Harley is on the phone with Ross setting up a meeting to discuss the divorce. Harley confirms the appointment and then hangs up. Blake is there with her and tells her that she is moving a little fast. Harley tells her that she has to get on with her life. She knows it will hurt but it will be over. Harley tells her that she has to think of her assets and get ready to go out on her own. They talk about the surprise party for Lizzie that evening and Blake tells her that she would go with her if it would help. Harley tells her that she would appreciate it and tells her that she already has Danny and Michelle coming over to watch Zack. Blake asked if it was the nanny's night off. Harley tells her that she had to let the Nanny and the housekeeper go. Blake doesn't understand but Harley said that she has to start economizing. She wants to be financially free from Phillip. Harley goes to the closet and takes out a garment bag. It is her bridesmaids dress for the wedding. She wants to be there for Cassie but doesn't want to go to SC where her problems with Phillip all started and to top it all off, he will probably be there as well. Blake reassures her that she will be there for her to lean on. Michelle and Danny come in. Harley tells them where the emergency numbers are. She looks at the list and says with all her preparations for disaster; she couldn't protect Zach from his parent's marriage breaking up. Harley and Blake leave.
Michelle and Danny come down. They are happy to have gotten little Zach to sleep. Michelle tells Danny she loves him and is sorry if she had been distant she just needed time to get over losing the baby. Danny holds her and tells her that they don't have to have sex to feel close. They promise to talk more when they get home. Michelle looks out the window and sees Carmen staring back at her. She screams to Danny, "She's here."
Lizzie asks Phillip where Harley is. He tells her that she may come by tonight to see her. Michelle and Danny come in with balloons and gifts. Phillip asks them to stay for a moment while he goes outside. He goes out to see Beth and the baby. She asked him about his visit to see baby Jim. She says that he promised to give up his claim to the baby and let her and Jim raise him on their own. Phillip tells her that nothing has changed except the fact that everyone knows it is his child and he wanted to see him. He tells her that if Jim and her want to raise the baby that would be fine he wouldn't renege on his promise. Beth mentions how great Jim has been and how he helped bring the baby into the world. Phillip says she seems to believe Jim will come back to her. Beth says that she does thinks Jim will come home and she believes Jim thinks of the baby as his own. Phil tells Beth he doesn't want to mess up the baby's life. He is happy that he will be with Lizzie and Beth. He also says he has no idea what will happen with him and Harley. Beth leaves and Phillip goes back in to pack Lizzie's things. Drew and Jesse come by to see Michelle and Danny. They all go out in the lobby. Meanwhile, Lizzie is anxious to leave the hospital. She tells her dad that she didn't always believe she would get well. She said that when she was admitted the last time she could tell that people never thought she would be leaving. Phillip told her that he believed in her. She told him that he always said she would be fine and she knew it was true because he would never lie. Phillip finishes packing her things and they leave.
Reva is at the hospital with Noah. They flirt and she says she has to go back to work. She kisses him and leaves. Josh comes up to Noah and tells him he wants to talk to him a moment. Josh asks Noah where he went to school. Noah mentions Harvard but vaguely said that he went to a lot of schools. Josh wants to know if he is from the northeast. Noah gets vague again and said he is from all over. Josh tells him that he knows he is hiding something. Noah's pager goes off and he said he has to leave. Josh tells him that they aren't finished. Noah walks away and Josh says to himself "I know you are lying, Noah".
In the lobby, Drew and Jesse are leaving for the airport. They ask Michelle and Danny to go with them but they said that they had already agreed to babysit for Harley. Drew asks Danny to come with her and give Michelle and Jesse a few moments alone. They take off. Jesse thanks her for always seeing the best in him; teaching him to read and helping him find his new life. He quotes the Shakespeare she first taught him and tells her that she made him realize he had dreams and that they were attainable. She tells him that he was her first love and that she believes her mother's heart went to the right person. She thinks that Jesse was Maureen's last gift to her. They hug. He tells her that he will always love her and they say their goodbyes.
Buzz tells Jim he has heard what happened and that he is sorry. Jim thanks him and tells him he doesn't know what to do. He doesn't want to raise another man's child. Buzz reminds him about Susan. Jim wants to know how he is supposed to look at the baby and not see Phillip Spaulding. Buzz tells Jim that Rocky is not his biological child and he hated Jenna's ex but that he loves Rocky because Rocky trust him and he is his father now. Jim says that at least Jenna's ex is dead but Phillip is still around. Jim apologizes realizing that Buzz's daughter is suffering too. Buzz told him that he has to decide what is best for him and his daughter and just do it. He thanks Buzz for the talk and says he has something to do.
