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Tuesday, February 17, 1998

NIKKI opens her door and is surprised to see Victor there. He tells her that sometimes he gets so busy with work that he forgets what is really important in life. However, he has made a really important decision and he wants to share it with his family.

"Are you finally realizing that your marriage to Diane is a mistake?" Nikki asks.

"Sometimes, I wonder why I bother with you," Victor tells her as he heads for the door. "One day, you are going to push too far. You better get used to the idea that Diane is my wife and the feelings I have for her is real."

Nikki stops him from leaving. He then tells her about the man who visited Jill. This man would have spent the last twenty years blind if it hadn't been for Jill's father giving him his corneas. Nikki says that she feels strongly about organ donation, herself. Victor tells her about his plans for an awareness campaign.

After telling Nikki about the awareness campaign, Victor asks what is going on in her life. She tells him about the budding romance between Miguel and Sara. "Are you talking about that weird looking maid?" Victor asks, unbelievingly. "Well, don't push it. What will be, will be."

Listening in, Sara suddenly crushes the flowers she is holding. "Yes, Nikki," she whispers. "Remember, what will be, will be!"

LILY is painting a Welcome Home picture for her daddy. She is glad he is coming home today. Dru tells her not to worry, she is going to do all she can to keep him from leaving ever again. None of this was your fault, she tells her daughter.

Olivia and Malcolm bring some finger foods and some champagne, along with some sparkling grape juice for Lily as a welcome home for Neil. They don't want to be there when Neil comes home, so they leave after Dru admits that she is nervous about being with Neil for the first time.

When the doorbell rings again, Lily grabs Dru's hand and pulls her to the door to welcome home her father. She jumps into his arms. It is a quieter greeting between Dru and Neil.

Lily tells her daddy about the champagne. They drink a toast, then Lily goes to play with her new doll house----I can take a hint, she tells them.

"It means so much to me that you are willing to give our marriage another chance," Dru tells Neil. The phone interrupts them. It is Malcolm offering to have Lily for the night so Neil and Dru can "give each other some sugar, you dig?"

COLE walks into the boardroom looking for Ashley but finding only Jack. Jack tells him that his sister doesn't want to see him, but Cole won't listen. Just as Jack tells him to "Beat it!" Ashley enters the room. She tells Jack that she can handle Cole. "Call me if you need me," Jack says as he leaves.

"She won't," Cole tells him, seemingly loaded with self-confidence. "Ashley, there is a lot I want to say," Cole continues when they are alone.

Ashley asks for the abbreviated version. He tells her that he made a mistake, but he is ready now to commit to her. Now I know how much you mean to me, he tells her. I want a future with you; I am ending my marriage.

"I don't believe you are over Victoria," Ashley tells him. "Don't involve me any more in your marriage."

"You have every right to be upset," Cole agrees. "But, don't turn your back on us. Give me another chance."

"Another chance?" asks Ashley. "To humiliate me? To string me along some more? You go for months, trying to decide about your marriage. Then one night you get carried away and make love to your wife. Then the next day, you suddenly &lsquo;know what you want.' There is something wrong with this picture, Cole. Well, I am not willing to get hurt again, so please go."

After Cole has left the room, Ashley says, "Goodbye, Cole Howard."

MEGAN is looking at the coming summer fashions and thinks they are too racy. Tricia tells her that is how to catch a man, but Megan wants a man to love her for her mind, not her body. Tricia thinks it is possible to have a man love you for both.

Megan hopes Tricia won't rush into living with Ryan, but Tricia doesn't see the problem. Jill is on her way out the door when she over hears the girls talking.

RYAN arrives home just in time to say goodbye to Neil. After Neil has left, Tricia calls and wants to come over. Ryan tells her he has a surprise when she gets there.

A little later, Ryan answers the door and is disappointed to find Jill there. She needs to talk to him before Tricia gets there. It isn't about him and Tricia directly, she tells him. It is about Philip. She wants him to think about Philip when he is deciding whether Tricia will move in with him. If he has a chance of getting back with Philip, he can't have Tricia, the woman Philip blames for losing his family, around. Ryan tells her he isn't about to change his life for his son. Philip will just have to adjust with the changes in his life. Now back off, he tells Jill.

As Jill is leaving, she bumps into Tricia. She asks her not to be impulsive about moving in with Ryan; it could be a mistake. Tricia says she has heard a lot of stories about when Jill was her age and Jill cannot begin to make a comparison between them.

