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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS IN 2004
by Christopher Lawrence Menard
Struggles of a Mother & Daughter:
Kay became an alcoholic again when Jill began renovating the Chancellor
Estate. Arthur Hendricks surfaced in town and, after a time, was revealed to be
Jill's Father. He reunited Mother and Daughter and they all lived together.
Mackenzie also came home to help Kay kick her addiction to booze. The family
united with friends from the community and staged an intervention, but Kay got
drunk and one-by-one they turned away from her. While passed out, she was
visited by the spirits of Rex and Philip Jr. who convinced her to give up the
bottle. She then signed in to rehab, determined to get well.
Sharon's Never-Ending Nightmare:
Sharon 'killed' Cameron when he tried to rape her on New Year's Eve, then
ditched his body behind a dumpster. She confessed to Michael and later went back
to get rid of the body when Nick and Dt. Weber began to wonder where the man
was. After an ordeal, the body disappeared from the trunk of her car. Larry
Warton, who'd seen her, threw it down a sewer. Grace Turner showed up, claiming
to be Cameron's girlfriend and insistent upon finding him. She quickly suspected
Sharon was somehow connected to his disappearance. When Sharon needed an alibi,
she went to Nikki and confessed everything.
Things worsened when she began to be haunted by Cameron's ghost. To prove to
herself that he was dead, she, Nikki and Larry went into the sewers and saw the
body (though it was unidentifiable). When Cameron surfaced - ALIVE - on Mother's
Day, Sharon and Nikki wondered who the body belonged to, and when Cameron
offered Nick a job as C.O.O. of his software company, Sharon told her husband
everything, hoping to prevent the merger. Nick agreed to stand by his wife and
protect her from Cameron, while Grace and Cameron reconnected and it was
revealed they were working together to destroy Sharon's world.
The body was finally found, and turned out to be that of Frank Barritt,
Cassie's biological Father. All evidence pointed to Sharon and it seemed likely
she would go to prison for the murder. Instead, everyone pulled together. Grace
went to Dt. Weber and came clean about hers and Cameron's plot, while Sharon
boarded a plane with Cameron - who admitted he was in love with her and had done
everything out of a desire to be with her.
In the air, he confessed his crimes, and Nick - who stowed away - recorded
it, then beat Cameron to a pulp before jumping out of the plane with Sharon and
Cameron in tow. On the ground, Cameron was arrested and the Newmans celebrated
Sharon and Nick's safe return with a barbecue to which Grace was invited.
Victor, however, was bothered that his family had left him out of the loop.
Reaching Ashley In Her Deep, Dark Place:
Brad and Jack believed involving Victor might be necessary in reaching Ashley
in her catatonic state. Nikki was opposed to the idea, while Olivia and Wes
suggested they first tell Victor about Abby's paternity. With Brad's approval,
Victor met with Ash and managed to help her face the reality of baby Robert's
death. She came out of her state, and later told Brad the only way to guarantee
her mental health was to tell Victor the truth about Abby.
The Fall Of Victor Newman & The End of Jack and Phyllis:
The orchid conspiracy continued as Phyllis gave Jack one for Jabot and he
didn't tell her they already had one. When she found out, she quit her job at NE
and left town, refusing Neil's request that she give him one of the flowers for
Drucilla. When Phyllis returned, Diane stole an orchid and forced Phyllis to
give Jack the remaining one. They reunited, but when Jack learned that Diane had
forced Phyllis into the act, he was angry with Phyllis. To make amends, she
offered to work with him at Jabot, but only if he fired Diane.
Meanwhile, Christine was forced to handle Victor's case as he was prosecuted
for charges of commercial bribery. In an attempt to make amends, Victor offered
Jack $75 million, but Jack refused without asking Jabot's Board of Directors.
Victor confessed to the bribery, but Christine destroyed the tape. In court,
Nikki defended Victor, while Jack sought to have the man sent to prison. In the
end, Phyllis' testimony convinced the judge to go easy on Victor, and Jack -
furious with her - said their relationship was over.
