Everything with Everyone happened in and around the grounds of the country club today, and it was all so tightly twisted together that I'm going to have to relate the day's events in an "as they happened" way this time.
On the Terrace:
What was on Friday violently passionate, but today has slowed down to a deep, but still frighteningly public smooch, Kevin and Bibi's kiss slows further until they have stopped kissing and are gazing adoringly into each other's eyes. As their faces part, we see Joey standing there watching, sighing, and momentarily turning his head away in shock and disappointment. Barbara strokes Kevin's face, and smiles, kissing his hand, which is holding hers. Kevin breath is deep and whistles. Suddenly Barb spies Joey out of the corner of her eye, turns, and Kevin sees too. Joey, looking angry, cautious, and unafraid, steps forth while Kevin and Barb break apart, startled. Kevin recovers mighty quick, and in an arrogantly angry way tells Joey, who hasn't yet said anything, that "she was just giving me c.p.r." Barbara thinks his comment was funny. Joey doesn't. "Why don't you just tell me what the hell's going on?"
In the Ballroom:
Lindsay, sitting at a table with Cassie, Asa, and Renee, congratulates Cassie for being about to become a Buchanan. Cassie teases Asa as she replies that although she's engaged, she isn't sure one ever actually *becomes* a Buchanan. Asa's amused. Renee chucklingly points out that one has to prove oneself to be permitted to learn the secret handshake, and as she speaks, Clint crosses the room to come to Lindsay's side. Bored?, he asks. Nope. Clint takes Lindsay out for a romantic walk. Cassie speculates that perhaps Lindsay going after Clint is the reason Kevin's been acting so crazy. But Asa approves of them. He's worried about Bo. And Nora, adds Renee. How does anyone get through the fact that your own daughter is a murderer?
At the Bar:
Bo comfortingly advises Nora that the only way they're going to get through this is together. Nora looks up from her hands and "what if's", but Bo tells her to forget about his job, because no matter what, he's going to be right there beside Nora and Rachel, supporting both of them. Nora gives Bo a look like he's just the best thing to come around since cheeseburgers :-).
In the Stable:
Sam asks Sykes what's going on, and Sykes obliges that Todd escaped after trading places with his ex-wife. Blair, who's holding Starr, angrily reminds Sykes that Todd chloroformed her. Sykes continues, pointing out how suspicious it looks with all three of them there this late at night. Looks like collusion. He suspects Todd was saying goodbye to Starr. Sam scoffs that's a crazy notion, after everything Todd did to them, and points out that there is a party for *Asa* going on right here. In fact, Sam swears that he hasn't seen Todd since he was in jail. Blair cuddles her little girl.
In the Cabana:
Téa wonders why Todd came back, since he was free. Unfinished business, Todd replies. Téa doesn't know what he's talking about, since it's over and there's nothing between them anymore. As long as she's alive, Todd warns, there will always be something between them. (Outside, Drew, in uniform, takes over for Téa's guard.) You were a fool to come back, Téa tells Todd, calmly. Everything's been said and done between them, well, almost everything, she adds. Todd knows about Sykes, and insults her for having another man already. "Even if that were true", Téa chants, "what do you care? Our marriage was never consummated." Todd snorts that she did that with the reverend. Téa interprets that comment to mean that *that's* why Todd is there. Does he finally want her?
On the Terrace:
Joey comes at Kevin, asking how he could do this to Cassie, but Kevin interrupts, pointing to the sky, and menacingly warns Joey not to "get all Holier than thou" on him. Barbara proclaims that this isn't Kevin's fault, it's hers, but Joey isn't swayed. He sees two willing participants. Kevin remains completely unrepentant. Joey wants to know who Kevin is becoming! Kevin orders Barb to leave, and once she huffs off, Kevin points at Joey, telling him that he doesn't know a damn thing about it. Joey tells Kevin that he's concerned about Barbara's vulnerability, troubled because she is still dealing with being raped, and is also concerned because Kevin is engaged to Cassie. This statement Kevin interprets as his cue to reveal that he and Bibi had sex at the lodge, insisting that what they did was reasonable considering the pressure they were under. Joey can't believe it He thinks Kevin is "absolutely pathetic". Kevin, concerned that Joey has his number, insists that he knows it was wrong and he's trying to nip it in the bud. "And kissing her out here on the terrace is your way of doing that?!?" Joey brings up Cassie, reminding Kevin that he took her away from her husband and her son and promised to love her, but questions whether Kevin even knows what love is. Or is this some kind of game?
