The picture starts off with Amber in her wedding dress. She pulls out a picture of her and Eric when they were a family with the baby. Darla comes in all excited and Amber asks her to get C.J. for her because she needs to see him and Little Eric before the ceremony. Darla runs off to get Amber's bouquet leaving an unsure Amber alone.
Next we see C.J., Clarke, Sally and Conner. Sally leaves to go check on C.J.'s best man, Little Eric. C.J. thanks Conner for giving his son a family. Conner tells him that he only got him custody, he and Amber are the ones giving Little Eric a family. He promised C.J. that no one will ever come between them again and wishes him good luck!
Amber is saying there is nothing to be nervous about because C.J. loves her. Darla agrees and tells her all she has to do is walk down the aisle. Stephanie and Eric enter the room to talk to Amber. Darla tells them they shouldn't be here. Stephanie tells Amber its all right to do the right thing for the baby but this isn't the way to do it. Eric told her she would be making the biggest mistake of her life. Darla tells her not to listen to them. They let her know that Rick is working on something but he needs a little time. They tell Amber that they love her and it's not to late for her to walk out now.
Sally and Clarke enter and ask them what they hope to accomplish by breaking in like this. She asks them to beat it before she calls the cops and have them arrested for harassment. Stephanie tells Amber she is trying to keep her from making a mistake. Sally says Amber doesn't need advice from her or any help. She lets Stephanie know that Amber chose to marry C.J. making her a part of their family now. Stephanie pleads with Amber to wait until she hears from Rick. Sally tells them to tell Rick that if he knows what good for him he won't come near this place.
Rick is with Little Eric's biological father and tells him once the papers come and he signs away custody and Rick gets Little Eric, he will get his money.
Cut to the church scene with C.J. coming out with Little Eric in his arms. Darla walks down the aisle and everyone is looking on smiling (how cute). The bridal march starts and everyone stands. Amber walks out in her long white wedding dress and veil. She is looking back towards the door at Stephanie and Eric.
Amber walks down the aisle and the minister starts the ceremony. Amber doesn't look happy. Jonathan calls Rick and tells him that the papers will not be there until tomorrow. Rick says tomorrow is too late because Amber will be married by then. Deacon tells Rick if he wants to stop the wedding they have to do it on their own.
Stephanie gets Eric's phone and calls Rick and tells him he better get over there and tells her about the baby pronto. Rick tells Deacon that they have to go. Deacon wants his money but Rick says he will get nothing until he signs the custody papers. He asks Rick to give him a check for 100K and he will guarantee the wedding will be stopped. Rick gives him the check.
C.J. recites his vows while Rick and Deacon are on their way to the chapel. Amber starts to recite her vows but C.J. stops her so that he can add some non-traditional vows in the mix (plus give Rick time to get to the chapel). He tells her how difficult this year has been but standing here today he knows in his heart everything was worth it. She made him believe in love when he thought he would never love again. How happy she has made him and gave him his life back and so now he is giving her everything he has and everything he is for the rest of his life.
Amber starts reciting her vows and is almost to the end when Rick bursts into the chapel and stops the wedding. That was such a surprise.
|COURTESY||Kimberly G. Brest
The show opened at the church where Amber and C.J. were to wed. Amber
admonished Rick for breaking up her wedding ceremony and insisted that he
leave immediately. Rick told Amber that C.J. was going to lose custody of
the baby and that she didn't have to go through with the marriage. The
Spectra-Garrisons tried to throw Rick and the rest of the Forresters out but
they would hear nothing of it. Rick asked Amber if she would be marrying
C.J. if he didn't have custody of Little Eric. Amber evaded the question and
continued to insist that Rick leave the church. C.J. proceeded to tell Rick
that he and the rest of his family were no longer allowed visitation to
Little Eric due to their lack of respect for C.J. and Amber's relationship.
Deacon showed himself and shocked everyone (except the Forresters) with the
news that he was Little Eric's natural father. C.J. and his parents refused
to believe Deacon's claim but Amber trembled with fear over what she felt to
be true. She lunged at Deacon and called him names for how he hurt Becky.
Deacon tried to say that Becky led him on and told him that she was on the
pill and that he had no idea that he had a son. Deacon said that he was here
to stake claim to his son and asked that the Spectra-Garrison's hand him
over. Amber sobbed and looked at Rick with disgust as she asked him why he
would do this. C.J. tried to say that he had legal custody of the baby but
at Stephanie's prompting, Connor was forced to step in and admit that if
Deacon was who he said he was, then he, as the baby's natural father, had
custodial rights that superseded all others. Amber cried out in horror as
C.J. stood there speechless.
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
The show opened at the church with Sally asking Connor if he was certain
that Deacon Sharpe had legal claim to Little Eric. Connor reiterated
that if Deacon is indeed the baby's natural father, then he would have
custodial rights that supersede those of C.J.'s. Amber took Little Eric
and left the chapel, stating that no one was going to take her son away
from her. Rick chased after her, leaving C.J. and his family to do
battle with Deacon and the Forresters. Shortly thereafter C.J. also
left the chapel to go find Amber. Sally questioned why Deacon would
align himself with the Forresters but Deacon kept quiet. The minister
stated that he wouldn't be able to perform this wedding today under
these circumstances and he instructed the Spectra-Garrison's to inform
Thursday, November 16, 2000
In an effort to determine if Deacon is really Eric's biological father, Sally called Becky's parents. Becky's father confirmed that Deacon is Eric's father and advised her that Deacon is bad news. Sally and C.J. paid Deacon a visit at the Lair, the bar that Deacon manages. Deacon wasn't receptive to their visit and told them to leave. Sally did manage to figure out that the Forresters offered Deacon money for custody of Eric. Sally tried to strike a deal with Deacon by promising to offer him more money than the Forresters did.
Rick told Stephanie and Eric that he had already paid Deacon the money even though the legal papers weren't ready for signing because it was the only way he was able to stop Amber's wedding to C.J.. Rick said he's now sure that Amber wants to be with him. He told Stephanie and Eric he could tell by the expression on her face when she left the room with C.J. after he had stopped the wedding. Eric was very concerned that Rick made a mistake by paying Deacon the money before he had signed to give up his parental rights to Eric.
Rick went to visit Amber who was alone with Eric at Sally's. Amber told Rick that she was surprised that he had gone through so much trouble just to stop her wedding to C.J.. Rick told her she is the only woman he'll ever love.
Friday, November 17, 2000
Amber and Rick were alone talking at Sally's house while Little Eric napped. Amber couldn't believe that Rick went to such
great lengths for her and the baby. Rick assured Amber that no price was too
high to pay to get her and Little Eric back in his life. Amber asked Rick
how exactly he got Deacon to agree to sign over custody. Rick explained that
he made Deacon an offer he couldn't refuse. Amber deduced that Rick had to
pay in order to get Deacon to relinquish custodial rights and she wanted to
know how much. Rick assured Amber that how much didn't matter, as he was
willing to do whatever necessary.