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Monday, December 23, 2002

Jessica is devastated when Viki explains the painful truth of her conception and birth. Jessica is horrified when Viki admits she willingly gave her to Mitch immediately after she was born. Seth accuses Rex of having put Jessica in danger when he told her about Natalie's marriage to Mitch. Cristian breaks up Rex and Seth's fight. Mitch overhears Cristian telling Natalie that he is going to end things with Jen once and for all. Mitch later goes to see Jen.

Nora is caught going through Daphne's files but not before she realizes Troy and Lindsay had both been at the jewelry store on the same day. Nora later confronts Troy with this information but he tries to cover before being called away. Sam tells Nora he saw Lindsay harassing Troy. A curious Nora begins to snoop through Troy's desk. Jen is incredulous when Lindsay suggests that Troy might still have feelings for her. Antonio turns to Troy for answers about having a paternity test conducted on Liz' baby.



Tuesday, December 24, 2002

At the Buchanan mansion, Asa and Max discuss their deal to get rid of their respective wives, Rae and Roxy. Max produces the goods first—an envelope containing Rae's divorce agreement.

At the Palace bar, Renee, sporting a languid Cabaret-style coif, continues her con on Rae. She dupes another drunken scene swilling "liquor" straight out of the bottle and tells Rae that Asa will never part with ninety percent of his holdings. At Renee's challenge, Rae agrees to consult with Gabrielle who has just returned from the ballet with Nigel. Nigel is lavishly decked out in white tie, an evening cape and top hat. He professes his admiration for the previous Mrs. Buchanan and feels Asa was wrong about her. At Rae's prompting, Gabrielle reveals that Asa left her without a cent. Renee is jubilantly victorious in her prediction of Gabrielle's response. As Renee and Rae continue their acerbic banter about Asa barside, Gabrielle confides to Nigel that she wishes Bo's life didn't always have to be filled with police emergencies. Nigel appreciates that Gabrielle has true feelings for Bo. Hank happens by on both conversations and learns that Rae is "willing to give up on [her] marriage." With romance in his eyes, Hank tells Rae he's "interested to see how that plays out."

Rex stops by the Millhouse looking for Jessica, but Roxy is preoccupied with her latest conquest: Asa Buchanan has the "hots" for her. Drinking from a leopard-covered, ostrich-trimmed martini shaker, she shares her plan to use Asa's "affections" to make Max jealous and want her. Rex points out the stupidity of her plan: Asa's rich! He encourages her to "hop on that gravy train!" Roxy knows her son is imagining himself a big trust fund, but Rex feigns love and concern for his mom. Wishing her the best, he leaves to continue searching for Jessica. The phone rings and it's Asa amorously calling Roxy his "Buttercup." He extends an invitation to share Christmas together in New York, complete with a whopping shopping spree for Roxy. Listening from Asa's speakerphone at his mansion, Max and Asa clink glasses in triumph as Roxy agrees and hangs up.

Max returns home and Roxy hands him his present, telling him not to worry—he doesn't have to "regurgitate." Roxy's bags are packed and she's out the door. But a moment after her departure, Max plucks a slick zoom-lens camera out of the desk drawer and follows.

Rae returns home and is both surprised and delighted that Asa has accepted the divorce papers. As Asa leaves the room, she elatedly whispers, "I'm rich! I'm rich!"

Todd stops by Llanfair to see Viki and tosses in a nasty quip about Cristian moving in on the other sister. He tells them he "got by Bo's little boys in blue" because they were busy escorting a man off the property. Todd leaves because Viki isn't there and Natalie and Cristian construe that the man must have been Mitch. Despite Natalie's objections for his own safety, Cristian leaves to end things with Jen.

Jessica is horrified to learn that it was Viki who let Mitch take her as a baby and not Niki Smith. She angrily announces, "You're not my mother!" Their emotions soar as they tearfully scream back and forth. Jessica believes that her mom "blocked [her] out of [her] mind" because of the rape by Mitch Laurence. Jess has ambivalent feelings about her identity and credits Mitch with at least telling her the truth. Racing out of the gatehouse, she tells Viki she "never wants to see [her] again!" Bo arrives with the report that his officers have escorted Mitch from the grounds of Llanfair. Bo tries to comfort Viki. Todd arrives at the gatehouse and finds Viki and Bo. After he tells Viki that she looks like "death," he respects her wishes for him to leave and asks her to call him later. Bo continues to console Viki and encourages her to "be strong." Viki vows to get her daughter back.

Mitch visits Jen at her loft and reveals that Natalie and Cristian are together right now and Cristian is on his way home to break-up with her. Jen is petulant and resistant to his slimy schmooze and holds the door open for him to leave.

Cristian arrives home to Jen. The tension between the couple is palpable. He finally says it. Cristian confesses he is in love with Natalie. Jen reveals her evasion to his pending confession and confides she still loves him. She is surprisingly accepting of his love for Natalie and thanks him with an embrace for the love they did share. With tears on her cheeks, Jen amicably hands Cristian his Christmas present. He leaves and outside the door reads the card to "the daddy of our baby." Slithering out of the deeply recessed shadows of the loft, Mitch leans in close to her and quietly assures Jen that he is "glad [she] decided to play things [his] way."

