Todd, Téa, Viki and Clint
As the show opens, music is playing(does anyone know what the song was or who it's by?). Todd is shown taking off his belt, watch and wedding ring and putting them in a envelope, having his picture taken and then is locked in his cell. The music fades away as Téa is let into his cell to see him. "Locked up like a dog, so do you think this is where I belong?", Todd asks. Téa reprimands him for acting guilty, if he's going to beat this, he needs to deny the accusations loudly and often, even to his lawyer. Todd thinks that he's in big trouble if he has to convince his lawyer. You are in big trouble, Téa agrees, but we've been in trouble before and we will find a way out of it. "Do you think I raped that nurse....(no reply), well....I'm not asking my lawyer, I'm asking my wife". Téa doesn't answer, instead asking him if Blair pushed his buttons at the hospital, making him so mad that he took it out on someone else? You sound like you're building my defense case, Todd say, whether I did it or not. "And I did not".
"I believe you", Téa assures him. Todd is silent for a moment, as if surprised someone actually believes him, and then thanks her. Téa warns him that the deck is stacked against him, he's a convicted rapist, he was in the hospital at the time of the attack, and he had an argument with Barbara Graham, he was verbally abusive to her. "I'm verbally abusive to everybody, you know that", Todd says. And verbal abuse can lead to physical abuse, as it did early with that reporter, Téa continues. "I never throttled anybody that didn't deserve it", Todd jokes. That's the kind of remark that Todd's going to have to stifle, Téa warns him. It's bad enough that the pool of prospective jurors is going to see him "going ape" on the evening news. What Todd needs is an alibi. Unfortunately, it looks like the only one that can get him out of this mess is Blair.
Todd was in the office alone, but Blair was only gone for 10 minutes, probably less. Is there anyone else who could corroborate his story Téa wonders. It's possible someone else saw them go in there, but Todd doesn't know. Téa's worried, if Blair has a sudden "memory lapse", there goes Todd's alibi. Blair wouldn't even have to perjure herself to do it. Todd's worried that Blair will try to go and pick up Starr. Téa promises to make sure that Judith is there full-time, but Todd doesn't think that will be enough to stop Blair, especially now that Téa won't be there. Are you still moving out, Todd asks. Téa doesn't get a chance to answer since Viki arrives just then. Téa leaves and Viki joins Todd in his cell. She doesn't say anything at all and finally Todd tells her to go ahead, he knows she's dying to ask. Viki doesn't ask the expected question, though, she asks if Todd needs anything. That's not the question, and no, he didn't rape her, Todd says. Viki believes him. Viki's watched Todd battle his dark side and grow into a very good and loving father. Starr is happy, secure, and perfectly safe with him. She does not believe that he would ever resort to violence against a woman again.
"The karma in our family really sucks", Todd complains. Viki tries to reassure him they'll get everything straightened out. Todd isn't so hopeful, there's a congressman who wants him locked up for raping his daughter, Blair is his only alibi, and Téa just walked out on him, at least as his wife. Todd's worried that Téa won't be around for Starr. You can't count on anyone, Todd says. Wrong, Viki replies, you can count on me.
Viki promises to stop by Todd's penthouse. If Téa isn't there, she'll wait for Starr to wake up and take Starr and Judith back to her house. Oh, and Moose too. We're your family, as much as you hate to admit it, Viki says. Todd's worried that Blair will still get Starr. Viki tells Todd she won't keep Blair from visiting Starr, but she will not let Blair take her. "Blair is sneaky", Todd warns her. "I'm not a pushover", Viki assures him. The guard comes to tell Viki her time is up. Viki leaves, promising to do what she can, don't despair, she tells him. Outside, Viki runs into Clint. Viki asks him if they can downplay the story a bit. Clint doesn't think it'll be a problem, there's bigger front page news to print. Ian Armitage was killed in a plane crash tonight, he tells her. Where was he going in this weather, Viki wonders. Canton.
Blair and Max
Blair and Max are at Dorian's house discussing Todd. Blair will never understand Todd, he was ranting and raving at that nurse, but yet he was so soft with Starr. Some of that softness was even directed at Blair when Starr was around, he let her come back to the penthouse with him for an unsupervised visit. Téa stopped by later and Blair's convinced that their marriage is almost over, that's the reason Todd was so upset. Max suggests that Blair take advantage of the opportunity, she should snare Ian quickly and be ready to get Starr back. "If you want your kid, Ian's the key", he tells her. We next see Ian slumped over in the cockpit of his crashed plane, blood on his face and hand. The tower is trying to contact him, but Ian isn't responding.
Blair promises Max that she's not going soft on Todd, Todd's brought this all on himself. Blair wants her life and her little girl back. Blair starts talking about how she felt complete again, being together with Starr that night. She's missed the little things like brushing her hair, feeling her sweet little arms around her neck. Blair goes on and on, completely oblivious to the fact she's hurting Max, who's thinking about the twins. Max finally stops her and says she's going to have to hard, be ruthless and do *whatever* it takes to get Starr back. The doorbell rings, it's Bo and Nick Fiori, they've come to talk to Blair. Bo tells her that Barbara was raped in the parking lot and they hope that she can help them figure out who did it.
Blair is very upset to hear what happened to Barbara and would like to help any way she can. She last saw Barbara a few hours ago, she had even called Blair to let her know that Starr was in the hospital, "Todd was ready to kill her". Bo asks if that's a figure of speech. Todd wasn't pleased and told her in no uncertain terms, Blair clarifies, the only thing you can do when Todd gets abusive is to disengage. Blair explains that she pulled Todd away and they went into an office to talk. She left Todd there while she went to see about getting Starr released. And about how long did you leave Todd there alone, Bo asks. Blair refuses to be specific, she can't really remember how long Todd was gone she says, with a quick look at Max. Bo tries to get her to pin it down, but she insists she was so upset about Starr and so much was going on that she really can't say for sure. Bo and Nick finally leave. "Gotcha, Todd", Blair says with an evil smile.
