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Episode #46: Horton Family Crisis
Topic Started: Jun 7 2013, 05:54 PM (165 Views)
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<Anderson, Inc: Alex's Office>

Alex Marshall is busily working on the phone. He is trying to organize a meeting for a seemingly important client, but its not going his way no matter how much he turns on the charm. After a last ditch effort, he hangs up, defeated. He doesn't understand what is going on with him today. This day has just not been going right. The door of his office slams open and in walks Stephanie Johnson. With that entrance, he doubts she has good tidings to bring him. He tells her to make it quick and worth his while, or he'll call security. She wants to know what Alex has done to Nick.

<Andrew Donovan and Nick Fallon's Apartment>

Nick Fallon returns home. He heads to the kitchen and opens the fridge. He rummages through the fridge for something, but clearly doesn't find what he needs. He sighs, remembering taking pills. He shakes his head. Clearly, he has gotten high. He decides to pick up the phone and call Valerie's office. She goes to voicemail and he leaves a long message about his day. He tosses the phone down on the couch.

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Nurse's Station>

Valerie Grant thanks Bill Horton for escorting her to work. It was his pleasure. His son thinks the world of her. He is curious what brought her by the house today. Valerie simply says that Mike suggested it. Its something personal that he thought his aunt Marie could advise her on. She apologizes for her timing. She hopes that Marie is all right. Bill's not sure that will be possible for a long time. Valerie doesn't want to intrude, but she wants to help in any way she can. Bill thinks Valerie can do that by talking to his son and telling him to see his aunt soon. Valerie agrees to do just that.

Both doctors arrive at the Nurse's Station to check in for their shifts. Bill quickly leaves to check on patients he's picked up from Sandy. Before heading down to the psychiatric care unit to do the same, Valerie wants to check and see if Dr. Mike Horton has checked in this morning. Head Nurse Veronica confirms that Mike has officially returned to work and offers to page Dr. Horton. Valerie thinks that can wait. However, Veronica can do Valerie a favor. If Mike checks in at the desk for his break before she does, she wants Veronica to page her and tell Mike to wait. If she breaks before Mike does, Veronica can page him then. Veronica will be glad to help. Valerie thanks Veronica, leaving to head down to her office.

Melissa Anderson comes out of her appointment with Dr. Neil Curtis, walking out with the good doctor. She's glad that her headaches are beginning to subside but some of her recent memories are still faulty. So are some of her older ones. Neil suggests she look into therapy. He'd be glad to recommend any one here at the hospital. With a heavy heart, he admits Kim was the best, but that doesn't diminish the quality of the other fine doctors working at Bay Memorial's psychiatric care unit. She thanks Neil, letting him continue on his rounds. She stops in with Veronica at the Nurse's Station and decides to try to book a therapist at the hospital. Coming out of Sandy's room, David Banning asks his cousin Melissa how she's doing. She tells him about her appointment with Dr. Curtis and his suggestion. She tells him that she's looking to set up an appointment with a therapist as soon as possible. Today, if she can. David decides to wait with her.

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Robin Jacobs' Room in Long-Term Recovery>

Neil checks Robin's vitals. She's sleeping again, but no longer comatose. He hopes that she wakes up again soon so he can examine her awake. That examination will give him a better idea how to proceed. As he turns to leave, the door opens. Neil is surprised by Mike Horton's arrival. Dr. Curtis sees that Mike's come back to work as soon as possible. He suggests that Mike not spend all of his time with Robin. Mike simply wanted to check up on her before he went on his first rounds. Neil smiles, encouraged by Mike's words. It will be good to have him back on the roster. He just wants to make sure that Mike's head is in the game. Mike vows to Neil that he can't spend any more time not being a doctor. He has got to move on and get back to what's most important: healing the sick.

<A Mysterious Bedroom>

The two guards who collected Jeremy Horton from his dungeon imprisonment before escort a towel-clad, blindfolded Jeremy to a lushly decorated bedroom. They throw him down on the bed and shut the door behind him. He calls out, wondering what is going on. The feeling of the soft fabric on his bare skin confuses him. This certainly doesn't feel like the cell Alamain was keeping him in before. After a moment, when no one responds, Jeremy removes his blindfold and jumps to his feet, clutching his towel closed. He marvels at the rich red bed clothes on the canopy bed he was thrown on. It seems he has been left to fend for himself, and in upgraded digs. But at what price?

<Marie Horton's House>

Laura asks Marie if she's had any luck. Marie shakes her head, hanging up the phone. Nick's phone went to voicemail. Laura thinks Marie should have some more tea. Marie thanks Laura, but wonders if Laura shouldn't be going to work, as well. She knows that Laura has been picking up some of Kimberly's former patients. Laura doesn't want to leave Marie like this. She will call Julie and see if she can come by with Doug. Marie balks at that. Laura wonders if Marie is still upset with Julie over the Alex Marshall business. Marie insists it is not that, but she has the restaurant to watch over. Marie insists she doesn't need the family holding her hand. If anyone can understand that, it is Laura. While Laura appreciates where Marie is coming from, she doesn't think Marie should be alone, either. Laura pulls out her phone and dials.

<The Look of Love>

Julie Williams answers her phone with a business greeting and is glad to hear from Laura. Her smile quickly fades. Like Marie expected, she can't pull herself away, but she thinks she knows someone who can. She saunters over to the table where Eve and Noel are getting acquainted and hopes she's not interrupting. Eve notices how grave Julie looks and asks what is going on. Julie says that is about her aunt Marie. Eve says that she has talked enough to Noel to have another conversation with Doug and excuses herself. Noel asks Julie what is wrong with Marie. Julie doesn't think she should say here and now, but her favorite aunt could really use a friend. Julie knows how close Noel and Marie have been. Will Noel go and visit with Marie?

