Dorian, Kelly and Joey
Dorian finishes reading Mel's letter to her. Kelly asks if Mel wrote her a love letter. Just the opposite, Dorian explains, Mel is giving her up. She reads them part of the letter, "Dorian, you saved me body and soul, and for that I will always be grateful. It would be selfish to ask that you save my heart as well". Mel made a vow to God that if Dorian lived, he would give her up forever. Isn't that what you've been asking for since Canton, Kelly points out. That was before, Dorian says, she had to go to hell and back to figure out what she really wanted. Then go and tell Mel you've changed your mind, Kelly urges her.
Larry comes to see how Dorian is doing. Dorian is ready to leave the hospital right away, but Larry refuses and Kelly tells her to take it easy. Dorian isn't willing to give in, if Mel won't come to her, she needs to go to him. Mel is better than any medication that Larry could give her.
Kevin and Cassie
Kevin and Cassie are lying in bed after making love. Kevin wonders if it was a dream or was it real. It was pretty real to me, Cassie tells him. Kevin wondered if it could ever be that way again. He also mentions that they have Dorian's recovery to be thankful for. Dorian's acting like a changed woman, Cassie tells him. Cassie feels closer to Blair, Kelly and River, and Kevin too since this life or death experience with Dorian. How about Andrew, do you feel closer to Andrew too? Cassie at first doesn't answer, but Kevin won't let her avoid the question. It's been a year since the separation and I'm ready to forgive him and forgive myself and put my failed marriage behind me, she answers. She does feel closer and more comfortable with Andrew, but she loves Kevin and wants to be with him, now more than ever. Kevin asks for her forgiveness for making her choose between himself and River. Kevin promises to do something about it.
Blair and Todd
Blair stopped by The Sun to let Todd know that he'll be picking Starr up after school. Todd finds it unusual Blair felt she had to tell him the news in person. "How's Téa?", Blair asks. What do you care, Todd replies in his usual blunt manner. Blair's sure that it was Téa's influence that caused Todd to let her see Starr more. Maybe he did it because he's a nice person, Todd suggests rather sarcastically. Blair, however, agrees that he can be a nice person and reminds him of the time he loaned her the money to start Melador. When Blair mentions Melador isn't making any money, Todd immediately assumes she want him to give her some more money. She doesn't want his money, Blair insists, although she is strapped for cash. Blair claims she's not fishing for a job, but Todd offers her one anyway helping him out with a big front page story. Insulted that he would want her to be a "mere" reporter when she used to run the paper, Blair almost turns him down. Then Todd shows her the front cover with Bo and Georgie's picture on it.
Blair finds it very interesting, even more so when Todd learns that and APB has been put out on Sam. Todd explains that Sam and Nora used to know each other back in Chicago. Todd needs someone who can get him dirt on this story, someone who can't be bought out by the Buchanans. In return, Todd offers Blair money, a lot of it. Blair accepts the job and Todd immediately tells her to head down to the police station and find out what's going on. Blair heads out the door, telling him she'll be back. "I'll bet you will", Todd says to himself. Todd makes a call and yells at the person on the other end to "find him" and tell him Todd Manning needed him ten minutes ago.
Blair comes back from the police station (see below) with the latest news. Nora sent a fax to Rachel from Sam's laptop saying she's OK. More importantly, the police found Georgie's blood all over Bo's clothing. That news manages to get a little smile out of Todd. "Llanview's happiest couple" now both have piece on the side, Blair suggests. Todd isn't happy about her comment because of Sam. Blair says that it's a good possibility that Georgie may be dead. Todd agrees, Bo Buchanan's got a little tomato on the side, she starts getting fresh and he squishes her." Or maybe Georgie did just skip town, Blair says, I wouldn't stay with this picture of me all over town. The phone rings, it's Sam. Sam won't say where he is and asks Todd why he called. I wanted to know what was going on, Todd claims, but he's obviously worried about Sam's safety. Sam says he's fine and if Todd needs to contact him, call Sam's office. Sam hangs up the phone. Todd tries *69 and the bartender picks up the phone and says "Yummy's". Todd quickly hangs up. He turns to Blair and asks if she's going to take the job or not, if he's going to get Bo he needs someone he can trust. Trust? You?, Blair finds the idea funny. "Yeah, it's a word Téa taught me", Todd replies. Blair agrees to help him, "It'll be good to see the Buchanans eat some dust for a change."
