The Banner- Viki, Mary and Mel
Mary drops by Viki's office. She just had lunch with her son at the
commissary downstairs and she checked her messages. Since Viki had left
one, she figured she would stop by while she was in the neighborhood.
Viki tells Dr. Maude about the mishap with the tape and Jessica and how
it delayed her doing her "homework", but it is now finished. She hands
the video and the notebook to Mary and asks her to basically guard it
with her life. Viki explains that she took a small non threatening step
the previous evening with Clint, allowing him to put his arm around her.
While she was happy she could tolerate the physical contact, it served
to remind her of what a long way she had to go. The subject switches to
Jessica and the sex and love talk Viki had with her daughter. Mary
doesn't feel it can do any harm for Jessica to know about her mother's
problems and that she is working to solve them. Viki is just worried
that Jessica might place too much importance on it and expect Clint and
Viki to get back together again. Mel walks in unannounced and Viki
becomes startled and the tape and notebook which are on the edge of her
desk, fall to the floor. He sees the title and says "This must be
yours." He excuses himself to both women with an apology and leaves.
Mary apologizes for the lack of privacy of the situation but Viki seems
unworried and comments that Mel is the least judgmental person she
knows. Mary replies that the one thing she could never curb in her son
was his curiosity. Viki says that is what makes him a great
investigative reporter. Mary is glad Viki has a sense of humor about
the situation. Because she will need to bring it to her next
appointment-at Dr. Maude's office. Where the real work starts.
Llanfair- The kitchen- Joey and Dorothy
Dorothy stops by unannounced (like father-like daughter) with the
ingredients for the soup Joey promised to make with her. Dorothy says
that she is missing her mother more than ever this year and the soup
reminds her of her mom and cold nights like this. Dorothy apologizes for
not calling first and Joey apologizes for her putting up with his
obnoxious obsession with Kelly. He tells her about meeting Kelly at the
Carriage House and how awkward it turned out to be. Kelly told him that
Ian is part of the picture and she expects him to continue to be.
Dorothy starts to cry for the onion she is chopping. Joey strikes a
safety match, blows it out and places the opposite end in her mouth,
saying it is a cure all. "Lighten up, woman, it is only soup", he
jokes. The conversation is more about what is not being said and it is
evident from Dorothy's body language that she has feelings for Joey.
She continues chopping up a cabbage and says it helps her vent
hostilities. She usually is the last in the family to blow up. Joey
comments that he thinks Mel is cool. He likes his forthrightness, which
Joey feels Dorian needs and deserves. Mel accepts Dorian's dark side,
but Kelly doesn't and keeps on being disappointed and having unrealistic
expectations about her aunt. She has a lot of growing up to do.
Dorothy replies that they all have growing up to do, including Joey.
Kelly keeps stomping on him. How long can he keep on giving and being
understanding and keep his self respect? Joey explains that he hurt
Kelly badly and what else can he do? Dorothy suggests he should tell her
off, become a monk or see someone else. "Anyone special in mind", Joey
asks. Someone with similar interest, Dorothy replies, someone who would
enjoy your company. The subject is switched to her mother and how when
she tastes the soup, it is like her mother is there with her. Joey says
that the spirit becomes a part of your senses and sleeps until someone
wakes it up. The bad side of it is that it is hard to feel this when the
person has died Then, he clears his throat and tells Dorothy he feels
he needs to clarify something. He likes her too much to mess with her
head, he still has ties with Kelly. Otherwise, he would be banging down
Dorothy's door. Dorothy says she was not suggesting herself as a
candidate for him to go out with (her facial expression and body
language say otherwise). She likes him too much to apply that kind of
Dorian's- Dorian and Kelly
The phone rings and Kelly answers. It is Ian inviting her over to his
room at the Palace. She accepts eagerly, commenting that she does not
want to spend any more time in Dorian's house than she has to. Dorian
comes downstairs and overhears her. "Are you planning to move out", she
asks. Kelly says she is just spending a few nights at Cassie's. Dorian
replies that she is concerned that Kelly is nursing old grievances.
