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Monday, November 20, 2006

Jeffrey arrives to talk to Ava. He wants to ask her some questions about her upbringing. Ava is wary of him, telling him she wants nothing from him, insisting that her past is her life with her adoptive mother, who she considers to be her real mother. Cassie interrupts them, giving Ava the opportunity to leave. Cassie tells Jeffrey that she still considers them friends and that she still believes in him.

Lizzie is waiting tables at Outskirts when Beth arrives, amazed that Lizzie is waiting tables while pregnant, rather than being waited on herself hand and foot instead. Lizzie assures her that Jonathan cares about both her and the baby and that she's never been happier in her life. She feels that she and Jon are having this baby together for a reason. She thinks this baby will allow to her to have a family happier and better than the Spaulding family. Beth takes Lizzie home to Cross Creek just as Jon is entering Outskirts through another door with Tammy, who he has just saved from a pack of reporters.

When they arrive at Cross Creek, Beth is surprised that Lizzie is happy living in the cabin. Lizzie tells her that she's happy because Jon is living there with her. Beth and Lizzie hug. When she realizes she left her purse at Outskirts, Lizzie takes Beth up on her offer to retrieve it for her.

While at Outskirts, Tammy and Jon recollect the times they spent together there when they were "together." Tammy tells Jon that one day he will probably be a real husband to Lizzie, in every sense of the word. He will smell her hair and feel her skin. They share a drink and have a solemn kiss goodbye. Tammy leaves and Jon finds out that Beth saw the kiss. When he accuses her of setting out to blackmail him, Beth surprises him by telling him she wants him to stay with Lizzie. She tells him that if he gives himself to Lizzie and the baby he will never regret it. Jon responds that he will be a good dad. Beth says that she believes he will be. She gives him Lizzie's purse to take home to her. Jon goes home to Cross Creek where he finds Lizzie asleep on the couch with a plate of half eaten cookies Buzz sent over. Lizzie wakes up and the two share the cookies. Lizzie is comforted when Jon refers to Cross Creek as their home.

After leaving Outskirts, Tammy runs into Remy who has come off a double shift. Knowing that Tammy had run into Jon and that she's happy to see Remy, Remy accuses her of thinking of him as comfort food, namely mashed potatoes. Tammy says she likes mashed potatoes and the two go off to spend some time together.

Josh and Reva have been set up to meet one another by none other than Maura. She has come back to Springfield after learning about Reva's illness and Josh and Cassie's coupling. She is not pleased that Reva kept her illness a secret, but she can understand why she did it. She cannot, however, understand how Josh let himself fall in love with Cassie. She thinks her parents should put the past few months behind them and get back together where they belong. Cassie shows up and Maura challenges Cassie's role in Josh's life. Reva takes Maura aside and asks her to back off. Reva tells her that she's not sure if she wants Josh back in her life now. Josh invites Maura to a movie for the next day. Maura responds that it's a good thing she's back in town so she can straighten up this crazy, mixed up place. Reva decides they should all have Thanksgiving together, thinking it would be fun.

Buzz has taken Olivia to Main Street with the intention of proposing to her. The mood is lighthearted as Buzz professes the way Olivia's presence in his life has brightened his world. Olivia is delighted with his words and laughs happily throughout as they hug, kiss, dance around, and talk. Just as he is kneeling down to propose, Ava arrives to tell Olivia that Jeffrey came to see her. She says that although he's a monster, at least he didn't try to kill her. Ava leaves, having completely ruined the mood for Buzz's proposal to Olivia. When Olivia tries to get him to go back to what he was trying to say before Ava's arrival, Buzz says it's not important. Olivia leaves to go wreak havoc on Jeffrey's life at The Beacon.

At The Beacon, Ava shuts the door on Jeffrey just as Olivia arrives. She tells him she is evicting him from the hotel and soon he will be out of City Hall. Ava hears them bickering and calls them two brats on a playground as she leaves the hotel. Jeffrey asks Olivia if her stripping him of everything will erase her years of hatred. She responds that it is a start.

