The Young and the Restless Recaps: The week of September 2, 2002 on Y&R
A gloved hand placed a can of turpentine in the shrubs outside the Abbott pool house. Ashley made a video telling Abby that Victor was Abby's biological father. Victor and Nikki were married. Raul was finally able to move one of his toes.
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Monday, September 2, 2002

Due to coverage of the US Open tennis tournament, all CBS soaps were preempted this day. These breaks were planned for in the storyline development, and there were no "lost" episodes. Broadcasting resumed Tuesday where Friday's shows concluded.

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Nick's fist landed on Diego's face. Diego, caught totally off guard, was defenseless against Nick's fit of rage and was on the floor before he knew what hit him. Victoria rushed out to try to pull Nick off of him, but he shoved her away, telling her to leave him alone because he didn't want to accidentally hurt her. Nick yelled at Victoria that she didn't really know Diego, who had been sleeping with Nick's wife. Victoria looked positively stunned and was momentarily dumbfounded and visibly shaking.

After giving Diego a piece of her mind, Victoria yelled at him to get out immediately, which he did. Both Nick and Victoria emotionally discussed how the situation had affected them and how sad they both were. While trying to make sense of the situation, Nick surmised that Sharon was jealous of Victoria and Diego, which implied there was more than just lust going on -- that Sharon had feelings for Diego. Victoria was most upset by the fact that she had repeatedly asked Diego about his involvement with Sharon, only to be lied to time and time again. They were both devastated and did their best to comfort one another.

Ashley began to make another mother-daughter video for Abby. She was about to launch into a subject she said that "Abby would want to know, need to know," when Brad walked in. He told her that he felt somewhat uncomfortable about her making the videos, as they seemed to him to be focusing on the negative. Ashley protested that she felt she was being realistic, not pessimistic. She suddenly became nauseous, and Brad rushed to get medication for her. She said she still wanted to go the wedding and was pleased to not have Brad argue with her about it.

As Christine handled the invitation to the Newman wedding, she decided to ask Michael to escort her. At first, Michael protested, pointing out that he wouldn't likely be welcome and that people might get the wrong idea if they saw them together. She ignored his protests and convinced him to go with her. Meanwhile, while Isabella and Paul were getting dressed for the nuptials, she asked him how he would feel about potentially seeing Christine. Mildly irritated, Paul told Isabella he felt much more negative about the fact that Christine was close to Michael because he didn't trust Michael.

Christine and Michael, and Isabella and Paul ended up arriving at the wedding at almost the exact same moment, and while Christine was off taking a phone call, Paul took the opportunity to confront Michael. He asked why Michael was there but didn't get a chance to say much more before Christine returned. Highly annoyed, she told Paul to mind his own business and to leave her alone.

Jack confronted Diane about her new petition to not allow Phyllis to be alone with Kyle. Visibly angry, he told her she should have at least discussed it with him before making such a harsh decision. Diane defended herself by telling Jack that there was a side of Phyllis he didn't know, and Diane was afraid of her. She also told him that if she witnessed a change in her concerns about Phyllis, she would change the petition. Jack insisted there was no proof Phyllis would hurt Kyle, and Diane reminded him of Phyllis' violent tendencies. They agreed to disagree, and Diane went back to the pool house to get Kyle ready to go to the wedding.

Victor received a barrage of phone calls at the penthouse. The first was from his ex-wife Julia, wishing him well on his wedding. The next call was from Lorie Brooks, apologizing for her behavior and also wishing him well. She asked him if he was certain about his decision, and when he told her he was, she backed off. They ended the conversation with Victor telling her he held no ill will toward her.

Victor's last phone call was from Neil, who told Victor he had seen the news of the wedding in the paper. He also told Victor he was in rehab, working on his problem, and that he planned to turn his life around. Victor was genuinely glad to hear from Neil and told him to keep in close contact. Upon hanging up with Neil, the phone rang again -- it was the doorman telling him a courier was on his way up. It was a telegram from Hope, another ex-wife, congratulating him on his big day.

