Viki, Kevin and Todd
At Llanfair, Kevin asks Viki if he can borrow the keys to the cottage, he'd like to take Cassie up there for the weekend. Viki agrees. As Kevin goes to get the keys, the doorbell rings, it's Todd. Kevin quickly leaves, brushing by Todd without saying a word. Todd's there to borrow a book from Viki, "The Lord of the Banner." Viki asks why Todd wants it. Todd explains that he wants to read it to learn how Victor became a successful newspaper man. Is Viki too threatened by him to lend him the book. Not at all, he's welcome to it, Viki says, but warns him to remember that the book doesn't tell the whole story. Todd gets a call on his cel phone, it's Téa. "I need you, right now", she tells him.
Téa, Starr and Todd
Téa and Starr went out pumpkin picking. Téa puts a pumpkin in the back seat besides Starr and reminisces that a year ago she was a lawyer in New York and now she's a wife and mommy. Starr starts crying and Téa picks up the stuffed animal which had fallen and gives it back to her. Todd paid her 5 million dollars to take on her new "job", but now Téa wants them to become a real family. And when she wants something, she usually gets it, Téa tells Starr. Téa tries to leave, but the car won't start.
Téa's looking under the hood of her car when Todd arrives. Téa doesn't know what's wrong, maybe it's the carborator, she suggests. How long has it been since she got gas, Todd asks. Téa can't believe it, she's such a cliche, the dingbat housewife that runs out of gas. She's not use to cars, she defends herself, she grew up in New York. Todd wonders what she's doing out in the country to begin with. She and Starr were out picking pumpkins, it's the sort of things that families do, the sort of things that they should be doing together with Starr. Todd tells Téa to get Starr and put her in his car, he thinks he's had an amazingly *normal* idea.
Blair, Max, Ian, Kelly and Renee
Blair and Max are on the couch, kissing, when they hear Ian calling her name from the deck. In his haste to leave, Max accidentally drops his keys when he grabs his coat. Then he seems less concerned about leaving and stops to give Blair a CD he picked up of music he think Ian will like. Blair can use it as a tool to get Ian, he tells Blair as she urges him to leave. Just as Max walks out one door, Ian comes in the other.
Blair says that she's worried about her meeting, but she's sure everything will go fine now that Ian is here. She helps him off with his coat and gets him settled on the sofa. He hopes her guests arrive soon because he's on a tight schedule. Blair edges a little closer and asks him for a crash course about the yacht. Ian explains starboard, port, bow, stern, head, and the galley while Blair hangs on his every word. Suddenly, Ian hears a sound and feels the yacht moving. After he rushes outside to check, Blair goes over to his coat and takes his cellular phone.
Up on the deck, Ian finds the hawser(the rope that held the yacht to the dock). Someone must have done it on purpose, is Blair sure that she had no crew? Ian will just go start the engine and radio the Coast Guard. He goes up the stairs to do just that. Blair throws Ian's cellular phone overboard. Max appears and pulls Blair into a cabin. What's he still doing there, Blair asks. He lost his keys in the main cabin and can't go anywhere without them. He tells Blair to keep Ian busy on the deck while he looks for them. He pushes Blair back through the door just before Ian comes down the stairs.
There's no key for the engine and the radio isn't working. Then, he remembers his cel phone, it must be in his jacket in the cabin. Blair tries to stall him for a while, saying they have to stay on deck to be sure noone runs into them. Ian doesn't think it'll be a problem, he turned the running lights on. He leads a reluctant Blair inside. "Are you sure you left your phone in the cabin", Blair says very loudly to warn Max, who's inside searching for his keys.
When Blair opens the door, Max is nowhere to be seen. Ian, of course, can't find his cel phone. Blair pours them some champagne and says it's good to spend some time with him again, she understands why he took a few steps back from her, he saw her at her absolute worst. She was insane with worry about Starr at the time. She goes to the galley to get some caviar and discovers that Max is hiding there.
Kelly arrives at the Palace Hotel for her date with Ian, but he isn't there. Renee has to tell her the bad news that the last time she saw him he was going to meet Blair.
Blair comes back with the caviar and sits thisclose to him on the couch. Blair gets up and puts the CD Max gave her. Ian likes the music and Blair claims to be a fan of theirs as well. It would be such a shame to lose contact with each other when they have so much in common, even their taste in music, Blair says. Ian, feeling a bit crowded, gets up and says he needs to go and check things up on deck. Before he goes, he's going into the galley to get them a knife to spread the caviar. Blair tries to talk him out of it, but he ignores her and heads toward the galley.
Dorian, Melinda, Cassie, Kelly and Mel
Everyone stares at Dorian after she drops her coffee cup at the mention of "the Game" and it shatters. Mel tries to ask Melinda about the game, but is stopped by Dorian, who claims it's nothing. Melinda heads off to the kitchen to get something to clean up the mess. Cassie questions Dorian about the game, but she puts them off, saying it was just one of a thousand games that children play. Before they can question her further, Dorian quickly leaves to go check on Melinda. Something very strange is going on, Kelly observes.
