(This is a long one, but there is no way I can do justice to the marvelous performances which took place today, particularly at the Buchanan Lodge. I have also included the lyrics of Becky Lee's song, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams Sr.)
I. (i): Todd's Penthouse
In the midst of the shattered remnants of Todd's tantrum, Sam asks "Tom" what happened, to which Tom lamely claims "sometimes, I get clumsy and I bump into stuff." Sam is there to talk to Blair, and wonders why she's not there. Tom fumbles that he was having trouble sleeping, not realizing that Sam knows about the herbal sleeping powder. When Sam asks why he didn't take it, Tom lamely says that it smelled funny. Sam settles in to wait for Blair.
(ii): Tough guy Max's house
Max has fallen into an herbal drugged sleep, right on Blair's lap. She hefts him off of her, and searches his place for the tape.
Kelly tells Joey that Cassie is in recovery and is doing better. Joey notes how calm Kelly is, to which she replies that being hysterical won't bring Drew back, so she'll deal with it her own way. Joey doesn't want her to shut people out, but Kelly worries that anyone who loves her is cursed.
(iv): Lodge Family Room
Nora wrings her hands, as Asa and Renee worry along with her. Lindsay stridently enters, informing them that she couldn't get a hold of Clint, who is on an oil rig somewhere with Cord, then asks if she can do anything to help, even suggesting that Bo might speak to her. Nora fumes, wondering what makes her think she could reach Bo when Nora hasn't been able to.
(v): Lodge Bedroom
Bo plays with the fishing lure he made for Drew years ago, sitting on the foot of the bed, while we see Drew's pale face in the background. Bo puts the lure in a box, then all the lights go out, while Bo's face is put into sharp relief in the light of a strong spotlight. Drew, standing in the doorway, asks Bo why he's not ready yet. He reminds Bo that they will be late for the fishing trip. Bo stands, questioning, gesturing toward the bed, hoping the death was all a dream, but Drew says not to mind that. He's here, and they're going fishing like they planned. Bo and Drew happily shake hands, and next we see Bo's face, in normal lighting, with his eyes closed and a smile on his lips. He wakes, turns, and sees Drew's pale, dead face. Bo's face is disappointed, resigned, and tremendously sad.
II. (i): Lodge Family Room
Nora and Lindsay bicker bitterly, until Asa tells them both to "Shut up!" Renee gently suggests that Lindsay should leave it to immediate family, to which Lindsay glassily glares that "immediate family" shouldn't include Renee, then, since she's not even married to Asa, so Lindsay has more of a right to be called immediate (and therefore be there).
Meanwhile, Nora panics over the time, because Becky Lee should be there by now. Asa tries to comfort her. Nora admits to him that she's scared. She doesn't know what Bo is doing, what he's thinking, in there with the body, and she's afraid that he's losing his mind. Asa agrees, noting it's hard enough losing a grandson. Nora immediately apologizes for being so thoughtless, not considering his loss. Asa eloquently dismisses her apology, noting that he's been around long enough to understand death, but that it's hard when the one who dies is so young. He calls Drew a good kid, and that he cant be replaced, "but God willing, maybe we'll have a new baby in the family soon, and maybe Drew can kinda live through him." He asks Nora if she got the test results back, to which Lindsay looks concerned, and exits.
Joey argues that Ian and Drew chose to put themselves in danger, and their deaths had nothing to do with Kelly. Kelly tears up, asking the unanswerable "whys." She reveals to Joey that Drew was going to propose to her that night, and that she was going to say yes. Joey admits he doesn't know how to respond to that, but he's there for her, and Kelly hugs him.
Cris and Jess arrive from the elevator. Joey fills them in on Cassie's condition, noting that Barbara saved her. He thanks Cris for supporting Jess, and then Jess and Cris exit to see Cassie. Kelly asks Joey for his camera, realizing that Drew is "in there."
Blair can't find the tape anywhere in the living room, so searches Max's body, and in the process manages to get pinned by him, as he tosses around in his sleep. But she frees herself and finds the tape in his back pocket, which is Todd's ticket to freedom, her ticket to the Sun, and her road to Sam. She happily jets.
