THE SUN DIDN'T SHINE ALL DAY TODAY
Call me jaded. Max and Blair have the exact same conversation/ argument/ discussion they've been having for months without end. Today, he's angry with her for printing a story she promised not to print, which hurts people who've been good to him, BUT he *knows* her. He *understands* her. It's weird. One second he's mad at her, the next he's trying to get her to say she loves him. Anyway, Blair retaliates as has been her want the last seven long months. She's mad, she flirts, she scoffs, she teases. They kiss passionately. She refuses to not hurt people he cares about through her decisions at The Sun. He promises that THIS TIME she'll rue her choice, and should from now on consider herself alone. He stomps off. She looks a bit troubled, yet thinks he'll be back.
Meanwhile, at the hotel lounge, Asa makes this huge, blustering scene as he snatches copies of The Sun (with it's blaring headline featuring the Buchanans) from the startled hands of patrons. Renee flutters in and gently orders him to knock it off. Asa is distraught, so she tries to comfort him with calm assurances that Bo will eventually forgive him, once he has some time to think, but Asa's afraid he'll die before that day dawns. Max arrives, bent on revenge.. or something. He struts straight to Asa with the offer of his 2% share of The Sun. Asa whips out his checkbook, stating that he'll buy it for Bo.
At Dorian's, Mel prepares to leave for work, after apparently sleeping in the guest room. He and Dorian have an incomprehensible argument about her actions re Kevin and Cassie. But you know what? No matter what inanity these two are forced to say and do, Dorian and Mel still absolutely sparkle together. SM and RS have such fantastic chemistry with one another. Sigh. After Mel departs, Dorian tells Ming to call her divorce attorney, and also to call her "Ms. Lord."
At the Banner, Kevin leaves a message on Téa's machine, since he needs to know what's happening in the fight against Dorian's (miraculously granted) order of protection against him... the one which prevents him from seeing Cassie. Viki hovers, and has everso many things to do before leaving for the conference in the Bahamas. Téa arrives to inform Kevin that she got a hearing for him in two days, but he must have a very strong case to win. She gives him a list of attorneys to call then departs for the station.
Viki and Mel express their happiness for Kevin, and then Mel has a request to make of Viki... but here my cable went a little wacko. I'm afraid I have no idea what he asked of her. In the next scene, Viki and Kevin offer Mel the position of Editor-in-Chief. Mel stammers with surprise and pleasure, and agrees to the job, but only until Kevin has more time available. Once Kevin's problems are under control, Mel wants Viki to send him on assignment in Baghdad.
At this point Dorian arrives to brazenly announce that she's asked her divorce lawyer to get Cassie's marriage annulled for two reasons. One, Cassie wasn't in her right mind when she married Kevin, and two, the marriage wasn't consummated! Kevin has to be restrained! :-) Kevin pulls it together and leaves, after desperately telling Dorian she can't do anything. Viki rolls her eyes and finds work to do. Mel and Dorian argue again. He informs her of his decision to go on assignment in Iraq, and she realizes that this might spell the end for them. She appreciates the irony of it happening in the very room where they spoke their vows to one another. Sigh. Somehow, SM and RS manage to infuse Mel and Dorian with big, pretty hints of their deep love for one another. I can't help but to hope that one day they will find one another again, and be the highly invigorating, entertaining couple they once were months ago. That might even make me start watching the show regularly again, but I'm not holding my breath.
After Dorian leaves, Mel asks Viki to send him to Baghdad immediately, but good naturedly agrees to stay as long as Viki needs him. She tells him to get ready to go to the Bahamas with her that night.
Later, Dorian returns to her home, with a surprise guest... a very glazed, weirdly smiling Cassie! Dorian is going to take her daughter someplace far, far away.
DID ANYONE NOT SEE THIS COMING?
Bo enters his office, displeased to see Nora sitting at his desk, smiling at him. He is unmoved by her attempts at "honest" communication, and accuses her of heartlessly using the innocent baby she's carrying. He expresses pity for the child. Nora counters that he's wrong, that she's going to love this baby as much as she loves it's father... who is Bo. She compares his fatherhood of the baby to Clint's fatherhood of Kevin and Joey. Bo says that the difference between he and Clint is that Clint doesn't hate their mother. (gasp!)
Nora is appropriately taken aback by this, but soon can't believe that he actually hates her. Bo enumerates all the ways Nora has been manipulative lately, ending with how she's now using the baby to emotionally force him to forgive her. Nora wants Bo to be the baby's father, and insists the reason she did what she did to get pregnant was right, even if the action was wrong. Bo refuses to agree that love justifies everything, and strongly suggests that she turn to Sam now for what she wants.. just as she always does.
Nora utterly refuses to give up on their relationship, because she loves him. So Bo asks her to leave him alone, then, if she really loves him. Again, he points out that everything she did was really about what *she* wanted, and is now about what *she* wants... but what he wants is for her to leave. Sadly, she does.
Bo then heads out into the station, where he and Téa work together taking turns berating some Evil Bad Young Perp who is very mouthy, especially to Bo, because the Perp had heard all about Bo's sordid love life. After Evil Perp leaves, Bo tells a cop to watch him closely, and as soon as he commits another crime (purse snatching), Bo wants him crucified. Bo and Téa chat for a bit, and she asks him out for a drink, but he declines, saying he'd prefer to go for a walk in the park.
In the park, Nora sits sadly on a bench, and sadly slips her wedding ring half off her finger, while the Evil Perp, smoking a cig, leers at her from behind some leafy bushes. Oh my!