Kelly sarcastically asks why she would do that. Dorian laments her
facetiousness and goes on a tirade about how she has always taken care
of her and Melinda and why is Kelly acting like she is responsible for
her mother's condition. "Because you are and you damn well know you
are." Dorian says they need to get past all this anger. Kelly tries to
back away from what she just said, and keep the confidence Cassie and Mel
entrusted her with, but Dorian's continual lying is getting too much for
her. Kelly says that Melinda wanted to make up for all the missing
years with her, they were connected to each other for the first time,
but the moment she got into the house, Melinda got sick again. Dorian
goes into her we are family spiel and Kelly has had it. She accuses
Dorian of tampering with her mother's medication. Dorian tries to touch
her but she pulls away quickly. She tells her aunt if she could do this
to her mother, she could do it to anyone. She is trying to make her,
Kelly, look unstable, too. Dorian questions whether Kelly has shared
these suspicions with Mel. Kelly refuses to answer and walks away.
The Banner-Mel, Viki and Dorian
Mel returns after his mother has left and tells Viki about what happened
on his trip to Ohio. He wonders if Viki can shed any light on the odd
happenings at Dorian's birth place. He recaps the story of Miss
Stonecliff and the saga of Dorian's parents' deaths. He continues with
the follow up investigation and the doctored death certificates. Viki
agrees that it is all bizarre. Of course, she always knew Dorian had a
complicated past. Mel says that Dorian has had a secret for a very long
time. Viki asks if he thinks that Dorian or someone in the family had
something to do with her parents' deaths.
Dorian arrives and says he must speak to Mel immediately. Mel excuses
himself and they stand out in the hallway. Dorian tells Mel that Kelly
has made a wild accusation and does he believe it. Mel asks what
accusation. Dorian explains that Kelly said she had tampered with
Melinda's medication. Does he believe this, does Cassie? Mel tells her
to go to the houseboat. He has a few things to wrap up at the paper.
Dorian is upset and wants him to tell her what he thinks right now. Mel
tells her to take a shower, to relax and they will talk later. He walks
her to the elevator and promises he will be there soon.
Mel goes back into Viki's office and tells her that Dorian is terrified
of what is beyond the walls of secrecy she has built. Viki replies that
beyond the walls, there is freedom. He explains about Dorian's
childhood. Addie attacking her with the scissors and later locking her
in the well house. That is why she is claustrophobic. Viki says she
knew that but will not reveal how. She doesn't know any more of Dorian's
secrets than Mel does and Dorian is certainly not going to tell her.
Mel is concerned and wants Dorian to trust him so he can help her. Viki
comments that if Dorian or any other family member had anything to do
with the parents' deaths, Dorian will guard the secret like a lioness
protects her cubs. She can keep her secrets and the secrets of others.
Mel is confused by the last comment and wants to know what type of
secrets. Viki says it is a long story. Mel replies that now he is
getting the runaround from her. Viki just proceeds to the elevator and
lets the door close, leaving Mel in the hallway.
Palace Hotel-Ian Armitage's room-Blair, Ian and Kelly
Blair drops by uninvited (a lot of that going around in Llanview). He
is not totally happy to see her since he knows that Kelly will be
showing up any moment. He does tell Blair that he did go to Dorian's to
see her and he heard about the kidnapping. He questions whether the
money she borrowed was for the ransom and she admits apologetically it
was. He explains that she did not have to invoke Maggie's name. If Blair
had told him the truth, he would have given her the whole 5 million.
With all that has been going on, she must be so exhausted. Blair
notices the bottle of champagne on ice and says actually she would like
his company and a glass of champagne if he isn't saving it for another
date. He pours them a glass and Blair says that Max is in North Carolina
and he and Andy are going to explain about the twins to Luna's family.
Ian replies that he would gladly forgive the whole loan, if Max's pride
didn't get in the way.
