As The World Turns Recaps: The week of July 28, 2003 on ATWT

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Monday, July 28, 2003

At the Country Club, Bonnie intervenes when Marshall Travers grabs Sarah, after Sarah spilled cold water on him. Marshall accuses Bonnie of using Sarah to harass him, causing Sarah to resign her job. Both Sarah and Bonnie leave the Country Club. At Oakdale Memorial, Jessica invites Ben to her place for dinner and to spend the night. When Jessica haltingly explains that she might not be ready for sex, Ben reassures her that he will look forward to being close to her all night regardless. Ben leaves to see a patient and Jessica's mobile phone rings. Marshall is on the other line, insisting that Jessica come to the Country Club immediately to discuss Bonnie and Sarah. While Jessica is on her way to the Country Club, Bonnie goes to Memorial, where Dr. Walker Daniels tells her that Sarah's condition is Bartonellosis, caused by the bite of South American sand fleas, but that an expensive treatment can cure her condition in a couple of weeks. After Dr. Daniels assures Bonnie that their talk is confidential, Bonnie confides in him that she is afraid that Sarah's father is a very bad person, from whom she must shield Sarah. Dr. Daniels offers to run a secret DNA test so that Bonnie can find out the truth, but he explains that Bonnie must obtain a viable DNA sample. Jessica resentfully arrives at the Country Club where Marshall insists that Jessica must get Bonnie to leave him alone or he will get even with Bonnie. Marshall leaves the Country Club, and Jessica leaves a message for Bonnie on her cell phone telling her that if she wants to protect Sarah, she should stay away from Marshall Travers. The next scene shows Marshall entering his room, where Bonnie is waiting for him.

In the hotel coffee shop, Jennifer encounters Barbara, and Jen tells Barbara that Paul has rented Rosanna's penthouse suite. When Barbara begins questioning Jen, Jen demands to know what is going on between Barbara and Paul. Barbara evades the question and insists on accompanying Jen to Paul's room because she loves her children so much. Jen responds, "That's always been the problem, Mom - how you love." While mother and daughter are downstairs, Rosanna is surprised to find that Paul has leased her penthouse, and tries to talk him into renting another property of hers, but Paul insists on staying. After Jen and Barbara arrive, Rosanna leaves. While Jennifer takes a housewarming plant to the terrace, Barbara tells Paul that she is aware that his rental of the penthouse is part of his plan to win the $1 million bet between them that he can get Jennifer to leave Barbara and move in with him in one month. Barbara insists to Paul that he will always love her, because she is her mother. After Paul ushers Barbara out of the apartment, he tells Jen that Barbara has gone to the cauldron store to buy some more newts. Downstairs in the hotel lobby, Barbara encounters Rosanna and asks her to spy on Paul for her, but Rosanna refuses. Upstairs, Paul asks Jen directly why she came back to Oakdale. Jen tells Paul that she was engaged to a man named Andre Perrin, and their romance continued across Europe, but it ended when her money ran out and she found him in bed with another woman. Jen leaves Paul's room, insisting that Barbara will not drive her away as she did Paul, since she is paranoid about losing her. The minute Jennifer leaves, Paul dashes to the telephone and places a call to Andre Perrin in Paris.

Rick arrives at Susan's house for the wedding, late and filthy, explaining that he had a car accident trying to avoid hitting a dog. He told the assemblage that he tried to change his two flat tires, but had to give up and walk all the way back. When a skeptical Hal offers to send someone to pick up Rick's car, Rich brushes off his offer, saying that he is in a hurry to clean himself up and get married. Susan notices that his boutonniere is missing, and Emily asks Rick if he met a reporter named Jeffrey. Rick shakes these distressing questions off and rushes off to clean up. (There is a shot of a grassy plot out in the country, presumably where Rick buried Jeffrey.) Rick returns, miraculously cleaned up, but as he stands before the minister with Susan, he begins hallucinating that Bob Hughes is the minister, announcing "We are gathered here today to expose Dr. Eric Decker for the ruthless murderer he is." Rick tries to regain his composure, but Bob continues reappearing to him throughout the ceremony, and Rick starts responding to Bob's image, which says, "Today is the day this nightmare is going to end." The imaginary Bob asks Rick over and over to say, "I am a murderer," and Rick finally shouts, "Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!"

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Rose and Lily were having lunch at The Lakeview Lounge. They talked about Dusty and Paul. Rose said she was not going to see Dusty anymore since he decided to leave town. Lily told Rose that Dusty came by the house to have Lily warn Rose that Paul was dangerous and wanted revenge. Dusty arrived and asked to speak to Rose alone. Lily left after Rose assured her that it would only be for a couple of minutes. Dusty told Rose that he decided to stay in town after visiting Lily. Dusty said he was also convinced that Rose wants him as much as he wants her and he will wait for her. Lily came back and Dusty left. Lily asked Rose what he wanted. Rose said Dusty was staying in Oakdale and hopes that she will come back to him. Rose, exasperated, told Lily that she just wants to concentrate on her business. Outside, Dusty left Molly a message asking her for help.

Kim was caressing Bob as Dr. Daniels came in. He said he came to see Bob and to say goodbye to her. Dr. Daniels contract has been terminated and it was his last day. He tells Kim to have friends and family stay close to Bob at all times. Dr. Daniels is not convinced that Dr. Gordon killed all those people. He proceeded to tell Kim his suspicions about Ric Decker and for Kim not to trust him. Kim wished him well and invited him to come for dinner sometime. He agreed saying that Bob owes him a golf game.

At the wedding, Ric continued to see and hear Bob as he was reciting his vows. Bob was telling him to go ahead and admit that he was a murderer. Ric passed out and came to abruptly as Susan knelt over him. Susan claimed he was running a fever and they should postpone the wedding for a few days. Ric refused. He wanted to get married and promised Susan he would go to Memorial for a check-up after the ceremony. Ric has Emily and Alison tell Susan to go ahead with the ceremony. They reluctantly did so. After reciting their own vows, the two were finally wed. The only one who claps is Hal. Emily and Alison had concerned looks on their faces but congratulated the couple anyway. After saying their good-byes, Hal and Emily left. Emily told Hal that Ric's behavior was bizarre and mentions the reporter that Ric murdered. Emily promised to look into it.

Ben met Jessica at the Country Club. Jessica told Ben about her concern for Bonnie and her involvement with Sarah. She also told Ben that Marshall could be Sarah's father. Ben told Jessica to let Bonnie take care of herself. If Bonnie needs help, she will ask her mother for it. In the meantime, Marshall discovered Bonnie in his room and threatened to call security if Bonnie did not tell him why she was there. Bonnie made up a story about her mother and how fragile Jessica was. She warns Marshall to show some compassion for Jessica when they are in the courtroom. Bonnie got all weepy and asked Marshall if she could use the bathroom to wash her face. Unconvinced that Bonnie was telling the truth and that she was there to take something, Marshall asked Bonnie to let him see her purse and empty her pockets. After finding nothing, Marshall lets Bonnie leave. Outside the door, Bonnie took Marshall's toothbrush out of her bra, made a comment about one DNA test on the way and walked away. Lisa watched as Bonnie left and later told Jessica about it. Marshall discovered his toothbrush was missing and asked himself why Bonnie would want it. Downstairs in the lounge, Bonnie gave the toothbrush to Dr. Daniels. Dr. Daniels asked why it was so important to find out if Marshall is Sarah's father. Bonnie said that Marshall is a monster and if Sarah is his daughter, Bonnie has to protect her.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Katie tells Henry that her boss has granted her time off so she can go to Australia to find Simon. Henry wonders why Mike is going with her and Katie says he's just helping her because they are friends. Henry insists there are only two reasons someone would help her, one is money and the other is for love.

Mike tracks down Lily and asks for information on Simon. He tells Lily that he is going to help Katie find Simon in Australia and Lily asks if he's doing this for Katie or for himself. Mike says they are just friends but he needs to know some things about Simon. Lily says that Simon loves Katie but when Mike asks if he can be trusted, Lily says, "not completely."

Isaac tells Bonnie that he wants to help her with Sara. Bonnie suggests having a picnic but Isaac says he has a meeting with a wine distributor. At first Bonnie is upset but then she realizes that he must attend the meeting. Meanwhile, Jessica goes to see Marshall and asks what Bonnie was doing in his room. Marshall tells her what Bonnie said and he also tells her that his toothbrush is missing. Jessica then goes to see Bonnie and asks where Marshall's toothbrush is. She is furious and orders her daughter to stay away from Marshall.

The newlyweds have their first fight. Susan wants Rick to rest, telling him that he needs an MRI. He says it was just a stress reaction and that, "All the bad stuff is over now." He says his odd behavior was because of a migraine. Susan continues to urge him to get medial attention and Rick gets angry and says if she's going to keep nagging him, "then we'd better call it quits right now." He quickly apologizes for snapping at her and even though Susan is hurt, she forgives him.

Emily tells Hal that Jeffrey Starr is not a medical writer at all but instead a tabloid writer who covers "grisly crimes." Hal finds out that Jeffrey checked in at the Wagon Wheel hotel and he hasn't checked out yet. They decide to go over there and talk to him. Meanwhile, Rick is on his way to the Wagon Wheel hotel. Once inside the room, he searches for evidence of the crimes. He finds Jeffrey's laptop and reads the article then throws the computer just as Hal knocks on the door.

Kim tells Chris that Walker told her that they should never leave Bob alone. She says that Walker still thinks that Rick is the serial killer. Chris says, "Rick is a strange man." They try to sort things out but agree to keep him away.

Alison tells Chris that she feels uncomfortable around Rick. She suggests moving out of her house and moving in with Chris who says absolutely not. Then Alison suggests moving in with his parents because she could help out. Chris says he'll ask his mom and Alison says she will not live at her house anymore. She says, I'm not staying with Dr. Decker the demented." Susan overhears and goes right up to Alison saying, "What did you just say about my husband?"

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Lily and Rose are at The Oakdale Yacht Club planning a fund raising event to be held at Rose's salon. Paul walks in and Rose looks up at him and then turns her head. Paul and Jennifer walk over and sit at a table. Lily asks Rose why didn't she say anything to Paul. At the same time, Jennifer is telling Paul that she can't believe that he didn't say anything to Rose. Paul tells Jennifer that he can't trust Rose anymore. As hard as Lily and Jennifer try, neither Paul nor Rose will be the first to speak to each other. Finally, Rose tells Lily that she can't take it anymore and she leaves. When Paul sees Rose leave, he tells Jennifer that they are out of there and they leave too. Later, when Paul gets to his new apartment, there is a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees Lily standing there. She tells him that he has managed to screw up any chance to fix things with her sister. Paul asks if she is done. Lily says that she is just getting warmed up. She asks, "Do you want to hear the rest?" Paul tells her no, but Lily just shrugs her shoulders and walks into his apartment.

Bonnie meets Dr. Daniels at The Lakeview Lounge. She tells him that her mother told her to stay away from Marshall, but she still wants to go ahead with the DNA test. Dr. Daniels tells her that keeping secrets could be dangerous. Bonnie says, "Not as dangerous as T. Marshall Travers." Marshall walks around the corner to hear Bonnie say his name. Marshall walks over to Bonnie and Walker. Marshall asks Bonnie if she is sticking her nose in his business again. Marshall turns to Walker and tells him that he is the man that Bonnie was just talking about. Walker stands up to shake Marshall's hand, but Marshall just turns back to Bonnie and warns her that he saved her butt from jail once, but it won't happen again. Marshall walks away. Walker asks if that is the man that she thinks is Sarah's father. Bonnie shakes her head yes. Walker asks, "What is going on?" Bonnie says, "I hate him." Walker asks, "Why does he hate you?' Bonnie says, "I don't know. Maybe because I threatened to kill him." Bonnie starts to tell Walker about why she hates Marshall and then she stops and says that she doesn't want to talk about it. Walker informs Bonnie that his contract is up at the hospital and somebody else will be giving her the results to the DNA test. Bonnie tells him that he has to get the results because she doesn't want to risk a leak to Marshall. She also tells him that she has not told Isaac what is going on. Walker tells her that she has to tell him. She promises that she will. Walker asks about Sarah and Bonnie says that if it was anyone else she would. She thanks Walker for all his help and rises to leave. She sees Marshall sitting at another table and gives him an evil look her whole way out.

At Java Underground, Molly overhears Isaac talking about selling the nightclub. After he hangs up, she approaches him about what she had heard. He tells her that Lisa has lost interest and he wants to spend more time with Bonnie. Molly questions him because she knows he loves the place. He says that he will find something else to get into. Later, Dusty confides in Molly that he is staying in Oakdale and fighting for Rose. He tells Molly that he is looking for a business to get into that will gain him some respect. Molly gets a big smile on her face and tells him about Java Underground going up for sale.

At Java Underground, Bonnie walks in and Isaac walks up behind her. They kiss and then he tells her about selling his part in Java Underground. Bonnie wonders why he would give up the place he loves. He tells her that he wants to spend more time with her and try to get to know Sarah better. She tells him that there is a lot he doesn't know about Sarah. He tells her that now he will have more time to get to know her. He tells her that he trusts her instincts and he can see how Sarah affects her. He asks if she remembers how happy she was when she came back from Scotland. She says that she does and they had started to plan their future. Isaac says that they got sidetracked with work and Marshall Travers. He tells her that they can't let anyone come between them again. Isaac looks her in the eyes and says, "Now, did you have something that you wanted to tell me?"

Susan overhears Alison tell Chris that she thinks that Ric is demented. She and Susan get into a fight and Alison tells her mother that she can live with the freak if she wants to, but she won't. Susan tells her daughter that Ric is in her life to stay and if she doesn't like it she can move out. Alison tells her mother that everyone thinks that Ric is psycho, but she is the only one that will tell her to her face. Susan questions her daughter, "Everyone?" Alison tells her mother to go and ask Emily and Hal what they think. Susan says, "Maybe I will." Susan walks away.

Emily and Hal knock and knock at Jeffery Stars hotel room door. Ric is standing inside, clutching Mr. Stars' laptop computer to his chest. There is no answer. Emily encourages Hal to use the key he got from the front desk. Hal knocks again and there is still no answer. He uses the key and tells Emily to stay back. He takes out his gun and walks into the room. The room is empty, but the sliding glass door is standing wide open. Ric had gone out the back and doubled back to the door that Hal and Emily had entered. He stands in the hall and listens to Hal and Emily talk. Hal and Emily bounce different ideas off of each other as to where Jeffery Star could be. Hal tells Emily that all his clothes are there so he didn't leave town on his own. Emily tells Hal that Ric could have had an appointment to see Mr. Star before his wedding and that is why he showed up all dirty and out of it. Emily wonders if some foul play had happened. Ric hears this and calls Mr. Stars hotel room and leaves a message about missing him because he was getting married. Ric tells Mr. Star's answering machine that he can call him on his cell phone or at the hospital. Ric hangs up and Emily and Hal just stare at each other. Ric leaves with the laptop. Emily comments on how uncanny the timing of that call was. Emily and Hal start to search the room and Emily stops and tells Hal that something is missing. Hal asks, "What is missing?" Emily says that the journalist laptop is missing. Hal says that he may have it with him. They start to search the room again and Emily finds a mini disk. She tells Hal that it is probably a backup disk for the journalist's laptop. Hal tells her that she has to leave it in the room. He reminds her that they shouldn't even be in the room. She begs and pleads and finally Hal looks the other way while Emily heads out the door with the disk.

Emily and Hal take the disk back to the police station and Emily puts it in her laptop. She starts to search the disk. As she is searching she tells Hal that she can't believe that her mother may be married to a mass murderer. She asks, "How many people is it now?" Just as she says this, Susan walks in. Emily closes the laptop. She asks her mother what is going on. Susan informs her that she was just informed by Alison that she thinks that Ric is a "psycho." Susan asks if this is a shared opinion. Hal and Emily look at each other. Then, all hell breaks loose. Susan and Emily are arguing and Hal throws his two cents in. Ric shows up at the police station and hears Susan in the interrogation room. He walks over to the door and hears them talking about him. He knocks on the door. Hal yells out, "We're busy in here!" Ric opens the door anyway. He says, "Sorry, I was just looking for the misses. I hope I'm not interrupting anything in here."

Friday, August 1, 2003

by Andy

Lily finds Paul at home and confronts him about his feelings for Rose. She convinces him that Dusty is out of Rose's life, "Dusty is a thing of the past. Now is the time to make your move." He tells her the kiss at the Lakeview was an accident. On her way out, Lily tells him Rose is at her shop and as a bonus, she is still in love with him. After the door closes, Paul absorbs her words and decides to pay Rose a visit.

Back at the Roller Palace, Dusty stops by to announce his new venture. Rose isn't exactly happy to see the man, and starts to busy herself with work. Rose's heart leaps when Dusty tells her he bought Java Underground from Lisa, Isaac, and Bonnie. Dusty slithers his way into Rose's arms and whispers into her ear that if it weren't for Paul, he and Rose would be hot and heavy lovers by now. He tells Rose he knows she wants him as their lips edge closer together. Rose backs away and says she is holding back because she's afraid of getting too attached to someone who doesn't have a history of hanging around. She thinks that one day she might wake up and he'll be gone without any explanation. He grabs her again and says she is the reason why he is sticking around. Rose finally gives into her desires and they fall into a passionate kiss. Just then, Paul walks into Rose's shop and is stunned to find the exact opposite of what Lily said he would find. He staggers into the grooming area as if he was punched in the gut and says, "Check it out-the parasite actually eating the host, in public. That alone was the price of admission." Rose freaks out, "What are you doing?! Why are you here!?" Paul says he came over to remember why he left town in the first place. Dusty says he's glad Paul saw everything. Rose pushes him out the door with frantic words and tells him to leave her alone. Dusty tells her to relax but Rose wants to settle "this thing with Paul. I gotta end it." She runs out of the shop to catch up with her ex.

Molly and Rosanna coo over baby Sage when Molly asks Carly who was chosen as her godfather. Carly says that decision is up to Jack. Rosanna chooses not to listen and suggests Mike be the logical choice. Molly chimes in with her own suggestions, "What about Holden or Hal?" Carly feels awkward about asking Jack to choose Mike, but Ro and Molly both chirp their encouragement.

Mike and Jack share a couple of brewskies at Java. Mike tells Jack that he and Katie are planning a trip to Australia to look for Simon. Jack doesn't think it's such a good idea since the guy sent to kill Simon was part of some sort of dangerous syndicate. That's exactly why Mike wants to tag along. He wants to protect Katie from danger.

Alison stops by Katie's cottage looking for refuge. Alison finds her sorting through clothes, and Katie is bubbling over with enthusiasm as she tells Alison she is on her way to Australia to look for Simon. Alison has a bright idea that she could house-sit for her while Katie is out of the country. Katie needs to run it by her current roommate, Henry. Henry bursts in, right on cue, boasting of his new luck as he has just won $50 playing the Oakdale Lottery. Henry introduces himself to Alison, and is obviously interested in the young woman, until she reveals her last name is Stewart. They broach the subject of Alison house-sitting, and Henry grabs Katie, gives her a big hug, smiles and seethes, "That's great. Well, I sure hope she can cover the rent-because if she stays here, I'm gone." Katie leaves the two alone to work out the details. Alison tries to sell Henry on the idea, but he tells Alison the Stewart clan hasn't always been on his side. Alison cuts to the chase and offers Henry a get out of jail free card next time he breaks the law if he is nice enough to open his home right now. He thinks over her offer, then sees the benefits and allows her to move in.

Rick barges into the Interrogation Room, where Susan is in the middle of confronting Emily and Hal. Rick announces that he finally did get the message from the reporter. Susan takes this as some sort of proof that Rick is a victim of circumstance. She informs Rick that Alison is moving out and that Emily and Hal are supporting Alison. Rick can understand how they all might feel after the way he acted during the wedding. Emily erupts and confronts Rick head on when he questions why Alison felt the need to move out, "Her mother got married to a virtual stranger, who shows up to his wedding covered in dirt babbling to himself." Susan says that she'll never regret becoming his wife. Rick suggests that maybe he should sit down with The New England Journal of Medicine reporter to discuss his article. Emily says he wasn't in town to discuss his medical research. He was a tabloid reporter who specializes in "lurid and violent crimes. You wanna tell me why he was chomping at the bits to talk to you?" Rick offers Emily and Hal the reporters phone number so she can contact him directly. Hal doesn't think it's necessary to call him at this time and returns the phone number to Rick. Susan wants to settle this once and for all. She looks her daughter in the eye and gives her an ultimatum, "Either you accept Rick's place in this family, and honor it-or I never want you setting foot in my house again!" Emily backs down and apologizes for jumping to conclusions. She extends her hand to Rick. He takes her hand and says, "Forgotten." Then he pulls Emily into a hug and says, "And forgiven." Rick and Susan head home.

Jack catches up with Carly for a meal, and she awkwardly suggests that he should pick Mike to be Sage's godfather. Jack's jaw unknowingly drops to half-mast.

After Susan and Rick left the station, Hal asks his wife if she really accepts Rick. Emily fights back tears of fear and says, "As the crazy sick-o that he is." Hal and Emily return to the computer and start to look for evidence on the memory chip they retrieved from the reporter's room. They discover the reporter met with one of Rick's classmates who confirmed that the doctor was involved with flat-lining. They put two and two together and think Rick faked his own attack at the hospital a couple of months ago. They rush out of the station and to Susan's house.

Susan is irate as she and Rick make it home. He tells her to go put on something "less" while he prepares a sparkling cider beverage. After she leaves the room, Rick empties the contents of a capsule into a champagne flute. After he fills the glasses, Rick pulls out another capsule and mutters, "Now, if one is good, two is better," and he empties the powder into the glass. Susan returns in her bathrobe, and they toast their new marriage. They move to the couch as she takes a few sips, and before you know it, she zonks out. Rick puts a blanket on his wife, kisses her on the forehead, and says, "I'll see ya when you wake up. Thanks for believing in me. It's time to make Emily believe too." They he sneaks out of the house.

Rose finds Paul in his new apartment. She just doesn't understand what kind of a game he's playing. On one hand he tells her to be happy with Dusty, but on the other, he runs away like a hurt child when he sees them kissing. He pours her a drink, and says, "It's nice and cold." Rose snaps back, "Like your heart?" Rose says he really must hate her if he's going through all this trouble to keep her and Dusty apart. He calmly says that if he hated her, he wouldn't have saved her life a few weeks ago. Rose thinks he saved her because he never stopped loving her. He blends a question into more of a statement, "You think I did that because I loved you." Rose can't think of another reason why he would have saved her life. Paul turns and throws a dagger into her heart, saying, "I thought...that you...were Lily," killing any residual feelings she had left for her ex-lover. He continues, "She has a husband, and kids, and a conscious, and a heart. All those things that you lack." The bile in Rose's stomach starts to boil, "You should have stayed dead. Then I could feel sorry for you!" She walks out of the apartment, and immediately calls Dusty, "Hi. It's me. It's over. It's really over." Back inside the apartment, Paul picks up her glass, looks at it and in a fit of rage, throws it into the fireplace smashing it to bits.


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