Check­mate, cell­mate!

Vic­tor New­man is a dead man if he doesn’t make friends be­hind bars and quickly.

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Genoa City king­pin Vic­tor New­man (Eric Brae­den) blind­sided the court when he took the stand in his own de­fence on Mon­day 5 De­cem­ber. The New­mans were con­vinced that his startling emo­tional plea about how he, as an or­phan, did ev­ery­thing to pro­tect his fam­ily would sway the jury. But Vic­tor’s emo­tional speech falls on deaf ears on Wed­nes­day 7 De­cem­ber af­ter the jury finds him guilty of kid­nap­ping and fraud. “He doesn’t think that he’s done any­thing wrong, so he’s fu­ri­ous,” says Eric. Given the op­por­tu­nity to speak, Vic­tor an­nounces, “The ver­dict was ‘guilty’. I am guilty – of lov­ing those who have be­trayed me and tes­ti­fied against me.”

Unim­pressed by his grand­stand­ing, Judge Mur­ray (James A Wat­son) sen­tences Vic­tor to 10 years be­hind bars. And as he’s led off in chains, Vic­tor sneers at his fam­ily, “You’re all dead to me.” Eric adds, “This just re­in­forces what Vic­tor has al­ways be­lieved: he is alone.” But prison is no place for a man with­out al­lies. Vic­tor im­me­di­ately runs into trou­ble with his cell­mate on Fri­day 9 De­cem­ber. And af­ter their punch-up, he winds up in a cell with the Genoa City Devil him­self: Ian Ward (Ray Wise). Vic­tor cer­tainly gets the point about how vul­ner­a­ble his po­si­tion is when he is stabbed in his sleep on Mon­day 12 De­cem­ber. But he has no time for lol­ly­gag­ging about in a hos­pi­tal bed – Vic­tor fights to re­turn to his prison cell on Thurs­day 15 De­cem­ber, bent on tak­ing re­venge.

But Ian has a con­fes­sion, “I only pre­tend to have power,” he ad­mits to a scep­ti­cal Vic­tor. “It serves me to have our fel­low in­mates be­lieve that I’m re­spon­si­ble for you get­ting knifed. It’s self-preser­va­tion. I’m not all-pow­er­ful.” Ian pro­poses to Vic­tor that they form an al­liance to watch one an­other’s backs, warn­ing him that “If we don’t both work to­gether against the real power in this place, we’re gonna both be dead”. We’ll find out who re­ally took a stab at get­ting rid of Vic­tor on Tues­day 20 De­cem­ber. And let’s just say that they’d bet­ter watch their backs… Phyl­lis prom­ises to help get Michael’s dis­bar­ment re­versed, and Vic­to­ria warns Jack that some­thing weird is go­ing on between Billy and Phyl­lis. Vic­tor is sen­tenced to 10 years in prison, while Shawn goes into labour af­ter talk­ing to Sharon about her de­ci­sion to back out of hav­ing Cassie adopted, and Vic­to­ria slaps Billy at his PassKey press con­fer­ence.

Sharon and Dy­lan track down the nurse who “de­liv­ered” Sully (but re­ally stole baby Chris­tian), and Dy­lan con­sid­ers drop­ping his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, be­liev­ing that it’s giv­ing Sharon night­mares. Vic­to­ria de­cides to sue Jabot af­ter drunk Billy kisses her, and Vic­tor asks Adam to avenge him if he dies be­hind bars af­ter he’s stabbed while sleep­ing. Shawn takes her baby, and Devon tells Hi­lary that he asked Neil to refuse her a seat on the Foun­da­tion’s board be­cause he be­lieved that she just wanted it to raise her so­cial pro­file. Nick sup­ports Vic­to­ria’s de­ci­sion to sue Jabot over PassKey, Jack makes a deal with Nikki about her so­bri­ety, and the prison war­den tells Vic­tor who stabbed him.

Con­vict Vic­tor (right) has a new best friend: Ian Ward.

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