At the Cabin:
Blake sets down to finish her novel after putting the twins to bed. She took a turn in the novel where Armand decides that he truly loved his wife, Christina, not Clarissa. Of course the characters are mad at this and tell Blake that Armand would never want his frumpy old' wife back when he has been in love with Clarissa for over 10 chapters. Blake tells Armand that she is the author and will write what she wants. He tells her to tell Ross the truth and get it over with, so that she can go on writing the novel the way that it should be written.
Ross is infuriated that Blake took the kids with her when she left town. He is bending Holly's ear about it, reading her the note from Blake saying that she had to have a break and she and the boys would be back in a few days. Holly tells Ross that he should know that the boys will be okay with Blake. He tells her that she is right and then suggests that they plan out Philadelphia. Just then "Joe" walks by. Ross stops him and begins asking where Blake is. He tells him that he has no idea. A girl comes in and kisses "Joe" on the cheek, this infuriates Ross. He notices that Joes life is complicated and wants to know why he is on a date with someone when Blake is 8 months pregnant with his kid. The girl wants to know what was up then. Finally Joe, says that it isn't his baby, and then tells him to talk to Blake. Ross is stunned. He goes to Holly and thinks what kind of person Joe could be to deny the baby.
Olivia comes in and tells Josh about the meeting being changed. Josh tells him that he moved out of his house. Olivia tells him that she is sorry and changes the subject to the menu. Olivia tells him that she thinks it is too soon to think about anything right now more than a business relationship and she is cool with that. They order dinner. Josh learns that Olivia can cook and bake. He thanks her for making the night nice and not awkward.
In San Cristobel:
Reva called Richard and tells him that she wants to talk to him. Richard tells her that it isn't a good time that he is busy. Reva informs him that she left Josh and Richard wants to know why she is telling him this. Richard tells her that it is too late for them, there is no longer anything to say between them and that he is sorry but it is over and he has moved on. Reva tells him that it isn't fair to marry Cassie when he still has feelings for her. She told him to come to Springfield to meet with her. She tells him goodbye and says that she will meet him there. Cassie comes in and sees Richard is upset , she asks him who was on the phone and he tells her. Cassie asks her what Reva wanted and Richard told her about the breakup and that she wants him in Springfield. Cassie asked when he was leaving but he told her that it was over with her and he would not go after her. They go back in the courtyard where Alan makes a toast to Richard, who turns and makes one to Cassie.
Cassie congratulates the happy engaged couple, Beth and Jim.
Meanwhile, Edmund watches the video of Phil and Beth's night of bliss. Phillip comes to his room with Harley willing to give Edmund that benefit of the doubt. He tells Edmund that he is grateful to him and would like to offer him a job at Spaulding. Edmund is confused because he thought he was being tried for treason. Phil told him that he talked to Richard, who agreed to this if he takes the job in Springfield. Edmund understood then and figures that Richard is exiling him instead of putting him on trial. Edmund agrees to the offer and Phil and Harley leave.
Phil and Harley come back with Edmund at their heels. Edmund announces that he wanted to toast the Spaulding's as well as his brother. Everyone drinks and gets ready for dinner.
Edmund talks to Alan about success. Alan leaves and Susan comes up and introduces herself. She explains her parentage and tells him that she wanted to introduce herself to him. He tells her that she can fill him in on all the Springfield gossip. They dance until Jim cuts in. Beth thanks Edmund for being so kind to Susan. She then thanks him for saving her life. She tells him that she is his immediate Supervisor now and she can be tough. She leaves, Jim comes over and tells Edmund that he knows the truth about him and that he will be watching him closely. Edmund feels smug that he has a secret to bring down the entire room, but doesn't know when or how he will use it yet.
Richard catches back up with Cassie and asks her if she is okay. She gives him his ring and tells him that she will not marry him if he still has feelings for Reva. He tells her that he doesn't want to be with Reva. She tells him that she wants him to go find out how he feels. He agrees to go, only if she goes with him, because they are a team now. He kisses her, puts her ring back on and tells her that they will be married when they get back. Cassie wonders if that day would ever come. Edmund congratulates Cassie and Richard on their engagement and thanks Richard for his second chance. Edmund makes his own private toast to "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
At the Lewis House:
Reva hangs up from Richard and the door bell rings. It's Olivia. She asks to talk to Josh and Reva tells her that Josh isn't there at the moment. Olivia leaves the message and begins to leave. Reva tells her that Josh has moved out. Olivia apologizes, saying she had no idea. Reva tells her that she knows that she has feelings for Josh and wants to make sure that she doesn't take advantage of Josh. Marah comes in and Olivia leaves.