Sharon sat around the living room, wondering if Nick would ever forgive her, when Cassie came in to show her mother her dress for the wedding. Sharon encouraged her to go up to the main house, and Cassie went up to Nikki's dressing room, where Nikki and Katherine were having a sentimental conversation. Nikki asked Cassie where Sharon and Victoria were, becoming concerned about the late hour. Sharon was still in her living room, crying, when Victoria and Nick both walked in to confront her.

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Larry saw Diego at Crimson Lights and asked him about his black eye and bruised face. Diego diverted him by telling him the news about Raul's car wreck and physical condition. Larry offered any kind of help that might be needed because he thought Raul was a good kid. Diego said if that was the only disaster of his life, it might be manageable. After more questioning from Larry, he admitted that he'd done an idiotic thing that had caught up with him, perhaps costing him his relationship with a girl who was special to him.

When Diego said that he just felt like hitting the road, Larry told him that he couldn't do that because of Raul, and Diego agreed. After talking some more, Larry was encouraged to hear that Diego wasn't giving up hope and was going to try to make things right with the woman he cared about because they were incredible together. After Larry left, Diego wondered aloud how he could make everything up to Victoria.

Sharon was dismayed to see Victoria and Nick at the door. The more she tried to convince Victoria to leave so she and Nick could talk privately, the angrier both Newman siblings became. Nick reminded her of how holier-than-thou she had been when he'd been unfaithful to her, but it seemed she wasn't perfect anymore. She needed to endure some of the same treatment she'd given him when she'd made him crawl to her for forgiveness. He lashed out at her verbally for what she'd done with Diego and all her lies afterward, refusing to hear any explanations, while Victoria watched.

When Nick was interrupted by a phone call from his father, demanding to know where his best man was, Nick grabbed his tux and prepared to meet Victor at the Colonnade Room. Sharon expressed her disbelief that he expected her to go to the wedding and pretend nothing was wrong. Nick told her she needed to get it together, because nothing was going to spoil the day for his parents. He said they were all going to put on the best show of their lives.

After Nick left, Victoria expressed her anger to Sharon. Sharon told her that she took full responsibility for the mistake she had made. She said it had been a confusing time, full of pain, and she'd acted like she'd been obsessed by turning to Diego for support and comfort. However, she insisted that it had only happened once, before she and Nick had reconciled, and nothing had happened between her and Diego since. Victoria wasn't buying it, reminding Sharon that she hadn't acted normally anytime Diego had been around or his name had come up. She then repeated Nick's threat that Sharon had better get it together and not ruin Victor and Nikki's wedding day.

Nikki and Victor spoke briefly on the phone, excited that their big day had arrived. While consultants helped her get ready, Nikki showed Cassie the earrings her sister Casey had sent because she couldn't be at the wedding. Just as she began to get really worried because Victoria and Sharon hadn't shown up, Victoria walked in, agreeing with Cassie that Nikki looked beautiful. Nikki told her that Douglas Austin had called with congratulations. Victoria told them that Sharon had a couple of things to do, so they should all leave for the Colonnade Room and meet her there. Cassie and Noah would be going with them.

Jack worried to his father that he couldn't find Phyllis, explaining that she and Diane had had another run-in, and Phyllis had left, furious. As they talked, someone wearing gloves was placing a can of turpentine next to the pool house. Later, in the pool house, Diane assured Kyle that they would be starting a new life soon.

Phyllis arrived at home and exchanged a terse conversation with Jack. She was tired of him always falling for Diane's tricks. He assured her that he'd already put in a call to John Silva to deal with the petition that Diane's attorney had filed. Phyllis went upstairs to get ready. When she returned later, Diane hobbled in with Kyle. Diane took a look at Phyllis' revealing red dress and sarcastically referred to it as "tasteful." Phyllis, equally sarcastic, said she was glad Diane liked it. After asking Diane if she trusted her to take Kyle upstairs to Jack, Phyllis did so.