Victor was given a reduced sentence with a demand to create a community
project of some sort, while the Abbott's were stunned to learn Jack had refused
Victor's financial offer. When Ashley later pulled the plug on Damon and Dru's
research into the orchids, the two wondered if they should seek employment
elsewhere. Meanwhile, Nick began to wonder who would run NE while Victor was
handling his sentence.
Phyllis' New Life, Love, Family & Woes:
Danny returned to GC and he and Christine began dating. When Daniel decided
to come to town for a visit, Phyllis insisted on seeing her son, but Danny
refused to force the issue. Meanwhile, Phyllis began dating Damon, who was there
for her during her separation from Jack. Vanessa Lerner left town after
discovering Damon and Phyllis together. Later, Christine took pleasure in
telling Phyllis that Daniel would be staying with her when he came to town. When
Daniel and Phyllis came face to face for the first time, he refused to tell her
anything about himself and said she wasn't his Mother. Phyllis insisted she had
never given him up, but that Christine had stolen him from her in a court.
Stunned by this news, Daniel contemplated leaving town. Phyllis warned Christine
and Danny that she would tell Daniel the truth about his childhood (and that
Danny wasn't his biological Father) unless they pushed for a relationship
between Mother and Son.
When Daniel agreed to dine with Phyllis if she told him the truth, she did
so, rocking his world. He promptly denounced Danny as a Father and - to stick it
to him and Christine - moved in with Phyllis at Damon's place where she was
staying. Daniel then manipulated Phyllis into finding a place for them to live
alone, while Danny - devastated by his son's new attitude - left town and
Christine behind. Meanwhile, Victor invited Phyllis and Daniel to live in
Victoria's old house at the ranch. She and Jack received divorce papers and
shared a passionate kiss.
Kevin Fisher Framed; Brittany's Scar; The Mob; A Breakup:
Kevin reached out to Brittany, but she turned on him when JT told her about
Kevin's past sins. Bobby fired him, and he took a liking to Lauren when she
showed him kindness. He fell in love with Lauren, who decided to go out with him
to try to get a confession out of him. During a performance at the club,
Brittany was electrocuted by a rigged pole. When Bobby and Raul learned it was
no accident, everyone suspected Kevin. He accompanied Lauren to the Valentine's
Dance, against Michael's advice, and - after overhearing Lily and Colleen
discuss how Lauren was playing him - he took her back to his apartment where he
held a gun to his head and insisted he'd kill himself. Michael arrived and
talked him out of it.
While Brittany dealt with the reality of a disfiguring scar on her face,
Kevin insisted he hadn't rigged the pole to electrocute her. Neil and Dru both
learned that Kevin was Michael's brother, and lashed out at the lawyer for
keeping the connection secret. Neil then hired an investigator to trail Kevin at
all times. Lily refused to forgive Kevin for giving her Chlamydia, while Paul
was annoyed that Lauren took pity on the criminal. Brittany confronted Kevin and
blamed him for her scar, while Dt. Weber arrested him after finding evidence in
his apartment. Meanwhile, Raul and Brittany's relationship suffered because of
her inability to feel beautiful.
Lauren bailed Kevin out of jail, causing him to believe she loved him. He
confessed his crimes to her, but she decided not to go to the police. He skipped
town and went to Detroit to confront his Mother, Gloria, insisting that in
allowing her husband, 'Terrible Tom', to beat him as a child, she'd screwed him
up for good. When Neil's investigator had proof that Kevin hadn't been in
Marsino's club when Brittany was burned, Dru insisted he keep it quiet. Kevin
went to prison, where he was beaten so badly he almost died. Brittany and Raul
shared momentary happiness as they made love again, but Raul was angered when
she returned to the club to start singing again, and Bobby offered to turn the
place into a cabaret just for her.
When Kevin woke in the hospital, he faked insanity to keep from going back to
jail, by setting himself on fire. Meanwhile, Bobby began to suspect that Mr.
