1997 has been a bittersweet dance for most of Llanview. Max's twins were
kidnapped and are presumed dead. Blair lost custody of Starr. Kelly has
had to confront both her present and her past. Nora has been down in
the dumps and hormonally challenged. Dorothy is attracted to Joey, who
still lusts for Kelly. Mel seems to have beaten the urge to drink, but
is finding it more challenging dealing with the history of the Cramer
family. Blair, Kelly, Cassie and Dorian are all haunted by the fear of
congenital insanity. Let's hope that 1998 offers some resolutions and
some happiness. Just a little Please!
Nora is ecstatic about the motorcycle ride. She take off her jacket and
reveals her very plunging neckline underneath. She says the ride was
just thrilling. She wants to repeat it real soon. Bo feels like he has
died and gone to heaven. Tonight was a dream come true. They both
agree that it was a great way to ride into the New Year. But the ride is
not over yet. They kiss passionately and fall into bed, happily making
love for the first time in ages.
Afterwards, Nora apologizes for giving him a hard time this past year.
He has been loyal and supportive, while she was at her estrogen deprived
worst. She has been scared of losing him the whole year, but nothing
scared her as badly as the last fight they had over the kidnapping. Bo
admits it scared him too- IT STILL DOES. His words fall like leaden
weights, casting a pall on the afterglow. Nora says that she feels
horrible about what happened and Max doesn't hold her responsible, why
can't Bo let it go. It has been weeks. Bo replies he doesn't know why,
but they should resolve to not talk about it in the new year. On the
positive side, they have resolved the bike issue. Nora wonders aloud if
that is enough. Bo tells her that they have to take what they can get,
be grateful for it and ride on.
It is way after midnight and Blair has no more taste for drinking. She
tells Rene she is in no mood to go home. She has to find Max.
Meanwhile Dorothy tells Joey he needs a new perspective on his
relationship with Kelly. Joey has only a tortured history with Kelly.
He is a great guy and there are lots of girls out there. She
understands he has invested a lot emotionally, but he has to take a look
at himself through Kelly's eyes and decide how much he wants to risk for
her. Joey believes that this is a temporary phase for Kelly. Ian is
different, but she is not permanently interested in the billionaire.
She is just using him to teach Joey a lesson. After all, Ian is the
complete opposite of him in stature and personality, how could she fall
for him. Kelly just wants him to feel as hurt and messed up as Joey
made her feel. This is just payback. Kelly is evening things out. Isn't
that what Dorothy has been trying to tell him all the time. Dorothy says
it is not even close. He is so good that she can't stand his not doing
what is best for him. He should stop waiting, hoping and yearning. How
does he see himself? Joey replies that he believes himself to be good
natured, curious, energetic and humorous. So why is he waiting for
Kelly to make up her dim witted mind, Dorothy challenges him. Joey is
suddenly wired. Dorothy is very good at this and it now clear to him
exactly what he must do. He kisses her hard on her cheek. He is going
to take charge, stop being passive and fight for Kelly. He now knows
what she meant. He is pumped up for action now and he is going to make
Kelly his all over again. As he departs on his quest, a startled Dorothy
is left behind in his wake.
Kelly informs Ian about the confrontation she, her cousins and Mel had
with Dorian and how her aunt fell down the stairs. Dorian is alright
physically, but she is barely hanging on in every other way. Kelly can't
believe what a wreck her always-in-control aunt has become. She kicked
everyone out but Mel. Ian replies that he and Kelly can welcome in the
New year on a more positive note. He turns back the clock and the hands
of time to before midnight. Now they can redo it together. Kelly
proposes they make a resolution. Ian toasts to making their dreams come
true. He has two dreams. He is happy that Llanview in 1997 became the
real home he has never had. His mother's death freed him to live. He
believes in fate. Now he has Andrew and he has Kelly. He is planning to
make Llanview the corporate headquarters of the new Armitage fortune he
controls. He tells her that he made a success of a radio station when
he was working for Guy Armitage. In Llanview, he has a radio and a TV
station. All he needs to control the media in town is a newspaper. He
won't go after the Banner due to his respect for Viki and Clint. But the
Sun is another story. He has a meeting with Todd tomorrow. He hopes
Manning puts up a fight, it will make the acquisition more fun. Now he
comes to his second dream, which may be out of reach. That is Kelly
herself. Kelly does not know what to say. She feels if she can
concentrate maybe she would get a hint of what will happen between them
in 1998. But she is not sure yet. It is too bad she is not as easily
acquired as a newspaper, she jokes. Right now she is an emotional
question mark. Ian understands and says he was like that himself until
he discovered the truth and was able to shed his rebellious facade.
