ACT ONE: "...IT SLICES, IT DICES, IT CUTS THROUGH INCREDIBLY THICK TENSION.."
Scene One: Club Indigo
Jessica, looking fresh, summery, relaxed, and gorgeous, enters the club comfortably holding hands with Cristian. Max, every inch the host, charmingly escorts them to a table, then returns to man the bar. Jessica and Cris are there to meet Lindsay and Will, in order to help Will feel comfortable as a newcomer in Llanview. Jess feels sorta like she's going behind her mom's back, meeting Lindsay, and Cris feels like a third wheel, since Lindsay obviously wants to hook up Jess and Will. Jess twinkles that that's silly, and she makes him feel better by moving close and kissing him. Comfortably :-)
Max and R.J. argue over the business vision for Club Indigo. Max wants to make it more relaxed, and so changes the music to something that sounds kinda big-bandish. This change infuriates R.J., who wants Club Indigo to remain a high-class club which showcases excellent jazz.
Scene Two: Airport
Lindsay nervously awaits the arrival of Will, whose plane is late, affording Clint several opportunities to be gallant with her. She's angry too, rails that if she were in Chicago, she'd have everyone in charge by the ear and would know what was going on. Or Sam would. Clint is there to support her, and she hugs him gratefully.
Scene Three: Courtroom
There is a repeat of the final friday scene, as Todd falls like a brick to the floor, eyes open and staring vacantly. Sam and Téa rush to his side. Téa loosens Todd's tie, and Sam, who thinks Todd is having a heart attack, calls for help. Drew crowds in. Bo subtly shows his disbelief; Kevin is blatant about it.
ACT TWO: AND HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR SURPRISES?
Scene One: Courtroom
Everyone has a reaction to Todd's sudden collapse. Blair and Téa stand to the side, frowning concern. Drew says his heartbeat is normal and doesn't think it's a heart attack, Sam asks what does he know. Kevin sneers that it's not. Drew cuffs Todd, over Sam's threats of abuse charges, and to Kevin and Bo's grinning pleasure. Cassie hurries through the crowded courtroom, to be manhandled by Kevin. Kevin tells her that Todd took a dive after the judge ruled against him. (? not exactly how I remember it) He crosses to Todd, and spitefully tries to taunt him, but the court guards and Cassie and Sam drive him away. Sam encourages Todd to hang tough. Bo asks Hank what he thinks, but Hank can't stop thinking about Rachel.
Scene Two: Gannon Cabin (a fairly rustic place, stuffed with a hodgepodge of mismatched, interesting objects, yet equipped with big, double front doors)
Rachel is delighted that Nora brought her to the cabin, and reminisces over various odds and ends in the place, pausing especially at a rough, heart-shaped carving she'd done to a dark wood support beam when she was seven or eight and had a crush on a senior. Rachel's surprised that Nora got permission to take her out of the state. Nora replies that when she's got the will, there's a way.
Scene Three: Club Indigo
(I missed Wendi the mixologist in this scene) Max severely gets on R.J.'s nerves by leaving the bar looking messy with used glassware and bar towels left all over it. R.J. cleans it up. They argue about the vision for Club Indigo. Max thinks his 50% ownership allows him to make the club into a watering hole. R.J. angrily demands that the club retain it's high-class, high-quality jazz atmosphere. Max doesn't get it.
Cris and Jess are still waiting for Will, and Cris is jealous, in a sweet way, of Will.
Bibi flaunts in, steps up to the bar and asks Max for a white wine. Joey enters, sees Bibi, and greets her. We discover that she's spotted him at two other clubs, and she calls "Mr. Joey Buchanan" on following her around town.
ACT THREE: nuKEVIN AGAIN SHOWS OFF HIS nuTRUE nuCOLORS
Scene One: Club Indigo
Bibi is acting kinda strange. She thought Joey was angry with her for sleeping with his brother, but Joey corrects that Kevin was the one who was out of line. He admits that he's following her because he wanted to make sure she was ok, but how could she go out on the town like that after all she's been through? Barb returns to her drink. It's time to get past the rape and also Kevin, she sips. Joey thinks she's a little tipsy. (ahhh.. that explains it) Barbara looks at him and says that it should have been him instead of... "My lousy brother?" yeah. They laugh, and Joey's penalty for following her around is to dance with her. Very closely too.
