ESTHER is preparing dinner. As she slices mushrooms, she is so engrossed in her own personal problems that she nicks her finger. She wonders what is going to happen to her if Mrs. Chancellor loses the house. Where will she work? No one else will hire her; only Mrs. Chancellor will put up with her. She puts the mushrooms on to sauté and as she flips open the cookbook, some pages come out and get too near the fire. As she decides that she has to go and talk with Mrs. C., the cookbook catches fire.
Going into the living room, Esther finds Katherine at work at her desk. She tells her that she has to talk to her and now! What is going to happen to me if Jill kicks you out? She asks. Exasperated, Kay tells her that if Jill is successful in stealing her home, her entire life will go up in flames! Esther says that it is different for her; she has money. She can go to any fancy hotel and live on a grand scale but she, Esther, has no one and no place to go. Kay is surprised. You haven't saved anything? Esther tells her that she has not put any money aside. Kay tells her that she hopes she has learned her lesson. Life is so unpredictable; you never know what will happen. About that time, Kay sniffs the air and asks if she smells smoke. "MY DINNER!" Esther shouts as she runs to the kitchen. Katherine simply throws up her hands in disgust and returns to her desk.
It isn't long however before Esther returns shouting that the fire is out of control. Katherine tells her to call 9-1-1 and she rushes for the kitchen. When Esther tries to stop her, she wonders if she has to call 9-1-1 herself.
It isn't long before the house is full of firemen. They have to physically hold Esther back from rushing into the kitchen after Katherine. She needs to know what has happened to her. Soon, they bring a sooty Katherine to the pool area and give her oxygen. Esther is thankful that she is okay. She tells her that she has been thinking about losing her and now she knows that as long as they are together, they will be okay. The firemen come up and say that they still can't control the fire; the ladies have to move to a safer place.
JACK stops in Jill's office and finds her going over the plans for her estate. He wonders if she is redesigning her office but she tells him this is what she is doing to the Chancellor estate as soon as she can move in. She tells him about her coup in court and Jack is impressed. He wonders why she is going to redesign the house if she loves it so much. Why not just leave it like it is if she loves the house so much? Jill says that she is just making a "few" changes but she isn't doing anything to the kitchen. Jack thinks that is because she doesn't know her way around a kitchen but she tells him that she used to cook all of Katherine's meals. "Things are starting to work out for both of us then," Jack murmurs. Jill wonders if she is supposed to understand that statement. When Jack doesn't answer, she guesses that he is up to something---cloak and dagger, she guesses. When Jack still doesn't answer, she says that she confided in him, now he should do the same for her. However, Jack doesn't want to say any more and leaves. Jill goes back to reading the plans when suddenly there is a news bulletin on the radio about the fire ant the Chancellor mansion. Oh no! Jill says. My home! My beautiful home! Katherine has set my home on fire!
NINA is sitting in Gina's with a book waiting for dinner when Cole comes in for a chilled bottle of champagne. Seeing Nina, he joins her while waiting for the wine. He tells her that he is on his way home from a trip into New York. Nina tells him that she has heard a rumor and wants to know if it is true that Victoria is carrying his baby. Cole says that word really does get around doesn't it? He confirms that the rumor is true and he is planning to be a good father to the child even though he is married to Ashley. Nina reminds him how hard it is to have a relationship with your child when you aren't living with the child's mother. Regardless, Cole avers that he will make it work. Nina tells him not to set his objectives too high; he may not be able to attain them.
TRICIA comes out of the bedroom and tells Ryan that Megan is doing a little better. She is going over to her dad's to pick up some things for Megan. Ryan asks if it would help if he talked to Megan and Tricia coldly tells him that the one thing Megan doesn't need is his take on the guys point of view. She leaves. Megan comes in for a drink. They talk for a little while and Megan goes back to the bedroom. Ryan mentions that he may go out for a while and she tells him that she will be okay.
ASHLEY arrives home with a suitcase. Walking around the Abbott living room, she says that she never thought she'd be moving back in. The doorbell rings and she opens the door to Cole and welcomes him home. He shows her the champagne and tells her that they will celebrate their new home. As they talk, Ashley realizes that something is wrong. He says that he saw Nina at Gina's and she asked him about the rumor that he was going to be a father. He wants to be a really good father and Ashley tells him that it will be difficult but he can do it.
NINA is still reading when Ryan comes in and orders a scotch. Seeing Nina, he joins her. She wonders where Tricia is and he says that she is home. Drinking alone? Nina asks. Trouble in paradise? Ryan explains the situation with Megan and Nina tells him that the problem is he has a teen-age wife. Ryan says that she is twenty-one but Nina says that she is still thinking and acting like a teen-ager. Ryan isn't pleased at what she says, but she tells him to think back ten years and tell her that his thinking hasn't matured. This is something that he is going to have to face.
VICTOR goes to Legal Aid to talk with Christine some more. He wants to explain himself and the reason he turned her idea down. He despises Diane Jenkins now and is afraid of what he would do to her if he moved back in. He sits down and tells her his side of the situation, claiming to give Diane and her feelings a lot of serious thought before he told her that he wanted to stay with Nikki. Now with Michael Baldwin in the picture, things have gotten worse. Now he hates Diane with a passion. He would like to grab her by the rear end and throw her out of the penthouse. "When anyone crosses me, I make them pay dearly for it," he says. "That is how I have always been." Chris tells him that she still thinks it was a brilliant idea and hopes he will give it more thought.
