Scotty, Joe, and Karen
The three are sitting in Karen's apartment discussing strategies. Scotty has a plan that involves espionage tactics. He solicits Joe's help. Karen volunteers as well. Scotty is adamant that Karen stay put. He wants to keep her safe and away from DV. Joe agrees. The two head over to DV's hotel room. However, Karen has other plans. Karen disguises herself as a hotel cleaning woman and shows up just as Scotty and Joe are trying to open DV's room with a credit card. She offers to stay as watchman in case DV returns early.
As Joe and Scotty are putting the finishing touches on DV's apartment they hear Karen in the hall conversing with DV. DV approaches Karen and asks for some extra towels. Karen informed him that she would have them sent up immediately. He asks for the towels immediately since they should be on her cart. At General Hospital
Kevin, Mary, and Eve are excited to be taking Victor home again. Eve and Mary leave the room to arrange for exiting papers. Dr. Locke enters the room and asks why Victor is dressed. Kevin explains that he is taking his father home today. Dr. Locke informs Kevin that she can not allow him to leave the hospital. She claims that Victor was worse last night and she had to change his medicine. She would like to keep him under observation in case of possible side effects of the new medicine. Kevin informs her that Victor will have two doctors and a highly trained nurse to look after him 24 hours a day. Dr. Locke could not stay and fight her battle. She was needed at Julie's competency hearing.
Eve and Chris had a little argument over Julie again. However, Eve told Chris that she would work on her behavior for the sake of their friendship.
Mary needed to get Dr. Locke's signature on the release papers. She approaches Dr. Locke about signing them. Dr. Locke was very hesitant and probally would not have signed the papers if Gail Baldwin had not arrived when she did.
Mary was about to leave the hospital when Kevin asked Mary if she and Eve would be able to get Victor home without him. Thanks to Eve's little chat with Chris, Kevin now knew about Julie's competency hearing. Kevin notified Garcia, and the two of them headed towards the court house.
Meanwhile, Julie is extremely nervous. She realizes that if the judge votes in her favor, this would be the first step in getting her out of Ferncliffe. Dr. Lock persuades Julie to think confidently. After all, it was a 4 to 1 battle. It was four of them against one judge.
When Kevin and Garcia stormed in the court room, they were greeted by a very surprised Dr. Locke.
Today's recap was provided by Francine Goldberg
Most of today's show is taken up with Julie's hearing, so without further ado....
Leopold complains about Garcia being there--this is a private hearing! Garcia explains that Kevin's there as an expert on Julie and their prior relationship as shrink and patient. It's Kevin's duty to testify at this hearing. He doesn't believe Julie's competent to "enter into a marriage with anyone, let alone Chris Ramsey."
Karen distracts DV in the hall while Scott and Joe continue to rig his hotel room. He starts to go into the room. His cell phone rings. It's Scott. Meet him down in the lobby, right now. DV leaves to go meet Scott. Karen continues to watch out.
Even though Leopold continues to complain about Garcia and Kevin being there, the judge thinks they should be. They "could be of help in these deliberations." Rachel agrees (which brought a look of consternation to Chris' face!). But she says they'll "be talking about a Julie Devlin that no longer exists." Kevin says she's not a new model--she still can't determine what's right for her. Kevin adds Chris to Julie's list of "abusive men." Leopold points out to the judge that it's obvious Kevin doesn't like Chris. Yes, but let's talk about you! Kevin went through the history and points out manipulation. Kevin's sincere but he wants the court to stop the marriage. Garcia points out what Rachel refers to as "her attempted escape from Ferncliff." Garcia snorts at the word "attempted". He outlines the whole criminal escapade for the judge. And then there was the baby. Rachel thinks Kevin was a good doctor, but too close to the murders. Rachel keeps talking about Kevin not approving of the marriage. Rachel points out that Julie's with people 24/7 who _are_ criminally insane! Wasn't her escape a rational response? Even the judge seems a little incredulous at that argument. But this hearing is to determine if Julie can marry Chris, not her release. Rachel points to Chris as something akin to Julie's savior.
The judge starts asking questions. Chris says he only wants to make Julie happy--by believing in her. Of course he knows that she has money, but he has a deeper connection to her. He told of their history. He "cares about Julie like I've never cared about anyone." Julie and Rachel gaze adoringly at him. Even if Julie never gets out? Yes. He wants to promise that he'll always love her as he does now.
Karen bursts into DV's room. DV's coming! Get in the laundry cart NOW! She wheels them out into the hall. DV approaches, exchanges a few words with her, and went into his room. They split. Scott "can't wait 'til Bordeso sees the little surprise they left."
Rachel encourages Julie to talk on her own behalf as the judge is obviously wrapping things up. She insists she's changed. She talks about marriage while Chris looks slightly uncomfortable. But he sees her flaws and keeps coming back. He stands by what he believes. He's been the one friend she could count on. He's her hero. Rachel asks about the money again. Julie says Chris can have the money--he doesn't have to marry her. She just wants them to be able promise they'll be in each others lives forever.
Scott, Joe and Karen congratulate each other. Scott thanks them for their help. Karen pats herself on the back. Scott calls DV to "light the fuse." Cut to DV. Scott told him to turn on the TV. Surprise! It's him. He's on Candid Camera. [I found this reference very timely since Allen Funt just died--before this was taped.] He can't find the camera. Scott points out his easy access to DV's life and then hangs up. The judge is deliberating. Rachel asks if Julie's OK. Well, she was until Garcia and Kevin walked in. No. The judge was impressed at how much Julie and Chris care about each other. It was very believable. Rachel slithers over to Kevin. She's sure the judge will approve the marriage. She never loses. Enter the judge. He's reached his decision.