Reva comes in looking for Selena. They are going to Chicago on
location next week. She mentions Noah and Buzz wants to know
details. She says he is cute and looks good in a suit. They talk a
bit and he tells her that Selena is at home with the kids. Reva
Jesse comes in to say good-bye to Buzz. He thanks him for all he has done for him. They hug. Buzz reminds him of good times. Drew comes in ready to take him to the airport. She tells Jesse she is proud of him and thanks him for everything. Jesse wants her and Max to come to NY soon. Drew kisses him and tells him he will take her heart to NY.
At the Bauer's:
Abby and Rick are kissing in the Bauer living room. He is happy that she wants to start trying to have a baby. Abby wants to tell him some good news. She tells him about Joe Morgan's job offer and that a baby wouldn't interfere with it at all. Rick tells her to say yes to the job offer. Abby says that it is great; they will have a fresh start in a brand new place. He doesn't understand and she tells him that the job is in DC and that Joe will offer Rick a job in Washington as well. Rick doesn't want to have his files looked at too closely right now. Abby tells him she doesn't think it will be a problem. Rick wants to know why Abby is comfortable with lying now that it works out for her. They argue. Rick says that Abby must really want the job more than the life they have now. Abby tells Rick the job found her and maybe it was meant to be. Abby wants to work with real people who need help. Rick says that he has to pack his bags and start over. Abby thinks that it will be a fresh start for them. She is annoyed about Claire popping in for coffee when she pleases. They are arguing about Claire. Rick tells Abby she is asking him for too much for him to move. They are both really angry. He can't believe this is happening. He asks her why they can't have one good day. He accuses Abby of lying to him about wanting the baby. He thinks she is just placating him. Abby is insulted and says that the job offer is a coincidence. Abby says he is only thinking about himself and won't even consider the job offer in Washington. She really wants the job to make a difference. She wants her children to know she did something really important. She asks Rick if his sacrifice will be worth it. The phone rings. Rick mentions that they forgot they had other plans and will have to go. They don't have time to work it out now.
At the Spaulding's:
Beth is at home and Jim arrives. She tells him she wasn't sure he would come home. She offers to show him the baby. He is awake and she thinks he misses the sound of Jim's voice. She hands him the baby and tells him that she misses him too. Jim says she doesn't have to push the baby on him. He already knows it would be wonderful to be part of the family. Beth says she knew Jim couldn't turn his back on them. Jim says he knows all the facts in his head. He puts the baby in the bassinet. He tells Beth he can't live with the lies. He will end up resenting Beth. Beth tries to say what she did with Phillip was a mistake. Jim understands what happened but he can never trust her completely again. The baby deserves a father who trusts his mother. Jim goes up to pack his things.
The Spaulding house is dark. Lizzie is happy to be home but wishes Susan or Harley was there. Phillip tells her that everything is fine and she can see everyone later. For tonight, he says they can eat cookies and play checkers. Lizzie agrees but is still disappointed. Lizzie turns on the light and everyone yells "Surprise". She is so happy; she thought everyone had forgotten her.
At the Spaulding's:
Lizzie and Lillian come in to Lizzie's room to get a sweater. Lillian gives Lizzie a present of a little gold clock. It was Lillian's grandmothers. She tells Lizzie that now she has all the time in the world to do what ever she wants and she should remember that each time she winds it.
Harley and Blake start to leave. Phillip follows. She tells him that the act is over and she will not act like a happily married couple with him anymore. She tells him that she will still see Lizzie but alone and not with him. Phillip wants to talk but Harley doesn't. He asks what he can do to make things better. She says nothing. Blake leaves and gives them some privacy. Harley tells him that if she stays she will only stay to go in and thank Beth for exposing her husband as the jerk he is. He tells her that she promised to stay until Lizzie is better. He tells her that Lizzie is out of the woods but still has a long way to go.