Kelly admits she can imagine a future and since she and Ian are into
fulfilling dreams, who knows? They click their glasses in a toast to
Blair arrives and Max, who is not celebrating the new year, opens the
door. He tells her he was not in a public mood and watched the new year
come in on TV. She says that she would like to forget 1997 too. Max
recalls what she did for his spirits on Christmas and he wants to do the
same for her. Blair tells him about her night, Mel's intervention with
Dorian and how she is as afraid as her aunt of the possibility of the
family insanity touching them. Max replies that if she is all that
wacked out and he has been leaning on her, what does that say about
him. Blair agrees that she is aware of what is going on around her and
takes comfort in the fact that Viki's family got through their troubles
and so can the Cramers. And she will get Starr back too. She knows she
has to keep her eye on the prize- Ian and his buckets of cash. She will
cut Max in on the deal and they will have a very good year. Blair finds
Maggie's Bible and they play a game of Bible roulette. Blair takes her
turn. Closes her eyes and opens the book to the page and passage her
finger has found. It reads. that "your daughter shall be nursed at
your side. The abundance of the sea will be turned to you." She is
certain this means she will get both Star and Ian's money. She urges Max
to give it a try. He is reluctant but goes ahead and then teases her
with lines for the Song of Solomon, which he memorized as a youngster,
"your thighs are like jewels, etc.." Blair takes the book away and reads
the real passage which says, "The bricks are fallen but we will build
with hewn stones." Blair says this is about hope and resilience. Max
replies that this sounds like construction tips. Blair tells him not to
make fun of the Bible, she now has it on the highest authority.
Mel reaffirms his love for Dorian. She confesses that she feels better
without the girls around. He knows how she is hurting. He was in the
same boat this past year. She held out a mirror to him and saved him
from drinking himself to death. Mel says she is better off than him.
She wants to live. Dorian admits she is scared. When Melinda fell off
her horse, she did not make a sound. She just stared out from the
blanket their father wrapped her in. Afterward, alone in her room, she
knew it was not her fault. Her mother threatened to whip Dorian's horse
and lock Dorian in the well house if she told the truth. She remembers
the knob of her bedroom door turning and her mother grabbed her hand and
squeezed it so tight she wanted to scream. She led her downstairs when
Lou (her father) and Mrs. Stonecliff awaited her. Her father told her
that Melinda had a compound fracture, her fingers were broken and
dislocated and she would never be able to play the way she did again.
Dorian's mother says it is all Dorian's fault and she must be
punished. Dorian insists it is not her fault. Her mother replies that
she is a wicked girl who forced her sister to race. Dorian insists that
it was her mother who cut the girth on Melinda's saddle. She tells
everyone she saw her do it.
Mel tells Dorian that pain shared is pain halved. He asks her what
happened next. Dorian seems confused. She says she was at fault because
Mama got angry and she challenged Melinda to the race. Mel says she
just said Mama caused the accident. He asks her who he is and she
replies Mel, "who loves me'. He is beginning to think she needs to get
rest. She must be exhausted. Dorian says she keeps going back there
and cannot stop the memories. Her father asked her mother if she cut
the saddle girth and Sonia denies it. She calls Dorian a liar. Lou
asks Dorian did she do it. She tells her father she didn't. She races
to her father's arms. She felt safe. She doesn't remember what
happened next. But she knows Mel loves her and she will have the best
sleep in ages. He goes to run a bath for her and he says he will call
her when it is ready. They kiss and she whispers her mantra "risotto
con porcini" rice with mushrooms (in Italian). She fingers an ornament
and has another flashback in which Stonecliff says that he is dead and
Dorian sobs over the still body of a dead man.
Nora, Bo, Georgie and Jacara
In Nora's office, Nora is telling Georgie about her exhilarating motorcycle ride the night before. It was better than sex, well, almost. She can't believe she gave Bo such a hard time about the motorcycle. Bo arrives and Nora greets him enthusiastically . Bo offers to take her out to lunch, Georgie too, to pay off the bike bet. What bike bet, asks Nora. Bo explains everything about his and Georgie's bet. You're angry, Georgie says after taking one look at Nora's face. Bo tells her of course Nora's not mad. Are you, he asks her, not so sure anymore.
Bo realizes that Nora is upset and says so to Georgie. Why should I be upset, Nora asks, my husband and my legal assistant make a bet behind my back, it was all just a joke, right. Bo falls right into it and agrees the whole thing was a joke. So now I'm a joke, Nora accuses. Bo tries to backtrack, but it's too late. And you, Nora points to Georgie, you manipulated me. Bo and Georgie both try to take responsibility for starting the bet. Nora demands an apology. They both apologize and Georgie asks if Nora wants her to resign. "Over my dead body", Nora tells her, Georgie's too valuable to lose. What about me, Bo asks. You own the bike, Nora tells him. Georgie tries to beg off going to lunch, it wasn't about the meal, she insists, she only wanted to make Nora happy. In the end, Nora has to stay behind to have a meeting with Jacara, so Bo and Georgie go off to have lunch at Rodi's at Nora's insistence.
