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Monday, September 15, 1997

Liza paid a surprise visit to Holidays, hardly her usual stomping grounds. Both Belinda and Hayley were pleased to welcome Hayley to the local hang-out. Liza asked if Hayley had heard anything from Adam, but Hayley could only shrug. She knew that her father was still in West Virginia visiting Dixie and AJ, but that was the extent of her news. Liza was definitely unhappy that Adam had not contacted her. Belinda told Liza that things could be worse. She could be waiting at a restaurant for a blind date. But one word about the blind date, Belinda laughed, and she'll switch to Adam's side in the divorce proceedings. Liza tried to make Belinda think positively about her situation. Belinda saw no light at the end of the tunnel. She jokingly cursed her Aunt Grace for arranging the blind date and rattled off an entire list of things that could go wrong during the blind date. Belinda's main gripe was that she fears her mystery man will be unappealing and boring. Liza urged Belinda to look on the bright side of things---she's not married to Adam. Believe it or not, Belinda actually thought of Adam and Liza's marriage as a good thing. She stated that she would take their explosive passion any day.

Hayley and Mateo discussed their latest findings on TransGlobal. Both agreed that sabotage was no longer a viable option. Now their investigation focused on the airline itself. Jake arrived at Holidays and told Matt that he had bumped into a TransGlobal worker at the hospital. Mateo darted out of the restaurant faster than an Olympic sprinter. He hoped that he could reach the hospital before the worker left.

At the prison, Erica's world collapsed at the news that Travis does not want Erica to see Bianca until the girl's eighteenth birthday. Jack handed Erica a letter from Travis, a letter that was supposed to explain Travis' position. In the letter, Travis claimed that he has been "far too lenient" with Erica's visitation privileges. He said that he and Barbara have tried to shield Bianca from the wacky world that is Erica Kane. But every attempt they make is destroyed by Erica who thrusts the child into the spotlight. Travis called Erica "unfit" to be a parent to their daughter and his decision to block all visitations until Bianca is eighteen is final. Jack explained that he tried to talk to Travis about his decision, but Travis wouldn't hear him out. Jack feared that he might lose contact with Bianca if he pushes the matter. Erica concocted a plan to use Bianca to win over Travis. She suggested that Jack call the hotel room and ask to speak to Bianca. Then, they could switch the phone and allow Erica to speak to her daughter. Jack didn't like the idea. He said that he feels Bianca should be left out of the dispute. Erica took Jack's comment as a statement of his agreement with Travis. Jack swore that he is on Erica's side, but that did him no good. Erica dug into the past and blamed Jack for losing custody of Bianca in the first place. Jack did, however, have one more dose of bad news. He said that the law is on Travis' side. Since Travis was granted sole custody of Bianca, he can bar all visits if he chooses to. Erica ordered Jack to leave. He did not want to leave Erica, but he did as she wished. Erica dashed to the phone and placed a call to Barbara. Barbara was furious with Erica for calling. She reminded Erica that Travis' letter asked Erica not to make any contact with Bianca. So what did she do? She disregarded the letter. Barbara fended off Erica's claims that she did not love Bianca because Bianca is not her biological daughter. Barbara professed her love for the girl. She loves her some much, in fact, that she feels Erica needs to be cut out of the child's life all together. Before hanging up, Barbara told Erica to cherish the twelve years she spent with Bianca. Maria, she snapped, had only a few months.

Janet told Trevor that she did not call him when she returned from Colorado because she was "afraid"---afraid of her growing emotions for Trevor. Trevor admitted that he, too, has been grappling with his feelings for Janet. He's spent more than one sleepless night thinking about Janet. The conversation took a surprising turn. Where it seemed that emotion would sweep over the conversation, anger suddenly reared its ugly head. Trevor accused Janet of casting some sort of spell on him to make him fall for her. He reminded her of her past transgressions: tossing Natalie down a well, killing Will Cortlandt, kidnapping, stalking, and the list goes on. Now Trevor was left to wonder what she had in store for him. The personal attacks set off Janet's defense mechanisms. She reminded him that he was not a perfect little angel either. He kept her locked up in a meat locker! If anyone, Janet yelled, is a little off kilter, it's him! She wondered aloud how Natalie dealt with his pompous attitude and blasted his collection of tacky ties. The two yelled back and forth until Tim returned home and broke them apart. Janet remembered that she was supposed to meet Amanda at Holidays and ran off. Tim was surprised that Trevor allowed Janet and Amanda to visit---especially since Janet had not cleared the visit with Trevor. Tim worried that Janet might not "be as cool" as they think. He added that he doesn't think they should have to hang around Janet just for Amanda's sake. Tim looked to his dad for a concurrence of opinion, but Trevor drifted somewhere in another plane of existence.