Lewis, his financial backer (and a Mob Boss) had burned Brittany because of
Frederick Hodges interference with the club. At Lily's insistence, Neil came
forward with his evidence, and a crooked cop leaked the info to Mr. Lewis. Bobby
sent Raul and Brittany out of town, then met with Mr. Lewis and got him to admit
to burning Brittany and framing Kevin. The confession was caught on tape and Mr.
Lewis was taken away to jail. Realizing she had feelings for Bobby, Brittany
acted on the advice of Rose (a friend with cerebral palsy) and broke up with
Raul so she could pursue a relationship with the older man. Meanwhile, Kevin
escaped the hospital and went back to Detroit, nearly killing himself again
before learning he had been cleared of all charges. Michael agreed to let Gloria
come back to GC with him and Kevin so she could help her son recover.
When Colleen got JT to sing in front of a crowd, he was seen by Shiloh, a
talent scout. She later convinced him to go to LA to begin a music career.
Colleen supported him, but was devastated when the job meant pretending he was
single to impress female fans. Unable to handle the changes in JT's life,
Colleen decided to leave GC and return to live with Traci in New York. Later, JT
left the music business, realizing he wasn't cut out for the lifestyle, and
regretting that it cost him Colleen.
Brittany's Ever-Changing Love Life:
Despite no longer being a couple, Raul stood by Brittany and convinced her to
undergo experimental surgery to fix her scar. The surgery didn't completely
repair it, but it was dramatically reduced. JT and Brittany began to spend more
time together, while Raul accepted that their relationship was over and moved to
Boston for school. Mac and JT were sad to see him go, while Brittany decided it
was time to devote herself to Bobby. Later, Bobby proposed and Brittany
accepted. JT was not thrilled, prompting Mac to wonder why he cared so much.
JT reluctantly agreed to be Brittany's 'best man of honor' after she helped
him catch a crook for Paul. Anita and Frederick - because of gossip - believed
Brittany was planning to wed JT. He went along with it for awhile, but Bobby
eventually told her parents the truth, and they refused to attend the wedding.
Mac's instincts told her that JT had developed feelings for Brittany and she
urged him to come clean before Brittany married Bobby. Though JT decided to tell
Brittany the truth, he was unable to as he stood next to her at the ceremony. He
shed a tear, which Brittany saw, and though she suspected he loved her, she went
through with the vows and became Mrs. Bobby Marsino. JT reverted to his old
playboy ways of one-night stands, while Mac was heartbroken that he loved
Brittany but not her. She stayed with Kay briefly to get over her feelings.
During the holidays, Colleen stunned everyone by returning to GC, where she
spent Christmas Eve with JT. The two began to bond again, as he threw her a
surprise birthday party on New Year's Eve. Mac's jealousy was evident, and
Brittany told her to get a boyfriend and leave JT alone. But Mac, instead,
passionately kissed JT on New Year's Eve before the stroke of twelve. She wasn't
the only one; Colleen planted a kiss on JT's lips as well, though he suspected
she was hiding something from him.
Victor Newman Back On Track:
With approval from Lorena Davis, his parole officer, Victor bought an old
paint factory and decided to employ community members to turn it into a new rec
center. Lily, Sierra, Mac, Cassie, Daniel, JT and several street kids all
pitched in to build it, and Victor decided it was time to make financial
restitution to Jabot. When Drucilla tested Damon's hair-straightener to prove it
worked, and her hair fell out, Ashley realized the company was in trouble.
Victor offered Jabot the $75 million he'd offered before, on the condition that
Jack be removed from the company and never return in any capacity. Realizing his
family was in a dire position, Jack willingly left his post at Jabot,
devastating John and Ashley, and thrilling Victor.