Marah went to find her dad and told him that she wanted to move in with him but that he said she owes it to her mom to work things out. Reva tells her that she wants to get through these things and have them all be honest with each other. Marah asks her mom if she left Josh because she was still in love with Richard. Reva admits to her daughter that she does still have feelings for Richard but that they are nothing compared to her feelings for her family. Marah doesn't understand why Reva cant get away from Richard. Reva tells her that she needs to sort through her feelings for him. Marah wants her mom back, not what she has had. Just her mom. They hug. They laugh and cry and make up. Marah falls asleep on the couch.
Carmen is dining with Maria. She is still blaming Michelle. Bill comes up wanting to talk to Pilar. Carmen tells him to leave her alone, that she is with her cousin, the priest. He says ok and mentions to her about his mom's accident. Carmen starts thinking about the possibilities that Vanessa could have been at Ben's.
At the Jail:
Danny and Michelle's Lawyer came in, obviously with a plan. Danny told Michelle that they needed to divorce so that she will have a better chance when her trial goes to court. She adamantly refuses and tells him that she loves him and cant lose him too. Danny reassures her that nothing will change between them, and they will remarry after she is let go. Michelle says no and talks to him about why. The Lawyer tells her that not only should they divorce but they should also start laying blame towards Danny since that will get her out of it and they would not be able to go after Danny because of lack of evidence. Michelle tells him no and he tells her that she will end up with a Death sentence if she didn't listen to him. He left. Michelle tells Danny that she had read up on some things and she can have Ross as her lawyer if she signs a waiver to no appeal. She wants Ross and Danny agrees that she should have him.
At the Hospital:
Matt and Rick look in on Vanessa. Matt is upset, Rick is trying some new medicine and Vanessa is silently thinking of how she killed Ben and Michelle is in trouble. She wishes she could tell Matt so he could help her. The guys left for a bite to eat and Carmen came in. She told Vanessa that Bill had told her about the accident and that she knows she was there. She wonders if she saw anything or if Ben told her anything. Vanessa responded by grabbing Carmen's hand.
At the Firehouse:
Buzz is trying to get Selena to do her exercises but she is feeling down and not wanting to work on them. She tells him that she is tired, but he doesn't buy it. Drew and Jesse come by and cheer them up with Christmas cookies. Buzz kicks them out so that they can get back to work. Selena still didn't want to work so she grabs him and kisses him to get his mind off of it. Buzz kisses her back and reaches to pick her up only to carry her over to the mattes. She did a little and then Buzz massaged her legs. He was surprised that she had regained all of the feeling she had lost and didn't tell him. Selena admitted it and told him that she still couldn't walk and wanted to give him a whole woman not what she is right now. Buzz and Selena kiss some more and he gives her an early Christmas present; a pair of red high heels for the New Year's Party at Millennium. He told her that she will dance with him that night, one way or another.
Danny asked Ross to defend Michelle at trial but he refused. He said that Michelle would have to waive her right to appeal and if he made a mistake, she would suffer. Danny told him about their lawyer and how he wanted Michelle to plea bargain when she is innocent. Ross told him that they needed a new lawyer, he would love to help but he cares so much for Michelle that he believes it isn't in her best interest. Ross told Danny that even if he thought he could win, he had already accepted a job in Philadelphia and was leaving for a few months. Danny got emotional and pleaded to Ross to save his wife. Ross was touched by Danny's love for Michelle. Ross tells him that he knows what it is like to love someone beyond reason. Danny tells him that Michelle is his life and without her he may not go on. Thinking all was lost Danny apologized to Ross for wasting his time. Ross stops him and agrees to try to find a way to represent Michelle but makes no promises. Ross gets a phone call from Blake He asks where she is.
Vanessa grabbed Carmen's hand after she asked her about Ben's murder. Carmen jumped up just as Matt and Rick came in. He wanted to know what was going on and why she was in there with his wife. Carmen gave him some story about how she had talked to Bill and was worried about his mom. She said she cares about Bills family as well as Rick's. Rick mentioned that he knew she went to visit Michelle and was surprised. He thought she would want to hang Michelle for Ben's murder. She assured him that she doesn't believe ever accusation she hears. Carmen tells Matt that Vanessa will be in her prayers. She leaves. Matt talked to Vanessa about the turkey he got for the holidays. He talked about what Maureen had been up to and how much they both loved her. Carman in the hallway noticed how much Matt loved Vanessa and thought of how she could use that for her own benefit.
