Due to the Labor Day holiday, today's episode of All My Children was a rebroadcast of an episode that aired earlier this summer.
Regular programming will resume tomorrow where Friday's show concluded. There will be no "lost" episodes as a result of this pre-emption.
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Babe ran into Jamie and Amanda and Amanda, in her own special way, made it very clear that she and Jamie were a couple. After a brief civil exchange with Jamie Babe left. Jamie told Amanda know that he knew she purposely rubbed Babe's face in them being together and that if she pulled something like that again, they were finished. Amanda tried to seduce Jamie, but he rejected her.
Tad told Dixie that she had Julia's life in her hands. He explained that Julia is a target and that her old boyfriend Kevin was the one targeting her. She told Tad that Kevin was not part of a big mob family or a group of hit men. Dixie told Tad to back off but he said he couldn't. She told him she couldn't tell him what she doesn't know. Tad asked if she was scared of Kevin and if that were the case he would protect her. He again pleaded for any information about Kevin and Dixie told him that she wouldn't play with Julia's life. Dixie told Tad that either he had to stop torturing her or he had to leave her forever.
Julia asked Sam why he was living in Pine Valley while his mom and sister were in California. He told her that he was a Martin now. She told him that family couldn't be replaced. He told Julia that his mom just quit loving his dad. Julia told Sam a story about his mom and dad before they were married and how much they loved each other. Julia tried to explain the complexities of relationships to Sam and how couples can change. She told him whatever happened with his mom and dad, it didn't mean that they didn't love each other. He said that he had found his real family with the Martins. She told him that the Martin's were his relatives, but his family was in California.
Zach called Ryan and told him to continue to stay dead and that if he hurt Greenlee or Kendall, he would hunt him down and kill him himself. Mimi then caught up with Zach and wanted to have a talk with him, but he said he was too busy. Then Zach saw Babe and wanted information about Di Kirby. Babe told Zach that if he told her what he had on Di, she might be able to help him. Babe took Zach to where Tad and Dixie were and from behind a tree, they saw Di Kirby kissing Tad.
Erin told Ryan she would take Jonathan to the hospital where he could get the help he needs. Ryan told her that he walked away from his old life and that now she and Jonathan were his family. Erin asked Ryan if they could forget past grudges and start again. Ryan reassured her that he wanted nothing more.
Greenlee realized that if Ryan was alive it meant that he was intentionally staying away. Kendall tried to reason with Greenlee by telling her that Lily was not a reliable witness. Kendall told her that Ryan adored her and he would never run off and live another life. Greenlee told Kendall that they could not go on with their plans to have Ryan's baby, but Kendall reassured her that they were making the right decision. Greenlee said that if Ryan let her believe he was dead, she would have no reason to go on. Greenlee gave Kendall three books on pregnancy as well as an exercise plan. She then told Kendall that she could no longer have shellfish, alcohol and had to divorce Zach. Kendall refused. Greenlee asked Kendall for one good reason why she wanted to stay married to Zach. Kendall told her that her marriage gave her security and she was going to stay married. Greenlee then realized that Kendall cared for Zach. Kendall said the only reason she was staying married to Zach was to keep her from falling for someone else and getting into another failed relationship.
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Tad and Aidan were greeted with a new client: Zach. Mr. Cambias was looking for Di Kirby. Tad was thrown, but only for a moment and asked Zach the typical PI questions about Di. Zach played along briefly and then dropped the bomb he knew Di was Dixie — and he needed her help. When Tad didn't offer any, Zach bolted. Alone with Tad, Aidan wondered if Dixie might be involved with the Julia mess. "She's my Dixie,"said Tad. Apparently he didn't need that DNA test, it only look one kiss. Tad admitted to Aidan he was falling for Dixie and was sure she wasn't lying to him.
After spotting Jamie and Amanda dining together, JR went over to offer a few snide remarks and advise his brother to stay far away from Amanda. Later, Jamie and Amanda had a heart-to-heart about Amanda's mom, Janet-from-another-planet. By the end of the episode, the duo decided to see a movie together.