When Phyllis returned, Diane was still there, saying she had an idea Phyllis wanted to talk to her. Phyllis warned Diane that she didn't know who she was dealing with; when Phyllis was pushed, she would push back. Diane asked if that was a threat. Phyllis assured her that it was a promise. Jack descended the stairs, and Diane told him that Phyllis had threatened her again. Jack attempted to make peace. Diane suggested that since they would be home late, she would leave a bag with Mrs. Martinez, so Kyle could stay with them overnight. As for herself, she'd been having nightmares so she intended to take a sleeping pill and get some rest. Phyllis assured her they would give her regards to the Newmans, and Diane sweetly told her to do that.

Olivia was surprised to hear the angry undertone in Brad's exchange with Ashley at the Colonnade Room. When Ashley excused herself to the restroom, Brad explained that she'd been feeling ill all day. He didn't think she should be at the wedding, but when it came to Victor, Ashley wouldn't hear reason. Olivia chided him for being jealous. Brad assured her that he knew Ashley loved him and was committed to their marriage.

Leaving the restroom, Ashley saw Victor enter. She tried to dodge him, but he called her name. They spoke briefly. He told her how beautiful she was, because he didn't see the wig but the whole picture. She thanked him and wished him well. He expressed concern that she might not be feeling up to the wedding, but she assured him she was fine. After they parted, she ran into Jack, who was talking to Isabella and Paul. When the couple left them alone with Kyle, Jack admitted that he was feeling besieged by the situation with Phyllis and Diane. After offering Jack her support, Ashley went to Brad and confessed that he was right. She shouldn't have gone because she wasn't feeling well. She asked Brad to take her home.

Paul taunted Michael for being at the wedding, saying if he were Christine, he'd run screaming from the Colonnade Room. Michael assured him that Christine was working on a hot case, so she kept being called to the phone, but each time she returned, she always returned to him. Paul said he couldn't figure out why, and Michael said that didn't surprise him, since Paul was completely clueless.

Later, Michael got dragged into a remote corner by Phyllis, who was furious about the petition Diane had filed to keep her from being alone with Kyle. Michael disclaimed all knowledge of it, telling Phyllis he would never have advised it. He said that what he really wanted was for Phyllis and Diane to make peace and to keep him out of it. Phyllis felt betrayed by him and called him spineless. She said that she felt like she was going crazy.

Isabella overheard Michael and Phyllis talking and called Diane. She'd been surprised to see Kyle with Phyllis and Jack, wondering why Diane had gone along with it. Diane said she had her reasons and asked how Kyle was doing. Isabella said that Kyle was fine, but Phyllis didn't look very happy. Diane said she thought Phyllis was a threat -- not only to Kyle, but also to her. As she expressed her fears, the can of turpentine was shown outside the pool house. Later, Isabella and Michael passed each other. He told her to muzzle her husband. She warned him to stay out of Paul's way, or he'd regret it.

Nikki told Victoria how beautiful she looked in her matron of honor dress. She kept fretting because Sharon wasn't there yet. They both seemed relieved when Sharon walked in, her hair and makeup done, carrying her dress. While she got ready, Victoria left. Nikki wondered why Sharon didn't seem like herself, and Sharon said she was all thumbs. Nikki said she'd been afraid, since both Victoria and Sharon had been missing earlier, that there had been some problem because of the strain that had existed between them recently. Sharon assured her that no one would do anything to mar Nikki and Victor's wedding day.

Victor was equally concerned about Nick, who seemed to be juggling too much as he was getting into his tux. He demanded to know what was wrong with him. Nick said that everything was fine. Nick told Victor how happy he was that Victor and Nikki were remarrying. They were interrupted by Victoria.

Nick went to see his mother, asking Sharon to leave them alone. Nikki asked her son if Sharon was okay. He said that she just had stage fright because it was such a big day for them -- for all their family. Nikki hugged him and told him that he and Sharon couldn't have given her and Victor a better wedding present than the promise of another grandchild. Nick struggled to keep his composure for his parents' sake.

