Kevin, Barbara, Cassie and River
Kevin is struggling to type, one key at a time, when he knocks all of his papers to the floor. Barbara comes in and picks them up, scolding him for not taking more morphine when he's in such obvious pain. Kevin tell her he doesn't like to take the medication, it makes him feel weird. He can't even remember what he just wrote. Barbara offers to help him out and starts reading the story back to him.
When Barbara stops reading, Kevin is asleep. She wipes off Kevin's forehead with a damp cloth while Cassie watches from the doorway. Cassie goes over to Kevin and says hello, he's barely awake, but manages to thank River, who gives Kevin his video game. Barbara takes River to the play area while Cassie stays with Kevin. He can immediately tell something is wrong. She claims that she's upset about Dorian yelling at Mel, but Kevin can tell there's something else bothering her.
What could I possibly be hiding from you, Cassie asks, trying to avoid the question. She then tells Kevin that it's about Andrew...and Téa...they're lovers. But when Cassie told him about the scene at Ian's memorial service, she said it was all paranoia, Kevin reminds her. But River saw Andrew kiss Téa tonight, Cassie says, and Téa was over at the rectory "borrowing books". Cassie can understand why Andrew and Téa have been trying to keep things secret, she and Kevin did the same thing for River's sake. Then why are you so upset by what's going on between Andrew and Téa, Kevin asks, getting a little bit upset himself.
Cassie agrees that she is obsessing about it too much, but it's not about Andrew and Téa, it's about how all of this will affect River. River is already starting to brood and what if it gets worse. Andrew might get transferred to another parish and she wouldn't get to see River every day. Kevin tells her to hold on and relax, Andrew won't do anything that would hurt River. Kevin's wondering if it's really River that Cassie is so upset about. Barbara enters the room, ending their conversation. River's been asking to see Cassie, she says. Cassie kisses Kevin goodbye and leaves. Kevin asks Barbara to get rid of the morphine drip. He can't do anything to help Cassie when he's "half wacked out on morphine" and right now, Cassie needs his help. Kevin convinces Barbara to turn off the morphine drip.
Mel and Zach
Mel is at the Banner sitting in the dark, typing on his computer. Zach walks by and calls Mel's name, but there's no response from Mel at all, he just keeps on typing. Zach walks over and peers curiously at what Mel's typing and says Mel's name again, but again Mel doesn't respond, it's almost like he's catatonic, but he's still typing.
We now see what Mel's typing - All work and no play makes Mel a dull Boy. Over and over again. He does talk to Zach now, who asks if there's anything Mel wants to talk about. Mel doesn't feel like sharing today, he tells Zach. After Zach walks away, Mel does stop typing and makes a phone call to Dorothy. He has to leave a message, he remembers that Dorothy is in California with her brother Roger, who has a broken leg. Just ignore this message, he tells her.
Mel is sitting at his desk, just staring at his computer. He tries to call Roger, but no one's there and he leaves a message. He then tries to call Frank, but gets an answering machine there too. Three kids and three answering machines, Mel grumbles to himself. He eyes his desk drawer, then opens it, pulls out a bottle of liquor, grabs his coat and leaves.
Viki, the Bishop, Renee, Todd and Sam
Viki reassures the Bishop once again that there has been no impropriety between Andrew and Téa. What happened at the church had little to do with Andrew and a lot to do with her brother's problems, she adds. It's a result of Todd's upcoming divorce and his paranoia and vindictiveness. A note is brought over to Viki. There's an emergency at the Banner and she needs to call right away. Renee offers to take her to use the phone in her office. Renee doesn't want to be alone with the bishop for fear she'll say something to get Andrew in trouble. She admires Viki's confidence in Andrew, but Renee is convinced there is some sort of affair going on between Andrew and Téa.
"Are you in love with your wife?", Sam asks again. Todd refuses to answer, it doesn't matter how he feels. Todd is convinced that Téa is sleeping with Andrew and thinks that that fact might be of interest to the bishop over there. Sam tells Todd that if he's going to represent him, Todd can't keep going off half cocked. Thinking is not Todd's strong point, leave the thinking to me, Sam insists. Todd replies that he doesn't take orders from anyone. You will from me or I'm out that door, Sam says. Todd complains that Sam still sounds like a coach. But now I own the team, Todd tells him, it doesn't matter if I play well with others. Todd finally agrees to let Sam call the shots and hires him. Sam heads off to call the Chicago office to tell them he'll be staying in Llanview for awhile.
Todd takes the opportunity of Sam, Viki and Renee being gone to approach the Bishop. He sits down and tells the Bishop he needs to speak with him about Andrew. No one knowing Todd at all would believe it for a second, but Todd tells the Bishop how sorry he is for his outburst and how he would *hate* to think that Andrew would get into any trouble because of it. The whole scene was caused by his paranoia and he's so sorry for it. It was just that Téa and Andrew were together *all* the time, that Todd thought the worst. "But if they swear that they're not involved then I have to believe them no matter what I think. You know, have faith.", Todd says, having firmly planted a seed of doubt in the Bishop's mind about Andrew while pretending to defend him. Viki rushes back to the table when she notices Todd there, but it's too late. The Bishop excuses himself, he's going to pay Andrew a visit. Todd goes back to join Sam, leaving Viki worrying about what he said to the Bishop. Todd is thrilled with himself, but Sam is annoyed that Todd ignored his order not to speak to the Bishop. I'm leaving, Sam tells him and walks out.
