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Monday, May 24, 1999

New York City once again played host to a romantic getaway for Tad and Dixie. This time, however, the pair was now a happily married couple. To aid the couple's travel to The Big Apple, Dimitri stepped in and gave them use of his private helicopter. Tad was overly protective of one of his pieces of luggage and refused to let anyone touch it. In the bad, Tad claimed that he had "a little device that will take all the worry out of [their] honeymoon." And the little gadget came with its own power supply. Dixie's eyes widened and a devilish grin swept over her face. Tad reached into the bag and revealed the contraption: a portable electric screwdriver. Tad smiled and said that by bringing the screwdriver they were assured that no one would get trapped in the bathroom! The bellhop knocked on the door and presented the couple with some wedding gifts. Junior and Jamie sent a bouquet of flowers and Joe and Ruth paid for a lovely dinner. Tad was thankful for the young man's assistance, but he didn't want his honeymoon to be interrupted. He forked over a wad of cash and impressed upon the bellhop that they should not be disturbed under any circumstance. Things got very hot, very quickly. The air conditioning went out and the entire floor was enveloped in incredible heat. Tad found creative uses for the ice cubes that came with their room service order. As the couple prepared to make love for the first time as husband and wife---er, for the first time as husband and wife this time around---they were overcome with memories of how they'd gotten to where they are today. "When You Believe," by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey provided the soundtrack to their flashbacks.

Belinda, Adrian, Alice, and Opal returned to Cortlandt Manor after the wedding reception. Alice thanked Opal for allowing her to be a part of the event, saying that it was the most beautiful wedding she'd ever attended. Now that she'd fulfilled her obligation to see her son serve as an usher at the wedding, Alice announced that she'd be heading back to Alabama. Belinda was upset that Alice was leaving so soon. Opal looked to Adrian and asked him if there wasn't some way he could "talk [his] Alice into staying." She was unable to refer to Alice as Adrian's mother. Alice shook her head and explained that she needed to return home so that she could be by her daughter's side when she went into labor. Frank had been in Philadelphia on business and decided that he would swing through Pine Valley so that he and Alice could return home together. The reunion was a little awkward for all involved. Frank gave Opal a peck on the cheek upon seeing her and thanked Opal for opening her home to Alice. Frank gave his son a hug and told him that he hopes he's had time to get to know his mother. Adrian's brow wrinkled and he stated that he had, but noted that he was unhappy that she was going to be heading home so soon. "I meant your other mother," Frank clarified. "I only have one mother," Adrian snapped, adding that he was growing tired of being told that he had two mothers. Opal bowed her head and said that she had to check on things in the kitchen. Belinda quickly chased after her. Frank scolded his son for his "rude, cruel" remarks. Adrian didn't understand why everyone was so fearful that Opal's feelings might get hurt. Adrian had admittedly been Alice's favorite child growing up, but now Adrian wondered if the extra attention was only because he was not her biological child. Alice quickly set Adrian straight. She realized that Adrian might feel that he's "being disloyal" by getting closer to Opal. Alice urged Adrian not to worry and asked that he try to find a place in his heart for Opal.

The condo was in shambles. It was hard for Hayley and Mateo to believe that little Max had caused so much destruction. Lamps were knocked over, lightbulbs broken, sofa cushions were tossed about the room, and newspapers shredded. Mateo told Hayley that he had no idea that Max would react so strongly to the news of the divorce. Hayley lowered her head and hinted that she did not think that Mateo should have broken the news to his son quite so soon. Mateo walked to a storage cabinet and showed Hayley the newspaper article that Max had defiled. Mateo went to Max's room and asked him to join him in the livingroom. Mateo asked his son to explain why he'd destroyed the house. "It was an accident," Max asserted calmly. Mateo was noticeably upset that his son refused to take responsibility for his actions. The young boy was asked to help clean up the mess, but even that failed to make Max feel any sort of tie to the damage. Again, Mateo asked Max why he'd went on his tirade. "I don't know," he muttered. "I was mad about Hayley." Hayley slowly walked towards the young boy and knelt beside him. She tried her best to reach out to Max so that they could help him deal with his anger. Max, however, wanted nothing to do with his future stepmom. He put his hands over his ears and hummed loudly so that he could drown out Hayley's attempt to make peace. Mateo sighed deeply and ordered Max to go to his bedroom. Mateo decided that it was time to seek family counseling to help Max deal with all of the changes in his life. Hayley liked the idea, but she wondered what Raquel would think.