The Genoa City Rec Center Grand Opening & The Alex Aftermath:
Daniel and Kevin became fast-friends, bonding over their mutual dislike of
JT. Kevin was tired of being everyone's favorite villain in town so he and
Daniel concocted a plot to put Lily's life in danger at the grand opening of
Victor's rec center, and position Kevin to save her, making him a hero. Things
didn't go according to plan when Alex - the guy Daniel hired to 'attack' Lily -
spiked her drink with a date-rape drug, causing her to overdose. Though Kevin
did save her, Lily ended up in a coma and nearly died. When Alex then demanded
that he'd only keep quiet if Daniel and Kevin helped him sell drugs at the rec
center, Daniel went to Phyllis and begged for her help. Meanwhile, Michael was
suspicious of Kevin's newfound identity as Lily's heroic rescuer. When Phyllis
met Alex, he called her a bitch. She smacked him and he vowed vengeance.
When Kevin failed to run interference for a drug sale at the rec center, and
Victor caught the dealers and threatened them, Alex went gunning for Daniel with
a baseball bat. He attacked him and Phyllis, before Damon burst in, beat Alex to
a bloody pulp and warned him never to show his face again. Kevin admitted his
scheme to Michael, who joined forces with Phyllis to scare Alex into leaving
town. Michael and Phyllis agreed not to turn their family members in to the
police, but worried about the impact of what they'd done.
Expanding The Winters Family ... Enter Devon Hamilton:
While working at the rec center, Lily befriended Devon Hamilton, a
street-kid. When she covered for him after he stole a wallet, Dru protected both
children, and was impressed when Devon turned in the money. His plight reminded
her of her own history as a homeless person and she decided to make a
difference. She convinced Neil to take the boy into their home, insisting it
would be temporary, but then secretly began the process to become his legal
guardian. When Neil discovered this, he insisted Devon would be sent away. In
response, Devon ran off and ended up mixed up with a prostitution ring in
Chicago. He was returned to Neil and Dru, who begged Lorena Davis, Devon's
worker, for a second chance to be a part of his life. Devon stayed at the rec
center with Victor for a time, but when he was to be sent to a group home
permanently, Neil was unable to let the boy go, thus devastating his wife and
daughter. Instead, Neil insisted Devon would come home with the Winters family,
where they'd teach him values. Drucilla and Neil became Devon's official
guardians, thrilling Lily. Though Devon was worried he'd never be a true part of
the family, it was obvious he'd changed a lot when he went out of his way to
give his new family a homemade Christmas gift from the heart.
The Return of Malcolm Winters & Questions Of Paternity:
After secretly spying on Drucilla, Neil and Olivia, Malcolm broke into
Olivia's apartment and came face to face with Dru. He explained that he hadn't
died in Africa, then refused to see Neil, still blaming his secret love for Alex
Perez for costing him so many years of his life. Dru chastised Malcolm for
letting everyone believe he was dead, then broke the news to Neil that his
brother was alive, but didn't want to see him. Victor and Michael both
encountered Malcolm, followed by Phyllis - who immediately introduced her former
friend to her son. Lily was thrilled to meet her uncle, but saddened to learn
there was tension between him and Neil. Olivia, upon seeing him, fainted, then
woke and insisted he not try to contact Nate. As Malcolm and Lily bonded, Dru's
discomfort grew and she admitted to Olivia that she was bothered since she and
Malcolm had once made love. Malcolm's hostile attitude towards Neil upset him
greatly, while Olivia was disgusted that Dru wanted Malcolm to leave town. After
an encounter with a mysterious woman (Adrienne, Damon's ex-wife), Malcolm
decided to stay in town, took a job working for Nick and Sharon at Crimson
Lights, and agreed to be Lily's surprise present for Neil on Christmas Eve.
Malcolm later stunned both Dru and Olivia by admitting that he wanted to know
if Lily was, by any chance, his daughter and not Neil's. Meanwhile, Lily
wondered why she felt such a strong connection to her uncle. As for Neil, though
he was thrilled to have Malcolm stay in town, he remained bothered by his
brother's attitude towards him. Finally, on New Year's Eve, Malcolm devastated
Dru by demanding the paternity test. Dru agreed to have it done, privately,
using a kit from the internet, but warned Malcolm she would not allow him to
destroy her family. Unaware of everything happening around him, Neil told
Malcolm that his resolution for the new year was to see the two of them rebuild
their broken bond of brotherhood.
