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Monday October 20, 1997

Viki is completely surprised, but pleased to have Joey home. He tells them he either had to totally commit to the project he was working on for 6 months or stop now, so he decided to come back and finish his degree. Clint is skeptical, Joey has already missed more than a month of the semester. Joey has arranged it so he can write a paper about his work in Italy for credit. If he takes a light course load the rest of this semester and really works hard in the spring semester, he should be able to graduate with his class in June. Joey knows most of the news in town from his mother's recent visit, but he does ask how Kelly is doing. Viki is very vauge, not mentioning Ian's name at all. Joey leaves to go home and get some rest. In the elevator, he runs into Dorothy. He says that she resembles a madonna in an Italian painting. They exchange some small talk, but she gets off the elevator and walks away before he can get her name. At the gatehouse, Joey is walking around in a towel after taking a shower. While he is in the kitchen making coffee, Cassie arrives home. Joey startles Cassie, who had no idea he was there. Cassie offers him his old room back, but Joey would prefer to get his own place. As Joey is heading up the stairs to get dressed, Dorian barges in and demands to know where Kelly went with Ian. "Hello Dorian", Joey says. Dorian turns and stares at him.

Dorothy comes to the Banner to thank Viki for helping her get the job. Viki was more than happy to do it. Dorothy runs into Joey in the elevator and then heads to the park, where she sits on a bench and looks at apartment listings in the paper. Viki later runs into her there and suggests that she take a look at Patrick's former apartment. She gives Dorothy Nora's phone number, since Nora is handling Marty and Patrick's affairs, and tells her to call in the morning. Dorothy thanks her again, she wishes she could do something for Viki. She can, Viki tells her. She can come to a dinner that Viki is having the next evening to welcome Joey home, Mel and Mary will be there too. Dorothy accepts.

Kelly and Ian are on their way to California. In flight, Kelly falls asleep and has a horrible nightmare about meeting her mother. She's in a long hall with a door at the end and light shining from the door. She opens the door and it's foggy inside. The the fog clears a bit and she sees what she thinks is her mother. When it turns around, it is actually Kelly's doll with the eyes gouged out. Kelly screams and wakes up suddenly, shaken by the dream. Ian puts his arms around her and comforts her. They discuss Kelly's fears about going mad like her relatives. Ian doesn't think Kelly has anything to worry about. He suggests that maybe the fact that Melinda was a child prodigy made her closer to the edge. Kelly has never been so glad to be ordinary. They arrive at the hospital and Kelly walks up to her mother's room. She knocks, but gets no answer. She slowly opens the door and looks inside, but it is filmed so that it resembles her earlier dream.

Cassie and Mel discuss whether or not Mel should tell Dorian the truth about where Kelly went. Mel does not want to lie, it could destroy Dorian's trust in him forever, but Cassie insists that it's very important that Dorian not find out what Kelly is doing. Mel goes to Dorian's house to see her, she is sitting listening to one of Melinda's tapes. Melinda had a wonderful talent, but after the accident she could never play as well again. Mel tries to avoid the topic of Kelly, but Dorian decides they should have a party to celebrate Dorothy's new job. (She was not happy to hear that Viki helped get Dorothy the job and ranted for a while about that). Mel is forced to bring up the fact that Kelly has left town for the weekend with Ian. Even after searching, Dorian can't find the note that Kelly left her. Dorian is very suspicious and since she can't find out from Mel where Kelly went, she'll just ask Cassie instead.

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Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Kelly is a little worried when she walks into her mother's room and finds her meditating, with lit candles all over the room, but their visit goes well. Melinda is doing much better with the new medication she is on. She does ask Kelly though if she's OK living with Dorian, if she's safe there. Of course she's safe, Kelly says, Dorian has always loved her and taken care of her. Melinda seems to suggest that Dorian took care of Kelly out of guilt, but offers no details of what might have happened in the past. Kelly notices the piano in Melinda's room and Melinda gets slightly upset when Kelly asks her to play something. Kelly leaves, promising to come back tomorrow and bring Ian with her.

