Year in Review 1997 by
Christopher Lawrence Menard
Greene Disrupts Phyllis’ Entire World
Year's Eve, Danny surprised Phyllis by proposing
marriage and she quickly accepted. Chris and Paul
received news from the police department that they were
closing the two-year investigation on their hit and run
accident, which made Phyllis feel everything was coming
up roses. However, in a New York hospital, Sasha was
recovering from a surgery and feeling more than a little
angry with Phyllis.
traveled to Genoa City, and informed Phyllis that her
relationship to Peter was over and demanded $20,000 to
start a new life, or she'd expose the truth about
Phyllis' blood test switch in New York to make it appear
as though Danny were Daniel's biological father. A
meeting between Sasha and Chris set both Chris and Paul
on a quest for the truth about Phyllis. Meanwhile, a
fearful Phyllis hocked personal possessions — even her
engagement ring — until she finally persuaded Dr. Tim
Reid to loan her the money to payoff Sasha.
insurance, Sasha distributed copies to various people of
the manuscript detailing Phyllis' scheme against Danny.
On the night she was to meet with Christine, Sasha ended
up killed in a fire in her hotel room. Despite having
only circumstantial evidence, Chris and Paul were able
to plant enough doubt in Danny's mind that he got second
blood tests done. Danny was furious when paternity tests
revealed he wasn't Daniel's father. During Phyllis'
confession, Danny was almost brought to violence when he
raised his hand to strike her. He immediately made plans
to divorce Phyllis but also sought custody of Daniel, a
boy he'd grown to love as his own. Chris agreed to
Fight & The Return Of Michael
was horrified to learn that her old nemesis, Michael
Baldwin, was up for parole. Despite Chris' impassioned
plea to keep Baldwin in prison at his parole hearing,
Baldwin was released. He landed a job as a paralegal at
the law firm that ended up representing Phyllis in her
divorce and custody trial. Shortly after taking the job,
Baldwin and Phyllis became personally involved. To help
Danny in his custody case for Daniel, Chris and Paul
retraced their previous steps in an effort to gather
learned that Brian Hamilton was really Daniel's father.
Angered by Phyllis' dirty tricks, Brian agreed to
testify on Danny's behalf. Even as Danny became upset
when he discovered that Phyllis and Michael were lovers,
Danny and Chris grew closer as they worked together to
prepare for the custody trial. The mounting evidence
against Phyllis prompted Danny to realize she had
drugged him and that they had never made love while he
was still married to Chris. When Danny broke the news to
Chris, she waited until he left before breaking down in
tears. The end of year saw the divorce and custody trial
still being played out. And, Chris and Paul sharing a
romantic "vacation" in their new home.
Victor Steals Jack’s Chance For Happiness
proposed marriage to Diane and she accepted. Soon after,
in an effort to mend the rift between Jack and Victor,
Diane began accepting dinner invitations from Victor.
When he offered her a new assignment, designing the new
Newman Towers, she heeded his request to keep the
project a secret. When Jack discovered that Diane was
seeing Victor behind his back, he confronted her.
Feeling distrusted by Jack, Diane returned his ring and
cancelled their engagement.
after, she and Victor's relationship heated up. Victor
surprised Diane by proposing, and arranging their
wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. Upon their return to
Genoa City, Diane felt overwhelmed by her new life as
Victor Newman's wife. Meanwhile, Victor arranged a party
to celebrate their union. Jack surprised everyone by
crashing the party and making a classy toast to the
bride and groom. Alone with Victor, Jack suggested that
Diane still had feelings for him. Diane confided to Jack
that she desperately wanted to have a baby with Victor,
so he urged her to tell the great man the truth.
broached the conversation with Victor, he announced that
he had just had a vasectomy. Diane later learned that
Nikki had suggested the vasectomy, and she vowed revenge
against Victor's previous wife. During the Christmas
holidays, Diane took ill and was rushed to the hospital.
Nikki accused her of faking the illness in order to get
out of going to the ranch, which infuriated Victor,
especially when a doctor informed Diane that she was
suffering from a bleeding ulcer.
The Truth About Kurt Costner’s Old Life
Kurt Costner opened up to Ashley and Hope about his past
and revealed that he had a wife and daughter who were
killed in a car accident. In Cape Cod, Ashley found a
letter from Kurt's first wife that revealed her affair
with another man, Grant, and that she was leaving Kurt
for Grant. After some soul-searching, Ashley finally
turned the letter over to Kurt. He was crushed, but
eventually he was able to put the tragedy behind him.
to move forward with his life, Kurt began romancing
Ashley, but also spent time at Victor's penthouse with
Hope while Victor was out of town. Hope and Kurt grew
closer, and when Hope nearly choked, Kurt saved her
life. He revealed he was a surgeon. Victor, who was
thankful to Kurt, rewarded him with the money to open
his own clinic. Hope volunteered to work at the clinic,
and Kurt and Hope’s relationship intensified. Ashley
pushed Kurt to choose between the two women, and was
disappointed when he decided he only wanted to be
friends. Meanwhile, Hope, still living with Victor at
the penthouse, felt betrayed when Victor married Diane
without giving her any advance notice. As a result, she
took Victor Jr. and left town with Kurt to work side by
side with him at a clinic back in Kansas.
Newman Enterprises & The Dennison Deal
Victor's back, Jill and Jack closed a business deal with
Keith Dennison. When Victor learned about the
acquisition, he was livid. Making matters worse, Jack
got Nick involved in the deal. Victor ordered Jack to
pull out of the business arrangement, but Jack said the
company was legally committed to it. Nick tried to make
his father understand why the Dennison acquisition was a
good thing for Newman Enterprises, but Victor refused to
listen and hurt Nick by suggesting Jack had merely used
him as a pawn. Finally accepting the deal, Victor told
Jack he'd better make it a success. Smarting from his
father's accusations, Nick began to feel that he'd never
be able to make his own mark at Newman Enterprises and
decided to quit. After discussing the matter with
Sharon, Nick revealed to his family that, after their
baby was born, he and his wife were moving away from
Jill – disillusioned with her loveless existence in the
Abbott home, became infatuated with Keith Dennison.
After a few months of dating, she accepted his
invitation to move into the home he shared with his two
daughters, Tricia and Meagan. As she settled into the
home, she also bid farewell to Billy, who was sent away
to boarding school.
Sharon & Nick’s Suddenly Expanded Family
began putting the pressure on Sharon to stop Nick from
leaving town, the stress overwhelmed her. During a
snowstorm, Sharon hurried out to find Nick, slipped on a
patch of ice and became unconscious. To Nick's horror,
he found Sharon covered in snow and desperately rushed
to find help. Josh arranged for a helicopter to take
Sharon to the hospital. There, Sharon went into
premature labor. It was very much touch and go for both
Sharon and the baby. Soon after, the baby developed a
serious lung problem and was rushed into surgery.
Fortunately, the surgery for Nick and Sharon's baby was
successful, and they named their new son Noah.
Grace and Tony, who thought Noah had died, traveled to
Madison and questioned Frank about his and Sharon's
child. After intense questioning from Grace, Frank broke
down and gave her a legal document that he signed giving
his consent to the adoption. Grace hoped that the
document would give her and Tony clues regarding the
adopted child's whereabouts. They succeeded in finding
the lawyer who handled the adoption. Unfortunately, he
was a frail, old man who was in prison for arranging
illegal adoptions. Grace pressed the lawyer, for
information, but he didn't volunteer anything. Later, he
wrote Grace a note and died. The note led Grace and Tony
to a woman named Alice Johnson.
arrived at Alice's home, they met an old woman, Mildred,
who told them Alice didn't live there anymore. Tony and
Grace lingered outside the house and spotted a
six-year-old girl, Cassie, getting off a bus and going
into Mildred's home. They confronted Mildred, who
admitted she's been raising Cassie. Grace told Mildred
that she was a friend of Cassie's natural mother and
that her newborn baby just died. She pleaded with
Mildred to reunite Cassie with her real mom and Mildred
agreed to consider it. Grace and Tony persuaded Cassie
to accompany them on a trip to Genoa City, where they
promised she'd meet some new friends. Back in GC, they
were surprised to learn that Noah was still alive, and
quickly decided to postpone telling Sharon about Cassie.
Nick flew to Seattle to interview for a job, but learned
the prospective employer was only interested in hiring
him because he was Victor Newman's son. Nick decided
against leaving Genoa City and completed his college
finals. When Sharon caught a cold the same night Nick
was out celebrating his graduation, Grace offered to
stay the night and babysit Noah. Grace fell asleep in
Noah's room, where she was caring for him. After a night
of drinking with his college pals, Nick returned home
late. He stopped by the nursery to check on Noah, and
saw whom he believed was Sharon asleep in the room. Nick
made passionate love to the woman in the bed, and had a
shock when he later climbed into his own bed — only to
day, Nick learned from Sharon that Grace had spent the
night. He wrestled with Grace and his conscience on
whether to tell Sharon or not. He became more worried
about his marriage to Sharon after he returned to work
at Newman Enterprises and discovered Victor had also
given Grace a job. Eventually, Nick became convinced
that Grace meant him no harm, while Grace led Sharon to
believe that she and Tony were a couple. With an
ulterior motive in mind, Grace asked Tony to marry her.
When Grace announced the news to Sharon, she offered to
pay for their wedding. Grace had become so attached to
Cassie that she decided she wanted to leave town with
the little girl after the nuptials. Upset by Grace's
plan, Tony tried to pressure her into changing her mind
and turning Cassie over to Sharon.
Joshua Landers’ Deranged Ex-Wife, Veronica
mental hospital, in another part of the country, Josh's
presumed-dead wife Veronica recognized a picture of him
in a newspaper. Determined to reunite with Josh,
Veronica escaped from the mental institution and was
struck by a car. She suffered extensive damage to her
face and had to have plastic surgery. When the bandages
were removed from Veronica's face, she was surprised to
discover that the surgery had dramatically altered her
features. Veronica slipped out of the hospital, wearing
a wig, and assumed a new identity as a woman named
Sarah. Registering at an employment agency, Sarah soon
landed a job as Nikki and Josh's new housekeeper.
Ryan’s New Romance & Its Effect On Nina
Nina was dissatisfied and insecure in her marriage, Ryan
left with little Phillip. At Jabot, Victor awarded Ryan
the "Brash and Sassy" campaign. Shortly after separating
from Nina, Ryan became romantically involved with Tricia
Dennison, but suddenly broke off their budding romance
when he decided to give his marriage to Nina one more
took her friend, Alec, up on his suggestion to try and
make Ryan jealous. Meanwhile, Nina led Tricia to believe
that she and Ryan had spent one night making love.
Enraged, Tricia confronted Ryan and slapped his face.
Angered by Nina's lie, Ryan announced their marriage was
over and moved out. Soon after, Ryan insisted to Tricia
that he was finished with Nina and intended to get a
divorce. As Tricia and Ryan were enjoying a passionate
kiss, Ryan received a call from Flo, who announced that
Nina was missing.
phoned the police and they began searching for Nina.
During the investigation, Phillip walked in on Tricia
and Ryan kissing. Upset, Phillip blamed Tricia for his
mother's disappearance. Later, Ryan flew to St. Louis,
where an unidentified woman matching Nina's description
was found dead. To Ryan's relief, it wasn't Nina.
Meanwhile, Nina returned home and was furious to find
Tricia in her apartment. During an argument, Nina pulled
out a gun. Ryan arrived and tried to reason with Nina.
She agreed to talk, provided Tricia leave.
Nina, Ryan tried to console her. Instead, Nina held a
gun to her head and threatened to pull the trigger.
Worried for Nina's safety, Ryan struggled to free the
gun away from her. During the struggle, the gun went off
and Nina was shot. While Nina was being operated on at
the hospital, detectives questioned Ryan. Nina regained
consciousness, but initially was unable to recall how
she was shot. Later, Ryan was arrested by the police.
Angered at her father and Jill's efforts to undermine
her romance with Ryan, Tricia moved out. Later, Ryan was
released on bail.
hospital, Ryan helped Nina to recall how she was shot.
Tricia arrived at the hospital, saw Ryan and Nina in an
embrace, and assumed they were back together. When the
police learned that Nina had regained her memory, they
accused Ryan of coercing Nina's statement, but she
agreed to testify on Ryan's behalf, enabling him to be
exonerated. Later, Nina, after being released from the
hospital, informed Tricia that she was free to pursue
Ryan as Nina was stepping out of the picture.
tried to visit Phillip, the boy seemed uninterested in
seeing him. Soon after, Nina asked Ryan for the key back
to her apartment, and had him served with divorce
papers. Tricia was delighted to learn that Ryan and Nina
were divorcing and pushed Ryan to move in together. But
by that time, Ryan was already rooming with Neil. Jill
criticized Nina for filing divorce against Ryan, while
Tricia miscalculated Nina's mood when she stopped by her
home to thank her for her move to divorce Ryan. Angered,
Nina accused Tricia of being responsible for breaking up
her marriage. After Christmas, Ryan and Tricia went on a
skiing trip in Aspen, where Tricia lost her virginity to
An Ending And A Beginning For Love
inadvertently learned that Dru signed with a high
profile modeling agency — against his wishes — which led
to a split between the two. Having a change of heart, he
told her he had been wrong and added he was interested
in making their marriage work. To Dru's surprise, Neil
announced that he wanted them to have another child. But
behind Neil's back, Dru took birth control pills so that
she could continue her modeling career. Neil was furious
when he discovered that she had lied to him about trying
to get pregnant. Unable to cope with this betrayal, Neil
left Dru and accepted an offer from Ryan to share his
Olivia deal with her grief over Nathan’s betrayal and
death, and her continuing feelings for Neil, Malcolm
fell in love with the doctor. Soon after, he proposed
marriage, on bended knee, and she accepted. To Malcolm
and Olivia's relief, little Nate was thrilled by the
idea of Malcolm marrying his mother. They made
arrangements to marry immediately. Malcolm even managed
to surprise Olivia when he made arrangements for Nate
Jr. to join them on their honeymoon. Several months
after their wedding, Malcolm surprised Olivia by
announcing his desire to adopt Nate Junior, thus
becoming a real family.
Victoria & Ashley At War Over The Writer
alone and neglected – by Cole’s attention to Nina and
his work, and Ryan’s complicated new love war with Nina
and Tricia - Victoria left town to sort out her life.
Upset by his wife's extended absence, Cole decided to
move out, but changed his mind when Victoria suddenly
returned home from Europe and seemed committed to saving
their marriage. However, a few months later, she
suddenly left town again, this time for business
Ashley agreed to let Cole build his new novel around
her. During the time spent together researching the
book, Ashley and Cole grew close and shared several
kisses. Cole eventually confided to Ashley that he
didn't know how much longer he could accept Victoria's
extended absence. Victoria returned home unexpectedly
and was surprised to see Cole and Ashley kissing through
the window. She immediately separated from Cole and
moved back into her old bedroom at Nikki's home.
However, rather than leave well enough alone, she
entered into a fierce competition with Ashley, her
one-time stepmother, for the rights to Cole’s heart.
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