The Penthouse-Téa, Todd and Starr
Téa is putting the finishing touches on the tree when Todd comes home
from The Sun. As she puts the baby Jesus in the manger, she tells Todd
she is doing it for Starr. He asks her where she got the decorations and
she explains that every year since she was six her "Abuella" has added a
few ornaments to her collection. Her grandmother believed that memories
were special and each ornament should represent a memory and that would
make them special too. Téa remarks that this is the first time she is
hanging the ornaments on a tree she bought herself. She hands Todd a
special depiction of the "eye of God" with a ribbon wound through it and
tells him that he should have Starr put it on the tree so that it will
watch over her when she is gone. She promises Todd she will not leave
abruptly, but rather fade away slowly and in the meantime she will keep
her pity to herself.
Later Todd brings Starr down and has a one way conversation with the
tot. He comments that Delgado did a nice job. He puts the eye of God
on the tree. Téa is not going to be here next Christmas or to play Mrs.
Manning. But, he tells Starr, we will be better off without her.
Anything she can do I can do better, he assures his daughter (or
himself). He promises Starr to take her to church, which is a lot
better than watching the Yule Log on TV.
Dorian's House- Max and Blair
Blair has put up a tree even though no one else is home. She is not
wallowing in self pity. Max says that things could not be worse for
him. Blair appreciates how he was there for her when Brendan died and
now when she lost Starr. She has a stocking with his name on it hanging
from the mantle and she promises him they will get their pound of flesh
from Ian. Nothing dulls the pain like revenge. She should know. Blair
shows him the IOU in the stocking. When she snags Ian, the money promised
in the IOU will be Max's. Now she is going to St James' to pray for a new
husband and to perhaps see Starr. She knows that he is no more a
quitter than she is. If he wants to do anything for his children, he
should make them proud of him. Max asks her to say a prayer for him.
She promises him she will.
The Sanitarium- Ian, Kelly and Melinda
Melinda tells Ian and Kelly that her medication has stabilized her and
seeing Kelly is the best medicine she could have. They talk about the
whale watching and Kelly says it is the best Christmas ever except for
seeing her Mom. She also mentions Dorian and her trip to Italy and how
Mel thinks her aunt needs to relax and get ready for what she needs to
face. Mel and Cassie feel that something tragic in her childhood is
affecting her. Melinda admits that she can't put the pieces together.
Melinda is grateful to her daughter for giving her the gift of courage
and she would like to give her a gift of something she knows she has
wanted. Melinda wants to provide Kelly with a good memory. She sits
down at the piano. Kelly has dreamt of this, having only heard her
mother play on Memorex. Melinda says she has dreamt of it too, but
there is a worried look on her face and her hands are trembling as she
prepares to touch the ivories. After the false start, she tries again
but is interrupted by a flashback of her childhood. It is Christmas and
she is playing "What Child is This" on the piano as her mother, Sonia,
father Lou and sister Dorian enter the room. We cannot see Sonia's face, just her white gloved hands cupped around Dorian's ear. She says
something to Dorian which we cannot hear. Dorian approaches the piano
and says something to Melinda, who quickly moves her hands off the keys
as Dorian slams down the cover. Melinda, although uninjured, pretends to
scream in pain. Sonia calls Dorian a wicked child and tells Lou they
must punish her and their parents take Dorian out of the room. Melinda
tells Ian and Kelly that if it was not for Dorian, her hands would have
They wonder why Melinda did not remember until now. She
can't say, but suddenly when she put her hands on the keys she was a
frightened child. She wants some answers. Kelly promises her they will
get them, but will take a new direction. Melinda fears she has ruined
Christmas, but Kelly assures her she has not. Ian suggest they go down
to the holiday party. Ian excuses himself by saying he has business
calls. Melinda wants to show off her daughter. Ian calls someone and
says the coast is clear. Let's do it. When Melinda and Kelly come back,
they walk into a winter wonderland. There is a tree and decorations all
over. They are amazed until Ian shows up from where he has hidden behind
the door. He hands them both a glass of wine and tells Kelly that
making her happy makes him happy. He has discovered something. He
loves doing magical things for the woman he loves. Melinda and Kelly
both agree that they never had a Christmas like this one.
