Max, R.J., Bo, Benny and Rachel
Max has R.J. pinned against the bar and is choking him. Give me one good reason why I shouldn't kill you right now, Max demands of R.J. Just as R.J. is telling Max that he's making a mistake, Bo and Benny arrive and pull Max off of R.J.
Max is insisting that Bo arrest R.J. Max knows how furious R.J. was when Jacara dumped him and came over to partner with Max, he yells at R.J. That was business, R.J. would never hurt Max's children over some business deal, R.J. yells right back. R.J.'s not going to press charges for assaulting him this time, but he wants Max to leave immediately. Bo forces Max out the door, but not before Max threatens to kill R.J. with his bare hands if he gets one shred of proof that R.J. was involved. Outside, Max yells at Bo for not arresting R.J. I don't have any evidence against R.J., Bo reminds him. Bo wants to call someone to be with Max, but he refuses and walks away alone.
Max is sitting alone at the Mountain Sunset Inn, thinking about Luna and the twins being born there. Suddenly a wind moves the curtains at the window and the door opens, but no one is there. "Luna?", Max calls out.
Georgie, Bo, Nora and Rachel
Georgie's promising Mud his very own Cornish game hen for Thanksgiving when Bo comes home. Nora's upstairs and she's got dinner all under control, she tells him. Bo tells her not to take this the wrong way, but he's not in the mood for Thanksgiving. He hasn't slept for two days, he had to tell Max his kids were dead, he has to find out who did this and none of this would probably have happened in Nora had just confided in him. Surprisingly, Georgie agrees with him, Nora should have told him what was going on, the lives of those two kids was more important than confidentiality. Bo, without realizing it, then begins arguing Nora's point of view, the Max believed what the kidnappers said, that they would kill the kids if the police were involved and if Nora had told him, it would be like holding a gun to the kid's heads.... He stops, realizing that Georgie tricked him into taking Nora's side. You're good, he tells her.
Georgie manipulated Bo into taking Nora's side of things. She knew they weren't really too far apart, but Bo's anger was getting in the way. They love each other and Georgie just wanted to help them get back together. Nora hesitantly comes downstairs, unsure of her reception from Bo. Hey, Red, wanna help me carve a turkey, he greets her. Nora is so relieved, they call a truce and hug.
Rachel's come over to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. Hank's supposed to come, but he's probably still over at the diner with Carlotta. Rachel makes a toast about love and forgiveness, obviously directed at Bo and Nora. Nora then makes a toast, thanking Georgie for all her hard work.
Todd and Téa
Todd asks Téa again if she heard anything while she was at the police station about Max's kids. Téa evades the question and complains that she doesn't like Todd's tone. Téa didn't realize she was working for The Sun, she wasn't trying to pick up any news while she was there. What does Todd think, that she looked through confidential police files and then eavesdropped outside Bo's office? Todd doesn't realize how true that really is. He gives up questioning Téa and tells her to go get dressed, they have to be at Viki's for Thanksgiving dinner in about an hour. Téa is surprised that he went through the trouble of planning a family outing. So surprised, in fact, that she doesn't know what to say.
"Happy Thanksgiving!", River greets Dorian as she opens the door to let them in. Kevin tries to be nice and give his hostess a bottle of wine, but of course Dorian can't accept it gracefully and has to comment that her maid once gave her the same wine. Kevin decides to ignore Dorian and heads into the living room to say hello to Mel. Dorian takes River in to show him off to all her guests. Blair comes down the stairs and Cassie mentions that she heard about what happened to Max's twins, she's so sorry. Blair doesn't understand how anyone could do something so horrible. Max is understandably a wreck and she heads out to go find him. Tell Dorian I'll be back in time for dinner, she asks Cassie. Cassie joins everyone in the living room, where River is busy showing off his dinosaur. Cassie asks Dorian when Melinda is coming down, she'd like to introduce him to River. Melinda's not coming down, Dorian explains, she's feeling a bit "fragile" right now. Cassie understands, maybe she and River will go upstairs to visit later. All conversation suddenly stops and all eyes turn to the doorway. Melinda is standing there, cradling the "Dorian" doll with it's missing eyes and fingers. "Dorian had an accident", she says, looking at the doll's broken fingers.
