Still in her blue dress, Sharon's lead into the courtroom - to whine to Leslie about going to prison for a very long time - the only question is; how long?
On the CL's patio, Victor's surprised to find Dr Gibson still in town - and pleased to hear Sam's still in Sher ... Sharon's corner. Have a nice day, Victor continues on his way.
No, Diane hasn't been avoiding Adam - whaddaya want? Calling from his suite - Adam wants help bringing his father down (before she backs out). Seeing Nick arrive at G-worm (with Phyllis), Diane tells Adam to have fun at Sharon's 'going away party' (her trial) ~click~
Diane watching intently, Nick and Phyllis are seated at G-worm. He wonders why she's not covering Sharon's trial. Maybe Phyllis would rather be with Nick. The better question is; why isn't HE there???
Seeing Noah's car outside Jimmy's, Eden stops by to wonder why he's not at his Mom's sentencing. Not really getting an answer, Eden offers her 'company' (and takes a seat).
Sharon! Jack! With a hug, Jack thanks Sharon for putting him on the 'approved list'. Never mind Sharon's guilt over what she put everyone through - Jack worries that she made it so much worse for herself. Tears in her eyes, Sharon knows she'll pay for it - then, turns to lock eyes with Adam.
Over coffee at Jimmy's, Noah tells Eden that he's not at his Mom's trial because she wanted him (and Doris) to avoid the press. Yes - to protect them - but Noah also feels him being there would make it harder for his Mom.
Ignoring his fluffy omlette, Nick explains that Noah's not going to the courthouse either (and declined spending the day together). Agreeing that Noah's disillusioned (that Sharon CHOSE to stay away), Nick will never forgive her the damage she's done to the kids - and then there's poor Doris (who grieved for her daughter for months). Usually 'so quick to forgive Sharon', Nick gripes about the disastrous choices she's made. But though lives have been 'ruined', Nick doesn't want Sharon to go to prison. Of course not, she's innocent, Phyllis agrees - then becomes suspicious. Having worked so hard (and been so sure) how close WAS Adam to exonerating Sharon??
Adam mosey's over to Sharon - who wasn't sure he'd come. Think I'd miss this? Sharon asks for a moment - and once Jack ambles off, knows Adam must have questions - about Sam. Don't worry about me - worry about going to prison, Adam caresses her cheek. Oh, how hard he fought - to find evidence that'd set her free. Yes, harder than anyone, Sharon absolves Adam of any guilt.
Back at G-worm, Phyllis thanks Nick for breakfast - and now it's off to RS (to work on her Adam article). Coming? Nick will 'cruise' by later. Just as well - you'd be a distraction. Tell me, Nick asks for clarification. Phyllis believes Nick's no longer Sharon's knight in shining armour - but, it's still complicated. Remember what we were doing when we found out Sharon was alive? It made me very hot, Phyllis looks Nick in the eye - and right now, she wants to remain business partners - focus on the magazine (and the kids). Cool, they agree - we're adults (and both are glad they had this talk).
After Phyllis leaves, Nick makes a beeline for the teary eyed Diane (who claims she didn't realize he was there). Yeah, right - she's been staring at him and Phyllis for the past half hour. Because you're making a spectacle of yourself - Diane got the memo (that he has no interest in her). Nick reminds that she's the one who torpedoed whatever it was they had goin' on. Yeah - Victor was 'willing to commit' - for 5 minutes - then Diane moved in with psycho boy. Denying having slept with Adam, Diane points out that Nick slept with her AFTER she moved in with Adam. Mentioning the 'ambulance stunt', Nick will indeed leave Diane alone (but the grand jury won't). I get it - you hate me, Diane hisses (an accusation Nick denies).
Sharon might not blame Nick for not being there - but Adam thinks he should 'get over himself' (and be more 'understanding'). As Victor and Sam arrive, Jack informs that Sharon asked to speak privately with Adam. Telling Victor that Billy's just fine, Jack introduces himself to Sam (then nodding at Victor, cautions him on the company he keeps). Looking over (as does Adam) Sharon squirms (as she assumed Sam 'went home'). 'Good luck', Adam takes a seat. Entering, the stern Judge wastes no time listing Sharon's crimes. And when Leslie tries to interrupt, she has no interest in her client's 'excuses' (then sentences her to 25 years - and an additional 5 years for escaping). And just to clarify (and further devastate Sharon) - that's 30 years - no chance of parole.
Concluding that Sharon will be held pending transfer to the penitentiary, the Judge bangs her gavel - hearing adjourned. Jack leans forward (to quietly tell Adam that Sharon's not the only one who should be doing 5 years for her escape). Victor growls at the DA (for prosecuting innocent people - while letting REAL criminals; like Jack, Adam and Diane go free). He 'certainly hopes' their time 'will come'.
