I would like to thank Ann Calhoun for providing the recap for the scenes interrupted by the presidential news conference.
Max and Blair
In a scene reminiscent of the time Blair and Max nearly trashed a hotel room having sex, they are all over each other, against the wall, on a chair, tearing at each other's clothes. They are interrupted only by the appearance of the nanny, who Max tells to take the rest of the night off. Max is ready to pick up where they left off. They start kissing again, but Blair calls a halt to it. They need to find out what's happening and why, she insists. Max doesn't think it needs much explaining, he says, as he crosses the room toward her.
Max and Blair are kissing again, when they are interrupted again, this time by the doorbell. It's Jacara, who came to tell them that R.J. is going to take care of Tommy Gregory. Max is suspicious, but Jacara explains it's in R.J.'s best interest, too. He likes Charlie Patterson and thinks he can make something of him. Jacara quickly leaves so he and Blair can get back to "whatever they were doing." Max isn't happy that Jacara noticed something was going on between himself and Blair. Now it's Max's turn to decide they need to get a grip, they were all over each other and he knows why. They're both just on the rebound, they're adults and they need to be sensible. Blair doesn't see any harm in two adults doing what they have to do for a little comfort, she says, running her hands all over him. Blair hears and noise and the dog starts barking, but they ignore both as they start kissing again.
Now on the couch, they are still kissing. They dog keeps barking and barking, but they keep ignoring the dog. They move to the floor, and Mud starts barking even more. He tried to pull on Max's shirt, barking all the while, but Max pushes him away. Blair pulls away suddenly, maybe it's a sign, maybe the dog is trying to tell them something, it senses something is wrong here. Blair has two priorities right now, to get Starr back and to nail Todd to the wall. She needs Ian's money to do that and doesn't want to risk it by having some wild, crazy fling with Max. Blair knows what she wants and she's not going to let Max or anyone else keep her from getting it.
Max and Blair are still all over each other, again. Max makes the comment that
why shouldn't they fool around "we're friends, have a past and it doesn't
mean anything." That finally stops Blair and she tells Max to keep his
passion in his pants. Max then gets an phone call asking him "how are your
kids?" Max then drops the phone and runs to the kid's room.
Todd and Ian
Todd and Ian are having drinks in the bar at the Palace Hotel. Todd is busy pumping Ian for information about Guy Armitage. Ian is well away of what Todd is trying to do, but goes along anyway. Guy had an uncanny knack of knowing what the public wanted before they did and providing it for them, no matter how vulgar, inane, or morally bankrupt. Ian then states that he knows that Todd is the one that killed Guy, or at least that Blair's convinced of it. "Blair's insane. She married me, remember?" is Todd's response. Todd decides to call it a night, but before he goes, he has one more question. Guy had billions and billions of dollars, how did he get his hands on all that money? He never wanted anything else, and he was willing to trample anyone in his mad rush to get more, including his own wife and son. Guy never cared one second in his life for anyone or anything but himself. "He's probably better off without all that touchy-feely junk", Todd says. Ian agreed that it may have been easier, but in the end he died (Guy) and no one cared, not even his own son. Ian leaves Todd in the bar.
Téa, Rachel, Todd and Andrew
Téa is at her and Rachel's apartment, lying on the couch eating cookies and enjoying the peace and quiet. It doesn't last for long though, Todd calls on her cel phone, demanding to know where she is. "I'm a cruddy person, I have a rotten temper and I often have food stuck in my teeth. Is that what you wanted to hear?", Todd asks. Téa doesn't want to hear anything from him for the next...oh...72 hours, she just needs some time away. Just as Rachel walks in the door, Todd tells Téa that she must be at Rachel's. Rachel stays quiet while Téa tells Todd she wouldn't go there, it's too obvious. If Téa didn't know better, she'd swear that he missed her. What's the point to this whole thing, Todd asks. "You're a bright guy, figure it out", Téa replies and hangs up the phone. This whole thing is getting to her, Téa explains to Rachel. Her marriage is merely a "mirage" and she wants them to become a real family. Not to mention the fact that she hasn't had sex in so long, she's probably forgotten how it's done. Neither have I, Rachel commiserates, but at least I have and excuse, I'm single.
Rachel thinks Téa should be glad to be spare the affections of Todd Manning. Téa joins Rachel on the couch and rests her head on Rachel's shoulder. Rachel's right, she needed to get away from Todd for a few days and assess the situation. She'll have the place all to herself to think tonight, Rachel says, because she's on her way back to Club Indigo. Téa's disappointed Rachel won't be staying and curls up by herself on the couch when Rachel goes to change her clothes. The doorbell rings and Téa goes to answer it, it's Andrew. He just came to check that she was there and that she was OK. He was worried about her after he ran into her at the diner. She's fine, Téa assures him and invites him in for dinner, which he accepts.
