Blair came down the stairs and wished Kelly a good morning and then
inquired about Mel, Cassie and Dorian. Kelly hadn't heard anything.
Blair offered Kelly breakfast, but Kelly didn't want any. Kelly wanted to
know if Blair had heard from Ian. Why, asked Blair, who was trying to get
Kelly to eat a chocolate croissant. Listen, said Kelly, we might as well
get to the point. You're going to hear this sooner or later and I want
it to be from me. I know you are going to view this as one more betrayal
but...Safe your confessions Kelly, said Blair. I already know what you did
and I completely understand. Kelly looked floored.
Mel and Cassie were trying to get ready to leave. They were worried
about their car not only being stuck, but buried from the snow plows.
They were also worried about traveling on the highway because the
highway was closed to everyone except emergency vehicles. Mel, said
Cassie, we'll never make it if we take the back roads. Look, if we get
pulled over we'll just flash our press cards and tell them we're
covering the emergency. Mel agreed to take a chance with a summons
because he didn't want Dorian staying at Ms. Stonecliff's any longer
then necessary because of the danger. As far as he was concerned it was
Ms. Stonecliff was dusting. Dorian came into the room and
sarcastically asked if everything was in it's place. Ms. Stonecliff
smiled and said she was glad to see her up and ready to face the day.
And that she had had a good sleep. She had been so exhausted after that
long trip. I was tired, said Dorian, but that was not the reason I slept
so soundly. That nice cup of tea you gave me, what did you put in it?
What do you mean, asked Ms. Stonecliff. Another accusation, Dorian? I
know I was drugged, said Dorian, to the point of hallucination. I am a
trained physician. When I came downstairs I was having an out of body
experience. And when I was in bed I had a waking dream. A woman standing
over my bed in a flowing nightgown with wild, gray hair. At the time I
was terrified. You're right, said Ms. Stonecliff, I gave you a sedative.
Nothing illegal. The doctor prescribed it to me to get me through the
long dark nights. How dare you, hollered Dorian. You were on edge and
you needed to get some sleep Ms. Stonecliff hollered back. You gave me a
sedative without asking me, Dorian exclaimed. I am not a child in your
care anymore. I am a grownup now! You would have fought me, said Ms.
Stonecliff. I am capable of making decisions for myself , snapped
Dorian. Then you must be ready for some breakfast said Ms. Stonecliff.
No, I am ready for some answers to my questions said Dorian. Not on an
empty stomach said Ms. Stonecliff. Got another surprise ready for my
orange juice, Dorian quipped. Dorian Cramer! hollered Ms. Stonecliff. I'm
sorry, said Dorian, I know you adored my mother, respected my father and
took the best care possible of me, Addie and Melinda, but the two people
I love most have shown me forged death certificates with my parents
names on them. Nobody could have arranged that but you so don't tell me
about clerical errors. So let's start with question number one, why?
Mel came in and told Cassie it would be ten more minutes for the
paperwork to be completed so they could go. They both complained about
the coffee. Cassie was worried about Dorian, but tried to rationalize
that her mom's will would keep her ok. She paid Ms. Stonecliff's bills
so maybe they were still friends in some bizarre way. I just keep coming
back to my grandparents forged death certificates she said. So do I,
said Mel, and I'm going to go and light a fire under that clerk. Good
said Cassie. Do me a favor, asked Mel, check in on Blair and Kelly while
I'm just amazed at how your mind works said Blair. Ian is the one who
told me you tipped Todd off. Ian told you, asked Kelly, who was
surprised. Well, she said, do you know why I did what I did? I wasn't
trying to help Todd, I was trying to protect Ian from your sick
manipulation. Well, said Blair, I was kinda amazed about that. I mean I
would never show my love for a man by undermining his business deals,
especially when it was something he really wanted. But then I had to
realize I'm not you, she said while smugly wiping her face with her
napkin. You got that right, hollered Kelly. And then, said Blair, I
began to understand how difficult it is for you to grasp a certain
reality, despite your European boarding school education, you don't have
my sophistication or business sense and you must really resent that you
are not prepared to deal with the real world. Well reality according to
Blair is not the real world, Kelly said sarcastically. And so, continued
Blair, scrappy little fighter that you are, when you found yourself overwhelmed, you grasped at anything, no matter how pathetic. Like a baby
having a temper tantrum. I'm sorry, said Kelly, I think you're the
pathetic one. I don't think you'll ever understand love. I'm sorry, said
Blair, I do. I do understand love and I understand jealousy too, I'm
just sorry you didn't deal with it better. I don't mean to insult you,
but wasn't what you did just a little bit dumb? Kelly rolled her eyes
and then the phone rang. It was Cassie. She didn't have long and told
Blair that she and Mel had been snowed in overnight, but were on their
way to Canton. She wanted to know if Blair heard from Dorian. No, said
Blair. She made sure Blair had her cell phone number and that she would
tell Kelly. As a matter of fact, said Blair, she's right here. We were
just having a little heart to heart. Remember, said Cassie as she rolled
her eyes, it's important that we stick together. Blair agreed and hung
up. She told Kelly the news and told her about what Cassie said about
sticking together. She agreed with her, said Blair, because it was
important that they find out what happened in Canton so they could stop
the madness and the hurt. That's what I've been trying to tell you all
along, said Kelly. Well, said Blair, we can if you're strong enough.
