Today's recap was provided by Anne Ruybal
We're outdoors, at night. The wind is howling. We see a woman's legs
walking--it's Rachel. She pauses, looks around, and approaches a nearby
car. Bordisso is sitting on the passenger side. R: "You're sure no one
followed you here." B: "Trust me, everyone in Port Charles is asleep by
now--why don't you get in." He moves over to the driver's seat and she
climbs in. R: "You can never be too careful." B: "Which is exactly why I
proposed meeting so late at night. It wouldn't serve either of us to be
seen together now." R: "Well, then, I'll keep it brief. I thought you'd
like to be brought up to speed on what's happening with Julie Ramsey."
Cut to Ferncliff, where Julie is lying in bed asleep, tossing and
turning. She's having a nightmare, and we hear her talking to Greg
Cooper. J: "I didn't kill anyone." C: "Oh, you say that so well. Like
you really believe it." J: "I do." C (mockingly): "That's my girl." He
laughs maniacally. J (aloud, but still asleep): "I didn't..didn't do it.
I didn't kill anyone."
Now we're inside Julie's nightmare. She's now wearing a slinky
leopard-print dress, and sitting at a green-felt-covered poker table.
She picks up the hand she's been dealt, looks at the cards, and throws
in a chip. We hear a familiar man's voice: "Don't you want to know the
rules before you ante in..Princess..?" He hisses the last word. Aackk!
It's Bennett Devlin, looking delightfully ghoulish with pale makeup and
dark "sunken" circles under his eyes. He's dressed in a white lab coat,
which he pulls open to reveal the fountain pen still protruding from his
heart. The camera pans over to Jake Marshak, holding onto the noose
that's still around his neck. Then to Grace Sullivan, rubbing the scar
around her throat. Then to John Kanelos, still in his knight's costume.
Julie: "Dad, what are all of you doing here?" D: "Playing poker." He
laughs. "It's my deal. Dead Man's Bluff. Aces high, one-eyed jacks see
all, and naughty girls always lose.." Jake is in. "I bet five that Julie
is the General Homicide killer." Grace: "I'll see your five, and raise
you five more that not only did Julie do it, but it was a solo act."
Kanelos and Devlin are also in. Devlin: "Ready to play, Princess?" J: "I
don't like this game." Devlin growls: "Don't be rude! We're guests in
your little nightmare." J: "But you're saying I'm a killer, and I'm
not." Jake: "But that remains to be seen." D: "We'll find out soon
enough. The answers are all in your cards.."
The scene opens with an overhead shot of the poker table. Julie lays
down her hand. "I win. Four queens. I told you I'm no murderer." Kanelos
stops her as she reaches for the pile of chips: "Wouldn't you like to
see what the rest of us have?" He lays down his cards. "Five high
spades. Royal flush. Read 'em and weep." Grace, Jake, and Devlin all
claim to having winning hands as well. Devlin: "Seems that all four of
us win this time. Mine's in hearts..one of the ironies of life." Grace
laughs. "And death." J: "I had four queens. There's no way any of you
could have made a royal flush. You set me up, you're not gonna get away
with it." Grace: "Why not, you think you can get away with murder?" J:
"I didn't kill you. And I'm gonna prove that when I stand trial. I'm not
the only one who believes I'm innocent anymore." Devlin: "Who else? That
fancy shrink, or your so-called husband...who could *they* convince?"
Jake: "Not us. And we were there." Kanelos: "Someone has to pay for what
happened." Grace: "Julie should." J: "Make the real murderer pay, not
me." Jake: "C'mon Julie, they locked you up in here because you're
crazy. Are you sure you can trust what your head is telling you?"
Devlin: "You killed us." The others join in, staring at Julie and
chanting "You killed us...you killed us..." The poker scene fades out
and we again see Julie lying in bed.
