Andrew, Téa and Todd
Téa apologizes for coming to see Andrew and talking to him about her marriage, she knows that's not what he wanted to hear. He assures her that he's glad she came, Todd's not good enough for you, he says. Téa offers to go to Rachel's, but Andrew ask her to stay, "please stay for what's left of the night".
Todd calls Rachel from a pay phone at the hospital, he asks if Téa is there. Todd, sounding very sad and worried for him, asks Rachel to please tell Téa if she sees her that Todd is at the hospital with Starr, who has a fever. Todd hangs up, then slams the phone a few times in frustration before leaving.
Andrew insists that Téa can't go back into the storm, both the one outside and the one she left at the penthouse, Téa needs some sleep. Téa must have mis-read him, she says, she didn't think sleep was what Andrew had in mind. Andrew does want her, and it's taking all his self-control to resist. Andrew offers her the spare bedroom, but she'd rather sleep on the couch by the fire. Téa asks him to stay with her until she falls asleep and he agrees. He sits on the couch with Téa. Putting a pillow under her head, she stretches out on the couch with her head in his lap. Andrew strokes her hair. "You deserve a man who loves you with his heart, his body and his soul", Andrew tells her. "I want you", he continues, but only if you run to me and are not just running away from Todd, but Téa is already fast asleep. Andrew tries to get up, but Téa grasps his hand while she is still asleep, keeping him there.
Later, Andrew brings Téa's boots and coat downstairs and lays them by the fire. Tßa is sleeping peacefully. The doorbell rings, but when Andrew opens the door there's no one there. He looks around, but still no one. Suddenly, Todd bursts through the door, grabs Andrew by the shirt. (They did this really well, everything's quiet until Todd suddenly appears and the music gets loud. Made me jump, twice:-) "Where's my wife, preacher man?", Todd demands. In the other room, a startled Téa, hearing Todd's voice, sits up and looks over the back of the couch toward the closed door, listening.
Andrew quietly reminds Todd that River is sleeping upstairs and says it's not his job to keep track of Todd's wife, "although I'd probably know where my wife was in a storm like this. "That's easy, she'd be with Kevin Buchanan", Todd replies. Todd asks Andrew if he sees Téa to tell her that he'll be at the hospital with Starr. Téa, listening from the other room, starts to rise and almost goes after him, but doesn't. Andrew tries to find out what's wrong with Starr, but Todd won't answer and walks out. Téa grabs for her coat and boots.
Sitting on the stairs, pulling on her boots, Téa berates herself for not being there when Starr needed her. What if the aplastic anemia has returned, she worries. Andrew offers to drive her, but Téa refuses, she doesn't want Todd seeing her together with Andrew. Little does she know, it's too late. As Téa walks out the door and heads into the snow, Todd appears from his hiding place and follows her.
Kevin, Viki and Clint
Kevin is in Viki's office, trying to reach Cassie again, but is unsuccessful. Viki comes in and wonders if he's trying on the office for size. Kevin apologizes, he'll ask next time before he uses it. Things seem very strained between mother and son. Viki asks if they can please stop this, she is sorry about the argument they had earlier, they both said things that were hurtful and unwise. Kevin feels that maybe they finally cut through the pretense and said what they really feel. Viki's not going to be happy about what he's going to tell her now, either, he's going to Canton to help Cassie. He's right, Viki is not happy at all, she thinks the idea is insane. Kevin doesn't care what his mom thinks, he's going.
Kevin loves Cassie and is afraid something bad may happen to her, he starts to explain. Their argument is temporarily interrupted by Clint's arrival, but not for long. Clint asks if driving to Canton in the middle of a blizzard isn't a little bit drastic. Kevin explains that they are there with Miss Stonecliff and there have been two unexplained deaths there in the past. Mel is there to protect Cassie, Viki tells him, but Kevin isn't convinced. Kevin feels Viki is against it because of his relationship with Cassie, that she doesn't feel that Cassie is as committed as Kevin is. Viki reminds him that whenever Dorian is involved, there is the potential for serious trouble. All the more reason I should go, Kevin replies. Viki forbids him to go, saying that as an employee he has to stay there and do his job. Kevin then appeals to Clint, if it were Viki in trouble, wouldn't he go? Clint finally allows Kevin the time off to go, infuriating Viki.
"How dare you send him off into a storm like that", Viki yells at Clint. Clint reminds her that he's a grownup and has the right to make his own decisions, as well as suffer the consequences. Clint feels that what Viki is most upset about is Kevin getting involved in Cramer family problems. What upsets her the most is that Clint completely ignores her concerns. It's the Buchanan macho attitude that he taught Kevin that is responsible for his behavior, Viki accuses. "If anything happens to my son, and I mean anything, I will never forgive you", Viki tells him.
Blair, Kelly, and Kevin
At Dorian's house, Kelly is playing around with the thermostat, trying to get it to work because there's no heat. Blair comes down the stairs and she and Kelly start sniping at each other again. Blair warns Kelly that if she ever accuses her of being an unfit mother again, especially in front of Todd, that she will kill her.
Kelly tries yet again to make peace with Blair. She can't change the past, she would give anything if she could do that, but in order for things to get better between them, Blair is going to have to give it a rest. "Not on your life", is Blair's reply. Blair's now upset with Kelly for giving Todd ammunition by saying she's an unfit mother and giving him the clue that something's wrong with Dorian. Kelly denies it, she had no way of knowing that Todd was standing behind the door, listening to their conversation. If Todd uses it against me, I will never forgive you, Blair swears. "Well what is new?", Kelly asks, Blair doesn't forgive her now. With everything going on with Dorian, Kelly feels that this is the time she and Blair should pull together. Blair thinks that Kelly of all people should understand how it feels to be so close to the edge, worrying about going insane because of what happened to her mother. So how can Kelly keep calling her unfit and unstable, doesn't she know how that feels. Blair storms up the stairs, leaving Kelly alone in the foyer.
