Kelly, Dorian, Joey, Mel and Cassie
The phone is ringing at Dorian's house and Kelly runs to answer it. It's Miss Stonecliff calling for Dorian. Kelly lies and says that Dorian is out of town, but she will leave Dorian a message that Miss Stonecliff called. Just as Kelly hangs up, Dorian walks in and asks who was on the phone. Kelly lies again and tells Dorian that it was someone calling for Blair.
Kelly is sitting on the couch flipping through the pages of a magazine, but not really reading it. Dorian keeps trying to start a conversation, but Kelly is cold and distant. Dorian suggests a shopping trip, but Kelly refuses. Dorian's upset because she can't find Mel, Kelly denies any knowledge of where he is. Dorian starts to rant because Viki won't tell her where Mel is. Kelly asks her to stop, she's not in the mood to listen to a rant about Viki right now. Dorian starts talking about Melinda and how it's better that she's back in the institution for now. Dorian feels almost like a mother to Kelly and wants Kelly to know that she would do anything for her. Dorian has been very generous and wonderful to her, Kelly agrees, that's what makes it so hard to understand some of the other things she has done. What things, Dorian asks. Kelly doesn't answer, saying it must be because she's tired. She'd like to lay down on the couch and read her magazine in peace. Dorian agrees and heads off to work at Melador. As soon as she's out the door, Mel calls and asks Kelly to bring Cassie to meet him down at his houseboat later that day. "I've come up with something that's a lot more than we bargained for", he tells her.
Joey shows up at the front door and Kelly reluctantly lets him in. Kelly tells him everything in California went as well as could be expected, her mother is more stable now that she's back in the institution. Kelly feels strange, in the last two months she went from being afraid to see her mother to missing her terribly. She's better off in California, away from...., Kelly doesn't finish her sentence. Joey figures out anyway that it must have something to do with Dorian. Just how long are you going to go on defending her, Joey asks.
Kelly tells him there's nothing to defend, but Joey doesn't believe her. Kelly doesn't let Dorian push her around anymore, she tells him. Joey says he can see that, she's changed a lot. He misses her and would like to spend some time with her. Would she go out to dinner with him tonight, he asks. She can't tonight, but she does ask him for a rain check. Joey offers to give her a lift to wherever she's going. Kelly thanks him, but this is something that she has to do alone.
At the houseboat, Kelly tells Mel and Cassie about intercepting the message from Miss Stonecliff. Kelly can't understand how this all ties in with Dorian tampering with her mother's medication. There was no plane crash, Mel tells her, at least not according to the FAA. There was no plane crash in either Kentucky or Ohio on that day. The clerks office in Kentucky had no record of death certificates for either Louis or Sonya, despite the fact that the undertaker in Canton, OH had copies of them. All the death certificates have a number and Mel has copies of the death certificates with the same numbers as Dorian's parents, only they are made out to two different people. Mel figures that Miss Stonecliff must have whited out the information on the death certificates, filled in Louis and Sonya's information and then copied them to get a clean copy, which she then gave to the undertaker. Does that mean that our grandparents didn't die in a plane crash, Kelly asks. That's what it looks like, Mel says. Then how did they die, Kelly wonders.
Back at Dorian's house, Dorian comes home and sits on the couch. She has the memory again of her father lying on the floor and Miss Stonecliff saying he's dead. "This is all your fault and we're all very angry. We'll never forgive you, never", Dorian remembers Miss Stonecliff saying to her.
Todd, Téa, Viki and Briggs
Todd is in his penthouse talking on the phone to Briggs, who tells him that R.J. is a suspect in the kidnapping of Max's twins. Todd is delighted and tells Briggs to run with the story, the headline should read "Jazz Man faces Music." Téa, coming down the stairs, overhears the end of the conversation and asks Todd to tell her who the suspect is so that she can get to him first to offer her services as a lawyer. Todd refuses to tell her, it's only fair considering she didn't call him with the tip from the police station, he says. Despite all of Téa's asking and begging for the name of the suspect, Todd refuses to tell her. She'll read it in the paper just like everyone else, he taunts her. "Why can't you ever give me a break", Téa yells at him as he heads up the stairs. Todd stops and turns to look at her.
