As the visit between Victor and Michael progressed, Michael continued to express surprise at the offer. When he asked Victor for more information, he was turned down—Victor wasn't giving up any unnecessary details until they had a deal. All he would say was that because Michael was so ruthless and cunning, this would make him uniquely qualified for the job. He went on to say that the work he had in mind would be challenging and exciting, but also added that he only wanted Michael, not Christine. After Victor left, Michael spent time wondering who or what Victor was about to try to bring down.
Colleen paid a visit to her dad to cancel the evening's dinner. She made up an excuse that she wanted to spend time with Lily and Sierra, and Brad said he was pleased that she was getting on with her life. He went on to say how happy he was that she was no longer with J.T., and when he started bashing J.T., she was quick to try to change the subject. She asked if he had heard from Ashley, and he told her he had and that he really missed her. With that, she excused herself and he told her he was glad she was feeling better.
At the coffee house, Brittany walked in to see J.T. sitting alone and smiling. She sat down and they started talking about her recent visit with Colleen. After listening to what they talked about, he thanked her for encouraging Colleen to give him a second chance. He thanked her and told her that as a matter of fact, Colleen was on her way over for driving lessons. Before leaving, she told him she quit the boutique and that she had another job offer making a lot more money. When he asked her for more details, she was coy about it and left without giving any direct answers.
Once she got back to the loft, she discovered a very distraught Billy. He told her the whole sordid story and was surprised when she reacted with kindness and compassion. He told her both he and Mackenzie were leaving town separately, and he didn't know if he was coming back. She told him she understood the need to leave, but assured him he might find comfort in returning home at some point. He opened his wallet and gave her he and Mackenzie's share of the rent for the next two months. She only accepted the money when he told her it wasn't leaving him completely broke. He urged her to stay with Raul and continue to make him happy before taking his things and leaving.
Neil came home to see Dru getting all dolled up and asked her out to dinner. She told him she had a dinner appointment with someone at Jabot, and it didn't take him long to figure out who with. He asked if he could go with them, but she told him no way. He told her he was excited to meet the guy, considering the effect he had on Phyllis. Finally, she relented, telling him he could come for just five short minutes.
Angry about her confrontation with her dad, Vicki went to a restaurant/bar to have a drink. She noticed Damon Porter right away and began flirting with him. They started a long conversation, mostly about her, who she was and what she did for a living. After a while, she realized she had monopolized the entire conversation without so much as asking his name. He told her his friends called him "D," which was enough to satisfy her curiosity. After several minutes, she ended up having to leave, telling "D" she hoped to see him again one day.
Phyllis came home to find Jack a little bit angry with her about the Damon incident. She tried to play it off and act innocent, but he wasn't having it. He told her he didn't believe their conversation was just idle chit-chat, and furthermore, she had no business asking him about his contract or leaving out the fact that she was Mrs. Jack Abbott. She just smiled at him and told him it was just innocent flirting (or "business flirting"), and no harm came from it. He relented and told her because of her actions, he was getting heat not only from Dru, but also from Nikki. It was suggested they ban her from the office, but he said he would never do that. He did, he said, realize she had a big mouth before they got married. With that, she gave him a big hug and everything was back to normal.
Brittany is alone practicing her singing. Raul surprises her and she claims the singing was a surprise for him (a lie). She fills him in on the Billy/Mac situation and he is blown away. He tells her he got her old job back at the Boutique but she doesn't want it back. She will find what she wants to do on her own.
Britt returns to Bobby's club asking about the job. He tells her it was taken. She does her best to convince him she does want the job. Britt fantasizes about singing in the club. She then begs Bobby for a chance and he agrees.
J.T. takes Colleen out for her driving lessons. She has some trouble learning to work a standard car. She starts to get the hang of it and they have a good time together. She asks J.T. to call Lily for her but the battery dies before she can get much out. J.T. is very impressed with her and doesn't pay attention to the road. When playing with the radio she loses control of the car. They get stranded in a ditch.
Phyllis tries to talk business with Victoria but sees she's smitten. Victoria describes the guy who has her eye and Phyllis puts 2+2 together. She has a thing for Damon Porter. Victoria can't believe it. She vows not to let him get away with it.
Neil and Dru wait for Damon to show up. When he does, Damon realizes that Neil is the one who first contacted him. Neil gladly fills him in on how Dru got to interview him in the first place. Neil leaves and Dru confirms that it is true. Damon seems miffed that Dru's scheme cost him the chance to entertain NE's offer and essentially work carte blanche on his original line. Dru tells him ho important working at Jabot has been for her and why she felt it was necessary. Damon laughs at the handful Neil has on his hands. Dru deserved the teasing she just got but he has no intention of messing things up for her. Victoria then bursts in both barrels blazing for Damon.
J.T. and Colleen were stranded in the countryside after she drove his car off the
road and it got stuck. She apologized for not watching where she was going, but
J.T. assured her that it could have happened to anyone. She also was sorry that
she'd used her cell phone to call Lily and caused the battery to run down. When
it began to rain, they ran for a nearby house, but found it boarded up. They
sat on the porch, watching the rain and talking about the past. J.T. finally went
back to his car for some blankets, and they prepared to sleep on the porch
Thursday, July 3, 2003
When J.T. and Colleen returned home in the morning, they were read the riot act by Brad, of course. They apologized and insisted that nothing had happened between them and told him how the car went in the ditch and the cell phone was dead so they couldn't call. J.T. was brave and stood strong against Brad's accusations, respectfully asking for understanding. He never mentioned that Colleen had been driving the car. Brad went upstairs for a shower and told J.T. to be gone when he returned. The two spoke teasingly about him "quitting while he was ahead" and Colleen was surprised to find that he was open to trying the driving again soon. He tried to kiss her, but she stopped him first, and he said goodbye.
Friday, July 4, 2003
At the Independence Day party at the Newmans' house, Sharon and Nikki traded insults then agreed to call a truce for the day. Nikki, however, could not stand watching Nick stare at his wife in her tiny bikini. She and Victoria were having a hard time enjoying the party, although Cody had come as Victoria's date, because they were so disgusted with Sharon's happiness over being part of a family celebration.
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