Mel, Cassie, Kelly and Blair
Mel figures out where Dorian has gone, she went to Canton to see Miss Stonecliff. Cassie immediately agrees with him, but Kelly and Blair are confused. Didn't Dorian refuse to go to Canton? She did, but now Cassie and Mel have given her a reason to go and Dorian went on her own terms. Mel is very worried that Dorian is in danger, "real danger".
Mel and Cassie decide to go to Canton. Blair suggests calling Miss Stonecliff first to see if Dorian is even there, but Mel doesn't want to tip her off. She'd only lie to them anyway, Cassie adds. Blair thinks that they are all overreacting, but Mel doesn't agree. There are two unresolved deaths in the family's past, he is fearful for Dorian's physical safety. As Mel and Cassie rush out, Kelly stops Mel and asks him to call as soon as he knows anything. Mel comes back and gives Kelly a hug, causing Blair to roll her eyes in disgust. After Mel and Cassie have gone, Kelly admits to Blair that she's scared to death. "You know what, you're not the only one", Blair rudely tells Kelly. Kelly heads upstairs to take a shower. The phone rings, and Blair rushes to it thinking that it's Dorian, but it's Ian instead. Blair quickly checks to be sure Kelly is upstairs and closes the doors to the living room. Ian just got back into town, he called to talk to Kelly, but he'd like to hear how things are going with The Sun. Blair desperately tries to stall and says she'll come to the yacht to tell him about it in person.
Viki, Clint, Kevin, Mel and Cassie
Clint comes into Viki's office grumbling about the rain and how much he hates winter in general. He wishes he were back at the ranch with sunshine and warmer weather. Viki virtually ignores him and continues editing an article until he asks her to go to the ranch with him. That finally gets her attention. Before Viki has a chance to answer, Kevin arrives with an article for Viki to look at. It's an exclusive that's hot and sexy and guaranteed to sell a lot of copies. The bad news is that Viki's going to hate it and not want to run it.
Kevin fills Viki in on the story. Elena Graves, who's in charge of the Llanview University foundation, has been embezzling from the fund for at least the past year. Viki is shocked, but not as shocked as when Kevin tells her that Elena has been having an affair with the married president of the University, Dr. Dougherty. Viki finds it hard to believe, but Kevin shows her all the proof he has accumulated, including financial records and a picture of Dr. Dougherty and Elena Graves leaving the Waterside Inn together. Viki doesn't want to run the story, she thinks it belongs in The Sun, but Clint asks Viki to put her personal feelings aside and Kevin asks Viki to at least look over his research before she makes a decision.
After reading through the information Kevin has collected, Viki reluctantly agrees to go ahead with the story. Kevin is excited and asks if Cassie can help him by interviewing Dr. Dougherty. Clint says it is fine. Kevin apologizes to Viki and leaves. Clint once again asks Viki if she'd like to go to the ranch with him. Clint certainly doesn't give up, does he, Viki comments. She refuses again to go to the ranch, claiming that they can't leave town with this big story breaking, they have to be around for the fallout. Clint, not believing Viki's excuse, points out that they can easily keep in touch with what's going on in Llanview by phone, fax and modem. Viki still refuses to go. After "all these years", Clint still can't figure her out, he comments, annoying Viki further.
Clint swears he's not trying to pressure her, he's just trying to figure out her intentions. She's in the process of trying to heal herself and where's she's going to end up is very unclear to her, Viki explains. Clint can wait, he didn't have any expectations or jump to any conclusions about their visit to the ranch, he tells her, he just wanted them to have a nice relaxing time and be together. Clint knows that she has to deal with her problems on her own, but if she keeps backing away from ever being alone with him it means one of two things; either she doesn't really want to face up to her problems, or she really doesn't want to face up to them with him. Either way, he'd just like to know the score. Viki is saved from answering by a knock on the door. Viki calls for the person to come in and it's Mel. He can immediately see he's interrupted something and apologizes, "I'm sorry". "So am I", Clint says,"I'm sorry as hell", and walks out. Viki assures Mel he wasn't interrupting anything and Mel asks her for a favor, it's critical that she says yes, he says.
Viki agrees to let Mel and Cassie have the time off, but she thinks that Mel should think about this before he goes. He had decided to let Dorian make her own choices and suffer the consequences, Viki reminds him. That's true, Mel says, but he's afraid that she's in danger, not just emotional danger, but physical as well. Viki agrees that he has to go, but wonders if Dorian realizes how lucky she if to have Mel looking after her. Mel should look after himself half as well, wishes Viki.
Kevin and Cassie go to Viki's office. Viki gives Cassie a hug and tells her she knows how hard this must be for her. Cassie tells Mel there's a problem with their flight, because of the snow in Ohio, no planes are landing. Mel decides to drive and Cassie will go with him. Kevin offers to go with them, but he is turned down. Mel doesn't think another person will help the situation and Viki tells him he's got to stay there while his big story breaks, she can't have all three of them gone at once. Cassie promises to call Kevin and keep him posted. Kevin tells her he loves her and urges them to be careful. Mel and Cassie leave.
Kevin and Cassie
Mel and Cassie arrive at the Banner cityroom. Mel goes to get approval from Viki while Cassie calls to charter them a plane. Kevin comes in and excitedly tells her he got approval for the story and approval for Cassie to interview Dr. Dougherty. Cassie would love to do it, but she has to go to Canton to help her mother, she explain. Kevin is disappointed and annoyed. He feels that for once Dorian should stand on her own two feet and deal with this herself, without dragging everyone else into it. Cassie explains that because of the two unexplained murders, she feels she has to go help her mother. Kevin would want to protect his mother in the same situation, wouldn't he, Cassie asks? Yes, Kevin reluctantly admits, but he's still not happy about it.