Victoria was very emotional as she helped her father with his tie. When Victor said that he was happy to hear about her and Diego, Victoria's eyes filled with tears. She suggested that they keep their focus on Victor and Nikki, saying that they were making all her dreams come true by remarrying. When Victor asked if hers were tears of joy, she nodded yes, then hugged him, her face full of hurt about the discovery that Diego and Sharon had lied about having sex.

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Thursday, September 5, 2002

At the hospital, Mac talked to Raul about college -- she was nervous about it, and he decided to assume the worst so that he wouldn't be disappointed if he never ended up walking again. She mentioned what Brittany had done to him and wished that she could have prevented it. He told her that she couldn't have changed anything -- he was in love with Brittany, and no matter what had happened, he still loved her in his heart. Soon, Brittany arrived at the door, and Mac tried to kick her out. She sat down at Raul's bedside and told him that she loved him and how awful she felt. She was trying to get some response from him when the doctor asked the girls to leave. He tried to see if Raul had any feeling in his feet, to no avail. Raul strained, though, and was able to move one of his toes.

At the Colonnade Room, a tuxedo-clad Victor prepared for his wedding to Nikki. Victoria told him that he was looking good, and she asked if he was nervous. He replied that he was steady as a rock, but he voiced concern about what was bothering her brother. Victoria fibbed that she didn't know, and Victor figured that it was just his imagination. Victoria squirmed.

In the bridal suite, Nikki adjusted Nick's tie and squealed that she had to pinch herself. He assumed that she was excited for the wedding, but she also referred to his and Sharon's plans for their bundle of joy. Nick hid his discomfort. Cassie arrived at the door, and Nikki welcomed her junior bridesmaid. Nick gushed that Cassie looked great, and he requested that she give her old man a hug. They embraced, but she protested that it would mess up her dress. He apologized and assured her that she looked beautiful.

Sharon tried to regain her composure in the corridor. Victoria approached and ordered her to get it together, and Sharon swore that she was trying. Victoria suggested that they go see if Nikki needed help, but Sharon was sure that Victoria could handle it on her own. Victoria reported that her father was picking up on some strange vibes, and she didn't want Nikki doing the same thing. Victoria argued that it would look weird if Sharon wasn't there, and she warned that Sharon "sure as hell better not blow this." Victoria grabbed Sharon's arm and led her away.

Victoria and Sharon arrived at the bridal suite, and Nick prepared to take off to let the ladies finish getting ready. He told Nikki that he'd see her at the end of the aisle, and he wordlessly passed by Sharon on his way out. Nikki gushed about how much it meant to have her beautiful girls by her side, and Cassie chirped that they had presents. Victoria explained that they had to keep up with tradition, and Nikki joked that she was the "something old."

Cassie noted that Nikki's wedding dress was new, and she presented Nikki with "something borrowed" -- the handkerchief Sharon had carried when she'd married Nick. Sharon looked uncomfortable as Nikki fawned over it. Victoria handed Nikki an old photo of Nikki and Victor from when they'd first gotten married. Victoria prompted a distracted Sharon to go next, and Sharon was embarrassed to realize that she'd forgotten the "something blue."

Cassie brightly observed that the handkerchief had blue flowers, and Nikki thought that counted. Cassie sensed that her mother's mind had been on other things. Nikki thanked them for making her special day even more special, and she said she loved them all. Sharon abruptly excused herself, but Victoria questioned where she was going. Sharon promised that she'd be back before the ceremony started, and she quickly exited. She reeled outside the door.

Meanwhile, Ashley told Brad that she wasn't feeling well and needed to go home. He offered to take her, but she insisted on taking a cab. He protested, but she preferred that he stay. He pointed out that he didn't want to be there, but she was adamant about wanting to be alone. She asked him to try to understand, but he pressed to know why she didn't want him to drive her. Ashley ordered him to stop pushing.

Olivia approached and volunteered to take Ashley home. Olivia was confident that she'd be back in plenty of time for the ceremony, and Ashley accepted. Brad scowled. A short time later, Olivia helped Ashley out of the bathroom and instructed her to sit down for a minute to see if the nausea passed.