After Dorian gets over her surprise at seeing Joey, the two exchange a few words before Joey heads upstairs to get dressed. Is Joey's return to Llanview the reason that Kelly left town with Ian, Dorian questions Cassie. Cassie doesn't offer any information at all. Where did Ian take her, Dorian asks again. Joey overhears them and asks who Ian is. Dorian takes pleasure in explaining that Kelly has found herself a rich admirerer. She also brags about her own relationship with Mel. Joey insists he's happy for the both of them. After Dorian leaves, Cassie offers to take Joey out for dinner. Joey talks about moving out the next day, but Cassie wants to be the one to move out. She thinks it's time she and Kevin stop living on his mother's property and find a place of their own.

Blair and Max are at Club Indigo, discussing the best way for Blair to get Ian back. Blair is not to hopeful that it will work, but agrees with Max that she will have to cut all ties to Todd. After Blair leaves, Max talks to Jacara about leasing studio space in his new waterfront development and singing in Rodi's. She'll think about the studio space, but R.J. is not to thrilled with the idea of dealing with Max. As for the singing, she has no intention of performing again, she likes her job behind the scenes.

Frustrated after getting no answers about Kelly's whereabouts from Cassie, Dorian calls the Palace Hotel and tries to find out where Ian went. They refuse to give her the information. Blair comes home from Club Indigo and has a better idea. She calls the offices of Armitage International in New York pretending to be Maggie Carpenter. They tell her that Ian went to Arcadia, California. Dorian immediately realizes that's where Melinda is and calls Melinda's doctor. She learns that she's too late, Kelly has already been there to see Melinda. She asks the doctor to tell Kelly to call Dorian as soon as possible, she needs to speak to her urgently. The doctor informs Dorian that Melinda is much better now and can be released from the institution as soon as she is ready to go. After hanging up, Dorian declares that she's figured out how to take control of the situation.

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Wednesday, October 22, 1997

Club Indigo-R.J., Jacara, Tommy

R.J. gets a call from Gabe. He has the mob "investor" outside in his car and the man is impatient to get down to business. R.J. needs to get rid of Jacara first, so Gabe and the investor will have to wait. R.J. flatters Jacara about her singing and his disappointment that she did not honor his request to perform the night before. He says, when she sings, she lets her guard down. She replies that is all the more reason for her not to do it. She chose business and partnership with him and is there anything wrong with that. She is off to her meeting in Philadelphia and she rushes out, kiddingly promising R.J. to return with a cheese steak.

R.J. speed dials Gabe. The investor, Tommy Philips, tells R.J. his associates know R.J. from when he worked under Carlo. They are impressed with his success with the club and the growing presence of Blue Jay's artists on the charts. He has made his mark and his associates know a good thing when they see it. Gabe encourages R.J. to welcome Tommy, offer him a seat, etc. R.J. offers a drink, but decides he would prefer to do business standing. The powers that be like to acquire new things, like R.J.'s business. R.J. replies he has no need for other investors. Tommy tells him that No is not the answer, so is it possible R.J. misunderstood. R.J. defiantly says that he did not misunderstand, I just won't sing someone else's tune. Furthermore, Mr. Phillips and associates will be sorry if he refuses to take no for an answer.

Gabe can see his negotiating skills are needed. He tells them to keep calm. Tommy says the deal is that R.J. gets 30%, Ja.k.ara 30% and Phillip's associates get the rest. R.J. gets in his face as he explains that it will be a bad mistake to take what belongs to him. He calls Tommy and his associates jamooks and promises them that all they will get is scorched earth. Tommy reminds R.J. that he is no longer under Carlo's protection. But R.J. says he is no easy mark. He orders Philips out of his club. Gabe deftly pulls Tommy aside for a moment and explains that R.J. is ambitious and not going to just roll over. It would be in both their best interests to come to terms. R.J. says there is no percentage in confrontation. Lots of heat and lots of uniforms is what Phillips and his cohort will be faced with because he will protect what is his at all costs. Tommy decides a softer approach is needed. After all, they are both Darwinists, the travel in the same sphere. Either Evolve or Die. R.J. replies, then let's evolve. Find out what is mutually beneficial without costing either of us more than its worth. Philips has an artist named Charlie Patterson, could be the next Harry Conick Jr.(?). He needs a good launch. R.J. is a little dubious about the guy and whether he sings only standards. Philips says he can do anything. He just needs to be handled right. That is where R.J. comes in. Patterson will need a recording contract with Blue Jay, 2 CDS guaranteed and then lots of promotion. He hands R.J. the demo tapes and tells him to give them a listen. Philips will be faxing R.J. a deal memo before he leaves town, one he expects him to sign. After he leaves, R.J. chuckles. He is smug and certain he has gotten off very easy. He will do as little as he can get away with on this deal. He expects this to be easy. He thanks Gabe for giving him peace with honor, for allowing neither of them to lose face. Gabe thinks he is taking this too lightly. How is he going to sell Jacara on this? Jacara overhears and wants to know just what R.J. is going to sell her on.

