Written by: Natasha
(please note: this update has been written by a substitute. The regular updater is unavailable while attending to personal healthcare issues)
OPENING SCENE: Nora's Office. Close shot of Llanview's Resident Record-Setting Makeout King and Queen, Bo and Nora. They are sitting close together on Nora's office sofa, discussing Nora's sudden suggestion they "make a baby."
Bo expresses surprise and Nora, disappointed, assumes he doesn't like the idea. Bo assures her it's not that, it's just that he wonders where it's coming from.
ii. On the Dock. Bibi is crouching at the end of the dock, staring into the water. A masked assailant jumps out of nowhere and demands her bag. She immediately jumps up and reacts violently, screaming her protest and trying to flee. The assailant grabs her before she can escape, calling her stupid, repeating his demand for the bag, then shoving her hard into a pile of crates and trash, etc. off to the side, grabs her bag and dashes off. Bibi lies crumpled in the pile, appearing knocked unconscious.
iii. Carlotta's (Conspicuously Customer-Free) Diner. Must be a slow day, because it's the lunch hour and only Carlotta, Cristian, Jessica, Will and Roseanne are there. Téa, who had just entered at the end of Friday's episode, stands frozen, staring at the young woman with her back to her, who has also frozen. " Anna Rosa?" Téa says, stunned, disbelieving. Roseanne turns, looks at Téa. Carlotta explains to the confused Téa that it is Roseanne, Anna Rosa's daughter. Téa can't believe how much Roseanne resembles her (deceased) mother. Cris agrees. Téa, still in some shock, apologizes. Roseanne reassures her it's okay, it happens a lot. Téa says she didn't know Roseanne was coming. Roseanne says she sent a letter, and Téa answers that it must be in the stack of mail on her desk she hasn't gotten to yet. She's sorry. Then she pulls Roseanne into her arms and tells her how great it is to see her, that it's been too long. Roseanne wonders if Téa missed her so much why she didn't come visit her in New Orleans. Téa apologetically replies that she's been bad, her life's been *crazy*. Roseanne observes that nothing much changes and Téa, surprisingly, laughs, embarrassed, and asks Roseanne about "Popi" -- "is he here?" Roseanne stares, not answering, looking pained.
iv. Todd's Hospital Room. Todd sits cross-legged on his bed, holding a puppet in his hand. Viki stands next to his bed. She has just said, "You're not Todd, are you?" Todd scootches forward on the bed and says, a little nervously, "Of course I'm Todd." Viki looks on, very unconvinced. No, she says quietly. You look like Todd, but you don't act like him. He replies that Todd is mean. Viki confronts him on the fact that he has referred to Todd in the third person, which means he must not be Todd. But he insists he is. Viki makes it clear she doesn't believe him. Todd wouldn't play with puppets, would he? And you love puppets, she went on. She said the children loved his puppet show. Todd looks at her, a flash of pleasure crossing his face. They did? he asks. Viki confirms this and Todd replies "Cool!" and smiles.
Viki went on to say it was a good story, a very personal one. Mr Piggy and the wolf represented something. Todd looks up quickly, then quickly away and says, Nah! He nervously edges away on the bed. Viki points out the story had good guys and bad guys, but Todd doesn't see her point. "Which one are you?" she asks. I want to be a good guy, Todd admits. Which one is Todd, she asks. Todd, nervous again, says he doesn't want to talk anymore. Viki keeps her voice soft, quiet, sympathetic. You've seen some terrible things, haven't you, she asks. She says he had to stand by and watch while Todd did bad things. You're the good one, aren't you, she asks, in a tone urging him to confide. Todd looking increasingly nervous and fidgety slowly looks over at Viki and scene fades out.
II Docks. Joey, who has heard Bibi's screams, rushes to her crumpled side, calls her name, checks her pulse, and pats her face in an effort to awaken her. Bibi starts and comes to, screaming and terrified, still thinking she's being attacked and struggles and cries out against Joey, who struggles equally hard to calm her and reorient her.