A little later, Chris is busy when Michael drops by. He says that he has heard that she is now on Victor's team. He just wants to warn her about her new client before it is too late. He says that Victor is responsible for him being kidnapped and that is a federal offense. He doesn't want to see her get into something that could cause her to lose her license. Chris doesn't believe him. Paul comes to the office and he doesn't believe Michael either. He begins to cross-examine Michael about his supposed kidnapping and between him and Chris, they are doing a good job of making Michael look like a fool. They finally accuse him of making this whole thing up because he is afraid of facing Chris and Victor in court. Michael insists that Victor is out of control but Paul says that he should quit making ridiculous accusations and get to building a case for his client. Michael starts to leave but at the door he turns around and tells them not to say that he didn't warn them. Paul and Chris exchange looks that say, "Can you believe the nerve of that liar?"
RYAN arrives home and finds Tricia home. She says that Megan is asleep now and asks where he has been. He tells her that he just went to Gina's for a drink. Tricia says that she will sleep with Megan tonight and he can sleep in the guestroom. Ryan opines that he doesn't seem to have a choice in the matter. He wants to talk about what happened earlier but she says that she is tired. She has had a long day and wants to get to bed. She goes into the bedroom leaving Ryan alone.
DIANE is getting herself a drink when she hears the front door open. Thinking it is Marissa, she begins telling her something that she wanted her to do. As she turns, she is stunned to see Victor standing there. "What are you doing here?" she asks. "You look startled to see me," Victor says. "Your husband has come home. I am moving back in."
CHRIS and PAUL go to Gina's for dinner but Paul has the bedroom on his mind. She tells him that they have to feed the body before they can feed the soul. While they are dancing, she tells Paul that she advised Victor to move back in with Diane. Paul's mouth drops open and he is speechless.
CALLIE comes into Gina's because she has heard that it is the best place to eat. She asks Andy if the food is expensive and he tells her that the best usually is. Since she is going to be on the run and won't eat for a long time, she decides to get a good meal before leaving, no matter what it costs. Looking around, she says that this place is really nice; and you have music too! Andy says that Gina is a great singer. Gina is listening as Callie tells Andy that she was singing at another place in town---though not as nice as this place---but they hired another singer. "Oh, well! That's show biz!" Gina approaches and introduces herself. She asks if she is Malcolm's friend and Callie is astonished. Gina tells her that she has a small room upstairs that she can use if she is not on drugs and won't steal anything; it is always available for a hungry singer down on her luck. Callie is very appreciative and promises that she won't make Gina sorry for her generosity.
OLIVIA goes to Neil's office to question him about Malcolm and Callie. Neil says that he can't be much help as he wasn't around during that time. Besides, he and Malcolm were not on good terms at that time. At the time, Malcolm was a totally different man; he was nothing but trouble and hell bent on self-destruction. Olivia says that one way or the other, she is going to find out but Neil advises her to let it go.
Olivia returns to the hospital where her work is interrupted by Malcolm. After they exchange kisses, she begins to ask him for all the intimate details of his time with Callie. Malcolm doesn't want to answer her; it was years ago and doesn't have anything to do with the present. When she persists, he tells her that his past with Callie is NONE OF HER BUSINESS! Olivia says that it wasn't her business until he began going to the Crow's Nest; now it is her business and she wants to know. Malcolm asks if she wants to torment herself but she says that she wants to help Callie but first she needs to know that it is all over between them. Angrily, Malcolm shouts at her that they were HOT! He was her man and he felt ten feet tall as he squired sexy little woman around town. He goes on to tell Olivia that unknown to him at the time, Callie was underage. Her father didn't approve of him; as a matter of fact, he hated Malcolm's guts. Things were going well until suddenly Callie called it off. This surprises Olivia but Malcolm assures her that he did everything he could to get her back. He called her endlessly, he went to her house, he threw rocks at her window---anything to get her to talk to him---but she would have none of him. He finally got the message and left. Olivia says that this means that he has never finished with Callie. No matter what Malcolm tries to say, Olivia insists that a part of him still belongs to Callie.
KATHERINE is covered in soot as she bemoans the fact that she has almost lost her home to fire. Esther is in shock and Kay tries to assure her that the fire wasn't her fault. Nikki rushes up saying that she heard about the fire on the radio. Kay cries on her shoulder until the fire chief comes up and begins to question her about what happened. Katherine says that she was in the living room when it started and Esther was in the kitchen. The chief wants to talk to Esther but every time he asks her anything, Katherine jumps in and does the answering. Esther is too confused to answer coherently anyway. However, the chief is suspicious and tells Katherine several times not to answer in Esther's place. Kay gets the idea that the chief is making some kind of accusation. "Do you actually think that I would burn down my own home?" She asks in exasperation. "You bet she would!" Jill says as she walks up. Nikki yells at the chief not to listen to this...this...WITCH! The chief has to come between the two of them to break them up. Jill says that Katherine hates her enough to burn down HER house. The chief is confused as to whom the house belongs. When Nikki continues to interfere, Jill orders her out of the house but Kay says that this is HER home and Nikki is invited. "This is MY house you old fire bug!" Jill says. "I'll see you in jail for this." The chief tells both of them that nothing will be done until the morning. An arson investigator will here to check out the house in the morning. In the meantime, there is crime-scene tape around the scene and no one is allowed to go past it.