Ava finds herself at CO2, sweeping, when Buzz approaches her. When she asks him if he's ever had a day when he woke up thinking he knew he had it all figured out and by day's end the entire world is upside down, he replies that today was such a day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dinah asks Mallet if they're avoiding the inevitable by staying in bed. She tells him she's afraid of losing him again. Dinah drags Mallet out to face the world.

Marah goes to talk to Jonathan at Outskirts. At first, he doesn't know who she is. Marah wants to discuss Josh and Cassie. He tells her he's staying out of the problem. Marah asks him to come to Thanksgiving at the farm. Marah is planning something at dinner to help bring Josh and Reva back together.

Harley asks Gus to take a fertility test. They meet up with Mallet and Dinah to celebrate the fact that they're back together. Mallet passes Gus a note to meet him on the terrace. Dinah intercepts the note and thinks it's for her. Harley intercepts a note as well and they all end up meeting on the terrace. Dinah thinks Gus is Mallet and kisses him, while at the same time Mallet thinks Harley is Dinah and kisses her. All are surprised and all quietly return to the table. They're all uncomfortable and the party breaks up, each couple going their own way.

Alan gives Lizzie a picture of Jonathan and Tammy together. Lizzie is upset, but downplays it in front of Alan. Alan tells her the pictures were taken last night before Jonathan took Tammy to Outskirts. Lizzie defends Jonathan. Lizzie tells Alan to leave and take the pictures with him. He leaves the pictures with her.

Alan gets Alan-Michael to meet with him regarding his next family project and asks for his help. He asks Alan-Michael to spend Thanksgiving with the family. Alan uses guilt to persuade Alan-Michael to come to dinner, but Alan-Michael agrees to only stay for dinner. Alan schedules a visit to a spa out of town for Alexandra telling her there will not be a Thanksgiving gathering. However, Alex is suspicious. Alan breaks down and tells Alex he's going to use her to leaving town manipulate Lizzie to come for dinner. She accepts the offer. Alan assures her his plan will work. Alex warns him he may push Lizzie away for good.

Beth shows up after Alan leaves. She asks Alan-Michael for help with funding for the clinic from Spaulding. She promises to help get Ava away from Coop. Alan-Michael agrees to contribute to the clinic. Rick comes in and Beth is excited to see him to discuss the clinic. Rick brought Mel as his lawyer. Beth gives Rick his contract for his new position. The situation gets tense between the two women. Rick takes a call and the two share barbs. Beth suggests Mel should get revenge by having an affair of her own. Rick and Mel have another fight about Beth still being interested in him and Mel storms out. Rick returns to the table telling Beth he knows she set the clinic up to manipulate him. Mel is sitting on a bench thinking about Beth's suggestion and phones Jeffrey.

Jonathan goes home to find the pictures of him and Tammy. Lizzie comes down the stairs dragging Jonathan's bags. She tells him to get out until he's worthy of being her baby's father. Jonathan tries to explain the situation that occurred with Tammy. Lizzie asks Jonathan if he slept with Tammy. He assures her he only kissed Tammy once, and then came home. He tells Lizzie he's not leaving. Jonathan proves his devotion to the baby by getting a tattoo - a permanent reminder. Lizzie is touched by his gesture and kisses him. Jonathan responds to the kiss.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Inside the Light: Count your Blessings

Alan Spaulding peeks through his terrace curtains at the falling snow. Inside the darkened dining room, the servants solemnly prepare the table for Thanksgiving dinner. After trading his tie for a more casual mock turtleneck, Alan pens a card to Lizzie, thanking her for blessing them with her baby. Using framed family photos as place cards, Alan arranges the seating at the dinner table. He holds Phillip's picture and wonders if Phillip even knows about the pending birth of his grandchild. Startled by noises in the house, Alan scurries to remove the photos from the table. It's just the servants. Photos still loaded in his arms, he instructs one of them, Jeremy, to go pick up Lizzie for him.