Kelly realized Blair was accusing her of being unstable. Blair told her
the car crash, the custody hearing and the thing with Ian was a typical,
hurtful Cramer pattern. I know what you're doing, said Kelly, stop it!
You're twisting everything I say. There's nothing wrong with me. Should
we ask the department of motor vehicles, Blair asked sarcastically.
You're the one, yelled Kelly, who plotted with Max to steal the Sun
because you couldn't win Ian on your own. You used the deal to snare
him. Yes, said Blair gently, but the sane thing to do would be to talk
to Ian in an honest and open manner. Instead in a very impulsive,
destructive, compulsive act you went to Todd. Don't preach to me about
impulsive acts, said Kelly, Didn't you lose custody of your daughter
that way? Right, said Blair and I'm all to aware of your destructive
capabilities when something gets in your way. Honestly, you should look
at it another way. Honesty, exclaimed Kelly, I heard every word you and
Max said and I'm sick of it. You just don't understand what you heard,
said Blair, because you are not a business woman and don't appreciate
the talents you need in the vicious business world. But Ian does and he
appreciates it. I'll make sure Ian knows just what kind of person you
are, snapped Kelly. Yes, said Blair, and he'll appreciate me all the
more for it. You don't fool me said Kelly. The doorbell rang. Why Ian,
said Blair, Kelly is really upset about what she did. Maybe you can
console her. Blair left. Ian thought Blair was taking it well about
finding it out it was Kelly who tipped Todd off. Kelly was shocked Ian
was buying into her game.
Renee stopped at Max's table at the Palace Hotel to see how he was
doing. She reminded him that it was easier for two people to share their
grief and that she was always there for him. I know, said Max, taking
her hand. So, she asked, what's going on. Well, said Max, I had a deal
fall through but I'm not giving up. If the door is locked, go through
the window she laughed. Exactly, said Max.
Asa had lunch with Kevin at the Palace Hotel. He was mad about Kevin's
piece on Dr. Dougherty. Kevin thought it was a good news piece. Asa was
furious because the doctor was a good friend. Besides it could happen to
anyone, even him. It already has, said Kevin, about eight or nine times.
Show some respect boy, yelled Asa. If I were Dougherty I would sue you
and that damn newspaper. Max listened closely.
Renee told Max she had better go quiet "the raging bull" Max wanted to
see the "floor show", but Renee didn't think her patrons would be so
appreciative. As she walked off, Max thought how it would be not only
entertaining but also inspiring.
You were always irritable when you were hungry said Ms. Stonecliff. At
least have a cup of coffee. Dorian wanted answers not another
concoction. I don't have answers said Ms. Stonecliff. That's not good
enough hollered Dorian. After the accident, said Ms. Stonecliff, I went
to Bracken county and identified the bodies. They gave me the death
certificates and I brought your parents back home. I gave the
certificates to the undertaker, Mr. Hart and arranged for the burial.
I've been through all that, said Dorian, and it still doesn't answer why
the certificates have the names of two total strangers on them. What do
you want to do, asked Ms. Stonecliff, exhume the bodies. That would
satisfy you, your family and especially that Mel Hayes person. That
would be extreme said Dorian. Well, said Ms. Stonecliff, I don't know
what else to suggest except that you should trust me. It just doesn't
add up said Dorian. Don't you understand that the others are trying to
manipulate you into a dangerous emotional place exclaimed Ms.
Stonecliff. When you would prefer to manipulate me yourself, quipped
Dorian. As I tried to tell you, said Ms. Stonecliff, when you were a
child and tried to reinforce over the years, You don't want to know the
answer to that question. You're parents were killed in an accident.