Nikki cautiously peered outside the bridal suite door and crept into the corridor. She was horrified when Victor appeared, and she cried that he wasn't supposed to see her. He figured that she was still in her robe, so it didn't matter. She mentioned that she was looking for the wedding planner, and she complained about how easy it was for men to get ready.

Noah joined his grandparents and exclaimed that the wedding was about to start. Victor scooped Noah up in his arms and applauded the boy for keeping them on their toes, and Nikki retreated to the bridal suite. From a distance, Ashley sadly watched Victor happily interacting with Noah. Olivia asked if Ashley was okay, and Ashley claimed that she'd just spaced out a bit. Ashley insisted that they leave.

Later, John asked Brad where Ashley was, since she'd seemingly disappeared. Brad revealed that she hadn't been feeling well, so she'd gone home. John lectured that Brad should have gone with her, but Brad relayed that Ashley had refused to let him leave the wedding. He added that Olivia had driven Ashley, and he was sure Ashley would be fine with her doctor. John coolly stated that Brad was Ashley's husband, and he hoped Brad hadn't forgotten that. John walked off.

Olivia escorted Ashley home, and Ashley encouraged Olivia to go back to the ceremony. The nanny entered with Abby and wondered why Ashley was back that soon. Ashley explained that she'd put in an appearance, but she'd wanted to get back to her baby. Ashley took Abby into her arms and told the nanny that she could handle it from there. The nanny departed.

Olivia offered to make some tea and toast to settle Ashley's stomach. Ashley swore that her medication was kicking in and that she felt better just being home. Olivia questioned what had been going on with Ashley when she'd been looking at Victor and Noah, and Ashley said they'd looked cute together. Ashley pressed Olivia to go in case the bride fainted and needed a doctor.

At the wedding, Lynne told Christine that she looked fabulous, and Christine returned the compliment. Christine glanced over at Paul and observed that he seemed upset that she was there. Lynne confirmed that it wasn't about Christine, and Christine recognized that it was about Michael. Christine griped that Paul was having a hard time minding his own business that evening.

The guests mingled. Christine told Michael to relax, since he wasn't the one getting married. He appreciated her inviting him, but he grumbled that it hadn't been one of her better ideas. He added that he felt as welcome as a fox in a henhouse, but she insisted that they would have fun. Christine eyed Paul and Isabella as they took their seats.

Jack found Phyllis after taking Kyle to the sitter; she was in the process of gobbling down food and finishing off a glass of Champagne in one gulp. He wondered why she was so antsy and said, "Don't worry, it will be over soon." She looked surprised and asked, "What will be over?" He answered, "The wedding, of course! Now, let's go sit down." It was obvious that Phyllis' mind was elsewhere.

Victor, Nick, and the priest took their places. Nick beamed proudly as Noah walked down the aisle with the rings, and Cassie followed. Sharon appeared, and Nick's expression darkened. Sharon solemnly marched down the aisle, and Victoria proceeded behind her. The wedding march played, and the guests stood up. Nikki emerged in a flowing white gown, its train trailing after her. Victor and Nick smiled as she headed down the aisle toward them. Nikki handed her bouquet to Victoria and faced Victor, who lovingly gazed at Nikki as tears of joy welled in her eyes.

Olivia returned to the wedding, and Brad was glad that she'd made it back in time. He inquired about Ashley, and Olivia assured him that his wife was fine. He wished that Ashley had let him take her home, but Olivia argued that Ashley hadn't wanted him to miss the wedding. Brad muttered that Ashley knew it was one event he wouldn't mind missing, but Olivia urged him to make the best of it. Brad said he'd catch up with Olivia later.

The ceremony began, and the priest recalled that many of the guests had gathered in the same place to share Nikki and Victor's happiness at their first wedding years earlier. The priest revealed that he'd again been asked to preside over the momentous occasion of celebrating the couple's enduring love. He asked if Nikki and Victor were ready to begin their life journey again with renewed faith, commitment, and love, and they responded that they were.

Nikki declared that she loved Victor with all her heart. She wanted him to share her life and promised to be his wife, lover, and friend. She envisioned walking with him hand in hand through the sunshine and the rain, sharing his joys and his sorrows. She offered him her fragile heart and trusted him to cherish it. Nikki continued that above all, she would love him forever.