Finally realizing who he is, Bibi breaks down sobbing in Joey's arms and he holds her close. Through sobs she explains that a man attacked her. Alarmed, Joey determines that it was not a rape. Bibi says he only took her bag and she is okay, just frightened. She collapses in a fresh round of hard sobs and again Joey pulls her face close to his chest and cradles her head, comforting her. He says he'll call the police. Bibi cries out no, terrified. Joey insists they must. Bibi sobs she doesn't want anyone to know.
ii. Nora's Office. Embarrassed, Nora stands up, crosses the room away from Bo and says they should just forget she said anything. Bo explains that it just caught him off guard. Nora counters that it's not such a strange idea. Bo says, no, but unexpected. He remarks that they haven't talked about babies since that night Asa dropped over and asked Nora to give him an heir. Nora replies that they haven't exactly had much time to discuss it since then, right? So, this is the pleasures of catching up, Bo asks, then wonders if she's serious. Nora says she's serious about catching up, then hesitates. About the baby part, she doesn't know if she's serious. She looks down, maybe feeling awkward, self-concscious. Bo wonders why she said it then and wants to explore reasons Nora might be thinking of having a baby now. He reminds her that the last several months have been rough, and he wonders if Nora thinks Bo doesn't love her anymore.
iii. Carlotta's Diner. Roseanne tells Téa that no, her father didn't come, but says maybe Téa has seen him. Téa replies she hasn't, not since....her voice trails off uncomfortably. My mother died? Roseanne finishes the sentence for her. It is an awkward moment, and the very sensitive and intuitive Carlotta suggests they sit at a table and catch up. The focus shifts to Will, Cris and Jess at another booth across the room. Still no one else has come in. Will wonders if he missed something. Cris replies, "Oh just a dozen years or so in a very wacky family." Will thinks Téa looked like she had seen a ghost. Cris explains that Roseanne is the "spitting image" of her mother and that even he was spooked by it at first. Will asks if Téa was close to Roseanne's mother. It is revealed that Roseanne's father Enrique, or Ric, is Téa's brother. Will thinks it's odd that Ric is not here with Roseanne to visit and asks if he's back in New Orleans. It becomes obvious that this is a complicated and sticky subject and neither Will nor Jess get a straight answer.
The focus shifts back to Roseanne and Téa sitting across from each other at a booth by the window. Téa is amazed just looking at Roseanne and can't get over how grown up she is. Roseanne notes that Téa's outfit probably costs more than Téa's father ever made in a month. Téa seems a little embarrassed, but acknowledges the validity of this observation. Roseanne says Téa has come a long way from a Park Avenue basement. Téa says this is in large part thanks to the support she got from Roseanne's father who helped put her through law school. Roseanne emphasizes Téa is talking about receiving money from him and says he was always generous with "the green stuff" with the clear implication that he wasn't so generous with time or attention.
Téa states firmly that her father loves her. Roseanne says she heard Téa bagged a rich guy and Téa accuses her of changing the subject. Roseanne says Téa did, too. Téa asks Roseanne about when she's seen her dad and Roseanne indicates not too much, that sometimes he drops by in the middle of the night and is gone by morning. She adds that maybe this is why she doesn't sleep too good because she doesn't want to miss those late night visits. Téa tries to focus on the positive by saying Ric must be proud of his daughter who is so beautiful, and Roseanne says she has her mother to thank for that. She was stunning, wasn't she? Roseanne observes. Téa looks back at her, her face washed in pain. May she rest in peace, Téa murmurs.
III. Carlotta's Diner Again. Cris strides over to the table where Jess is sitting alone. Will's absence is unexplained. Cris wants to make sure Jess is okay with what happened last night. He reminds her that he needs this painting so he can go to school in NY and be with Jess, and swears it's nothing else. He says it's just that Roseanne is the perfect model. Because she's so beautiful, Jess asks, her tone slightly sarcastic. Cris says, no, no, and asks her to remember what he had said before about the feeling he must get from his model, a connection. Jess remembers. Cris explains that he gets this feeling from Roseanne. So you two are connected? asks Jess, hardly sounding reassured.
