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Monday, February 11, 2008

At Metro, Sam tried to force himself on Carly, and the two struggled on one of the club's booths. As she resisted, a shot rang out, and Sam rolled off of Carly onto the floor. He was shot in the shoulder and lay on the ground, motionless. As Carly got up, she was surprised to see Parker at the door, holding a shotgun.

A stunned Carly looked at Parker, who told his mom that he wasn't going to let Sam hurt her. Carly asked Parker to put the gun down, but Parker refused until he knew Sam was dead. Carly told Parker that she believed Sam was dead, so Parker dropped the weapon and ran out of Metro. Carly chased after her son and left Sam bleeding on the floor.

Carly caught up to Parker in Old Town and told him to talk to her, and the two went to the local church. Once there, she asked why he had gone to Metro. He explained that after talking to her earlier, he'd known Sam would hurt her, so he'd taken the gun from the farm and gone to Metro. Carly said they needed to call Jack, but Parker begged her not to call his father. Parker was concerned that Jack would be angry that he'd taken the gun from the farm and would turn him in.

Parker wanted his mother to leave town with him and help him get away, like she had when Simon had been in trouble with the law. Carly tried to explain to Parker that they needed to do the right thing and that she wouldn't ever let go of him. She went on to tell Parker that she knew he'd shot Sam to protect her and that his father would believe it too. She insisted that they call Jack and get his help, and Parker agreed. They reached Jack and told him they needed to meet with him right away.

As Carly and Parker waited for Jack, she promised Parker that everything would be all right. When Jack arrived, he was concerned with why Parker had sneaked out of the house, and Carly explained that Parker had sensed something had been wrong and had gone to find her at Metro. She went on to tell Jack that Parker had stopped Sam from raping her. A concerned Jack said they should get Carly to the hospital, and he would get an APB out on Sam right away. Carly then told Jack that Parker had shot Sam with the gun from the farm.

Jack was surprised that Carly and Parker hadn't called 9-1-1 from Metro, and he wanted to call the station right away, but Carly stopped him. Carly was worried that Parker would go to jail and begged Jack not to call the police, but he explained they needed to call the authorities immediately to avoid any suspicion. She convinced Jack to check on Sam first and see how badly he was injured before going to the police. Jack agreed, and the three returned to Metro.

Upon arriving at the club, Jack saw Sam on the floor and checked his pulse. He confirmed what everyone had feared -- Sam was dead. He immediately called in the shooting to the station and got ready to take Parker in. Carly tried to persuade Jack not to take Parker in, but he explained that the best thing for them to do was to tell the police how Sam had tried to rape Carly and let the authorities work everything out. Jack embraced Parker and encouraged his son to be brave.

Henry and Vienna were busy working at Al's Diner and began to discuss the disastrous love life of Katie and Brad. Henry cautioned Vienna to stop meddling before someone got hurt, but she was convinced that Katie and Brad were destined to be together. He believed Katie was better off away from Brad, but Vienna would not give up.

Katie arrived at Al's to pick up a cake and overheard the two talking about her relationship with Brad. Both Henry and Vienna offered their opinions of Katie's love life, but Katie explained that she and Brad had no future. Katie got the cake and headed to Tom and Margo's for dinner. Henry and Vienna continued their bickering over Katie and Brad, so Henry decided to leave the diner to take a break.

Margo arrived home, where Tom and Casey greeted her. Tom and Margo discussed her day, and she explained Gwen and Will's recent trouble with Sophie kidnapping Hallie. Margo encouraged Casey to call his friends and check to see how they were doing, but Casey was reluctant to get involved with his old friends since his return from prison. As Margo tried to convince him of the importance of staying in contact with his old friends, Katie arrived for dinner and greeted her nephew. She sensed she had interrupted something, and Casey mentioned that his parents were giving him another lecture about returning to life in Oakdale.

Katie explained that her friends, Vienna and Henry, both kept pushing her love life in different directions, and she understood how meddling some people could be. As dinner continued, Casey received a call from a former prison buddy named Matt. He wanted to see Casey right away and told him they had business to discuss. Casey was apprehensive at first but agreed to meet up with Matt. Right after Casey left, Margo got a call from Jack explaining what had happened at Metro. Jack asked Margo to meet him at the station with Tom to help deal with the situation.

