All My Children Recaps: The week of January 26, 2004 on AMC

Jack incriminated himself on the witness stand. Ryan and Kendall got engaged. The DNA test results confirmed that Kendall was carrying Michael's child. Jack almost told Erica about Bianca's pregnancy. Erica threatened to stab Kendall, whom she believed was really Michael.
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Monday, January 26, 2004

Jack incriminates himself on the witness stand, much to Erica, Kendall, Bianca and Reggie's horror. His actions make Erica worry that he's going destroy himself to save her. Bianca's curiosity is piqued and asks her mother what she did the night Michael was killed.

Greenlee searches through Kendall's condo for evidence that Kendall isn't pregnant but comes up empty handed. She did find a bottle of opened wine and a box from a "Miss Philly's" baby story, however, there was nothing damning. Kendall and Ryan's untimely return forces her to hide. From the shadows, Greenlee overhears their conversation in which Kendall suggests she and Ryan get married.

After Liza walks in on Tad and Krystal in bed together, Liza admits that she has wanted Tad all along and pulls him into a steamy kiss. Babe puts the screws to Paul, blackmailing him into helping her fake the results of her paternity test. Paul's blackmailing then gets financed, in a roundabout way, by Adam, who offers to pay him to convince JR that he shouldn't have married Babe.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Greenlee was still hiding in Kendall's apartment, listening to Ryan wonder why Kendall suddenly wanted to get married. As they talked, they heard a cell phone and found Greenlee, who answered her phone and said she had to go right away. Ryan stopped her and demanded to know what she was doing there. She tried to tell a story about looking for Fusion paperwork, but they didn't really buy it. Kendall urged her to get her own life and Greenlee said she couldn't think of Kendall without her brain bleeding and stomped out. Kendall was upset and tried to take back her proposal, but Ryan told her Yes! Later, in front of the fireplace, Ryan gave her the same ring he'd given her before. She was delighted he knew where she'd kept it. He said he'd wanted to propose himself and he told her they'd get married the day she's acquitted.

At the celebration at Jack's, Jack and Erica said they'd get married after the trial, but Reggie wanted them to elope immediately. They promised the wedding would be perfect and then discussed the honeymoon plans for the entire family, but Reggie wanted Greenlee excluded. Erica suggested he bask in the moment with her. Bianca and Erica discussed Kendall and how happy they are that Ryan is back. Erica gushed that someday Bianca will find someone special too. As they bonded, Bianca assumed that Erica knew her secret and quickly asked Jack if he'd told her. Erica wondered what was going on and Jack covered with a story about how easily Erica cries. Greenlee dropped in and when she heard about the engagement, said it was contagious, like cooties. Erica did not let her ruin the mood. Greenlee then wondered if Jack was really planning to confess to Michael's murder, just to save Kendall. Jack tried to explain, but Greenlee stormed out. Reggie followed and yelled at her for ruining another good time and Greenlee said Erica and Kendall were to blame, not her.

Alone, Jack and Erica talked about their relationship and Michael Cambias. Erica said she can still feel his presence, in some new shape and form. Jack tried to assure her he is gone forever.

Krystal saw Liza at BJ's and pointed out how quickly Liza left Tad's. Liza offered to buy her a drink and set her straight. Krystal asked if Liza had seen her bra over at Tad's. Liza tried to tell Krystal about Tad, but she was not interested in history. Liza explained she and Tad have never been apart and are destined for each other. Krystal said they sounded only like friends who did the cha-cha. Liza warned her to stay out of the way. Krystal noted that Tad seemed like a man not looking for destiny. They ended up laughing about Tad since he was the most confused one in the room earlier. They discussed him and sighed, agreeing there is enough bad boy in him to make him interesting and enough good boy to steal your heart. They agreed Tad's heart will always belong to Dixie and Krystal wondered what it feels like to play second fiddle to a memory. Liza commented that playing second fiddle with Tad is worth a full string orchestra with someone else. Krystal said she only plays first violin. Liza warned her to find a different orchestra, the sooner the better. Krystal told Liza she respected her straightforwardness and Liza thought Krystal meant she planned to leave Tad alone. Krystal only smiled and asked if Liza knew how to get to Carnegie Hall..."practice, practice, practice."

