In court, Adam reminded Vance that he was not to cross-examine Sharon. Vance warned Adam that backing off could result in Adam going to trial. Skye urged Adam to let Abrams do his job.
The judge called the session back to order. Vance warned Adam that Sharon's testimony had to be torn apart. Adam told Vance to figure out another way to keep Adam from going to trial. Skye taunted Adam that he was going to wind up back in prison.
Vance wanted to use Sharon's sketchy history against her, but Adam threatened to fire Vance. Vance told the judge that Sharon's testimony was prejudicial. Vance then said he had no questions for Sharon.
Sharon stepped down from the witness stand, sharing a look with Adam. Victor told Nick that he had expected Vance to attack Sharon. Nick said that Adam had arranged for Vance to leave Sharon alone so Adam could win his way back into Sharon's good graces. Nick was concerned about Sharon, but Victor believed Sharon would never trust Adam again.
Outside the courtroom, Victor told Sharon he was proud of her. Victor wanted to celebrate when Adam was put on trial. Sharon didn't feel like celebrating because testifying had stirred up a lot of bad memories. Sharon said what she'd had with Adam wasn't real.
Victor confessed that when Adam arrived in Genoa City, as a father, Victor had all the hope in the world for his son. Victor declared that Adam had been nothing but a destructive influence. Victor wasn't happy about testifying against Adam, but he had to do it.
Victor reminded Sharon that Adam had been vicious to everyone around him. Victor believed Ashley would gain strength to testify because of Sharon's testimony. Victor felt Sharon had thrown down the gauntlet.
Abby, Billy, Jack, and Traci were confused by Vance's tactics. Traci thought that Sharon was the key witness. Billy compared Sharon and Adam to Beauty and the Beast. Jack speculated that Sharon would be the only person getting off easy on the stand.
In the foyer, Tucker asked Ashley if she had been called to testify yet. Ashley said no and told Tucker that he didn't need to be there. Tucker was there to be supportive, but Ashley felt that her family -- including Traci, whom Tucker had flown in on his private jet -- was all the support that she needed.
Ashley urged Tucker to return to work. Despite her best efforts, Tucker wasn't leaving. Ashley was called to the stand. Tucker kissed her, and she entered the courtroom.
On the stand, Ashley explained that Adam had pretended to be her friend while terrorizing her. Ashley said that Adam had convinced her the house was haunted and that Ashley was obsessed with Sabrina, Victor's dead wife. Ashley testified that Adam had created a scrapbook about Sabrina and convinced Ashley that she had made it.
Owen asked why Ashley hadn't told anyone about Adam's actions. Ashley said she did, but Adam insinuated that Victor, then Ashley's husband, would leave Ashley or have Ashley committed. At that moment, Sharon and Victor re-entered the courtroom and took their seats.
Ashley recounted the night that Adam disguised himself as Sabrina to frighten Ashley. Victor had been away on business and Adam had dismissed the staff so only Ashley and Adam were in the house. There was a storm and the electricity was out. Ashley fell asleep in her room but was awakened by a voice calling to her.
Ashley said she had investigated and found Adam disguised as Sabrina. Adam had a veil over his face. Ashley heard Sabrina's voice on a doctored tape recording saying that "death is coming."
Owen asked how Ashley knew it was Adam, and Ashley said she'd pulled off the veil. Ashley had been shocked and stepped back in horror. That was when Ashley had fallen down the stairs and miscarried her baby.
Owen had no more questions, so Vance began the cross-examination. Vance asked Ashley about her history of mental illness, mostly related to children and pregnancy. Vance brought up Ashley's institutionalization after an abortion.
Vance told of another incarceration after a baby's death, asking Ashley to name that child. She responded that his name had been Robert.
Owen tried to object, but the judge allowed the questions to continue. Ashley was forced to confess that she could not accept Robert's death and had used an empty blanket as a symbol of her son. When asked how many times she'd been committed, Ashley admitted to four.
Ashley testified that she had not told anyone about Adam dressing like Sabrina because Adam had convinced her it had been a dream. Vance asked if it was true that after the fall, Ashley created a hysterical pregnancy. Ashley said yes, adding that she had been very confused.
Vance accused Ashley of pointing the finger at Adam only after he had become ostracized from the family. Ashley declared that she knew the truth. Vance threw it in Ashley's face that she had called Adam her only friend, and that Ashley had believed she'd killed Nikki Newman.
Owen objected and the judge told Vance to dial it back. Vance concluded by saying that Ashley had no evidence to support her allegations against Adam. Vance was finished with Ashley.
Ashley stepped down and saw Tucker's shocked expression as he stood in the back of the room. Ashley's family surrounded her. Billy said she had done well, and Jack said everything was fine.
Ashley was upset that Vance had gone after her with every dark episode from her past. Ashley wished she had not cried. Jack said it was understandable. Victor and Abby joined the family, and Abby embraced her mother and sympathized with her. Jack declared that Adam was not going to get away with his crimes.