JILL goes straight to John Silva's office and barges in telling him that she has to talk to him RIGHT NOW! Although he is on the phone with another client, John hangs up and asks her what is going on. She tells him that Katherine tried to burn the house down. He has to do something TONIGHT to keep her house safe until the investigators come in tomorrow morning. John hears her out and says that the investigators have to make a determination that it was arson before anything can be done. Jill says that if anything happens to her house between now and sunrise, she will hold him personally responsible.
After getting a bath, a clean Katherine comes back downstairs to look at the damage. She finds Nikki still there. Nikki offers to make her a cup of tea but Kay wonders where she will get the hot water. Nikki reminds her that there is a microwave in the pool house and she will use it to heat the water. Better yet, she wants Katherine and Esther to come to the ranch as her guest. They can stay as long as they wish. It won't be any intrusion at all; as a matter of fact, she could use the company. It is pretty lonely at the ranch right now.
DIANE is stunned when Victor announces that he is moving back in. "Is this a joke?" she asks. Victor tells her that he is moving back into his bedroom. He suggests that Diane relocate her things to the guest room. Saying this, he immediately marches upstairs while Diane tries to get herself under control.
Diane tries to call Michael but she can't reach him. Victor comes back downstairs and asks who she is calling. She says she is trying to locate her lawyer. "You mean that sleezebag that broke us up?" Victor asks. Diane informs him that Michael didn't break them up; Victor did that all on his own. Victor doesn't want to get into that. He tells her that he moved her stuff to the guestroom. Diane tells him that this is her place; he can't go pushing her around in her own apartment. Victor says that she will stay in the guestroom---unless she wants to come back and share the bedroom with him. She tells him not to be playing these sick games with her. He bellows that he isn't the one playing games. For months she has been playing games. She is the one who took their personal life to the tabloids and embarrassed his family. "I tried to settle with you but you got greedy and wanted revenge. Now I get my revenge on you." Diane is amazed that he would leave Nikki and the ranch to get revenge on her. "I came back to be your husband on the advice of my attorney," Victor informs her. "Well, isn't this what you wanted? You have been telling anyone that would listen that you didn't want money, that you wanted me back. Well, I'm back. Does it make you happy?" By the look on her face, you can't tell whether Diane is happy or afraid or a little of both. Victor looks around and notices that she has been redecorating the apartment. He says he doesn't like it. He orders her to get his things out of storage and put it all back in place. Diane reminds him that he gave her the apartment; he can't come waltzing back in and start giving her orders. "I thought you were desperate to get me back; you didn't want money, you said. HERE I AM! Your fondest dream just walked through the door. He turns and walks back upstairs leaving Diane speechless.
JACK is worried. Brad was supposed have been in Genoa City yesterday. Finally he gets a call from him and learns that Brad is just now on a flight to the states. He says that he had business to finish in Rome; business that couldn't wait. Jack doesn't like it and Brad tells him that they are partners in this and he doesn't intend to take orders from Jack. He wants to get that straight now. Suddenly, the connection is gone. Jack looks at the phone and is livid. You'd better not have hung up on me! He says. A while later, Brad calls again and tells Jack he doesn't know what happened to the connection; it could have been turbulence. Jack tells him that when he gets into town to call and they'll meet in the park like before. He doesn't think they should be seen together just yet. Brad tells him he'll bring the peanuts and they can feed the pigeons.
After giving blood, NEIL stops by to see Olivia. Olivia tells him about her talk to Malcolm about Callie. She learned little. Neil tells her maybe it's best that the subject be dropped. Olivia isn't sure that she can just forget it.
GINA stops by Olivia's office. She tells her that she overheard her and Malcolm talking about Malcolm's friend, the singer, who'd just lost her job. Later, she says, Callie came into the restaurant to eat and Gina offered her the room above the restaurant. If it'll cause problems, Gina is willing to send Callie away. Olivia tells her to leave things like they are for right now. She asks Gina if she will just keep an eye on Callie for a few days while she is out of town on a medical seminar. Gina agrees but she is confused.
PAUL is the next person to stop by Olivia's office after giving blood. However Paul stops by at Olivia's request. Olivia wants to hire him to look into the situation with Callie. Reluctantly, Paul tells her that Malcolm hired him to do the same thing. Olivia is surprised, but tells Paul she thinks there is still unfinished business between the two of them. Olivia tells Paul she wants to know who Callie is. She doesn't care how Malcolm feels, she damn sure wants to know more. She tells Paul that Callie was supposed to leave town, but now she's living in the room over Gina's restaurant. When Paul finally agrees to do this for her, Olivia says that he may be saving her marriage.