Jacara arrives at Nora's office and explains that she's going back into partnership with R.J. She wants Nora to re-write the contract, adding all the safeguards that were in Jacara's contract with Max. Jacara needs R.J.'s capital and a place for her artists to play, otherwise Blue Jay records can't grow. R.J. knows that he has to win back Jacara's confidence. Jacara intends to keep an eye on R.J. at all times.
Antonio, Téa, Andrew, Carlotta and Cristian
At the diner, Antonio is teasing Téa, she danced like a Latina on New Year's Eve, now all they have to do is get her to act like one. Andrew enters and greets Antonio. He is disappointed to learn that Antonio will be returning to California later that afternoon. Antonio leaves to say goodbye to Linda, Eddie and Mickey and Carlotta goes with him to give him something to bring to Andy. Andrew asks if he can join Téa for lunch and she agrees. She compliments his service on Christmas Eve. Andrew couldn't help but notice the three of them there together, quite the "nuclear family." So you got what you hoped for, he says. "Not exactly", Téa replies.
Téa explains that she was going to start distancing herself from Starr and leave Todd after the holidays. After their time at the Bayberry Inn she realized that neither of them can give the other what they need. She was ready to leave, but two things changed her mind. The first was Blair, threatening to fight for custody of Starr as soon and Téa and Todd broke up. The second was Andrew's sermon, how they should all adopt one another, that selfless love can make miracles happen. She began to hope again, not the unrealistic hope she had before, but that she could make a difference in Starr's life. Téa has Andrew to thank for that. Andrew angrily tells her not to thank him, he wants no part in it.
Téa gets annoyed and tells Andrew to stop judging her. He's being hypocritical, saying in his sermon that we should all love one another, and then act like she's crazy when she tries to do just that. They start yelling at each other, Andrew accuses her of having low self-esteem. Is this what she thinks that she deserves? What if Téa did leave Todd, Starr would go to Blair, Andrew seems to think that this would be a good thing. Téa strongly disagrees, if that happened, she would never see Starr again. Todd might be able to get visitation rights, but Blair would never let her see Starr. That's why she has to fight to keep Todd and Starr together, because as long as that happens, Todd need her and she can be a good mother to Starr. They continue to argue and Téa yells at Andrew that she will never confide in him ever again. Antonio, hearing their argument, stops opening the door to the diner and stands there and watches them.
Andrew accuses Téa of not wanting to listen to him because what he says makes too much sense. There's more than one way to look at things, Téa replies, no one is making her do anything that she doesn't want to do. That makes it all the worse, Andrew yells back, she's letting this miserable man use her and degrade her. To you he's a miserable man, Téa starts to argue. He's miserable to everyone, Andrew says. But not to me, Téa retorts, she's made her decision and doesn't need anymore of his input. I'm out of it, Andrew yells, but every time you change your mind you come to me to validate your opinion. Don't throw Todd in my face anymore, he demands. I won't throw anything in your face again if you get it out of mine, Téa yells. "You're on your own", Andrew tells her before walking out. "Is that a promise? I hope it's one you can keep", Téa tells him. Andrew leaves. "And why don't you just shut up too", Téa says to Antonio before he has a chance to say anything.
Antonio comments on the "heat" between Téa and Andrew. Téa says Andrew worries too much, they are just friends. Maybe you should say "was" your friend after that argument, Antonio suggests. He thinks it seemed more like a lovers quarrel. Téa denies it, she's a married woman. Then maybe she's keeping Andrew on the back burner just in case? Andrew would make her happier than Todd, Antonio feels, Téa just doesn't believe that she deserves better than she already has. Antonio just hopes that someone will straighten her out before the situation gets any worse. Cristian and Carlotta come back to the diner to say goodbye to Antonio. Téa gets a call on her cell phone from Judith, a certified letter arrived at the penthouse. Téa has Judith read it to her, gives Antonio a hug goodbye and then leaves.
Antonio asks Cristian to take care of Carlotta and be nice to Eli. He asks Carlotta to take care of Cristian and Téa, that situation is going to get worse before it gets better. He also warns Carlotta not to trust R.J. After hugs and goodbyes, Antonio heads back to California.
Todd, Ian, Briggs and Téa
Todd comments that he was wrong, when he invited Ian to come back in for a second interview, he didn't think he'd come. The interview wasn't why he made the appointment with Todd, Ian tells him, but it wouldn't be a bad way for the people of Llanview to get to know the new owner of The Sun.
