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Phyllis & Diane by Christopher

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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