All My Children Recaps: The week of February 23, 2004 on AMC

Bianca remembered that she had killed Michael. The judge granted a mistrial. Maria asked Anita to discourage Edmund from going through with the surgery. Greenlee continued to have hallucinations. Everyone gathered in Joe's office to hear the results of Babe's paternity test.
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Monday, February 23, 2004

Mary sought Ryan out at court because it was Greenlee's birthday and she was still missing. Greenlee's hallucinations in the hole continued, and she swore she'd be a better person if she ever got out. Ryan kept getting psychic flashes. Still, no one except her mom was overly concerned about Greenlee's absence.

Erica, Bianca, and Kendall were gathered in the private room in the courthouse. As Bianca began to remember the whole truth, Kendall started to leave to have Livia change her plea to guilty. Erica stopped Kendall from leaving. As Erica and Kendall exchanged words, Bianca remembered pulling the trigger. "I did it, Mom. I murdered Michael," Bianca confessed. Bianca questioned how she could have failed to remember before that moment.

Bianca remembered Michael approaching her, laughing and telling her she would do whatever he said for the rest of her life before she pulled the trigger that forever silenced him. Erica thought Bianca was sacrificing for her, but the truth had to be revealed. "I don't really understand. Are we helping each other, or are we tearing each other apart?" Erica lamented. Kendall begged Bianca not to confess in court. Bianca realized Kendall had known the truth all along.

Tad interrupted with a waitress witness from the Golden Coach Diner. Alise Baylor had stayed late just to wait on Erica because she had recognized her. Alise could provide proof that Erica had entered the diner around 11:30 p.m. and had been there until 2:00 a.m. Alise's married boyfriend had been there too, so there was no doubt about Erica's unwanted alibi. Tad didn't understand why Erica was not more thrilled to hear she was off the hook. Erica told him to send a bill and asked him to leave, saying, "Please, Tad, I just need to speak with my daughters in private."

Reggie proclaimed Erica's innocence to Jack. Jack demanded to know how Reggie knew she was innocent and insisted that Reggie tell him what he was holding back. After Mary interrupted Jack while looking for Greenlee, and Tad told him about Erica being less than thrilled over the alibi he had found, Jack started to go to the room where Erica, Kendall, and Bianca were holed up.

Reggie stopped Jack. He had to tell Jack something first. "I need your help. We all do...Dad, she didn't mean to kill him. I swear, she didn't mean to do it," Reggie professed to Jack.

In the courtroom hallway, Opal overheard Adam telling Palmer that Erica had thought he was Michael when she had shot him in the shoulder. Opal realized Palmer and Adam had been working together to protect her best pal and thought there was hope for the Chandler-Courtland feud to finally be over. Adam and Palmer good-naturedly disagreed.

Anita took Maria to the bar where she and Edmund had shared their first dance. Anita convinced her she was an adult and got Maria to share her concerns. Maria asked Anita to discourage Edmund from the surgery if she got the chance.

As Edmund lay, unsuccessfully willing his legs to move, Brooke took him a foot-tall pile of research, most of which was not encouraging. Since Brooke could not dissuade Edmund from having the surgery, she shared the plus side of Marshall's pioneering techniques. There was a case study where the patient had beaten the odds and made an exceptional recovery.

After Tad left, Bianca said, "See, Mom. It wasn't you. And it wasn't Kendall, either." Bianca's flashbacks continued until she remembered everything. As Bianca recalled details of the murder scene, Kendall and Erica tried to convince her she could have gotten those ideas from the press or from previously being in the condo.

With tears rolling down her cheeks, Bianca declared, "No, Kendall! I was there. I saw a woman with dark hair wearing a black jacket. She was in the shadows. She had a gun. She went into Michael's condo. She shot him. She killed him. All this time I thought I was seeing you, Mom. But I was wrong. I was seeing myself. It was me."

Going to Bianca, Erica lovingly straightened Bianca's hair as she tenderly and tearfully said, "Kendall, Michael Cambias stole time from Bianca and me...the pain is too deep to remember or relive. But you know what we've blocked, don't you? That's why you've done all you've done. Give us back those fragments that we've lost. We need to know what happened in them."

"Why? Why not just forget it and never think about it again?" Kendall asked. Erica reminded Kendall that she had tried that and stated how much Kendall wanted to be a part of the legacy of the Kane women. Erica pleaded, "Please, please, don't let us be a house divided by lies and secrets. Please, as much as we want to protect each other, now is the time for the truth to come out. It's our only hope for the future. The truth, Kendall. All of it. Now." Erica finished and steadied herself to hear the truths she could barely bear.

