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Monday, February 11, 2008

Josh pronounces Natalia and Gus man and wife. They celebrate in the church with Rafe, Daisy, Bill, Lizzie, and Sarah. Meanwhile, at the Bauer cabin, Olivia pounds on the bathroom door, begging anyone to let her out. She panics because she only has one hour to respond to the heart donor alert.

Meanwhile, Beth visits Alan at the house in San Gabriel. She professes that she now wants him instead of Rick. Alan thinks Beth is putting on a charade for Lizzie and Jonathan's sake. He is adamant about returning to Springfield to confront Jonathan. Beth says that she thought Alan wanted her. Well, here she is, she claims. She kisses him. Finally Alan relents. He asks her to make herself comfortable while he tells his pilot that the trip is delayed.

Back in Springfield, Jonathan sits outside in the dark muttering that Alan won't get away with what he did to Tammy. A stranger sits beside him. Jonathan exchanges a package for a gun. As the man leaves, Jonathan loads the gun.

At the church, Lizzie discusses with Bill how her marriage to Jonathan failed. Bill thinks that she is too good for Jonathan. They bicker about Bill's intentions toward her, how to best keep her and Sarah safe, and about Jonathan.

Beth interrupts with a desperate call to Lizzie. Beth informs Lizzie that she is in San Gabriel, stalling Alan's return to Springfield. Lizzie thinks her mother has lost her mind by lying to Alan that she wants to leave Rick for him. Beth believes she must do this because she has failed Lizzie so many times in the past. Beth further says that Alan knows about Jonathan and Sarah. Beth doesn't know how Alan knows, but she is determined to stop his war with Jonathan. Beth rushes off the phone, and Lizzie worries about her mother. Frantically she dials a number, telling Bill that she needs help. Bill offers to assist, but Lizzie waves him off, saying that she needs Jonathan.

Meanwhile, Alan returns to the home on San Gabriel. He happily tells Beth that Alex has left on the jet. They have the house all to themselves. He touches her stomach, saying, "Just you, me and our baby." Beth appears concerned.

In another room at the church, Jonathan and Josh talk. Jonathan appears despondent. Josh tells Jonathan that he's proud of him for staying in town and not running away. Worn and distracted, Jonathan responds that his legs are tired. Josh tells Jonathan that he seems different now. Raising Sarah on his own may have matured him. Jonathan mumbles that Josh gives him too much credit. Josh replies that Jonathan has finally become the man that Tammy always knew he was. "That's a nice thought, Josh," Jonathan cynically replies.

Back in the sanctuary, Gus and Natalia prepare to go to a Chicago hotel for their wedding night. Daisy wants to alleviate any concern about Rafe and herself. Gus trusts them, but Daisy assures Natalia that she will stay at her own house. Off to the side, Natalia reminds Rafe to let Olivia out of the bathroom at the cabin. d

Just then, Gus receives a call from the hospital about Olivia's heart. When he hangs up, Gus seems concerned that Olivia hasn't answered the calls or pages about the heart. He worries that Olivia might be skipped over on the heart transplant list. Natalia admits that she locked Olivia in the Bauer cabin and explains why. Gus grabs Natalia's hand and they rush out of the church. At the Bauer cabin, Olivia huffs and sinks to the floor, vowing to return and haunt Natalia.

Back on San Gabriel, Alan wonders how Rick handled Beth's decision to leave him. She says that she just left Rick a note. Alan says that he will start divorce and adoption proceedings. Beth knows Rick won't agree to Alan adopting the child. If Rick doesn't agree, Alan says that he will crush him. Beth becomes uneasy. Alan wonders at her surprise that he plans to fight for their future. He thought she loved that about him. Beth nods, but she decides that they have to get something straight about the future. She tells him that Lizzie's baby is off limits. Alan smiles and assures Beth that his first concerns are her and their baby.

When Alan goes to prepare Beth a meal, she slips in a phone call to Rick. She tells him that her train is late. She'll call him when she knows more. Rick notes that she sounds strange. Beth tells him that she loves him and he shouldn't ever doubt that. She hurries off the phone.

Meanwhile, Bill escorts Sarah and Lizzie back to the hotel. She asks him to go away. Bill repeats that Lizzie needs help, but he doesn't understand why she needs Jonathan's help and not his. Lizzie says that this is not a competition. She's worried about her mother throwing herself at Alan when she should be at home surrounded by loved ones. Bill believes that all the problems with Alan start and end with Jonathan; therefore, Lizzie needs to stop siding with him. Instead, Bill asks Lizzie to move with him so that he can keep her safe.