Beth enters, wondering if Alan has heard from Lizzie. She doubts that Lizzie will come to dinner because she hasn't even returned her phone calls. Alan magnanimously expresses to Beth that, after the rough year they have had, he really wants the Spauldings to feel like a family again. He is certain that Lizzie and the baby will be with them by Christmas.

While alone thumbing through a scrapbook, Alan stumbles across a picture of Beth when she was pregnant. He daydreams about what this Thanksgiving would be like had their son lived. Alex, Lillian, Beth, Alan-Michael and Lizzie (who does not look pregnant in the dream) all crowd around to admire the baby in his arms. Beth announces that Alan already filled a room with gifts for the baby. Alan tells the family that the gifts are all for them because they are so richly deserving. Alan-Michael tells his little baby brother that later, the two of them and their father will watch football on TV.

Out of his dream, he returns to the head of the table and practices his Thanksgiving speech from a card he had tucked in his pocket. Alexandra waltzes in, letting Alan know she changed her mind about being bait for Lizzie. Whereas she will go on her trip to see Nick, she postponed her flight to later that evening. Alan-Michael joins them in the dining room. Immediately he rearranges the place cards, putting his at the head of the table. He is the head of Spaulding, which means he's the one in charge. Alan reminds him that at the mansion he is the father and the head. Figurehead, his son mocks.

Alan retreats to the terrace to have a cigar. Beth joins him. He asks her if she ever thinks of their unborn child. Beth finds it difficult to talk about, but Alan continues, believing had the child been born, Beth never would have cheated with Rick. A car pulls up and excitedly Alan hurries in to make sure everything is ready for Lizzie. He calls to Hilda to get James off the computer.

Meanwhile, Lizzie receives the gift from Alan. It's an heirloom baby blanket that he had given to Beth and Phillip for her while he was in prison. The blanket is embroidered with Lizzie's and her parents' names. She holds it close to her, telling Jonathan how she thought it had been lost.

Jeremy comes into the Spaulding mansion alone and Alan questions him on Lizzie's whereabouts. He reluctantly informs his boss that Lizzie has decided to eat with the Lewis family. Alan's face falls when he sees that Jeremy also brought back the blanket. Quickly recovering, he decides that it's perfect that Lizzie will spend time with those incestuous yokels. One night with them and she'll be running home.

Beth exits to call Lizzie again. Alan-Michael bails on Thanksgiving dinner. Lillian arrives, full of holiday cheer. Lillian cannot stay. The hospital needs her due to the piling accidents the snow has caused. Alex takes that opportunity to leave as well. Alan is upset that everyone is leaving him on the holiday. Over her shoulder Alex says to Alan, "Like the Indians taught the pilgrims: you reap what you sow."

Meanwhile, outside Beth is really on the phone with Rick, trying to finagle some time with him. He can't be with her because he has to work some charity event. He plans to see Jude and then go to the clinic since Mel made it clear he isn't invited to her family's house for dinner. Beth deplores the idea of Rick being alone on the holidays, saying she feels just as unwelcome at her place as he does in any of Mel's plans. Back inside, Beth wonders where everyone went. Alan blasts the others for not staying around for Lizzie's sake. Concerned, Beth once again explains to her husband that Lizzie is not coming and that Lizzie's baby cannot replace the child they lost. Alan is still stubborn, but Beth isn't going to sit around and wait. She's running an errand and then she's going to help out at the clinic on Fourth Street.

Alan doubts her incredibly sudden charitable urge. He accuses her of going to see Rick. They argue about how she poured money into the clinic to rescue Rick from the nightshift Alan had him buried in at the hospital. In a huff, Beth tries to leave. He asks her to stay, but on her way out, she reminds him that she will be back. She always comes back. Alan shakes off all the bad karma and decides that his servants, Hilda and Jeremy, will have dinner with him. After all, they are his friends, too, right? The two exchange glances and Hilda replies, "Whatever you say, Sir."