Jessica and Cristian are super cute as they playfully discuss some serious feelings of jealousy they are having, Jess about his secret pen pal Roseanne, and Cris about the soon- to- arrive Will.
Scene Two: Airport
Lindsay gets more worried as the plane is later and later. Clint listens as she tells stories about Will's bad-boy behavior in what was apparently a boarding high-school. Lindsay seems rather proud of the fact that Will is one heck of a charmer. Clint suspects he inherited it from her. She wonders why Sam isn't here yet, and Clint offers his handy phone- in- a- pocket to call him.
Scene Three: Hospital
Bo walks into the corridor with Hank, smilingly mentioning that so far no one can find anything wrong with Manning. Téa is sitting, looking superbly sad. Bo asks her how she's doing. Téa is worried about the damage she did to Todd with the shovel, the kind of damage you can't see. Blair leans against the nurses' desk while Sam tells Lindsay that it isn't a good time. Lindsay's angry that Sam's psychopathic surrogate son takes precedence over his real one. She hangs up before he can explain.
Sam is anxious, waiting for Todd's return from the cat scan. He feels bad. He thinks it's his fault for pushing Todd too hard. Blair comforts him. She tells him that Todd pushes himself and has been over the edge for years. Kevin saunters in with Cassie. He can't believe anyone would take Todd seriously, then ignores Cassie when she points out that they have to. He proclaims that if the doctors have a problem proving that he's faking, then he'll do it himself. Cassie makes a noise like she doesn't like the sound of that.
Todd is wheeled through to his room. His eyes are still open, and he's still vacant. Drew is, of course, guarding him. Sam stops the doctor. Everyone hears the doctor say that nothing was found on the cat scan. He's ordered more tests, though. A light bulb has apparently flashed over Kevin's head. He takes off a decorative pin from Cassie's suit, smirking that he's going to run his own test. Cassie actually smirks back approvingly. The doctor continues to explain that Todd is catatonic, but it could be voluntary or involuntary.
Drew stands guard at Todd's room, allows Kevin to enter, and chats pleasantly with Cassie. Kevin taunts Todd verbally at first. He tells Todd he "knows" him, and knows that there isn't a splinter of goodness in him. He knows Todd's faking. Todd just lays there. Kevin becomes more and more sick, hate-filled, and abusive in his taunts. He says that if Todd stays this way, at least he won't go off raping any more women. Kevin slaps Todd's stomach with a newspaper, claiming that he will probably one day own The Sun. While he's at it, he's going to help raise Starr too. Raise her like a little Buchanan. Todd blinks, but really there's no response. Kevin admits that Todd's really good. Kevin pretends to almost leave, then pretends to remember something very important. He holds the needle end of Cassie's pin in front of Todd's eyes. "The Pin Test", he menaces, softly. He rams the pin deeply into Todd's shoulder, violently and gleefully. Drew drags Kevin off. Kevin grins as if what he did felt *good*. As Drew and Sam drag Kevin out, Kevin yells at Todd to start screaming "baby, you know you wanna!". Todd never moves a muscle.
ACT FOUR: 'WHO SAID LIFE IS FAIR? WHERE IS THAT WRITTEN?"-- PRINCESS BRIDE
Scene One: Hospital
Sam and Blair express their extreme disgust with Kevin, while Kevin gloats over what he did. Bo tells Kevin to take off and cool down. Sam promises to bring Kevin up on assault and battery charges, and Blair promises to write all about it in The Sun. Kevin scoffs at them and is pulled away by Cassie.
A concerned looking Drew cuffs Todd's wrist to the bed, while Téa looks on from the doorway, troubled herself. Sam and Blair join her. Sam is positive Todd isn't faking, and is very worried about Todd's recovery.
Scene Two: Gannon Cabin
Rachel and Nora heartily finish up their lunch. When Nora takes the dishes to the kitchen, Rachel opens the doors to reveal a beautiful sunset. She calls to her mother to come join her. Nora thinks that's what Rachel should be doing, enjoying life and beautiful things, not going to jail. Rachel calmly tells her, over Nora's denials, that she's now fully prepared to accept and to pay for what she's done, and that she's ok with it. Nora still refuses to believe her, and won't let her go to prison.
