In the pediatric ICU, Joe sits watching Neil sleep in his room. Karen has just returned from her trip to LA, Joe asks her how she did. She says Neil is back in the program and will get the experimental drug! Joe thanks her profusely, and is very encouraged. Karen reminds him it may not work, but he's very hopeful.
Courtney finds Frank in the hospital chapel. He invites her to stay but she says she's not comfortable in the chapel. Kevin comes in and says he got her message, Courtney told him that Neil has stopped eating. She's worried that this will aggravate his already weakened condition, and Frank says they don't want to resort to a feeding tube. Can Kevin help them get Neil to eat?
At the courthouse, Scott wonders why Julie and Chris are there. Chris concocts a story about getting passports so they can go on a belated honeymoon, yes, says Julie, they had a lot of time to make up for. Julie can't keep her eyes off Christina.
Scott starts to ask them to leave, but Lucy, beaming and smiling at the baby, says it's okay, they can stay--they just finished signing all the paperwork and Christina is officially their daughter! "Oh, my God!" bursts out Julie, in tears, "I'm too late!"
The Baldwins are mystified, and ask, "Too late for what?" Julie stutters, "Christina...is...Christina...Christina..." Lucy asks, "Christina is what?" Chris quickly takes over, hugging Julie close to him, saying that they had wanted to be there for the adoption, but obviously they are too late. Julie looks stricken as Chris offers congratulations. Julie snaps out of it, and plays along, although still very upset. Chris leads Julie out to go get their "passports". Before she leaves, Lucy says that she is very grateful to Julie for giving them Christina...Julie looks startled until Lucy reminds her about finding the baby in the snow. Julie looks stricken again and Chris pulls her out of the judge's office. Scott says that Julie seemed a little 'nutty', Lee agrees that she seemed very agitated. Gail takes Julie's side, saying she seemed nervous, and with just getting out of Ferncliff and the trial and everything, it's to be expected on her first day 'out'. Lucy agrees with Gail, but Scott isn't convinced and wonders why she showed up uninvited. Lucy still doesn't think that Julie has ulterior motives, that she merely meant to wish them luck with the adoption.
In the outer office, Julie is crying. "I can't do this, Chris, I can't do this!" She wants to go back and tell the Baldwins that Christina is hers--Chris stops her and says they need to find another way to get the baby back. He is also distraught, and hugs the tearful Julie close to him. Outside Neil's room, Karen has told Frank, Courtney and Kevin the good news about the experimental program. Everyone is relieved that Neil has another chance. Courtney told Karen she appreciates everything she did to get Neil back in the program--now if they can just get him to eat! Courtney told them she thinks Kevin may be able to help, Joe says it's worth a try. Kevin wants to be appraised of Neil's physical health first, so they go in the lounge, leaving Frank with Courtney. She wants them to tell Neil the good news, but Frank says he forgot his cell phone in the chapel, he'll be right back. As Courtney walks toward Neil's door, Mary calls out to her to wait. Mary asks how Neil is doing, and Courtney tells her he still isn't eating but the good news is he's back in the program. Mary compliments Karen for accomplishing that, and Courtney makes a crack about it was the least Karen could do since this whole situation is her fault. Mary comes down hard on Courtney, saying Karen isn't the only one to blame--why did Courtney lie to everyone about Frank? "You really are a cheap piece of...work!" Mary says contemptuously, which Frank overhears. "All right, that's enough!" he told his mother firmly. "Not one more word, mom, not *one*!" he says warningly. Mary looks at Frank in disbelief as he says he never wants to hear her talk to Courtney that way again. Mary asks him "Can't you see what she's done to our family?" but Frank says he doesn't care--he is equally at fault for what happened, and if Mary has a problem with Courtney, then she also has a problem with him. Mary says, that's what hurts the most, I'm going to see my grandson. Frank tries to comfort Courtney, who says Mary hates her. Frank says she's just upset about Neil, but Courtney says she saw it in Mary's eyes--if Frank sticks by her, he could lose his whole family...he gives her a big hug and says everything will work out okay. They go to get some coffee. Karen and Joe come into the hallway by Neil's room, sure that Kevin will be able to help Neil deal with his mixed up feelings. Joe doesn't want to, but if Neil doesn't eat, it means the feeding tube will happen. Karen says he's not going to put his personal feelings ahead of Neil's health, and invites Joe to go to Christina's adoption party, but he says he'd rather stay with Neil.