In the kitchen at the church, Jonathan wants to show Josh something. He reminds Josh that he is no angel. He flicks a lighter. Josh asks him if he's going to burn down the Spaulding mansion, and says doing so won't solve anything. Josh sees that Jonathan is still on the path of revenge and implores him to turn the other cheek. Jonathan says that he fights fire with fire. Josh wants to know where that mantra has gotten him. Jonathan retorts, asking where Josh's mantra has gotten him. Jonathan reminds Josh of all that Alan has done to him and then asks Josh if he just let those things go. Josh admits that he wanted to kill Alan. Out of that anger, Josh claims to have found his faith and calling. Jonathan snickers, but Josh pleads against revenge. He challenges Jonathan to find faith in his child and then leaves.

Gus and Natalia arrive at the Bauer cabin. Natalia shamefully hands him the bathroom key and Gus finds Olivia on the bathroom floor. As Gus carries Olivia from the house, Olivia accuses Natalia with leaving her there to die.

In the sanctuary, Josh cleans up after the wedding. Rick rushes in and asks Josh for use of the Lewis jet. Jonathan listens in the balcony as Rick explains that Beth is with Alan on the island. The birth of Beth and Rick's baby is a week away, and Rick is concerned because of how strange Beth sounded. Josh agrees to call Billy for the jet. He asks Rick not to do anything crazy. Rick says he won't, but he vows Alan will pay for this. After they leave, Jonathan says to himself that miracles really can happen.

Back at the hotel, Bill and Lizzie continue to argue about her reliance on Jonathan. Bill's solution is for Lizzie to move in with him. Lizzie tells Bill that he isn't offering her enough. She can be roommates with Jonathan. Bill repeats his concern about Lizzie being around Jonathan now that Bill knows what Alan is planning. Suddenly it occurs to Lizzie that Bill tipped Alan off about Jonathan and Sarah. Bill chuckles nervously, and Lizzie seethes that he sold her out.

Back on San Gabriel, Beth goes to her room to rest. Alan receives a phone call notifying him that Rick has landed. Alan believes he has just enough time to give Dr. Bauer a proper island welcome.

At the hospital, Olivia, Gus, and Natalia see the heart specialist. The doctor informs Olivia that her heart went to someone else. Olivia yells that the heart was hers. They can't just give it to someone else. As she breaks down, Gus asks to talk to the doctor. Natalia attempts to apologize to Olivia. Olivia silences Natalia, saying that Natalia got the ring and the guy; it only cost Olivia her life. Olivia hopes it was worth it.

At the church Josh calls Will's school. He is surprised to hear that Will has checked out when Josh just recently enrolled him. Josh groans when they explain it was Will's mother.

Olivia returns to her hotel room with Gus and Natalia behind her. When Olivia goes to the bathroom to freshen up, Natalia wonders if they should have made Olivia stay at the hospital. Gus seems annoyed at Natalia's concern for Olivia after what she did. Natalia claims that she didn't mean to hurt Olivia. Gus expressed anger over Natalia's mistrust of him. He's tired of telling Natalia that he is just Olivia's friend. Natalia knows that Gus means more to Olivia. Gus is appalled that Natalia locked Olivia in a bathroom. He finds it preposterous that Natalia thought Olivia could stop him from saying his vows. He blames himself. He thinks Natalia being with him makes her mean-nothing like the girl he knew. Natalia screams back that she isn't the girl he knew. She is who she is today, right now. She reminds him that it is their wedding night. Gus realizes that, but someone needs to stay with Olivia. Natalia suggests Ava or a nurse. Gus opens the door and tells Natalia to leave. He owes it to Olivia to stay. He feels that Natalia owes it to Olivia as well.

On Main Street Bill and Lizzie argue about Bill's betrayal to Alan. She wonders if Bill used her to ingratiate himself with Alan for future business deals. Bill claims that he did it for Lizzie and Sarah. He says that he needs Lizzie. Bill thinks that Lizzie needs him as well. Jonathan will take off at the first sign of trouble. Bill declares that he won't leave Lizzie. He says that Lizzie knows that she doesn't really want him to leave her either.

Back on San Gabriel, the moment Rick arrives at the house, Alan has him arrested for trespassing. As Rick is carted off of the porch, Jonathan slips up to Alan from behind and says, "You didn't ask me how my flight was..."

Sobbing, Natalia returns to the church. Meanwhile, Olivia resurfaces from the bathroom to find Gus still there but Natalia gone. Olivia mentions that it's his honeymoon. Olivia knows Natalia probably thinks Olivia's celebrating. In truth, Olivia would love it if they got their honeymoon and she got her heart. Gus settles Olivia down on the sofa with a blanket, still encouraging her about the future. He tells her that she'll get whatever she wants. When Olivia repeats him, he adds, "within reason."

Lizzie asks Bill to repeat that he needs her. Lizzie qualifies that it has nothing to do with Spaulding money or connections. Bill says that he has his own. She insists he say the words. Bill quotes Jack Nicholson, saying that Lizzie makes him want to be a better man. He suggests they can go to his place and stop all the talking. They kiss. Lizzie slaps him, grins triumphantly, and strolls away.

Back on the island, Alan thinks that Jonathan looks pretty good for a corpse. Jonathan retorts that death agrees with him. Alan mentions calling the police. Jonathan pulls out his gun and "double-dog-dares" Alan to call them. Alan wonders if there hasn't already been enough killing. Jonathan aims the gun at Alan. Alan then tells Jonathan that a woman and baby are inside the house. Meanwhile, Beth walks into the living room in her robe. She says to herself that her water just broke.

Back on the porch, Jonathan tells Alan that he has come too far and waited too long. Alan will not leave there until he suffers-suffers worse than Tammy did. Then and only then, when Alan begs, will Jonathan kill him.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jeffrey and Reva are enjoying a meal at Company when Josh approaches. Josh tells them Cassie discovered that he enrolled Will at the special school without telling her. Consequently, she removed Will from the school. Lizzie interrupts Josh. She has just learned from Remy that Jonathan bought a gun, and leaves Sarah with Reva and Jeffrey. Lizzie makes up an excuse that she and Jonathan have something to take care of, and she'll call if they aren't done by evening. She leaves before anyone can question her. After the three wonder what's happening with Lizzie, the conversation between them returns to Cassie and her reasons for removing Will from the academy. Josh feels that Will is taking advantage of Cassie's guilt.

Meanwhile, Will and Cassie return to the farm. Will goes upstairs and a weary Cassie receives a visit from Figment Tammy. Cassie admits to Figment Tammy that maybe she shouldn't rely on Josh because he doesn't always know what's right for Will. Figment Tammy says that Cassie does know what's right for Will, and that's all that matters. Cassie calls Josh while he's still with Reva and Jeffrey, and she asks him to come home to discuss Will.

When Josh arrives at the farm to talk to Cassie, she tells him that she loves him, but she hates what he did. Josh doesn't regret his actions. He thinks that Cassie can't give Will the help he needs. Cassie doesn't think that Josh had the right to dump Will in an institution. With great difficulty, Josh conveys that Cassie may not be thinking clearly or making the right choices where Will is concerned. Will comes into the room and interrupts, claiming to have a headache. Josh wants to continue their talk, but Cassie insists her son needs her right away. Cassie dismisses Josh, telling him to go work at the church. Josh leaves, saying that she knows where to reach him.

Later, Will flips through TV channels and pauses a couple times when the Guiding Light theme plays. Cassie figures out that he only pretended to have a headache to get rid of Josh. Will asks if Josh will take him away again if Cassie isn't around to stop him. She says she'll tell Josh not to. Will doesn't think Josh will listen to her because he didn't listen before. Cassie decides to call Daisy to babysit Will so that she can take care of something.

While Daisy babysits Will, he drags a suitcase downstairs. Daisy, who was watching TV, asks Will if he thinks he's going somewhere. Will says he isn't; Josh is. Will thinks Josh is on his way out and this time for good. He asks Daisy to help him as he lugs Josh's books into a pile and packs them in the suitcase. Daisy tells Will that he must have misunderstood something. Will says he understands everything perfectly. He asks her to help him take Josh's things to the curb.

On the island of San Gabriel, Alan and Jonathan face off. As the two men fight, Beth staggers to the front door. She pleads for help because she is in labor. At first Jonathan isn't concerned about Beth, only his vendetta against Alan. Alan tussles with Jonathan and then he dares Jonathan to shoot him in the back. Once Alan determines that Jonathan won't shoot, he rushes to Beth's side. Jonathan approaches the threshold. Reluctantly, Jonathan decides to help Alan deliver the baby.

Alan brings towels and directs Jonathan to get a first aid kit from the car. Jonathan goes outside and finds that Lizzie has just arrived. Frantically, she tells Jonathan that she knows he has a gun. She urges him leave before there is trouble. As she tugs at him, Jonathan hustles her through the front door of the house. She sees her mother inside about to give birth. Alan assures Beth that she now has three people to help her through this. Beth hollers as the inexperienced trio preps her for the birth.

Once Beth delivers a baby girl, Alan and Jonathan to go outside to await the ambulance. Alan thanks Jonathan and says that he feels changed now that he has his new child and Beth back by his side. Alan proposes a truce. He agrees to back off about Sarah as long as Jonathan agrees to put Tammy's death behind them. Alan has his baby girl and it's all that matters. Lizzie comes onto the porch and tells Alan that the new baby belongs to Rick. Lizzie reveals that Beth was fooling Alan in order to stall a confrontation between Jonathan and him.

As Alan wrestles with this information, Rick shows up at the house. Alan still insists that Beth doesn't want Rick, but Rick retorts that Beth called him, professing her love. Rick goes inside to greet Beth and the new daughter that he claims is his.

On the porch, Alan grapples with Beth's deception. Jonathan says that, even though Alan didn't get what he wanted, he'd better stay away from Sarah. Alan is sullen, and Jonathan mocks him, asking how it feels to lose everything that he loves. Jonathan thinks watching Alan suffer in his loneliness is much better revenge than killing him. Alan asks Jonathan to shoot him. He says that, if Jonathan shot him, it would be an act of kindness.

The paramedics arrive to collect Beth. Laying on a stretcher, she apologizes to Alan. He utters that she doesn't have to go. Beth believes that she does. Once Beth has gone, Alan pleads with Lizzie and Jonathan to stay, saying that he believes they all shared a special moment earlier with the birth of the baby. Lizzie and Jonathan don't feel that way. They leave and warn Alan not to follow them. When Jonathan and Lizzie go through customs, Jonathan realizes that he left his gun outside in the bushes at the house. Lizzie thinks that's a good thing. They now can go through customs and return to Sarah without incident.

Meanwhile, Alan drinks alone at the house. He discovers the gun on the veranda. He cocks the gun and then examines it more closely.

Back in Springfield at Jeffrey's office, Jeffrey and Reva babysit Sarah. They talk about their relationship. Reva says that her life is complicated and offers him a way out. Jeffrey doesn't want a way out. He thinks the complications are worth it. They reaffirm their decision to continue to see each other.

Reva and Jeffrey visit Josh at the church. Jeffrey offers another solution for dealing with Will. He suggests Will be criminally charged for pushing Edmond. Will would then be sent to juvenile hall. Jeffrey further explains that the boy would have access to trained psychologists and that Josh can also appeal to the court for custody of him. In the middle of the discussion, Cassie blazes in. She accuses them all of scheming to take Will away from her.

Cassie vows not to lose another child. She won't fail Will the way she failed Tammy. Jeffrey says she didn't fail Tammy. Cassie yells that she did and she'll never forget it. Cassie thinks they aren't even listening to her. Reva takes hold of Cassie's arms, trying to calm her. Cassie jerks herself away and demands Reva get off of her. Reva falls backward against the front pew. Cassie storms out, leaving everyone, including church visitors, shocked.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

God Bless the Child

Reva visits Joshua at the church and finds him troubled about performing the baptism for Beth and Rick's baby when he's keeping a secret about whom the child's real father is. Josh is unsure that he can be true to both his faith and to his wife. Even more, he's troubled by Cassie's decisions regarding Will and by the way Cassie attacked Reva the other day. Reva makes light of the incident with Cassie and tells Josh that he will do the right thing-he always does.

On Main Street, Will plays on benches. Cassie makes him get down and then has a serious talk with him. She reprimands Will for packing up Josh's things. Cassie explains that she and Josh are just working things out, but Josh isn't gone from their lives. Will thinks he is to blame for their problems, but Cassie assures him that he isn't. They hug, and Cassie asks him to behave later when Daisy babysits him while Cassie attends the baptism.

In the Bauer kitchen, Leah, Jude, James, and Lillian decorate for the baby's party. When Rick leaves to call Ed, Beth consults Lillian, worried because Alan has not called. Beth seems sorry for Alan. She tries to express her conflicted feelings but winds up just shrugging.

While Rick and Beth open baby gifts, the phone rings. Beth tenses. She admits to Rick that she's worried about Alan. Rick says that he understands her feelings for Alan. It's natural for Beth to have some compassion for Alan since he's been a large part of her life. Rick says that he's fine with it because he is very happy to have married his high school sweetheart and to have a family with her. They hug, and with prodding from Leah, they decide to name the baby. They choose the name Bernadette Bauer in honor of Rick's late grandmother, Bert.

Josh comes to visit the baby. Once Beth goes to put the baby down, Josh relates to Rick his doubts about conducting the baptism and being the godfather while "this lie" hangs over them. Rick tells him that he can't back out now. Appearing in the doorway, Cassie boldly retorts, "Oh, he'll do it."

Beth resurfaces and Cassie, the godmother, holds Bernadette. Even though others don't see it, Beth insists the baby has Rick's eyes. Rick and Josh nervously exchange glances, but Cassie has no problem reaffirming that Bernadette does have Rick's eyes. Beth retreats with Leah to change the baby, commenting that Leah's been warmer since the baby came home.

Once Beth leaves, Josh reiterates his concerns about saying vows in church while purporting that Rick is Bernadette's real father. Cassie and Rick pressure him to remain the godfather. Reluctantly, Josh agrees to do it, but he recuses himself from performing the ceremony. He decides to ask Steven Rutledge to perform it instead.

At the Beacon, Lizzie, Sarah, and Jonathan play on the floor. In conversation, Lizzie concludes that Alan is a broken man and they may have beaten him this time. Jonathan seems skeptical. Lizzie draws a bath for Sarah but screams because an insect is in the tub. Jonathan comes to her aid, leaving Sarah alone on a blanket. Alan sneaks into the hotel room. He's holding Sarah when Jonathan and Lizzie reappear from the bathroom.

Alan appears happy and grateful to see Sarah, but Lizzie takes the baby from him. Alan seeks to uphold their agreement to a truce and plans to earn Jonathan's trust. He hands Jonathan a check for Sarah's education. Jonathan rips it up. Lizzie intervenes, reminding Jonathan that they must try to co-exist for the children's sakes. Jonathan tersely agrees. Lizzie takes Sarah for her bath. Jonathan joins Alan in the hallway, where all pretenses fade.

Jonathan warns Alan that if he comes near Sarah again, he'll snap his neck. Alan tells Jonathan how easy it was to get to Sarah. He paid a maid twenty bucks. Before leaving, Alan tells Jonathan to sleep well because it can be that easy again at any time.

Agitated, Jonathan returns to the room and relays to Lizzie what Alan just told him. Lizzie assures him that they have family support to help fight Alan. She suggests ideas to deter Alan, saying that marriage might make them appear solid. Jonathan balks at that idea, and Lizzie rolls her eyes. Jonathan leaves to get more baby food, taking Sarah with him.

While out, Jonathan receives a text-seemingly from Lizzie-saying that Alan returned to the hotel and tried to force her to leave with him. The text urges him to pack Sarah's things and meet at the Bauer cabin. Jonathan hurries back to the hotel. After packing, he runs into Bill in the hallway. Bill sees him packed and accuses him of taking off with the baby. Bill continues, saying that he knew Lizzie couldn't trust Jonathan. Before exiting with Sarah, Jonathan threatens to pound Bill if he doesn't get out of his face.

Jonathan arrives at the Bauer cabin and two men ambush him. Seeing Alan, Jonathan realizes that he, not Lizzie, sent the text message. As one of the men restrains Jonathan, Alan takes Sarah to a nanny in the back room. He returns and reveals that he plans to make it look as if Jonathan ran away with Sarah again. Jonathan doubts Alan can raise Sarah without anyone knowing. Alan boasts about keeping Phillip hidden. He plans to keep Sarah at the Spaulding mansion, change her name, and cut her ties to the Lewis family.

As one of Alan's men holds a gun on Jonathan, Alan forces Jonathan to call Reva and lie about running away with Sarah. On the phone, Reva tries to persuade him not to run again. Jonathan tells her that he won't be able to call her for a long time. He hangs up even though Reva still pleads with him. After the call, Alan allows Jonathan to say good-bye to Sarah. As Alan watches, Jonathan gives Sarah a necklace that once belonged to Tammy. Alan takes Sarah away as Jonathan sobs about how much he loves her.

Alan arrives at the Spaulding mansion. He instructs Jeremy to dismiss the staff indefinitely because he plans to renovate the home. Hearing a baby cry, Jeremy becomes suspicious but leaves to inform the staff of their paid leave. Alan's henchman brings in Sarah. Alan tells Sarah that she's a Spaulding now. She needs just one more thing: a mother. Alan stares at Beth's photo.

On Main Street, Bill reports to Lizzie his suspicions that Jonathan has left town with Sarah. Lizzie doesn't believe it. She calls Jonathan several times but gets no answer. Reva walks up to them and informs Lizzie that Jonathan ran. No matter what Bill and Reva say, Lizzie strongly disagrees that Jonathan would ever take Sarah from her again.

Later, near a barn, Alan's hired hands tie Jonathan up and shove him into the truck of a car. Lizzie arrives on the scene in time to witness it. She tricks the men into thinking that Alan has collapsed behind the barn. While they rush to assist Alan, Lizzie frees Jonathan from the trunk. Jonathan fills her in on Alan's deeds, and she decides to go to her mother for help. After a brief face-off with Alan's men, Jonathan and Lizzie race to the baptism.

At the church before the baptism, Cassie apologizes to Reva for shoving her. Reva tells her that it's fine, but she says that Cassie isn't the only mother worried about her son. Rutledge approaches to gather Cassie for the service. Before Cassie turns away, Reva warns her that, if she does it again, it won't be fine-not even close.

The baptism begins. Josh and Cassie are presented as the godparents and are asked to take their vows. Josh takes a breath and agrees. Alan stealthily appears in the back of the church. The baptism continues as Lizzie arrives. Lizzie pulls Reva aside to explain what has transpired with Alan. Meanwhile, Jonathan creeps up behind Alan with a gun. Alan pleads for his life. When Jonathan becomes distracted by a baby's cry, Alan knocks him off balance and takes the gun. Everyone in the church turns from the ceremony to view the commotion in the back.

Reva cries for Alan to stop. As Alan wields the gun, Reva promises not to file charges as long as Alan returns Sarah. Alan is on the edge, saying that his family has left him. If he gives up Sarah, he will be left with nothing. Reva tells him that he does have something. She reveals to him that the DNA tests were wrong. Alan is actually the father of Beth's baby.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

During the standoff between Alan, Reva, and Jonathan at the church, Reva claims that Bernadette Bauer is really Alan's child. Beth becomes hysterical. Cassie whispers to Josh to stay quiet. However, when Alan points the gun at Reva and calls her a liar, Josh comes forward and confirms that the baby really does belong to Alan. Cassie stares spitefully at Josh as she cradles Bernadette in her arms.

Immediately Reverend Rutledge confiscates Alan's gun. Lizzie and Jonathan question Alan about Sarah and discover that she is at the mansion. Alan asks Cassie to give him Bernadette, but she refuses. Rick warns Alan to stay away from his baby and instructs Leah to take the boys to the car.

Rick turns to Beth, assuring her that the tests don't mean anything. Alan says that the tests don't mean anything because Rick altered the results. Alan threatens Rick with jail. Finally Cassie confesses to tampering with the DNA tests. Cassie claims that protecting the child from Alan is what matters-not DNA results. Beth takes her baby and scathes Cassie for her gall.

Alan attempts to approach Beth, but Cassie halts him. She rages that the baby is just another pawn to him. She brings up how he took Tammy away from her. Alan tells her that she needs serious help. Cassie rants, attempting to rile the crowd to stop Alan. Beth can't take any more and commands Cassie to stop it. Beth asks Cassie who gave her the right to choose the baby's father. Cassie stubbornly shakes her head and glares at Alan.

Reverend Rutledge takes command of the situation. He refuses to allow the church to be further demeaned by bickering, threats, and violence. If they must continue this, he directs them to go outside. Josh tries to speak to him, but Rutledge strides by him to the back exit.

Once he's gone, Alan approaches Beth. Rick strokes Beth's hand as she holds the child. Alan reminds Beth of her feelings that a man should not be separated from his children. Rick asks her not to listen to Alan and Beth swats Rick's hand away. She can barely contain her anger with Rick for lying to her. Against Rick's wishes, Beth hands the baby to Alan and introduces him to his baby girl. Overjoyed, Alan holds the baby and suggests that Beth move into his house. Rick says that he knew Alan would start taking over.

Beth tells the men to stop pressuring her. She takes the baby from Alan and tells Rick that he must find his own way home. If either man loves her, Beth says that they will give her time to sort this out. Beth asks Lillian to leave with her. Back at the Bauer house, Lillian makes Beth some hot tea. She asks Beth if Bernadette is asleep. Despondently, Beth utters, "That name...I just can't get used to it..."

Back at the church, Alan taunts Rick, saying it won't take long for Beth to make up her mind. Rick tells Alan that he's done with him. Alan innocently says that he isn't the one who lied to his wife and stole a child. Alan asks Rick to see the irony in the situation. "You," Alan says with a chuckle, "have turned into me." Rick walks away as Alan continues to laugh.

Meanwhile, once Cassie witnesses Alan hold the baby for the first time, she becomes appalled and strides out of the sanctuary. Josh chases her to the vestibule and Reva follows. Cassie accuses Reva of running her mouth and Josh of betraying her. Cassie notes how readily Reva and Josh jump to each other's defenses. Shaking her head, Cassie says that some things never change.

Josh reasons with Cassie that she had to know that what happened in the sanctuary was inevitable. Cassie claims that Reva knew what this secret would do to Cassie, but she revealed it anyway. Reva replies that Alan was threatening her son. Cassie accuses Josh of supporting Reva instead of her. Cassie thinks that no one believed Reva until Josh confirmed it. Josh says that this isn't about him backing Reva. Cassie snickers that it sure isn't about him backing his wife.

Josh implores Cassie to understand that he told the truth. She believes he told "a truth." Another truth is that Rick planned to be a wonderful father. Because of Josh's truth, Alan is going to destroy that baby's life-just like he destroyed Tammy's. Reva implores Cassie to see that, because Alan has gained a child of his own, Jonathan and Sarah have a chance to escape him. Cassie bitterly replies that she shouldn't have expected Josh and Reva to love Tammy the way that she does. Tearfully, she strides away.

Before Josh leaves the church, Reverend Rutledge warns him that keeping this secret will cause him serious consequences from the church board. Rutledge apologizes that he won't be able to help Josh. After the reverend leaves, Josh seems distraught. To his surprise, he discovers Reva sitting in the back pew.

Angry, Cassie sits on the bench outside Company. Figment Tammy appears beside her. Cassie thinks she failed her dead daughter. Contrarily, Figment Tammy thinks that Cassie just can't count on the people she once believed would support her. Cassie tells Figment Tammy that Josh always takes Reva's side and Reva always sides with Josh. Figment Tammy asks Cassie what she will do about that.

Meanwhile, after learning that Cassie switched the paternity tests, Lizzie and Jonathan slip out of the church to rescue their daughter from the Spaulding mansion. Once they successfully knock out one of Alan's armed men, Jonathan pulls Sarah from a nearby crib. Jonathan thinks of Alan's plan to dispose of him and wonders how in the world Lizzie found him in the car trunk. Lizzie replies that she did what was necessary to reunite him with Sarah and her.

Jonathan recovers the necklace that he gave Alan to keep for Sarah. Lizzie wishes she had a keepsake for her new sister. She cannot believe that Cassie did what she did. Lizzie wonders how many others knew about it. Some secrets, Lizzie believes, are better left buried. Jonathan replies that if his secret about faking his death were still buried, then he, Lizzie, and Sarah wouldn't be together. Jonathan retrieves the unconscious man's gun and they exit the mansion with Sarah.

Once Sarah is safely in her crib at the Beacon, Lizzie sighs, unable to imagine what she would have done had Sarah lost Jonathan. Shrugging out of his coat, he murmurs that Sarah would have had her mom. Lizzie then says what if, "I lost you." Jonathan replies that he isn't going anywhere. Lizzie presses her forehead against his chest, asking him to promise her that. His arms close around her, and he seems to surprise himself as he responds, "I just did." Lizzie and Jonathan kiss passionately.

Embarrassed, the two pull away from one another, wondering where that kiss came from. They both offer excuses about having had an emotional day. Lizzie comments that the kiss wasn't right. Jonathan agrees, adding that he isn't over Tammy. Lizzie quickly adds that she has a thing with Bill. They agree to just stick to being parents.

Meanwhile, at the Beacon, Cyrus fawns over Marina as she heals from her injured knee. Marina appreciates his efforts, but she notices that he seems agitated and preoccupied with fulfilling unnecessary needs. It's Valentine's Day, and she tries to get romantic with Cyrus, but her injury impedes her. Cyrus decides to run out for her favorite food, Buzz burgers. She says that he doesn't have to, but Cyrus rushes out of the room before she even finishes her sentence.

Meanwhile at Harley's house, Frank enters her bedroom, claiming that her front door was wide open. When Frank mentions that Marina is recuperating with Cyrus's help, Harley seems surprised. She mentions Marina's job at the station and thinks it would be rash for Frank to hire a replacement. Frank has come to realize that Cyrus and Marina are together and will move to France in a month when her leg is healed. Harley implies that much can change a month. Frank thinks that Harley hopes more time will change Marina's mind about leaving. He appreciates Harley's optimism, but he's resigned to his daughter being in love and nothing will change it.

During Frank's visit, they hear Cyrus call to Harley from the stairs. Cyrus enters her bedroom and halts when he discovers Frank in the room as well. Frank postures, wondering if Cyrus just had the audacity to let himself into Harley's house without knocking. Harley changes the subject, wondering if Cyrus came to give her an update on Marina. He agrees that he did. When Cyrus mentions Marina's discomfort, Frank decides to visit her.

Once he's gone, Harley worries that he will tell Marina that he saw Cyrus at her house. Cyrus thinks that eventually they must reveal their relationship to Marina. Cyrus wonders if he and Harley are indeed "still together." She nods. They caress each other, all the while discussing how they will stay cool with their romance until Marina is healed enough to handle the truth. They draw nearer to the bed and wind up making love. Afterward, Harley reaffirms that they will keep their distance from each other. He agrees and they begin kissing again.

At the Beacon, Frank visits his daughter. Marina explains to Frank how attentive Cyrus has been. She can hardly tell that he's disappointed about postponing their trip. Frank proposes a deal to Marina. If she stops trying to convince him of Cyrus's goodness, Frank promises not to complain that Cyrus is stealing his little girl. Marina agrees. Frank departs for work.

Once Frank leaves, Marina calls Company to add pie to the order that Cyrus said he would pick up. The server at Company informs her that Cyrus hasn't been to the restaurant. When he returns without food, she comments that she's hungry. Cyrus lies and says that Company was too crowded. He didn't even get to order. Retrieving a menu, he suggests they order room service. Marina glares at him. He asks if everything is okay. She tells him all is fine and to just order her a slice of pie.

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Friday, February 15, 2008
by MARY

Gus is on the phone trying to contact a doctor regarding Olivia. When Natalia enters the room and asks what he is up to, he is short with her. Natalia asks how long he is going to be like that and again apologizes for what she did. She states that it was an honest mistake but states that Olivia was trying to ruin their wedding. Gus, having given up holding for the doctor, retorts with "so you ruin it?" Gus laments starting out their marriage like this and Natalia decides to do something about it and leads him out of the room.

A weak and tired Olivia gives Ava a letter to give to Emma when she turns 13. Natalia and Gus arrive with groceries while an upset Ava rushes out saying that she already watched her mom die once; she cannot do it again. While Gus is checking on Emma, Natalia gives Olivia some soup. Olivia asks if this is supposed to make up for what Natalia did and then asks why she should help Natalia ease her conscience. Natalia apologizes again and states that she would never do anything to jeopardize Olivia's life and states that she would do anything to make it up to her. Olivia tells Natalia to give Olivia her husband. Until death do they part; it should not be very long thanks to Natalia. Olivia does not feel proud asking for this but points out that she does not have a man to take care of her. She says that as a single mother, Natalia should know how important that is. At first, Natalia says she cannot do that but then says she will think about it. Suddenly, Emma runs in and asks Olivia to take her outside. Olivia tells her daughter she cannot, and Emma complains that she never takes her out any more-she never spins her anymore either. Too weak, Olivia asks Emma to ask Natalia to spin her. Later, Gus arrives with good news. Olivia may be a candidate for a new drug that would keep her heart strong while they wait for a new one. The doctor will be coming by soon to speak with Olivia. Gus privately asks Natalia if Olivia looks worse to her and Natalia says she thinks Olivia is just tired. Gus tells Natalia that he would like to meet the doctor and Natalia agrees. When Natalia leaves, Olivia apologizes to Gus for him not getting a honeymoon. Later, Gus falls asleep waiting for the doctor and Olivia gently covers him with a blanket.

Marina is peppering Cyrus with questions regarding how crowded Company was and if her family was there. When Cyrus gets up to take out the trash, Marina asks where he is going and he gives her a sarcastic response. Cyrus then apologizes but admits that he feels like he is being grilled. Marina admits she has been doing that but says it is only because she is cooped up in the room. After they discuss how hard it must be for Marina to be stuck in the room by herself, Mallet arrives for a visit. Cyrus leaves so they can talk. Mallet tells Marina how bad he feels about what happened to her and promises to help her. He admits that it kills him to see her like this and asks Marina if she knows how much she means to him. An upset Mallet gets himself a drink and admits to Marina that Dinah turned off his cell phone. That is why he was not able to come to her aid. Mallet feels like he put Marina in danger. Marina tells him not to worry about it-she wanted him and Dinah to work things out. Talk then turns to Cyrus. Marina admits that she caught him in a lie but has not called him on it. Mallet suggests that maybe Cyrus just feels guilty not being able to prevent what happened to her or maybe he is getting cold feet about moving and taking her away from her family. This reminds Marina that she never cancelled payment on the farmhouse in France and tries to get up to find the number. Mallet gets it for her and tells her he will take care of it. Mallet leaves to make the call and get coffee. When he returns, Marina asks about the deposit but Mallet simply says that it has been taken care of. Marina thinks he means that Cyrus already called. Mallet tries to change the subject but she can tell that he is stalling and calls him on it. Mallet reveals that payment was cancelled before Marina had her accident. Marina insists that there has to be a mistake and then wonders if her father cancelled.

Harley arrives at St. Mark's to pick up Jude. She asks how the baptism was and Jude states it was scary. Rick gives Harley the low-down on everything that happened, including the fact that Beth's baby is not his. Harley is shocked, even more so when she realizes that Rick already knew about it. Rick tells Harley that her son really needed her and states that he assumes she had a good reason for not being there. Harley apologizes to Jude, who asks if she was working with Cyrus. Harley says that she and Cyrus are not working together anymore. Rick asks Harley if he can spend the rest of the day with Jude and she complies. Later, Cyrus drops by Harley's place and finds her in her bedroom. Harley is upset that she was not at the church during the baptism. She goes on to state that her kids are older. They understand things now and will ask questions. Harley is trying to figure out how they can continue their clandestine affair. Cyrus points out that they will have to meet in hotels or not at all. Harley says, "Not at all does not work for me" and decides that they can meet at the house when the kids are in school. Harley decides if her kids ask any questions, she will have to lie to them. They both agree that this is just until Marina recovers.

At this point, Rick arrives and sees the pair in close proximity. Rick is there to pick up a book for Jude. Harley tries to tell Rick that Cyrus dropped off a box of files but he is not convinced. Cyrus leaves and Rick asks Harley if this is the reason she did not come to the church. He then asks point blank if she is sleeping with Marina's fiancé. Harley tries to tell Rick that they are just friends, close friends. But Rick knows what he saw. Harley confesses that there was an attraction at first after the building collapse. Rick asks if she has visited the doctor he referred her to. Harley states that she has not; things are not so bad. Upset, Rick asks how she can take care of their son when she cannot even take care of herself. Growing extremely angry, Rick yells that he does not want Cyrus anywhere near Jude. Rick states that Cyrus is a known criminal and if she continues to carry on with him, then Rick wants Jude to live with him. Harley tells Rick to calm down and says that Cyrus is not a danger. She tries to get him to see that his anger is misplaced. He is not upset about Cyrus and Jude. He is angry about losing his daughter to Alan. Harley points out that he is going to have a fight with Alan over the baby, so why fight her too? Rick appears to be unconvinced and walks out to pick up their son from practice.

Cyrus finally returns home. Marina asks where he has been but then shrugs off the question and asks him to sit down by her. She then kisses him. As they kiss, the phone rings. Cyrus goes out in the hall to answer it. It is Harley. Harley tells Cyrus that they need to be more discreet. She tells him that Rick saw more than they wanted him to and threatened to take Jude away. She says that she thinks she calmed him down. As Harley is saying that the next time they are in bed together they need to be careful not to get caught, Marina is listening on the other line.

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