Kelly thinks that she can find out what "the game" is, she will ask her mother. Easier said than done, Mel says, Dorian's doing her best to make sure that *noone* talks to Melinda alone. Dorian can't keep her away from Melinda forever, Kelly replies. Cassie warns her to be careful when she talks to Melinda, remember what happened to Addie. Kelly thinks that Melinda will be fine, she's much stronger than Addie is and she seemed willing to talk about it before Dorian stopped her. Cassie wishes them good luck before leaving for her weekend with Kevin. Mel comments that Kelly seems to be doing very well having her mother around again. It is rather strange, she says, but she does like it. Mel tells her not to forget how lucky she is to have her mother around, some people aren't that lucky. Kelly agrees and asks how Dorothy is, what's going on with her and Joey? Mel wonders if she's still hung up on Joey. Kelly changes the subject and tells Mel about her
date with Ian that evening.
While Kelly is upstairs chaning for her date, Mel offers to take Melinda and Dorian out to dinner. Melinda declines his offer, she's not really comfortable going out in public. Mel then invites just Dorian to go with him. Because this would leave Melinda home alone(and give her the possibility to be alone with someone), Dorian also refuses the offer. Melinda tries to insist that Dorian go, Melinda's been under supervision for so long, she'd like to be by herself for a while. Dorian remains firm, and Mel finally gives up and goes home. Melinda accuses Dorian of watching her so carefully, waiting for her to do or say something wrong. Dorian denies it, but Melinda brings up the subect of the game again, when she tried to discuss it, Dorian wouldn't let her. There's nothing to discuss, Dorian says. Yes there is, Melinda persists. "The Game" came up time and time again during her therapy sessions. Why did Dorian insist on playing it over and over again, Melinda asks. Dorian asks her to please not discuss it with the girls and then changes the subject to dinner. Dorian gets a call, Melador business, and leaves the room to talk in the study. Kelly comes downstairs, all dressed up for her dinner with Ian. Melinda is glad to finally have a minute alone with her.
Melinda asks Kelly if she's sure that Dorian really wants her here. Kelly assures her it was Dorian's idea. Melinda can't understand why Dorian hovers over her every second, terrified she's going to say the wrong thing. Melinda tells Kelly about the "game." Dorian would always be the Evil Queen or the cruel stepmother and Melinda would be Cinderella or Snow White. Dorian would never lay a finger on Melinda, but would order her to scream and pretend that Dorian had hit her or hurt her. When Dorian was punished for hurting Melinda, which she never actually did, she would just accept it and never say a word. Melinda didn't like playing the game and could never understand why Dorian made her play the same thing over and over again. Why would she do something like that, Melinda asks, as Dorian overhears her from the hallway.
Dorian interrupts and sends Kelly off to her date with Ian. After she's gone, Dorian confronts Melinda, she thought they agreed not to discuss it. Dorian's wrong, Melinda never agreed to any such thing. In fact, Melinda's told her from the beginning that she wants to discuss the past, to understand it better, as part of her recovery. If she had let herself dwell on every miserable event in her life, she would have ended up in an insane asylum, too, Dorian says, then apologizes. Dorian insists that she's not afraid of the past. Neither am I, not anymore, Melinda tells Dorian before heading up to bed.
After Melinda has gone upstairs, Dorian remembers a scene just like Melinda described earlier to Kelly. She and Melinda are dressed up in costumes and Dorian orders Melinda to lie on the ground and scream as if Dorian has hit her. Melinda is reluctant, but finally obeys. After the memory, Dorian picks up Melinda's pills. She dumps out the medication in one of the pills, fills it with sugar and puts it back in Melinda's medicine case.
Kevin, Cassie, Todd and Téa
Up at the cabin, Cassie is still worried about her mother's reaction when the game was mentioned. Even if it does mean something, Kevin's not sure it's the key to the dark past that Cassie's been searching for. When he and Joey were children, he tried to make Joey cry all the time, it was a phase and they grew out of it. Now they get along just fine. Cassie doesn't think they can compare the two. Kevin grew up surrounded by a family that loved him. Cassie never had that, David took her away when she was very young, then left her with her grandmother when she became inconvenient because of his career. Cassie's whole past is nothing but secrets and lies. Kevin knows how to give love and how to accept it because he was shown how, she never knew that kind of love.
There are some days when she doesn't know who she is or how she really feels. Kevin knows exactly who she is. Right now, they're going to go outside and collect chestnuts, bring them back inside and roast them and then they're going to make love all night long. How does she feel about that, Kevin asks. "Like maybe another woman would deserve it more", she replies.
Kevin and Cassie are finished roasting the chestnuts. Now can they get to the making love all night part, Cassie asks. Kevin is more than willing and they start to kiss, stretched out on the floor in front of the fire. Suddenly there's a noise, someone is coming in the door. They jump to their feet. It's Todd and Téa. What are you two doing here, Todd asks.