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Sandy Horton's Long-Term Recovery Unit>

Dr. Nathan Horton knocks on Sandy’s door and peeks his head in. Sandy groans. Nathan tells her it is good to see her, too. She apologizes, but every time she sees a doctor on staff here, she feels helpless, especially since information has been limited and unhelpful. Nathan thinks that is about to change. There will be a cardiology specialist arriving this afternoon. Sandy tells Nathan she could kiss him. He tells her that he is nothing more than a messenger boy. Dr. Curtis and Mr. Marshall did the heavy lifting. Apparently this doctor friend of Alex's owed him a favor and he called it in. Sandy is intrigued.

<Anderson, Inc.: Alex's Office>

"Done with him? I can't remember the last time I saw the boy," Alex remarks. He wonders if her grief has gone to her head. What makes her think he has done something to his grandson? She tells Alex that Nick has not been answering her calls all day. Alex thinks perhaps the boy is busy working. Stephanie says that would be fine and dandy if Marie hadn't been calling her wanting her help to locate Nick. She doubts that would be the case if he was working security at the hospital. She just came from there, in fact. He's not there. This gives Alex pause. He has no idea where Nick is. Stephanie wonders why she should believe Alex. Andrew Donovan is about to knock on Alex's door when he notices Stephanie. He wonders what is going on and why his cousin is in here. Stephanie is glad to see Andrew. She expects straight answers out of him. Andrew wonders what this is all about. He doesn't like the hostility towards Alex. He apologizes to Alex and pulls her out into the hallway. Inside, Alex smirks as Andrew closes the door.

<Anderson, Inc.: Lobby>

Stephanie reminds Andrew that she’s heard the stories about Alex Marshall from their parents. Andrew rolls his eyes. He doesn't think it is fair to judge Alex on his past, especially when she is dating his grandson, who has a past of his own. She does, too. Everyone has a past that they are not necessarily proud of. Stephanie supposes Andrew has a point, but she thinks Andrew is naive where Alex is concerned. Their parents' cautionary tales about Alex should not be ignored. Andrew promises that he has not turned a blind eye to Alex's past. He asks her again what brought her by Alex's office. She sighs and explains how Nick hasn't been returning anyone's calls and can't be found anywhere. Andrew knows that Nick was swinging by his grandma's this morning to see Bill and Laura off to the airport. She thinks that is odd. She saw Bill on her way out of the hospital. She went there to see if Nick was there, but he wasn't. Why would Bill Horton be reporting to work if he was going to the airport? Shrugging, Andrew is sorry he can't be of more help to her.

<Andrew Donovan and Nick Fallon's Apartment>

Nick sits on the couch, thinking about everything. He remembers being a kid in Ohio. He remembers Marie coming to live with them, barely. He was three. He remembers being at his parents' vow renewal. He remembers saying goodbye to his parents before heading to Salem to start his career at Salem University Hospital. They were so proud of him. He can count on his hand the number of times he saw them since then. And then...prison. He hasn't seen them since he got out. Now, he never will. He looks at a picture of them on his phone. It is from the vow renewal. He was sixteen then. He left home two years later. The doorbell rings and he jolts back to reality, nearly dropping the phone. He curses his shaking hands, composes himself, and goes to get the door. The doorbell rings again before he gets there.

Opening the door, he finds Jeannie on the other side. He wonders aloud why she doesn't have a spare key. Jeannie supposes Andrew still doesn't trust her all that much. She wonders if she can come in. Nick apologizes, scrubbing a hand over his face. He's not sure he’s really up for company. Jeannie tells him that is okay. She was hoping to see her brother. Apparently, the authorities are sending an agent over here to make sure that they are debriefed and a bunch of other procedural things she didn't have the patience to try understanding. She stops rambling, noticing he doesn't look too good. Grabbing his arm, she says "Hey, what's up with you? You looks paler than Andrew when he's spent a summer in London." She chuckles a little at her own joke, but gets serious when he doesn't react. Nick assures Jeannie that he doesn't want to talk about it.

Then she doesn't suppose there is any reason that he is avoiding Stephanie's phone calls, as well as phone calls from every last one of his family members that lives here in Cali. Nick thought Jeannie came here to see Andrew. She didn't lie, but she also decided to come by when she got a text from Stephanie. Nick regrets answering the door. He just wants to be left alone. Jeannie notes that this is very unlike the usually lovable geek that her cousin has fallen for and for good reason. He's charming, reasonably good looking, and incredibly intelligent. It was hard to believe that he was the same guy who got caught about in the drama of Melanie Jonas, got hooked on pills, and killed a man. Now, the guy standing in front of her now? She could believe that of him.

Nick tells Jeannie to lay off. Jeannie flashes back to overhearing Nathan and Stephanie talk about their kiss in the elevator. Jeannie tells him that she understands. She's never been in his situation, but she recognizes the defense mechanisms. It comes from having had a mom who was not only a therapist but suffered from severe psychological trauma, too. "Not wanting to talk about it. Getting angry and broody. I've been in that mood most of my adult life. Recently, I didn't want to talk about it when I...when I was almost raped. If it hadn't been for Jeremy..." He glances at her, shocked at the revelation. He didn't know. She goes on. "Or when I ran off with Jeremy even though he had been stalking me and Stephanie for months, or when I turned him into the feds, or how I felt when he broke out of prison, or how I've has felt since he and her parents were all killed in that plane crash. I've been put through the ringer, so I get it." Letting that sink in, she tells Nick she’s not going to pester him, but she doesn't think he should be alone. He asks her why she says that. She reminds him that he is an addict.

