A cryptic Faison told Felicia that he wouldn't say anything to Mac about her time in the bunker with Luke. Meanwhile, Mac discovered the videotape sent by Faison containing the footage of Luke and Felicia's passion. Luke tried to stop thinking about Felicia. Helena dropped a bombshell on Faison and told him that she was now in control of Lucky and had moved him to a new location. Nikolas apologized to Liz for the scene he had caused at the hospital, but refused to let go of his anger towards Jason. After a conversation with Bobbie, Jason decided it was time to leave Liz's studio. Carly and Sonny had another tense exchange about Jason's relationship with Liz. A worried Stefan began to comprehend the depth of Nikolas' feelings for Liz. Laura encouraged Nikolas not to give up on Liz.
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Chloe came running into L&B, literally. She told Ned that exercise reduces stress and he commented that she was actually early for a meeting. Chloe wanted to know what the meeting was about and told him that it had better not be about her trip around the world with Jax so that they could celebrate the millenium in four time zones. Ned looked surprised and Chloe realized she had spilled the beans. Alexis and Jax also come running in with Alexis complaining that Jax made her run 6 blocks in heels. Ned started the "What are you doing with MY WIFE" crap with Jax about their New Year's plans and labeled it 'ridiculous'. Alexis said it was pure Jax. Chloe thought it was splendid. Mike entered and they told him it was essential that he keep Gertrude busy on New Year's and handed him a fat envelope of cash. He said no go, that he already had plans with a special lady. After much coercion, he agreed that they had a deal for New Year's. He left with the cash and Chloe left to pack. Afterwards, Ned and Alexis laughed together about what amateurs Jax and Chloe were at the infidelity game.
Stefan angrily addressed his concerns about Nikolas to Liz, telling her he was afraid Nikolas would end up hurt. Liz told Stefan that she had no need for Nikolas' interference and had told him so. Stefan told her that it may be interference to her, but it was only Nikolas caring about her. He left and Emily arrived, loaded for bear. She went off on Liz for not telling her about Jason. Liz tried to explain how her relationship with Jason had started and how much she needed it when she was missing Lucky so much, that Jason was her safe place. Emily was not to be calmed and yelled at her, saying that she had been walking on eggshells all year to not make her feel bad with Juan and had offered repeatedly to not kiss him if it bothered her. Liz tried to make her understand that this was her deal and she was doing the best she could. Emily kept griping about it and finally, in frustration, Liz told her to stop acting like an immature little brat. Emily freaked out and told Liz that she saw how it was, that she was the kid sister and Liz and Jason are adults. She said she guessed the four musketeers were just kid stuff too and left.
Roy brought coffee invoices to Sonny and Sonny asked him what was going on at the warehouse. Roy told him he wasn't interested in being a spy, but if he had anything else that needed to be done, to just ask. Sonny asked if there would be a problem since Roy was friends with Luke and Roy assured him that Luke knew the difference between friendship and business and that he did as well. Sonny told him he'd be in touch. After Roy left, Sonny made a phone call and asked that a trace be run on Roy DiLucca and to find out everything.
Jason snuck around the Q's window, watching Carly hand Michael to Leticia. Carly saw him and came outside. He said he had to go and she told him he couldn't and accused him of leaving town. She told him how much she and Michael needed him and begged him not to go. He said he had to.
Mac watched the video again and heard the girls coming and quickly shut it off. He told them that the video was blank and when Maxie questioned him further, he assured her he knew how to work a VCR and that the video was indeed blank. A horn sounded and the girls scurried off to go with someone named Betty, who will no doubt house them for a few weeks. Poor Mac. *sniff* He went back and watched the video again with a look on his face that would stop traffic.
Felicia told Luke and Bobbie she was at the hospital to see Tony. Luke wished Bobbie good luck on the taxes for Kelly's and left. Felicia stopped him and told him that she went to see Faison in prison. She told Luke that she was tired of lying to Mac and that she was lying by not saying anything. Luke asked her if she was going to tell him the whole truth and she said she didn't know. She was just telling him to be ready because if Faison told him and he questioned her, she wasn't going to deny anything. He told her to do what she had to do and she said she always did. Luke's phone then rang and Mac told him to come by the house, that he had some follow up questions about Faison.
