AT THE HOSPITAL, Nikki is off the respirator and on nasal oxygen. The family continues to stand at the bedside. Victor says that there isn't any change and no one knows the whereabouts of that damn maid, but he will see that she is caught and punished. He moves to the bedside and begins to whisper to Nikki. He tells her that everyone is here. They all love her.
Slowly, Nikki picks up her hand. As Victor takes her hand, she whispers her name. "Victor, are you here?"
"Yes we are all here. We will never leave your side."
ASHLEYtells Cole that she is walking around in a daze. She can't believe that Joshua is dead and Nikki is fighting for her life. Cole thinks that if he had been at the ranch that night, this wouldn't have happened, but she tells him that either he couldn't have stopped anything or he could have been shot himself. Cole encourages her to call Victor and find out how things are going.
The nurse at the hospital calls Victor to the phone for Ashley's call. He tells her that the doctors don't give Nikki much of a chance. The thanks her for calling and hangs up.
Ashley tells Cole what Victor has said. She then thinks he should be there to give support to Victoria.
JOHN SILVAcomes into Christine's office in response to her call. She tells him that she is agonizing over something. She asks if he thinks that bad people ever change. John tells her that the world and everything in is constantly changing so why wouldn't the people in it. She explains that Michael Baldwin has asked for her help in getting reinstated to the bar. Can a man like Michael Baldwin ever be rehabilitated or will he always be a threat to society? She explains that so far, he has been a model citizen and hasn't been any trouble.
"You are one in a million," John tells her. "This man ruined your life, now you are about to help him get his life back." They decide that that is what their judicial system is all about. If only she could be sure.
PHYLLIS PAUL VERONICA AT THE HOSPITAL,
PHYLLISasks Michael to stop pacing. He reminds her that Christine is the one person who can make or break his career. Phyllis tells him that Chris will never forgive and forget. Although she won't admit it, Christine is too much like she is to forgive. She suggests he get another lawyer to represent him, but he explains that he doesn't need representing, he needs someone to speak for him. He goes on about being a different person from back then. He was coming from a dark place, a place of sexual deviancy. Phyllis makes the crack that she wishes she had known him back then. This angers Michael. "No, you don't! This is not fun and games we are talking about." Phyllis assures him that Christine Williams will hate him to the day she dies.
PAULis dictating a letter, but Lynn is in another world. When he finally gets her attention, Paul wonders if something is wrong. "Yes!" Lynn exclaims loudly. "You screwed up big time, Boss. The way you have treated your wife! How could you be so foolish? I thought I knew you." Paul reminds her that his wife has a decision to make, but Lynn tells him that he made that decision for her. "It took courage for Chris to come to you and admit her feelings. You were supposed to stand by your wife. You were wrong and you know it. You can fire me if you want to, but I think I know you better than you know yourself." She exits the office.
VERONICAis pacing about her motel room. "So you are still alive, Nikki. For how much longer, I wonder." She looks up the number for the hospital and calls. She asks for Nikki Landers room and the nurse answers. When the nurse tells her that only family members can get information on the patient's condition, she becomes abusive. Finally Victor takes the phone. Veronica identifies herself as a volunteer at the Woman's Shelter. Victor tells her that Nikki isn't expected to live. Hanging up the phone, Veronica says, "You got what you deserve for stealing my man, Nikki. You took Joshua away from me. It is all your fault!"
AT THE HOSPITAL,Victor remembers a New Year's Eve with Nikki. He gave her a diamond bracelet and a new coat. Have I forgotten anything? Victor asks. She tells him that she wants one more thing, to which he says she will have to wait for her birthday. She tells him it is too far away; she wants it now. If she doesn't get it now, she won't keep any of the gifts. What she wants is a kiss. Finally, Victor gives in and they kiss for the first time. "You dirty stinker!" she tells him. "You can kiss like that and you've been holding out on me?" She makes him kiss her again. Once for the coat, she says, and once for the bracelet.
After Victor comes out of his reverie, he approaches the bed. Vicki is saying that she doesn't want to let her mother go. She keeps remembering when she was young and they were a real family. This never would have happened if they had stayed married! She realizes what she has said and apologizes. Victor tells them to watch after their mommy; he has something he has to do. As he leaves the room, both Vicki and Nick are shocked that he would leave now.