GRACE comes into Nick's room, she finds that he is already working on a report that she didn't even know he had started. She asks him if he got any sleep and he tells her he had a couple hours of sleep, but he's working on as much as he can. He doesn't want work to get in the way of romance when Sharon arrives. She offers to order room service but he declines and tells her he's not stopping for breakfast. Grace gets a little peeved and tells him that he won't be up to par for the meetings today and if he keeps this up, he'll be toast. Nick tells her he'll breeze through the meetings and sends her down to the dining room to eat alone.
SHARON is packing for her trip while Doris helps the kids with breakfast. Cassie wants to know why she and Noah can't go. Sharon tells her that this is a short trip just for her and Nick, but promises a family vacation soon. Cassie begins going through the clothing that Sharon is packing and pulls out a red negligee with black lace and asks what it is. Sharon stumbles around for the words, but tells her it's something to sleep in. Cassie looks at the garment and then at Sharon, confused. "I thought it was cold in Colorado," Cassie says, seriously. "Are you sure that's going to be enough to keep you warm?" Sharon starts to explain that it's not really for "sleeping" and is thankfully saved by Doris announcing that the school bus is there. She kisses Cassie good-bye and tells her that she'll miss her, but she'll be back in a few days. When Cassie has gone, Doris mentions that Cassie sure is something. Sharon says that sometimes she wonders how she's lived this long without her.
Afterward, Doris and Sharon are talking about the trip. Sharon remarks that it is something Nick needs. Doris asks her if she doesn't need it too. Sharon says yes, but with Nick it is different. For her, her life revolves around the family. She's not saying that Nick's not great with the kids because he's come a long way. But she acknowledges that Nick's life revolves more around his career. To make the marriage work, they both have learned to compromise. Doris says that that is what will make her marriage strong and not everyone learns. The phone rings, interrupting the mother-daughter talk and it is Nick. He says that she has a sexy voice. He wonders if she is packed already and she tells him that she is just about finished. He tells her that he can hardly wait to see her.
NEIL and Ashley are going over some business reports. When they're finished, Ashley says she's going to broach a very sensitive subject. She tells Neil that the closer he is to Victoria's baby, the better off it will be for everyone concerned. Neil asks her to explain. She tells him that he'll be a father before he and Victoria are even married, although he and Victoria will probably be living together before then. Hopefully, it won't be long before she and Cole will have a family of their own. Neil is going to be there every day for Vicki's baby and at best Cole is going to be an absentee dad. Neil asks Ashley if she thinks Cole can live with that. Neil tells her that he and Cole have already discussed this at length and Cole has told him he's going to be a father in every way to the child. Ashley says that she hates to admit it, but she thinks it would be healthier if Cole distanced himself from the child. She tells Neil that if she had things her way, Neil would be this baby's father in every way so that there would be a clean break between Cole and Victoria. Neil says that this is what he wants too. Then take charge from the beginning, Ashley advises. When Cole sees that this baby is being raised by two loving parents, it will be easier for him to let go. Ashley says that otherwise, things could become very complicated for all of them.
CALLIE is wandering about Gina's, checking the place out when Gina arrives. She asks Callie what she is doing and Callie says that she is just hanging. She asks if there is anything she can do to help but Gina says that all she has to do is a little bookkeeping. She tells Callie that if anyone comes into the restaurant, maybe she can do some card tricks. After Gina leaves, Callie says, "I don't know any card tricks, but I can sing. I sure can sing."
Callie puts her cassette tape in the sound system and begins to sing, She does a beautiful rendition of "You've Got Friend." Interesting enough, during the last chorus she sings, "You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am 'MALCOLM,' I'll come running to see you again." By this time, Gina has entered the room and is listening with a smile on her face. When she finishes singing, Callie notices Gina and she hopes she didn't mind. Gina tells her that they come from different backgrounds, she knows what it's like to need to prove yourself. "You can't just tell someone that you can sing -- you have to show them," Gina says wisely. She tells Callie that as long as she stays out of trouble, the room upstairs is hers. Callie is grateful.
NEIL and Malcolm are working out at the gym and Neil tells him he wants the whole story on Callie. Malcolm is a little bit ticked off that Olivia's been talking to him. Neil tells Malcolm that Olivia felt like she got nowhere with him. Malcolm finally just tells him that he wasn't an altar boy back in those days. His life was completely different. He didn't care about anyone or anything. He was on the road to self-destruction. Then Callie came into his life and suddenly he knew what it was like to live again. He knew what it was like to love someone other than yourself and to care deeply. Neil comments that basically Callie saved him from himself. Malcolm agrees, and tells Neil that Callie broke up with him without explanation and he moved on. Neil asks if his heart's all healed. Malcolm asks Neil if he doesn't have some scars on his heart. Malcolm feels like Callie saved him and now that she's in trouble, he feels the need to return the favor. Malcolm tells Neil he wanted to help Callie, but he didn't want to hurt Olivia. It doesn't matter anyway, Malcolm tells Neil. Callie's left town and he's not going to be sitting at the window waiting for her to return.
Later, Malcolm makes a call to The Crow's Nest and talks to Rob. He asks if Callie gone. Rob tells him she's gone like a cool breeze and it's for the best. They hang up and Malcolm tells himself it's all for the best.
