Sixteen-year-old Sharon Collins and her single, paraplegic mother, Doris, lived in Madison, Wisconsin, after being abandoned by her father. Sharon was somewhat responsible for her mother's accident when Doris went out looking for Sharon in a snowstorm, which crippled Doris. Sharon's best friend in high school was Grace Turner. When Sharon told her high school boyfriend, Frank Barritt, that she was pregnant after he had pressured her to have sex, he wanted nothing to do with her or his child. Sharon and her mother decided to give the baby up for adoption because they felt they were unable to raise a baby properly. The baby girl was adopted by Alice Johnson and named Cassidy.
Sharon and her mother moved to Genoa City when Sharon was 18. Alice later abandoned Cassie to pursue a man, and left the child in the care of her elderly mother, Millie. Cassie loved Millie, but it was very difficult for a woman of her age to keep up with a young child, and Cassie had no friends but her dolls.
Sharon was a sweet girl who worked a part-time job to help her mother make ends meet. Nick fell for Sharon at first sight, but since she was dating Matt Clark, he stayed with Amy. Nick ended up winning Sharon from Matt, who hated Nick. Nick and Matt got into a fight. Matt kicked Nick's butt, and Victor swore he would teach his son to box. To get even, Matt raped Sharon. Sharon told no one but a therapist, who tried to help her deal with it.
Nick's mother, Nikki, objected strongly to Sharon, and believed her to be a gold-digger. Mother and son fought, and Nick moved in with his father. Unlike Nikki, Victor adored Sharon, and even paid for an operation for her mother, which Doris could not afford. When Sharon and Nick beat out Amy and Matt as queen and king of the high school senior Polynesian dance, Matt took revenge. He told Nick that his virginal Sharon had given up a baby for adoption when she was 16. Nick didn't believe him, and they got into a bad fistfight, and both were injured. Sharon admitted to Nick that it was all true, and Nick understood eventually.
Sharon and Nick were about to get married when Sharon admitted that Matt had raped her. Nick raced to Matt's apartment, only to find him on the floor in a pool of blood. The police arrested Nick, who thought Sharon did it. When Matt came to, he said Nick was the one who shot him. Nick was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Sharon and the Newman family were devastated.
Victor tracked down Amy who was suffering from a serious trauma. He was convinced it was caused by something that happened the night Matt was shot. Upon seeing Matt, Amy remembered she had shot him after he raped her. Matt fled, Nick was released from prison, and Sharon and Nick married in a small ceremony as a disapproving Nikki looked on.
Not long after they married Sharon "accidentally" got pregnant. Nick wanted to wait and tried to talk her into an abortion, but Sharon couldn't do it. Months later, Sharon fell on the ice and went into early labor. When it appeared that their newborn baby, Noah, was going to die, Sharon's best friend, Grace Turner, who was in Genoa City, too, and Grace's boyfriend, Tony Viscardi, tracked down Sharon's first child, Cassie, to help Sharon ease the pain of her loss. They convinced her adoptive Grandmother Millie to allow them to return Cassie, who was five years old, to Genoa City to be united with her natural mother. But Noah lived, so Grace decided to keep Cassie until the "time was right" to tell Sharon. Grace fell in love with the engaging child, and kept the child's true identity to herself for over a year.
One night Nick was out partying with friends while Sharon stayed home ill. Grace was helping out by spending the night in the nursery, but actually plotting to steal Nick. Nick arrived home drunk and made love to a willing Grace, thinking she was his wife. The next morning, when he realized his error, he panicked and swore Grace to secrecy.
When Cassie's true identity was revealed, Nick had a hard time accepting her. Sharon moved out, but their love for one another reunited them, and Nick began to love Cassie as his own. Cassie went to live with Sharon, Nick, and Noah.
Grace used her secret with Nick to get a job as Nick's assistant at Newman, and renewed her attempts to steal Nick from Sharon. Sharon was going with Nick on a business trip, but when Noah fell sick, Grace went instead. Nick was angry with Sharon, and allowed Grace to seduce him. Sharon showed up the next morning to surprise him, but was stunned to hear, outside the door, Grace telling Nick that their lovemaking was incredible. Sharon moved out with the kids and would not forgive him for his infidelity.
Then Cassie's adoptive mother, Alice Johnson, re-appeared and hired lawyer Michael Baldwin to fight for the return of her "daughter." Sharon decided to take back the repentant Nick. Although Alice was about to win custody, Sharon and Nick were able to convince the jobless and flighty Alice that Cassie would be better off with them. Alice gave up her parental rights, and Sharon was awarded custody of Cassie. After a waiting period, Cassie legally became a Newman when Nick adopted her.
Nick and Sharon bought Crimson Lights Coffee House, the scene of their courtship, to keep it from going out of business and so they would have something to work on together. They later opened a second one in Milwaukee, and had plans for a third. The Nick Newmans were a happy loving family.
In 2000 the Newmans had a scare when Cassie tested positive for tuberculosis, but it turned out be inactive and was cured by antibiotics.
Matt Clark returned to town as Carter Mills, disguised by plastic surgery, and worked at Crimson Lights. He teamed up with Nick's old cellmate, Larry "Wartman" Warton, both bent on revenge, plus Matt wanted Sharon for himself. Carter date rape drugged Tricia McNeil into sleeping with him, and used her to help set up Nick and put him in jail for selling drugs. Carter became a trusted employee whom they even considered as manager of their next franchise, and Sharon's confidant while Nick was in jail.
One evening Carter was invited to dinner at their home, so he arranged for Nick to be very late. While waiting for Nick to arrive, Carter put a date rape drug in Sharon's margarita. Nick arrived just in time as Carter was about to rape the semi-conscious Sharon. Thinking she had drunk too much, Nick sent Carter home and helped Sharon to bed. Weeks later Tricia caught Carter attempting to rape Sharon at a cabin in the woods where he had lured her, but Victor arrived and sent him running.
Tricia picked Carter up and drove off a cliff expecting to kill them both. She survived with cuts and bruises, but the evil Carter/Matt had severe injuries and was expected to die. Carter deliberately pulled out his breathing tube, committing suicide to make Nick look like a murderer. With his dying words, he viciously told Nick that he had raped Sharon on "margarita night." But Nick was exonerated by the testimony of Tricia and Larry Warton.
Nick, finally out of jail and without the threat of Matt, lavishly romanced Sharon to help her get used to normal life again. Months later, Sharon realized she was pregnant. Both knew that if Matt had told the truth, the baby could be his. Nick demanded a paternity test, but Sharon decided the risk before birth was too great, so was willing to trust that it was Nick's and have her baby no matter what. During a fight about this, Nick knocked over a chair, slammed out the door in a huff, and drove off, creating a loud bang as his tire exploded against the curb at high speed. Fearful for Nick, Sharon ran for the door, tripped over the chair, and landed on her stomach. Her baby girl was delivered prematurely and later died. A paternity test showed the baby was indeed Nick's, so Sharon was unable to forgive him for killing their unborn child due to his attitude.
Diego Guittierez seemed to be in the right place at the right time whenever Sharon needed a friend. Time after time, when Sharon was in crisis, Diego was there for her, but his intentions were always those of a friend. Just as there appeared to be hope that Nick and Sharon would get back together, Sharon caught Nick kissing another woman in the office at the coffee house and turned to Diego, but he rebuffed her several times. But after one advance too many, Diego succumbed and made love with a needy Sharon, who was jumping to conclusions that Nick was having an affair with Grace, who she happened to see passing through town. Instead, Nick whisked her away on a second honeymoon, sure that once they were alone, they would reconcile. Reconcile they did, but the guilty Sharon had a hard time enjoying herself. Once they returned home, Sharon felt she needed to tell Nick the truth, but Diego gave his notice with the intent to leave town, and talked her out of it. Victoria and Diego began seeing each other, much to Sharon's distaste, with all thoughts of leaving town apparently forgotten by Diego.
Victoria, suspicious of the relationship between Diego and Sharon, feigned interest in Diego. But she fell for him in spite of her intentions, and they began an affair. One day, just as they were declaring their love, Sharon was admitting her dalliance with Diego to Nick. Nick took it very badly, beat up Diego, then called up Grace and let her sooth his bruised ego in bed. Victoria found out and broke up with Diego. All the Newmans found out and took sides with Nick or Sharon as they told the kids they were separating once again.
Diego explained to all that would listen that it was only one time, it meant nothing, and he was not the aggressor. No one believed him but Victoria, who forgave him. Unfortunately that meant she had to go against her family's wishes to be with the man she loved. She moved out of the ranch, and she and Diego were temporarily living together in a hotel. Nick disowned her, Victor tried to pay off Diego while comforting Sharon, and Nikki tried to get everyone to give them some space when she wasn't berating Sharon for her foolishness.
But two thugs beat up Diego, took the $100,000 Victor gave him, and Diego was later found and taken to the hospital as a John Doe. Victoria tracked him down. Although things didn't look good because Diego was in serious condition, he recovered. Victoria was looking forward to buying a condo together, but Diego was more interested in revenge against the guys who beat him up. He arranged, with the help of Larry, to coerce Victor into setting them up. The plot worked for the most part, and the thugs were arrested. Victoria decided she didn't like the vengeful man Diego had become and broke it off. Diego hit the road again for parts unknown.
After much soul-searching, Nick decided to give his marriage another chance. Delivering flowers and a present for Sharon, he paused at the window of their home to see Sharon kissing Nick's father, Victor. Furious, Nick called off any idea of reconciliation. When confronted, Victor took the blame, as a result of being on pain pills, although the mixed-up Sharon was once again coming onto any man who was nice to her. Sharon decided her life was a mess and she left town.
Cassie felt betrayed and angry with her parents after Nick brushed her off, being more interested in berating Victor than comforting his daughter. She wandered off and fell through the ice on the ranch pond. Nick finally realized she was missing a long time later, jumped into the pond and rescued Cassie. She was CareFighted to the hospital and was in a coma for days.
Meanwhile in the waiting room, Victor confessed to Nikki that Nick had caught him kissing Sharon. Nikki slapped Victor, and shouted, "How could you?" Cassie eventually recovered, Nikki blamed it all on Sharon, but forgave Victor. Sharon returned months later with a new resolve to not be trod on by any Newman again. Nick made up with her, though never forgave Victor. Cassie did not forgive Sharon for abandoning her. Suddenly Cassie's father, Frank Barritt, showed up in town and began trying to see her. Cassie wanted to know who he was, but her parents wouldn't tell.
In late 2003 Sharon was shocked to realize that software entrepreneur, Cameron Kirsten, had arrived in town to make a deal with Newman, and Nick was handling it. It was revealed that while she was gone all those months, she had met up with Kirsten in a bar in Denver, they went up to her hotel room, and Sharon ended up having sex with him and being beaten to a pulp. Sharon had been afraid to risk her marriage by reporting it to the police, so she stayed away long enough for her bruises to heal. Cameron began taunting and threatening Sharon that he would tell Nick about "their affair" until New Year's Eve, when he told her to meet her at a fleabag hotel for another round, or else. Sharon met him there, but refused to go through with it.
When Cameron attempted to rape her, Sharon clobbered him over the head with a champagne bottle. In a panic, she dragged the body down the back stairs and hid it behind a dumpster, and before long it was buried in snow. Cameron was declared missing, and Grace Turner arrived in Genoa City looking for him. It seems they were involved in a long-distance romance, and Grace was fraught with worry over his disappearance. Sharon had confided the events of New Year's Eve to Attorney Michael Baldwin, who kept advising her to go to the police. Instead, knowing the desk clerk could identify her, and because it was beginning to thaw, she moved the body. Sharon made a wrong turn, ended up at a dead end between buildings in a seedy part of town, and was surrounded by thugs who wanted to rape her. She talked them into opening the trunk for a blanket, but they got scared and fled when they saw the dead body inside.
Sharon drove off into the night and ended up at a biker bar out by the lake. On the way out after using the restroom, Sharon ran into Grace, who hassled her about her appearance and her panicked state. Sharon finally had enough, and took her to the back of the car to show her why she was panicking, but the trunk was empty. Sharon made it home, but was still jumpy for days. Grace dropped by often, accusing Sharon of killing Grace's boyfriend. Sharon began to be haunted by the rotting body of Cameron. Then old friend Larry Warton, bruised, beaten, and just released from the hospital, paid her a visit and asked Sharon about the body. Sharon, relieved that she wasn't imagining what happened, and gratefully confessed the whole story. It seemed he had seen her arrive at the bar that night, popped the trunk, and taken the body and hid it for her.
Sharon was relieved when Larry promised to keep mum. But the haunting kept on, and the police started asking questions. Sharon thought she was going crazy and insisted Larry show her the dead body. Larry took Sharon, accompanied by mother-in-law Nikki, whom Sharon had confided in, down into the wet, stinking, rat-infested sewer, and found the body. Although she could identify the clothes as Cameron's, the face was too decomposed to recognize. Sharon continued to be haunted by Cameron and taunted by Grace until the body was discovered. Much to everyone's shock, the body turned out to be that of Cassie's father, Frank Barritt, who had stopped trying to see Cassie around New Year's Eve, so Sharon became the number one suspect.
At her last haunting prior to her arrest, Cameron finally said, "Gotcha," to her, and sent her running screaming from the house. Later on, after Cameron showed up at the Athletic Club, very much alive, Larry, Sharon, Michael Baldwin, and Nick figured out that Grace was helping Cameron with his plot for revenge on Sharon and convinced her to help them expose him. The body was found eventually after it washed out of the sewer, and turned out to be Sharon's ex-boyfriend and daughter Cassie's father, Frank. Cameron had set Sharon up for Frank's murder.
Luckily for Larry, when all was said and done, he was not implicated. But Cameron escaped in his private jet with Sharon held hostage. Nick stowed away in the plane and jumped Cameron. They managed to get him into a parachute, and all three bailed out of the plane. Cameron landed in a tree, which broke his leg, but Nick and Sharon made him walk to civilization where they called the police and turned him over.
Their harrowing experience made it easier for Nick to forgive Sharon that time, but it didn't take long for Sharon to get back into her life and become bored again. One night, she followed Nikki to where she worked as an emcee at Marilyn's Cabaret. Finding a secluded spot, Sharon was fascinated watching their best stripper, Brittany (a.k.a., Marilyn) perform. Sharon began fanaticizing about doing the same, but once Nikki and Nick found out, they tried to point her ambitions in another direction to save her children embarrassment. Through Jack, Nick helped Sharon get a job at Jabot as spokesperson, and since Jabot was still in a bad financial situation, Nick was paying her salary under the table. Sharon later found out and quit, but Nick hired his wife away from Jabot to be spokesperson for the Newman Cosmetic Line.