DIANE VICTOR DORIS NEIL
DIANEis telling Jack that he is a wonderful friend to look after her this way. She tells him that Victor says there is no change; Nikki hasn't much hope of remaining alive. She answers the phone when it rings. Victor tells her that he is on his way home. There is something that he wants to discuss with her. Maybe it is a way that she can help.
VICTORhangs up the phone at the hospital. "Do I dare ask this of you, my darling?"
DORISis telling Sharon that it is time for her to tell Nick about Cassie when the phone rings. It is one of her friends who is offering her sympathy on what has happened. Doris is puzzled, but the woman goes on to tell her about Nikki and Dr. Landers. Shocked, she tells Sharon what has happened. Sharon asks her mom to take care of the kids; she has to be with Nick at the hospital.
NEILtells Dru that he heard her tell Olivia that there was something Neil would be better off not knowing. He wants to know what that is. It seems that keeping something from him is a way of life for her and he insists on her being truthful for a change. When Dru begins to hem and haw, he tells her to stop playing games. She tells him that she has had an opportunity presented to her; it would mean a big step in her career.
"Oh, I get it. It has to do with your modeling, right? They want you to visit the top capitols of the world. They promise international exposure. Were you going to just disappear? Just make up a story? That is exactly what you were going to do, wasn't it? Were you ever going to tell me at all? No, I don't think you would ever have told me."
"But I haven't accepted the job," Dru cries.
"But you will. You want it so bad you can taste it. It is like a drug to you. The promise you made to me and Lily doesn't mean a thing up against an offer of a big modeling assignment.."
"Don't be so hard on me," Dru begs. "It is love that matters most."
"Love cannot survive without trust," Neil tells her. "How many other things have you hidden from me? How many times have you lied to my face? Everything is always a surprise with you. A promise to you is only good as long as it is convenient."
"Wanting a career doesn't make me a terrible person," Dru says.
"No, but I cannot live like this. I have tried and I can't. Many women have successful careers and manage to have a family, but your career is different. You want the spotlight. You want the fame so bad it is killing you. If I try to tie you down, it would kill you. I don't want to do that to you, and it hurts me to say this, but you will never be content in this little town being a wife and mother. You want too much more. You are the most beautiful, talented woman I have ever known, but I am not the right man for you."
Dru tells him that her heart is breaking, but Neil grabs his keys and walks out the door, leaving Dru in tears.
SHARON is rushing out the door when Cassie awakes and comes into the room. Sharon explains that she is going to the hospital because Nick's mother is very ill. Cassie asks if, since Sharon is going to be so busy, she can go to Grace's. Sharon tells her that Grace is at work; she will stay here with Doris.
NICK calls the ranch and talks to Miguel. He asks about Sharon. Miguel tells him that Sharon left the ranch before the shooting, taking the children with her. She left a note saying that they both needed some breathing room. After hanging up, Nick wonders what the hell is going on with Sharon.
JACK is comforting Diane, but he wonders why Victor would leave Nikki's side at a time like this to come home. Diane wonders what he meant when he said she could help. Maybe Nikki has already died and he needs her support. No, Jack tells her. He knows Victor and he would have told her on the phone so that he could stay with his children. Diane tells him that no matter what it is that Victor asks of her, she will do it. She hated leaving him at the hospital, but she knew he needed to be with his other family. Jack leaves, reminding her that all she has to do is call him if she needs anything. After he is gone, Diane says that she has a feeling Victor is coming to tell her something and she is afraid to hear what it is.
VICTOR is coming home in the limousine. "My darling," he says, "I want you to understand so badly. It is going to be so difficult to tell you want I am asking for. He places a call to Diane and tells her he will be there in 10-15 minutes. She wants to fix him something to eat. Maybe some strawberries; she knows how he loves them. Victor tells her that he has no appetite.
After hanging up, Victor remembers the first time he and Nikki made love. Afterward, he brought her a bowl of strawberries. He tells her that she is every man'' fantasy of what every woman should be in bed. He isn't fool enough to think that this relationship will last even though it was so delightful and perfect. "You don't want to marry me?" she asks. "All I want is to have your love and be the only woman in your life. A wedding ring won't make it any better. Just promise me you won't introduce me to any more eligible young men. We belong to each other and no one---nothing----can change that."