Blair and Ian
Blair goes to see Ian on his yacht. She asks Ian how his trip went. It went very well, Ian tells her, he got rid of some of Guy's holdings and met with the people in charge of the rest of them. Ian informed them that he planned to base himself in Llanview, but they were to continue running things with very little interference from him, which made them all happy. Ian then wants to hear about how things are going with The Sun. Blair is forced to tell Ian that Todd somehow found out about their plans for The Sun and made a successful counter-offer. Ian is very angry. "How did he find out?", he asks Blair.
Blair has no idea how Todd found out, maybe through one of his employees, but Blair's sure it wasn't Briggs. When Ian finds out who told Todd, he wants to slit their tongue. Blair tells him to calm down, she has a new plan. She doesn't want to tell him about it right now, she needs a few days to work out all the details, but she promises this time her plan will work. Blair want nothing more than to pay Todd back by causing him to lose The Sun. Ian's still upset about whoever leaked the news to Todd before, Blair makes him promise to tell her who it is if he finds out. Ian plans to make them regret it deeply for the rest of their lives. Blair leaves.
Kelly and Ian
Ian comes to see Kelly at Dorian's house and gives her a long kiss. He missed her and wished that she was with him. She missed him too. Ian suggests maybe they could take a trip there soon, but first he has some business to attend to here. He's furious at a deal that's gone wrong. Here or in London, Kelly tries to ask casually. Here, he tells her, and he's absolutely furious about it. "There's something you need to know, Ian", Kelly says.
Dorian and Miss Stonecliff
Miss Stonecliff invites Dorian to come in, but Dorian refuses and turns away and heads down the porch steps. "Dorian!", Miss Stonecliff calls after her. Dorian pauses.
"Dorian, come here!", Miss Stonecliff orders, then asks more gently for her to come into the house. "I can't, I don't want to", Dorian replies, sitting down on the steps. But you've come all this way, Miss Stonecliff says, slowly lowering herself beside Dorian. Dorian tells her that she's afraid, it's just too much. What's there to be afraid of, it's your house, Miss Stonecliff reminds her. Are you angry with me, Dorian asks. Miss Stonecliff replies that of course she isn't, after all, Dorian came all this way to see her. Dorian slowly gets to her feet and reluctantly heads toward the door. Dorian finally goes inside, Miss Stonecliff follows her inside with a sort of smile on her face and firmly closes the door behind them.
As Dorian looks around the house, she notices that nothing has changed. Nothing except the fact that her mother's piano is missing. Miss Stonecliff explains that when she closed up one of the wings of the house, she locked it up in there, it was the most painful reminder of happier times. Dorian recalls sitting with her sister and listening to her mother play. Dorian sees a picture of her mother and hears her mother's voice saying, "Why must you do this to me? How can I work? How can I practice? Dorian, I am speaking to you, you will answer me". Dorian says out loud to Miss Stonecliff that it's all still here. She agrees, she lives with the memories every day, she enjoys it. She asks Dorian if she has a bag and Dorian tells her it's in the car. Does anyone know Dorian is here, Miss Stonecliff asks. Dorian shakes her head "no".
Miss Stonecliff brings Dorian in a mug of something warm to drink and Dorian sits down on a couch. Miss Stonecliff asks if Dorian knew that Cassie and Mel had paid her a visit and Dorian says that she did. Miss Stonecliff says she left a message for Dorian on her answering machine and later called and left a message with a young lady, but Dorian didn't get either of those messages. It must have been one of her former maids, or maybe Kelly deciding not to tell her, Dorian replies. Miss Stonecliff comments on how much Cassie looks like Dorian did when she was younger. Miss Stonecliff doesn't understand why people wouldn't have been giving Dorian her messages. "They've been asking questions", Dorian tells her. "Who are 'they'?" Mel, Cassie, Kelly, even Blair, says Dorian, they want to know about the way Dorian's parents died, and about Melinda's accident, and about Miss Stonecliff. "What have you told them?", Miss Stonecliff wants to know.
She told them about Melinda's accident, about how her mother forced her to challenge Melinda to a race and then cut the girth on Melinda's saddle. Miss Stonecliff denies that it is true. Dorian insists that it is, she saw her mother do it. "I'm sure you needed to remember it that way. But you know as well as I that every bad thing that happened in this family happened because you went to your father with that story." Dorian remembers how furious her mother was at her and how her father tried to protect her. Did you tell that to them too, Miss Stonecliff asks. Yes, Dorian admits. And what else did you tell them?
Nothing, that's all that she could remember clearly. It was a terrible night, Miss Stonecliff says, no wonder you can't make yourself recall it all. Miss Stonecliff has tried so long and hard to protect Dorian from the ramifications of that night. Dorian quickly turns as if she doesn't want to face whatever it is. She does admit to remembering something, something that she hasn't told anyone. (We see again the flashback of Dorian kneeling over a man lying on the floor and Miss Stonecliff telling her he's dead). Dorian doesn't know if it's real or if it's a dream, but papa's right there, lying on the floor, and you say to me that he's dead, but you say it to me accusingly. "Did I hurt papa? Did I? Miss Stonecliff, did I kill my father?"