Jamie came home and accused Tad of having a frat party. Tad explained Krystal had made the mess, and Jamie was partly responsible, and that he hadn't "nailed her for it" because Liza had interrupted. Jamie wondered what Liza wanted and Tad only had a long stare. Just then Joe came by, confused about women and asking for a sofa for the night. Jamie picked up Krystal's bra off the sofa and Tad sent him out for takeout, but not before Jamie suggested Grandpa Joe sleep elsewhere, since there was no telling what might be on the sofa. Tad started whining about women, and New Year's Eve when he started out with Krystal and ended up with Simone and how Liza nearly caught him inflagrante with Krystal on the floor. Joe choked and asked for less detail. Tad discussed all the women in his life, how exciting Krystal is and the things she can do with a ping pong paddle, and how fun and funny Simone is, and wondered how he went from Tad the Casserole King, pathetic widower, back to Tad the Cad. Tad said he just wanted to have fun, with whoever was along for the ride. Joe noted there were now too many takers and not enough Tad. Tad asked for more paternal sympathy and Joe told Tad his life has come full circle and it's like he's 17 again. Tad was mostly concerned about Liza and Joe encouraged that, saying Liza is grown up now and willing to take a chance. Jamie came home, remarkably happy and calm. Tad and Joe were stunned at how his attitude had changed and he'd accepted reality. Tad marveled at Jamie as he raced out for his date, with someone not married, not pregnant and who had never met JR. Tad and Joe commented on his wit, wisdom, and common sense.

At Chandler Enterprises, JR was browbeating an employee for not making a merger happen fast enough and was even more upset to hear the man wanted Adam's approval first. Babe burst in and cooed over her husband's mastery of the boardroom. He was distracted, but she brought takeout for lunch and insisted he eat. She walked them down memory lane and they ended up on the sofa in the office. Afterwards, he coldly told her that nothing had changed and the paternity test would happen as planned. He dressed and left her, but was lost in thought outside the door.

Adam commented snidely about Mary making herself at home as lady of the manor. Mary wanted to replace a piece of sculpture with one of her own but Adam didn't want her to. As they struggled with the piece, it fell to the floor and shattered, revealing a handgun with the initials "MC." Mary swooned that Adam was planning ahead for her days as Mrs. Adam Chandler. Adam commented on her sense of whimsy but she discussed the benefits of marriage, like not being able to testify in court against your husband. He joyfully told her that Paul Cramer can be bought and Babe is nearly gone and her services may no longer be required. This made Mary nervous and she thought she may be driven to turning the gun over to the police. She asked him if he'd killed Michael and he cryptically answered that if he had, he'd get away with it. He had a creative project for her, one which required her to work closely with him, but he'd be in charge. She giggled like a schoolgirl, assuming he was talking about them having a relationship. They kissed and just then, Greenlee burst in saying she needs her mother. Mary apologized and asked Adam to leave them alone and then asked Greenlee what was wrong. Greenlee angrily blamed Kendall for making her lose everything and everyone she cares about.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Maria walked into Edmund's hospital room just as he woke up. He told her he remembered her pulling him back to life when he was fading after being shot. Then he blurted out "I can't feel my legs!." Maria tried to calm his fears by telling him that was normal and they just had to wait for the swelling to go down. Nurse Carmen came in and Maria left Edmund to go do her rounds. Edmund asked the nurse to dial a phone number for him and hand him the phone. When the other person answered Edmund just said "It's me, Edmund. I need your help." Outside in the hallway Pablo came upon Maria just as she fainted. He took her to an empty hospital room and propped her up in bed. When she came to Pablo told her what happened and said he was going to take care of her. She tried to get up but was light headed. Pablo said he was going to take care of her and fed her some soup. Then he told her to rest and think of happy times. She laid her head back and thought of her wedding to Edmund. Back in Edmund's room Brooke arrived with the packet he asked her to bring from his office. He was very upset about his legs and Brooke tried to calm him down. He asked if she had shown the packet to Maria and Brooke said no, and asked what it was. Edmund said he has a feeling he can't shake, everything feels different to him. Brooke tried to use humor to cheer Edmund but he was very worried. He told Brooke the packet she brought him was his living will. Brooke said she was going to put it back where she got it but Edmund insisted she keep it. She thought Maria should have it but he said no, he didn't want to add to Maria's stress. Brooke said this seemed like post operative depression but Edmund said it was more like someone walked over his grave. Brooke argued that Maria should have the papers but Edmund got angry and said "NO!" just as Maria returned. Brooke and Edmund acted like they were discussing a news story and Brooke told him to consider the subject closed and left.