Llanfair- The Buchanans, Georgie, Cassie, River, Dorothy
Viki makes the first toast, remarking on the new people who have joined
their Christmas Eve festivities tonight- Cassie, River and Georgie. She
is blessed to have her children and their father there and of course,
Asa the heart of the family. Clint says that if his father is the heart
of the family, Viki is the soul. Bo is the muscle and Joey is the
brains. They all laugh at the jokes. Georgie is amazed at the family.
Nora calls her a life saver. Bo says as long as you are around I don't
have to be in the dog house with Mud. Cassie needs to get River over to
the church so he can put the baby Jesus into the creche. Kevin will
follow later. Asa asks about the mistletoe. Joey says the mistletoe is
pretty much occupied lately. Asa takes Clint aside and asks what is
going on between him and his ex wife. He tells his son that when a mule
kicks you in the head, you don't trust it again. Clint replies that
Viki is not a mule and Sloan is gone a long time ago. Asa says he knew
it, but Clint says he did not know himself until recently. Even if it
does not go any further, he and Viki will always be connected through
the children. He is definitely happier than last year and he expects to
be happier yet next year. Bo comes over and grumpy Asa makes a crack
about his younger son having a case to solve. Georgie tells Nora and Bo
that Rachel will meet them at church later. She is busy at Club Indigo
with R.J. It is a sore subject, one that Bo and Nora have declared a
truce on until after the holidays. Nora walks away and Georgie brings up
the bet she made with Bo at the party. She assures him that Nora will
be riding with him on his motorcycle by midnight New Years Eve. They
let Kevin in on the subject. Jessica announces that she and Kevin will
be going with Asa to church, while Viki and Clint go in a separate car.
Joey is waiting for Dorothy, whose family is all out of town.
Dorothy says that her brother called, but she misses the way things were.
She will never get used to Christmas without Mom. Joey offers to tell
her a Christmas story of his own. Once upon a time two brothers lost
their father, but one Christmas morning they received a special gift from
their mother. This wonderful man already married to their mom adopted
them. They missed their father, but now they would have Clint and it
made all the difference in the world. Joey wasn't even born yet when his
biological father died. But he was named for him. Joseph Riley. That
is probably why he always misses him the most around Christmas. Joseph,
like Jesus's father. It is weird how he misses him because he never
met him. Dorothy replies she does not think it weird. Joey tells her to
consider herself adopted by his family this Christmas.
St. James's Church- Entire Cast
Cassie tells River the story of how she found him wrapped in a blanket
and in the baby Jesus' manger. She had wanted a baby so badly. River
points out he is adopted just like Jesus. Andrew asks how so? River
explains that God gave Jesus to Joseph so he could be his DAD. Jesus was
pretty lucky to be adopted. Joseph and Mary were pretty lucky to have
Jesus, too, Andrew says.
Andrew welcomes Téa to church and he tells her that his sermon today was
inspired by his son, River. Téa is not surprised since a child is at
the heart of Christmas most of all. She takes her place next to Starr
and Todd. Todd asks "What happened to the fade away, Delgado." She
replies that it is a family time, even if it is not much of a family. He
tells her not to expect a miracle. She replies that she doesn't expect
much at all. Blair arrives and whispers Starr's name as she takes a
seat at a pew across the aisle. Téa notices her and Todd pretends to
not notice her. The Children of the parish march down the aisle-
angels, sheep, shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph. Everyone is
there- Hank, Rachel, Renee and all the Buchanans. Téa takes Starr to the
vestibule and sets her on the floor. It does not take long for Blair to
follow. It is obvious she is glad for the time with Starr but she
cannot resist sticking it to Téa. She calls Starr her little miracle
and says that it is the last Christmas she will have to spend without
her mom. Todd opens the doors and Blair brags about passing her
psychological evaluation. Todd wants to know if she paid off the
shrink. Blair warns him to watch his paranoia. He may be found an
unfit parent. And, she wants to know, how long will he be able to keep
up this act. His wife is ready to head for the hills. When he divorces
his lawyer and Blair marries someone respectable, Starr will be hers. In
the meantime, her lawyer says she can now have regular visitation rights
with Starr. She will be spending a lot more time with her daughter. AND
SHE WILL WIN! As she flounces back into the church, Todd looks
devastated. Téa says she is sorry as they go back in time to hear
Andrew says that one of his congregation reminded him that a child is
the heart of Christmas, but it was a child who pointed out to him that
Joseph adopted Jesus. If Christmas is about a child, it is also about
reaching out to each other. He says that God's rules say they should
love each other, Trust each other and he will be there when they need
Him. All who give are rewarded 10 fold. How would Joseph's life have
been without Mary and Jesus. He urges his congregation to adopt each
other. Max opens the doors and stays but a brief moment before he turns
away and leaves. The congregation sings "Silent Night." Téa whispers
to Todd, "If Blair comes after this family, we will be ready for her.
I'm not going anywhere for a long, long time." Todd looks at her and
then at Blair who stares back. Then his frown turns to a smug grin.
Dorian and Mel
Dorian and Mel return home from their trip to find no one home at Dorian's. Dorian immediately starts yelling Blair's name, but Mel tells her to relax, she promised she wouldn't get stressed when she got home. Dorian agrees not to worry about where Blair is. She and Mel reminisce about their wonderful trip. Dorian wishes they could turn around and fly right back. Mel promises they will go again someday. Dorian calls out Blair's name again. Where is everybody, she wonders.
Mel leaves to go to call his family and stop in at the Banner. Dorian calls for the maid, Helga!... no wait, she fired her months ago. Is she the french maid, no, she dipped into the cooking sherry too much. Dorian tries to remember... Dynasty... Alexis?, Crystal?,...no Ming, the Ming Dynasty. Ming! she calls out and Ming comes running down the stair. Dorian asks her where Blair is. Blair and Cassie went to visit Addie at St. Anne's, Ming tells her.
Kevin, Cassie and Mel
Kevin rushes into the Banner newsroom and tells Cassie to drop everything, he's got a hot story. One of the board members for the endowment for Llanview University is embezzling. Not only that, the board member is sleeping with the President of the University, Dr. Dougherty, and blackmailing him to keep him quiet about the embezzling. Kevin wants Cassie to help him get the proof about the story before he brings it to Viki. Cassie would love to work with him, but she can't right now, she's going to St. Anne's with Blair to talk to Addie. Can't she do it some other time, Kevin asks, annoyed. No, Cassie's afraid Blair will change her mind if they don't do it today. Blair arrives and rushes Cassie out the door.
Mel arrives at the newsroom of the Banner. Kevin welcomes him back and praises the columns he sent in from Rome. Mel asks where Cassie is and Kevin explains that she went with Blair to St. Anne's to talk to Addie. Kevin hopes that she gets the answers they need because she's becoming obsessed by the Cramer past and is upset all the time. Mel is sure that it will all be worth it. Kevin's not so sure, how much do the rest of us have to go through before you get your "new and improved" Dorian, he asks.
Mel pulls Kevin aside and asks him what is really going on. Kevin thinks that everyone wasn't upset until Mel starting digging in Dorian's passed. So what do you think we should do, replies Mel, let sleeping demons lie? That's not what his own mother did, Mel reminds Kevin. Does he really thing that Viki isn't better off since she dug up the demons and faced them? Kevin explains that all this digging into the Cramer past is upsetting Cassie and making her worry about losing her sanity again. Again? Mel doesn't understand. Kevin tells him about the time that Cassie was a patient at St. Anne's after her miscarriage. Mel had no idea, but he honestly believes that what they all need is the truth and he hopes that's what Blair and Cassie are getting right now.
Blair, Cassie, Dr. Pizer, Addie, Dorian, and Mel
Blair and Cassie are talking to Addie's doctor. Blair is a little concerned about getting her mother upset by talking about the past. The doctor feels it would be a good idea to try to learn about Addie's childhood, she's always refused to discuss it with him. They decide that hypnosis might work. Blair agrees to go ahead after the doctor promises Addie won't remember anything that she said under hypnosis.
Blair talks to Addie about the hypnosis and gets her to agree to it. Dr. Pizer puts her under, then allows Cassie to ask Addie some questions. Addie immediately confuses Cassie for "Dorrie" again. Blair wants to stop, this is what got Addie upset last time. Talking to her sister, the doctor questions, he thinks they should continue and find out why. Blair agrees to proceed. Cassie asks Addie what "she" did that was bad that Addie had to punish her.