Todd offers to give Blair the same salary she made when she was managing the paper. Plus benefits, Blair adds. When Todd wants her to sign a contract, Blair refuses. What happened to trust, she asks, that itty bitty word that Téa taught him. No contract, no job, Todd insists. Blair agrees to sign, for 10 percent extra and an out clause. Todd agrees. He asks what by-line she's going with, Blair Daimler, or is she going to hold onto Blair Manning?
She's going with Blair Cramer, she just wants to try it out. Fine, now leave and go do your job, Todd says rudely. That's another thing, Blair tells him, she won't be bossed around or she'll quit. "So sorry. If you don't mind, Miss Cramer, could you please go do your damn job", Todd says. "Yes sir, Mr. Manning, anything you say", Blair says sarcastically as she leaves. Todd decides to go himself to the police academy graduation. The picture of Bo and Georgie should have hit the streets by then and he wants to be there for "The Bonfire of the Buchanans".
An employee brings Todd a copy of the final version of the front page. He's happy with it at first until he notices something that Briggs added. Instead of just saying "Wife goes AWOL", Briggs changed it to say "Wife goes AWOL with Chi-town Shyster". Todd throws the copy in anger and demands the employee go pick it up. Todd crosses out Briggs's addition and tells the employee to tell Briggs not to be so creative. "This is my newspaper and he should lay off Sam Rappaport!"
The Police Station
How could Georgie's blood have gotten on my clothes, Bo wonders out loud. Del was wondering the same thing, there were signifcant samples of O- blood on the clothes and there was no chance for contamination of the evidence. Bo remembers kneeling down to pick up his keys, maybe that's where the blood came from. Del wishes Bo had remembered that fact before the lab report came back. They are interrupted by the arrival of the Buchanan clan, Asa, Clint, Jessica and Viki, claiming they received personal invitations to attend the police academy graduation. Bo insists that he never sent them anything. Mel arrives and asks about the APBs that have been put out on Nora, Sam and Georgie.
"No comment", Bo tells him. Mel accepts the answer, tells Bo to call him if he changes him mind, and then leaves. Bo figures out that Georgie must be the one who invited everyone to the academy graduation, she must have wanted an audience. "If Georgie were an animal, you'd put her down for being rabid", Bo tells Del. Bo refuses to let Georgie ruin his life and Nora's. Clint and Asa immediately voice their support for Bo, but Viki is silent. Bo informs them that things are getting more complicated, Georgie's blood has been found on the clothes he was wearing that night.
Mel is still hanging around at the police station, watching what is going on. He says hello to one of the police officers, Tim, but Tim is unable to give Mel any information. Blair next comes up and tries to sweet talk the officer, Tim Chase, into giving her some information. She starts playing dumb and asks him to help her out explaining the "police lingo". What does APB mean, she asks. They are interrupted by Del, who sends Tim away, saying he will handle it. Blair explains to Del that it's her first day and mentions that her aunt has been in the hospital fighting for her life. Del asks if it's Dorian Lord and says that Dorian saved his life. Blair realizes that he is Téa's brother. Del's glad to hear that Dorian is doing better. Blair tries the same act on Del to get him to help her, but Del isn't buying it. Nice to meet you, he says, and walks away. Cassie comes over to find out what Blair is doing there. Blair avoids the question, saying Cassie probably wouldn't believe her if she told her, then walks away.
Bo is telling the assembled family, which now includes Cassie and Kevin, that he never saw Georgie that night and he never had an affair with her. Trying not so subtly to get Jessie out of the room, Viki asks her if she'd like to go get a soda. Jessie tells her mother that she doesn't have to try to protect her, Jessie believes what Bo is saying. Asa says the one that should be in trouble is Georgie. Bo guesses that she's lying low right now, laughing at all of them. They are interrupted by Del, who leads Bo away to talk to him in private. Del informs him that they sent a canine unit up to the cabin and gave them the scent of Georgie's blood on Bo's clothes to follow. Bo hands Del the scarf that Nora was wearing that night and ask him to have the dogs search for Nora too. Even though they know Nora is with Sam, Bo still has to find her.
Out in the woods, Del releases a German shepherd and tells the dog to find Georgie.