Nick shrugs that off. He got addicted to painkillers. That is not exactly oxys. Jeannie asks if he is for real. Addiction is addiction. He asks her what she knows about it. She reminds him that she grew up in Los Angeles. He doesn't wanna hear the things that she's seen. Not admitting the fact that he got high, he tells her to relax. He's not going to drink or pop some pills or shoot up. He was never that bad. Just a little crazy on pain meds. Jeannie would hate to see him fall on a crutch because he doesn't want to talk about it, that’s all. Nick appreciates that, but he just wants to be alone with his thoughts.

Jeannie agrees to grant him that on one condition. He wonders what that is. She tells him to call. No matter how mad he is at Stephanie, she is worried about him. Nick is confused. Why does Jeannie think he is mad at Stephanie? She is confused, too. She thought he would be after what she did. Nick asks Jeannie what she is talking about. Jeannie begins to realize she made a faux pas. Jeannie covers, saying that she figured he was ignoring the world because of a fight with Stephanie, so forget she said he was mad at her. Just call her. Will he do that? He agrees to and Jeannie leaves, saying that she'll be back later. Left alone, Nick debates calling Stephanie. Jeannie's insistence that he was mad at Stephanie haunts him. What did she think Stephanie had done to him?

<Bay Memorial Hospital>

While she waits, David sits with Melissa, getting caught up with her progress. He wonders what she doesn't remember. Melissa tells him that it is mostly little things. Though she admits that the year and a half she was in Europe after dumping Jack Deveraux is pretty fuzzy. She remembers finding out she was pregnant, but the next thing she remembers was coming back to town and Jack was chasing after Jennifer and she was working with Emilio... she has a sudden flashback of Emilio falling off Lawrence Alamain's terrace.

David asks her what is wrong. She keeps having random flashes of memory and they take her by surprise until she realizes that the information isn't new to anyone but her. David tells her to try him. He's been out of Salem for years. Melissa says that she was seeing her ex-husband, Brian, and Emilio was her singing partner at the time. She'd had to give up dancing almost entirely at that time after an accident. She got into an argument with Emilio and it got pretty violent and Emilio fell out the window. She made some pretty bad decisions, then, and started seeing Brian, withholding the truth of what she had done. When the truth came out, she thought things between Brian and her were over then and she left for Nashville a few months later with Sarah.

David remarks that she teaches dance now. What happened? She smiles. Mom and dad. Mickey and Maggie, that is. They happened. She asks David how often he's heard the story of her mom's magical red shoes. David chuckles. He may have been away for years, but he was around long enough to hear that story a nauseating amount of times. Well, when her singing career and Nashville didn't work out, she didn't know what she was going to do. It was a bad time for her. Sarah was still a kid and getting into all kinds of trouble with the law. Imagine her surprise when the cop she first meets is Brian Scofield, her ex from Salem.

Anyway, Mickey and Maggie visited often and knew Melissa wasn't happy being a stay at home mom to Nathan. They also knew Sarah was such trouble. They encouraged both of their daughters to improve their lives. Sarah didn't want to hear it, but Melissa could remember how Maggie thought she would never walk again, forget so much as dance. Melissa was obviously inspired, but didn't know what to do. She confided in Brian, whom she had just started seeing as friends. At his encouragement, she went to the doctor and began pursuing treatment. It was a long and arduous process. Who would have thought she would find a miracle worker in Nashville?

David wonders what happened with Brian and her. It sounds like they had very encouraging beginnings. Melissa sighs. The beginnings always are encouraging, aren't they? When Nathan got older, he realized that Brian wasn't his dad and they started to fight a lot. When Nathan began to turn toward medicine, Melissa was delighted, but Brian was less than supportive. After seeing how Nathan had been in school, slacking off, being a little bit of a troublemaker, he didn't want to pay for medical school only for Nathan to flunk out. Not on his salary and with regular salary cuts every few years. She's sure the fights amounted to more than just that, but she doesn't remember too many specifics.

<A Mysterious Bedroom>

Jeremy has lost the towel and the drawers of the armoire are open, clothing strewn everywhere. All he's been able to find that fit him and would be comfortable are a pair of boxer shorts. Everything he's found are fancy clothes. Vivian did mention something about dinner. She's probably going to poison him. Did he really survive that plane crash for this to be his life? Defeated for a brief moment, he sits back on the bed and runs a hand through his hair. At least she let him shave. That beard was not him. Though he supposes it could have provided a nice disguise if he tried to escape again once he got back to Los Angeles.

He laughs at that thought. What a pipe dream! When did he become such a romantic? There’s nothing for him in Los Angeles. Okay, there’s some family. And his thoughts go to Jeannie. But she turned him in. She's a traitor. How can she ever trust him again? He flashes back to when he turned back on his mission for Vivian to try and save Shane, and then struck a deal with Donovan on the plane. That was all for Jeannie, if he really thinks about it. And for Andrew. The poor guy. He certainly has no reason to love the agent himself, but there's just something about his kids. He must have done something right.

He wonders... "If people think I am dead when I’m alive and in Vivian’s captivity, what must they think of their parents...and the kid." Jeremy curses Vivian. As he does, the television he didn't notice on the wall turns on. Vivian is on it. She clicks her tongue, calling Jeremy a naughty boy. Didn't he like any of the clothing she bought for him. Jeremy thinks she missed the memo on his style. Jeans and t-shirts. How like his father. Jeremy rolls his eyes. A lot like Mr. Johnson, too, if she might add. Jeremy thinks that is a laugh. Vivian apologizes, but jeans and t-shirts just won't do if he's going to dine with her in the compound. It is practically a palace.