Well, it's more intense than that, says Cris, but it's the only word he can come up with. This doesn't make Jess feel any better. Cris says it's a soul thing, they grew up together, have a history. "How can I compete with that?" Jess asks, more discouraged than ever. Cris reassures her, takes her hands, tells her she doesn't have to compete and tells her he loves *her* and that there's nothing more intense than that. Does she want proof? He leans in for a big kiss. Carlotta passes by and nixes their PDA, and they break the kiss. Carlotta brings a drink over to Téa and hands it to her. She asks Téa how Todd is doing. Téa sips from the glass and says he's getting better, that he's talking anyway. Roseanne asks Téa about her rich husband and penthouse home. Carlotta seats herself next to Roseanne. Téa somberly replies that Todd is in the hospital and she hasn't been living in the penthouse for some time. Roseanne feels bad for asking, but Carlotta pipes in cheerfully that Roseanne can stay with her. To this Téa loudly and immediately insists she will do no such thing, she will stay with Téa at the Palace Hotel. She excitedly tells Roseanne that it's a beautiful hotel and she has a huge suite. Roseanne can have her own room with a great view of the park, Téa proclaims smugly. Roseanne thinks she likes the way that sounds, but then she catches sight of Jess and Cris kissing as she's saying goodbye. Roseanne stares a moment, then says, with great meaning in her voice, on the other hand...maybe she will stay with Carlotta. (Since Cris has his own apartment upstairs from the diner, I'm not sure what advantage there is to Roseanne staying with Carlotta over that ritzy hotel suite, but she seemed to have a plan in mind). Roseanne assures Téa that this is what she wants.
Jess and Will say they must go back to work and Will thanks Carlotta for lunch and tells Roseanne it was nice to see her again. Roseanne looks off indifferently. After they leave, Carlotta observes that Will is a very handsome boy (no joke!) and smart, too. Téa picks it up in a playfully sultry voice and facial expression that she thinks he has the hots for Roseanne. Roseanne replies coolly that she has no interest in "boys." Téa asks in a thick Spanish accent, what's wrong, don't you like boys? Roseanne, staring off meaningfully at Cris, says, "I prefer men."
ii. Nora's Office. Nora is offended that Bo has to find a reason for Nora to want a baby. Bo says he's just checking. He cuddles up close to Nora and she asks a little poutily if she's supposed to be "in the mood" now. Bo says yeah, and gives her a big smooch. Bo assures his "Red" that he loves her, she should never doubt it. As he kisses her, she says, warming to him, keep going. This proceeds a bit, then suddenly he stops and straightens up. He just can't see tossing a football around with the kid when he's 16. Nora counters that it could be a she -- a female tennis star, then realizes they're side-tracked.
Maybe that's not an accident, Bo remarks. He thinks they could both be stalling because neither is really ready to think about this. Nora looks down, sad. Bo gingerly broaches questions of whether Nora can get....he stops. Pregnant? Nora asks. Because she's peri-menopausal? She says she doesn't know, but she'd like to give it a shot. She looks up asks in a suggestive tone if he's still in the mood. Bo smiles and leans in for a kiss. Nora smiles and they move back to the sofa, snuggling close. Close up on flowers Bo brought her earlier, sitting in a vase on her desk.
iii. Todd's Hospital Room. Closeup on puppet in Todd's hand. Viki is sitting next to him on the bed, her hand over his comfortingly. She knows how he feels, she says. Confused, divided and as if you don't know who you are at times, right? Todd stares off, looking sad. Finally, he speaks, saying he wasn't born confused. He wanted to be a good guy. He looks at Viki. She replies in the most compassionate voice that she knows that. She goes on to say that sometimes it's really hard to fight the big bad wolf. But then she reminds him that his story had a happy ending because Mr. Pig won. Todd looks up, surprised. He did? Viki asks doesn't he remember he gave that big bad wolf the old karate chop. Todd immediately brightens up. Hey! he laughs out loud. Pork chop! He laughs hysterically at his own joke like a little boy. Then, as he stops laughing, he says he forgot because usually "Pete" makes up all the endings. Viki stares intently at Todd, who looks abashed, realizing he's revealed something he didn't mean to.