Vanessa quietly listened from the top of the steps as Erica interrogated David. "The gory details are none of your damn business," David snapped angrily. "I beg your damn pardon," Erica snapped back. She demanded to know the whole story behind David's father's death. Erica reminded David that he'd once told her that he'd adored his mother when he was younger. She couldn't help but wonder what had happened to change all of that. The questioned upon a can of worms that David had tucked away so many years ago. The night of his father's death was the first night that David came to realize that his mother never really loved him or his father. Prior to his twelfth birthday, David thought of his mother as a "beautiful, charming, funny" woman. David's father was described as a giving man who bent over backwards to please his wife. But there was one thing that he refused to give Vanessa: a divorce. On the night that he died, David's father learned that Vanessa wanted to leave him for another man---"a real man." Charles Hayward was a decorated veteran of the Korean War and devoted to his wife and son. He'd wondered what would happen to David if he and Vanessa divorced. "You can have him," Vanessa reportedly sneered. "He's just like you---he makes me sick." Vanessa was not the blue-blood that she purported; her family led a very simple life and ran a local hardware store. Vanessa had married Charles for his money and the man she wanted to run away with was also very well off. Charles tried to block Vanessa from walking out on him. Vanessa laughed and asked her husband, "What are you going to do? Kill yourself?" David recalled seeing his mother walk towards a locked desk door. She methodically checked the revolver that was locked inside to make sure that it was loaded. When it was, she handed it to her husband. In a moment of desperation, Charles put the gun to his head. Vanessa's composure cracked as she realized that her husband really was going to shoot himself. At the last moment she called out for him to stop what he was doing, but it was too late. Charles fell to the ground. David raced to his side and clutched his dying father in his arms. The blood soaked into the carpet and David's clothing, but Vanessa made no effort to assist her dying husband. In a few moments she'd be a widow and would be free to move on to another lover without the hassle of a divorce. It was at that moment that David determined that he would never have another life pass through his fingers. Erica now realized why David had gone to such great lengths to ensure that she did not die the night of the car accident. At the top of the steps, Vanessa's hands trembled wildly. She turned and scurried off. "It's horrible what you went through," Erica said softly. "But your experience doesn't excuse you from being blind to other's pain." David vowed that his role was as a healer. He reminded Erica that her wounds needed to be cleansed. He asked Erica to untie his arms so that he could fulfill his obligation. Erica feared that David would flee once she'd untied him, but David swore on his patients' lives that he would not run away.
Upstairs, Vanessa paced frantically about the parlor. "I suppose David should pay for telling his sad story," she snarled. "And I suppose that Erica should pay for listening to it." With that, Vanessa stormed out of the house.

"When You Believe" is available on The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, Mariah Carey's "#1s" greatest hits album, and on Whitney Houston's "Your Love Is My Love" album.

Tuesday, May 25, 1999

A letter drenched in lilac essence arrived in the mail for Scott. Marian gently teased the teenager about a possible female admirer. Scott, however, paid little mind to the letter which he said came from a girl named Julie. Julie, he claimed, was a friend---"with an emphasis on friend." Marian asked Scott if he could play the tape he'd made for his film class, but Scott played down the film. The topic was less than exciting; it was a documentary on bugs that ravage the California vineyards. There was something peculiar about the way he was acting, but it was nothing that anyone could put a finger on. Scott forced a yawn and dashed upstairs. Marian concocted a plan to arrange a gala premiere for Scott's first film project. She envisioned a glitzy opening at the local theatre where guests would arrive by limo and eat catered food. The plan seemed less realistic when she thought about the amount of money they'd have to shell out. Marian asked Stuart about his finances---in particular how much money he had. It seemed rather crude, but this was a normal question for a wife to ask her husband. Stuart shrugged and replied that Adam takes care of all the finances. Marian also toyed with the idea of playing matchmaker for Scott, but Stuart urged her to let Scott work his own magic.

The wedding reception had now come to an unofficial end. Janet returned from her outing to Enchantment and was miffed that she'd missed the fun. She briefed Trevor on the details of what Vanessa was up to and he urged her to return to Enchantment to take care of Vanessa. He, meanwhile, would tend to some legal matters. Janet nodded and the pair agreed to meet later.
Across the room, Ryan told Jake and Gillian that he was going to call it a day. He smiled proudly and commented that Tad and Dixie truly deserved to be happy. Reflex action took over and Gillian told Ryan that he was also deserving of happiness. The two awkward tried to work their way out of the situation. Ultimately, Ryan said goodbye and Gillian tried to pull her foot out of her mouth. Jake and Gillian sat down at a table. Once seated, Jake asked Gillian why she and Ryan were not still together. Gillian took a deep breath and told Jake the sordid details of her affair with "the other man." The explanation, which took place off camera, included the details of sleeping with the unnamed other man in order to raise Ryan's bail money. Jake was able to deduce from what he called "tell-tale signs" that the other man was actually David Hayward. Gillian was stunned that Jake knew who she was talking about, but even more surprised that Jake was not "disgusted" by what she'd done. She also spilled the beans about keeping the money that she'd acquired from David. Jake said that since Gillian no longer had money of her own, he doesn't see anything wrong with her decision to keep it. Jake offered Gillian a ride back to the boarding house, but Gillian said that she was "too awake" to go home. She invited Jake to join her for a night of dancing at Sounds of Salsa. Jake agreed, but said that he'd have to meet her there because he was scheduled to visit Colby.