Cassie, Andrew, Téa, Bishop McBain and River
When Cassie and River return to the rectory to pick up his video game, they find Téa there. "I thought you went away, how come you came back?", River asks rather rudely. Téa makes up some lame excuse that she came over to borrow some books from Andrew and heads up the stairs to get them. Andrew goes to the kitchen to get the video game. Cassie tries again to get River to tell her what's bothering him, but he says nothing. Andrew brings back the video game and Cassie has to practically force River to say thank you to his father. They are about to leave when River turns around and asks "Daddy, why did you kiss Téa?"
Cassie leaves Andrew to answer the question. I kissed Téa because she's a friend, he says. Do you kiss all your friends, River asks, not letting Andrew off the hook. She's a good friend, Andrew replies. Téa comes down the stairs with the books. Cassie takes a look at the titles and finds it strange Téa would be interested in them. "I'm just tryng to broaden my horizons", Téa claims. "Looks like you already have", Cassie replies jealously. Cassie and River leave.
Andrew isn't upset about Cassie learning about them, but he is upset about River. Téa suggests that maybe they just shouldn't see each other at all, Téa doesn't want River to suffer. She was so worried about Starr being hurt by her unconventional marriage to Todd and here she is, hurting River. Andrew gives her a hug and reassures her that River will be fine. "When he sees how much I love you, and when he feels that love, he'll understand", Andrew insists. Andrew hates the secrecy, he wants to run through the streets telling everyone how much he loves Téa Delgado. Téa decides the only thing she can do is get a divorce from Todd as quickly as possible.
Téa is putting on her coat to leave. Andrew doesn't want her to go, he tells her he's beautiful and hugs and kisses her. The doorbell rings and Andrew opens the door (Téa is standing to the side, out of view), it's the Bishop. The Bishop says he just had a discussion with Todd Manning and would like to speak to Andrew about it. Andrew invites him in and introduces him to Téa. Téa picks up her books and quickly leaves. Before they get started discussing anything, Andrew wants to make two things clear. One, Todd is a complex man and two, he's even more tormented than he is complicated. The Bishop tells Andrew that Todd told him about the troubles that he's been having and how his accusations might be the result of a fevered imagination. Andrew is surprised. And Viki Carpenter shares his opinion that his "affair" with Mrs. Manning is all in Todd's head, the Bishop continues. "Was it? You're the only one who really knows", the Bishop asks.
I've done nothing wrong, Andrew insists. The Bishop tells Andrew that for as long as he's known him, Andrew has been an exemplary minister, but not without scandals. Andrew must realize the high standards his congregation holds him to. If the latest accusations turn out to be true, there won't be anything I can do to help you, the Bishop warns him. Andrew understands that and says he doesn't intend to do anything to jeopardize his position at St. James.
So what does Andrew do after saying this, he goes over to the Palace Hotel, finds Téa in the lobby and greets her, "hello beautiful". Andrew reassures her that everything went fine with the Bishop. Téa is still worried, she's still a married woman, at least in the eyes of the law. She has to get a divorce soon and once she's just Téa Delgado again, she and Andrew will be free to be together. She'll never be *just* Téa Delgado to him, he loves her too much.
Todd and Téa
Téa goes to confront Todd in his office at The Sun. "You never miss a chance to stick in the knife and give it a twist, do you?", Téa asks. Téa knows that he went to talk to Bishop McBain. Do you know why I went and spoke to the Bishop, Todd asks? He went to tell the Bishop that all those things he said weren't true and he felt really rotten about saying them, Todd claims. Téa's not fooled, she's sure that Todd managed to tweak his apology in such a way as to make the Bishop more suspicious than before. "I'm really sorry if you can't find it in your heart to trust me", Todd replies. Téa just laughs in disbelief. "Everything you do comes from a place of fear and suspicion. You live and breathe negativity", Téa accuses. Andrew's not like that and neither is she. Téa needs openness and warmth and compassion and Todd has none of those things. No matter what Todd tries to do to keep her from leaving, it only pushes her further away, she tells him. Todd doesn't answer her and Téa walks out. After she leaves, Todd chokes back his emotions.
Todd and Sam
Todd catches up with Sam at the airport. "Hey, you stop right there, nobody walks out on me", Todd tells Sam. "You're wife did", is Sam's reply, "but if you were this gracious trying to get her to stay, I understand why". Todd apologizes for screwing up... maybe, he promises to play by Sam's rules. He doesn't want this thing with him and Téa to get messed up. This "thing" is your marriage, Sam says, when did Todd learn such contempt for everybody and everything. "Don't know", Todd mumbles, "came out of the factory like that". If Todd can admit his feelings for Téa, that it's much more than a business deal, Sam might stay. Todd says he feels he should finish what he started, for Starr's sake. Sam turns and starts to walk away. Todd runs after him. "OK fine, I care about her, OK, are you happy? I love her... I guess...I don't know, we have similar hair. I don't want to lose her, Sam, I'll tell you that much." "Well then, I will see that you don't", Sam says.