THE WAREHOUSE: BEN AND MEG
MEG and Derek are at the warehouse in the midst of making love. At one point Meg turns to the mirror where Ben is held captive on the other side and in a soft voice says to Derek she believes that he is two different people...cut to commercial...she then went on to say that he is there on the bed behind her and he is in the reflection before her (don't ask?). This leads nowhere and she walks back to the bed and snuggles up to Derek while Ben looks on tortured and in agony at the sight he is forced to witness. Whenever Derek has the opportunity he looks over at the mirror with a snide smile on his face, a taunting smile knowing he is turning the knife. The phone rings, Meg takes it off the hook. They do not want to be disturbed.
BENS HOUSE; Virginia, Joan and Vanessa
Over at Ben's Virginia is still hiding in the closet. Joan begins again to open the closet door when Vanessa comes in the front door. As Joan reaches for the dress Virginia is cowering in the corner hoping not to be discovered. Joan notices that the dress seems to have moved from one side of the closet to the other but shakes it off as nothing.
SURF CENTRAL: Michael, Jimmy, Father Antonio, Gabi, Carmen
Over at Surf Central, Michael, Jimmy, Gabi and Father Antonio are readying for the party - the surprise engagement party that Vanessa thinks is for Jimmy's birthday. Michael calls Vanessa and cannot get an answer. He worries that maybe she's not happy with him or there is something wrong. He notes to Father Antonio that she has been a little withdrawn lately and he's worried that she does not want to be with him.
Over at the hotel Sarah's gets a phone call urging her to turn on the TV where she sees a clip of herself in a throng of people shaking the hands of an obviously important man (we learn later he is a congressman -- and she is wearing a beret. ( I have no comment)) We then see the TV reporter speaking of 'scandal' and sexual harassment (still no comment) Sarah and the Congressman she worked for obviously have something to do with this, and it is plain that Sarah is involved in something newsworthy.
THE HOSPITAL: Casey/Tim
At the hospital Casey is visiting Tim and does not notice a note Tim has painstakingly written. He visits for a while and then turns on the tv in time to see the story about Meg's sister. He urgently dials Meg's cellphone but she does not answer and Derek suggests that since they do not want to be disturbed she should turn it off. Casey becomes upset and knows he must find Meg. He believes he knows where she might be and heads for the warehouse.
SURF CENTRAL: Carmen, Gabi, Antonio
At Surf Central Carmen stops by and during a talk with Antonio again (as she has before) relates her objections toward Gabi and especially any Gabi/Ricardo relationship. Gabi hears Carmen and confronts her telling her not to worry about it. She is obviously broken hearted to hear this women speak so harshly of her.
BEN'S: Vanessa, Joan, (Virginia still in closet)
Over at Ben's Vanessa is trying on the dress Joan fixed for her to make sure it fits perfectly. Back in the closet Virginia is counting the days until Vanessa is out of Michael's life. She can't wait for the potion to do its job and figures Vanessa will never show up at the party that evening. When Joan is distracted by a phone call Virginia finally has the chance to leave but rushes back to the closet for there isn't enough time. At last she has an opportunity to race out and again quite pleased with herself is ready for the next chapter of Vanessa's downfall to begin.
VANESSA'S HOME; Vanessa/Carmen
Vanessa returns to her home as we see Carmen rushing to see her. When Michael showed Carmen the ring he intends to give Vanessa it dropped and Carmen picked it up. When she touched the ring she got some BAD vibes and felt it necessary to go to Vanessa's to tell her something that she saw in Vanessa's future. At last count we see Carmen frantically off to catch up with Vanessa......
WAREHOUSE: Meg, Ben, Casey
' Casey finds Meg at the warehouse and having interrupted the lovemaking tells Meg she must go to her sister. They all leave for Ben's where Sarah has just come in. Everyone now questions her as to what is going on as she is readies herself to spill the beans. Sarah asks that Derek and Casey leave. As Derek is waiting in front of his house Peter walks up and demands to know whether the plan has worked. Whether Ben has been sufficiently frightened of what he will do to Meg and has he gotten the money. "Did Ben crack?" Peter asks," will he cough up the password?" At that moment time stops for not inches from both Derek and Peter is Casey. Has he heard? Does he now know the truth?