Shakily, Kendall started sharing the truth she had prayed would never be learned. "I love you, Bianca, and I think I would have killed for you, but I didn't," Kendall began. Kendall told about hearing the shots, running into the courtyard, and seeing the lady with the black jacket with a gun in her hand. "It was you, Bianca," Kendall confirmed, adding, "All I wanted to do was protect you."

Kendall told them Reggie knew, too, because he had run to Michael's when he had woken up that night, and Bianca had been gone. Reggie had helped Kendall clean up the blood and move the body. Since all Bianca had remembered the next morning had been ditching the gun, Reggie and Kendall had thought it best to leave it that way. Bianca begged Kendall's forgiveness because Kendall had taken all the blame even though she had known the truth from the start. As they embraced, Kendall assured her there was nothing to forgive.

Jack entered the room. "I did it, Uncle Jack. I did it," Bianca told him. "I know," was Jack's pained response. "What now?" Bianca asked him. Everyone was letting Bianca's confession sink in as Tad stuck his head in the door to let them know Judge Lampbert was ready to render her decision. Jack told Bianca not to do anything until they heard the ruling. A mistrial would change everything, Jack reminded them all.

Judge Lampbert declared a mistrial and dismissed court. Bianca hugged Kendall and said she had gotten her life back as Kendall glanced hopefully at Ryan sitting in the back row. Kendall told Bianca that all they had to do was walk away. Bianca wanted to know how it worked and if Kendall would be retried. Jack told Bianca that was not very likely. Unable to stand the deceit, Bianca stopped Judge Lampbert from leaving the courtroom. "Wait. I have to tell you. I did it, Your Honor. I killed Michael Cambias," Bianca confessed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Maria was not happy to see Brooke, and they argued outside Edmund's hospital room about Brooke's research help for Edmund. Maria warned Brooke to stay away from Edmund for good. Brooke tried to defend Edmund and his right to make his own choices, but Maria wouldn't hear it. Brooke's jaw dropped as Maria ordered hospital security to keep Brooke away from Edmund. Dr. Joe was concerned about Maria's actions, but Maria tried to tell him everything was under control. Joe was adamant that she take some time off for herself right away.

Anita went to see Edmund and stated that Maria was one of the best doctors, and Anita agreed that the surgery was a bad idea. Edmund asked Anita to tell Maria it wasn't a death wish; it was a chance to walk again. Anita said it was Maria's future, too, and she couldn't say anything. Anita said she was on family leave from work. Edmund asked about Bobby; Anita was vague, but Edmund guessed there might be trouble. When Anita left, Edmund called Dr. Marshall to schedule the surgery.

Greenlee saw a vision of herself as a happier and better person. The other Greenlee took out her old diary and read the long-term goals for a glamorous career and a romantic life, being a cool mom and gourmet chef, and throwing great parties. She told Greenlee there was a reason she had never gotten what she wanted, because she was a bitch. The other Greenlee reminded her she'd done something horrible, but for good reasons and to protect someone she loved. She said people only thought the worst of Greenlee because that was the only side they saw. She also said if Greenlee wanted to find true happiness, she shouldn't shut her better half out. Greenlee got mad and threw a rock at her alter ego, and the walls started to collapse around her.

The judge gently told Bianca she had a right against self-incrimination and urged her to leave with Jack and Livia. Bianca admitted again to the killing and insisted on staying, saying she had to be punished for what she had done. The judge continued to urge her to be quiet until she spoke with counsel. Bianca made a speech about truth and justice and told the packed courtroom about her fears and her gratitude for all their help and protection. She apologized to Kendall and especially thanked her for her love and support and asked for Erica's forgiveness.

Kendall hugged Bianca, and Bianca realized that Kendall would never have told the truth. Bianca then took off her coat, showing her pregnant self and admitting that she was the one carrying Michael's baby. Everyone listened raptly as Bianca told a tale of strength, love, courage, and wanting to raise her child to not be afraid. Erica stood stiff, and Reggie and Lena hugged Bianca. Bianca thanked David for saving her child more than once and thanked Ryan as well.

The judge offered guidance, and Jack, Erica, Reggie, Kendall, and Bianca followed her to meet with the prosecution. In chambers, Bianca told the judge that she'd found out she was pregnant the day Michael had been released. She explained it had been too hard to think about pressing charges again, and she had thought there was another way to get Michael out of town. When she had seen Reggie's gun, she had thought she could carry it in her purse and feel safe enough to go see Michael. She had gone to his condo and told him she was pregnant.