Jeremy finally understands. He thinks she can forget it. He'd rather starve than eat with her or wear her Armani suits. They're probably hand-me-downs from her darlings Nicholas or Lawrence. Dining with a black widow like her would just end with poison slipping down his gullet anyway. Vivian scoffs, calling him a petulant child. She's kept him fed in prison. He smirks. Its funny she thinks he's eaten much of it. Just enough to survive. Most of the time he refuses to eat any of it. In case she's forgotten, he grew up Jewish and he’s been in the Israeli army, not to mention the U.S. air force. He knows how to fast when he needs to, and he certainly knows how to detect what food to refuse.

Vivian cackles. Mommy would be so proud. She hears his mommy is in the hospital. Jeremy refuses to buy into Vivian's lies. She smirks. He thinks that she is lying? What if she could show him that she's not. Jeremy tells her that seeing might be believing, but he is pretty sure he saw her and Dr. Manning die in that explosion in Alamainia. He's not interested in anymore optical illusions. He hears the Alamains are good at those. Kayla once told him all about Lawrence's little earthquake. Vivian is very disappointed that Jeremy has decided not to join her for dinner. And after she let him shower and shave and everything. He picks up a shoe and throws it at the screen, breaking it.

<Marie's House>

Laura hangs up with Julie. Marie reiterates that she didn't have to do what she just did. Laura feels badly because she has to go into work. She never imagined at her age that she would still be working. She imagines it will be temporary for both Bill and her. The plan was to leave the clinic and enjoy retirement here in Los Angeles. Marie wishes she had a job to distract her. Laura places a hand on Marie's shoulder. She tells her sister-in-law that she doesn't need to work to feel fulfilled. She has her family around her and leads a very active life in retirement. She is sure that Nick will be in touch soon. Everyone is out there looking for him.

"Not everyone," Marie recalls, looking at Laura pointedly. Laura points out that someone should be here with Marie. Marie laughs. She didn't mean Laura. She didn't mean Bill, or Julie, or Doug. She hasn't even told Jessie's father what has happened. Laura didn't even consider Alex. Few would, Marie supposes. She feels the need to go over there. Laura tells her not to worry about that. Alex will be informed. Marie thinks it should come from her. Laura isn't going to argue with that, but Marie is not in the place to go anywhere right now. Besides, Julie is sending over reinforcements. Marie can only imagine.

The doorbell rings. Laura is thankful she can leave now with Marie in good hands. She kisses Marie on the cheek as a goodbye, running off to answer the door and then leave for work. At the door, Laura is surprised to see Noel. She expected Marie's keeper to be a Horton the way Julie spoke on the phone. Noel hopes she will do. Laura says that she will have to. She thanks Noel for coming so quickly. She has to get to the hospital. She tells Noel not to let Marie out of her sight. Noel promises and Laura leaves.

<The Look of Love>

Eve is speaking with Doug when she notices Noel leave. Doug calls out to Julie, asking why Miss Curtis has left the club. Julie tells Doug that they have a family emergency. He asks what is going on. Julie is cautious sharing in front of Eve, though she considers the girl almost like a daughter to her. Eve promises she won't gossip about whatever this emergency is. She's worried that Julie is so alarmed and sent Doug's and her number one client out the door like a whirlwind. Doug agrees. What is going on? Julie tells them that it was her Aunt Laura on the phone. She was at her aunt Marie's with her uncle Bill. Doug recalls that Bill and Laura were planning a short trip back to Africa. Julie says that is right. They were. They're not anymore.

Eve asks what happened. She certainly can't blame anyone for nixing a trip to Africa, but she knows Bill and Laura don't exactly share her or Julie's extravagant tastes all the time, being doctors. Julie says that her uncle Bill received a disturbing phone call, alerting him that the clinic had been bombed. Doug asks Julie if there was anyone inside. She nods her head yes. Her cousin Jessica and her husband Joshua. Doug exclaims that Joshua's not even a doctor. Julie knows. "And what is worst of all? The clinic is claiming that there were no survivors and our little Nicky overheard uncle Bill tell aunt Marie every word of this and ran off without saying a word to anyone."

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Sandy Horton's Recovery Unit>

Nathan leaves Sandy's room. Sky comes in right after he leaves. Sandy groans when she realizes it is time for her physical therapy. She doesn't know what the point is when nothing they do seems to work. Sky hopes that is not a comment on his skills as a physical therapist. Sandy insists it is not him; it is her. She just doesn't know what more he can do for her, at least until she has seen this new specialist they are finally bringing in. All the more reason to work harder. He heard about this doctor coming in. He won't be arriving until after their appointment is over. She might as well come with him and do what she can with him, rather than sit around and wait for this doctor to arrive.

Sandy groans again. She knows he is right. It is not healthy for her to stew and Lord knows she can't do that when they are working. She's too focused on the pain. Sky smiles cheekily. That's what he is there for. Sandy thinks sometimes he enjoys this too much. Is he sure she didn't hire him when she was chief of staff? He almost seems to have an ax to grind. He reminds her he just came in a few months ago as a part-timer. He does physical therapy in hospitals all over the southern California area. Dr. Curtis knew him from from Santa Monica. Considering, Sandy supposes she might as well get this over with, then.

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Nurse's Station>

Nathan has finished his rounds and wants to check up on his place on surgery rotation and his second shift. Veronica tells him that he is not called for surgery until nighttime. He’s glad. He could really use a nap and some food. He is guessing he can scrub out, then. Veronica tells him that it looks that way. She will see him later. That she will. Before he changes, he stops over by Melissa and David in the waiting room. Teasingly, he tells his mom that he thought he felt his ears burning, having heard Melissa mention fights with Brian over Nathan's education.