At the table, they appear out of place and eager to leave. Alan tells boring jokes until finally Jeremy speaks up that Alan promised them they could leave early to attend their own Thanksgivings. Happiness exudes them when he finally says that they can go. As they scurry out, he stops them and asks Jeremy to give his regards to his wife. He can't remember her name and asks Jeremy what it is again. "Steven, sir," is Jeremy's answer. After an odd pause, Alan wants him to give his regards to Steven then. He also asks about Hilda's family, and embarrassed, he admits he should know all these things about them already. He looks off, pondering how he should know more things about a lot of people. Alan takes a hard swallow of wine and alone, starts to recite his thanksgiving prayer. "Lord, for what I'm about to receive, please make me..." He stops before the word "grateful," comes to his feet and drags the whole dinner off the table and onto the floor. His loneliness festers as he stares at a photo of Phillip.

Back at Cross Creek, Lizzie complains of pregnancy aches and pains. Jonathan is groaning, too, about the Thanksgiving foul they are about to be served over at Cassie's farm. He wants to hurry up, go and get back already before they get snowed in at the barn. Speaking of snow, Reva decides to shovel the driveway in order to protect Lizzie from a possible fall on the ice.

Alan goes down to the hospital. He finds Beth giggling beside Rick, unsuccessfully attempting to entice him off his shift. On Main Street, he sees a boy and his father playing in the snow. Next Alan looks into the windows at Cross Creek, where Lizzie is stretched out on the sofa. Alan instructs his driver to pull the car closer to the house. That way Alan thinks he can get Lizzie into the car quickly. After the driver leaves, Reva comes back up the walkway from shoveling snow. She greets Alan by asking who ordered the turkey. Innocently he says he's there to wish Lizzie a happy holiday. With a sarcastic grin, Reva thinks that's a relief. At first she thought maybe he was trying to kidnap the girl.

Following Reva into the house, Alan finds it shameful that Reva almost died a week ago, yet her son left her to shovel snow by herself. Reva assures him that shelving helps build her strength to fight her own battles. He asks her if she means battles like going to Cassie and Josh's love nest and pretending that all is well with the world. Reva pours hot tea and has a cup even though Alan refuses one. Going back outside, she tells Alan that she likes having Lizzie around. Her new daughter-in-law was really in her corner during the illness. Now Reva is in Lizzie's corner in regards to her marriage.

Alan confides in Reva. He sometimes thinks it's better that he not get to know this baby at all. That way he wouldn't have to worry about losing her. Alan is perplexed at how the whole town rallied by Reva's bedside. He can't even get together a lousy dinner. Reva understands what he feels. She very recently thought she lost everything, but it miraculously came back to her. Reva encourages him to not give up. Alan reminds that her Josh didn't return to her. Reva says to forget Josh. Her point is that giving up would have been so much easier, but she chose to fight. Alan is listening, but he feels he doesn't have support. Reva asks him what makes him so sure he doesn't. Alan gives her a skeptical stare before curtly leaving.

At home he stares at the pictures in the cabinet, mainly Phillip's, telling them that he's all alone. He hears Lizzie's voice and wryly comments that the photos are now talking to him. Lizzie touches him and Alan lights up, excited that she finally came. Jonathan wonders if the same goes for him as he saunters in. As Alan grimaces, Reva strolls in, sidestepping the ruined feast on the floor.

Alan is astounded that Reva would come to his home instead of going to see her own family. They can catch dessert over at Cassie's, Reva responds. Besides, Alan is family, too, now. Alan sheds his excitement and bickers because Lizzie didn't call him to let him know they were coming. He complains about the pizza Jonathan brought, appalled that the father of her baby would bring Pizza for Thanksgiving. Jonathan says he thought they'd need something since food winds up on the floor around there. Lizzie warns Alan to stop complaining or they will just leave. Once again, Alan's sprightly grin appears. Pizza is fine, he decides—with the right wine.