Pete? Who's Pete? Viki asks gently. She tries to persuade him in a kind voice that he can tell her. Todd hesitates, then leans over a little and whispers, "Pete's the boss of all of us." He looks uncertain about continuing, than adds, "and he's really, really mean." Todd looks scared. Viki sees she's onto something big and tells Todd he shouldn't let Pete boss him around and that she knows a lot about this and that it's really hard to kill a big bad wolf, but you can make him go to sleep. Todd looks sad and frightened and says he can't do that. Viki gently insists that he can and Todd finally admits that he'd like that, but he's a little afraid that "he" might come back. The wolf or Pete, Viki asks. Todd becomes very nervous and edgy now and shakes his head, refusing to talk anymore. He begins to nervously toss the puppet up in the air to distract himself from the difficult subject matter.
Viki pulls back and backs off some, saying it's okay. She waits a moment, then wants to know if she can ask just one more question. Todd tosses the puppet and says, ok. Viki asks where Pete is. Todd hesitates. I don't know. How about Todd? He admits he doesn't know. But neither is here in the room, right? Todd swivels on the bed, gets up, steps away from the bed, tosses the toy in the air, looks away, then stops. Slowly, he looks over at Viki and says in a guilty tone, almost inaudibly, "...no..." The full impact of this meaning is clearly visible on Viki's face. She squeezes her eyes shut for a second, realizing the awful truth of what she's suspected and now has had confirmed. Fadeout.
IV i. Community Center. Joey waits in the main area for Bibi to emerge, which she does momentarily. She has changed from her bathing suit and terry jacket to a skirt, top and sweater. She comes out rather slowly, seeming unsure of herself. Joey greets her and tells her the police will be here any minute. Bibi is furious that Joey has called the police against her explicit wishes. Joey says that they must report the attack and says they've got to get this guy. Bibi, almost in tears says he doesn't understand, she can't face the police again, it's too embarrassing.
Just at that moment, Sykes and uniformed officer come in. Sykes rushes up to Bibi and takes her hands, desperate to know if she's all right. She assures him, a little irritably, that she is. Sykes immediately demands to know what she was doing parading around the docks in a bathing suit (What I'd like to know is how he knew this, since I can hardly imagine Joey would have relayed such details in his call to police, but what else is new?) So this is my fault, Bibi interprets angrily. Sykes apologizes, asks her to tell him what happened. Bibi first wants a promise he won't tell her father. Too late, he's already been called. Furious, Bibi points out to Joey this is what happens when you call the police. Sykes wants to take Bibi to the hospital and have her checked out. He is very urgent about it and she reacts violently, jerking away from him and protesting no loudly. Sykes tries to calm her, says he wants to look after her. Bibi angrily snaps he's to stop treating her like a child, to which he responds she should stop acting like one. Bibi tells him that she's trying to take charge of her life and not be a victim anymore. Good for you, Sykes says sincerely, but tells her she must stop putting herself at risk. She looks at him stunned.
ii. Nora's Office. Bo and Nora are smooching on the sofa. Bo stops things to ask one other question. Nora, still busy kissing Bo's face, teases she was afraid of that. Undaunted, Bo asks if Rachel has anything to do with this baby subject.
Nora stops, pulls back some and looks close at Bo. She says for a man Bo is sharp, then, after a pause, adds *wrong*, but sharp. (My money's on sharp) You're stalling, Bo charges. She admits he may not be totally wrong, but she has to think about it. Bo said they need to think about and talk it over together to decide if this is what they both really want.