Melissa tells Nathan that his great cousin over here was just grilling her over her memory loss and her time away from Salem all in one fell swoop. With a smile, Nathan warns David about pushing his mother too hard. David promises that he won't do that. He is just keeping her company and making conversation. Nathan would love to stay and chat, but... Melissa tells him that he would fall asleep. He looks exhausted. She knows he’s been putting in endless hours here at the hospital. Nathan remarks that now that Mike is back at work, his hours are being cut back a little. Melissa thinks that is good for Nathan. Hopefully Mike is ready to be back at work. She warns Nathan not to burn himself out.

Exiting Robin's room, Mike sees his cousins. He immediately worries about Melissa, but she explains that she is simply here for a progress check. Her headaches have become less and less. Her memory remains faulty. Mike encourages Melissa not to lose hope. She hasn't. In fact, she’s waiting to see if there is anyone available to take her on as a therapy patient today. Mike notices David waiting with Melissa and furrows his brow, wondering aloud if Valerie is working today and has any openings. He could put in a word for her. Melissa thanks Mike. David gives Mike a knowing look.

Mike is about to head off on his rounds and says his goodbyes to his two cousins. Before he leaves, he stops at the Nurse's Station and Veronica wonders if he is on break already. He shakes his head no. He just went to visit with Dr. Jacobs before he started his rounds, but she was sleeping. He wanted to check to see if he had any messages and to leave one for Dr. Grant. Veronica says that Dr. Grant beat Dr. Horton to the punch. She wants one of them to page the other when they go on break. Mike hopes the timing works out. He's sure Neil has placed him right back into the surgery rotation. In case time is against them, he wants to leave a request with Valerie to give his cousin Melissa an appointment with her or another doctor for therapy. Today if possible. Veronica promises to deliver the message right away. Mike thanks her and heads off.

Melissa cannot help but notice how David is staring at their cousin. She hopes that David is not still hung up on Valerie. David gives her an innocent look and Melissa groans. David tells her that he is trying to be a perfectly happy, single, fifty-something. But what he shared with Valerie was very real and he can’t help but think of Mike as little more than a distraction for her. "Ouch," Melissa responds, and David apologizes. There's nothing wrong with their cousin Mike. He is a good guy. But no matter how she resists, David cannot shake the feeling that Valerie shares his feelings. He also thinks she's hiding something and if Melissa gets an appointment with Valerie, he wants her help finding out some information.

Melissa rounds on David. Here she thought he was legitimately concerned about her well-being, but he is just using her. David tells her to hold on. He does care about her health, physical, mental, and emotional. But not without strings, Melissa retorts. David apologizes, but he is desperate. Whatever Valerie is hiding, she is good at covering her tracks. Melissa suggests that maybe David is delusional and Valerie isn't actually hiding anything. David tells Melissa that he knows for a fact that she is hiding something. She visited an orphanage in New York on her vacation last year. His mom and Doug followed her there. Melissa thinks that people visit orphanages for all kinds of reasons. David supposes that is true, but why would she lie to him about going to New York? She had told him, and Mike for that matter, that she went to Chicago to visit her sick mother. Melissa supposes that is suspect...

<A Mysterious Bedroom>

Jeremy lets out frustrated scream. What the hell is he supposed to do? He has no idea if the others have been kept alive, or where the hell he even is. He knows he can't trust Vivian and her little helpers. Yet, here he is, in this luxurious bedroom with all this nice merchandise. Its like taking his venture in Vegas and multiplying it by 100. He hates to admit almost being tempted by it. He supposes he should put some clothes on. Unless his friendly bodyguards are coming back to take him back to the dungeon since he rejected Vivian's offer. He decides to dress anyway. He digs and finds some designer jeans and settles on one of less flashy dress shirts. With a hint of narcissism, he has to admit he cleans up nice. Too bad its going to complete waste.

Looking at television he just destroyed, Jeremy decides to check for any other kind of bugs that might be lying around. Suddenly, he stops, wondering if the door is locked. That would be too easy. He tries the knob. It won't move. Of course. No other tricks though. A simple lock has never stopped him before. He begins to look around the room for something he could use to pick the lock. While he is searching, he doesn't notice the doorknob turn...

<Marie's House: Living Room>

Noel leaves the foyer and heads into the living room, where Marie is sipping a last cup of tea. "Hi, Marie," Marie turns to see Noel and is taken aback, wondering with glee what Noel is doing here. Noel identifies herself as Julie's reinforcements and asks Marie not to hold it against her. Sighing, Marie says she wouldn't think of it. She supposes Julie told Noel what happened. Noel shakes her head no. Julie refused to go into details. Noel imagines Julie wants Marie to be able to share whatever this bad news is with her personally.

Marie thinks that was very tactful of her niece. After sipping her fresh cup of tea, Marie is not sure she can talk about it anymore. Her hands shake and Noel helps Marie place the cup back on its saucer. Marie thinks she's had her fill of tea today. Noel sits by Marie and asks her what she can do for her. Marie asks Noel if she drove over here. Noel nods. Marie asks Noel to bring the car around. She has a phone call to make. Noel is hesitant at first. Marie knows Laura and Julie are not going to let Noel leave her sight. Marie vows not to hinder her. She just wants some privacy for the phone call. After a moment, Noel agrees to go and get her car.

Alone, Marie fishes out her cell phone and pulls up Alex Marshall in her phone. With a heavy sigh, she hits the call button and brings the phone up to her ear. "Hi, Alex? This is Marie."

<Intercut with: Anderson, Inc.: Alex's Office>

On the other end, Alex asks what is going on with Nick. He explains to her how Stephanie Johnson barged into his office early this morning demanding to know what he had done with Nick.