Greenlee woke up on a sofa in Adam's study with Mary touching her cheek. Mary was thrilled that Greenlee had turned to her but Greenlee said "This touching mother-daughter moment was brought to you by sheer desperation." Mary offered to help Greenlee put Kendall out of her misery. Greenlee asked how, and Mary told her to get dirty, don't hold back and figure out what Kendall will do next and get there first. Greenlee thought about it and then said that Mary was right, she was going all out and "not take any prisoners." Then Greenlee told Mary that Erica and Jack were getting married but Mary showed no emotion. Greenlee realized her mother had set her sights on another man. Adam walked in then and was surprised to see Greenlee. He excused himself and Greenlee turned to Mary and asked if Adam was who she was after. Mary acted very coy and said she was just helping Adam with a situation. She said she wanted to help Greenlee too. Greenlee said her first stop was the baby shop and stormed out. Adam returned and Mary said she hoped Greenlee realized she was really on her side. Adam said it was worth his sleeping alone then. Mary started making suggestive comments and they ended up locked in a kiss. Adam pulled back and asked if her interest in him was confined to the bedroom or did it extend to the boardroom too. Mary said she did know some people who would be interested in the murder weapon Adam was hiding.

At the baby boutique Greenlee talked to the store clerk named Debbie. She showed a picture of Kendall and asked what the woman had bought. Debbie refused to give information and Greenlee pretended she was Jacquelyn Montgomery, DA. Debbie looked at the ID card Greenlee was waving and said "This says Jackson Montgomery!." Greenlee said it was a misprint. Then she pretended to be a socialite trying not to buy the same gift as Kendall for a very posh baby shower. The clerk didn't buy any of it. Finally Greenlee started to walk away but stopped when she saw the pregnancy belly. She asked the clerk what it was for and Debbie explained women liked to try it on with the maternity clothes to see how they'll look later in their pregnancy. Greenlee took one down and held it up to herself and realized this must be how Kendall was faking her pregnancy. She ran out of the store.

Erica stopped at Jack's before going to the courthouse. Jack seemed very distracted as he took a phone call. Then he tried to usher Erica out quickly but she was very suspicious. Finally he admitted he was hiding something and she wouldn't like it. He said someone was coming over to talk about the direction the trial was taking but he didn't want to tell her who. Erica said after this they would have no more secrets between them and kissed him as she walked out. Jack was very agitated as he walked around his living room waiting for his guest. When there was a knock on the door he opened it and in came Judge Hannah Lambert. She was very straight forward and asked Jack what his intention was in court. She said she was very sympathetic to his case, that she hated letting Michael Cambias go free because she knew he raped Bianca. But she said she will not tolerate Jackson's turning her court room into a sideshow. She said if he took the stand again she'd have to allow follow up questions by the prosecution. Judge Lambert wanted to disallow Jack's testimony so he could just fade into the background. Jack refused and the judge got angry, saying he could end up in prison. Jack said he was ready to face the consequences for his actions. Judge Lambert said she was sorry to hear that and left to go to court. Jack followed.

