Grinch grand­dad

A mis­er­able Vic­tor won’t em­brace the Christ­mas spirit — un­til a spe­cial per­son comes to his aid

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Christ­mas may be a time for joy and good­will to all peo­ple but for Vic­tor New­man the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion is just an­other bur­den to his on­go­ing night­mare. He’s try­ing to raise the crip­pled New­man En­ter­prises from the duel treach­eries wrought upon it by the Paragon virus and the re that tore through the New­man Tow­ers sky­scraper on Hal­loween.

The global mogul is so de­ter­mined to re­gen­er­ate his cher­ished lifeblood that he’s un­will­ing to let his fam­ily and em­ploy­ees celebrate the hol­i­day sea­son, ruth­lessly or­der­ing them to work full days across the en­tire pe­riod un­til the re­build­ing process is in place.

Vic­tor (Eric Brae­den) even threat­ens to sack any­one who dares to out his in­struc­tions. Not even Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) pas­sion­ate plea to him to re­lax his strict stan­dards sways him. Ir­ri­tated, Nikki stalks out, calling her hus­band “Scrooge”.

Anx­ious to defy Vic­tor and make Faith’s (Aly Lind) wish for a spe­cial Christ­mas come true, Nikki hosts a lav­ish fam­ily gath­er­ing, promis­ing to celebrate, even if it means with­out Vic­tor.

Nev­er­the­less, it’s clear that Nikki hopes her Grinch-like hus­band will even­tu­ally open his heart and “dance around the tree” with ev­ery­one else. That’s un­likely though, es­pe­cially af­ter Noah (Robert Adam­son) can’t per­suade his grand­fa­ther to for­get about his prob­lems for one night.

Fed up with Vic­tor’s stub­born­ness, Billy la­bels Vic­tor “just as sad and lonely” as he is. He says Vic­tor is a hypocrite for talk­ing about fam­ily all the time and just when he needs to be with his loved ones, he ig­nores them. Walk­ing out, Billy hisses that Vic­tor doesn’t de­serve to be a fa­ther. Vic­tor is un­de­terred, sim­i­larly dis­miss­ing Adam’s (Justin Hart­ley) pleas to change his mind too.

Left alone to gaze at fam­ily pho­tos, Vic­tor is soon star­tled to see his grand­daugh­ter Faith’s an­gelic face star­ing back at him from the door­way.

In­no­cently an­nounc­ing that ev­ery­one misses him at the party, Faith quickly shows how ma­ture she re­ally is. She de­liv­ers a blunt as­sess­ment to Vic­tor’s dec­la­ra­tion that he’s “work­ing so that some­day all of this might be hers”.

De­spite her child­like ex­cite­ment about the prospect of sit­ting in Grandpa’s big chair, Faith ob­serves that none of that will be worth it if she can’t go to par­ties and be with her fam­ily.

Up­stairs at the party, ev­ery­one’s puz­zled about Faith’s ab­sence un­til she reap­pears with a chas­tened Vic­tor by her side. Play­fully sug­gest­ing that Faith is an ex­pert ne­go­tia­tor, Vic­tor raises a toast to his fam­ily and the joy of the sea­son.

Vic­tor is star­tled to see his grand­daugh­ter Faith’s an­gelic face star­ing back at him from the door­way.

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