Trust Struggles For The Chancellor Women:
Kay returned from rehab and accepted a marriage proposal from Arthur, while
Jill began casually sleeping with Jack. Sitting in on the board of Chancellor
Industries, Jill was suspicious of Elliot Hampton, the C.E.O. Jack helped her
investigate the man, while Jill began dating him and fell in love - despite
herself. When it became evident he was embezzling company funds, Jack broke the
news to Jill, who ended their relationship and refused Elliot's request that she
fly away with him. He skipped town, but not before Jack saved the day by having
all his offshore accounts frozen, thus saving Kay's cash. The move so impressed
Kay that she asked Jack to be C.E.O., but he declined.
While making wedding plans for her and Arthur, Kay was visited by Harrison
Bartlett, Arthur's former stepson. The man claimed Arthur had murdered his
Mother for her money and would do the same to Kay. Jill and Kay, despite
themselves, investigated the claim through Paul. He turned up newspaper
clippings proving an investigation had occurred, but that Arthur hadn't been
charged, despite suspicions. Kay wanted to believe Arthur, but Jill kept pushing
and fell for Harrison's planted insurance papers. She confronted Arthur, who was
devastated at being doubted and left town in disgrace. Kay blamed Jill for
driving her last chance at love away from her. Harrison and Arthur both left
Kay offered Jack the C.E.O. position at C.I. again, and he accepted despite
Kay's stipulation that Jill never be involved in the company in any way
Genoa City's Cabaret:
Nikki gave in to Bobby's requests to join him as a business partner at the
club, then played hostess on its opening night. Sharon trailed her there and was
so fascinated that she began to want to strip herself. Brittany stripped, doing
her part to help Bobby's night be a success. Nikki urged Sharon not to think
about stripping, while Sharon admitted to Nick that she was intrigued by the
idea. Though Victor and Nick were both bothered by Nikki's involvement with the
club, Victor changed his tune when he followed her there and watched her work.
He was reminded of the woman he'd fallen in love with.
Nikki's Childhood Trauma & Its Repercussions:
As work began on Victor's rec center, Cassie's discovery of a ruby earring
and the tape of a little girl's birthday party got Nikki remembering her past.
She realized she'd repressed her childhood memory of her 5th birthday, where
she'd accidentally shot and killed Joshua Cassen, her best friend, then her
Father had buried his body. When the skeleton of a little boy was discovered in
the bowels of the rec center, Nikki knew her memory was real and had Paul begin
investigating to find the family of the boy she'd killed. She also opened up to
Victor, who urged her not to beat herself up too harshly for her tragic
childhood mistake. Paul's discovered the Cassen family had gone to Cleveland
then changed their names. When Nikki learned Brad had lived there, and changed
his name after a tragic event, she believed he was Joshua's brother and
confessed her crime. He sympathized, but insisted she had the wrong guy. He
insisted she never again probe into his past, and she gave him the sealed court
document Paul had discovered.
During a conversation with Bobby, he admitted to her that his little brother
had disappeared and he'd moved to Cleveland where his parents had died in a car
crash, and he'd taken the 'Marsino' name from evil relatives he went to live
with who made his life hell. Realizing Bobby was really Charlie Cassen - the boy
she was looking for - Nikki was devastated and didn't know if she should tell
him the truth. Paul advised her not to until she was ready, as did Victor. When
Bobby admitted that he'd made it through life by telling himself Joshua was
alive and would someday be reunited with him, Nikki decided it was best she keep
the truth to herself. But when Nikki's overwhelming guilt caused her to invite
Bobby and Brittany to move into the ranch while their condo was renovated, and
later offer to buy the club to save Bobby from financial woes, he began to
suspect her emotional mood was connected to him. He went to Victor for answers
and - in a stunning moment - Victor told Bobby the truth, taking Nikki's choice
out of her hands.
