Neil Winters has been summoned to the office of Victor Newman. Victor asks him if he has heard about Ross Lee and Neil says he has. Neil asks what is going to happen now and Victor tells him that he threatened to fire the whole ad agency. Neil asks if Victoria intervened. Nodding, Victor says that Victoria speaks very highly of the head writer. Neil tells Victor that his name is Gary Dawson. Neil agrees that Gary has done a great job. Then Neil asks if that is the only reason Victor wanted to see him. Vic says no, that he wanted to discuss Brad Carlton. Neil asks if Brad is still "gainfully unemployed." Vic smirks and says yes. He says that Neil should keep his eyes open for anyone calling for a reference. He says that he wants everyone to know exactly why Brad is no longer at Newman Enterprises. Neil says that Brad deserves everything he gets.
Brad and Nikki are clinking glasses as Jack Abbott walks up. Nikki acts as though she knew that he was coming. Brad gets a little testy and gets up to leave. Jack tells Brad that Nikki prefers her men employed. The two of them stare daggers at each other as Brad makes his exit.
Michael Baldwin arrives at Christine's office. She is not happy to see him. They talk about Warton and Michael says that the case is closed. Chris asks why he is there ... his proposal? He says that he is under the gun and has until tomorrow to come up with a legal team and he needs her answer.
Ryan and Tricia's:
Victoria finds the door unlocked and just walks in to the apartment which is dimmed of all electric lights, but has an abundance of glowing candles all over the place. Ryan comes out of the bedroom wearing sweat bottoms and no shirt. He gathers Victoria into his arms and kisses her passionately.
Tricia is freaking out, holding her head and crying. Meg is calling her name trying to calm her down. Tricia finally reacts and apologizes, saying that it was such a shock that Sharon would say such terrible things about her. Meg says that she shouldn't have told her about it. Tricia wonders if people will believe Sharon's story.
Tomas and Nina are dining together. Tomas asks why she hasn't answered his many phone calls lately. She says that the volume was turned down on her answering machine. She tells him that it's all his fault because he has created this energy in her and she's writing up a storm. He tells her he's happy that one of them is inspired. She asks if he has hit a roadblock. He says it's called Nina Webster!
Paul Williams' Office:
Lynn is going through some documents and Mary Williams drops by with dinner. Lynn asks if it is sauerkraut and ribs. Mary says it's Paul's favorite.
Nikki asks Jack about the job. Jack tells her that it's not in the cards right now. She is sure that Ashley put the kibosh on it. He tells her not to give up. He says, "just let me say that if you run into my sister, try to be cordial." Jack asks why Brad was there and she tells him that they just ran into each other. Jack tells her about Ashley wanting to hire Brad back. Nikki says that maybe if Jack can put up with Brad being around Jabot, maybe Ashley would allow her to work there as well. Jack tells Nikki that trusting Brad Carlton is too high a price to pay.
Ashley is talking to Dr. Thompson about her morning sickness. Brad comes in and tells her about his run-in with Jack. She tells him that Jack shot down the idea of his working at Jabot. Brad is surprised that she talked to Jack about it so soon ... he thought that she was going to talk to her dad and Jill first.
Ryan and Tricia's:
Victoria pulls back from Ryan and he realizes that it's her. He turns on the lights and asks how she got in. She says the door was open. He says he thought it was his wife. Victoria suggests that they keep on pretending. He puts on a robe. Victoria asks how Meg is and Ryan tells her that Meg moved home. Victoria is pleased to hear that Meg is feeling better. Ryan says he doesn't want to jinx things, but he thinks the nightmare is over.
Tricia asks Meg if she thinks people will believe Sharon. Meg says she can't understand how Sharon could be so cruel. She tells Tricia that Sharon must be obsessed to say that Tony told her all of that garbage. She says that Tony would never have kept that from her. She says that for Sharon to say the Tricia conspired with Grace Turner is sick.
Baldwin asks if Chris has discussed the offer with Paul. She says that there is no point in upsetting him unless there is something to be discussed. She asks why it is so important to him. He tells her that he has never been the same since what happened between them. He feels that he won't really have made amends until he has her trust. Chris says there is more to consider than just business advancement. Michael tells her that he only wants to be her colleague and perhaps her friend.
