Andrew, Téa and R.J.
At the rectory, Andrew and Téa are kissing passionately when Andrew pulls away a bit, looking uncertain. Was I moving too fast, Téa asks him. Actually Andrew's been thinking about this for quite a while, it's even better than he imagined. The seem about to kiss when Andrew pulls away again, "this isn't right. I don't think I can do this", he says.
That's not what your body's saying, Téa says, confused. It's not the mechanics of the whole thing, Andrew replies. Then what's the problem, Téa doesn't understand. Andrew can't get past the fact that Téa has a husband. It's a business arrangement only, Téa explains, it's even in the contract that they can have other relationships as long as they are discreet. Andrew's been opposed to Todd and Téa's whole arrangement from the beginning. Téa's tying herself to a man that doesn't love her, who could never love her, Téa deserves better than that. Andrew's seen her trying to make something real out of the whole thing, but it's not working, he insists, Téa should get out now. I have more that I ever hoped for, Téa defends her choice. Then why are you so lonely? Téa has no answer. I know why I'm kissing you, why are you kissing me, Andrew asks. Your kissing me because your deal with Todd doesn't work and your using me to forget that fact. T&233a thinks that's ridiculous. "You don't really believe that, do you?" she asks.
Andrew just feels that Téa's arrangement with Todd is terribly sad. It would be if we both went into it expecting love, Téa agrees, but it has been strictly a business arrangement from the beginning. Think of it as a play, Téa suggests, they put on a production "happy family." Téa does what Todd wants when they are "on stage", but when the curtain comes down, she's Téa Delgado, not Mrs. Manning. It's in the contract and she plans to stick to it for the next 8 months, after that, she's a free woman. Starr can tell the difference, tell that Téa really loves her. Does Andrew think that she's pretending her feelings for him, Téa asks.
Andrew has no idea how Téa feels about him, he's just a guy recovering from a failed marriage. What if there comes a time when Andrew really needs her, but she's forced to take care of her responsibilities to Todd. Téa thinks he's making it far more complicated than it has to be, if they really want to be together, they will figure it out. Andrew is against sneaking around, even if it is in the contract. He decides that they must wait the eight months until her marriage is over to have any kind of romantic relationship. In the meantime, Téa can still lean on him when she needs to and they can still be friends. Téa, unable to convince him otherwise, agrees to the arrangement and the two of them leave to have dinner.
Téa and Andrew arrive at Club Indigo to find it nearly empty. R.J. is clearly worried about the lack of business. Andrew tries to cheer him up, people not showing up happens sometimes in his line of work as well, chalk it up to the bad weather, Andrew suggests. R.J. thanks Andrew for the support and shows them to their table. Andrew actually thinks it's a good thing there's not a lot of people around, it means no one to misinterpret things, no one to gossip back to Todd about it. Téa requests that they not mention Todd's name, it kind of puts a damper on things. But they are just there as friend, Andrew reminds her. Yes, Téa says, reaching out to touch his hand, but she does think that it's very important that they keep exploring what is going on between them.
Téa has a question that she'd like to ask Andrew, to get his opinion on it. She's been wondering, when two people get married, is it ever possible to balance everything perfectly? Or does it always have to end up that one gives a little more and the other one takes? Andrew doesn't have all the answers, but he can tell her what he's figured out so far. When two people get married, they have to compromise, but the balance is never even. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, because when you're giving you're learning not to be selfish. That was part of what went wrong with his marriage, he was too selfish. He never realized that the demands of being a minister's wife were too big a burden for Cassie, he took her for granted. His marriage fell apart because they couldn't find some sort of balance. Then why do you think it's wrong for me to try to find the balance some other way, Téa asks. This way she takes what Todd is able to give and looks for what else she needs elsewhere. Andrew doesn't agree that it's a good way to go, she ends up with pieces of different people. That's what marriage vows are all about, committing yourself to one person, all of that person, the parts you like and the parts you don't like, he explains. But you and Cassie committed yourselves to each other like that and that failed too, Téa points out. Andrew is still convinced that complete commitment and complete honesty is possible. Téa thinks that's a lot to ask for.
Kevin, Cassie, Joey and Kelly
Kevin arrives home at the carriage house, sopping wet from the storm. After Cassie greets him with a kiss and a hug, she tells him that River is there staying with them tonight. Kevin is glad to hear it. Cassie next tells him what happened when she picked River up. Cassie was surprised when Andrew suddenly call her to ask if she'd like River to stay with her for the night. When Cassie arrived, she began to understand, Andrew was all dressed up to go out on a date. She was even more surprised when Andrew's date showed up, it was Téa. Kevin and Cassie think it's a little ironic that Andrew has been lecturing them on morality and now he's going out with a married woman.
There's a knock on the door, it's Joey. He's upset about Kelly, he's not sure Kelly is ever going to forgive him.
Joey knows he was wrong to break up with Kelly in a letter. Cassie agrees, has Joey thought about what it must have felt like for Kelly to receive that letter. He's tried to apologize to Kelly, but she tells him it's too late now. Joey seems to think he deserves a second chance. He then tells Cassie and Kevin about his run-in with Ian at the bar in the Palace Hotel. He basically Ian that Kelly belonged to him(Joey) and that he wasn't giving her up. Kevin says he sounds like a caveman. But so was Ian, Joey tries to defend himself, Ian was just so full of himself, he even had the nerve to call Joey arrogant! Cassie can't disagree with Ian, Joey couldn't be Kevin's brother if he weren't a little arrogant, she jokes. Joey heads off to the kitchen to make a Joey Special. There's a knock on the door. It's Kelly, she wants to find out what Cassie learned about Charlotte Stonecliff. Joey comes out of the kitchen. Kelly wants to leave, but Joey asks her to stay, "Please."