Jim gives Beth his wedding ring and house key. He tells her that he won't be back. She asks about Susan and he said that he would pick her up in the morning. Beth tells him that she thought they could work it out. He shoots that theory down and tells her that he can't be a part of any more lies. She asks him to stay for Lizzie and her party. He tells her that it is the best time to leave while she is distracted with her company. He tells her it isn't easy. They were supposed to be bringing their baby home today and Beth said that they did. He tells her that Lizzie will be fine and that he cant stay. Beth keeps saying what about Lizzie. Jim said for her to tell Lizzie whatever she wants to but he is leaving. He can't stay anymore. Lizzie comes down and hugs Jim. She asks him to come out with her but he tells her that he has to leave tonight. He says he has some business to take care of and has to go. She tells him that she will miss him and he hugs her. Jim leaves. Phillip comes in. Lillian gives Lizzie a gift from her grandpa Alan and she reads the letter. Alan says that she wants to give her something special. He gave her stock in Spaulding and said that she is the future of Spaulding. She looks at the stock certificates. She gives Phillip something and he looks it over. Lizzie leaves to show everyone her stock. Phillip tells Lillian that Alan has issued even amounts of stock to Zack and to the new baby with a letter saying that his grandchildren will run the company in the future. Phillip tells Lillian that Alan does what he wants to do. He just wants his life back, his wife and his family. Phillip tears up the stock certificates and says that Alan is not going to buy his way into his children's life.
Michelle sees Carmen outside the window. She tells Danny and tells her that she said she would come back for her. He asks what she is talking about. She tells him and runs to the door. Danny follows and of course no one was outside. He reminds Michelle that Carmen died in his arms and that everything will be okay. He holds Michelle while she cries. He gets her to the sofa and puts a blanket around her. She asks why her visions are so real. He tells her that her past 6 months have been awful and that he understands that the pressure could be getting to her. He tells her that he has had a recurring dream about Carmen's death as well. She wants to know how to make it stop. Danny says they have to find who did it. He wants to go in and get information. She said he isn't going back to those people. She already lost her baby and will not lose her husband. She rants about his association and tells him the cops are looking for the killers. He tells her that the feds will not investigate unless he turns States Evidence. Harley and Blake came in. They thank Michelle and Danny and they leave. Blake tells Harley that she understands Phillip more that she does. Harley insults her by saying, "Of course you do". She tells her that there is a major reason why she cant get back together with Phillip and with that she leaves and goes up stairs. Blake follows. Harley tells her that she has a daughter and she has to be an example for her. She has to send the right message to her. Blake tells her that Phillip will try his best to get her back and she has to be sure.
Claire comes in. No one is there. She had come to pick up an order. Holly is there. She recognizes Claire and tells her that she is Fletcher's ex as well. They chitchat awhile about Fletcher and Meg and Claire tells her that she is Michelle's mother. Holly tells her that she knows who she is and that she and Michelle have been close for many years. Claire tells her that she isn't the best mother and certainly is no Maureen Bauer but she does want to try. Holly tells her that she isn't mother of the year but she doesn't think she should come stomping into Michelle's life 20 years later and start taking over. Claire said that she just wants to be there for her. She says that there are some things she doesn't like, especially her being married to a member of a crime family. She tells Holly that Danny is the only threat to Michelle. She almost got convicted of murder because of her association to his family.
Michelle and Danny walk in. Claire goes over and asks her what is wrong. She tells her that she is seeing Carmen. Carmen tells her that she is glad that Carmen is dead. Danny hears her and asks her if that is true just how hard did she try to save her. Claire tells him that she is a doctor and that she saves lives not ends them. Carlos calls and says that he is ticked off because the police are staking out his house. Danny tells him that is because they haven't found Carmen's killer yet. Michelle overhears and gets upset that he is talking to Carlos. She says she can't take it any more and storms out. Danny follows. Claire stays there and says that she has to do something. Outside, Michelle tells him that she can't compete with his involvement with those people. He asks her to forget them. She doesn't have to compete. Inside, Claire picks up Danny's phone and recalls Carlos and invites him to the Bauer BBQ.
Noah and Reva are talking. They left the party early so Lizzie could spend time with her family. Billy comes up. Reva tells him that Josh has to be at the Bauer BBQ for a father daughter Frisbee contest. Billy tells her that they have a meeting but will try to get there in time. Noah says he is pretty good at Frisbee and would stand in. He said he has never had a daughter before and would try. Billy tells him that he has his number and knows that he has a daughter. He tells him about the phone call and that he can try to talk his way out of that one. Billy warns him about messing with Reva and tells him that the Lewis Boy's would take him apart piece by piece if he hurts her.
Billy walked in and sat with Holly. Holly tells her about Claire wanting to reconnect with Michelle. She said she relates to her as a fellow bad mother.
Noah and Reva sit down and are talking. She tells him not to worry about Billy and that if he wants to play Frisbee with Marah he can.
Happy 4th everyone!
In San Cristobel:
Richard and Cassie are in her room talking about the wedding. They go over the guest list and talk about the people from Springfield. He says he will be too busy staring at her to see anyone. There is a knock at the door. It's Julia who is apparently Natalie's replacement for wedding protocol. Later, Richard and Cassie push Julia out into the hallway. She is still going over the wedding plans when Richard shuts the door on her. He then lets her in and she sits at the desk. She talks about the timeline while Richard and Cassie are oblivious to anything but each other.
Cassie puts down a tablecloth on the floor in her room and the chef brings in a picnic basket. She wants Richard to know her traditions. He takes off his jacket and sits on the floor. They have hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw and apple pie. He reverts to his Dwayne accent and says they are missing one tradition, fireworks. She leans over and kisses him.
At the Spaulding Mansion:
Lizzie tells Phillip that she is kind of worried about her mom and thinks she may miss Jim. They talk about the BBQ and she is upset that she isn't going to be able to go but Phillip promises to arrange a little celebration just for her including fireworks. Lizzie gives him a picture of the new baby and asks him when Jim will be back. He doesn't know and Lizzie goes to check on the baby. Alan asks Phillip how long they are going to lie to Lizzie about the baby and Jim. Phillip is really angry with Alan for how he is using his Lizzie to make him claim his new son. Phillip tells him that he wants to save his marriage but Alan thinks he should only be thinking of his son. Alan tells him that the baby needs a father and wonders if Phillip would walk away from the baby for his marriage. Phillip tells him not to push him and that he isn't always right. Lillian came in and told Alan that his interference would only make things worse and she would tell Beth to keep the baby a! way from him. Alan doesn't believe she would do that but Lillian assures him that she would. Alan tells her that he can't just pretend that the baby isn't his grandson. Lillian tells him that they can't make all the decisions and that they have to let Phillip, Beth and Jim work things out. Alan asks Lillian if she has ever thought Jim was right for Beth. She side stepped the issue and said that it is just the way things are. Phillip is with Harley and Beth is with Jim. He tells her that he tried to accept things but he is certain that Phillip and Beth should be together and thinks she knows that as well. Alan tells her that it is his entire fault they split up and Lillian agrees. She tells him that she was very angry with him at the time but they have to move on and accept that things have changed. Alan wants to right the wrong he did to them and believes that they deserve a second chance and he will see they get it. Lillian admits that she believes it is true and! doesn't want Beth raising this baby alone. Alan asks for Lillian's help.
At the Bauer's:
Rick and Abby are working on the BBQ; he tells her that he will miss all of this if they move to DC. She asks to talk later and have a pleasant day without all the stress. There is a knock at the door. Carlos and Theresa arrive and tell Rick Danny invited them. Danny denies it. Carlos says a woman called to invite them. Rick thinks Danny did it but Abby suspects Claire. She repeats all the things Claire has done. Rick wants to stay out of Michelle's life and let her have a relationship with Claire if that is what she wants. Abby says that Claire wants Michelle to herself. Rick asks Abby why she never mentioned that Claire wants to break up Manny's marriage. Abby says that Claire asked her to help her break them up. Rick defends Claire and says she is just uncomfortable about the mob. Abby insists Claire just doesn't want anyone else in Michelle's life. She thinks she would practically kill anyone who tried to interfere. Meanwhile, Claire bumps into Michelle. Claire asks! Michelle if she is still unsettled about seeing Carmen. The visions are not unusual. Claire used to imagine what Michelle was like after she gave her up and had many visions. They talk about Carlos being there and Claire tells her even if Danny didn't invite Carlos they will always find a way to be in their lives. Michelle says Danny will protect her but Claire tells her that he couldn't even protect her from his mother. Later, Abby approaches Claire and Michelle. Michelle apologizes to Abby for Carlos but Abby says its no problem. Michelle leaves and Abby confronts Claire.
Danny tells Carlos that he believes he killed Carmen. Carlos insists he didn't and says it was an outside hit. He wants to work together with Danny. He says that the real killer will go free while Danny concentrates on him. Theresa tells Danny that she has a confession to make; she used to plot to replace Michelle with herself. She says that a quiet suburban life is the best revenge.
Susan and Max are together. He tells her that he isn't moving to NY forever and she can visit him and he will visit her. Susan believes that he will go off and find another girl and forget all about her. He tells her that wont happen. He is worried more about her meeting a new jock at school and forgetting all about him but she doesn't think that will happen.
Billy comes over to see Holly. She takes a sip of a drink and notices it has alcohol in it and gets upset. Billy tells her not to worry. Holly picks up the sign from the punch that says, "Spiked...adults only". Billy said the sign was moved and it was unintentional. She thanks him for reassuring her. Billy kisses her hand. Blake and Matt are looking at them. Matt teases her about being a hopeless romantic. He tells Vanessa that Blake should host a show about relationships. Vanessa thinks it is a good idea but Blake thinks she is better off writing books.
