Dorian, Kelly, Viki and Clarence
Dorian returns from her trip to Belize, tanned and wearing a flowing white outfit. She calls out and finally Kelly runs downstairs to greet her. Dorian tells her that her trip was life altering, she went to Belize to forget her past, but she found her future. Kelly doesn't understand what she means. Dorian has something she wants to show her, she says, taking out a box. Inside the box is a black container filled with a pink powder. What is it, Kelly wonders, but they are interrupted by the doorbell ringing. Dorian thinks it's her "surprise" arriving, but when Kelly opens the door, it's actually Viki standing there. Has Dorian seen Mel, she asks, no one has heard from him in days. Dorian says she has no idea where Mel is, "and I couldn't care less".
Viki can't believe that Dorian doesn't care at all, Mel could be hurt or lying dead somewhere. Kelly wonders when someone last saw him. Viki tells her a Banner employee saw him a few nights ago, sitting at his computer and typing jibberish, but no one has seen him since then. Mel hasn't been to the newspaper in days and you *just* noticed, Dorian needles Viki. My son has been in the hospital, Viki reminds her, and it is not unusual for Mel to work from home. It wasn't until she needed him to cover a story and she couldn't reach him that she realized there was a problem. Dorian tells Viki she doesn't care and is tired of listening to Viki's business problems. This isn't about business, it's about Mel's safety. Mel's in the past, he's certainly not my present, or my future, Dorian insists. Viki promises to tell Kelly as soon as she finds out anything. Viki leaves to go to Mel's house boat.
Dorian tells Kelly that Mel will find a way out of whatever trouble he's in, drunks always do that. Dorian denies that she loves Mel anymore. Kelly insists that Dorian's attitude is a reaction to Viki, if Viki says black, Dorian says white. Since Viki is now worrying about Mel, Dorian refuses to. It might have been that way in the past, Dorian says, but everything has changed now after her trip to Belize. She used to envy Viki, but not anymore, she had an awakening and it's time to get back on track. The Cramer women are all going to find happiness, Dorian says. "I found happiness, but it was taken away", Kelly reminds her. Dorian knows that, but Kelly will find happiness again. The doorbell rings and Dorian rushes to answer the door. She opens it and in walks a man wearing shorts and a short sleeve shirt, carrying some luggage. Dorian introduces him to Kelly as Clarence Yamagachi, Dorian is planning to go into business with him. What kind of business, Kelly wonders. Clarence answers that he is a marine biologist. From Belize, Kelly asks skeptically. From the United States, he corrects her and then goes outside to get more of his luggage. "Are you crazy, or are you just simply out of your mind?", Kelly asks Dorian.
Dorian doesn't appreciate Kelly's choice of words. Kelly apologizes, but they've been through a lot lately and Dorian is vulnerable right now. Clarence is a reputable scientist, Dorian insists, she had him checked out before she even left Belize. He has studied the properties of sea coral for years and has published many articles on the topic and taught at prestigious universities. Kelly is convinced he's trying to rip Dorian off. How old do you think he is, Dorian asks. Kelly guesses around 32 or 35. He's 55 Dorian tells her, it's because of the coral that he looks so young. Kelly is more convinced than ever this is some sort of scam. "If Clarence is right about this, and I'm sure that he is, it holds the key to all of our futures", Dorian says.
Later, Kelly confronts Clarence and accuses him of trying to con Dorian. Kelly promises to make him regret it if he hurts Dorian. I have a lot of influential friends in this town including a newspaper publisher, the DA and the police commissioner, Kelly warns him. Clarence assures Kelly she has nothing to worry about. Kelly isn't convinced. Clarence says he can see the great pain that Dorian is in, and she's not the only one(meaning Kelly).
Kelly's not impressed, Dorian must have told him that Kelly's boyfriend just died. "Your pain goes much deeper than that", Clarence says. Dorian enters the room and Clarence goes upstairs. Dorian shows Kelly articles that Clarence has written, Dorian even got information about him off the Internet. Clarence has PhDs from Oxford University and Yale. Kelly's worried that Dorian is trying to bury herself in this new project to forget about Mel. Dorian assures Kelly that this in not the case, this new project is their family's future.
Viki, Clint and Mel
Viki is on the phone with the Coast Guard, asking them to help her find Mel's houseboat. They tell her they will check into it and let her know. Clint arrives and Viki tells him that Mel's houseboat is missing, it's just gone. At first she thought it sank, but she couldn't see any sign of that. The electrical connections look like they are just ripped out and are lying on the dock. Viki's worried that Mel is too drunk to try to get help.
Clint is sure that Mel will turn up. Viki is still worried, she couldn't stand it if something happened to Mel, especially with everything they've gone through lately. Viki is worried that Kevin is pushing too hard, trying to write so soon. Clint assures her that a moderate amount of work is a good thing for Kevin right now. It takes his mind off the pain and gives him hope toward the future when he will be better. Viki agrees, as long as it's a moderate amount of work. "We are going to get through this, aren't we?", she asks tiredly. Clint tells her they will get through it together. Clint leaves, he just came by to say hi. Viki promises to let him know if she hears anything about Mel. Soon after he leaves, Zach comes in to tell Viki that Mel's houseboat has been spotted by the Coast Guard floating about two miles down river. Viki orders the Banner helicopter, she wants to be there when they board the houseboat.