Bo and Nora's House-Bo, Nora, Mud and Rachel

Nora is totally disorganized and totally exhausted. She has been running both the office and doing her own legal work for too long. Bo says she can't go on this way. The bell rings and Rachel is greeted by her mother as a savior. Surely, after all the pain Nora went through to give birth to her, her daughter will reciprocate and help her out until she can find an assistant. Rachel reminds her that she has a job and things are hectic. She has to book 3 months of acts for Club Indigo. Nora whines that Rachel doesn't love her and Mud makes a bee line to the couch next to Nora. This is too much for her. She suggests that Bo gives Mud to Max, he is lonely. Bo reminds her that she said Max needs a girlfriend, not a dog. Bo says not to worry, he has a diabolical plan. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, Nora replies. He leaves and Rachel says that he thinks she has the answer to Nora's problems at the office. She has an old friend from Law school named Georgie Phillips who is in her last year, has a light course load, and is working for peanuts at the Library. She needs more of a challenge and more money. She is well organized and a big fan of Nora's, having seen her lecture. Nora pleads, no, orders Rachel to track her friend down immediately and if she is interested to bring her down to the office.

Llanfair-Clint, Viki, Joey, Jessica, Bo

Clint tries to discuss what did or rather what didn't happen at the cabin the day before. He wonders if she will take his suggestion and see Dr. Maude. She replies that she is anxious to resolve her conflict about sex, she has been working with her regular therapist and thinks it might not be wise to branch out with a specialist. Clint asks her to bring it up with her therapist. Viki does not feel it is a priority. After all, Life is steady in almost every other area, she is happy, stable, and for the first time in her life, not in agony. She can't ever recall being this well. Clint reminds her that it is she who opened the subject and also she who fired the first volley when she threw tomatoes at him. Maybe she is angry with him. Viki says more like she is mad at herself for starting this in the first place. He doesn't mean to push it. Viki says that he is doing just that. Clint says he wants her to do what is best for her. She replies, she hopes she can do that.

Joey comes bounding down the steps and interrupts. Viki goes off to get some work done. Joey tells his dad it feels like he has been away 9 years instead of 9 months. Clint replies that things change. Joey teases, "Tell me about it!" Clint doesn't want him to misunderstand. Viki and Clint are forever joined as parents and business partners. They have issues and don't want added pressure from their kids. Joey promiseses to stay out of their business and then teasingly adds that he would like some advanced word before the wedding so he can pick up the tux for the wedding.

Bo shows up with Mud and tries to palm it off on Clint and then Joey. Clint is not interested and Joey says it aggravates his asthma. Clint leaves and they talk about Drew. Joey says he thought something was going on with Bo's son, but he did not know how to tell him about it. Bo replies that he never got to know Drew either. Jessica arrives and is happy to see her brother and Mudd, who see calls the custest thing she ever saw. Joey asks why he is so eager to get rid of this perfect pet. Bo reminds him that he and Nora work like dogs. They are not the right owers for this dog. Viki shows up and tells him he has sunk too low. Bo says it is the end of his marriage because Viki won't allow Jessica to keep Mud. Viki replies that she will see him out before he leaves something behind. Jessica tells Joey she was just blowing smoke. She doesn't have enough free time to spend with the dog either. Joey sees the perfect chance to segue from dogs to Ian Armitage, revealing his opinion of Kelly's latest conquest. Jessie gives him all the 411 on the guy and makes him admit that he does miss Kelly, but is afraid to pursue her after breaking off. Jessie reminds him he blew Kelly off like the jerk he is and laughs. He says he thought he missed his sister but he was wrong. Viki comes back into the living room and tells her youngest son that she is giving a welcome home party for him. She has invited Mel's daughter, Dorothy and thinks he will enjoy meeting her. Joey laughs at the transparent attempt at matchmaking and mother and son hug.