VICTOR is in the master bedroom, unpacking. He tells himself that Diane's dreams have come true. He smiles and gloats about seeing how long she's willing to pay for this. Downstairs, Diane is placing a frantic call to Michael, who at first tries to put her off. When she tells him Victor has moved back in, he says he'll be right over.
MICHAEL arrives and Diane tells him Victor announced to her that he's going to "give her what she wants." She tells Michael that Victor was so cold about the whole thing. Michael tells her that this is a clever move and even admits that he may have underestimated Victor. However he assures her that this is nothing but a bluff. Victor wants to scare Diane into a quick settlement. Diane tells him it's working, especially after what Victor did to Michael. To ease her mind, Michael tells her that with all Victor's got invested with Nikki, he's sure Victor will "blink" first. Victor comes down and very politely greets Michael. "Hello, Mr. Baldwin," he says graciously. "I was wondering when you'd be joining us." He inquires as to how Michael is and Michael is so off-guard that he answers, "Fine, sir. And you?" Victor states that he's doing well. "I hear that you were among the missing," Victor says. Michael is caught off guard. Victor mentions that his attorneys have had trouble reaching him the past few days. Michael avoids the subject. Michael asks Victor what this is all about. Victor tells Michael that he's back with his legal wife. He's been touted as a bigamist, but no more. He's listened to what Diane has had to say and he's seen the error of his ways. Diane asks, "Just like that?" Victor tells her no, that it took some time.
Michael wants to know if he plans to be Diane's husband in every way. Victor assures them both that Diane went on national television and asked to have her marriage restored. Why are they questioning him? Can't he do anything right? Diane has her wish -- she's now Mrs. Victor Newman again. He excuses himself and goes upstairs, telling Diane that he will expect her to join him soon.
Diane wants Michael to make Victor leave. Michael says that he can't. If they back down from their position now, they'll lose everything. Diane is afraid to stay there. She's scared of him and wants Michael to stay with her. Michael says he isn't staying there after he has been kidnapped by the man. However, Michael tells her that Phyllis is gone for awhile and he has an extra room, so she can stay with him until they figure out this mess. Eager to be gone, she grabs her purse and they head out the door .
. CHRISTINE stops by the penthouse first thing in the morning to see how Victor is settling in. He tells her that he is absolutely at his ease; he is very comfortable and is reminded how much he always loved living here. Both of them are so smug that their strategy is working. However, Victor gloats that Michael Baldwin was afraid of him. Chris doesn't miss this little comment. Chris asks him what he means and Victor says that Michael and Diane have reason to fear him and they would be wise to lock their doors at night. He says that he thinks that Michael and Diane are just beginning to realize the impact of what they have done to him. He is not a man who likes his strings pulled by someone else. Christine has a look of doubt and fear on her face as she listens to Victor.
MICHAEL is working when Diane comes out of the bedroom; she is a total wreck! She demands that Michael call the police and have Victor thrown out of the apartment. Michael tells her that they can't do that; to have Victor thrown out would be giving him everything that he wants; it would backfire on them big time! To throw Victor out of the house would be to acknowledge that she was not being honest when she was on national television. Diane doesn't care; she just wants him gone. If it means that she won't contest the divorce, then that is what she will do. Michael tells her to take some time and think about it. If she gives in, she will lose everything that she deserves and Victor will once again win.
JACK is in a panic wondering why he hasn't heard from Bradley. Finally the phone rings and it is Brad calling from the airport. He reports that it wasn't a good flight; it was bumpy all the way and he is tired. Jack wants to meet him right away but Brad says that he is going to his hotel first and he will meet Jack in the park in an hour.
VICKI enters the tack room when she sees that it is empty and begins to rummage through the drawers. Cole enters and speaks to her. She tells him, moodily, that she is looking for something that she left behind.
MALCOLM has taken Nate to breakfast at Gina's and he is showing him some magic tricks. Ashley also stops by for breakfast and stands watching Malcolm's interaction with Nate. Malcolm introduces Ashley to Nate then sends him looking for their milkshakes. Ashley joins him at the table and complements him on his relationship with his stepson. Malcolm calls Nate his son but Ashley corrects him and says that Nate is really his stepson---the same relationship that Neil will have with Cole's child. Malcolm says that there is a difference; Nate's real father is dead but Vicki's baby will have two amazing fathers. She admits that she is being selfish but she wants the children that she gives to Cole to be his priority; she admits that she doesn't want to share him with Vicki's baby. Malcolm suggests that she might just fall in love with Cole and Vicki's baby. This seems to give Ashley something new to think about. She thanks him then gets up to leave saying that she will skip breakfast to go and see her husband. The waiter walks up to the table so that Malcolm doesn't see that Callie has just come into the restaurant.
DIANE calls her apartment. The phone rings and rings. Marissa is just coming in to work and she gets to the phone before the caller hangs up. She is surprised that it is Diane. She is both puzzled and surprised when Diane asks her if Victor is there. When she says that he isn't, Diane tells her to look around the apartment. Marissa leaves the phone on the sofa and looks around downstairs. She comes back and says that he isn't there. Diane says that she is on her way home.