Stunned by all he'd learned, Bobby confronted Nikki. She begged him for
forgiveness, but he told her it was all too much to process and left her alone.
Nikki blasted Victor, insisting he'd once again done damage because of his
refusal to listen to anyone's wishes but his own. Victor lashed out, telling her
he was sick and tired of hearing about the trauma and that she was acting
ridiculous. Meanwhile, Bobby went to his club where he listened as Brittany sang
a beautiful song about support. Bobby cried, then disappeared. When he didn't
come home at all, Brittany worried about his safety and asked JT to help her
find her husband, then admitted that she suspected something was going on with
him and Nikki.
The Fall Of The House of Carlton:
The decision to tell Victor the truth about Abby's paternity was taken out of
Ashley's hands when Abby saw the videotape confession Ash made the year before,
then innocently told Victor he was her Father. Brad confirmed the revelation,
and Ash later admitted to Victor that she'd wanted his child to make up for the
one she'd aborted when they were married years ago. Victor warned everyone, at a
family meeting, that he intended to be a part of Abby's life. When he was
prevented from seeing her, he threatened to sue for sole-custody, but agreed to
wait until a professional had spoken with Abby. In time, Victor, Brad and Nikki
all blamed Ash for the situation they found themselves in.
Things went from bad to worse when Victor spent the day with Abby and refused
to let Brad take her home, then later took her horseback riding and was unable
to prevent a riding accident in which Abby broke her arm. Brad used the
situation to keep Victor from seeing Abby, while the little girl blamed Victor
for her accident. Nikki accused Ashley of still being in love with Victor and
using her daughter to get close to him, while Ashley accused Nikki of being
insecure and petty. Victor, meanwhile, blamed himself for Abby not wanting to
see him, and for all the pain he'd caused his children over the years. Ash
comforted him in his time of distress.
Her time alone with Victor served to make Ashley realize that she did - in
fact - still love the man and had never stopped. She told Brad the truth about
her feelings and he said their marriage was over and insisted she move out.
Nikki worried Victor would reunite with Ash, but he reassured her of his love
for her, and later devastated Ash by insisting he viewed her as a friend only.
Feeling stupid and realizing she'd lost everything, Ash lashed out at Victor,
and regretted her actions with Brad, who refused to take her back. She moved
back in with her Father, and she and Brad broke the news to Abby. Ash later
befriended Paul, and they bonded over their mutual bad experiences with
relationships. Paul admitted he still loved Christine, and Ash admitted her
feelings for Brad were still strong.
The New Lives of The Baldwin Brothers:
Christine convinced Michael to let Paul join them as Baldwin & Williams,
while Michael began seeing Lauren, despite fear it would upset Kevin. Paul and
Lauren shared an amicable break up, and she began openly seeing Michael, which
infuriated Kevin when he found out the truth from Gloria, and later saw them
together. He went to the gym and began working out, determined to face Michael
in hand-to-hand combat.
Victor agreed to let Michael and Kevin square off in the boxing ring at the
rec center. There, Kevin was overwhelmed by memories of 'Terrible Tom' beating
him. He lashed out at Michael, who allowed it, realizing the breakthrough Kevin
was having. On the heels of this, Kevin changed his attitude entirely, wished
Michael and Lauren all the happiness in the world and decided to start anew.
Kevin and Mac met and became fast friends. Though he tried to put in a good word
with her for Daniel, she was more interested in him, and was still angry that
Daniel had lied to her about his age when they'd briefly dated. Trusting Mac,
Kevin admitted he'd arranged the attack on Lily to change his public image. Mac
urged him to tell Lily the truth, and he did. Lily was devastated, but relieved
to know she wasn't a magnet for awful men. She agreed to forgive Kevin, and
agreed not to tell Neil and Dru the truth about what he'd done. The move angered
Daniel, but impressed Mac.
During the holidays, Michael's hatred of Christmas caused Gloria and Kevin to
try to surprise him. Their attempt failed and he threw a temper tantrum that
sent Lauren running from him, though they'd recently discussed living together.
