Phyllis & Diane
Diane Jenkins and Phyllis Summers
likely would never have crossed paths had it not been for
one thing they shared in common: a love for Jack Abbott.
Diane was the harlot who slept with Jack the day he was
supposed to marry Patty Williams, then left town in
disgrace. Phyllis was the fiery vixen who destroyed the
storybook romance of Danny Romalotti and Christine Blair,
and left town destroyed when the courts took her son away
from her. But when Diane stole sperm she thought belonged
to Victor and impregnated herself with it, she unwittingly
connected herself to Jack forever; the sperm belonged to
him, and Diane was thrilled.
Phyllis was less thrilled. Knowing Jack wanted nothing
more than a child, she felt like less of a woman and wife
because of her inability to have anymore children. The
existence of Diane's son, Kyle, threatened the foundation
of Phyllis' often-troubled marriage. Though Jack reassured
his wife that Diane meant nothing to him and that their
lives would not change because of Diane and Kyle, the
opposite was evident when Jack agreed to let Diane live in
the Abbott pool house rather than see her leave the
country with his son. Phyllis and Diane were immediately
at war, hurling insults and the occasional slap to try and
one up the other.
Then Diane set a desperate plan in motion. She launched
herself behind Phyllis' van, causing Phyllis to drive over
her leg, and earning sympathy from Jack. She then provoked
Phyllis into punching her, proving that the red head was
unstable and filled with rage. On the night of the Newman
wedding, Diane paid a man to call Phyllis and lure her
away from the reception. In her van, Phyllis sat on
lipstick and was forced to return to the Abbott house.
Soon after she left, Diane woke to find the pool house in
flames. She barely escaped alive.
As the investigation heated up, all evidence pointed to
Phyllis, including traces of paint thinner found in the
trunk of her car, and the fact that she had knowledge that
Diane would be taking sleeping pills that night. In court,
things looked bleak, but Jack and Paul Williams tracked
down footage that proved Diane had been masquerading as
Phyllis around town orchestrating the setup. Though they
proved Diane's instability to the Judge, they withheld the
evidence that would have gotten Diane locked away. In
exchange, Jack demanded full custody of Kyle, and Diane
was forced to oblige. However, the picture-perfect world
of Jack and Phyllis crumbled quickly because of her status
as an employee of Victor Newman.
When she kept a priceless orchid from Jack and Jabot,
Diane stole the flower and forced Phyllis to give it back
to Jack. When he learned the truth, he thanked Diane and
chastised his wife. Phyllis had had enough. With Jabot in
financial trouble and his marriage to Phyllis on the
rocks, Jack was stunned by Diane's loan that saved Jabot.
He rewarded her with a job at Jabot, enraging Phyllis, who
testified on behalf of Victor at a trial against Jack and
Jabot. Her testimony cleared Victor, devastated Jack, and
dissolved their marriage a short time later. While Phyllis
set her sights on a new life, Diane hoped that she and
Jack could finally be together.
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