CALLIE tries to get out of the restaurant before Malcolm sees her but she is not successful. When he calls out to her, she puts on a happy face and asks if he is glad to see her. Malcolm is really bummed that Callie is still in town and begins to lay into her. She tells him that she didn't stay around to complicate his life; she just doesn't have anywhere else to go. About that time, Nate comes running to Malcolm and calls him Daddy as he jumps into his arms. Callie is surprised but is pleasant when Mal introduces his son to an old friend. Gina has been observing the way that Malcolm has been talking to Callie so she comes over and invites Nate to play on the computer some more. Malcolm wants to know why he wasn't told that Callie was staying here. Gina says that she told Olivia; didn't Olivia tell you that she was here? Malcolm says that all his beautiful wife told him was that she was going to a medical seminar in another doctor's place. Malcolm asks Callie if she will let him speak to Gina privately. He then wants to know how Olivia took the news that Callie was there. Gina says that Olivia thought it was fine. Gina suggests that if seeing Callie is a problem, then as much as she would miss him and Olivia, maybe they should go to other restaurants for a couple of weeks until Callie got herself straightened out. After Gina leaves, Malcolm tells Callie that he wants her to stay away from him and his family. Callie says that she only came to GC because she needed a friend; she had no intention of causing him trouble in his new life. He accuses her of dumping him and never caring that his heart was ripped out of his chest. When she says that she is sorry for that, he tells her to stay out of his life and don't come anywhere near him. He leaves; Callie watches him go sadly.
CHRIS AND PAUL are playing kissy-face when Lynn comes in and interrupts them. She reminds Paul that he wanted her to remind him to call his mother today. Chris wonders if there is a special reason for calling Mary and he says that tomorrow is his dad's birthday. It has always been a bad time for Mary. Lynn tells him that his mother has looked all over the house and can't find the picture that was lost from the album. Just then, a sales representative comes into the outer office. Paul tells Lynn that he will teach her how to handle pests. When they leave, Chris takes the picture of Carl out of her purse and opens the album. She slides the picture under another picture. When Lynn and Paul return to the room, she "accidentally" finds the picture. Lynn and Paul are impressed.
CARL/JIM is having coffee in the airport coffee shop when Ruth surprises him. She had to be in town for some things and thought they could have lunch. Jim introduces her to Pete and Pete tells Jim that he is a lucky dog. After they have finished eating and Jim has to go back to work, Ruth tells Pete that Jim has told her about the woman looking for him. She mentions the name and phone number of the woman and Pete says that he misplaced the number. When he is putting Ruth's money in the cash register, he sees the paper with the name and phone number. He gives it to Ruth who asks that he keep this between the two of them for now.
JACK arrives at the park before Brad and says that Brad better not stand him up. Brad arrives and asks what the plan is. Jack says that they have to come up with something that will get Brad back into the company. Brad is absolutely NOT going to Victor on his knee begging for a job. Jack says that that would only arouse Victor's suspicions. He thinks that Brad should be in town putting his Rome company up for sale. Victor will believe anything that has to do with business. He warns Bradley that under no circumstances is he to see Victor alone. Bradley says that he is in this with Jack but he wants it known right up front that he is NOT working for Jack nor will he take orders from Jack! Jack says that they have to be very careful! If they make a wrong move, they will be toast! The phone rings and Jack answers. It is Michael. Jack tries to put him off but Michael tells him that their whole case is unraveling as they speak. Jack says that he will be right there. He leaves Brad after telling him once again not to do anything until they have talked again.
Cole wants to talk but all Vicki is interesting in is finding her leather coat. When he goes to get the coat, he comes back and finds her holding her tummy with a funny look on her face. He asks if something is wrong but she says that she is just peachy. Men should experience the joy of blowing up like a balloon for nine months. She explains that the baby is just very active today and although it feels wonderful most of the time, sometimes it is painful. Cole comes up and places his hand on her stomach and feels the baby move. Vicki puts her hands on his and moves it down a little to where the baby is. She has tears in her eyes as they smile at each other. At the window, Ashley is about to come in but she looks through the window and sees the intimate scene.
MARISSA is walking into the living room with a cup of tea or coffee. When she sees Victor standing there, she drops the cup on the floor. He tells her that he was in the shower when the phone rang earlier; who was it calling? Marissa says that it was for her. He says that he is so glad to see her before he had to leave for work. He tells her that she needs to clean up that mess. He goes back upstairs and before Marissa can do anything, Diane comes home. Victor steps back into the room and greets his wife. He kisses her on each cheek and tells her that he is glad that she returned home before he left. He wants to make plans for having dinner with "My Darling" for this evening. Diane is unable to put two words together coherently and this seems to thrill Victor. Diane says that she may have some plans for the evening; she will have to get back to him about dinner. Victor is disappointed and says that he wanted to have a nice evening like they used to have. He leaves and Diane rushes up the stairs.
Later, Diane arrives at Michael's apartment and lets herself in with a key. She is struggling with some suitcases. As she enters the living room, she sees someone across the room. "Phyllis?" She asks. "What the hell are you doing in my house?" Phyllis asks.
