UP IN THE HAY LOFT:
It was the first time Julia had seen her sister Maria in years, and Maria was about to kill her. "Tell me who the hell you are and what you are doing here," Maria yelled, clutching a pitchfork. The injured Aidan tried to assure Maria that this woman was Julia, but Maria wasn't buying it. She called Julia a liar because she knew that her sister was in a Witness Protection Program. Julia explained that she was in fact, still in the program, but Mateo had arranged this visit as a Christmas present.
Finally convinced, Maria broke down in tears, and ran to hug Julia. Julia explained to Maria how close they used to be, how they used to tell each other everything. So why, Julia asked, was Maria hiding this handsome man in the hay? Maria explained the Aidan situation to Julia and how Aidan was her savior during this whole amnesia crisis. Now that he was the one in trouble, she was going to help him, no matter how dangerous it might be. She made Julia promise not to tell anyone about Aidan, especially not Edmund.
In the meantime, back at Wildwind, Edmund was busy talking with the federal agent in charge of watching Julia. When he heard that the agent had left Julia at the stables, he ran to go witness the Julia/Maria reunion. Of course, this could be dicey, being that Edmund would be horrified to see Aidan there. When Edmund and the agent arrived at the stables, the sisters could hear the voices below. Realizing they were about to be discovered, Julia ran down the ladder and jumped into Edmund's arms. Maria nervously followed. After the hugs and kisses, Edmund casually asked Maria why they were way up in the hayloft. Julia quickly answered that she had hoped their old "spot" would stir up some of Maria's memory. Edmund completely bought the explanation, and they headed back to Wildwind so that Julia could see the kids. Aidan was now alone up in the loft, groaning in pain. He glanced at his wound, which was bleeding again.
Back at the house, Agent Chaney was itching to search the entire premises. Terrified that Chaney would find Aidan, Maria began to sneak away. But Edmund caught her leaving, and brought her back into the living room. Having no choice but to follow him, she walked over to Julia and Maddie. Maria observed that Julia's scar was barely visible. Edmund and Julia stared at Maria in shock. How did Maria know about the scar? Was this a sign that her memory had returned???
SISTER VS. SISTER: LIZA AND MIA
At the Chandler house, Adam asked Liza to join him at the homeless shelter where Chandler Enterprises was sponsoring a Christmas dinner for the homeless. Let's show the town that we're still a team, he proposed. She declined, claiming that she promised to help Colby with the gifts.
Adam left for the dinner, and Colby entered the living room. She asked if Aunt Mia would be joining them. When Liza replied that she didn't expect Mia this year, Colby asked, "Is it cause of the bad thing you did to Aunt Mia?" Liza was taken aback by the question at first, but then decided to go the honest route. She admitted to Colby that mommy did do a bad thing, and she wasn't sure that Aunt Mia would ever forgive her. But little Colby wasn't hearing it. Just apologize again, and it will all be fine, suggested Colby, and promptly handed Liza the phone. Liza gently told Colby that she wouldn't call Mia and left the room. But little Colby wasn't taking no for an answer. She dialed up Mia herself.
In the meantime, back at Mia's house, Frank was furiously knocking at the door, yelling that he had made a decision about their baby. Mia tried to stop him from entering the house, but Frank barged in anyway.
Then, he completely surprised Mia, He started out by apologizing for not being there when she gave birth to their baby. Then he told her that he understood why Mia had given the baby away. And most importantly, he wasn't going to fight to take William away from a family who loved him. Mia couldn't believe her ears and asked what changed his mind. He said that Simone had something to do with it, but the big reason was Liza.
Mia was shocked that Liza had defended her and started to cry. Jake came in and Mia explained what just happened with Frank. Jake immediately sensed that Mia was softening towards Liza and gave her a reality check. He reminded Mia that it was her beloved sister who pushed her out the window, practically killing her. Just then, the phone rang. It was little Colby. She told Mia how much she missed her. Liza saw Colby on the phone and grabbed the receiver from her. When she realized it was Mia on the other end, she awkwardly wished her a Merry Xmas and quickly hung up.
Mia's phone rang again. This time it was Jackson. He needed to know right after Christmas whether Mia was going to press charges. Jake said this was great news, figuring that this would all be over with soon, and left to shower. Mia hobbled over to the Xmas tree and stared at her gift for Colby. She took the gift and headed for the Chandler house.
Back at the Chandler house, Liza was also staring at her gift for Mia. She too grabbed her gift, and headed for Mia's house. She opened the door, and ran smack into Mia.