In the Ballroom:
Barb storms through, but Cassie sees her and catches up with her. Barbara, a weird, cold smile dancing across her face, breathy and obviously agitated, tells Cassie that Kevin just made her decide to stay on as David's nurse.
At the bar:
Bo and Nora have a pleasant chat, in which Bo, the sweetie, tells Nora that the best thing they've got going for them, their greatest strength, is their love. Nora just loves what he's saying. Bo thinks that they were just sidetracked by other people and crazy events, but they can't let that happen anymore because in the end all they really have is each other. And our kids, Nora adds. Bo agrees. He assures Nora that they are going to get through this, because there's no one in this world who means as much to him as she does. Nora basically says the same thing to him, and they both look pretty damn happy :-).
In the Stable:
Sykes backs off Sam and Blair, but warns them to find him if either of them see or hear from Todd. He leaves. Sam sighs in relief, and Blair wonders what happened to Sam's belief that they needed to turn Todd in for his own good. It's easier said that done, Sam replies. Blair agrees. They talk about the good side of Todd. Sam thought he was going to be the one, and Blair thought she was going to be the one, to break through to Todd, so that he would let his good side out, instead of being so afraid of it. They are both disappointed that they couldn't do it.
In the Cabana:
Todd asks Téa what she'd do if he touched her right now... run away? fight him? Téa tells Todd that he should have trusted her enough to let himself do that long, long ago, when she was making it crystal clear that it was what she wanted from him. Interestingly, Todd suggests that maybe he wanted to be the one to make the first move, instead of feeling forced. They continue to discuss their past, and eventually, shockingly, she offers herself to him, and when, at that moment, Drew calls in to ask if she's alright (he calls her "Mrs. Manning"), and she calls back that she's fine, Todd kisses her. But she breaks it off. "I can't", she says. Todd accuses her of trying to make him feel bad, but of course he's wrong. Téa speaks of how she lost her self-respect, which he tortured out of her, and kissing him made her lose it again, since she told herself that she wouldn't get involved with him anymore. To Todd, Téa just betrayed him for the last time.
Outside the Cabana:
Drew hears Todd through the door and draws his gun. Sykes arrives.
In the Ballroom:
Bo and Nora dance, but Nora can't relax. (Nora's dress is just lovely) Nora frets about Rachel, while Bo supports and sympathizes with her, drawing on his recent experience with Drew. Bo handsomely, charmingly, tells Nora that he will be there to help her through it tonight and every other night. Nora's heart is in her eyes. They happily kiss.
At Cassie, Asa, and Renee's pleasant table, Clint and Lindsay arrive to announce that Manning was just discovered in a Cabana with Téa.
Back on the Terrace:
Kevin huffs to Joey not to question him about love. He insists he loves Cassie. Joey laughs that he has a funny way of showing it. Joey won't back off, and asks "why Barbara?" Kevin rambles on about how intimate they became after he was burned in the fire at Canton, and that it just developed from there. Joey, again, is sickened. He is appalled with Kevin for having Barbara live in that house with all of them, if they were becoming emotionally close. In the face of Joey's continued anger, Kevin suddenly changes tactics and becomes .. i dunno.. conciliatory?.. awkwardly places his hand on Joey's shoulder and asks Joey if he's "gonna tell Cassie on" him. Cassie excitedly arrives to tell Kevin about Todd being discovered in the Cabana holding Téa hostage, and come on! Kevin reluctantly leaves Joey, who, once alone, tries to digest everything he now knows, looking shocked, angry, disgusted, and bewildered in turns. (nicely done)
Outside/Inside the Cabana:
Sykes yells at Todd, who, his hand loosely on Téa's arm, retorts with a threat to kill her (but we see Téa give him a look, and he shrugs lamely back at her in response, and Téa looks wryly amused). Drew knows Todd is bluffing, but Sykes doesn't want to take any chances. Blair, holding Starr, and Sam arrive on the scene. Sykes' first concern is for Starr, who he kindly asks to go off and show an officer her toy. Once Starr steps a ways away with an officer, Sykes lets Sam and Blair know that he expects sharpshooters here any minute, that Todd has no way out, and asks Sam if he wants to help now. Sam shouts to Todd. Blair begs Todd not to do this to Starr. Sam yells to Todd to let Téa go and to take him instead. Sykes shakes his head no, so Blair pleads with him to let Sam in. Kevin arrives, yelling and pointing until he actually pokes Sykes in the shoulder accidentally. Cassie is right behind him. Sykes wants these people out of here. An officer gathers Kevin and Cassie, backing them up, but Kevin points at Sykes, yells about the freedom of the press, and shouts to Sykes that he "outta be Commissioner of Sewers." Sam tells Todd that he's trapped, and he's going to have to face everything. Todd shouts that he's not going back to jail, coz "jail sucks!" Starr cries out for her daddy, and Todd is visibly moved to hear her voice. Téa softly asks him to listen to Sam, and Todd lets Sam in.
