At their penthouse, Ashley wrapped her arms around Tucker, and she guessed that he hadn't been able to sleep because of Katherine's games. He assured Ashley that he could handle his mother. Ashley wanted to further discuss the possibility of Ashley returning to Jabot as CEO, because she felt she could ease employees' concerns. Tucker advised Ashley not to get her hopes up, but she thought she could talk Jack into sharing the position with her. Tucker admitted that he hadn't told her everything about the lawsuit.
After Tucker revealed his deal with Jack to Ashley, she was incredulous that Tucker hadn't told her about it earlier. Tucker explained that he'd always played it close to the vest in business and in life, and he'd never made a lifetime commitment to anyone before. He admitted that he was set in his ways and that marriage was new territory for him, but he didn't want business to interfere with their relationship any longer. Ashley realized that Tucker intended to give up Jabot for her, and she agreed that everything would be okay, as long as an Abbott was running the company. Tucker vowed not to allow Jabot to get in the way of their happiness.
At Crimson Lights, Abby looked through a college catalog, and Devon joked that the school didn't offer a degree in shopping. Devon inquired whether Abby knew that Tucker was suing Katherine to get Jabot back. Abby called Tucker a big bully who enjoyed hurting others. Devon confided that Tucker had warned him not to work for Katherine, because Tucker had suspected that Katherine was using Devon to get back at Tucker, but Devon felt that Tucker had tried to do the exact same thing. Devon lamented that he was caught between two powerful people he barely new.
Abby and Devon's moods darkened when Tucker entered, and Tucker requested that Abby call Ashley, who had been shaken up by Abby's message. Tucker asked if Devon had taken his advice about Katherine, but Devon thought he'd be a fool to pass up the great opportunity Katherine had offered him. Abby blasted Tucker for being a jerk to both Devon and Katherine, and she recounted how Katherine had sat diligently at Tucker's bedside while he had been in a coma. Tucker insisted that he was reclaiming Jabot for Ashley, so his wife could be back where she belonged. Abby accused Tucker of not doing anything for anyone except himself, but he remarked that people could change. Abby retorted that she had once believed that, until she'd met Tucker. Tucker wished Abby a good day, and he stalked off.
Neil and Sofia met at the Athletic Club, and he asked Sofia about the baby. She reported that her sonogram the day before had been fine. Neil suggested that they find a way for their companies to settle Tucker's lawsuit out of court, and Sofia said that would only be possible if Katherine reversed the sale of Jabot. She didn't think Tucker should have to compromise, but Neil countered that Tucker had no case. Neil questioned why Sofia would defend Tucker, and she replied that Tucker was the only one who had her back.
Neil pointed out that Tucker had fired Sofia and had threatened to press charges against her, and Sofia wondered if Neil felt she owed him for getting her job back. He said his efforts had been business, not personal, but she called their meeting a mistake. She started to leave to find Malcolm, but Neil acknowledged that it would be easier if the baby ended up being Malcolm's. She adamantly agreed.
Later, after Neil had left, Malcolm presented Sofia with a pregnancy pillow to help her sleep. She smiled and thanked him, and he inquired about how the baby was doing. She handed him the sonogram photo and disclosed that everything was progressing as it should. He commented that it wouldn't be long before the baby was born. She wished that she and Malcolm were still living together and sleeping in the same bed, and she hopefully asked if they could make that happen.
Sofia mentioned that she'd had a business meeting with Neil, but they had talked about the baby and had agreed that it would be best if it was Malcolm's. She knew it would still be a while before they'd know for sure, but she begged Malcolm to give their relationship another try. He declared that he wasn't ready, and he felt that they had a long road ahead, even if the child was his. She proclaimed that in her heart and mind, she already considered him the father, but he stated that the baby's paternity wasn't up to her.
Katherine visited Jack at Jabot, and they discussed the lawsuit. Jack was surprised when Katherine revealed that she and Tucker had agreed to arbitration. She suggested that Jack testify on her behalf. He balked, and she acknowledged that she hadn't been shy about exercising her authority, but she valued him and hoped there hadn't been any misunderstanding between them. She asked if she could count on him, but he remained hesitant.
