Love, desire, and emotional manipulation shone down on us this afternoon, with nary a cloud of violence to be seen, for a nice, refreshing change after the deluge of the past couple of weeks.
KEEPING SECRETS AT THE NEW ABODE
Kevin practically winces in pain when Cassie smooches all kinds of love and devotion over him in the presence of Bibi in their gorgeous living room. Bibi looks stricken. As Cassie blissfully leaves to go shopping, Bibi and Kevin bemoan their fate, wondering how they're supposed to handle this squirmingly uncomfortable situation. Bibi feels an enormous sense of guilt, and can't possibly pretend she and Kevin didn't do the dance of the two-headed beast. She claims that they made a mistake, but Kevin thinks what they did was just great, considering the life-threatening situation they were in down in that quiet, solitary cellar. He is under the delusion that they'll never give in to temptation again, but Bibi is dubious about that. She is also pretty distraught over the way Cassie has been going on and on, praising her for her bravery, etc. etc. She's just saying what I want to say to you, Kevin soothes, only serving to make Bibi feel worse.
Again, BeeBee threatens to move out, predictably causing Kevin to express his desire to have her near. Oh, and David needs her. BeeBee reacts by accusing Kevin of thinking of her as a mere convenience, and needles him that maybe he just wants her to stick around because he's afraid Cassie will learn the truth if she (BeeBee) really did quit her job. She thinks he just doesn't want to hurt Cassie, but surprisingly, Kevin is more worried about hurting BeeBee. Upon hearing this, BeeBee begins to babble something about how she "thought maybe... thought maybe.. but no, no, no.." -ack! Dorian, with a catlike grace, enters the room, obviously interrupting an emotional moment between the two. "shhhhh", Dorian hushes them, informing them that David is asleep. BeeBee and Kevin look, for a moment, like deer frozen in the gaze of headlights. Kevin chokes out that he didn't realize Dorian was in the house. Obviously, glitters Dorian, looking at the two knowingly.
When Dorian notes that BB appears to be upset, Kevin leaps to her defense, excusing BB's emotional state by pretending BB was just defending Cassie. I'm not sure why he thought that would work, because Dorian immediately defended Cassie's strength, reminding Kevin that no one needed to defend her daughter. BB tries to flee the room, but before she can make a getaway, Cassie returns with a sack of groceries, breezing in without noting who's there and chatting away happily about cooking dinner. She's surprised to see her mom standing there, and, pausing to place the bag of groceries in Kevin's surprised arms, she invites Dorian to stay too. As Dorian politely declines, saying that she only stopped in to see David, (who is doing just great), but wouldn't dream of intruding on the lovebirds, while in the background we see Kevin and BB look miserable. BB, flutteringly claiming a lack of appetite, makes a hasty exit to her room. A frown crosses Cassie's face momentarily, but she shrugs it off as she returns to lovin' Kevin.
In Barbara's room, we see her checking out her reflection again, deep in thought with her hairbrush held forgotten in her hand. There is a soft knock at the door. Barbara and I both expect Kevin, but instead Dorian reveals herself, sees instantly that Barbara is surprised, and doesn't hesitate to comment on it. Expecting someone else? Barbara gulps in reply. Dorian holds a smile on her face, but her eyes are wise and steely. Barbara's smile freezes and she looks terrified. Divine Dorian purrs to Barbara, remembering how close Barbara has been to Kevin ever since the fire, and now she's developed a friendship with David. Does she develop such attachments to all her patients? Barbara fumbles. Dorian goes on, bringing up Cassie's current happiness, which is because of Kevin.. and she wants Cassie to stay happy. Barbara quivers.
Meanwhile, out on the couch in the living room, Cassie is trying her heart out to be all womanly, soft, and inviting, but Kevin doesn't even notice her. When confronted, Kevin lamely babbles about work, and kinda tries to talk his way into leaving for the office, but Cassie won't hear of it. She wants to take advantage of their time alone together (?), so he makes out with her. Things progress and he's in the process of awkwardly kicking off a shoe when Dorian reluctantly interrupts to say goodnight. Before she leaves, however, Bibi enters and announces with a flourish that she's leaving her position.
IT'S TIME TO GROW UP AND OUT OF IT
Clint and Lindsay lock gazes, as she looks up at him from her position on the floor of the entry way into the hotel restaurant, where she had fallen when he bumped into her when he was leaving. They flirt as she tries to stand, but seems to have sprained her ankle.
At a table, Blair and Sam laugh over their meal. He teases her about being in the bathrobe, and then compliments her on how she looked in that dress he had bought her. He charmingly claims that she looked better in it than Lindsay, and while Blair coos, they notice Lindsay and Clint, arm in arm, body to body. Blair wonders if Lindsay's flirting with Clint to get at Sam, but Sam realizes that it's not a ploy to bother *him*.. Lindsay's just playing with her prey. Sam notices that Clint doesn't seem to like Blair, and Blair admits that she's not too popular with the Buchanan clan. Sam wonders if it's because she married Asa or if it's because she was after Asa's money. Yes, grins Blair. Blair hints around that once, when she was married to Asa, and he needed his medicine, the Buchanans claim she didn't quite get it to him. But that was back when money was important to her, and it isn't so much anymore. Sam seems quite happy to hear it :-).
Over at the other table, Clint and Lindsay make jokes and laugh, but soon the conversation turns to Sam. Clint, quite obviously taken with Lindsay, thinks Sam is a fool to let her go. Lindsay twists the truth about Sam, spinning that Sam's expectations were hard to live up to, but still it was hard to let him go, especially when *he* insists that they still celebrate their anniversary, even now after the divorce. Clint agrees that it's hard to let a marriage die. He notices that she seems uncomfortable around Sam, so they move to a table on the terrace. Blair watches them go.