Blair is thrilled to learn that she's probably the only thing that stands between Todd and prison. Max wonders if there's any chance Todd really did it, but Blair's sure he wouldn't have had enough time, she only left him alone for about 8 minutes. Whoever attacked Barbara, it wasn't Todd, "but I'm the only one who can prove it".
Max, getting ready to leave, tells Blair to concentrate on her daughter. When he can't sleep at night, which is often, he thinks about the night of the kidnapping, what he could have done, what he should have done. When life gives you a chance, take it, he advises, otherwise all she'll have is a bunch of "what if's". Blair thanks Max for everything and gives him a hug. The doorbell rings and Blair answers it. It's Téa. Max leaves. "I think you know why I'm here", Téa says. "Do I?", Blair replies.
Kelly wants to go find Cassie, but Dorian orders her to wait downstairs and runs to go find Cassie herself. Miss Stonecliff is struggling to leave the room, trying to get to Sonya, but Mel is holding her back. Joey wonders what they've gotten themselves into. Kevin doesn't know, but he wants to get Cassie far away from it as soon as possible. Kelly runs after Dorian. Upstairs, Sonya raises a poker over her head, ready to hit Cassie. Dorian arrives to late to stop her and can only watch in horror as Sonya brings the poker down hard.
Sonya's about to hit Cassie again when Dorian grabs the poker and stops her. Dorian rushes over to see how Cassie's doing. While her back is turned, Sonya picks up the bust off the piano and prepares to hit Dorian with it. Cassie warns Dorian just in time and the two women struggle for control of it. Just as Mel and Kelly arrive in the doorway, Sonya is hit in the head with the bust and falls to the floor, motionless.
"She killed my father, I couldn't let her kill you", Dorian says to Cassie. She goes over to Cassie, who's on the floor with some blood on her forehead and an apparently injured right arm. Cassie is crying as Dorian hugs her. Mel and Kelly go over to them. Cassie goes with Kelly, but only after Mel promises not to leave Dorian alone up there with Sonya. Dorian kneels down beside her mother and touches her hair and then her hand. She feels for a pulse and sighs, but it's unclear (at least to me) whether Sonya is alive or dead. Dorian lays down on the floor near her mother and reaches out to touch her hand.
I didn't mean to hurt you, Dorian says to an unconscious(or dead)Sonya, I understand that you didn't mean to hurt Papa either. It just hurt Sonya so much, having him angry at her and saying those terrible things, you just had to stop him. Dorian wonders if it's been easier for her, being locked away all these years. Dorian asks her mother to stay with her, she'll take care of her and she's learned to be quiet, she promises.
Downstairs, Kelly and Cassie go back to Dorian's bedroom, where Joey, Kevin and Miss Stonecliff are waiting. Kevin immediately goes to Cassie and helps her to the bed. Kelly explains that Dorian hit Sonya and she may be dead. Upon hearing this, Miss Stonecliff quickly leaves the room.
Dorian again says she's sorry for hurting Sonya. Sonya starts to move and opens her eyes. She says Dorian's name. Dorian strokes her hair and promises to be quiet if she can stay with Sonya. Dorian's always with Sonya, she tells her, Dorian was the one Sonya could never silence. Miss Stonecliff arrives, but Mel holds her back from going to Sonya. Sonya notices Dorian crying and comments that Dorian never cries, she always thought that that was what made Dorian strong. "You were the one my teacher hid from. You were the one with the power. You were the one who would not break". "Don't break now, Dorian. You've given me something no one else has, peace. Nothing, between me and my music". Sonya tells Dorian to listen, can't she hear Brahms's Requiem, so beautiful. Sonya dies and Dorian gathers her into her arms. Miss Stonecliff and Mel go over and join them on the floor. Dorian doesn't want leave Sonya, she wants to take her out of there, but Mel convinces her they need to go and get some help. As if her mother was still alive, Dorian tells her they're just going for help and will be right back. Dorian and Mel go downstairs, leaving Miss Stonecliff alone with Sonya's body. "I won't let them take you away, dear. You need me, you always have. And I'll take care of you", Miss Stonecliff says to Sonya's body. She slowly gets up and locks the door. Dorian and Mel bang on the door and holler, but Miss Stonecliff ignores them and goes back to Sonya's body. "We'll always be together, I'll never leave you", she says, then throws a lamp across the room and starts a fire.
Kevin is looking at Cassie with a flashlight, trying to check that she is OK. He gives her a kiss. Cassie's certain that she would be dead right now if Dorian hadn't walked in when she did. Out in the hall, Kelly is telling Joey that she's glad he's there. She wants them to be friends, but she can't do what he wants and go back to a point where there was no Ian. She's changed so much in this past year. If Joey had been there instead of Ian, things might have been different, but he wasn't. She's not saying this to hurt him, she still wants Joey in her life hopes that he wants her in his life too. They are interrupted by Kevin, who smells smoke.
Upstairs, parts of the room are now catching on fire, but Miss Stonecliff just sits there, holding Sonya's body in her lap. We hear Brahms's Requiem as they sit there and Mel desperately tries to break open the door. Dorian yells for Miss Stonecliff to open the door. Miss Stonecliff continues to sit there with Sonya's body as the music plays louder and the fire spreads...