THE NIGHT THAT NEVER ENDS
I. i: (Kevin & Cassie's):
Bibi weeps into Kevin's arms as he holds her on the couch. Cassie coldly, silently appears. The couple parts hurriedly, panicking. Kevin blusters while Bibi babbles and tries to flee. Cassie will have none of that.
ii: (Rachel's apartment):
Rachel, sporting a braided, pig-tailed coif and sitting up in bed, contemplates time. Hank sits down next to her. She is glad he called her, since she wasn't going to be doing much sleep tonight. He tells her everything's going to be alright, and assures her that all the details will be taken care of while she's gone. The apartment will still be there, bills will be paid, etc. Fear crosses Rachel's face, and Hank soothes her. He presents her with his copy of "The Souls of Colored Folk" by W.E.B. DuBois. He tells her that he's never stopped reading it, because it's always given him strength.
iii: (Hospital Ledge):
In Todd's empty room, Sam and Viki wonder where he could be, when Dr. Lange informs them of the crises with Todd. They hurry to the roof where Todd is threatening to jump. There, it seems Todd is trying to jump, but can't. A security guard comes out yammering, but when Todd hears himself called 'Mr. Manning', he seems confused and annoyed. "Mr. Manning was my father." His eyes fill with tears as he looks at the street below, wanting it "to just be quiet."
(who else loves these GladWare commercials? it¹s the "how long will this loan be for" one. :)
II. i: (Ledge):
Viki and Sam rush out onto the roof, frightened but immediately trying to calm Todd. Dr. Lange steps out with the totally ineffectual Dr. Weise, who is the consulting psychiatrist. Eventually, however, Sam and Dr. Lange leave, while Dr. Weise (staying because the police want him to) and the security guard skulk behind some big metal thing on the roof. Quazi-alone, Viki approaches Todd, saying she can't think straight when she's scared to death. She thinks Todd makes a joke, but he touchingly says he doesn't think this is funny at all. Viki agrees. She tells him that although terrible things have been done to him, and he's done horrible things to others, he's at a point right now where things are really starting to change, and it would be a waste if he ended it. She tells him about "the good Todd", who is struggling so to get out and be free. Todd considers. "The good Todd?". Viki persuades that it's the one she and many others, Starr, Sam, Téa, etc have all seen it.
Jessica walks out onto the terrace and calls for Will, who steps out from behind a tree. He had called her to meet him, at 2am, because, he says, he couldn't sleep. She chuckles. They are pretty cute together. They discuss the bizarre marriage of her dad to his mom, but quickly he notes that she doesn't look like her voice. He didn¹t expect such a .. "amazon?", Jessie suggests... no, a "goddess." Jess demurs, but enjoys the compliment. He likes her laugh too.
Hank discusses how powerless he feels, and how alone he feels. Rachel teases that they are so alike, and assures him of what a strong, and wonderful father he's always been to her. She understands that the feeling that needing to make things right sets him apart, like her, making them alone. She asks him to read to her, so they settle back, with her head on his lap, and he reads a beautiful passage to her about righteousness and the search for truth.
iv: (Cassie & Kevin's):
Bibi tries to absolve Kevin of all the blame, saying that the crush was all her fault, and that when she tried to seduce him tonight, he turned her down. Kevin tries to make her stop, but the magnificent Cassie won't let him. Bibi winds up by saying that tonight after he refused her, she felt horrible, so all Cassie saw was him trying to comfort her. Cassie tells her to go now. "Where?" "Straight to hell for all I care." (woohoo!) Bibi scrams. Kevin tries getting mad at Cassie, then blaming Dorian. Cassie scoffs that her mother did not light all these candles. Though Kevin still tries to weasel, Cassie demands to know the truth about he and Barbara.
III. i: (Kevin & Cassie's):
Kevin attempts a "truth" that he is so in love with Cassie, but that only annoys her further. Next, Kevin attempts a "truth" about what happened specifically tonight, but again Cassie doesn¹t bite. He pretends not to know what he's supposed to be guilty of, then tries to put Cassie on the defensive, but the fabulous Cassie has her eyes wide open. Kevin pulls out another card, throwing the past in her face, when she was willing to leave her husband and son for him. Then he desperately asks if she still loves him. She does, but keeps insisting on the truth. I guess not wanting her to feel crazy, he finally admits it. His excuse, of course, is that they thought they were going to die. He thinks it didn't happen again after that night. (Making out isn't cheating? Since when?)
Sam enters with Dr. Lange, adamant that Todd has never been suicidal. Lange is beeped away, but Dorian swoops in. She reams him for letting Blair walk right into Holden's trap.