Their daughter Cassie turned 14 and began to hang out at Crimson Lights with her 16-year-old friends, Lily Winters and Sierra. It wasn't long before she was trying to act their age, and was caught being secretive, skipping school, and accepting a ride home with an older boy unknown to her parents, so Cassie was grounded. She had a crush on 16-year-old Daniel Romalotti, but he and Lily were getting close -- much to the disdain of their parents, who forbade them to see each other. Word was going around school about a secret party to be held in a park. All the older crowd was going, and Cassie just had to go, too -- especially since Daniel said he would be there. She managed to talk Nick into un-grounding her for the evening so she could "go to a movie" with her long-time friend Ali. Sharon didn't go for it, but Nick persuaded her to give in.
Cassie ended up at the party to find Daniel drunk on beer trying to get over being separated from Lily. The party ended late, and everyone left. Cassie, who had not been drinking, assured her friends she had a way home, then found Daniel passed out in the back seat of his convertible. Deciding he was too drunk to get home, Cassie took his keys and started the car, even though she had neither a lesson nor learner's permit. She crashed the car. Because both were thrown from the car, and neither remembered a thing, no one realized that Cassie had been driving. As soon as a bruised Daniel was able to leave the hospital, he was arrested and spent the night in jail. His mother, Phyllis, bailed him out, beside herself with the thought that the son she had lost for so many years could be taken from her again and imprisoned.
Back in ICU after brain surgery, Cassie was fighting for her life. There was hope, so long as infection didn't set in. Suddenly, Cassie sat bolt upright -- she remembered -- she was driving! Daniel was in a lot trouble, but she caused the accident. After attempts to tell her mother to use the phone failed, she got out of bed, pulled out her IV, and donned her mother's trench coat, staggered out of the hospital, intent on finding and telling Daniel. After several hours of worry by her family and friends, and searching by the police and detective, Paul Williams, she somehow found her way to Crimson Lights. Lily and Daniel rushed to her as she was near collapse.
The exhausted Cassie attempted to tell Daniel the truth, but all she could get out was "crash." Someone called 9-1-1, Nick arrived shortly before the paramedics, and he accompanied her back to the hospital in the ambulance. Anxiously, her family held vigil while Cassie's fever heightened and Newman-financed specialists arrived too late to help. Victor, Nikki, Victoria, brother Noah, and Grandma Doris, who had arrived from her home in Eau Claire, sadly said their goodbyes and I love you's, and left her alone with Nick and Sharon. There was one last whisper in Nick's ear that it wasn't Daniel's fault, as he chokingly sang her a lullaby while Sharon hugged her. Viewers saw flashbacks of the adorable child Cassie -- the light of their (and viewers') lives -- and Cassie slipped away.
The memorial service was touching, with Grace, Millie, and Alice conspicuously absent. Larry was said to be out of town, and messages were left for him. Victor, Nikki, and Sharon gave memorial speeches. Noah placed Cassie's doll, Cindy, on her casket with a tear in his eye. During Nick's speech, which was more a threat against Daniel, he spotted Phyllis, who had snuck in the back, spoke right at her, then marched to her afterward and demanded she leave. Jack ushered her out in embarrassment.
Sharon handled her loss, mostly just feeling responsible for letting Cassie go out that night and regretful for all the things Cassie missed out on in her life. Meanwhile, Nick was angry, refused to accept any responsibility, and was out for revenge against Daniel. Nick took a leave of absence from Newman, putting Victor back in charge. Daniel was charged with vehicular manslaughter. Out on bail, he went into hiding in the Abbott playhouse with the help of Lily Winters.
When Daniel didn't show up for his arraignment, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lily decided to drive Daniel out of town to help him escape. The day after the funeral, Larry showed up at Sharon's door with comforting words about how lucky they were to have Cassie in their lives, and reminded Sharon that he held Cassie responsible for changing his life. He took Sharon on an exhilarating motorcycle ride to help cheer her up.
Victoria accepted the position of acting CEO at Newman, and Nick took it amazingly well when he returned from tracking down Daniel Romalotti, the young man he held responsible for his daughter's death. He insisted on firing Phyllis, but after telling Nick off, she retorted, "You can't fire me. I quit." Although Brad Carlton had comforted Sharon in Nick's absence, Sharon was thrilled to welcome Nick home. Then Christine approached them and asked for the clothes Cassie was wearing the night of the car accident. Nick withheld the evidence. Nick was too caught up in rage and vengeance to worry about Newman Enterprises, his family, or the defendant's right to a fair trial. He was only intent on seeing Daniel pay.
Lily was out on bail, and Daniel went on trial for vehicular manslaughter, where Christine and Paul failed to prove that Cassie was driving the car. But in a last-minute save, Nick turned over the clothes Cassie was wearing that fateful night. The boot she was wearing matched a piece of a heel found under the accelerator. The judge determined that Cassie was driving and let Daniel go free. Lily's parents made a deal to send her away to boarding school in New Hampshire to get the D.A. to drop the charges against her.
While Nick was still angry over his daughter Cassie's death, Brad made plans with Sharon for her return to Newman working with him on the Beauty of Nature project. Nick and Sharon grew further apart while apparitions of Cassie haunted them both. When Nick decided to return to Newman, Victor made him and Victoria co-CEOs. Sharon grew closer to Brad and his daughter, Abby, and was named spokesperson for the "Touch of Nature" line. They had a close call with intimacy when in Denver on a business trip, but Sharon was dedicated to working on her marriage.
After his declaration of love for Sharon was rebuffed, Brad instead asked Victoria Newman to marry him and she accepted, although Brad and Ashley were not yet legally divorced. Meanwhile, Nick and Phyllis Summers became attracted to each other, and had an affair. Sharon found out and they were separated. Nick went to live at the Newman Executive Suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Unfortunately for Sharon, Brad went ahead and married Victoria.
Phyllis came up with an idea to create wellness spas under the Jabot umbrella. She asked Nikki to join her with her anti-aging product, and took it to Jack, who promptly shot it down as not feasible considering Jabot's instability. Phyllis and Jack had it out, and she quit her new job as Jabot Executive of Internet Affairs. So Nikki and Phyllis presented the idea to Victor instead, and he agreed to fund the project, joined the partnership, gave them an office in Newman Towers, and they called it NVP after Nikki, Victor, and Phyllis. Jack filed a lawsuit against them, which was the final split in his on-again/off-again relationship with Phyllis. Sharon signed on as spokesperson for NVP. Not long afterward, Victor became afflicted with temporal lobe epilepsy and was duped by Jack into selling him NVP, with a stipulation that Victor would have final say on all decisions, and Nikki was made CEO.
Meanwhile, Nick and Phyllis Summers became attracted to each other, and began a steamy affair. Sharon found out, and she and Nick separated. Sharon went to Brad for comfort, and they ended up having sex on a business trip to NYC. But after Daniel walked in to find his mother and Nick half-naked on the couch, the couple decided to call off their affair. After Nick had a vision where Cassie showed him how he imagined life would be had she not died, including a new baby girl named Faith, Nick showed up at home, and Sharon took him back. Nick and Phyllis continued to be thrown together by business, and they ended up stranded in New Mexico. They stopped at a Pepe's Roadhouse, danced, and had a great time. The attraction was great but they resisted and spent the night separately.
Then Phyllis turned up pregnant, and broke it to Nick that it might also be Jack's, so Nick took a paternity test. When he received the test results he disappeared to think about his options. He returned a few days later, and informed Phyllis that he was the father, but that he intended to stay with his family. Phyllis was disappointed, but insisted she could raise their child alone. Jack was disappointed, too, since he'd always hoped for a reconciliation with Phyllis. Jack began an affair with Carmen Mesta. Nick told Sharon the pregnancy news. She decided she didn't want Nick to stay out of obligation, ran out of the office screaming divorce, and ended up in the parking garage pounding the steering wheel of her SUV. Brad discovered her there, and his consoling turned to heavy making out. Sharon saw Nick watching them, but continued on with Brad.
Nick decided to tell Victoria that he caught her husband making out with Sharon, but Brad beat him to the punch and confessed that they'd shared a kiss -- but that his heart belonged to Victoria. Victoria seemed to accept that, but secretly consulted a lawyer about how to get Brad's Newman stock if the marriage should end. Nick and Sharon told Noah about the divorce, and Nick left to move into the Newman Executive Suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club, but turned up at Phyllis' door instead, and they made love. The next morning, Phyllis and Nick showed up at Newman together and told Victor and Nikki about the divorce and pregnancy. Nikki was appalled, but Victor congratulated them.
Victoria confronted Sharon about kissing Brad, then fired her from Newman. Sharon went running to Brad, who sent her on a mysterious errand to deliver a red tote bag to a car downtown for him. Brad's daughter, Colleen, confronted him with what she knew about his mysterious past, and accused him of kidnapping J.T. Brad explained his past to Colleen, then hustled her and Abby off to the private jet, where they met his mother, Rebecca, and were jetted to safety in Hawaii. Meanwhile Sharon arrived at Brad's to find the door ajar, and, being mistaken for Brad's wife, was kidnapped and held captive with J.T. in Cleveland.
Brad received a call from the kidnapper telling him they had Sharon. Victoria and Brad went back to Newman, and brought Nick and Paul in on the case. Nikki volunteered to take Noah away on a mini-vacation to see her sister, Casey, to keep him safe and oblivious to the fact that his mother was missing. Brad had to explain his past as George Kaplan to everyone, and also explained that the kidnappers wanted an artifact called the Grudgeon Reliquary. Then J.T. was dumped on Brad's doorstep as a warning. After they wasted days trying to track down the Reliquary on the Internet and through art dealers, Victoria decided to create a fake using two other similar Grudgeon pieces. They took the fake to Cleveland, and Nick met the kidnapper and his henchman for the exchange at a church.
Meanwhile, misled by the kidnappers, Brad, Paul, and J.T. were converging on the shipping crate where Sharon had been held-which was booby-trapped with explosives. They disarmed it in time, then arrived just in time to rescue Nick and Sharon as explosives attached to Sharon were about to detonate. Brad ended up fighting with the bad guys, and killed them both after the head guy admitted he was Oscar Volkmann, son of the commandant who was executed after Brad's mother's testimony. All arrived safely back in Genoa City and vowed, for everyone's safety, to never tell what went on.
Nick and Sharon divorced with joint custody of Noah, and Sharon received their house in the settlement. Nick and Phyllis moved into the Tack House on the Newman Ranch so Nick could be close to his son. Nick and Phyllis became engaged, and Nick threw Phyllis a fun engagement party, hoedown style, modeled after their "place "Pepe's" in New Mexico, which included a visit from Rocky the dancing cowboy from there and a ruby engagement ring. Sharon and Jack Abbott began having an affair. After an attempt to get married prior to the six-month waiting period was turned down by the judge, Nick and Phyllis eloped back to New Mexico at Pepe's, and returned to Genoa City married, and looking forward to the birth of their daughter.
Phyllis overheard Sharon and Brad discussing their New York City affair, and saw an opportunity for future use of the information. The controversial NVP spa project known as Clear Springs had everyone at Newman taking sides. Jack, Victor, Phyllis, and Nick felt a large development would revitalize a dying town, and Nikki, Brad, and Victoria were opposed because it would wipe out historic structures in the town. Nikki and Neil ran for the vacant Newman board seat to boost the votes for their side, and thanks to Phyllis' blackmail of Brad over his affair with Sharon, Victor's yes-man, Neil. won, so they appeared to have the upper hand on Clear Springs. But Brad got Phyllis arrested for extortion; she was found guilty, and later went to prison.
In April of 2007, Sharon told Drucilla that Phyllis was blackmailing Sharon over her affair with Brad Carlton. When Sharon and Phyllis began fighting on the edge of a cliff during an NVP photo shoot, Dru intervened. When all lost hold of the cell phone they were fighting over, they lost their balance and fell backward. Dru sailed off the cliff into the river below, and Sharon was left hanging onto the edge for her life. Phyllis tried to save her, but she lost her grip and also fell to the river below. Rescuers combed the area and found Sharon's lifeless body, but she was revived and lived. Dru was never found. Only the jacket she wore was found below the falls, so she was presumed dead.
A prayer vigil was held at Indigo, where family and friends shared memories. Olivia remembered what a precocious child Dru had been, and how she had showed her love for Liv when she donated needed bone marrow when Liv was once on her deathbed. Sharon remembered her brutal honesty and her one-of-a-kind hats. Devon recalled that before Dru came into his life, no one had ever believed in him, and how she forced him, through her love, to believe in himself. Lily said Dru was the kind of woman who did it all -- career and family, and was her role model. Neil believed Dru was still alive and was not going to give up looking for her; he called her loyal and passionate about life. For a while, Neil was turning back to the bottle in his despair over losing Dru, but his children seemed to have gotten through to him.
As part of a plot to bring down Jack, Victor convinced Jack to run for the Wisconsin State Senate. Nikki was in on it, but in her anger at being passed over as a board member of Newman in favor of Neil, she decided to run against Jack. Victor was livid and reminded Nikki where she came from and where she would be if not for him. Meanwhile, Jack continued to be visited by his conscience in the form of his dead father, John, and appeared to be having second thoughts about the things he had done to control Victor during Victor's epilepsy when he was vulnerable. Jack's campaign manager, David Chow, pulled a dirty trick by exposing Nikki's porn film, Hot Hips, on the Internet to discredit her, so Jack fired him. Then Nikki hired him to pull the same sort of tricks on Jack. In what appeared to be a political move at the time, Jack and Sharon were married at the ranch, with Noah as best man.
Victor and Sharon were scheduled to fly to Clear Springs, then Jack was going in Victor's place, but had to cancel. So Sharon and Nick ended taking the trip instead. On the return trip, the Newman jet went down in Lake Michigan with no survivors. Sharon surprised everyone when she walked in on the Newmans and Jack just after they'd gotten the news. She was just as shocked to hear that her taking another flight had saved her life, and that Nick was missing and presumed dead. It was later suggested that the jet might have been sabotaged. Noah and Nikki were devastated, but Nikki carried on with her state senatorial campaign, with the help of her campaign manager, David Chow.
Victor abandoned his family in their grief after Hope called. He took off for Sri Lanka to search for their missing son, Victor, Jr. While Victor was away, David fell for Nikki, Phyllis and Sharon caught them kissing, and there were exposed on videotape. Gloria got Kevin to monitor the security cameras at Jabot, which proved that Jack owned Jabot. So Jack quickly sold Jabot at a loss to Katherine Chancellor. In the end, Jack won the election and became State Senator, but later left in disgrace when his former stepmother, Gloria, exposed him for falsifying his father's will that cut her out.
Nick turned up lost in the woods, found by internist, Logan Anderson, and was taken back to Genoa City and his family. But Nick lost his memory of the previous two years of his life, including his marriage to Phyllis and their baby, Summer. Remembering only his love for Sharon, Nick tried to win her back, even though she was married to Jack, but Sharon, though tempted, wasn't interested. Nick began seeing Phyllis, curious as to why he ever hooked up with this person he remembered not even liking very much. When Noah started acting out for Sharon, Nick agreed to move back in with Phyllis so Noah could live with them. Nick did not regain his memory, but it didn't take long for him to fall in love with Phyllis all over again. Then Phyllis was tried, found guilty of extortion, and sent to prison. But Michael got her off after serving only a few months.
One day everyone in Genoa City seemed to be at Clear Springs when its underground parking structure and casino collapsed, trapping several of them inside. Sharon, Jack, and Nick were there to scout for a photo shoot. Nick was knocked out, and Jack pinned by debris, but Nick awoke and got Jack free. Sharon's leg was sprained, but they managed to find an opening in the rubble. Jack levered it open so that Nick and Sharon could escape, leaving him there still trapped. While waiting for rescue, Jack wrote a note to Sharon, confessing how much he loved her.
Meanwhile, Amber crawled out of her crushed car and made her way to an elevator, where she found Kay bruised and dirty inside, where she had been left while her grandson, Cane, and J.T. crawled up the shaft for help. Also trapped were Adrian Korbel with a very pregnant Victoria, and Lauren and Noah, who were trapped with Paul. Nikki and others stood vigil on the outside, waiting while rescuers cleared rubble and tried to get to the victims. Phyllis, still in prison, heard about it on television, got no answer on Nick's cell phone, and got the news when she called Victor.
Sharon and Nick walked out of the rubble, asking rescuers to go back for Jack. The rescuers said it was too dangerous, that methane was escaping and about to blow up, so Victor, acting as a hero, went in and rescued his worst enemy. Cane and J.T. made it out, but Cane fooled them into believing he'd had rescue training in Australia, and went back to rescue Kay and Amber. Sharon and Nick were relieved when Noah emerged on a stretcher. Noah later had his spleen removed as a result of his injuries. Then the dead body of the construction foreman was removed. The reason Cane and Kay were there was to investigate him for shoddy work and kickbacks. Finally, Korbel and Victoria emerged, just as the methane blast occurred. Victoria was hit on the head with a rock and knocked out. She rolled down the pile of debris.
Still pregnant, Victoria spent months in a coma while her family and fiancé, J.T., held vigil at her bedside. They finally had to decide if the baby should be delivered prematurely to save Victoria. J.T. and Victor chose to deliver, but Nikki insisted that Victoria would rather her baby live, so it went to court. They ended up waiting a couple more weeks until the baby had a better chance, then a baby boy, Reed, was delivered. A DNA test was run and J.T. was pronounced the father.
Reed thrived in the hospital while Victoria, still comatose, was taken back to the ranch. Nikki and Victor were separated, so Victor lived in the ranch house while Nikki took residence in Sharon's cottage with David Chow forever there in Victor's face. Not long after J.T. took Reed home, Victoria woke up. Victoria and J.T. were married, and they moved back to the loft apartment with Reed. Victor made his new son-in-law, J.T., head of Newman security, and Victoria went back to work.
The investigation into the Clear Springs disaster disclosed the cause was Victor Newman's mining the methane underneath it. It didn't take long for Victor to alienate everyone around him, including Nikki. Victor called in her loans for NVP, fired and bankrupted her, and gained full control of NVP. He also fired Nick as co-CEO of Newman and replaced him with Neil.
After Jack lost his senate seat and Nick was fired from Newman, they got together and decided to start a new Internet and print magazine. They asked Phyllis to join them, and Sharon requested to work with them later. They named it Restless Style. Nick bought a dilapidated warehouse, which was rapidly turning into a money pit. He was financing it and his share of the venture on money borrowed from his trust fund, which he could not receive until he turned 40. They hired Daniel as a photographer assistant and general go-for, and Amber begged to be hired as receptionist. Victor labeled it foolhardy, and was sure it would fail.
Due to Jack's falsifying his father's will, the judge reversed his decision on Gloria's inheritance from John, and she was awarded half of Abbott Manor. Since Gloria and Jeffrey moved in, and Jack and Sharon refused to move out, they were time-sharing by area. Meanwhile, Jeff claimed he'd actually fallen for Gloria, and continued to blackmail her to force her to become his wife in every way. So Kevin and Gloria cooked up a plot to make it look like Jeff was slowly poisoning her to inherit, but Jeff one-upped her again, substituting something else for the poison, which she was taking daily. Both couples were doing everything they could to make the other leave.
Gloria redecorated in outlandish style, and Sharon and Jack, with Jeff's help, hired an actor, Alistair Wallingford, to play John's ghost to scare Gloria into selling her share of the mansion and leaving. Gloria figured it out and threatened lawsuit, but Jack, influenced by his conscience in the form of his dead father, John, gave up and gave her the house, and he and Sharon moved out. Then Gloria, influenced by Jana and her beliefs in karma, decided to turn her life around and gave the mansion back to Jack.
Gloria and Jeff began to realize they were actually attracted to each other, even after all their feuding and blackmailing. They had one hot night together, but misunderstandings and refusal to admit they cared led to Jeffrey filing for divorce and asking for half her net worth as a settlement. Meanwhile Gloria was still trying to offset her karma and had made legal arrangements to donate half her assets to charity. So when Jeff won the divorce settlement, Gloria would be left penniless. But, thanks to the influence of his conscience in the form of his dead father, Jack relented and let her move into the Abbott pool house.
As Victor predicted, the first edition of his son Nick's Restless Style magazine/webzine did not do as well as expected, so the second had a hipper cover, featuring hot singer, Katy Perry. Then Adrian Korbel was hired to do an article on Sabrina and the Newman Gallery for the third issue, which Sabrina and Victor approved. Victoria stepped up as a last-minute replacement for the cover, which was done in a Hollywood retro style.
Though Adrian stumbled upon a rumor that Sabrina had wrangled an exhibition for her lover, Phillipe, when she was Art Curator at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, which could shed new light on the latest Mrs. Victor Newman, he decided not to make a big deal about it. But Jack did some further research and turned Adrian's article into a scandalous one that upset everyone, but the magazines sold into a fourth printing. Jack had sent Adrian off to Australia to do another article, so Adrian was furious when he returned and found out what Jack had done to his article. Assuming Nick was in on the scandalous article, and for Victoria's turning against Sabrina for marrying her father, Victor cut them both out of his will as he added Adam and Sabrina.
Jack's success-by-any-means business style with Sharon's undying support was making it impossible for the two couples to co-exist at Restless Style, so they let a coin flip decide who would buy out the other. Jack and Sharon won, giving Nick and Phyllis a price to buy them out or take the same price to leave. Knowing Nick didn't have the funds, Sharon visited Victor and asked him to give Nick his job back at Newman. But Victor surprised them all by giving Nick a line of credit for the buyout instead. Knowing they needed someone with contacts in fashion, and with Nikki out of a job and full of great ideas, they took her on as interim Editor in Chief. Nikki got Ruby Aldridge for the cover of their first magazine on their own, and Phyllis was in charge of the farewell Letter from the Editor. She avoided the urge to trash them and wrote something nice. But after Nick spent a little too much time with Sharon resolving a problem with Noah, she changed it back to trash. But after a little loving, Nick forgave her, of course. However, neither Phyllis nor Jack was pleased when Nick's first act as advisor to Newman was to rehire Sharon as their Beauty of Nature spokesperson.
In June 2008, Noah went away to summer camp at age ten, and returned in August fifteen years old and getting into trouble with his buddies who were into drinking beer and partying. He convinced his parents to let him attend Genoa City High School instead of Walnut Grove. When Noah tried to befriend newcomer Eden, who was Michael Baldwin's half-sister, she rebuffed him and called him a loser. One night, both were invited to a party in a warehouse. When Noah arrived, he realized he had been tricked into convincing his parents it was chaperoned with no drinking, then Eden stole his cell phone when he tried to leave. Because Noah was out past curfew, Nick and Sharon burst in on the party and took Noah home just as the police were showing up and Eden was sneaking away.
Noah later took an interest in Eden, and persuaded her to go on a French class trip to France. Sharon arranged to meet Noah in Paris at the end of the class trip so they could spend some time together there. Nick happened to arrive in Paris too to help find his missing father, and ran into Sharon, so he showed her around Paris. The class trip went well and Noah was enjoying Paris, but Eden was bored and wanted to see the real Paris where her mother grew up.
Eden and Noah went to the Père Lachaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison was buried. Eden opened up to Noah about her life on the run without a mother, and they ended up in an embrace. But some young thugs interrupted them and stole the necklace Eden's mother had left her, and they roughed up Noah. Eden got away and called the police. The thugs got away, but dropped the necklace, which Noah retrieved, and Noah and Eden were taken to the police station until Sharon was located and picked them up. Noah and Eden were becoming close and kissing when they could get away with it, since they were forbidden to see each other because of the trouble they got into in Paris.
Phyllis arrived in Paris later to surprise Nick after putting the latest issue of Restless Style to bed, but he was off with Sharon. So Phyllis supervised a Paris photo-shoot for the magazine, then went sightseeing -- one of the sights being Nick and Sharon kissing on a bridge. They had gotten caught up in the moment, and that was as far as it went. Phyllis took the next flight home and did not mention to Nick that she was even there. After witnessing the kiss in Paris, convinced that Jack and Phyllis' marriage was on the skids, Phyllis did all she could to keep Sharon from falling back together with Nick.
Phyllis approached Brad to let him know the field was open for him again, and if he needed any help, she was willing. Brad found Sharon at the Genoa City Athletic Club bar, and worked on getting her back himself. Phyllis then arranged for Sharon to find out some more of Jack's lies, causing a further split between them. Phyllis was forced to admit she'd been in Paris when the Paris photo-shoot came out in print, and she told Nick what she saw there. Nick apologized and assured Phyllis that it was just a moment between him and Sharon, and that Phyllis was still the only woman for him.
Jack and Sharon were having marital problems, the same ones that broke up Jack and Phyllis, as Jack was always more interested in "getting Victor" than in his wives. Sharon had caught him in so many lies that he was on his final chance at saving their marriage before the truth about the diary came out. That was the last straw, and she and Noah moved out of his home and into the Genoa City Athletic Club. Nick and Phyllis celebrated New Year's Eve 2008 there, and, seeing Sharon alone, Phyllis called Brad to go be with her. Jack saw them going into her room together, and went home to bed alone, his world fallen apart thanks to his own lies. Jack was served with divorce papers.
In late January of 2009, Sharon went up to the Abbott lake house to be alone and think about what to do with her life after divorce papers were served on Jack. Brad showed up and declared his love, but Sharon sent him away. On the drive home, Brad had car trouble, got out, and heard the screams of Noah Newman who had gone skating with Eden and fallen through the ice. Brad died a hero after he pulled Noah from the hole in the ice, when he fell through himself and drowned.
Colleen and J.T. found Brad's car about the same time that Noah remembered and told Victoria that it was Brad who rescued him. J.T. and Colleen heard a boy playing on the ice scream as he discovered Brad's body showing through the ice. J.T. checked out the situation and had to deliver the bad news to Colleen. Colleen and Abby were both devastated by the news, and Victoria and Ashley commiserated over the loss of their former husband.
Meanwhile Nick made it through the snowstorm to the Abbott cabin at Twin Lakes to let Sharon know what had happened to Noah. Just as Phyllis had suspected when she begged him not to go, Nick and Sharon ended up stranded there together, reminiscences got the best of them, and they made love in front of the fireplace.
A Jewish service was held with the immediate family, his daughters Colleen and Abby, and his ex-wives Traci, Victoria, and Ashley. Brad's mother was unable to attend, and former lover, Nikki, was out of town. Sharon visited the grave alone, told Brad she always loved him, and thanked him for saving Noah's life. In the Jewish tradition, a headstone was not laid until a week later.
Nick admitted it when Phyllis guessed about his night with Sharon. He thought about his options for a few days, but decided that Sharon was his past, and Phyllis was his future. Days later when Nick apparently didn't remember or care, Sharon decided to celebrate their wedding anniversary getting drunk on shots at a bar. Billy Abbott was there, also drunk, so the two of them hooked up and spent the night together in her hotel room. Sharon began to experience blackouts where she picked up random objects from other people's houses, then later wondered where they came from. After checking out at the bookstore, Sharon added books not paid for to her bag. Eden arrived with Noah, Noah left with Sharon, leaving the bag of books on the counter. Eden grabbed them to take to Sharon,. Eden was caught by the security system and detained for shoplifting, then the police were called.
Meanwhile Sharon visited her mom in the hospital, and Doris recognized the same behaviors Sharon had as a teen over the guilt she felt when Doris became paralyzed. She asked Sharon if she wasn't feeling similar guilt over Brad's death, but Sharon denied it. Back at the bookstore, after Lauren and Michael had no success getting the owner to reconsider pressing charges, Eden was arrested, and later given into Michael's custody at Juvenile Detention. When Sharon found out what happened, she had no recollection that she was involved, and attacked Nick for trying to help calm her panic. Sharon was continuing her affair with Billy Abbott to try to ease the pain of her guilt, while Billy was supposed to be playing the doting father and living with Chloe and their daughter, Cordelia, to help her maintain custody.
After Chloe realized Billy was with another woman when she needed him, she moved back into the Chancellor estate with her mother. Phyllis caught Sharon and Billy together and threatened to tell Jack and Nick about their affair. Sharon broke down, phoned Billy, and called things off. Jack arrived and she fell into his arms, ashamed and troubled. Jack asked her to return to him, and said he would forgive her anything. Sharon asked him to just keep her safe from the rest of the world, and Jack promised he would. They made love and Sharon moved back in with Jack. Meanwhile, Billy showed up with flowers for Chloe and smooth-talked her into giving him another chance. Nick and Noah were both perplexed with her flakiness when, only days later, Sharon inexplicably decided to move back to the club.
Eden and Noah took off together for the Abbott cabin at Twin Lakes to be alone and have sex for the first time, but they reconsidered and had left by the time both Sharon and Nick got there to stop them. Once again, Sharon and Nick fell back into the old attraction and had sex there themselves. Nick admitted to Phyllis what had happened, and suggested they separate until he could decide whom he really wanted. They arrived at home to find Eden and Noah having sex on their couch. Nick spent the night at Victoria's, and Phyllis went crazy in Sharon's hotel room, screaming and cutting up Sharon's clothes.
Phyllis discovered Sharon's stash of stolen items, and notified the police. When Sharon arrived back at her room, she was arrested for theft. Jack bailed her out, Nick accused Phyllis of setting her up, and Victor decided it was time Noah went to live with him. Nick and Phyllis split up for a time from the fallout, then just as they got back together in time for their anniversary, Phyllis was caught on hotel videotape and arrested for trashing Sharon's room. Sharon had a confession written up ready to give to Assistant D.A. Heather, but thanks to Phyllis' plea for Noah's sake, Lauren dropped shoplifting charges against Sharon, so Sharon dropped charges against Phyllis.
Sharon told Doris that she was pregnant and there were three possible fathers. Later, Cassie appeared to Sharon in a dream saying the baby girl she foresaw on her deathbed was Summer. Sharon tried to tell Nick that she was pregnant, but was interrupted, then told Jack, who confided in Billy, not realizing that Billy was the third potential father. Jack told Sharon he wanted her back and the baby, whoever the father was, so they reconciled. Jack had to dump Mary Jane, but she was conniving to get him back by getting Sharon involved with Nick again.
Memorial Day 2009, the anniversary of Cassie's death, found Sharon and Nick still grieving, and Nick finally feeling remorse for not being there for her back then. Sharon tried to avoid Nick, but they ended up running into each other at Cassie's grave, where emotions ran high. Nick referred to Cassie's prophecy of another baby girl, causing Sharon to admit that she was pregnant and it might be his, which Phyllis overheard. Phyllis lambasted Jack for letting that happen, and, because she overheard Sharon say that Jack knew everything and he forgave her, she asked Jack how he could forgive Billy for being the third possibility. Jack was shocked and later attacked Billy for it. Sharon admitted to Jack that Billy might be the father of her baby, while Nick admitted to Phyllis that Sharon was pregnant and it might be his. Jack was understanding and loving, even though it ruined his relationship with his brother, and he still wanted Sharon and the baby, no matter whose baby it was.
Phyllis reacted calm and accepting, and gave Nick an ultimatum to choose between her and Sharon. Sharon made an appointment for a paternity test. Nick remembered the wonderful parts of his life with Phyllis, comparing them with memories with Sharon. Sharon walked in and they kissed passionately, with Nick saying he was leaving Phyllis, wanting to be with Sharon. But Sharon turned him down, saying she and Jack were back together and raising the child, and could not break up their family. Despite that, Nick went home and told Phyllis that it was over.
Later, at the Athletic Club, Nick emerged from his room, caught Sharon going down the hall, convinced her that they were meant to be, and they again made love. Meanwhile, Phyllis was pouring her heart out to Jack, and they ended up making love, as well, with Mary Jane scowling through the window. But after Jack left Phyllis' home, he went to Mary Jane and they made love, too. Because Nick and Sharon seem to be getting back together, Mary Jane appeared to be working on getting Phyllis out of Jack's life so she could have Jack to herself. Nick told Phyllis to go ahead and file for divorce, that he would not fight her on anything, and Phyllis replied, "You want it so bad, get it yourself!" After Nick left, Phyllis told Summer that her daddy was not going to be living with them anymore.
Sharon and Nick went house hunting and found the perfect home on Rampart Lane. Sharon got the paternity test results back and was ecstatic that she and Nick were expecting Faith, the daughter that Cassie predicted on her deathbed and in Nick's dream. But after seeing Nick so distraught over his daughter Summer being in a coma, Sharon realized that he needed to be there for Summer and Phyllis, and not run off with someone else like he did over Cassie, so she told everyone her baby was Jack's. Summer’s obsession with watching the video of their wedding made Nick realize how much he really loved Phyllis and wanted to stay together, even marry her all over again. Meanwhile Sharon admitted to Jack that Nick was really the father of her unborn baby, and Jack refused to forgive her for lying to him. Sharon watched from the bushes as Nick and Phyllis renewed their vows. Later Sharon walked out of the Jewelers in a daze with a duplicate of Phyllis's new wedding ring, was arrested. and institutionalized for 30 days for mental observation. Her mother Doris visited her and questioned why Jack, the father of her baby, had not been by to see her, causing Sharon to admit that Nick was the real father. Later as Doris left, Sharon opened her door and cautioned Doris not to tell anyone, but Nick was outside and overheard. After Doris was out of sight, he returned, confronted Sharon with the truth, and she admitted it. Nick told Sharon he cannot walk away from his child.
Ashley was convinced by Jack to check in to the same mental hospital where Sharon was. Adam followed with Dr. Taylor in tow. It wasn't long afterward that Sharon went into labor, and with no obstetrician on-staff, Dr. Taylor was enlisted to deliver her baby. Ashley went into "labor" for her hysterical pregnancy, and begged Adam to deliver her baby in her room. He gave her a drug that knocked her out. Meanwhile Dr. Taylor delivered Sharon's baby girl. Adam snatched her out of his arms, and when Ashley awoke, Adam handed her Sharon's baby as her own. Dr. Taylor was forced to deliver the news to Sharon that her baby had been born malformed and died. The baby was cremated, so by the time she told Nick there was no way to prove differently. Adam's guilt began drawing him close to both Ashley and Sharon. Sharon decided it was time to move on and moved in and is renting Brad and Colleen's now vacant house from Jack, and Noah moved in with her. Adam and Sharon became romantically involved and impulsively flew off to Lake Tahoe on the Newman jet, and got married. The jet crashed on the way back, and as they were going down, Adam showed Sharon a note that said that her baby was still alive. They survived the crash, but Sharon suffered a head injury, and didn't appear to recall the note. Nick punched Adam when he found out about their marriage, accusing him of taking advantage of Sharon to get back at Nick.
Adam moved into the Carlton house with Sharon and was getting along rather well with Noah. College girl, Daisy, convinced Lauren to hire her at her boutique and that she was a sweet, hard-working girl who had no family. When Eden began seeing through Daisy's con job, Daisy set the Carlton house on fire while Eden and Noah were upstairs making love. Noah's uncle Adam arrived in time to save them and Noah's dog Fisher. Eden confronted Daisy with a Fenmore's card found at the scene, certain that Daisy set the fire. Not long afterward, Eden was contacted by an Aunt in Paris, asking her to live with her for awhile and attend a prestigious school there. While she hated to leave Noah, she persuaded Michael and Lauren to let her go. Once Eden got to Paris she told Noah she was confused that her Aunt thanked her for contacting her and requesting to come. Noah soon got permission to join her there. Sharon accepted Ashley's invitation to move into the Newman ranch with her, with Adam knowing he would be uncomfortable living with the two women whose baby's he had switched. That same day Dr. Taylor showed up, telling Adam that he was going to tell them the truth. Adam followed him, and they fought in front of Jimmy's Bar. Phyllis happened to walk by just as Adam shoved Dr. Taylor, causing him to fall in front of a moving car and be killed.
Phyllis did some investigating of Adam and Dr. Taylor's past in Boston, and found out about Dr. Taylor's sexual assaults of his patients. She and Ashley compared notes on Adam, and Ashley realized that he was the one who was gas-lighting her to drive her insane, then threw Adam and Sharon off the ranch. Victor and Nick began having second thoughts about trusting Adam, after he came to them threatening to expose them if they screwed him over. Sharon, despite Ashley and Nick’s warnings, stood by her man, Adam.
Because it was inherited by Abby at Colleen's death, Ashley was notified that the fire restoration of Brad's mansion was completed, and she and her daughters moved back in. Adam, afraid that all his lies were about to catch up with him, tried to talk Sharon into moving away, and asked Tucker to make him Vice President of European Operations. Sharon was finally convinced by Skye's diary that Adam was lying, left him, and took Ashley up on her offer to move back to Brad's mansion. Then Sharon began to realize that her baby had not really died at birth, and was determined to get her back. Meanwhile Jack joined forces with Victor to take Adam down if Jabot could be returned to Chancellor. They plotted to get Sharon to lure Adam to the Abbott cabin, and with all he had wronged in attendance even including Rafe and Heather, they confronted Adam with what they knew. Adam played innocent even after Phyllis arrived with a deathbed letter Dr. Taylor had dictated to the ambulance EMT meant for Ashley. The letter told Ashley that she had had a miscarriage months before and a hysterical pregnancy afterward, so never gave birth that night. Ashley remembered meeting “Sabrina” on the stairs and falling, and realized it had to have been Adam. Everyone realized that her baby Faith was really Sharon’s. A DNA test later proved it, and Ashley reluctantly gave Faith to Sharon. Everyone went home leaving Adam with Victor, Nick and Jack, but fearing they would kill him, Adam escaped into the woods and fell down a ravine. He was hospitalized and arrested claiming insanity and that he had been kidnapped by the Newmans and Abbotts.
“Emily” was assigned to give Adam a psychiatric evaluation. Since she was really Patty Williams, she knew all to well that Adam was a major manipulator, always managing to escape detection, so declared him fit to stand trial. But Adam saw through her guise, let her know that he knew she was really Patty, and threatened to expose her if she didn’t help him escape. Patty arrived to give him a sedative for transport, but he used it on the guard and then on her. While “Emily” lay on the floor unconscious, Adam showed up in Sharon’s room at the Athletic Club in costume while the annual charity masquerade ball went on in the dining room below. Sharon got him to admit to accidentally causing Ashley’s miscarriage and getting Dr. Taylor to switch their babies, then Nick arrived, and Adam escaped out the window. “Emily” arrived late to the ball and spotted Adam among the crowd, blasting him for using the same syringe on her and the guard. He threatened her again with exposing her as Patty. Sharon and Nick rushed in to the ball telling the police that Adam was just there, as Sharon got a call from Adam demanding to meet her in the basement or “people would get hurt”. Victor, Nick, Jack, Rafe, Heather, Paul, Ashley and Patty went to the basement in search of Adam. Then an explosion rocked the building sending everyone running for the street. Victor and Jack rescued Jill and Kay who were trapped in the restroom, and Nick rescued Phyllis, then Sharon and Faith who had gone back upstairs. It was revealed that a gas line had been cut and a body burned beyond recognition found nearby. The body was later identified as Adam by DNA, and lack of smoke in the lungs proved that he had been murdered before the fire. Suspects were Nick, Jack, Victor, Phyllis, Sharon, Victoria, “Emily”, Ashley, Rafe, Heather, Billy, and Nikki. Heather was suspended from the DA’s office for her involvement.
Evidence collected by District Attorney Owen Pomerantz included Jack Abbott’s monogrammed handkerchief found in the victim’s mouth, blood on Nick’s suit coat (which Phyllis and Sharon connived to hide from the police), and Victor’s broken watch stained with Adam’s blood. Victor told Pomerantz that he backslapped Adam in the basement after Adam taunted him about losing another child in Faith, sending his watch flying, but he did not kill Adam. Nick cautioned Victor that they were “both involved in what happened” when he did not mention that Nick was there too. A homeless person found Nick’s suit coat in a dumpster, Billy and Mac got him to give it up, and Mac turned it over to the police. Because a fancy European pen found at the crime scene was determined to be the murder weapon that stabbed Adam in the heart and was traced to Victoria, she was arrested for the murder of Adam.
Meanwhile, JT was granted full custody of Reed when she did not show up for the custody hearing. Victor and Nikki were about to fly Adam’s remains to be buried next to Hope in Kansas. But after Pomerantz revealed the contents of Adam’s computer hard drive to contain video from the spy camera he planted at the ranch and voice clips of Sabrina, Victor instead shoved the casket out the cargo door of the plane. At Victoria’s arraignment, Billy interrupted proclaiming her innocence because she was in his hotel room at the time of the murder, but Victoria refused to admit it was true. Meanwhile Jill was reporting this latest Newman scandal on the Restless Style website, and was Twittering updates, for which Billy later fired her. Charges were later dropped against Victoria when Nick’s coat was found, and he was arrested. Nick explained the blood on his coat by admitting he was there when Victor struck Adam. But Victor intervened and confessed to killing his son. All charges were dropped and Nick and Victor were released from jail, but Nick was arrested again after Adam’s last cell phone message was retrieved. Adam had set them up saying the family had him trapped in the basement and he doubted he would get out alive, then said, “No don’t Nick”.
While in jail, Nick was attacked with a hypodermic needle by Adam’s former cohort Frank Ellis which led to Nick’s being allowed out on bail for his own safety. Another call from Adam’s phone was traced to a pay phone in a Minneapolis café. Phyllis and Sharon went through the police evidence with Michael and found a Minneapolis parking stub. In Minneapolis Phyllis and Sharon came upon a poster for missing person Richard Hightower, and Phyllis recognized him as the man who was costumed identically to Adam at the ball. The manager and waitress at the café identified Adam and Hightower as the man and boy who had met Adam there. Victor discovered that Adam had never gone back to Hope’s grave in Kansas like he said he had when he disappeared for a week shortly before his death, and Paul uncovered the fact that Hightower had leukemia and had gotten a bone marrow transplant from Adam in Minneapolis instead. Nick put it all together, the resemblance between the missing Richard Hightower and Adam, the bone marrow which was used for the identification would have the same DNA, the body burned beyond recognition, and realized that Adam had probably killed Hightower and faked his own death. Nick and Phyllis shared their theory with Victor and Nikki, and Sharon produced a letter from a bank confirming that Adam had withdrawn all his cash on the day he supposedly died. A bearded Adam was shown lounging on a beach with a drink in his hand. Victor, Nick, and Jack dug up Adam’s grave, and an expert took dental impressions of the body to be compared to Hightowner’s while the three were arrested.
Meanwhile, Sharon and Phyllis found a mask in the cornfield where Adam’s cab had dropped him the night of the ball. But a crop duster dumped pesticide on them causing Sharon lung poisoning. Nick arrived and got her to the hospital in time to save her. The dental records confirmed the body was Hightower, so Pomerantz decided to arrest Nick for his murder. Victor got the crop duster pilot to admit that Adam had paid him to fly him to Ottawa, and demanded he take him there too. Like Adam before him, Victor parachuted out of the plane, winding up at a bar, where he befriended bartender, Meggie. Victor found the thug who had helped Adam, but he would not tell him that he left on a Portuguese freighter. Then Adam received a phone call in São Paulo, Brazil, telling him that Victor had been knocked over the head after tracking him to the bar. Adam rolled over in bed to his old girlfriend Skye Lockhart, who supposedly was murdered and dismembered two years prior. Skye assured him that they had covered his tracks well. Adam wanted to leave immediately, but Skye reminded him of the poker score of a lifetime, and that they were bribing Brazilian officials to not extradite them if they were caught.
Back in Canada, Victor discovered a photo he recognized as Skye hanging on the wall of the bar with a message on the back apparently left there for Adam. Meanwhile at home, Nick thought to ask the pilot if Adam had borrowed his phone. He had, and when Nick called the number, Skye answered. Because Nick was out on bail and could not leave the country, Jack arrived in Ottawa just in time to rescue Victor from a sinking ship he had been trapped on by the thug. Together, they hoped to setup Skye and Adam posing as high rollers who were losing millions. Sharon called the phone number, and Adam who was grieving losing her, answered. Sharon led him to believe that she still loved him, and later Victor asked her to join them to help set him up. Nick’s trial began with Phyllis as a key witness since she had mistaken Hightower for Adam at the ball, helping to prove that Adam had set Hightower up to fake his own death by killing him and blaming Nick. Nick’s trial began with Michael as his lawyer, hoping to prove that Adam had set Hightower up to fake his own death by killing him and blaming Nick. Meanwhile back in São Paulo, Skye and Victor were the final players a high-stakes poker game – winner take all, including Adam. Victor won, and Skye led him to Adam. Victor forced Adam to return to Genoa City with him and Sharon, leaving Skye behind with a briefcase full of cash.
Victor interrupted Nick’s trial expecting Adam to confess as Victor had coerced him into on the plane, but instead Adam faked a mental breakdown and was taken to the same mental facility as Patty. Later Victor presented Pomerantz with the findings of Adam’s doctor that he was faking, and preparations were made to arrest Adam for conspiracy, but not to release Nick. Unaware that Adam was there or even still alive, he tormented Patty by entering her room through the air ducts, made her believe that she killed Hightower, until Patty confessed to the staff. In his room down the hall, Adam was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. Adam asked Billy to get Rafe to be his lawyer, but Rafe told him to "go to hell." As Adam's bail hearing began with him acting as his own lawyer, Skye waltzed in with famous lawyer, Vance Abrams, who got Adam released on bail. Skye paid his bail in exchange for becoming Adam's wife. Pomerantz refused to exonerate Nick, but proceeded with the case against Adam. As Phyllis had promised herself, once it was over, she left Nick due to his inability to let go of Sharon. She kicked Sharon out of her penthouse and moved back in.
When Adam found out that Patty was telling everyone she was sure that she did not murder Hightower, he helped her escape through the air ducts, and sent her in a nun’s habit to Canada. Paul was sure that Adam helped her escape, but Skye had arranged an air-tight alibi. Adam discovered that Sharon took Faith to get away to the Abbott cabin. He attempted to get in, scared her, and she shot him in the arm with a gun that Nick had left for her protection. Nick arrived, called an ambulance, and Adam was taken to the hospital where he recovered and exonerated Sharon as having been understandably scared, not knowing it was him.
Adam’s pre-trial conspiracy hearing was held with him making Vance promise not to question Sharon’s credibility. Vance did not, but he brought up Ashley’s past mental breakdowns, and the Newman’s vendetta against Adam to win, and the evidence against Adam declared insufficient to take to trial. Richard Hightower’s young son, Justin, attended, and Victor assured his guardian that he would take care of Justin for the rest of his life. Victor gathered the Abbotts and Newmans together and very un-Victor-like, told them all to let it go, that karma would pay Adam back in the end. They each were served with a summons later for a civil suit for holding Adam against his will – all except Sharon. Michael met with Vance, called it frivolous, but Vance said they would accept nothing less than twenty million dollars in damages. Skye warned Adam that he was risking the success of their hedge fund by filing the lawsuit, and damaging their relationship by always favoring Sharon, reminding him that she was never going to forgive him for stealing her baby Faith. Victor arranged a settlement meeting with Adam and his lawyer Vance. Victor persuaded them to drop the lawsuit against the Newmans when he presented Skye as his star witness saying that she was ready to testify that Adam planted the ring to fake Skye’s death and disclose that she knew all about Adam’s dirty dealings with Dr. Taylor, Sharon and Ashley. As they left, Skye warned Adam that she was in control, and not to screw her over again. Unfortunately, the Abbotts had legally separated their lawsuit from the Newman’s, so theirs was not settled.
After Victoria moved in with Billy, and because Adam would not stop pursuing Sharon, Nick asked Sharon to move back to their former house at the ranch. Phyllis and Nick divorced, and Nick began spending a lot of time with Sharon and their baby Faith.
In mid-October 2010, a storm was brewing, so Adam begged a ride home with Sharon and Faith from Crimson Lights. Hearing that a tornado was heading right for them, they got out of the car, got soaked, and took shelter in a barn. Adam made Faith a nest in the hay and covered her with his clothes to keep her warm. The tornado approached, shaking the barn. and causing the doors to fly open. Adam and Sharon struggled to hold the barn doors against the wind as Nick discovered Sharon’s car overturned. Once the doors were secured, the barn started breaking apart, and Adam dove to protect Faith as a beam fell from above. Sharon pulled off the debris and found Faith alive and well, thanks to Adam’s protection, but he was hurt. Nick showed up at the barn as Adam got to his feet, wincing from the pain in his leg.
Adam recovered, and with new determination to no longer be under Skye’s thumb, he packed a bag and withdrew $100,000 from the hedge fund, intending to take a bus and leave town. After Skye discovered Adam had taken the money she contacted Sharon and told her she’d better convince Adam not to leave town or Skye would report the theft to the police and send Adam back to jail. So Sharon convinced Adam not to leave, making him determined to get Skye out of his life and become a better man. Adam sent the $100,000 to Richard Hightower’s young son, Justin, and took a job as a bartender at Gloworm. After taking office, the new D.A. delivered the news to Adam that he would not be pursuing any of former D.A. Pomerantz’s cases.
Once Phyllis and Nick’s divorce was final, Nick and Sharon became lovers again. After spending a few days alone with Sharon, Nick decided to move back into their former home with her, then asked her to marry him again. He asked Sharon to marry him again, giving her the engagement ring from the first time they were engaged in their teens, and she accepted. But after Sharon discovered a bracelet in her purse that she had apparently stolen from Fenmore’s, she began to have second thoughts. Sharon returned the bracelet to Lauren, and left town to think things over. Sharon ended up in New Orleans with Adam following her, Nick and Michael following him, and Phyllis following them. Sharon strolled the French Quarter, had her fortune told at Marie Laveau’s, and ran into Adam as she toured a cemetery. Sharon was swept away by Adam again as he romanced her with dinner at Oak Alley Plantation, where they ended up spending the night making love. Sharon was convinced that she was meant to be with Adam, until the next morning when they came upon a carousel that reminded her of Cassie. She told Adam that the night the spent together was just a fantasy, and that she belonged with Nick and their children. Then Nick and Michael arrived with a Marshall who took Adam into custody for questioning in the murder of Skye. When Nick discovered that Sharon was with Adam by choice, and was still defending Adam, he broke things off with her. After Nick heard that Adam and Sharon had spent the night together it only confirmed his decision.
Back in Genoa City the next day, Adam was questioned by Ronan Malloy, and Sharon was questioned as well, for a possible conspiracy to get rid of Skye so they could be together. Sharon believed in Adam’s innocence, so she hired Vance’s associate, Leslie Michaelson, to represent Adam. Noah, Michael, and Ashley couldn’t believe Sharon would do such a thing after what Adam had done to Sharon in the past, and Nick decided to sue for custody of Faith rather than his daughter being anywhere near Adam. And Nikki suggested Sharon protect her children by leaving town with Adam and never coming back. When they returned to the athletic club, Adam and Sharon were thrown out, so they rented a sleazy hotel room.
Phyllis published a cover story titled ‘Sharon Newman the Heroine Addict’, which exposed her penchant for always doing crazy things to mess up her life then needing to be rescued, the latest being her love for Adam who had deceived her, kidnapped her baby Faith, and told her that Faith was dead. Even Sharon’s son Noah had to agree that the story was pretty spot-on. Sharon ended up in a catfight with Phyllis over the article at Kay’s Christmas charity event for children, and both of them ended up covered in chocolate from a chocolate fountain. Adam and Sharon uncovered a freight elevator security camera photo from the night Skye supposedly was killed which showed two people under an umbrella, and Adam recognized Skye’s purse and shoes. They dared Phyllis to help them prove Adam’s innocence for an exclusive. Phyllis and Jack instead discovered a sack behind a dumpster that contained Skye’s same purse and shoes, which only further incriminated Adam and led to his arrest for suspicion of murder.
In their quest to prove that Skye was still alive, Adam and Sharon located the only supplier of Skye’s favorite Galibier perfume in Monaco, who had just shipped an order to a post office box in Hawaii. Sharon flew to Hawaii, but the proprietor of the general store where the box was located claimed no knowledge of Skye, even though he had just spoken to her. Knowing Skye’s craving for adventure, Sharon took a guided moonlight hike on an active volcano. Skye was there alone looking very plain with no makeup and braids, and they met when Sharon was separated from her group. After Skye refused to return home with Sharon, Sharon took a photo as proof that Skye was alive. But Skye reached for Sharon’s camera, lost her footing and fell into the volcano. Sharon held on to Skye and promised she would not let her go, but Skye lost her footing and fell to her death with her final words, “I would not bet on that.” Victor watched unseen in the dark, doing nothing to help. Sharon was unable to convince the authorities that Skye had ever been there, and Victor made sure when he found her glove and tossed it into the volcano. Meanwhile, Victor set Skye’s shack on fire. Later, back in Genoa City, Adam and his attorney, Leslie, believed Sharon, but the police assumed she had made up the story as an attempt to free Adam.
Posing as a surfer, Jack went to Hawaii hoping to find evidence to prove that Victor was involved in Skye’s death. No one would admit to seeing Skye, but Jack found Skye’s burned shack, and in it the remains of a bottle of Galibier perfume. Later Jack saw someone turn in a set of keys found on the volcano with the mailbox key the perfume was delivered to, and the same key ring Skye had had been photographed holding in a Newman elevator security tape. The evidence got Adam released from jail and cleared of all charges in Skye’s death. But after Adam moved in with Sharon at her house on the Newman ranch, and Sharon was still awarded shared custody of Faith, Victor made sure that Sharon was arrested for Skye’s murder in Hawaii. Then he later inexplicably posted her half-million dollar bail anonymously. Sharon realized she was in serious trouble after being confronted with a video taken by tourist at the volcano that night which included only the part of their conversation when she yelled at Sky and told her she would pay for setting up Adam for Skye’s supposed murder. Phyllis had second thoughts after she posted the video on the website, knowing that Sharon wouldn’t have killed Skye, and she and Jack offered to help her prove that she was innocent.
Ashley confronted Sharon about living with and forgiving Adam after all he had put them through, saying she would never have handed over Faith if she had known that she would allow Adam near Faith. When Adam arrived Ashley left, saying maybe it was karma that people wouldn’t believe her now, just as they hadn’t believed Ashley when she was under Adam’s influence.
Because Adam knew Skye’s habits and the passwords she always used, he was able to locate her offshore bank accounts, and being her next of kin by marriage he had acquired all the money Victor had paid Skye to play dead. Adam approached Jack with a deal to resurrect the Newman Fund again. Jack had bought up most of the shares when they became worthless, so he knew that he stood to make a lot of money. Jack called Adam a lowlife bastard, and Adam called Jack a sanctimonious jackass, then they agreed to become partners. They agreed that Sharon and Phyllis were not to know.
Phyllis and Jack in Hawaii, discovered that the general store owner, Koa Aneko, had suddenly come into a lot of money and left the island. Then they found a guy who sold them a video showing Victor lurking in the shadows as Skye fell to her death.
Adam chose the Valentines puppy love benefit to ask Sharon to marry him again, and she accepted, while Nick looked disgustedly at them from across the room.
Victor was desperate to make sure he did not lose the breach of trust lawsuit brought by Victoria, Abby and Nick, so Victor made a deal with Adam. Adam was to claim that he had forged their new trust agreements during the time when Victor was supposedly dead and Adam had control of Newman. In exchange, Victor drew up a new trust agreement for Adam, and Victor guaranteed Adam that he would not be prosecuted for the forgery, and that Sharon would be freed from the murder charges.
Adam testified at the hearing, but Sharon later talked him into backing out of the deal. When Victor found out, he threatened to expose that Adam had been making it look like Skye was still alive in an attempt to clear Sharon. Then Nick talked Adam into leaving town instead to both avoid Victor, and to reunite Sharon with her daughter Faith.
The next day, Neil testified that when Adam was in charge at Newman, Neil had kept Adam from accessing anything that would have made the forgery possible. The judge awarded Abby, Victoria, and Nick five hundred million dollars each, and ordered Adam arrested for perjury.
Meanwhile Adam had tracked down Koa and left on a plane for Bangkok, Thailand where he found Koa in a beach bar. Adam couldn't trick Koa into telling him about the night that Skye died in Hawaii, nor could he after telling him who he really was and what he knew. So Adam paid the bartender to get Koa drunk, then Adam followed him to his hotel. After Koa passed out, Adam searched his room, and found a video of Skye's death. As he turned to leave Koa hit him over the head and knocked him out.
Back in Genoa City, Paul had located Adam for Sharon. Because she was still out on bail and could not leave the country, Sharon got a fake passport in her daughter's name and boarded a plane for Bangkok with Phyllis following her. Phyllis watched unseen as Sharon was arrested and removed from the plane, and she continued on to Bangkok convinced that Sharon was going there to meet Adam.
Adam awoke minus the camera, returned to the bar looking for Koa, and ran into Phyllis who informed him that Sharon was back in jail and there was a warrant issued for his arrest for perjury. Adam explained what had happened with Koa, and they went back to Koa's room to look for clues and to wait for him to return. Finding a pair of weighted dice, Phyllis and Adam tipped a bellman to find a crap game where Koa may show up, and he did. Meanwhile Sharon's mother, Doris, visited her in jail to tell her that she was through standing by her, that she had hit rock bottom since falling for Adam. Sharon's murder trial began with the famous Vance Abrams as her attorney.
Adam returned to Genoa City where he testified about the video at Sharon's trial, but no one believed him, and Sharon refused a plea bargain. Phyllis stayed in Thailand and bought every memory chip she could find that would fit the camera. She returned with them to Genoa City where she enlisted Malcolm's help to try to find and retrieve the video from one of the erased memory chips.
Sharon was found guilty, but Adam arranged an elaborate escape for her from the courthouse. After subduing her guard in the restroom, Sharon escaped out the barred window which Adam had left cut for her. Using the fake ID, a car, clothes, and hair dye Adam supplied, Sharon stopped to see Doris, who tried to talk her into giving herself up. Then Sharon headed for Sedona, Arizona where she would eventually meet Adam. Meanwhile, Adam led Phyllis and Nick on a wild goose-chase in St. Maarten.
Sharon called Adam to let him know that she had arrived and was waiting for him at a hotel. But the more Sharon thought about her situation, she decided that everyone would be better off without her, and wrote apologetic goodbye notes to Adam, Noah and Faith, leaving them behind as she drove away. Later Sharon was carjacked by a man and a woman and left alone on the road. Later, the car wrecked out, the female occupant was killed and badly burned, and Sharon's ID was found nearby.
Adam got on a ferry to St. Barts, but got off leaving Phyllis and Nick while he went to Sedona to meet Sharon. Stranded together on a romantic island in a luxury hotel Nick and Phyllis made love while agreeing that it was very wrong.
Adam arrived at the motel in Sedona, found the notes that Sharon had left, and was disheartened to realize that she had run away. Meanwhile Sharon made it to a diner and bought a sandwich with her remaining money. Adam heard a radio broadcast announcing the accident and that fugitive Sharon Newman had been killed. Adam went to accident site, watched and cried to think that the love of his life was gone. Relatives and friends in Genoa City were horrified. Adam identified the burned body by his engagement ring, her body type, dyed hair color, and clothes.
