Joey, Jessica, Viki, Cassie, Kevin, Blair, Starr and Moose
Jessica is trying to get Moose to say Merry Christmas, but when Kevin and Cassie come into the room, all he'll say is "Bah, Humbug." Kevin thinks the parrot has been hanging around Todd much too long. Viki comes into the room with Starr. When Cassie sees Starr, she asks if that means that Todd is around too. No, Viki explains, Todd and Téa went away for a few days and they are watching Moose and Starr. Cassie excuses herself and goes out into the foyer and calls Blair to come over and see Starr. Blair's thrilled and says she'll be right there.
Jessica takes Moose upstairs and Kevin and Joey go outside to get some more firewood. Viki invites Cassie to come over and sit and talk with her. Cassie would like to ask Viki's opinion about Dorian. Has Viki ever gotten the sense that Dorian has some trauma from the past bottled up inside her? Yes, she has, especially because of the way Dorian sometimes lashes out at her for no real reason, Viki answers. Cassie wishes that they could find out what it was, not just for Dorian's sake, but for the next generation as well. Viki suggests that she reach out to her cousins whenever she can, keep the channels open. Cassie admits she's already done that, she called Blair and told her that Starr was here. Viki doesn't seem to mind at all. The doorbell rings, it's Blair. She's so excited to see Starr she can barely get her coat off fast enough before she runs over to see Starr, who is standing in the library. Blair thanks Cassie for calling her, this is the only way she gets to see Starr now, stealing moments like a thief. And with the way things are going, she's not sure she'll ever get Starr back.
Blair hasn't heard anything at all since she had her psychological evaluation. Cassie tries to reassure her that it's not necessarily a bad thing. Blair doesn't agree, she's sure that with the family history of mental problems, they will assume she's crazy too. Blair apologizes for giving Cassie such a hard time about looking into the past. Jessica interrupts to tell Cassie that Kevin needs her in the kitchen. After Cassie leaves, Viki comments to Blair that things between the cousins look rocky. Viki thinks that is a shame, Blair needs their support right now. Her cousins are always needing her to do things, like talk to Addie. Blair doesn't think that it's fair, she wants to concentrate right now on getting Starr back. Blair feels like she's getting sucked back into the Cramer past and Starr along with her. She has to fight it, otherwise it will destroy her life and Starr's as well, Viki advises.
Being crazy is in her blood, it's her family's history, Blair insists. That's nonsense, Viki tells her, you don't know that that is true. I pushed Téa out a window, didn't I, Blair responds. I snapped and I lost it for a moment, now everyone thinks I'm an unfit mother. If I thought for a second you were an unfit mother, you wouldn't be here now with Starr, Viki says. Blair doesn't see how digging up the past will do any good. It will do some good, Viki tells her. I've been where you are now and I faced my past and got my life back, she continues, deal with your past and you will free not only yourself, but Starr as well. Viki lets Blair take Starr upstairs and put her down for her nap.
When Blair comes back downstairs, she finds the Buchanans singing the Twelve Days of Christmas. It quickly dissolves into a friendly argument as to how many lord a leaping and ladies dancing there are, apparently an argument they have every year. Cassie goes to join Blair in the doorway. Blair wishes that Starr could have the same happy, loving family that the Buchanans have, she doesn't ever think the Cramers can be like that. The Buchanans have had their share of troubles, but they know who they are and where they come from, says Cassie. Blair tells Cassie that during the evaluation the doctor suggested that Blair look into her family history, it might give her insight into the things that she does. If it will help River and Starr grow up happy and free, she thinks she should do it. Blair agrees to talk to Addie about the past, she's going to go do it right now. Blair doesn't know what scares her more, that Addie won't be able to her anything, or that she will.