COLE visits Vicki at Brash and Sassy. She tells him that she wasn't doing any good at the hospital. She doesn't want to remember her mother like that. As he is leaving, he tries to hug Vicki, but she turns away.
Later, Neil visits. He tells her that he has a feeling that Nikki will be all right. They talk about their personal lives. Vicki wonders when Neil is going to give Lily a new playmate with the same last name. He tells her that he and Dru have talked about it. They make a date for the day they know that Nikki is going to survive; he can bring Dru and she will bring whatever lucky guy is available. Neil explains that Dru is very busy with her career, so they decide it will just be the two of them at dinner.
CASEY encourages Nick to take a break. He begins to complain about his personal life and tells Casey that his wife hasn't even come to the hospital to see how his mother is doing. She could at least come for her sake, he moans. Casey says that maybe she hasn't heard yet, but Nick won't listen. He decides to take that break after all.
SHARON enters the room while Casey is talking to Nikki. She is surprised to see Nikki looking so bad. Cassie tells her how bad it really is. She approaches the bedside with tears in her eyes. Nick enters and sees her there. He stops just inside the door; Sharon rushes to him, crying, and takes him in her arms.
"I'm sorry," she tells him. "For what? For my mother or for moving out on me?" Nick asks, coldly.
Sharon tells him that this is not the time to get into that; they should wait to have that conversation. "If you want to move out, fine!" Nick tells her. "I don't know what is going on with you, Sharon, and haven't for months. I am not even sure we have a marriage any longer. Thank you for dropping by, but I think you should leave. There is nothing you can do for me here." He turns his back on her. There is nothing left for her to do but slowly and sadly leave the room.
Just then, Nikki stirs and groans. He approaches the bed and tells her that she cannot die. I need you, he tells her. We all need you.
DRU walks aimlessly around the room. She picks up a picture of her and Neil and gazes longingly at it. She remembers her last conversation with Sid. He needs an answer by the end of the day. He reminds her that she isn't getting any younger.
OLIVIA comes in wondering if Neil is there. Dru tells her that the fireworks are over; everything is over, according to Neil. "We see the world differently, according to Neil. He is not willing to live with my version of that world. Neil says "It is my way or no way," and right now, my way is looking pretty damn good."
"Oh, I get it," Olivia says. "You have been offered another opportunity and you cannot pass on it. You just have to get your picture taken. You can't make the choice between you six weeks on the road and a lifetime marriage."
"My marriage is over according to Neil," Dru says. "He made that crystal clear. I am getting the feeling you care more about my husband than you do me. What about my wants; what about my self-esteem? What if Malcolm asked you to give up your career to stay home with Nate and make babies? It is okay for you to be a doctor 365 days of the year 24/7, but it is not okay for me to take the occasional trip for only a few days at a time. Why can't I have the satisfaction from my career if you can?"
Olivia tells her it isn't the same thing. All she is interest in is the spotlight. Dru reminds her that she should know how that feels, since she has been in the spotlight all her life. She says that her marriage is over and she is going to call Sid and take the gig. "I always saw your marriage as the ‘opportunity of a lifetime,'" Olivia says. She turns and slowly sashays out the door.
SID visits Malcolm at his studio and asks his help with Dru. He says that if Dru turns down this job just to keep Neil happy, she will not be happy herself. All he wants is what is best for Dru. Malcolm tells him that all he wants is what is best for Sid: his ten-percent and he will not help to end his brother's marriage.
VICTOR comes into his apartment and he is greeted by a hug from Diane. She asks how Nikki is doing. Victor tells her that the doctors don't hold out any hope. She may live one more day or one more week, but they think she will die. He was thinking that he could do one last thing for Nikki and the children. Ironically, as much depends on Diane as on him. Diane looks worried as she asks what she can do.
"Nikki is dying. We could see that she leaves this world a happy woman. Her greatest dream was to be reunited with her family. I can make her dream come true with your help and cooperation. I was thinking of marrying Nikki now . . .
As he turns to face his wife, there is pain on both of their faces.
CASSIE, VICKI, AND NICK remain at Nikki's bedside. Nikki tries to wake up. She moans in her sleep and Nick thinks she is asking for his father. He tells her that Dad isn't here right now, but he will be here soon.