Ashley wanted to get some air. Billy suggested she leave, but Ashley wanted to stay for Abby's testimony. Abby told her mother it was all right and that Ashley should get away from the courthouse. Victor assured Ashley he would be there for Abby. Abby hugged her mother and sent her away.
Traci walked Ashley out, and Ashley asked her sister if she had seen Tucker leave. Traci understood when Ashley said she hadn't wanted Tucker to hear her testimony.
Sharon told Billy that she had wanted to say something to Ashley before she left, but thought better of it. Billy agreed because Vane had skewered Ashley, while Sharon had gotten off scot-free. Billy told Sharon that she was lucky to have a psychopath in love with her.
Nick spoke with Owen and learned that Ashley's testimony had not been helpful. Jack joined Nick and asked about Ashley. Nick asked if Jack was as surprised as Nick that Adam was still pursuing Sharon. Jack told Nick that Adam could have fantasies about winning Sharon back, but it would never happen. Jack advised Nick to stop obsessing about Adam and Sharon.
Skye complimented Vance about Ashley's cross-examination. Vance said he wished he could have gone after Sharon. Adam said even if the case went to trial, Sharon would remain off-limits. Adam told Vance everyone else was expendable.
Abby was on the stand, and Vance accused her of being a publicity hound. Vance believed her testimony was another publicity stunt, and he unfurled a poster of Abby on the horse like Lady Godiva to punctuate his point.
Next on the stand was Jack who blamed Adam for hurting Ashley. Vance asked Jack about his collaborating on a fake diary with Adam to discredit Victor. Vance accused Jack of selling Adam down the river by letting him rot in prison for the diary, while Jack lived in a mansion.
When Victor was on the stand, Vance said that Victor had watched Ashley slip into madness while Victor did nothing. Victor countered that Olivia had examined Ashley, and both he and Olivia had urged her to see a therapist. Vance said the Abbotts had pleaded in vain with Victor to get Ashley professional help.
Vance added that Victor's relationship with Adam was only amiable when Adam was shackled to an ankle monitor. Vance suggested that Victor rejected Adam when Adam showed his independence from his father.
Nick testified that Adam never wanted to be part of the family. Vance excoriated Nick by suggesting that Nick and Adam were rivals for a part of the family business, trust funds, and Sharon's affection. Vance pointed out that Nick had never gotten over Adam marrying Sharon.
Owen objected, but Vance announced that what all the witnesses proved was a family feud, that everyone who'd testified had an axe to grind with Adam. Vance accused them all of subverting justice with their claims against Adam.
Abby asked her father how Vance could get away with saying such things about them. Victor said Vance was as despicable as Adam.
Owen gave his closing remarks, saying all the testimony had been from reputable witnesses and that the case against Adam was solid. Owen said that the death of Hightower was reason enough for the case to go to trial.
Vance responded that he agreed with the D.A. Hightower deserved justice, but Vance said that would not happen with Adam on trial. Vance declared that there was no evidence against Adam, only prejudicial testimony. Vance Abrams said that Adam was the victim, not Ashley or the others.
The judge said she would take the case under advisement and decide in a few days. The court was adjourned.
Billy and Jack were shocked by Abram's claim. Billy said he was leaving to type up his notes for Restless Style. Jack asked Billy to go to the house later to band around Ashley. Billy agreed.
Victor told Nick he hoped the judge would see Adam for what he truly was. Nick excused himself and followed Sharon out of the courtroom.
Adam confronted Victor to say he was happy about how the hearing had gone. Victor told Adam that all the smoke screens would not hide what Adam had done.
In the foyer, Nick asked Sharon if she had made promises to Adam to get Vance not to go after her on the stand. Sharon was shocked by Nick's suggestion. Sharon declared she had told the truth just like she said she would.
Adam asked Vance if the case was going to go to trial. Vance wasn't sure. Skye asked for odds and Vance said it was 50-50. Vance brought up Sharon's testimony again. Adam said he had no regrets. Abrams left the courtroom.
Jack and Victor spoke with Owen. The D.A. said the ruling could go either way. Jack said Abrams had done what he had been paid to do. Owen agreed that the hearing was just a sample of what Abrams would do in a trial. Owen exited, passing Sharon and Nick.
Nick told Sharon that Adam never did anything without a reason, and Nick's words offended Sharon. Victor and Jack joined them, and Sharon told Victor that Nick accused Sharon of striking a deal with Adam to get off easy on the stand. Jack and Victor defended Sharon to Nick.
Nick said he was concerned that Sharon had inadvertently done something to give Adam hope. Nick pointed out that Sharon had shot Adam and was then photographed kissing him. Nick thought the media would be reading into Sharon's actions. Victor told Nick to stop borrowing trouble.
Nick wondered what they would do if Adam walked away a free man.