Victor and Christine joined forces to make Michael celebrate Christmas with his
friends. He let the spirit of the season in and later reconciled with Lauren.
Meanwhile, Kevin continued to grow closer to Mackenzie. When they went on a
work-out date together and ran into JT with Colleen (recently returned from New
York), she recoiled from Kevin and insisted he stay away from her. Later, Mac
begged Kevin to open up to her and tell her why Colleen was so afraid of him.
Kevin told her he'd been falsely accused of something, but would not go into any
greater detail. Mac said she wished he would trust her a bit more. When Kevin
told Lauren and Michael that he was considering telling Mac the truth about his
crimes, since he believed that would impress her enough that they'd have a
future together, both his brother and Lauren insisted he had no choice but to
keep quiet now that he'd lied for so long.
Mommie Dearest OR Mrs. John Abbott:
Gloria Fisher immediately set out to snag a man when she arrived in GC to
help Kevin rebuild his life. She met John Abbott and was smitten. When John
asked about her sons, she hired male escorts to play her boys (she knew about
Michael and Kevin's bad reputations). When she later slept with one of the
escorts in Michael's condo, he threw her out. John, not wanting her to leave
town, invited her to move into the Abbott Estate. While Ashley and Mamie were
angered by the move, Michael urged Gloria to come clean about her family. He
told her the truth about Kevin's crimes, and she forgave her youngest son and
insisted they all start fresh. She whisked John away on a cruise and the two
were married. When they returned, Ash was devastated and warned Gloria that she
would never trust her. Michael, meanwhile, advised John to do all he had to to
protect his assets. Meanwhile, Kevin told John that he was a changed person and
hoped John would one day let go of the hatred he held towards him.
Christmas brought tension to the household as Ash and Gloria clashed over who
should decorate the estate. Gloria stole Ashley's heirloom ornaments to decorate
Michael's apartment, then later played hero by 'finding' them when Ash
discovered they were missing. The two ladies later went to war when Gloria
warned Ash that Jabot's business troubles were negatively affecting John's
health, then demanded Ash do something about it. When Ash spoke harshly to
Gloria, John defended his wife and chastised Ashley.
The Ghosts of Damon's Past & Their Impact on Phyllis:
Damon's mood following Daniel's encounter with the violent Alex greatly
worried Phyllis, who asked him to open up about his mysterious past. Damon told
her his 8 year old son, Elias, had been murdered eight years before by Dominic
Hughes, who was in prison for the crime. Damon insisted he'd kill Dominic if he
was ever released. When Dominic was up for parole and it seemed likely he'd make
it, Phyllis flew to Georgia and met with him to beg him to keep his distance
from Damon. Dominic insisted he would go to GC to make peace with the man. Damon
was bothered by Phyllis' involvement.
Dominic came to town, and Phyllis brought him to Damon, who beat him to a
bloody pulp, but did not kill him. To make amends, Damon sent Phyllis to
Dominic's motel to give him money to leave town and start fresh. There, Phyllis
discovered Dominic had put on an act and planned to rob a store that night. She
confronted him, he tried to rape her and Damon (whom Phyllis had phoned) burst
in with a sword. Dominic shot Damon, and Damon sliced Dominic. Both men went to
the hospital. Damon almost died, but was visited by Elias' spirit, insisting it
wasn't his time. He recovered and hoped to start fresh with Phyllis, who had her
doubts about their relationship. Meanwhile, Dominic claimed that Phyllis and
Damon had lured him to town to murder him, and Dt. Weber took the claims very
Daniel convinced Christine to represent Phyllis, but she quit when Phyllis
refused to take her legal advice. When Damon didn't take things seriously,
Phyllis disguised herself as a man, pretended to be drunk and got herself thrown
into a cell with Dominic. She tried to get him to confess to what he'd done,
while she recorded it. Dominic caught on and exposed her to Weber, who charged
her with conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice. Damon, because
of Phyllis' stunt, was also arrested, and blasted her for her behavior. Michael
took over Phyllis' case, while Christine represented Damon. Paul discovered
proof that a transcript of Phyllis' visit with Dominic existed, but when he and
Christine read it they were disappointed to learn that it proved Phyllis was
innocent, but proved Damon had intended to kill Dominic. Christine told Damon
about the transcript but insisted they keep it quiet.