JR LASHES OUT:
At the homeless shelter, JR and Laurie were looking pretty chummy as they served dinner. JR worried that Laurie's dad would see the necklace he had just given her, but Laurie assured him that Dad was nowhere near tonight. Whoops. She was wrong. Guess who showed up? Yup. Laurie's dad, with a bandage on his head, and looking a tad drunk. Her dad eyed his daughter snuggling with JR, but chose to stay hidden.
Just then, Adam arrived. He gave a little speech about giving to the poor. JR listened to the speech and immediately became cynical about his father's lack of sincerity. Laurie tried to calm him down, reminding him that, sincere or not, it was Adam's charity that was feeding these homeless folks. She then spotted another homeless woman and brought her a plate of food. But before she reached the woman, she ran right into her father. Stunned that he was there, she dropped the plate, causing everyone to turn around. Her dad, on the other hand, was outraged that his daughter was hanging with the Chandlers, charity function or not. Then Adam came over and that was the final straw. Her father lunged for Adam. But due to his drunken state, instead of punching Adam, his fist landed in the wall.
In the meantime, Adam was completely perplexed as to why this strange man was so angry with him. Laurie's dad, still drunk, wouldn't explain further, grabbed Laurie, and left the shelter. JR tried to stop Laurie from leaving, but she left anyway.
As soon as Laurie and her father turned the corner, Laurie immediately asked why her father had lied. Why didn't you go to the AA meeting like you promised, she demanded to know. He eyed her necklace and guessed it was a gift from JR. He grabbed it so hard that the chain broke off her neck. Her dad looked sincerely sorry, but Laurie got upset and ran away.
Back in the shelter, JR angrily told Adam to shut up, that this was all his fault, and ran off to chase after Laurie. In the hallway, JR ran into Laurie's dad. The dad gave JR the broken necklace and told JR that Laurie didn't want the necklace anymore. JR looked like he believed this, and looked upset.
Trey and Kendall arrived at Greenlee's apartment. They stood outside and argued for a minute about her bringing a fruit cake and why Greenlee would invite them over on Christmas Eve. As they talked Anna, David and Maggie showed up, saying they had been invited also. Greenlee opened the door wearing a Santa hat and welcomed them in. She tells them that Leo would have wanted them all over for the holiday. Her mother came in and Greenlee took her over to show her the Christmas tree. Kendall wondered out loud what was up with Greenlee "the elf." Kendall walked over to Anna and asked if Aidan was coming by. Anna said she hadn't heard from him and Kendall said "See, he's a flat-leaver!." Greenlee handed a gift to David, saying it was Leo's. He tried to refuse it but she walked away as JR walked in. "My first party crasher!" she said. Kendall went up to JR and he told her what happened at the community center with his father. She told him what he needed was a night spent with his other family, the Martin's. "Being with Tad will be good for you," Kendall said. She dragged him outside to the car. Greenlee's mother offered her some champagne and Greenlee pretended to be "filled up with eggnog", then quickly stepped around the corner to be alone. She whispered to herself "I can't do this!" as Trey joined her. He said he recognized the champagne label and it was Leo's last gift to her. He put his hand on her shoulder in comfort. She said she thought she could do this alone, without Leo but she can't. Trey said Leo celebrated life and that he'd want her to be with family. She said he was right and went back into the living room where she proposed a toast to Leo. Everyone raised their glasses to Leo.
Liza opened the front door to leave and was surprised to see Mia. Mia said she just was bringing over Colby's gift and Liza said she was just headed out to bring Mia's gift. Liza invited her in and Mia accepted. Liza started to explain what happened in the attic but Mia asked if she'd be honest with her. Liza said yes. She said she didn't deserve a second chance with Mia but Mia said she got one because of Liza. She told Liza that Frank isn't going after William because Liza stuck up for her and it made her realize she owed her sister another chance. Liza said it is more than she deserves and then said she wasn't angry at Mia, she had been angry at Adam and she wanted to talk to Mia but her heel caught in her dress. Mia stopped her and said she protected her child and that means everything to her. "You are my sister, you would never deliberately hurt me. I'm going to call Jackson Montgomery and drop the case," Mia told Liza. Liza cried as she hugged Mia.
Brooke and Jamie arrived at the Martin's and were taking off their coats when Adam followed them in. Jamie was less than thrilled and called him the Grinch and ran upstairs. Adam told Brooke what happened with the "drunken slob" at the community center. Erica and Chris came in and Erica remarked "I know who's getting coal in their stockings this year!." In the kitchen Ruth Martin puttered around as Tad came downstairs. She handed him a spoon to lick. Jake came in and said there was no place he'd rather be. Tad said "How about a jail cell?." They began to argue about Liza and Ruth told them to stop. They continued and Tad said Liza didn't try to kill Mia. Ruth said they have to be the family Dixie would remember and let go of their anger. Jake and Tad apologized to each other as Joe came downstairs. Ruth and Joe went into the living room to welcome their guests. Chris handed them a tiramisu he had made and he and Ruth took it to the kitchen. Tad asked Adam what he was doing there. Adam claimed that he wanted to spend some time with JR because they had a little misunderstanding earlier. Tad said no, he wanted to ambush JR there and that he could just throttle Adam. Adam told him to get in line. Jackson and Bianca walked in and Erica gave her daughter a big hug. Jack asked for his hug but Erica refused because Jack knew Trey was an arsonist but wouldn't do anything. Jack said he worked for the people, not Erica Kane. But he offered a candy cane as a truce and Erica hugged him. Jake walked in and told Jack he wants to make sure the charges against Liza stick. Jackson said, "Hey, this is Christmas, not a a time for grudges!." Jake walked away.
JR talked Kendall into going to the Martin's with him. As they walked in the door all heads turned to look and Erica just glared. But Ruth graciously welcomed them and told JR to get Kendall a drink. Adam walked over to his son and started to talk. JR told him to save it and went into the kitchen. Kendall told Adam that JR is just confused. Adam thanked her for bringing him and she said Christmas was a time to spend with family. Tad joined JR in the kitchen and told him that in honor of the holiday he should try to remember that Adam loves him. Tad said they may not have Dixie with them but they have each other. JR was sceptical because Tad had promised to be around and then not followed through before. Tad said all he wanted for Christmas was a second chance. JR smiled and said that was better than shopping for a gift. In the living room Colby, Marian and Liza arrived with Mia. Jamie took Colby to see her gifts and Tad came in. He asked Liza to clue him in. Liza said Mia forgave her. Adam kissed Mia as Tad asked if the charges had been dropped. Mia answered "What charges?." Tad hugged her. Jake took her aside and asked if Liza got to her. Mia said yes and that she wasn't going to punish Liza for an accident. "Don't fight me on this!" she told him. Jake said he wouldn't and kissed her. Jake walked over to Liza and wished her a Merry Christmas and they hugged. Tad went outside on the porch alone and looked at the stars. He talked to Dixie about their wishing star and said he had a wish for her. "I wish somehow your son finds all the happiness you wanted him to have" Tad said as a shooting star sped across the sky. He said he wondered if, without Dixie, he was wasting his time wishing on a star. Brooke had followed him outside and told him that he is not wasting his time. She told him she loved he and Dixie's tradition of a wishing star. Tad said he didn't know if he should continue it now that she's gone. Brooke said Dixie isn't gone, she sees her in JR. Tad said JR seemed so troubled and he needed his mother. Brooke said JR has Tad and that Dixie will help him. They walked back into the living room as the whole group began to sing Silent Night.
Julia and Edmund were surprised that Maria remembered Julia's scar. Edmund sent the kids to the kitchen while Julia began to describe the tornado that had injured her. Maria said "I saved you!" and then remembered seeing alot of broken things and that Julia's face was badly cut. "I stitched you up!" Maria said. Julia was thrilled and told her that if she can remember bits and pieces then it'll all eventually come back to her. Sam and Maddie ran back in and told the adults that Santa was in the hayloft. Julia and Maria looked at each other in alarm. Edmund volunteered to go with the kids to check but Julia stopped him saying she wanted to catch up with him. Maria said she'd take the kids and they went to the barn. Edmund and Julia sat down and she asked how he was doing with the woman he loves not remembering him. He was a little down about it but Julia told him Maria still has the love for him inside her and that nothing or nobody can change that. She explained that the only person who could come between Edmund and Maria is Maureen Gorman. Edmund asked if Julia was ok. She confessed that Christmas is hard, she misses everyone so much.
Out in the barn Maria looked around for Santa with the kids. She convinced them to go back to the house to get cookies and milk ready for Santa and they left. She climbed to the loft to check Aidan. He was lying against the hay and told her he had lost alot of blood. She looked at his wound and cried out "Oh my God Aidan!." He asked if it was bad. She looked again and said it wasn't bleeding as badly as she thought. He said he hated to do this to her on Christmas Eve. Maria said she'd gotten him a gift and handed him an angel ornament. Aidan took it in his hand and told Maria that she was his angel. She kissed him on the cheek, said Merry Christmas and left. Aidan sat looking at the ornament.
Julia and Edmund talked a bit and the doorbell rang. The FBI agent asked Isabella if she was Mrs. Santos. She was worried about the strange man and walked in the living room calling for Edmund. Julia was standing behind him and then stepped aside so her mother could see her. The women ran to each other and hugged joyfully. Maria walked in and was touched by the scene. Edmund took the Isabella to see the kids in the kitchen. Maria thanked Julia for covering for her. She said she felt horrible keeping this from Edmund. Julia asked if she had something going on with Aidan. Maria said she owes him alot. Julia asked if it was more than gratitude. Maria said Aidan was always there for her and Julia said it looks like she really cares about him. Maria said she was confused about her feelings for Aidan and Edmund. Julia told her she could always talk to her about anything. Maria said Julia was the first person from her past that she felt a connection to and admitted she didn't have that with Edmund. Julia said they love they shared doesn't just go away. Maria hoped she'd remember her past with Julia. Julia said even if she doesn't, they'll always be sisters. They hugged.
Due to the Christmas holiday, All My Children did not air today. The show will resume tomorrow, December 26th, where Tuesday's show concluded.
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Laurie is hanging out at SOS hoping JR will show up. Kendall sees Laurie and Joanie and comes over. Kendall asks if they've seen JR. Laurie says no, but she doesn't want Kendall to get the idea that JR is available. Kendall lists all of JR's good qualities and asks why Laurie doesn't treat him better. Kendall tells Laurie that is she doesn't give JR what he wants, someone else will. At this point, Laurie's dad comes in and tells Laurie it's time to go home. He gives Laurie back her mom's necklace that he had repaired. Laurie is happy to get the necklace back, but notices that the ring JR gave her is missing. Her father explains she shouldn't be accepting jewelry from boys. Especially boys like JR Chandler. He goes on to say that he misses Laurie being at home. Laurie retorts that she is not his servant and not his wife. Her dad takes offense to this. He orders her to meet him back at the car.
Liza finishes packing her things, then tells JR she's worried about leaving him alone. JR tells her it's ok, he needs time alone to do some studying. After Liza leaves, JR opens the back door and Jamie comes in. JR suggests that they get together with Joanie and Laurie to have a little party. Jamie isn't sure he likes the idea. He doesn't want to do anything that will get him in trouble and mess up things with Joanie. As they debate what to do, the doorbell rings. Kendall is there looking for Adam. When told Adam is away, Kendall tells JR she's looking for someone to invest in her new cosmetics company. JR has an idea, what about Liza? Kendall says that's perfect. She tells JR she will arrange things with Joanie and Laurie if he can put in a good word for her with Liza. JR agrees.
Kendall goes back to SOS to find Laurie and Joanie. She finds Laurie just about to leave. Kendall tells Laurie she has to make a choice, her dad will think the worst of her no matter what she does, so she may as well go ahead and spend time with JR. When Kendall offers to drive the girls to the Chandler mansion, they agree and go out through the back door. In the car, Joanie pipes up from the back seat that Laurie is going to be in lots of trouble, but Kendall tells Laurie she must stand up for herself and no let others control her.
Once they arrive, JR is pleased to tell Kendall she has an appointment with Liza in the morning. Joanie and Jamie are surprised, but happy to see each other. JR and Laurie spend some time together cuddling and kissing on the sofa until Laurie announces that she wants to BE with him.
Mia drops by to give Liza a present. It is a tiny gold barbell. Mia says Liza should keep it on her desk as a sign of her strength. Liza isn't sure she should accept it. Liza admits that she feels as if she's lost herself. She explains to Mia that marriage changes a person. She has come to think of herself not as Liza Colby, but as Mrs. Adam Chandler. Mia calls Liza a wimp and lists off all the things Liza has accomplished in the past year. Liza realizes she has to find the woman she once was. After Mia leaves, Kendall shows up at the door looking for "a savvy business woman to get things rolling."
Aidan is barely awake when he sees a girl come into the loft. He says, "You came back.", then begins kissing the girl who is really Maria. Aidan calls her Fiona then realizes he must have been dreaming. Maria asks him who Fiona is, but Aidan won't budge. He won't even admit he called Maria by another name.
Meanwhile, Anna pays a visit to Wildwind to have a chat with Maria. Edmund informs her Maria is out for a ride. When Anna asks if either of them have seen or heard from Aidan, Edmund says no. He and Maria have been too busy together with Christmas. Edmund excitedly tells Anna about their Christmas and how Maria seemed more like herself. He feels that if Maria continues to spend time with her family, she will begin to remember more and more. Edmund thinks when Maria is with Aidan, he encourages her to stay being Maureen. Edmund's happy mood changes as he begins to blame Anna's husband and nephew for all of Maria's problems.
Anna gets upset, and is ready to leave. She is almost to the door when she loses her balance and falls. Edmund rushes over and helps Anna back to the sofa. He leaves to get her some crackers and water. Maria comes in. Anna thanks Maria for helping Aidan. Maria assumes Anna knows about their current situation and begs Anna not to tell Edmund or Aidan will be in more danger. As Maria goes on, she starts to realize that she and Anna are talking about different things. Maria desperately tries to back track, but Anna is suspicious. Edmund returns and Maria assures Anna she hasn't seen Aidan since before Christmas.
When Anna leaves, Edmund confronts Maria and asks why she just lied to Anna. When Maria tries to defend herself, it turns into yet another argument about Maria vs Maureen. Finally Maria has had enough. She tells Edmund that she played the role of Maria throughout Christmas. She tried to act just like Maria, but the whole time she felt like a bug under glass as everyone watched her, waiting for her to make a mistake. She asks Edmund, "What more do you want from me?!" "Nothing." He replies. "Not a damn thing." He quietly tells Maria that since Christmas is over, it's time for her to leave. The sooner the better.
Anna decides to pay a visit to the stables. She begins to go up the ladder to the loft, but is still feeling the effects of her morning sickness. As Anna looks around on the ground floor, Aidan rolls over to see who is below. Anna hears creaking coming from the loft. She pulls out her gun and again, begins to ascend the ladder.
At SOS, Mia meets Jake. Jake wants to talk about their wedding plans. He says they need to put down a deposit in order to reserve the Valley Inn for Valentine's day. Mia tells him the wedding is off. She can't go through with it.
Jamie and Joni and JR and Laurie shared some private time alone at Chandler Mansion. Joni was unnerved by the fact that there were no adults in the mansion, but Jamie did his best to assure her that things would be okay. Laurie convinced JR to follow her up to the attic. Once there, Laurie told JR that she wanted tonight to be "the" night. JR politely declined her offer of sex. Surprisingly, Laurie was offended and threatened to leave. JR, however, managed to calm her down and explain that he wanted the timing to be right for both of them. Meanwhile, Laurie's father arrived and demanded to know where his daughter was. To Jamie's dismay, Joni squealed on JR and Laurie, saying that they'd gone upstairs somewhere. When Mr. Lewis saw Laurie and JR coming down the steps, he assumed the worse. After pushing JR away from his daughter, Mr. Lewis grabbed Laurie and escorted her out of the house.
Edmund ordered Maria to leave Wildwind and return to the life that awaited her at the Pine Cone Motel. He said that he was furious with Maria oscillating between her life as his wife and her life as "Maureen." Without warning, Maria rushed Edmund and planted a kiss on his lips. Anna searched the stables, but as she did, she passed out. A stablehand summoned Edmund and Maria to the stables to check on Anna. Anna claimed that she was fine and asked that everyone stop fussing over her. Anna and Maria had a few moments along, time that allowed Anna to tell Maria that Aidan was wanted for the murder of an ex-lover, Fiona Sinclair.
Jake was upset when Mia asked for more time before they got married. Jake tried to pressure Mia into getting married immediately, but he eventually understood why Mia wanted to wait until spring.
Erica and Bianca showed up at SOS to discuss some numbers for Enchantment's new teen line. Erica watched curiously as Kendall, Simone, Greenlee and Liza crowded a nearby table. Erica commented that the quartet made an interesting "coven." Greenlee and Kendall took turns trying to convince Liza to invest in their new - and still unnamed - company. The two argued over what was more important - guerrilla marketing or a hot product. Simone sided with Greenlee's idea of needing buzz. As they discussed wanting to take Enchantment down, Erica and Bianca approached the table. The two women taunted the newcomers about their desire to topple Enchantment and assured them that Enchantment would remain standing for many years to come. Hearing Erica badmouth Kendall, Greenlee and Simone, Liza decided that she wanted to invest in the new company after all. Later, Liza summoned Mia to the table and offered her a job as an executive at the new company.