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Monday, November 1, 1999

"How can that be?" Gillian asked in disbelief. David explained that Adam had purchased the clinic where Liza had been artificially inseminated. He also told of Adam's "classic switcheroo" with the sperm samples. Gillian's jaw dropped. She looked back and forth between Adam and David. David smiled as he told Gillian that he could only imagine how Liza and Jake would react when they learned the truth. Adam looked deeply into Gillian's eyes and tried his best to convince her that David was lying. He reminded her that David had treated her so cruelly. Gillian, however, soon realized that David was telling the truth. "I can see it in your face and in your eyes," she said softly. Again, Adam implored Gillian to disregard everything that David had said. He referred to the doctor as a "psychopath" who would say anything he had to in order to make Jake's life miserable. Gillian took another glance at both men---David, who was smiling from ear to ear, and a frowning Adam. She walked backwards slowly, nearly tripping over a chair. "I have to warn him," she panted. Gillian raced out of the room. "That was a lot more fun that I thought it would be," David chuckled to himself. Adam warned David that his plan would backfire. He insisted that Liza loved him too much to let the news destroy their relationship. David, though, disagreed. He was certain that Adam and Liza's marriage was about to come to an explosive finale.

Ryan sat at a table at BJ's waiting for Hayley. Greenlee and Scott dropped by on their way to a costume party and joined Ryan at his table. Greenlee, who was dressed up as a cat, groused that neither Scott nor Ryan had donned a costume. Thankfully, Greenlee had a "Phantom of the Opera" mask lying about the house for Scott. Becca and a gaggle of kids entered the restaurant hoping to warm up on some hot chocolate. Greenlee rolled her eyes when she saw Becca's Marilyn Monroe costume. She mused that a more suitable costume would have been "Queen Elizabeth----The Virgin Queen." The waiter was prepared to bring seven mugs of hot chocolate, but Becca quickly corrected his count; she'd need ten. Becca turned around and took a head count. In an instant she realized that she was missing three trick-or-treaters: Junior, Jamie, and Amanda. Becca started to panic. Scott raced to her side and pledged to help her find the missing kids. Greenlee had excused herself to make a call, so when Scott and Becca went off together she wasn't around. Greenlee eventually returned and Ryan told her that Scott and Becca had gone off together. In a questionable judgment call, he left out the part about the missing kids. Greenlee was furious that Scott had once again stood her up. She asked Ryan to go to the costume party with her, but Ryan declined. A few seconds later, Gillian stumbled into the restaurant. She asked Ryan if he'd seen Jake. Ryan shook his head and Gillian's panic rose to another level. She scrambled out of the club with Ryan chasing after her.

Jamie and Junior arrived by Amanda's side and asked her why she was screaming. Amanda told the boys that she'd just come face-to-face with a witch. Junior thought that Amanda was simply being "a wimp." Jamie, on the other hand, believed the girl's story. Jamie wondered if it was possible that the witch had been the one who'd left the bottle cap trail for Junior. Before they could put too much thought into it, an eerie cackle echoed through the woods. In the blink of an eye, the youngsters turned and ran away. As they did, a figure cloaked in a black outfit slowly followed after them.