Blair comes back downstairs and Kelly agrees that she has no right to throw around word like "insane" lightly. Kelly understands what it's like to grow up worrying if sometime the same thing that happened to your mother will happen to you. So, I will not give Todd anymore ammunition against you, not that I did it on purpose this time, Kelly promises, but Blair is going to have to stop the name calling. That's going to be difficult because most of the time Kelly deserves it, Blair claims. Kelly doesn't know why she bothers even trying with Blair. The doorbell rings, it's Kevin. He's come to get the address of the farmhouse out in Canton. Blair writes it down and gives it to him. Kevin leaves. Blair decides that she's going to Canton, too.
Blair gets out her coat and prepares to go to Canton. Kelly decides that she's going too, despite Blair's objections. The phone rings just then, it's a nurse, Barbara Graham(played by Sonia Satra) calling from the hospital to tell Blair that Starr has been admitted with a fever. Blair tells her she'll be right there. Blair rushes out the door.
Dorian, Sonya, Cassie, Mel and Miss Stonecliff
"Momma?", Dorian asks again. She thinks that she knows the madness that Addie and Melinda suffer from, where ghosts from the past seem real. Dorian is convinced that she is losing her mind. "Stop this noise at once, you know what happens when you make noise", the woman says to her. Go away, she orders, but then puts her hand on Dorian's shoulder and Dorian sinks to her knees. "Oh my God, you're real", Dorian says, looking up at Sonya.
Dorian finally accepts that it really is Sonya. She gets to her feet and hands Sonya back the glove, which she snatches from Dorian's hand and quickly puts on. Dorian remembers her mother always wore gloves to protect her hands. Dorian asks why Miss Stonecliff told everyone that she was dead, why she locked Sonya away up there. Sonya complains about all the noise Dorian's making and says that Miss Stonecliff wasn't keeping her prisoner, she was protecting her, looking after her. She's safe there with her music, where no one makes noise to send her teacher away.
Downstairs, Cassie is trying unsuccessfully to get any station at all on a small radio. She slams it down in disgust and turns around, only to be frightened half to death because Miss Stonecliff is standing right behind her. Cassie tells Miss Stonecliff they plan to take Dorian home in the morning, which makes her very happy. She agrees with Cassie that Dorian never should have come there in the first place. "If your mother doesn't leave soon, I'm afraid she'll pay a dreadful price", Miss Stonecliff warns Cassie and leaves the room.
Back upstairs, Sonya explains again that Miss Stonecliff keeps her safe, keeps the noise away. The noise drives away my teacher and without it, there's no music, Sonya rants. You've brought noise back into this house, she accuses, all you do is bring pain and suffering. "Get out, I don't want you", she yells. You never wanted any of us, Dorian yells back. "How could you hate your own children?".
Meanwhile, back downstairs, Cassie is sitting in front of the fire. She nearly jumps out of her skin when Mel touches her on the shoulder. Relax, it's a friend he says. He asks Cassie where Dorian is, he woke up and she was gone. Cassie doesn't know, she thought Dorian was with Mel upstairs, sleeping. Mel and Cassie search the whole house, but are unable to find Dorian, the only place they haven't looked is the locked rooms on the third floor. Miss Stonecliff insists that Dorian couldn't be up there, there's only one key and she's had it in her possession the whole time. After Mel and Cassie go outside to look for Dorian, Miss Stonecliff reaches into her pocket to get the key, only to find that it is missing.
Sonya tells Dorian that she hated her own daughters because they stole so much from her. Addie was the first, Sonya had to give up playing concerts because it wasn't proper for a pregnant woman to be seen on the stage. And a mother, no matter how young, can no longer be considered a "wunderkind". Addie ruined her career and with her "fat little fingers", she could never play the piano, she had no talent at all. And Dorian came next, they looked so much alike, but Sonya feels that Dorian stole her beauty. We were children, we had needs, children deserve some attention, Dorian defends herself. Oh, Melinda got attention all right, Sonya says, she took all the attention, she stole Sonya's talent. She *inherited* it from you, Dorian tries to reason with her, but Sonya won't listen. He husband fell in love with her because of her music and her children made noise and drove her teacher away, she couldn't play anymore. "So that's why you turned us against each other? You made Addie hurt me, you tried to make me hurt Melinda, so you'd have an excuse to send us away and be rid of us?" I had no choice, Sonya insists, their father worked so hard and when he came home he wanted her and her music, not fighting and screaming, but she couldn't play anymore. "Where is poppa?", Dorian asks.
You didn't die in a plane crash, in fact, there was no crash, so what happened to poppa, Dorian asks. Too much noise, Sonya complains, crying and pounding on the piano keys. Dorian promises the noise will go away if she will just answer this one question. Sonya gets up and clutches her hands around a bust on the piano. "What happened to Louis was your fault, Dorian. It was all your fault!"
What do you mean it's my fault, Dorian begs her for an answer. There's something buried in her mind, but she can't remember what it is, but it makes her fell so guilty she could explode and she's sure Sonya can tell her. Dorian has a flashback of gloved hands lifting this same bust high into the air. Something horrible happened in this house, Dorian says, that's why Miss Stonecliff has kept you here all this time, she's protecting you. "And I will go on protecting her, all my life, with my life", Miss Stonecliff says, entering the room and holding up a fireplace poker threateningly.