and the Restless Friday, September 15, 2000--Canada, or Monday September
By Linda K.
Ryan cannot believe how much Victoria had
offered Phyllis. She must be kidding. This is not reasonable.
Victoria says she will handle their father concerning all major expenses.
Both men question her judgment. Nick smiles. He is trying to picture
Jack’s reaction when his internet star is being romanced by the enemy.
Ryan asks if Phyllis will take this offer and Victoria said she would be insane
not to. Nick suggests that their father will think they are the ones
insane. Victoria says they must pay what the market dictates. Nobody
asked Ryan to sell this idea to her dad.
Nick agrees that his dad would never hire cheap. You get what you pay for.
Nick suggests that they are raiding Jabot. Their loss is our gain.
Ryan asks that shouldn’t Neil be brought into this – to run interference?
Nick agrees but Victoria does not. She thinks Phyllis should just be
brought in and they will jump start the campaign. When he comes back they
may have the preliminary results. Come on guys, have a little faith!
Victoria nudges them.
When Nick leaves her office, Victoria asks Ryan about Trisha. Ryan tells
her Trisha spent the night in the spare bedroom. She was gone early from
their apartment. No, she did not pack her bags and go back to daddy.
Maybe she went off to think by herself. He has never been good at trying
to figure women out. Victoria encourages him and gives him a
lingering hug. Nick suddenly reappears. After Ryan excuses himself,
Nick and Victoria face off. Nick asks her outright. You and Ryan.
Is there anything going on with you two?
Nick asks Victoria about the intimate moment he had just witnessed.
Victoria tells him he had an active imagination - she and Ryan only shared a hug
between friends. Nick says he has been suspecting something for a while.
Victoria protests that Ryan has been supportive with her in handling Gary and
they have become closer since. How close? Nick asks.
Victoria admits that she and Ryan are now closer than they had ever been during
their marriage. Nick is surprised! His worst fears seem to have been
confirmed. Victoria says that she had planned to move in with Ryan – in
separate bedrooms of course. This was in an effort to deal with the
problems with her father having left and Diane being at the penthouse. But
her plans got sidetracked when Ryan’s wife showed up. Thank God! Nick
says. He advises her to thread carefully and stay out of their
problems. Victoria tells him that they will be sorting out their problems
and move on with their lives. Just as long as things work out the way you
want, right? Nick adds. Look, Victoria says, this marriage is over.
There is no chance they will reconcile. What if she is wrong, Nick asks.
Then, Victoria says, she will have to move on from there.
Ryan enters Victor’s office. To his surprise, Trisha also walks in.
She gives an explanation about her disappearance from their apartment early that
morning. She acknowledges that she was naïve in trying to solve their
problems merely by talking it out. She is now sincere in making an effort
to save their marriage. The reason she left their place so early was
to think. She had soon after called the therapist whom Ryan had
recommended and made an appointment. She has just returned from the
Ryan is skeptical. How did it go, he asks. Trisha says she tried to
explain the circumstances and their problems to the therapist. She will
have to learn to open up to therapy as well. It is a start, Trisha
says, with a twinkle in her eye. Ryan thinks this is a great step, but
tells Trisha that he doesn’t have much faith. She had said she was
seeing a therapist in Seattle and that she was making progress. But she
was lying to him all that time. Trisha is bewildered and protests that
this is not the same. Why should I believe this time is ever going to be
different, he asks.
At Gina’s, Jack asks Phyllis to get serious and not play games. Phyllis
says this was no game. There were no negotiations. Victoria offered
her the job. After explaining to Jack how she entered upon this lucky
coincidence, Jack asks if she will accept Victoria’s offer. Phyllis
said, beat the offer or match it! But, even if she works for Brash &
Sassy, they could still be friends. Phyllis says she wanted to ask him
Jack prepares to make things very clear to Phyllis. Brash and Sassy is
Victor Neman’s company, which is part of a huge conglomerate. When you
work with Jabot you deal with the man who calls the shots. Me! Vicky
is a little puppet. The mustache calls the shots. She doesn’t
order paper clips without clearing it with Victor first. How about your
relationship with Victor? You two were on good terms the last time you
left? Not exactly, Phyllis admits. No? Was he upset with you?
Jack asks. That is putting it mildly, Phyllis says. Jack continues
to rant. How do you think Victor would feel when he returns from his trip
and finds you are on his payroll - at this absurd salary! He would
go through the roof! Don’t let Victoria’s dollar signs cloud your
judgment. I know you are a dreamer. I don’t think you are fool.
Phyllis says she took the job at Jabot at a much lower salary to try to help him
out. He promised her that down the road she would get a larger
salary, but his company, financially, is stretched to the limit and Victoria’s
company is not. Jack warns her that she will not see a nickel once Victor
finds out that Victoria hired her. She will be out on her butt.
Phyllis says she is willing to take that risk. Jack warns that when she
comes to her senses, it will be too late. They are not going to take the
momentum that she has built to let it dissipate. They will hire somebody
else. Phyllis protests that no one could be as good as she. That
would be a risk Jack will take.
This gives Phyllis something to think about. Jack tells her she will be
appreciated at Jabot and would not have to look over her shoulders. She
can be as creative as she wants and eventually be well compensated.
Phyllis then asks Jack about perks? Does Jack come along with the deal?