Once inside, she wonders what her surprise could be. I don't have a roommate any longer, Ryan tells her. You do now, Tricia answers.

SARA is looking at Josh's picture when Miguel comes into the room. He tells her that he has made reservations at a new Italian restaurant for tomorrow night and wonders if she would go with him. She hems and haws and tries to stall, but finally agrees to go with him if Nikki doesn't need her. Miguel says they can even dance, but Molly says it has been so long that she wouldn't remember how. It will come back to you, Miguel assures her. "I'll put one hand here (he places his right hand on her waist) and another hand here (he takes her hand in his left hand)."

What are you doing, she gasps. Miguel asks if she is afraid of him. I thought things were moving along with us, he says as he bends over and kisses her on the lips. Sara jerks away and slaps him. Miguel is startled.

Josh walks up and wonders what is going on. Miguel apologizes and leaves. Sara says that nothing is going on; it was just a misunderstanding. Josh tells her that she can tell him anything at any time.

Sara offers to make Josh a martini but he thinks he will wait for Nikki. She tells him that he should have one; he always had one before dinner before. How do you know that? Josh demands.

You told me, Sara tells him. Josh doesn't remember ever telling her that, but supposes he must have since how would she know otherwise. Anyway, he decides he will wait for his wife.

DRU AND NEIL have an overnight bag packed for Lily. Olivia comes to the apartment and takes her away to her apartment. Left alone, Neil and Dru are hesitant to say anything.

"Thank you for making the first move and giving our marriage another try," Dru tells her husband. "Now it is all up to us to make it succeed."

"No," Neil tells her. "It is up to you. You are the one who has to make me trust you again."

"And I intend to earn your trust back again," Dru tells him.

"Without trust, we are just building sandcastles," Neil says. "One big wave, and they will come tumbling down and wash away."

"I am going to be different," promises Dru.

"Come here," Neil invites. Dru comes over to Neil and sits on his lap. "You are trembling," Neil says.

"I am scared," she tells him. "It has been a long time." They kiss.

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Wednesday, February 18, 1998

ASHLEY is showing off a new perfume, but Victor is more interested in what is bothering her. After protesting that she doesn't want to get into anything with him, Ashley finally tells him that it is about Cole. Victor guesses that Ashley's involvement with Cole isn't going well, and Ashley tells him that there is no involvement. She has lost all patience with Cole; he kept her on an emotional roller coaster all the time, so she told him that she didn't want to see him any more. She thinks he is in still in love with Victoria and that is why he couldn't choose between the two of them. Of course, Victor is hoping that his daughter's marriage will survive, but he is sorry she is hurting.

TRICIA is so happy at hearing that Neil has moved out that she is ready to hurry home and pack her bags. However, Ryan isn't as eager to make the move. He tells her that for her father's sake, they should take it slow. She assures Ryan that her father knows they have a serious committed relationship and will eventually come to accept their living together. She is ready, isn't he? Ryan also worries about complicating the divorce. He doesn't know what Nina would do if they were living together. Tricia goes along with Ryan---for the time being.

CASSIE wants to read Tony's letter; she needs to know why he left. Grace doesn't want to share the letter with her, but assures the little girl that it is a grown-up thing and isn't her fault. Cassie misses Tony and hopes he comes back. Do you know why? Cassie asks. Because I think you love him. You don't always act like it, but I think that you do. With a hug, Grace tells Cassie that she loves her and will never leave her. I love you too, Mommy. Cassie says. I never knew what it was like to have a real mother, but now I do. You will always be my mother.

TONY visits Sharon at the ranch and tells her that he is leaving Grace. All they do any longer is argue. He loves Grace, but there is no getting through to her any more. Grace is going to do what Grace is going to do.

Sharon convinces Tony not to leave Grace. I need you to help me get through to Grace, she tells him. You are the only person who can convince Grace that it is best for Cassie to come with me. I am scared. Grace is doing everything she can to keep Cassie and me apart. You are the one person that can get through to her.

DIANE visits Jack's office to run something by him. She is preparing an incredible surprise for her husband and wants his unbiased opinion. Jack hopes the surprise is that she is leaving the Mustache. Diane goes on to say that she is inviting a lot of important people, including Nicholas and Victoria---and Jack, of course. This will be a moment none of us will forget for a long time!