Todd doesn't take Ian seriously at first, Ian has done nothing about running Armitage Enterprises since he inherited it. That's true, Ian agrees, but there are good people who run the whole thing quite well, all he has to do is sit back and rake in the money. What Ian has to do now is decide what he wants to do with his life. He's excelled at two things, getting in Guy's face, "which of course was blown off under very mysterious circumstances." Todd doesn't react to Ian's digging and calmly says he's waiting to hear the other thing Ian's good at. Local communications, Ian tells him. He once ran a radio station in Wales and made a success of it. Here in Llanview, he already owns a radio station and a TV station, all he needs now is a newspaper to be taken seriously as a local media mogul. "You can't have my newspaper", Todd tells him, rather calmly for Todd. Ian keeps after him, commenting on how Todd bought it from Dorian and how it is the most important thing to him, except for his daughter. "Shut up", Todd finally says, getting more upset, "The Sun is not for sale, not now, not ever. Never!" That reminds Ian of something that Guy used to say, "Never say Never."
The Sun isn't the only newspaper in Llanview, go buy the other one, Todd tells Ian. Ian did consider that, but it's too conservative, he claims, he likes The Sun's style. Ian offers to let Todd remain editor-in-chief, but Ian would be the owner of the paper. Together we could beat the Banner and your sister, Ian tries to tempt Todd. Work for you? Ridiculous! I have no intention of selling my newspaper to you or anyone else. I'm bored with this conversation, now drop it and go away, Todd tells Ian.
Briggs and Todd are looking over an article for the next edition. Briggs says he'll run it by legal. Todd doesn't care what legal says, he's running it anyway. Todd tells Briggs of Ian's intention of buying The Sun. Briggs says nothing at all. "Don't get all choked up", Todd says, insulted. He knows he's not the most popular person in the world, but things could be a lot worse for "you people." "How?", Briggs asks. "Go away", Todd tells him. Téa comes in to tell Todd the bad news, Blair's been granted supervised visits. She's sure it won't be long before Blair gets unlimited access to Starr. Todd throws something across the room in anger. Todd tells her not to be scared, he'll be alright. "I'm scared for me", Téa says, close to tears. If Blair regains custody, Todd will at least be able to see Starr, Téa will never be able to see her again, "and I can't bear that." Téa turns her back to Todd and starts crying.
Max arrives at Rodi's to find Renee opening up by herself, all the help called out sick with the flu. He offers to help out, the silence at home is deafening, not to mention that he needs the money to help pay his rent. Renee tells him he can live at Serenity Springs as long as he likes and he doesn't need to pay her rent. Max doesn't mind so much being beholden to her, but he hates the fact that he owes money to his enemy(Ian).
Kelly arrives, sits at the bar and orders some chili. She tells Renee all about how wonderful Ian is, taking her to California to see the whales, decorating her mother's room for Christmas. Max is hovering in the background listening to the conversation. Renee wonders how Ian will run Armitage Enterprises from Llanview. Kelly explains that Ian feels it will pretty much run itself, but he wants to set up a mini media empire here in Llanview. To do that, he plans to buy The Sun. Renee is surprised at the thought of Todd selling The Sun. Kelly doesn't know if he is willing to sell, Ian is talking to Todd right now.
Bo and Georgie arrive for lunch. Georgie is worried that Nora will never trust her again, she had no idea that Bo would tell her about the bet. With Nora, honesty is the best policy, Bo assures her. Nora might be mad at first, but she will get over it. Besides, Nora ended up enjoying herself on the ride, something she probably wouldn't have done unless Georgie convinced her. Georgie is an absolute life saver, Nora couldn't live without her, Bo insists.
Renee delivers their drinks to the table, a coffee for Bo and a beer from a micro brewery for Georgie, which just happens to be(surprise, surprise) Bo's favorite kind of beer. Georgie ends up taking about two sips of the beer and then orders a seltzer. She and Bo have a discussion about various things, mostly about how wonderful Nora is, how he and Nora met, and how she wishes she could find a relationship like Nora and Bo's. Bo tells her that he was very impressed by her improved dancing on New Year's Eve.
Back at the bar, Ian joins Kelly, who shares some of her chili with him. Todd wouldn't sell to him, he tells her, but it's not over yet, "I want The Sun." Max overhears Ian's declaration.
Blair and Max
Max goes to see Blair at Dorian's house. Blair is in a wonderful mood because she will now be able to see Starr. She promises to make Todd and Téa pay by showing up a court with a reliable husband, Ian Armitage and getting custody of Starr. Max says he can make her feel even better, he can guarantee her Ian. He heard how to do it straight from the horse's mouth. And the best part is, she'll be sticking it to Todd at the same time. "Tell me more", says Blair.