Down at the station, Margo took Parker in for questioning. Tom attended the interrogation as Parker's lawyer, while both Jack and Carly sat in to hear what their son had to say about Sam's shooting. Margo asked Parker if the shooting had been an accident and Parker responded that it hadn't. He detailed for Margo the events leading up to Sam's killing. When Parker explained that he'd gotten the gun and then gone to Metro, Margo pointed out to everyone that Parker had had the gun before he'd known that Sam had been attacking Carly.

Tom stopped the interview and met with Carly and Jack outside. Tom explained to the two that Margo was proving that Parker had gone to Metro to kill Sam before he'd ever known Carly had been in danger. He and Jack realized that a prosecutor could prove Parker had acted with premeditation in Sam's killing. Carly tried to explain that Parker had always had perceptive powers and had known she had been in trouble, but Tom and Jack realized that Parker might be in deep trouble.

Margo walked out and told Jack and Carly she needed to hold Parker until they could meet with a judge. Jack and Carly went in to tell Parker he had to stay there for the night. They promised their son they would work together to make sure he was safe and that he wouldn't be in jail long. Margo escorted Parker to lockup as an emotional Carly broke down in Jack's arms.

Casey greeted his prison buddy in Old Town and learned that the prison guard who'd helped them get out early wanted the rest of his money immediately. Casey told his friend, Matt, not to worry and that he would find a way to get the guard what they owed him. Casey arrived at the Lakeview and noticed one of the bartenders was very busy. He told the guy he would watch the bar so the bartender could get some other things done, and once the bartender left him behind the bar, Casey eyed the cash register. When the opportunity arose to take the money, Casey grabbed it and headed out.

Henry arrived at Yo's Bar and found Brad sitting at the bar. He wasn't happy to see Brad there but decided to sit there and have a drink nonetheless. Henry explained that he was there because he and Vienna kept fighting over Brad and Katie's relationship. Brad was discouraged to hear that Katie believed they had no future together. He explained that because he was Jack's brother, he'd really never stood a fair chance with Katie and that he really loved her. Henry reminded Brad that Katie had had many crazy relationships before he and Jack had happened along and that if he really loved her, he would just let Katie get her life together. Brad reminisced about his memories of Katie, and a frustrated Henry decided to refocus Brad's attention by taking him to a local poker game.

In a room at the Lakeview, Brad and Henry played in a friendly but high-stakes game of poker. Brad was distracted and drunk but tried to keep up with the game. Henry won big, just as Vienna arrived and told Henry to leave immediately. One of the players, Gray, was obviously taken with Vienna's beauty and greeted her enthusiastically.

Henry refused to leave the game because he was winning, but Vienna took a seat in the room and told her boyfriend she wouldn't leave without him. Henry explained he had to play at least one more hand, but Vienna and Gray convinced Henry to leave. Vienna was grateful for Gray's help, but Gray looked to want more from Vienna than her gratitude. Brad remained behind, and the poker players looked to win their losses back from a visibly drunk Brad.

Katie sat at Java, enjoying some coffee, and saw a naked Brad walking through town. She grabbed an old tablecloth and ran after him. She asked Brad what he was doing strolling through town without clothes and noticed immediately that he was drunk. Brad tried to explain what had happened but had no real explanation. He instead decided to kiss Katie and lost his tablecloth in the moment.

A cop saw a naked Brad kissing Katie and asked her if she wanted to press charges. At first, Katie tried to explain Brad's behavior to the cop but later decided a night in jail for indecent exposure might do Brad a little good. Brad begged Katie to help, but she refused. Bonnie saw what was going on and stepped in to help Brad. With Bonnie's help, the cop decided to let Brad go. Katie looked on as Bonnie escorted Brad home.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

At Al's Diner, Henry tried to tempt Vienna into betting on a horse he thought was a sure thing, but Vienna said she didn't want him to gamble anymore. Henry was obviously bothered that his girlfriend didn't want him to gamble but cheered up when Vienna turned on her seductive charms. The two shared a kiss, just as Henry's poker buddy, Gray, showed up. Gray was obviously taken with Vienna and kept staring at her. Vienna was not happy about Gray going to the diner and didn't want Henry anywhere near him because she feared he would talk Henry into a poker game.

Vienna decided to take care of Gray on her own and took his order but also took the opportunity to warn Gray against trying to entice Henry to gamble. Gray insisted he wouldn't dream of getting Henry to gamble. The two chatted about the diner and the menu, and all the while, Gray flirted with a seemingly unaware Vienna. Gray continued to flatter Vienna as Henry listened in on their conversation and began to get jealous. Henry pulled Vienna away and told her he didn't like Gray's tone and that he would take care of him.