Jack stated that he didn't want to get between mother and son. Katherine reminded him that he was out of a job if Tucker won, but he said he'd take his chances, and he turned down the opportunity to testify. She recalled how close their families had been, and she urged him to reconsider. She commented that Jack had been more of son to her than Tucker had, and she needed Jack by her side. "Please," she begged, with tears in her eyes. She headed for the door, and Jack appeared to be visibly affected by her plea.
Later, Ashley arrived and excitedly informed Jack that she knew of his plan, and she wanted to be part of it. He realized that Tucker had told her everything, and she was elated that Jabot would be back in Abbott hands. Jack worried that Katherine could still win, but Ashley said she'd put her money on him. He didn't want to jinx anything, because for too long they'd watched as the company was kicked around, and he hoped it would be back in their family for good.
Katherine returned home and met with Neil, who reported that Sofia hadn't budged, and he apologized that his and Sofia's personal issues had hindered their discussion. Katherine knew that Tucker was determined to get the best of her, and she didn't blame Neil. Neil thought they could count on Jack, but she revealed that Jack had refused to testify. Neil was shocked. She believed that Jack would still show up at the hearing on her behalf, because she knew that Jabot meant everything to Jack.
Neil worried that Katherine's trust in Jack was misplaced, but she turned the topic to his meeting with Sofia. He compared the situation to Malcolm and Dru's affair, which had torn apart his family. Katherine briefly flashed back to Paul telling her that Devon was her grandson. Katherine recognized the stress Neil was under, and he hoped that the baby was Malcolm's and that Malcolm and Sofia's marriage would grow stronger. Neil wondered whether on some level, he'd slept with Sofia intentionally to get back at Malcolm. He anticipated that Katherine would offer advice, but she declined, because she realized that part of him wished the baby was his.
Katherine told Neil that she'd see him at the courthouse. He departed, and she called Jack, who allowed the call to transfer to voicemail. As Jack gazed at a photo of John, Katherine left a message begging him one last time to testify. She reiterated her desire to stop Tucker and to protect their legacy and future, and she professed that she needed Jack and hoped to see him at the courthouse.
At the courthouse, Tucker glared at Katherine in the hallway on his way to join Ashley in the courtroom. Tucker asked Ashley how her talk with Jack had been, and she said that Jack had seemed superstitious about the hearing, which she had found odd. Katherine approached their table and noted that Jack wasn't there, and she advised that Tucker still had time to back out. Sofia arrived, followed by Jack, who was carrying an envelope. Katherine's look of hope turned to shock when Jack sat down next to Tucker.
At the police station, Paul handed an evidence bag containing Victor's shoes to Ronan, and he reported that forensics had confirmed that the diary had been Diane's. Ronan was thrilled when Paul presented him with photocopied pages of the diary. Paul offered to follow up with the manager of the store where Victor's shoes had been donated, and he left.
Heather arrived, and Ronan made a snarky comment about Sharon's plea offer. Heather handed him a newspaper article about how Diane's murder investigation was at a standstill. Heather pointed out that two months had passed without an arrest, but he retorted that he was building an airtight case that even she couldn't screw up. She told him that the clock was ticking, and she exited. Ronan looked through the photocopy of the diary and realized that there were five pages missing from the time just before Diane had been killed.
At the Athletic Club bar, Adam answered a call from Ronan, who said he had some questions. Adam complained that he didn't have time to stop by, and Ronan threatened to send a police escort. Ronan then called Victor and asked him to clear up some inconsistencies in his statement. Victor referred Ronan to Michael, and he hung up. Ronan called again, and he got Victor's attention by mentioning that he'd had an interesting encounter with Abby earlier. After he hung up, Ronan read Diane's words that if anything happened to her, Adam or Victor would be responsible.