At the Bar in the Hotel:
Renee slides into a bar chair beside Nora, sighing that they have lost their men again to the Great Todd Manning Hunt. She asks Nora about Rachel. Nora admits that Rachel is coping better than she is, and that her plea bargain will be held tomorrow. Renee assures Nora that the sentence should be light, since there is a good case for self defense. Nora believes any sentence is too much. Lindsay shows up and reminds Nora that she has her husband back, which should be a comfort, and also mentions that the Buchanans remind her of an old western, riding in to save the day. Nora speaks of Todd's history, and Lindsay gives an interesting perspective of Sam and Todd's relationship. She relates that Sam was always bailing that boy out of one jam or another. She never understood why Sam was always standing up for Todd, but that there must be something to it.
Outside/Inside the Cabana:
Now in the room, Sam urges Todd to surrender, but of course Todd doesn't see why he should trust anyone, and regrets ever opening up to Sam. Sam brings up Peter Manning, asking if this whole thing was about his father. Todd balks. But Sam has had enough. In the past he (Sam) had been willing to let Todd keep his secrets about the night Todd tried to kill his father, but "the penny just dropped here", and now he wants to know what happened. Sam starts remembering that night, remembering a girl, a cheerleader, named Michelle. As he goes on, Todd becomes angrier and angrier, finally saying he'll talk about it, but not in front of Téa. Téa tries to stop Sam, but Sam has realized that by protecting Todd, not only is the problem getting worse, but also that he has become part of the problem, and it's got to stop.
Outside Bo arrives, with Clint and Asa behind. Sykes tells them to leave, and Bo offers to help. Sykes refuses. Drew says they've got everything under control. Kevin comes up behind Bo and asks for a statement, or is Sykes the "Commissioner of the Secret Police" now? Sykes gracefully ignores the taunt and tells Kevin what Kevin already knows. Kevin isn't satisfied and keeps after Sykes, eventually pointing, while an officer bustles them back. Cassie asks Kevin to cool it and he calls her his mother before leaving. Bo is left to talk to Sykes. He advises Sykes to keep Blair around, because Manning may listen to her. Sykes thanks Bo and asks Blair to stay. Blair will, and sends Starr off with Cassie.
Back inside, Todd won't allow Téa to hear the story, and shoves her out of the room. Once she's outside, Sykes considers "rushing" the room, but stops when Téa pleads with him not to, even lying that Todd has a weapon. She begs him to let Sam have a chance to get through to Todd.
Inside, Todd is busy being mad at Sam, but Sam won't let up because he loves him, and since "we're as sick as our secrets" wants to know the truth about the past, about the night Todd nearly killed Peter. Todd, slowly, begins to tell the story about that night. It was his birthday, and a girl, who liked him, surprised and touched him by stopping by with a birthday cake. He didn't want to let her in because his father hated it when people came over, but .. she was so nice. Todd hadn't seen a cake with candles since his mom split, and it felt really nice. It's supposed to, Sam comforted. Todd continues that she hadn't brought a match for the candles, though, so Todd took his father's lighter to light them. This was an enormous mistake, because Peter came in and went nuts right away, right in front of the girl, Michelle. Peter threw the cake down on the floor, called Michelle names, told her Todd was a loser, and threw her out. Todd explains that Peter used to abuse Todd by forcing Todd to hold his hand over the flame from that lighter for one minute. If Todd didn't hold his hand over the flame for the allotted time, things would just get worse. Sam is horrified, and afraid to hear more, but doesn't give up, not letting Todd stop.
At the Bar:
Asa, Clint, and Bo arrive to reunite with their lady-loves. Bo says that Sykes removed all the civilians, thinks he can't handle Manning, and is too "pig-headed" to ask for help. Nora puts a positive spin on it, for if Sykes messes up again, it'll only prove that he's the wrong person to be the commissioner. Asa proclaims that for the well being of his family and of the city, Manning must be put down, and he has a plan. Renee immediately orders him to stop, worried about his health. She is not going to lose him to some foolish sense of Buchanan honor!
In the Stable:
Joey sits on a block of hay, looking pretty sad and troubled. Barb shows up, and asks if he hates her totally.