Blair makes it clear she is not there to talk
about Max. She is stretched out on the sofa in a skin tight outfit and
the invitation is obvious. Ian continues to give her the bum's rush,
saying he has time for only one drink. Blair walks over to the chair he
is sitting in and positions herself on the arm. She wants consolation
and until she showed up she was not aware of what brand she needed. Ian
blurts out that he is expecting Kelly. Blair asks him when is he going
to learn how fragile happiness is. Why is he wasting time and money on
someone who can't give anything in return? Ian replies that he
understands that there is bad blood between Blair and Kelly over the
accident, but there is also competition and he doesn't like to hear
Blair belittling Kelly. Blair states that she is just telling it like
it is. All Kelly does is involve him in the family's troubles, using him
to cart her mother back to California. Ian says that Kelly's life is
painful. Blair says she knows that Kelly had a difficult childhood, but
so has she. Competition again, Ian replies. Her childhood was a
battle, Blair explains. It made her strong and determined to get what
she wanted and whining, sniveling Kelly is not going to get in her
way. She grabs Ian and kisses him and he responds. Kelly arrives and
sees Ian in Blair's embrace. Blair makes a catty comment. Kelly asks
Ian if his first shift ran over. He asks her to stay, saying that Blair
is just leaving but Kelly bolts. "I just can't handle this right now",
she tells him.
Mel's House Boat- Dorian
Dorian is in the bathroom, cooling off her sweaty face. She is hearing
voices from her past saying that if you can do this to your sister, you
can do anything. Dorian looks at herself in the mirror and points her
finger and says, "Don't Listen. That is over now. This is now.
Everything is all right." The generator on the boat fails and all the
lights go out. Dorian's claustrophobia kicks in and she frantically
tries to open the door of the tiny bathroom, but it won't budge. She is
screaming for Mel's help and banging on the door, pleading to be let
out. In the darkness, she flashes back to when she was a child,
screaming for help from Addie. "Please let me out of here", she cries
in utter despair.
Thursday, December 11, 1997
Bo, Claude, Rachel, R.J. and Nora
At the police station, Bo has Claude brought in for questioning. When Bo confronts him with the calls between himself and R.J., Claude freely admits calling R.J. he was asking him for a loan. And why were there so many calls, Bo asks. Claude's very persistant, R.J. kept turning him down, he claims, and he didn't want to take no for an answer. Bo lets him leave and asks Benny to get a copy of Claude's phone records.
At Club Indigo, R.J. is depressed by their lack of customers. Rachel tries to cheer him up with the thought that Jacara might be coming back soon and bringing the Blue Jay artists with her. When Rachel talked to Jacara, Jacara seemed convinced that R.J wasn't involved in the kidnapping. Rachel's writing a check to Maggie's school in New Orleans as Max had asked to be done in memory of the twins instead of a memorial sevice. R.J. gives Rachel a check for $10,000 dollars to send under her name. He doubts Maggie would accept it if it came directly from him. Nora arrives and R.J. assumes that Nora believes he's guilty. No she doesn't think he's guilty, Nora tells him, and she didn't come to discuss it either, she just came to pick up Rachel to go out to dinner. Just as Nora and Rachel are about to leave, Bo comes in to question R.J. Not wanting R.J. to be questioned without a lawyer present, Nora reluctantly stays in the room. Bo asks R.J. about the phone calls with Claude and R.J. tells him exactly the same story that Claude did. Nora tries to remain neutral throughout the whole uncomfortable scene, but steps in when Bo begins badgering R.J. She later tells R.J. this was a one time thing, she has no intention of representing him.
Ian, Kelly, and Blair
Ian tries to convince Kelly that Blair came to his yacht uninvited and he practically tells Blair to get off the yacht or he'll remove her himself. After Blair leaves, he apologizes to Kelly. He kept telling Blair no and told her that Kelly was coming, but he should have be more insistant. He promises that neither Blair nor Joey will come between them, he won't allow it. He discusses all the money he has now and wants to come up with some fun ways of spending it, he wants to make one of Kelly's fantasies come true. After thinking about it a bit, Kelly mentioned that she always wanted to swim with the whales. She had a tape of whale songs when she was younger and always wanted to be in the water and hear it. Ian promises that he'll make her wish come true.
