Victor won his divorce from Diane by agreeing to award her a seat on the board of Newman Enterprises. To celebrate his freedom, Victor surprised Nikki with a romantic getaway to a tropical isle. During his absence, Jack and Brad moved to seize control of the company. Nick sent a message to Victor suggesting he return home immediately. Thanks to Jack and Brad’s trickery, the Newman jet was unavailable. Victor arranged a commercial flight for Nikki, while he boarded a small plane. But before the plane could reach the nearest airport, it crashed in the New Mexico Mountains. The pilot died and Victor was found unconscious by a stranger named Chet. He helped Victor recover from his wounds. But when Chet learned his patient’s identity, he held him hostage. Chet explained that he was angry at Victor for the devastation he wrought by taking over his dad’s small company. Back in Genoa City, Jack and Brad won enough board votes to be named the new CEOs of Newman Enterprises. Meanwhile, Chet’s girlfriend, Ramona tried to help Victor win his freedom. When Chet discovered Ramona’s betrayal, he held them both hostage. Eventually, Victor and Ramona were able to free themselves. But before they could completely escape from the remote mountain, Chet found them. In a fight, Chet fell to his death. Victor returned to Genoa City and struggled to reclaim his company. When Nikki learned about Ramona, she wondered if Victor’s absence was because of an affair. Jack agreed to step down as CEO, provided Victor return Jabot to the Abbotts. Victor agreed to sell the company back, but retained a promissory note on the company. With Jabot back in the hands of the Abbotts, Jack returned to Genoa City. Mamie also returned. Once Victor had his company back, Nikki announced she wanted another baby. Victor thought Nikki was merely feeling insecure about their marriage and refused. Besides, Victor pointed out, he had a vasectomy. But Nikki countered it could be reversed. Unknown to Victor, Diane –with Brad’s help –obtained a sample of Victor’s little swimmers from a sperm bank. Fed up with the role other women played in Victor’s life, Nikki slept with Brad while on a Christmas getaway.
Fearful of Alice’s interest in Cassie, Sharon filed for legal custody. Meanwhile, Michael Baldwin agreed to represent Alice in the custody battle. He soon won an important victory for Alice when the judge agreed that she could have unsupervised visits with her adopted daughter. To create a picture of domestic blissfulness, Nick moved back home, but slept on the couch. While Al was on the stand testifying for Alice, Chris exposed him as a child molester. Distraught, Alice severed ties with Al. Later, Al contacted Nick, claiming to have info about Millie’s whereabouts and tried to extort money. But when Al accepted the money, he was arrested. Soon after, Michael learned from Grace about her one-night stand with Nick. Later, when Nick was on the stand, Michael questioned him about the indiscretion. Nick’s passionate plea on Sharon’s behalf, helped them to reconcile. During the trial’s final stages, Chris and Paul succeeded in finding Millie, who recommended that Sharon be granted custody. But before the judge made his decision, Alice did an about-face and said that Cassie would be better off with her natural mother. With the trial over, Sharon helped Millie and Alice heal the rift in their relationship.
Nick and Sharon were disheartened to learn that Crimson Lights would be closing. The coffeehouse held special meaning for the couple because it was where they first met, and the setting for Nick’s wedding proposal. They stopped the closing by assuming ownership and management of the establishment. The decision angered Victor, who didn’t want Nick distracted from his work at Newman Enterprises.
Chris and Paul hoped to start a family, but Chris was unable to get pregnant. Drained from Cassie’s court trial, Chris accepted an invitation from Victor to attend an out-of-town, three-month corporate symposium. When Chris returned, she was tormented by a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction with her life.
Thanks to Chris and Paul, Mary was reunited with her missing-husband, Carl. Though Carl still suffered from amnesia, Mary broke up with Charlie. Eventually, Mary accepted that Carl’s memory would never be restored completely. He left town to resume his life with Ruth in Norfolk.
The stress of Callie’s continued presence in Malcolm’s life took its toll. Malcolm and Olivia agreed to divorce. Meanwhile, Malcolm wondered if Neil and Olivia were having an affair. By year’s end, Malcolm proposed to Callie and she accepted. Callie neglected to tell Malcolm that she was already married to her former manager, Trey.
Tricia discarded her birth control pills and got pregnant. The news was upsetting to Ryan, who was temporarily unemployed when Jack and Brad ran Newman Enterprises. Shortly after his job was restored by Victor, Ryan accepted the pregnancy and looked forward to being a dad. But Tricia miscarried and slipped into a depression.
Tony returned to Genoa City and began a relationship with Megan. While they were on a trip, transporting a car for Tony’s boss, Tony and Megan were arrested and charged with vehicle theft. Eventually, the charges were dropped. Tricia, who disapproved of Tony, enlisted Grace’s help in undermining the relationship.
In Spain, Ashley reconnected with her step-brother, Rafael, an art forger. Ashley returned to Genoa City and Cole. Meanwhile, a snoopy Victoria arranged for Rafael to spend time in Genoa City, with the intention of breaking up Ashley and Cole’s marriage. Restless for his life in Spain, Rafael left town. Meanwhile, Cole felt neglected by Ashley because of her all-consuming interest in Jabot. When Ashley finally realized how troubled her marriage was, she suggested to Cole that they have a baby. But Cole nixed it. Instead, he accepted a teaching position at Oxford and made plans to divorce Ashley.
Per a judge’s ruling, Katherine and Jill were awarded joint custody of the Chancellor mansion. Katherine was so rankled by Jill’s constant games that she disappeared. Eventually, Katherine re-surfaced at a homeless shelter, where she became acquainted with a teenage runaway, MacKenzie. Before long, Katherine made the startling discovery that the girl was her granddaughter. Katherine returned home, and brought Mac with her. With Paul’s help, Katherine tried to locate her estranged-son, Brock, who was doing missionary work in India. When Brock returned home, Katherine introduced him to his daughter.
Jill was thrilled when Billy returned for a visit. But Billy resented his mother because she spent little time with him as a boy. When John returned to Genoa City, he tried to improve relations between mother and son. Unknown to Jill and John, Billy was developing a reliance on alcohol. When Billy’s best friend, Raul, expressed interest in Mac, Billy suddenly saw her appeal.
When Brett suggested that he and Nina live together, she felt the relationship wasn’t going anywhere for her and ended it. After Nina finished her novel, she developed a friendship with a successful author, Tomas. When Jack ended his affair with Phyllis, she returned to New York City. Later, Jack slept with Leanna Love. Hurt by Michael’s betrayal, and Tony’s lack of romantic interest in her, Grace left town.