The City Room was jumping. There were two front-burner stories: the bodega robberies in East Llanview and the Holden twins' kidnapping were foremost in the minds of the publisher and editor. Clint assigned Zach to the bodega robberies stories and asked to be kept informed if Mel called in about the kidnapping when Viki approached with Clint's editorial commenting on the robberies. It said that "the police are in danger of losing the "rappaport" (rapport) of the community." Viki relished drawing attention to her ex-husband's Freudian slip.
Kevin entered with Cassie and took his accustomed seat. Mel called in and told him there was an APB on Max and R.J.
At the police station, Bo refused to answer Mel's questions. It would jeopardize the investigation. Mel quoted the First Amendment, but Bo told Annie to help "Thomas Jefferson" find the door, and he was escorted out.
Hank arrived. He couldn't believe he was out of town one day, and Bo had an all-points bulletin out on R.J. just because Max was gunning for him. It was pure fantasy. Bo informed him that R.J.'s connection to the kidnapping was not a fantasy anymore.
Jacara arrived and was willing to give a statement to Officer Annie. She told Bo she had given Max the video after finding it in a cabinet in R.J.'s living room. She had known what was on the tape when she had given it to Holden. Hank jumped to the conclusion that it was a taped confession and believed that it had to have been at gun point. Annie took over the transcribing of Jacara's statement while Bo took Hank over to where Officer Pete was enhancing a picture of Max's twins on the computer.
Bo informed Hank that Claude Charbonneau was dead. It was he who had given the video to R.J. Apparently, an unknown person had thought Max had been getting too close to the truth. With Claude gone, Max needed R.J. to find the kids. There were no other leads, so they would continue to computer enhance the video, looking for clues to Frankie and Leslie's whereabouts. Hank had tears in his eyes as he said to himself, "Oh, brother, you really messed up this time."
Blair, unaware of Max's whereabouts, had left a message on his answering machine for the sixth time. Dorian entered, and she grabbed the newspaper, scanning for news about the kidnapping case. Blair told her aunt she had a feeling. Dorian asked if that was what had kept her up.
Blair admitted to worrying about Max, but she asked about Dorian's excuse for insomnia. Dorian replied that she was still suffering withdrawal pains from Clarence's tea. Blair was certain it was withdrawal from men her aunt suffered from. Being alone in bed was lousy, even if a woman was glad to get rid of the guy in the morning.
The phone rang. It was Stephen Winwood. Blair stalled him by saying she was sick with chicken pox. Winwood replied he had already had chicken pox, and he was most anxious to conclude their business so he could get back to England. He couldn't transfer the funds into her account until he had a picture I.D. of Ms. Kelly Cramer. As Blair hung up, Dorian wanted to know why Blair had lied about having the chicken pox.
When Winwood arrived at the door with flowers and introduced himself as Ian's lawyer, he asked Dorian for Kelly Cramer. Dorian said her niece was not in. Then Blair walked down the stairs, and suddenly the mystery was solved for Dorian. She was beginning to detect a pattern. Blair covered up and said she was still recuperating, and Dorian played along, telling Winwood that her niece had to have been in her room all the time.
Dorian thought her niece had gone out and had had no idea she had been ill. Winwood handed Blair the flowers "for healing." Blair replied she had to look awful. Winwood was looking for an exchange. He wanted to trade the I.D. for the flowers. Blair replied that it was up in her room. However, she was very sick and needed to ask him to leave.
"Brava," Dorian said after Steve was gone. Obviously, the tabloid reporter Blair had been talking about was really Ian's lawyer, and Dorian demanded to know when Blair had changed her first name to Kelly. Dorian was no fool. She knew it had something to do with an inheritance Ian had to have left Kelly. Really, she thought she had taught Blair to plan better if she was going to steal money.
Blair lied at first, but her shaking chin gave her away. She finally admitted that was precisely what she was doing, but it was for a good cause -- for Starr and for Dorian's coral business. Dorian said that Blair was so much like her that it was frightening. But they did not steal from family. Blair pretended to agree that she should call Winwood's office and stop the whole business, but as she picked up the receiver, she told her aunt how Kelly planned to give all the money to saving whales. That piqued Dorian's Interest, and she said, "Not so fast." Blair hung up the phone.
