart to Victor, but Victor said that one moment of compassion didn't wipe out a lifetime of Jack's depravity. Victor told Jack that he would always be grateful to Colleen and Traci, but that he didn't owe Jack anything.
Victor wondered how Patty would feel when she learned that Jack was marrying Emily -- the woman whom Patty had been trying to become. Jack reminded Victor that Patty's breakdown was Victor's fault. Victor said that if Patty "went off the deep end," there was no one to blame but Jack. After calling Jack and Emily deplorable, Jack said, "So we're back to where we started. Game on." Victor replied, "The game will soon be over."
Back at the Newman ranch, Adam told Sharon how happy he was that Victor hadn't berated him at the family dinner. He added that, since arriving in Genoa City, he had always felt second-rate, but that night, he had felt like an equal. Sharon said that since Victor accepted Adam as part of the family, everyone else would follow suit.
At the tack house, Phyllis and Nick reviewed the evening's drama, and said that they wouldn't have missed it for the world. Phyllis again said that she wanted to move away from the ranch. Nick said that he was giving a move some thought -- but first he wanted to make sure that Victor saw that Adam was pulling the Newman family apart.
Friday, January 22, 2010
At Crimson Lights, Noah thanked Nikki for taking him shopping. Seeing that Noah looked sad, Nikki asked him if he was still thinking about his fight with Eden. Noah said that Eden was leaving for Paris later that day. Nikki said that didn't give Noah much time to fix things.
At Michael and Lauren's, Eden stared at her phone and wondered why she hadn't received any more texts from Noah. Lauren said that she didn't blame Noah -- after all, he had been texting Eden for two days, and she hadn't replied. Michael entered and told Eden that her car to the airport was on its way. Michael said that he would miss Eden, and Eden said that Michael had been more of a father to her than River ever had been.
Daisy showed up at the apartment to give Lauren an envelope that she had forgotten at the boutique. Eden wasn't happy to see Daisy, who said that it was awesome that Eden was going to Paris. Noah arrived, and the group retired to another room to allow Noah and Eden some time alone.
Noah apologized to Eden for acting as if he was happy that she was leaving the country, and he told her that he didn't know how he was going to get through Eden's absence. Eden reminded Noah that she would only be gone for a while, and that he could visit her in Paris. Eden gave Noah her mother's necklace to hold onto, as a reminder of her. Eden's airport ride arrived. The kids became teary-eyed and said how much they loved each other. They kissed.
After Eden was gone, Lauren and Michael tried to cheer Noah up by telling him that time would pass quickly. Daisy semi-seductively told Noah that she would try to take his mind off Eden, but Noah refused her offer and left. Daisy wondered if she had said anything wrong, but Lauren assured her that she hadn't.
Eden arrived at the airport in Paris, and was greeted by her Aunt Juliet. Eden thanked her aunt for getting in contact with her. Juliet was puzzled, and told Eden that Eden had contacted her. Eden said that was weird -- as she didn't even know that she had an aunt until she had received the letter, allegedly from Juliet. Eden said, "If you didn't write to me, who did?"
Lauren and Michael, with Daisy still at their condo, discussed Eden's arrival in Genoa City, and how Eden had a giant chip on her shoulder at that time. Daisy said that she knew that it would be hard for them to get used to Eden being away. Daisy told the Baldwins that she knew she was no substitute, but that she would help the Baldwins out in any way possible. Lauren smiled and told Daisy that she was sweet.
At Jabot, Ashley stopped by Jack's office to help with the Tucker McCall "crisis." Since Jabot was primarily owned by Chancellor Industries, the Abbotts wanted to make sure that their employees weren't demoralized by Tucker's takeover of Chancellor. The Abbotts called a meeting of key staff members and asked them to contact Jabot's business partners in order to reassure them that Jabot was still "solid."
After the staff left, Jack showed Ashley a fax that Tucker had sent to all Chancellor Industries employees, which stated that the takeover meant "changes and hard decisions." Jack thought that meant that Tucker was going to undo Jack and Ashley's work at Jabot, but Ashley disagreed. She told Jack that Jabot had been performing solidly, and that Tucker wouldn't interfere with their family business. Sighing, Ashley told Jack that he was lucky that he had Emily in his life. She jokingly added that she might need a psychiatrist in her life -- then told Jack that Victor wanted the Newman ranch back.