At the hospital, Allie treated the TransGlobal worker for a laceration to his right arm. Mateo suddenly burst into the room and began asking the worker a series of questions. The man was about to hit the road, but Allie stepped in and convinced him that Mateo was an okay kinda guy. The patient wasn't all that willing to talk to Mateo, but he did cough up some important information. He told Mateo that he was injured during a routine engine repair. Suddenly a blade flew off of the plane and slashed into his flesh. A few more inches... and he would have been killed. The worker denied Matt's implication that TransGlobal's woes are being caused by financial problems. His wound now stitched up, the worker decided that he wasn't going to answer any more questions. Mateo had one final request. He asked the man not to tell anyone that he had been asking questions. The worker nodded. Allie asked Matt why he was asking so many questions. Mateo confessed that he and Hayley are looking into the plane crash and hoping to come up with some answers. Off the record, Allie told Matt that several other TransGlobal workers had been treated for various injuries in the past few days. That was all that she could say. She'd already broken hospital policy by telling Mateo that much. After Allie left, Mateo tried to tap into the hospital computer system, but he was unable to come up with the correct password. Jake returned to the hospital and told Allie that he had pictures of his girl. Allie frowned unappreciatively as she assumed that her colleague was flaunting a relationship. When she saw that Jake's woman was actually a boat, she felt like a fool. She asked if Jake would mind introducing her to his girl sometime soon.
The TransGlobal worked tracked Matt down and told him that he did some thinking. He said that he thought about how Matt must feel about losing his sister. He told him that he cannot talk to him because he might lost his job. With a wife and kid he couldn't take any chances. But he said that he would pass the word around to his fellow co-workers and maybe one of them will have some info for Mateo's investigation.

Erica received another visitor—a surprise visitor. Barbara took it upon herself to pay Erica an in-person visit to cement Travis' decision to block visits with Bianca. Barbara told Erica that she is a bad influence on Bianca. She said that Bianca is lying more than ever before and doing things that she's been forbidden to do. The reason? Barbara chalked it up to Bianca's wanting to be like her mother. How long, Barbara asked, before Erica turns her imprisonment into a publicity stunt?

Back at Holidays, Belinda's date arrived and Liza excused herself to allow them some privacy. The date didn't start off on the right foot. Belinda's gentleman friend had undergone root canal surgery and could do nothing but talk about his surgery. Needless to say, talking of pus and infection didn't exactly make Belinda want to get up and dance. She rose to her feet and headed to the bar. She begged Liza to call her pager so that she'd have an excuse to get out of the date. Liza obliged and within a few moments Belinda told her date that she'd have to return to the office. He asked for Belinda's number, but she told him that she was working on a big case and probably wouldn't have any free time for months. Her date took the hint and thanked her for her time.
Janet arrived and filled Belinda in on her feud with Trevor. Amanda ran over to the table and told Janet that Trevor was angry when he learned that Janet had returned to town without calling him. She giggled as she talked about the throbbing vein on her daddy's forehead. Belinda headed back to the office just as Jack returned from his visit to jail. He told Janet that his visit was a flop. He also told her about Travis' decision to block visitation from Erica.
Out of breath, Mateo returned from the hospital and told Hayley that he had learned a lot of information. Hayley had also dug up some information. She learned that TransGlobal had been recently sold. But that's about all she could find out. The company that had bought the airline was a bogus front for some larger corporation. Because of that, she has been unable to link the fake company to the real owner. Liza overheard the discussion and stuck her nose into the conversation. Liza promised that she would not investigate the crash or report anything out of respect for the victims. But she did ask Hayley to give her exclusive rights to the story after they find out the truth. In the meantime, she'll offer her help if they need it. Hayley agreed. The tow talked about Liza's ultrasound for a short time before being interrupted by a phone call. On the other end, Adam was calling to check-in with his daughter. Hayley tried to get her dad to speak to Liza, but he refused. Then a phone call came through on Liza's cell phone. She took a look of urgency on her face and ran out the front door.

The prison guard told she'd have to return to her cell. Erica begged the guard to let her stick around for a few more minutes. She said she was expecting another visitor. Liza entered the room and the guard allowed Erica few minutes with her visitor. Erica offered Liza the interview of a lifetime—a chance to interview her live from prison. She would answer all of Liza's questions and give her boffo ratings. Liza was intrigued by the idea, but knew that Erica had to want something in return. Erica admitted she had motives of her own. She wants to use the interview to get back her daughter.