Nora's office-Rachel, Georgie, Nora and Bo

Rachel introduces Georgie to her Mom and asks her to come over and visit her later on at Club Indigo. Georgie tells Nora she will be finished with Law School in the Spring. She only has a few more credits to finish off. She knows all the office procedure and all the computer software. Nora wants to know where she has been all her life. Georgie allows that there is nothing complicated about the Law. All it requires is common sense and clean fingernails. Nora knows the quote. Doris Lessing, her favorite author. Also Georgie's favorite. Georgie fills her in on her personal history. Her father died when she was in freshman year of college. It took five years for her to finish and now another five years to finish Law School. In fact, it was Nora who inspired her to stick with it, not to quit. She attended her lecture at the University and has observed her in the court room. Nora welcomes her to the firm and asks her to start right away. She is due in court. Geogie has the job and all the benefits. But the only one she is interested in is occassionally going to court with Nora. Nora says that is part of the job and she is hired. After she leaves, Georgie takes a look at the pictures on Nora's desk and the degrees on the wall. Bo walks in and she introduces herself. He tells her she is the answer to his prayers and he hopes she loves working for his wife.

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Thursday, October 23, 1997

Todd/Téa/Blair

After struggling down the stairs, desperately holding on to the handrails, Téa shouts at Bird telling him to shut-up. She staggers over to the couch and starts crying when Todd comes in. Téa tells him to go away and not look at her. Todd can tell she's upset and that she's been crying. Stubbornly, Téa denies that she's crying when Todd offers the rare sleeve to cry on. Téa explains that she's in a lot of pain and that it must be a side effect of the pain killers. Todd says he's sure it has nothing to do with the fact that she was pushed out of a second story window, nor that she dragged herself out of a hospital bed in order to "nail down" his custody case. Téa relents and admits that it was traumatic. She explains that when she was in law school, she'd go for three days without sleep and now that's all she wants to do and can't. Todd tells her to "think loose." This is reiterated by Bird who keeps repeating "Loose as a Moose." Todd and Téa enjoy a good laugh and think that "Moose" is either Bird's name or he thinks he's a Moose. There's a knock on the door, and low and behold, it's Blair. After some choice bantering between Téa and Blair, Blair hands over her keys to the front door and her office at The Sun and tells Todd that any dealings with her should go through her attorney. Blair then asks to see Starr, and since she hasn't been through the Court Ordered psycho-analysis, Todd tells her to "go through my lawyer." Blair then asks Téa (very, very nicely - without sarcasm) if she can see Starr. Téa tells her to go ahead.

After Blair leaves, Todd throws the keys at the door that she has just closed. He claims that he's angry because his Assistant Editor just quit. Téa calls him on it and tells him that that's not true and that he's so angry because of the feelings he still has for Blair. He denies it, but Téa knows better. She tells him that Blair quitting is the best thing for them. He asks how and she explains that Blair is distancing herself from Todd, that she's moving on with her life and that he should do the same - Get Over Her. Todd storms out of the loft slamming the door behind him, leaving a deflated Téa sitting on the couch.

Jacara and R.J.

Trying to quickly cover his meeting that took place with Tommy Gregory, R.J. tells Jacara that they're going to sign a friend of a friend of a friend to Blue Jay Records. Jacara explains that she's listened to thousands of tapes from thousands of wannabe's, but if he (R.J.) thinks it's good she'll take a listen. Gabriel informed R.J. that Jacara was NOT a good person to lie to. R.J. told him everything was "going to be alright; it's going to be alright."