At The Deep,
Cole and Caitlin are dancing at The Deep and Cole is thinking about the police file on Gregory he lifted from the Chinese Puzzle box. Caitlin told Cole that she is going to call the babysitter again and check on Trey. Cole told her that she just called 15 minutes ago. Caitlin told him she knows, but this is there first night away from him and she can't help but worry. Cole told her maybe they should just go home then, but Caitlin told him no because she wants to go to Vanessa's party and all the gang will be there, it'll be fun. Cole told her okay, go call the babysitter and then we can go. While Caitlin is away phoning, a guy comes up to Cole and tapes him on the shoulder. Cole grabs him and pushes him up against the wall, saying what does he want. The man told him he was just trying to tell Cole to let him by, because he was in the way. Caitlin returns and asks Cole what is going on. Cole told her nothing and then apologizes to the man. Caitlin asks Cole if he is still tense from the mugging. Cole told her that he can't help thinking that the guy is still around somewhere watching him. Caitlin told Cole that she knows that he still thinks that her father had something to do with it, even though he told her that he believes Gregory. She then hugs Cole and told him that she loves him and never wants anything to come between them. Cole told her that nothing ever will come between them, he promises. They kiss each other and then head over to Surf Central for Michael and Vanessa's party.
At Vanessa's Place,
Madame Carmen shows up to tell Vanessa that she has a bad feeling about something terrible happening to her and it involves another woman she is close to. Vanessa told Carmen that she is fine and Carmen already warned her about a person, her mother. Carmen told her that was different and this time the danger involves her. Vanessa thanks her but told her she doesn't need her protection. Carmen told her she is afraid she does. Vanessa politely asks Carmen to leave, she has to get ready for the party. Carmen gets ready to go, but told Vanessa that she hopes ignoring her warning wouldn't make thinks worse for her. After Carmen leaves, Vanessa says to herself, why did we ever go to that fortune teller in the first place. The phone rings it is Chris from work telling her he has got a late-breaking story happening right now. Vanessa tells him she is off tonight, and he is going to have to find another reporter to cover it and hangs up. She then told herself that she has her own late- breaking story, she has to tell Michael about her condition and nothing is going to stop her. Just then, the lights go out.
At Surf Central,
Michael thinks out loud to himself what could Vanessa be hiding from him. Nosey Virginia comes up behind him as usual and asks Michael what is Vanessa hiding from him. Michael told her that Vanessa has been offered and incredible job for the most important newspaper in New York, but from the sounds of it, she has already turned it down. Vanessa told him to bad, it sounds like a good career move for her. He then told her that he thinks Vanessa turned it down because of him adding that he doesn't know whether or not to feel guilty or be happy she's decided to stay in Sunset Beach with him. Virginia told him to be happy, Vanessa loves him very much. Michael says yeah, he guesses Vanessa will say yes when he proposes to her tonight. Virginia told him that Vanessa is one lucky lady and her and Michael will be very happy together and leaves. To herself she says, but her lucks run out. It's my turn to have something good happen to me, adding that Jimmy and her deserve that and they are going to have it when Michael proposes to her. If Ms. Moreau's potions works like it's suppose to, that'll be real soon.
At Ben and Meg's Place,
Meg and Joan quiz Sara about what went on in Washington D.C. while she was there during her internship. Meg asks Sara if she is in trouble, but Sara tells them both she is not. Meg then ask her why is she all over the News, adding that if Sara doesn't confide in them they can't help her. Sara tells them that they deserve to hear the truth, but warns that they aren't going to like it. Sara told her mother and sister that she's being falsely accused of having an affair with Congressman Blythe. Joan says Oh my god how could they, isn't he married and has a daughter. Sara told her yes and that she is her age, adding that she would never do nothing like that and Congressman Blythe is a decent guy and she doesn't know why people would say something like that. Meg told her from what you read here in the newspapers, Washington is a snake pit. Joan hopes it doesn't turn into a feeding frenzy like the Monica Lewinski case. Sara looks upset and Joan went to make some hot chocolate for her. Alone, Meg asks Sara if there was more going on than she's telling them. Sara asks Meg if she thought she was lying. Meg told her that maybe she just wasn't telling the whole truth. Sara told her that she doesn't believe this, the whole country is calling her a liar and her own sister doesn't believe her. Meg told her that is not what she meant, she was only saying that maybe there is more to the story than she is telling. Upset, Sara told Meg she's gonna go see if mom needs help in the kitchen.