Tuesday, September 16, 1997

Joe paid an impromptu visit to Pine Valley Hospital to ask Ruth out to dinner. He did, however, have ulterior motives: He did not want to have Ruth's leftover chicken-broccoli-bulgar casserole for dinner. Ruth agreed to join her husband for a night out, but first she had to clear her schedule. On her way to her locker, Ruth bumped into Jake and asked if he'd like to join his parents for dinner. Joe, meanwhile, was unknowingly making the party a foursome. Allie was looking for Ruth, but she found Joe instead. She was surprised to see Joe roaming the hospital corridors and asked her will-be boss if he had returned to work. Joe shook his head and mused that Dr. Craig has not granted him the privilege of getting back to work. Allie accepted Joe's offer to dine with him and Ruth, but she asked Joe to make sure it was okay with Ruth. When Ruth returned, she was quite pleased that Allie was going to dine with them. Now, Ruth smiled, the party would be boy-girl boy-girl. Jake was also pleased and smiled broadly when he learned that Allie would be at the dinner table.

Erica told Liza about Travis' plan to prevent her from visiting with Bianca. Liza showed a wave of initial concern, asking if Travis had the legal right to block visitation. Sadly, Erica nodded her head. Erica hoped that the interview would allow her to make a public appeal to Travis to re-open the lines of communication. The somber mood was shattered by a maniacal laugh from Liza. She found a surreal irony in Erica's situation. Erica, a woman who stole a baby from its mother, was now crying foul because someone was taking her daughter away from her. Liza rose to her feet and told Erica that she would pass on her offer for an interview. Erica reached out and grabbed Liza's arm. She begged Liza to reconsider. She used Liza's pregnancy as leverage in her argument. She asked Liza to envision her unborn child being taken away from her. Fortunately, Erica smiled, Tad would never do that to Liza. Being in prison kept Erica out of the Pine Valley loop as she was still under the impression that Tad was the father of Liza's child. Erica rattled on and on about how fortunate Liza had been to conceive a child with Tad rather than Adam. By Liza's silence, Erica knew that something was amiss. Erica stared at Liza's face for several minutes, neither woman uttering a word. Then Erica realized that Adam is, in fact, the father of Liza's child. "You poor thing," Erica commented. Liza took to defending her child. She told Erica that Adam is not only not interested in her child, he wants nothing to do with the baby---or her for that matter. Erica puckered her lips and flashed Liza a strange expression. Erica corrected Liza: Adam loves her. Liza didn't believe Erica's claim about Adam's feelings. Erica insisted that she knows Adam better than anyone and can attest to Adam's devotion for Liza. Liza told Erica that she'd contact the prison officials and see if an interview could be set up. Before leaving, Liza reminded Erica that it was Erica who sought her out... not the other way around.

Dimitri placed urgent phone calls to several different people hoping to get a lead on his disappearing wife. No one had seen even a glimpse of the new Mrs. Marick. Gillian returned from wherever it was she had been and received a scolding from her cousin. Dimitri somehow knew that Gillian had been gallivanting with Tad. He reminded her that Tad was off limits. Gillian refused to bow to her cousin's orders, informing him that orders are for dogs and horses. Gillian excused herself and prepared to go to Holidays and chat with some of her fellow PVU classmates. Dimitri chuckled and guessed that the emphasis was on "fellow." He told her to go on her way and told her to have a good time. Gillian was about to leave when she turned around and told Dimitri not to worry about Gloria. She said that Gloria has a "good thing" with Dimitri and that she'd be a fool to throw it away.
After Gillian left, Dimitri was back on the phone. This time he was trying to reach Lila Stevenson, his attorney. Lila was nowhere to be found and Dimitri was not pleased. Then came a knock at his door. Katherine Mulray, Lila's partner, told Dimitri that she had dropped by to discuss his case. Dimitri scratched his brow and told Katherine that he wanted to speak to Lila. The practice, he pointed out, was Stevenson and Mulray---not Mulray and Stevenson. Katherine was quick with the comeback, telling Dimitri that Lila had won the coin toss and thereby got top billing. The lawyer spouted off about her recent cases, one of which was a high-profile custody battle. This appeased Dimitri and he agreed to deal with Katherine. Katherine told Dimitri that his desire to keep his hands clean might not be as easy as he thinks. Since Maria, Maddie's mother, had died only a short time ago, Dimitri might be seen as an opportunistic vulture in the eyes of the public. In order to get the custody battle over quickly, Dimitri will have to prove that Edmund is an unfit father. Dimitri did not want to go that route, but Katherine told him that it was the only way. Once this is done, Dimitri will be reunited with his daughter.

Liza returned to Chandler Mansion. When she walked through the door, she found suitcases in the foyer. Liza asked Winifred if she was going on vacation. The housekeeper giggled and assured Liza that she was not going anywhere. The suitcases belonged to Adam---he just returned to town.