Nora sits up more and asks Bo why he thinks his parents had him. He laughs and says he wouldn't even want to ask. See? Nora says. She asks him why most people have babies anyway. Most don't even know, she bets. Bo ponders this. Then Nora gets very serious and says that the point is out of their love, or their lust, or whatever, a person is made who laughs, loves, looks at a sunset. She almost chokes up here and they both look a little sentimental. Nora concludes there is no wrong reason to have a baby. He looks almost convinced. So you want to make love to me or not? Nora teases. Bo smiles and says, when you put it that way, how can I refuse? More smooching. There's a knock on the door. Will's voice is heard calling out "Mrs. Buchanan?" They stop, but don't answer
Will in the outer office tells Jess they must've gone to lunch. Jess looks for instructions left on her desk. Will asks her about the weird vibes he was getting at the diner. Jess answers it was just family stuff, she guesses. Bo and Nora emerge from her office. Nora cheerfully asks how their lunch was and announces that they are off to lunch, too. Nora tells Will there is work for him on her desk to get started on and he agrees. They depart.
Will and Jess go into Nora's office to find Will's assignment. Will asks Jess what's up with Roseanne and Cris. He's just doing her portrait, Jess replies. Then why do I get the feeling Roseanne's interested in more than Cris's artistic talent? It's a poser to Jess.
iii. The Diner (still no customers at the lunch-hour). Cris is putting cups away behind the counter and Téa and Carlotta are remaining chatting at the booth. Roseanne approaches Cris cautiously. (In the following exchange, everything Roseanne says is thick with undertones of sexual suggestiveness) Roseanne wants to know if Cris has any blank canvases. She would like to paint *him* nude. Cris is amused; Roseanne can't paint. It doesn't matter, Roseanne says with a smile. She wants to see his robe come off and wonders if this shocks him. Cris says she always does and reminds her they've seen each other nude already. Roseanne says this is when they were both five. She wants to keep up with changing times. She smiles seductively and even Cris has to smile a little at this.
The focus shifts to Téa and Carlotta at the table. Téa would like to care for her niece, she says, but with Todd in the hospital, she may not be up to the job anyway. Carlotta reiterates she was serious about taking in Roseanne. Téa thanks her but asks if Carlotta is sure she can handle her. She's quite a handful, Téa says. Carlotta agrees and repeats Roseanne's remark about preferring men, imitating the suggestive emphasis on the word men. They laugh. That's her grandmother talking, Téa says. Carlotta agrees and makes it obvious that she has little respect for the woman. Téa thinks it was a mistake to leave Roseanne with the grandmother when Rosa died and Carlotta states that she begged the woman to let her raise Roseanne, but the grandmother would not hear of it. How do you think she's doing now, Téa asks. Carlotta says she seems okay, but it's hard to say because she's had so little time with her now. Téa says she's got that "cool control thing going in a big way" and Carlotta says one look at her mother and grandmother and you know that cool control thing is only on the surface. They continue discussing things as Cris and Roseanne go on talking, seeming very natural and relaxed.
iv. Todd's Hospital Room. Viki congratulates Todd for doing something so big and so brave. This surprises Todd. She points out that he admitted Pete and Todd are not there, so now he can come out and get the big bad wolf to go to sleep. Todd seems very dubious. He tells Viki that Pete says he isn't brave, he's chicken. Pete is the brave one, he can cope. Viki disagrees that Pete copes and says he's just mean and hurts people. That's not coping and that's not like you, is it? He thinks for a minute, then says, no. It's not like Todd either, he adds. Viki answers with feeling that she is very aware of this. Todd says Pete protects Todd. She wants to know if he wants Pete to come back. No! he answers very adamantly. oh, no....he doesn't care if he never talks to Pete again, and adds with feeling, "I hate Pete." Viki looks somber. Fadeout.