Ashley tells Brad that she did talk to Jill, but when Jack walked into the room, she forced her hand to tell Jack about it. Then Ashley leans on the desk and Brad asks if she is ok. She says she's fine. Then Brad reminds her that if he and Jack could join forces, it would be hard for Victor to come down on them. She says that the last time they joined forced it wasn't a match made in heaven. He pushes it and she tells him to back off. She holds her hands to her head and says that he is not the only priority she has. He looks concerned and asks again if she is ok. She says that she has been feeling ill and he tells her that she should call it a day. She agrees and gets her coat and leaves.
Dinner is over and Nina asks Tomas what is on the agenda for the evening. They talk about what to do and then Nina's cell phone rings. It is Christine. She wants to talk. Nina looks at Tomas and he nods that it is ok. Nina tells Christine to meet her at Gina's. Tomas says that they will have lots of time together and gets up to leave.
Victor asks Neil how much of the Jabot debt that they have acquired. Neil says 85% so far and Victor says he wants all 100% of it. Neil tells Victor that he has tracked down the company that holds the last 15%. Vic tells him to do everything he can to acquire it.
The Abbott House:
John is in the living room when Ashley comes home. Ashley asks how Billy is and John tells her that he is up in bed. They comment on what a miracle it is that Billy got well. She starts looking through the mail and sits down at the desk in a wave of nausea. John asks if she had a rough day. She tells him that she's been feeling nauseous today, but that she is sure it will pass.
Paul comes in commenting that it smells like a German restaurant in there. Mary tells him that he and Lynn have been working too hard and that they need a treat as she hands him a plate of ribs and sauerkraut. He picks up a file and Mary tells him that he cannot do work while he is eating ... it will give him indigestion. Then she asks him about his big case ...
Ryan and Tricia's:
Victoria looks around at the display of candles and says that Tricia is a lucky lady. Ryan asks her why she came by. They talk about the stalker. She tells him that Victor wanted to fire the ad agency but she talked him into keeping Gary. Ryan asks her what is going on between her and Gary. She tells him that no matter what she feels for Gary, she's not sure he's her type. She says he's a good guy but she's not too sure about their future.
Christine arrives and sits down at Nina's table. She wants to talk about Michael's offer. Nina can't believe that Chris would even consider working with Michael Baldwin. Chris tells her that she told Michael that she needed more time, but he needs and answer tomorrow. Nina reminds her of what a sleezebag Michael is. Chris tells Nina she thinks he has changed. Nina tells Chris that she can't imagine what Paul will say about this. Chris wants to know if being her husband gives Paul the right to tell her what job she can take.
Ryan and Tricia's:
Victoria gets ready to leave and tells Ryan that she enjoyed the "dress rehearsal" before and that if Ryan needs any more practice for his night with his wife, that he can kiss her goodnight! He smiles and tells her that he and Tricia are really on the right track now. Victoria leaves and Ryan starts to have flashbacks about his life with Tricia. (The background music is the song that the mermaid sirens sing to make sailors turn their ships ashore to smash on the rocks ... hmmmm)
Meg tells Tricia that everything will be all right. She says that to think Tricia teamed up with Grace to destroy her and Tony is insane. Tricia reminds Meg that she loves her. Meg says that Tricia was so supportive when Tony died. She says that she couldn't have done it on her own. Meg tells Tricia that Sharon had the audacity to say that Tricia hit Tony on purpose. She says that nobody can turn them against each other ... can they? Tricia, looking a little spacier than usual, says she has to go. They hug and she leaves. When she is outside, she leans up against the door and looks out over the driveway and remembers the night of Tony's death. She wonders to herself if maybe it could be true that she hit him on purpose.
Neil tells Victor that it might not be easy to gain control of the last 15% of Jabot's debt. Victor says that he will "buy the damned company" if he has to. He says that when it comes to Jack Abbott, he will leave nothing to chance. He says both Jack and Brad thought that they could take him on and they will soon find out what fools they were.
The Abbott House:
Jack comes home and, overhearing Ashley say "it will pass", wants to know what she's talking about. She ignores him and leaves the room telling John she is going to get a glass of water. Jack asks John if he said something wrong. John tells Jack that Ashley is not feeling well and that maybe he is part of her problem. Ashley returns with the water and goes to her purse to get a vial of pills. She takes one and puts the vial back in her purse. Jack grabs her purse and she shouts at him to leave it alone. Jack demands to know what's up with the pills and what Ashley is keeping from him and John ... as the credits roll.
