The hospital in Canton
Dorian and Cassie watch Kevin from outside the hospital room as Viki sits by his bedside. Clint joins her and asks how she's doing. She's not so good, she wonders how this has happened. It's encouraging news that Kevin's off the ventilator, Clint says. He finally talked to Bo. Bo and Nora will be there in an instant if they need them, but Bo's got his own hands full right now. Viki remembers about Ian and the crash and realizes no one's told Kelly. Clint suggests that Viki not worry about it and concentrate on Kevin right now.
Out in the waiting room, Joey and Kelly almost kiss, but Kelly pulls away at the last moment. Kelly can't let this happen, she's going to marry Ian, Ian loves her. Maybe he does, Joey allows, but he doesn't believe that Kelly loves Ian. "Of course I do", Kelly insists. Then prove it to me, Joey challenges her, look me straight in the eye and tell me that you love Ian Armitage.
Kelly replies that she doesn't have to explain herself to him anymore, things have changed, she's grown up. When they were together she believed that love conquered all, and it did, it conquered them. Joey realizes that she's changed, she's stronger, smarter and more beautiful than ever. But it's not strong and smart to give up on love just because it scares you. What Kelly and Ian have isn't love, it's safety, Joey tells her. What she wants is no risk, because he hurt her, Joey is willing to admit it. But he's changed too, and if she'll just take the chance and come out with him on the ledge again, he promises he won't let her fall. Kelly leaves to go take a walk, she wants to be alone. Viki joins Joey and tells him that Kevin's still unconscious, but stable. Viki has to talk to him about something. Ian was killed in a plane crash on the way to Canton.
Joey is shocked to hear of Ian's death. He wonders what is going on, first Kevin being seriously hurt and now this? He's not sure how Kelly will handle the news of Ian's death. Viki says that Kelly is a very lucky girl, she has lots of people who love her and will be there to support her. Joey decides he'll be the one to tell her. Suddenly, Clint appears and tells Viki to come quickly, it's Kevin... Cassie is by Kevin's bedside asking him to open his eyes again, and he does and asks what happened. Cassie explains that he saved her life. Viki, Clint and Joey watch happily through the window.
Viki, Clint and Joey join Cassie in Kevin's room. Viki goes up to give Kevin a kiss on the forehead and quickly makes peace, telling him that he was right to come, he was needed and she's so proud of him. Viki wishes that she could take the pain away. Kevin claims that he's OK, but it's soon evident that he's in enormous pain. Viki sends Clint to find the doctor.
Viki, Joey and Clint all leave Kevin's room, looking for the doctor. Viki stops a nurse, who tells her that Dr. Fisher is down in ER, but he's too busy to leave there right now. Clint and Joey go to find him anyway. The nurse rushes away to see to another patient and Viki tries desperately to find someone, anyone to help Kevin. Inside, Cassie is telling Kevin to hold on, help is on the way. Viki stops another nurse, who refuses to give Kevin more morphine because he's not due for 15 minutes. "Somebody, my son needs help, please", Viki cries out desperately.
Viki finally finds a nurse to give Kevin the morphine injection, it should start to work almost immediately, she tells them. Viki's had enough, she wants to move Kevin to Llanview Hospital as soon as possible. Clint agrees with her, they'll leave as soon as possible.
Kelly returns from her walk and Joey explains that they couldn't find the doctor to give Kevin painkillers. They can't wait to get Kevin back to Llanview, Joey says. Kelly comes up with an idea, she can call Ian and they can use his plane. Ian's not going to be able to help them, Joey says. Of course he will, she'll call him, Kelly replies. Joey tells her that Ian is dead.
Dorian and Mel
Dorian goes to the chapel, where Mel finds her. He sits down behind her. Dorian tells him she asked him to leave her alone. Mel asks if there's any news on Kevin and Dorian tells him "no". Mel reaches out to touch her shoulders, but Dorian pulls away from him.
Mel asks Dorian if she wants him to leave because she doesn't want him to see her in pain. He reminds her of the night they first met, when he asked her what she wanted for herself and she told him respect. Well, he does respect her, she's survived what Miss Stonecliff and her mother did to her. Everyone else in that house was too weak or too scared to do anything, but Dorian put a stop to it, and she was just a little girl at the time. They've walked through fire together, it was supposed to heal them, not burn them. Mel doesn't believe that the fire has put out what was between them.