At the firehouse, the Baldwins are beside themselves with excitement. Aunt Charlene has gone way overboard with the food and decorations, and Serena says she's so happy she can finally officially call Christina her baby sister! She even has a special present for the baby, a stuffed cat that squeaks. "We need another dirty kitty like we need a hole in the head," Scott teases Serena, who gets semi-offended at her father's immature comment. Lucy says dirty kitty only got that way because Serena hugged and snuggled it to pieces, and Lee says it just shows how much Christina's big sister loves her. He shares a bonding moment with Scott, telling him it reminds him of when Scott was adopted, how it filled an emptiness in his life. Lucy says she finally has the family she has always, always wanted. Christina watches seriously, recognizing foreshadowing when she hears it. Chris brought Julie to his apartment, where a table filled with roses, caviar and champagne awaits. Julie is overwhelmed, not expecting it, but pleased nevertheless. She realizes these are all answers she wrote on the questionnaire way back when, and Chris says everything, except Led Zeppelin, one of them broke a hip or something and couldn't make it. Julie says he amazes her, and he truthfully says he wishes he could have done more--to get Christina back. Julie wishes they could've stopped the adoption, but Chris says they need to adjust their game plan. They just need to keep secret the fact that Julie is Christina's mother, which she says she doesn't think she can do. It isn't fair that she gets her freedom and loses her daughter on the same day. Chris encourages her by pointing out all the positives of the situation, seeming very sincere. He caresses her face with a rose, but when she starts to become romantic, he offers her the guest room because she must be tired. He says they have the rest of their lives together, he's not going to push her, and Julie looks relieved.
Kevin opens the doors to Neil's room, asking to come in. He offers Neil, who looks like crap, a slushy, but Neil refuses it. Kevin comments on the uneaten food on his tray and asks why Neil hasn't eaten it. "Why should I? I'm just gonna die anyway," says the child. Kevin asks why he thinks that, and Neil says he knows how sick he is, and the baby died, and he was just getting worse...Kevin tries to cheer him up, but Neil says that was all before he found out his mom lied and Joe isn't his dad. Oh, says Kevin, you don't think you're going to die, you just don't think life is so great anymore, so you're just giving up. Neil says maybe. Kevin tries reverse psychology--he says all those people who told him Neil was a fighter were wrong, that Neil's not the strong kid he thought he was. Then he says he thinks Neil can figure out a way to solve his problems besides hurting himself. As Kevin went to leave, he starts to pick up the shake he brought, then sets it back down. After he's gone, Neil thinks over what was said, picks up the shake and takes a drink with a heavy sigh. Kevin watches silently from the window outside Neil's room. In the hall, Kevin told the others what he saw, and they are immensely relieved. Joe's worried about Neil continuing to eat, but Kevin says they just need to be patient. Joe says he doesn't believe they have that much time.
At the firehouse, Serena asks Karen when Joe will arrive, she says he's working late and can't make it. Karen congratulates Scott and Lucy about Christina, and Serena takes her away to see the gift she got for their new little sister. Lucy is relieved that everything has finally worked out. Scott still has misgivings that something might go wrong, but decides to be happy with the moment.
At Chris's apt., Julie wakes Chris and says she can't sleep--it's too quiet and not what she's used to--will he just hold her tonight? He pats the bed beside him (hubba hubba), and she snuggles close to him.
Julie wakes up to see Chris holding Christina at the foot of the bed. He hands the baby to Julie and says Christina's smile is the one only for Julie - her "mommy" smile. Julie says it's so perfect it feels like a dream. They kiss and then we see what's real - Chris and Julie sleeping peacefully (in the same bed even) and Julie's smile in her sleep. She really wakes up then, calling out and looking for her daughter. Chris awakens and asks if he was hogging the covers. No, he was a perfect gentleman all night. He asks why she woke up sad then. She was dreaming Christina was there; as if they'd been in time to stop the adoption. He told her that he knows she wanted a "quick fix" but that maybe Rachel was right about taking some time to work things out, show everybody the new Julie. he asks if he thinks anyone will really believe that and he says there's only one way to find that out. It's her first day of freedom; what does she want to do? Breakfast out? She says she'd kill for steak and eggs. He suggests she word it differently when she orders. She jumps up, ready to go but he says she's not quite ready. He sweetly gives her back her wedding ring, sliding it tenderly on her finger. Now she's ready.