Vienna was flattered that Henry was protective and watched as Henry told Gray to leave. Gray asked more about Vienna, but Henry explained that Gray had to accept that he and Vienna were committed to one another. As Gray prepared to leave, he told Henry he was on his way to a poker game and wished Henry could join him. Henry declined the invitation but obviously wanted to go. Vienna walked up and wanted to know what Gray had said to Henry, but he made an excuse and left the diner.

Henry arrived at a room at the Lakeview and joined Gray and his pals in a game of poker. Henry quickly began to drink and lost numerous hands of poker, and Gray became more arrogant with each hand Henry lost. Henry started to win and decided to leave the game, but Gray's smug remarks drew him back in the hopes of winning big. Gray and Henry eventually went against one another in a high-stakes match that resulted in Henry losing big.

When it was time to pay up, Henry admitted he didn't have the money available to meet his bet. Henry suggested he would give Gray the diner, but Gray offered to forgive Henry's debt if he could spend one night with Vienna. Henry was offended by the suggestion and quickly told Gray there was no way he would agree to Gray's indecent proposal. Gray reminded Henry how much losing the diner would hurt Vienna and questioned if she would be able to forgive him. A flustered Henry left to share the bad news with Vienna.

Back at the diner, Vienna sensed something was wrong and wondered what Henry could be up to. When Henry arrived back at the diner, Vienna wanted to know where he had been and if he had been gambling. Henry denied gambling and claimed to have been out looking for treats for their puppy.

Matt, Casey's friend from prison, showed up at Casey's house and said he'd stopped by for a friendly visit. Casey was not happy to see Matt but invited him in for a soda. Matt looked around and asked Casey about his family but seemed to know more than he let on. Casey and Matt headed to another room to play video games just as Margo returned home. She heard the boys talking and thought Matt's voice was that of her other son, Adam. She called up to the boys, thinking it was Casey and his brother, and was surprised when Casey went downstairs with Matt.

Margo asked who Casey's friend was, and Matt told Margo he was a friend from Casey's days at Oakdale University. Matt tried to get on Margo's good side by talking about how Casey should go back to school. Tom arrived home and was introduced to Matt. Casey and Matt headed upstairs to finish their game while Margo told Tom that when she'd arrived home, she'd thought she'd heard Adam's voice and had been hopeful he had returned home. Tom comforted Margo, and they reflected on their missing son. In the meantime, Matt had returned to the room and overheard the entire conversation.

Over lunch, Matt began to discuss that he wanted to be a lawyer, like Tom. He kept talking about how he would love to return to school, if he only had the money. Casey was dumbfounded by what he heard from Matt, while Tom and Margo were sympathetic to his struggle to return to school. When Matt hinted that he didn't have a place to stay, Margo immediately invited him to stay with them.

When Margo and Tom left Casey and Matt alone, Casey wanted to know what Matt was thinking by lying to Casey's parents and staying with them. Matt told Casey not to worry and that he would be gone before Casey's parents ever figured out that they had been in prison together. Matt asked if Casey would be able to get him more money in a hurry like he had the other day.

Lucinda headed into the Lakeview bar and remembered one of her final conversations with Dusty before his murder. As she was recalling Dusty's belief that she'd had something to do with Memo 21, she expressed her remorse for not controlling Evan when he had gotten to town. Paul arrived and overheard Lucinda talking aloud. He asked her if she was all right. Lucinda explained she was sad about Dusty and the madness that her step-grandson Evan had caused in Oakdale. She didn't admit to taking Evan into town but explained that she believed she should have been more suspicious of Evan and that she might have saved Dusty.

Paul offered his condolences and told Lucinda she shouldn't feel guilty about Evan's murderous rampage. He then congratulated Lucinda on getting her company back from Craig, but Lucinda explained the cost of getting it back had been too high. Paul didn't understand why Lucinda wasn't happy about getting her company back and offered to help her make everything better. Paul explained he had "a plan" that would destroy Craig, and Lucinda was excited at the prospect at finally getting Craig out of Oakdale.

Craig arrived at his office, just as the signs were being taken down and ownership was returning to Lucinda. He went into Meg's office and saw her throwing out a picture of herself and Paul. He was happy to see that Meg was done with Paul and retrieved the picture from the trash to revel in the demise of Paul and Meg's love affair. Meg was not amused and told Craig it was none of his business. Craig told Meg that he believed if she and Paul were over, then he still had a chance with her.