Inside the Cabana:
In order to get through these horrible bouts of abuse, Todd would disassociate, would ignore his body and withdraw totally within his mind. He wouldn't even make a sound, and that made Peter more angry. Sam asks if what Peter did was to punish him for stealing the lighter or what? Todd says that what happened wasn't anything that hadn't happened before. So what was different this time, asks Sam, pointing out that he never wanted to kill Peter before. Todd looks terribly vulnerable and afraid. Sam warns him that now isn't the time to go back into his head. Todd goes for it. He doesn't know why it was different, if it was the lighter, or the girl, or that someone cared for him enough to bake him a cake, but this time, Peter decided to do things differently, a new experiment. This time, Peter wanted to know how long he could hold Todd's hand over the flame until Todd finally moved it away. But, for the first time, Todd said "No." Sam sadly asks what Peter did then. "Nothing, at first, then it was like a storm." Peter shoved Todd face first to the ground, lifted his shirt, and beat him with the buckle end of the belt. Sam is sickened, and feels awful for Todd. If Todd would have told him, he would have gone to the police.. he would have done something.. and then, heartbreakingly, Todd tells Sam that he deserved it. Sam quickly says he didn't. Todd thinks he did, and continues on with the horrible tale. This time, Peter didn't want to stop with the lighter, or stop with the beating.... Todd pauses, face contorted.. and Sam tries to help, "and that's when you went for his throat?". Todd's face changes, hardens, and he speaks of putting his hands on Peter's throat. Sam knows this part, since this is when he himself stopped by to give Todd his birthday present. Todd wanted to kill Peter, and admits to Sam that if he hadn't shown up, he would have.
In the Stable:
Joey doesn't hate Barbara. He hates the situation, and wants to know why she didn't control herself. At this, Barb defensively throws Kelly in his face, as in "oh, like you controlled yourself with Kelly?!" Joey attempts to explain the difference. Barb insists that she loves Kevin. Joey is afraid that if things keep on as they are, someone, probably all of them, are going to be hurt. Barbara refuses to deny her feelings anymore. Barbara goes on about how she used to be such a fighter, how proud she was of herself that she wouldn't allow herself to become "a perfect little political wife" to John Sykes. That's the real her. Then the rape happened and she wasn't in control anymore, wasn't herself anymore, but now "I am back" and she proclaims she will follow her heart from now on. Joey, in the face of this, simply states that he doesn't want Barbara to get hurt, but when Barbara insinuates that he's a little jealous, he adds that he liked the other Barbara better. Joey is pretty disgusted and decides to leave, which makes Barb mad, and she demands of Joey how she's going to get home. Joey has a great comeback. He tells her that with her newfound strength, he was confident she'll figure something out. Perhaps she could ask for a ride from the Buchanan brother she really wants to be with. (ha!)
On the Terrace:
Cassie is comforting Starr in her arms. Kevin arrives, complaining that Sykes has no right to make them leave. Kevin is afraid that Blair will scoop them in the Sun. Cassie asks what's with him tonight, and haughtily tells him that she doesn't appreciate being called his mother. Kevin apologizes, blaming the story and Todd. Cassie doesn't buy the excuse. Cassie tells Kevin that he's been out of control ever since he was held hostage. He sulks that Todd is the one who's out of control, and he won't relax until Todd's behind bars. Cassie tries to cheer him up by telling him that Barbara has decided to stay permanently. Kevin looks at her with no expression.
At the Bar:
Bo and Nora kiss and leave happily together.
In the Cabana:
Todd accuses Sam of being turned on by the story. He is angry because all this talk isn't making him feel any better. Sam thinks Todd has to figure this out because there's someone inside of Todd that keeps messing things up, and that he's got to get in control over whoever's in there! Todd insists that he knows exactly who he is. Sam says if that's true, then tell why he tried to kill his father that night. Todd says that that day, he discovered what he did best. Sam won't let that remark go. He tries to convince Todd that that statement was just a lie he told himself to make everything seem OK. Sam keeps on, asking what happened .. that they're so close.. tell him...
Outside, Sykes calls for the swat team, and asks Téa why Todd let her go. Téa tries to convince Sykes that Sam can talk Todd into giving himself up. Sykes doesn't want to wait any longer, but Blair leaps in with a desperate "No!" Blair begs, for her little girl's sake, to please not shoot Todd.
Inside, Sam keeps on Todd. If it wasn't the lighter, and it wasn't Michelle, then what was it that caused Todd to flip out and lose control? Todd faces Sam, and though he tries to smirk and say "nothing", Sam knows he's lying. The final shot is of Todd's face, which wears a thinly held, controlled expression over what appears to be a mass of fear.