At Mac's, Luke told him that he figured he wanted an explanation for the bump on the head. Mac said he was more concerned about Felicia and what had happened to her when she was kidnapped. Luke bunted and told him he should ask Felicia when she's ready to discuss it. Mac said he was ready to discuss it and was asking him. Luke told him that Faison was even more twisted than they thought and informed him about the sleeping gas, the fake vent and Faison's fiancée and how they thought at any minute they were going to die. He said that Felicia had taken a bullet and he was sorry he couldn't protect her from it. Mac reminded Luke that Felicia was there because of him and Luke said he knew. Mac asked if it was over and Luke said that he'd caught the bad guy and saved the day, so it was. He told him he'd done good work. Mac asked Luke if he hadn't realized that he'd do anything to save his wife and Luke said, yeah, that he got that.
Monica looked sadly at the 'Jason' ornament on the tree, then picked up a photo in a frame and held it. AJ walked in and she said quickly that she guessed the holidays were getting to her. AJ said that he realized that four years ago today, her real son was alive and on his way to medical school while he was probably drunk somewhere. Monica told AJ that he hadn't killed Jason and AJ went on about how Jason had never come home that night after getting in the car with him. Monica said that Jason had recovered and moved on. AJ, of course, took that personally and ranted about how HE'D moved on too and had a wife/son/job and was sober. Monica asked then why he couldn't let go of Carly if he was so evolved and said it was crazy that he was still staying married to Carly just to keep her from Jason. AJ yelled that Carly was the wife he wanted, just as Carly walked in and said that he was the husband Carly wanted and asked Carly if that wasn't true. Carly asked if they had seen Michael's new dump truck and avoided the question. Monica said that he deserved something better and that he wasn't going to get it until he let Carly go, so for God's sake, to work something out with her. She stormed out and Carly said that at least she and Monica agreed on something. AJ told Carly that this was the anniversary of the accident and she said, "So, today is the day that you gave me Jason, the only man I'll ever love." He replied, "But not the man you married."
There was a knock on the door and Johnny let Jason into Sonny's penthouse. He started to speak and Jason told him not to say anything. He curtly informed him that he was moving back into his own penthouse and would be starting back to work. Sonny asked him if he meant the warehouse and Jason said no, he was talking about the territory and asked Sonny if he had a problem with that.
Felicia arrived home and Mac asked her if all was well. She assured him it was and said she wanted to talk to him if they could sit down. She told him that she had been to see Faison and he said she shouldn't have gone alone. He asked if Faison had threatened her to tried to keep her from testifying. She told him she was sorry she had gone and asked him what he wanted for dinner. He said she shouldn't cook and suggested they go out...to Luke's. She balked and he watched her reaction closely. She got a pained look and said she'd rather eat in and order something healthy. He told her to go upstairs and take and name and he'd order from the Port Charles Grill. They exchanged "I love you's" and she went upstairs.
Emily burst into the ELQ offices where Juan was picking up. She asked him if she was an immature brat and he assured her she was the wisest person he knew (he needs to get out more). He assured her that Liz was dead wrong.
Roy told Agent Ford that he had been able to get nothing on Sonny, but had been hinting strongly about work. He pointed out that Agent Scott had not made it easy for him. Ford said it should be easy for him to get in, being a friend of Luke's and Roy told him that Luke and Sonny were not tight any more and that it might actually make it more difficult. Ford told Roy that he believed in him, that he had incentive and he'd much rather put Corinthos behind bars than Roy.
Jax came to the hospital and asked Bobbie if Stefan was around so he could arrange his annual donation. He asked her if she had made it though Christmas OK and she said she hadn't really had a choice and told him Stefan was in his office. On his way, he ran into Chloe who was wrapped in feather boas she had brought to play dress up with the children's ward for their Millenium Party. He asked her if she needed help and she said she could manage until the millenium.
At Laura's house, Roy arrives with his suitcase, ready to move in. It's a little awkward, and they chat about how strange they feel, how little stuff he brought, and whether or not his moving in will bother Luke (Roy thinks not). He asks if the separation has been hard on Laura, and she says that it has, and that it appears to have been easy for Luke to move on. Roy explains that it has not been easy for Luke, but that people deal with things differently, and suggests that "it isn't so much what we should try to forget as what we choose to remember." Laura agrees, dries her eyes, and gets him the keys, after which Roy leaves for work.
Felicia is At the Quartermaines', on the phone with Chloe. They confirm that the Café Matisse is the new digs for Chloe Morgan Designs, and make an appointment to meet later. Lila enters, and Felicia apologizes for being out of touch, but she is obviously upset, and Lila encourages her to put the book aside for now and confide her troubles. Felicia gives an abbreviates version of the kidnapping, and Lila suggests that Felicia's "heart is trying to tell you something. Go now, and listen."
Mac is at the Police Department viewing the tape as Taggert brings Faison in. Mac dismisses Taggert, and puts the tape on again so that he and Faison can watch it together. After a few moments he takes it off and states that he is sure it is "a phony", but Faison asserts that it is indeed genuine. Mac says that Faison has "a sick need to destroy things, but [he's] running out of playing field" and will soon be going to prison for the rest of his life. Faison plays with him a little, questioning how he can be so sure, suggesting that all Mac's anger is really directed at Luke or Felicia. Mac explains that Faison was obsessed with Felicia and is trying to set Mac up to destroy his own marriage through jealousy. Faison counters that Felicia had no trouble rejecting his advances, so why didn't she turn Luke away also? He asks how Felicia explained the video, and seeing that he hit a nerve, goes on to taunt Mac about watching the video over and over alone. Mac can stand no more and has Faison removed, just as Felicia enters, and Faison manages to ask "How's your arm, sweetheart?" as he's hauled away. Felicia is concerned that Faison has upset Mac, but he insists that she's the one he's concerned about. Mac falls all over himself being supportive, and insists that in order to really help Felicia, he needs to know exactly what happened every minute of her captivity. Felicia says that she doesn't know what to tell him other that what she's already said. Mac persists, explaining that when Faison was obsessed with Anna, he killed her and the man she loved - Robert Scorpio. Now that he's obsessed with Felicia, why did Faison pull Luke into the ordeal instead of the one Felicia loves - Mac? Felicia dismisses the entire subject, stating that she's tired of playing games; she wants Mac to let go and stop worrying - she's fine, he should get back to work. Mac remembers to ask why she came by in the first place, and she says it was just to tell him that she loves him. They kiss and both leave.
Liz is at her studio working on a painting when Bobbie arrives to check on Jason. Liz explains that Jason's wound has healed, so he has returned to the penthouse. Bobbie is relieved, and suggests that now Liz can return to Audrey's, but Liz "needs to be in charge of [her] own life" and will not be returning to her grandmother's house. Bobbie warns Liz to be careful, as Jason is a dangerous man. She draws the distinction between a bad man and a dangerous man, and says that Liz should feel free to call her if she needs to.
At the penthouse, Carly arrives with Michael. Jason is not thrilled to see them - he doesn't want to see Carly at all, and feels that it confuses Michael to see him. Carly insists that Michael is not confused, and that she wanted him to see his father on his birthday. Jason presents Michael with his gift - a very fancy toy motorcycle - then sees them to the elevator and tells Carly "never again."
Next to arrive at the penthouse is Emily, who encounters Jason at the elevator. She is very annoyed about the way she found out about Jason's supposed affair with Liz, and demands to know why no one ever tells her anything. Jason explains that there is no affair, that Nikolas was wrong in his assumptions, and then soothes Emily, who now feels like an idiot and says she owes Liz an apology. Jason and Emily exchange hugs and loves, and she leaves to go to Michael's birthday party at the Quartermaine residence.
Carly meets Liz outside, and demands to know if she is on her way to Jason's to throw herself at him. Carly tells Liz once again that Jason doesn't want Liz and that she should go back to wherever she came from. Liz counters with the assertion that Jason trusts her whereas he sent Carly away. She tells Carly to back off, and walks away leaving Carly standing there silently.
Felicia arrives at Chloe Morgan Designs to congratulate Chloe on her merger and her new workspace, and gives her a gift - a little pyramid to help Chloe "concentrate her energies." They chat a bit about Lucy Coe, Lucy's wedding, and Felicia's wedding reception with Mac, held in the building Chloe is now using. Felicia goes on with her reminiscences, slowly going from happy memories to a sad "that was then, this is now" thing, and Chloe wonders what's going on. Felicia tries to explain: Luke, with whom she shared very little history, was adrift after Lucky's death and she wanted to help him. It began when she enlisted his help in solving a mystery with Lila's book and after a while she became "the reason he gets out of bed in the morning." Chloe asks if Felicia is in love with Luke, and she vehemently denies it, stating that she loves Mac and her family. Felicia cries, and she and Chloe hug.
At the Quartermaines', Carly admits to AJ that she took Michael to see Jason, and AJ is not pleased. As Alan and Monica enter with Michael, he says that she has just raised the stakes, and that now it's his turn. Emily enters with her gift - an L&B T-shirt - and the Quartermaines start to squabble about what Michael should be when he grows up. Carly stops it, and Lila suggests that they cut the cake. They blow out Michael's candle, and we see Jason sitting alone in his penthouse, softly saying "happy birthday, Michael."
Outside, Bobbie and Roy literally bump into one another. Roy tells Bobbie about his move into Laura's house, and Bobbie tells him about Taggert coming to live at the brownstone. Bobbie explains that she is on her way to her grandson's birthday party, and Roy insists that there is no way she looks old enough to be anyone's grandmother. They go their separate ways as Liz walks by. When no one is around, Sorel and one of his men appear from their hiding place. The man wants to know if he should "do it now", but Sorel insists that they stick to their plan - do it tomorrow.
Chloe and Jax are in Jax's airplane making mutual declarations of affection when Chloe decides that going to Times Square is too dangerous - Mike is planning to take Gertrude there, also, and they might run into one another. Jax is skeptical of this, but willing change his plans when Chloe says that she just wants to go someplace where they can be alone. They arrive at the undisclosed location and it is a beautiful suite - big bed, lots of candles, private garden. Chloe wishes Jax a happy New Year and he replies "happy us." They dance, then make love, and later go out on the terrace to dance in the rain.
Meanwhile, back at the Grille, Ned is on the phone with Alexis who is waiting for him in bed. He isn't able to be with her right away, as he has to make sure the plan with Mike and Gertrude is going well. Mike arrives in snazzy formal wear, and he and Ned go over The Plan. Gertrude arrives a minute later, and she and Mike exchange greetings and compliments. She is having second thoughts about the trip to Times Square, though, because of the "Y2K brouhaha", and when she asks Mike to dine at the Grille, he agrees.
At Kelly's Diner, Tammy explains to Bobbie that her date had a "last minute business meeting", and Bobbie is alone, too - Lucas is at a sleepover, and Jerry is gone. They had both planned to open the diner, but, seeing that there was no one around, decided to get dressed up and go to the Port Charles Grill for dinner together instead. Taggert comes in to pick up Hannah just as Bobbie is leaving.
A minute later, Luke is looking in the window of the empty diner, hoping to see Bobbie. She's already gone, but Laura and Lulu happen by just then. They chat about New Year's, and Luke says that the new millennium is a good time to lay low and reflect. Lulu wants to know what a millennium is, and as Luke explains that it is "1000 years - a whole lot of history", he and Laura exchange long looks.
All is going well with Gertrude and Mike when Sonny arrives and decides to join them. Gertrude has no idea that Mike has a son, and Sonny has no idea that Mike is a "real estate developer." It's all terribly awkward, although amusing to Sonny, until he sees Taggert and Hannah arrive and quickly leaves.
Edward arrives at the Grille next, and asks after Chloe (Ned says she's in Milan on business). He pressures Ned to join the Quartermaine party, and Ned reluctantly agrees. The rest of the party arrives, dressed to the teeth. Soon after being seated, Emily brings up the subject of Jason, ostensibly to find out if Lila is going to visit him again this year, but really to be so obnoxious that she and Juan get placed at a separate table. It works, and Juan congratulates her on her sneakiness. AJ arrives next, and states that Carly won't be joining them - she is headed for home, supposedly because Michael is coming down with something.
