Nick races home to drop the bombshell on Sharon that she’s Mariah’s mother
As Sharon blames Victor (Eric Braeden) for her misery and erases all trace of Mariah from the house, Mariah seeks help from Ian and agrees to a covert meeting with him unaware that Nick is in Madison, blackmailing Sharon’s former obstetrician into spilling the sordid details of Cassie’s birth to him.
Nick is shell-shocked to learn that Helen Copeland tried blackmailing him into giving a newborn Cassie to her for a childless friend before the unexpected birth of Cassie’s twin sister provided Helen with the child she needed!
When the doctor admits to drugging Sharon so heavily that she never knew about the twin and that he happily sanctioned the illegal adoption of this baby, Nick has him arrested.
Gathering his composure, Nick races home to drop the bombshell on Sharon that she’s Mariah’s mother, and although she struggles to comprehend the thought of having twins, Sharon must accept the horror of the situation when Nick frantically reveals that Helen stole Mariah to give Ian Ward the child that he craved!
As Sharon cries that she’s thrown Mariah out for trying to seduce Nick and that they have to find her, Ian manipulates Mariah into leaving the Athletic Club with him. Although she trusts her father figure, Mariah is soon horrified to find herself imprisoned inside a storage unit with Ian as her captor.
Mariah is helpless as Ian drugs her and dresses her in a wedding dress and veil. Staring lasciviously at the unconscious girl, Ian contacts Sharon, demanding a million dollars for every year of Mariah’s life, including an immediate upfront payment of $5 million otherwise she’ll never see her newfound daughter alive again!
While Sharon works with the police to flush out Ian, he summons his henchman Clarence (J. Downing), announcing to a revived Mariah that Clarence is going to marry them. Petrified at the sight of herself in a wedding dress, Mariah freaks out as Ian intones that their fortunes are entwined and although Mariah rages throughout the ceremony that Ian is like her father and that their marriage feels incestuous, they’re soon pronounced husband and wife.
Warning Mariah not to diverge from the Chosen Path, Ian submits her to Clarence’s mercy, leaving a terrified Mariah in no doubt that Ian wants Clarence to impregnate her into giving Ian a new disciple.