Heather arrived at the Athletic Club and approached Adam, who said he'd heard about Sharon's plea bargain offer, and Heather clarified that it had been Spencer's idea. Adam asked how the murder investigation was going and why Ronan had called him to the station, but Heather reminded him that she couldn't discuss the case. He insisted that he hadn't killed Diane, and he felt that the police had been quick to accuse him. He fished for details about whether they were pursuing other suspects, but Heather remained tight-lipped. He admitted that it had been lousy of him to try to extract information from her.
Adam apologized, but Heather remarked that they weren't friends. He replied that he didn't have any, and he understood why she hated him. He hoped she remembered their happy moments, like when they'd spent time on the ranch while Victor had been in Mexico. He asked if she ever thought about their good times together, but she simply suggested that he get to the police station. He stopped her from leaving and sincerely told her that was sorry about everything. There was an awkward moment of silence, and he departed.
Victor arrived at the police station and informed Ronan that he would discuss only Abby. Ronan announced that Abby was in the clear, and Victor accused Ronan of summoning him there on false pretenses. Ronan showed Victor the shoes and revealed that forensics had proven them to be Victor's, and he concluded that Victor had lied about being in the park the night of the murder. Victor ordered Ronan to get to his point.
Ronan explained that the police had tracked the expensive Italian shoes down at a charity store, and the treads on the shoes had matched the footprints found at the crime scene. Victor asked what evidence there was to link him to the shoes, and Ronan pulled out the donation receipt, which had been found in Victor's closet. Victor argued that anyone could have taken his shoes and worn them, and he insisted that Adam was trying to implicate him. Paul popped in and said he needed to see Ronan, who instructed Victor to wait. After Ronan stepped out, Victor examined the shoes. Adam entered, and the men faced off.
Ronan and Paul listened to Adam and Victor's conversation via a bug they'd planted in Ronan's office. Victor surmised that the cops were finally taking action against Adam for trying to frame Victor. Victor asserted that everyone knew Adam had killed Diane, and Victor would make sure Adam paid for it. Adam and Victor argued, and Adam pointed out that Victor had set himself up by ranting to everyone about how he'd hated Diane. Victor retorted that Adam had had even more reasons to hate her.
Adam and Victor accused one another of being the killer, and Victor stated that Diane had told him that Adam had attempted to set Victor up to take the blame for her death. Adam realized that Victor had told the police that Diane had visited the ranch to talk to Victor about Adam's plan, but Adam had been with her in the park after that, when she hadn't yet spoken to Victor. Adam concluded that Diane and Victor's conversation had occurred afterward, making Victor the last person to see her alive. Ronan excitedly remarked to Paul that they had evidence that both men had lied.
Heather arrived and asked what Paul and Ronan were doing, and Paul quickly explained that they had purposely gotten Adam and Victor together to record their conversation. Adam asked Victor if he ever wished things had been different between them. Victor pulled out his phone and notified his office that he had been delayed. Heather demanded an explanation, and Ronan said he had uncovered the start of the truth. Heather counseled that the conversation was inadmissible, because at least one of the parties had to consent to being recorded.
Victor stormed out, trailed by Adam, who asked why Heather was there. Ronan told Adam that he could go, and Adam was confused, because Ronan hadn't questioned him. Ronan thanked Adam for his time, and after exchanging a glance with Heather, Adam left. Ronan noticed the tension between Heather and Adam, but Heather insisted that it had been nothing.
Ronan returned to his office, and Heather followed him. She was astounded to see his bulletin board full of case details. Ronan wrote on the board that Adam and Victor had both been at the footbridge on the night of the murder. He explained that the case wouldn't solve itself, but he could feel that the giant puzzle was starting to fit together.
Friday, September 30, 2011
At the police station, Detective Mauro complimented Ronan on the progress he was making in the Jenkins murder case. The pillows that Diane had left in her suite confused Ronan. Ronan couldn't figure out if they were clues or not. Mauro wondered about Ronan's next move. A uniformed cop appeared with a new piece of evidence. It was a missing page from Diane's diary that had been left at the front desk with some other papers. Ronan read the page and was anxious to tell a suspect about what it said.
