Maria and Mrs. Moreau:
They are on the phone. Mrs. Moreau told Maria that her memory is blocked because of something that Maria did. That Maria has done something terrible that Maria doesn't want to remember. Maria asks if that is true, how does she find out what it is. Mrs. Moreau has already hung up. Maria hangs up the phone. Tess comes in the room. Maria told Tess that she needs to ask her something and that she needs for her to tell her the truth. Maria says that she needs to remember the 5 years that she spent in Seattle. She needs to remember for Benjy. Tess told Maria that she has told her everything. That there time in Seattle was happy, except for one thing, the fact that Maria missing Ben. Maria asks if there is something that Tess is not telling her because Tess is afraid that it will upset Maria. Tess told her that she would never do anything that she would have been ashamed of and that Maria needs to focus on her future with Benjy and Ben. Maria says that Tess knows that there is no future for Maria with Ben. Tess says that they will see about that, but right now they need to get ready for Gabi's bridal shower.
Ben, Meg, and Benjy:
Ben says that he thought that they would let Benjy come around in his own time. Meg told Ben that Benjy is never going to accept her. Meg told Ben about the lost kitten that Benjy had found and that she had told him that if no one claimed it that he could keep it. Meg says that the owner did come for the kitten. Ben told Meg that she did the right thing. Meg says she knows that but that any tine that something went wrong, in Benjy's eyes it is Megs fault. Its not just a matter of adjusting. To Benjy, Meg is the only thing that is keeping Maria and Ben from being together and there is no way that they can change that in Benjy's eyes. Meg leaves.
Ben and Benjy are upstairs during the shower. Ben told Benjy they are going to have a boys night together. They have root beer, popcorn and a movie, The Aristocats. Benjy says that he would rather have a real cat like that one that Meg would not let him keep. Ben told Benjy that that kitten already had a home and that tomorrow they would go to the shelter and get him his own kitten. Benjy asks what a shelter is. Ben explains that a shelter is where strays that do not have a home or a family live. Benjy says that he used to be a stray. Ben told him that now he has two parents that love him. Benjy says that he is glad to be here with his mommy and daddy. Ben told Benjy that there are lots of people who love him. Benjy asks if Ben and his mommy will never leave him. Ben says of course not, they would always be there to take care of and love him. They hug.
Ricardo and Gabi:
Ricardo told Gabi that he doesn't want her to be hurt by this anymore. Gabi asks by what. Ricardo told her by his mother and her same old Gabi being unfaithful routine. He told her that Carmen says that she has proof that Gabi was unfaithful. He says that he doesn't believe her but that he has never seen his mama so hell bent to prove that she was right before. He asks if something happened between the two of them Gabi says no, that Carmen has been real nice and that she even gave her Ricardo's grandmothers lasso to wear for the wedding. Ricardo says that Carmen would never have given that too he if she had doubts. Gabi says that Carmen turned on her so suddenly and that she doesn't understand. Ricardo told Gabi that it doesn't matter, that nothing could change the way that he feels about Gabi. Gabi says that she would talk to Carmen. Ricardo told Gabi that it is too late, that he has already told Carmen that she is out of Ricardo's life. He says that Carmen forced him to choose and that he chose Gabi. He told Gabi that she is all he needs and that if Carmen could not be happy for them he did not want her there. It was going to be there special day and he wants it to be everything that Gabi ever imagined because she deserved it. Gabi told Ricardo that he is more than she deserves.
Gabi's Bridal Shower:
Gabi thanks Maria for giving the shower. Maria told her that she is probably going to be that only sister in law that she will ever have. Maria remembers Antonio telling her about him and Gabi. She went to the kitchen. She serves everyone champagne. Meg makes a toast to the bride and groom. Maria told everyone that it is time to open the gifts. Meg says that Carmen isn't there yet. Gabi says that she is not coming. Maria asks why and Gabi says that she will tell her later. They start the gifts with the "wishing well" basket. Vanessa explains that it is an old fashioned custom for the guests to give a gift to help a newlywed couple get off to a good start. She gave it a 90's update by giving it a sensual theme. Inside there all kinds of erotic gifts. Maria stays back and looks upset. Maria leaves abruptly. Gabi follows her. Upstairs Gabi thanks Maria again. Maria says that someone had to welcome her into the family. Maria told Gabi that she knows how much Ricardo adores Gabi. Gabi told Maria that she loves Ricardo. Maria says, "Do You?" Gabi wants to know why she asked her that. Maria says that they need to get back to their guests. Gabi wants to know what she meant, what is going on? Maria says fine, you want to know. You say that you love my brother, all I want to know is which one? Gabi looks horrified and says Oh My God. Maria told Gabi that she knows about her and Antonio making love that she figured it out and that Antonio confirmed it. Gabi told Maria that she knows what she must think of her, and that she knows what happened was wrong. Maris told Gabi that she is not there to judge her. Gabi assures Maria that what happened will never happen again.
She then asks Maria if she said anything to Carmen. Maria says no. Gabi tells Maria that Ricardo told Carmen that he wanted her out of his life. Maria says that Carmen and Ricardo must both be upset. Gabi told Maria that she does love Ricardo and that her future is with him. Ricardo can never find out. Maria agrees. Maria says that the fact that Ricardo chose Gabi over their mama proves how much he love Gabi. Maria told Gabi not to make Ricardo sorry for that decision. Gabi promises that she wont. Maria told Gabi that if she does, her mamas wrath will seem like nothing compared to hers.