III. (i): Todd's Penthouse
Sam is impatient, so Tom says that it's hard to find what he wants, which is a chocolate bar. Sam finds the idea of Blair running around town at this ungodly hour to find a chocolate bar for Tom so he can sleep unbelievable. Tom suggests that Sam doesn't know Blair so well, then chides him for not spending enough time working on his case. Sam insists that Tom is his number one priority.
Tom asks Sam why he's there, so Sam informs Tom that he's there to give Blair some bad news from someone she trusts. When Tom hears that Sam trusts Blair, he asks, "so you wouldn't get mad if she told you something, like, -totally ridiculous-?" Sam laughs that Blair has changed, while Blair breezes in, exuberantly proclaiming, "Todd we are back in..." (sees Sam) "... business."
(ii): Lodge Bedroom
Bo stands at the window, describing the fall colors to Drew. Autumn is Bo's favorite time of year, "when Nature puts on her bright colors just before she goes to sleep." Sitting beside the bed, with a tear lingering in the corner of his eye, he guesses that Drew probably preferred summer, but he'll never know now... never know any of his son's favorites. He asks Drew directly, "What were your dreams? That's important to me. I need to know." In the hall, Nora approaches the door. She knocks, and weeps when there is no reply, then sadly returns to the family room.
(iii): Lodge Family Room
Asa asks Nora if she had any luck, but Nora shakes her head. She can understand why Bo won't talk to her, since she never really trusted Drew, and didn't give him much of a chance, so she can't share in Bo¹s grief. She becomes angry, insisting that Asa go talk to him, to break down the door. She wants to do something, not just stand around. She thinks they can't wait for Becky Lee any longer, and starts to physically lash out at Asa, who pulls her into a strong, loving embrace. Becky Lee, quietly beautiful in black, gently enters. Asa approaches her, and gives her a big, grateful hug.
IV. (i): Lodge Family Room
Nora touches Becky Lee, noting that she must be exhausted. They sit for a moment at the poker table, and Becky Lee reveals that she can't believe it. She talked to Drew just last week, and he sounded so happy. Nora assures that he was. Becky Lee wants to see her baby, but before she leaves, Asa fills her in on the current crises with Bo. She asks Nora to take her to her son, so Nora takes her hand and leads the way.
(ii): Todd's Penthouse
Tom grabs Blair's purse, calling her a life saver. He helps her out of her dilemma, while behind Sam¹s back, telling her that Sam knows about the chocolate bar. He pulls the tape out of her purse, puts it in his pocket, and then discovers a chocolate bar in there as well. (good thing!). He rips it open, stuffs some in his mouth, then jumps up and down with glee. "You're the best! It's got nuts!"
Sam agrees that she's amazing, getting chocolate for her ex-husband. Blair asks Sam why he's there. Sam sadly tells her what he knows about the shooting, and Blair immediately wants to go to the hospital. Todd seems momentarily taken aback when he hears of Drew's death, but recovers in time to grin at Blair that he hopes Cassie feels better. Sam and Blair depart. Todd is joyous. He tosses the chocolate aside, spits what was in his mouth to the floor, and prepares to listen to the tape.
V. (i): Tough guy Max's
Max groggily wakes, to R.J.'s urgings. Momentarily, he confuses R.J. with Blair, calling "oh, baby", and reaching for him, but R.J. throws Max back. R.J. has come to Max for help because, though it's surprising to both of them, Max is the best person to help him.
Sam and Blair arrive, and he offers to wait for her as long as it takes. Blair melts, then turns to see Kelly standing sadly. They are both quietly somber. Blair is so sorry, and though they've been at odds lately, stresses that Kelly didn't deserve this. They embrace, and Blair tenderly puts her hands to Kelly's face, telling her to hang in there. Blair goes upstairs to see Cassie.
Kelly tells Joey that she never thought a camera would mean so much to her. Joey hugs her, and assures her that she can have a whole set of copies. She leaves to "take care of something."