Meg explained to Craig that they had no future, but Craig said he just wanted a chance to be with her and have a family. Meg recounted Craig's failures as a father and told him she didn't want to have a family with him. He told her that he wasn't giving up on getting Lucy and Johnny back and wouldn't give up on her either. Craig detailed for Meg his frustration over losing Johnny and Lucy, but Meg condemned Craig's lack of fatherly instincts. Craig reminded Meg that she and Paul weren't perfect and stormed out.

Paul called Emily to meet him at Java and said he needed her help. After hearing Paul's "plan," she called Craig and asked him to meet her at Yo's. Craig was initially hostile to Emily but agreed to meet her after she told him he would be very interested in what she had to say.

Craig met Emily, and she explained that she could help him find his children, Lucy and Johnny. Craig was excited and annoyed that Emily had news about his kids and wanted to know how she had gotten the information. She told him she'd heard Lucinda talking to Lucy and that if he followed Lucinda, he would be able to get information about where Lucy had taken Johnny.

Later in the afternoon, Craig tracked Lucinda's limo through town, hoping to find out where his children had gone. Lucinda saw Craig following her and decided it was a good place to let him overhear a fake conversation with Lucy. It became clear that she, Paul, and Emily had set Craig up.

When Lucinda got out of the car to talk to Lucy, Craig strained to hear their conversation. Lucinda explained to Lucy that with Dusty dead, the only living parent Johnny had left was Craig. She stressed to Lucy that it was more important than ever that she stay away from Oakdale and Craig. Lucinda made sure to mention that Lucy and Johnny were in Barbados. She got back into her limo, confident that she had fooled Craig. Craig immediately headed to the airport in search of his children.

Paul arrived at Meg's office and shared with her the big news that he was the new owner of WorldWide. Meg was shocked that Lucinda had turned the company over to Paul, but he explained that Lucinda's recent brush with death had made her want to focus on her personal life. He told her that Lucinda was still on the board of directors for the company, but he was the CEO. Meg wished Paul good luck with the company, and he told her that she was always welcome at the company. He reminded her that she'd gotten involved with the business to make a difference in the world, but Meg thought Paul was just using his new job as a way to get her back.

Paul assured Meg that he wanted her back but understood she was ready to move on, and he would focus on a business relationship with her if that was what she wanted. Meg didn't believe Paul wanted her around for her business skills, but he kept trying to persuade her to stay with the company. Meg turned down the offer and left Paul alone to stew in his disappointment.

Lucinda, Emily, and Paul met up at the Lakeview bar, and Lucinda revealed that she had succeeded in "the plan" by sending Craig off on a wild goose chase in search of Lucy and Johnny. She guaranteed that she could keep him on his search for a long time. Paul and Emily were excited at the prospect of getting Craig out of town and asked Lucinda to keep them posted about Craig's whereabouts. Paul thanked Emily for her help and asked her to let him know what he owed her. She told him she would get back to him and left him alone at the bar.

Paul looked at the picture of him and Meg that he had taken out of her trash and thought back on the last time they'd made love. Emily returned, looking for something, and saw Paul looking at the picture. She told Paul to get over it because Meg would never forgive him, but Paul reminded her that nothing was impossible. At the farm, Meg went through her belongings from the office and also recalled her last night with Paul.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

At Al's Diner, Henry tried to tempt Vienna into betting on a horse he thought was a sure thing, but Vienna said she didn't want him to gamble anymore. Henry was obviously bothered that his girlfriend didn't want him to gamble but cheered up when Vienna turned on her seductive charms. The two shared a kiss, just as Henry's poker buddy, Gray, showed up. Gray was obviously taken with Vienna and kept staring at her. Vienna was not happy about Gray going to the diner and didn't want Henry anywhere near him because she feared he would talk Henry into a poker game.

Vienna decided to take care of Gray on her own and took his order but also took the opportunity to warn Gray against trying to entice Henry to gamble. Gray insisted he wouldn't dream of getting Henry to gamble. The two chatted about the diner and the menu, and all the while, Gray flirted with a seemingly unaware Vienna. Gray continued to flatter Vienna as Henry listened in on their conversation and began to get jealous. Henry pulled Vienna away and told her he didn't like Gray's tone and that he would take care of him.

Vienna was flattered that Henry was protective and watched as Henry told Gray to leave. Gray asked more about Vienna, but Henry explained that Gray had to accept that he and Vienna were committed to one another. As Gray prepared to leave, he told Henry he was on his way to a poker game and wished Henry could join him. Henry declined the invitation but obviously wanted to go. Vienna walked up and wanted to know what Gray had said to Henry, but he made an excuse and left the diner.

Henry arrived at a room at the Lakeview and joined Gray and his pals in a game of poker. Henry quickly began to drink and lost numerous hands of poker, and Gray became more arrogant with each hand Henry lost. Henry started to win and decided to leave the game, but Gray's smug remarks drew him back in the hopes of winning big. Gray and Henry eventually went against one another in a high-stakes match that resulted in Henry losing big.

When it was time to pay up, Henry admitted he didn't have the money available to meet his bet. Henry suggested he would give Gray the diner, but Gray offered to forgive Henry's debt if he could spend one night with Vienna. Henry was offended by the suggestion and quickly told Gray there was no way he would agree to Gray's indecent proposal. Gray reminded Henry how much losing the diner would hurt Vienna and questioned if she would be able to forgive him. A flustered Henry left to share the bad news with Vienna.

Back at the diner, Vienna sensed something was wrong and wondered what Henry could be up to. When Henry arrived back at the diner, Vienna wanted to know where he had been and if he had been gambling. Henry denied gambling and claimed to have been out looking for treats for their puppy.

Matt, Casey's friend from prison, showed up at Casey's house and said he'd stopped by for a friendly visit. Casey was not happy to see Matt but invited him in for a soda. Matt looked around and asked Casey about his family but seemed to know more than he let on. Casey and Matt headed to another room to play video games just as Margo returned home. She heard the boys talking and thought Matt's voice was that of her other son, Adam. She called up to the boys, thinking it was Casey and his brother, and was surprised when Casey went downstairs with Matt.

Margo asked who Casey's friend was, and Matt told Margo he was a friend from Casey's days at Oakdale University. Matt tried to get on Margo's good side by talking about how Casey should go back to school. Tom arrived home and was introduced to Matt. Casey and Matt headed upstairs to finish their game while Margo told Tom that when she'd arrived home, she'd thought she'd heard Adam's voice and had been hopeful he had returned home. Tom comforted Margo, and they reflected on their missing son. In the meantime, Matt had returned to the room and overheard the entire conversation.

Over lunch, Matt began to discuss that he wanted to be a lawyer, like Tom. He kept talking about how he would love to return to school, if he only had the money. Casey was dumbfounded by what he heard from Matt, while Tom and Margo were sympathetic to his struggle to return to school. When Matt hinted that he didn't have a place to stay, Margo immediately invited him to stay with them.

When Margo and Tom left Casey and Matt alone, Casey wanted to know what Matt was thinking by lying to Casey's parents and staying with them. Matt told Casey not to worry and that he would be gone before Casey's parents ever figured out that they had been in prison together. Matt asked if Casey would be able to get him more money in a hurry like he had the other day.

Lucinda headed into the Lakeview bar and remembered one of her final conversations with Dusty before his murder. As she was recalling Dusty's belief that she'd had something to do with Memo 21, she expressed her remorse for not controlling Evan when he had gotten to town. Paul arrived and overheard Lucinda talking aloud. He asked her if she was all right. Lucinda explained she was sad about Dusty and the madness that her step-grandson Evan had caused in Oakdale. She didn't admit to taking Evan into town but explained that she believed she should have been more suspicious of Evan and that she might have saved Dusty.

Paul offered his condolences and told Lucinda she shouldn't feel guilty about Evan's murderous rampage. He then congratulated Lucinda on getting her company back from Craig, but Lucinda explained the cost of getting it back had been too high. Paul didn't understand why Lucinda wasn't happy about getting her company back and offered to help her make everything better. Paul explained he had "a plan" that would destroy Craig, and Lucinda was excited at the prospect at finally getting Craig out of Oakdale.

Craig arrived at his office, just as the signs were being taken down and ownership was returning to Lucinda. He went into Meg's office and saw her throwing out a picture of herself and Paul. He was happy to see that Meg was done with Paul and retrieved the picture from the trash to revel in the demise of Paul and Meg's love affair. Meg was not amused and told Craig it was none of his business. Craig told Meg that he believed if she and Paul were over, then he still had a chance with her.