That's not what you implied last night said Dorian. Was I responsible
for my father's death? Why do you keep insisting on playing this
masochistic game, asked Ms. Stonecliff, You know you were responsible
for it all. Ok, said Dorian, how was I responsible? Was I responsible
because I told papa how momma was involved in Melinda's accident? Or was
I responsible because I realized on some child level that my mother
hated her daughters? That's a lie hollered Ms. Stonecliff. She resented
us pathologically, said Dorian, She manipulated us so that we would hurt
each other. She is the sole reason Melinda and Addie have spent their
lives in and out of institutions. I will not listen to this, yelled Ms.
Stonecliff. I will not listen to that kind of talk in this house. She
was an artist. Artists exist on a different plane. She was brilliant and
she needed special care because she was so sensitive! My mother wasn't
sensitive, hollered Dorian, she was insane! Quiet, yelled Ms.
Stonecliff. Never, warned Dorian, ever tell me to be silent in this
Renee tried to quiet Asa down. It's ok said Kevin, I know he invited me
to lunch so he could yell at me. Finally you got something right, roared
Asa. I'm just concerned about my other patrons said Renee. Well tell
them to mind their own damn business yelled Asa. Kevin didn't care what
Asa thought because his parents stood behind his story. Boy, said Asa
don't you understand that if Dougherty sues the legal fees will hurt the
Banner. Winning the damn judgment is just a technicality! Renee tried to
get Asa to eat, but he was to upset. Tell your old man I'm disgusted with
him he said to Kevin and left. Max came over and talked to Kevin to find
out what would happen if a paper was sued for libel. Kevin finally got
up to leave, but first asked how Max was doing. I've been better, said
Max, but I've got an idea that just might change my luck.
Kelly tried to get Ian to see that Blair had been pretending to be nice
to her. To what possible end, asked Ian. To look good in your eyes, said
Kelly, and it's apparently working. Ian thought it was admirable that
Blair was so forgiving. Why don't you forgive me, asked Kelly. I have,
he said, especially because he realized that she had been manipulated by
Todd. Who told you that she asked. Todd he said. Boy, said Kelly just
when you think you know someone. Exactly, said Ian, you thought you were
trying to protect me from Blair's scheme. Exactly, said, Kelly,
relieved. Only I don't think so now, he said, I think now that it is
about jealousy and your unreasonable response to Blair's attitude proves
it. Kelly tried to explain how horrible Blair had been to her earlier,
but Ian thought she was just paranoid. Kelly told him how Blair had said
she was too irrational to understand anything about business. And what
part of that isn't true, he asked. Kelly was speechless. Part of what
Blair said was true said Kelly. Then why, asked, Ian, were you so upset
when she called you on it. Because, said Kelly, she tried to make me
sound irrational. Not paranoid, asked Ian. Kelly wanted to drop the whole
subject. I'm not the one who won't let go of the bone, said Ian. It's
dropped, exclaimed Kelly. I hope so, said Ian, because Blair is very
useful to me and I can se we are going to have a productive ongoing
business relationship. Are you completely out of your mind exclaimed
Blair met Max for lunch at the Palace Hotel and told him about how her
"compassion" for Kelly drove her up the wall. So what's the next step my
darling genius, she asked. Well, said Max, this will not only deliver
you husband number three, Mrs. Armitage, but it will also give a swift
kick in the pants to numbers one and two. Blair was intrigued.
You silenced me, Addie and Melinda everyday in this house yelled Dorian.
You are not going to silence me anymore. Ms. Stonecliff called her
spoiled. No, said Dorian, starved. We were afraid of expressing
ourselves. Dorian was angry that all their daughters were now fighting
over every scrap of love they could get and one daughter was questioning
her own stability. I had nothing to do with that said Ms. Stone Cliff.
You had everything to do with it yelled Dorian, you instilled those dark
lessons that made her give up Cassie. You can't blame everything wrong
on your mother's sensitive nature and my attempt to protect her said Ms.
Stonecliff. Mel and Cassie arrived.
Max explained his plan to Blair. They would bankrupt Todd with a libel
suit. They would leak info to the Sun about Asa and they knew Todd would
print it without checking the source. Judging from the way Asa was so
upset about his friend, he would really blow up if it was personal.
Blair wanted to make sure their fingerprints weren't anywhere near it
because she was afraid of Todd's threats. Max promised it would only be
about Asa. So how do we do this she asked. I don't have a clue, yet, he
said. Well, you better hurry before Kelly turns Ian against me.