Di confided in Del that she feared she was about to lose everything. Del advised his sister to keep mum. If she gave away the info that could help save Julia, Di would lose her life as Dixie and possibly her life in general. Di decided to take a drive and her car steered her to see Krystal. The former prison pals talked about Tad, and Krystal warned Di not to hurt him. After leaving Krystal, Di went to get some fresh air. Too bad a mystery person grabbed her from behind.
While trying on a dress for the wedding, Dani's zipper got stuck. And who popped in the dressing room to help her with it? That creepy Garret. After zipping her up, Garret promised to keep all of her secrets, to which Dani answered that there was one secret her mom needed to know: Garret had feelings for Dani. He assured her he didn't have "those" kind of feelings. She confessed he make her uncomfortable, and when Mimi walked up, Garret told Dani to tell Mimi just that. Dani told her simply that she liked the dress. She tried to hint that something was off, but Mimi didn't take the bait as they all stood in front of a mirror like a seemingly happy family.
Babe arrived at the Chandler mansion only to find out the social worker wasn't there yet. At first, JR was adamant she not see the baby, but after she set her plan into motion, JR showed he had a little heart and decided he'd stay and supervise the visit. When Babe realized she forgot a toy for the baby, she went to the car to get it, leaving the baby with JR. When she returned, JR was on the phone. Babe asked where the baby was and the two started looking for him. The episode ending with a spine-chilling scream from Babe.
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Babe and JR search madly for their son, though JR is convinced that Little Adam can't have gone far. Del joins them on the patio to see what the commotion is about, and when filled in, joins the search. Babe takes off to check by the pool, and soon JR is treated to an ear piercing scream, followed by a splash that can only mean she dove into the pool to save their son. He pauses briefly, and then quickly follows the path his ex-wife recently took. The next few moments pass in a flash, and then suddenly a soaked Babe carries her equally drenched son back to the patio with JR on her heels. Little A cries for a moment, and then stops. Babe fears for her son's life and attempts to start CPR. JR, frozen in fear, only reacts when Babe screams at him to call 911. As he does, Tad shows up, disbelieving what is right before his eyes. As Babe continues to work on Little A, Tad holds a frantic JR back, assuring him that Babe knows what she's doing. She finally gets him to breathe again, and JR allows her to hold and comfort him as they hear the sirens getting closer. When the paramedics arrive, JR demand that they call ahead to PVH and have specialists waiting at the door when they arrive. The paramedics tell him that Little A will be checked out thoroughly once they get to the hospital, but they know he will be fine because Babe performed CPR by the book. Babe asks if she can go with them in the ambulance, and JR, after taking a moment to realize that he once again owed Babe for his son's life, says that they aren't leaving without him on board as well. They all take off, leaving Tad and Del behind. Del starts to leave, but Tad stops him and demands to know where he can find Dixie. Del tells him that he doesn't know where she went, only that she said she needed air. Tad, furious that he can't get more information on Dixie's whereabouts, tries to call Dixie on her cell phone. They quickly find out that she left her cell phone behind when it starts ringing where it lay on one of the patio couches. Tad then asks if Zach Slater had stopped by to see Dixie, but Del swears that he didn't see him. Tad pleads with Del to think back over the last conversation he had with Dixie, and tell him anything that might help. Finally, Del says that Dixie mentioned the location where she and Tad first saw each other, this time around. Realizing that she was referring to the cliffs, Tad takes off in search of his beloved.