Nora and Sam
Nora picks the picture of Bo and Georgie up off the bed and looks at it again. Nora doesn't understand why she didn't see this coming. Sam suggests to look at it again starting from the beginning. Why did Nora hire Georgie? Nora desperately needed help when her assistant Jill left and Rachel recommended Georgie because they knew each other in law school. Georgie walked in and took over and Nora was grateful. Nora thinks Georgie had an agenda right from the start and Nora was just too needy to see it. Georgie gave Bo wide-eyed admiration and home cooked meals and all Nora did was give Bo grief about his motorcycle. Maybe I never suspected a thing because Bo was the one complaining about Georgie hanging around them too much, Nora suggests. Nora even remembers one time that she came home and found Bo and Georgie hugging, but she believed Bo when he told her that Georgie was upset. It was after that that Bo started working late and showering Nora with expensive presents. Nora is convinced that those are signs of his guilt. Sam reminds her that Nora recently spent an entire evening extolling Bo's virtues to him, he suggests that she trust her instincts. Her instincts and the evidence point to the fact Bo was having an affair with Georgie, Nora tells him. "She didn't just want to crawl into my shoes, she wanted to crawl into my bed. And she did, in my nightgown, with my husband", Nora says, waving the photo. Georgie planned to blackmail Bo with the picture, Nora decides, that's why he tried to throw her out of the house. Sam has to allow that it does sort of make sense. Nora decides that there's no need for her to go back to Llanview, she's going back to Chicago with Sam.
She can't just leave Llanview behind, Sam tells her, it's her town. No, it's Bo's town, filled with his family, who are probably rallying around Bo as they speak. Nora wants to go to Chicago and find Nora Hanen again. "I never should have settled in Llanview and let myself be Buchananized." Sam came and saved her, maybe it's their time to be together, maybe it's fate, Nora says. Nora asks him to give it a chance and see what happens. "How many times can I say no", Sam says.
Instead of fighting her, Sam tries reverse psychology and tells Nora it's a great idea for her to come back to Chicago. If she wants to get away from Bo, that's great, and away from Rachel, too, and all her friends. Nora's expression changes and she doesn't seem so certain anymore. Sam leaves to go take care of the hotel bill and give her some time to think about it.
At the bar, after calling Todd, Sam gives the bartender some money, he has a long distance call he'd like to make. After making the call (which we don't see), Sam returns to the hotel room and tells Nora that he called Todd. He didn't tell Todd where they were, but he learned that there's an APB out on both of them and on Georgie, and that Todd has a copy of the picture. That's Bo's problem, Nora insists. No, that's your problem, Sam tells her.
If Todd prints that picture, Bo and a lot of other people are going to get hurt, but there's nothing I can do about it, Nora tells him. So you're just going to abandon ship and let Rachel and everyone else fend for themselves, Sam asks. So what is she supposed to do, just stand by her man? She hates woman like that, she wants to shake them and ask them where their self-esteem is. "I'm going to Chicago!", she practically yells. Sam gives in and tells her he's going to gas up both of their cars. Before he leaves he steps close to her and takes her face in his hands. He kisses her tenderly, yet passionately at the same time. After he leaves, Nora sits down on the bed and looks at the picture of Bo and Georgie again, then turns it face down on the bed.
Sam is sitting in the bar when Bo arrives. Bo casually pulls his coat back and shows his badge, silently warning the men in the bar not to give him any trouble. Sam hands Bo the key to Nora's room and asks Bo to be good to Nora, he owes her that much. Sam sits back down at the bar. Now I need a beer, he tells the bartender. In the hotel room, Nora is all packed up and anxiously waiting for Sam to return. The door opens, but instead of Sam, Bo is standing there. They look at each other for a moment. "You cut your hair", is Bo's first comment. They look at each other again. "So, how much trouble are we in Red?", Bo asks.
Up in the woods by the lodge, the dog leads Del to Georgie's body.
At the courthouse, everyone is gathering for the police academy graduation. Despite the fact that he's supposed to officiate, Bo tells his family he has something to do and leaves. Clint follows after him and offers his help, but Bo says this is something he has to do alone. Larry, Kelly and Joey arrive at the courthouse with Dorian in a wheelchair. Cassie is upset to see Dorian out of the hospital, but she promises to go right back after she sees Mel. Viki comes over to say how wonderful it is to see Dorian out of the hospital. Mel comes over, surprised to see Dorian. "Mel Hayes, I have a bone to pick with you", Dorian tells him.
Mel didn't think Dorian would be out of the hospital so soon. Were you hoping I'd be so weak I couldn't do anything about that letter you sent, Dorian asks. She calls him cowardly for not saying goodbye in person. Mel didn't think she wanted to see him anymore. So despite the fact you say you love me, you're just giving up without a fight, says Dorian. Without a fight? They've had a "bloody brawl from one end of town to the other", Mel defends himself, and now their having another one in front of an audience. What does Dorian really want? "Mel Hayes, I want you to marry me".