Outside The House, Eddie and Derek are discussing Eddie's payoff when Casey shows back up. Derek asked Casey what brought him back. Casey told him notes for the Liberty Corporation he meant to give him. Derek told him he'll get to them when he could. Curious, Casey asked them what they were talking about, because he heard them mention a password, adding that he thought Eddie and him didn't get along. Derek told him that Eddie helped them out with the robbery and the check he gave him is from a special account that requires a password, does that satisfy you? Casey told him yeah and then apologizes for butting in and leaves. Derek turns to Eddie and says, you idiot what the hell where you thinking. Eddie says he wants his money. Derek says alright, I got the password and you will get your money tomorrow. Eddie told him he better because he wrote that letter and if one little hair is touched on his head it is going straight to the D.A. Eddie then says, see you tomorrow morning with my dough and leaves. Derek says to himself, wrong Eddie, I just have to switch the letters tonight and then I will kill you. He went inside and asks Meg what is wrong. Meg told him Sara is in a lot more trouble than she thought. Her face is going to be plastered all over the papers. Remembering that Vanessa will be at the party and she is the perfect person to talk to, Meg told him she has to talk to Vanessa and they will probably need to go see Gregory afterwards as well, Sara might need a lawyer. Derek told her it sounds serious. Meg told him it is, and she can't do it without him so please go with her. Derek says you should know by now that I would never say no to you.
Back At The Deep,
A worried Bette expresses her concern after seeing Nick threatening Eddie. Eddie told her that he has the situation under control. Bette told him that it looks to her like the goon has it under control. Touched, Eddie says you really care about me. Bette says, HELLO! how long does it take to get that through your head. She then told him he should go to the cops. He told her no way, he won't need protection after tonight. He kisses her and thanks her for being on his side and leaves. Bette says to herself, that Eddie is putting up such a brave front and she doesn't know how he does it, but he stood by her and now she is gonna stand by him.
Back At Vanessa's Place,
Vanessa calls the landlord to see if the electricity was out in the whole building, it is. The phone rings, it's Michael. She told him the power is out. He asked if it was going to make her late. She told him no way, all she has to do is change and she would be right over. Before hanging up, she asked Michael if they could find time alone at the party. He told her whatever you want it yours. Nosey Virginia is listening in again and says to herself, sorry Michael Vanessa won't show up but don't worry she will be fine in time and so will I. Vanessa told herself that she is going to tell Michael she has Martin's Syndrome. As she holds the dress up to herself, she daydreams of their wedding day, he is glad she told him she has Martin's Syndrome and he will do everything he can to help, adding that maybe they will get lucky and her remission will last a lifetime. Her daydream then flashes over to them after having a baby. She told him they created something so perfect. He tells her their daughter is a beautiful as her mother. Then it flashes over to them on the beach with their daughter a little older. Michael can't believe she is there miracle child. Vanessa told him that they are not only celebrating her birthday but the day the doctor told them she didn't have Martin's Syndrome. It then flashes over to their daughters wedding day and Michael and Vanessa are proud parents who can't believe this day is here. Michael hopes she will be half as happy in her marriage as they are. Vanessa comes out of her little daydream crying, asking the Lord if she has the right to those dreams and prays for God to let them come true.
Back at Surf Central, All the guest have arrived and are eagerly waiting on the guest of honor. Virginia makes a quick call after Michael's call with Vanessa to asks Ms. Moreau if she is sure the potion is going to work. Ms. Moreau told her she told her it would and Vanessa will break out with blisters all over her body, just like you wanted. Pleased, Virginia hangs up and hopes her plan went into effect. Cole went on a fishing expedition and told Gabi he has talked to Paula and told her she asked about her. Gabi told him next time he speaks with her to tell her hello for her. (She can't pick up the phone and call her own sister?) Cole then asks her how her job is. Gabi went into detail and Cole gets the information from her he needed to break in to the joint and research Gregory's file. Everyone is mingling, Ricardo still tries to make inroads with Gabi, Caitlin leaves because Trey is upset and told Cole to hitch a ride home with Sean, Meg ask Michael if he is nervous. His reply no, Bette arrives to consult with Ricardo about Eddie being in danger and a eavesdropping Derek finds out that Eddie didn't send the letter to a D.A., Bette has it. Intending to switch the letter with a fake, Derek offers to give Bette details on his wedding, as Bette is reaching inside her purse for her tape recorder, she ask Ben/Derek to hold her things, of course one of the items is the letter from Eddie which Derek manages to get. Virginia yells for everyone to get the party started. Michael says he is with her and Virginia asks him where is the guest of honor.
Back Home At Vanessa's,
After she finishes dressing for the party, Vanessa went over to look in the mirror and says to herself what is the point, I can't see anything any way. As she starts to walk away, the lights come on. She turns around and looks in the mirror and sees welts and blisters all over her body and screams in horror........