Back in Bordisso's car, he offers Rachel a drink, which she declines,
saying she has to be at Ferncliff in the morning. B: "Ah, business as
always, I see..and how is your prize patient doing?" Rachel told him
that she had managed to get Julie through her competency hearing with
flying colors. "In fact, I predict that Julie is going to dazzle Port
Charles when we get to trial." Bordisso isn't enthusiastic, which seems
to annoy Rachel. "You know, excuse me, D.V., but I expected you to be
much more pleased. Julie being released from Ferncliff benefits you far
more than me." B: "Well, I'm not so sure that's true anymore." R: "Julie
is released, she regains Lucy and Scott's trust...she takes Christina
back. Which is what you've wanted all along." B: "Well, it's really not
much of a strategy now, if you think about it..now that Scott and Lucy
are no longer a couple." R: "Oh..well, then, we'll just have to figure
out other ways to use Julie when she gets out of Ferncliff." B: "That
won't be necessary. No, as far as I'm concerned, you can let her rot in
Rachel told Bordisso "You know, I'm glad that you're so certain it's
over between Scott and Lucy." B: "And you're not?" R: "They're apart
now, yeah. Scott and I, we even made plans to go out on a dinner date."
B: "And?" R: "I see them look at each other. And there's something going
on there." B: "More than just history?" R: "Well, sometimes history is
enough, isn't it? They've been known to patch things up a time or two in
the past." B: "Perhaps you're right about Julie being of some use to us.
We'll go ahead with her. In the meantime, are you continuing your
pursuit of Scott?" R: "Oh, of course." B: "Well, I don't care what it
takes to keep Scott and Lucy apart..but I want it to happen."
Back at Ferncliff, Julie is still tossing and turning. Now we're in her
nightmare again. She and Eve are in their old room in the Scanlon
basement. She's asleep on a sofa and Eve wakes her up. "Hey, Dr. Morris,
wake up. We're gonna be late for the hospital." J: "Dr. Morris..no one
has called me that in years." E: "Well, I haven't known you for years,
I've only known you since June, when we started our internship. Now come
on, my car's in the shop, you promised you'd give me a ride, and you
know how Dr. Burgess is when we're late for rounds." Julie wonders how
she got there. Eve told her she must have had one too many margaritas
the night before..that Jake had dropped her off at midnight. J: "Jake?
But he's dead." E: "You're really out of it, aren't you?" Julie admits
this is possible; Eve went into the bathroom, telling Julie to take some
aspirin and start getting ready or they're going to be late. Once Eve is
gone, Julie picks up and looks at a newspaper: it's dated October 28,
1997. J (triumphantly): "1997. The past two years must have been a
dream...I didn't kill anyone!"
Cut to GH, where Julie (dressed in a doctor's coat) gets off the
elevator. She sees Devlin on the phone, with his back turned, and walks
over to him. "Hi Dad." He turns around, looking even more ghoulish than
before. Julie screams. Devlin: "Calm down, Princess..you'll wake the
dead." J: "I thought I dreamed the murders." D: "No..*this* is a dream.
The murders are real..and you have been a *very* bad girl. Didn't we
teach you, the hospital is for curing, not for killing? Busy day...pick
up your charts." Julie approaches the nurses station, where Grace is
standing. She's wearing her trademark blue sweater, and the scar around
her throat is even more noticeable than before. "I have your rounds all
set up for you, Julie." J: "No..you're dead too!" G: "Am I ever! But let
me tell you..it is a pleasure being here today..even if I have to wear
this stupid blue sweater one more time!" She laughs. Jake is paged to
the ER, then he pops up from behind Julie. He's wearing scrubs and still
has the noose around his neck. "Julie..be a pal and loosen this rope.
They need me in Emergency." Julie screams and runs up the stairs, where
she runs into Kevin. "Whoa..slow down. You look like you've seen a
ghost." J: "I am seeing dead people. Kevin, please..please, you've gotta
help me." K: "Thanks to you, I'm no longer on your case, Julie." J:
"Yeah, but I need you back. People are saying that I did something
really bad." K: "You mean about the murders?" J: "Yes. And I think
they're wrong, but the more they point their finger at me, the more
confused I get. And you understand, don't you, what it's like to *be*
accused?" K: "Better than anyone; however, in my case, I was innocent."
