Lucas Carter sent his unscrupulous lawyer, Sam "Billy Joe" Erskine to the Colby Mansion to persuade his niece Channing to spy on the Colbys, Jason Colby and the IMOS project in particular. Channing refused, but Erskine wouldn't give up. He next focused on Frankie Colby but to no avail. Seeing he was getting nowhere, Erskine turned to blackmailing Channing. Jason took things into his own hands now and warned Erskine to stay away from his family.