Hayley hadn't expected to see Mateo at the boathouse. Mateo explained that he'd dropped by Trevor and Janet's house to see her, but that Hayley was on her way out when he got there. Hayley wasn't amused that Mateo had followed her, but she didn't make too big a deal out of it. "I have a lot to say to you," Mateo said softly. Hayley didn't want to talk about their relationship troubles, but Mateo felt that the time was right. He told Hayley that he'd given her everything that she wanted---he'd gotten rid of Raquel and sold her condo in order to raise money to buy Hayley out at the club. While Mateo had stepped back and agreed to give Hayley some space, Ryan had seized the opportunity to move in. "He's my friend," Hayley countered. Mateo felt otherwise. He blasted Ryan as a man waiting to take advantage of Hayley's generous nature. The comments irked Hayley as she felt as though Mateo was once again trying to tell her what to do. Hayley apologized for sending Mateo "mixed signals" and confessed that she "cares about [him] so much." Hayley wanted to leave, but Mateo wasn't through talking. He lashed out at Hayley for sleeping with Ryan. Hayley told Mateo that she knew how he was feeling. At no time did she tell Mateo that she and Ryan had not slept together. Finally Hayley tired of the conversation and readied to leave. As she was walking away, the kids scurried out of the woods screaming. Amanda told Hayley that they'd seen a witch. Hayley doubted that anything supernatural lurked in the woods. This was Halloween after all and there were oodles of witches milling about town. Hayley scolded the three kids for ditching Becca. She singled out Junior for running away for the second time in a month. Mateo offered to accompany Hayley and the kids, but Hayley told him that she didn't want him to go with her. "You don't?" Amanda asked in surprise. "No," Hayley responded. "I don't." Mateo sat alone unaware that he was being watched from the nearby shrubs. He heard a noise---and perhaps felt that someone was watching him---and walked into the woods to investigate. Becca and Scott, meanwhile, dropped by the boathouse to see if they could find Amanda's costume. They'd learned that the kids were safely back at home. Scott wanted to talk to Becca about their failed relationship, but Becca wasn't ready to discuss her pain. Someday, she said, they might be able to be friends again. "Right now," she said with a sigh, "it hurts too much." They headed into the woods to check for the costume. Mateo exited the woods and headed back to a bench by the waterside. He looked up and saw Hayley walking towards him. "Something horrible's happened to Ryan," she sobbed. "He's gone." Mateo took Hayley in his arms and comforted her. The hooting of a nearby owl roused Mateo from his daydream. Nevertheless, the thought of Ryan's untimely demise brought a smile to Mateo's face.

At Chandler Mansion, Liza told Jake of Adam's stunt at the stem cell laboratory. Jake was outrage. He threatened to bring charges against Adam, but Liza talked him out of it. She said that sending Adam to jail would not accomplish anything. Instead, she announced that she would sit Adam down and once again lay down the rules. Liza assured Jake that Adam loved Colby and that he'd never hurt her. "She is not his daughter," Jake snapped. "She will never be his daughter." Jake packed up some of Colby's things. About the time that he was finished, Adam returned to the mansion. Jake wished Liza luck and headed on her way.

At BJ's, David waited for a takeout order. As he did, he noticed that Jake had entered the restaurant and sat down at a nearby table. The doctor strolled over to see how Jake and Colby were doing. It was evident by Jake's demeanor that he hadn't spoken to Gillian. Jake tried to get rid of David by informing him that Gillian would be joining him any minute. That was all David needed to hear. He smiled and headed on his way. Hayley entered a little while later and joined Jake at his table. Both Jake and Hayley knew that they were running late for their meetings with Gillian and Ryan, respectively. If they were late, that meant that their dates were running even later.

With Ryan in the passenger's seat, Gillian sped down a dark road by the water. Ryan tried to find out why Gillian was so frantic, but Gillian wouldn't part with any details. Ryan tried to convince Gillian to pull over and let him drive, but Gillian refused. Suddenly a dark figure appeared in the middle of the road and Gillian was forced to swerve to prevent a collision. The screech of rubber filled the air.

Adam wanted to know what Jake had said to Liza. "I know the truth, Adam," Liza said coldly. "How could you?" Adam shook his head and told Liza that he'd only done what he done out of love. Liza groaned slightly and told Adam that she was tired of him using love as an excuse for all of his misdoings. "You broke into a lab and switched sample," Liza snapped. Adam insisted that he'd wanted to tell Liza the truth. He claimed that he was afraid to tell the truth because she'd been constantly touting his miraculous reformation. The idea that Adam was blaming her for his trickery was a bit too much for Liza to handle. She blasted Adam for interfering in people's lives. Adam, however, felt he had "every right" to interfere. "Look at what it's created for us," Adam smiled. Liza crinkled her brow and told Adam that she had no idea what he was talking about. "Colby!" Adam chirped. "She's ours---yours and mine. You asked for it. Colby is our daughter!"

Tuesday, November 2, 1999

"What did you say?", Liza asks Adam, shocked. Adam tries to back-track, but it's too late, Liza has realized the truth. She was only accusing him of switching Colby's stem cells, but Adam didn't realize that and blurted out the truth that Colby is his daughter, not Jake's. Liza is very quiet, almost too quiet, as Adam explains why he did it, because he loves her and he wanted them to have a perfect life together. He knew that they would find their way back to each other and when they did, he didn't want her to be carrying another man's baby. I did what was best for us, he claims, and asks for her forgiveness. But what about everyone else, Liza asks, starting to show a bit of anger, what about Jake and Ruth and Joe, don't you think this will hurt them terribly? Adam doesn't really seem to care, suggesting that Jake can now go off and start a family of his own, as if Jake won't be devastated to learn the truth. This hurts Liza even more and when he tries to claim again he did it because he loves her, she tells him it's a lie, he did it for himself. He wants a child to mold in his own image, to be his piece of immortality. He did it before with Dixie when Brooke couldn't have a child, and he's doing the same thing now, Liza accuses. Adam denies it, unable to see that he's done anything, he did everything out of love. You don't love me, Liza tells him, what you did to me was rape. Adam is shocked speechless by her accusation.

At B.J.'s, Hayley is sitting with Jake and Colby and anxiously waiting for Ryan to arrive. She doesn't understand why he hasn't called or left a message. She's also worried because Mateo is out there somewhere in a really bad mood and hopes he doesn't run into Ryan. She and Jake finally decide that Gillian and Ryan are not going to show up and both of them go over to Tad and Dixie's house where the whole family is gathering.

Still at the boathouse, Mateo picks up a pumpkin in a fit of rage and hurls it, almost hitting Adrian, who has just arrived. Mateo tells Adrian the whole story about Ryan and Hayley at the Dillon house and how angry he is at Ryan for manipulating Hayley. Adrian suggests that even though Mateo loves her, maybe he isn't what she needs right now, in the same way that he didn't love Belinda in the way she needed to be loved right now. Mateo's not convinced and wishes Ryan were out of their lives for good.

In a replay of yesterday's scene, Gillian is driving way too fast and Ryan is begging her to slow down. Suddenly, a figure in black appears in front of the car and Gillian slams on the brakes and swerves to avoid it. When we next see the car, a telephone pole is leaning on top of the car and sparking wires are everywhere. Gillian has been thrown from the car, but Ryan is still trapped inside. The figure in black looks at the scene, then disappears without trying to help. Gasoline drips from the car as sparks continue to fly. Ryan comes to and calls out for Gillian. He reaches out his hand, but can't feel her, and soon passes out again.

At Tad and Dixie's, Opal is dressed up as a fortune teller and is entertaining Junior, Jaime, Amanda and Petey. Junior asks her if she believes there are things in the woods and she tells him there isn't anything there except fuzzy woodland creatures. Junior slips and mentions being in the woods that night, which the adults pick up on right away and ask what they were doing there. They are forced to explain that they were out in the woods looking for the bottle cap man and Amanda mentions that she saw a witch. Janet looks a little strange while they're talking about this, but assures Amanda that she must have seen another trick-or-treater, there are no such things as witches. Amanda's not convinced and is worried the witch is waiting outside for them. Opal thinks Junior is so worried because of his dream about Ray Gardner, and assures him that Ray is dead and buried and can never hurt him. Tad quietly comments to Dixie that the only one that hurts Junior is Adam. Adrian arrives at the party, followed closely by Hayley, Jake and Colby. Hayley still has a bad feeling about Ryan, which only gets worse when Adrian mentions what a state Mateo was in when he saw him at the boathouse. Amanda and Janet leave, with Amanda looking around nervously for the witch. As soon as they are gone, the figure in black appears on Tad and Dixie's porch and heads off after Janet and Amanda.

Mateo pulls up at the scene of the accident. He first sees Gillian lying on the road and because of all the spilled fuel and sparks, pulls her further away from the car. He then looks in the car to see if anyone else is in there and spies Ryan. In his mind, he remembers the conversation he just had with Adrian about how much better his life would be without Ryan in it. As Mateo ponders the situation, Ryan wakes up and stretches his hand out toward Mateo, asking him for help.