As Michael had laughed, Bianca had told him he had to leave town, or she'd re-file the rape charges, with proof. He had tried to touch her and had said both he and the baby would be rich, based on the codicil to his father's will. Michael had told her he'd tell the court it had been consensual sex, and the court would believe him because she had planned to keep the baby. He had been totally smarmy and had said he'd own the child too.

Bianca had tried to get away, but he had stopped her, pushed her down on the sofa, and started to undress, saying he'd repeat their first time. Bianca had pulled the gun out and threatened to shoot if he moved toward her. Michael had reached for the gun and told her she would do what she was told for the rest of her life. Bianca had pulled the trigger, Michael had gone down, and she had run out.

Livia said it had clearly been self-defense, and Alan Singer said it had clearly been premeditated murder. They argued all the legal points. Erica finally said that if Bianca were put on trial, Erica would continue to confess to the murder herself. The judge said she believed Bianca's story. Alan Singer said he'd issue a statement that no charges would be filed against Bianca, but warrants would fly for everyone else involved. Kendall, Bianca, and Reggie shared their happiness that it was finally over. Jack looked on, wondering where Erica had gone.

Bianca went back to the courtroom to tell everyone the good news, and they were all relieved for her. Kendall tried to talk to Ryan, but he saw Greenlee in her place.

Jack found Erica at home, staring out the window, drinking. She didn't respond when he talked to her.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

In the courthouse Kendall walked over to Ryan. Ryan had a flash of Greenlee and thought Kendall was her. He quickly realized it was Kendall and asked where Greenlee was. Kendall had no idea and asked if he thought she had done something to her. He didn't deny it, and Kendall stormed away.

Bianca joined Ryan, and they sat on a bench. Bianca told Ryan that Kendall did love him and that he loved her, but it was just too much for them to get through. Ryan told her she had better things to worry about than him and Kendall. Bianca thanked Ryan for all he had done for her and her sister. Ryan handed her a phone number, telling her, "They will always know how to contact me, if you ever need me."

Bianca said he didn't have to leave town, but Ryan said there was nothing to stay for. He had a flash of Greenlee calling to him. Bianca said goodbye to him and went back inside the empty courtroom. She stood alone for a moment, and then Lena and Maggie entered. They tried to get Bianca to leave, but she said she couldn't leave yet. She had "to find it." Lena told her everybody knew she was the strongest and bravest of women. Maggie asked if she was ready to go, and Bianca said she had to do something for herself and her baby.

Bianca had Maggie and Lena take her to Michael's condo. They stood outside the door, and Bianca insisted on going in alone, to prove to herself that it was all over. She stood inside the dark condo and relived the last moments of Michael's life. As she heard the gunshot in her mind, she turned and saw Michael sitting on the floor. She told him he couldn't trick her anymore because she knew he wasn't really there. "I'm a survivor. You have no power over me or my baby," she said. Michael just sat on the floor and smiled at her.

"Say goodbye, Michael! Get out of my life!" Bianca said as Michael got up and approached her. As he got closer, she repeated, "Get out of my life!" When she looked again, he was gone. Maggie and Lena entered, and she told them he was truly gone. "I thought I'd see him in every dark corner for the rest of my life, but I made him leave! I'm free!" she told her friends. They all hugged and walked out of the condo. Bianca stood at the door, said she never wanted to see that place again, and shut the door.

Erica stood staring out the window with a glass of wine in her hand. Jack was very worried about her, but she said she was fine. "I'm not going to prison, and neither are my daughters. This deserves a toast," she said. Jack was almost speechless as she poured a drink for him and held out the glass to him. He took both glasses from her and set them down, saying he wanted to talk about what had happened in court.

Erica claimed to be "refocusing" and that she was ready for uncharted territory and wanted a new challenge. Jack didn't believe her, but she said the day had turned out better than they had hoped. Jack confronted her and said she wasn't fine, and she needed to deal with it. She said the only thing she was feeling was relieved and determination to deal with everything responsibly. Jack agreed but said he was only making it moment to moment. He took her by the hands, saying he loved her more than ever, and lifted her hands to kiss them.

Jack noticed the engagement ring was still not on Erica's finger and asked, "We are still getting married, aren't we?" Erica took her hands away and started to mumble an answer when the doorbell rang. Kendall walked in, worried about her mother. She told Erica that Bianca was hoping to talk to her. Erica said there wasn't much to talk about. Then she told Kendall that she had signed Enchantment over to Kendall because Erica was looking to do something different.