While Christine and Nina discuss her career plans over dinner, Christine tells her friend that she is fascinated by Michael's job offer, but worries about Paul's reaction. Nina tells her to be prepared because there is no way he is going to take it lightly. She tells Christine that she is shocked that Michael got her to even consider his offer and that she really can't blame Paul if he does get upset. Later, Chris breaks the news to an irate Paul who won't even discuss the matter. At the same time, Michael goes to visit Christine in her office only to find Paul's mother, Mary there. She tells him to leave, but he assures her that he means no harm towards her son or daughter-in-law. He asks her to turn to her strong faith in God and find it in her heart to give him a second chance. Back at the restaurant, Nina runs into Megan on her way out. Sensing that she is upset, Nina asks Megan what is wrong. Megan tells her about Sharon's accusations about Tricia. When Nina suggests that Tricia seek psychiatric counseling, Megan snaps back that it's Sharon who needs the help, not her sister. Meanwhile, Tricia arrives home to find a romantic evening set up by Ryan. When she tells her husband that she's not in the mood because she is worried about Megan, Ryan decides to go get Megan and bring her back to their place. Desperate to keep him from leaving, Tricia seduces him. Afterwards, as Ryan showers, Tricia has more visions of the car crash. Over at the Abbott's, Jack continues to question Ashley about the pills he found. Ashley finally gives in and reveals to her brother and father that she is pregnant. She tells them that she and Christian have talked about it and have agreed that she will raise the child by herself. Once she assures him that this is what she wants, John offers his daughter his support. When he leaves, Jack tells Ashley that it's not right and that Christian should take responsibility for his child. Ashley warns her brother that this is what she wants and that he'd better stay out of it. Alone, Jack calls Christian in Paris. At Neil's, Olivia joins him for dinner. They discuss Lily and how Neil is frustrated that he can't see her because of her chicken pox. He is worried that as soon as she is better, Dru will take her out of the country again for another modeling job. When Olivia questions him about his feelings for Dru, Neil says it's in the past but finds himself caught up in a flashback to a romantic evening he had spent with his ex-wife. Over at Malcolm's, Dru thanks him for his hospitality but warns him to stop asking her about Neil or else she will take Lily and leave. Later, Dru calls Sid and tells him that she won't be able to be in Paris on time for the photo shoot because Lily is still infectious. He warns his client that if she doesn't go, she'll be jeopardizing her career. When Dru explains her dilemma to Malcolm, he offers to watch his niece while she's gone.
THE PENTHOUSE / Abbott HOME / PARIS / JABOT
Victor is remembering his conversation with Neal regarding buying Sun River Bank. He now owns all of the company's that Jack owes when he bought back Jabot. He assures Neal that he knows that Jack will try to get out of repaying his first installment in May and when he does, he'll be right there to snatch the rug right out from under him. Jack and Ashley are in the living room having coffee. Ashley explains to Jack that she wasn't ready to tell the family about her pregnancy. They then discuss their recent discussion concerning hiring Brad and Nikki to work for Jabot. Jack suggests they drop the subject since she shot down Nikki and he shot down Brad. Billy comes downstairs prepared to go off to school. Jack tells him to come home right after school and to not go to the coffeehouse or anywhere else. He shouldn't rush back into all his activities until he's 100%. Jack teases him about being so excited to return to school and asks if it involves a female. Billy leaves and Jack tells Ashley that he's sure Billy anxious to get to school because of Mackenzie. Ashley thanks Jack for not making any snide remarks about her pregnancy and jokingly comments that now that Billy's back at school Jack now has someone else's life he can meddle in. After Ashley leaves for work, Jack calls Christian in Paris. He congratulates him on the baby and asks what his role will be. Christian tells Jack that he and Ashley have discussed it and she wants to raise the baby alone. Jack wonders what the baby's life will be like without its father. Christian tells Jack to respect his sisters wishes about raising the baby alone, but mentions that he is there for Ashley and the baby if they ever need him. After his conversation with Christian, Jack books a flight to Paris to speak with Christian in person.
Later, Victor stops by Ashley's office on the pretense of saying hello. He is really there to find out how much John is involved in the day to day activities at Jabot. He tells her that he has never seen her look more beautiful and radiant. She says its due to being the first day of spring and new beginnings. Ashley tells Victor that she heard about Victoria's stalker and is glad that everything is okay. Victor inquires about Billy and Ash tells him that he's fine and went back to school today. Victor comments that when all is well with ones family, everything else is not important. Victor asks how John is and if he misses New York. Ashley tells him that she thinks when the family regained ownership of Jabot, it literally saved his life and she's very grateful to Victor for allowing them to buy back Jabot and allowing Jack his victory. Victor tells her that he doesn't want to talk about Jack. He tells her the only reason he did what he did was because of his respect for her father and his love for her but his issues with Jack are not closed. He kisses her on the cheek and leaves. Later, Christian calls Ashley and tells her about Jack calling. Ashley thanks Christian for sticking to their story. He tells her that he doesn't mind and they say goodbye.