. NICK is working at the couch in the hotel suite, while GRACE is half-heartedly working at the desk. Nick asks if she's okay. She reminds him that they're working hard to get all the preparation in so the he can have his free time to spend with Sharon. He thanks her. Grace looks like she'll be sick to her stomach, knowing that her hard work for this itinerary will end up with Sharon in Nick's bed, not her.
Meanwhile, SHARON is waiting for the limousine to take her to the jet. LISA comes out and tells her that Noah's temperature is up to 103 degrees. Sharon's going to call the pediatrician. DORIS asks about her trip. Sharon is adamant and tells her mother she'll just have to show up a little later.
Noah's pediatrician was on his way back into the office when he got the call about Noah. He tells her that a fever is usually nothing to worry about in an infant. After awhile, Doris tells Sharon that the doctor would have been out by now if it were serious. She urges her to go on. Noah feels comfortable with her and she knows how to handle a sick child. She's got Lisa, Miguel, and Nikki to help if she needs them. Sharon won't budge. She tells her mother that Noah is her "little man" and she can leave until she knows something. Doris reminds her that Nick is "her man" too and he needs her. She asks Sharon what she plans to do. Sharon doesn't know. Doris tells her she prays that Sharon doesn't have to decide.
Back in Denver, Nick laughs about being too tired after all the hard work they've put in to his presentation. Grace bluntly tells him she doesn't think that's funny. Nick laughs and tells her he was just joking. He feels badly that he's going to see Sharon and Grace will be alone, so he suggests that she fly home for the day. It would be really romantic surprise for Tony, he assures her. Grace can't believe that he'd want he to fly back just for one day.
Nick has called downstairs to the caterer and is ordering champagne, flowers, and food for his suite in anticipation of Sharon's arrival. When he gets off the phone, he tells Grace he loves this hotel. Grace woefully picks up the phone and has the concierge book her the next available flight to Genoa City.
Alone, later, he is planning his time with Sharon. He calls the main house to see if she got off okay and MIGUEL tells him that the limo driver is still down at the house. Nick asks him to transfer him to their home. Doris answers and Nick asks what the hold up is. She hands the phone to Sharon, who explains about Noah's illness. She's going to wait and see what the doctor says first. Nick begs her to come on, giving her the same reasoning Doris did. She tells him she wants to be on the plane as much as he wants her to be on it. He tells her he'll call back or she can call him. After he hangs up, he says, "Poor little guy." Then after a second he adds, "Damn!"
JACK arrives at MICHAEL'S office and Michael tells him he needs help with Diane. Victor has moved back in, which surprises Jack. Michael tells him he's talked to Diane, but he needs Jack to convince her to stick things out and not give in. Jack seems unconcerned. "So, are you going to help me or not?" asks Michael impatiently.
Jack wants to know when Michael got the impression that they were together in this. Michael tells Jack that Diane is going to throw away her leverage. He bones Jack about his stake in this divorce. Wasn't the idea to keep Victor off balance? Michael tells Jack that when they go to the bargaining table, he wants to hold the high cards, not Victor. He reminds Jack of his promise, "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."
Michael wants to know if Jack is really going to throw Diane to the wolves. Jack assures Michael that he is a bright, clever, and persuasive man and Michael can handle this. "Shall I keep in touch?" Michael asks in anger. "Suit yourself," Jack says casually as he leaves Michael's office.
COLE feels the baby move and is awed. He says it feels funny. Victoria tells him he should feel it from her perspective. Cole says what he means is, it feels funny calling the baby an "it." They discuss the matter and decide that when the sonogram is done, they both want to know the sex of the child. Cole refers to the baby as "he" again. Victoria points this out and laughs. "I know you men," she says. "You just can't wait to make more men."
Cole asks if she'll be all right. Victoria reminds him that she's not his problem. This baby is just an entanglement. He's remarried and Victoria is trying to make a new life for herself. Cole asks, not demands, that Victoria not write him out of the baby's life, because she has the power to do that. Victoria tells him he's always talked a good game, but as he's pointed out, she is in the driver's seat. She promises to let him know and then leaves.
NINA stops by the tack house a little later to thank Cole for what he did; she looks great! Cole is confused. She tells him that she knows that her invitation to go to The Writer's Symposium is because of his pull. Cole tells her that he had nothing to do with it, but congratulates her. Then he suggests that she's ready to go on to the next level. He thinks she's ready to write a novel, but tells her that short story writing is a respectable field. He just thinks she has more in her. She tells him that she is riddled with fear. He reminds her that if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. She tells him she thinks everyone is and asks him if he's looked in the bookstore recently. Besides, her fear is a special fear.
After badgering her, Cole makes Nina repeat after him, "I deserve recognition for my work." She tells him that she shouldn't have shot her mouth off about Cole being an absentee father the other day. If he and Victoria can work things out, then that will be great. She reminds him to be careful of Ashley's feelings. She wants Cole and Ashley to learn from her mistakes.
The cleaning woman comes into VICTOR'S office. When he notices her, he gets angry and tells her that this is supposed to be done after hours. He gets even angrier when the woman won't look at him. He tells her to look at him when he speaks to her. When she turns around, it's NIKKI in disguise. She takes off the wig and they embrace. She asks how it went and how far Victor had to go. He tells her he didn't have to do much. She says she was up half the night with worry. He laughs at her outfit.