Kendall told Erica to take some time to consider her decision, but Erica insisted that Kendall was her daughter and should be the one to run the company. Erica said she'd been thinking about starting her own clothing line and wanted to go to Milan to check out the fashions. She headed toward the phone to make travel arrangements, but Kendall asked, "Can't Europe wait? What about Bianca and the baby?" Erica stopped and asked if Bianca was okay.

Kendall said Bianca was dealing with a lot and wanted her mother around. Jack agreed and said the baby was due in just a few weeks. Bianca would want Erica there for her. Erica said, "She, and all of you, have proved you can get along fine without me." Kendall said they had just been trying to protect her. Erica went into a lecture on Kendall and Ryan, that Kendall should have trusted Ryan over Greenlee and should have risen above Greenlee's petty jealousy to see the love Ryan had for her. "But now, you've lost the best man you'll ever know," Erica said

Erica then said she needed to go to bed and ushered Kendall out the door. When she turned back, Jack said, "That was something to behold. All that talk about what Ryan did for Kendall was really about what I didn't do for you." Erica said she wasn't in any shape for that, but Jack said he wasn't going anywhere until they talked it out. Erica said she was too tired, poured another drink, and went into her bedroom, shutting the door on a very bewildered Jack.

In the mineshaft, Greenlee got up after the debris settled down. She was afraid it was the end for her but then hallucinated a hole in the wall. She looked through it and said, "I'm safe!" She thought she was lying in a beautiful garden, in a gorgeous white dress. She found some fruit and began to eat. She wondered where she was, and Ryan appeared.

Greenlee was thrilled to see Ryan and said that was what happiness looked like, but it was the last thing she deserved. Ryan disagreed with her and asked if she was sorry for hurting so many people. She said yes. Ryan then asked what she was most afraid of. Greenlee said, "Of becoming invisible." Ryan said, "You're not. I see you."

Greenlee grinned happily as Ryan handed her a beautiful box, saying that all she needed to be truly happy was in the box, "The secret of love." Greenlee was overjoyed and asked if when she opened the box, the one thing she had always wished for would be hers. Ryan told her yes, and she turned to try to open the box. But it was locked, and when she turned back to Ryan to ask for the key, he was gone. She cried out, "Ryan, don't leave me!" as she returned to her reality in the dark mine shaft.

In his apartment, Ryan remembered telling Greenlee he was her secret weapon and would always be there for her. He started out the door but was surprised to find Kendall. She walked in as he heard Greenlee's voice say, "Don't leave me!" Kendall told him she had something to say that couldn't wait. Ryan handed her the keys to the apartment, saying he had always known the place would be hers.

Kendall tried to get Ryan to stay, but he walked out. Kendall sat on the steps and remembered just a few months before when they had decorated the place with pinecones and how happy they had been. She stood up and said, "You can't leave me again, Ryan. I won't let you," as she walked out the door.

Ryan rode his motorcycle out to the falls one last time. He talked out loud to Leo, saying how he hated the place because it reminded him that Leo was gone. Then he started talking about Greenlee, about how complicated she was but that all she needed was love. "But she did me in good this time. Nothing to keep me in Pine Valley now," he said as he turned to go back to his bike. But he stopped when he heard Greenlee's voice saying, "Ryan don't leave me!" He turned and looked toward the mineshaft.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Kendall's suggestion that she and Ryan make another try at romance was met with apprehension as Ryan pointed out her lack of trust.

Ryan later returned to the rocks and, realizing that Greenlee might be trapped inside the mineshaft, moved the boulder, freeing her. Rattled by her encounter with Ryan, Kendall crashed her car near David's cabin and fell sobbing into his arms.

Curious as to what kind of money he could get out of Babe, Paul refused Adam's offer. When Paul told Krystal that he had left the test results with Joe, he got a firm warning not to betray Babe. JR asked Jamie to join him at the hospital to find out what the paternity test had to reveal.

Tad rifled through Krystal's room, looking for the documents that he knew would somehow incriminate Babe. Krystal walked in on him, but he got himself out of the jam by charming the socks off her. In the process, he spotted the documents that proved that Babe's marriage had never been annulled.

Friday, February 27, 2004

After Ryan found Greenlee in the mineshaft, he took her to an abandoned cabin. While she dozed in and out of consciousness, she told him about her dreams and even suggested he leave her behind to return to his life in Pine Valley. She told him about her promise to God that if He let her live, she would be a nice, sweet girl. Ryan was beyond shocked to hear that she was thinking of someone other than herself, so he immediately called a doctor to check her. While they waited for the doctor, Greenlee asked if Kendall had been sentenced to the death penalty, and when Ryan told her Kendall was free, Greenlee seemed genuinely relieved and happy.