Phillip comes in and meets up with Matt at the buffet table. Phillip says that he knows he is Jim's friend and asks if he wants to say anything to him. Matt says no and walks away. Phillip tries to talk to Blake. Later, he goes over to Max and Susan.
Susan gives him the cold shoulder. She is angry about what he did to Jim and Harley. Phil apologizes but Susan tells him to leave them alone. Max tries to cheer up Susan. She says everything is changing. He hugs her. Phillip goes over and helps Rick cook burgers. Phil tells him that he is getting either the evil eye or pity from everyone today. Rick says he should focus on his wife. Phil asks about Rick and Abby. Rick says that Claire is making tension between them. Later, Phillip leaves to be with Lizzie.
Michelle finds Danny in the woods and asks if he is okay. He says he is not. She asks about Carlos. Danny says he needs to talk to her about something important. He doesn't think Carlos killed Carmen, he thinks it was Claire.
At the Bauer BBQ:
Rick is flipping burgers when Claire walks up. She thinks its great he invited so many people from the hospital and he tells her that he always does. Abby walks up and asks Rick to help her with the coleslaw. Abby takes Rick away and says, "you two looked cozy." Rick said that he was having a hard time being civil with Claire and thanked her for the distraction. He asked if she didn't trust Claire at all and she said no.
Michelle is angry; she can't believe Danny thinks Claire could have
killed his mother.
Bill is talking to Susan, Shane, and Marah. Marah is upset that everyone seems to be a couple there and she is all alone. Drew comes over and apologizes for taking Max away to NY but gives her tickets to "Rent" to make her feel better so she can come up and stay with them on vacation. Susan is happy about getting to be alone with Max in NY but still wishes he didn't have to leave.
Claire is rushing around her apartment looking in her bag. She gets a syringe out and remembers what Danny said. She looks at the needle and says, "I did it for you Michelle...I did what any mother would do for her little girl." She starts beating up the syringe destroying the evidence.
At the Spaulding's:
Lillian talks to Beth who says she is very tired. Lillian says that Phillip is there and Beth tells her that he came to see Lizzie. Lillian tells her that he has been there a lot lately. Beth tells her again that he has been there to see Lizzie. Lillian asks if he has came to see the new baby and Beth tells her no, that he still wants Beth and Jim back together to raise the baby. Lillian asks about her and Jim and Beth says she thinks Jim will come around. Lillian asks what happens if he doesn't and tells her that she needs to think about herself and her children. Lillian says she doesn't think Beth has a choice that Jim may have given up on her. Beth doesn't want to give up on the man she loves. She had her doubts in the beginning but he is a great man. He was great with Lizzie. Lillian agrees he was good with Lizzie but that doesn't mean that he is right for Beth. Beth says she is wrong. She loves Jim and she wants him back. Lillian is trying to open her eyes...you had a one-night stand with PHILLIP...a man you've always loved, not just some stranger. Beth finally understands that her mom is trying to get her back with Phillip. Lillian says it is what she (Beth) really wants. Beth finds out that Lillian had been talking to Alan. Alan wants to make up for the damage he did all of those years ago. Lillian says yes, but I just want you to be happy, the way you and Phillip were. Lillian goes on and on about how Jim can never make her happy and that Beth can't betray herself and how she really feels. In the long run she will hurt her children. Lillian's pager goes off and she has to leave but tells Beth to think about it.
Upstairs, Lizzie and Phillip are in her room. He brought her a BAUER BURGER from the BBQ and tells her that Rick is almost as good a cook as Ed used to be. Lizzie is a little upset and tells him that everything is different now and she thinks Jim and Harley may be mad at her. He asks what she means and she says that they don't come around much anymore. Phillip tells her it is because she is spoiled and used to people around her 24 hours a day and now that she is better people have to go back and pick up their lives and take care of other things. He says that everybody needs to catch up with business now and Harley needs to catch up with Zack. He says that for a while she might not get them all as a group like before but they will always be there. Phillip tucks Lizzie in with her teddy bear and reads her a story. Once she is asleep he tells her he wants to protect her as long as he can and kisses her goodnight. Phillip goes downstairs. He tells Beth that he has to go back to the BBQ to help Rick clean up. Beth asks him to meet up with her later to talk. He agrees to and she tells him to be at Tower's at 8 that evening. Phillip leaves. Beth goes to the phone and calls Jim. She asks him to meet her at Towers at 8 also.
Friday, July 7, 2000
by Jenna Davis