In the courtroom Kendall walked in to find Reggie sitting at the judge's bench. He said he was looking for any notes she had taken so he could tell "which side she was on." Kendall thanked him for standing by her and said she owed him. Just then Bianca and Lena came in. Bianca had just told Lena that Jack and Erica were getting married and that would make it very difficult for Uncle Jack to keep her baby a secret. They joined Kendall and Reggie and talked for a moment. Erica walked in and asked Reggie why he wasn't in school. Reggie claimed he was covering the trial for the school newspaper. Kendall and Erica moved away from the group and Kendall told her she was engaged to Ryan. She said she had Erica to thank for that. Kendall said she was through pushing Ryan away and she was tired of pushing Erica too. She said "When this trial is over maybe we can get this mother and daughter thing right." The judge came in so everyone took their seats. She called Jack back to the stand and said she would not strike Jack's testimony. She told Mr. Singer to begin questioning the witness. He told Jack they would start with "the smoking gun." Jack said he took the gun from the evidence room for protection from Michael Cambias. He said he also took a kilo of heroin. The court went crazy and the judge pounded her gavel. Mr. Singer asked why Jack took the drugs and Jack said he planted it in Michael's apartment. He said he was trying to set Michael up for a prison sentence. The prosecution asked if the gun was really for protection or could it have been used for murder. He got in Jack's face and asked "Did you murder Michael Cambias?." Jack looked very upset but finally looked at the courtroom and said "No, I did not." The prosecution sat down and Livia got up. She asked if Jack had ever given Kendall the combination to his office safe. He said no, because he didn't trust her. Then she asked if it was true when Michael Cambias was acquitted Jack publicly assaulted him and threatened to kill him. Jack barked "He raped my niece!" Livia continued barraging him with statements and then asked if he expected the jury to believe he had nothing to do with the murder. Judge Lambert ordered a recess and Jack stepped down. He walked to the prosecution table and asked when he could expect to be arrested. Erica, Bianca, Reggie and Kendall all rallied around Jack and begged him to recant his testimony. But policemen arrived and as they were handcuffing Jack Greenlee and Simone rushed into the court room. Greenlee was ready to tell what she found out about Kendall but was stopped short when she saw what was happening.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Krystal showed up at Tad's house with a copy of the Kama Sutra she claimed to have found in Adam's library. A few of the pages were bookmarked; these were pages Krystal wanted to try out with Tad. Tad managed to get Krystal to leave as he was waiting for Liza. Tad had come up with a very nice speech he planed to use on Liza to convince her that he wanted to give their relationship another shot. Later, when Liza arrived, she shocked him by not giving him a chance to say all that much. Before long they were upstairs in the bedroom. Later, Liza told Tad that she knows that she is not the only woman in his life - and that she is okay with it "for now."

Krystal headed to the Front Street Clinic and arranged an appointment with David Hayward. After some suggestive "tickle in my throat" references, Krystal managed to get David to "check [her] chest." David knew that Krystal wasn't there because of her health. She later confessed that she wanted dirt on Adam and Tad. David didn't offer much, except to say that Krystal should simply stay away from Tad.

As a handcuffed Jack was about to be led out of the courtroom, Greenlee lashed out at the courtroom observers for not doing anything to help her father. Erica warned Greenlee that she was just making things worse, but the words meant little to Greenlee. Ryan grabbed hold of Greenlee and escorted her to a conference room. There, he tried to convince her that her anger was making her delusional. He also asked that Greenlee put her vendetta against Kendall to rest - even if only until the trial ended.

Aidan took kooky Fred Lomax to an out-of-the-way pump house for safe keeping. Boyd somehow managed to track them down and accused Aidan of wanting to use Fred to send Kendall to prison. Aidan denied Boyd's allegations and asserted that he was actually trying to keep Fred from being found.