Marie apologizes and silently thanks God that Alex wasn't told by Stephanie. She tells Alex that there is no easy way to tell him what it was that Nick overheard that led to him storming out. She’s having Noel bring her to Alex. Where is he?

Alex tells her that he is at Anderson, working. Where else would he be? Marie tells Alex not to move a muscle. She's on her way.

After hanging up, Marie gets her coat and grabs her purse. She stops at a picture of Tom and Alice on her mantle. "Mom...Dad...I need your strength today. I don't know how I am going to tell Alex what happened. I really don't." Leaving the framed photograph behind, she remembers a moment her mom shared with her at the house after Tom's memorial service. It is Tom's reaction to Addie's death. Though the circumstances were very different and Tom and Alex are very different men, she can't help but expect a similar response from Alex. Returning to the present, Marie supposes she cannot put this off any longer. She walks outside.

<Cut to: Marie's House: Porch & Driveway>

Climbing down the stairs from the porch and into car with Noel, Marie tells Noel to bring her to Alex's office at Anderson. Though she's curious as to Marie's reasons, Noel doesn't waste another moment before driving off towards their destination.

<Bay Memorial Hospital: Doctor's Locker Rooms>

After Nathan leaves Melissa and David to continue chatting, he enters the doctor's locker room and is delighted to find it empty. Sometimes, the best thing is to just sprawl back onto the bench and take a breather for five minutes before he hits the shower. He recalls Stephanie coming by earlier this morning and being short with him, as usual. She was looking for Nick, which he found odd. He rarely ever works in the morning. Getting up again, he fishes his phone out of his locker and sees a message from Jeannie about tracking Nick down. He supposes if Stephanie had just checked that apartment, she could have saved him the delight of her company.

For a brief moment, he remembers the elevator and their kiss. This leads him to succumb to happier memories of the two of them when he actually did delight in her company. He shakes his head, attempting to shake that off. He cannot think of Stephanie like that anymore. First of all, she hates him. And really, he has every reason in the world to feel the same, after the mess with Chloe, Daniel, Philip, and Parker. He'd be nuts to want to go anywhere near that again and yet, here he is, fantasizing about and romanticizing ideas of him and Stephanie back together.

Needing to get Stephanie out of his head, Nathan decides to text Jeannie before he hits the shower. He recalls Stephanie putting him on the spot about Jeannie. It is a good thing that he has a friend like Jeannie. She’s a pretty girl, but he's not going to give Stephanie the satisfaction of being right. Plus, he just doesn't see Jeannie like that. Besides, he'd be competing with a ghost and an ex-con. He's clearly not on her radar, either. That's why it is always nice when they go out. There's no pressure.

<Stephanie and Jeannie's Apartment>

Stephanie returns to her apartment, frustrated after her run ins with Andrew and Alex. Why does her cousin defend him? It frustrates her to no end. The man had a hand in kidnapping him from his parents when he was a baby. Knowing his relationship with Kim and Shane, maybe he would have preferred that. With a sigh, she recalls her run-in even earlier with Nathan at the hospital. Being at the hospital gets more and more difficult. She picks up a large manila envelope, containing her father's effects and papers from the P.I. office. She remembers teaming up with Nick to figure out what Nathan and Jeannie were up to. Maybe what she needs is a change of scenery.

She remembers the days when she used to be a race car driver. Her life was so exciting then. And dangerous. Now she works in the hospital and, while she's surrounded by death and illness all the time, it is not quite the excitement she wishes it was. Its not like she's a doctor. She doesn't think she has it in her. She's not her mom - not by a long shot. She looks at how brave Nick was. His name alone could have been enough to reinstate him in a lab at Bay Memorial or at the LA PD, despite his record. Yet, he accepted it and started anew. She’s sure being a security guard isn't exactly his life’s ambition, but it is a job for right now. She thinks she is going to have to talk to some family members before she takes any kind of leap, but she thinks she could enjoy helping people the way her father did.

She also considers how Jeannie is learning to become a reporter. They could be partners. And they'd be at each other’s throats all the time. To this day, they can barely be civilized with one another if Jeremy comes up. She's sure there's plenty of things that would cause friction between them. She also remembers working for Anna DiMera before. She could go back to business. But she doesn't think that would fulfill her need for excitement. Maybe she should check out the race tracks again. She wonders if Max headed back to London. She's not sure she wants to go back to that life in any respect, but perhaps just going to a race would give her some excitement.

The door opens and Jeannie has returned. She thought she heard Stephanie talking to herself in here. Stephanie chides Jeannie not to judge her. Jeannie swears she isn't. She knows Stephanie is worried about Nick. Stephanie is worried about and thinking about a lot of different things. Jeannie thinks she can give her some relief on one aspect. Nick is right next door. Stephanie flips out. She was there earlier and he didn't answer the door. She even used her spare key and no one was home, she is sure of it. Jeannie suggests that maybe Nick hadn't made it back yet. He looked exhausted and, if she's being honest, she's worried about him. He swears that he didn't take anything, but he looked rough. As a result, Jeannie may have misspoken a little.

Stephanie asks Jeannie what she means. Jeannie admits that a few weeks ago, she overheard her talking to Nathan. Well, not really talking so much as bickering. Stephanie asks Jeannie what she heard. Jeannie tells Stephanie that she heard enough. She knows that Stephanie was unfaithful to Nick with Nathan. Stephanie asks Jeannie what she told Nick. Jeannie says she didn't say anything, but she insinuated. She thought Nick was upset because he found out and she urged him to call Stephanie no matter how mad he was at her. When he was confused, she figured out he wasn't upset because of Stephanie, and she covered, figuring he was ignoring everybody because he had a fight with Stephanie.