VICTORtells Diane that he has a chance to fulfill Nikki's dream to have a reunited family, but he won't be able to do it without her help and cooperation. "You want to marry her?" Diane asks, incredulously.
"Only to fulfill the wish of a dying woman," Victor assures her. "Nikki is dying. Afterwards, we will remarry and continue our lives as before."
"You want to divorce me and remarry your former wife? How can you ask this?"
CHRIS,dressed in the lowest cut gown imaginable, arrives at Gina's with Danny. Gina shows them to their special table near the dance floor and leaves them alone.
MARYdrops by to check on Paul. She guesses that he is having second thoughts about Christine. Paul agrees and says that he never should have asked her to move out. Of course, you should have, Mary tells him. Where is your pride? Paul tells her that pride keeps him company every night when he is home alone watching television. He then tells his mother to stay out of his life; she is only making matters worse. When Mary tells him that she will do anything for him, he tells her to get out of his office. He doesn't need this aggravation.
Mary leaves and Lynn enters. She informs Paul that Chris and Danny are having dinner at Gina's right now. Maybe this is the right time to swallow his pride and muster up the courage to tell Chris that he was wrong.
OLIVIAis remembering her conversation with Dru when Neil stops by to talk. He tells her that his marriage is over. Olivia tells him that she knows that her sister loves him, but he says she loves her career more. He says he has tried and tried to work things out with Dru, but she wants the world. Olivia tells him that Dru doesn't understand why she has to choose between marriage and career. She has been offered an amazing opportunity, she tells Neil, but Neil answers that this amazing opportunity comes with an amazing cost for his family. Olivia tells him that Dru wonders why his attitude is the only one that is right. Neil says that Dru feels that her way is the only way. "You are both so bull-headed!" Olivia exclaims.
Neil says that he has fought like hell to save his marriage, but Dru wants---no, needs---to be a celebrity. He thanks Olivia for all of her support and for trying to talk sense into Dru, but it is over. He isn't even angry any more. Olivia says that it breaks her heart that the two of them are turning magic into ashes. The time will come when both of you will regret it.
DRUgets a visit from Malcolm who is dressed in "gang" fashion. She tells him right up front that she was making changes in her life and doesn't have much time for him. He tells her that he is there to make her an offer that he hopes she can't refuse. He tells her first that Sid paid a visit to him and he had some serious nerve. Sid wanted him to persuade her to take his job offer and leave her husband. Dru tells him that Sid isn't like that, but Malcolm isn't buying that.
Malcolm tells her that if she stayed here in GC, she would be able to work without traveling all over the world. There is a big summer project coming up and if he asked, he feels sure he could get the budget enlarged enough to have shoots in Florida and maybe even Nassau. He is sure he could convince Neil to go along with it. She could have the best of both worlds. Definitely it is better than what Sid offers.
Dru tells him that she has accepted Sid's offer already. She is going on the tour. "Then you can kiss your marriage good bye," Malcolm tells her. Dru says that she is tired of doing everything for Neil; she wants to do something for herself. She also feels that when she comes back, Neil will have changed his mind. Maybe he will be willing to meet her halfway. It will never happen! Malcolm tells her. He begs her to call Sid and tell him she has changed her mind. Dru won't do that, but she wishes that Malcolm would wish he well. "Well, if you are going to do this anyway, then all I can say is, YOU GO GIRL!" Malcolm gathers her in a tight embrace.
AT THE HOSPITAL, VICTOR
AT THE HOSPITAL,Nikki wakes up again. She struggles to speak and slowly the words come out. "Joshua . . . Where . . . is . . . Joshua? Where is . . . my husband?"
VICTORcontinues. "I know I am asking the impossible. But Nikki is dying. This is the last thing I can do for her so she can die in peace. I implore you, help me make her wish a reality."
"We have only been married such a short time now," Diane whispers through her tears. "And now you want to divorce me. How can you ask me to give up my husband and my marriage?"
"I ask you to do this for a dying woman," Victor answers. Diane wonders how this can even be done, and Victor tells her that there are ways. He would have to leave the country and he would need her permission. "Will you do this? If you won't do it for Nikki or for me, will you do it for Victoria and Nick? If you do this one unselfish act, I promise you that I will never forget it."