Blair told Dorian that the whales would get millions of dollars, and the Cramers would not see one cent of the inheritance. Dorian agreed that Kelly was a very vulnerable young woman, and it was a serious amount of money for her to handle. Her niece needed a champion, and who better to shoulder the responsibility than Auntie Dorian.
Dorian would let Blair proceed with her masquerade on the condition that Dorian controlled the money. Starr would be first priority, of course, and then they could take some money to start the coral business. At age 25, Kelly would receive her money back, whatever Blair and Dorian needed plus interest, and all the remaining principal of the inheritance. Dorian chided Blair for thinking she could pull it off without her. She looked up her contact, Bik. He was in her black book under "F" for fixer.
Max and R.J. had disappeared off the face of the earth, and Kevin and Cassie discussed how Max had to be calling the shots. He and R.J. had to have left town, but they wondered how. All means of transportation were being watched -- except, Kevin said, General Aviation Airport. A private plane could have taken Max and R.J. out of town. He was going to check it out.
Kevin got up, and the pain of his burns caused him to almost fall over. Viki wanted to rush over to him, but Clint stopped her. He had newspapers in his blood, and he belonged in the City Room just where he was. Sure enough, Kevin steadied himself and hoisted himself back in his chair, saying he would call the airport instead. Clint and Viki went on arguing about whether or not it had been a date she'd had with Rappaport.
Mel showed up and said he had been 86ed from Police Headquarters. Clint said they still needed someone there to cover any updates on the story, and he sent Cassie. Mel told Clint about the video and that if it had been duped, the police might have used Magna Video. He knew an employee there named Cindy, who would give them the information for the price of a banana walnut muffin. Clint dispatched Zach to the video store.
Clint told Viki he was amazed at the progress she was making in therapy with Dr. Maude. Viki could not believe how indiscreet it was of him to mention that subject at work He thought she should shout it from the rooftops because the good doctor had worked wonders with Viki.
Clint apologized about the crack he had just made. Viki replied that he was way too obsessed about whether she'd had a date. She challenged him to ask her out to dinner. He said that they had dinner every week. That was family dinner, she reminded him. "How about tonight?" he inquired. She was busy, she replied, and when he walked away annoyed, she gloated, "So much for that."
The Mannings had spent their first night together in bed. Todd's hand was still clamped over Téa's when she woke up. As soon as she extricated herself and sat up, Todd awakened and looked at her with puzzlement. They began to straighten out their clothing, and things were a little awkward. As Todd rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, he was amazed that he had slept 13 hours. He asked if he had been running his mouth off about his nightmares.
Téa told Todd that they had talked. Since she had accepted the deal, she would need to have it put in writing. Nora was out of town, so Sam could draw it up. Todd called Sam to meet him in his office and take the reconciliation papers. He hung up and asked Téa if four weeks from that day was all right, but she held out for a month from the previous day. He noticed the bruise on her cheek and that her arm was immobile.
Téa explained that her arm was just numb from holding his hand all night. Every time she had tried to leave, he had stirred, and she had not wanted to wake him up. He noticed the bruise. Téa said that it had been an accident. She had gotten it when she awoke him too soon from his nightmare. Todd stroked her cheek.
Starr walked in. She gave Todd a hug, and Téa asked for one too. Starr accommodated her request and called her Mommy. "No, not Mommy," Téa corrected her, offering, "Friend, amiga. Daddy will always be your Daddy, and I will always be your friend." Starr repeated the word "friends" and placed Todd and Téa's hands together on her lap.
Todd left to meet Sam. Téa and Starr had a tea party with her stuffed animals. Andrew went to the door, and Téa wondered what he was doing there. He begged her not to stay with Todd, especially when he noticed the bruise. Not realizing that Starr was there, he raised his voice and was ready to go after "that man."
Andrew scared Starr, who screamed. Téa took the little girl into her protective arms. He asked where Todd was. Téa replied he was at the office. Andrew wanted her to pack and leave before he returned. Téa took Starr up for a nap.
Téa asked Andrew to lower his voice or leave. She told him the bruise had been accidental. She assured him that her heart belonged to him, but she had to stay the four weeks. The papers were being drawn up as they spoke. With that signed document, in a month, Todd had to let her go. Andrew believed he would just dig in his heels all the harder. Todd was a drowning man, and Téa was his life raft. If he drowned, he would pull Téa in with him.