V i. Community Center. Sykes and Bibi are now alone in the main room. Bibi tells Sykes she can take care of herself. He urges her not to make it more difficult and tries to take a hold of her. "Come with me," he insists. Again Bibi springs back hotly and yells stop. Ignoring her, he calls for the uniform, off in the wings, to bring the car around (do you know any cops that park in the lot?) Bibi gets nearly hysterical and screams at him that he hasn't listened to a word she has said. Sykes, startled at her intensity, backs off some and asks more gently if he can at least get her home. She says she has no home and he asks wasn't she still living at the Mill House with that reporter and his fiance. She answers that she'll let him hear from the gossip. He looks pained. Joey comes out and offers her a ride. Bibi accepts gratefully and they start to leave. Sykes is clearly hurt and calls out after her angrily, "Why didn't you just say so?" Joey and Bibi stop and look back at Sykes, puzzled. Sykes says bitterly that it's obvious she is just out to get a Buchanan of her own, then adds with special venom, "and you don't care much which one it is." He scowls at her nastily. Bibi and Joey exchange awkward glances, then Bibi looks down, embarrassed.
ii. Back at Still Near Empty Diner. Roseanne tells Cris Téa and Carlotta are whispering about them (voice still heavy with suggestive overtones throughout conversation). They're scared about all the trouble we can get into, eyes twinkling on the words trouble. She adds that the predicaments they can get into now are more complicated than when they were kids. Cris tries to shift the intensity of her meaning by bringing up Will. Roseanne shows her usual disdain for the subject, adding that he'd better bug off (face goes cold). Cris asks if she has a sweetheart back in the Big Easy. Roseanne says she hasn't found a man yet she can "sink her teeth into." Cris says there must be someone, somewhere out there for her. "Oh, there is," Roseanne replies, smiling wickedly. Cris, perhaps choosing to ignore the implication of her tone, brings up Jess, how lucky he is. Roseanne says she doesn't get it with Jess and Cris. She assures Cris that she thinks Jess is a very nice girl, but that she's a little innocent -- too innocent for Cris. Then she suggests she "strip again" -- shouldn't they get back to work. Cris agrees, maybe because things are so slow in the diner, and they depart.
Téa tells Carlotta she should be going too, but Carlotta wants first to hear more about how Todd is doing. Téa says he's improving. Carlotta wonders how Téa is doing. Téa looks tired and indicates she's not so good. She thought she was free at last and could get out now, but now she sees Todd in this strange condition, confused and.... "And you lose your resolve?" Carlotta finishes her sentence for her. Téa doesn't want this, she insists. Carlotta advises a little distance. But Téa can't see how. Todd needs someone to be there for him now.... Suddenly a thought occurs to her. Carlotta is curious. Who says it has to be me, Téa asks. She remembers he has Viki and Sam, who both adore him. Why not let them deal with him and she'll go her own way. That may be best for all of them, she tells Carlotta.
iii. Todd's Hospital Room. Viki asks Todd why he hates Pete. Todd doesn't want to say. He's afraid of Pete. Afraid he'll hurt you, Viki asks. He hurts everybody, Todd says, then adds a child-like, "Duh!" (like, how obvious!) Viki understands. She tells Todd about someone she knows like this, who hurts people and is mean. She clearly is thinking of her alter, probably Tori. Todd argues that no one is meaner than Pete. Viki wonders why and asks if Pete talks to him. Todd admits sometimes he does. He adds that Pete is mean as a way to protect Todd., like *all* of us. Viki looks startled at mention of the word all. Soberly, she asks Todd how many there are. Todd gets very nervous now, stammering and almost laughing, but looking very sad, and says he doesn't want to talk anymore really. Viki tries to get him to see that she wants to help him and that he must know this. Todd reveals that he worries maybe Viki is trying to hurt Todd. She responds with deep emotion in her voice that she would never do that, that she loves Todd. She wants to know how long he's "known" Todd. He says a long time, but then adds hurriedly again that he doesn't want to talk anymore. Viki pursues, asks if Todd is afraid of Pete. Todd paces around the room nervously, tossing the puppet up and