AT GINA'S,Christine and Danny finish their dinner and talk about old times. They were great times! They both agree. She admits that she never thought a big rock star like him would ever look twice at her. He tells her that he fell head over heels in love with her---even though she was underage, he stalked her until he had her. He asks her if she will dance with him and she agrees.
They are still dancing when Paul comes in. Danny is telling her she feels wonderful in his arms when Paul taps him on the back and announces that it is his turn. Danny turns to Chris and asks if she told him they would be here. Christine can't hide her joy at seeing her husband and tells Danny that Paul is a detective; she is sure he knew how to track them down. She begins dancing with Paul while Danny returns to the table and fumes while making faces at the couple on the dance floor.
On the dance floor, Paul holds Chris tightly and tells her that it feels good to have her back in his arms again.
NICKtells Nikki that Joshua isn't here. "Soon?" she asks. Casey comes close and tells her to hang on. She is doing fine but she needs to be strong and fight. "I'll try," Nikki whispers. ". . . so tired" Nick steps up and tells her that they need her. She has to hang on. As Nikki slips away again, Vicki observes that this is a good sign. When she sees Casey's face, she becomes afraid. "Isn't it?" she pleads.
Casey pulls them over to the far side of the room. "Your mother is extremely critical," she reminds the kids. "She has lost a tremendous amount of blood and her vital signs still aren't stable. You have to be prepared."
"How do we tell her that Joshua is dead?" wonders Nick. "We can't do that, can we? If we do, there is no telling how she will react. She may not even want to live." I'm scared, admits Vicki. Where is Dad? Nick furrows his brow and says that dad should be here. What could have pulled him away from Mom at a time like this? From across the room, Nikki whispers Joshua's name.
DIANElooks longingly at her husband. "If this is something you are determined to do, what can I say?"
"I will forever be indebted to you," Victor says as he pulls her into his arms. The phone rings and it is Wally. Victor tells him to prepare the plane. They are going to fly to the Dominican Republic tonight. They will be there for a few hours then they will fly home. "Do you want to come along?" Victor asks his wife.
"No!" She replies. "I am uncomfortable with this enough. How can I go along with you."
"How can I reassure you? It is so wonderful of you to do this for that woman who is dying and for my children. These will be the loneliest hours I have ever had to face in my life."
PAULand Christine return to the table laughing. Paul sits down with them. He tells Danny that they were having so much fun that they couldn't have come back any earlier. Sorry to leave him sitting all alone. Danny reluctantly offers Paul some wine and Paul happily accepts. He makes a toast to his beautiful wife; he doesn't remember ever seeing her so lovely as tonight. When Paul admits that he hasn't eaten tonight, Danny generously to have his sister make him something and serve it at his table. Paul tells him thanks, but he will stay at the table with him, Danny, and Chris.
Chris is ready to leave. There ensues an argument about who will escort her home. As the argument escalates, Chris tells them that she is going to the ladies room while they fight it out. After she leaves, Danny tells Paul that he is way out of line. Paul innocently ask why. He is just offering to take his wife home.
As they are wondering what is keeping Chris so long, Gina arrives to tell them that Chris has gone home by taxi, but she ordered a round of drinks for them. What do you want to order? Paul orders arsenic. Danny says to make his a double.
DIANEtells Victor that she understands his reasons. He is doing a compassionate thing but it doesn't make it easy for her. "To know that you are the person that is making this possible means so much," Victor tells her. "I cannot stop you, Victor, but I have to tell you that it is tearing my soul out. You know how much I love you. I won't stand in your way if you are determined to do this."
JILL is dressed in eveningwear when Keith suggests they go out to the movies. Jill reminds him that they have an invitation already; Tricia has invited them to her first dinner party. Keith says he didn't forget; he just doesn't want to go. He begins to rant about Ryan having all the benefits of marriage without the responsibilities. He will just have to miss the party.
Jill is annoyed that he would disappoint Tricia like that. He tells her that she can go and make his excuses. "I am going," Jill tells him, "but I refuse to make your excuses. Do what you want to do, but handle it yourself." Jill picks up her coat and is headed out the door when she turns back. "You know, for a man still in his prime, you sure are an old fogy!"