Téa and Andrew are eating dinner. Téa's surprised that she even remembers how to cook, ever since she moved out of her father's house, she's been 'Princess Takeout'. Andrew knows how she feels, he and River have been eating a lot of takeout lately too. She, Todd and Starr don't exactly sit down for any home cooked meals, they aren't exactly into the mom and pop thing. Andrew asks her what happened. Nothing Téa tells him, actually the problem is what *hasn't* happened. She tells Andrew about her and Todd's run-in with Kevin and Cassie up at the mountain cabin. They exchanged insults, but what Cassie had to say about Starr needing a *real* family had a grain of truth to it. On the way to the cabin, she actually felt like things were falling into place, that they were doing something that a real family would do. She had such a feeling of peace, of possibility, but then reality hit and she needed some time to think. She loves Starr and is committed to them becoming a family, but real takes two. Todd lacks the ability to take the leap of faith needed to form a genuine family. Andrew says that it's better to know where you stand, than to delude yourself into thinking you can change the impossible into a reality. Téa prides herself on being a cool, collected observer, but it's a lot harder when the client is herself. That's why she left for a while, she needs to assess everything and lay out her options. There's one thing she has to do this time, remember who she is. Andrew thinks he can help her with that. He knows who she is and he likes who she is, very much.
Téa and Andrew are finishing dinner, Andrew apologizes for maybe saying too much. (About how wonderful he thinks Téa is) He then says that he feels sorry
for Todd, Téa quickly agrees saying how it breaks her heart that Todd doesn't
know how to be happy. Andrew says that he was sorry for him because he
doesn't know how lucky he is. (Followed by shy, embarrassed smiles from
Andrew and Téa) Andrew then comments that he smells something burning, it's dessert.(Téa goes to the kitchen , Andrew goes to the front door, fanning it open to let out the smoke.) Téa mentions going out for more pie, but Andrew just wants to stay put. Andrew strolls around the room, coming to the chess board & game pieces on the bookshelf. Andrew then asks Téa if she plays, she say "a little." (coyly). Andrew tells of being a chess fiend as a kid, when he was 12, playing his brother William. And how their father, suspecting that William was gay, would want them to go play football, something more macho. Téa says that chess is very macho ...... "aggressive and territorial." (she strolls closely past Andrew, but not touching) Andrew asks if she would like to play a game, but quickly figures out, by that cat-like grin of Téa's, that he's being hustled. Later they're both on the floor, sitting VERY close, with Téa making slow sexy moves with her chess pieces. Andrew at first makes an aggressive (knock over your opponent's piece) move and then follows with a very sexy chess move (stroking his chess piece across the chess board.........All this is being done with deep meaningful sighs and breathy little laughs.) Téa then places her hand over Andrew's and asks if he's "sure that's the move he wants to make." He says that "it feels right." Téa then counters with "Then go ahead and make your move...... I dare you" (Both have begun to move closer towards one another, just a breath away..........as the camera pans to the open front door with Todd standing there in the doorway.
(WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is it about Todd's women and being on the floor
with some other man?)
Viki and Dr. Maude
Viki arrives for her next therapy session with Dr. Maude, but she's not exactly happy to be there. Actually the whole thing sort of terrifies her. Dr. Maude mentions that she spoke to Dr. Susannah Hanen, who oversaw Viki's therapy for DID. Dr. Maude thinks that Viki has made a remarkable recovery. She must be very strong and courageous to have come so far. She thinks Viki has what it takes to make this current therapy successful. What they are there to look at is her current lack of libido. First they need to determine if the problem is emotional, physical, or a combination of both.
Viki has a good idea which it might be, but she'd like to start from scratch with Dr. Maude. For the last year or so, she's felt kind of short-circuited, disconnected from her sexual feelings, but she's still had an interest in the idea of having sex. It wasn't until she went up to the cabin with Clint that she found there was no spark. No arousal, in other words, asks Dr. Maude. Yes, an embarrassed Viki agrees. Dr. Maude wants to explore what did arouse her in the past, she asks Viki to close her eyes and think about it. Viki's unable to, ever since she recovered the memory of what her father did, she shuts down. She can only remember shame and guilt. Dr. Maude decides to take another approach, a technique which will help them learn what arouses her. What technique is that, asks Viki hesitantly.
Dr. Maude pulls out a video tape that she wants Viki to watch. Is that what you might call...um...adult entertainment, Viki asks. It's adult, Dr. Maude, agrees, but not primarily for entertainment. There are no storylines, it's just sex. Wonderful, Viki replies faintly. It's a clinical tape of sexual behavior. Viki is to watch it and write down what, if anything arouses her, and to what degree. Viki starts the tape, but is mortified to be watching it with Dr. Maude in the room.
Viki continues to watch, but keeps looking away from the screen. Finally she stops the tape, she can't do this with Dr. Maude in the room. Dr. Maude understands, she gives Viki tape to take home with her and watch while she's alone. Dr. Maude asks if Viki had any impressions on what she did see. Viki is absolutely shocked that people would do those things with cameras on them. So Viki has never seen anything like that before? No, such things were never discussed in her family. Everything was very proper, at least on the surface, hiding the hideous obscenity underneath. Dr. Maude's confident that with hard work, they can make good progress. Viki leaves.
At Llanfair, in Viki's bedroom, we get to see that Viki has a TV. She puts in Dr. Maude's sex tape and climbs onto the bed. Just as she's starting the tape and viewing it from behind her fingers. There's a quick knock, Jessica comes in (stopping at the door) with "Hey mom, what are you watching?" Viki is frozen.