J: "Are you saying I'm not?" K: "No, actually, I'm not the one to
judge." J: "Then who can?" K: "How about a jury of your peers?" J: "But
you and I are the only people here who are alive." K: "Who better to
judge you than the people who are already murdered?"
Back at Ferncliff, Julie is still tossing and turning. We re-enter the
nightmare, at GH. Kevin announces "This trial...is about..to begin." J:
"I don't have a lawyer. Who is gonna defend me?" K: "This is a special
trial--you get to defend yourself." J: "Shouldn't there be a judge?" K:
"The key players are already here." He opens a notebook. "Now, you stand
accused in the murders of Bennett Devlin, Grace Sullivan, Cassandra May,
Jake Marshak, *and* John Kanelos? Wow! How do you plead?" J: "No,
no..I've already been acquitted in four of those cases. I thought I'd
only be on trial for the death of John Kanelos." K: "But this trial
isn't just for you..this is also for your victims. They want
*justice*..and I'm sure they'd be pleased as punch to get it from *you*.
Now..what was your plea, again?" J: "I'm innocent." K: "We'll see. Let's
The elevator doors open to reveal ghoul-Devlin standing inside. A
spotlight shines on him. "Julie is a liar! As a young girl, she told
stories to get out of trouble. Later, she lied about not touching the
gun that killed her brother Buddy. Even though we found her fingerprints
all over it." J: "After I heard the shot, I ran in and saw Buddy with
the gun in his hand, so I pulled it out. It was just a reflex, and I
never said anything about it because I was scared." D: "As I said, she
lied then, she's lying now, and not only to the jury, to herself..she
*drove* that pen through my heart! She killed me!!" He clutches at the
elevator doors as they close.
Kevin: "Pretty damning testimony, Julie." J: "Don't I get to
cross-examine?" K (looking at his watch): "Uh, normally, yes, but right
now we're really pressed for time. Dr. Marshak!" The lights come up on
Jake sitting in the visitor's lounge area, holding the end of his noose.
K: "Dr. Jake Marshak..is it true that on the night of the Nurse's Ball,
Dr. Julie Devlin knocked you unconscious from behind and then hung you
from the rafters?" J: "Yeah, it is. And I was Julie's friend--I stood by
her. This (holding up the noose) was my payback." K: "Thank you. Thank
you very much. No further questions." J: "Wait, wait, Jake, you said you
were knocked out from behind. So you didn't *see* who the person was.
And how could *I* have dragged you to the rafters--you're so much bigger
than I am. It had to be someone strong, someone like Greg Cooper."
Cooper emerges from the darkness. "Shut your yap! This whole 'Greg did
it' story...c'mon, no one's ever gonna buy that." J: "Greg, Greg, you
promised to testify for me. Tell them what you told Rachel and
Chris--tell them that I didn't murder anyone!" Greg bursts into
laughter. "Yeah, right!" Grace: "Can you believe her? What a sense of
humor." She laughs. Kanelos: "She's so funny, it kills me." All the
ghouls--and Kevin--begin laughing and surrounding her. Kevin makes a
"cut it off" motion with his hand, at which they all stop laughing.
"Well, I think we've heard enough. The evidence is in, the verdict is
obvious." (All the ghouls echo the word "obvious.") J: "It is?" K:
"You're guilty, Julie. And on behalf of all your victims..I sentence
*you* to death." J: "No, no, this is a mistake." K: "Them's the breaks,
Red." Jake (pointing at Julie): "You better run for it, Julie..or else
somebody might just get *you* from behind." They're all laughing and
pointing at her--she runs to the elevator and begins pounding on the
Now we're back in the Scanlon basement, where Julie runs downstairs to
find Chris. "Chris, Chris, they're after me...Dad, Jake, Grace,
John..the General Homicide victims. They say I did it, and now they want
me dead." C: "Did you do it, Julie?" J: "I don't think so, but they seem
so sure of it, I wonder if they're right." C: "They're wrong..I know
you're innocent..and so does Christina." He leads her over to where the
baby is lying in her carrier. "See, how could someone who gave birth to
such a little angel ever have committed those awful crimes?" J: "But if
Greg brainwashed me into doing it.." C: "Oh, he can play with your mind
from now until the third millennium. But it's not in you to kill, Julie.