Meg explained to Craig that they had no future, but Craig said he just wanted a chance to be with her and have a family. Meg recounted Craig's failures as a father and told him she didn't want to have a family with him. He told her that he wasn't giving up on getting Lucy and Johnny back and wouldn't give up on her either. Craig detailed for Meg his frustration over losing Johnny and Lucy, but Meg condemned Craig's lack of fatherly instincts. Craig reminded Meg that she and Paul weren't perfect and stormed out.

Paul called Emily to meet him at Java and said he needed her help. After hearing Paul's "plan," she called Craig and asked him to meet her at Yo's. Craig was initially hostile to Emily but agreed to meet her after she told him he would be very interested in what she had to say.

Craig met Emily, and she explained that she could help him find his children, Lucy and Johnny. Craig was excited and annoyed that Emily had news about his kids and wanted to know how she had gotten the information. She told him she'd heard Lucinda talking to Lucy and that if he followed Lucinda, he would be able to get information about where Lucy had taken Johnny.

Later in the afternoon, Craig tracked Lucinda's limo through town, hoping to find out where his children had gone. Lucinda saw Craig following her and decided it was a good place to let him overhear a fake conversation with Lucy. It became clear that she, Paul, and Emily had set Craig up.

When Lucinda got out of the car to talk to Lucy, Craig strained to hear their conversation. Lucinda explained to Lucy that with Dusty dead, the only living parent Johnny had left was Craig. She stressed to Lucy that it was more important than ever that she stay away from Oakdale and Craig. Lucinda made sure to mention that Lucy and Johnny were in Barbados. She got back into her limo, confident that she had fooled Craig. Craig immediately headed to the airport in search of his children.

Paul arrived at Meg's office and shared with her the big news that he was the new owner of WorldWide. Meg was shocked that Lucinda had turned the company over to Paul, but he explained that Lucinda's recent brush with death had made her want to focus on her personal life. He told her that Lucinda was still on the board of directors for the company, but he was the CEO. Meg wished Paul good luck with the company, and he told her that she was always welcome at the company. He reminded her that she'd gotten involved with the business to make a difference in the world, but Meg thought Paul was just using his new job as a way to get her back.

Paul assured Meg that he wanted her back but understood she was ready to move on, and he would focus on a business relationship with her if that was what she wanted. Meg didn't believe Paul wanted her around for her business skills, but he kept trying to persuade her to stay with the company. Meg turned down the offer and left Paul alone to stew in his disappointment.

Lucinda, Emily, and Paul met up at the Lakeview bar, and Lucinda revealed that she had succeeded in "the plan" by sending Craig off on a wild goose chase in search of Lucy and Johnny. She guaranteed that she could keep him on his search for a long time. Paul and Emily were excited at the prospect of getting Craig out of town and asked Lucinda to keep them posted about Craig's whereabouts. Paul thanked Emily for her help and asked her to let him know what he owed her. She told him she would get back to him and left him alone at the bar.

Paul looked at the picture of him and Meg that he had taken out of her trash and thought back on the last time they'd made love. Emily returned, looking for something, and saw Paul looking at the picture. She told Paul to get over it because Meg would never forgive him, but Paul reminded her that nothing was impossible. At the farm, Meg went through her belongings from the office and also recalled her last night with Paul.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

On a special Valentine's Day episode, five couples wondered how different their lives would be if they had never made a love connection.

Lily and Holden were at the farm and relived through flashbacks their times as teenagers, crises in their lives, and the birth of Luke. As they counted their blessings, they wondered what their lives would have been like if fate had taken a different turn. They wondered what would have happened if Evan Walsh had injected Lily with the deadly poison.

The fantasy opened with Holden struggling to keep his household together, helping with homework, making brownies for a bake sale, and feeding Baby Evan. Lily appeared to him as a spirit and made things go more smoothly, and then she appeared to Faith with news about a wonderful boy who would be her husband some day.

Holden went outside, and Lily reappeared. They agreed they were soul mates and might be separated physically but could still communicate. Holden told Lily how much he missed her, and the fantasy ended with a real kiss between them.

Luke and Noah mused about what would have happened if Noah had enlisted in the armed forces as his father had wanted. In their fantasy, Noah was a Navy sailor on a 24-hour leave in New York City, and Luke was a Columbia University student. They bumped into one another, literally, and some of Luke's papers scattered.

In the fantasy, Noah retrieved the papers and went after Luke to return them. The two struck up a conversation, and Luke offered to show the city to Noah. They visited Times Square and Greenwich Village and took a water taxi to the Statue of Liberty. Luke revealed that he was gay, and Noah confessed that he was, as well. They hugged and promised to wait for one another until Noah returned from his tour of duty.