It all seemed so noble, Dorian says, he took her by the hand and led her down the path to self-knowledge and fulfillment. The only problem was the path led to hell. Dorian comments that Mel belongs there in the chapel, with the rest of the saints. How can Mel even bring up the word respect, Dorian asks, he doesn't know the meaning of the word. She asked him to respect her privacy, but no, Mel made her face the truth. This has been all about Mel and his need to turn Dorian into something she's not. Was it that she was too strong, too in control? Those are the things she's needed to survive, she explains. He nearly ruined her life and she doesn't know who she is anymore, thanks to him. The woman that's left doesn't want anything to do with him, Dorian tells him. "I love you and I'm never going to give up on you", Mel says. Dorian doesn't answer and walks away.
Nora, Georgie and Hank
Nora has a talk with Georgie to redefine their boundaries. She's not angry anymore that George made dinner for Bo, but this sort of thing can't happen again. All the extra things that Georgie's been doing for Nora have to stop, the cooking, the cleaning, the friendly advice, the "never-ending litany of compliments". These things aren't bad individually, but everything put together is just too much, kind of "weird" actually. Nora needs her space and needs Georgie to pull back and stop anticipating her every want and desire and those of her husband. Georgie says she understands.
Nora and Georgie are working uncomfortably together when Hank arrives. Nora's thrilled with the interruption, but Hank tells her he can't stay, he just stopped to drop of some pictures of Bo at the PBA Christmas party. Here's a nice shot of you too, Georgie, he says, showing her the picture of herself and Bo together. Georgie looks worried as Hank hands them over to Nora. Nora looks at the picture and asks Georgie why the hell she's wearing Nora's dress.
Asa, Jessica, Blair and Starr
At Llanfair, Jessica and Asa are playing craps on the table. Starr is helping Asa by blowing on the dice. Asa wins again and Jessica wonders if he's ever going to let her win. Asa suggests black-jack next, maybe he'll even teach Starr, show her how to be a real Buchanan. She's a Manning, Jessie reminds him. But Jessica is a Buchanan and Starr is her cousin, so by extension, Starr's a Buchanan, Asa reasons. Just then, Blair arrives. Asa is less than thrilled to see Blair, but Starr calls out "Mommy" and runs to Blair, who gives her a big hug. Asa warns her not to try to take Starr anywhere. Blair seems confident that she'll have custody of Starr soon. Asa doesn't think that Blair and Todd will ever be able to come to an agreement about how to raise Starr and warns her that there are many other people willing to raise Starr, himself included. Blair tells Asa she'd die before letting that happen.
Bo and Nora
At the police station, Bo is telling Nora about his conversation with Clint, that Clint thinks they should stay in Llanview for now. Nora tells Bo that if he wants to go to Canton he should go, and she'll be right there with him. Bo really seems to appreciate her offer, but he can't leave right now. An officer tells him that "you know who", is on line two. Bo picks up the phone and tells the Congressman that they have learned nothing new in the last hour and they will contact him as soon as they know anything. Bo hangs up. Nora tries to cheer him up, he'll get to the bottom of this, he always does. Thank you Red, Bo has time to tell her before he's interrupted with another crisis to deal with, the Llantano Bridge has structural damage. Nora has to leave, but asks Bo to call her when there is any news about Kevin. She's going to be at the office with her "over-eager assistant who may or may not be in love with her husband". Bo laughs and gives her a kiss. Nick Fiori comes over with the report on the second bloody boot print found at the rape scene. Italian leather, very expensive and size 10, the same size as Todd wears.
Todd, Téa, Blair and Bo
Todd doesn't understand why he would want to take Blair's deal, it would mean losing Starr. Blair tells him he'll lose Starr anyway if he goes to jail, at least this way he'll be free. And she might even let him see Starr once in a while, at Dorian's house with supervision of course, Blair *generously* offers. Do we have a deal, she asks. Todd considers for a moment and tells her, "you march upstairs, you tell Bo Buchanan anything you want, you lie your head off, I don't care, tell him I had time to rape that nurse. Better yet, tell him you saw me do it. Go ahead, tell him, I don't care."