Ashley explained that although she had signed the papers giving her ownership of the ranch, Victor had never signed them. Ashley said that Faith and Abby had a right to grow up at the ranch. Jack told Ashley to hold her ground, and that he would do everything in his power to make sure that she didn't lose the ranch.
At Tucker's loft, J.T. told Tucker that he had to leave early because he couldn't find a babysitter for Reed. Tucker said that wasn't a problem -- he understood that J.T. was a family man. On his way out of the office, J.T. passed Victor, who was there to see Tucker.
After some awkward pleasantries, Victor and Tucker exchanged jabs regarding corporate scandals that they had been involved in. Victor then cut to the chase -- he told Tucker that Katherine was a close friend of his, and that he didn't want Tucker to mess around with her.
Tucker told Victor that he had wanted to buy Chancellor Industries for a long while, and reminded Victor that Victor was going to buy in to the Chancellor IPO. Victor said that he would have owned just a small portion of Chancellor stock, but that Tucker had gained control of Chancellor under false pretenses. Victor questioned whether Tucker was really Katherine's son -- he said that Tucker didn't seem anything like Katherine. Tucker said, "We'll see, won't we?"
Tucker said that Chancellor Industries was just another acquisition to him -- much the same way that Jabot had been an acquisition for Victor. Victor offered to buy Tucker's shares of Chancellor, and would pay a high price, but Tucker refused his offer by saying that he was still basking in the glow of victory. Before Victor left, he told Tucker to never say that Victor hadn't tried to solve "this problem" in a civil manner. Victor walked out of the office.
Victor went to see Jack. Jack said that he had heard that Victor had lied when he told Ashley that she could have the Newman ranch, and added that Victor's Abbott heart wasn't working as well as Jack had hoped it would. Victor said that he was there to speak with Jack about Tucker. Victor suggested that, for Katherine's sake, he and Jack put their differences aside so they could put "that fool" in his place. Jack said that he would work with Victor. Jack extended his hand to Victor, but Victor wouldn't take it. Victor left the seething Jack's office.
At the Ashbys', Neil, Malcolm, Devon, Cane, Lily, Katherine, Brock, and Jill waited for Mac to arrive with an announcement. Jill told Katherine that she needed to discuss something important with Katherine, but Mac arrived before they had a chance to chat. Mac, Cane, and Lily stood together as Lily announced that Mac was expecting twins.
The entire group was excited, and congratulated Lily, Cane, and Mac. Cane asked Jill if she would consider herself the twins' grandmother, and a thrilled Jill said that she would. Jill tried to talk with Katherine again, but Katherine said that it was the time for family, not for business. She added that it was ironic that not only were the Ashbys gaining a child, but she might be as well.
As the group rejoiced in the good news, Malcolm said that he had returned to Genoa City to reconnect with his family. He had some news of his own -- he was engaged, and his fiancée would soon be joining him. Neil asked Malcolm what his plans were once his fiancée arrived. Malcolm said that they would get a house near the Ashbys and help babysit the twins. Neil became upset and said that Malcolm kept playing the "family card" as if he were entitled to be a member of the family. Before Neil stormed out, he told Malcolm that Malcolm couldn't just rejoin the clan.
After Neil was gone, Malcolm said that he didn't think that the news of his engagement would be that upsetting to Neil. Lily said that it wasn't Malcolm's engagement that had upset Neil, Lily explained that she considered Neil her father, and that Neil thought of Lily as his daughter, and that Malcolm setting up house nearby and offering to babysit the twins was too much, too soon. Devon agreed with Lily.
Neil went to Jabot to talk with Ashley. He wondered why he couldn't be happy for Malcolm. Ashley said kiddingly that she often felt like killing Jack, and told Neil that he should try to work things out with his brother. Neil appreciated Ashley's advice, and was about to reward her with a kiss when Jack walked in. Suspicious of what had been going on between his sister and Neil, Jack asked if there was anything that he could do for Neil. Neil said that Ashley had given him exactly what he needed.
Neil returned to the Ashbys' and apologized for having stormed out earlier. He admitted to having put up walls between himself and Malcolm, and not giving Malcolm a fair chance. Neil wondered if he and Malcolm could start over. Malcolm said that Neil was the rock of the family, and he apologized if he had been disrespectful. He added that he would keep his mouth shut and earn his way back into the family. Lily beamed as Malcolm and Neil, agreeing to try to work out their issues, hugged.