Kelly couldn't understand how Ian would want to have a business
relationship with Blair if he knew she and Max were out to get his
money. Ian said her intentions were always above board and she was a
clever business woman who could get him what he wanted. He explained
everybody had an agenda, even Kelly. Kelly protested that Blair was out
to get him and wouldn't stop until she had him. How can Blair have me
when you already got me yelled Ian. I love you Kelly. Ian seemed shocked
he said it. Yes, I love you, is that so hard to believe? Yes, said
Kelly, it is. You know I'm no damn good at this relationship thing and
you're not making it any easier he yelled as he stormed out. Well you
don't get any better at it by leaving, Kelly hollered after him.
Who's there asked Ms. Stonecliff. Mel Hayes and Cassie Carpenter said
Mel. Dorian couldn't believe they had showed up because she hadn't told
anyone were she was going. Then protect what you love said Ms.
Stonecliff. Protect them and yourself or you'll live to regret it. She
went to answer the door. Ms. Stonecliff told them they weren't welcome
and she had nothing to say to them. Please Ms. Stonecliff, said Cassie,
is my mother here? Dorian came out from behind Ms. Stonecliff and told
them to go away.
Friday, January 30, 1998
Kelly and Ian
Kelly, dressed in a sexy black dress, is brushing her hair and putting on makeup in front of a mirror. She recalls Blair's nasty comments to her earlier and then recalls Ian telling her that he loves her. I'm no good at the relationship thing and you certainly aren't helping me figure it out, he told her. "Oh yeah", Kelly says to her reflection,"watch me". She picks up her coat and heads out the door.
Kelly surprises Ian on his yacht. She apologizes again and admits that she was acting jealous and immature. There's no excuse for what she did, she hasn't learned to think before she acts. She is improving though, she owned up to her mistake right away and took the consequences. Is there any way that you could forgive me, she asks. Right now, I could forgive you just about anything, Ian replies. Kelly gives Ian a hug.
He's still mad, but he'll get over it. Kelly's mad too, but with Blair. She's not going to give Blair that power anymore, to get between herself and Ian. Ian promises that he won't let Blair get too close to him and he won't let Blair harm a hair on Kelly's head.
Ian serves Kelly some caviar, which she tries, but obviously doesn't care for. Sipping champagne, Ian wonders what else he can do to make her happy. Kelly turns the question around, no, what can she do to make him happy. If he could have anything in the world, what would it be? Hang-gliding, Kelly suggests. Nope, he tried that once, scared the bejeezus out of him. How about living on a platform in the trees in a rain forest. Nope, he's been on a trip to the Brazilian rain forest. Is there anything he hasn't done, Kelly wonders. She suggests a safari, he agrees they'll have to go together sometime. "I still have one dream left", Ian says, he wants to make love with Kelly.
Georgie and Rachel
Rachel is busy at work when Georgie knocks and comes into R.J.'s office, suitcase in hand. Georgie wants to move in right away. Rachel looks surprised and Georgie does her usual act, apologizing, she's so sorry she assumed she could move in right away, etc. Rachel, feeling guilty, agrees to give Georgie the key to the apartment. Then she has a better idea, why doesn't Georgie stick around, listen to the music and then they can both go home together later.
While Rachel is trying to work, Georgie keeps asking her questions, trying to pump her for information. There seems to be some tension between R.J. and Nora, did something happen between them, Georgie asks. I think that's none of your business, Rachel bluntly tells her. "No wonder Bo doesn't like him", Georgie says.
R.J., Jacara, Hank and Carlotta
R.J. and Jacara check into the hotel, they have adjoining rooms. They leave their luggage at the desk, Jacara goes off to do some shopping at a nearby boutique and R.J. goes to a record store to see what music is hot. As soon as they leave, Hank and Carlotta come in. They talk to a different desk clerk and sign in. Hank goes to sign in for his conference, while Carlotta heads upstairs to their room, Number 445.
In their hotel room, Carlotta leaves a note for Hank, makes a trail of lingerie heading to the bathroom and gets in the shower to wait for him.
R.J. returns to the hotel, a big bouquet of roses in hand. He identifies himself as Mr. Gannon and is given the other key to Room 445. R.J. heads upstairs and Hank comes in right after him. The desk clerk gives him the key to Room 444. As soon as he get in the elevator, Jacara arrives and asks for her key, Room 446.