Skye told Adam that if he lost in court, she would leave him and take the hedge fund with her. Adam said he'd had no choice in doing what he did. Sharon intervened and said that Adam had indeed had a choice. Sharon admired that Adam hadn't changed his mind when he heard her on the stand. Sharon said that Adam had kept his word. Sharon thanked Adam and walked away.
At the Athletic Club, Victoria was finishing a business meeting. When Victoria was alone, Jill approached her. Jill was surprised that Victoria wasn't in court, but Victoria said she had not been called to testify and was handling some business for her father and brother.
Victoria asked why Jill wasn't at court for Billy's sake. Jill said that Jack was there. Victoria hoped that Jill would refrain from any more pro-Adam interviews.
Jill mentioned that Billy had fired her from Restless Style. When Victoria asked why, Jill told Victoria that Jill had been the one who gave Tucker the information about the antique gun.
Victoria feigned ignorance about the gun and bribing the Japanese official. Jill accepted Victoria's dodge and went on to exonerate Billy. Jill explained that Billy had refused to tell Jill anything and Billy protected Victoria's reputation. Jill told Victoria that she had broken into Billy's laptop and found the information on her own.
Victoria asked Jill what Tucker had offered her in exchange for the information. Jill didn't reveal anything about her deal with Tucker, but Jill did admit that Billy was furious with Jill.
Jill was confident that in time, Billy would forgive her. Victoria asked why Jill had told her about the situation with Billy. Jill said that Billy truly cared for Victoria and Jill didn't want Victoria to blame Billy for Jill's sin.
Victoria entered Restless Style and asked if Billy was there. A secretary said that Billy was at Adam's trial. Victoria said that she would wait.
Billy arrived at the magazine and was informed that a woman was waiting for him. When Billy saw Victoria, he asked why she was there. Victoria said they had unfinished business.
Billy assumed that Victoria was there to chew him out again, but Victoria asked him about court. Billy said Victoria could read about it online as soon as he posted it. Billy defended himself against Victoria's insinuation that he was exploiting the story.
Billy told Victoria she hadn't seen Adam's lawyer rip Ashley apart. Billy said that Vance had made Adam the victim of the Abbotts and the Newmans, and Billy's job was to print the truth, not Abrams' twisted version of it. Victoria thought more publicity would make things worse. Victoria said Billy needed to sell his little magazine.
Billy told Victoria to leave if she disapproved. Victoria said that was not why she was there. Victoria brought up the McCall situation. Billy reminded her that he had not given Tucker the information. Victoria responded that she knew Billy had told Victoria the truth because Jill had confessed to Victoria.
Billy told Victoria that she was rusty at apologizing. Victoria apologized for doubting him. Billy expected more, but Victoria asked him why he had left a bookmark on his computer, after they had been burned before when Abby found the wedding video on his laptop.
Billy defended himself and reminded Victoria that she had let Victor claim that Billy had sold her out and she believed her father. Billy realized how it had looked, but Billy was hurt that Victoria had not believed Billy when he said he loved Victoria.
Victoria admitted that she was never sure when Billy was playing around or being serious. Billy said that he had meant every word about loving Victoria and never wanting to hurt her. Victoria said she should probably go. Billy agreed. Victoria took the elevator and left.
Tucker opened the door to his apartment to find Jill on his doorstep. Jill demanded that Tucker keep his end of their bargain by giving Jill the name of his hotshot investigator.
Tucker said it was on his list of things to do. Jill demanded action because she had gotten the gun info for Tucker in hours and it had cost her Billy's trust. Jill said she was desperate for Fenmore information. Tucker said he would follow through, but Jill warned Tucker not to screw her over.
Tucker picked up the phone and placed the call. Tucker told Dennis to help out Jill Fenmore when she called with anything Jill needed. Tucker added that he would pay for the services.
Ashley called from outside Tucker's door to see if he was home. Tucker hurried to let her in. Jill said she was leaving, but asked Ashley how it had gone in court. Jill told Ashley that she'd seen Vance in action and Ashley had lived to tell the tale, which was a good thing.
Tucker gave Jill the phone number for the investigator and sent her on her way. Jill thanked Tucker and told Ashley she hoped that Adam would be punished for what he had done to Ashley. Jill walked out.
Ashley told Tucker she hadn't wanted him to see her in court because she feared Tucker's reaction. Tucker said Vance had been rough on her. Tucker didn't agree with Ashley's assessment that she came off like a "wacko."
Ashley knew that Tucker had investigated her before hiring her to run Jabot. Tucker said everyone had a past. Still, Ashley was worried that her testimony would reflect badly on Jabot, and she offered Tucker her resignation.
While Ashley waited, Tucker finished a call with Sofia. Tucker returned to Ashley and said he didn't want to hear any more about her stepping down. Tucker admitted he'd known of Ashley's past, but as a boss, he thought she'd done a great job as CEO.
Ashley appreciated the compliment. Tucker said as a friend, nothing in the courtroom had changed Tucker's opinion of Ashley. Tucker rethought it and said he respected Ashley more than he had before.
