Today's recap was provided by Serena Keiler
At the hospital, Max attacks one of his doctors. Larry comes in and breaks it up, and asks the doctor to get some sedatives. Concerned, Asa asks Larry if Max could have brain damage. Larry tells Asa, Renee and Blair that there is the possibility. "Ben Davidson," Asa mutters. Later, Skye walks into Max's room, and finds and enraged Blair. "What the hell are you doing here?!" Blair yells. Suspecting that Skye is still planning on blackmailing her and Max, she tells Skye that Renee know that Max is not her son. "Yes, but whose going to stop me from telling Asa," Skye sneers. "I am," Renee replies as she walks in.
At the park, Ben and Viki find a little girl all alone. They bring her back to Viki's and learn her name is Emma Doyle. Ben seems concerned about the girl's health, so he listens to her heart. "We need to get Emma to the hospital right away," he tells Viki.
Jess and Bo have a heart-to-heart in the cemetery next to Megan's grave. Jess admits that she was actually thinking about Cristian, not Megan. She can't understand why she can't forget about him. When Bo questions why she would want to forget about Cristian, Jess says he is happy with Roseanne in New York, and besides, she and Will are in love. She seems to be trying to make herself believe this more than convincing Bo. "Don't worry. It gets easier, just cherish the memories," Bo says, speaking from experience.
At the Llanview PD, Sophia tells her brother Freddy, that he deserves to be locked up for life. Freddy tries to sweet talk Sophia and convince her to loan him some money. But all Sophia can think about are all the horrible things Freddy did to her while they were growing up. She refuses to help him out. "I'm nothing like you-a piece of trash," she angrily says to her brother. Later, John gives Sophia a pep talk and offers her a permanent position at the precinct. He doesn't believe that she is a nobody.
Lindsay walks into the diner and finds Sam talking to a beautiful blond. As the blond walks out she confronts Sam and accuses him of having an affair. Sam denies it and states that the truth is he has a surprise for Nora, so "don't tell Nora!" "Don't worry, I don't care about you having an affair," Lindsay replies. "What affair?" Nora asks as she walks into the diner. Sam pulls Lindsay aside and asks her to keep Nora busy for about 45 minutes. She agrees and insists that Nora join her for lunch. Hesitantly, Nora sits down with her. Unfortunately for Sam, Lindsay can't keep her mouth shut. She spills the beans about the blond she saw Sam with and tells Nora where to find them. Nora heads over to the house Sam is at and walks right into the front door. She finds a very surprised Sam, and hears a woman's voice, "Where are you Sammy? I need you in the bedroom!"
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House at 100 Belmont Circle
As Cricket calls for "Sammy" to join her upstairs in the bedroom, Sam is surprised by Nora's arrival. Nora thinks Sam's "explanation" should be "awfully interesting" if it's not what it looks like - finding Sam "in a strange house with a strange woman." Cricket tracks Sam down and promises him "an afternoon you will never forget" but apologizes and leaves quickly when Nora introduces herself as "a very good friend of Sammy - in fact, his fiancée!" Nora offers Sam this "explanation": he's had a "total and utter mental collapse" and Cricket is his "doctor" although Nora admits she would be "a touch happier if the good doctor was a little less blonde or perhaps you were meeting in her office" instead of this house which is "a tad under-furnished." Nora is shocked when Sam tells her that this house is "your house - or rather, our house." Sam has had Cricket (the Realtor) searching for "the perfect place" for their "perfect new family." Sam wanted to find "a little place on the planet for our family" and while this house is now just "walls and floors and stuff" he is sure they can "use it as a canvas to paint the brushstrokes of our lives." Since Sam has already put in a bid on the house, he asks Nora to tell him now if she doesn't like it and she answers with a kiss which Sam deems "better than closing." Lindsay interrupts them and isn't too pleased when Nora announces that "Sam surprised me and bought me this beautiful house." After a quick tour, Nora proclaims it "the house to die for" and goes to explore the kitchen while Sam thanks Lindsay for trying to help with his surprise. "It felt like the year from hell and now it looks like things are beginning to work out." Lindsay, offering "congratulations" to Sam, observes that he is "really building a life with Nora...in fact a world, a universe...you have all the trimmings - a child, a backyard, a future." But Lindsay doesn't want Sam's "sympathy" or to "ruin his perfect day" so she turns to leave but can't resist one last barb aimed at Nora. When Nora excitedly tells Sam that "we even have a brook - and it babbles," Lindsay offers, "that makes two of you."
Outside Max's Hospital Room
Renee tells Skye that she isn't "going to shatter a lifetime of dreams just to satisfy your delight in playing cruel games." Renee likens "annoying" Asa to annoying "an out of control pit bull" and strongly suggests that Skye skip the experience and keep her mouth shut about Max's deception. Skye dismisses Blair as a "bimbo" but tells Renee she is "a Chandler" and therefore has "clout." Blair protests when Renee tells her to go inside Max's room so she can help Skye "get her little train back on track" but is caught by her own protestations when Skye suggests that Blair would "sell Max down the river in a second if it would save your own skin." Renee suggests that Blair "leave before you dig an even deeper grave for yourself." Renee brands Skye a "simple leech" who kept the truth all to herself and promises that while Max and Blair "will get what they deserve" she will decide "what Asa knows, when he knows and who he hears it from...that won't be you...if you have a plan to hurt my husband, make another plan." Renee elaborates on Skye's "plans for the future: move out immediately, not discuss your dirty little plan...leave everyone in my family alone." When Skye gives Renee more lip, Renee promises that if she keeps it up "you will see wrath that no one else has ever seen" and suggests that "dear little daddy isn't in a mood these days to protect you."