"You made momma's teacher go away", Addie tells them. Cassie and Blair look at each other, puzzled. Cassie tries again, asking Addie to explain. Listen, Addie says, it's so quiet she can hear her own heartbeat. I'm afraid of the quiet, momma only plays when she's happy and she can't make her music now. That's why she's so angry at you, Dorrie, and sad, because her teacher went away. The music that momma made, and the music that she wrote was all inside her, Addie explains, and the teacher was the only one who knew how to make it come out. She spoke very softly to momma and momma listened to her. That's why Miss Stonecliff made them be quiet all the time, so momma could hear what the teacher was saying. But you didn't care Dorrie, and you made noise all the time and pretty soon the teacher went away. They didn't know if momma would ever make her music again and that's why she had to punish Dorrie. Addie starts to get upset. Dorian enters the room. Addie is telling "Dorrie" that she didn't want to hurt her, but momma made her, if she didn't hurt Dorrie, momma wouldn't love her anymore. Addie spots Dorian and yells, "Momma, momma, don't hurt me. They made me tell!"
Dorian tries to interrupt them and moves toward Addie, but Cassie pulls her out into the hall. Dorian is absolutely furious that everyone is conspiring behind her back, keeping the truth from her. That's not what we're doing, Cassie tries to explain, but Dorian won't listen. She claims they are tormenting Addie and trying to plant false memories in her head. Dorian grabs Cassie's chin in her hand, "You are going to be so sorry you did this", Dorian warns before storming out. Cassie goes back inside. Addie has been brought out of her hypnotic state and doesn't remember a thing. She talks excitedly about the chocolate covered cherries Blair has promised to bring her. Dr. Pizer takes Addie back to her room, asking Blair and Cassie to stick around, he would like to talk to them. Cassie tells Blair that Dorian left. She doesn't know where she went, but whoever she runs into should watch out.
Mel is the unlucky recipient of Dorian's rage. She finds him at the Banner and Mel quickly gets off of his phone call with his mother. Dorian accuses Mel of taking her to Italy only to keep her out of the way and keep her in the dark. Mel denies her accusations. "How could you betray me this way?", Dorian asks.
Carlotta, Cristian, Jessica, Antonio, Téa, Linda and Eddie
Cristian and Jessica are sitting at the counter at the diner, talking to Carlotta. They comment on how slow the bus boy Carlotta got as temporary help moves. When he goes into the kitchen and the sound of breaking dishes is heard, Carlotta decides she's going to let him go. The busboy comes back out of the kitchen and is standing by a table with his back toward Carlotta. She fires him as gently as possible. When he turns around, surprise, it's actually Antonio. Carlotta is thrilled to see him and gives him a big hug.
Antonio wanted to surprise Carlotta, he didn't want her to get all worked up about his coming and plan a party or anything. He had some time off from school, but Andy couldn't come because she had just taken time off to be with Max in North Carolina. He's glad Andy went, though, she's having a hard time dealing with the loss of the children. We all are, Carlotta agrees, she doesn't know what she would do if something ever happened to her sons. T#233a walks into the diner and Antonio goes over to greet "Senora Manning."
Antonio and Téa sit down at a booth by themselves and discuss law school, Andy and married life. The more time he spends with Andy, the more he loves her. Téa's glad that he and Andy are happy. How's life as Mrs. Manning, Antonio asks. Things are going very well, Téa claims, and tells him how much she loves Starr. Isn't there something missing in this cozy picture, like her husband, Antonio questions her.
Todd is very much a part of the picture, Téa insists. He's a wonderful father, he's kind and patient. That's to his daughter, they're blood, how is he to you, you're just an employee to him. That may be how it started, Téa starts to explain. That's exactly how it started, Antonio says, she was so desperate to escape who she was, where she came from, she was willing to be bought. Antonio can see that she's changed a lot, she loves Starr, but is it enough. Todd can give her money, but can he give her anything else. It's a lot more complicated than that, Téa says.
Antonio's right, Todd can't give her everything she needs, but that doesn't mean that she's suffering. She could walk out anytime she wants to, but she doesn't, not yet. She's made a commitment and she wants to honor it. Antonio is impressed, this must be a first, Téa concerned with someone besides herself. Linda and Eddie arrive to say hello to Antonio, Cristian called them to tell them Antonio was here. Cristian invites everyone to go to Rodi's later, all of Antonio's friends will be there to see him. Antonio invites Téa to join them and she accepts.