Ryan dropped by the gym to take out his aggression on an unlucky punching bag. A woman observed his technique and asked him if he gives private lessons. Ryan didn't know who the woman was, but the woman was a familiar face in Pine Valley; she was Leslie Coulson. Ryan helped the woman work on some squats, but they had yet to introduce themselves. Ryan stopped the workout when he noticed that Scott was standing behind them with a video camera. Leslie angrily asked the teen if he was "some kind of sicko." Upon learning that Scott and Ryan knew each other, Leslie warmed slightly. She did, however, warn Scott that he could get himself into a lot of trouble by sneaking up on people with video cameras. Scott sheepishly informed the pair that he did have a consent form for them to sign. Leslie took the paper and carefully scanned over it. She advised Scott to have it checked by an attorney because the agreement gave her "wiggle room" to cause him a lot of headaches later. The woman flashed a smile and explained that she was an attorney. Among her clients, she said trying not to brag, are Juanita Ramsey and Dr. David Hayward. Ryan blew up when he learned that Leslie represented David. He apologized for his outburst, in which he ordered Leslie to tell her client to "stay away from [his] wife." Leslie told Ryan that he was not the first man to fly off the handle at the mention of David's name. Leslie was paged away, but before leaving the trio finally introduced themselves by name. Scott knew that David must have been the reason for Ryan and Gillian's split. He offered to help Ryan get even with David, but Ryan felt that there was no need to enact revenge. He and Gillian were through.

Vanessa assumed her perch behind Erica's desk at Enchantment. She took to the phone when a man by the name of Donald Steele called. "We're going to be co-conspirators," purred Vanessa. She cleared her throat and changed her statement to "collaborators" instead of "conspirators." She asked the man to drop by the office later so that they could "get to work." Somehow Vanessa had gotten her hands on the journal that Erica kept when she was staying at The Betty Ford Clinic. She poured over ever page, taking careful notes on anything that she thought she could use against Erica. Janet burst into the room and asked angrily asked Vanessa why she hadn't left town yet. "Be gone," snapped Vanessa, "before a house falls on you." Janet reminded Vanessa that she was not in the position to give orders. All it took was the pressing of the play button on her tape recorder and Erica would know all about Vanessa and Jerry Reeves' relationship. Janet also accused Vanessa of hiring the second accountant to try to dirty her reputation. Vanessa accused Janet of being paranoid. "How often do you have to go in for a sanity check?" she growled. "Are you due now?" Janet took a deep breath and looked coldly into Vanessa's eyes. "Maybe I've slipped," Janet mused. She said that there was a little voice in her head repeating, "Janet Dillon took an axe and gave Vanessa forty whacks. When she saw what she had done she clicked her heels and cried 'Oh, what fun!'" Vanessa rolled her eyes. Janet mentioned that Vanessa was lucky that a crowbar wasn't lying around. She thought for several seconds and realized that even a piece of standard office equipment could be used as a deadly weapon. She picked up a stapler and circled the desk. She held the stapler over her head and toyed with the idea of stapling Vanessa to death. Of course, she was joking---but Vanessa was definitely shaking in her boots. Janet asked Vanessa what she'd done to Erica. Vanessa shrugged and claimed that she had no idea what had happened to Erica. Perhaps Erica was at the mall giving another impromptu interview or maybe she had a prisoner locked up in the basement of her house. "That is so sick," groaned Janet. "You're not funny." Janet was quickly rushed out of the room when Donald arrived. Vanessa shushed the writer when he started to introduce himself, so Janet was unable to figure out who he was. After Janet left, Vanessa and Donald sat down on the sofa to get to work on their masterpiece: a tell all book about Erica. Donald would act as ghostwriter and only Vanessa's name would appear on the cover.

David worried that Erica's healing might be compromised if she didn't maintain her regular cleaning regimen. Erica called said that David was "so earnest, so noble." She lowered her head and walked away. She returned later with a towel and a turnkey that she would later use to release the vise's grip on David's hand. For the first time, Erica showed signs of remorse. As she grip on David's hand released, his pain continued. His right hand was purplish and he had trouble moving his fingers. Erica extended her hand to the doctor and offered to help him by running his hand under warm water. Eventually, David was able to put on a pair of latex gloves and tend to Erica's wound. The process was quite intensive. Erica winced in pain several times as David used swabs to apply some sort of medicine of balm to her face. Still, though, the actual wound was not shown. David placed a protective layer of gauze over the wound and the process was complete. He looked at Erica for several moments before telling her that she was "so beautiful." Erica was stunned by David's spontaneous remark. Erica froze in place for some time before asking the doctor to hand her her mask. Erica struggled to put the mask on her face, so David stepped in to help. As he did, he gently caressed her face.