You may have a wicked sense of humor..one I appreciate, by the way..but
the bottom line is, you care too much about life to ever take someone
else's. Why else would you become a doctor? Why else would you risk your
safety to bring Christina into this world?" J: "I didn't do it." C:
"That's right. Good. Now, you're gonna have to be willing to
fight..against what everyone in this town thinks about you. Show them
what Christina and I already know. And then we can be a real family."
They hug. Julie is horrified to see Cooper enter the room. He's carrying
a dart gun.
Cooper: "Isn't this just too precious?! Doting husband..cute baby..who
said you could have any of this, Julie? I sure didn't." J: "You can't
take it from me, Greg." C (taking a poison dart from behind his ear and
inserting it into the gun): "I can do whatever I want to you, whenever I
want. You know, the poison in one of these babies is enough to kill the
entire Japanese Sumo wrestling team." J: "You won before. You took
everything from me--my freedom, my sanity. Not this time--you can't take
Chris." C: "What good is he to you, while you're stuck in Ferncliff?
Because that's where you're gonna stay. I'll never testify for you,
Julie." He raises the dart gun to his mouth. J: "Then I will find
another way to prove I'm innocent. I am getting out of that place, and I
am building a new life for myself, and you can't stop me." Cooper
shrugs. "Hey, it's your dream." He heads for the door, then stops and
turns around. "How about a parting gift?" He fires the dart at Chris; it
hits him in the shoulder, and he collapses to the ground. Julie rushes
to his side. C: "Never underestimate me, Julie. When it comes to your
life..I still call all the shots." Cut to Julie in bed. She wakes up in
a cold sweat.
Back in the car, Bordisso hangs up his cell phone. Rachel wonders who
would be calling him at that time of night. B: "Some people I deal with
don't seem to take well to the light of day. Now, you must fill me in on
your efforts to befriend Karen Wexler." Rachel told him that she helped
Karen get the Chief Resident's position, and that Karen seems to be
coming around to Julie's side. B: "And Scott, what about him? Which way
is he leaning?" R: "He's gonna take a little more work." B: "Sometimes I
think the only way to break through that thick skull of his is with a
baseball bat...but, short of that, you are the only one I can think of
who has a shot." Rachel thanks him for the vote of confidence. Her cell
phone rings; she answers it. It's Julie, in a panic because of her
nightmare. Rachel reassures her that it was only a dream and that it's
normal for her to be having feelings of anxiety. J: "But what if Greg
gets on the stand and ruins everything? He could keep me from my baby."
R: "And I promised you I wouldn't let that happen. Don't you believe
me?" J: "I do. Everything you said has come true. I'm just...so scared
now, and I need your help more than ever." R: "Are you willing to trust
me?" J: "With my life." R: "Well, then, like I said..you have nothing to
worry about. Look, it was just a dream, Julie, that's all..just a dream.
So you go back to sleep..and I'll see you first thing in the morning."
She wishes Julie good night, and they hang up.
Bordisso: "Is she..nervous about the trial?" R: "Just normal jitters."
B: "You have the look of a tigress who's just finished feeding." Rachel
laughs. "I told you I would get control of Julie. And I kept my word."
B: "Poor thing. She just manages to break loose from Greg Cooper, and
now she finds herself under the thumb of someone else." R: "Yeah, but
you know what, D.V.? This time, that thumb is *mine*. And she *won't* be
able to escape it..ever.."