Jack thinks she is forgetting someone---Nikki. Victor may not like it if she snubs his former wife like that. Diane regretfully agrees, then she brightens. What a brilliant suggestion! She is going to upstage Nikki like she has never been upstaged before! This is going to be fun!

What? Questions a clueless Jack.

I have just concocted the perfect way to watch Nikki fume, she explains. She will be beside herself.

After promising not to say a word to anyone, Diane tells Jack her plan. She has just learned that today is the anniversary of the founding of Newman Enterprises. Looking around, she finds that the only thing missing is a portrait of the man who founded the company. That is what she is giving her husband.

Wait a minute, Jack cries, alarmed. There is a reason for that. Victor has never liked any picture ever taken of him. The graveyard is littered with artists who have tried painting the perfect picture of the Great One. Unless you are absolutely confident in this artist, shave yourself some grief and use the portrait for firewood instead.

"Oh, he will like this one," declares Diane. He will be pleased with this portrait!

ASHLEY is busy in the lab when Cole slips inside. He has to talk to her. I have to get through to you; I love you, he says. "What about my feelings and my wants?" asks Ashley.

"I love you," Cole says. "I am going to keep on saying it until you believe me. I think about you day and night. You are the only woman I want to be with. I have to convince you before it is too late. I promise I will be there for you completely; I'll never hurt you like that again."

"Nothing you say will change my mind," Ashley tells him. "If you want to show me how much you love me, then leave and don't come back again."

TONY returns to Grace's apartment. Cassie runs to greet him, but Grace holds back. When Tony sends Cassie away so that he and Grace can talk, Grace rushes into his arms and kisses him. She is sorry for all that she said to him and she is glad that he is back. Tony tells her that he had a talk with Nick and was reminded that you don't run out on someone you love.

Tony tells Grace that he is worried about her, but Grace says that Cassie isn't going to the ranch any more. It was her idea, Grace tells him. Also, Victor has told her not to let Cassie go to the ranch any longer. She doesn't care what Sharon thinks about it; it is Cassie that she has to be concerned about. Tony says that Sharon is going to hit the roof!

The phone rings and it is Sharon. She wants to know when she can have Cassie again. Grace tells her that Cassie doesn't want to go to the ranch any more. Sharon doesn't believe her; anyway, the ranch is where Cassie belongs.

Cassie thinks of me as her mother, Grace brags. Sharon tells her that that is the reason she needs to spend more time with Cassie.

People are talking, Grace tells her. "Everyone is wondering why you are obsessing over my little girl. Even your father-in-law and your husband wonder why you are always pushing yourself on Cassie. They don't want me to let Cassie come to the ranch any more. The next time you will see her is when she wants to go visit you." Grace hangs up the phone.

Ryan interrupts Nina's writing. He wonders when they will be going to court for the divorce. She tells him to ask his lawyer, but he says his lawyer is out of town.

Philip runs into the apartment telling Nina that her check came in the mail. They are so excited about it. Nina never thought she would be paid for something she wrote. Ryan speaks to Philip, but Philip ignores his dad. After he goes to his room, Nina promises to do all she can to change Philip's attitude.

COLE wanders into the park. He sits on a bench and pulls out his cell phone. He calls Vicki. He wants to see her. She tells him that she has a meeting right now, but he can stop by after the meeting. As she is hanging up the phone, he calls her. Yes? She asks. Thanks, Vicki, he tells her.

SHARON puts down the phone. Damn you, Grace, she says. You are not going to keep me from my daughter. I have got to do something.

She picks up the phone and calls Christine. "I need to see you," she says. "It is terribly important."

Chris is busy and can't see her until tomorrow, but Sharon is desperate. She has to see Chris NOW. She has no where else to turn. She will come down and wait as long as it takes. When she sees her, she will tell her everything.

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Thursday, February 19, 1998

CHRIS keeps remembering the phone conversation with Sharon; she is bothered by it more than she can say. Paul comes by to take her to dinner, but she can't concentrate---something he finds out when he jokingly tells her that after dinner they will take in the bullfights. Can he do anything to help her? She tells him that she will let him know after talking to the client that is coming by. Right now, she doesn't know what the problem is.

GRACE continues to tell Tony that she is Cassie's mother. "She may have once been my best friend," she rants, "but now she is trying to take my daughter away from me." When Tony reminds her that Cassie is Sharon's daughter, she shouts at him that she is sick of him telling her that. "Sharon is only the biological mother," she goes on. "She gave her away! Now she is throwing her weight around telling me she won't take this and she won't take that. She is my daughter. I found her; I saved her from a terrible life. I am the only mother she has ever known---the only mother she wants. Sharon with all her money can't give Cassie what I can. Now how is that for facts?"