Gabi and Maria go back to the shower. Gabi starts opening her other gifts. The first is from Joan and it is a handmade quilt. Meg says that Joan makes one for every wedding in their family. Gabi says but I'm not. Joan says that she is. Gabi told her that that means a lot to her. She says that she always wanted a mother like Joan. Joan says that soon she will have a mother in Carmen. Gabi opens the rest of her gifts. She told everyone that they have been so generous and that she is really touched. She turns to Maria and tells her that she owes her a special thanks for everything. Maria says that she really does want Gabi and Ricardo to be happy. Meg told Gabi that she has one more gift. Gabi opens it. It is a pair of pearl earrings. Gabi and Maria look stunned. Meg asks what is wrong. Gabi says nothing and Maris says that it is a Latino superstition that pearls are bad luck on a wedding day. Meg says that she will take them back. Gabi says no that it is just a superstition and that she loves the earrings. She will wear them on her wedding day. Everyone leaves. Maria turns to Meg and thanks her for letting her have the shower at the house. Meg says that Gabi is one of her best friends and didn't mind. Maria says I know, but I was the hostess and this is your house. I just want you to know that I realize that this is your and Ben's house and that he loves you. Maria leaves. Ben comes downstairs and says that Maria is right, he does love Meg and that is never going to change. He says that they will be a family. Ben and Meg head upstairs. Maria comes out of the kitchen and says that she will never get over Ben. She says that if she still loves him know that she must have loved him in Seattle. She wonders why she waited so long to come back to Sunset Beach. She wonders if she could have done something terrible. She decides that she has to find out and she knows how...
Carmen, Antonio, and Ricardo:
Carmen is at her house. She says that she has got to make Ricardo see the truth. She pulls the tape out of her purse. She thinks back to hearing Gabi on the phone with her lover. Carmen wonders who Gabi's lover is, who did Gabi betray Ricardo with. Carmen decides that she is going to find out. She puts the tape in the VCR. Just then Antonio comes in and wants to know what Carmen has done. Carmen says that she hasn't done anything yet but she is going to stop Ricardo from making a big mistake. Antonio says that he is not making a mistake, that he is marrying the women that he loves and that loves him. Carmen says that if Gabi loves Ricardo so much how could she be with another man. Antonio told Carmen that he can't believe that she is back on this, that she is going to lose Ricardo. He says that a few hours ago everything was fine. Antonio remembers telling Maria the truth. He asks Carmen if someone said something to her. Carmen says that she say it in the cards. Antonio asks if that is what she is going to let come between her and Ricardo. Carmen says that Ricardo is going to thank her for saving him from a loveless marriage with a two-timing tramp. Antonio told Carmen that she needs to let go of her hatred for Gabi and says that he will pray for her. Antonio leaves.
Antonio went to the hospital. Ricardo says that he has to get ready for the wedding. Antonio asks if that includes making up with Carmen. Ricardo's tells Antonio that that is not going to happen. Antonio wonders what could have set Carmen off. Ricardo says that Carmen says that she has proof. Antonio wonders what kind of proof. Ricardo says real solid tarot card proof, what else. Antonio remembers him and Gabi burning the tape. Ricardo tells Antonio not to worry about it. Antonio says that he is worried about what this is going to mean to their family. If only he could have gotten through to Carmen. Ricardo told Antonio not to blame himself for Carmen accusing Gabi of being unfaithful. Antonio says that it is a shame that their mama won't be at the wedding. Ricardo says that Antonio and Maria will be there and that is what matters. Ricardo told Antonio that he has never let him down and he knows that Antonio never will, and he loves him for that. Back at Carmen's -- Carmen says that she couldn't tell Antonio about the tape because Antonio would insist on giving Gabi the benefit of the doubt and he might want to destroy the tape so that no one would find out the truth. Carmen decides that it is time for her to know who Gabi's lover is. She ties to play the tape. She says that it is time to see who Gabi has been making a fool of Ricardo with. The tape won't play. Carmen calls a friend and asks to borrow their VCR. They agree to bring it over.
Ricardo and Gabi:
Vanessa calls Ricardo and gives Gabi the phone. Ricardo told Gabi that he has his walking papers. Gabi offers to come take him home. He told her no, that Antonio is there. Ricardo told Gabi that he loves her. Gabi told Ricardo that she can't wait to be his wife....
Frustrated in her efforts to view the video of Gabi's transgressions, Carmen borrows another VCR from a friend but a blown fuse delays the proceedings once again. Antonio explains to a flustered Gabi why he felt compelled to confide their secret to his sister. Meg takes another stab at scoring points with Benjy but the effort falls flat when the boy rebuffs her yet again. Later, Meg offers to accompany Ben and his son to the animal shelter to pick out a new kitten. Tim suggests to Joan that Tess may be working from a private agenda of her own. Meanwhile, Maria attempts to trick Tess into revealing what she knows about the secret to which Mrs. Moreau has been alluding. Ricardo told Antonio he doesn't want their mother at the wedding if she refuses to accept Gabi into the family. Claiming she needs to watch an episode of her favorite soap, Carmen convinces Maria to let her watch her show on Ben's VCR. Tess comes to Tim's motel room and apologizes for being short with him on their date, then kisses him to show there are no hard feelings. Carmen begs Ricardo to look at the proof she's obtained but he angrily pulls away. Meg manages to elicit a smile from Benjy at last as they adopt a kitten from the shelter. Antonio fears that he won't be able to hide his love for Gabi during the wedding ceremony.