Nikki resumed stripping at The Bayou, which was hurting for business. Her husband, Kevin was outraged, but Nikki continued stripping. Fed up with the tension in her marriage, Nikki turned to Rick Daros. While Kevin and Nikki were in the midst of divorce proceedings, Kevin befriended Julia. Kevin’s mom, Alison, arranged to have Nikki’s striptease act photographed and spliced into a porn film, hoping that it would cause Nikki to lose custody of Victoria at the divorce hearing.
Jill scheme to steal her husband John’s money included bugging Jack’s office. When Jack was in the midst of an intimate encounter with Diana, Jill phoned his pregnant wife, Patti, and suggested that she pay a surprise visit to her husband at work. Patti saw Jack and Diana making love. She was so distraught that she rushed out of the office and collapsed. Patti was rushed to the hospital, where she miscarried. Jack’s dirty deeds continued when he tried to replace Ashley’s boyfriend, Brian, at Jabot with Eric Garrison. Later, Ashley and Jack were stunned to discover that the mystery woman who was trying to buy Jabot was their mother, Dina. After Patti recovered from her miscarriage, Jack resumed his affair with Diana. When Patti overheard Jack making plans to have a vasectomy, she showed up at his office with a gun and threatened to shoot herself. Instead, Patti got caught up in the heat of the moment and shot Jack. At the hospital, doctors removed two bullets from Jack’s chest. But a third bullet paralyzed him. Meanwhile, Patti wiped the incident from her mind. A subsequent surgery enabled Jack to walk again. During Jack’s absence from Jabot, John appointed Ashley president. She was so good that, when Jack returned to work, John kept Ashley as president.
Consumed with stress because of her faltering marriage, Patti began seeing a therapist. At the therapist’s suggestion, Jack agreed to help reenact the stress that triggered Patti’s blackout. When the reenactment takes place, Patti suddenly recalled that she had shot Jack and her reasons for doing so. Soon after, Patti divorced Jack and left town.
The Abbotts were thrown into turmoil when John suffered a heart attack. However, he recovered. In an effort to keep John interested in their marriage, Jill pretended that she was pregnant. Soon after, she and Jack ended up spending the night at a remote cabin and making love during a snowstorm. A stranger stood outside the cabin’s window, snapping photographs of the couple.
Paul Williams worked to clear his father, Carl, of criminal charges when Carl was set up by the mob, who resented the police detective’s efforts to smash their syndicate. Paul’s involvement with Cindy, a reformed prostitute, also nearly destroyed his family. Paul was forced into hiding by the mob. To lure Paul out, they kidnapped his mom, Mary. Fortunately, Paul and Carl rescued Mary and the mob was put behind bars–with the exception of Tony DiSalvo. The charges against Carl were dropped. Nikki agreed to marry DiSalvo, the mobster who had possession of the steamy flick that Alison had created, when he promised to destroy the tape. Paul and Andy rescued Nikki before the wedding ceremony could take place. DiSalvo was so angry that he tried to shoot Paul, but Cindy shielded Paul’s body and took the bullet instead. Before DiSalvo could fire another shot, Jazz, a friend of Paul’s, shot and killed the mobster.
Nikki’s problems continued when Alison kidnapped Victoria and fled the country. Rick tracked Alison down in England and told her to return Victoria. He revealed that Kevin wasn’t the baby’s father. Victor was. After Rick returned Victoria to Nikki, their relationship picked up steam. Victor watched as their romance continued to grow, but he resisted telling Nikki that he knew he was Victoria’s real father.
Eve and her friend Max concocted a diabolical plot to poison Victor. Julia overheard a smidgen of their plan on the phone and warned Victor that he was in danger. Julia suspected that Eve was involved in the poisoning, and eventually she proved it by having the poison that Eve administered to Victor analyzed. An antidote was found and Victor regained his health. He realized that Eve had tried to poison him so that her son, whom she believed Victor had fathered, could inherit half of his wealth. To punish Eve, Victor pretended to be dead. When Julia confided to Eve that she thought Victor was murdered, and that she wanted to exhume his body for an autopsy, Eve sent Max to the graveyard to dig up the corpse. At the cemetery, Max was so shocked to see Victor alive that he fell against a pitchfork and died. Eve was carted off to the loony bin.
Ashley broke off her romance with Brian and began seeing Eric Garrison, who was also involved with Dina. Eventually, Eric ended his affair with Dina and proposed marriage to Ashley. Dina offered to help with the wedding plans. When Eric’s possessions arrived from Paris, Dina made sure that Ashley saw a portrait of her mother that Eric had painted. On the back was an inscription, ‘All my love, Eric.’ Ashley was mortified to discover that Dina and Eric were lovers.
Ashley’s sister, Traci, struggled to lose weight so that she could win Danny’s heart. But Lauren Fenmore, who was also interested in Danny, did her best to undermine Traci’s confidence. As a last resort, Traci turned to diet pills. While Traci was under the influence of the pills, she had a car accident and was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Lauren was jealous of the concern that Danny showed the seriously injured Traci. At the hospital, Traci went into convulsions.