R.J. asks Jacara out to a movie. Jacara relunctantly agrees. While R.J. is checking out movie times. Jacara receives a package from a courier, who delivered a "Deal Memo" for Charlie Patterson. When R.J. enters the room she asks what is going on. R.J. says he really feels Charlie's got talent and took matters into his own hands. Jacara is rather upset that he signed someone without consenting with her. She tells him that she'd like to trust him, but this isn't the way to go about it. She also tells him that this isn't the way she does business and that if this is his way of doing it, then he either doesn't know her or doesn't care, in which case it may be time to rethink this partnership. R.J. professes that he knows how much Blue Jay Records means to her. He then (blowing all Soap Opera traditions everywhere out of the water) asks Jacara if she knows who Tommy Gregory is and she can't deny that she does. He tells her the whole story, nothing candy-coated about how Tommy wanted a piece of the action, but instead of that offered to sign Charlie Patterson to a deal. He felt that signing Charlie was the lesser of the two evils. He also told her that he knows how hard she's tried to keep Blue Jay Records on the up-and-up and that he feels that that's one of the reasons she came to him. He felt the least he could do was protect her from having to deal with low-lifes like Tommy Gregory. She thanked him for telling her the truth. After the commercial break, R.J. tells Gabriel that he told Jacara everything. Then, out of nowhere, Jacara states that she wants out. She's exercising the "out clause" in their contract and is taking Blue Jay Records back!!!

Ian/Kelly/Melinda

Melinda's doctor (Dr. Angell) gave the message to Kelly that her Aunt Dorian was looking for her and for her to call as soon as possible. Kelly freaked trying to figure out how in the heck Dorian figured out where she was. The doctor told Kelly to calm down that Dorian specifically said that she was not upset. Kelly sucks it up and called Dorian. She apologized for not telling her aunt where she was going, but explained that it was last minute. Dorian initially was upset, but turned it around to where she actually apologized (hollowly, of course) to Kelly for being "smothering." Dorian gave the word to Kelly that Melinda's doctor believes that Melinda is well enough to leave the hospital. Kelly, to say the least, is caught totally off guard when Dorian asks her to ask Melinda to come live with them in Llanview and then get back with her with Melinda's answer.

When Dorian hangs up the phone, Blair asks Dorian if that is what she meant ealier when she said she was going to take control of the situation. Dorian feigns innocence and tells Blair that she's doing what she thinks is best for Melinda. Besides, with Kelly having unlimited and unsupervised visits with her mother in California, who knows what effect it will have on Melinda's state of mind. Blair extends her admiration of Dorian to survive even when the "cards" are stacked against her. Blair decides that she's going to start taking control of her life again, starting today.

Kelly informs Melinda's doctor of what Dorian said and he thinks it's a good idea. Dr. Angell explains that as long as she takes her medicine, Melinda's fine. Kelly's fearful of another incident and loaded with doubts. Ian reassures her that he feels Melinda really wants to be well. Kelly and Ian enter Melinda's room only to find Melinda standing at the piano in a semi-trance-like state. When Kelly says "Mother," Melinda nearly jumps out of her skin. Melinda apologizes, stating that's not her normal reaction. Kelly introduces Ian and Melinda and Ian exchange pleasantries. Ian only stays for a moment, stating he has business to take care of. Melinda and Kelly have an emotional talk about their relationship (or lack thereof). Melinda begins to then express how she can never make up to Kelly all the things that she's done (or not done) and missed out on. Melinda states that nothing Kelly could ever do could be as bad as what she did to Kelly when she was a little girl. Kelly corrects her and tells her of taking the life of Blair's unborn child, and then says "see, I've taken a life. You haven't killed anyone and I survived, so can you." Kelly then pops the question to Melinda about coming back to Llanview. Melinda's not sure it's such a good idea and if she can handle it. Kelly tells her that if she won't do it for herself, then to do it for her (Kelly). Melinda asks her if she thinks she's strong enough and Kelly in turn asks Melinda if she feels she is. Melinda says she thinks so.