Inside Max's Hospital Room
When Blair enters the room, Max greets her with "Howdy." Blair wants Max to come up with a plan - right now. The problem is Max isn't able to grasp this idea and tells Blair that "everything is okay...Renee is being real nice to me." Blair is nearly hysterical and observes that "we were doomed from the minute we said ‘I do'...Renee is ready to blame me for everything." After Max does a "clean sweep" with his food tray onto the floor, Blair loses it after he asks her if she made the "mess." She demands to know if Max is "scamming" her. Max assures her that he is okay because "you brought me back." "I was slipping away then I heard your voice...you helped me come back to the world with your words...what I heard...I knew I had to come back." When Blair panics and wants to hear his "version" of what she said, Max gets very serious and begins to tell her but instead breaks into song with "it ain't gonna rain no more..." and begins to play with the table over his bed. Blair can't get him to snap out of this and in frustration asks Max if he is behaving this way to make Renee feel "so sorry for you she won't tell Asa." Of course, Renee overhears this and says it is time for she and Max to have a "mother/son chat."
Viki and Ben rush Emma into the hospital where Emma's mom is reunited with her daughter. She explains that Emma is afraid of surgery but that they can't afford it right now anyway so her running away was premature. Ben calms Emma while listening to her heart; he shares that he was scared once too but that he found running away only makes things worse. Emma tells Ben that she "could be even braver if you were with me when they open me up" which gives Ben an idea: he could perform the needed surgery on Emma. After it's decided that the hospital will donate Ben's surgical services and Viki will "cover the other costs" Ben is elated and, as he rushes off to surgery, tells Viki he feels he was "born to do this". Skye has been listening to their conversation and can't pass up the chance to taunt Viki. "A devoted woman, a handsome man, and an adorable child...too bad, the child isn't yours." Viki smugly answers, "But the man is." But Skye gets the last word: "For now, but tomorrow - who knows?"
While Skye listens in outside the living room, Asa explains to "his" hospital board member that "it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes" to figure out that Ben Davidson wanted Max to die and he "almost" killed him. "Davidson is a butcher; I want his hide hung on a meat hook." Asa tells the man to "encourage" Larry Wolek to see his side. Skye overhears that Asa will need "concrete evidence that Davidson acted with direct intent to cause harm" to Max before the hospital board can remove him from the staff and hurries in when Asa is alone to ask if he wants to "destroy" Ben. She offers her "evidence" - Ben made threats after Grace's death, she saw him with an "old pal from Vegas" and when she spoke to him before Max's operation, Ben "said he wanted Max to die" but she "didn't think he meant it." When Asa got upset with her for not coming forward sooner, Skye amended what Ben had actually said to "he said ‘if' I wanted Max to die.." Asa felt his suspicions were vindicated and promised Skye he would "have some use for you."
While Viki was waiting for Ben to finish Emma's surgery, Larry sat down with her for a talk. First, he admonished her for canceling her physical. Viki told Larry she wanted to concentrate on the problems at hand, not possible ones. When Larry shared that Renee wants him to find out about Ben's treatment of Max, Viki agreed that she would prefer Larry to "a professional lynching party" that Asa would put together. Larry then shared that Max did have a "potential for neurological damage" and that Asa believed that Ben "intentionally harmed Max." When Viki demanded to know if Asa had any "evidence" of this, Larry told her of the "surgical staff members who heard Ben say Max deserved to die." While Larry "hoped" that Viki's defense of Ben was right, he wanted Ben to hear the news from her rather than an attorney from the hospital board.
Later, Ben emerged from surgery with the news that Emma would make a full recovery and have a wonderful life. He reiterated that he "loves this job" and was in such a good mood that he "could kiss Asa Buchanan" but he preferred to kiss Viki.
100 Belmont Circle
After another tour of the house, Sam leads Nora into "a room with respectability" - and an outside entrance. Nora deems it the "perfect room for a law office" - her law office. While she offers to "flip" Sam for it, he thinks it is "perfect for two." Of course they couldn't share an office unless they were "partners" which Nora worries might "get our personal life all confused with our professional life." But Sam thinks that "we make great partners in life, we were great partners in the courtroom once, we could do it again...like the old days, like Chicago." Nora agrees that it would be "an easier commute" so she accepts when Sam drops to one knee and asks for the "honor of linking with me professionally." Sam then presents her with a sign for their new office: "Law Offices Hanen Gannon Buchanan & Rappaport"
Friday, December 3, 1999
Renee confronted Max
over his betrayal and
wondered if there was any good reason why she should
continue to hide the truth from Asa. Renee finally got that
reason, however, when Max's odd behavior escalated and
the doctor indicated that he might have a severe
neurological disorder. A shaken Blair pleaded with Renee
to continue to treat Max as her son. Lindsay continued to
be bothered by Bo's inability to make a permanent
commitment and sought counsel from Delphina. For his
own good, Bo placed Kevin under arrest after he witnessed
him assault Zack in the Banner city room. Will stopped
Jessica when she offered to reconcile the Megan
Foundation checkbook. Later, Will told Lindsay that he
needed money and that he did something he wasn't proud
of. Skye agreed to move in with Dorian and while she was
packing, Skye saw an adoption paper among Starr's toys.
Skye made a trade with Starr and was shocked to learn
the identity of the true Buchanan heir!