RYAN AND TRICIA KEITH EVERYONE
RYAN AND TRICIAare busy getting the apartment in order for their dinner party. Tricia is nervous and thinks that maybe she should have had the dinner catered instead of cooking herself. What if she burns it or over seasons or something? Ryan promises her that everything will be perfect; he has even ordered some special wine for the occasion.
KEITHcalls and tells Tricia that he is feeling a little under the weather and won't be able to attend her dinner party. I hope that is okay with you, he says. "No, it is not okay, Dad," Tricia says, sadly. "I don't believe you are ill. You just don't want to come to my party. No matter what you say, you can't deal with Ryan and I living together. I hope you change your mind, but I will be disappointed if you don't."
EVERYONEgathers for the party---Megan and Alec are already there when Jill makes her arrival. She admits that Keith may not come. Tricia holds the food for a few minutes in case he makes it.
Finally, it looks as if Keith isn't coming, so everyone takes his or her seat at a beautiful table. When the doorbell sounds, Ryan answers, expecting it to be the wine he ordered. However, it is Keith with a large bouquet of flowers for the "lady of the house."
DRUvisits her sister to say goodbye. When Olivia begins to harp at her about making the biggest mistake of her life letting an incredible man like Neil get away, Dru tells her that she would appreciate it if she would just drop it. She is leaving tonight and would like to spend her final hour's just saying goodbye. Olivia agrees and tells her sister that she will miss her. They agree to keep in touch by phone often.
Dru tells her sister that once she is gone, Neil will be in that apartment all alone and vulnerable. "I know you have feelings for my husband," she says. When Olivia objects, Dru tells her to be honest with herself. Olivia wants to end this "off the wall" subject and get back to saying goodbye. She promises that she and Malcolm will be there when she leaves for the airport.
MALCOLMcomes home calling for his "hot Mama." He admits that he knows that Dru is leaving tonight. It is such a shame that this has to happen because those two share something special. He hopes their bond is strong enough to survive. Taking Olivia in his arms, he tells her, "Olivia, you, our marriage, our family mean everything to me!"
In Dru's apartment, Neil is reading a book to Lily while Dru watches on. When the story is over, Lily begs for another. Dru tells her that they don't have enough time. She sends her to her room to finish putting her things in the take-on bag.
Dru tells Neil that part of her is not happy, but she feels that this is the best thing for them right now. She wishes she could be different. She wishes she could be a stay-at-home wife and mother---she tried, God knows she tried---but through it all, she never stopped loving him. That is what makes this so hard. Neil tells her that he understands, but when she comes home again, his life may be different. He is even having second thoughts about her taking Lily. This upsets Dru. She reminds him that they discussed this. This will be an exciting time for Lily and it will be good for her. But, I will miss my baby girl, Neil tells her.
It is getting late. Everyone has gathered to tell Dru and Lily good bye. Amidst tears and hugs, the final good byes are said. The phone rings. It is the doorman letting them know that the limo is waiting for them. Neil hugs and kisses Lily with tears in his eyes while reminding her that Daddy loves her very much. Lily hugs Nate and takes her mother's hand. Dru and Neil exchange a long kiss. Dru and Lily are all the way to the door when suddenly, Dru rushes back and gives Neil one last kiss. As he walks out the door, Neil is crying.
JACKreturns to the Newman apartment to find Diane very upset. Even though she tells him over and over that she doesn't want to get into it, he pushes her until she gives in. "You are never going to believe what I agreed to do for my husband!" She exclaims.
Diane tells Jack of Victor's request. Jack is astonished. "He actually asked you for a quickie divorce?"
"He said it would mean everything to his children and to Nikki if the family is reunited when Nikki dies," Diane answers.
"I would have liked to see his face when you told him to shove it," Jack laughs. When Diane doesn't answer, he goes on. "Please tell me you are not considering this!"
"Victor is on the way to the Dominican Republic as we speak," Diane admits.
Jack wants to know why she would agree to this plan. Diane tells him that if she had refused, he would have resented her.
"That is just like the man. Always has to make the Grand Gesture. He is the King of Gaul!" Jack is ranting about the apartment. Suddenly, he stops. "I just realized something. This means you are no longer married---or won't be in a few hours. You are a free woman. This is the best news I have heard in a month!" He grabs her roughly and pulls her to him. He gives her a big kiss, then with a huge grin on his face, he dances out of the apartment.