Dorian and Kelly rush to Melinda's side. Dorian tries to take the doll away, but Melinda pulls it away, saying she can take care of it herself. Next, Dorian asks Kelly to take Melinda upstairs, but Melinda has other ideas. She spots Mel and goes over to say hello to him. Next she turns to Kevin, he must be Viki Buchanan's son, he has her smile. Viki's such a lovely woman, Melinda says warmly. "She's even more confused that I thought", Dorian sarcastically comments softly to Kelly. Dorian quickly leads River from the room as Mel introduces Melinda to Dorothy and Mary. Over Dorian's objections, Mary asks Melinda what happened to her doll. "Her name is Dorian and she hurt me, so I had to hurt her back", Melinda explains to Mary.
Dorian quickly suggests that Cassie and Kevin take River to see the Thanksgiving parade in town and they leave. Mary comments to Melinda that Dorian must have done something terrible to her to make Melinda want to hurt her this badly. Dorian tries to stop the discussion, but Mary thinks it would be best for Melinda to discuss whatever is bothering her. Melinda agrees, Dorian's tried to keep her silent since she got there. Melinda tells them about the horseback riding accident, that Melinda didn't want to do it, she was scared, but Dorian insisted that they had to ride very fast. Melinda fell off and broke her arm and lots of little bones in her hand and tore several ligaments. The doctors weren't able to put it together well enough for her to ever play like a concert pianist again. Melinda still doesn't understand why Dorian made her race. And how about the eyes, Kelly asks, why did Melinda pluck out the dolls eyes? Because Dorian never let her see what was really going on in that house, Melinda explains.
It wasn't just Dorian, nobody let her know what was going on. She didn't know what was a game and what was real, like when they told her about Mother and Daddy. After Melinda fell off the horse, Ms. Stonecliff came to see her and told her they were dead, they'd died in a plane crash. But that didn't make any sense to Melinda, why would her parents be going on a trip when she was hurt and in the hospital. What really made them leave, Melinda asks Dorian, was is my fault, were they angry at me? Dorian assures her that's not true and tries to shut her up and get her to go upstairs. Melinda gets very upset, she can't possible rest, she hasn't been the same since she came into this house. Her medication isn't working, she says, throwing the pill case across the room and spilling the pills everywhere. Dorian rushes to pick up the pills. Mel manages to hide one under his foot and later picks it up and puts it in his pocket. Kelly leads Melinda upstairs and Dorian follows after apologizing to Mary, Dorothy and Mel.
Blair returns home and just as she walks in the door, her cell phone rings. It's Max, he just wanted to tell her he's up at the Mountain Sunset Inn looking around one last time before the ownership transfers. Blair offers to go up there, but Max refuses, he wants to be alone. He just wanted to let her know he was OK. After hanging up, Max has a long flashback about Luna and how Frankie and Leslie were born at the Inn. At Dorian's, Blair learns about Melinda's 'incident' and tells Dorian she's leaving to go be with Max at the Inn. Dorian and Kelly rejoin the Hayes in the living room. Dorian and Kelly discuss the situation and decide it would be best for Melinda to go back to the institution in California. Kelly goes upstairs again to check on Melinda. Dorothy follows her and tells her it wasn't her fault, she was great with Melinda and Dorothy admires her courage. Kelly continues upstairs and the doorbell rings, so Dorothy goes to answer it. It's Joey.
Joey heard about Melinda and came to see how Kelly was doing. Kelly comes running down the stairs, calling out for Dorian. Melinda's gone.
Viki joins Clint in the library, saying that dinner is looking good. Clint wonders where everyone else is. Joey and Jessica are helping Andrew serve meals to the homeless at the community center, Kevin is having dinner at Dorian's(Viki makes a face), and the Mannings are expected soon, Viki explains. On his side, Bo is not really in the mood for celebrating and Asa has planned a business trip to avoid the holiday all together. Jessica and Joey, with Andrew along, arrive home. Cristian might be joining them later, but he was still busy giving out meals at the diner. They discuss the tragedy of Max losing the twins. Maybe they'll bring some food over to him later, Viki suggests. Jessica wonders how anyone could do this to innocent children. Human cruelty, Andrew says, he gave his sermon on it today, but he still doesn't have any answers. "Maybe some people are just plain evil", Joey says. As if on cue, Todd appears in the doorway, followed by Téa and Starr. Viki warmly greets them, Todd complains she's only in a good mood because the Banner scooped The Sun. Viki doesn't consider such a tragedy a "scoop", she replies. Téa says hello to Clint and Joey and accepts Clint's offer of a drink. Todd, meanwhile, has to go stir up trouble and ask Andrew how he liked riding in Téa's new car. Where did they end up going to dinner, he asks curiously. Téa comes over to get between them.
