Shawn Garrett forced a pregnant Lauren to divorce Paul Williams and move in with him by threatening to have Paul killed by a professional hit man. After moving in with Shawn, Lauren tried to contact Paul and let him know she still loved him. However, Shawn watched Lauren too closely to allow her to make any contact with her former husband. Lauren finally agreed to tour Japan with Shawn by her side. Initially, Shawn thought that Lauren was thrilled with touring Japan together. However, he discovered that Lauren was repulsed by him and was only trying to keep Paul alive. Angered, Shawn arranged to bury Lauren alive in San Francisco.
To locate Lauren, Paul and Andy sought the help of Tamra, a psychic friend of Lauren’s. Tamra used her psychic powers and discovered Lauren’s whereabouts. When Paul and Andy rescued Lauren, Shawn was killed in a fury of gunfire. Sadly, the ordeal caused Lauren to miscarry. At first, Paul had a difficult time accepting Lauren’s bizarre explanation for divorcing him, but after weighing the facts, Paul decided that she was telling the truth and they reconciled.
Bored with being a housewife, Lauren persuaded Paul to let her join his investigation agency as a private eye. Lauren also submitted a nude photo of her husband, with his knowledge, to a contest being held by a women’s magazine. Paul’s entry won and his photo soon appeared as a centerfold. When Paul discovered the truth, thanks to a church friend of his mom’s, he attempted to buy every available copy of the magazine and destroy them. He was also infuriated with Lauren.
Andy Richards and Diane divorced. Soon after, Andy fell in love with the mysterious Faren, a singer. Although Andy was anxious to have a relationship with Faren, she refused to make any commitments and was reluctant to discuss her past. Eventually, Faren confessed to Andy that she had lost her memory and had no recollection of her real identity. Andy accepted Faren’s story, but Lauren was suspicious. Thanks to Lauren’s suspicions, Faren underwent a battery of medical tests, but they proved inconclusive.
While Lauren encouraged a disappointed Diane to reconcile with Andy, he was only interested in having a friendship with his ex-wife. Soon after, Andy and Faren married, with Lauren’s grudging acceptance. After their honeymoon, a man showed up on Lauren’s doorstep, claiming to be Faren’s husband.
Traci Abbott was elated when Brad Carlton, the Abbotts’ sexy young gardener, asked her on a date. But Jack Abbott suspected that Brad was only interested in romancing Traci because of her link to the Abbott fortune. Despite Jack’s suspicions, Brad succeeded in landing a job at Jabot. With Traci’s assistance and encouragement, Brad excelled at his new job and won John’s approval. Soon after, Traci and Brad married. To Jack’s disappointment, Brad’s future at Jabot was made solid when he married Traci.
Cricket Blair befriended two pregnant teenage runaways, Mollie and Nina. With Danny Romalotti’s help, Cricket orchestrated a reunion between Mollie and her mom. Nina, however, wasn’t as fortunate. She lost her baby to Rose DeVille, who operated a black market baby ring. Danny and Cricket agreed to help Nina locate the people who had adopted her baby boy.
As Ashley Abbott’s romance with Victor Newman escalated, Nikki looked for ways to end her ex-husband’s relationship. When it became clear that Victor intended to marry Ashley, Nikki turned to Jack Abbott for emotional comfort, but he wasn’t interested in resuming their romance.
Victor encouraged his brother, Matt, to romance Nikki, so that his daughter Victoria would have a man in her life. However, Victor’s feelings for Nikki changed when he learned from her sister, Casey, that Nikki was suffering from a potentially terminal illness. In order to insure that Nikki’s last days were happy, Victor reconciled with her. Meanwhile, Ashley discovered that she was pregnant with Victor’s baby. Just as she was about to break the news to Victor, she accidentally heard him and Casey discussing Nikki’s health. With Victor and Nikki back together, Ashley found herself alone. Realizing the dilemma that Ashley was in, as an unwed mother, Matt volunteered to marry her.
John Abbott discovered that his son, Jack, was the man in the photos with his wife, Jill. He ordered Jack to move out. But Jill won partial control of John’s company, Jabot, as part of her hefty divorce settlement from John, after she threatened to expose to the press John’s reason for divorcing her.
Shunned by his family, and out of a job, Jack blamed Jill as the source for all of his problems. When Jill was shot in her bathroom, she accused Jack of pulling the trigger. Rather than create more hurt for his father by having his affair to Jill made public, Jack confessed to shooting Jill. He was sentenced to work during the day in a shelter for homeless people, while spending his evenings in prison. Eventually, Jack fell in love with Ellen Winters who ran the shelter. But Ellen ended their romance because she felt that Jack deserved someone more worldly and sophisticated.
Meanwhile, the culprit who shot Jill was still at large. Eventually, Jill discovered that Sven, her former masseur, had tried to kill her. Sven kidnapped Jill and locked her in a refrigerated meat locker, where he left her to die. Fortunately, Jill was rescued by Jack and Carl Williams. Soon after, Jack was released from prison.
After spending several years in a Swiss boarding school, Jill’s teenage son, Phillip, resurfaced in Genoa City for the summer. Rather than see his mother, Phillip moved in with Katherine Chancellor, who was welcomed his company. Katherine persuaded Phillip to enroll in a nearby school and he even agreed to take his father’s last name, Chancellor.