Adam broke the news to Doris, who gave him hell until he showed her the goodbye letters that Sharon had left, which convinced Doris that Sharon had really loved Adam. Doris told Adam that she would take care of the funeral and that he was not welcome. Victor flew to New York City to retrieve Noah. Jack and Billy gave the Newmans hell, accusing them of sitting back and letting Sharon become yet another victim of Victor as he tried to get even with Adam.
Meanwhile Sharon heard the news, made it to a ranch in the New Mexico desert, where she spent the night in a barn. The owner, Veterinarian, Sam Gibson woke her up, and she told him her name was Sheri Coleman. Sam told her that she could stay and asked her to assist in birthing a lamb which Sharon named Fanny.
Back in Genoa City, Adam was threatened with arrest for aiding a fugitive. Adam felt guilty for causing Sharon's death by talking her into escaping, and pled with his dead mother Hope to look after Sharon and tell him how to go on without her.
Noah and Doris planned a lovely funeral for Sharon, Nick gave a touching eulogy about her being the first love of his life and Sharon being together with her daughter Cassie now. Adam, who had been barred from the funeral, climbed up the church's arbors into the bell tower, and interrupted the service. He told everyone there how they contributed to the death of Sharon by how they treated her and Victor that he didn't help her when she needed him.
Adam made a deal with Victor to give him the goodbye letters that Sharon had left for her children if he would get all charges against him dropped. But once Detective Spencer Walsh saw the letters, he declared Sharon's death a suicide. Adam inherited Sharon's house on the Newman Ranch house in Sharon's will and continued to live there to further plague the Newmans.
Meanwhile, Sharon as "Sheri," was disturbed when she saw the suicide posts on the Sharon Newman Faceplace memorial page. But she agreed to stay on at Sam's ranch to assist in his veterinary practice.
Doris asked Nick and Adam to help when Sharon's life insurance would not pay due to her suspected suicide, so they went to San Pueblo, New Mexico, to try to convince the authorities that Sharon's death was an accident. Afterward, Nick and Diane flew back home, while Adam waited for the forensic expert at the county fair where Sharon, Sam, and the young neighbor girl Piper Sheffield just happened to be. Sharon spotted Adam and listed to him tell the forensic expert how hard it was to get over her death, as the expert confirmed that evidence showed that Sharon's "death" had been accidental. After Sharon left with Sam, Adam was approached by the man who had carjacked Sharon who asked if he was sure that the dead woman had been Sharon and not his missing wife. The man later showed up at the ranch looking for his wife, but did not get to see Sharon to recognize her.
Sam was falling in love with "Sheri" and asked her out on a date. But Sam showed up very late and uncharacteristically drunk because his old dog O'Keefe had died. Sharon tried to comfort Sam and they ended up making love. The next morning Sharon wrote Sam a letter telling him about her messed up life, then tore it up before he awoke. Instead of leaving as she intended, Sharon agreed to move in with Sam.
Back in Genoa City, Noah, Nick, Faith, and Doris met on a bridge to dump Sharon's ashes into a creek that she loved. Meanwhile Adam, still trying to clear Sharon's name, found the correct erased memory chip that once contained the video of Sharon attempting to save Skye. That same day in New Mexico, Sharon was recognized by the carjacker and arrested while attending a barn dance with Sam. Sharon was extradited back to Genoa City, and her family was shocked to hear that she was still alive. One by one they visited her in jail, Nick told her she was selfish and washed his hands of her. Noah was at first resentful that she could abandon him and Faith, but Eden talked him into going to see his mother where they hugged and reconciled. Adam arrived, elated to see that his Sharon was alive, and let her know that he understood why she let them all think she was dead. But later when Adam returned he caught her and Sam in an embrace and realized that Sharon had not been faithful to him. Feeling betrayed, Adam threw the memory chip that would have vindicated Sharon into the creek with her ashes. Victor came to Sharon to help and verbally attacked Sam for trying to get something from them, but Sam was able to convince Victor that he had been the one to take Sharon in, and had fallen in love with her. Later after Sharon begged Adam for forgiveness, she sent Sam back home, but Victor asked him to stay. Noah was devastated when Adam later told him there was nothing found on the memory chip, and that there was nothing Adam could do to help Sharon.
Sharon was convicted to serve thirty years in prison without parole. Both Leslie and Phyllis figured out that Adam was withholding the evidence that would clear Sharon, and Phyllis wrote an article exposing him. Sam confronted Adam, telling him that he had better hand over anything he had. D.A. Spencer offered Sharon a deal to stay in the local jail until her appeal if she would sign an affidavit saying that Adam helped her escape from jail. Adam told Sharon he still loved her, and asked her to remarry him, but instead Adam backed out in the middle of the jail house ceremony held just to humiliate Sharon. Victor hired famous New York lawyer, Avery Bailey Clark, to handle Sharon's appeal. Phyllis was shocked when she met her, looked her up on the Internet, and realized that she was the younger sister who idolized her that she had left behind when she ran away from home as a teenager. Phyllis went to Avery and told her she wanted her past to stay in the past. Then Phyllis admitted to Michael that Avery was her sister, and he helped her get through preliminary questioning by Avery for Sharon's retrial. Avery had to admit to Sharon her relationship to Phyllis, but Sharon agreed to keep Avery on as her attorney.
Adam wouldn't admit it, but Avery realized that he had destroyed the memory card. Avery got Sharon a new trial by coercing the D.A. with proof that he had knowledge of two jurors posting online about her trial. After Adam's eye surgery was successful, he went to the prison to tell Sharon, but she rejected him. Avery overheard and tried to convince Adam to do the right thing and help Sharon go free. Paul Williams' son Ricky, a graduate student in journalism, began an internship helping Avery defend Sharon.
After excellent opening arguments from both sides, Sharon's retrial began with Adam as the first prosecution witness. Adam testified to Sharon's infidelity with Sam, and how she had abandoned her children. After Adam said he didn't know if Sharon may have killed Skye, Avery read him the transcript from the first trial where he had defended Sharon saying that she went there to prove Skye was alive to save him, not to kill Skye. Avery made Heather look so bad, that Walsh the D.A. offered Sharon a deal. Although Sharon could have been assured of serving only 18 months more, she refused to admit to killing Skye and turned down the plea bargain.
Victor offered to testify that he had helped Skye fake her death and secluded her in Hawaii, knowing that he could face charges himself as a result. Avery and Sharon finally got through to Adam that he was being unreasonable by not helping Sharon when he knew that she was innocent. Without the memory chip, Adam thought it would help to setup Heather by getting her drunk and having Ricky take compromising photos of them kissing in Adam's room, which Avery could use to get a mistrial. Ricky showed the photos to Phyllis in hopes of landing a story and a job with Restless Style. But once Ricky got to know Heather better and realized that she had grown up without their father too, and was quite psychologically damaged from her abusive stepfather, he declined to sell them, and only gave the photos to Avery as a last resort to save Sharon.
Meanwhile, Phyllis spotted a memory chip in the evidence dredged from the creek for the Diane Jenkins case on Ronan's desk, and they played it. Just as Avery was about to expose Heather to get the mistrial, Ronan and Phyllis burst into the courtroom, and were allowed to present their evidence. After hearing the audio of Sharon trying to save Skye, the judge left it up to the D.A.'s office. Heather dropped the charges against Sharon, and Sharon was given time served for the escape and set free. Sharon thanked Ronan, but Phyllis made sure that Sharon knew it was Phyllis who had found the chip, twice, and had saved her. Noah took Sharon home, Nick brought over Faith and left, and Victor had dinner with them. Sharon told Adam she would never forgive him for withholding evidence that kept her in jail for months, and despite Adams plea that they would never be over each other, Sharon told Adam that she never wanted to see him again. Victor let Sharon take his jet to take Faith and surprise Sam in New Mexico.
Sharon stayed a few weeks, and Nick brought Summer to visit them at Thanksgiving. But Sharon returned to Genoa City after Adam called to tell her that Victor had confessed to killing Diane Jenkins.
Sharon visited Victor, refused to believe that he was guilty and asked Avery to do some investigating. Adam apologized to Sharon and tried to give her back her engagement ring. Trying to help Victor, Sharon played up to Adam to get him to trust her and confess that he did not witness Victor murder Diane. Nick walked in on them, and told Sharon that she would have no visitation with Faith if she got back together with Adam, unless at his place under his supervision. Sharon vowed that she would fight Nick for custody.
Although Michael and Sharon tried to talk Victor into stopping what he was doing, and Avery tried to find more evidence, Victor's arraignment was rescheduled. But as the judge accepted Victor's guilty plea and had sentenced him to 25 years to life, a drunken Nikki broke into the court room and confessed.
On Christmas Eve, Sharon brought Victor a bag of books at prison, and finally cheered him up. They shared stories of unhappy Christmas pasts when they were children, and how that all changed with the Newman Christmases. Sharon began reading "A Christmas Carol" to Victor.
Nick told Sharon that the only way she would get time alone with Faith again would be to get a restraining order against Adam. Sharon had a heart to heart talk with Adam, where he admitted that he still loved her, but agreed that Faith had to come first. Adam recalled that his mother, Hope, had given up Victor for Adam's sake. Sharon got the restraining order, only to have Adam show up at her home that evening, and she welcomed him into her bed. The next morning, with the restraining order in affect, they parted with no regrets, just before Nick arrived with Faith.
On New Year's Eve 2011, Sharon visited Victor at the prison, and Victor asked Sharon to marry him, giving her a ring that Michael had hidden under the visitor's counter. Meanwhile, Deacon was getting suspicious, but he gave Nikki enough information that she excitedly went to Victor to let him know what she was doing to set him free. But Nikki walked in the visitor's room just as Victor had given Sharon the engagement ring. Nikki saw the ring and accused Sharon of gold-digging by manipulating Victor into marriage. Victor assured Nikki that it had been his idea, and that he wanted Sharon because she was young and beautiful. Nikki left in tears after telling them that they both destroy the people who love them, and deserved to be together. Nikki went to Katherine's for solace, but still refused to divulge what she was up to, only saying that she had been a fool to let Victor hurt her once again. Meanwhile, Victor sat alone thinking back to the first New Year's Eve he and Nikki had shared, mumbling that he was still there for her, and always would be.
Adam spent New Year's Eve alone getting drunk at Jimmy's Bar, and then showed up at Sharon's despite the restraining order. He told Sharon that he was broken inside without her, that there must be some way to be together where she could still keep Faith. As Adam hugged Sharon, he saw the engagement ring Victor had just given her. Word spread of the potential engagement, with everyone coming down on Victor and Sharon, and Nick took back Faith.
Victor called in a favor from a judge for an emergency hearing for Faith's custody, and even though her instability was demonstrated by her engagement to her children's grandfather, she was awarded joint custody. Nick assured Sharon of selling herself to Victor to get control of Faith. Afterward Adam approached her, expecting that now they could reunite, but instead Sharon had Adam arrested. Sharon agreed to marry Victor, and they were married the next day.
Adam decided to sell Beauty of Nature and proposed a deal to Tucker to help him outbid Jack in exchange for a job at McCall. Then Jack offered to top any offer, with the bonus of giving Adam the satisfaction of allowing both of them to get back at Victor. As Victor's new wife and under his instruction, Sharon cast the deciding board vote to allow Beauty of Nature to be sold. It turned out that Tucker had made a deal with the SEC, to avenge the things that Adam had done to Ashley in the past. Tucker was helping Victor set up Adam to be caught guilty of insider trading by the SEC as Adam was to call Tucker with the amount of the high bid, for Tucker to outbid and win. But Sharon discovered what was going on, and that Victor was only using her. Torn between her loyalty to both, she finally decided that she was sick of all the manipulation, and Sharon warned Adam that he was being set up. They made love under the glare of Victor's portrait in his office, while Adam told Sharon how much he loved her and thanked her for saving him once again. Meanwhile Victor, after being released from prison, was making love with Nikki at the ranch. The next morning, Michael told Victor that Adam had escaped the setup, and that Victor had lost Beauty of Nature. When the bids were opened, Jack's fiancée, Genevieve under the name of FMN holding company, emerged as the new owner of Beauty of Nature. The next morning Victor expressed his disappointment in Sharon's loyalty to Adam, and had their marriage annulled. When Adam refused to sign Victor's proffered letter of resignation, Victor assigned him to an office in the men's restroom.
While Jack and Genevieve prepared for their wedding, Adam found Patty Williams hiding in the Newman potting shed, and tried to stop her from going to the wedding to shoot Genevieve. Patty threw insecticide in Adams's face burning his eyes and blinding him again, then clubbed him over the head with a board. Sharon later found Adam, called the police and they got him to the hospital.
Patty sneaked in at Genevieve's and overheard her reading a note to Jack backing out of the wedding. Patty intercepted the note, and walked down the aisle in Genevieve's stolen wedding gown. Jack pulled the veil from her face, ready to confront Genevieve, and said, "Emily?" Patty replied, "It's Patty, you bastard," and shot Jack. Patty left as the horrified Abbotts rushed to Jack. Jack was taken away by ambulance in critical condition.
The doctors told the Abbotts that Jack had a lacerated kidney, and the bullet was lodged next to his lower spine as he was taken into surgery. Jack's heart stopped during surgery, he survived, but was left paralyzed, just as he had been when Patty had shot him before in 1983.
Sharon sat at Adam's beside in the hospital where he lay still blinded, and promised not to leave his side. Adam said that he had finally gotten his much deserved karma, and promised to change and make amends if he could only regain his sight. Sharon begged Victor to be there for his son, and Victor refused, but secretly called in a specialist to help. Adam's retinal implant specialist was flown in, but both doctors gave little hope that Adam would ever see again. After hearing the news, Victor took Sharon aside and offered Hope's farm in Kansas, which he still owned, for her and Adam to get away. Sharon told Adam that she had rented it from the new owner, and persuaded him to go there to recover and get away from everyone who hated him.
Adam admitted to Sharon that although he felt at home in Kansas, he had never been comfortable with other people outside the farm. Then Adam Wilson had become a Wall Street success, but once he became Victor Newman Jr. everything had fallen apart. Adam hired someone to look after him, asked Sharon to stop taking pity on him, and guilted her into going home to Faith. Feeling depressed after he sent Sharon home, Adam was visited by the spirit of Hope, who was still blind. Hope reminded Adam that he had inherited her honesty and integrity as well as his pride and ambition from Victor. Hope told Adam that she wanted him to become self-reliant and strong rather than alienating everyone from his life, offering her spirit and strength of will for Adam to reply on. Nick met Sharon at the airport where she spent some time with Faith, but decided to go back to Adam. Nick was understanding, and said he would bring Faith to Kansas to see her any time. Adam greeted Sharon warmly, and told her couldn't live without her, and they spent the rest of the afternoon making love. Afterward Adam gave Sharon Hope's wedding ring, which she accepted but said that she could not wear it. That evening Sharon went to town for food, got caught in a winter storm, and had to turn back. Meanwhile Adam heard the horses, smelled smoke, discovered that the barn had been hit by lightning and was on fire. Adam called 911 and was told that firemen were unable to get there due to flooding. Adam managed to find and connect a fire hose, turn it on, and Sharon arrived to find that he had managed to put out the fire and save the horses with minimal damage to the barn.