Again, Nikki questions him about his night at the apartment. Victor tells her that Diane left. Nikki says that's not what was supposed to have happened. She expected Victor to be thrown out; that he was supposed to call Diane's bluff. Victor says he'll have to do what's necessary. Nikki is worried about just "what is necessary." That's what concerns her about the whole thing, she admits, doing "what's necessary" with Diane. Victor gives her a look.
BRAD comes to see ASHLEY, who is stunned to see him. Brad tells her he's here for a visit by the miracle of modern travel. They talk about her new marriage. She tells Brad that Cole is a wonderful man. Then she has flashbacks of Cole and Victoria in the tack house. Brad tells her he hopes she doesn't regret her decision. She asks if he means marrying Cole. No, Brad tells her. Not marrying him, but marrying a man who's been married to Victoria Newman. They discuss Victor's problems. She's surprised that he knows so much. He tells her the Italian press loves to pick up stories that have problems with love in them. He's running a small company. He reminds her that Victor came between them. She says that former spouses can make life difficult. Brad looks thoughtful. "Tell me about it, Ashley," he states. She tells him about the baby and Brad agrees that Victoria will probably cause trouble.
VICTORIA is standing at the window in her office hearing Cole say over and over, "I want to be a father to our child." Neil interrupts her thoughts and she tells him what Cole has said. Neil tells her that he can't disagree. Victoria gets upset and asks if Neil doesn't want to be the father to her baby. Neil tells her of course he does, but this child is going to have two great fathers.
He tells her that she can't just wish Cole away if he wants to be there. Victoria says Cole's attitude makes her angry. Neil tells her that everything will work out. He is the "happening guy" in her life now. He also points out that this isn't a popularity contest. One day, he expects Dru to remarry. What if he's not so lucky? What if Dru marries someone who doesn't love Lily as much as Neil loves this baby? Victoria tells him that she knows Ashley isn't going to "love" her baby. Neil says that's not the case. Victoria asks him how he knows. Neil spills the beans and tells Victoria about his conversation with Ashley and how Ashley doesn't want Cole to "play Daddy" to this child. Ashley wants to start a family of their own. Victoria doesn't want Cole involved; Ashley doesn't want Cole involved. Neil tells her it sounds like she and Ashley are playing on the same team. He has to go to a meeting and will see her later. Victoria finds how Ashley feels about this very interesting.
BRAD walks into VICTOR'S office. "It's good to see you again," states Brad. Victor is looking down. When Victor looks up, he says, "Well, I'll be damned. Bradley Carlton." They exchange fiendish smiles.
PHYLLIS tells DIANE that she could have shot her for being an intruder in her home and never even been arrested. Diane pleads with Phyllis. She is distraught and says she can't go back to her apartment. Victor's moved back in. Phyllis tells her that she doesn't understand. Diane's finally getting what she wanted. She warns her that if she tries to move in on Michael again she'll put her in the hospital for a very long time. She picks up Diane's bags, ready to throw her out when Michael comes through the door.
Phyllis is raising hell with Michael. Michael tells Diane she was supposed to stay in her own apartment. Diane can't because she's afraid, especially after what Victor did to Michael. Phyllis can't believe Diane is afraid. Diane tells Michael that she refuses to live with Victor so she'll be going to a hotel. Michael tries to tell her that she is in no danger. Victor would be a fool to hurt her. He begs her to go back and pretend. Michael tells her that Victor is bluffing and they are bluffing. Whoever blinks first loses. Diane is frantic and says she doesn't care. She's going to a hotel. She takes her bags and leaves. Michael says, "Thanks Phyllis. A whole hell of a lot."
Phyllis wants to know why he's so upset that Diane is leaving. He wanted her to leave. He tells her that he was trying to talk to her with the voice of reason, but Diane couldn't hear him with Phyllis screaming "get out" in her ear. Phyllis mentions that Diane seems afraid of her own shadow. Michael tells Phyllis that she's not usually that way, but ever since Victor had him kidnapped, she's been terrified. Phyllis asks if he really thinks Victor Newman had him kidnapped. He asks who else hates him enough. Phyllis suggests that maybe it's somebody that's just very mad with him. Michael says Victor fits that category too.
Michael says since Victor couldn't just obliterate the competition, he pulled off the kidnapping. "So Victor's the only one capable of having strong feelings?" Phyllis asks. Michael asks if she's been listening to him. He goes over his kidnapping step by step. He tells her he had a lot of time to think in that little room. He's going to make Victor Newman pay for doing this to him.
Phyllis tells him that she's been watching him get closer and closer to his "precious little client" day after day. Michael tells her he gets the impression that Phyllis doesn't think Victor was behind the kidnapping. "Is that a question?" Phyllis asks. Michael asks if she knows or has a theory about who had him kidnapped. Laughing, Phyllis says, "I plead the fifth." Michael tells her this isn't a court of law. He asks her in disbelief, "Did you do it? Did you have me abducted?" Phyllis looks at Michael, narrows her eyes and admits, "Yes. I'm the one who had you kidnapped."
Thanks to Sandy Rosser for today's update!