Mateo called Holidays and left a message for Kevin. Matt and Hayley were still enjoying some time off from running the restaurant. Phoebe and Jim shared a table at the restaurant. This was Phoebe's way of getting to know Jim better and to thank him for rescuing Brooke from the plane crash. Jim brushed off compliments, but Phoebe insisted that Jim is a real life hero. Jim told Phoebe that he has gotten used to small town living in Pine Valley. If money was no object, he said that he'd like to do a pictorial of a year in Pine Valley. Perhaps, he thought, he could put the photos into a book. Phoebe took him by the hand and told Jim that he needs to think more positively. She told him that she sits on the board of an organization that hands out money to local artists. If Jim wants to do the book, all he has to do is submit an application and the money is his. Jim was flattered by the offer and happily accepted. Phoebe rejoiced that Jim was going to spend at least another twelve months in town. She was so excited that she could not wait to tell Laura the good news that Jim was going to hang around. Laura, of course, didn't share Phoebe's exuberance. Phoebe phoned Brooke to check up on her travel plans. She was shocked to learn that Brooke was going to be returning in the morning—by plane! Phoebe told Jim of Brooke's plans. Jim agreed that Brooke was not acting rationally. He decided to rent a car and travel to Washington so that he could make the return trip with Brooke.
It was just one of those days for Laura. Not only had one of her worst nightmares decided to stay in town, but the love of her life was seen with another woman. Kelsey and Scott entered the restaurant and talked about their first day of the new college term. Kelsey asked Laura if she had seen Kevin. Laura shook her head and said that she was concerned because Kevin did not show up for work. Kelsey stood up and headed for the phone. Scott and Laura exchanged awkward glances and brief comments before Laura was called to another table. Gillian burst into Holidays and helped herself to Kelsey's vacant chair. Under Laura's probing eye, Gillian asked Scott if he'd like to join her for a late-night swim. Scott agreed and the pair headed to the lake.
Kevin stumbled into the restaurant, claiming that he had overslept. Laura relayed Mateo's message and asked him to take a pitcher of iced tea to a pair of diners. Kevin reached for the pitcher, but he lost his grip and dropped the pitcher to the ground. The noise signaled to Kelsey that Kevin was back. Laura watched Kevin's erratic behavior and accused him of being drunk. Kevin went to fetch a broom so he could clean up the mess. While he was gone, Laura warned Kelsey about falling for Kevin. She told Kelsey that Kevin's sexuality cannot be changed and that Kelsey is only setting herself up for a fall. Not so, said Kelsey. She told Laura that Kevin loves her---and that he actually said it. When Kevin returned, Laura tried to get to the heart of Kevin's problem. She asked Kevin if he was okay. Kevin went on a tirade about how Laura should be happy for him. He claimed that he wasn't really gay, he was just lashing out at his parents. He said that his sexuality made everyone unhappy, so he has to "be a man" and "change." Laura told Kevin that he is a man---even if he's gay. Kevin walked over to Kelsey and talked to her for a few moments. Kelsey seemed poised to tell Kevin that she knew he lied about the soccer meeting, but she refrained. She told Kevin that an entire day had passed without them spending any time together. Kevin told Laura that he needed to walked Kelsey back to campus. Kevin and Kelsey walked off together, leaving Laura to shake her head in wonder.
The Martins and Allie arrived at Holidays. Laura recommended the salmon to Joe because it has "lots of that omega stuff" which she pointed out is good for Joe's heart. After dinner. Jake told his parents that he would get the check. Joe put out his hand and said that he would pay for the meal. Jake laughed and said that he was just going to get the check---he had no plans on paying for it. Jake and Allie talked about their quasi-cohabitation at Myrtle's, a fact that neither Joe nor Ruth knew anything about. Allie was paged and dashed off to return the call and Jake went to get the check. Ruth nudged her husband and talked of trying to get Jake and Allie together. Ruth agreed that Jake and Allie seem well-suited, but warned Ruth about sticking her nose into their son's personal affairs.

At the boathouse, Gillian lectured Scott on the pains of broken relationships. Sometimes, she said, people "grow apart." But the night was beautiful and Gillian asked Scott what he planned on doing. Without so much as a signal, Scott leaned over and kissed Gillian. The kiss lasted for several minutes until Gillian pulled away. Scott asked Gillian why she pulled away. She told him that she doesn't like "threesomes." By that she meant that Scott was still thinking about Laura. The princess told Scott that she wants him to be thinking of her and only her when they make love.

Kevin and Kelsey returned to the PVU campus and headed to Kevin's dorm room. Kevin spaced out while Kelsey went on a Martha Stuart binge and directed Kevin on possible decorating tips for his room. Kelsey knew that Kevin wasn't listening to her. She told him that things---his parents, roommate troubles, dating---were finally catching up to him and tiring him out. She suggested that they take things slowly. Kevin looked around for several minutes before planting a passionate kiss on Kelsey. As he kissed her, he moved towards the bed where he laid her on the bed and straddled her body.