The doctor examined Greenlee and gave Ryan some medicine for her. Ryan told her that he had thrown the ring down the shaft and then sealed it with the rock but had had no idea she had been inside. Greenlee said that she had been calling him and asked if he had heard her. Ryan said that he had heard her because all the time she had been gone, she had continued to pop into his head. He told her he had been on his way out of town when he had realized she had been trapped in the shaft.

Kendall fell asleep at David's home with an empty bottle of gin next to her. When she woke up with a hangover, she immediately panicked, thinking that she and David had done something the night before. David reassured her that nothing had happened between them and that she had slept on the couch the entire night. She thanked David for taking care of her and then told him that her relationship with Ryan was over. David told Kendall that he was done with women and relationships. They briefly talked about his relationship with Erica, and when Kendall asked him if she and David could ever fall in love, David told her the only love they shared was their love for Bianca.

Jamie went to Joe Martin's office, where he ran into Anita. He assumed that Anita was Joe's new executive assistant and tried to persuade her to let him see the paternity test results, which he thought were in Joe's inbox on his desk. Anita told him that she had heard the rumors about Tad the Cad, and Jamie joked that someone should have warned her about him as well. Joe walked in and asked Jamie why he was so early for the appointment. When Jamie fumbled for an answer, Joe told him to return later.

Once Jamie was gone, Joe asked Anita if Jamie had tried to find out anything about the paternity test from her. She told him no and then handed him her application for a physician's assistant job. Joe told her he would contact Human Resources and set up an interview for her. Anita thanked him happily and left. She ran into Jamie, who was looking at the newborn babies. They talked about their interest in children.

That morning, Babe seemed cheerful, as JR wandered downstairs, and Adam lurked in the corner. She offered him a cup of coffee with "World's Best Dad" written on it, which immediately upset him. He thought it was another ploy to try to convince him he was the daddy of her baby. Babe ignored his nasty words and told him that when he saw the baby, all of his ugly Adam traits would diminish, and he would stop saying hateful things to her. JR was still skeptical and confirmed that he would be at Joe's office that morning to hear the results of the test.

JR handed her back the mug, making a remark that she might want to save it for Jamie. Babe got upset, threw the cup on the floor, and rushed out. Adam sneaked in when Babe left and verbally trashed her to JR. He also told JR that he would always support him, no matter what happened, and would always be grateful that JR had been there for him when Adam had faced going to prison. Adam and JR agreed to meet at Joe's office, and then JR imagined the perfect life with his son and wife.

Tad woke up and immediately tried to search for the sheet of paper tucked under Krystal's mattress. Krystal realized that he wasn't trying to be frisky and immediately got out of bed, throwing a fit. She threw the necklace back at him and told him that she was hurt. She had actually thought he had wanted to be with her, but all he'd really wanted had been to find out dirt on Babe. Tad admitted that he was looking for dirt on Babe and tried to seduce Krystal back into bed, but she pushed him away.

Krystal told Tad she would not be used by any man, and when she opened the door to leave, Simone was waiting. Krystal told Simone that she could have Tad and headed to Joe's office. Tad retrieved the paper under the mattress, only to find a betting pool for the Oscars. Simone confronted Tad about sleeping with Krystal. She asked him how it would help him with Jamie. Tad told her that whatever secret Babe had seemed to directly affect Jamie and JR somehow.

Seeing that Simone was upset, Tad suggested they end their relationship until things got sorted out with Krytal, but Simone said no. She told him that when he was done with his mission, he could return to her. Simone and Tad searched through Krystal's bedroom, searching for the dirt. Simone got angry and complained about Tad using her, and he told her that she had known the extent to their relationship when they had gotten involved. She threw a black vase at him, which managed to miss his head, but not the wall. When it broke, Tad found the annulment paper stashed inside.

When Babe got to the hospital, she ran into Paul and asked him about the results. He told her that he had flown them over to Pine Valley, but she would have to wait to find out the results when JR did. She went to Joe's office, where she ran into Jamie. He told her that if the baby were his, she didn't have to include him in the package and apologized for hurting her feelings. Babe was surprised by his caring attitude and even let him touch her belly when the baby kicked.

Krystal arrived and asked to speak to Babe alone. Krystal wanted to make sure Babe was okay, and shortly after, Adam and JR arrived. Joe walked in and pulled the results out of his jacket, ready to read them.



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