Today's recap was provided by Anne Ruybal
At Ferncliff, Rachel has arrived for a visit. Julie compliments her on
her outfit and says that when she gets out, she's going on a week-long
shopping spree. Rachel thinks Julie seems awfully cheery and wonders if
she's at all nervous about the upcoming competency review. Julie says
that she's anxious, but not afraid--life is finally starting to go her
way. She told Rachel about Eve's visit (at which Rachel is visibly
upset) and says that it went so well that she's ready for an even bigger
challenge: Lucy Coe. R: "Well, she certainly is one of your tougher
opponents." J: "You want me to improve my image. I heard she's back in
town--she probably has her hands full with the new baby, but..will you
see if she'll come and visit me?" Rachel promises to try, but says that
Julie needs to focus on the review. Julie says she's ready. Rachel opens
her notebook. "I have here a list of some questions that they might ask
you at the hearing. So let's see how ready you really are.."
At the Scanlon house, Frank enters to find Courtney hanging a "Welcome
Home Neil" banner in the living room. She asks him to lend a hand; he
wonders if she's sure she wouldn't rather wait for Joe, but finally
agrees to help. They gaze at one another longingly for a moment, then
turn to the task at hand. Courtney is excited that Neil is coming home
today. Frank wants blue and white streamers (Yankee colors), which she
hands him. C: "I want everything to be perfect for Neil. Especially
since Joe and I decided to tell him about the baby today." This doesn't
sit well with Frank. "Give the kid a break. It's his first day home, and
you're going to dump that news on him?" C: "Joe felt Neil should be told
right away." Frank (disgustedly, throwing down the streamers and walking
out): "Well, if Joe feels that way, then it must be right."
Cut to Eve standing alone in an unknown pastoral setting, which we later
find out is the same spot where Victor and Mary's wedding was held. She
flashes back to her and Kevin making love, then to her recent
conversation with D.V. in which he agreed to let her see her son if she
brought him the letters Victor wrote to Kevin. She hears a noise, turns
around, and sees Kevin standing behind her.
Overjoyed to see one another, Kevin and Eve hug. She told him that she
had come there to clear her head and get some air, and wonders what he's
doing there. K: "I was missing you, so I thought I'd take a walk. I
never thought it would lead me right *to* you." They both remember the
last time they were there, for Victor and Mary's wedding. E: "Things
sure spun out of control pretty quickly after that, didn't they?
Victor..Italy.." K: "Out of all of it..being without you is the worst."
[Awww..] E: "What happened to that sweet, simple path we were on?" K:
"We'll get back on it." E: "You know, we were standing right in this
spot when you got your idea for your novel. You were looking at me, and
something..affected you." K: "Your eyes..I saw sadness and joy all at
the same time..much like right now." E: "And that inspired you to write
a book about a woman in search of her missing son. Strange, isn't it?
I'm doing just that now."
Back at Ferncliff, Rachel asks Julie "Would you say you've been a good
girl, Mrs. Ramsey?" Julie thinks [and so did I] that this is an odd
question. She laughs. "I eat my bread and water every day, if that's
what you mean." R: "No, it's *not* what I mean. Would you just answer
the question: have you been a good girl?" Julie wonders "What happened
to 'what year is it?' or 'if you have three ducks and two fly away..'?"
Rachel's demeanor and tone have become increasingly angry. Standing up,
she turns vicious, saying that she wonders how a woman of Julie's
questionable intelligence could have gotten her M.D., and that it must
have been "daddy" who greased a few palms along the way. "Isn't that
what he did, Julie? Huh? He made it easy for you. And where would you be
without him? You'd be no place." J: "I know what you're trying to
do--you're trying to push my buttons. Well, it's.." R: "It's
working..isn't it? So..do you still think you're ready to face the
At the Scanlon house, all the preparations have been made. Courtney sets
a plate of snacks on the coffee table and says she's off to pick up
Neil. Frank told her that she outdid herself and that Neil will love
the party. Courtney holds up the plate of snacks. "Especially these." F:
"The choco-cream balls I bought you." C: "I never got a chance to thank
you." F: "Well, you said they were your favorite craving. I didn't know
by making a run for them, I'd miss out on hearing you were pregnant." C:
"Frank..I wanted to tell you first..I did..and I thought I
was..but..then Joe popped up from behind the refrigerator door, and I
realized it was too late. I'm sorry." F: "Courtney..how do you plan on
telling Neil about this baby? I'm worried that it might be confusing for
him." C: "Joe thinks it should be done in private..maybe at bedtime,
when it's just the three of us." F: "That's rich. Joe is going to tell
my son about my baby, and I'm not even going to be in the room."
Joe, Karen, and Neil walk in the door, shouting "Surprise!!" Joe had
pulled some strings to get Neil sprung early. Neil admires the banner.
"It even has the Yankee colors! Nice touch, Dad." Frank looks hurt. Joe
says the credit went to Courtney as she did all the decorating. Frank is
left out in the cold, again. Courtney tries to give him credit but is
interrupted by some father/son horseplay. Joe carries Neil upstairs.
Karen is left alone with Frank and Courtney. She remarks that Neil was
excited about coming home. C: "We all were. And our family just keeps
getting bigger--I assume you heard the news?" K: "If you mean, did Joe
tell me you were pregnant, yes." C: "It's great, isn't it?" K: "Yeah, it
is, for Neil. But for everybody's sake, I hope you're not counting on
this pregnancy bringing you and Joe back together." The ladies glare at
each other. Cut to Neil, who has been standing on the staircase taking
all this in. "Mom..you're pregnant?!" An upset-looking Joe joins him on
the staircase and puts a comforting arm around him.
