At the Chandler mansion, Adam stirred and awoke to find Arlene entangled at the other end of the couch. He hastily tried to cover his bare chest, much to Arlene's amusement in light of what had happened the night before.
Meanwhile, Erica awoke to find David by her side. She tried to persuade him to take the day off from the hospital and spend the day with her. Just then, Leo's head popped out from under the covers atop Erica's bed, munching on a croissant. Leo believed in making himself at home. David soon started to harangue Leo about sponging off Erica, just like Vanessa. Erica explained to David that she is trying to help Leo find some direction in looking for a job.
At SOS, Adrian called Dimitri to report on what he's found out
about Charlotte from his computer searches - not much. Tina
overheard the end of the conversation and questioned Adrian about
his conversation. He told her he must go, and left her abruptly.
Mateo and Hayley returned from their honeymoon, and thanked Tina for the arrangements she had made for them. Then Hayley told Mateo she must go to her father's house and see if he's thrown out Arlene yet.
Alex stirred uneasily in her sleep, remembering Charlotte by her bedside, talking forcefully to her: "Forget about love, it makes you weak! Remember what I trained you for! You have to get on with it, get on with your life!" Alex cried out, "No, no!" as Edmund entered, trying to soothe her. But Alex was brusque with him, telling him she had slept in too long and had no time for "that kind of stuff." Puzzled, Edmund watched as she left to get ready for work at the hospital.
The need to go to the hospital was planted in her mind the night
before, as Charlotte explained to Quinn on her cell phone. Just
then Quinn walked in, much to Charlotte's indignation. "What
are you doing in my daughter's bedroom? she demanded. Adrian
proceeded with his bluff - that he is now willing to join up with
her, despite his refusal years ago to be recruited by her.
Charlotte told him she will be the one to decide when and where.
Adrian returned to SOS, where Tina greeted him with a gift. But he cut her off, and told her she was mistaken about what there was between them.
At the Chandler mansion, Hayley was greeted by Arlene, much to her
horror. Arlene, purring like the cat that got the cream, smugly
told Hayley that she and Adam are as much a couple as Hayley and
Mateo are. Hayley cannot believe her ears, but when a
freshly-showered Adam appeared, he confirmed that he had no
intenetion of divorcing Arlene or getting the marriage annulled.
After Hayley protested, he told her he'd better not come back if
she can't be happy for him. Sadly, Hayley left.
Adam, tears in his eyes, made it clear to Arlene that the reason he married her was to keep Hayley away. "And it's working," he added. Adam, in suit and tie again, left for Chandler Enterprises, cheered on by Arlene.
As Erica tried to guide Leo through her job questionnaire, the phone rang, answered by Leo. He handed it to Erica, "Who's Barbara?" he asked. Erica's end of the conversation indicated that Bianca was being a problem for Barbara. Erica told her she was being too sensitive, and to call again tomorrow.
Dimitri, still sequesterd in the mausoleum, allowed himself to fantasize about a happy reunion with his beloved Alex. But then he told himself, "NO, it can never be!"
Alex arrived at her office, all business, much to David's surprise. He noticed a complete change in her demeanor, and when Edmund arrived, asked him if he'd noticed the changes too. David left to go on rounds, and an anxious Edmund quizzed Alex on why she was being so cold to him. He suspected that she had been alone with Charlotte the night before, and begged Alex not to trust her mother. Alex was furious, and said she loved her mother and wanted to spend some time with her. "If you can't handle that .... " she glowered at Edmund as she slammed out of the room. Once outside, she paused and said to herself, "I just want to get on with my life!"
Mateo paid a visit to Adam, but instead found Arlene and decided to put her in her place. Meanwhile, a livid Adam watched as Tad and Liza celebrated their business successes. Later, Arlene encouraged Adam to take back what was rightfully his and he called an emergency board meeting. Ryan looked on as Greenlee attempted to make him jealous with Leo. Ryan attempted to cover his emotions after Greenlee spied him gazing at Gillian. Meanwhile, Becca was charmed when Leo admitted that his relationship with Greenlee was not what it appeared. Marian encouraged Scott to dig up some dirt on Leo and end Becca's infatuation with him. Later, Scott advised Becca to take some time to sort out her feelings for him and Leo.