Ashley asked why Tucker had left the courtroom without speaking to her. Tucker recalled Ashley confiding in him once after their first real conversation at the airport, when Ashley said her family could make her feel claustrophobic.
Tucker saw that same family crowding her after her testimony, and Tucker wanted to give Ashley space. Tucker said he had planned to call her later, but he was happy she showed up instead. Ashley was happy, too.
Tucker and Ashley cuddled on the couch. Ashley was relieved that Tucker understood what had happened to her. Tucker admired the courage it took for Ashley to return to his place after what had happened in court. Tucker was glad Ashley was feeling like herself again. The two kissed and got romantic.
At the Abbotts', Abby told Traci that Ashley wasn't upstairs. Traci said that Ashley needed some time alone to work things out. Abby had been surprised that Ashley mentioned Robert. Traci said she admired Ashley for how she had handled her testimony.
Abby said that Traci was the only person in the family who could chill everybody out. Traci asked if she could give Abby some advice. Traci told Abby that if she wanted to help Ashley, Abby should remember that even while she was fighting for her trust fund and TV show, Abby should tell her parents how much she still loved them.
Jill contacted Tucker's investigator on the phone and asked him to find her birth parents.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Paul visited Nina at the Chancellor mansion, asking her out to dinner or a movie. Nina was too worried about Chance being in prison with cop-haters to think about anything else. Paul assured Nina she had done all she could for Chance. Nina was scared for her son, even though Nina knew that Heather and Chris were working to protect Chance.
Nina was impressed that Paul remembered that it was the birthday of her kidnapped son. Nina felt if Chance's brother had not been abducted, things would be different for Chance. Nina wished that she had done more to find her kidnapped son.
Paul recalled that Nina had done as much as she could. Paul's father had been the lead detective on the case and they had all done their best. Paul said there had been no trace of a trail to follow after Rose sold the baby.
Nina remembered how she had tracked down Rose and had to pay her $20,000 to find her son. Paul knew that Nina had gone to the house where her child was supposedly held, but when Nina saw the baby it turned out to be a girl. It wasn't Nina's child. Nina castigated herself for trusting Rose. Paul said he was tracking down the girl's mother for information.
Nina worried that her lost son had had an awful life because his parents had bought him on the black market. Paul said he might have had a wonderful life. Paul pointed out that Heather was a great kid and he wasn't there for her as a child. Paul was sure that Nina's son was a smart and resilient man because he had Nina's genes. Nina was grateful for Paul's support.
At Crimson Lights, Chris told Ronan that she knew it was his birthday. Ronan asked her to not to mention it to anyone. Ronan thought the case was already compromised. Chris wondered if Nina would suspect Ronan if she knew it was his birthday.
Heather entered and asked Chris about Chance's situation. Heather hoped the feds would intervene for Chance. Ronan criticized Chance's attempt to weed out crooked cops in the department. Heather told Ronan to get off of Chance's back.
Heather admitted that she was frightened for Chance and it was getting to her. Ronan agreed that Chance's life was at risk. Ronan thought that if the feds didn't get Chance out of prison, Chance would not survive the ordeal.
Heather asked Ronan to tell Chance that Ronan was working undercover with the federal prosecution. Ronan said that wasn't possible. Heather believed that Chance would cooperate with Ronan.
Ronan felt they were too close to cracking the case to risk telling Chance. Chris said they would have to reconsider if the feds didn't spring Chance. Ronan declared that they could not trust Chance because of this volatility. Chris agreed to wait for now. Heather said she was going to try and convince Chance to let them bond him out on bail.
Ronan said he was leaving and wondered to Chris if Heather could be trusted. Chris believed Heather was not going to speak out of turn. Chris understood Heather's feelings because Chris was keeping the truth about Ronan from Nina and it was killing Chris. Ronan said Nina had never been a mother to him. Chris doubted Ronan was really as heartless as he acted.
Ronan met with Meeks in a surveillance van. Ronan questioned Sid about how Heather managed to sneak away from him the night she was attacked. Sid said he had had his nose in a book. Sid hadn't expected Heather to bolt. Sid also wondered how Chance knew to be there to save her. Ronan said that Chance was dirty. Sid wondered if his 'clean up the department' crusade was a front.
Sid had a memory of telling a prisoner to kill Chance as a dirty cop. Meeks told Ronan to keep a close eye on Chance. Ronan and Meeks each answered their cells, not revealing to each other what the calls were about.
Chance was surprised that Chloe was visiting him in prison. Chloe admitted she was still angry with Chance, but she didn't want him in jail. Chance said he did the crime, but Chloe knew he didn't do drugs or sell them. Chloe asked Chance to tell the truth and get himself out of prison.
Chloe suggested Chance get into solitary for his own protection, but Chance said he had to be in general population to score drugs. Chloe didn't believe Chance was a druggie, so Chance reached into his shoe and showed her a stash of heroin he had been hiding.
Chloe couldn't believe that Chance was using the drugs. Chance admitted that he was in jail to find answers and the drugs were for show. Chloe didn't think it was worth Chance's life to be with criminals who wanted to kill him.
Chance asked Chloe to take the drugs and hide it because it was the evidence he needed for the case. Chloe refused because she would not contribute to getting Chance killed.
A while later, Chance was back in his cell. A guard retrieved Chance to see another visitor. Chance was walked out of the cell as two prisoners hurried in and changed the light bulb in the lamp with a gasoline filled bulb that would start an electrical fire and kill Chance. The prisoners finished their task and left.
Ronan met with Chloe at Crimson Lights after her visit with Chance. Ronan was upset that she had not convinced Chance to get out on bail. Chloe wondered why Ronan cared about Chance. Ronan said it was one cop protecting another and he was sure Chance wouldn't find anything behind bars.
Chloe told Ronan about Chance getting the drugs and asking her to smuggle the packet out as evidence. Ronan thought Chance was in over his head. Ronan asked Chloe to go back and get the narcotics from Chance. Ronan tried to convince her.
At the prison, Heather was with Chance in the visitor's room and trying to pass her the drugs. Heather said no because it would destroy her career if she were caught with the contraband. Heather contemplated telling Chance about Ronan being undercover. Heather decided not to out Ronan, and insead took the packet from Chance.
Back in his cell, Chance noticed the lamp was out. Chance went to fix it, but a guard arrived to tell him that he had been sprung. Chance couldn't figure out how. Chance refused to leave so the guard called for back up.
In the hallway, Chloe ran into Heather and the squabbled about Chance. An explosion was heard and they both flinched. Chance came rushing out and Heather embraced him. Chloe turned away in disappointment.
Paul told Nina he stopped by because he knew it would be a tough day for her. Paul told Nina that she meant a lot to him. Paul apologized for kissing Chris. Paul hoped Nina would understand that what he had with Chris was in the past. Paul said he was in the present with Nina.
The doorbell rang and Nina let Chris into the Chancellor mansion. Chris told Nina and Paul the feds had authorized Chance's release. However, Chris also reported the explosion in Chance's cell block. Nina feared that Chance had been hurt.
Nina was anxious to leave for the prison. Chance burst into the house a moment later and called to Nina. Chance assured his mother he was okay. Chance asked Chris about her appealing to the feds to get him released. Chance said the explosion had been meant for him.
Chance believed that he was shaking things up. Chris urged Chance to leave it alone. Nina said she couldn't stand it if anything happened to Chance. Chance walked out to take care of something, and Nina told Chris and Paul that she nearly lost Chance on the anniversary of her first son's kidnapping.
Chris sympathized with Nina about the past and how foolish they had been. Heather asked how the search was going and Paul said it was a difficult case. Paul said he read Chris' book about the kidnapping. Nina figured that Paul was saying that finding anything was a long shot. Chris asked them not to go anywhere, then she walked out of the room.
Paul promised Nina he would stay on the case for her. Chris returned to them with three cupcakes, lit with a candle for Nina's missing son. Nina said Chris was a great friend. Nina said a wish for her son.
Chloe was at Jimmy's when Chance called her and asked to meet. Chloe said to come to the bar, but Chance asked her to come to the house because he couldn't leave Nina so distraught. Chloe refused and hung up on him.
Heather tried to reach out to Chance, but he didn't want to talk. Heather agreed. Heather said she hid the drugs in her office. Chance said he was going after the prisoners, but Heather said that Chance was being watched. Heather suggested taking the evidence to Owen and setting up a sting operation.
In the van, Meeks met with Owen and said there was a problem. Sid said that Chance had been released. Owen said Meeks was to finish Chance, just as Owen had ordered.
Ronan met Chloe at the bar and she said she hadn't gotten the drugs from Chance. Chloe told Ronan about the explosion. Chloe thought she had been a fool for standing by and letting Heather embrace Chance at the prison.
Chloe rejected Ronan's advice about Chance. When Ronan paid for his beer, Chloe saw Ronan's license and admired the photo. Chloe noticed that it was Ronan's birthday. Chloe said his birthday was close to hers. Chloe suggested that they celebrate.
In their Athletic Club suite, Sofia and Malcolm were talking about getting their first home, and while Malcolm felt they had seen everything, Sofia was anxious to explore more properties to find something perfect.
Sofia wanted a luxury condo with a doorman, while Malcolm wanted a house with a backyard and a garage that he could turn into dark room. Sofia didn't care for the suburbs, so Malcolm reminded her of a townhouse they'd seen. Sofia rejected the place for a variety of reasons.
Sofia wanted the condo and Malcolm didn't and their disagreement escalated. Malcolm accused Sofia of not compromising. Malcolm questioned whether they should move in together at all. Sofia refused to get into that discussion. Sofia's phone rang with text messages from Tucker. Sofia told Malcolm they would finish their talk later and left.