VICTOR stands at the door listening to Vicki tell Cole that after her meeting, she will see him. She tells Victor that she has a feeling this is going to be good news. She hates to let her hopes run away with her, but since he wanted to talk to her, she thinks he has did some rethinking about their marriage. She admits that she stayed away too long, but she didn't realize the harm it could do. Victor suggests that she put off her business meeting and see Cole right now. Vicki answers that she can put her marriage on hold for a half hour while she takes care of business. "Spoken like a true Newman!" smiles Victor, as he leaves.

Going to the phone, Vicki calls the lab. When Ashley answers, she asks if her husband is there. No? then where can I find him? Ashley tells her that she is asking the wrong person; she has no plans to ever see him again.

"He dumped her!" Vicki says, smiling, as she hangs up the phone. "YES!"

SHARON arrives at Legal Aid, upset and troubled. She begins to tell Chris why she is worried, but she is stumbling along without saying anything that is understandable. Grace feels cornered, she says; she doesn't want to acknowledge the truth. Chris tells her that she cannot help her at all unless she has some facts. Without knowing some of the facts, she is working at a huge disadvantage.

"What I am talking about is closest to kidnapping," Sharon tells her. "She has my baby."

Chris is dumbstruck! She has Noah? No, Sharon says and begins to relate to her the story of her first pregnancy. She then tells how Grace, for all the right reasons, went searching for her first child---Cassie.

NIKKI is the first to walk into the boardroom, followed by Nick, who is saying he hasn't much time. Jack saunters in and immediately Nikki and Nick ask him what is going on. I was just told to be here, he tells them. Vicki comes in saying she had the same instructions except she was told not to mention it to Victor.

"You don't think Diane has anything to do with this, do you?" Nikki asks, looking like the mere mention of the name puts a bad taste in her mouth.

As Nick turns to leave, Jack tells him to wait a little longer. Once again he is besieged with questions and accusations that he knows what this is all about.

Victor enters and wonders what this is all about. The entire family is here, he says, but is corrected by Jack. Well, Victor says, if Diane is responsible for this, she will be here, so just be patient.

When Diane arrives, she is told that they were just about to leave. She tells them she was waiting for the piece de resistance. She calls to a couple of men and they bring in a stand and a covered article. Tell us what this is all about, says an intrigued Victor.

"This is a gift to my husband," Diane begins. "I have found out that today is the anniversary of Newman Enterprises and I wanted a special way to commemorate the occasion. It is something that cannot be found anywhere in this building . . ."

As Diane continues to make her speech, Nikki becomes overjoyed! She has figured out what the gift is. It is a portrait, isn't it? She whispers to Jack. Now she will see Victor put his wife in her place!

"So, to the man who has given so much and made Newman Enterprises what it is today, I give you Victor Newman!" Diane says as she goes to the portrait and uncovers it. Nikki looks on with a smug smile.

"Awesome!" exclaims Nick. "It is YOU!" Vicki joins in.

"Good work, Diane," Victor says. "Not bad!"

The look on Nikki's face is full of disappointment. When a thoroughly happy Victor asks if the whole family was in on this, Nikki assures him that it was all Diane's doing.

"You are quite something, Mrs. Newman," Victor says as he kisses his wife.

VICKI returns to her office just in time to greet Cole. We have been through a hell of a lot together, Cole tells her. He says he is sorry for everything that went on between them. He knows that he has a crazy request of her, but will she do something for him?

"Will you talk to Ashley for me? Tell her everything that I said to her is true. She doesn't believe me when I tell her that it is over between you and I, but you could convince her that it is the truth."

"Well, now I have heard it all!" Vicki tells him. "Do you know how demeaning this request is? You are a thoughtless, insensitive JERK---so crude and unfeeling, and I am being nice here. Do you know how it is for me when you are in the middle of a novel? You are married to that computer. And while you are making love to the computer instead of me, I hang in there and wait. But let me go on a business trip for a few months---well, okay, more than a few months---and you throw yourself at the first bimbo that comes along. You cannot begin to understand why I take offense at this. Now I want you to leave. Move, before I call security and have you thrown out. I don't know who you are any more. Now, get out of my sight!"

