At her house, Tabitha talks to Endora about what a dolt Beth is-even Precious figured out that Alistair's clue "mother" meant that Mrs. Wheeler is Sheridan's mother. Tabitha talks to Endora about behaving when Kay takes her and Maria to see Santa at the ice skating in the park. Then they muse on what could be in the gigantic Christmas present that was delivered to them. She's sure it's a present to them from Endora's father, Julian. Endora shakes her head "no."
In Chad's office at Crane Industries, Valerie reminds Chad that he's swimming with sharks, but she'll help him and he's got something Fox doesn't have-street smarts. Whitney walks by and Chad runs after her. She's upset that her parents are still planning to get divorced and even more upset that this will always be one of her Christmas memories. She's sad that Fox can't go with her to the divorce court, but he's just gotten a big project on which to work. Chad doesn't let his disappointment at having the project taken from keep him from offering brotherly support to Whitney. He'll go with her if she wants.
At the Cottage, Theresa and Pilar argue about the direction in which Theresa is going. Pilar reminds her that the baby could be Gwen's. In a poison-filled voice, Therese declares that the baby is hers. She is going to get little Ethan back, she's going to get her baby and she is going to get Ethan back. She's going to get back everything Gwen has taken from her and Gwen will be left with nothing.
At the divorce court, Julian and Eve talk about the ending of her marriage. She regrets all the secrets she kept from T.C. about Julian, her lifestyle, and her baby with Julian. She blames Liz for poisoning T.C.'s mind. They run into Simone. She makes no bones about the fact that she's there to support her dad. The proceedings begin with the judge asking T.C. and Eve if it's still their intent to divorce. T.C., with Liz at his side, is the first to reply. Eve answers with tears. The judge makes the decree and Liz congratulates T. C. Eve cries, "It's over. It's really over." As they leave, Chad reminds Whitney that she can always count on him. As Eve reflects on the finality, Julian lists the good things she still has. They meet T. C. and Liz in the hallway and Liz sneers at them.
At the ice skating rink, Luis and Sheridan are discussing their good fortune-getting married and he got his job back. Beth, Mrs. Wallace, Precious and Marty are enjoying the Christmas atmosphere and overhear. Beth confides to her mom that that she knows that Mrs. Wheeler is Katherine and that Luis and Sheridan will never get married now. Luis and Sheridan join them and Mrs. Wallace says how excited Marty is to see his daddy and his real (pause) step-mommy. She keeps digging in to Bethie about Luis and Sheridan getting married. Luis and Sheridan take Marty to see Santa. Beth and her mother continue their discussion. Precious stands under the mistletoe making smoochie sounds and pointing at Luis, Mrs. Wallace agrees that she wishes she could have somebody like Luis under her Christmas tree. The elf taking Santa pictures comments several times about how much Marty looks like Sheridan. Sheridan comments to Luis that she really does feel a connection to Marty. As they watch Marty sleeping in his stroller, Sheridan tells how she used to always wish on the Christmas star that her mother would return and now she wishes for the return of her baby.
Beth leaves to speak with Tabitha at her house about what she should give Luis and Sheridan for their wedding. Tabitha and Beth discuss in a sort of "code" Mrs. Wheeler and Katherine Crane. Tabitha says that a person can do facial surgery to change their looks, but their body type will always give them away. Beth asks about what kind of body type Katherine had and when comparing her body type to other women, she finally asks if Katherine's body type is like Mrs. Wheeler's. Tabitha replies, "I believe it is!" She adds one hint about Katherine. She has a heart-shaped birthmark on her neck.
At the Crane estate, Gwen and little Ethan finish decorating his room. Ethan joins them and then little Ethan runs off to get his list for Santa. While he's gone, Ethan tells Gwen she looks happy and she says the only thing that will add to it is getting the results of the DNA test and to get rid of Theresa forever. She reiterates that she's glad that Ethan has now seen Theresa for the monster she really is. He looks stricken, but says nothing this time to defend Theresa. Little Ethan returns with his long list for Santa and they convince the tyke to take a nap so that he can stay up late for all the Christmas Eve festivities. Outside the mansion, Theresa and Pilar stealthily approach the wall below little Ethan's room. Theresa is bound to see her son on Christmas Eve and she won't let Gwen keep her from him. She scales the wall just after Gwen and Ethan leave the room and as she gets to the window, Ethan re-enters the room to check on the boy. He and Theresa see each other and as Gwen approaches Ethan, he pulls the door closed a bit. When she leaves, he re-opens the door. Theresa mouths a silent thank you to Ethan who then closes the door. Theresa pushes the window open and enters. She reads a story with him and then tells him nobody can know she was there.
With Beth safely out the door, Tabitha gives in to her curiosity about the enormous gift. She pries off the lid only to find... Tabitha's favorite Christmas visitor-crazy lady, Norma Bates! Norma is geared up in a Santa suit with her trusty hatchet by her side Tabitha faints straight away.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Pilar receives a cryptic message asking her to visit the house she lost. What she finds there will drastically alter the lives of the Lopez-Fitzgerald family.
Beth attempts to discover whether "Mrs. Wheeler" has the same heart-shaped birthmark on her neck that Katherine Crane had.
After narrowly escaping the Crane mansion, Theresa disguises herself as Santa in order to see Little Ethan. Though Gwen is unaware of Theresa's stunts, Ethan allows mother and child to be together without telling Gwen.
Crazed Norma is on the loose with only one nightmarish goal -- to kill Tabitha! Mrs. Wallace, Precious and Rebecca unwittingly walk in on the chaos and find themselves at the mercy of the axe-wielding maniac.