In the Athletic Club dining room, Neil pointed out to Tucker that Sofia was habitually late. Tucker understood Sofia's habits and accepted her flaws. Neil brought up the latest cosmetic trades and the projections that Beauty of Nature would have a big fourth quarter. Tucker was doubtful about that, prompting Neil to ask why.
Tucker told Neil about how he and Ashley had the information about Victor's bribe. Neil wasn't surprised by Victor's audacity. Sofia appeared and apologized for being late. Neil asked about the bribe and what high stakes Tucker was waging. Sofia cautioned Tucker, but Neil continued, saying that the rumors had been true and Tucker was trying to take Beauty of Nature from Victor.
Neil projected that if Tucker succeeded in getting Beauty of Nature and combined it with Jabot, Tucker would have the biggest cosmetic company in the world. Neil said that they were underestimating Victor, but Sofia thought Neil was underestimating Tucker.
Neil pointed out that Beauty of Nature was Victoria's pet project, but Tucker wasn't frightened off by that information. Neil said he knew Victor and the last company he'd ever give up was Beauty of Nature, just out of spite. Neil declared that if Tucker was serious, this act would lead to all out war.
Neil tried to impress Tucker and Sofia with his inside knowledge of how Victor works. Sofia thought that Neil's knowledge could help McCall, but Neil said he was out. Neil pointed out that he worked for Chancellor. Sofia tried to intimidate Neil about collateral damage, but Neil thought they were taking on a battle on two fronts.
At the ranch, Michael told Victor he wasn't sure when the judge would rule on Adam's trial. Victor asked Michael to set up the appointment with the Department of Justice about Tucker's accusation of a bribe. Michael wasn't sure about the direct approach, but Victor insisted that he make the appointment immediately.
Nikki and Meggie entered and were very chummy. Victor noticed and asked why. Meggie explained that she had been attacked and Nikki had saved her life. Nikki and Meggie recounted the story for Victor from the encounter at Crimson Lights with Shaw Roberts.
Victor was gobsmacked by the story. Meggie apologized for putting Nikki in that position. Victor didn't blame Meggie. Meggie appreciated all their help and hospitality and wished she hadn't been a problem. Meggie said she was going to get a job back in Ottawa and repay them for all the Fenmore goodies.
Victor was concerned that Roberts' friends in Ottawa might come after Meggie. Nikki agreed that Meggie should stay in Genoa City and get a job there. Meggie said she'd do anything. Meggie walked out and Victor told Nikki it was an incredible story. Nikki said she acted instinctively.
Victor asked Nikki if she was sure about Meggie working at the ranch. Nikki said she was and would ask Meggie to be her assistant. Victor approved.
Michael intervened to tell Victor that they could meet with the DOJ representative if they went to the club immediately. Victor agree. Victor asked Nikki to become his bodyguard. Nikki agreed and they kissed goodbye.
Malcolm walked into the Athletic Club dining room and asked Neil to stop harassing his fiance. Sofia and Malcolm stepped aside to talk. Neil and Tucker saw Michael and Victor walk in. Neil revealed the man with them was the Department of Justice representative. Neil suspected that Victor was trying to end the war before it began.
Malcolm pointed out to Sofia that they were fighting like an old married couple. Sofia urged him to give in to her to end the argument. Malcolm told Sofia to return to her business meeting.
Malcolm returned to the suite and called about the condo for rent. Malcolm learned it was still available and said he would go to the office to sign the lease.
Victor told the Department of Justice officer that the gift to the Japanese official should not be construed as influence peddling. Michael offered a written explanation. Victor said it had been a gift to a friend and Victor assumed responsibility for the action. Tucker watched from across the room.
Back at the business meeting, Sofia questioned why Neil wasn't cooperating with the new cosmetics company. Tucker said Jabot would be combined with Beauty of Nature, but Neil was skeptical. Sofia told Neil he should help them. Neil refused because of his indebtedness to Victor.
Tucker said it was just business. Neil -- and Sofia -- both answered that nothing is just business. It was something they both agreed upon.
Victor and Michael walked up to Tucker's table. Victor said the Department of Justice officer was very understanding about the gun mix up in Japan. Tucker said that whether the Department of Justice acted or not, McCall was taking Beauty of Nature. Michael assumed that McCall would try.
Meggie brought the shopping bags from Fenmore's downstairs and told Nikki she was going to return the items. Nikki told her to keep them because she was going to need to dress nicely to work for Nikki.
Meggie was thrilled to work for Nikki. Nikki gave Meggie a list of her projects and charities. Nikki asked Meggie to organize Nikki's personal calendar for the events coming up. Meggie was grateful and said she could handle the responsibility.
A while later, Meggie had finished the assignment for Nikki. Nikki was impressed by Meggie's secretarial skills. Nikki thought that Meggie would work out fine as Nikki's assistant.
Friday, August 13, 2010
At the Newman ranch, Nikki realized that Victor was concerned about the resolution in Adam's court case. Victor was unhappy. Nikki reminded Victor that he and Hope, Adam's mother, had always been worried about Adam, even before his birth. Victor said Hope feared that Adam would be born blind, the way Hope had been.