Adam had an epiphany, saying that his mother had raised him right, and he had turned his back on all that to be a part of Wall Street and Newman. Determined to make his mother and Sharon proud, Adam wanted to return to Genoa City with Sharon with Faith and him get a do-over. Adam went to Victor to make amends, saying that he could not undo all that he had done, but he could choose not to be the person that he was. Adam convinced Victor to hire him back to Newman, saying that their mutual love of hope was enough to find something between them worth saving. But after it was disclosed that Adam had been the one who had broken Patty out of the sanitarium, then had known and told no one that she had been back in town, both Sharon and Victor wrote Adam off as hopeless.
After losing Beauty of Nature to Genevieve and Victoria agreed to become CEO, Victor offered Sharon a job at Newman developing a new organic cosmetics line. Sharon turned it down because she felt that it was not a good idea working with Nick, but Victor talked her into it. When Victor told Nick that they would be working together, Nick refused, saying he was not interested in going to war with his sister. Nick told Sharon that Newman was lucky to have her, to go ahead and take the job, but without him because he didn't want to ruin what he and Phyllis had again. But when the new line and Sharon's position came before the Newman board, the board saw no reason to restart something they had just sold, and nixed Sharon due to her scandalous reputation and lack of experience. Adam arrived late and gave insightful reasons for starting the new line, but the only way to keep the board from giving the line to Adam was for Nick to step in and offer to work with Sharon. Thanks to Adam's vote and some unscrupulous board member manipulation by Genevieve as a favor to Victor, the line was approved and Sharon was put in charge.
Both Jabot and Beauty of Nature became focused on getting an exclusive deal with Mitsukoshi, the largest department store chain in Japan, so Jill traveled to Japan. So did Cane, Victor and Genevieve. Nick and Sharon arrived, and Sharon met with Mr. Mitsukoshi himself and secured the exclusive rights for Newman even though they had no product yet, because of their prior relationship when she had been the Beauty of Nature spokesperson.
Once back in Genoa City, Nick and Sharon began working together on the new product line. Victor managed to secure a deal with Genevieve to buy back beauty of nature, but Nick and Sharon accused him of selling them out once they found out that Genevieve had become head of Newman Cosmetics, and she was their boss.
Victor was without Nikki and Sharon was without Nick, so Sharon and Victor were drawn together again. In May 2012, Noah returned to Genoa City. Finding out that his mother, was now seeing his grandfather, Victor, Noah told her that it was her life, and he would accept it. Since Noah needed a place to stay, Eden asked Noah to move in with her platonically. Victoria publicly shared her disgust to Victor and Sharon about their being together romantically, taunting Sharon that she was only Victor's "flavor of the week". In retaliation, Sharon privately told Victoria that she had slept with Billy the night before his marriage to Chloe. Victoria confronted Billy who convinced her that it was all part of his lurid past, and reminded her that he had changed. So Victoria called Victor and told him about his new girlfriend's indiscretion, and Victor asked Sharon to leave his home without explanation. But it wasn't long before they were reconciled, and Victor gave Sharon a beautiful black horse. Nikki found out and showed up to ride the horse first out of spite. Sharon and Nikki wound up in a cat fight, and each had the other arrested for assault. Victor told Nikki to get out and never come back
Although Sharon was enjoying the pleasures of being Victor's arm candy and how it tormented Nikki, she was visibly upset when she overheard Adam and Chelsea announce their engagement.
Adam took Chelsea to a bed and breakfast in his hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas, to elope, surprising her with the traditional something old, new, borrowed, and blue and a selection of wedding dresses. When Sharon found out, she took the next plane there too, telling Victor that she was going to New York City to talk to Noah about Victor's offer for her to move in with him. Instead, Sharon was at Hope's farm when Adam arrived alone. She told Adam that she still loved him, and tried to talk him into ditching Chelsea for her. Adam refused, saying that Chelsea was the only one who "got him", the hick from the farm. As an homage to Hope, Chelsea and Adam were married in Hope's kitchen the next day. Meanwhile Victor discovered Sharon's lie, tracked her down and berated her in Kansas. But he later forgave her, and Sharon moved into the guest room of the main house at the ranch. Ashley advised Sharon about Victor's priorities, telling her from her own experience that it was futile to compete with Nikki who he will always love no matter what he says.
As Nikki and Jack prepared for their wedding, Victor took Sharon to Las Vegas, and they were married on the jet. They showed up at Abbott Manor as Nikki was about to walk down the aisle, and told her of their wedding. Nikki said that they deserved each other and threw them out. With renewed assurance that she was doing the right thing, Nikki walked down the aisle on Nick's arm to the wedding guests waiting in their finery at the beautiful poolside setting. To Nikki's shock, Jack rose from his wheelchair to receive his bride. With Victoria as matron of honor and Billy best man, Nikki and Jack were married.
The same evening, Victor went horseback riding with Sharon, took off ahead of her, left horse in stables and disappeared. With Victor off again on one of his walk-abouts, Sharon had been abandoned on her wedding night and got drunk and caused a scene at Jack and Nikki's reception, and Nikki pushed her in the pool to sober up. After discovering that Sharon was doing nothing to find Victor, Nikki notified the police, and Nikki and Buck the ranch hand searched the trails and found Victor's cell phone. Feeling vindictive, Nikki sent Sharon a text saying "Marriage was a mistake. It's over." Sharon became livid with Victor, and found the pre-nup she had signed. Good as it was for her, it stated that she got nothing if the marriage was brief, so she burned it and told Avery she knew nothing about a pre-nup. Viewers saw Victor wandering the docks at the port of Los Angeles.
Jack arranged a honeymoon surprise, but Nikki declined due to Victor's disappearance. Jack said that was unacceptable, so Nikki left Abbott manor, and she flew to Hope's farm in Kansas in search of Victor.
Avery tried to get Sharon to sign a post-nup document assuring the board that his new marriage would not create a strain in the organization in Victor's absence. After talking to Tucker, Sharon refused to sign. Tucker informed her that she had power and they were trying to take away. With Tucker's help behind the scenes, Sharon arrived at the emergency Newman Board meeting, and citing a pertinent court decision used Victor's proxy rights to take over the company as CEO. Nick and Victoria were livid, but they attended a press conference with stoic faces as Sharon announced that she was now in charge. Sharon called off the search for Victor being conducted by Newman security, and Tucker hired Genevieve to find Victor. Meanwhile Tucker made more plans to take over Newman in Victor's absence, buying up stock at failing prices and continuing to set Sharon up to fail by suggesting she fire Nick, but she didn't. Because Abby dissed Sharon on RSTV, Sharon had her banned from the ranch and Newman towers, and made arrangements to donate Abby's two horses to a charity farm for children in Louisville.
At Gloworm, Chelsea excitedly broke the news to Adam that she was pregnant, and was overheard by Sharon, who wished them well, then went home to the ranch and tore up the place. The next day she called in an interior decorator, intent on redoing the ranch house.
After a favorable interview became a hatchet job in the press, Sharon accused Nick, who called her a brat and she fired him. An emergency board meeting was held, and they voted to ask Sharon to step down, but Tucker exposed himself as her puppet master by suggesting that the board support the new CEO with their experience. Afterward, Tucker returned to Sharon's office, where Sharon threw herself at him. Tucker stopped her saying they had to keep it business to succeed.
Sharon began stealing items from stores and people and put them in a marble-top box. She stole concert tickets from Summer's purse to add to her stash. Victoria found them, and she and Nick took Sharon to court to try to convince the judge to remove Sharon as CEO because of her mental instability. The judge made Victoria interim CEO, and gave Sharon 24 hours to go to Fairview and get clean bill of mental health to get her CEO position back. Afterward Sharon showed up at Tucker's, who carried her to his bed. When Adam showed up later, Sharon appeared in the bedroom doorway in her underwear and Tucker's shirt. The next morning in his bed, Tucker "helped" her to decide to go to Fairview.
Meanwhile Victoria rehired Nick, and the board approved an agreement that she and Nick could not be fired without board approval. Newman stock began to climb, until Sharon was reinstated, and it tanked again. According to plan, Tucker bought more shares of Newman under dummy corporations.
Meanwhile in L.A., several workers were injured and Victor was declared dead in an explosion. Billy returned to Genoa City and delivered the news during a news conference that Sharon had called. As news of Victor's death spread, Newman stock plummeted, family members began to grieve. Tucker kept buying stock, expecting that he could get Sharon to step down, name him CEO, and Newman and its stock would then flourish. Sharon identified the burned body as Victor, although it wasn't him, convinced that Victor had set up his "death". The family was livid to discover that Sharon had sent the body to be cremated immediately. Tucker convinced Sharon to marry him and run Newman together. Sharon arranged a quickie memorial service and texted his friends and family members to be there.
Victor suddenly returned from L.A. where he had ended up after being thrown from his horse and without his memory since his and Sharon's wedding night, finding Nikki weeping at his grave, and they reunited. Afterward, Victor walked in on the wedding of Sharon and Tucker, stopped it, and told her to get her things out of his house. Victor's friends and family were thrilled to see him, and he held a press conference to assure the world that he was alive and back as CEO and chairman of the board of Newman. Nikki and Victor spent the night together, as Sharon had moved back into her house on the ranch. The next day, Sharon's mother Doris showed up at Sharon's door, and tried to convince her that it was time to come home and live with her. But Sharon felt entitled to payback from the Newman's for all they had put her through, and refused to leave. Later Victor discovered that Sharon was suing him for abandonment, so he arranged for Avery to press charges against Sharon.
On Faith's birthday, Sharon was arrested for fraud, conspiracy, and giving false statements to the police. Tucker visited Sharon, said he was sorry and that he cared about her, but she turned him away. Victor confronted Sharon reminding her that she had destroyed the pre-nup, called off the search for him when he was missing, fired his employees, tried to injure him, his company, and his family. Sharon reminded him of "all that we meant to each other for 20 years, that she was the mother of his grandchildren." Victor replied, "I am through with you", and walked out. Avery produced a copy of the pre-nup and a statement from the witness that Sharon had signed it, and Victor filed for an annulment. Sharon was freed on bail, and offered a deal of a one-half million dollar fine and three-and-a-half years in prison. Sharon told Leslie to pursue the abandonment, that there would be no annulment, and that she would fight like hell to get what she deserved.
Tucker told Jack and Genevieve to "give it their best shot", and Jack called the SEC and turned Tucker in. Tucker in turn, went to Victor and offered to give him Beauty of Nature in exchange for Sharon's freedom. After some thought, Victor accepted so long as Sharon would give him an immediate annulment and drop the abandonment lawsuit. Sharon gave testimony to the SEC against Tucker, but after he pulled some strings and got off. After Sharon discovered what Tucker had done for her, she recanted her testimony. Victor discovered that in his absence, Sharon had sold a number of his shares of Newman – enough that he was no longer the largest shareholder and at risk of takeover. Jack and Tucker joined forces and Jack took over Newman. Blaming Sharon, all the Newmans attacked her, she got drunk and had a breakdown at the ranch, hearing and seeing visions of Nikki and Victor attacking her calling her a loser, so Sharon tearfully called Adam for help. Sharon set the ranch house on fire, Adam arrived and rescued her from the burning house, and it burned down beyond saving. While Nick and Nikki watched it burn, Adam took Sharon to her house, promised her he would fix everything, and didn't tell anyone what she had done. Arriving home late and smoky, Adam told Chelsie his car had broken down and burned. The next morning, Adam found Sharon walking among the ruins of the house, oblivious to the fact that she had burned it down. When Adam secreted her away to a cabin on the lake on his property to protect her, Sharon realized that she had to have burned down the ranch house. After the ranch house fire was ruled arson and Sharon's bracelet was found in the ruins, everyone began to suspect Sharon.
Sharon told Adam she was not going to ruin his marriage, that he needed to tell Chelsea that he was hiding her out. Sharon left to tell Victor what she had done. Finding Jack in Victor's office, Jack thanked her for driving Newman into the ground, to allow his hostile takeover. Adam arrived and whisked her away to the cabin again where she ranted about being a failure at everything and begged Adam not to leave her. Chelsea discovered Sharon, and after hearing Adam's explanation, agreed to allow Adam to keep Sharon hidden while she saw a psychiatrist. Sharon was diagnosed as bi-polar, and hoped that with medication she could return to normal. Noah and Faith came to visit Sharon, and Noah convinced Sharon to come home with them. Because Adam was still at her beck and call, Chelsea threatened Sharon to stop, or Chelsea would tell that Sharon had burned down the ranch. After consultation with her doctor, Sharon called things off with Adam, saying that she was done interfering with his life.
Nikki surprised Victor with the redecorated penthouse, and they threw a cocktail party to celebrate their new home. Victor invited Adam as bait for Nick and Victoria to fight for Newman. Sharon arrived uninvited to confess and apologize. They gave her such a hard time that she freaked out, and Victor yelled at her to leave. Adam followed her, leaving Chelsea behind. Hoping to get Sharon out of Adam's life, Chelsea told Victor and Nikki that Sharon had burned down the ranch. Nikki confronted Sharon, and Victor told Sharon that she needed to seek treatment elsewhere. Sharon, interviewed by Victor's investigator, said she was in Chicago that night, but admitted she had no receipts or proof. But the proof turned up later, arranged by Adam.
Adam told Sharon about the deal he made with Victor to help him get back Newman so that Victor would not be coming after her for arson. Adam also admitted that his marriage was over because Chelsea had betrayed him by telling Victor about the arson. Sharon told her therapist that she feared being with Adam now that he was available again, and Dr. Watkins told her that Adam was dangerous, to trust her instincts. Sharon later rebuffed Adam's advances. Feeling ready to get on with her life, Sharon interviewed with Cane, wanting to be the "Face of Jabot" again. But Cane frankly told her that her reputation would not be good for Jabot.
Jack took control of Newman Enterprises and became addicted to pain medication. Adam took over for Jack and hired Sharon to take Phyllis' former job as the Newman vice president of research and development. Adam and Sharon began brainstorming the future of Newman. It became obvious to both of them that the attraction between them was still there, but Sharon said that it was not sane or healthy, and they could never go back. Later over dinner Adam kissed her and she left. Together at Adam's during a nasty winter snowstorm, things got hot and heavy between them, and they headed upstairs. They were interrupted when Chelsea arrived with something important to tell Adam, but when she saw Sharon, she just handed Adam her wedding ring and left.