Phyllis and Michael believed Christine and Damon were hiding something, and
Phyllis begged Damon to tell her what it was. Several arguments left the lovers
wondering if there was any hope for a future now that neither fully trusted the
other. Phyllis stood up for herself, insisting that all their problems were
because of Damon's rage towards Dominic and her attempts to prevent it from
The situation was complicated by the arrival of Adrienne, Damon's ex-wife.
She confronted him about not showing up at the parole hearing for Dominic, and
blasted him for never being there for her when their son had been killed years
before. Damon told her what he'd done to Dominic, and emotionally apologized for
disappointing her as a husband. She agreed to stay in town to work things
through. When Phyllis first encountered her with Damon, she appealed to the
woman, begging her to come forward with any info that Damon had shared that
might clear Phyllis' name. Adrienne, despite knowing about the transcript, was
loyal to Damon and told Phyllis she was on her own. Meanwhile, Christine tried
to bluff Glenn Richards, the DA, into dropping the charges against Damon, but
the smart man called her bluff and refused. Unable to handle lying any longer,
Damon went to Phyllis - against Christine's wishes - and had a heart-to-heart.
He thanked her for the role she'd played in his life, and apologized for the
grief she'd been caused because of him. Phyllis said she would never forget him,
but the two agreed things had gotten too complicated to simply go on business as
usual. Damon did tell her, however, that he had something that would change her
life, then handed her the envelope with the evidence clearing her name.
The Corporate Intrigues of Jabot Cosmetics & Newman Enterprises:
Neil hired Dru and Phyllis to work at NE, and regretted it when they went to
war over who would get Victoria's old office. He forced them to work together
and assigned them to a beauty pageant. They undermined one another at every step
(Dru even brought Diane into the mix), until a catfight caused Neil to fire them
both. Trapped in an elevator together they got drunk and bonded, later
convincing Neil to rehire them. When Sharon tried to get a job, Dru did her best
to sabotage her efforts, not wanting to share the limelight at NE with anymore
powerful females. Nick was annoyed that Neil wouldn't hire his wife, so he asked
Jack to get her in at Jabot and offered to pay her salary himself. Brad agreed,
hoping to annoy Victor.
When Nick and Victor finally had it out about what Nick thought of Victor's
lackluster parenting when he and Victoria were children, Victor decided it was
time he give Nick control of NE. He ousted Neil and put his son in charge. Nick
promptly angered Neil by cutting most of his projects, including Dru & Phyllis'
pageant. Michael and Nick bonded when Michael helped him beat a blackmailer in
the office, and Nikki and Sharon bonded when Sharon handled her first Jabot
press conference like a pro. But Neil, having had enough of Nick's treatment,
quit his job and refused to come back. Victor, despite disapproving of how Nick
was handling things with Neil, stepped back, while Sharon worried her husband
was becoming just like his Father.
Jabot hit deep financial trouble when - right during the holidays - a
distribution center went up in smoke. Ash begged Victor to let Jack return to
work to help them with the crisis, but Victor refused. At a board meeting, they
all decided it was best to declare bankruptcy. When Ash later told Victor about
this, he told her they were being foolish, and insisted he alone had the ability
and know-how to save Jabot.
Sharon and Brad bonded at Jabot, while Nick was bothered by his wife's
refusal to leave her new job and join him at NE. Meanwhile, Dru was very vocal
about her disapproval of how Nick had handled her husband. In a meeting with
Ashley, Nick chastised her for the pain she'd caused his family, while in a
meeting with Jack, John gave his blessing for Jack to move on with his life at
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