In the Park:
Olivia and Josh set on a park bench eating hot dogs and watching kids ice skate. He is surprised that she wanted to have hot dogs and she admits that she had never had one. She talks about how she wasn't royalty growing up and that her family were very hard workers. She talked about her childhood and her family. Josh in turn talked to her about Billy, Trish, HB, and Martha. Josh tells her about the family business and how they lost it. Olivia tells him that she thinks he is very brave to start over. They begin to leave when Josh says next time they will ice skate.
At The Lewises':
Richard rings the bell and Reva is pleased to see him, until she sees that Cassie is with him. Against Richards wishes, Cassie leaves so that Reva and Richard can be alone to talk. Cassie meets Marah outside, Marah is glad to see Cassie and thinks that it is a good thing for her mom that her sister is home, she starts inside when Cassie stops her and tells her that Richard is with her. Marah gets angry and tells her that she wished Richard would stop pursuing her mother. Cassie told her that Reva had called Richard and had asked him to come. Richard wants to talk about Reva and Cassie and their relationship but Reva wants to talk about her and him. She tells him that he wouldn't have came if he did not want to see her. Marah and Cassie talk and they both think that Reva still loves Richard. Reva tells Richard that she can't get him out of her mind. Says she has been lying to everyone about her feelings. She remembers things about the two of them, when they were together. She said that she had hurt everyone she knew, even him, but he was right about her feelings. Richard doesn't want to hear this, he tells her that she is too late. Nothing is going to be helped by her telling him this now. She said that they need to find out if there is something between them worth saving. Richard tells Reva that what she says doesn't matter. He has a country to run and cant deal with her mind games. Reva accuses him of sacrificing Cassie for his country but Richard assured her that Cassie doesn't feel that way. He begins to leave. Reva begins to cry and says "I really am on my own." Richard tells her that he does not want to hurt her, he hugs her. Cassie and Marah come in. Richard says they are leaving but Cassie wants to stay and talk to Reva. Richard said he would meet her at the hotel.
At the Cabin:
Harley came to check on Blake. She tells her about how she almost lost Phillip. She tells Blake that she is being stupid that she should go to Ross and spill her guts and not to worry about finishing the novel. Blake wants to be the bigger person and let Ross and Holly go off into the sunset. She will have the baby alone. Harley tells Blake to at least call Ross and tell him where her and the boys are so he doesn't worry. Harley leaves. Blake calls Ross. She tells Ross that she will have the kids home for Christmas. She hangs up the phone, but not all the way and Ross overhears her tell the boys that they will go home as soon as
At the Lewises':
Reva and Cassie are talking about Richard. Reva is concerned that Cassie is going in to a loveless marriage. Reva tells her that Richard will never be able to love her with the feelings he has for Reva. Cassie tells her that Richard has been very happy with her over the past few weeks and her name wasn't even brought up until she called. Cassie says that Reva just wants to control things and that everyone else has to put their lives on hold. Reva insists that she is doing this for everyone else but Cassie thinks Reva is only thinking of herself. Reva asks Cassie not to marry Rich and Cassie says no! Cassie tells her that she will not let her hurt Richard again. She asks her "What about Josh??" Reva said that she and Richard need a chance to deal with their feelings. Cassie is not buying this. Reva sees that Cassie has feelings for him and asks her if she loves him and Cassie admits that she does but begs Reva not to tell him. She insists that Cassie has to let him know herself. Cassie will in her time. Meanwhile, Reva wants them to put things aside and spend Christmas together. Cassie doesn't know if that will be possible. She tells her sister that she has missed her and then leaves.
Ross has no idea why Blake would lie to him about writing a novel. He thinks it is a good thing that she did and has no idea why she felt compelled to lie to him again. He decided to find Blake. He heads to the elevator and runs into Harley. He asks her why she didn't tell him about Blake being Darlena La Cross. Harley wonders how he found out but Ross tells her it doesn't matter and asks where he can find Blake. Harley tells him that she won't tell him that Blake is hiding out at the cabin (sneaky,huh?). He thanks her for "not telling him" and leaves.
Harley joins the party with Phil, Jim and Beth. Jim talks to Phil alone and tells him the truth about Edmund and how he had no intention of rescuing him and Beth. Phil thanks Jim and tells him that Edmund is on a super tight leash and will not get the best of them. Meanwhile, Edmund talks to Richard and they have a few disagreements. Richard leaves and Edmund makes a call and tells someone to deliver something. Soon after, Beth receives a package, containing a video. She is confused at first until she reads the side that says it is a wedding planning video. She wonders how someone knew where she was, but puts the thought out of her mind. Edmund stares across the room at Beth.