Mac met up with J.T. and Reed at Crimson Lights. J.T. wondered how single parents managed to do it. Mac told him that she was pregnant with twins. J.T. said that Mac was "something else" -- to go through a pregnancy with another couple's twins. Brock joined the threesome. When J.T. stepped away to make a phone call, Brock told Mac that her act was selfless, but he wondered if she was prepared to give birth to children who she was going to hand over to another couple.
Mac told her father that she was 100 percent sure she could handle it. A beaming Brock said that he just had to ask. He left to check on Katherine. When J.T. returned to the table, he told Mac that he might take her up on her offer to babysit Reed while Victoria was out of the country.
At the Chancellor mansion, Katherine told Nikki that the results of Tucker's DNA test were on their way. Katherine said that she had hired the three best genetics labs in the country, but she still had trouble believing that Tucker was her son. Nikki asked what kind of son would so something as malicious as stealing a company from his mother. Katherine replied that a son who had been abandoned by his mother at birth might do something like that.
Nikki tried to defend Katherine's action by saying that there wasn't any way that Katherine could have gone to Gary Reynolds, Brock's father, and told him about an illegitimate child. Katherine agreed, but reminded Nikki that Gary had died many years earlier, giving Katherine had ample opportunity to search for Tucker. Nikki said that whatever Katherine had done, it didn't excuse Tucker's behavior, and that she and Victor were supporting Katherine. She told Katherine that a lot of people were going to fight for her, and that, no matter what the tests said, Tucker wouldn't win.
As Nikki and Katherine continued their conversation, Jill slipped in the front door and eavesdropped. Jill looked devastated when Katherine said that she wished, by some quirk of fate, that Nikki had turned out to be her child. Nikki hugged Katherine and said that she didn't need a DNA test to stand by her friend. Jill left the house quietly.
A messenger arrived with the results from the genetics labs. Katherine opened the envelope and told Nikki that she was going to go and tell Tucker the results in person. Nikki assured Katherine that she would handle Tucker the way that he deserved.
Jill went to Tucker's and begged him not to take over Chancellor Industries. She told him that the company was Katherine's life. Tucker reminded Jill that Katherine still owned a large share of the company, and had a loving family and a lot of money. Jill asked Tucker if he was really Katherine's son, and, if he was, how he could steal the company from his own mother.
Tucker assured Jill that he was Katherine's son, and told her that he didn't "steal" the company -- he bought it, and he would make it thrive like it never had before. He wondered why Jill was unwaveringly devoted to Katherine. Jill remembered Katherine telling Nikki that she wished that Nikki was her child. Jill began kissing Tucker.
Later, naked in Tucker's bed, Jill asked Tucker to be honest with her in the future. Tucker agreed that he would. Katherine entered the front room looking for Tucker. She heard laughter coming from the bedroom and walked in, aghast to find Jill and Tucker in bed together. Jill told Katherine that it wasn't what it looked like. Katherine told Jill to shut up. She said that Tucker would never be her son, and that Jill was never her daughter.
Ashley returned to the Newman ranch and was surprised to find Nikki in the living room. Nikki explained that she had taken Noah shopping and that he had given her permission to put his new things away. Nikki wondered if Ashley had a problem with that. Ashley said that she didn't -- but that she would prefer it if, in the future, Nikki would call before going to the house. Nikki said that Ashley was being "prickly," and told her that she had rung the doorbell, and when no one answered, Nikki had used her key. Ashley told Nikki that she wanted the key to the house back immediately. Nikki snottily replied that would be Victor's decision.
Ashley and Nikki began bickering. Ashley insisted that it was her house, and she wanted the key. Nikki disagreed. Ashley said that Nikki and Victor were both obnoxious, arrogant, and underhanded. Ashley made fun of Nikki begging Ashley to go to Paris to find Victor. Nikki said that Ashley had dumped Victor when his heart "was in ribbons," and then, when Victor was barely on his feet, had asked him for the ranch. Ashley said that Nikki had gotten the Newman ranch when Nikki and Victor had divorced, and wondered why Nikki didn't think that Faith and Abby deserved the same upbringing that Nick and Victoria had. Nikki began walking out, saying that Victor would handle everything. Ashley shouted that Nikki could have Victor, but that she couldn't have Ashley's daughters' home.