OLIVIA'S APARTMENT / MALCOLM'S APARTMENT
Neal stops by Olivia's to check on her. She tells him that she has another biopsy today to find out if the medication is working. He agrees to drive her to her appointment and bring her home. He then tells her that he wants to convince Drucilla to allow him to spend some more time with Lily. After all Dru has been responsible for Lily for some time and she may need a break for a little while. Olivia asks if he wants Lily and Dru to move in with him. He says he was thinking of Lily but if Dru wanted to she could move in too, there is more than enough room. He questions if Olivia thinks they couldn't do it. She tells him she's sure they could if only for Lily's sake. Meanwhile, at Malcolm's, Dru and Malcolm are discussing her trip. Mal wonders if she's avoiding Neal. She tells him that she's not avoiding Neal but she wishes he would stop hounding her about Neal because her feelings for Neal are a dead issue. Mal asks her if she had a man in her life back in Europe. She tells him that the only things she's been involved in are her work, her daughter and her privacy and tells him her private life is none of his business. He tells her that she has an opportunity to reconnect with Neal staring her right in the face. He also wonders if she questions her divorce from Neal. She reminds him that Neal divorced her. She doesn't want to start reminiscing with him or arguing with him about Neal and goes upstairs. Olivia and Neal are still discussing Lily when someone knocks on the door; it's Dru. She tells Neal that she's glad he's there. She tells him that she's leaving town today to go back to Europe for a photo shoot. He tells her she can't take Lily because she's still contagious. She tells him that she's not taking Lily, she's leaving her with Malcolm. She encourages Neal to go see Lily and after she's well to spend more time with her. Neal makes a comment about Dru's modeling career and her leaving Lily and they begin to argue but Olivia stops them. Dru apologizes and says a tender goodbye to Olivia and tells her to take care of herself. Dru leaves. The camera pans back to Neal as he's shaking his head. Neal comments that it's just like old times. Dru is here one day...gone the next. Malcolm is giving Lily breakfast as Dru comes downstairs from packing. She tells Lily that she has to leave and Lily begs her not to leave her because she's sick.
CHRIS & PAUL
Over breakfast, they again discuss Michael's offer to Chris. Paul comments that he's not surprised this conversation isn't over even after the conversation they had the night before. He comments that he knows she's thought about it a lot. Chris admits that she has and really wants his advice and opinion. She wants him to look at it in the present and not look at what happened seven years ago. He tells Chris that he'll listen to what she has to say. Chris then explains the benefits of having her own practice. She won't be limited to one type of law, she'll be able to influence the system and she'll still be able to work pro bono like she does for Legal Aid. Paul tells her that her own law practice might have many benefits but she'll still be working with a man she doesn't trust. She tells Paul that she did have some reservations about working with Michael. Paul asks her what changed her mind. Chris tells him about Desmond fronting all the money to start the firm. Paul tells her that if it were anyone but Baldwin he'd be okay with it. Chris reassures him that she would have an ironclad contract stating everything she wants and expects. Paul still doesn't understand and tells her he still has many questions regarding Michael's motives and the promises that he's made to Chris. Chris tells him that his concerns are valid and she wants him to let all his feelings out regarding this situation. Paul tells Chris that if she takes the job with Michael that she'll be letting every judge, lawyer, and client know that she's forgiven Michael and that she trusts him. He wants to know if this opportunity means so much to her that she's willing to "prostitute" her reputation for it.