If that were the case, it would be more tempting. Jack is stunned and left
speechless as Phyllis walks out.
The Chancellor front door rings. Mac does not answer. Esther comes
to the door and she lets him in. When they are alone, Billy launches into
questions. What had happened last night? Did it have to do with
Brittany? Is she still upset that he still did not have a great enough
reason to break up with her? He is sorry about not dropping the ball
earlier, but he will do it now. This is what they both want. This is
what they have both waited for. Mac tells him she doesn’t care if he
never breaks up with Brittany.
When Kay enters the living room, she notices that Billy is alone and at a total
loss. He tells her he is just confused. Mac is really upset about
something and has not said anything to him. It has to do about something
he has done, but he does not have a clue. Kay suggests that Billy leave.
Billy protests that he wants to talk to Mac, but Kay insists. Things will
only get worse if he remains. Billy tells her he is in the dark. Not
knowing what is going on is killing him. Kay tells him he knows all that
he needs to know and presses him to leave the house.
After Billy leaves, Kay shouts out for Mac to come down. Kay asks her why
Billy was in the house and Mac said it was Esther to let him in - unknowingly.
Kay tells Mac that Billy sounded very sincere. He is not stupid.
He seemed so bewildered and genuine. Is he that good an actor? Mac
protests that Billy had also fooled her all along. Kay asks whether there
is another explanation. Kay then asks whether Mac had ever seen two people
make love before. Was she sure she was not mistaken? Mac says no.
She did not exactly stand around to watch Billy and Brittany, but she had seen
enough. Kay is not satisfied. She continues to ask Mac about last
night. Was she absolutely certain and positive that they were making love?
At Baldwin’s firm, Michael is in a highly irritable mood with a client.
Christine buzzes his office and asks him to come into her office. He
enters in a very stiff and rigid mood. When she brings up a particular
case that would be coming up to docket on February, Baldwin suggests hiring
someone to assist. She asks why. Because in February, you will be 8
months pregnant. That’s why! Christine tells him she will be
holding up her end around the office. Suddenly she has become incompetent?
Weeks earlier he had begged her to join with him. Michael begins to shout
when Paul unexpectedly interrupts.
Paul notices Baldwin’s rotten mood. Chris tells him that she had
informed Michael about her pregnancy and expected this sort of reaction.
Both do not plan to allow Michael to ruin their happiness.
The assistant brings Michael a list of attorneys. She thought the firm was
not going to expand for a year or two. Yes, that is what Michael had also
Paul and Chris talk about announcing Chris’ pregnancy with the proper fanfare.
No hiding this from anyone. No leaks. Michael looks on – seemingly
nauseous. I will save a cigar for you, Paul tells Michael. You too,
Phyllis (who had just entered the firm). Michael darts back into his
office with Phyllis in tow. What’s up, Phyllis! Michael screams
when are alone. Phyllis asks if there are any problems.
Michael tells her Christine is pregnant. Phyllis thinks for a second and
then says that Christine must think she is a fit mommy. She didn’t think
Phyllis was. Michael is angry. For once Phyllis could this not be
just about you! The fact that Christine is pregnant has just threatened
his entire practice. Becoming a mother is not like joining a gym. It
is a fulltime job. The chances of becoming the top new legal firm is now
going down the tubes.
Christine is pregnant. She does not have a terminal illness, Phyllis tries
to reason with Michael. You don’t understand, Michael shouts. He
needs Christine’s full commitment or else this practice will collapse.
Phyllis disagrees. He can have a rewarding practice and still be Uncle
Mikey to Christine’s new baby. Mike screams. I don’t want to
play uncle Mikey! Not now, anyway, he adds later.
Michael is very bitter. He wants to build his firm up so he does not
have to work his butt off for the rest of his life – to be able to choose the
cases he wants to handle and leave the others behind. This was not about
ego – it was about quality of life - to skim the cream off the top of his
profession and not give up his dream for anyone. Phyllis agrees. She
admits that he will have to kiss his dream of building the top law firm in Genoa
Nina and Tomas enter her apartment. Tomas continues the discussion about
Nina’s book. This is a true test of their friendship. They will be
there for each other through the bad times as well as the good. Nina tells
Tomas she feels like a total failure for allowing her baby to get stolen.
If she keeps digging, this will only make it worse. Nina is angry that
Tomas wants to turn her tragedy into a damned book.
Tomas tells her a lot of people experience pain and tragedy, but few people can
paint, write, compose. Nina is adamant that the best thing is to drop the
project. Tomas tells her if her book never saw the light of day it would
be a damned shame. It could give others insight and strength in dealing
with pain and loss. It could show that pain can be borne and survived.
He urges her not to give up.
At Crimson Lights, JT finds Brittany and Rianna. When she is left alone
with him, Rianna tries to break up with him but he is distracted over Brittany,
leaving Rianna so frustrated that she breaks up with him much faster than she
had planned. When she leaves, JT merely shrugs his head and walks up to
Brittany to inform her that he and Rianna are history. JT is now all
JT aks whether Brittany’s plan had worked. Did she fake it with Abbott
or was it real? Brit tells him Mac got what she deserved. JT says
this is great. Abbott is shut down. He and Brit can now be together.
Brit wants to assess the damage first to see that Billy and Mac are completely
broken up. JT tells her she is just spinning her wheels. Later, JT,
Brit tells him as she walks out of Crimson Lights.