Margo and Tom were celebrating Valentine's Day, and Tom facetiously remarked that he wondered what Margo would have done if she had failed the Police Academy. That was easy, said Margo, she would have been an attorney like Tom. Suddenly, the scene was black and white, and Margo, sounding very much like Katharine Hepburn, was tickling "Adam's Rib," although the rib seemed to be Tom's. Margo was defending Emily Stewart, whom Tom was prosecuting. Paul Ryan was his first witness and declared Emily to be "certifiable." Margo accused Paul of toying with Emily's affections and asserted that Emily had been justified in shooting Paul after he'd dumped her before their wedding.

Outside of court in the black and white fantasy, the lawyers traded massages and clever barbs. Back in court, Emily testified that she had been horrified to see Paul kissing Meg Snyder, and therefore she had shot him with her newly purchased revolver. After a stinging redirect questioning by Margo, the judge dismissed the case. Back at home, Tom said he could not live with the humiliation of being beaten in court by his wife, and he pulled a water pistol on Margo, who thought the gun was real. She realized nothing so unimportant justified shooting another person, a contradiction to her closing argument in court. It all ended in a kiss.

Will and Gwen discussed the convolutions of their getting together, and Will remarked that he wished the two of them had gotten together sooner -- without the complication of Gwen's relationship with Casey. In their fantasy, Will arrived just in time and pulled Casey off Gwen, thereby preventing the conception of Baby Billy. Gwen was performing in a seedy bar as a soloist, and Will was captivated by her and her voice. He pursued her and eventually won her over as they each shared stories about their psycho mothers. They shared a Valentine's kiss.

Jack and Carly were watching an old movie on television, and Carly suggested a different ending. In their fantasy, Carly was dressed for her wedding to an extraordinarily rich man whom she was marrying for security for her family. Sage tried to talk her out of marrying anyone but her daddy, Jack. Brad and Katie showed up as photographers, and Jack was hovering in the background. Jack went to a bar to drown his sorrows. Katie found him, and they commiserated together.

In the fantasy, Brad tried to talk Carly out of the wedding and kissed her. Jack barged in and punched out Brad, who was down for the count. Katie revived Brad with a kiss. Carly realized she could not marry rich Mr. Potter, and Jack stepped up and offered to marry her himself. Brad and Katie also stepped up and actually got married. Carly, Jack, and Sage went home, and everyone was happy as Carly and Jack shared a kiss.

Friday, February 15, 2008

At the courthouse, Sofie asked Chris Hughes to testify on her behalf at the custody hearing. She wanted Chris to say that she'd had postpartum depression and had been incapable of making a rational decision to give up her baby for adoption. Chris reminded Sofie that he was Will's cousin, but Sofie said Hallie was the only family she had. Chris agreed to testify, and Sofie's lawyer, David Graham, took Chris aside to discuss the case with him.

Will and Gwen went to the courthouse. There, they ran into Sofie. Sofie told them she'd get her baby back and that Hallie was young enough that Sofie would be the only mother she remembered.

At WOAK, Brad was hungover from the previous night's escapades. He told Katie he couldn't believe she hadn't rescued him when he had been about to be arrested, but Katie told him they were no longer anything but coworkers. Brad tried to convince Katie to join him for breakfast but realized he didn't have his wallet. Bonnie walked up, holding up Brad's wallet and his Valentine-themed boxer shorts. Bonnie assured Katie it was not what it looked like and told Brad that the police had given them to her after they'd found the items the night before.

Brad began flirting with Bonnie and told her he'd like to accompany her to the courthouse and watch her in action. Bonnie told Brad the case she had was a closed hearing about an adoption issue, but Brad said he'd go anyway and just wait for her to finish. They left together, and after arriving at the courthouse, Bonnie told Brad she assumed he'd accomplished his goal of making Katie jealous.

Bonnie found Will and Gwen and assured them they had a good case against Sofie. Barbara walked up, and Will asked her to leave, but Gwen informed him that she'd invited Barbara to attend the hearing, to help present a family image to the judge. They entered the courtroom together and were shocked when the first person Sofie's lawyer called to the witness stand was Chris. Chris talked about postpartum depression and how it might have affected Sofie's mental state and decision-making ability.