Wow, Sharon - 30 years - 3 decades, Adam twists the knife as he feigns devastation. Jack's more sincere - I'm so sorry. So am I, Sam comes over to add. Pointing out that Sharon hasn't had time alone with Sam, Adam volunteers to leave. Please don't go! Sharon blurts out. Alas, Adam feels there's nothing else to say. Jack following Adam out, Sharon's left to tell Sam to forget about her - she may as well be dead. Don't say that, Victor ambles over. He and Sam will find a way to appeal - it's not over. And as Victor vows not to let Sharon down (again), a grim faced Adam watches from the hallway.
Diane's weepy doe eyes are saucers - you don't hate me? Nick takes a seat - of course he doesn't. Diane may be her own worst enemy, but she's beautiful, smart etc. etc. Stop chasing wealthy men. It always ends badly, Diane sheepishly admits. Believe in yourself, Nick continues his pep talk - things will never change (as long as Diane lies and schemes to snag a rich man). I miss our talks, Diane whimpers. And as her phone rings, Nick leaves Diane to take Adam's call. Just as eager to get on with the plan, she's on her way.
At G-worm, Jack updates Nick - it's over. How bad? Nick asks.
Eden sings the praises of rehab (not the terrible place people make it out to be - except for the 'gross chores'). The counselors didn't make her feel like a 'freak'. Ignoring the huge plate of food in front of him, the distracted Noah's not hungry. Nick then shocks him with the stunning news (that his Mom got 30 years - and won't be getting out early for 'good behavior'). We should be together, Nick asks where Noah is. Maybe later ~click~ And when Jack clucks about poor Noah, Nick snaps that he'll never forgive Sharon (for what she's put Noah through). Back at the bar, Noah feels like an idiot (for thinking his Mom might get her life back). And yeah, Adam really got his hopes up. Having lost his Mom again, Noah swears his family's cursed.
At RS, Phyllis is on the phone. Working on her Sharon/Adam article, she informs whomever's on the line that Sharon's just been sentenced.
When Leslie exits to make an announcement to the press, Victor courteously leaves Sam and Sharon to spend some time together. Hugging Sharon, he repeats - it's not over. On their way out, Victor expresses his displeasure with the way Leslie handled Sharon's case (and Vance shouldn't have left town). Considering how much Victor paid their firm, they BOTH should have been at that defense table!
A weepy Sharon states the obvious; I'm not Sherry Coleman. No, but she IS the 'gal' who helped Sam nurse Fanny back to health; who picked his drunk ass off the ground - and reminded him what it's like to be alive. Sniffling, Sharon lists all Sam has to go home to. And - Victor (helpful as he is) isn't above using him to make Adam jealous. Sam won't let Sharon push him away - he's not going anywhere.
Arriving at the suite, Diane's heard about Sharon's sentence. Adam grumbles about her fan club; Jack, the good samaritan and his new BFF, Victor. It's almost showtime. About that .... Second thoughts? 'Concerned', Adam tilts Diane's chin upwards to menacingly glare into her eyes. Partners, he reminds in no uncertain terms. We're gonna frame my father for your murder (and there's no backing out).
Back in an orange jumpsuit (and on the payphone), Sharon leaves a message for Adam (knowing she hurt him, there's so much she wants to say). I need to see you Adam.
Victor returns to find Sam still in the courtroom - and offers to cover his expenses (while he's in town 'helping' Sharon). Declining the generous offer, Sam's already checked into a motel (and some vet work). Sam's been reading up on Sharon's life (including the 'colourful' Victor - and his son; Adam). Are the stories true? The truth is worse - don't ever underestimate Adam (look where it got Sharon), Victor will never make the mistake (of trusting Adam) again.
'Disappoint Adam'? Diane assures that she wants Victor just as badly as he does - but they can't screw this up (like his LAST 'bright idea'). Adam plays another angle - Victor's taken an interest in Kyle (who's life he'll ruin). Agreeing, Diane has one condition; a large money transfer into her bank account - so she can send Kyle away. After her 'tragic 'demise', she'll pick him up and disappear. Taking Diane's account number, Adam surprises her with the next step - sign custody of Kyle over to Victor.
My Mom's gonna miss everything, Noah mopes - Faith getting married. Yeah - or me. Poor Faith - school won't be fun (with a Mom in prison). Eden gives him a hug - but backs away when Noah tries to turn it into a kiss. She'll be there for him (but not like that). Regardless, Noah's glad she's there.
Still alone in the courtroom, Sam wonders why Victor told Sharon they're working together. Assuming they would, Victor's sorry if he overstepped. Sam's willing to help Mr Newman - but makes 'one thing clear'; it's for Sharon (not to 'rub your son's nose in it'). Sounding ever so sincere, Victor assures that vindicating Sharon far outweighs his hatred for his son.
Jack relays the shock they felt when Sharon was sentenced to 30 years. Hearing that Sam's 'nice enough', Nick knows it must 'gall' Adam (seeing Victor and Sam 'hangin' out'). Talk about twisting the knife. Nick's surprised Adam didn't do any grandstanding for the press (based on his vow to free Sharon). Yeah - but that was when he thought he had evidence. Maybe JR realizes it's time to move on, Jack suggests.
Please don't hang up, Sharon yelps into the phone (thinking she's reached Adam). Sorry hon, Diane oozes sarcasm - Adam's not here. Removing the phone from her ear, Sharon looks at it in disbelief.
Like an evil-bot, Adam marches into RS (as summoned by Phyllis). What's the big news she couldn't tell him over the phone? Knowing he had evidence in his hand (that would set Sharon free), Phyllis leans in to over annunciate; what did you do with it?
Next: Victor tells Diane - If I agree to do this, it ain't for your sake - it's for Kyle's ... How do you feel about me now? Is there anything left between us? (a teary Sharon implores of Adam) ... I think that Adam's trying to punish Sharon, Phyllis informs Nick.
My Thoughts: Line of the day goes to Adam; wow - 30 years - that's 3 decades (that Harvard education really paid off - and I'm sure Sharon appreciated the clarification) ... Nice that Sharon's NOW 'trying to protect you guys' (after letting a devastated Noah and Doris scatter 'her ashes') Why wouldn't she protect them from THAT? Oh right - because she didn't want to go to prison .... Hmm - I wonder if those outraged over Victor shoving Diane out of the ambulance will be as furious with her killer ... Adam's willingness to use Kyle (in his twisted plan) is expected, but it's repulsive that the kid's own mother's going along with it. And since she hasn't even been CHARGED with anything yet, Mike should be able to postpone any trial or prison term for months - if not years. I can't imagine how she'll justify signing custody over to Victor (or how she can legally do so without Jack having any say) Never mind how she'll spin it for Kyle himself. I wonder if he'll continue to call his new Dad, Mr Newman ... After saying he can't stand the sight of the selfish Sharon - and his anger over what she did to 'his' kids, why is Nick still so sure of her innocence? Why wouldn't it cross his mind that she may have put her family through 'all this' because she IS guilty. Perhaps not of Skye's premeditated murder - but maybe that she COULD have hung on a little longer) ... Kinda sick for Phyllis to admit 'it' made her 'really hot' (the 'it' being her and Nick finding out that Sharon was alive). How can that POSSIBLY be a turn on? .... New BFF's? Hardly. Sam and Victor walked into the courthouse at the same time - they didn't come from playing racquetball - or hoisting beers together at the club (after spotting one another while bench pressing). They didn't even come in the same car ... Sherry 'Coleman'? Did Sharon pick the name off Sam's kerosene lantern she spotted in the barn? ... If the coffee at CL's is so great that Noah's raving brought Hunter all the way from New York, why are Noah and Eden drinking coffee at a dive bar like Jimmy's? And who knew the bar even served food and had a cook? With so few customers, how does the place stay open? What - no TV on to announce Sharon's sentence? ... Whoever said rehab was a bad place? Obviously, for anyone battling an addiction, it beats the alternative. 'Gross chores' - like cleaning toilets? Eden never scrubbed a toilet while at the ashram - or in Paris? I bet Nikki's not scrubbin' toilets though (in her deluxe, fully staffed rehab) .... Of COURSE the counselors didn't make Eden 'feel like a freak' (as most are recovering addicts themselves).... Nice that Nick and Phyllis want to focus on their kids - but instead of discussin it over breakfast by themselves, why actually bring the kids along? ... Note that the no nonsense Judge didn't mention Sharon's passport fraud in the list of charges .... Diane refrain from 'lying, scheming and chasing fat wallets'? that's like asking Nick to keep his pants zipped up ... If only Sharon had asked Victor to clarify on WHEN exactly he feels he 'let her down' - cause perhaps then he'd be forced to admit he was a mere 10 feet away when Skye was clinging on for dear life. Maybe he'd take responsibility for burning down Skye's hut - which makes it kinda hypocritical for Victor to lecture DA Walsh about all the criminals walking around free (when he's one of em!) ... How exactly will a small town vet 'help' Sharon? ... Victor talks about all the money he's given Vance's 'law firm' - which is odd - cause Vance was sitting on the OTHER side of the table when his kids successfully sued him. I can't imagine why Victor (who's been known to hold a grduge) would hire (or pay) lawyers who cost him 1.5 billion dollars.