Stephanie asks Jeannie if Nick told Jeannie why he was upset. Jeannie shakes her head no. Stephanie smacks her forehead with the palm of her hand and sighs, telling Jeannie that Nick just found out his parents were killed in a terrorist bombing at their free clinic in Africa. Jeannie’s eyes go wide. No wonder he was so messed up. Jeannie asks if Stephanie is going to go and see Nick. She shakes her head no. Since she knows where he is, she’s going to go and let Andrew and Alex know, since she just came from that office after creating an uproar. She hopes Jeannie was wrong about Nick taking something, and if he did, hopefully he’ll sleep it off.

<The Look of Love>

Julie explains that she sent Noel over to stay with Marie until everyone gets out of work. Eve cannot believe it. That is terrible. She saw some terrible, terrible things when she was there with Frankie. She says to Doug that she supposes they can delay their deal with Noel for now. Now Julie is curious. She knew Doug was working some kind of an angle when he wanted her to hire Eve. She wants to know what the two of them are cooking up that involves her best singer. Doug tells Julie that he’s going to start up a local recording company. It is a project Eve and he have been ironing out over the last year.

Julie cannot believe Doug kept this secret from her. Doug tells his fair lady that she has her projects and he has his. She supposes that is fair enough. Doug explains that Eve has made quite a bundle as a recording artist over in Britain and that he’s been a singer for years and they see a lot of potential in Noel. Plus, this is L.A.! There's always new talent looking to be discovered and its not like they need a giant profit like the recording giants. Julie wonders if this company of theirs is going to need investors. The Look of Love may just want in.

<Anderson, Inc: Lobby>

When Marie arrives, Andrew is working around the office, filing things away. He asks Marie if they found Nick. He heard they were looking for him. Marie shakes her head no. He tried to call Nick, but got no response, either. When they find him, Andrew might be tempted to kill the guy. He’ll try to resist for Marie’s sake and for Stephanie. Marie thanks Andrew and asks if Alex is still in his office. He nods. Marie doesn’t wait. She knocks and then goes right inside. Right behind her is Noel, who greets Andrew. Andrew returns her greeting, guilty that they haven’t spoken much since they found out about his parents and the others.

<Anderson, Inc.: Alex Marshall's Office>

Alex tells Marie to sit. She doesn't look so good. Marie admits that she is not. Alex wondered what would make her come over here. Is it her health? Are Sandy and her trying to kill him? Marie tells Alex not to guess, but no her health is fine. She wants Alex to just be quiet and let her get this out. He agrees to her terms. "When Nick ran out earlier, we were going to see Bill and Laura off to the airport -- you see, Bill and Laura were making plans to return to the clinic where they worked with Jessie and Joshua and Steve and Kayla before all four of them left our kids there to come to California. They were planning to come back and wrap up any unfinished business at Doctors Without Borders before they settled officially into retirement here in California to be with Mike. Anyway, Bill and Laura were stopping by, but they had to cancel the flight because of a phone call Bill received, telling him the clinic had been bombed."

"Bombed?" Alex watches Marie, shellshocked. She continues, explaining that Bill was told there were no survivors. It was a terrorist attack on the clinic. Something about intrusive imperialism and other ridiculous notions when all they were doing was trying to give people free healthcare. Marie continues the story, as Alex sits back in his office chair and hears about how Nick overheard Bill telling Marie the precise story she just related to Alex and stormed out without saying a word to anyone and hasn't been seen in hours. Alex sits there in silence for a moment. "Are you telling me that our daughter...is dead?"

Marie nods, closing her eyes, and tears streaming down her cheeks. After a long moment, Alex stands up and look out the window, scrubbing a hand over his face. He has to make some phone calls. Marie asks Alex to stop being strong and needing to find Nick. She knows he'll turn up and he'll be just fine. Alex snaps at Marie, reminding her of their lifestyle in New York back when they first met. He asks her if she remembers how difficult it was for him to not turn to drugs again when his brother Harley was killed. Now, their grandson was addicted to painkillers, and though he has no doubt Nick will be found sooner or later, they don't know where is or what he is doing. And he is not going to stand back and let the kid do something really stupid while they wait for him to be found. Forget the phone calls. He is going to go out and look for Nick. Marie wants to go with him. Despite some reluctance, Alex agrees that she can go.

<Anderson, Inc.: Lobby>

Before they can really begin speaking, Andrew and Noel are interrupted by Marie and Alex exiting the office. Simultaneously, Andrew asks Alex and Noel asks Marie where they are going. Alex tells them both that the two of them are going to go and find his grandson. The elevator door opens. It is Stephanie. Alex thought she left. She came back, because she thought Alex ought to know that Andrew's sister found Nick. He’s back at the apartment. Nick texted her after Jeannie spoke with him. He was miserable, but seemed okay. Alex asks if he was high. Stephanie doesn't know, but doesn't know why Alex would ask.

Alex simply says never mind, but Marie and him are going to go and see him. Stephanie thinks he just wants to be alone right now. Alex thinks that is too damned bad. He is going to get checked up on by his grandparents whether he likes it or not. Alex asks Andrew to see to it that Miss Johnson is escorted out of the building. That goes for Miss Curtis, too. He’s closing Anderson for business the rest of the day. After they leave, Andrew supposes they shouldn't go back to the apartment. Stephanie thinks he's crazy if they're going to leave Nick alone with that man. They've got to go and be in his corner. Andrew says he will meet them there. He has to finish up some last minute work. Noel and Stephanie leave together. Alone, Andrew slips into Alex's office...
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Not much happened plot wise, but there were so many great interactions I remained hooked throughout.