On route to the Cabin:
Ross is going to confront Blake. He is listening to some doctor talk show about love on the radio and calls in for advice on Blake. The doc tells him that if she lies so much to him and he wants out of the relationship, why he headed up to see her now. The doc is ripping apart Blake and Ross defends her. The doc tells Ross he still loves his ex-wife. He gets off the phone and thinks a bit about it and knows that she is right, he turns the car around and decides not to chase her down after all.
At the Cabin:
Blake finishes her story and has Christina let go of Armand so he can be happy with Clarissa. After she finished, she started having contractions but she had accidentally dropped the phone and broke it. She was worried that once again she was going to end up having her baby in the Bauer cabin. Blake falls over in pain.
At the Lewises':
Marah isn't in a Christmas mood and complaining about her dad not showing up for Christmas Eve. Shayne gives his presents to his mom and Marah to try to cheer them up and it seems to work a little until Josh shows up and then everyone is happy. He passes out presents to everyone, including Reva and then they go about decorating the tree. Reva goes to the door to find Richard. He tells her that he brought her a gift but she doesn't know if she should accept it. Richard tells her she has to and then Cassie came to the door. Richard thinks that she should be with her sister and has brought her and the kids over. He leaves and passes Josh getting wood, who thanks him for bringing Cassie to be with Reva. They wish each other Merry Christmas and he leaves. Rick and Abby show up and have arms full of gifts. A courier brings a gift by to Reva. She opens it and it is a gold locket. She opens the locket and it has a picture of Jonathan in it with a note that said, "To Reva, From Jonathan: Thanks to you we are having a merry Christmas."
At the Firehouse:
Buzz is with his family and talking to his little boys about Santa. Jesse, Max, and Drew are there but she is sad because she misses Ben and her mom is in a wheelchair.. Harley, Phillip and Zack come in. Harley tells Selena how attentive Phillip has been since the plane crash. Jim, Beth, and Susan are there as well. Buzz sets everyone down and tells a story to all of his friends and family, "T'was the Night Before Christmas", but this version tells us the story of what happened to the people of Springfield on Christmas Eve.
Edmund and Alan walk in and are welcomed into the festivities. Meanwhile, Drew is still upset and Jesse is trying to help her. Jesse goes in and tells Selena about Drew being upset. He takes Selena out to see her and leaves the two alone. Drew wants to go home but Selena wants her to stay. She tells her that she wants to give Drew her birthday present early. Selena stands up out of her wheelchair and walks over to her daughter to hug her. They are all smiles and tears.
Richard, Cassie, Tammy and RJ are dining. Richard gives Tammy a small tiara and she thinks she is royalty. Richard asks Cassie what she would like for Christmas and she tells him that her wish is impossible, she wants to spend Christmas with her sister but there are too many bad feelings for that to happen. Richard tells her that they can go and she can see Reva.
Holly tells Ross that she received the last chapters of Darlena's book. Ross tells her that Darlena is really Blake and Holly figures out why Blake did it. She knows Blake did it for her and Ross and that the baby is really Ross'. She contemplates telling him and then ultimately does. Ross understood everything then and left. Holly says "Merry Christmas, Blake."
At the Cabin:
Blake is in pain with contractions. She wonders how she will get through this without help but she knows she will have too. She tries to use the phone, still no dial tone. She knows she will have to deliver alone and tries to get ready but ends up on the floor in pain. Ross comes in just in time and notices Blake on the floor. He helps her up and ends up helping her deliver their baby. He tells her that he got hold of her midwife and she is on her way but she has to promise not to ever tell Ed that she has delivered their entire family in the front room of his lake cottage. Blake smiled, but was still in pain. Ross gives Blake their daughter and he lets her know that he knows that she is their daughter. He tells her that for some reason the universe keeps throwing them together and he kisses her and tells her "Merry Christmas."
At the Jail:
Michelle and Danny are smooching when the guard comes and breaks things up. He tells him visiting hours area over and that Danny has to leave. Frank tells him no exceptions and Danny leaves, after almost getting locked up himself. Frank comes back and tells Michelle that they are going to have to move her. She wonders what's up especially when Frank escorts her to her own house. He takes her to her room where Danny is waiting, who explains to Michelle that Frank set the whole thing up and that they have 12 hours together, alone. Frank says "Merry Christmas" and leaves. Manny kiss and talk and end up making love. She talks about her mom and then begins singing, "O' Holy Night" and Danny starts singing with her.