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Friday, October 24, 1997

Jacara, R.J., Max and Gabriel

Jacara storms back into R.J.'s office to pick up some files and her briefcase. R.J. tries to talk her out of leaving, but Jacara is firm. She doesn't work with the mob, or with liars, their partnership is over. Tommy Gregory could have put Blue Jay Records out of business, he thought the deal he made, signing a singer, was a pretty good compromise, R.J. defends himself. R.J. thought she wanted to be protected from these sorts of things. Jacara doesn't like his reasoning, so that makes this all my fault, she asks. Jacara's heard enough, start doing the paperwork to disolve the partnership, she tells Gabe and walks out. Rachel arrives at Club Indigo just in time to catch Jacara storming out. Jacara tells Rachel how wonderful it's been to work with her, but she's leaving. As Jacara is walking out the door, R.J. comes after her. Rachel stops him to ask what's going on, but he doesn't have time to talk now, he needs to catch up to Jacara.

Jacara arrives at Rodi's, sits down at the bar and starts talking to Max. R.J. comes in right after her. "Get lost", Jacara tells him. Jacara tries to leave, but R.J. takes hold of her arm, he's not going to let her walk away. Jacara's said all she has to say to R.J., if she can't trust him they have nothing together. R.J. thought that she could see the truth about him, that he's not "bad to the bone" like Hank and everyone else thinks. If that's the way she feels, maybe she's right, they should end their partnership right now. R.J. walks out. Max asks if she's alright and pours them both a drink.

Jacara has a drink with Max while he tells her about his previous run-in with R.J. R.J. was a loan-shark going by the name of Jimmy Glover. Max had a gambling problem at the time and borrowed a large sum of money from "Jimmy." If he didn't pay on time, "Jimmy" threatened to kill him. Do you think R.J. really would have carried through on his threat, Jacara asks. Maybe he was just bluffing, Max allows, but he had Max running scared. Max thinks that Jacara is a lot better off without R.J. Max offers her a place with him at Rodi's

Dorian, Melinda, Mel and Blair

Dorian is at home, all dressed up to go out in a black dress with rhinestone straps and buttons. The phone rings, it's Melinda calling. Melinda is very happy to finally see Kelly again. Kelly told her of Dorian's invitation to visit Llanview, but Melina isn't sure that she's really welcome. Dorian assures her that she has missed Melinda and wants to see her. Melinda says her doctor feels she's still holding something back, like they've been putting a puzzle together and are still missing a few pieces. Both the doctor and Melinda hope her trip to Dorian's will help fill in the blanks about the past. Without directly saying no, Dorian tries to persuade Melinda not to dig in the past, claiming that Kelly is fragile and they shouldn't discuss the past until they get back to Llanview. Then they can all explore the past together. Melinda hasn't made up her mind yet whether she will be coming to Llanviw, but promises to tell Dorian as soon as possible. They hang up and Mel arrives. Dorian wants to take Mel out to dinner, but he has a prior engagement, at Viki's.

Dorian is not happy to here that he's been invited to Viki's and she wasn't invited along as his date. She's even less happy at the thought of Mel and Joey sitting down to dinner together. Dorian, as usual, makes it all about her, that Viki planned everything this way on purpose just to exclude her. Mel suggests that maybe it's just a welcome home party for Joey and has nothing to do with Dorian, but Dorian doesn't believe that. Mel offers to call Viki to see if he can bring Dorian along.

Dorian is certainly not going to beg for an invitation, it would be demeaning, she tells Mel. Mel can't get out of going to this dinner even if he wanted to, which he doesn't. He does ask what Dorian's plans are later on. She's hoping that he'll come straight back and tell her what happened. What was Dorian's good news, Mel asks. Dorian spoke to Melinda and invited to come to Llanview for a visit. Kelly went to California to visit Melinda, she tells him(Mel pretends he doesn't know this already). Melinda's doctor said she was ready to leave the institution and Dorian wants to offer her a sort of halfway house a "safe haven" when she gets out. Mel is delighted, both for Melinda and Dorian's sakes. Dorian has decided she wants to prove to Mel, Kelly and Cassie that she is not afraid of anything in her past, at least not anything she can remember. If there is anything there in the past, Dorian promises to work hard to recover it, so there won't be any dark places. Dorian thinks that Melinda can help her with that.