NIKKI returns to the boardroom and tells Diane that she was looking for her. You look upset, Nikki, Diane says.

"How could you do something like this without involving the family?" Nikki asks. "You treated us like outsiders!"

Diane tells her that Victor is her husband and if she wants to prepare a surprise, she will. After all, she invited her to the party, didn't she? As for Nick and Vicki, they both thanked her for inviting them; they seemed to enjoy themselves. So why is she upset? If she doesn't want to be invited, then she can be left out the next time. Anyway, the children seem to like her.

They merely tolerate you, Nikki tells her. And if you leave me out of things, Victor will not like that very much. If you don't believe me, just try it.

"You really have a way of spoiling a party," Diane says, smiling, as Nikki slams out the door.

VICKI goes to the lab and calls out for Ashley. As she is leaving the lab, Ashley comes in and is not too pleased to see her. Please leave, she tells Vicki. I am not interested in anything you have to say.

"You had better listen to me now," Vicki tells her, coldly. "Or, I promise I will never tell you what I came here to say to you."

"Are you saying that Grace had this child of yours for almost a year and you are just now finding out?" CHRIS asks.

"Grace doesn't want to let go of my daughter," Sharon says. "She has grown to love her. Now she thinks of her as her own child. She is undermining me with Cassie. I need you, Christine. I need you to get my daughter for me."

"It is more complicated than that," Chris tells her. "I have to do some research. I have to make certain of every move we make. We have to be extra cautious.

"Chris, are you saying I can't get my little girl?" cries Sharon in a panic. "You are not saying that are you?"

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Friday, February 20, 1998

VICTOR comes to the ranch to talk to Nikki about their daughter. He tells her of his conversation with Ashley; she has told Cole that she wants nothing more to do with him. "I believe our daughter's marriage will be back on solid ground after tonight," Victor says.

"IF we can believe Ashley," Nikki responds. "Oh, well, Ashley's loss is Victoria's gain. By the way, what do you think of that epic your wife staged in your office today?"

"I was very moved," Victor tells her. "It was a wonderful way to commemorate the founding of my company."

"With a portrait?" Nikki purrs. "It didn't do you justice. It could have been better."

"But I liked it," Victor tells her. "Everyone that has seen it has complimented me on the likeness."

"You know no one will tell you the truth but me," Nikki responds. "How long before it ends up in a closet with all the others?"

"I may end up liking it," Victor laughs. "I may just get used to having myself look down on everything I do. Anyway, you aren't upset about the portrait. You are just miffed that you didn't think of it yourself."

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Nikki bridles. "I am not the least bit jealous of Diane. She has her way of doing things and I have mine and besides, she isn't my style."

"Anyway, I just came to tell you about Victoria," Victor says, as he gets up. I see her car at the tack house. I guess she is getting ready for the big reunion. I will just go down and speak to her."

VICKI tells Ashley that if she won't listen to what she has to say NOW, she will never, never say it again. Finally, Ashley agrees to listen.

"I just had a long talk with Cole," she begins. "I love my husband, but I realize that it is too late. I wish we could start over, but he has made it clear to me that there is only one woman he loves and wants and that woman is not me---it is you. A part of me is dying; I can not stand to lose my husband, but it is worse seeing you be so stupid. He is definitely over me. You will never know how much this hurts, especially when seeing what an idiot your are being. I love him enough to let him go. I thought if I came here, you might listen to me. So, I am telling the woman who broke up my marriage that he is all yours---you have won. But let me tell you this, we will never be friends again."

NICK is telling Jack that Grace is back on track; she has gotten her act together. Jack says he is worried about him. Are you having trouble on the home front?

Nick begins to recite all his worries about Sharon. They have no communication at all. He used to think that they could talk about anything, but now he has to wonder. She is perfect with the baby, but as a wife, she leaves a lot to be desired. "I never know what I will find when I walk through the door at home," he sighs.

Jack suggests that maybe he has done or said something; it is never only one person's fault. However, Nick can't think of anything he has done, unless . . ." He then begins to tell Jack that Sharon wants another baby, but they have talked and she seems to understand why he isn't ready for another child. Then there is this seven-year-old who keeps coming to the ranch---the little girl that Grace is raising. For some reason, Sharon is wild about the girl. He has told Grace to stop bring Cassie to the ranch. He has tried to get Sharon to go on a vacation, but she refuses.