At the hospital, Babe tearfully looks at the empty crib as JR watches her in the background. When the nurse comes into the room, they look at her, hoping the news she bears is good. She tells them that the amount of time that their son stopped breathing wasn't long enough to cause any significant damage. JR is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Little A thoroughly tested, but the nurse assures him that while there are more tests to come, their son had been through enough that day - and that all he needed now was rest, and his parents. She exits the room, leaving them alone again. It only takes JR a moment before he starts in on Babe, asking how she will exact her revenge: by either going to the cops or to the courts and claiming negligence on his part. Babe tries to assure him that she has no such intentions, but JR is hard pressed to believe her. Babe reminds him of the time that she looked away: back in the days when they had Bess (Miranda)...she was at the park and looked away to help a little boy tie his shoes. When she looked back, the baby was gone. But JR was there, like a hero, to save their baby. She then admits that she knew it was a set up, and that he did it to make her look like an unfit parent. JR worries that Babe will stick it to him because of this latest incident, but Babe runs down the list of panicked thoughts that she had while saving their son, none of which had a thing to do with how to get a better custody arrangement or more visitation with Little A. It's a lot for JR to take in - this acting like their feud is less important than their son. He then quietly asks her if she will teach him CPR. She denies his request - but only because she isn't certified. She tells him that she will go to classes with him, if that's what he wants. Just then, the nurse brings their crying son back into the room. JR and Babe immediately shift their attention to him, and the nurse, who tells them that Little A will be a lot better once he gets some rest. She reminds them about visiting hours, Babe thanks her, and the nurse takes her leave. Once she does, JR tells Babe that her visiting hours are over and Babe looks at him incredulously. Then, realizing the kind of man JR still is, she kisses her son and tells him that she will be back as soon as she can. She goes to leave, but JR calls out to her. He changes his mind because the doctors might have some questions that only she can answer. She goes back into the room and makes a beeline for her son, as JR watches the loving exchange from the background.
During a lunch stop at BJ's, Dani fills a disturbed Simone in on her dressing room mishap with Garret. Simone is taken aback at Dani's unsure tone, and reminds her that not long ago, she too was worried about Garret's true motives. Dani admits that she still is, but she can't be sure if Garret is really making inappropriate advances or if she is completely off the mark. They discuss the possibility, with nothing really resolved. Then, Josh stops by their table to see how they are - and receives a cold shoulder from Dani. As they step away to talk, Ethan swoops into the restaurant, flower in hand, lavishing affection on Simone.
By the bar, Dani rips Josh a new one, calling him a coward because he tried to talk his way out of landing in jail. She tells him that she can still have him arrested - all it takes is one phone call. Josh tells her that she can do what she likes - after she tells him what made her think that he was just playing games with her. She admits that she had a talk with Garret and got the scoop on him. Taken aback, Josh does some calling out of his own - how is it that Dani would take the word of someone who doesn't know him over her own feelings, when she knows him quite well? He asks how Garret got to her, and she recoils a little too violently, insisting that Garret did no such thing. Josh then asks if she plans on telling him exactly what is going on, or if she is going to make him guess.
Back at the table, Simone fills Ethan in on what's been happening. Ethan seems skeptical but Simone tells him that Dani has looks working for her and that as a man, Garret is seeing that. Ethan tries to save himself from being lumped into a category with someone they suspect is capable of such deviant actions, but Simone makes a quip about how Ethan should be willing and able to clean up his gender group.
A short time later, Josh and Dani join Ethan and Simone at the table. After joking about Josh joining Ethan's crusade to rid the planet of all bad guys, they talk in earnest about finding out more about Garret. Dani feels like she has really gone too far with it, and that someday they will look back and laugh at how she overreacted. However, everyone else at the table notes that because Garret is aiming to be a part of her family, it's too important not to investigate. Josh then confesses that he has an idea that might help them on their quest. Ethan tells Dani that the final decision is hers, and asks her thoughts. She says that she hopes they are all wrong about Garret, because she can't envision the horror that will ensue if he is not who he says he is.