Blair, Dorian and Mel
After leaving Ian's yacht, Blair hears someone screaming. It's coming from Mel's houseboat. When she arrives, she finds Dorian stuck in the bathroom in a total state of panic. When Blair opens the door, Dorian clings to her, promising that she'll be a good girl. Blair lights a lamp and tries to get Dorian to calm down. Dorian tells Blair about Kelly's accusations that she switched the medicine in Melinda's pills for sugar. When Mel arrives home, Dorian asks him if he believes Kelly and admits that he does. He tasted the contents of the pill and it was definitely sugar. There were only three people that had access to the pills, Kelly, Blair and Dorian, "and my money's on you, sweetheart", he tells her. Dorian broke down and Blair, worrying Dorian might go as mad as her sisters, quickly took her home. Mel went with them. At Dorian's, Dorian went upstairs and went to bed. Kelly and Blair got into another fight and Mel decided it was time to tell Blair everything they had found out. Kelly didn't want to tell her, she'll go right to Dorian. Blair agrees that if they don't convince her, that's exactly what she'll do. Mel decides that it's worth the risk, they'll meet at the houseboat tomorrow and lay out the facts for Blair.
Friday, December 12, 1997
Bo, Hank, Benny, Claude and R.J.
Bo tells Hank what he has found out regarding the kidnapping case, that R.J. has recently been in touch with an extortionist named Claude. Hank defends R.J, even after Benny brings in Claude's phone records that show Claude talked to Lenin (the kidnapper they found dead in the car) several times before the kidnapping. Bo is elated, we've got R.J., he insists. Hank tells him there is no case, it's circumstantial evidence and certainly not enough to prosecute. Don't rush to accuse R.J., Hank warns, like Bo did in the Hesser murder case, remember what happened then. Bo is determined to get the evidence he needs. First he has Claude brought back in, but Claude admits nothing when confronted with the calls between himself and Lenin. He refuses to say anything without his lawyer present. Next, Bo has R.J. brought in to his office. Bo loses his temper and ends up throwing R.J. against a wall. Hank, overhearing the commotion, rushes in to get between the two of them.
Téa, Starr, Todd and Judith
Téa is playing with Starr, helping her build with some building blocks. Téa puts Starr down for a moment and turns to put some of the blocks away. Just at that moment, Starr falls and hits her head on the coffee table. Téa yells for Judith and with her help, gets Starr bundled up and races off to the hospital. Call Todd, she asks Judith on her way out the door. Todd arrives at the hospital furious, ready to fire Judith for allowing this to happen. I was with Starr, Téa explains. Todd then turns his temper on Téa, yelling at her that it was her fault. The doctor comes out and bluntly tells Todd that he's got it all wrong, without Téa's quick thinking and getting Starr to the hospital so quickly, things would have been much worse. Back at the penthouse, Todd tries to apologize for his behavior, but Téa's had enough. She doesn't know how to read Todd at all and never knows how he's going to react from one moment to the next. Either he becomes more human or she's out of there.
Dorian, Mel, Kelly, Cassie and Blair
It's morning at Dorian's house and she's feeling much better than she did the night before. Mel suggests that they should get away for awhile and they plan a trip to Rome and Venice. They will not mention the past or their families at all they agree. Mel leaves to go meet Blair, Kelly and Cassie on the houseboat. They tell Blair everything, about Miss Stonecliff, the plane crash that didn't happen, the forged death certificates. Blair agrees not to say anything to Dorian about what she's heard, but she's unwilling to try to talk to Addie about the past. Mel goes to Viki and gets permission to have the week off. At Dorian's, Cassie, Kelly and Blair are all there when Dorian comes downstairs, very excited and ready to leave on her trip. Mel comes to pick her up and as they are walking out the door, Blair calls out to Dorian, "Dorian, wait."