On the way home from Adam's, Sharon's car slid on the ice, running Dylan's truck off the road, and he hit a tree, leaving him unconscious. Sharon called for help, and Dylan was diagnosed with a concussion and bruised ribs. Dylan went to thank Sharon the next day and found her place with storm damage and her unable to find anyone available to make repairs. Dylan offered his services, and Sharon accepted. Both Avery and Nick were disappointed to hear that Dylan would be staying in town. While Dylan worked on Sharon's kitchen, Dylan and Faith became close, and Dylan rescued Faith when she disappeared in the woods. The kitchen finished, Dylan decided to leave Genoa City.
Sharon was notified that Adam was in the hospital after heroically taking a bullet meant for his father during Victor and Nikki's wedding reception. At Genoa City Memorial, Dr. Costner removed the bullet from Adam, finding bone fragments from a shattered rib which had damaged a lung. Sharon called Chelsea with the news. Later in the waiting room, Chelsea lit into Victor, reminding him that he and Adam had both grown up without their fathers, and how Adam was routinely shunned. Following surgery, only one person was allowed in to see Adam, and Chelsea magnanimously allowed it to be Sharon. Adam told Sharon to take charge of Newman for him, then went into a coma. Adam awoke from his coma to find Sharon at his bedside. Following his release, Sharon took Adam to his home and suggested she move back in to help him, but he declined her offer. After Adam and Victor made up and agreed to run Newman together, Sharon resigned from Newman.
After dropping her bag in front of Sharon, exposing a bottle of prenatal vitamins, Chelsea had to admit that she was pregnant, but claimed it was not Adam's. Sharon told Adam, he confronted Chelsea in front of Dylan McAvoy, and she told them that the baby was Dylan's. Tearing up, Adam told Chelsea he was happy that she was finally having a baby, but apparently it did not matter with whom. The next day, Adam delivered their finalized divorce decree, reminding Chelsea of her huge settlement that he assumed she accepted while pregnant with another man's child, and called her a con to the very core. Adam then called Sharon to meet him at the penthouse he had just bought from Victor, and they christened it with sex. Afterward, Adam was pretty cold to Sharon, and when she felt hurt, he reminded her that he wanted no relationship, it was just sex. Victor made a deal with Adam if he would cut Sharon out of his life. So when Sharon showed up at Adam's expecting another sexual encounter, Adam ended it between them. Sharon was quite upset and left reminding Adam that she had been the last friend he had. She told her therapist that she felt lost again with no one to love her.
Seeing how close Chelsea and Dylan were becoming, Adam began dating Melanie Daniels, a legal assistant at Newman. When Sharon spotted them together, noticing how much Melanie resembled Chelsea, she accused Adam of not being able to move on from Chelsea. Adam slammed Sharon against the wall and kissed her roughly, pointing out that HE was not the one who was having trouble moving on. After being rejected by Adam again, Sharon allowed herself to be picked up in the athletic club bar by a traveling salesman named Wayne, and followed him upstairs to his room. The next night she did the same with another man.
Sharon overheard Nick and Phyllis discussing the fact that Summer's paternity test from just after her birth had been inconclusive, and that Nick had just told Phyllis that it showed Summer was his, not bothering to get another test. But when Summer and Kyle became romantically involved, Nick needed to get another test to find out if they were actually brother and sister. After the test results showed that Nick was not Summer's father, Sharon was seen admitting to Cassie at her grave, that she had done something she shouldn't have. Later, a grown-up Cassie began making appearances to Sharon, which were apparently hallucinations. Sharon joyously admitted that she was waiting for Nick to come back to her after Summer's paternity comes out, and they could return to being a happy family again.
Nick revealed to Summer that he was not her father, and Phyllis revealed to Jack that he was Summer's father, and everyone became furious with Nick. Nick told Sharon, who said that she understood, and would always be there for him. Later Sharon admitted to the hallucination of Cassie, that she had altered the paternity test results, and that Summer was actually Nick's.
Days later, Phyllis was horrified to overhear Sharon at Cassie's grave telling Cassie that Nick would hate her if he ever found out that she had changed the paternity test to show that Summer was not his. When Phyllis' cell phone rang, Sharon realized that she had been caught. Phyllis told Sharon that she was going to the MS gala to tell Nick. Sharon followed Phyllis and caught up to her in the stairwell where they stood on the landing arguing. Phyllis yelled, "Get out of my way, you demented bitch," and called Jack. While grappling with Sharon for her phone, Phyllis fell down the flight of stairs. Sharon found a pulse and spilled her purse trying to get to her phone to call for help. Nick and Avery came into stairwell and kissed on the landing while Sharon snuck out the door at the bottom of the stairs, leaving behind a lipstick. Sharon arrived home and Cassie listened to her story, supporting her for what she had done, as Cassie never would have when she was alive. When Noah told Sharon that Phyllis had been found unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell resulting in a blood clot which required brain surgery, Sharon over-reacted, and Noah noticed. Following successful surgery, Phyllis lapsed into a coma, and Daniel took her to an island off the coast of Georgia to give her the best chance to recover. Sharon confided in hallucination of Cassie, that although she felt guilty, she was confident that she and Nick would reunite. But while playing fairy princess with Faith, Summer discovered that Sharon wore the same lipstick that was found by the police in the stairwell after Phyllis' fall, and Nick wondered if maybe someone may have been there with her when she fell.
Sharon faked a fall to get close to Nick while Avery was in Georgia with Phyllis. Then Sharon received a red light camera citation from the night Phyllis fell. Noah saw it and with her acting so strangely, began to be suspicious of Sharon. But when Avery returned she convinced Nick to go ahead with their wedding. When Faith was asked to be their flower girl, she reacted badly saying that she would not, nor was Nick going to marry anyone but her mother, then tore up Avery's wedding planning photos. Sharon was crushed when Nick requested that Sharon help him get Faith to understand that her father and mother would never get back together again. Sharon became all the more determined to stop their wedding when Avery dropped by and told Sharon to back off and stay the hell away from her fiancé. Nick and Avery made plans to be married in the newly renamed Chancellor Park. In an attempt to guilt Nick into postponing his marriage, Sharon made sure that Nick found a drawing by Faith where Avery was scribbled out. Avery found the drawing which upset her.
Avery and Nick's wedding day arrived, but Avery did not. Sharon was hovering in the shadows when Avery finally arrived too late explaining that Dylan had needed her. Deciding that it had become increasingly clear that Avery was still too emotionally involved with Dylan, Nick broke up with her, and left her standing there in her wedding gown as it began to rain. Sharon was only too happy to console Nick later. Noah overheard, and after finding a two month old prescription bottle, he confronted Sharon for going off her medication. Sharon lied to Noah that she had lost that bottle, but when she happened upon her doctor who accused her of the same, Sharon admitted that she had stopped taking them. Sharon said that she finally felt alive again, and that her life was turning around because of it. Dr. Davis warned her that she was headed for a fall. Later Nick rejected Sharon's help and her admission that she still loved him and wanted to reconcile, and told her that he was not interested. Sharon admitted that she needed psychological help. But Sharon's hallucination of Cassie was still pressuring her to not give up on getting Nick back. She told Cassie that she needed to get better, and in doing so, she knew she would see less of her, and would miss her, and Cassie assured her that she would always be there when she needed her. Sharon found a new doctor who put her on a new drug, and she told Nick and Noah that she felt that she was on her way to getting her life back.
After Nikki shocked everyone with the admission that Dylan McAvoy was her son that she had given up as a teenager, Nick refused to attend Thanksgiving at his parents, and ended up with Sharon and Faith instead. Sharon asked Nick to be understanding of his mother, as he was with her similar experience of telling him about Cassie's existence.
After Sharon intervened when Summer was being treated unfairly by a photographer, Neil offered Sharon a job as mentor to the Jabot models, and she accepted.
Nick was spending more and more time with Sharon, and they even kissed, but told each other it was not right, that they were just friends. Faith's Christmas wish was to spend it with her parents, so Nick went over to Sharon's on Christmas Eve and put together a 500-piece dollhouse kit. Caught by Faith, they told her that Santa's elves were too busy, so Nick was just helping them out. Nick and Sharon's New Year's Eve kiss became very passionate, and they couldn't seem to forget it.
Worn out at a photo shoot, Summer took some "energy pills" from fellow model Esmeralda, and had a reaction. Sharon discovered Summer, who had fallen down some stairs, which gave Sharon flashbacks to when she had seen Phyllis fall. Summer was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but suffered no permanent heart damage.
Sharon had stopped having the hallucinations of getting advice from Cassie once she got back on her meds and began to see her new doctor, Dr. Mead. But she confided in Nick when she started seeing Cassie again, never speaking only glaring at her, through the sidelights at the front door, in her living room when she actually touched and felt her, and in an elevator at Jabot. Nick spent the night on the couch and they reminisced about the past and their first wedding. But the next day when Sharon returned home, she found photos of Cassie taped all over her living room. Becoming close again in the days that followed, Nick and Sharon made love. Afterward, Sharon went downstairs and saw and touched Cassie again. Sharon was shocked when her doctor suggested electro-convulsive therapy, but instead Sharon decided that telling Nick the truth about Summer's paternity would set her free. Stopping at the park on the way home, "Cassie" appeared to Sharon and tried to get her to practice telling Nick on her. When Sharon could not do it, she got agitated, told Sharon she was disappointed in her, and called Sharon a manipulative piece of trash. Sharon grabbed her and would not let go, realizing she was not a hallucination. "Cassie" jerked away calling Sharon a crazy bitch, saying that yes she WAS real! When Nick found her, Sharon told Nick she was convinced that Cassie was not dead, and Nick took Sharon to the hospital where she agreed to the electro-convulsive therapy. While left alone waiting for the anesthetic to take affect, the Cassie-lookalike appeared saying she was sorry, but only doing her job. Sharon awoke with no memory of why she was there and Nick proclaiming his love. Most of her memories returned, but she conveniently had lost those about Summer's paternity or Phyllis falling down the stairs and being in a coma. Sharon was allowed to go home, but her doctor suggested someone be there with her, to which Nick volunteered. Nick admitted that he had fallen in love with her again, but that he was afraid their lovemaking would bring back her hallucinations.
Victor threw an engagement party for Abby and Tyler at Newman Ranch, and all the Newmans (including Sharon on Nick's arm) and Abbotts were in attendance and remarkably friendly. Nick left to retrieve a present from the car, but never returned. Sharon arrived home to find Nick there with a young woman who looked just like Cassie and freaked. Nick explained that she was real, not another hallucination, and that Victor had been gas-lighting her with this lookalike for months. Victor arrived, and fearing him, the girl tried to leave, but Sharon begged her to stay. Victor tried to justify what he had done, saying that Sharon had gone over the edge long before he did this, and that she had a secret that would turn Nick against her. Nick yelled for Victor to get out of his life. As Victor left, he warned Nick that defending that lunatic Sharon would destroy him. Sharon refused to press charges against the girl. Later, Sharon showed up at the girl's hotel room, but Sharon was unable to get any information from her. Sharon told her that Victor is a bully, and that she could make sure that he never hurts her. The next day, Sharon's doctor verified that she did have a secret, but that Sharon had never told her what it was. Nick told Sharon that he loved her and whatever it was, it would not matter. Sharon, under hypnosis, reenacted Phyllis' fall without anyone realizing what it was, but when she awoke, she still did not remember the secret or the encounter with Phyllis.
Sharon visited Mariah, and ended up taking her grocery shopping. She questioned Mariah about her relatives, trying to come up with a logical reason for the resemblance to Cassie. Mariah claimed she had no family, but said that her deceased mother's name was Helen. Mariah later showed up at Sharon's asking for help after all her money had been stolen from her room. Sharon warned Mariah that she knew how she had been interfering with Abby and Tyler's relationship, but gave her some cash to tide her over.
When Mariah returned to her hotel room, she was arrested to be extradited back to Portland for breaking and entering, and burglary of art, coins and jewelry she had taken while the guy slept. When Tyler found out, he went to Portland to be a character witness for her. Mariah asked Tyler to get Sharon to help her. Tyler relayed the message, telling Sharon about her tough life growing up. Sharon related since she had grown up under similar conditions, went to Portland, got the charges dropped, and brought Mariah back to Genoa City. Sharon got Nick to begrudgingly give Mariah a job tending bar at his club, The Underground, and Sharon paid the rent at her apartment. Mariah informed them that it was only temporary, until she could pay Sharon back. Nick asked Noah to return and train Mariah, but he was resentful of her and tested her by leaving his wallet on the bar. Mariah passed the test until Abby took it, emptied it, and stashed it in the ladies room, setting up Mariah. But when the police showed up, and Noah found out what Abby had done, he confessed all. Mariah got upset and quit. But Sharon convinced Nick to apologize and hire Mariah back.
Sharon asked Nick to move back in, and he accepted. Sharon, Noah and Faith were preparing their first dinner as a family again when Mariah showed up to pay Sharon some of the money she owed her. Sharon invited her to stay for dinner, Mariah declined, but Sharon insisted. Dinner went well, and Mariah got along well with Faith.
Playing with Faith, Nick drew a 4th of July wedding with him and Sharon. Finding it later, Sharon said they were never getting married again, that she would only cause him more pain. Nick got down on one knee and asked her to NOT marry him, and Sharon said, "I won't".
Mariah told Nick and Sharon that her room had been broken into again, and she was afraid. Sharon asked why she had not gone to Ian. Mariah said she had promised Nick that she would stay away from Ian. Sharon invited her to stay with them, and Nick surprisingly offered to help her get her things. Mariah declined his help, returned to get them, and moved in.
Nick found out that Summer had gone on the run with Austin Travers who was wanted for abduction and the accidental shooting of Paul Williams, then later they returned married and Austin turned himself in. Nick was disappointed, but since Summer was of age, he accepted it. While Jack spoke to D.A. Christine to arrange for Summer to be arrested for fraud.
Summer decided they should be officially married in a church and invited Noah and Courtney to stand up for them. Sharon said she felt she owed it to Phyllis and helped Summer get ready, and Faith was the flower girl. Sharon convinced Nick to walk Summer down the aisle, but Jack arrived, and they began again with both Jack and Nick walking her down the aisle, and Summer and Austin were married again. Detective Harding arrived to arrest Austin for fraud, but Jack talked him out of it with everyone swearing the couple loved each other and no fraud was being committed.
After Summer mentioned that they had found a lipstick of Sharon's shade in the stairwell after Phyllis' fall, Sharon had a memory flash of her lipstick falling down a stairwell. Then when watching Jack and Nick both playing father to Summer, she had strong feelings of guilt. Later she remembered coming out of the door of the diagnostics lab. Sharon told her therapist she thought these were memories were connected to her secret and to Phyllis. But when Sharon caught Victor with her therapist, she told him to stay out her life, and fired Dr. Mead for not telling her that Victor was trying to get information about her.
Sharon began spending a lot of time with Mariah, buying her clothes and gifts, justifying it to Nick that Mariah needed to know that people cared about and trusted her for her to turn her life around.