Natalie lingers on the terrace at Llanfair and Jessica finds her. Jessica reveals Mitch Laurence is her father. Natalie, in disbelief, tries to console her. But Jessica describes her conversation with their mother in detail and the confirmation that it's quite true. She describes herself as being "half a monster" with a mother than didn't want her. Jessica feels like she's "nothing." Despite Natalie's reassurances that she is very loved, Jessica runs away declaring she "never wants to see any of [them] ever again!"


WEDNESDAY, December 25, 2002

Due to the Christmas holiday, One Life to Live did not air today. The show will resume tomorrow, December 26th, where Tuesday's show concluded.

On behalf of everyone involved with Soap Opera Central, I'd like to extend to you, your family and loved ones our wishes for the happiest and merriest of Christmases.

Dan J Kroll
Owner/Founder, Soap Opera Central

THURSDAY, December 26

Liz, Keri, Antonio, R.J., Hank and Carlotta all get together at Liz's house for a Christmas Eve celebration. They manage to keep things fairly civil until Carlotta complains that Antonio won't be spending Christmas day with her. Antonio and Keri finally explain the reason they invited everyone to get together on Christmas Eve is that the two of them want to spend a quiet Christmas together, alone. Liz takes the hint and offers to stay at the Palace Hotel for the night. Hank offers Liz his couch to sleep on, but R.J. suggests that she stay at his apartment in Keri's old room and Liz accepts. Everyone leaves and Keri and Antonio celebrate the peace and quiet with a kiss under the mistletoe.

Lindsay brings Jen some Christmas presents and explains to her daughter how she left a copy of Troy and Joanna's marriage certificate in Troy's office for Nora to find. She tells Jen that obsessing over Cristian isn't good for her, but Lindsay can't seem to understand that she's doing the exact same thing with Troy. Lindsay is confident that once Nora finds the marriage certificate and breaks up with Troy, that he will be all hers.

Nora confesses to Troy that she snooped in his desk at work and found something she shouldn't. Troy's nervous about what she found until she tells him it was a diamond ring. He pulls it out and asks her to marry him, he's afraid of losing her. You're stuck with me, Nora informs him, as the couple heads off to bed to make love. Later, Troy slips the ring on Nora's finger as Lindsay spies on them through a window.

Al stops by Bo and Gabrielle's in a Santa suit, he just played Santa for the kids at the community center. He asks whether Bo asked her to marry him. Gabrielle claims to be relieved that Bo didn't ask her to marry him, he gave her tickets to the Nutcracker ballet instead. Bo arrives home and apologizes to Gabrielle for being away so much lately. Since Al is a good friend of Jessica's, Bo fills him in on what's been going on and Al heads off in search of Jessica. After Al leaves, Bo accidentally slips and tells Gabrielle that he loves her, then repeats more confidently that he is in love with her. Gabrielle tells him in return that she loves him and the two kiss.

Todd is jealous when he sees Blair watching the tape that Sam sent. Sam cannot come to see her anymore, Todd insists. Unfortunately for Todd, Sam has other plans and shows up at the door with Matthew and a bag of presents for Starr and Jack. Todd tries to block Sam from going up the stairs, but Sam doesn't give in and eventually Todd backs down and lets him go up. While Todd stays downstairs with the kids, Blair tells Sam that she's very glad to see him. Sam tells her he thinks Todd still has feelings for her. That might be true, Blair admits, but Blair has strong feelings for Sam and wants them to find some time to really be alone together, without Todd being around.

Cristian returns to Llanfair after breaking up with Jen. Natalie wants him to take her to look for Jessica, but Bo insists that they both stay put where Mitch can't get to them. Natalie recalls that she never like Christmas growing up with Roxy, she always wished that she could have a Christmas like the ones she saw families having on TV. Jessica had everything growing up, but Natalie wouldn't trade lives with her if it meant having Mitch Laurence as a father and having her whole world blown apart.

Friday, December 27, 2002

When Nora tells Sam about her engagement to Troy, he realizes what caused his ex-wife's rampage. After discussing the situation with Emily, Troy decides to go to the gallery to tell Lindsay the news himself. When he does, she tells him that the wedding will never happen.

While the search for Jessica continues, Al finds her in Asa's stables. He convinces her to let him call her mother and promises to take care of her. Deciding they needed some other place to hide, Jess and Al are surprised by Asa before they can leave.

Mitch and Jennifer toast the end of Natalie and Cristian's relationship without knowing that Cris has agreed to stay at Llanfair until Bo can arrest Mitch. Arriving at the loft for his belongings, Cristian catches Mitch and Jen together.

Following Roxy, Max is surprised when she ends up at her mother's apartment in Philadelphia instead of meeting Asa. Eavesdropping, Max overhears her mother degrading her and steps in to defend his wife.



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