down. But he acknowledges quietly that he is afraid. He adds that Pete's been mean ever since he came. When was that, asks Viki. Again he tries to break off discussion, getting more and more agitated. But Viki persists, trying to win his confidence. She brings up night of abuse and asks if that was when Pete came. Todd begs Viki to stop, now very agitated. Viki says she knows about abuse. Slowly, Todd begins to tell her how "The Man" hurt Todd then and Pete came and got The Man by the throat and wanted to kill him (camera pulls in very tight for a closeup of Todd's agonized expression as he remembers the terrible event). Viki looks on, ashen and very grave, and is silent. Todd says that Pete got really, really angry and he just never went away again. (long take on horrified Viki and emotionally drained Todd, scene fades out)
Very powerful stuff! Incredible performances by RH and ES. Good dialogue and camera work, direction. Amazing. ES and RH are exceptional pros at their best. Borrow someone's tape if you missed it! (Sorry to editorialize here)
VI i. The Docks. Joey and Bibi walking along, trying to cool out, still jarred from unpleasant confrontation with Sykes. Bibi apologizes to Joey and says sometimes Sykes acts like he owns her. Joey says sympathetically that that's a common male misconception (Right on, brother!). Bibi says Joey isn't like that. He replies, with a hint of irony in his voice, that he's not the common male. Bibi immediately agrees with that and then thanks Joey for everything. No problem, Joey says. Bibi is ok now, she says, except that the mugger took her gun. Bibi explains to the surprised Joey that she's kept a handgun in her bag ever since the rape, that it made her feel safe having it, but now so much for safety. Joey reaches out to take Bibi in his arms again to comfort her, but Bibi pulls back sharply, says he's done enough for her and now if he will just take her to the hotel.... Joey says no way, you're coming home with me! Bibi looks surprised.
ii. Diner (Amazing! A customer!) Carlotta is waiting on a take-out customer standing behind the counter and holding a little girl baby (in pink) about five months old. Nora and Bo enter and Carlotta tells them to take a seat anywhere (certainly no competition for tables!) and she'll be right with them. The customer turns to leave and she and Nora recognize one another. It's Louise, a client Nora won a settlement for about five years ago. They're happy to see one another. Louise mentions she's had two children since the settlement and indicates the baby, who Nora promptly fusses over. Just then, Louise's cell phone rings and she asks if Nora can hold baby while she answers her phone. Nora is thrilled to hold baby. She takes her and begins absolutely fawning over the baby in the most gooey way. Bo sits at a booth, watching her intently.
iii. Todd's Room. Todd again on bed with legs crossed. Viki sits close. She tells Todd everything will be ok now. Todd becomes very happy. "Really?" he asks brightly. Viki says yes and then asks if he has a name, since she doesn't want to call him by a name that's not his. Todd hesitates, then stumbles over the name, "Tho-o-omas." But adds that his mom calls him Tom, and he smiles. Viki says she's happy to meet him, repeating the name Tom. "Tom" extends his hand to shake Viki's and introduces himself more formally, like a child who remembers his manners. But he wants Viki to call him Tom. Viki is deeply touched, it's obvious, and shakes his hand. "I'm so glad you told me," she says smiling, but hiding the tears she feels. Overwhelmed by emotions, Viki needs to break away for a second, and gets up and walks around Tom slowly, where she's out if his line if vision. Here, behind his head, she indulges in a moment of candid expression of all she feels, which is intense and very painful. For a second or two, she rubs her face with her hand, tired and sad, trying to regain composure. She quickly pulls herself together and asks Tom one more thing. He's agreeable. She asks about before when Tom said Todd wasn't there.... (at that moment, Téa begins to enter, but sees the two of them talking and halts where she stands, unnoticed at first by them)...Viki asks Tom where Todd is. Tom says he doesn't know, but he's sure he's somewhere safe. Viki asks when Tom thinks they all will see Todd again. Tom shrugs and says, "Dunno." Then adds haltingly, "We may never see Todd again."
Now Viki sees Téa and they exchange long, worried stares. Téa looks on, dumbfounded.