Blair thinks they must be having a lack of communication. Without her testimony on his behalf, Todd will be convicted. I'm not going to go to jail, I'm innocent and they won't send me to Statesville, Todd tells her, showing an amazing amount of faith in the system. Blair tells him the truth is irrelevant, the two of them are going to decide his future, right here and right now. "Get the hell out of here", Todd tells her. Fine, have it your way, Blair says. Todd warns her that when he gets out "there is no place on God's green earth that you can hide from me. Now you take my advice, when you least expect it, expect it". Blair tells him she's not worried, he'll be in jail with all the other caged animal. "Prison isn't going to hold me, I go where I want to go. And look, I have nothing to lose." Blair accuses Todd of being so predictable, making all these empty threats when he's scared to death. Blair starts to leave to go make her statement. If you do this to me, you'll never be able to look Shorty in the eye again, Todd says. Blair better hope that he doesn't get out of there, because he has full custody now and has grown weary of sharing Starr with her. Just as Blair is about to leave, Téa arrives to see Todd. "I thought he threw you out", Blair says to Téa before leaving. After she leaves, Todd gets so mad he starts punching the wall, Téa puts her hand on his arm to stop him and the two of them stare at each other.
Téa went to get some supplies to bandage his hand and is now trying to clean off his bloody knuckles. Téa guesses that Blair's blackmailing him. Blair turned on him, Todd complains, "why can't people just be honest?".(That's pretty funny, coming from Todd:-)Téa tells him not to worry about it, it's not an issue right now. They haven't even arrested him for the rape yet, and even if they do, Téa will tear her testimony apart on the stand. In the meantime, they'll look for someone else who can verify his location at the time of the rape. Everything will be alright, she promises. "Don't leave me", Todd quietly asks her.
I'm your attorney, at this point it would be unethical for me to walk away from your case, Téa replies. But's that's as far as she'll go, as soon as this crisis is passed, she's going ahead with the divorce. You can't do that, I need you, Todd begs. Téa can't believe he has the nerve to ask. "I stood in front of you, more vulnerable than I've let myself be with any man, ready for whatever came next and you threw me out, into a blizzard. Do you know how humiliating that felt, do you even care?" Todd insists that he does care. "Well then say it!", Téa demands. "I should not have thrown you out into the blizzard", Todd finally manages to say. Téa's sure that that is the closest he's ever come to an apology in his entire life, but it isn't enough. "Maybe I don't deserve Prince Charming, but I think, I think that I deserve better than you. I need to feel good about myself again. I need to, as a woman, as a human being. I need more than you are willing, or able, to give." She needs to be complete and as much as she doesn't want it to be the case, they both know that it can't be with Todd. "What if I could?", Todd asks. Has something changed, Téa asks, "Are you willing to try? I mean, can we have a real marriage?" "If you stay.........", Todd begins, then pauses for a moment before finishing "I'll give you another five million bucks." Téa shakes her head in disbelief and runs to the bars, rattling them and calling for the guard, unable to get away from him fast enough. Todd remains sitting there, staring after her.
Bo pays Todd a visit and shows him the photo of the bloody boot print. Todd tells him to go check for the boots at his house, they already have a search warrant. Todd asks about Blair's testimony, but Bo tells him that Blair hasn't come in yet. Todd doesn't seem too sure about his ex-wife's testimony, Bo comments. Todd then insults Bo, saying that all the Buchanan's are the same, incompetent and coasting through life on their last name. All of them are the same, Bo, Clint, Kevin. At the mention of Kevin's name, Bo reaches through the bars and grabs Todd behind the neck, forcing his face between the bars. Kevin is worth 50 of you, Bo tells him. Bo doesn't know if Todd attacked Barbara Graham, but as far as Bo is concerned, Todd is right where he should be, locked up in a cage. To everyone in this town, except possibly Téa, you will always be a rapist, Bo tells him.
Bo and Blair
Blair arrives at the police station to give her statement. Bo isn't around, so Blair sits down to wait for him. She notices a little girl sitting there, all alone. Nick Fiori brings the girl's father in, apparently she wandered away and got lost. The father is relieved. He picks the little up, tells her how worried he was and asks her to promise she'll never do it again, which she promises. "I'm so glad you're alright, Daddy would be lost without you", Blair listens to the man say, obviously thinking about Todd and Starr.
Bo arrives and Blair tells him she's ready to give a statement, she thinks she's pretty clear on the time line now. She only "thinks" she's sure, Bo asks. "No, I'm certain", Blair corrects herself, "and I'm ready to make an official statement about Todd."