At the police station, Garret tries to ease Mimi's fears about Dani and the upcoming wedding. They don't stay cozy for long, as Derek soon spots them and curtly asks if Mimi and her team found any more leads to Julia. Returning the tone, Mimi insists that she came to the station so that she could check in with her team on a secure line. She leaves, and Garret tries to approach Derek for a chat by putting a hand on his shoulder. Wanting little if anything to do with his ex-wife's new man, Derek threatens to throw Garret in jail if he doesn't remove his hand. Garret immediately apologizes, and insists that since he will be marrying into the family, he just wanted to get to know Dani's father better. He invites Derek and Livia to the wedding, and says that it would mean a lot to Dani. Derek makes it clear that he isn't interested, and further states that Garret is to never again attempt to tell him how Dani feels or what is good for her. Knowing that he is fighting a losing battle, Garret changes the subject and tries to make a monetary contribution to a "cops with kids" program. Derek assumes that Garret is trying to buy his way into good standing, and notes that he would prefer to simply handcuff him and lock him away. Before the lid can blow completely off of the situation, Mimi returns and gives Derek some papers to look at, which she believes will diffuse his temper. After giving him a moment to look it over, she reveals that she is petitioning the court to modify their custody agreement. By doing so, Dani is free to choose where she wants to live: New York City, or Pine Valley. Derek suspects that this is just another bribe, and asks what they are up to. Frustrated, Mimi tells him that there isn't anything that she wants from him - Garret just convinced her that it was the right thing to do by their daughter. Derek is unconvinced, as he believed this "generous" offer should have been made when Mimi dumped Dani in his lap over a year ago and walked away. Unable to tolerate his rigid demeanor any longer, Mimi repeats her act and walks out of the room. Garret stays behind for a minute, saying that he has a favor to ask. Derek, slightly gloating because he knew it was coming, invites Garret to bring it on. Garret informs him that the favor has already been asked - they really want Derek and Livia at the wedding. Garret says they feel it is important to show Dani that they can merge the two families and make it work. At this point, Mimi returns. She hears Derek insist that he has work to do, but she can see that his tough exterior cracking a bit. She tells him that while the Santos case is important, she thought that they could slip in some personal business between strategies. Finally, Derek relents and says that he'll talk to Livia. Even if she doesn't want to go to the wedding, he will - for Dani's sake. He walks off, and Mimi and Garret quietly rejoice.
Krystal meets up with Adam at the Roadside Bar, and after trading a few low blows, he asks what she has found out about "Dixie" and any siblings she may have. After getting the boys in the bar to quiet down so she doesn't have to get quite so cozy with Adam, Krystal leads him around by the nose for a moment, discussing how Del knows how to protect his sources, and how popular Paul "Seabone" Hunkle was around Pigeon Hollow. Finally fed up with her delays, Adam demands to know if Del has any sisters that they don't know about. Krystal fesses up that she got Del to cop to having 2 sisters: Dixie and Lanie - but that he clammed up after that. Upset that Krystal failed miserably at his simple request, he tells her that they are no longer working together. Incensed that he could treat their tenuous relationship so carelessly, she stands up and announces that not only is she carrying his baby, she is upset that he won't follow through on his promise to marry her. All of Krystal's biker friends immediately come to her rescue and look at Adam threateningly, while he bleats about how cruel she is to tell such lies. Her friends turn a deaf ear, grab Adam and drag him out the door, protesting the entire way. Once he's outside, Krystal places a call to a travel agency, requesting a ticket on a flight that will take her from Pine Valley to Crow Hollow, West Virginia.
Out in the alley, Adam picks himself up and attempts to dust himself off. When he does, he places a call to his flight crew and tells them to get the jet ready for a trip to Crow Hollow.