Sofie's lawyer then told the judge that Sofie's ex-boyfriend, who happened to be Gwen Munson's brother, and his mother, who was also Gwen's mother, had tried to pressure Sofie into giving up their baby for adoption. The lawyer mentioned that Barbara was also involved, and Barbara had to take the stand. Barbara admitted that Iris and Cole had told her that Sofie had wanted to place the baby for adoption, but when the lawyer asked whether Barbara had paid them money for the adoption, she denied it. Sofie stood and accused her of lying.

Will then spoke up, saying that after he and Gwen had found out about what Cole and Iris had done, they'd tried to help Sofie have the baby and keep the baby herself. Bonnie said that she had been present when the adoption papers had been given to Sofie and that she had personally explained them to Sofie. Chris stated that Sofie had been "under duress" when she'd signed the adoption papers, and Will asked, "How could you say that?" The judge, sensing the tension in the courtroom, declared a short recess.

Will told Chris that he would never forget Chris's betrayal. Chris said he was sorry Will felt that way. He wished Will and Gwen good luck and left.

When the judge reconvened the hearing, Bonnie said that her clients had acted in good faith when they'd entered into the adoption. She said that Sofie had no direction in life and pointed out that Sofie had "recklessly endangered Hallie's life." When Mr. Graham said Bonnie had represented both sides in the adoption issue, Bonnie insisted she'd explained the adoption paperwork to Sofie thoroughly. She reminded Sofie that she had reviewed the terms of the adoption with her carefully and pointed out that Sofie had had a certain number of days to change her mind. Bonnie told the judge that the day after that time period had expired, Sofie had kidnapped Hallie.

Mr. Graham gave his closing arguments, and Bonnie then asked the judge for the right to present more testimony later. The judge told her she had until the close of business. Will and Gwen asked Bonnie why she'd requested more time, and she told them she didn't want the judge to make his decision yet. Bonnie said they needed to find someone who could testify to Sofie's state of mind and her determination to give her baby away. Will said Aaron could do that, and Bonnie told him to ask Aaron to testify for them.

Carly, Jack, and Parker were all dressed nicely for an appearance at the Oakdale Police Station, where Parker was to be interviewed by a court-appointed psychiatrist. When they arrived, Tom accompanied Parker to the interview with the psychiatrist. The doctor questioned Parker about his feelings regarding Sam. Parker freely admitted that he hadn't liked Sam and had been afraid Sam would do something to hurt his mother.

The psychiatrist said Parker couldn't have known his mother was in danger when he'd gotten the gun and gone to Metro. Parker responded, "I did know! I knew all along that Sam was after my mom! That's why I brought the gun, because I couldn't let that happen!" The doctor pointed out that it meant Parker's actions had been premeditated.

Katie went to the police station, looking for Margo, and instead saw Jack and Carly. Jack told her about Parker's predicament. Katie asked Jack if Brad knew what had happened, and when Jack said no, Katie offered to fill him in. Katie was confused about how it could have happened, saying it obviously couldn't be Parker's fault. Carly assumed Katie meant it had to somehow have been Carly's fault, and Carly said Katie had no idea what had happened.

Carly yelled at Katie to leave and stay away from her family. When Katie lingered, Carly shouted, "What's the problem, Katie? Can't tear yourself away from Jack?" Parker walked out of the interrogation room and asked his mom what was wrong, saying they had been able to hear her shouting. Carly reassured him that it had nothing to do with him, and Parker went back into the interrogation room after exchanging hellos with Katie.

Back in the psychiatric interview, the doctor asked Parker if he had "issues" with his mother. Parker admitted that Carly sometimes did things that made him mad, and the doctor asked if Parker got angry enough to kill someone. Parker said that when he'd gotten to the club and seen Sam hurting his mother, he'd had to stop Sam -- and he would kill Sam again if he had the chance.

Katie left, and Jack told Carly she needed to calm down for Parker's sake. Carly apologized, but Jack told her it was not her fault and that they couldn't make it about them. Meanwhile, Katie went to the courthouse and found Brad. She told him what was happening with Parker, and he left for the police station to check on things. When Brad found Jack and Carly, he told them how sorry he was and offered his support. He left. He found Katie waiting for him, and they returned to WOAK.

Parker and Tom exited the interview room, and Parker told his parents that it had gone badly in there. Tom told Jack and Carly that it wasn't as bad as Parker had made it sound, but they could all use some really good luck. Parker, Jack, and Carly returned home. They sat down to eat lunch, and Jack said he thought it would be a good time to pray. Jack gave thanks for his family, because they could be counted on in times of need, and he asked God to watch over them. Carly added her own prayer, "Protect this family."

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