"Be patient," Jack advises. "Keep reaching out and she will return."

GRACE puts Cassie to bed then talks with Tony. Tony tells her that he hates to see her in such pain, but kids adapt. It is inevitable that she will end up with Sharon, but it doesn't have to be the end of the world. Look at this as something positive and we can help her adjust, he tells her. "I love you and want to make your world perfect," Tony says. "Don't you know that after all this time? I want to build a life with you."

PAUL returns to Christine's office, but she tells him that her client is still in the area. While they are talking, Sharon returns and Paul is surprised that she is the client. Before Chris can give an explanation, one of the judges on a case calls. Chris goes into another office to talk with him. "It is obvious you have told Christine a great deal more than I know," Paul says.

"Everything is out of control," Sharon whispers. "I thought everything was so simple, but now I don't know if even Christine can help me. But she just has to help me. I've got to get my daughter back."

"You have a daughter!" Exclaims Paul.

Sharon tells him that when she was sixteen, she got pregnant. Her mother was newly paralyzed; they had no jobs or money. They couldn't take care of the baby. She then tells him about Grace going in search for her daughter and, miraculously, she found her. But instead of giving her daughter to her, she kept her. She only recently told her that Cassie was her daughter. She has only been aware of Cassie's real identity for a month. "So this child is the precious possession you were worried about?" Paul rightly concludes.

"If Grace has her way we will never tell Cassie," admits Sharon.

Chris reenters the room to hear the last of the conversation. She questions Sharon about whether Grace has anything that would legally give her custody. Sharon assures her that if she had anything legal, she would have thrown it in her face before now, so, no, she doesn't have anything.

"Then the adoptive mother still retains legal custody," Christine tells her. "We need all the information we can get about the adoption and the adoptive mother. You have to get it but you have to be very discrete. If Grace learns you have contacted a lawyer, she may run. Do you think you can handle this?"

Yes! Declares Sharon. I am determined that I will have my daughter back!

ASHLEY is working in the lab and smiling a little smile to herself. Cole comes in. Let me prove that I love you! He begs. I want you like I have wanted no other woman. I am not leaving until I make you believe me. I have been an idiot; I know that. You are the only woman I want!

Ash tells him that Victoria was by and now she does believe him. She now knows he is ready to make a wholehearted commitment to their future. "It took a lot of class for Victoria to do what she did. She put her own feelings aside and came to tell me that her marriage is over. What an incredible gesture, especially when it is obvious that she still cares for you. She loved you enough to let you go."

"Yes, regardless of all the games she has played, in the end the lady was all class," Cole agrees.

SHARON is home when Nick comes in with a large bouquet of tulips. Sharon thanks him a little half-heartedly, but it is obvious that she has something on her mind. Nick begins to question her about what she has done all day. Is she tired? Did she have any visitors? Did Cassie come over?

"Did Cassie come over?" Sharon repeats. "How could she when you have told Grace not to let me have her? You think she is a problem for me. Let me tell you something. My problem has nothing to do with Cassie coming here. Because of you, I haven't seen her in days and it hurts so badly. I miss her more than you can know. Then there is how you went behind my back and told Grace not to bring her, especially when I told you she was the brightest spot in my life!"

Nick begins to tell her that she is in such bad shape, what else was he to do?

"How could you talk to Grace about the most intimate parts of our life?" Sharon asks, incredulously.

Nick denies doing that, but Sharon tells him that Grace told her everything they talked about. "Because you are a wreck!" Nick shouts.

"That's not the problem," Sharon insists. "I have told you and told you how much I care about that little girl, but you obviously don't give a damn about what I want!"

"She brings joy to my life," continues Sharon. "And you conspire behind my back to cut her out of my life. Why? Have I neglected you or our son?"

"To be honest . . ." Nick begins.

"Oh, don't you dare accuse me of that!" Sharon tells him. "Don't you dare go there!"

VICTORIA wanders around the tack room, tears in her eyes. Victor comes in and begins rattling on about the reunion she is about to have. He has talked to her mother and they are both so pleased. On and on he talks', not noticing that Vicki is constantly wiping at her eyes and won't turn to him. Finally Victoria can take it no longer.

"There is not going to be a homecoming!" She cries out as she turns to her father. She is openly weeping now. "My marriage is over. He doesn't love me any more; he loves Ashley. My marriage is all over; he doesn't want me!" Her father gathers her up in his arms while she cries.

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