On the witness stand, Maggie revealed that she'd heard Kendall's voice the night of Michael Cambias' murder. Kendall, she said, and another person were lugging something away from the condos. The testimony seemed damning until Livvie got Maggie to admit under cross-examination that she too had showed up at Michael's condo that night with a plan to kill him.

Later, the DNA test results arrived at the courthouse. In what would be a huge gaffe, Singer asked the medical technician on the stand to state that the DNA test results proved conclusively that Kendall was not pregnant with Michael's child. The lab tech explained that she could do no such thing; the tests showed 99.9% certainty that Michael had fathered Kendall's baby. The courtroom erupted in loud gasps. Singer quickly ended his line of questioning and Livia had no questions of her own. Later, Erica approached Kendall and blasted her for actually carrying Michael's baby.

Friday, January 30, 2004

In the hallway of the courthouse, Mia catches up with Aidan. She tells him his DNA cover was brilliant. Aidan insists he had nothing to do with it. Mia still insists he's a hero and wants to take him home and show him "how we treat heroes where I come from."

Still hanging around the court room, Kendall talks with Bianca. Kendall is concerned she's really gone too far this time and worries about how all this is hurting Erica. "The DNA proof almost killed Erica," Kendall says to Bianca. She asks Bianca to watch out for their mom and make sure she is okay. The two share a sisterly moment as Kendall feels Bianca's baby stirring. Bianca leaves as Aidan arrives to bring Kendall up to date on the Rev. Fred Lomax. As Mia looks on, Aidan fills Kendall in and says there is nothing to worry about. He assures her that Fred is in a place no one even knows exists. Kendall asks Aidan if there's anything he's not good at. "A few things," Aidan says wistfully as they hug.

Livia's arrival pulls Mia from the door. Livia thanks Aidan for whatever it is she doesn't want to know about. Livia tells Kendall they're in the lead and unless things change she's not calling any witnesses. Kendall begs Livia to let her take the stand so the jury will realize she's a nice woman. Livia puts Kendall on the stand to give her a taste of what it would be like if she testified. After a couple of minutes of character bashing, Livia tells her, "Get over yourself, Kendall. We do it my way or you can find another attorney." Livia asks Kendall why she's still hanging around the court room anyway. Kendall says she is waiting for someone and asks about Ryan. Kendall is crestfallen when Livia tells her Ryan left a long time ago.

Mia catches Aidan as he leaves the courtroom. Mia is ready for playtime but Aidan has "errands to run." Mia wants to help. Aidan insists she would be bored. Mia promises to wait at home for his call but follows him instead.

In the hallway of the courthouse, Greenlee again promises Ryan she is backing off Kendall. "I guess we can all relax now that we know Kendall isn't a liar," Greenlee says. Greenlee swears to Ryan the DNA evidence convinced her and she is a "true believer." Greenlee leaves saying she's off to find a new project. "Photography maybe," she tells Ryan. Greenlee goes to Kendall's condo and lets herself in with the key she still has. "Alright, Kendall. Say 'Cheese'," Greenlee says to herself as she survey's Kendall's shower. Greenlee makes herself comfortable sitting in Kendall's shower, camera in hand. She's surprised when a hand reaches through the curtain and turns the shower on. It's Ryan. He followed her from the courthouse. Greenlee and Ryan argue. The only thing they can agree on is that she is all wet. Ryan picks Greenlee up in a fireman's hold and physically carries her from Kendall's condo.

At Ryan's penthouse, Greenlee wears a flannel housecoat of his as she dries by the fire. Ryan lays her clothes out to dry. Greenlee is still trying to get him to see how Kendall is lying to him and all for money. "I don't care about the money," Ryan shouts. "Everyone cares about money," Greenlee smirks. Greenlee asks Ryan if he's seen Kendall naked lately. Ryan refuses to divulge his love life to Greenlee and hollers for her to leave his fiancé alone. The use of the word "fiancé" shocks Greenlee to reality for a moment, albeit a brief one. Ryan affirms that after Kendall is acquitted they are getting married. Greenlee asks Ryan why he accepted Kendall's proposal. "I love her," Ryan says yet again. Greenlee goes on about how she owes Ryan for all he's helped her. Greenlee wants to help him in return, of course by getting Kendall out of his life. Greenlee asks Ryan to prove his love for Kendall by making love to her, to Greenlee that is.