Viki boards the houseboat alone and finds Mel lying on the floor and an empty bottle of liquor on the table. She checks to be sure he's still breathing, then tries to wake him up. He eventually does wake up and is surprised to see her. He didn't hear her at first because he was wearing headphones. He explains that he was sleeping on the floor because it helps his back and no, he didn't have anything to drink, he dumped it down the sink. Viki yells at him for disappearing and scaring everyone. He was writing, he tells her and hands her a copy of the story. The houseboat suddenly moves, surprising Mel.
Viki reads Mel's story about the Cramer family and everything that happened in Canton. Viki had no idea how terrible things actually were. She declares that the piece is the best he's ever written, Pulitzer Prize winning material, but she won't publish it.
Everyone yells "surprise" and then sings Happy Birthday to Rachel. Georgie, wearing the same dress as Nora, slips in at the same time Rachel arrives. Rachel thanks everyone and gives them hugs. She's happy Bo is there, she knows how much he doesn't like coming to Club Indigo. Nora cautiously approaches Rachel. Nora tells Rachel how much she loves her and the two of them make peace and hug. Max and Blair arrive, Max plans to crash the party and look for the videotape that Claude sent to R.J. Both Bo and R.J. notice them at about the same time and ask what they are doing there.
Max makes up a story that he just brought Blair there to buy her a welcome-back drink and maybe talk to R.J. about that loan he offered, he didn't realize there was a private party. Max and Blair are about to leave when R.J. invites them to stay for Rachel's party. They accept and go to join the party. Bo is suspicious and asks R.J. what he's up to, but R.J. denies anything is going on. Nora's mad at Georgie for wearing the dress. Georgie pretends to apologizes, saying that Nora knows this is the only good dress she has, she thought Nora would wear something else. Nora doesn't believe her, but finally agrees to forget it for now, she doesn't want to ruin Rachel's birthday party. "Remind me to burn this dress when we get home", Nora says to Bo before walking away. Georgie thanks Bo, his presence always seems to calm things down. Bo excuses himself and goes over to sit with Max and Blair. "Why are you here?", he asks them. Meanwhile, R.J. goes back to his office, takes the tape out of his desk and reads the note again. Before he can put the tape away, he is interrupted by Jacara and is forced to hide the tape under the presents piled on his desk. They start kissing.
Téa arrives and breaks the news to Nora that she plans to take Todd up on his deal. Nora thinks she's crazy and is worried for her safety. Téa explains that her relationship with Andrew is endangering his career and she can't bear to have that happen. If moving back in with Todd for four weeks is the quickest way to get a divorce, she's willing to do it. Nora suggest that Téa stay away from both Andrew and Todd for a while. Téa agrees to go away for a while and think things through. But if she still wants to go through with it when she comes back, she wants Nora's support. Bo warns Max to stay out of the way of his investigation. Max wants the kidnappers to pay. And they will, Bo assures him, but they'll do it his way. Bo suggests that Max and Blair leave now, because if Max tries anything, Bo will lock both of them up. Rachel gets Hank and Carlotta together to take a picture of them. If the two of you had a kid, it would be incredibly good looking, and I've always wanted a baby sister, Rachel hints. R.J. wonders why no one is dancing, must have something to do with the mother's side of the family, R.J. jokes to Nora, prompting her to get Bo and start dancing. Georgie is sitting with Téa at a table. She has to leave early, Georgie explains, and she'd like Téa to do a favor for her. With the presents on R.J.'s desk is a present she made for Rachel, a videotape of some old home movies of when Rachel was a baby. Georgie asks Téa if she can get the tape later and make sure that it's shown. Téa agrees. While Bo and Nora are dancing and everyone is distracted, Max and Blair go to look for the tape.
In R.J.'s office, Max finds a tape lying on the desk. Outside, Rachel dances with Hank and thanks him for the party. She's glad that Carlotta's part of the family too, she hints again. R.J. and Jacara are dancing and kissing on the dance floor. Bo tells Nora she was gracious with Georgie about the dress. I fill it out much better than she does, Nora replies. Bo agrees with her. Besides, Nora's got something more important than the dress, she's go Bo. Bo says he's not "ruggedly handsome", but he can dance. Nora doesn't understand is comment and Bo explains that Georgie described Sam as "ruggedly handsome", trying to make Bo jealous of Nora's lunch date. Nora is absolutely furious and heads off to look for Georgie. Meanwhile, Georgie is sneaking into Bo and Nora's house.
Bo catches Max and Blair in R.J.'s office before they can leave with the tape. Bo told them not to interfere, they can't take the tape without a warrant. R.J. comes in and wants to press charges against Max, but before the discussion can go any further, Téa rushes in, grabs the tape from Max's hand and rushes back out before anyone has time to protest.
Téa pops the tape in the VCR as R.J. nervously watches. But when the picture appears, it's scenes from Rachel's first birthday party and Christmas. Nora goes over and gives Rachel a big hug. Rachel says the tape is the best birthday present ever and asks where Georgie is. Georgie is at Bo and Nora's house. She turns on the light and calls out hello, just to make sure no one is there, then heads up the stairs.