Lindsay arrives, frantic. She needs in the mail room, but is told it doesn't open until 9am. Lindsay tries to persuade the nurse by relating that there are test results for Nora Buchanan which would make her very happy, and Lindsay wants to be the one to give them to her. The nurse will see what she can do. Alone, Lindsay verbally berates herself for changing the records. But she is not alone. Sam turns a corner, asking "what records?"
(iii): Lodge Bedroom
At the door, Nora, with Becky Lee, hesitates before knocking. She asks Becky Lee to tell Bo that she loves him, if he lets her in. Becky Lee grips Nora's hand and agrees. Nora knocks, calling to Bo that Becky Lee is here to say goodbye to her son. Becky Lee moves to the door, asking Bo to open it. He does, and sighs gratefully when he sees her. They embrace, and Becky Lee moves to Drew. Bo pauses to thank a pained Nora for bringing Becky Lee. Nora bravely tells him that she will let them be with their son. Bo bows his head and closes the door.
VI. (i): Hospital
Lindsay flusters about paperwork for the Gallery, and is worried about Dorian. Sam informs Lindsay that he's there for Blair, and can't help but think about Bo. He can't imagine losing a child. This prompts Lindsay to worry about Will, and Sam assures her that Will is safe. He advises her to put all her animosity toward Nora aside. Lindsay claims she's trying, smiling too brightly. Sam wonders what's wrong, and she relents that she can be so petty. Sam comforts everyone, even he, can be petty, and that she just thinks differently, which doesn't make her bad, but interesting. She tries to digest this while Blair returns, and Sam leaves Lindsay's side to go to her.
Andrew avails himself to Jess any time, and leaves. Jess is still blown away by what happened, and is firm about living every day, every night, and not putting things off. Cris flounders that they shouldn't rush, and when they finally "do it," her first time is going to be magic. Jess looks guilty.
Blair thanks Sam for waiting. Sam says they¹ll have to learn to trust each other. Blair makes it clear to him that she thinks she's falling in love with him too.
Lindsay happens to see them kiss, but the nurse she spoke with earlier walks by. Lindsay asks about the records, and the nurse scares her by telling that they were already mailed. After one last look at the kissing Sam and Blair, she leaves.
The kiss ends, and Blair feels like the luckiest woman in the whole world. She promises Sam that from this day forward she's going to do things differently. Starting today she will love him the way he deserves to be loved.
(ii): Todd's Penthouse
Todd announces his ticket to freedom, hits play, and screams when the Sesame Street theme song fills the room. Over the music, Max chimes, "Sorry Blair! Wrong tape."
(iii): Tough guy Max's
Max tries to blow R.J. off, but R.J. insists on help. He wants to prove to Det. West and Sykes, who want to nail him for Drew's murder, that he was at the Club every day and every night for the past month, and needs Max there to verify whatever proof he finds.
(iv): Lodge Bedroom
Becky Lee and Bo stand over Drew. Bo tells her that Drew was a hero, and she replies that "He is his father's son." She finds it strange that she's not crying, and comments that it looks like Drew is sleeping. She remembers all the summer nights in Tennessee, when she would stand over him, fanning him. She touches his cheek, and mentions that Drew would ask her to sing to him. Bo asks if he had a favorite, and Becky Lee sings gorgeously:
Did you hear that lonesome whip-poor-will
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry
I've never seen a night so long
As time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide her face and cry
The silence of a falling star
Lights up the purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I¹m so lonesome I could cry
I¹m so lonesome I could cry
While she sings, Bo leaves the room. He walks into the family room, past the compassionate Asa and Renee, pauses to hold Nora's hands and look deeply into her eyes, then leaves her to go outside, where Kelly approaches, and they stand arm-in-arm.
While they stand there, the bright lights come onto them, and Drew walks out of the lodge, fishing gear in hand. He pauses beside Kelly, and looks at her and Bo for a moment. Drew takes a deep breath, and walks away, leaving Bo and Kelly standing alone, as Becky Lee sings the last "I'm so lonesome I could cry."