Kelly tries again to leave, but is finally convinced to stay. Joey asks how Melinda is doing. Actually, she's not as strong as Kelly hoped, she was a lot stronger in the hospital. Joey tries to comfort her saying he's sure that after Melinda has been there for a while and gets used to everything, that everything will work out fine. He heads to the kitchen to get some popcorn. Cassie tells Kelly how she and Mel called Charlotte Stonecliff and found out she was alive without giving themselves away. Kelly mentions that Dorian seemed pretty sure that Miss Stonecliff was dead. But she didn't know for sure, Cassie adds. Then she was lying, Joey says, coming back from the kitchen and overhearing their conversation.
Bo and Nora
At Bo's office, Bo's trying to find out what's worrying Nora. Nora just wants to drop the whole topic, insisting that it's not important. If it wasn't important, Nora wouldn't be working so hard to keep him in the dark, Bo persists. He knows Nora had a meeting that afternoon with a client, could it have been Max Holden? Whoever this client is, Nora tells him, they're in a lot of trouble, that's all she can say.
All that Nora can tell him is that she's got a client and he's in trouble? Or she, Nora reminds him, she never said it was a man. What has got her so, worried, Bo asks again. Maybe it's something that's going around, hasn't Bo noticed how everyone seems to be jumpy and nervous lately, like Max when they went to visit him the other night. And then Max went over to see Asa, his mortal enemy, Nora continues. She still wonders what that was about, she says, trying to lead Bo into figuring out what's going on without coming out and saying anything. Bo doesn't seem to take the hint. Do you think that it could have something to do with Max's new partnership with Jacara, she persists. Remember that Blue Jay was having some trouble with Tommy Gregory, maybe that trouble followed Jacara...? Bo has done a little checking on Tommy Gregory, his legal business is just a front for extortion, bribery, you name it. (You can almost see Nora wanting to add kidnapping to the list, but she restrains herself). Once Tommy got nowhere with R.J., do you think he just went back to NY, or stayed around.... Bo heard he went back to NY, unless Nora heard something different? No, no, Nora replies, she's just trying to puzzle the whole thing out. Tommy Gregory's putting pressure on Jacara, who's got this new partnership with Max. Bo still doesn't seem to get it, he brushes it off, saying maybe he'll check it out tomorrow. Nora gives up and goes home. She'll order some food to be delivered and have it waiting for him when he comes home. After giving Bo a tempting "appetizer" kiss to encourage him to hurry home, Nora leaves. Bo immediately grabs his coat and heads out the other door to his office.
Max, Blair and Bo
The kidnappers call asking if Max has all the money. When Max tell them that he does, they give him directions for the drop-off. Take exit 4 off of I-85 and go about half a mile to a rest area that is closed. Come alone, no police they warn him. Max only has 45 minutes to get there, that's all if he wants to see his kids again. "I'm not going to let you do this", Blair tells Max after he gets off the phone.
Blair sits on the suitcase, she's not going to let him go meet those kidnappers alone and get himself killed. And if he doesn't go, his kids will be dead, Max retorts. Blair wants to at least call Bo and get some help. Max refuses, the kidnappers said no cops. "I'm late, get out of my way", Max says, trying to brush by her. Blair begs him to call Bo, he doesn't have to tell Bo when the rendezvous is, just get some advice on what to do. Max can't do that, Bo will have to intervene because he's the police commissioner. Even if Max doesn't tell him where he's bringing the money, Bo will put and APB out on his car. "There's only one way to save my kid and that's if I leave right now, alone."
Max instructs Blair to call Bo if she doesn't here from him within 90 minutes. Blair will be at Max's house waiting for his call. Just as Max is about to walk out the door, the bell rings, it's Bo. Max reluctantly lets him in and tries to get rid of him quickly, claiming he's busy. Bo replies that he knows Max is in trouble and asks Max to let him help, before it's too late. Max insists that there is nothing going on. He grabs the suitcase and rushes out the door past Bo. After Max leaves, Bo starts pressing Blair to tell him the truth.
Out in the forest in the pouring rain, the two kidnappers wait impatiently for Max to arrive. They'll wait in the woods and watch, just to be sure that there are no cops following him. Don't worry, one of the kidnappers says, I have a little surprise for Mr. Holden.
What was in the bag, Bo demands to know. Blair claims she has no idea, she asked Max if he was up to something and Max told her he was just up to some wheeling and dealing. Bo doesn't believe a word Blair is saying. If she doesn't tell Bo the truth, he's going to arrest her as an accessory to whatever the crime that is going on. Blair still doesn't say anything. If you don't say anything and something really bad happens, how are you going to live with yourself, he asks Blair.
Max parks his car and gets the suitcase out. He walks into the woods and calls out to the kidnappers. One of them appears, dressed in black with a black mask on and a gun pointed at Max. Max throws the suitcase down and shows him the money. The second kidnapper appears behind Max and hits him on the head, knocking him unconscious.