At St. Anne's, Addie is in a happy mood because they are having a Christmas party. Blair sits her down and asks Addie about telling Cassie that she used to hurt Dorian. I told Dorrie that, not Cassie, Addie insists. Blair apologizes, she must be confused, she tells Addie. Why did you hurt Dorian, Blair asks. Everyone knows that, silly, Addie replies. Blair asks Addie to remind her. "I hurt Dorrie because Momma made me.", Addie reveals.
Bo, Georgie, Carlotta and Hank
Georgie reluctantly declines Bo's offer for a ride on his motorcycle. Knowing how much Nora hates Bo's bike, Georgie thinks Nora would hate it even more if she saw the two of them riding on it together. Georgie recalls that her first real love had a motorcycle, that's when she first started to like them. The only problem was, her boyfriend loved the motorcycle more than her. Bo thinks that may at least partially be why Nora hates the bike so much, she sees it as a rival, something that's trying to take Bo away from her. Georgie agrees that could be the case, she always felt left out. But what she did was she learned everything she possibly could about motorcycles. Georgie promises to try to get Nora to do the same thing. In fact, she makes a bet that she'll having Bo and Nora riding together on his bike by New Year's Day. Carlotta and Hank come over to say hello. Bo explains that Nora sprained her ankle and introduces Georgie to them.
Hank asks Bo if they can talk alone for a moment. Bo updates him on the case, they're currently combing through the phone records of the kidnappers(Do they even know who the other kidnapper is? I thought they only found one body.) If Hank's hoping to hear that Bo doesn't consider R.J. a suspect anymore then he's going to be disappointed, Bo says. Meanwhile, Carlotta and Georgie are chatting about Nora. Georgie is full of praise for Nora, as usual. The thing she likes most about Nora is that she always knows where she stands with her, she's so up front and honest about things. Carlotta agrees that that is a refreshing quality. Hank and Bo come back to the table and Hank and Carlotta go back inside to the dance(Bo and Georgie are sitting at a table in the bar). Bo wants to go back inside too, but Georgie has a question for him first. Isn't it strange for him to be best friends with his wife's ex-husband, Georgie doesn't quite understand it. Bo jokes that Georgie has to do something about her "crippling inability to speak her mind." Georgie replies that that's just the way she is, everything has to be up front with her (just like she described Nora to Carlotta..hmmm;-)
Bo tells her a little about Nora and Hank's past, about how their marriage didn't work out, but years later they became good friends. Georgie is surprised that Bo isn't a little threatened by Nora and Hank's relationship. Bo isn't worried, he and Nora have a good thing together. Bo asks Georgie to dance. Georgie tries to protest that she can't dance, but Bo insists that's only because she hasn't danced with the master, him. He holds out his hand to her.
Georgie is a complete failure at dancing, not only does she step on his toes, she practically steps on his ankles too. Bo tries to encourage her, she just needs more practice. The moment is broken by Hank and Carlotta's return. When Carlotta starts commenting on what a good dancer Nora is, Georgie suddenly decides to leave and practically runs out of the room, refusing Bo's offer to give her a ride. On her way out, she picks up the picture taken of herself and Bo earlier in the evening and takes it with her.
At home, Bo crawls into bed with Nora. He'd much rather be there than at the party that night. He did learn one thing though, as good as Georgie is at many things, she can't dance at all. There's no one in the world that dances as well as you, Bo says, there's only one Nora.
At Georgie's apartment, she is staring at the picture of herself and Bo. She imagines being back at the party and dancing wonderfully with Bo. Hank and Carlotta are watching and saying how wonderful she's dancing, as good as Nora. Even better, Bo tells her in her daydream. Back to reality, she turns on the radio and tries to dance, but is horrible and quickly gives up. She remembers Bo telling her that if she gives it a little time, she'll get better at it, so she turns on the radio and tries again.
Todd, Téa and the innkeeper
The innkeeper, wearing a santa hat, lets Todd and Téa into their room, the Blitzen suite, he names all of the rooms for the holidays. He should have named it hell, Todd says quietly to Téa. She gives him a look to shut him up and tells the innkeeper it's very... festive. The innkeeper shows them the list of available activities and invites them down to the lobby for a drink and carols when they're ready. The innkeeper shows them the santa hats with their names stitched on them that his wife made. He hands Téa hers and puts Todd's on his head, with the white pom-pom hanging down in Todd's face (the look on Todd's face is hysterical) Todd tells Téa he's not wearing this stupid Santa hat, he's going home. Téa tells him not to be a grinch. Todd just glares at her with the white pom-pom from the hat swinging in front of his face.
Téa agrees that the Christmas charm is laid on a bit thick.(Todd tries twice to blow the pom-pom out of his face, then reaches up and moves it to the back)It's more like a holiday kick in the teeth, Todd complains grumpily. The rooms already paid for and they did agree to spend some time together, Téa reminds him. Todd reluctantly agrees to stay, but he's not going to be happy about it, and no Christmas carols, they give him hives. Christmas at the Manning house was far from wonderful, despite the carols talking of "comfort and joy." The music made the whole thing worse. Téa agrees, Christmas carols used to play 24 hours a day in the lobby in the building where she lived. They would filter down to their apartment and she would lie in bed counting how many times they came to the "mother and child" part, reminding her that her mother was no longer there. They both agree no carols, and no wearing the hats either. So what do we do instead, Todd asks. They both glance over toward the bed and look uncomfortably at each other.
Téa starts unpacking and quickly shoves the negligee under her pillow. Todd checks out the lists of activities, such as making wreaths from household items. He's especially disgusted by the continuous showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" in the Donner Lounge. The only part he likes is when Mr. Potter laughs, he grumbles. How about the sleigh ride in a one horse open sleigh. Nope, it's too cold and it sounds too much like a song. Téa suggests ordering room service and watching TV. There's a knock at the door, it's a group of carolers. "Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la, la, la, la, la" is all they manage to sing before Todd slams the door in their faces. Maybe a sleigh ride isn't such a bad idea after all, he decides. Todd and Téa rush out the door past the carollers, who are still singing.
Todd and Téa are standing out in the woods freezing their...ears off. One of the sleigh runners is broken and they are stranded out in the woods with an annoying couple and the innkeeper. The repair should take about an half and hour, but the innkeeper knows what they can do to pass the time, sing carols. As they start singing "Deck the Halls", Todd decides it must be a conspiracy and he and Téa practically run in their haste to get away.
Todd and Téa are wandering around in the woods, lost. Téa's sorry she stopped and had that drink in the lobby before she left. Todd told her it would make her sick. That's not the problem. Thanks for sharing, Todd says when he realizes what she means. Don't joke, I'm in serious need here, Téa tells him. Todd suggests that she go in the woods. Téa doesn't think much of the idea, it's too cold and disgusting. Todd pretends to point something out, making her move under a snow covered branch, and then hits the branch to make snow fall on her. Todd actually laughs out loud and Téa pushes him and they both fall down onto the snow, laughing. They throw snow at each other for a minute, but when they come face to face, Todd gets uncomfortable and gets up and walks away, leaving Téa to follow behind him.
Téa, thrilled to be back in their room, races for the bathroom. Todd calls roomservice and tells them to bring anything hot. He turns the animated snowman decoration in their room upside down and throws it in the trash, "That's enough out of you, fat boy", he tells it. The only problem is that this makes it start playing Frosty, the Snowman. "Oh my god, it gets worse", Todd says, yanks the cord and puts the whole thing, garbage can and all out into the hallway. Téa comes out of the bathroom. She feels much better, but her hands are numb. Todd grabs her hands and starts rubbing them to warm them up. "How's this?", he asks. "Um, I think I'm starting to feel something", Téa manages to reply. They stand there, staring at each other, holding each other's hands. For once, Todd doesn't pull away....or will he? Tune in Monday and find out!