At the firehouse, in a strangely similar scene to what Julie's dream was, Scott, Lucy and the girls are cuddling in bed together. Scott conducts a pretend interview using the baby bottle as a microphone. It's a lovely family scene. Scott asks what they want to do today and Serena says she'd like them to be tested for donors for Neil. She thinks it would be *wonderful* if either she or Christina were a match for Neil . Serena went on to say that she's been praying every single day for Neil to get better and thinks it'd be a miracle if she or her sister were a match - an answer to her prayers. Scott and Lucy agree to take them today.
In Neil's room, Joe is watching him sleep, checking his chart. He touches him lovingly and told the sleeping child that he needs a good old-fashioned miracle.
At the nurses station, Karen is on the phone when Scott, Lucy and the girls arrive. Scott told her they came to have the kids tested. Serena says it was her idea and Joe, entering, says she always has the best ideas. She asks if she can see Neil and Karen says she's sorry but... Joe jumps in and told Serena he'll see what he can do. Karen, looking strained, asks about Neil - how is he, did he eat - and Joe answers (the same, he hasn't eaten yet today).
At the Recovery Room Chris and Julie arrive for breakfast. *Everyone* in the place freezes and then stares at them with trepidation. They make their way to a table amid the stares and sit down. They discuss what to have and Julie, although craving steak and eggs earlier, notices the Belgian waffles. The waiter comes to take their order, greets Chris and turns to greet Julie - and freezes. Chris pulls it out by completing the waiter's sentence and ordering for both of them (steak and eggs AND Belgian waffles for Julie). Julie tries to ignore the stares but it bothers her; she's just eating breakfast after all. They chat about what to do with the rest of the day when Matt comes in. Julie greets him and asks if everyone still hangs out there.
Matt says that may change. She invites him to join them anyway, trying to overlook the dig. A patron comes over and comments that he didn't know they were serving murderers there now. Chris says he's mistaken; this is an innocent woman and doesn't he read the papers? CAN he read the papers? The interloper stalks off. Matt says she has to expect that. A lot of people feel that way. Does he? He says, five people died. She confessed. But Cooper make her do it, Julie objects. Or he made her kill them, Matt observes, she should at least be getting some help. She IS getting help, she says, why can't anyone see that? Matt told her it's because every time he looks at her, all he sees is how much he misses Grace. He leaves. Julie asks what it will take to win them over and Chris told her time. Chris and Julie go back to deciding what to do with the day (Julie IS waving that knife around a lot). Chris suggests they dip the knife in catsup and wave it around; probably clear the room. Chris says next time it' soup or something that can eaten with a spoon. Pretty much everyone else has left the restaurant when the owner (manager?) comes over and suggests to Chris that they leave ASAP. Chris told him they will leave when they're darn good and ready. It obviously really bothers Julie.
Joe ushers Serena into Neil's room where Neil is lying listlessly. Neil lights up when he sees Serena and they talk. In the hallway, Scott asks Joe how Neil is doing. They discuss his situation and Scott recounts how it was when Serena was in the accident. In Neil's room, Serena and Neil are talking like kids do and Neil told her he's not eating the hospital food. Serena gets serious and told him he has to eat it or he won't get better. Back in the hall, Karen and Lucy have joined Joe and Scott. Joe leaves quickly and Lucy asks Scott to go check on Gail and the baby. Lucy told Karen to wait it out with Joe; he still loves her.
In the waiting room, Joe, Scott and Lucy are talking to Serena about her visit with Neil. She seems very concerned. Lucy suggests she and Serena go rescue Gail since Scott didn't. Joe thanks Scott for the pep talk and Scott leaves. Joe went to check on Neil and asks about his visit with Serena. Joe told Neil he doesn't have to talk to him but he should listen. There's an army of people out there like Serena who are falling all over themselves hoping Neil will get better. He told him that while he's not his Father father, if loving and wanting the best for him is a father, then he's felt like his dad since he first saw Neil. Neil asks why Joe never knew he wasn't his dad 'til now and Joe says he believed what he was told. Neil says his mom and uncle Frank are huge liars and they were rotten. Joe says they were trying to protect them. Neil asks if Joe thinks it was all right for them to do that. Can Joe forgive them? It'll take time. Neil says he doesn't know if he ever will. Joe says everyone makes mistakes and he's making one now by not taking care of himself. Neil is tired so Joe leaves after dropping major hints about eating. Neil takes a bit of muffin.
Karen approaches Joe, outside Neil's room. He told her Neil is eating and what he told him. She asks if he believes that. He said it for Neil's sake.
At the restaurant, Chris pays the bill. As they are leaving, Lucy, Scott and Christina enter.