Back from taking Junior to camp a little earlier than expected, Dixie used the opportunity to move some of her personal belongings into the Andrassy Foundation office at Pine Valley Hospital. She was startled to see that David was still working quietly at his desk. With a broad smile, Dixie explained that she wanted to have all of her belongings in place before starting time. That way there would be no "getting settled" time and she could get right to work in the morning. When Dixie asked to use the phone to call Tad, David assumed that she and Tad were going to hit the town to celebrate his new job. Dixie gasped slightly and put down the receiver. David knew from Dixie's reaction that she didn't know of Tad and Liza's business partnership. Dixie covered pretty well, saying that she knew Tad had been considering the job offer, but that the last time they'd spoke he'd been adamantly opposed to working with Liza. David was a bit concerned that Dixie was upset by Tad's new job as co-CEO, but Dixie swore that she was "fine with this." Soon after Dixie left, Charlotte entered the office. She introduced herself to Alex's business partner, saying that she's heard much about him. David informed Charlotte that her daughter was probably working in the lab and gave her some simple directions to try to track her down. Charlotte smiled broadly and headed on her way. Outside the office, Charlotte placed a call on her cellular phone. To the person on the other end, she said that she and Alex would be outside shortly and asked that the other person "be ready to move in quickly."
Alone in his new office at Chandler Enterprises, Tad reflected on the victory dance he and Liza had done after their first board meeting. He mused that he has somehow always found a way to "slide" into success. Joe wandered into the room and teased his son about being "front page news." The two men discussed the reasons behind Tad deciding to go to work at the company founded by his occasional nemesis. Surprisingly, Tad had decided to partner with Liza out of continued feelings that he was responsible for Stuart's death. He thought that using Chandler Enterprises, a company that usually operated on an only for profit mentality, to do some good for charitable organizations would be a great way to honor Stuart's memory. Joe agreed with Tad's thought process, but asked that he remember that there is something more important than business --- his marriage to Dixie. Dixie walked slowly down the hall and listened to the men's conversation from just outside the doorway. Tad promised his dad that he would never do anything to upset Dixie. In fact, he was using his new position at Chandler Enterprises to make Dixie proud of him. Dixie took a deep breath and entered the office. She assured her husband that she was already proud of him. Knowing that it was best to let the couple alone to discuss the situation, Joe made a hasty retreat. Dixie told Tad that she had no problem with his decision to take on a new job. Tad, in turn, vowed never to let his past indiscretions with Liza happen again. Tad purred sexily and told Dixie that he'd heard that power was an aphrodisiac. As the pair kissed, one of the office assistants wandered into the office. She immediately apologized for interrupting and left the room. Tad and Dixie, on the other hand, decided that it would be best to take their romance somewhere else.
On the beach, Adrian met up with a very disguised Dimitri. Donned in a jacket, sunglasses and baseball cap, Dimitri listened intently as Adrian asked him to go to the tack room at Wildwind and use a laptop computer to tap into the computer systems at Port Charles' General Hospital. Adrian also added that he had made contact with Charlotte and would learn if she planned to accept him into her organization sometime soon. Trouble reared its head in an unexpected form --- Gillian. Dimitri turned ever so slightly so that Gillian would not be able to see his face. Then, he slowly walked away. Adrian walked over to Gillian and greeted her. When asked who he'd been talking to, Adrian smoothly replied that he'd been chatting with someone he's met through his work at the shelter. Gillian said nothing more of it, instead deciding to comment that she'd thought that the beach would be deserted at that time of evening. Adrian sensed that Gillian wanted to be alone and left. Shortly thereafter, Ryan stumbled upon Gillian. Both were surprised to see the other, but neither wanted to part company. They laid down on a blanket next to a bonfire and enjoyed the nighttime air. Gillian was extremely jumpy, panicking every time an unfamiliar noise sounded. After the shared a kiss, Gillian questioned how she would tell Jake that she wanted a divorce. Ryan suggested that she tell Jake that she had made a "horrible mistake" by agreeing to marry him. The term seemed harsh, but effective nonetheless. This time when a noise in the distance, it was a legitimate cause for concern. Ryan rushed into hiding just seconds before Tad and Dixie strolled onto the beach. They hadn't seen Gillian's car because she'd parked in a distant parking lot. The couple didn't want Gillian to sit alone so late at night and offered --- or rather demanded --- to walk her back to her car. As they left, Dixie remarked that she felt Gillian had gone to the beach to think about Jake. Tad, though, was unusually quiet, looking around curiously. Time passed and Ryan crawled out of hiding. He sat alone on the beach for several minutes before Gillian returned to his side. Gillian told Ryan that she feared Tad was suspicious of their relationship. According to Gillian, Tad questioned why she was alone on the beach the whole way back to her car. It was because of this that Gillian needed to change her relationship with Ryan: They could no longer see each other --- at least until she asked Jake for a divorce. It was going to be hard for both of them, but Gillian felt that it was the right thing to do.
In the hospital laboratory, Alex was haunted by unshakable voices forcing themselves into her head. Charlotte's voice warned her that Edmund could not be trusted, while her own voice repeated over and over that she was really Anna Devane. Edmund entered the lab and caught Alex by surprise. Alex jumped into the air and crushed the vial she'd been holding in the palm of her hand. Edmund immediately raced to his lover's side so that he could help tend to the wound caused by the crushed glass. Alex fought him the whole time, saying that she did not need him to hover over her. Edmund questioned Alex's change in attitude towards him. Alex argued that her mother was not a cause for concern. "She just wants me to," Alex said before pausing. She'd wanted to say "get on with my life," but she caught herself in time and finished, "be happy." Edmund took Alex into his arms to comfort her. Finally, Alex showed signs of calming down. She melted into his arms and apologized for her grumpiness. A smile formed on Alex's face and she told Edmund that she'd be finished with her work in a little while. Edmund nodded and headed off to the cafeteria to pick up some cappuccinos.
Edmund finished up at the cafeteria and headed to David and Alex's office. There, Edmund was surprised to see that Alex hadn't finished her work yet. David shrugged indifferently and said that it was possible that Alex had gotten tied up with her mother. Edmund's face fell. He immediately asked David when Charlotte had stopped by and where she'd gone. After learning that Charlotte was en route to the lab, Edmund burst out of the office.
The door to the lab opened while Alex was still finishing up her work. Without looking, she reminded the person coming in, whom she believed to be Edmund, that she'd meet them in her office. Charlotte smiled and said that she knew that they'd agreed to meet elsewhere, but said that she really wanted to take a trip to the cinema. Alex hadn't remembered talking to her mother about going to the movies. In actuality, she hadn't, but Charlotte wasn't about to reveal that she was lying. Charlotte looked at her daughter and told her that she just wants to help her "get on with her life." Alex grabbed her head and grimaced in pain. Charlotte pledged to help make Alex feel better --- just like when she was "in school." Edmund entered just as Charlotte was taking Alex by the arm. He demanded that Charlotte unhand Alex, but Charlotte refused. She explained to Edmund that Alex had fallen ill and she wanted to take her home. Edmund sternly informed Charlotte that he would be taking care of Alex and asked that she leave. Charlotte nodded her head and promised to meet them back at Wildwind. Outside in the hallway, Charlotte placed a call to someone and asked that that person meet her in the tack room. Back inside, Alex demanded to know why Edmund had spoken so coldly to her mother. Edmund took on a serious stance. "I didn't want to tell you," he said softly. "You're still in danger." The danger, Edmund stated, was closer than either of them could imagine. Alex was very concerned for her own safety, but that concern faded away with Edmund's next statement. "Your mother is the head of a powerful anarchist organization," Edmund explained. Alex broke into laughter, asking Edmund where he'd gotten such a ridiculous idea. "And Eugenia is a serial killer," she mused. Edmund admitted that he'd had no proof of his claim, but said that the information had come to him from a very reliable source. Of course, Edmund was not able to reveal who his source was because the source, Dimitri, had sworn him to secrecy. Because of the lack of details, Alex remained skeptical of Edmund's claims. He did, however, manage to score some credibility points when he pointed out that Alex never would have believed him a year ago if he'd told her that she could speak fluent Russian and subdue armed gunmen. Alex buried her head in Edmund's chest and apologized for acting so poorly towards him. Edmund warmly embraced her... but the cold expression on Alex's face hinted that Alex might not feel the same way.
In the tack room, Dimitri tapped away on the laptop computer Adrian had left for him. He managed to contact the General Hospital computer system, but he was denied access to privileged information. Adrian placed an urgent call to Dimitri to warn him that Charlotte was on her way to the tack room. Dimitri scrambled out of the room with the laptop in hand --- but he left behind a yellow notepad with "General Hospital" scrawled on it. Sometime later, Charlotte entered the tack room and paced slowly back and forth. Adrian appeared a few seconds later and was praised for his promptness. Charlotte told Adrian that she had decided to accept his request to join her organization, but there was a matter of an "initiation" process. Adrian grumbled that his record should speak for itself, but he agreed nevertheless to partake in the pre-employment test. Charlotte nodded her head and told Adrian of the task before him. Calmly and without emotion, Charlotte stated, "I want you to kill Edmund Grey."