Blair arrives home with the good news that she quit her job at The Sun. She asks Dorian what happened, she was supposed to be having dinner with Mel. Mel had other plans, with "Queen Victoria" in honor of "Prince Joey's" homecoming. Dorian tells Blair about her conversation with Melinda, but she's beginning to question the wisdom of having asked Melinda to stay with them. Blair doesn't understand, she thought having Melinda there with them would be the best way to control what Kelly asks her. Dorian explains that Melinda has questions of her own and asked Dorian for help in remembering the past. Blair doesn't understand why everyone is so obsessed with history when there are more important things to worry about, like Todd having custody of Starr. Blair thinks that Dorian should make it clear to Cassie, Mel and Kelly that the past should remain in the past, otherwise Melinda is going to end up like Addie. Blair promises to help Dorian however she can. Dorian doesn't know what she would ever do without Mel. She's afraid that Viki, Kevin and Joey are filling his head with "lurid stories" about her right now. "Then why are you sitting here?", Blair asks.

Viki, Clint, Jessica, Joey, Dorothy and Mary Hayes

Dorothy and Mary are getting ready to go to Viki's party. Mary promises to behave herself and not turn tonight into a group therapy session. Mare swears to Dorothy that they are not trying to set her up with Joey, Viki just thought that Joey could introduce her to some people her age. Mare asks Dorothy if she's dated at all since the miscarriage. No, she's been very hesistant. Even when she meets someone she likes, like this "amazing guy" she met in the elevator, she freezes up.

At Llanfair, Joey is on his way out the door to visit some friends when Viki catches him and reminds him that he's the guest of honor at the party tonight. He doesn't want to stay for the party, especially since Viki seems to be trying to set him up with Dorothy. Viki assures him that Dorothy is not terrible like he obviously thinks, she's a wonderful girl. Joey reluctantly gives in, he'll go tell his friends what's going on and come back for one drink. As Joey leaves, Jessica comes down the stairs. Viki comments that she looks lovely and wishes that Cristian were there to see her. Jessica wanted Cristian to be there too, until she saw Dr. Maude's name on the guest list. Jessica was worried that the topic of conversation would end up being sex and your teenager. Clint comes in and overhears the last part of the conversation. Who's having sex, he asks. Nobody, Jessica insists, mortified. Clint tries to be understanding, fumbling for words, if she wants to tell them something... There's nothing to tell, Jessica insists again, can they please just drop the subject?

Mary, Dorothy and Mel arrive. They briefly discuss Dorothy's job, it begins next week, and they all go into the library. Viki explains that Kevin couldn't join them, he's in Texas visiting his son, and Cassie had a deadline she had to make. Dorothy is disappointed, she was looking forward to seeing Cassie again. Viki hears Joey come in, but he's up the stairs before she can catch him. Dorothy thinks she left her purse in the car and heads to the door to go get it. She runs into Joey, who's coming down the stairs and they recognize each other from their meeting in the elevator. Viki comes out into the hall to find them getting along well. She apologizes to Dorothy, Joey can only stay for a little while a have a drink with them. His plans have changed, Joey quickly corrects his mother. Joey tells Dorothy to stay right there and not disappear again, he has something he wants to show her. He runs up the stairs. When Viki returns to the library, Mary is complimenting the Banner about their series of articles on teenage pregnancy. Mary, encouraged by Viki, of all people, goes on to tell a story about a party at a free clinic for teenage pregnancy that she started in the Bronx. It was a going away party for Mary, who was moving on to a new project and the place was decorated with balloons that...um... were not ballons and the cake was decorated with birth control devices. Viki enjoys the story, but Clint and Jessica look like they want to sink through the floor. So, what do you think about the Eagle's chances next week, Jessica desperately tries to change the subject.

Joey and Dorothy are sitting on the staircase. Joey has a book of paintings and is showing her the picture he thinks she resembles. Dorothy is flattered, but still doesn't see the resemblance. They discuss painting a little more and then Joey has something he wants to show her in the kitchen. Back in the library, Mary is commenting about Clint and Viki's relationship, how amazing it is that they can work so well together after the divorce, with no past sexual issues getting in the way. Mary would love to interview them for her next book. Viki is literally saved by the bell from having to answer when the doorbell rings. She rushes to answer it, only to find Dorian on her doorstep. "I hope I'm not intruding", Dorian says with a big smile.

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