VICTORis sitting on the plane in mid air thinking about his last conversation with Diane. "Thank God for your understanding," he whispers. "Now it is up to you, my darling Nikki."
In the Dominican Republic, Victor meets with a lawyer and an administrator. He tells them of his special circumstances. Once he has finished, he takes an oath that everything in the document is the truth. The administrator tells him that he will grant the divorce. He signs both documents, one in English and one in Spanish, then affixes the seal. "Mr. Newman, you are now a divorced man," he announces as he hands him the documents. "Thank you," Victor replies. "I assure you that I do not take this matter lightly."
Back in the air, Victor tells Wally to get them back to GC as quickly as possible; time is critical. "God willing we will be together before the day is out. Husband and wife again," he says. He takes a jewelry box out of his pocket and opens it. He looks at the diamond eternity ring inside. He begins to recall the first time he and Nikki were married and the vows that they exchanged. Afterward, he whispers, "I pray to God that I get there in time."
AT THE HOSPITAL,
AT THE HOSPITAL,Nikki becomes restless. "We are losing her, aren't we?" Vicki asks. "WHERE IS DAD?" Nick screams as he heads over to the bed. "He should be here. What if she . . ."
Nikki calls for her husband, Joshua. She wants to know where he is, but Casey tells her that he can't be here. "Something terrible happened, sweetheart, and Joshua was killed. Joshua is dead."
Nikki can't believe what she is hearing. What happened, she wants to know. "Joshua is dead? My husband is dead?" Nikki begins to cry and her heartbeat accelerates. Nikki continues to groan and ask why. How? She asks. Casey tells her that it shouldn't have happened; it was a horrible accident.
Nikki opens her eyes and sees Nick. She thinks it is Joshua and begins reaching for him as she calls out his name. Casey tries to get her to lay back down and calm herself, but she won't. Suddenly, she codes; her heart rate is a flatline. The children rush to the bedside and call out her name. The nurses have to push them aside to get to Nikki. CPR is started while Nick holds back a hysterical Victoria who is calling for her mother.
VICTOR calls Diane from the jet to tell her that he has the divorce. Diane assures Victor that she understands and understands what he is trying to do. "You are an incredible woman, Mrs. Newman," he tells her softly.
"I'm not Mrs. Newman at the moment," she answers sadly.
"My darling, you are my wife in every way that counts; a piece of paper cannot change that. It won't be long and we can be remarried." He tells her that they are losing the signal; will she call the hospital and tell the children that he is on his way there?
Diane calls the hospital and a nurse answers. She can't talk because Nikki is in cardiac arrest. In the background, Diane hears the orders and the urgency of the medical team. Diane hangs up the phone in shock.
SHARONis pacing around the apartment. Doris tells her that she should go back. She understands that it was unpleasant, but she should remember that she has an obligation to be there for her mother-in-law. Sharon agrees, but waffles back and forth. She could make it worse for Nick. Doris tells her that no matter what Nick says or does, later he will remember that she was there for him.
As she is thinking this over, Cassie comes into the room. She wants to know how Nikki's mother is doing. She would like to go to the hospital with Sharon to see her. Sharon patiently explains that she can't go to see Nikki. She is very sick and she is in a room where only the immediate family can visit. Too bad, Cassie says. When she is sick, she likes having company. Sharon suddenly decides that she will go to the hospital after all and she will give Cassie's best wishes to Nikki. "Will you say hi to Nick for me?" Cassie asks.
TRICIA AND RYAN'S AFTER ALL THE GUESTS ARE GONE,
TRICIA AND RYAN'Sfirst dinner party is almost over. She is receiving compliments from everyone gathered around the table. Jill tells her that it was a "rousing success," while Keith tells her that she is a fabulous chef.
AFTER ALL THE GUESTS ARE GONE,Tricia tells Ryan that she is so happy; their first party is successful and she believes that her Dad is finally accepting their relationship. Ryan sees things differently. He thinks Keith is just playing it smart—after all, he doesn't want to lose his daughter. He doesn't like me, Ryan points out, and he certainly doesn't accept him. But no matter what happens, he won't let it come between the two of them.
As Keith continues to rant, Jill tries to show him Tricia's side. She points out that to play it safe is to sit on the sidelines and lose all the joy and adventure life has to offer. She wouldn't wish that emptiness on anyone.