Victor recalled his humble beginnings. He considered the life he'd created for himself to be beyond his wildest dreams, but he'd learned that none of it meant anything without Nikki at his side. He prepared to once again embark upon a journey to share their lives together. He vowed to protect her and love her as he'd loved no other. He noted that they had been there before and failed, but he promised that they would make it work that time.

The priest guided Victor and Nikki through the exchanging of rings and pronounced them husband and wife. The priest instructed Victor to kiss the bride, and Victor happily obliged as white rose petals fell from the ceiling. The guests smiled and applauded.

At home, Ashley set up a video camera next to the playpen in Abby's bedroom. Ashley cooed to the girl, who nursed a bottle. Ashley took a seat and smiled at Abby before she started recording. Ashley looked into the camera and greeted Abby, who gurgled happily in the background. Ashley said she had something to tell Abby that she couldn't keep to herself any longer.

Ashley hoped Abby would one day feel Ashley's arms around her and know how much Ashley had loved her. Ashley advised that what she was about to say to Abby was very important, and it was something no one else knew. Ashley whimpered that she'd kept it a secret, but it was time for Abby to know, too. Ashley reiterated that it had given her great joy to have a child, and she'd realized at a certain point that she wouldn't have been fulfilled unless that had happened.

Ashley continued that having no man in her life at the time had been a problem. She hadn't known that she would marry an incredible man who would turn out to be the perfect father, so she'd decided to have a child on her own and raise that child as a single parent. Ashley added that she'd never doubted that decision because Abby was the light of her life.

Ashley admitted that she'd never told Abby's biological father the truth about Abby being his child, since Ashley hadn't wanted to make him feel responsible. Ashley accepted that Abby might want to know the truth one day, and she tearfully recognized that she might not be around when Abby was old enough to understand. Ashley recognized that if something happened to her, there would be no one else to tell Abby the truth. Ashley wanted Abby to know, and whatever Abby wanted to do with the information was up to her.

Ashley contended that Abby would always have a wonderful father in Brad, who had been and always would be a loving dad, but she knew that Abby might also want or need to know whose blood ran through her veins. Downstairs, Brad returned home and called out for Ashley, but he received no response. He started to head up the stairs as Ashley sobbed that she hoped she was making the right decision by telling Abby the truth. "Your biological father is Victor Newman," Ashley revealed.

Later, during a musical montage, Victor and Nikki shared a dance as Ashley stared out the window. Ashley fantasized about her and Victor cuddling with Abby. Sharon looked down at the wedding ring on her finger with tears in her eyes, while Nick glowered at her. Victor and Nikki exchanged words of love and kissed.

In the honeymoon suite, Victor mused that he'd never seen a woman more beautiful than Nikki. She replied that he made her feel beautiful, and she could hardly believe that they were husband and wife again. Victor marveled that it sometimes felt like they'd never been apart, and Nikki vowed that they never would be again. He believed some people thought it was their destiny to be together, and she agreed.

Victor led Nikki to sit down in front of an elaborate feast that had been spread out on a table. He opened a bottle of sparkling water to make a toast, but she encouraged him to indulge in something stronger if he wished. He swore that he didn't need anything stronger, since he expected the rest of the night to be very intoxicating. He toasted to them, adding, "May we live happily ever after."

Victor and Nikki sipped their drinks. He took her glass from her and handed her a gift box with a bow. She found a photo album inside, labeled as a gift for their wedding day in celebration of their lifetime of love. She gasped as she flipped through the photos, starting with some from her days as a stripper. In a series of flashbacks, Victor and Nikki reflected back on many playful, romantic, and tender moments during their tenure as a couple, ending with their wedding ceremony that day.

Friday, September 6, 2002

Due to coverage of the US Open tennis tournament, all CBS soaps were preempted this day. The breaks were planned for in the storyline development, and there were no "lost" episodes. Broadcasting resumed on Monday where Thursday's shows concluded.

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