After a spiteful Alison revealed that Victor Newman was the true father of Nikki’s baby, Nikki’s husband, Kevin, left town. Meanwhile, Nikki continued to be in the dark about the real paternity of her daughter. Rick Daros proposed marriage to Nikki. Instead, Nikki suggested that they live together and Rick agreed. However, after Nikki moved in with Rick, he underwent a character transformation and became obsessed with her. It was soon discovered that Rick’s tyrannical jealousy drove him to murder his first wife, Melissa. Rick kidnapped Nikki and dragged her to St. Croix, a small island in the Pacific. Victor, Andy and Paul realized that Nikki’s life was in danger. They trailed her to the small island and rescued her.
Soon after, Nikki discovered that Victor was Victoria’s father, and Nikki fell in love with Victor again. Eventually, they made plans to marry, but the ceremony came close to being destroyed by Eve Howard, who had escaped the loony bin. Fortunately, Eve was recaptured, and the couple exchanged vows. After they became husband and wife, Nikki arranged for Victor to be reunited with his mother, Cora Miller. But the reconciliation was brief. Cora soon died from a terminal illness. Meanwhile, Victor lent emotional support to his pal, Douglas Austin, who was pursuing a hooker named Boobsie Calwell.
Before Victor’s reconciliation with Nikki, he became briefly involved with his ex-wife Julia. The affair was short-lived. After a one-night encounter with Eric Garrison, Julia discovered that she was pregnant. She prematurely gave birth to a baby daughter. Eric didn’t know that he was the infant’s dad and he continued to be interested in Ashley Abbott. Meanwhile, Victor learned the truth about the paternity of Julia’s baby, but he stayed silent.
Soon after, Jack Abbott divorced Patty, and he fought with his sister, Ashley, for control of Jabot. Jack’s personal life was also in shambles. His lover, Diane Jenkins, accepted a marriage proposal from Andy Richards. Jack’s turned to his young step-mom, Jill Foster Abbott, for sexual comfort. Jill, however, was so jealous of Jack’s lingering feelings for Diane that she constantly fought with him. Anxious to patch things up with Jill, Jack followed her to a remote cabin. During a heavy snowstorm, they were temporarily stranded. Their lovemaking at the cabin was captured on film by Lindsay Wells, a former lover of Jack’s. Lindsay blackmailed Jill and Jack. And Jill discovered that she was pregnant, but she miscarried. John Abbott was so irate by his wife’s behavior that he resumed seeing his first wife, Dina.
In order to obtain the incriminating photos that Lindsay took, Jack arranged to marry her in a fake ceremony. But Lindsay discovered Jack’s scheme and sold the photos to Katherine Chancellor. Jill was so worried that Katherine would share the photos with her husband, John, that she vowed to finally destroy her longtime nemesis.
Ashley stopped seeing Eric Garrison and fell for Marc Mergeron, who turned out to be her mother’s stepson. But Ashley eventually broke it off with Marc because he was too dominating. Marc became briefly involved with Jill. And Victor decided to take advantage of the tension between the Abbotts.
Paul Williams fell for Lauren Fenmore after he caught her shoplifting. Their romance caused Lauren to lose interest in Danny. Paul and Lauren married, but Lauren continued to perform with Danny Romalotti’s rock band. After the marriage, Lauren befriended Shawn Garrett, who introduced himself to her as her biggest fan.
Dina Abbott Mergerson’s former lover, Brent Davis, returned to Genoa City.
Traci Abbott recovered from her diet pill addiction. Soon after, she fell in love with her college instructor, Tim Sullivan. She became pregnant, but when she decided to break the news to Tim, she found him in bed with another woman. Feeling distraught and alone, Traci attempted suicide. Traci’s life was saved by Cricket Blair, a teen model. Traci’s friend, Danny, agreed to marry her so that the baby would be legitimate. The marriage upset Patty, who had fallen for Danny. Worried that Danny would eventually develop feelings for Traci, Patty left town. Meanwhile, Tim discovered that Traci was pregnant and tried to reconcile with her.
Amy Lewis developed a friendship with Jazz Jackson, much to the disapproval of her dad. When Jazz’s brother, Tyrone, arrived in Genoa City, Amy immediately found herself attracted to the young, black law school student. The mob, who was anxious to have Jazz working for them again, utilized a devious scheme that endangered both Tyrone’s and Jazz’s lives.