In a flashback, Hope told Victor that giving birth to a child with such a disadvantage was unfair. Victor believed that Hope had overcome her obstacles. Hope was satisfied with her life, but she wanted more for her children.
Victor explained to Nikki that once Adam was born, Hope's fears were put to rest. Victor recalled holding Adam as an infant. Hope had encouraged Victor to bond with the boy. Victor had enthusiastically held his child in his arms. Victor said he could never have imagined then what kind of man Adam would become.
Nikki speculated that Adam might have turned out differently if Victor and Hope had raised him together. Victor said they had been divorced by the time of Adam's birth. Hope had never been able to adjust to life in Genoa City, preferring to live on her Kansas farm.
Victor had been stunned that Hope decided to take Adam and return to the farm without consulting him. Hope had feared Victor's power, but he said he would never have taken Adam from her. Hope was confused and felt she didn't fit into Victor's world. Hope wanted her son away from Victor's world.
Nikki said she thought it was extreme that Hope hadn't wanted Adam to know his father. Victor said he had never resented Hope for that. Victor had good memories of the few times he'd met Adam as a boy.
Victor wondered if he had made a mistake by doing things Hope's way. When Hope was dying of cancer, she admitted that she regretted keeping Victor from Adam. Hope apologized to Victor and got him to agree that they should tell Adam that he was Victor's son. Victor told Nikki that decision had changed their lives.
Victor recalled the day that Hope had died. Victor had been helpless to save her, and he was concerned about Adam having to watch his mother die. Before she passed away, Hope told Adam that she had married Victor a long time before, and Victor was his father.
Adam had believed Cliff Wilson was his father, but Hope told Adam that Cliff was the man who had raised him, but not his biological father. Adam didn't believe her, but Hope insisted that she was telling the truth. Hope was leaving Adam all her love forever -- and the truth.
Nikki and Victor agreed that Adam had never accepted the truth. Adam had been in shock, listening as Hope said the decision had been hers. Hope claimed that Victor could have taken Adam from her with his power and wealth. Adam had assumed that Victor hadn't wanted him. Victor had said that wasn't true.
Hope had told Adam her final wish was to have father and son reunited. Hope had asked them both to take care of each other. Victor had taken Hope's hand, but Adam held back.
Victor remembered that Adam had gone through a hard time dealing with Hope's death. At the graveside, Adam had spoken to his mother and asked how she could have left him. Victor had gone to Adam's side. Adam had declared that Hope had been his mother, but Victor was nothing to him. Victor had offered to be a father to Adam.
Victor told Nikki he had hoped that Adam would come around eventually. Nikki remembered that Victor had offered Adam a job after Hope's funeral. Adam hadn't been looking for a father, just a career move.
Adam had declared that he would use the name Adam Wilson. Victor had hoped he would someday be a proud Newman. Victor realized that Adam had been bluntly rejecting his true family.
Nikki said that Victoria and Nick had seen from the start that Adam wasn't interested in being part of the family. Victor suspected that Adam resented how Nick and Victoria had been brought up. Nikki said that when everyone thought Victor had died in Mexico, that was when Adam had shown his true colors.
Victor remembered returning from Mexico and seeing Adam romantically involved with Heather, and having run roughshod over the Newman business. Victor recalled Michael telling him that Adam had inherited the company and fired Neil and Victoria almost immediately.
Nikki was grateful that when Victor realized his mistake, he had taken action. Victor had confronted Adam about the way he'd treated Victoria, Neil, Nick, and even Zappato. Victor had told Adam he was ashamed of Adam. Victor had thrown Adam out of the business and off the ranch.
Nikki asked if that was when Adam had collaborated with Jack. Victor said the two had conspired to forge Victor's diary. Victor said Adam had been the perfect patsy because of his arrogance and anger.
Adam had visited Victor in jail and accused his father of ruining his life. Adam had believed that Victor had taken away Adam's life.
Victor recalled that Adam had enjoyed Victor's suffering. When the tables were turned, as Nikki recalled, Adam had been arrested, and Victor had told Adam he would have to do his penance.
Victor had no idea that the punishment for Adam would include his losing his sight like Hope. Victor had been sincerely sorry for Adam. Adam had asked Victor to help survive in prison.
Victor said that he hadn't been able to turn his back on Adam. Victor had hoped Adam would appreciate that Victor had gotten him house arrest. Victor realized that his kindness had been a fatal error.
Nikki said that Victor wasn't to blame because Adam had fooled many people.
Victor remembered that things had been going to hell, including Nick and Adam getting into a fistfight in the office.
Nikki was grateful that they had been able to put the pieces together in time. Nikki still couldn't get over all the deceitful things Adam had done, starting with what Adam did to Ashley.
Victor had given Adam a chance to redeem himself. Adam had stonewalled Victor, claiming he had been telling the truth and challenging anyone to come up with proof against him. Victor realized that Adam was a consummate liar.