I have a suspicious feeling this doctor extraordinaire Sandy mentioned might be Dougie LeClair all grown up, especially since you'd previously spoiled Robert and Rebecca's return to the show.

As for Robin, I really hope when she gets the bandages taken off, the first thing she sees is Jeremy! That would be such a wonderful moment.
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Not much happened plot wise, but there were so many great interactions I remained hooked throughout.

I have a suspicious feeling this doctor extraordinaire Sandy mentioned might be Dougie LeClair all grown up, especially since you'd previously spoiled Robert and Rebecca's return to the show.

As for Robin, I really hope when she gets the bandages taken off, the first thing she sees is Jeremy! That would be such a wonderful moment.
I'm glad to hear the character interactions were enough to hold you this week.

Interesting thought about Dougie.

As for Robin, that's a great thing to hope for, isn't it? :)
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Popping in again,

I’ve had some trouble getting into season 2 after enjoying seasons 1 so much. I think it has a lot to do with the aftermath of the crash. It’s not my kind of story. I enjoy what you had done with Jeremy by making his previous actions in DAYS canon logical when they were anything but, but I’m not enjoying Jeremy locked in a room. I think the idea of Vivian grooming Jeremy in the way she groomed Lawrence and Nicholas is fascinating, but I’m not sure that’s the story you’re telling. It’s certainly an undercurrent, and I appreciate that.

On a similar note, while some of the strongest moments in this episode involved the clinic bombing, it’s not something I really enjoy especially at the same time that Jeannie, Andrew, and Stephanie are already mourning their parents. I’m curious to say how this will play out with the eventual realization that Steve, Kayla, Shane, and Kimberly aren’t dead as we are to assume they are still among the living. Part of my problems with DAYS overuse of ‘back from the dead’ is trivializes real loss and makes it hard to invest in true deaths.

Nick getting high was a nice outcome of this event. I’m curious to see where this will go. This seems to be a turning point for Nick, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I thought it was smart to have Jeannie pick up on it and mistakenly believe it was the result of Nick learning about Stephanie and Nathan’s kiss. It was very effective.

I liked Alex connecting his own history with drugs to Nick’s current battles. I hadn’t considered that, but what a great beat to play. I almost wish you had saved it for Nick, who I’m sure doesn’t know about that part of his grandfather’s life.

Similarly, I thought Marie dealing with Alex was well done. Asking for her parents’ help to give her the strength to get through it was particularly poignant as was Marie’s comment about no one thinking about Alex. Part of me wishes Linda was there for that moment. I don’t exactly know why, but I do.

Another stand out moment was Stephanie / Andrew’s conflict over Alex. I’ve made it no secret the Alex / Andrew relationship is one of my favorites. I loved Stephanie taking her parents side, which is more important now that their parents are gone.
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Popping in again,

I’ve had some trouble getting into season 2 after enjoying seasons 1 so much. I think it has a lot to do with the aftermath of the crash. It’s not my kind of story. I enjoy what you had done with Jeremy by making his previous actions in DAYS canon logical when they were anything but, but I’m not enjoying Jeremy locked in a room. I think the idea of Vivian grooming Jeremy in the way she groomed Lawrence and Nicholas is fascinating, but I’m not sure that’s the story you’re telling. It’s certainly an undercurrent, and I appreciate that.

On a similar note, while some of the strongest moments in this episode involved the clinic bombing, it’s not something I really enjoy especially at the same time that Jeannie, Andrew, and Stephanie are already mourning their parents. I’m curious to say how this will play out with the eventual realization that Steve, Kayla, Shane, and Kimberly aren’t dead as we are to assume they are still among the living. Part of my problems with DAYS overuse of ‘back from the dead’ is trivializes real loss and makes it hard to invest in true deaths.

Nick getting high was a nice outcome of this event. I’m curious to see where this will go. This seems to be a turning point for Nick, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I thought it was smart to have Jeannie pick up on it and mistakenly believe it was the result of Nick learning about Stephanie and Nathan’s kiss. It was very effective.

I liked Alex connecting his own history with drugs to Nick’s current battles. I hadn’t considered that, but what a great beat to play. I almost wish you had saved it for Nick, who I’m sure doesn’t know about that part of his grandfather’s life.

Similarly, I thought Marie dealing with Alex was well done. Asking for her parents’ help to give her the strength to get through it was particularly poignant as was Marie’s comment about no one thinking about Alex. Part of me wishes Linda was there for that moment. I don’t exactly know why, but I do.

Another stand out moment was Stephanie / Andrew’s conflict over Alex. I’ve made it no secret the Alex / Andrew relationship is one of my favorites. I loved Stephanie taking her parents side, which is more important now that their parents are gone.
Great to see you, Dan! Welcome back.

I look forward to getting them all out of Vivian's clutches and back to California. In the meantime, I've gotta get them there. And yes, major undercurrent with Vivian grooming Jeremy in that way and his being incredibly reluctant.

You bring up an interesting point. I plan to avoid back from the dead stories at large in the future because of DAYS' sordid history with it. It should be interesting how Nick and Stephanie in particular deal with false loss versus real, lasting loss.

Frankly, Nick's been too much like his old self since prison. One of things the current show has done that I've liked is really show Nick's struggle post prison. I think Nick has been hiding from his demons in my story in a similar but very different way. Glad you enjoyed his scenes with Jeannie.

Marie's scenes in this episode were some of my favorites to write. I've enjoyed crafting her into that Horton heart of the show, so to speak.

Andrew / Alex is also one of my favorite relationships on the show. Stephanie vs. Andrew on this could get interesting in the coming episodes.



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