Todd wavers precariously on the ledge, scaring Viki. She tells him he doesn't have to hide, like when he's "Todd the bully" who hates everybody, or "the little boy" who ignores everyone by sticking his head under the covers, or the way he is now, showing no reaction but a sneer. She knows all his tricks. She also knows how liberating it can be... Todd says he wants to be free. She asks him to take her hand, promising to not let anyone hurt him, because she knows what he's hiding from. When she says she'll just wait for him, until he's ready, he slowly relents, takes her hand, and *just* when he's off the ledge, and they nearly hug, Hank bursts into the scene, which scares Todd right back out on the ledge.
IV. i: (Ledge):
Hank is heartless and unsympathetic. Dr. Weise stands placidly while Hank taunts Todd. When Todd might think of coming down if Hank leaves, Hank exits with the shrink and the officer. Again alone, Todd quietly states that he¹ll never be free. Viki points out that he isn't nearly as irredeemable as he thinks, and that if it can happen to her it can happen to him. She adds that she will not give up on him and won't let him give up on himself either.
Dorian accuses Sam of blatantly using the vulnerable Blair. She leaves after glaring that she seriously overestimated him.
iii: (Llanfair Grounds?):
In a park like area, Will and Jess sit on a bench and gaze at the moon. Will ruefully points out a good thing of the marriage: he won't have to be the one to deal with Lindsay's high emotional maintenance. Jess realizes that he'll be living with them, and asks if he's going to LU, but he scoffs. She points out that since Clint is at the paper, Lin and he won't be moving. Will comments that they didn't take anyone else into consideration. Will thinks Clint and Lin should be grounded for doing something so crazy and impulsive.
iv: (Cassie & Kevin's):
Cassie is in shock, realizing that the affair happened weeks ago. He admits that he doesn't know why he did it, but it made him realize how much he doesn't want to lose her. Cassie wryly notes that he didn't think about that then, but then she sarcastically repeats his excuse that everything was so intense. He wishes he could take it back, but will work for the rest of his life to make up for it. Cassie quietly looks like she's going to be sick. Finally she smashes a vase against the wall.
V. i: (Kevin & Cassie's):
Cassie angrily informs him of the guilt she felt for leaving her husband, and fumes about how low he stooped, making love to this woman he brought into this house. Cassie brings Kelly in, over Kevin's angry attempts to keep it private. Cassie berates him, noting that he's perfectly willing to humiliate her, but not himself. She then tells Kelly what Kevin admitted. Kelly is disgusted that Kevin seduced Bibi at the lodge. Cassie coldly admits that she had set him up, then she and Kelly leave to pack her things.
ii: (Llanfair Grounds?):
Will and Jess lie on their backs, side by side. Jess talks about the moon, turns her head, discovers Will's close to hers, and they kiss.
Viki has been where Todd is, unwilling to believe anyone could forgive her or that she could forgive herself. She discusses her alters, and how she learned how to forgive and love herself. She encourages him to think about the people who love him and would miss him. She tells him that he doesn¹t need death to control his life. Todd quietly can't believe that Starr would still love him. Viki gently, soothingly tells him of all the people who love him. She is very convincing. Slowly, Todd takes Viki's hand and comes off the ledge, pulling her near.
VI. i: (Kevin's):
Kelly coldly returns, with Cassie right behind. Kevin
tries to stop Cassie, but Kelly sets him straight. Cooly, Cassie tells
Kevin off one last time and leaves him. Kevin begs her to stay, calls that
he loves her, but she's gone.
ii: (Mel? & Dorian's): Sam arrives and asks Dorian for Blair, but she left
fifteen minutes before with Max and Starr. Dorian thinks that they will
either kill each other on this trip, or come back married, but either way,
he's lost her.
iii: (Ledge): Viki suggests that they walk down to his room together,
though he might have to walk with Hank. When Hank enters, Todd looks *very*
innocent, and mumbles that "Todd did some awful things." Viki asks him to
repeat himself. This time, he says "I did some awful things." Viki looks
resigned and a bit shocked as she follows them out.
ii: (Mel? & Dorian's):
Sam arrives and asks Dorian for Blair, but she left fifteen minutes before with Max and Starr. Dorian thinks that they will either kill each other on this trip, or come back married, but either way, he's lost her.
Viki suggests that they walk down to his room together, though he might have to walk with Hank. When Hank enters, Todd looks *very* innocent, and mumbles that "Todd did some awful things." Viki asks him to repeat himself. This time, he says "I did some awful things." Viki looks resigned and a bit shocked as she follows them out.