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Monday, October 7, 2002

Jen and Lindsay have another one of their Mother/Daughter chats. Jen asks Lindsay if she's "going to keep her big mouth shut?" Lindsay tries to convince Jen to tell Al it's his baby and marry him because he's a way nicer guy than Cristian. The incredibly bitter and hyperparanoid Jen lashes out about how they've all been laughing at her behind her back and now she will have revenge -- she spills the beans to Lindsay about how looney Al is -- stalking her and setting the fire in her room.

Antonio and Liz come face to face at the Palace right before the engagement party.... Keri walks up and Liz and Antonio are introduced - Liz plays along as if they'd never met while Antonio is standing in stunned silence. Antonio goes along with it for the time being, then Liz steals Antonio away to discuss things in private. Antonio doesn't believe that Liz didn't know who he was and is thinking that she's some kind of nut..... Liz tries to convince him that she had no idea that Keri was even seeing anyone when they met.... Antonio finally asks the question.... is he the father of the baby Keri's carrying??

Keri tells R.J. that she is carrying her mother and "Steve's" baby. R.J. freaks -- Kerri defends her position -- she would do ANYTHING for her amazing mother. Keri explains that Liz has a bad heart and the whole story. R.J. and Keri start rehashing how Liz kept Keri away for years and how he hopes that Liz doesn't hurt Keri like she hurt him...

Troy calls Nora to let her know about receiving a huge grant for the clinic and that they are having a big party in his honour. Troy and Emily discuss "what happened in Africa." Troy discusses how he's always going to feel guilty about what happened to Joanna. Emily is happy that he didn't tell Nora -- Troy says Nora wouldn't understand... Sam shows up to congratulate Troy on his award ... Nora witnesses Sam telling Troy what a great guy he is to Nora, Matthew, and everyone else in Llanview..... Nora is pleasantly surprised that her ex is being so great to Troy and Troy exclaims how he is having the best day of his life! As Sam prepares to leave, Lindsay shows up with a special announcement to make... They start to honour Troy for the huge grant when Lindsay announces that she would like to make a contribution to the clinic and unveils a piece of art she'd like to donate... a painting that reminds her of a beautiful headstrong woman gasping for air .... a painting that she likes to call JOANNA.....

Natalie and Cristian run into one another at the Palace bar... Nat finds out that Jen and Cristian are getting married. Natalie tries to give back the necklace but Cristian won't take it back. Cristian reveals that he "never felt alive" until he fell in love with Natalie.... and he wouldn't change a thing.

Jen and busybody Carlotta meet up at the party and she congratulates Jen on her engagement to Cristian. Jen shows up in the bar just as Nat hurls the necklace across the room. Jen starts yakking to Cris and Nat about how Al is a psycho stalker and '"how it must be hell to not be able to be with the person you love" and that she doesn't want Al to know about the baby because it will just torment him. Jen asks Natalie to be her maid of honour to "repay her for being so nice."

Bo suggests he and Gabby split on a gift to Antonio and Keri (mostly because he forgot to pick something up). After teasing Bo that they should really have separate gifts he finds that Gabrielle had already signed the card from both of them. Keri and Antonio may never get the gift however since Bo and Gabby start making out and end up unclothed and late for the party.

Hank and Renee have a conversation about his time spent in the winecellar with Rae and how Asa locked them in.... and both wonder why Asa married Rae since it's obvious that he hates Rae.



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Tuesday, October 8, 2002

At the clinic's grant award celebration, Lindsay describes her donated, ugly abstract painting as a "woman choking for air" who was "destroyed by a man she loved." She calls the painting, "Joanna." Upon her announcement, Troy crushes his champagne glass in his hand. His sister goes with him to tend to his bleeding hand and they discuss how Lindsay could know about his dead wife. Nora decides to end the party as Sam confronts Lindsay about her odd appearance there. He warns her to stop whatever it is she's doing. Sam leaves and Nora promises Lindsay that she's "going to pay for this." Nora claims to know who Joanna is, and much to Lindsay's amusement, she says, "It's you." Troy interrupts them and Lindsay plays coyly with him about the identity of the woman the painting symbolizes.