Neil sits between Joe and Courtney on the couch, with Frank and Karen
standing nearby. "This is awesome! This means you guys are getting
married, right?" The adults break the news to him about why they're
having the baby. Neil is upset and thinks it's because he's dying; Joe
reassures him that it's to make him healthier and stronger. Neil tells
them that he knows it takes 9 months for a baby to be born, and that
even if he does die, at least they'll have another kid. [Oh, this was a
bit much!.. :)] Frank looks as if someone had struck him. Courtney tells
Neil that she's counting on him to help with changing diapers and
telling stories. The adults try to talk him into celebrating, but he's
not in the mood, declining even the choco-cream ball that his mom offers
him. He heads upstairs to play the computer game Frank gave him, at
which Frank looks pleased.
Once Neil is gone, Courtney lashes into Karen, who reminds her that it
was she who brought the pregnancy up. Joe jumps to Karen's defense,
Frank butts in, and loud bickering ensues. Joe refuses to get into an
argument with his brother, and heads upstairs to be with Neil.
At Ferncliff, Julie takes her medication. She wonders "What exactly was
the point of your little attack?" R: "I'm trying to prepare you, Julie.
The psychiatrist that examined you before..he's not gonna be easy on
you." J: "Dr. Davis? I know." R: "Well, in his earlier observations, he
said that you hallucinated, that you were speaking to your father." J:
"That was a long time ago. I'm not the same person I was then." R:
"Well, he's going to try to prove that you are. And he'll do anything,
anything at all, to break you." J: "I can handle it." R: "Like you just
handled me." Julie has no response to this. Rachel hands her the list of
questions and told her to ask *her* a question, and she'll answer it
the way Julie Devlin, a woman who wants her freedom, would answer. J:
"If you were set free, what would you say to the people you've hurt?" R:
"I'd pray to God for their forgiveness. But I'd understand if they
couldn't, because not a week went by that I don't wish to God that I
hadn't hurt those people the way that I did. But that's something that I
have to live with, that I have to live with every day for the rest of my
life." Julie is impressed with this performance.
Chris enters, carrying a gift bag. He wonders if this is a bad time;
Rachel says Julie could use a moment to herself, and they step into the
hall. She told him Julie is distracted, because she wants to go see
Lucy. C: "It's because of Christina." R: "She doesn't even know Lucy
came into town without Christina, Chris. And I'd really like to keep it
that way." C: "Do I look stupid?" R: "You know, some of your decisions
have been questionable lately. Asking Eve Lambert to move in with you?"
Chris says he's just helping out a friend, and wonders if she wants him
to throw Eve out on the street. R: "I'm not telling you what to do. But
your wife comes first now. Your new living arrangement could jeopardize
her future." She leaves.
Kevin and Eve are walking and holding hands. E: "I just can't get over
it..how the idea for your novel would mirror my life so closely." K: "I
told you we had a deep connection. You know, it was just a few days
after I had the idea that I saw the image of the boy for the first
time." E: "Looking out a window, but you couldn't see his face." K: "At
the time, I thought it came from nowhere. Maybe it wasn't so innocent
after all." E: "Do you think that that image could have been planted in
your mind back then?" K: "They may have sparked the idea, but the words,
and the feelings..especially the words..came from me. 'She was a woman
who knew how to open a door..not just one door, but all doors. The door
to his heart, the door to his soul, the door to where he never thought
he'd go.'" E: "You make me melt all over again." K: "No one can control
the way I see you. It went way too deep for anyone to touch..except
you." Eve (angrily): "What gives these people the right to mess with our
emotions?" K: "They won't win." E: "They *have* won. And it's my fault."
K: "Why would it be your fault?"
Eve told Kevin that it's her fault that Bordisso is in their lives; he
reminds her that Bordisso came to town to find Scott. E: "But he found
me. And that affects you. And whether it's because I ran away from him,
or he found out that I had his baby..I don't know, the bottom line is,
it's because of me that *your* life is such a mess." K: "I am where I
*want* to be." E: "Maybe it's best if you just got as far away from me
as possible." K: "No way, Jose." Smiling, Eve realizes she's been
defeated. They decide to, er, take advantage of the wonders of nature
before heading back to play the failed couple for the rest of the world.
Kissing, they sink to the ground.
Back at the Scanlon house, Joe and Frank begin another loud argument.
Just as Frank hurls a verbal punch at his brother, Neil runs downstairs.
"Stop it! All you ever do is fight with my dad. And I hate it. Just
leave him alone, OK, leave my dad alone." Courtney told him it's OK;
that brothers just argue sometimes. N: "Well, I don't care. All I know
is that when I have a brother or sister, I'll never treat it the way
Uncle Frank treats Dad." Frank looks ashamed. "That's what makes you
such a special kid, Neil. I'm sorry. I will try to learn from you." He
Back at Ferncliff, Chris has given Julie the gift he brought. She thanks
him, saying it can't have been easy finding perfume in a plastic bottle.
They kiss. He asks how things went with Rachel; she told him "Let's
just say her coaching techniques are a little rough." C: "If it gets you
sprung out of here, it'll be worth it." J: "I can already picture my
little girl in my arms." He told her he's decided to ask Eve to move
out, "because you're my wife, and seeing you freed is my top priority."
He says Eve won't have a problem finding another place. J: "That's the
most selfless thing you've ever done for me..well, the second.
Delivering Christina has gotta be number one. How is she? Have you seen
her lately? I bet she just gets more and more adorable every day. Will
you get a picture for me? Just a small one that I can keep with me
during the competency review..it'll give me hope and courage. I have to
see what she looks like." Chris reassures her that she will see
Christina, and says he has to get back to work. She kisses him and
thanks him again for the perfume. He leaves.
Psycho-Julie, aloud, to herself: "You're lying, Chris. Something is up
with Christina. And there's only one person who can tell me what it is: