As The World Turns Recaps: The week of July 21, 2003 on ATWT

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Monday, July 21, 2003

Jennifer Munson meets her brother Paul at the Lakeview. He has a big favor to ask of her.

Up in Dusty's suite, Dusty and Rose get passionate. They are interrupted by a knock on the door, and it is Jennifer asking Rose to come down to the lobby immediately to talk to Paul. It is urgent, says Jen, but Dusty is suspicious and wants to go with her. No, says Rose, she will handle it herself.

At the police station, Marshall and Jessica have a conversation. Marshall grabs her hand and she recoils and lashes out at him verbally. Marshall apologizes for his overstepping the bounds of their relationship. Jess tells him she will not let him off the hook and forgive him just so that he can feel more comfortable. Jess says she hates everything about him, and she always will.

At the Community Center, Sara tells Bonnie that she is originally from Brazil. Bonnie is delighted to know this because now Dr. Daniels can begin researching Sara's medical problems. Sara, however, does not want Bonnie to share the information. Finally she agrees, and Bonnie calls Dr. Daniels and asks him to meet them at the Center.

At Memorial, Chris Hughes tells Dr. Daniels that he is worried about his dad. Dr. Daniels, who has to leave to meet Bonnie and Sara, tells Chris to keep an eye on Bob. Kim mentions that before he slipped into the coma, Bob was trying very hard to tell them something.

In Bob's room, Bob realizes that Dr. Decker is about to give him an injection and squeezes out the word, "Murderer!"

Rose meets Paul in the Lakeview Lounge and he begins to apologize for his behavior in the elevator and for kissing her. He tells her he knows she has moved on with Dusty but that he still loves her. Rose has no response. Paul continues to play on her emotions . Rose is confused and walks out.

Chris continues to discuss his father with Ben. What does Ben really think of Dr. Decker, he wants to know? In Bob's room, Rick Decker explains how he initially injected Bob with insulin that made it appear as if Bob had a stroke. He is preparing to do it again. He also tells Bob that he has killed Dr. Gordon and made it look like suicide. If his plan goes well, soon he will be married to Susan Stewart and also take John Dixon's place as Chief of Staff of Memorial. Rick is so involved in preparing the fatal injection that he does not notice that Bob is pressing his nurse's call button.

Dr. Daniels arrives at the Community Center and Sara reluctantly allows Bonnie to tell him about the Brazil connection. Sara also says that her father was an American. Bonnie urges her to try to remember everything she can that she knows about her parents. Sara produces a medal with engraving on it, something in either Greek or Latin, and the name of a university. Dr. Daniels says it is the kind of medal given by college service fraternities. The writing is difficult to read, but Bonnie is hoping if they can figure out the name of the university, it will give them a good clue as to where Sara's parents went to school.

Bob's call button summons a nurse who is horrified to find Bob in the midst of a seizure. Dr. Decker tries to stop her from summoning help, but she ignores him and calls a code. Ben and Chris rush in, and see that Bob is trying again to say something. Kim arrives and despite the efforts of the crash team, Bob slips back into a coma.

Dusty runs into Jennifer in the Lakeview Lounge and she criticizes him for taking Barbara's money and selling out Paul, his best friend. Dusty tells her to tell Barbara to stay out of his life.

Jessica informs Marshall that they can only interact with one another in a business sense. Marshall, however, will not leave it alone and brings up their "friendship" when Jess helped him through the death of his daughter, Zara.

Bonnie has been doing her detective work and arrives to speak with her mother. She tells her that they have discovered that Sara was born in Brazil to parents who met at Boston University. She reluctantly reminds Jessica that Marshall Travers met Maya at that school and that Maya ran away to Brazil to have their baby, Zara. Sara and Zara sound too much alike for all this to be a coincidence. Jessica is stunned, but reminds Bonnie that Marshall's daughter is dead and buried near Luther's Corners. Bonnie tells her to remember what the source of all that information was: James Stenbeck. Can anyone ever believe him? Could Sara be Marshall's daughter?

Jen reports back to Paul that she interrupted Dusty and Rose, as per Paul's instructions. Rose is back in Dusty's suite but tells him that she cannot do this any more.

At the hospital, Kim is devastated that Bob has had a relapse. Rick sits with her while she talks about Bob and her concerns. There is no reason, Kim tells Rick, for him to feel guilty. After all, he is Bob's friend and doctor. Ben orders new tests on Bob and leaves Chris alone in the room with his father. Chris talks to Bob and tells him how much he has always looked up to him and asks him to come back. Suddenly, Bob opens his eyes and hoarsely whispers, "Rick!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Bob has regained consciousness and is saying Rick's name, but he slips back into the coma. Chris confronts Rick, who gives an explanation for why Bob would have said his name. Chris is dubious. Rick confesses to Susan that he has flaws and asks her to help him change. Susan thinks he's perfect the way he is. They decide to get married the next day. Kim and Chris sit vigil with Bob, who although unconscious, remembers the injection Rick gave him. Dusty thinks Rose's refusal to make love to him is because of Paul putting her on a guilt trip. Rose denies feeling guilty, but admits to feeling a responsibility to helping Paul get through the loss of her and his best friend. Dusty won't allow Paul to run their lives. He doesn't want Rose to see Paul anymore. When Rose refuses, Dusty throws her out. Meanwhile, Barbara overhears Paul tell Jennifer he wants her and Will to come live with him. Later, Barbara warns Paul not to try to take Will and Jennifer away from her. Barbara and Paul make a bet that whether in a month's time, Jennifer will leave Barbara for Paul. Carly encourages Mike to be honest with Katie about his feelings. Meanwhile, Alison confides in Katie about her relationship with Chris. Alison talks about how romantic Katie and Simon were and Katie is caught by painful memories. Once Alison is gone, Katie breaks down. Mike arrives with champagne, and finds Katie slightly drunk, mooning over Simon memorabilia. She confesses that she still loves and misses her husband. He comforts her. Katie falls asleep and Mike tucks her in and leaves. Jack is snuggling with Sage and Carly when Mike calls and asks how he can track down Simon Frasier.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Henry walks into the cottage and says to Katie, "Bubbles I'm home." Katie is a bit hung over from the night before and she tells Henry that she'll never get over Simon. She says she isn't moving on and she is always hoping that Simon will come back to her. Henry asks her about Mike but Katie says she thought Simon loved her and she was wrong so she doesn't want to be stupid again. Henry eventually lets Katie know that Simon wrote a letter to her and he goes to get it.

Meanwhile, Mike goes to see Jack and tells him that he wants to find Simon. Jack tells him that Simon's whereabouts have to remain a mystery and that if Mike wanted to really help Katie, he should not look for her husband. Mike says Katie isn't doing well and he wants to help her, even willing to leave Oakdale if Simon comes back. He finally convinces Jack to help him and in turn Jack goes to Margo. She is upset because she buried Shear's body as a John Doe and now her husband is district attorney. Tom says surprises her and says he sees no wrongdoing.

Susan tells Alison and Emily that she is marrying Rick today. Both girls are surprised and Alison says, "Can you say stepfather?" They decide to help their mother with the wedding plans. Flowers arrive and they think they're for Susan but they are actually sent by Chris for Alison. Later, a reporter shows up to interview Rick and Emily sends him to Memorial. The reporter tells Rick that he has information regarding the killings at Mercy Hospital and it could be very damaging to Rick.

Chris tells Walker that his father spoke Rick's name. Chris says he isn't sure what to make of it. Rick overhears this conversation and interrupts them, telling Walker that he is no longer need at Memorial. Then, Rick tells Chris that he is marrying Susan today and asks Chris to be his best man in his father's place. Chris says he doesn't want to leave his father alone right now but then decides to do it so he can be close to Alison.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Craig is roaming the house, whining about his poison ivy rash and keeping Rosanna from her work. She tries to get Craig involved, but he can only think about his little girl and how he is losing her. Lucy and Aaron walk in from their camping trip. Tension in the room is heavy. Rosanna tells the kids to go to the kitchen and get something to eat. After they are gone, Craig tells Rosanna that his little girl is different and he knows that she and Aaron did the deed. He says that he has lost his little girl. Rosanna tells him to stop and he is being ridiculous. Rosanna tells Craig to sit down with his daughter and talk to her about her future. Lucy comes back into the room and sets her food down. Rosanna pushes Craig toward his daughter. Craig tells Lucy that he has been thinking about her college. Lucy looks up at her father and says that she knows she has some bookwork to do, but she will be a senior and a lot of the kids her age have already been to visit some colleges. Lucy tells her father that she needs to hear his advice about the college that she will be attending. Craig, dumbfounded, turns and looks at Rosanna. As they are talking about different colleges, Aaron comes back into the room and plops down between Craig and Lucy. Aaron says, "See, I told you." Craig asks if he has some trouble with reading. Aaron tells him that he hasn't had any trouble since first grade. Lucy looks at him and smiles. Lucy tells her father that there is a lot of information to digest. She tells her father and Rosanna that she loves them very much. She stands up to give her dad a hug and then remembers that he has poison ivy. She tells him that as soon as he is better, she will give him the biggest hug ever. Craig smiles lovingly at his daughter.

The journalist finds Dr. Decker and insists on a meeting at The Lakeview Lounge. Ric tries to get out of it because he is getting married, but the journalist won't take no for an answer. Ric hangs up the phone and starts to leave. Chris stops him and tells Ric that he will, after all, stand up for him at his wedding. Ric is distracted, but tells Chris that will be fine and he rushes out of the hospital. Alison and Chris wonder why Ric was so distracted.

Katie is so happy with Mike. She tells him that he is the best friend that she has ever had. She can't believe that he is going to help her find Simon. She tells Mike that Henry told her he has something for her from Simon. She wonders what could have happened to Henry.

Henry is at the police station. He tells Margo and Jack about the letter for Katie from Simon. Margo wonders if she should let Katie see the letter. Henry tells Margo that Katie is miserable and if she sees the letter, she can move on with her life and maybe settle down with Mike Kasnoff. Margo decides to let Katie see the letter. She tells Henry that Katie has to come there and see the letter. Henry wants to take the letter to Katie, but Margo isn't going to let that happen. She calls Katie and tells her that she has Henry there and they have something that belongs to her. Katie tells her sister that she will be right there. When she hangs up, she asks Mike to go with her. Mike says that he will if she wants him to and she says that she does. They leave to go to the police station.

At the police station, Margo decides to open the letter and review it before Katie gets there. Henry reminds her that it belongs to Katie and she shouldn't open it. Margo opens the letter and reads it. She looks up at Jack and says that she is going to lock it up as evidence. Henry tells Margo that she can't do that. He reminds her that Katie is expecting something from him and she will tear into him like a hound from hell. Katie walks in and Henry yells out, "Hello Katie!" Katie asks Henry why he didn't come back to the cottage. Jack tells Katie that was his fault. Katie asks if Henry J-walked. Mike asks Henry what does he have for Katie. Henry tries to play dumb and says, "Did I say I have something for Katie?" Katie tells him to give her what he has or she will rip his head off. Henry says, "Don't hit me!" Finally, Henry gives in and tells Katie that Margo is holding a letter that Simon had written to her. Margo lets out a big sigh and hands the letter over to Katie. Katie starts to read the letter and breaks down in tears. Mike comes over and asks if she is all right. Katie hands the letter to Mike and asks him to read it out loud. Mike, reluctantly, takes the letter and starts to read the words out loud. "My dearest Katie, as you read this letter I will be far away, but my heart is with you now and forever. Not even the sun burns brighter than my love for you. I am sorry for the awful things that I have said and I am sorry for trying to deceive you, but it was the only way to save your life. Don't try to find me. You will want to, I know how you are. But, please, you must not my love. There are no answers or reasons why this has happened to us. There will never be a happy ending in our cottage because I am a marked man. By the time you read this, I will be dead. But not even death can destroy our love. Please forgive me. All my love, Simon." Katie breaks down and Mike takes her into his arms. Margo fights back her tears.

Jack and Margo explain to Katie about Bartleby Shears being dead and they think Simon did it, in self-defense, of course. Katie says that she has to find Simon now. Margo tells her sister that if Simon is still alive, he has Bartleby's men after him. Katie says that she has to find her husband and spend the rest of her life proving how much she loves him. Katie is ready to take off and find Simon. Mike and Margo try to bring her back to earth and think about this for a minute. Katie says that she has nothing to think about, she just has to find her husband. Jack comes in and says that he just heard from Interpol. He announces that Interpol thinks that they have picked up on Simon's trail. Katie gets a big smile on her face and she says, "YES!"

Ric meets the journalist at The Lakeview Lounge. The journalist informs him that he has been doing some investigating on Dr. Decker. He tells Ric about hearing that his nickname was "The Mummy." Ric tells him that he doesn't know what he is talking about. The journalist reminds him about the flat line game that he used to play. Ric looks at the journalist through squinted eyes. The journalists says that his friends told him that Dr. Decker would inject himself with Potassium Chloride to see if he could get a glimpse of the hereafter. He goes on to say that his friends would keep the paddles handy incase he didn't make it back. Ric asks the journalist what exactly is his point. The journalist shows Ric a CD and tells him that there are a bunch of interviews on the it that he thinks that Lt. Munson would love to get his hands on. Ric informs the journalist that he was attacked in the hospital, too. The journalist says that he was just playing flat line again. He goes on to say that this information puts in on top of the suspect list and they will get him for murder one. He says, "This is game, set and match, Dr. Decker. Or should I say, Dr. Death?" Ric asks the journalist what it is that is wants. The journalist tells Ric that he wants fifty thousand dollars. And, he only has forty-five minutes to get the money. Ric says that he is getting married today. The journalist echoes, "Forty-five minutes at the old mill outside of town." Ric sighs and leaves to get the money.

At Susan's house, Susan is anxiously waiting for Dr. Decker to appear. Hal has a little talk with Susan and asks if she is happy. She tells Hal that Ric makes her very happy. Alison comes in and tells her mother that she should get dressed. Susan goes upstairs to get dressed and Hal goes to call Emily. While they are gone, Alison puts on some music and Chris appears and asks Alison for a dance. As they are dancing, Alison talks Chris into taking her to the Snyder pond to skinny dip after the festivities are over. Chris thinks the idea is good and he leans in to kiss Alison. As they are kissing, Hal comes in and interrupts them. Hal gives Chris his buttoner and then sends Alison into the kitchen to take care of the flowers out there. Alison takes Chris with her. After they are gone, Ric comes in and asks Hal to do him a favor and stall Susan for a little bit. He says that he has to take care of something and he doesn't want Susan to know about it. Hal questions Ric and Ric says that it is something for the wedding. He says that if he leaves now it won't take long. Susan walks in and says, "What won't take long?" Ric tells Susan that she looks beautiful. Susan sees a key in Ric's hand and asks what is that. Ric tells her that he has been saving something for this day and he has to take care of it. He says that it won't take long. He kisses Susan and starts to leave. Susan stops him and puts his buttoner on his jacket. She tells him that this is to remind him why he has to rush back. Ric kisses her again and then leaves.

Ric arrives at the old mill, but the journalist is nowhere in sight. Ric says, "One more loose end and it will be over." The journalist shows up and apologizes for making him wait. He asks Ric if he has the cash. Ric tells him that he has it and he holds out a briefcase. The journalist asks if he is ready to hand it over. Ric says, "I'm definitely ready."

Friday, July 25, 2003

by Andy

Rosanna can't bear Craig's constant whining any longer so she decides to sneak out of Fairwinds to find some solace. On her way out, Lucy stops her and asks if Rosanna thinks she did the right thing sleeping with Aaron. Rosanna pauses, lowers her eyes to collect herself, and says, "I think you did the absolute right thing by sharing that love with each other." Rosanna grabs her purse then heads out the door.

Paul seals an agreement to rent Molly and Jake's old place (now owned by Rosanna Cabot) and pressures his sister to move in with him. He again warns her about the perils of living with Barbara Ryan, "If you don't get away from her now, you'll end up just like me." She points out that Paul has lived an independent life spending time in Paris and trekking across the Himalayas. Paul corrects her observation, "There's a difference between running away and being free. You outta know that Jen." He wants Jen and Will to have a chance in life without Babs' influence. Jen offers to bring Paul his old laptop computer that Barbara is holding in her suite. He warns her on her way out that if she isn't back within an hour, he's going to come after her armed with garlic and wood stakes. Later, Paul disappears into the other room looking for something, when Rosanna lets herself into what she still thinks is her vacant apartment. She sees Paul's jacket and other miscellaneous possessions lying around and she thinks Craig has loaned the apartment out to his buddies as a "flop house." She makes her way to the kitchen. While she is out of the living room, Paul returns to the living room and notices mamma bear's computer. He calls out for Jen thinking she has returned, but Rosanna pops out of the kitchen. They clarify the confusion, but Rosanna still thinks Paul should leave. Paul says he already gave the Realtor a check for the deposit. Rosanna says, "I'll give you your money back! I'm only going to say this once." Both Paul and Rosanna yell, "Get out!"

Bonnie brings Sarah to the Country Club to begin her new job bussing tables. Sarah looks more apprehensive about the type of work rather than actually doing work. Jessica watches Sarah report in with her manager and then she finds her daughter. Jessica doesn't think it's such a good idea to have Sarah working at the club and asks Bonnie what she hopes to get out of mentoring Sarah. Bonnie needs to impress Troy at the center enough so she can count on his support when Bonnie applies to become Sarah's foster parent. Bonnie also asks her mother if there is any way to obtain a DNA sample from Marshall without him knowing the purpose. Bonnie wants to confirm her suspicion that Sarah is actually Marshall's long lost presumed-dead daughter Zara. Jessica tells Bonnie there isn't any legal way to obtain Marshall's DNA without telling him why it was needed. She looks her daughter in the eye and says, "Let it go! Nothing good can come from this!" She brushes past Bonnie on her way to a meeting. Bonnie sees that Sarah is all dressed up in her new crew uniform. Sarah would rather be wearing a bathing suit and lounging next to the pool instead of cleaning up after patrons. While the supervisor and Bonnie discuss Sarah's schedule, the orphan waits by the door. Marshall arrives and smiles at Sarah on the way to his table. Later, Sarah pours Marshall a glass of water. Marshall takes a moment to encourage Sarah, "If you good at your job, you'll move up in no time." Maybe Sarah felt patronized, but she intentionally tips the glass of water onto Marshall. He bolts out of his chair and demands to know what is her problem. Sarah aims her voice so that Bonnie could hear her from across the room, and yells, "Don't yell at me! You bumped my arm! It's your fault, not mine!" Marshall grabs his paperwork and tells Sarah she has ruined an entire afternoon's worth of work. Sarah pushes back telling Marshall that if he didn't make her so nervous, she might not have spilled the water. She continues, "I don't care who you are. You're not the boss of me. I can talk to you any way I want." Marshall has had enough insolence and demands to talk to her manager. Sarah begins to walk away and Marshall grabs her arm. Bonnie rushes to the rescue and breaks the two apart. Bonnie yells at Marshall, "Don't you dare touch her!" Sarah grins knowing that her plan worked.

Jack tells Katie about a report from Interpol about Simon. He says they tracked him to several different places, but lost him somewhere in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. A light goes off in Katie's head and she thinks Simon returned to his sheep farm. Mike and Katie head over to the Lakeview Lounge where Katie decides to go on an Australian adventure to look for her lost husband. Since Katie has had such a heavy day, Mike tells her he'll go book they're reservations. She's stunned he presumed that he would accompany her, and tells him, "You can't come with me." They argue about why it isn't safe for Katie to travel alone. Mike says he can also get away because the burn unit at the hospital is almost finished. Mike reminds Katie of their recent trip to Montana, "You were there for me. Please let me be there for you!" Katie relents and gives him a big hug.

At the Old Mill, Rick presents his blackmailer with a briefcase loaded with fifty thousand dollars. The reporter has second thoughts about how much money he should have asked for, and he ups his demand to $250,000. Rick makes a move, but the man pulls a gun. Rick wants to know why this is happening to him. The reporter turns the question around, "You think you're the victim in this? You used to get off on flat-lining." He was referring to Rick's college days when he injected himself with drugs to make it look like he was near death, all in the name of fun. Rick admits that he only kills the patients who can look forward to a life of immeasurable pain. The blackmailer doesn't understand, "You can't kill the pain, so you kill the patient instead?!" Rick remembered how it felt after he injected himself, how there was no pain, and he realized then that he did have the power to take away patients pain. "You're nothing but a sick demented psychopath!" This sets Rick off. Rick lunges for the gun and pushes his blackmailer up against a wall. With his other hand Rick chokes the man to death.

Emily arrives at her mother's house all ready for Susan's afternoon wedding. Emily notices that Rick is missing, but Susan dodges her daughter's curiosity and finds the minister to discuss some last minute details. Emily and Alison chirp about Rick's whereabouts when Alison wonders if he skipped town. Emily asks her mother to call Rick to see what might be holding him up. She dials his number, but Rick doesn't answer. Susan calls the hospital to see if he returned for an emergency. Hal calls the station to see if an accident was reported. Both calls yield no new news about Rick's whereabouts. The minister taps his watch and urges Susan to get the show on the road. She looks at the wedding posse and says, "Look at you. You think I've been stood up, don't you! I don't believe it! There's a reason Rick isn't here! A very good reason!"

Outside the Old Mill, Rick is topping off a grave for the reporter.

Hal tries to defuse the situation, "Susan, nobody thinks that Rick ran out on you. We're just concerned..." Susan unravels at the seams. She frantically searches her desk until she finds her car keys. She blurts, "I am going to go find my fiancée!" She plods her way through the guests and is a few feet away from the front door with her two daughters close behind both trying to take her keys away when Rick opens the door. He takes a step in, smiles and says, "Hello sweetheart. Let's get married." Rick is disheveled, nearly out of breath, and his face and suit are covered in dirt. The Stewart women all look like they've seen a ghost.


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