You're the one that wanted to stick to the terms of their contract, Todd reminds her. That's right, Téa agrees, because she can understand it, it makes sense, everything else about their marriage is a mystery. Because of me, Todd asks. Yes, no matter what they go through together, Todd always manages to make it seem like there's nothing more between them than an lousy piece of paper. There are five million pieces of paper, Todd reminds her. That's the problem, Téa complains, he won't let her forget that 5 million dollars, not for a moment. It reminds her how people used to treat her father, they paid his salary, therefore they didn't even have to acknowledge his existence. If she wants a break, then Todd will give her a break. He and Starr will go away for the weekend and she can have the whole place to herself. Far from being happy, Téa looks upset that she's not invited. Todd throws in a nasty comment about calling "Reverend Sanctimonious" if she gets bored. "Why do have to be like this, Todd", Téa asks, hurt by his attitude. "That's the kind of guy I am", Todd tells her and stomps up the stairs. "You can stay up there forever for all I care", Téa yells after him. She next tries to call Hank, but he's in a meeting. She swears to herself she will find out who the suspect is, with or without Todd's help.
Briggs comes to the penthouse to see Todd. Their snitch at the police station wants them to kill the story about R.J. being a suspect in the kidnapping. Bo is cracking down on leaks and the snitch is worried he will be found out if the story runs. Run the story, we can always find another snitch, Todd instructs Briggs, ignoring Briggs' objections. Todd feels that this is the story that will put him ahead of the Banner, that "high brow piece of garbage." Viki arrives, pushing Starr in a stroller, just in time to overhear Todd's remark. Viki says hello to Briggs and tells him that his job at the Banner is always open if he ever decides to leave The Sun. Briggs leaves quickly. Viki says that Starr has turned into quite the conversationalist, in fact, Starr has told her "everything."
Viki says goodbye to Starr as Judith brings her upstairs. What exactly did Starr tell you, Todd asks Viki rather nervously. Everything, her favorite color, what she had for breakfast, all about Moose, Viki says. Relieved, Todd comments that maybe he'll have to grill Starr later to see if she knows any secrets about the Banner. Not that I'll need them, he says smugly, refusing to tell Viki what he means. Viki says he reminds her of Victor Lord when he does that, he would always drop hints about a big story, but never tell them what it was. She didn't find coyness attractive then, and she doesn't find it attractive now. Viki changes the subject to Todd's personal life, how's Téa she asks. I don't know, admits Todd, she pretty much keeps to herself. Viki's surprised because Téa was very sociable after he stormed out on Thanksgiving. It was very apparent to everyone how much family means to her, Todd's lucky to have her. Viki doesn't know what games Todd is playing with Téa, but she hopes he knows what he is putting at risk. Starr is positively thriving with Téa around. Viki's quite sure that he is busily engaged in alienating Téa though. If Viki lived there, and he's glad she doesn't, she would know that Todd's not playing any games with Téa that she's not playing with him, Todd defends himself. "I think you have to decide just what kind of marriage you want, before the marriage that you bought comes back to haunt you and your daughter", Viki tells him. It's been nice bantering with you as always, Viki says on her way out. Todd sticks his tongue out at her behind her back as she walks out the door.
Todd calls to cancel the travel plans for the weekend. Fine, keep the deposit, what do I care, he tells the person on the phone. He hangs up and calls information for the number of a caterer. He doesn't know which one, just pick the most expensive one, OK then the one that sounds the most expensive, he says, exasperated. When he gets the caterer on the phone, he wants to set up dinner for two, he wants to surprise his wife.
Hank, Jacara, Carlotta and Eli
Jacara comes to Hank's office to speak to him about R.J. and get his opinion. R.J. has suggested that they start working together again now that her deal with Max has fallen through and Jacara's not sure what to do. R.J. seemed genuinely concerned about the kids at Rodi's the other day, Jacara feels. It shames him to admit it, but after all these years, Hank still doesn't know the 'true' R.J.
Max is convinced that R.J. had something to do with the twin's kidnapping, Jacara tells R.J. Bo seems to be headed in the same direction, Hank reveals. He tried going to talk to R.J., to tell him that he thinks R.J. is innocent, but R.J. didn't believe him, Hank says. Jacara's seriously thinking of going back into business with R.J., at least for a temporary partnership. Hank warns that even if R.J. is innocent, the heat is still going to come down on him and if Jacara is partners with him, it will affect her too. Jacara can take the negative publicity, but what she couldn't take is finding out that R.J. had anything to do with the kidnapping.
Jacara's going to do some long, hard thinking before she gives R.J. an answer. Jacara wonders why she is hanging around Llanview when she could go to Philadelphia or New York. Hank tells her he would miss her if she decides to go. Just as Jacara's about to leave, Carlotta arrives with Eli.
Jacara says hello and then quickly leaves. Carlotta questions Hank why she was there and Hank explains she wanted to talk to him about R.J. Eli gives Hank an envelope with the first installment of his payment for the damaged motorcycle. He shakes Hank's hand before leaving to go to his community service work. Hank comments that Eli seems like a totally different boy. Carlotta thinks the same thing too, but she's wondering how long it will last. Hank explains that Jacara heard the rumor that R.J. is suspected in the kidnapping of Max's twins and came to talk to Hank about it.
R.J. and Claude
R.J. meets with Claude on the docks and demands that Claude give him some information about where Max's kids are. Claude isn't able to give R.J. any leads at all. He kept himself at arms length from the two kidnappers, just like R.J. does to him, so they can't be connected. Despite R.J.'s threats, Claude keeps insisting that he knows nothing. R.J. finally has to give up and lets him leave, asking him to contact R.J. if he learns anything. Claude tells him not to expect too much, R.J. may have to accept the fact that when the two men died in the river, basically, so did the kids.
Téa and Carlotta
Out on the street in Angel Square, Carlotta has stopped to buy a wreath to decorate the diner and also some mistletoe. Téa walks by and stops to say hello. Téa mentions that she tried to call Hank earlier in the day, but he was in a meeting, he always seems to be busy. Carlotta agrees that he is very busy, as if the kidnapping of Max's twins wasn't enough, now that R.J.'s a suspect it's even worse. Hank doesn't believe that R.J. could be involved in something so despicable, but Bo apparently doesn't agree. Carlotta leaves to go back to the diner. "That was even easier that I thought", Téa says happily to herself.
Téa and R.J.
R.J. angrily reads the article in The Sun about him and throws it on the desk. There's a knock on him office door, it's Téa. Téa comments that she's been meaning to stop by for a few months, but she's been too busy for client development. Is that what this is about, R.J. asks, he already has a lawyer, Gabriel Lomax. But his specialty is corporate law, Téa's is criminal law, she explains. R.J.'s well aware of that, how could he forget the time when she and her "buddy" Nora accused him of killing Carlo Hesser. Téa points out that she and Nora aren't "buddies" anymore, their courtroom styles aren't compatible. Téa won't throw a case just because she find out her client is guilty, in fact, she doesn't care whether her client is innocent or not, her job is to insure them a fair trial. She says these last few words nervously and starts heading toward the door, since R.J. is glaring at her. He makes it to the door first and closes it, leaving her trapped between the door and his body. "Maybe you want to tell me what crime it is you think I committed, Miss Delgado, or maybe you prefer I commit a brand new one", R.J. yells at her, his face about two inches from hers.