VICTORarrives at the courthouse and meets with Dr. Hunt, John Silva, and Tom Prescott, the attorney for the county clerk. The judge arrives and they begin by swearing in both Victor and Dr. Hunt. They explain to the judge that they are asking that the state statute requiring a six-month wait after a divorce before remarriage be waived in this case. Victor explains the situation in detail, swearing that if his ex-wife could testify, she would tell them that her dearest wish was to reunite the family. The doctor swears that he has reviewed the medical records and talked to the attending physician and everything Victor says is true.
Mr. Prescott says that the county clerk would like to see the statute upheld, but he is standing by to go along with whatever the judge decides.
DIANEopens the door to Jack. She tells him that she called the hospital and they told her that Nikki had gone into cardiac arrest; she even heard them working on her in the background. "Dear God," gasps Jack. "They told us to be prepared, but how can you ever be prepared for something like this. I feel like part of me just died. Even after the divorce, we remained friends. She was my confidant. I don't believe I ever stopped loving her. I can't believe she is gone!"
Diane says that it is obvious that Victor didn't make it there in time. Jack says that there are some things that even THE GREAT MAN cannot pull off.
"It breaks my heart that Victor wasn't able to do this one last thing for Nikki. It was his one chance to make some good come out of this horrible, senseless crime. My husband can move mountains, but he wasn't able to save Nikki. He is unique and wonderful—more—but he is still just a man."
"Lucky man, at least he still has you to comfort him. I hope to God he realizes what a wonderful, selfless woman he is married to." Jack tells her.
"We aren't married at the moment," she tells him. "But I assume we will straighten that out right away."
Jack observes that they will probably be having a funereal before another wedding.
VICKI AND NICK
VICKI AND NICKwatch through the window as the medical team work to save Nikki's life. "She is gonna make it! She has to!" Nick says.
In the room, Nikki receives yet another shock to her heart. Suddenly a blinding, white light envelops Nikki. Time begins to move slowly and is represented in black and white. Nikki is in her home at the ranch. As she walks into the room she sees her family standing there. Slowly, she approaches her waiting family. First, she goes to Casey and the two sisters embrace. Next, she goes to Sharon. She brushes her hair back from her face and puts her arms around her. They share a long embrace. She then kisses her grandson on the face and looks down upon him for a long interval. Nick, dressed in a suit and tie, wait. There are tears in his eyes as his mother approaches. They embrace. Tears are streaming down Vicki's face. Nikki lovingly brushes her hair, then pulls her into her arms. Now the family disappears. In the blinding light she sees her husband, Josh. He reaches out his hand for her and with a smile, she comes toward him. Just as their hands are about to meet, she hears her name called in a loud and commanding manner. She turns. Victor stands there looking at her. He is dressed completely in black.
She is back in her hospital room. The doctors have given up and are about to call the time of death when suddenly the monitor begins to beep again. Surprised, the nurse tells the doctor that they have a heart rate.
VICTORfinally arrives. The children tell him about Nikki's heart attack. Victor tells them he just got here in time. As he heads for Nikki's room, Nick asks him what he got here in time for. Victor doesn't answer, but just goes into the room.
Victor sits by Nikki's bed until she opens her eyes and sees him there. Am I dreaming, she asks. She is glad that he is there. She tells him that Joshua is dead. She asks Victor if he will make the arrangements for Joshua's funereal and Victor tells her that he will.
"I could always count on you," she weakly whispers. "Joshua is dead and I am all alone now."
"No, my darling, you will never be alone again. I will always be there for you. You never need to be alone again."
Victor tells her that he wants them to be a family again. How can that be, Nikki asks. Am I still dreaming? Victor answers that it this very real. He wants the four of them to be a real family. He wants to marry her. She tells him that she cannot marry him; she cannot understand. Does everyone think I am dying?
That is not why I am doing this, he tells her. It is what I want; it is what the children want. Do you want this, Nikki?
This is all that I ever wanted, she tells him. Oh, Victor, I feel so at peace now. Victor, I have always loved you.
I have always loved you too, my darling, Victor tells her as he kisses her hand. Do you want to marry me now?
Oh, yes, she sighs. Yes, I do. Victor leans over and kisses her gently on the lips.