R.J. enters what he thinks is his room and is surprised to find the note, the lingerie and to hear someone in the shower. "Jacara?", he says, surprised. He strips down to his underwear and heads into the bathroom. Meanwhile, Hank goes to the room across the hall, pours himself a drink and starts to take off his shirt. Just then, Jacara enters from the connecting room. As they recover from their surprise at seeing each other, they hear a scream from across the hall.
Carlotta is cursing at R.J. in Spanish. R.J. grabs his clothes and runs out into the hall, just in time to run into Hank and Jacara, who came outside to find out what was going on. "Would somebody please tell me what's going on", Carlotta demands.
R.J. tries to explain that he and Jacara came to New York to check out some new performers. "Well, the performance was not in my shower", Carlotta snaps. R.J. apologizes again, there must have been some mix up with the rooms. "Who did you think you were taking a shower with", Jacara asks. R.J. looks uncomfortable, but doesn't answer. Hank backs up R.J., saying there was some confusion down at the desk when he went to get his key. Why don't we all go out to dinner, R.J. suggests.
Dorian, Mel, Cassie and Miss Stonecliff
Dorian reluctantly tells Miss Stonecliff to let Mel and Cassie in. Dorian tells them that she is fine and gives both of them a kiss. Dorian wonders how they found her. We guessed, Cassie says, they were worried about her, Dorian just disappeared. We want to help, this is important to us too, Cassie tells her. And we love you, Mel adds. Do you love her, Miss Stonecliff asks Mel.
I love Dorian, with all my heart, Mel replies. Miss Stonecliff says it looks as though they don't trust Dorian, why don't they do as Dorian asks and leave her alone? Is that what you want us to do mother, Cassie asks. Mel asks Dorian if she has learned the truth, if she has found out the answers to all the secrets. There are no secrets, Dorian insists, Miss Stonecliff has told her everything. Mel doesn't believe her. Miss Stonecliff says she's given her life to the Cramer family and she'll protect them until her last breath. Mel wonders what there is to protect.
Miss Stonecliff doesn't appreciate Mel's questions or his tone. Mel's a reporter, that's just the way he is, Dorian tries to explain. Cassie begs Miss Stonecliff to tell her the truth about how her grandparents died. Mel shows Miss Stonecliff the copies of the forged death certificates and tells her the medical examiner has no record of receiving any bodies. That was because of the horrible plane crash, Miss Stonecliff tries to explain, leaving the way open for Mel to point out that there is no record of such a plane crash according to the FAA. I can't explain that, Miss Stonecliff says and starts yelling about digging up the bodies, will that be what it takes to satisfy Mel. "Did you kill them by yourself, or was it more complicated than that", Mel continues to press her for answers. Miss Stonecliff, very upset, suddenly clutches at her heart and falls to the floor.
Miss Stonecliff is now sitting in a chair as Dorian holds a wet cloth to her forehead. The power has gone out, Mel checked the fuse box, but it wasn't a fuse. Cassie comes in with some candles as Dorian helps Miss Stonecliff up. Dorian's a little surprised and seemingly a bit upset to learn that Miss Stonecliff is now staying in her parents room, but she shakes it off and helps Miss Stonecliff up the stairs. Mel and Cassie both agree that Miss Stonecliff was faking it, just like when Dorian threw herself down the stairs to avoid the conversation. They also decide that Mel should back off, Miss Stonecliff is obviously wary of him. Mel thinks they should try a more subtle approach, that Cassie should try to sympathize with her, they're more likely to throw her off guard and get somewhere that way. Miss Stonecliff seems determined to take this secret, whatever it is, to the grave with her. Cassie just hopes that she doesn't plan to take someone else with her. Dorian returns from seeing Miss Stonecliff upstairs.
Dorian accuses them of bullying an old, frail woman as she leads them up to her old bedroom. "You're right, I went too far", Mel says, trying to placate Dorian. Has it been difficult being here, Cassie asks. Dorian claims she didn't sleep well the night before. Cassie tells Dorian that they're very proud of her, of what she's doing. Dorian tries to explain about Miss Stonecliff. The problem is that she always loved all of them too much, especially Sonya. All of a sudden, they hear music. "Who's playing that music", Cassie wonders.
Dorian explains that Miss Stonecliff has old tapes of Sonya practicing, she must be listening to one. Mel asks if he should sleep in a different room, but Dorian tells him, no. Cassie then decides she'll sleep in a room down the hall. She leaves to go get her luggage, but instead follows the sound of the music until she comes to a locked door. She hears someone coming and hides. Miss Stonecliff opens the door with a key that was hidden in the door frame and closes it behind her. Cassie quietly tries the doorknob, but the door is locked again.