Scene Three: Club Indigo
Jess and Cris continue their cute, bantering conversation. They tease each other, since Cris is carrying around a peacock feather Roseanne sent him, and Jess has a picture of Will in her purse.
Barb became more obviously drunk during her dance with Joey. She *loved* dancing with him. She wobbles over to the bar, ordering two shots, but Joey sanely asks for coffee instead. He also insists driving her home. Barb admires Cris and Jess, comparing them to Kevin and Cassie. She doesn't know why anyone would want to be with her (Barb). As she's telling Joey that Kevin is staying with Cassie for good, she suddenly feels sick and flees to the bathroom.
ACT FIVE: MISTAKEN IDENTITIES
Scene One: Club Indigo
Max and R.J. argue some more about Club Indigo, and what it should be. This time, R.J. even opens up to Max, explaining that it was more than a bar to him, but Max still doesn't comprehend why R.J. wants so much to leave things the way they are. They snip about Rachel and Blair. They agree to call it a stalemate for now.
Joey takes Barb home, even though she doesn't want to go.
Scene Two: Kevin & Cassie's Home
Kevin thinks the doctors are being gullible. Cassie wonders why, if that's so, Todd didn't react when he stabbed him with the pin. Kevin doesn't believe Todd is human, and has it on good authority that he sleeps in a coffin. When Cassie laughs at the joke, they have a confused moment, and Cassie winds up apologizing for laughing. Kevin sifts through the mail, while Cassie looks out the window. Cassie thinks its awfully quiet. David's gone to Dorian's, Kevin reminds her. She asks where Barb is, and Kevin, remembering how Barb looked when she went out, suddenly tosses the mail aside, grabs Cassie and kisses her passionately. He loves *her* (Kevin's emphasis), and wants to prove it to her. Cassie's delighted, and tells him not to stop.
Scene Three: Hospital
Bo tells Téa, who's standing with Hank, that she doesn't have to hang around. Téa rues the fact that her plans for finally being free of Todd have gone so awry. Instead of being free, there he (Todd) is, and here she is. She wants to talk to him, since she's still his wife, they can't stop her, can they? Hank goes to find out for her, and Bo goes home to check on Nora and Rachel. Bo and Téa exchange several looks as he leaves.
The doctor comes out of Todd's room and asks for Mrs. Manning. Both Téa and Blair step forward, then awkwardly, but resentfully, Blair steps back.
ACT SIX: PARTING SHOTS
Scene One: Airport
Will's plane arrives, but he doesn't get off of it. Lindsay's very worried, but Clint delights her by suggesting that he fly with her out to Vegas to find him.
Scene Two: Club Indigo
Jess agrees to put away the picture, and Cris puts away the feather. Cris is happy because he had a great time with her tonight. They kiss again. I can't stress enough how cute and happy and comfortable they are with one another.
Scene Three: Gannon Cabin
Nora and Rachel continue arguing over whether or not Nora's going to allow her to go to prison. Nora is afraid that if Rachel goes to prison, she'll lose herself. Rachel corrects her. For the first time in her life she knows exactly who she is. Nora insists that she will do everything she can to prevent Rachel from going to prison. They hear a bang outside.
Scene Four: Cassie & Kevin's Home
Cassie and Kevin are *just* finishing having very energetic sex on the floor by the couch, when Joey rings calls through the door. Kevin shouts to wait, while they hurriedly dress. Outside, Barb drunkenly hugs Joey while they wait, kissing him. Kevin lets them in, looking shocked. Barb wobbles in, going straight for Cassie and hugging her, telling her that she doesn't ever, ever, ever want to hurt her. Joey insists that he take her upstairs. Barb then turns to Kevin, clasping him to her, and scaring the crap out of Joey, who's afraid she's going to say something. Joey takes her upstairs, and Cassie laughs, while Kevin has no particular expression.
Scene Five: Hospital
Bo calls Hank, telling him that Nora and Rachel are gone. In Todd's room, Téa first softly calls to him, then suddenly, very angrily grabs his gown and screams for him to speak to her, dammit!