Ronan met Phyllis at the Genoa City Athletic Club and said he'd decided to pare down his suspect list. Phyllis was curious. Ronan told her that he suspected Nick and Ashley. Phyllis said that there had been a few people in the park the night Diane was killed. Ronan revealed that Nick and Ashley had been on the phone to each other that night, and Ronan had cell phone records that proved they'd been in the park. Phyllis defended Nick to Ronan and then left in a hurry. Ronan smiled because he had succeeded in rattling Phyllis.
Nick received a ransom note in the mail. Nick called Ashley and said they needed to meet. Ashley agreed to go to Nick's place. Later, Nick showed Ashley the ransom note in which he was instructed to turn over $50,000 or else the phone call evidence of his call to Ashley would be given to the cops. Nick was upset.
Ashley believed that Adam had sent the note, and admitted to Nick that she'd received another photo, which she'd ripped up and thrown away. Nick said the threats were getting to him, and he was intent on keeping the police from hearing the cell phone recording. Nick said that he would stop Adam from harassing them. Phyllis showed up unannounced and accused Ashley and Nick of conspiring together.
Ashley was surprised that Ronan had been questioning Phyllis. Nick and Ashley were upset because Ronan was using Phyllis to deliver a message to them. Phyllis said that Ronan had theories about what Nick and Ashley had done the night of the murder. Ashley received a call from Abby and had to leave. Before she left, Nick told Ashley that he was going to confide in Phyllis.
Nick explained to Phyllis that the night of the murder, he'd unintentionally phoned Ashley, and his threats to Diane had been recorded. Nick was certain that Adam was behind the blackmail note because Adam would want to mess with Nick. Phyllis agreed to work with Nick to stop Adam and offered to go with Nick to drop off the blackmail money. Phyllis had a plan to record the meeting on her cell phone so they could trap the blackmailer and render him powerless. Later, after Nick got the money from the bank, he told Phyllis that he was glad he'd confided in her. Phyllis promised to be loyal to Nick. They kissed passionately before leaving for the meeting.
At Victoria's, Abby arrived to see Victor and Victoria. Abby announced that she'd decided to go to college. Their cell phones buzzed, and Victoria received an alert on her laptop. They each looked at the phones and laptop and read headlines about Abby and Victor having been questioned in the Jenkins murder. Victoria said the article didn't sound like Ronan, but Victor felt certain the detective had leaked information to the papers. Victor assumed that Ronan's investigation had stalled, and it was his way to make waves. Victor warned Abby not to let Ronan intimidate her.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Ronan met with Adam and told him about Diane's diary. Adam had been unaware that Diane had written about him in her diary. Ronan showed Adam one of the pages in which Diane had written that Adam was going to kill her. Ronan looked at the page and read Diane's words. Diane claimed that Adam had threatened her after his indictment, and she referred to Adam as a psychopath. Diane had written that one day Adam would snap and kill her. Adam accused Ronan of trying to frame him. Ronan insisted that Adam go to the police station with him voluntarily, or else Ronan would drag him there.
In Ronan's office, Adam refused to confess because he said he had not killed Diane. Victor burst in and wanted to know about Ronan leaking information to the newspapers. Victor resented that the newspapers had learned about Victor and Abby being questioned in Diane's murder. Victor declared that he had not been in the park when Diane was killed. Adam said he hadn't been there either.
Ronan played a tape recording in which Adam and Victor accused each other of being with Diane in the park the night she was killed. Ronan thought the recording was damning, but Victor said that neither he nor Adam had consented to be recorded. Victor claimed that the tape was illegally obtained, and Victor would sue the Genoa City Police Department. When Victor walked out, Adam turned to leave, too, but Ronan threatened to have Adam arrested because of the information in the diary.
Heather arrived at the police station and saw that Adam was being detained. Heather was surprised and went to see Ronan. Privately, Heather expressed her concern about Ronan arresting Adam, but Ronan questioned Heather's loyalty. Ronan was determined to arrest Adam and make some progress in the case. Heather feared that Adam's arrest might not hold up in court. Ronan and Heather confronted Adam and let him know that he could leave; Ronan had decided not to book him. Adam left.