If you're asking if Andrew and I went out on a dinner date, why don't you just come out and say it, Téa suggests. Todd denies any interest at all, he was just trying to make conversation. Téa then starts teasing Todd, suggesting that Andrew drive next time and see how it handles tight curves. Joey then interrupts them, calling for everyone's attention. It's a family tradition to go around the room and each tell what they are thankful for. "Oh Brother", Todd says and tries to leave, but Jessica asks him to stay, she'll go first. Jessica- "I'm thankful for my family, I love them a lot. That also includes Joey who traveled all the way across the ocean just to torture me. That also includes you, Uncle Todd, even though you forget my birthdays" Clint- "I'm thankful for Viki Carpenter, my best friend in the world and the terrific mother to three of the best kids a fellow could ever ask for. Viki- "Well, I guess I'm just going to echo sentiments that have already been expressed, but I want to say that I am overwhelmed to be surrounded by nearly all my family, both old and new, and I pray that none of us here ever takes for granted what a precious thing family is." Joey- "I'm thankful that Kevin is the one who has to spend the day with Dorian Lord. I'm also thankful I got to see the Basilica of St. Francis before it got hit by the earthquake." Andrew- "I'm obviously thankful for the health of my son, River, who is a constant reminder of what's really important in life. And I'm also thankful for the tremendous generosity and support of my friends who have seen me through a real difficult year." Téa - "I've spent most of my life feeling like an outsider, but my sobrino Jose has insisted on treating me like a member of this family, all of you have, and for that I'm more thankful than you'll ever know." Todd(looking like a trapped animal, glancing around for some means of escape)- "I'm thankful that.....we only have to do this once a year. Now can we eat please?"
Kevin, Cassie and River arrive at Llanfair just as Joey is coming down the stairs. When they tell him about Melinda's problems, Joey rushes over there to see how Kelly is doing. They go inside and Viki is happy to see them, Cassie and Andrew exchange glances and Todd's reaction is "Oh, goody."
Andrew gives River a big hug and then Cassie takes him out to the kitchen to play with Starr. Viki tries to get Kevin to come to the kitchen with her to keep him away from Todd. When he resists, Viki drags him over next to Todd and makes both of them promise not to do anything to destroy the holiday. After Viki leaves, Kevin immediately starts causing trouble by asking who Téa is there with, Todd or Andrew. Andrew's the one who looks like he's about to deck Kevin. Todd wants to leave, but Kevin tells him to grow up, sometimes you have to spend time with people you don't like. The topic turns to the Banner's scooping of the story about Max's kids. Téa holds her breath, hoping Kevin won't mention seeing her at the police station. Kevin, never one not to rub something in Todd's face, of course brings up the fact that Téa was there and knew all about the story and didn't call Todd. (Of course, he doesn't mention that he's the one that convinced Téa not to call.) After dropping his bombshell, Kevin walks away. "How could you do that to me?", Todd asks Téa.
Téa stands up to Todd, she says she never lied to him, she just evaded his questions. She doesn't work for The Sun, it's not her job to get him news. You would think 5 million dollars would buy him a little loyalty, Todd complains. You were the one that didn't want to go past the bounds of their contract, Téa reminds him. But I planned Thanksgiving like you wanted, Todd says. Yes, but that's not nearly enough, she says, turning back to Andrew. Everyone comes back into the room. Cassie rather jealously watches Téa talking to Andrew. Dinner is served, River announces. Todd's decides to leave and snaps his fingers at Téa, "Let's go." Téa snaps her fingers right back at him, she's not going anywhere. Todd grabs Starr and leaves.