CHANCELLOR ESTATE / WALNUT GROVE ACADEMY
Brock asks Mac if she would like to talk. He would really like to help because he knows that she was upset last night. Mac insists that she can't talk about it. Brock tells her that the best thing she can do is to go to the source and talk it out and be honest. She's not sure she can do that. As Mac leaves to go to school, Kay walks in. He tells her about Mac being upset last night but asks her not to mention anything to Mac about it. Kay says she's concerned too, after all, Mac is her granddaughter. Kay wonders if it's about a boy. Brock admits that he thinks Mac is confused over her feelings for Billy Abbott. Kay questions this and wonders if he's sure. She knows that Mac can barely stand Billy. Brock comments that "it's a thin line between love and hate." Kay can't believe it especially since she spends so much time with Raul. Later at school, Billy approaches Mac as she's walking away from her locker. He wants to know why she didn't call him last night. She tells him that she got home late from work and figured he was asleep. He wants to know if they can talk. He's still amazed that it was Raul who saved his life. He knows that this complicates things between them and wonders what they should do now. They both express their concern about hurting Raul, especially since he saved Billy's life. Mac admits to Billy that this is why she's been so confused. They both admit their feelings for each other and wonder if they should just tell Raul. She's about to tell Billy something when Raul walks in. Billy thanks Raul for saving his life. Raul admits that it was nothing because he knows that Billy would have done the same for him. The bell rings and Mac leaves. Billy is also about to leave but Raul stops him and tells him that he wants to talk to him about Mac.
Katherine pays Nikki a visit at the ranch and Nikki tells her about Jack's offer to hire her as a fashion consultant at Jabot. She says that even though Ashley is against it, she thinks it could still be worked out and she is seriously considering accepting the job. Thinking that Nikki is doing it just to get back at Victor, Katherine offers her a job at Chancellor Industries. Nikki admits that the thought of getting under Victor's skin has occurred to her, but she honestly wants to take the job at Jabot for herself and no one else. After Katherine leaves, Nikki is confused by a call from the sperm bank saying that they have Victor's sperm there. A furious Nikki figures Diane has something to do with. At the same time, Diane continues her attempt to get her hooks back into Victor. After she watches him working out, she brings up the past and reminds him of how she used to bring him water after he worked out when they were married. As Victor grows uncomfortable with the conversation, Diane assures him that she still has no false hopes of getting him back. As he heads to the shower, Diane answers a phone call from the sperm bank. She tries to take a message, but Victor overhears and grabs the phone and is surprised to find out that his sperm is still there. Elsewhere, Raul confides in Billy and tells him that he told Mac that he loves her. Trying not to let on his own feelings for Mac, Billy asks if she responded and Raul says no. After asking Billy to talk to her and find out how she feels, Billy tells Mac that maybe it's better that they not pursue their feelings and risk hurting Raul. Mac says that she's not in love with Raul, but sadly agrees with Billy. Over at Malcolm's, Lily begs Dru to stay with her. Dru assures her that she will be fine and that she'll be back in a few days. As she expresses her mixed emotions on leaving, Malcolm assures his sister-in-law that she is a wonderful mother and that she isn't doing anything wrong by leaving for a few days for work. Guilt ridden, Dru stops herself at the door and says she can't leave her daughter. In the meantime, Reese visits Olivia and tells her and Neil that her current treatment doesn't seem to be working and that she should consider asking Dru to get tested as a possible bone marrow donor. Olivia says she's not ready for Dru to find out yet. When Reese leaves, Neil pushes her to tell her sister about her condition. Olivia fights him and says she doesn't want Dru to give up her career for her unless it become absolutely necessary. At home, Chris and Paul continue to argue over her job offer from Michael. Paul tells his wife that if she takes the job, she'll be setting herself up for her own self-destruction. Christine is upset that he has so little faith in her. She reminds Paul that what happened 7 years ago happened to her, not him. She has gotten over her past with Michael and there's no reason that he shouldn't do the same. Unwilling to change his mind, Paul goes to his office and fills a shocked Lynne and Mary in on Christine's plans while Christine goes to Michael and tells him she has reached a decision.
Diane eavesdrops on Victor as he talks to the lab about the return of his sperm sample and asks the technician not to destroy it. Diane then advises Marissa that she doesn't want the sample to fall into Nikki's hands. Asking Jack to the ranch, Nikki leaks to him about the sperm. Guessing that Diane has her hands on the sample, Jack offers her a friend's name who "plays by his own rules" to get things done. Raul argues with Mac that Billy should be told what Brittany really did the night of the party. Meanwhile, Brittany confides to Billy that she was confused and did not call 911 after discovering him and felt that everything was out of control. Later, Billy lets Mac know that if he is going to spend more time with her and Raul, he can't do it alone. Ross hears from a boastful Larry that he is as free as a bird. Worried, Ross tells his lawyer he has to get out tonight. Paul advises Victor that he is getting a warrant to search Ross' apartment. Chris listens to Michael confess that he is afraid to fail if he does this new law practice alone. Chris tells Michael what she wants in the partnership contract and he types it up.