Sonny is horrified to discover that not only is he in the elevator with Carly, but the elevator is stuck. Sonny pushes buttons while Carly yells for help, but neither approach works. Carly says that "if we don't get out, your face is going to be the first one I see in the new millennium" and Sonny replies "Well, it doesn't make my century either." Carly decides to take the opportunity to pester Sonny about Jason - why he forgave Sonny and not her, when after all it was all Sonny's fault. Sonny doesn't want any of that, but she pushes and pushes until he snaps "Enough now, enough!" It slowly dawns on Carly that Sonny is claustrophobic, and when she teases him about being locked in a closet as a child, he completely loses it. She is frightened by his outburst, apologizes, and tries to soothe him but he remains panicky.
Mike is still weaving tall tales for Gertrude when Bobbie and Tammy arrive at the Grille. Tammy takes one look at Mike (who's just turned to order more champagne) and his "business meeting" and loses her appetite. She and Bobbie leave the restaurant, and Mike decides to cut the evening with Gertrude short. He makes some excuse about a business meeting in Manhattan and rushes out, promising to make it up to her. Edward sees Gertrude as she is leaving and calls her over to his table. She tells Edward and Ned about Mike's sudden departure and allows Edward to convince her to join the Quartermaine party, much to Ned's consternation. Lila enters the Grille, saying that she wanted to ring in the New Year with Edward. Ned greets her, then departs.
Mike arrives at Kelly's to find the diner closed up and dark. He bangs on the door, calling Tammy's name, and keeps it up until she, dressed in a robe, gives up and lets him in. She's very upset and angry, and demands that he leave immediately. Mike apologizes, swears that the "business meeting" really was just that, and promises to explain another time but begs her not to spoil the evening. At first she isn't having any of it, but gradually relents, and he offers her a sparkly hat.
Jason and Liz arrive back at the studio after a motorcycle ride that Liz is still gushing over. As they pass by, Sorel and his man appear from their hiding place. We see that they have placed a bomb underneath Liz's table, set to go off in 15:00 minutes. Liz offers Jason some soup, but he turns her down and after wishing each other a happy New Year, Jason leaves. Liz drops her glove, and we see that the clock now reads 14:35.
Jason, outside, sees Sorel's man crouching, watching Liz's building. Jason demands to know what the man is doing, and the two begin to fight. Roy appears and holds the man while Jason hits him, demanding again to know why he was looking at Liz's building, then they switch and Jason holds him while Roy hits and questions him. The man blurts out that there is a bomb under Liz's table, and they throw him aside and rush back to her studio (5:00). Jason gets Liz out of the building while Roy tries to diffuse the bomb (3:06). Outside, Jason gives Liz his coat and tries to call 911 on the cell phone, but the line is busy. Inside the studio, Roy rushes to get a tool, is uncertain as to which wire to cut, chooses one, and the bomb is diffused - with one second to spare.
In the street outside the studio, Bobbie happens upon Jason and Liz. Liz explains about the bomb and Bobbie is set to rush in to try to help Roy, but just then he comes out. Bobbie runs to him, saying, "how could you risk dying on me again?" Later, Taggert, Hannah, Jason, Bobbie, Liz and Roy are all outside the studio building together, and Taggert wants to know how they knew there was a bomb inside. Roy mumbles something about a psychic flash, and gives an equally smart-aleck answer to the next question - how he knew the expert way to diffuse a bomb (he had a lot of time to read in prison). Hannah leaves, Taggert takes Roy and Jason in for questioning, and Liz goes to stay with Bobbie for a few days.
The music plays As Time Goes By, and we see Mike and Tammy dancing in the diner, wearing their shiny hats and sharing a kiss, AJ watching as Sonny and Carly emerge from the elevator; Alan and Monica having a hug and a kiss, Edward and Lila exchanging fond looks, Emily and Juan sharing a kiss, Luke alone at his club, Laura with Stefan, Alexis pretending to be asleep as Ned comes in, then waking to kiss him, and Chloe and Jax dancing in the rain.
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General Hospital will be pre-empted so that ABC News can provide coverage of the millennium celebrations around the world. On behalf of everyone at Soap Opera Central, allow me to extend to you wishes for a safe, happy, and healthy New Year. Thank you for your patronage over the past five years --- and we look forward to seeing you in 2000!
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