In the Palace bar, Jen begs Natalie to be her maid of honor. Natalie declines, but Jen presses her. Cristian asks Jen to give Natalie some time to think it over, but Jen insists that Natalie is her "best friend" and that there's no need to think about it. Natalie finally gives in and agrees. Jen grabs them both in a very uncomfortable group hug. As she leaves, she suggests Natalie throw her shower at Llanfair. Natalie and Cristian lament their love for each other and Natalie leaves in tears.

As the engagement party continues, R.J. continues to question Liz's motives for having Keri carry her baby. He and Carlotta discuss it with Keri, and Carlotta agrees with R.J. that the whole thing is not a good idea. Keri defends her mom and the decision to carry the baby for her. The discussion gets heated and Keri excuses herself to find Antonio. R.J. is surprised that he and Carlotta are on the same side of any issue, but Carlotta pledges to support them regardless of her disapproval and walks away from him. R.J. catches up with Keri and apologizes.

Gabrielle insists that Bo is the best-dressed man at the party and decides she wants to write about him in her fashion column. Bo firmly vetoes it. Gabrielle goes in search of another sharp dressed man, but returns shortly to congratulate the bride-to-be with him. Bo appears to have one of his detective's intuitions—something is off. As he leaves, Jen jumps into Gabrielle's path and tells her that she's "creeped out" by her son. Gabrielle is suspicious of her, but Jen vows to send Al to prison if Gabrielle doesn't keep him away from her. Gabrielle pretends not to know what she's talking about. They argue further and Gabrielle accuses Jen of manipulating Al. But Jen defiantly maintains her threat and then in a strange about-face, cheerfully departs.

On the terrace at the Palace, Antonio confronts Liz about the paternity of the baby. She denies it's his, but he's not satisfied with the timeline of the pregnancy. Liz insists she was already pregnant when they slept together and continues to maintain that the baby is her dead husband's. Antonio doesn't quite buy it. Liz insists they keep their history a secret from Keri, but Antonio tells her that he can't lie to his fiancé. Carlotta walks in on their argument as Liz is threatening Antonio if he tells. Carlotta demands to know why, but Antonio dismisses her in Spanish. Liz and Antonio continue to argue and Keri walks in on them this time, wondering why they are shouting at each other.

Blair asks her daughter Starr if she can take back her "sworn off men" pledge. She is surprised to learn that Starr approves. Starr expresses resentment for her father "wrecking everything" and making no effort to see her. Blair promises her that her daddy will never hurt them again. The doorbell rings and Starr jokingly says that it might be Blair's "boyfriend." She runs to answer the door and says, "Oh, it's you." It's Sam, who asks her whom she was expecting. She mischievously responds, "Mommy's boyfriend!" Precocious as ever, Starr insists that when Sam's son Matthew comes to her brother Jack's birthday party that he bring a gift for her, too. Sam surprises Blair with her unscheduled nanny and suggests that now is as good a time as any for their "date."

Todd wakes up in Guam hospital. His doctor tells him local fishermen found him on the beach. Todd appears disoriented and reveals that he doesn't remember who he is. The doctor advises him to rest and retrieves the torn picture of his family that was pried from his hand. Todd ponders the photo with wide eyes.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Lying in a hospital bed in Guam, Todd fails to recognize the pieced-together picture of his family. He doesn't even remember his own identity. The only thing that comes to mind is water, he tells Dr. Melendez. Once the doctor leaves him alone to gather his thoughts, Todd announces to no one in particular that he's Todd Manning and he's back. He then makes a call and books a flight home to Llanview. He figures that Blair and Sam must have something cooking for him. When the doctor returns Todd claims ignorance again. As the doctor reassures his "scared" patient, Todd reaches into the doctor's pocket, stealing his wallet. He takes the money out, figuring he'll need it for his airplane fare.

Al shows up at Keri and Antonio's party, much to Gabrielle's dismay. She urges him to leave before Jen returns since she's threatened to have him thrown in jail for arson if he goes anywhere near her. Al is disappointed and immediately becomes suspicious, but agrees to go as Gabby is so upset. Keri finally locates Antonio and Liz but they're arguing rather loudly. She pleads with them to get along as they weave a story for her benefit but later agree that they don't want her hurt. They can only glare at each other behind Keri's back. Over by the bar, Jen tries to persuade Cris to set their wedding date. She doesn't want to be embarrassed by looking pregnant as she walks down the aisle, she whines. Cris makes an attempt to put it off, telling her that it's not the proper time, but Carlotta overhears and pulls her son aside. She happens to agree with Jen. Cris is upset with his mother's interference but she insists that hurting people and keeping them in limbo is just not right. He finally agrees and an ecstatic Jen is off to call the church for the first possible date. Rae arrives and has words with Hank, who informs Bo that they're not getting along. He tells him about the thrown bottles of wine while they were locked in Asa's wine cellar but Bo is amused. Hank has no feelings for Rae, he states adamantly, while Bo continues to tease him. Hank finally leaves in a huff.

At Troy's hospital reception, Lindsay insists that she is not Joanna of the donated painting but suggests that perhaps Troy would like to fill Nora in on that detail. The painting will only increase in value, she states. As Emily and Troy look at Lindsay with daggers in their eyes, Lindsay warns Nora that she will learn about Joanna. After Lindsay leaves, Nora is concerned that Lindsay always seems to bring up the past but Troy attempts to brush the whole thing off. Once Nora is off to the engagement party, Troy can only stare at the painting before putting his fist through it. Emily wonders if he's really alright. Troy doesn't think any of this is a coincidence as Em does so she suggests that he tell Nora about Joanna. She wouldn't tell him this if she knew how Joanna died, he says mysteriously. Em wants to know if her brother told her the whole story while at the same time assuring him that she's on his side. He contemplates whether or not he should confront Lindsay.

Sam shows up for his date with Blair and suggests a drive in the convertible he's rented especially for the occasion. A crying Jack almost puts an end to the date but an impressed Blair watches as Sam is able to quiet the baby and return him to the babysitter. As the couple is locked in a kiss, Starr happens to walk into the room; a frantic Blair tries to smooth things over. The little girl pretends not to notice and finally admits that she doesn't care and is not upset. In fact, she likes Sam. After a conversation with her pet iguana, she realized that Sam must be the boyfriend who Blair was referring to. Besides, she says, she only wants her mom to be happy especially since her father isn't coming back. Once Jack begins to cry again, the date becomes a "family affair" with everyone sitting around, watching cartoons and eating popcorn. Blair is content.

Back at the gallery, Lindsay makes a toast "to the power of art." She receives a visit from Jen who has stopped by to let her know that a date will soon be set for her wedding and that she's convinced Natalie to be her maid of honor. Lindsay is concerned but Jen figures she's only hurting Natalie, Cris and Al; they've all hurt her and she's seeking her revenge. She'll be ok since she's learned from the best, she tells her mother. She has everything under control. Lindsay hesitantly admits that she's spilled the beans to Troy and Nora. This causes her daughter to come down hard on her mother, accusing her of telling on purpose. Lindsay denies this.

Nora arrives at the engagement party and the first people she sees are Bo and Gabby, in the midst of a romantic kiss. Though quite surprised, she graciously congratulates them as Gabby goes off for drinks. She and Bo vow to always remain friends. Rae runs into Hank again and suspects that he might have a subpoena for her. She'll receive a bill, he growls, telling her to have a nice life. Keri asks Antonio if the argument was really about R.J. as she thinks it was about her pregnancy. Antonio insists he's ok with it and that he'll never keep anything from her. Nora reminds Keri that she's the one who fixed her up with Antonio and also says that nothing will ever come between her and Troy. Antonio tells Liz he's not happy with the lie they told Keri but he doesn't want to ruin the party. He will tell her the truth as soon as possible, he states, as he and Liz smile and wave to Keri across the room.

Todd manages to change into a pair of scrubs and picks up a patient's chart on his way out.

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Thursday, October 10, 2002

Natalie gets home and Jen calls her. Jen wants to start planning the bridal shower. After she agrees to meet with Jen, Natalie turns to see Jessica standing at the door. Jessica, staring at her, says "you phony bitch." They start arguing about Natalie's involvement with Cristian and Seth. Viki walks in just in time to hear Natalie tell Jessica "you have hated me ever since you found out I was Viki's daughter!" Viki tells them to stop. The girls welcome their mother home and listen when Viki lets them know that Niki is gone for good, and that Ben's condition is unchanged. The girls press her for more information about her trip and she says she is more concerned with what is going on between the two of them. Jessica wants to know where she should start, with Natalie sleeping with Seth or trying to come between Cristian and Jen? Natalie tells Viki that she has somewhere to be and if she wants to here HER side of the story to talk to her later. Viki tries to stop her from leaving but Natalie assures her that they will talk later and she is glad her mother is home, but Jessica needs her more right now. Natalie leaves and Viki wants Jessica to talk to her. Jess doesn't want to unload on her right now since she just got home. Viki wants to know if Jessica really believes that Natalie did all those things. Jessica starts whining that Natalie has tried to take everything that was hers, from boyfriends, to the house, to now her mom! Viki soothes her, saying she is her daughter no matter what, that she loves her and Natalie will find her own place in the family because Jessica's is already taken. Rex walks in and Viki tells him that she hopes to get to know her daughter's brother better. Viki then rushes off, saying she has something important to take care of.

Cristian, wearing only a towel, wants to know who Jen was on the phone with. Jen tells him that Natalie is coming over to plan the bridal shower and maybe figure out what she is going to wear in the wedding. Cris tells her to call Natalie back and tell her no, she is not going to be in the wedding. He tells her that Natalie has too much to worry about with her mom and Ben. Jen disagrees and says it would be perfect to help get her mind off of her problems. She says that Natalie wouldn't have agreed to be the Maid of Honor if she couldn't handle it. Jen innocently asks Cris why he doesn't want to include Natalie in their wedding celebration? Cris tells her that it isn't about Natalie and ponders if a big wedding is the right thing to do. She tells him that she wants the whole world to know how much he loves her. Cristian, pushing Jen away, starts asking her about her due date. Just then, Natalie knocks on the door. With Natalie in the room, Jen sends Cris to get dressed and flaunts their relationship. She wants to know what ideas Natalie has for the shower, asking if she's been able to think of anything else. Cris comes back in the room and starts to leave, but not before Jen gets a goodbye kiss. Jen starts going on and on about her, Cris and the baby. Natalie starts crying and Jen plays it off that she is crying because she is lonely. Jen then decides to play matchmaker for Natalie. Cristian is in the hallway and calls Dr. Conklin, wanting to know about Jen's pregnancy.

Blair is rushing out the door just as Sam is about to rush in. She compliments him on their evening. Sam, wanting to be totally honest, tells Blair that he has been looking for Todd behind her back. Starr is outside looking for Suzanne and Todd is watching her from behind the bushes. Sam tells Blair that he wants to find Todd to make sure he doesn't come back to take the kids and to help their relationship. Blair tells Sam that no matter what happens, she won't let Todd back in her life. Starr, outside playing with her bug zoo, overhears someone talking. Todd is on the phone with Gabrielle and she is telling him that if he comes back to Llanview, he will be arrested! She also warns him not to ruin her life like he ruined his. He gets off the phone just as Blair is coming outside to look for Starr. Todd says HE didn't ruin his life, his life was ruined. He sees Blair and seems to be blaming this on her. When Blair comes outside Starr tells her she heard a voice and wants her to see what it was. Todd hides and Blair doesn't find him. Blair takes Starr in talking about Jack's upcoming birthday party. Starr comes back out to get her magnifying glass and hears Todd "psst." Blair is back in the house and asks Sam what he is going to do with the file and his search for Todd. Sam throws it away and she thanks him. Starr is outside looking for what made the noise, Todd stands up and says "Hello Starr." She turns and sees him, runs up and gives him a hug.

Rex meets up with Roxy and lets her know that he made Jessica think that Natalie slept with Seth. He also tells her that Seth doesn't seem to be giving up on finding out information about him. Roxy tells him he needs to call his Aunt Corrine and tell her to keep her mouth shut. Rex tells her he has already done that. She compliments him, that's my boy. He says "I am my mother's son, but Jessica is not my mother's daughter and we can never let her find that out."

Bo and Gabrielle are eating and she is questioning him on what would happen to Al if someone were to accuse him of arson. Bo tells her not to worry. She also wants to know what he talked to Nora about. He tells her that she has nothing to worry about! He leaves just as she gets the phone call from Todd. Bo is in his office and Gabrielle calls him and lets him know that she has to tell him something, he interrupts her because there is a knock on his office door. When Viki comes in to the office, Bo dismisses Gabrielle and tells her he will talk to her later. Viki and Bo talk about Ben and how guilty she feels, not only for what happened to Ben, but what Niki did to Bo. Viki assures him that Niki is gone for good. Bo then asks her why she had Rae bring Niki out in the first place. She tells him that Niki knows something and she needs to know what it is. Viki tells him about Niki coming to her in her dreams and then taunting her saying that she knew something that Viki couldn't deal with. Bo asks if she has any idea what it could be. Viki answers "yeah, as a matter of fact, yes I do" with a forboding look on her face.





Friday, October 11, 2002

Starr finds Todd hiding in the bushes in her backyard. Starr hugs him, but then kicks Todd and tells him that she hates him. Todd tells her that he is sorry and that he couldn't see her because he was stranded on an island. He shows Starr the picture of herself, Blair, and Jack and she finally believes him because the picture is all wrinkled and ripped. Starr tells him that he is in trouble for lying about baby Jack and that he must leave or else she is going to scream.

Antonio wakes up after thinking about the time Liz told him not to tell Keri about the one-night stand. Keri tells Antonio that he seems distracted ever since their engagement party. Antonio confesses to Keri that after they broke up he met a woman and that he can't keep the truth from her. Keri asks him if he still loves her. Antonio tells Keri that she is his life and she tells him that is all that matters.

Seth calls Jessica and says her that he has something important to tell her. Jessica hangs up and doesn't want to hear what he has to say. Rex overhears Jessica and invites her out to lunch so she wouldn't have to answer Seth's calls. Jessica tells Rex that her relationship with Seth is over for good.

Roxy shows up at Jessica's house and begins to talk with Rex. Jessica inquires about what they were discussing. Roxy and Rex lie and tell Jessica that he borrowed money from Roxy instead of asking Jessica. Jessica is disappointed, but wants to repay Roxy. Rex and Roxy are worried about what Seth found out during his trip to Michigan. The three of them go out to eat.

Viki tells Bo that Niki Smith was hiding something and that is why she tried to bring Niki out. Bo asks what she was hiding, and Viki could only remember Niki telling her that she is "more a mother than she thinks she is." Bo and Viki do not know exactly what this means. Viki apologizes for seducing Bo and for attempting to kill Gabrielle by poisoning her coffee. Gabrielle is upset with Bo because he forgave Viki for what was she has done to everyone.

Viki meets up with Rae and asks for her confidential files. Viki tells her that she needs them in order to find out what Niki was hiding. Rae is happy that Viki has come to her for help, but Viki tells Rae that she is not her friend and that she ruined her life.

Blair tells Sam that she is through with Todd. Nora shows up at Blair's house and asks Sam what he is doing at Blair's house. Sam tells Nora he is "socially" seeing Blair. Nora questions Sam about Blair's feelings for Todd. Sam tells her that Todd is in Blair's past and Nora again asks Sam if he is really sure about this. Sam tells Nora that he is happy and really enjoys Blair's company.

Starr begins to scream, which causes Blair to come running into the backyard to see what happened.

Antonio still persists in trying to tell Keri what really happened. He tells her that if he could hide the truth, he would, but he can't avoid it.

Seth goes to visit Jessica, but Viki answers the door instead. Viki tells him that he should leave, but Seth tells her that he just found out that Rex is not Jessica's biological brother.

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