Alan shortens the table and serves his new family. Jonathan acts like a sloppy child at the dinner table. Alan frowns at him, hoping that Titania will be better than all of them. When everyone wonders who Titania is, Alan tells them that she's their little girl. Titania, Alan explains, is a Shakespearean fairy queen. Jonathan busts out laughing causing the women to giggle as well. Alan stiffens, wondering what's wrong with the name Titania. Everything, Jonathan chuckles. He'd rather name his child after a motorcycle than a fairy queen. Reva chimes in about how that worked for the Coopers. Alan asks Reva to stay out of it. Raised brows, she reminds him that she is family. She apologies for butting in on the name thing, but admonishes Alan for it also. Naming a baby is strictly the right of the parents. Alan sarcastically agrees, advising Reva to keep quiet if they name the child Gasolina or something. As Reva laughs, Alan—on second second thought—decides she probably won't mind Gasolina since her brother's name is Rusty.

So much for the cease-fire, Reva yells. Alan explains that he's just trying to look out for the baby. He wonders if anyone is even concerned about her schooling. Lizzie reminds him that the child is not even born yet. Allston, the boarding school all female Spauldings attended, is very competitive and Alan wants to send a check to them tomorrow. Lizzie will not send her daughter to that school. She hated it there when she went. Jonathan comments that she burned it down from what he heard. Jonathan glances at Alan. With a smirk, Jonathan tells him how he (Jonathan) also went to boarding school and look at how he turned out.

Alan backs down. They can name the baby what they want and send her to what school they want. He just wants them to promise him a part in the baby's life. The table grows silent until Reva breaks it by suggesting that everyone counts their blessings. She raises her glass to being alive. Jonathan raises his to being a father. Lizzie toasts to having Jonathan and the baby. With a content smile, she thanks Reva for giving her the home she always wanted. Once again Alan breaks the peace, arguing that this mansion has always been her home since long before she fell in with "these" people. Alan accuses Reva of having the same agenda he does, but when she meddles, she's seen as being loving and nurturing—not monstrous like him. Jonathan bucks from the table, roaring how what Reva does really IS loving and nurturing—unlike Alan. Jonathan's temper incites Alan to scream back at Jonathan that he has no right coming into his house hollering at him like that.

Reva quickly gathers her things and tries to corral the couple out, but Lizzie has some pains and announces that her water just broke. Excitedly, Alan and Reva believe that the baby must be coming right now!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, today's CBS Daytime lineup of soap operas – The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns and Guiding Light – has been preempted by various programming.

This schedule interruption was anticipated and there will be no "lost" episodes because of this.

Regular programming will resume on Monday, November 27th.

On behalf of everyone involved in the day-to-day operations at soapcentral.com, we wish you the happiest and healthiest of Thanksgiving holidays. We are truly thankful and honored that you choose to spend a portion of your time with us each and every day.

If you can't get enough of the soaps, don't fret: We have nearly ten years of Daily Recaps available for you to review in our Daily Recaps Archives. You can access them by the option in the left-hand menu of any page of the site. You will then be able to choose which year you'd like to review – and you can then pick the month or week of recaps to browse.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, today's CBS Daytime lineup of soap operas - The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns and Guiding Light - has been preempted by various programming.

This schedule interruption was anticipated and there will be no "lost" episodes because of this.

Regular programming will resume on Monday, November 27th.

On behalf of everyone involved in the day-to-day operations at soapcentral.com, we wish you the happiest and healthiest of Thanksgiving holidays. We are truly thankful and honored that you choose to spend a portion of your time with us each and every day.

If you can't get enough of the soaps, don't fret: We have nearly ten years of Daily Recaps available for you to review in our Daily Recaps Archives. You can access them by the option in the left-hand menu of any page of the site. You will then be able to choose which year you'd like to review - and you can then pick the month or week of recaps to browse.

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