In a flashback, Victor recounted how Adam had been abducted to the cabin and confronted with the truth. Victor said that Adam had denied everything. Nikki said he had even denied it when Phyllis showed up with the final piece of the puzzle.
Victor recalled that he had read the deathbed letter from Dr. Taylor about Ashley's hysterical pregnancy and how Adam had blackmailed Taylor to remain silent. Everyone in the cabin had been stunned. Victor had put Adam in a headlock and demanded the truth from him.
Victor said it had been unreal to learn that the baby he'd thought was his and Ashley's had been Nick and Sharon's. Victor said only a man without a soul could have allowed that deceit to go on.
Victor recalled going to see Adam in the hospital and saying that he had believed that Hope raising him on the farm would have been a better life for Adam than growing up the son of a rich man. Victor didn't understand how Adam had gone wrong. Victor wondered if Adam had been born evil.
Back at the ranch, the phone rang and Victor answered it. Victor told Nikki that court was reconvening because the judge had made her decision about Adam's trial.
In the courtroom, the judge explained that her task was to determine if there was enough evidence to hold Adam Newman over for trial. The charges include accessory in the murder of Richard Hightower.
Hightower's son, Justin, was in the court with his aunt, along with Abbott and Newman family members. Rafe and Heather were there, too.
The judge said the testimony had been tainted, and D.A. Pomerantz's office had conflicts of interest. The judge said the case boiled down to witness testimony. Ashley's history of mental troubles cast doubt on her testimony, said the judge.
The judge had found Victor's statements uncorroborated. She ruled that his testimony was shaded. The judge said there was no forensic evidence to link Adam to the listening devices in the house.
Jack's testimony was deemed tainted as well because of his collaboration with Adam in the forged diary case. Nick and Victoria's testimony was questioned because of the judge's belief that they were in competition with Adam as a sibling.
Sharon's testimony might have carried great weight, said the judge, but it might have been acrimony over a failed marriage. The judge said the true victim in the case was Richard Hightower's son. The court had no justice for the boy.
Finally, the judge declared that the D.A. had not made his case against Adam. The entire case against Adam Newman was dismissed without prejudice. Adam shook Vance's hand, and Skye kissed him.
The Abbotts and Newmans looked shell-shocked. Jack and Victor confronted Owen about the ruling. Jack called Owen incompetent, but the D.A. said he had done his best. Victor asked Jack to have everybody go to the ranch later for a meeting.
Skye thanked Vance for his legal help and said he was worth every cent. Hightower's son, Justin, approached Adam and asked why Adam had killed Justin's father.
In the foyer, Jack told his family they could not let Adam get away with what he had done to Ashley. Jack told Ashley, Abby, and Billy about the meeting at the ranch. Billy was surprised that Jack wanted to be there.
Nick walked over to Sharon, and she assumed he wanted to criticize her. Nick said he appreciated that Sharon had testified.
Nick and Nikki walked over to Justin. Victor sympathized with Justin having lost his father. Victor had grown up without his father, too, and knew it could be lonely. Victor gave Justin's aunt his business card and told her to call to handle any financial worries the Hightowers might have. Justin's aunt thanked the Newmans and admired their generosity and kindness. Victor told Justin that he was not alone. Justin thanked Mr. Newman and shook his hand.
Victor and Nikki walked into the foyer. Victor asked Ashley how she was feeling. Ashley felt she had relived the worst chapter of her life for naught.
Skye and Adam walked into the group, and Adam asked for any of them to step forward and tell Adam what they thought of him. Adam said he could take it. Victor glared at Adam, then led the group away without uttering a word.
At the ranch, the Abbotts and Newmans, Rafe and Heather listened as Victor addressed them. Victor said they all had reasons for vengeance and wanting to lash out. Victor asked them all to do the opposite. Ashley wondered if Victor expected them to just let it go.
Victor contended that if they let Adam continue to vex them, Adam would win. Jack and Billy were skeptical as Victor advised them all not to retaliate on Adam. Victor said they should all ignore Adam and treat him as though he had never existed. Victor said that it was the way that they could win.
Back in their suite, Adam was in a lousy mood, and Skye couldn't understand why. Adam asked Skye if they should reconsider things. Skye refused to give up on their arranged marriage. Skye said she was celebrating with champagne, and Adam would be drinking with her.
In a flashback, Adam was leaving for New York and his first big job on Wall Street. Hope wished they had more time together. Hope said Adam had a talent for business. Hope reminded Adam to never lose track of his priorities.
Hope touched Adam's face and admired that he had college and grad school behind him. Hope realized that he was anxious to go. Adam embraced her and promised to call.
Before he left, Hope told Adam that he was a good man and she was sure that Adam would make her proud. Back in the present, Adam was in tears, remembering her words.
Victor told the group that Adam would pay for his crimes at his own hands, not theirs. Victor said the crimes he had committed against them would rest on Adam's shoulders, and he would never escape those sins or be a free man.