"Lindsay is good", admires Blair. Sam changes the subject. He approves of Blair's appetite, commenting on how she ate every bit of her dinner, but she grins that she isn't done yet, as she hasn't had anything ooey gooey and really chocolatey yet. She's awfully cute as she lists off the available desserts, and when she can't quite decide on which treat to have, Sam, adorably, suggests that they have one of each sent up to his room. Sam has the best ideas :-).
Clint puts some ice on Lindsay's ankle, then pours them each a glass of champagne. Lindsay chuckles that she didn't know champagne worked on twisted ankles, and wonders if it'll work as well on broken hearts. She notices Blair and Sam as they leave together, and expresses sympathy for Blair, having to fight against Sam's love for Nora. When Clint suggests that perhaps she and Sam will get back together, she sounds pretty convincing when she says that it's really over between them. Clint claims that they have more in common than he realized. How does he mean? Well, he tells her about Viki, about how their differences worked for them in the beginning, but that eventually she left him for someone she could talk about books with, and Lindsay commiserates that it's hard to make a marriage between two different people to work. Lindsay coos that Clint seems like a man of action. Clint glows. He reveals that Viki was here earlier, and that he had proposed to her. Lindsay is agog that Viki turned him down, but Clint contradicts that it's kind of a relief, because now he can move on, instead of hanging out in the limbo he has been in for so many years now.
In Sam's room, Blair and Sam kiss deeply over several empty dessert plates. Sam has another great idea to move on to the bedroom, but once they get there, Blair discovers a big, long, shirt-like, ankle length, nightshirt- type- thing lying on the bed. Blair is angry, knowing Lindsay left it there, but Sam does an admirable job of making her forget allllll about it. Just when it's starting to get good, the phone rings. Blair answers, and thinking it's Lindsay, makes some catty remarks... but it's actually Nora...
IF YOU'D ONLY LISTEN TO ME
In the living room of Bo and Nora's home (sans Bo, who's off on police business), Hank, Nora, R.J., and Rachel silently and uncomfortably choke down some asian take-out. Hank, attempting to make some conversation, asks R.J. how things are going down at the community center. R.J. drawls that he's there every day, paying off his debt to society. Hank and Nora scowl at R.J., but Rachel insists that everyone stop the pretense and wake up. She tells her mother that she can deal with being a murderer, can take the consequences, can "deal", but can Nora? Nora reiterates to Rachel that what she did was self defense, and that she shouldn't have to go to prison. But Rachel doesn't want to live through a trial, having to relate what she did in front of a jury, and also doesn't want to be given a lighter sentence, because she wants to pay for what she did. R.J. supports Rachel, angering Hank and Nora, who firmly believe that they know what's best for Rachel, despite what Rachel claims is best. Rachel hugs R.J. good night, and when she's upstairs, Nora and Hank rail at R.J., blaming him for how Rachel feels. R.J. attempts, again, to explain how Rachel feels, and that they should *listen* to her. Nora goes upstairs.
Sitting on Rachel's bed, Nora tries to comfort her daughter, telling her that no matter what she did, it doesn't change the fact that she loves her. Rachel thinks she's disappointed her mother yet again, causing Nora to remember all the times Rachel has had to fight all her battles all by herself. This time, she wants to help her daughter, and pleads with her daughter to let her and Hank help. Rachel refuses, because if she lets her parents help her escape justice, then that would be taking away the one thing she actually likes about herself.. her strength. Rachel wants to make a fresh start, and wants to be proud of herself, and she can't have that if Hank and Nora and Sam make it so she doesn't have to pay for what she did. Nora doesn't listen. She tries again to get Rachel to agree to self- defense. Rachel doesn't want to argue about it any more. She turns to sleep, while her mother weeps silently at her side. Hank enters and comforts Nora.
Nora heads off to Sam's hotel, pausing before going up there to call him first (good thing, too). Blair realizes that such sacrifices are a part and parcel of being with one of the good guys, and lets him go to Nora. Sam meets Nora in the restaurant, where Nora pleads with Sam to help Rachel. She takes on all the blame for Rachel's actions, thinking she didn't raise Rachel well enough. She wants to be able to support her daughter now, but Sam wonders who's supporting Nora. Nora looks at Sam. Sam suggests that Nora go back home and take care of her daughter. Nora leaves quickly, without a word.
While Nora is gone, Hank comes downstairs to an empty living room. He sits heavily on the couch, worried, when R.J. comes through the kitchen door with a drink in his hand. Hank scowls that he thought R.J. had left. R.J. scoffs, elegantly sitting down and sipping his drink, placing a napkin across his thigh before resting his drink there. R.J. asks about Rachel, and then they start arguing over her. R.J. tries to get Hank to understand that the most important thing they can do for Rachel right now is to listen to her and believe in her. Hank is afraid. R.J. keeps trying to talk sense to his brother, but Hank balks at the notion of R.J. actually giving advice. R.J. tries again, defending Rachel, trying to get his brother to understand what Rachel really needs.
Later, we see Rachel asleep, and Nora is sitting over her, looking very sad. Hank holds Nora to him from behind, as they both gaze at their daughter.
BUT I LOVE IT WHEN YOU PICK ME UP
As Sam prepares to leave the restaurant and return to his room where Blair is waiting, he sees Clint and Lindsay. Clint has decided to carry Lindsay up to her hotel room, and that must 've inspired Sam, because when Sam gets back to his room, and discovers that Blair has put on that long shirt thing (open to her belly, revealing her pretty bra), he picks her up and carries her to bed, where joyous love-making begins.