Zach shows up at a remote cabin with a kidnapped Di in tow. Fearful that she may come to some harm at his hands, she asks as much with regard to his intentions. Zach tells her that while he would prefer not to hurt her, that subject would be discussed after she tells him everything she knows. Di quickly reveals that she thinks Zach is one of the henchmen in Kevin Sturgess' employ, and Zach does nothing to correct that. She pleads with him to let her go, as she had already promised to never reveal what she knew. Unmoved, Zach plants himself in a chair, proclaiming that he was sent to do a job, and that he takes pride in doing it well. His flat delivery rattles her nerves, and she continues to try to talk her way out of being trapped in the cabin - noting that as long as she stays alive, Kevin is in the clear. However, if she dies, the letter with every last detail of the secret she is keeping will be sent and his cover will be blown. Zach asks where the letter is but Di refuses to divulge that information. He then asks what she is doing in Pine Valley, and she retorts that as long as she keeps quiet, her reasons shouldn't matter. Zach then lets his façade slip a little and asks why the sainted Dixie Martin would do time as Di Kirby. Realization dawning, she demands to know who Zach really is. He tells her that Julia Santos is his friend, and returns the demand by sternly requesting that she give up any and all information that could help get Julia out of danger. She swears that she doesn't know anything that could help Julia, but Zach clearly doesn't believe her. She then warns him away from digging for the truth - simply because he doesn't know what he's getting into. Zach tells her that the look he saw in her eyes when she thought he worked for Kevin is the same look that Julia has in her eyes every day. Di tells him that she can't tell what she knows because it would mean a death sentence - for both of them. She suggests that he let her go so that they can both wake up tomorrow morning, and the morning after that. She starts to beg him, and goes on to say that she wants to be able to stand by her son and see her grandson graduate from Harvard. She tries to leave, but Zach prevents her from doing so. He continues to demand that she tell him everything but she keeps hemming and hawing, knowing that if she spills the beans, they are both dead. After she tells him that his treatment of her almost makes confessing worth it, Zach then asks her where she hid the "in case I die" letter - if he has that, he can get all the information that he needs without her saying a word. Before she can crack and tell him where it is, Tad storms into the cabin and physically attacks Zach. He pushes Zach onto the nearby bed and goes directly to Di, checking to see if she's okay. Zach stumbles to a standing position, and closes the door that Tad came in through. He demands once again that Di give him the name of the person that wants Julia dead. Tad swears that Di doesn't know and insists that Slater get out of their way. Slater then informs Tad that she does know the answers he needs, that everything she told Zach before Tad came in was the truth, and everything that she told Tad since returning to Pine Valley was a lie.
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In Tad's attic, Julia started to pack up her belongings while being haunted by voices from her past. Sam arrived and ordered Julia to stay put. Julia told her nephew about what life in the Witness Protection Program is really like. Sam found the report sobering, but insisted to Julia that she not leave anyway. She remarked that he sounded just like his dad.
At the Canadian hospital, Jonathan reunited with Erin and Ryan after undergoing a battery of tests. Jon then heard a ticking bomb inside his head and started to panic; his sibs tried to calm him down, but his visions expanded to include his menacing father, then Kendall and Greenlee. Ryan and Erin summoned the doc, who restrained Jon. The doctor then informed Erin and Ryan that Jon isn't insane.
Simone, Ethan and Josh encouraged Danielle to set a trap for Garret in order to figure out if he is indeed making skeevy moves on her. After she agreed, the group was interrupted by the arrival of a beaming Mimi, with Garret on her arm. The happy couple reported that their nups were imminent, distressing Dani. Once they left, her pals convinced her to go through with her plan nonetheless, so she made plans to meet up with Garret later. When he returned to the office, Garret fell into Dani's trap, as Josh listened in.
Zach divulged to Tad that "Dixie" has written a letter to be read in the event of her untimely death that discloses the name of the man after Julia. Di furiously denied it. When Tad sided with her, Zach proclaimed him a fool, then left. Tad and "Dixie" got back to his place, where he demanded to know where the letter was. He implored her to tell her who's after Julia before it's too late. Sam interrupted their on-the-verge-of-getting-heated argument, then returned to the attic to tell Julia that Tad would be up soon. Back downstairs, Tad made it clear to Di that he wasn't going to drop the matter. Julia sauntered in and told "Dixie" that even if she didn't tell Tad the name of the guy gunning for her, she'd sure as hell tell Julia...
Greenlee and Kendall set out for a girls' night on the town at the roadside bar. Del sidled up his ex-lover, Kendall, and they enjoyed a pleasant reunion, but Greens sent him packing. As payback, Kendall made Greenlee hit the karaoke machine, where she warbled — what else? — "She's Having My Baby." When the gals returned to Greenlee's, they discovered that Zach was there. He accused Kendall of turning Julia into the police again; she denied it. Zach then revealed to the ladies that he'd found proof in Greens's house of their scheme to have Kendall become the surrogate mother to Ryan and Greenlee's baby — and, he added, he intended to stop it from happening.
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