Erica visits Jackson in jail. "My daughter is pregnant by that horrible man!" Erica exclaims. Jack thinks Erica means Bianca and is glad the truth is out so they can deal with it. Erica asks Jackson if he knew all along. "Bianca told me," he says. Erica's puzzled reaction lets him know Erica is clueless as ever in time not to give up the secret. Erica fails to see how Bianca can be so supportive of Kendall with Kendall carrying the devil's spawn. Jackson suggests they might learn a lesson from them. Erica asks what lesson - "Forgiveness?" Erica refuses to forgive Kendall.

Jackson reminds Erica the child is innocent. Erica says Kendall still chose to have that rapist's child. Jackson says they must make room in their hearts and lives for the baby. Erica, of course, vehemently disagrees. Jackson doesn't back down. Erica asks Jackson, "Don't you understand that if my daughter has that baby it will separate us forever?" Unbeknownst to them, Bianca is arriving to visit her Uncle Jack and overhears them. "If Kendall has this child how can I speak to her again?" Erica goes on. Bianca, near tears, makes her presence known. "What if the baby weren't Kendall's?" Bianca asks her mom. "What if the child were mine?" Erica asks Bianca how she can even say those words. Bianca wants to know if Erica would cut her out too if it were her. Bianca presses for answers. In the heat of the moment Erica exclaims, "Of course not. I could never hate a baby," but still refuses to answer Bianca directly. Erica flashes back to Bianca's rape and declares she cannot have this conversation as she rushes from the jail.

Bianca wonders to Jackson if she's made the right decision, if her mom can handle it. Jackson states they'll tell Erica together as soon as he's out of jail. This doesn't comfort Bianca as much as Jackson thinks it should so he asks why she's not doing cartwheels. "Uncle Jack, who do you think they're going to arrest next?" Bianca asks. He doesn't know. Yes, it could likely be someone they know or are kin to. He thinks it just as likely, however, that the Cambias murder mystery could go unsolved. Bianca confesses to Jackson that Erica was not the only one who lost time that night, that she did also. Bianca tells him that though she doesn't remember everything yet, she thinks she saw the murder and that Erica is the killer.

Erica knocks on the door of Kendall's condo. As she waits for an answer, Erica sees an apparition of Michael Cambias in the condo's courtyard. Kendall opens the door. "You're the last person I expected to see here," she says and invites Erica inside. Erica beats around the bush about the reason for her visit offering Kendall advice on how to keep the yellow roses Palmer sent fresh longer. Concerned, Kendall asks Erica if she is okay. Instead of seeing Kendall asking, Erica sees Michael. No matter what Kendall does or says, Erica remains in her post-traumatic stress disorder flashback and sees it as being Michael Cambias talking to her. As Kendall goes to help Erica, Erica grabs a pair of scissors and swears, "If you touch me, I will kill you."

Fred is standing on his head as Aidan arrives with supplies. Outside, Mia watches from the bushes and wonders what kind of errand Aidan is on that takes him out in the middle of nowhere. Scenes of Kendall and Aidan inside making love dance through Mia's head. Aidan feeds Fred, leaves, locks up, and hides the key above the door as Mia looks on. As soon as Aidan is out of sight, Mia grabs the key and bursts through the door saying she knows what is going on and they're not getting away with it. Fred is shocked to see Mia. "Elohim! You are here! Have mercy upon me," Fred bows before Mia greeting the astral angel sent to save him. "Excuse me?" replies a puzzled Mia.



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