Ashley met with Abby and Victoria, and Abby showed her mother the horrible newspaper story online. Ashley was shocked by the salacious information about Diane's murder case. Victor arrived and told them that he'd threatened Ronan to stop spilling information to the newspapers. Victor admitted to Victoria and Ashley that the police had questioned him and Abby.
Abby said that she feared that the police would find the confession tape that Diane had held over Abby's head. Ashley was surprised that Victoria knew about Abby's confession tape in which Abby had admitted that she'd driven the car that had hit Tucker. Abby explained that she'd followed Ronan when he had retrieved Diane's lockbox at the Athletic Club because she had thought the tape was in it. Instead, Diane's diary had been in the lockbox. Victor had no idea what Diane had written in her diary.
At a warehouse, Nick waited to meet the blackmailer. Phyllis was there, too, hiding with her cell phone. Nick called out and said he wanted to see the man's face before he turned over the money. Nick looked around. Finally the door opened, and Ronan appeared. With him were Mauro and a uniformed cop. Nick and Phyllis were shocked. Ronan told Nick he had a lot of explaining to do.
Ronan took Nick and Phyllis to the station. Ronan accused Nick of having been desperate to keep the information about his phone call a secret. Nick said he wouldn't speak until his attorney arrived. Ronan informed Phyllis and Nick that he'd found Diane's diary. Ronan thought the diary gave both Nick and Phyllis motives to kill Diane.
Ronan advised Nick and Phyllis to get comfortable because he was going to be asking more questions. In the office, Mauro complimented Ronan on the warehouse sting. Mauro asked about Ronan's next move, and Ronan was determined to enrage some more Newmans.
Abby received a call from Ronan. With Ashley, Victoria, and Victor sitting there, Ronan asked Abby to put him on the speakerphone. Ronan told Victor that the newspaper would be issuing an apology to him. Ronan asked Abby what Diane had had on her, prompting Victoria to defend her sister. Ronan told Victor that Abby should come clean for her own good. Ronan revealed that Ashley had admitted arguing with Diane that night. Ronan also said he'd acquired a recording stating that Victor was in the park the night of Diane's murder. Victoria was informed that her alibi had been blown because if Victor had been in the park, he hadn't been with Victoria.
Ronan wondered why they'd all gotten so quiet. Ronan urged them to confess what they knew while they could still make a deal. Ronan hung up, and Victor explained to the others that Ronan had been grandstanding. Victor said that they were all innocent, and Ashley felt that the evidence was all circumstantial. Victor didn't want any of them to worry.
Abby and Ashley walked out together. Abby told Ashley she was frightened. Ashley advised Abby not to jump to conclusions about the diary. Ashley assured Abby that Ronan only had questions, not answers. Victor realized that Victoria was upset. Victoria admitted that she had been in the park the night of the murder and had seen Victor with Diane.
Mauro told Nick and Ashley they were being held for questioning. Ronan admitted to Mauro that he was trying to shake up the suspects. Ronan resented that the suspects had all been acting smug about Diane's death. Ronan suddenly had an idea about the pillows from Diane's suite.
Ronan said that the sayings on the pillows were all related to the suspects. There were ten pillows but only nine suspects. Mauro wondered how Ronan could be sure about the clues connecting to the right suspect. Ronan took a chance and opened the pillow called "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," assuming that it was connected to Abby. Ronan cut the pillow open, and inside, Ronan found a computer memory stick.
At the coffeehouse, Adam thanked Heather for getting him sprung from police holding. Heather said her decision had been based on evidence and nothing more. Adam speculated Diane's diary was a forgery. Heather thought that would be poetic justice, since Adam had once forged Victor's diary.
After Heather left, Adam made a call and set a meeting. Adam went to the warehouse and told the person he'd spoken to on the phone that he was out of control. Adam said that this person's attempt to set Adam up for Diane's murder was a mistake. Adam knew the person had forged the page of the diary in which Adam was fingered as the killer. A toy monkey was set off to play a song. Adam walked out.