Andrew begged Téa not to go through with the plan. She replied that she could not back out, and neither could he. She was the only person he had been willing to risk his soul for, and he loved her so much he was willing to take that risk. They kissed passionately for a long time, and when they broke it up, they were still touching each other tenderly. Andrew gently glided his fingers across the bruise. As he left, Téa told him to have faith. Neither of them noticed that the tin cross Enoch had made for Andrew had slipped off his neck and onto the floor in front of the couch.
Todd ran past one of his employees because he was so anxious to talk to Sam about the reconciliation. He had no interest at all in the R.J. and Max Holden story. He told Sam to get his feet off the desk and grabbed the papers. Sam asked how it was going. Todd said he had slept and had had no nightmares. He had slept with Delgado, and they had held hands all night long. He just had to figure how to make her think he was a nice person.
Sam suggested joint custody. Todd was far from wild about the idea. He did not remember ever talking about that. Sam reminded him he had, but perhaps he would like to amend it to every weekend. No, Todd said, but finally agreed to every other weekend unsupervised.
Sam did mention to Todd that the relationship Téa had with Andrew seemed to be heating up. Todd called Téa while Andrew was still there. She asked if something was wrong. He said he was thinking of going home. He hung up, and Sam said that although he didn't know Téa well, he believed she would honor the agreement and stay the month. "We will find out, won't we?" Todd replied. He picked up the visitation papers and went off to see Blair.
Starr had awakened from her nap, and she took Téa a crumbled-up paper she called a story. Téa began to read it.
I HAVE GOT A PROBLEM. I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, BUT WHEN I TRY TO SAY IT, IT COMES OUT WRONG."
Téa realized that it was a letter from Todd. She told Starr it was a silly story. It didn't even have pictures. She asked the little girl to go upstairs and get her a book, and Téa would read it to her when she returned. She picked the letter back up.
"I DID IT! I MADE YOU HATE ME AS MUCH AS I HATE ME. I REMEMBER WHEN YOU BELIEVED IN ME, TÉA. YOU THOUGHT I COULD BE BETTER AND NOW, DELGADO, I'M READY TO TRY. ONLY I CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! YOU'RE NOT HERE. I NEED YOU.
At the police station, Jacara told Hank she was sorry. He said he was sorry that she had gotten taken in too. She had also thought R.J. had changed. He was sorry R.J. was his brother. It had not always been like that. As a kid, R.J. had had a wide-eyed innocence. He could make a person laugh or cry without ulterior motives. They both wanted to believe R.J. Jacara said they had failed. Hank replied that it was R.J. who had failed them.
Hank said if Bo did not get those kids back, R.J. was going to wish he had been dead. Bo took over the statement, and Jacara signed it. It was a difficult thing for her to do, and Hank realized it. He asked what was next for her. She replied that she had to let it sink in. She had to get out of town for a while. He offered her his fishing cabin. Jacara said she might take him up on that. Hank wished her good luck and hugged her.
Hank left, and Annie told Bo they'd had no luck so far with General Aviation Airport. Bo wanted a list of all flights that had left since Charbonneau had died.
Cassie showed up and wanted to know what was going on with all-points bulletin on R.J. Hank lost it and said that whether writing for a tabloid or the Banner, all reporters were the same. He said Cassie should be happy; maybe this time she had it right about his brother.
Bo took Hank away from the hoopla. Hank apologized for almost throwing away their friendship. Bo said no apology was necessary.
Bo received the news that the .38s they had found in R.J.'s wall did not match the ones in Claude. Officer Annie escorted Asa in, and Bo figured out that it was his father who had given Max the jet.
At the City Room, Cassie told Clint that Asa had given the jet to Max. He gave Kevin permission to run with the story. After much ado, Viki finally agreed to a date on Friday night.
Bik was setting the screen and camera up, and Blair was getting ready to pose for her picture I.D. Bik said he did good work and had never had a complaint when the bell rang. Dorian said she would take care of it. Todd barged in with Sam and told Dorian not to worry; it was one time when Blair would be happy to see him.